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A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Entries in Sunday Sweets (477)

Sunday
Jan062013

Sunday Sweets: Childhood Friends

I don't care how old you are, there's still something magical about a 3D character cake. It's like seeing one of your old childhood friends come to life, just so you can carve him up and eat him!

Wait. That came out wrong.

What I meant was, would you look at this adorable Wall-E?

Submitted by MP & made by Devilish Delights

I'm starting to wonder why these bakers don't start shellacking their cakes and selling them as big figurines. I'd totally keep this guy on my desk, right next to my stack of shellacked Twinkies. (Preserved for posterity!)

 

I've never actually watched Rugrats, but I love how this cake tells a story:

By CW reader Mike S.

If you look closely, you can see they're reading a dinosaur book called "REPTAR," which Google tells me is the green dino's name. Love it. Oh, and get this: not only is Mike S. a hobby baker, this is also his first-ever fondant cake, and only his third decorated cake EVER. Yeah. Take THAT, wreckerators!

 

Here's a classic all of us oldsters remember:

Submitted by Brien F. and made by DeviantArt user ~Kiilani

The original Snoop Dog!

 

And this Piglet cake looks dangerously huggable:

Submitted by Wynn Anne S. and made by justkist

Dangerous for my clothing, that is. Do you know how hard it is to get fondant stains out of cotton?

 

I know this next character pretty well, considering I've never seen his movie:

Submitted by Marianna C. and made by Carla Ikeda

Totoro!! For some reason I always thought he was from a cartoon show, but it turns out he's actually from the Japanese movie My Neighbor Totoro. How did I miss that? Now I have to go find this movie and watch it. (Oh, and if you want to see the most epic homemade Totoro costume ever, scroll about halfway down this post. So. Cool.)

 

I don't feature too many sheet cakes on Sunday Sweets, but this Toy Story one features some stellar skills:

Submitted by Terry Z.. Spotted at the 2012 ICES Convention; baker unknown.

As near as I can tell, the figures are made with a run-in, or floodwork, technique, and then accented with edible markers and airbrushing. That's a huge amount of work, and just beautifully done. The cake itself is mostly buttercream with fondant accents. See? Proof that you don't *have* to have towering sculpted cakes and pounds of fondant to make a gorgeous, tasty Sweet!

 

Of course, those things don't hurt, though:

By CakeCentral user russette80

This is Kai-Lan, from the show Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!, here to remind me that I am really out of the loop when it comes to cartoons these days. (I do love me some Phineas and Ferb, though.) Also, I'd really like my hair to look like that.

 

A-HA! I know this next one! It's Mater!

Submitted by Emma W. and made by Cake Avenue

And WOW is he lookin' goooood! Check out the "rusty" chocolate and perfect lettering on his door. There's so much attention to detail here, even the cake board has cracks in the asphalt!

 

I know this guy, too, not to mention where he lives:

By Sucre Coeur

Bob the Sponge with Square Pants!! (Yeah, now I'm just messing with you.) I've seen a LOT of amazing Spongebob cakes in my day, but this is one of the best. It's just perfection.

 

And speaking of perfection, this final Sweet strikes just the right chord between childhood nostalgia, bright cheery colors, and drool-worthy yummaliciousness:

By De Koekenbakkers

[swoon] Mr. Men and Little Miss!

I'm a huge fan of the way the baker used cookies for the figurines. They're a much tastier alternative to solid fondant or gumpaste, plus you could make them ahead of time. And that color scheme! With the chocolate brown and the sky-blue and the bright reds and yellows and greens and etc. etc.? SO AWESOME. If there isn't a nursery somewhere out there painted exactly like this cake, then we must pledge now, as a group, to go forth and correct that grave injustice. And then we'll have cake to celebrate.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch more cartoons. (Did you know they have She-Rah on Netflix instant streaming now? Just sayin'.)

 

As always, please send your Sweet nominations (and yes, they can be your own cakes!) to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Sunday
Dec302012

Sunday Sweets: Snow Day

Remember when you were a kid, and you'd look out the window on the way to bed, and it would be snowing?

By Diane's Cakes and More

Great big flakes.

 

And you hoped it would snow A LOT, but you didn't want to jinx it, and then when you woke up there was snow everywhere?

By Wedding Cakes for You

That deep, fluffy snow that coated everything and made you want to run outside and make forts and snow angels?

 

But first, you crawled back into your warm bed for a while,

By Once Upon a Cake

because how often did you get to sleep late on a school day, after all?

 

And when you finally got out of bed, you threw on your boots,

By CakesCrazy

 

and that scarf your Mom knit for you

By Pink Cake Box

 

and ran outside to build a snow family?

By Dahlia's Custom Cakes

 

And you realized you were cold and wet, so you went inside, flung off your wet winter clothes,

By Jacques Fine European Pastries

and made a cup of cocoa...

 

...to drink in front of the fireplace?

By Scrumptious Cakes

And you grabbed that last candy cane you were hoarding in your stocking to use as a stirrer?

 

Then you spent a blissful hour lying on the warm rug, reading your Calvin and Hobbes books?

By A Baked Creation
(To see individual cupcake pictures, go here.)

 

And when you were done you played your favorite video game for a while, like, I don't know...

 

Submitted by Autumn O., and made by Cake Nouveau

...Super Mario Bros?

 

And by then you were warm enough that you had to go outside again, to go ice skating with your friends?

By Robyn Loves Cake

And it was so much fun everything felt magical?

Remember?

Well, that's a Snow Day.

 

Have a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks(dot)com.