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What's a Wreck?

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 (320)

Sunday
Dec202009

Sunday Sweets: The Cutest Christmas Cupcakes

I'm still occasionally accused of hating on cupcakes, when we should all be in agreement by now that it is only cupcake cakes (aka CCCs) that deserve our white-hot hatred and ridicule.

But cupcakes alone? Nooo problem. In fact, I rather like them. Here, I'll prove it to you: these seasonal sweets make me positively gooey inside.

(Made by Studio Cake & submitted by Amanda A.)

Bakerella never fails to bring the cute:


And in case you missed it last year, check out her brilliant snow globe cupcakes:

She even provides instructions on how to make your own here.

I never knew sprinkles could look this elegant:

(Made by Kuidaore & submitted by Madeleine B.)

Abbietabbie has oodles of exquisite cupcake designs. Here are two of my favs:


And finally, check out these awww-fully adorable Baby's First Christmas cupcakes:

By Mossy's Masterpiece
(Lots more cuteness at the link, too - check it out.)

- Similar Sweets: Winter Wonderland

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What I learned today: Cleft lip & palate is the #1 birth defect in developing countries - over 200,00 kids are born with one every year, often leaving them unable to eat or speak. Today's charity, Operation Smile, provides free surgeries to these children. And get this: each surgery only costs $240!
So let's see how many smiles we can bring today, eh?

Click here to donate via our First Giving page.

Sunday
Dec132009

Sunday Sweets: Gingerbread!

I usually try to stick to actual cakes on Sunday Sweets, but I've had so many requests for gingerbread houses that I decided to make an exception this week. Besides, they are covered with icing, right? So we'll call that close enough.

Still, to kick things off let's start with a cake that only looks like gingerbread:

And now, on to the houses!

The Nittany Lion Inn in Penn State. Watch Heather Luse of the PSU bakery making the house here.
(Photo by Jerilyn Brom & found here.)


(Made by Chaz & found here)

(A Better Homes and Gardens photo found here)

How about a gingerbread trolley car streetcar?

(Sent in by Courtney and found in the lobby of Harrah's Hotel in New Orleans)

And now time for some geeky goodness. (You knew I couldn't resist, right?)

(Made by AnnaMaria & found here)

There are a few gingerbread Tardises out there (Q: what IS the proper plural of Tardis?), but this one gets extra points for having K-9 peeking out the door. Speaking of which, anyone remember the gingerbread K-9 I featured a while back?

Next a little Mario love:

(Made by Bade_MD & found here)

And lastly, here are my favorites from the '09 Cincinnati Houses of Hope Gingerbread House Contest. (Check out all the winners here.)




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Today's charity, Heifer International, works to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock, training, and related services to communities worldwide.

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