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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 (511)

Sunday
Aug182013

Sunday Sweets: Steampunk!

As you long-time readers know, I'm kind of a steampunk nut. I love the vintage vibe mixed with sci-fi gadgetry, and I love how it encourages people to create art out of yesterday's cast-offs.

Steampunk even inspired me to get into cosplay; last year I stepped out as a steampunk lady Darth Vader. The whole process was a total blast, and that costume is actually on display in a museum at this very moment. (Yes, I'm totally bragging. Hey, it was my first real cosplay! I'm stoked!)

Anyhoo, since I also (surprise!) love cake, it goes without saying that steampunk cake is my own personal gear-festooned heaven. So let's get to the goodness already, shall we?

(Submitted by Amber B., designed by Swank Cake Design, and made by Sweet Blossom Cakes 

[[swoon]] Stripey top hats and flowery corsets are another match made in heaven. LOVE.

 

(By Cake Central member CakeSue)

What would steampunk be without clocks and gears? NOWHERE, I tell you. I'm digging that tiny keyhole plate and, of course, the aviatrix fairy chilling at the base.

 

(By A Little Imagination Cakes)

This beauty looks like it could spring into motion at the touch of a steam-powered button. Or, uh, maybe a crank. Can't you just picture that topper spinning while little jets of steam billow out the sides?

 

There's a common misconception out there that steampunk is all brown and brass. To those poo-pooers I say: A-HA!!

Wait, maybe you should look at the cake first:

(By A Wish And A Whisk)

Ok, now: A-HA! Color. Glorious, vibrant, drool-inducing COLOR!

Given its Victorian roots, there really should be more color in steampunk. My next costume (which I'm frantically finishing up because Dragon Con is less than 2 weeks away! AAAAUGH!) is all red and white, and John's is purple and hot pink, so, you know, we're trying to do our part. :D

 

This next wedding cake has a fun Toon Town vibe - and check out the vacuum tube topper!

(Submitted by Paula D. and made by The Bunny Baker)

 

Hang on, we're missing another steampunk essential: goggles.

(By Dream Cakes by Robyn)

Oooh, and goggles never look more dapper than when perched on a top hat, am I right? I should remind you that really IS a cake up there, though, complete with sugar glass lenses! Say it with me, now: AH-mazing.

 

(By Mitchies Munchies)

I really like the soft glazed look here; the whole cake looks like a finely aged bisque sculpture.

 

Steampunk has more "flavors" than I can count, but one of my personal favorites is the nautical-inspired variation. Think Jules Verne's Nautilus or BioShock's Rapture. Or this:

(By Ember's Cakes)

Look at that diver's helmet. LOOK AT IT. It's so perfect!! I'm also really enjoying the mental image of a fully suited-up Victorian diver wearing a top hat on his helmet. :D

 

It does my steamy little heart good to see so many steampunk-themed weddings happening these days - even if I HAVEN'T been invited to one yet, hint hint, all you engaged people-folk, you - because if nothing else I get to gawk at all their fantabulous cakes:

(By Fluffy Thoughts Cakes)

Perfectly perfect in every way.

 

And speaking of weddings, my friend Steampunk Boba Fett actually officiated at this next one, where the trio of cakes featured dramatic built-in lighting and moving parts:

(Submitted by Angela G. and made by Dani Startt of Sweet Startt's)

You can read more about the wedding here, which included an R2D2 ring-bearer, a Dalek flower girl, and enough assorted geekery to make me ridiculously jealous of everyone there.

 

That reminds me: you know what else makes steampunk awesome? All the mashups! Yep, if you can think of a popular character, movie, or TV show, odds are someone somewhere has made a steampunk version. Epic case in point:

(Sub'd by Sharyn H. made by The Little Cake Patch)

Maybe time is a little less wibbly-wobbly when it's steam-powered.

 

Well, if you'll excuse me, I have to go finish riveting a clock pendulum onto my hand-carved leather corset. (If only I were making this up...)

I'll leave you with this beauty, which looks like it belongs on the mantel in a formal Victorian parlor:

(Submitted by Amber B. and made by Christopher Garrens)

Kind of spooky sweet, am I right? I suppose it's a little more "seance" than "steampunk" - but maybe it was for some steampunk Ghostbusters? Because, oh yes, THOSE EXIST.

In fact, if you're not familiar with the League of S.T.E.A.M., here they are in action:

Plus check out this awesome group spotted at GenCon this weekend! (Steampunk Mr. StayPuft. THAT IS ALL.)

Have a steamy Sunday, everyone!

 

PS - For even MORE gorgeous steampunk Sweets, check out my previous features here and here.

Also, be sure to visit us on Facebook, since odds are you haven't seen our updates there in ages, and watch Epbot for John's and my costume debuts, coming soon!

Sunday
Aug112013

Sunday Sweets: Adventure Is Out There!

Hey, you know what time it is?

(By Jocelyne at Over the Top Cakes)

ADVENTURE TIME!!

 

Yep, it's time to head into parts unknown, where we'll explore new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where our destinies and fortunes take us.

And by "fortunes" I mean, of course, giant treasure chests filled with ... um, fortune:

(By Truly Scrumptious Cakes)

(I'm especially loving the giant googly eye and heart eye patch on Miss Skull over there.)

 

First we have to get there, though, so be sure to choose the most fantastical mode of transportation possible:

(By Make Pretty Cakes)

(Also acceptable: Nautilus-style submarines, flying luck dragons, and ruby slippers.)

 

Although if we happen upon a blue police box, I'm warning you now:

(By Cakes by Jody)

DIBS.

 

Of course, every proper adventure needs a loyal, swashbuckling companion:

(By Sweet Ruby Cakes)

PERFECT.

PURRRFECT.

Oh, and at some point we'll be required to run screaming from a giant monster who later turns out to be friendly. Let's see, I'm thinking... dinosaur. Yes? YES.

(Submitted by Rebecca H. and made by Mea Sculpture Cake Design)

BIG HEAD LITTLE ARMS!! Woot!
This makes me ridiculously happy.

(Speaking of which: hey, Rex, if you're happy and you know it...! :D)

 

Ahem.

Of course we'll have to face some real villains at some point.

(By Tatiana Melfa of Dolce Tati)

Though hopefully not this many at once! Yikes!
(Also, WOW! So gorgeous!)

 

Once we're done with all the running and screaming and climactic showdowns, though, it'll be time to burst into song with a few adorable woodland creatures. Or maybe penguins:

(Searched for ages, but couldn't track this down! Anyone know who made it?)

 

And no matter how you arrived at your adventure, you always have to leave it with a dramatic take-off - maybe by umbrella like Mary Poppins up there.

Or, if you have a tendency to overpack:

(By Cake Central member PennieK)

(I've seen a lot of UP house cakes, and that is - hands down - the best edible balloon bunch I've seen.)

 

Then, once you're safely home and ready to tell your tale, you'll realize what the greatest adventure of all truly is:

(By Sihirli Spatula)

D'awww. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go bawl like a baby over a cartoon again. (Curse you, Pixar!)

 

Psst. Hey. Curious which bakeries in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then be sure to check our Sunday Sweets Directory!