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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 (431)

Sunday
Dec112011

Sunday Sweets: Gingerbread Goodies!

If ever a baked good was meant to be played with, it has to be gingerbread.

So, since it's that time of year again, let's take a look at some gorgeous gingerbread creations to get us all inspired and googly-eyed and stuff.

 

Of course, we HAVE to start with traditional gingerbread men, right?

Er, wrong.

By Sweet Pudgy Panda

Hee! Love it.

 

Ok, we WILL start with a traditional gingerbread house, though:

By Sweetopia

Is that porch light a jelly bean? GENIUS.

 

Hey, ever see a birthday gingerbread house?

By Graella

You have now! (And now I want one. So. Cute.)

 

We just saw some of Nevie Pie's fabulous painted cakes last week, but she also does fanTAStic painted gingerbread houses:

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

Do you see the tiny little mushrooms on the center roof? Do you?

And did you squeal like a little girl over those teensy painted blue flowers? Did you?

Ok, good. Just checking.

 

I'm pretty sure this is my all-time favorite traditional gingerbread house:

By sassybeautimus

Check out the oh-so-intricate piping under the windows! And the cookie assortment on the roof! (I want to grab off the mini chocolate bundt cake. Mmm.) Oooh, and the ice cream cone fence! It's just all so, so good.

 

Less traditional, but how can you not love all these pretty swirls?

Baker unknown.

Yay, whimsy! And the snow drift by the door is so clever.

 

Ah, but perhaps you're like me, and not really wild for the taste of gingerbread. (Just me?) In that case, how about this so-cute-you-will-melt-into-a-small-puddle sugar cookie house:

Also by sassybeautimus

Between the pastel rainbow roof trim, the pink woodgrain door, and that sparkly sugar roof I am now a limbless heap of cooing girliness. DO WANT MUCHLY.

 

Seriously, I'm not sure I could possibly be more excited about anything in today's....hang on.

What's this?

Submitted by Margaret B.; made by Ann Zeleny

[gasp] 

It's a companion cube made of gingerbread! AAIEEE!!

Ahem.

Sorry - I promise that won't happen again.

Well, unless someone made something like the Burrow from Harry Potter out of gingerbread - but really, what are the odds of THAT ever...hang on.

By mezcraft; found via craftster.

Oh. My. Potter.

How is that thing even standing? What architectural genius is this?

Hit the links above for more detail shots; Michelle even made Molly Weasley's famous homemade sweaters to hang on a clothes line!

 

And now, more cute:

By the decorated cookie

As a button, you might say.

 

I have no idea how, but this next one even lights up:

By Somethin' Sweet

I want to ask where the wires are, but I feel like it might spoil the magic if I knew.

 

If there are little gingerbread houses in heaven, then I'm pretty sure they look like this:

By De Koekenbakkers

Am I right? It's just...heavenly.

 

Ooh, and here's the cherry on top:

 Also by De Koekenbakkers

Literally!

Btw, I never knew how much I wanted a lollipop tree until just now.

 

Ah, and speaking of trees...

By Gigi M.

Gives a whole new twist to "peppermint bark," doesn't it? :D

Now, I *think* these trees are made from stacked cookies, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, Gigi.

 

And finally, let's go out with a jaw-dropping gingerbread house bang:

Submitted by Lisa M. Spotted at Circlefest at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens; baker unknown.

BANG.


Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And remember, if you have a Sweet to nominate, just send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

P.S. Have you checked out my new book Wreck the Halls yet? It's less than $10 over on Amazon, and makes a perfect stocking stuffer/hostess gift/generic present for that person you have to buy for but don't really know all that well or don't want to spend much money on.

Wait. I mean for that person you love dearly and would spare no expense on. Uh, yeah. [winkwinksecretfistbump]

Sunday
Dec042011

Sunday Sweets: Painted Cakes

Don't worry, everyone; you came to the right place. You may have stopped short when you saw this cake:

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

...and wondered if you had accidentally surfed over to CakeShapedItemsWrappedinFancyWallpaper.com, but nope, this is Sunday Sweets, and that's a real, hand-painted cake!

 

Cake-painting is just like regular ol' painting, except the artist must work extra quickly when using food-grade paints, and must also be ok with the fact that his or her masterpiece will surely be sliced up and devoured by the end of the night.

Sumitted by Debbie C. and made by Sweet and Saucy Shop

"Noooooo!"

 

Most painted cakes don't rely on 3D fondant sculpting, so they get their visual impact from lots of detail and bold colors:

Sub'd by Kelly C. and made by Maggie Austin Cake

 

But here's a double dose of awesome: both fondant figurines and some amazing cake-painting inspired by the nostalgic children's illustrations of Lucie Attwell. (yup, Googled that).

Sub'd by Natasha and made by Nevie-Pie Cakes

So sweet I'm getting cavities just looking at it!

 

This painted-on barnyard scene adds a solid dose of whimsy to an already whimsical cake.

By Maggie Cakes

By Maggie Cakes It's dripping in whimsy! It's whimsy overload all up in heah! (That's how the cool kids say it. I'm not cool).

 

I love the simplicity of this cake, the designs look like super high-class doodles!

By The Cake Company

Did I ever tell you that my nickname in college was "The Doodler?" Maybe I'm cooler than I thought...

 

And if you just can't get enough animal imagery on cakes, you're going to go wild for this one:

Sub'd by Amber M. and made by Rising Flours

Out of Africa and into my heart! (And belly!) It's absolutely stunning. Baby giraffes, zebra print and cake may very well be all I need to get by in life.

 

But what's a post about painted cakes without an actual painting on a cake?

By CakeDiva73

Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh-on-with-your-bad-self!

 

However, if you asked me what the most unlikely painting to be reproduced in cake form would be, due to its abstract nature, abundance of miniature shapes and swirls, and a use of colors you simply aren't going to find in the cake decorating aisle, I would confidently reply: The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt.

(Actually I would just stare at you for a long time and slowly, unblinkingly, back away.)

 

Sub'd by Mary K. and made by Sweet Ladies Bakery

But what do you know? Here it is. Truly a work of art!

 

The impressionist style is a natural fit for painting with frosting. I think Monet would approve, and probably glumly wonder why he didn't think of it first.

Sub'd Emily L. and made by Megpie

Now you can have your art and eat it too! Yum-azing.

That's all for today, have a great rest-of-your-weekend!  

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.