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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

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Sunday
Jun032012

Sunday Sweets: Jen's Favorites

No theme this week: just an eclectic mix of some of my favorite submissions that have come in over the past few months.

First, an opening act by Janice of The Electric Mayhem:

By Sweet Ruby Cakes

This cakey rocker chick is blowing my mind. I want to see a slice out of it somewhere, just to prove it's really cake! (And while you're at it, I'd like a life-sized Swedish Chef cake, too, please. BORK BORK.)

 

Next up, a SUPER adorable cake:

By Amanda R. of The Sweet Treat Leap Cake Shoppe, which I dare you to say three times fast.

I'm digging the cartoony shape of the skyscraper, and just look at those handcrafted figures!

 

I want them all. Can you just make me a batch of gumpaste superheroes, Amanda? You know, for my desk? I'm not greedy; I'll just take Batman & Robin & Green Lantern & the little Superboy up there. And Spidey. And a few bags of cartoon money. And a balloon or two. But that's it.

 

Speaking of cute and cartoony...

By The Cake Fairy

Things I love about this cake:

1. Side rainbow of awesomeness
2. 3D hair of fabulosity
3. Picture-perfect piping of punctiliousness

Word.

 

Gosh, going by my choices so far you'd think I was a thirteen-year-old girl, and not a...um...slightly older girl.

So...

Moving on to my favorite Tinkerbell cake...

By Sweet Ruby Cakes

Look how pretty she is! And check out the flower silhouettes painted on the cake tiers, and the wooden sign, and that bitty little lady bug - so many great details. But really, that handmade Tink steals the show; from her vine-wrapped hair bun to her little shoe pom-poms, she's just perfection. (Hey, would it be weird if someone commissioned a cake just for the topper? Asking for a friend.)

Ok, I'll give you a break from the cutesy cartoon characters now...

Submitted by Cristina S., made by KayLynn Cakes

And show you some cutesy cartoon candy, instead!

Look at those ice cream cone pillars. LOOK AT THEM. And the candy dots border! And the pleated rainbow ribbons! And the lollipops!

Can you get a sugar high from eye candy? Because I think I just did.

 

Now here's a Sweet I've been waiting to feature for ages:

By Cake Adoration

I'm a big fan of cake artists who use icing like paint, both because it's a rare skill and because it gives the cake a charmingly handcrafted look. This cake is entirely fondant-free, and all the dogs are hand-piped. As if that weren't enough, check out the thin black lines; don't they make it look like a 2D drawing popped off the page?

It's cakes like this that give me the baking itch all over again. Love it.

 

You guys know I've seen a lot of great cakes, so when I tell you this next one made me gasp with delight, you better believe it's something special.

BEHOLD!

Submitted by Liz C. and made by Devilish Delights

Who recognizes this? (There's a big hint in the placard. Hehe.)

I'm in awe of this cake's construction. It's not easy to make a cake look like it's falling apart without it *actually* falling apart! I'd love to see the interior supports & in-process photos - talk about an engineering feat!

Here's a screen grab of the scene in question, so you can compare:

Pretty bang on, right? I guess you could call this the first Wreck Sweet! (Sweet Wreck?)

 

Hmm. I think this post could use a little more green, don't you?

By La Bella Torta

"Find me delicious, you will."

I've seen a lot of amazing Yoda cakes lately, but this one is especially charming with its custom cake board and Yoda's great expression and, of course, THOSE EARS. (I would very much like to nom one.)

 

My faithful Wrecky Minion Julianne has a newborn baby girl in the house, and this past week she's let me and John come over to take pictures of little Ellie for fun. We then got a little carried away buying Ellie cutesy little headbands and bows and dresses and even sewing her a ruffly diaper cover, and I blame my next Sweet on all of that over-the-top baby cuteness:

Submitted by Courtney P. and made by Royal Decadence Cakes

Ruffles and flowers and bows, oh my!!

Not only is that some killer cute detailing, I'm also loving the color choices. Apple green, sky blue, fuchsia, and gold make a surprisingly beautiful combination!

 

And finally, I really will give you a break from my incessant cute fixation to show you my new favorite steampunk wedding cake:

By Good Gracious Cakes

This beauty has a real Tim Burton vibe to it, and that winged wrench topper looks so much like a bat that it took me a few seconds to realize what it was!

I like how this cake just gets better and better and more detailed the further you move down the tiers. Check out the crazy-cool clock face detail on the purple "suede" tier:

And look at the tiny screwheads or rivets on the bottom lantern tier! Plus that airbrushed glow is easily my favorite part of the whole cake; it's so vivid, and the scrollwork and spider really "pop" against it. Just beautiful.

 

Hope you enjoyed meandering through my favorite Sweets this week, guys! Next Sunday I think I'll do an Avengers post, so if you bakers out there have a cake you'd like us to consider featuring, please send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
May272012

Sunday Sweets: Jolly Rogers

A'hoy there, me hearties! Comb your beard, grab your eyepatch, and screw that peg leg in extra tight, because we're about to set sail for adventure. We seek the sweetest Sweets on the seven seas, in a pursuit of pirate pastry! Yo ho, let's go!

And here comes our sailing vessel now:

By BakingGirl

... gently gliding toward us on rolling waves of blue buttercream!

(Note to self: no more rum for breakfast.)

 

Who knows what mysteries and adventures await?

No, seriously, does anyone know? 

Perhaps we should consult a map first...

Submitted by Darren R. & made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

 Hmm, looks like we head east for a bit, then take a left at the terrifying and hopefully not-drawn-to-scale sea dragon. Got it.

Hey, where did everybody go?

 

 Don't worry, mates, whether through shark-infested waters, cannon-fire, or an ogling octopus...

By K'precious Cakes

 ...your captain would never lead you astray!

 

Avast ye! What's this? Another captain cake?! Do I smell a mutiny?

By CW reader Erin C.

You, there! Captain Beckett! There's only room on this ship for ONE captain, comprende?  

Oh, forget it. You're just too darn cute.

 

And Captain Hook, TOO?  Fine. I'll make one last exception.

By Erin Salerno

 Besides, your prosthetic could totally double as a dough hook for my KitchenAid. That might really come in handy. AH HA HA! Ha. ha. Ahem. Sorry.

 

You know, there's an old superstition that having a woman on board will bring the voyage bad luck.

By Cake Ink.

I'm not buying it. But I'll tell you what I will buy: every last one of these adorable pirate princess cupcakes.

 

Mmmhmm, better throw in a dozen or so of these cookies, too.

By Sweet Sugar Belle

Villainy at sea has never looked cuter! 

 And I'm not sure whether Jack the monkey here is also cute, or is secretly plotting the demise of every living thing he sees.

Sub'd by Christina W. & made by Love to Cake

 I'm not even sure if he's cake or an actual monkey.  So lifelike.

(But I am sure I'm digging the use of silver dragees here.)


Shiver me timbers, it looks like we've got company, in the form of another superb ship!

Check out these fabulous details – the cannons, the railings, the sails, and the jolly roger – edible, all of it!  Well, maybe not the sails, but I'm sure if you tried hard enough...

And here's the poop deck!

By Nellaine

 Really, I just wanted to say "poop deck."

 

Aye, we've hit the motherlode: Tasty treasure galore!  But the real treasure isn't the cake, it was spending time with all of you.

By Karren's Specialty Cakes & Confections

Just kidding, it's the cake. 

Pass me a fork. 

Arrrg!

 

Avast, have a Sweet to nominate, ye folksal dogs? Then be sending it me way at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!