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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 (416)

Sunday
Jul312011

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes 2011

It's Threadcakes time again, peeps! This is the contest inviting you (yes, YOU) to make a cake of your favorite Threadless shirt design. There are fun prizes, and your cakes are judged by the likes of Mary Alice from Ace of Cakes, Bakerella, Bake and Destroy, and yes, even yours truly. :D

One of my favorite parts is seeing how folks interpret a 2D illustration into a 3D cake sculpture. You know, like this:

"The Friendly Spirit"



So fun. The moss is made from green coloring and ground almonds! Genius.


Here's a fun throwback to our old-school arcade pals:

"This Game Sucks"

And its 3D interpretation:

By Elina Prawito of bake-a-boo

Now I want to play Super Mario Bros.

This zombie sandwich is an adorable choice for Threadcakes:

"Breaaad"

And this little cake is to die for!


By Melissa Cody

I love how his little zombie legs are bursting through the baggie! Great detail.

You would think this next heavily detailed design would be impossible to replicate in cake:


"Carpooling is Fun!"

But this baker totally brought it to life. Adorable!

By Jessica Keller

Click on the link to read Jessica's extensive process in creating this cake. And if you think Jessica's style looks familiar, it's because she made the Yoshi cake from last year's contest!

This is a cute design on its own:

"Pros Cons"

But the baker really thought outside the (cigar) box when building this cake.


The box is made of vanilla cake with white chocolate berry swiss meringue buttercream. Mmmmm.... cigars.

There's a 2D category in the Threadcakes contest as well. This is where detail and painting really shine.

I love this original design:
"Bloombox"

So naturally, its cakey counterpart is just as fun!

That takes a steady hand.

I wouldn't want to tackle this incredibly detailed design:

"Sounds of The Ocean"

But the baker really made it pop by adding the 3D elements.


It took Leanne five days to mold all those pieces! Outstanding work.

The designs that feature comics are always fun to see as cakes.

"Captain Obvious"

The paint is key in getting the look right.


By Sarah Woodward

Sarah just graduated HIGH SCHOOL! She's really got a talent for baking and art... obviously.

This next design has a lot of detail to begin with.

"My Life is a Game (a New Stage)"

But the baker really pulled it off:

By Henry Ma

And finally, this sweet design is a great choice for a Threadcake:


"If On A Winter's Night Young Lovers"



Absolutely beautiful.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. And don't forget to check out Threadcakes for more amazing cakes!

Sunday
Jul242011

Sunday Sweets: Harry's Sweet Send-Off

Though the movie premiered last weekend, Potter Mania is still going strong here at the Yates household. I finished up John's custom carved wand display a few days ago, and we've been having a blast searching and sorting through all the Sweets flooding our inbox.

So, without further ado, here are the rest of the best of the best Potter cakes! (Oh, and if you missed the first half, click here.)

First, a magically delicious monster book of monsters:


Have I mentioned that I'd like one of those displayed in my office, too?


This one is like an edible still-life; I had to do a double take before I realized it was cake:

By Cake Central member Goonergirl

Even more I-can't-believe-it's-cake:



The lightning bolt font is especially...striking.

[bah-dum-CHA!]


Artisan Cake Company also made the best edible golden snitches:


They're chocolate truffles, and I totally want to make some. Hit the link above for instructions.

More adorable cupcakes:


For those of you who believe it's the inside that counts, Darla over at Bakingdom did a fantastic house colors cake:

By Bakingdom

Hit the link to see how she did it.


I featured an amazing replica of Hagrid's hut last week, but here's one more:

By Cake Central member PennieK

Ah - wait for it - MAZING.

And here's another jaw-dropping Sorting Hat, too:


Submitted by Jessica W. and made by Highland Bakery

Complete with a hand painted Hogwarts Express on the bottom tier. BRILLIANT!

From hand painted to hand sculpted:


Submitted by Ellen B. and made by The Sugarcraft Emporium

This Hogwarts Express cake includes the entire platform!




Simply adorable:


I like how the striped board looks like Harry's scarf. Clever!

Another cool design:

Charm City Cakes (aka Ace of Cakes) again did a castle cake for the movie premier, but this time it was the battle-scarred Hogwarts:

Submitted by Emily J. and made by Charm City Cakes

Turn out the lights, and you'll see their creation really shine:

...and smoke. Wow.

Well, there you have it, fellow muggles! Hope you enjoyed this ridiculously long Potter Sweets feature. Now I'm off to collapse.

Happy Sunday!

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