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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 (315)

Sunday
Aug092009

Sunday Sweets: Castles

It's pretty rare that I get to break out the ol' baking pans these days, but happily John and I get to provide John & Abby's baby shower cake next weekend. We're going with a medieval knights and dragon theme - which is tough to find at the party store, I might add. Anyhoo, while researching cake ideas, I came across some gorgeous castle examples that were too good not to share. So here I am, sharing them. Enjoy!

I've had this gorgeous sand castle cake on my hard drive for ages, so I don't know who made it. Anyone know?

Here's a sweet Arabian Nights style - I'm such a sucker for those little onion domes! (Made by The London Cake Company & submitted by Victoria M.)

This is a wedding cake, so mad props to whoever thought up having the bride and groom figurines riding a dragon! Plus the castle itself is a great medieval style - check out the little crossbow windows and delicate stone shading. (Found by Evil M., made by Jane's Cakes )

And finally, here's the ultimate castle cake for us Disney Geeks:

Woohoo! Am I right?

Here's a close-up:

Just gorgeous. I think Walt would be proud.
(Found by Stacey R., made by Cakes By Lynette)

Have a sweet to nominate, or a theme to suggest? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

- Similar Sweets: Castles & Fairies

Hey, pro bakers! I still need volunteers to provide the cake for most of the stops on the coming book tour. Here are the cities still in need of the cakey goodness:
Orlando, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, & NYC

This is a great chance to show off your handiwork to hundreds of locals residents, and of course I'll be sharing the love here on CW and via Twitter. So if you're a professional baker (sorry, no home-baked goods) and are interested, please let me know!

Sunday
Aug022009

Sunday Sweets: More Threadcakes

The Threadcakes competition ends tomorrow, so if you're planning on entering you'd best get a move on. Oh, but first, allow me to demoralize you a bit with some more of the amazing entries:

(Same deal as last week: Threadless design first, followed by the Threadcake entry. Click on the names for more photos & info.)


By Erin Okuno

By Analee Scripter


By Jennifer Flynn

By Leslie Evans

If you want to see the mind-numbing amount of work that goes into a cake like this, check out Leslie's start-to-finish time-lapsed video here.

And finally, I have to give a shout-out to my fellow cake lovers at the national ICES convention in Illinois, which is ending today. I especially appreciate y'all spreading the Wrecky joy amongst the as-yet-uninitiated at the con. Case in point: Kathy (of Kathy's Kakes), taught a class on "unusual tier styles" Friday, and this was her demo cake:

See anything familiar? Here, let me zoom in:

Yep, those are the Carrot Jockeys - although they've traded in their carrots for little orange candies to fit the ICES "Sweet Time in '09" theme. Kathy reports that roughly half of the class "got it." (The other half was quickly indoctrinated). Excellent work, Kathy! And to you new ICES readers, welcome!