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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 (308)

Sunday
Jun212009

Sunday Sweets: Happy Father's Day

(Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, to remind you how wrecky the Wrecks really are.)

I like the trend of making Father's Day cakes that look likes shirts and ties; it turns the cliche into something so much sweeter. Check these out:

(Found by Brenda Jo on Cakebox)

Ok, so the sweater is a wee bit shiny, but you've got to admire the skill all that piping required. Plus, it's mostly fondant free!

For the more formal, pinstripe-wearing Dad, Jen C. found this one over at Jill's Sugar Collection:

See how those stripes pool into little dots at the bottom edge without breaking? That's talent. Kudos, Jill.

Laudine F. found this beautifully detailed number on De Leukste Taarten:

I'm not sure who the baker is exactly, though, since my Dutch is pretty rusty. (And by "rusty" I mean "non-existent".)

(UPDATE: Apparently y'all have non-rusty Dutch and the name of the baker is Lieselotte. Bedankt!)

And check out what Bakerella whipped up for Dad:

So. Cute.

Those are mini cupcakes (with brownie centers) for the burgers, and sliced sugar cookies for the fries. Even better, Bakerella provides the templates to make the baskets & french fry holder for free on her site. (I'm sure you could modify that text for birthdays or other holidays.)

Oh, and a Happy Falker Satherhood to you all!

Sunday
Jun142009

Sunday Sweets: Star Wars

Well, I gave Trek its time in the sun, so it's only fair to showcase some Star Wars goodness now. Besides, since I shared in the heady experience of a group heatstroke with approximately three million SW fans yesterday, I'm definitely in a "Wars" mindset.

The challenge, of course, was finding SW Sweets that my friend Mike over at Great White Snark hasn't featured yet. Seriously, Mike, how's about you leave some goodies for the rest of us cake-loving geeks to post, eh? Sheesh. It's a good thing Star Wars fans reeaally enjoy their cake.

Ok, let's start with the "official" stuff. Jim found these two on StarWars.com, and both were made by the "Ace of Star Wars Cakes" himself, Duff Goldman. (That link leads to a great article on Duff, btw, for you Ace of Cakes fans.)

Hard to believe it's not a large model, huh? And check out this next one:

Wowza. The gang at Charm City Cakes really rocked this one. Kudos, guys.

Here's the backside:



Kristi F. sent in this amazing Millennium Falcon by Cakes by Jyl:

Just look at that detail! Jyl reports that everything here is edible, too. Nice!

Rose B. found a Star Wars wedding cake:

And get this, icing purists: that AT-AT is almost entirely fondant-free! Amazing. Here's another cool shot:

Yep, those are the bride and groom figurines - and they dressed to match! The cake was made by the bride's friend Teresa, and the cutie-patootie Ewok cupcakes by her friend Amanda. You can see all the fun wedding pics here.

Here's Brooks G.'s amazing R2D2 groom's cake, which he was kind enough to share with me this week:

Artoo was made by the 1886 Cafe & Bakery in Austin, TX, who were furnished with painstakingly detailed diagrams, photographs, and plans by the bride, Kristina. Yes, the bride. (Alright, Kristina! Way to represent for us geek gals!) Oh, and speaking of which, here's Kristina with the cake:

After all the guests were through taking pictures with Artoo (in increasingly risque poses, I hear) the couple cut the cake - while playing the "waaaHHHH!" noise that R2d2 makes when he gets shot in the head with a blaster. Heh. Morbid, but funny. I bet the guests loved it.

And lastly, here's another wedding cake, by Dy Rinella of Bewitching Elegance:

Not only is Dy a vegan baker, she also won the Star Wars Insider Best Wedding Cake of 2008 with this gorgeous Star Destroyer. It was made for a couple who belong to the 501st, an "imperial costuming organization."

See?

The cake's obviously been cut here, but check out all the tiny details:

Looks like it was a well-deserved win, Dy! Great job.

If you want to see more great Star Wars cakes (and I mean LOTS more) head over to Great White Snark for his Geeky Cake of the Week feature. And as always, if you have an amazing cake to nominate for SS, send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. (I also take requests, so if you have an idea for a theme, let me know.)