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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
Oct162011

Sunday Sweets: Tim Burton Tribute!

We all have a favorite Tim Burton movie, be it Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, or Alice in Wonderland. (No one's favorite is Planet of the Apes. FACT.) So to gear up for Halloween, let's check out some ghoulishly gorgeous Burton-inspired Sweets.

How about we start with a little visit to Halloweentown?

Made by Making That Cake

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters were originally made from clay, so they're the perfect candidates for fondant!

Made by Celebra

Check out the hand-painted border on the bottom - so cute!

 

I love this giant Jack Skellington:

Submitted by Eri R., made by Bluebird Cakes

That's some talented sculpting!

 

I really like the abstract character designs on these more traditional cake tiers:

By Cake Central member tinazzzvikings74

What? No Zero?

 

These pretty packages are topped with some of the most realistic "fabric" bows I've ever seen:

Made by Chocmocakes

Ready to go under a Christmas Town tree!

 

What's this? What's this? There's cuteness in the air!

By Bella Cupcakes

Uh oh... now I've got THIS stuck in my head.

 

Look! Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

Submitted by Liz and made by chocmocakes

This cake looks way too amazing to be edible. It's like a prop from the movie!

 

Moving from one claymation masterpiece to another, let's check out some cakes inspired by The Corpse Bride.

This boned beauty is a replica of the wedding cake in the film:

Photo by BrixtonCat, baker not listed. Anyone know?

The topper is different from the one in the movie, but this one makes me swoooon!

 

This baker gets bonus points for making two cakes: one for Victor and Emily, the Corpse Bride, and one for Victor and Victoria:

Made by All About Cake

I love those very Burton-esque details, and the fondant toppers are adorable! I'll take them all, please.

 

I squealed like a little girl when I saw this gorgeous Edward Scissorhands cake:

Made by Christopher Garren's

Every aspect of this cake represents the magic of the film: the ice sculpture, animal topiaries, brightly-colored houses, the hill to Edward's house, and of course... Edward's house!

Absolutely delightful.

 

Now, for the ghost with the most, for some laughter from the hereafter, for the slave to the grave... Get ready, because IT'S SHOWTIME!

Introducing Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJU....

Maybe I shouldn't.

By Giggy's Cakes and Sweets

This goofy ghoul is the spitting image of Beetlejuice's cartoon alter-ego.

 

And this is from one of my favorite scenes from the movie:

Made by Pixie Dust Cakes

I never would have believe the Beej could look that cute. And check out the busted seams on the couch, and that linoleum "floor"! To die for.

 

As a life-long Tim Burton fan, I'd be over the moon with any of today's cakes, but this final Burton-inspired beauty is my absolute fav:

Made by LaCaketiere

It's both creepy and whimsical. Creemsical!

Plus, those dingy details really make it look like stone; hard to believe there's soft cake under there!

Take a look at the back:

It only has eyes for you. [smirk]

You can see more detail shots here.

Oh, and in all the research I did for this post, I found NO cakes for Frankenweenie or Mars Attacks! I do believe I've just given you your next mission, bakers. Hop to.

 

Have a sweet to nominate? Then send it to sundaysweets [at] cakewrecks [dot] com.

 


Sunday
Oct092011

Sunday Sweets: Fall Treats

You guys, the weather here in Florida is now a crisp, clean, [checking temperature] uh...84 degrees.

Yippee! Time to break out the sweaters!

Yep, we Floridians may be a thin-blooded lot, and our trees might stay green year-round, but that doesn't mean we don't love us some Autumn colors!

And pumpkins! Who doesn't love pumpkins?

 By Cakes by Suzy

How gorgeous is this? The Fairy Godmother herself couldn't ask for a finer specimen. Love the squiggle wires, too. (That's the correct technical term, right? "Squiggle wires?")

 

It goes against the grain to say it, but this next Sweet leaves me no choice: I think you'll find it's all bark and no bite.

By Cake Obsessed, aka Sweet Fix

Well, no bites yet, anyway. Pass the forks?

 

I'm seriously crushing on this anniversary cake:

By Cakes by Suzy

Isn't that the perfect shade of green to go with those adorable little pumpkins?

 

It's no secret that orange is my favorite color - yet another reason why I love this time of year. It's also the perfect accent color! It only takes a little to add a lot of POP: 

By The Sweetest Thing Cakes

These colors = perfection.

 

You're not going to believe this, but the little pumpkins on this next Sweet are edible!

By Cake Central member Estasrica

Yes, really; they're fondant "frosted" with sugar! The cake itself is fondant-free and hand-piped. Just amazing.

 

This one goes on my "all-time favorite Sweets" list:

By Lilo Taart

Again, those colors are perfection. Warm, dramatic, cheerful: everything you could want from the season! Plus, if you've ever wondered how to pull off a short topsy-turvy cake, this is the gold standard right here. Great angles.

 

Ever wonder if fairy houses change with the season?

By Truong

You can almost see little wisps of smoke coming out of that chimney, can't you? And check out the perfect line shading on the steps and flowers by the door; it looks more like a 3D painting than a cake!

 

This couple met at a campfire, so they asked for one on their wedding cake:

And I bet you never thought a campfire could look this sweet!

By Cake Central member cupcakegirl22

Seriously. Those little flames? And logs that look like actual tree logs and not poo? I die. I die of cute.

 

It's easy to get caught up in the traditional Fall themes and designs, but there's plenty of room for some modern chic:

By MsGwinn

This autumn wedding cake features the sweetest lil' nuzzling blue birds and clean, bold lines. I like it!

 

And hold onto your hats, 'cuz this next Fall design is a real Drama Queen:

By YOU'nique Cakes

Oooh, love the reds and teals mixed in with the more traditional oranges and dark browns! Gorgeous!

 

And finally, let's end with a quintessential Fall beauty:

By Tiffany's Baking Co.

A bushel of apples, whimsically stacked tiers, perfect piping, delicate flowers...and all wrapped up with a raffia bow!

Just look at those details - right down to the "staples" holding the barrel together! And the piping! And the flowers! Totally swoon-worthy.

Oh, and I never pay much attention to the flavor details on Sweets, but this one was pumpkin cake with a caramel apple filling and cream cheese frosting. I don't even like cream cheese frosting, guys, and I'm totally drooling over here. Mmmm.

Hope this helped launch you into the Fall spirit, my friends! (And if you can't get enough, there are more here and here.)

 

Bakers, did you know you're allowed to nominate your own Sweets? In fact, we encourage it! So please, send your favorites to Sunday Sweets {at} Cake Wrecks {dot} com.