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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 (472)

Sunday
Jul292012

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes 2012

It's that time again! Yep, my favorite cake competition of the year, ThreadCakes, is going on NOW. The rules are simple: make a cake based on your favorite Threadless t-shirt design, take pictures, and submit them for a chance at fabulous prizes.

I've been asked to help judge the entries again this year, which is always a big honor, tons of fun, and so stinking hard. Don't believe me? Then just keep scrolling to see some of the fab entries that have come in so far!

(Actually, keep scrolling even if you DO believe me - I wouldn't want you to miss out.)

I'll be posting the Threadless design first, followed by the cake entry. Hit the links to see each entrant's page, complete with process pics and descriptions.

 

"Pillow Fight Champion"

 
Look at all that detail! And those spindly little legs! This Champ is no featherweight - so how is he standing up?



"The Original Copycat"

 

 

Awww-dorable.



"Day of the Dead Panda"

 

So perfect - you couldn't ask for a more exact replica than this.

 

 

"Your Love Keeps Lifting Me" (Muppets)

 


WHOAH. Once again you've got to wonder: how is that standing? Is the cake levitating? 'Cuz I think I'd give extra points for levitating cake. Just sayin'.



 "Sushi"

 

 By Natasha Tantama

 I think I'll let sleeping sushi lie.

 "Butterfly Effect"

 

 

Ok, yeah, it's creepy.
Creepy COOL.




 "Knight Owl"


I like the little plumes on the helmet. Such a hoot. :)


 
 
"A Room With A View"


 
 
By Renee Daly

These colors are the stuff that dreams are made of. In fact, I think the cake just might be prettier than the original design! Gorgeous.


"Friendship Totem Pole Muppets DTG"

By Nanthini Retnam

  It's the Muppets again! [Kermit flail] Yaaaaay! Love this design - and I never would have guessed it'd look this great in cake. I highly recommend clicking over to see all the in-process pics, on this and all the cakes today. You'll be blown away by the amount of detail and effort and time that went into each one.

And while you're at it, click over to the Threadcakes gallery to see all the other Sweets I *didn't* feature today. You'll love it.

The contest is open 'til August 13th, so if you like to bake, why not give it a try? It's great fun, and most of the entrants are hobby bakers, so don't think you have to be a pro to enter. And hey, if you mess up TOO badly, you could still send me a picture. You know, for an amateur Wreck feature. ;)


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.
Sunday
Jul222012

Sunday Sweets: C'est Bon!

Bonjour, mon amis! Today's sweets are mostly inspired by Marie Antoinette, so you know what that means: Prepare your eyeballs for an over-the-top feast of excessiveness!

(And no, we won't be having any gruesome headless sweets commemorating Marie's rather gruesome end. Sheesh. Get your mind out of the guillotine.)

Yep, it's all decadence and girliness from here on out! And yay for that, because have I mentioned I've been helping my husband Matt at football camp all week? Yes, I've been sharing a house with 25 teenage boys for the last five days. I could use a little girliness up in here.

 

Fortunately this first beauty is a sight for my pink-deprived eyes:

By Cakes By Tess

And how appropriate that it includes a fabulous fondant fan, because I'm already feeling the need to fan myself!

[Swoon!] Such loveliness!

 

And here's the lady of the hour herself...

By CakeCentral member Lindasuus

...sweetly putting to shame every Barbie-torso-stuffed-in-a-cake ever made.

 

This one is so absolutely flawless and stunning, I'm convinced it doesn't really exist.

By Cake Coquette (More detail shots at the link)

We've all just collectively dreamed it or something. (We have excellent imaginary taste, you and I!)

 

Now here's a solution to that pesky problem of how to hide plastic cake pillars: Simply pipe a decorative cage of icing between the tiers for an elaborate camouflaging exoskeleton of awesomeness!

By Edible Art by Kate

Er, on second thought, you might want to just leave that to the pros.

 

I thought this Fabergé Egg cake was a winner on its own ... (Seriously, doesn't it look like a 1st place trophy to you? Or is that the football camp talking?)

...but then I scrolled down and realized the egg was only one quarter of the whole cake!

By Fire and Icing

Wow. The layers look like carved marble or porcelain, and I love those unique shapes, too. It's hard to believe the tiers wouldn't shatter when you went to cut a slice!

 

I think more food should be adorned with edible pink tassels, don't you?

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

I love this color scheme so much; fun, flirty, and fit for a queen. I bet ol' M.A. would lose her head over it!

 

Oooh, sorry Marie. Too soon?

Submitted by Anne Marie B. and made by Rosey Confectionary Sugar Art

Oh, don't stare at me with that doleful expression. Turn your attention instead to the amazing miniature dessert table in your boudoir. And hey, is that rug edible too? Incredible.

 

Here comes another amazing egg cake. I'm not really sure if fancy eggs are a Marie Antoinette thing, but they're both similarly lavish, so it works for me.

By Cakes Du Soleil

Just gorgeous. If I was serving this cake, I don't think I'd let them eat it, youknowwhatI'msayin?
(Like "Let them eat cake?" Marie's famous line? You know? Yes? Never mind.)

 

This is probably my favorite cake today:

Submitted by Devon C; by Cake Opera Co.

I thought it was Marie masquerading as a... um... masquerader, while holding a kangaroo for fun, but the website informs me that this is actually an 18th century French figurine, masked to conceal her illicit rendezvous, and juxtaposed by the fawn in her arms meant to represent birth and innocence.

So, I was close.

 

All of these fanciful confections make me want to host a Marie Antoinette party! How about you? Here's a checklist of everything we need:

By Cakes by Erin

Powdered wigs, macarons, frilly shoes, masks, more fancy eggs (I guess they really are a thing) tiny top hats, (pretty sure that's NOT a thing, but I'll go with it), and of course, cake!

 

Does this cake remind you of a hot-air balloon, too?

Submitted by Promise W. and made by Ganache Patisserie

And did you know that the first manned hot-air balloon ride took place in front of Marie Antoinette and the French court? And that it was "manned" by a sheep, a rooster, and a duck?

True story.

Here's another one: this cake is fantastic! Do you see the little movie-scene applique? Too cool.

 

I'm not sure how inspired by Marie Antoinette this final cake is, but it's incredible. At over three feet tall and almost two feet wide, I'm pretty sure this is the cake they serve you when you die and go to heaven:

By Sweet Thing Black Orchid

Oh, wait. Actually this is the signature cake for the Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring. Which, after a week at football camp, sounds enough like heaven to me.

 

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