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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 (481)

Sunday
Sep022012

Sunday Sweets: Sweet Things In Small Packages

OK, so... we've known each other for a long time now, right? And um, I just think, I mean, I really think that we're ready to, you know, take that next step together, you and me, so... I was wondering, if you would do me the honor of...

 ...looking at a bunch of beautiful jewelry-themed cakes with me?  

You will?  Oh, this is the happiest day of my life!

 

 Let's start things out sweetly with this charm bracelet cake.

 It appears that this birthday girl is turning 30 and likes cupcakes and presents. (Hey, so do I!) I hope she didn't think the bracelet was a present too, because it's 100% eat-able.

 

Do the cogs of your steampunk-loving-heart whir mechanically in a beating fashion for this pocket-watch?

By CC member LourdesGel (more pics at link)

The interior is actually set in gelatin to resemble resin. So cool.  Not to mention setting the bar very high for the typical "Jello cake," which consists of poking holes in a cake and pouring Jello mix inside.

 

Next up is this lovely triple-strand pearl necklace cake.  (I'm betting the stand is cake too, otherwise that would make for a very, very small cake).

By CakeCentral member tiptop57

Pearl trivia alert: Did you know it's bad luck to be given a pearl?  If it's a gift, you should buy it from the giver, even if you just give them a dime in return.  Not sure if pearl cakes fall into this category, so just give it to me and I'll bravely test the theory out.

 

But seriously, I just don't know about this 'decorating with jewelry' trend, because if I came to a party where the cake was dripping with matching necklaces, I would get all excited and think it was some kind of cool party favor display.

Submitted by Jessica C., made by We Bake In Heels

 I'd probably be just as excited to learn I could eat them though.

 

And some gifts are better off being eaten anyway.  Buying your boss a fancy new watch?  That's a good way to weird him out.

From the Raymond Weil page here (ordered for the CEO's anniversary), baker not listed.

 But making your boss a cake in the shape of a fancy watch?  You just got yourself a raise!

 

Here's another: 

Doesn't this look totally real?  That gold-plating is so smooth and shiny, I'm having visions of cracking a tooth on it.

 

The 'stones' inside this emerald choker are actually made from melted fructose and water.  

By CC member Aleksandraaa

 I didn't even know you could buy fructose.  What does it look like? Does it come in a bag?  I probably would have just attempted to microwave Jolly Ranchers or something, which is why I am not a professional cake-maker.  (However, I do make a mean Jello cake.)

 

And speaking of emeralds, this cake features so many it could be the Wizard of Oz's wedding cake.  If he like, really liked earrings, or something.

(Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, but the baker isn't listed. Anyone know?)

 Every single perfectly-piped pendant on this cake is completely edible as well.

 

And what would a jewelry-themed cake round-up be without including a certain iconic shade of blue?

 Forget Breakfast at Tiffany's, I'll take dessert!

 

Got a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks.com!

Sunday
Aug262012

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes, Take Two!

Hot dog! It's time for the 2nd Round of Threadcakes! 

To recap:  Threadcakes is a contest hosted every year by Threadless.com and co-judged by her grand-high-cakiness herself, Jen!  Bakers make cakes inspired by Threadless shirt designs, and I use the term "inspired by" loosely, because these cakes are more like perfect replicas.  So exact, it's almost eerie.  Like this trio of owls here:

 

 "Owls of the Nile"

By Claire Murphy

Whoooo doesn't think this is awesome?  No one, that's who. I want to hang them on my wall!

 

"Arabian Crescent"

 Incredible how the baker captured this design's hand-sketched look in fondant.  I also want to hang this one on my wall!  I don't really have an Arabian-moon-colony theme happening in my home right now, but I'd be willing to consider it.

 

"Sharkquestrian"

 

 These designs are so darn creative! I think I need a murderous-handlebar-head-shark cake, too.  Or the shirt version would be fine, if not nearly as tasty. 

 

"Epic Adventure Muppets DTG"

 

By KupKake Tree

 It's a Mount Rushmore of Muppets! I love how it plays with scale, from the big balloons above to the tiny little trees in the foreground. That, and Bunsen and Beaker on a bicycle built for two!

 

"Bad Bad Walker"

 

By Melissa Thomas

Ha!  This one really looks like a drawing come to life with all the outlined edges. It must be a baby AT-AT, because the ones in the movies are nowhere near toilet-sized.  (I actually have no idea what I'm saying and googled everything about that last sentence. Sorry. I'm just not that up-to-speed with Star Trek.)  (KIDDING!)

 

"Memento Mori"

 

By Lynn Smith

 Oooh, spooooky. And just in time for Halloween!  (If you happen to be a Halloween freak like me, and begin preparations in August.)  I'm sure your guests would devour this dust-covered delight, and if not, you could just set it out again next year.

  

 "NeverEnding Solo"

 Two words:

Falcor.

Keytar.

 There is no end to the awesomeness that is before you. Not to mention you can totally eat this. 

I need a moment.

 

"Halfling and Wizard" 

By Tiffany Cook

 

 Aw, Gandalf and Bilbo!  This baker totally nailed Bill Watterson's 'Calvin and Hobbes-y' style, which is how I've always secretly wished I could draw.  I'm tragically stuck in the land of stick figures and smiley faces.

 

 "Smiley Factory"

 

 Which is not such a bad thing, I guess.  Because oh my goodness, this one is drawn to perfection.  (Fondanted to perfection?)  And how funny is the plight of the smiley?  I can relate. That's basically my entire morning routine, right there.

 

 "Hooded"

By Elizabeth Marek of Artisan Cake Company

 Have you ever seen anything so lovely?  I would wear this and eat it and display it and cradle it in bed with me at night.  (Ok, maybe not that last one.) What insanely incredible talent.  

 

I almost feel bad for Jen. So many amazing Threadcakes this year, how could you possibly pick a favorite?! (If you're curious, watch the Threadcakes site this week, because I think they're announcing the winners very soon!)

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com!