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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
Mar152009

Sunday Sweets: Get OUT - That's Cake?!?

I've seen a lot of amazing cakes, people, but even I can't believe my eyes on this one:

According to these news articles, this life-sized Barbie doll is actually cake. Seriously.

That's pastry chef Jean Michel Raynaud there, too, unveiling his chocolate mud-cake Barbie in honor of the doll's 50th anniversary. (According to an interview he did here, Raynaud is the creative director of Sweet Art in Sydney.)

But let's get back to this "cake", shall we? (Still wrapping my brain around this - bear with me.)

Obviously not all of this creation is edible, but that's true of all cake masterpieces so I'm not going to quibble. Especially because in addition to the gold tulle skirt, two thousand Swarovski crystals were used. Sweet and sparkly - me likey.

Considering that the skirt base is most definitely cake if any of it is, I am particularly wowed by the super realistic "fabric" draping and stretching around the "knees":


When you consider that was carved out of a dense chocolate cake, it truly is a jaw-dropping work of art.

That's Australian model Erika Heynatz "cutting" the cake. Really, I think they just had her stick a knife in to show it's not a mannequin. Unless anyone has photos of this being served up? Let me know!

And thanks to Angela R. for being the first to send me the story.

Sunday
Mar082009

Sunday Sweets: Tuning in for 80s Cartoons

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks really are.

I'd like to say today's post will remind many of us of our childhood, but if you're like me you were probably watching some of these into your teens. (I especially loved Animaniacs in high school. Aw, great, now I'm going to be humming "Pinky & the Brain" all day. Dum da dum da dummm...)

First up, ZOINKS! It's Scooby-Doo!

(By the Cake Fairy, found by Margery S.)

And the Smurfs, too!

(By Sweet Treats, found by Jessica M.)

(By Nati's Cakes, found by Dorothy.)

Go Go Gadget Cake!

(Hand-painted by Denise at Cakes for You.)

How about a little classic cartoon violence? You know you miss it!


(Made by Karina's friend Cathy, who is not a professional!)

Now, some of you are going to take issue with the fact that this next one is a wedding cake, and therefore potentially worthy of ridicule. Still, it made me laugh, so I'm posting it. So there.


Cowabunga, dude! They even made a female Mutant Turtle for the bride topper - that, or they stuck a wig on an action figure - I can't quite tell. Either way, it's hilarious, and nicely done.

(I've had that pic on my hard drive forever, and have no idea whose it is. E-mail me if you know.)

Even ThunderCats gets some representin', and by Snarf no less!

(By Have Your Cake and Eat It, found by Laura.)

And lastly, you know how I've been badgering y'all to send me a Snorks cake? Well, my lovely Wresksistant Anne-Marie took it upon herself to surprise me with this last week:

Once I stopped laughing, I had to ask her how she even did this. You've got to understand: Anne-Marie is the best cook I know, but she's not a decorator. So considering she free-handed and decorated this using nothing more than a few tubes of store-bought icing, I think it's pretty darn good. And sweet, since she just wanted to ensure the Snorks were present in today's post. I just wish she didn't live on the other side of the country, so I could have had a slice. [crossing arms & pouting] Hmph.

Of course, AFTER Anne-Marie made that one, Pennie K sent in a more official Snorks Sweet:


She tells me she made it for her own birthday. Isn't it cute?

And yes, I AM happy now, thanks for asking.