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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 (320)

Sunday
May242009

Defying Gravity

Hi, all. John here with your weekly dose of Sunday Sweets. This week, we'll be looking at the design staple of bakeries everywhere: the topsy-turvy.

Observe:
This one's from Design Me a Cake, and is one of Jen's all-time favorites.

I remember going to the ICES convention at Disney and drooling over the topsy-turvy pans. Sadly, they were like a thousand bucks* so we ended us getting the super-ultra-mini-version for like half a thousand bucks.** It's kind of hard to ice a top tier that's only two inches across, though, so we haven't had much success with it.

Check out this funky example:

(By Sharon of Sharon's Cake Art)

Topsy Turvies are most impressive when it looks like the cake is juuuust about to fall:


And then there are the ones that really do seem to break the laws of physics:

This "Moulin Rouge meets Tim Burton" beauty is by Gabrielle of Cake Coquette, and is "nearly" fondant-free, too. (According to Rachel R., only the swags and swirls were made from fondant - which means that is some shiiiiny buttercream.)

I wanted to show you the nifty cake Bronwen Weber did on that Food Network Challenge last month, but this was the best photo I could find:

That sidepiece was the only thing supporting the cakes. Crazy.

Just goes to show: If the folks at your party have the uncontrollable urge to run forward to try to save the cake, then you have done your job well.

And finally, for you Dr. Seuss fans...

So. Cool.

Jen thinks this was the winner - or at least one of the winners - of a Dr. Seuss themed contest over on Cake Central. It was made by The People's Cake.

Thanks to, ah, Jen for finding most of these beauties. You're a real trooper.

* I'm probably exaggerating here.
** and here.

Sunday
May172009

Sunday Sweets: Legos!

Legos aren't just for kids anymore; there's a thriving artist community that builds amazing sculptures, mosaics, and other art pieces with them. You know, like cake:

(Submitted by Beth of LEGOLAND.com)

(Found by Katy E. here. And btw, from those bins in the background I thought this was taken in a store. It wasn't - that's the guy's HOUSE. Leaping Lego-Loving Lizards, Batman!)

'Course, those cakes are made of real Legos. But how about some cakes made of Legos made of cake?

Number of Lego bricks individually cut and trimmed? 125
Number of Lego "studs", placed one by one? 442
Hours to create? "at least" 8
Site of the crazily devoted Mom responsible? Jumpin' Monkies

And get this: she's not a professional baker, y'all. Wowza. (Thanks to Such Cool Stuff for the link!)

Here's the Goliath version by Chocmocakes:

I've seen a couple of mid-construction Lego wedding cakes, but I really like this one:

(Found here by Amy L., and guess what? It's another Charm City Cakes creation!)

But if you wanted something more subtle, here's a cool minimalist version:

(Source, but no baker credit. A little help?)

And another more-subtle version that Miriam L. saw at a wedding just last week:


Love it! (More pics of the Lego-themed wedding here.)

And lastly, for you cupcake types, some gorgeous examples by the oh-so-talented Hello Naomi:

*Similar Sweets: Lego Batman: The Video Game