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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 (321)

Sunday
Apr192009

Sunday Sweets: Game On!

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

This week I'm featuring some classic game Sweets. We all know there are TONS of video game console cakes out there, but what about the classics? You know, board games, card games, that kind of thing? Well, here's what I've got so far:

Here's the perfect board game to celebrate an 80th birthday: LIFE!

(Found by Veronica K here, and reportedly made by "that Ace of Cakes guy." Heh.)

Or how about a perfectly sweet Candy Land cake:

(Found by Cristy J, and also made by Charm City Cakes.)

And I just love this Taboo cake:

The most impressive part of this cake, though, is the young lady who made it. Melia is sixteen, and makes cakes as often as friends and family will let her. So check out her site here, and take heart that the future of cake art seems to be in good hands.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting a real nostalgia jolt from some of these cakes over here. Remember Operation?

(Found by Jessica C. over on Pink Cake Box.)

It even comes with tweezers! Nice touch. Now if we can just find a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake, my trip down memory lane will be complete. (Oh - and Mouse Trap. And maybe Battleship, although I'm not sure that counts as a board game.)

Here's one for my good friend John G.:

(Submitted by Myra B., who ordered it from Piece-A-Cake Bakery.)

For those of you who don't know, the game's called Carcassonne, and John G. digs it. I played it once, but I'm definitely more of a Pictionary kind of girl. At any rate, this sweet cake is our Fondant-Free Sweet of the week.

How about a few unconventional Chess sets? First, one in the kickin' Harry Potter style:

(Submitted first by Omegamom, and made by Bronte Cakes.)

Cool, huh? Believe it or not (I didn't at first) each chess piece is handmade without any molds. If you look closely, you'll see that they are all in fact slightly different:

Bron (the baker) also reports that it took two months to make all those pieces out of sugarpaste. Yowza.

And lastly, here's Dahlia's far more whimsical take on a Chess set:

You know me: I'm lovin' all those colors. The side texture is gorgeous, too.

That's it for now! If you have a classic game cake (or any other amazing cake design) you'd like to share, just send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Or, if you have an idea for the world's best Geek cake, submit it here for the chance to see your design brought to life by Melissa of Wild Cakes. I'll be helping Melissa & the Great White Snark himself choose the winning entry, and the resulting cake will be featured here and on GWS. So get your geeky creative juices flowing, and enter as many different ideas as you like.

Sunday
Apr122009

Easter Sunday Sweets

Hey all! John (the hubby of Jen) here. So my dear and wonderful wife, knowing how I get all weepy when I see kittens and bunnies and tribbles and the like, has asked me to take care of this week's Sunday Sweets. I'd like to think this is due to my incredible wit and charm, but it's probably more because she has to write a bazillion posts in the next two days. So, with no further ado, I give you: Easter Sweets!

This first one may be the most adorable bunny I have ever seen. Reminds me of those "Dunny" dolls Jen likes:

(Amy F. found it on Chocmocakes' Flickr stream here.)

Who's a cute widdle Dunny bunny? It's you, it's you!*

Next we have some fluffy bunny 'tocks. Jen thought the bottom texture looked a little like floral foam, but I think it's funky-cool.

(Found by Linda A., and made by Newsums of Cake Central. )

This next one has an unusual color scheme for an Easter cake, but it's nice and the bunny on top is super well done:
(Another find from Linda A. on Cake Central - this time by Dutch-Cakebox.)

As you all know, Jen is not overly fond of Easter lamb cakes. (Hey I just thought of a joke: What do you get when you eat most of an Easter cake? A quarter SHEEP cake! Booyah! Next stop, Reader's Digest!)

*ahem* As I was saying, Jen doesn't usually dig the lamb cakes - especially the smoking kind - but this one earned her seal of approval:

(Made by Andrea Schwarz. Thanks to Heather R. for submitting it!)

Personally I love the looks on their faces; like someone just jostled the cake and they all fell over. Cute!

And what would Easter be without a giant Easter egg and some lazy bunnies?**

(Pamela found it on Flickr and it was made by Cakes by Ashley. Thanks!)

This next cake is freaking amazing:

(Submitted by bunches of you, and made by the fantastic Fantasticakes.)

From the embossed pattern in the chocolate fondant to the sweet little chick on the top, this is one gorgeous cake. I've kneaded and rolled my fair share of fondant, so I can tell you that that egg was not easy. (If I had done it, there would be a big jagged seam up the back and pleats all over the place.) Also, Jen says the colors are "faboo", which I think means "cool."

And finally, here's a cake that both Jen and I looked at for a moment and said, "Wow, it's beautiful - but what is it?"

(Also submitted by a ton of you, and made by the one and only Highland Bakery.)

After a few moments we figured out that it's an Easter bonnet with a bunny cameo on it. (It's probably hard to tell because the edges are slightly cropped.) The skill shown in that ribbon and feathers is super impressive.

Well, that's it for me. Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions, and Happy Easter!

* I sounded very manly when I said this in my head.
** Great name for a rock band.