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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 (328)

Sunday
Jun072009

Sunday Sweets: Candy!!

Sometimes I take issue with cakes made to look like other food items. However, if the other food items are CANDY, I'm totally willing to let the issue slide.

Hey, Jennifer P., let me see that Tootsie Roll!!

(To the left, to the left...)

Uh, Jennifer, I really was only talking about the cake. Yeah. Sorry. It's neat how you don't throw your back out doing that, though. [clearing throat awkwardly] Very, er...limber.

So, the cake! Yes, let's talk about the cake! It was made by Highland Bakery - the same folks who did that adorable pumpkin & mice beauty last Fall - and the airbrushing on the creased "wrapper" is pretty darn cool in my book.

Jamie H. considers this next one to be the "pride and joy" of her cake portfolio, and it's easy to see why. Hey, I don't mean to gush, but just look at the hand-piped detail on this beauty:

Excellent.

Hey there, Delilah, give me a break: your submission is sooo making me hungry:

(By the terrifyingly talented Michelle Cakes)

And no, I am not going to call Bridgitte a "Smartie-Pants" for sending this next one in:

Those are individual cakes in there, and the whole thing was just under 2 feet long. How creative is that: just open the wrapper and everyone gets their own mini-cake! Foster's Frostings, if I were wearing a hat right now, I would totally tip it to you.

For you PEZ fans, Dani M. found this one made by Rebecca V.:

Plus, Rebecca explains how she made it here.

And lastly, a few adorable candy "medleys":

(Submitted by Kimberly S., and made by Andrea Schwarz.)

Those lollipops and truffles are just the cutest, and the sundae reminds me of the nifty Play-Doh ice cream parlor set I had when I was little - although a lengthy Google search has left me high and dry in the photo department. Drat. I did find the commercial that goes "A tisket, a tasket, a flower-making basket!" though - remember that thing?

And I suppose this post wouldn't be complete without a CandyLand tribute. Jackie S. submitted this one by Cake Central member YoursTrulyTx:


The only "real" candy here is the candy canes. And again, I'm an absolute sucker for those lollipops. (Get it? "Sucker?" Ah, I am on FIRE today.)

As always, if you'd like to nominate a Sweet, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Sunday
May312009

Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks

This past week I read a story on how rapper Kanye West is a "proud non-reader" and, despite the fact that he recently wrote a 52-page book of "Kanye-isms" that he would like you to buy and read yourself, he has "no respect" for books. Or to put it in his own words,

"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph."

That's good, Kanye, since it's a right pain to get a book to even hold a pen, much less autograph itself.

Anyhoo, after banging my head against the desk and weeping for future generations, I decided that today we should celebrate those authors and illustrators who made (and make) reading so much fun during our early years.

Remember The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

[swooning] Just lookit those teensy little feet! And how perfectly the greens swirl together!

This adorable cupcake mosaic (not a cupcake cake, now, a cupcake mosaic) has been submitted by about a billion readers, but I do believe Rachel K. was the first. It was made by the stupendously talented Coco Cake Cupcakes, who is also responsible for this guy:

That's Moishe of Where the Wild Things Are.

Here's a side view:
Love that big orange nose. (There's another WTWTA Sweet here, too.)

Here are a few that look like the book itself:

I like how the curtain goes from 2D to 3D - very nice.
(Found by Amanda W. at the Night Kitchen)

Zita H. found this next one on Cake Central, but she didn't say by which baker. Let me know who I should credit if you recognize it:

I especially like how the "book" looks a little careworn - as if it's been read many times. I'm going to give the baker the benefit of the doubt and assume that's intentional. ;)

Here's some more Dr. Seuss, this time courtesy of Debbie Does Cakes:

Amazing.

I was hoping we'd have some Golden Books represented today, and luckily Hey You delivered with this Poky Little Puppy inspired cutie:

This was made by her friend Stacey, and you can see more pictures of it and the party here.

I've had this Babar cake photo forever, so you guys will have to help me once again in identifying the baker:

I love everything: the colors, the outlining, the garland... just exquisite.

And finally, how about a little love for Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit?

He looks like felt, doesn't he? That's some gorgeous figure modeling!
(By Cheryl of Heavenly Confections.)

Hope you enjoyed these sweet selections, guys! Now please, go find a kid and read something together, k?