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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 (325)

Sunday
Dec142008

Sunday Sweets: Cake Nouveau

I love seeing online bakery galleries with consistently gorgeous, creative, and impeccably detailed cakes. Too often I'll find a great cake, only to visit the original site and discover it's the one stand-out in a gallery of otherwise lackluster specimens.

That said, I was thrilled when a reader tipped me off to Courtney Clark's work over at Cake Nouveau; every entry is so amazing, I couldn't pick just one favorite! So here are six samples, but I highly recommend you visit her site to see the rest of her work: it is well worth your time.

That scroll work is perfection, and I love the tiny roses peeking out.

As a self-proclaimed Disney Geek, I'm loving Courtney's interpretation of Snow White here. (There's also a Toy Story version on her site.)

Doing what I do, I've seen a lot of amazing purse cakes. I mean, a LOT. But this has got to be my all-time favorite:

Gorgeous.

I'm not really sure why this is called "rattlesnake", but for you non-bakers out there: look at the way the sides of this cake are shaped. See those cartoony curves? And how the bows look like actual fabric? That, my friends, is called talent. Sweet, sugar-coated talent.

Now, I know this next one is fairly simple, but I had to include it - I just HAD to:
It's orange and pink and perfect all over. Jen likes.

And lastly, an Alice in Wonderland theme:
That teapot is awesome. And a very merry un-birthday to you all!

Sunday
Dec072008

Sunday Sweets: Off-the-Shelf Cuteness

It doesn't seem fair to only feature custom-order cakes on Sunday Sweets, so here are some gorgeous creations available right from the display case:

Stephanie S. found these in Hong Kong (aka the Capital of Cuteness):

Needless to say, I'm in love with these designs. The little dino totally reminds me of the "Rawr" shirt over on Shana Logic:


And here are some Sweets from the States (I think):

Adam R. found these on Manako's Flickr stream. Hey, I guess it IS possible to make Wreck-less doggy cakes!

And you guys are probably going to judge me for this, but I think these things Monique R. found are adorable:

Even if I can't say exactly what they're supposed to be. Um, maybe owls? Wingless, marshmallow-shaped, fuzzy lil' owls?

I'm thinking of starting something new with Sunday Sweets: weekly assignments. I'd give y'all a theme - Broadway, video games, animals, etc. - and then you send in nominations for me to feature. The submissions can be your own work or from your favorite bakery. What do you think - sound like fun? Let me know in the comments, along with any suggestions you have for themes beyond your average wedding/birthday/shower fare. Thanks, guys!