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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 (447)

Sunday
Mar122017

Sunday Sweets: 10 Kids' Cakes The Adults Will Want, Too

John's been on a baking kick lately, so I've just had strawberry cake for breakfast, minions. Not pancakes, mind you, or donuts or muffins are other socially acceptable morning desserts. I'm talking homemade-buttercream-slathered, jam-filled, multi-tiered CAKE. With strawberry roses on top.

Back off, ladies and gents, this one's MINE.
(And John's taken, too.)

Just to drive the point home, here's a picture of me, defending my breakfast:

(By J'adore Sweets)

OH SNAP.

 

So before this sugar buzz wears off, let me take you through some of my favorite character cakes. And since I usually focus on popular movie or show characters, let's mix things up with some non-copyright cuties, like these:

(By Dolcemente Sheila)

Because how sweet is this furry trio? (Go, Ninja Cat, go!)

 

Or how about this for a swim party:

(By Sweet Mary's)

I've had this in my "to-post" folder for ages. I'm just so impressed by the design; the kids really look 3D!

 

I give horse cakes a rough time during the week - and with good reason - but here's an example of how they SHOULD be done:

(By Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School)

Perfection! I'm a big fan of cartoony animal cakes; it helps to be reminded it's not the real thing come slicing-and-dicing time.

 

Of course, now I'm going to immediately contradict myself by showing you the most ADORABLE, realistic, baby elephant cake:

(By Mr. Sprinkles)

I'm melting. MELTING. Look at those feet!

 

Next I'll break today's "no copyrighted characters" rule (it was really more of a "guideline"), because it's not like I can NOT show you this incredible Tamatoa cake from Moana, right?

(By Ashlee Marie)

Sing it with me, now: "He's so SHINE-AYYY!"

(FUN NON-CAKE RELATED FACT: Did you hear Disney hid Aladdin's golden lamp on Tamatoa's back? Yay Easter eggs!)

 

And while I'm breaking the rules/guidelines, anyone else consider Rainbow Unicorn Pusheen the BEST Pusheen?

(By Laura Loukaides)

I want to hug it and squeeze it and maybe bite its little paws off.

 

I have a feeling little Joa here got along with his birthday cake like a house on a fire:

(By Cherry Red Cake)

And can we talk about those perfectly shaded flames? And the oh-so-subtle "smoke"? And how that water hose does NOT look like the wreck every one of you old-school Wreckies are thinking of right now?

 

Have you heard of Shopkins? I don't fully understand them, but they're these little collectible toys popping up in check-out lines and toy departments everywhere, and I'm fighting a hard battle against being sucked in to the cuteness:

(By De la Creme Creative Studio)

I mean, c'mon. Have you ever seen a more lovable lipstick? And those little gold shoes! Hee!

 

I was talking this week over on Epbot about how we adults should never be ashamed of liking "kid stuff," and one of the commenters, Gwyn, said something fabulous:

"I am not having a mid-life crisis, I am having a second childhood, only this time I have more money and access to alcohol."

YES.

And hey, Gwyn? I found you an equally fabulous cake:

(By Faye Cayhill)

A Cute Cartoon Cactus With Booze, because we're adults and we can, dangit.

Just like eating strawberry cake for breakfast.

And maybe lunch.

WHAT.

 

Hope your week is as sweet as my morning's been, peeps! Happy Sunday!

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Sunday
Mar052017

Sunday Sweets: No More Tiers!

This week I thought we'd look at cakes just like me: short, but sweet.

:D

Not only are today's Sweets all a single tier tall, they're also fantastic inspiration for us mere mortals. After all, most of us will never attempt a giant showstopper cake, but we MIGHT get ambitious with a little one.

(By The Cake That Ate Paris)

Which isn't to say I have any chance of crafting something this lovely, but a girl can dream, right?
(And please tell me they used a template for those perfect polka dots. )

 

Look at this sweet swirly rose!

(By Sarah's Pastries & Candies, now DBA S. Levy Foods)

I like the touch of glitter on the edges.

 

Or instead of one BIG flower, you could try a whole bouquet:

(By Arty Tarts)

 

Or go for something dark and dramatic:

(By Mito Sweets)

That metallic red! Yes.

 

This blue damask is my favorite color combo today:

(By Layers & Crumbs)

It's just so rich, and that little pop of gold, with all those clean lines? Perfection.

 

But a standing ovation, please, for the bakery making beauties like this using only buttercream:

(By White Flower Cake Shoppe)

That's right, no fondant! It IS possible!

 

Not that I'm slamming fondant, of course. Fondant gives us perfect pastel ruffles:

(By Wooden Heart Cakes)

 

And sugarpaste gives us gorgeous, porcelain-like flowers:

(By Truffle Cake & Pastry, featured here)

In fact, I've always liked that you can keep your gumpaste flowers as a souvenir, long after the cake itself is gone.

 

Here's one of my favorite designs for ages:

(By Zoe Clark Cakes)

I've always wanted to try this someday. I love how the roses seem to float right on the top edge.

 

And finally, let's talk about this clever use of the cake board:

(By Marina Danovska)

Lace overload! Look at all that glorious texture! And you guys, did you see? It has a tiny ladybug on top. AAA! Love.

 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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