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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 (294)

Sunday
Mar232014

Sunday Sweets: Toons From Our Childhood

I've been on a retro movie kick lately, and I gotta say, Explorers? The 80s flick about 3 kids who build a spaceship and go meet celebrity-impersonating aliens? TOTALLY HOLDS UP. Go watch it on Netflix, and tell me I'm wrong.

And while we're relishing in some sweet, sweet nostalgia, how 'bout the cartoons we grew up with? No, not Rugrats, you young whippersnappers - I'm talking real old school. Like Popeye:

(By Over The Top Cakes)

Granted, he's from a little before even my time, but I do remember you're supposed to squeeze spinach out of the can and swallow it in a single gulp.

 

I'm from more of the Looney Tunes era, so Marvin the Martian here is, like, THE COOLEST:

(By Yener's Cakes)

LOVE.

Little known fact: Marvin's ray gun is named the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, so when I made my first steampunk ray gun, I had a plaque made naming it the Illudium SP-36 Aether Sub-Modulator (SP for "steam powered," of course.)

I know what you're thinking. And I take that as compliment.

 

MEEP MEEP!

(By Blake's Cakes, design by Debbie Brown)

The bubbly dust trail! The snapped rope! The only thing missing from this Road Runner diorama is an Acme product.

 

Are you ready to have a song stuck in your head without my saying a single word?

(By Cake Central member GRAMMASUE)

You're humming it now, aren't you? I KNEW IT.

Oh, and those guys on the side aren't printed; that's all handpiped - the technique is called Frozen Buttercream Transfer. Beautifully done, too!

 

"Hey there, Boo Boo! Who's ready for a pic-a-nic?"

(By Su-Yin)

Yogi is just unbearably cute. And the little bunny! Ack!

 

Speaking of cute, here's my latest find in my quest for the world's sweetest Rainbow Brite cake:

(By Sugar Mummy Cupcakes)

Now, if I ever find a cake for Rose Petal Place or Moon Dreamers, I may actually die.

(You 80s girls know what I'm taking about!)

 

Moseying on over to the town of Bedrock:

(By Le torte di Barbara)

Great, now THAT song is stuck in my head.

 

Anyone out there feeling a little blue?
Then here, this should help:

(By Dolce Mente Sheila)

Smurfin' fantastic, I say!

 

One of John's favorite sayings is "Work smarter, not harder."
Because you should always listen to the duck who swims in a vault full of gold coins:

(By Torte in Pasta di Zucchero Sugar Factory)

How great is this? Uncle Scrooge looks ready to whack us with his cane!

 

And from whacking to pecking:
(Just so you know, that segue worked better in my head.)

(By Alessandra Caldeira)

Woody Woodpecker!

Cannot even handle those adorable birds, and the lil' worm, and the mini cake made of cake. SO GOOD.

 

And finally, here's one for all the lovers out there:

(By Planet Cake)

And also the stalkers. And the skunks. And the loving stalker skunks.
MROWR.

(Those glasses! Hee!)

 

Happy Sunday, everyone! Let's go watch some cartoons. And as always, check out our Sunday Sweets Directory if you want to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!

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Sunday
Mar162014

Sunday Sweets: A Disney Movie Marathon

Have you guys seen that NY Times article about a family that learned to communicate with their autistic son Owen through Disney movies? If not, GO READ IT. Best thing I've seen online in ages.

And in the spirit of that sweet story, I bring you... THE SUNDAY SWEETS DISNEY MOVIE MARATHON!!

Let's kick it off with a few classics, shall we?

(By CW reader Brittnee W., who's in culinary school!)

Cinderella's helpers really did have great taste; her original pink dress just doesn't get enough love these days, which is why I especially love this cake! The trailing "threads" and blue beads are a great touch.

 

And who here remembers the Aristocats?

(By Zucchero e Polvere di Stelle)

Ok, I admit it: I honestly don't remember ever watching this movie. o.0 I wonder if it's on Netflix? Anyhoo, regardless, these characters look like collectible porcelain statues - and that bridge on the bottom tier? AMAZING.

 

Here's a newer classic, and a personal favorite:

(By Richard's Cakes)

Tangled!

Take a sec to really look at all those details, guys. The little bunnies! The moss on the stones! The individual shingles! I've got a dream, and it involves that tower under a big glass dome on my desk.

 

This next cake's badness level is at ZERO:

(By Le Pazze Torte di Titty)

Yep, any alien experiment bringing me a cupcake is A-Ok in my book.
(Also digging Stitch's lil' nose wrinkle.)

 

Timon and Pumba, on the other hand, have a slightly more questionable offering:

(By Cake Central User Yummy-Mummy Cake Creations)

Bug cake? Gee, guys, you shouldn't have.

 

Another classic movie, paired some truly ingenious cake design:

(By Atelié Kero Bolo)
(And thanks to @EchoGalfas for helping me track down the world's most elusive cake!)

Can we talk about that globe encircling the apple? And the evil witch sculpted over the glass? GENIUS, I tell you. And that's not even mentioning the hand-painted cottage, or the 3D sculpted Dwarves nestled in roses!

 

That's a tough act to follow, but I think this Frozen beauty just might manage:

(by Pasteleria Dolci. See this cake on their Facebook page)

At what point does your brain just short-out from the staggering amount of talent in these cakes? 'Cuz mine's long gone, and we still have four more cakes to go!

 

When John and I visited Disneyland, one of my favorite parts of the park was the giant whale's mouth you sail through during the Storybook Land Canal Boats. It's based on Monstro from Pinocchio, of course, but I never thought I'd see him in cake form!

(By Le Torte di Anny)

As impressive as Monsto is, I've gotta point out those waves, too. Frothy perfection.

 

For obvious reasons, I have a certain... affinity... with Ralph here:

(By The Royal Bakery)

Nice to see he hasn't wrecked this cake, though!

(Though you must admit, a Wreck-It-Ralph Cake Wreck would be deliciously ironic.)

 

I'm going to end with two movies that were big players in that article I mentioned - movies that first showed Owen's family just how strongly he resonated with these characters.

First, the queen of Poor Unfortunate Souls herself:

(By Christian Giardina)

Took me a second to spot them, but Flotsam and Jetsam are in there, too!

 

And finally, I couldn't find an Iago cake to feature, so instead, here's the most jaw-dropping Aladdin masterpiece I have ever seen:

(By Artcake)

And for all I know, Iago IS in there; there are so many tiny details, I'm still finding new things to look at!

Well, I don't know about you guys, but I'm seriously jonesing for some Disney movies now. That, and cake, of course. ;) Hope you guys have a great Sunday!

 

P.S. - There are so many great Disney cakes out there that I already have a second movie marathon post in the works - so if you have a Sweet to nominate, feel free to share your links in the comments or over on the Cake Wrecks Facebook page!

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