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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 (365)

Sunday
Aug022015

Sunday Sweets Gets Crafty

Any crafters out there?

Since I spend most of my time working online, I go a little crazy if I don't take time out each week to physically make something. It can be so satisfying working with your hands, and flexing those creative muscles, you know?

So what better theme for this week's Sweets?

Quilting:

(By Fancy Nancy Cakes)

Look at all that cheerful patchwork! Love the colors.

 

Painting:

(By Shams D)

D'aww, the little easel with a cupcake painting!
Digging the little paperclips & scissors on the board, too.

 

Cross Stitch:

(By Alina Vaganova of Dolce Arte)

Talk about jaw-dropping: look at all that delicate lace, and the hand painting that looks like porcelain!
Not to mention the insanely intricate cross-stitch piping. WOW.

 

Baking:

(By Sweet Treasures Cakes)

Gotta have baking in here, am I right? And this is so cute, I can hardly stand it. The little measuring spoons! The shaker! And the piping bag - made of cake - which frankly is hurting my brain a little.
Ha!

 

Crochet:

(By Sweetlin)

I had to look three times to verify that these are, in fact, edible. But I wouldn't mind having a yarn set lined up on my desk right now!

 

And one more, since I couldn't resist these "crocheted" flowers:

(By Cake Central member Bien)

All made with molds, I believe. Ahh-mazing.

 

Sewing:

I couldn't decide on this one, either, so you get two! First, a modern machine:

(By Rosebud Cakes)

Which, yes, is ACTUALLY CAKE.

 

And now a pretty vintage model!

(By Jeanne Winslow Cake Design)

With more of that incredible, edible lace!

 

Origami:

(By Imaginarium Cakes)

Another one that blew my mind; if it didn't have "cake" right there in the name you'd never believe it either, right?

 

Knitting:

(By Sweet Hope)

So many great yarn basket cakes out there now, but this one caught my eye for its cheerful colors, perfect basket weave, and that fun knitted piece on the board.

 

And finally, for the artists out there:

Pencil Art:

(By Istofaz)

How funky cool is this?? Gravity-defying tiers, clever faux shavings, pencils going every which way - it's genius, I tell you. GENIUS.

 

Hope your Sunday is just as Sweet, guys!

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Sunday
Jul262015

Southwestern Sweets

When I was a teenager I visited Taos, New Mexico, and immediately fell in love with all the local art.
The colors! The jewelry! The weaving and pottery and paintings!

So today I thought we'd celebrate all things South West, Native American, and totally awesome:

(By Cake Heart)

This cake is singing my song, you guys. My favorite colors AND jewelry and flowers? Win!

 

Hold onto your socks, because I believe this next one is entirely fondant free!

(By Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

I could be wrong on the basket weave, but the flowers and woven tier are definitely all buttercream.
And I can't stop staring. (How? HOW??)

[Update: Confirmed by Queen of Hearts: it IS all buttercream!]

 

When you manage to pry yourself away, check out this sweet little western number:

(By Steel Penny Cakes)

So elegant! But the rope edging and little fence sections add just the right rustic touch.

 

More impressive buttercream; I think the only fondant here are the rope edges and belt buckle:

(By Michelle's Patisserie, featured here)

The piped barbed wire is - dare I say it? - adorable.

 

More jaw-dropping pattern work:

(By Hey There, Cupcake!)

That's got to be printed, right? On edible paper?

 

Although this one's all hand-pieced fondant:

(By Butterfly Sweets)

Those little turquoise beads!! Fabulous.

 

Here's a baker that would make an excellent faux finisher:

(By Ciccio Cakes)

That's some of the most convincing wood and embossed leather I've ever seen! If you look closely, you'll see there are even tiny stitch marks on the "leather" edges.

 

Looking for rich color? Then look no further:

(By Cakes by Kristi)

WOW. And look at the sides of that bottom tier: see the sections sticking out? It's 3D!

 

Maybe you're after a softer palette, though:

(By Avalon Cakes)

Dreamy soft pastels! Love the crochet look of those Dreamcatchers; I have to assume they're molded sugar paste?

(And can I just say how exciting it is to see cakes I can't fully explain? So many cool techniques out there these days!)

 

Completely crushing on this modern take:

(By Caketini)

It's simply succulent! (Eh? EH??)

 

And finally, a whole trio of more perfect pastels:

(By Peridot Sweets, featured here)

So much to love, but my favorites are that braided cord and the gold-and-turquoise stones. Gorgeous!

 

Hope you all have an equally gorgeous Sunday!

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