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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 (351)

Sunday
Mar292015

Sunday Sweets: Fun and Fondant Free

Believe it or not, you CAN have a gorgeous cake without fondant! And I have proof!

(By The White Flower Cake Shoppe)

Glass-smooth icing, perfect piping, and buttery soft flowers that make you want to dive in face-first?

YES PLEASE.

 

A bunch of today's Sweets will have you doing double-takes:

(By Cup A Dee Cakes)

At first glance, you'd swear this was fondant! Other than the white chocolate centers on the ruffles, though, that's all buttercream.

 

It doesn't have to be fondant-smooth to be a stellar Sweet, though; some bakers actually use the buttercream texture to their advantage:

(By Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

Aha! Edible paints! Brilliant.

 

Or how about something like this?

(By Fat Cakes Design)

Love that ombre fade! And imagine how boring it would be without the extra icing texture.

 

I bet you've seen this technique over on Pinterest:

(By Catherine, a friend of CW reader Melissa M.)

SO FUN. And even better, it's actually something we mere mortals can do!
(In a nut shell: Pipe a large dot, smear with a spoon, repeat!)

 

But supposing you DO want the smooth look of fondant.
It can be done!

(Baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?)

That gumpaste ribbon really helps sell the look.

 

Oooh, now this next one made me do a triple-take:

(By Shannon Bond Cake Design)

 

How is that all buttercream?? And how the heck did they pipe that ruffly tier? I'd be dragging my wrist through it by the second line!

 

And another mind-bogglingly intricate piping job:

(Photo by Jay Tsai Photography, baker unknown.)

Just looking at all that lace is giving my hand sympathy pains. WOW. Can you imagine?

 

Now, personally, I'm a big fan of excessive frilliness from time to time:

(By Linda Wolff)

Ahhhhh. Love it.

 

But there's also a lot to be said for bold, modern patterns:

(By Tea Party Cakes)

Not to mention poppies are my favorite flower - so brush-embroidered poppies? Suh-WEET!

 

This baby shower cake has it all: flowers, dots, perfect pattern piping, and even stripes!

(Also by The White Flower Cake Shoppe)

Plus I love those colors. So springy.

 

And finally, a stunning combination of buttercream flowers, brush embroidery, and what I think is a cornelli lace variation:

(By Emma Page Cakes)

The background pattern reminds me of the subtle crackle/glazing you see on fine china. SO PRETTY!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed today's fondant-free fancies! Happy Sunday!

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Sunday
Mar222015

Sunday Sweets Glues Some Gears On It

Has it been long enough since my last Steampunk Sweets?

Yes?

WOOHOO!!!

 

So it's no secret I'm a huge fan of steampunk, and I love that bakers continue to churn out rivet-licious, copper-clad, and clockwork styled beauties - like this!

(By Marina Sousa's Just Cake)

Great grinding gears, LOOK at all that detail!

 

But never let it be said that steampunk doesn't have a softer side:

(By Sweet Janis)

Steampunk Alice and that lacy top hat are getting ALL the girly sighs over here. Ahhhh.

 

Steampunk-themed weddings are still on the rise, and bakers have come up with some brilliant ways to meld the traditional with the mechanical:

(By Extreme Bakeover)

How clever is this?!

 

What's that, you want color?
I'll give you color:

(By Andrea's Sweet Cakes)

Woot woot! Andrea never disappoints; those rich purples and pinks are rocking my world.

 

Now, how about an adorable clockwork owl?

(By Het bonte taartje)

 

Or a whimsical patchwork rocket?

(By Roses and Bows Cakery)

 

Here's another spell-binder from that same bakery:

(By Roses and Bows Cakery)

WOWIE.

Keep staring; I guarantee you'll keep finding more things to love!

 

There's also the subtle approach, for those who don't want gears and goggles:

(By Crazy Cakes)

Technically this is probably more Victorian or Baroque, but it would be perfect in a steampunk wedding, don't you think?

 

And this one works in some gears and tiny portholes, but still in a somewhat subtle way:

(By Bespoke Cakes)

 

Or, hey, FORGET SUBTLE:

(By Artisan Cake Company)

Look closely; there's actually dry ice "smoke" pouring out of the dirigible *and* the lower pipelines!
You rock ON with your bad self, Artisan Cake Company! YEAH!

 

And finally, another colorful gem, this time with one of the most original steampunk designs I've seen yet:

(By Sweet Delights Cakery)

Check out those oh-so-fun tentacles! And the ombre waves!

And look at the detailing on the top compass:

Plus those geared support struts? And the little windows? It's like an abstract steampunk tree house... over the ocean. LOVE IT.

Have a steamy Sunday, everyone!

 

Want more? Check out some of my previous steampunk Sweets from 2013 and 2012!

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