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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 (494)

Sunday
Dec242017

Sunday Sweets: Merry Treats

It's Christmas Eve!!

Yippee!

So what are you doing online?

No, no, I understand; I need little breaks from all that family time, too.

I mean...[eying family]...uh, I like to check Sunday Sweets with my family, too! Yeah. Ahem.

[pointing] Look, over there! Pretty!

By Cotton & Crumbs

 I'm one of those people who goes a little nuts with my wrapping - you know, wrapping the box lids separately and getting all Martha Stewart on the sprigs and sparkly coordinated tags and whatnot - so this is right up my alley. Can you believe that bow? And the ornaments are edible, too!

 

This giant nutcracker looks like he should be the doorman at FAO Schwarz:

By valscustomcakes under the instruction of Mike's Amazing Cakes.

I'd never guess there was soft squishy cake under there: he looks solid enough to crack walnuts!

 

Of all the tree cakes I've seen, I think this one is my favorite:

By Sweet Disposition Cakes

It's so bright and cheery - like the Misfit Toys will come bouncing over any second now.

 

In fact...

By Cakes by Erin

Yep, there they are!

 

More edible ornaments - this time with an edible box!

By Sweet Designs by Larissa

Could this BE any more realistic? Seriously. At this point I think I'm going to start gnawing on random Christmas decorations around the house, just to be sure.

 

Now, BRING US A FIGGY PUDDING!

By Gill Smith

Thank you.

(At least, I *think* that's a figgy pudding. To be honest, I've never seen an actual figgy pudding, and have long suspected it's some kind of holiday euphemism.)

 

When you see so many gravity-defying and technically advanced cakes, it's easy to take things for granted. For example, how do you think they got these edible reindeer to match the exact curve of the cake?

Submitted by Janina M. and made by Sugar Sweet Cakes & Treats

I know that silicone molds were involved, but beyond that, I'm stumped. And very impressed.

 

Here's another brilliant technique:

Submitted by Julie K. and made by i am baker

It's like pleated ribbons of icing! Gorgeous, and fondant-free to boot.

 

Ah, but this one gets even better: like a beautifully wrapped package, the best surprise is inside:

Amazing.

 

Is that a blue figgy pudding I see?

By Cake Land by Nivia

More importantly: LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE POLAR BEAR. [squee!]

 

Everyone has a favorite Christmas show, it seems. I love all the classics, of course, but the one I make sure to watch every year is the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I know, I know: you think less of me now. I'm sorry. But I love it.

Which brings me to...

By Jacques Fine European Pastries

This was modeled after the original, too, so you purists can feel free to ooh and ahh. ;)

 

 And finally:

By Cakes by Samantha

 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

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Sunday
Dec172017

The Cold Never Bothered Sunday Sweets, Anyway

According to the news, many of you are experiencing somewhat cooler temperatures these days. One could almost say it's a bit nippy out there. You know, sweater weather.

Or you might be buried in 10 feet of snow.

Either way, I say we celebrate the cold with some gorgeous cakes!

(By Fernanda Abarca)

What better way to start than with Jack Frost holding a cupcake? "Icing" has never been so aptly named.

 

Or how about some Frosty frosting?

(By Sweet Disposition Cakes)

Btw, if you're having a hard time remembering these are actually cake, you're not alone.

 

Maybe if we tried some more traditional, tiered designs...

(By Milla Schmalz)

Nope. Still can't believe it's cake. Look how the lower bird is slightly 3D! And that hand-painting! Amazing.

 

This one looks like a perfectly painted stack of hat boxes:

(By Cake Central member Talmas)

Can't get over the texture on the hat and mittens; reminds me of a soft nubby sweater I used to own.

 

As fantastic as those are, though, you must admit that no one builds snowmen quite like Calvin & Hobbes:

(By My Cake Corner)

The perfect cake for slightly twisted families, like mine. :D

Hee!

 

Or if you prefer your winter characters with a little less, um, dismemberment:

(By Cake Hatteras)

Bumble the abominable snow monster! Aww.

 

And these cute little penguins are ready to par-TAY:

(By The Violet Cake Shop)

 

Or, for a more modern take:

(By Sugarplum Cake Shop)

Love the clean lines and shapes, and those vintage woodcut illustrations are deliciously retro-chic.
(Plus there's a bear in a row boat. C'mon. WHIMSY.)

 

This one would make a great Christmas card:

(By Jeanne Winslow Cake Design)

Hang on, I just noticed one bird is wearing a veil and the other has a twee little bow-tie! D'aww, it's a wedding cake! LOVE.

 

Most wintry cakes are all silvers, whites, and blues, so I'm loving this decadent bronze number:

(By Artisan Cakes by Julie)

Stunning. Just... stunning.

 

And finally, since most of us still aren't ready to "let it go," how about the most amazing Frozen castle cake EVER?

(By Celebrate With Cake)

WOW.

Elsa's ice castle there is a whopping 27 inches tall, lit with 2 dozen LEDs, and fed over 150 people! I'm most impressed by the airbrushing and all those delicate tower spires; it looks like a movie-maker's model. SO COOL.(Pun intended.)

 

Well, hope you guys enjoyed this week's Sweets! Happy Sunday, and stay warm out there!

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