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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 (343)

Sunday
Mar172013

Sunday Sweets: St. Patrick's Day

Blarney! Today is St. Patrick's Day!

By Three Little Blackbirds

What better way to celebrate than with some St. Patrick's Day Sweets?
Because honestly ... that's about the extent of my celebrations.

 

I'll admit, St. Patrick's Day is a holiday I'm not quite sure what to do with.
First of all, I don't drink ...

By Tami Utley Sugar Art

(Although I would totally eat this! It's so fluffy!)

 

... and B: I'm not Irish.

Submitted by Brenda T. and made by KupKakeTree

Like the olde Irish proverb says: There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

 

And today, I guess that's true, because St. Patrick's Day for me just means watching my Lord of the Dance DVD (don't judge) and wearing green if I happen to remember.

By iambaker

At least there are plenty of flattering shades of green, as illustrated by this fabulous cake. Oh, the time it must take to make a cake like this. That's coloring, baking, and frosting SEVEN separate layers, people.

 

It reminds me of all those super-moms on Pinterest who have St. Patrick's Day themed breakfasts with stacks of rainbow colored pancakes, or set little leprechaun traps with their kids. That's what this adorable cake is, hence the ladder:

Submitted by Deborah C., made by Not Martha

But you know what? This cake inspires me. I could make a leprechaun trap too. Why not? Yeah! I am OWNING you next year, St. Patrick's Day!

 

Besides, I will happily celebrate any holiday that gives me a valid excuse to stockpile chocolate.

By Cake Central member Leslie2748

What a genius idea to put the coins inside the cake. I'm pretty sure if I was in charge of a pot-of-gold cake, I would have just smooshed them into some frosting and called it good.

 

And here's another genius idea: using clover and horseshoe-shaped cookie cutters! You're thinking that doesn't sound very geniusy. Well, scroll down, my friend.

Submitted by Sarah K. and made by Nicole at Life's a Batch

Pretty darn genius.

 

And these clover-cookies are also doing double-duty as a rainbow over two of the most perfectly precise St. Paddy's day partiers I've ever seen.

By Jill of Funky Cookie Studio

(The background painting was done by the baker's 3-year-old grandson. So cute.)

 

But if you're looking for a more grown-up good time, then this cake surely won't disappoint:

Submitted by Kelly D. and made by Le Couture Cakery

Unless of course, you try to drink it. Hey, it's so realistically shiny, it could happen. (Love the pretzels too!)

 

After all these beer and leprechaun cakes, would you believe me if I told you St. Patrick's Day cakes could be elegant and sophisticated too?

By Cheryl's Creative Cakery

NOW do you believe me?

 

And hold on to your knickers for this one:

Submitted by Rosemary D. and made by Bobbette and Belle Artisinal Pastries

That is one crazy Celtic creation.
Or serious Celtic sensation, depending on how you pronounce it.

 

And here is one final St. Patrick's Day celebration all rolled into one: rainbows, clovers, gold coins, beer, leprechauns ... the only thing missing is corned beef!

By KC Cakes

Happy Driving The Snakes Out Of Ireland Day!

 

Have a Sweet to send us?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks(dot)com.

Sunday
Mar102013

Sunday Sweets: The Wizards of Ahhhh

The other day I was browsing through my Kindle, trying to decide which of my treasures to read next, when I realized just how many wizards -- and witches -- were lurking in there. I figured it might be fun to celebrate wizards made of cake, their worlds, and the Cake Wizards who make them so magically.

Back when I was growing up, we had The Wizard of Oz,

By Mike's Amazing Cakes

and he really was wonderful.

I have to show your the other side, too, because...

Well... because, because, because, because, because.
(Because of the wonderful things it does.)


Nowadays, it seems like wizards are everywhere.

There are young ones...

By French Kiss

Did you notice the "throne" is made of books? I guess that means we can have our cake and read it, too.

 

...and the quintessential older wizards with long white hair and flowing robes.

Submitted by Evie W., made by abbietabbie and inspired by Enchanted Cakes for Children by Debbie Brown.

I desperately want to tickle that mouse's tummy.

 

Of course, we can't talk about wizards without talking about Harry Potter.

Submitted by Emily S., made by Sogni di Zucchero

Swish and flick...

 

He and his friends brought us along to a magical world of quidditch and castles and streets that ran diagon-ally.

Made by Heather M.

Don't you love the cobblestones on the cake stand and the Gryffindor scarf edging?

While I was relieved that "All was well" when the books ended, I always wanted just a little bit more information. Did you know J.K. Rowling gave an interview that fleshed out the characters' lives after the final book in more detail?
(OK, finish Sweets, then grab a piece of cake and read this.)

 

Still, lest we give Harry too much attention, you shall not pass without admiring this wonderful cake with Gandalf the Grey (and Saruman -- two wizards for the price of one!)

By Blossoms and Buttercream

It's fantastic, by Gollum!
(Really. See, he's back there on the right!)

 

I couldn't pass up this cake from when Gandalf came back as Gandalf the White.

By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

Wow, he's even more protective of his books than I am! I've got to get a sword...

 

Of course, not all wizards are good guys -- or guys -- at all. Remember The White Witch, Jadis, from the Chronicles of Narnia?

By Claudia Estela Rosales -- do you have a website we can drool over? Please let us know.

That witch seriously needed a good talking-to and a cup of hot chocolate to sweeten her up -- although in her case, it might take a couple of gallons...

 

And then there are the witches from Oz.

By Christoper Garrens

Although Elphaba wasn't really bad, just misunderstood.
(Doesn't her arm get tired?
Maybe we should give her another drink of green elixir.)

 

I'm so glad Oz is still going strong, even though it has gotten decidedly more...

By Charm City Cakes

...well, you know.

Have you seen it yet? The story! The singing! The gorgeous steampunkiness (yes, it's a word, trust me) of the sets and the costumes!
(Swoon.)

 

There are even wizards who aren't people at all.

By Sabrina Santucci

Sometimes they're mice wearing hats.

If this ever appeared in my kitchen, it would be a really tough choice between having it mop the floor and eating it for breakfast.
(Y'know, the floor looks pretty good right now... Where's the milk?)

 

It takes a real Cake Wizard to make wizard cakes this magical. Whether they use wands or fondant tools, I'm glad they're willing to share that magic with us.

 

Have a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks(dot)com.