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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 (317)

Sunday
Sep162012

Sunday Sweets: Casual Elegance

I kind of love the new vintage-style everything these days. From retro packaging to sweet fifties dresses to this rockin' orange rotary phone, I am eating the nostalgia-laced goodness UP.

It's no surprise that vintage-style wedding cakes are in vogue as well, but I thought it'd be more fun (not to mention colorful) to look at non-wedding vintage Sweets. Like this:

By Nikki at Tikkido

I can't tell you exactly what makes each Sweet "vintage" in my mind, but in this case I think it's that awesome ric-rac trim and soft red and teal color scheme. Can't you just picture it on a soda shop counter? One with sparkly vinyl bar stools and table-top juke boxes?

 

Or how about these hand-painted birds n' berries?

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

This reminds me of some paintings we had in my house when I was growing up. They were all wanna-be Bob Ross types, with lots of trees (happy ones, of course) and misty mountains and stuff. The difference, of course, is that I actually want this cake in my house.

 

What is it about pale pinks and sea foam greens that makes me think of Victorian parlors and delicate china teacups?

By RubyTea Cakes

 No, wait, don't tell me; I don't want to spoil the magic.

(Can you believe those roses are NOT porcelain? So perfect!)

 

Now this one reminds me of the embroidered napkins my grandmother kept for special occasions:

Sub'd by Erika S. By Sweet Treats Cakes and Cupcakes; Photo by Jennifer Sando.

 How appropriate that the technique used to make the flowers is called "brush embroidery!"

 Also, this cake is further evidence that everything gets 67% more awesome when draped with tiny flag bunting. (TINY FLAG BUNTING!!)

 

 Another retro goody making a comeback in craft circles is bakers' twine. They make it now in all different colors, and it's the epitome of eye candy. So how perfect that this baker made an edible version!

Submitted by Stephanie H. and made by Sweetapolita

 I like how the twine is paired with more modern flowers and cake shapes, too - it's a perfect mix of old and new!

 

My first apartment had an avocado-green fridge, and I wondered then (as I still do today) how ANYONE ever thought that was a good color choice. I still consider it an unforgivable insult to home appliances everywhere, but I'll admit this cake is going a long way towards redeeming the color:

By bubolinkata, a Bulgarian hobby baker

  See that bud in the middle? The one that's a bright pop of hot pink? That one's my favorite. It looks so amazing with the green! And while that lace trim is inedible, the bottom tier is completely hand-painted! Incredible!

 

Here are some more hand-painted birds, only this time in a style that reminds me of old Golden Books than Bob Ross:

By Renay Z.

 And how nice of the baker to use my favorite colors, too. :)

 

In fact, here's another beauty demonstrating the superiority of the orange & blue color combination:


By EmmmyLizzzy

Look at that lace and swirl pattern! It's breath-taking! Mom's doilies had NOTHING on this. (Also, my mother still uses doilies, and for no discernible reason. The last time John and I visited, we were plucking them off every horizontal surface in the house. Is there such a thing as a doily intervention? If so, and you know my mom, WE NEED TO TALK.)

 

I love art, and I'm always drawn to the simple, graphic shapes of vintage children's book art. I think that's why I'm digging this cake so much:

Submitted by Tracy J. and made by Blue Cupcake by Julie

 It's like a page from a kids' book, come to life! (And I am seriously loving the way the text is arranged. What a fun way to use standard letter stencils!)

 

 I'm not sure this post has had enough ruffles in it yet. Here, lemme fix that real quick:

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

 I'm in love. With a cake. Throw a few orange flowers on it, Deborah, and I may propose.

 

And finally, the ultimate vintage-styled beauty for Disney lovers and buttercream purists alike:

By Chocmocakes

  It's the Golden Afternoon of Sweets!!

Isn't it nice to be reminded you don't always need gumpaste or fondant to make gorgeous flowers? And lest you think the baker plucked that frame off her wall; she made the frame from gumpaste, and the Alice art is an edible image. LOVE.

 

 Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
Sep092012

Sunday Sweets: Back To School

Alright class, settle down. 

Take your seat, sharpen those No. 2's and use your inside voice, because we're going back to school!

 

I hope you are prepared with all the necessary school supplies you'll need this year: 

paper, pencils, rulers, notebooks...

By The Icing on the Cake 

...and one ridiculously realistic looking chalkboard eraser made of fondant.  

All set?  Let's continue...

 

First, let's go over some classroom rules.

#1. I expect homework to be turned in promptly every morning.

By Cake Central member Kello

And sweet little notes like this will not earn you extra credit. 

(Just kidding, they totally will.)

 

Rule #2.  No ipods or cellphones will be tolerated in class.

By Erin Salerno

Keep them in your backpacks or I will have to confiscate them.  Also, do not bring makeup to school, or I will borrow, er, confiscate that as well.

 

Rule #3. Keeping pets in lockers is not allowed. 

By Charm City Cakes, photo found here

However, you are allowed to keep sexy shoes and a chandelier in your locker, should you so desire. Just know that I will think you both awesome and strange if you do.

 (Can we pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that this thing looks to be life-size and is MADE OUT OF CAKE?! I give it an A+!)  

 

 Moving on, I try not to assign seats unless absolutely necessary...

By It's All About the Cake

...or if I feel like using these cute little crayon name-tags. So what if you're in high school, Erica? The point is they're totes adorbs.

 

 And speaking of adorable, how cute is this rainbow spilling out of a paint-can cake?

By Arte de Ka

 

This is why we need arts in schools, people!

 

Which reminds me, there have been several budget cutbacks this year, so you are now required to provide your own art supplies.

By Minjinah Kuhinjica

(I love that the baker was committed to making such a uniform set of markers and pencils, whereas I would have probably taken the easy way out and just painted some stick candy.  Or the easier way out: real markers. Or the easiest way out: cookies.)

 

And students, it's a good idea to start preparing now for all those standardized tests, so make sure you have a top-of-the-line calculator.

By Creative Cakes by Julie

Or, at the very least, one that doesn't run on solar power.

(None of this looks like cake! NONE of it! Incredible.)

 

Well, that's the bell! 

So go line up at the (insanely cute VeggieTales) bus, and I'll see you all bright and early tomorrow!

Photo by Katie Whitcomb, but the baker isn't listed. Anyone know?

 

 

And don't forget, homework is due in the morning!  No excuses! I mean it!

Yep, I think this is going to be a great year.

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!