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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 (364)

Sunday
Aug112013

Sunday Sweets: Adventure Is Out There!

Hey, you know what time it is?

(By Jocelyne at Over the Top Cakes)

ADVENTURE TIME!!

 

Yep, it's time to head into parts unknown, where we'll explore new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where our destinies and fortunes take us.

And by "fortunes" I mean, of course, giant treasure chests filled with ... um, fortune:

(By Truly Scrumptious Cakes)

(I'm especially loving the giant googly eye and heart eye patch on Miss Skull over there.)

 

First we have to get there, though, so be sure to choose the most fantastical mode of transportation possible:

(By Make Pretty Cakes)

(Also acceptable: Nautilus-style submarines, flying luck dragons, and ruby slippers.)

 

Although if we happen upon a blue police box, I'm warning you now:

(By Cakes by Jody)

DIBS.

 

Of course, every proper adventure needs a loyal, swashbuckling companion:

(By Sweet Ruby Cakes)

PERFECT.

PURRRFECT.

Oh, and at some point we'll be required to run screaming from a giant monster who later turns out to be friendly. Let's see, I'm thinking... dinosaur. Yes? YES.

(Submitted by Rebecca H. and made by Mea Sculpture Cake Design)

BIG HEAD LITTLE ARMS!! Woot!
This makes me ridiculously happy.

(Speaking of which: hey, Rex, if you're happy and you know it...! :D)

 

Ahem.

Of course we'll have to face some real villains at some point.

(By Tatiana Melfa of Dolce Tati)

Though hopefully not this many at once! Yikes!
(Also, WOW! So gorgeous!)

 

Once we're done with all the running and screaming and climactic showdowns, though, it'll be time to burst into song with a few adorable woodland creatures. Or maybe penguins:

(Searched for ages, but couldn't track this down! Anyone know who made it?)

 

And no matter how you arrived at your adventure, you always have to leave it with a dramatic take-off - maybe by umbrella like Mary Poppins up there.

Or, if you have a tendency to overpack:

(By Cake Central member PennieK)

(I've seen a lot of UP house cakes, and that is - hands down - the best edible balloon bunch I've seen.)

 

Then, once you're safely home and ready to tell your tale, you'll realize what the greatest adventure of all truly is:

(By Sihirli Spatula)

D'awww. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go bawl like a baby over a cartoon again. (Curse you, Pixar!)

 

Psst. Hey. Curious which bakeries in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then be sure to check our Sunday Sweets Directory!

Sunday
Aug042013

Sunday Sweets Is Coming Up Roses

Sometimes with Sweets I get so caught up with arranging fun themes that I neglect to show off more traditional stuff - cakes that are "just" gorgeous, if you will. So today I have a relatively boring theme: roses - but I promise there's nothing boring about these beauties:

By It's All About The Cake

Looking at this, you can almost feel the crisp Autumn air, am I right? (Or is that just wishful thinking from a currently roasting Florida resident?) It's perfect for a casual outdoor wedding - and can you believe those wood barrels and stapled straps are all edible?

 

Or, for a more traditional design:

By Mark Joseph Cakes

 

While the rich purple roses are the show-stopper here, if you look closely you'll see that "ribbon" is actually all hand-piped. Wowza.

 

You're going to think I mixed up my roses with my daisies again on this next one, but look closer:

By Robineau Patisserie

 Chocolate roses! YES. And the daisies give it the perfect pinky pop of color.

(I'd also like to point out that "pinky pop" is super fun to say. Pinky pop. Pinky pop. Pinky pop!!)

(Ahem.)

 

Sometimes all your cake needs is a single perfect rose:

By Flickr user Meggs

 

But others you might want it to have nothing BUT roses:

By Sweet Bites Cakes

It's like a rose tower topiary!
(Also, I give up: how do you cut this? And more importantly: how could you?)

 

Think roses are too old-fashioned? Then how about a more stylized approach?

By The People's Cake

 Modern, elegant, and yet still still funky cool. I like it.

 

Here's another modern style that's a bit more casual, and more importantly, actually doable by some of us non-pro mere mortals:

By Cakes By Kim

The ombre colors really set off the rosy swirls perfectly, don't you think?

 

Of course, you can also do fun things with traditional roses, like arrange them into Hidden Mickeys on the side of your wedding cake:

By Richmond Cakes

The Dizgeek in me wants to go back in time and do this for my wedding. So fun!

 

And for you icing purists: yes, it IS possible to make stunning roses with buttercream:

By Arti Cakes

I think this is my new all-time favorite fondant-free cake. LOVE.

 

When it comes to realism, though, you just can't beat gumpaste roses. In fact, in all my 5+ years of looking at pretty cakes, these are the first roses to fool me:

By Tonya of Madhouse Bakes

Let's take a closer look at this rosy ruffly goodness, shall we?

That's gumpaste, you guys. For realz. And the rose pattern is hand-painted.

What's even more astounding is that this cake was Tonya's first time hand-painting roses, and her first time making gumpaste roses. HER FIRST TIME, you guys. Excuse me while I scoop my jaw off the floor.

 

Say, I just realized we haven't seen any rosebuds yet. FIXED:

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

D'awww. It's like a delicate embroidered baby's blanket made all 3D and delicious and stuff! (Really, bakers, you should hire me to write your menu descriptions.)

 

And finally, I'm going to end with a rainbow swag of roses and soft watercolor tiers, because looking at this cake makes me ridiculously stinking happy:

By Deliciously Decadent Cakes

RIDICULOUS HAPPINESS. 'Nuff said.

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com! Also, be sure to check our Sunday Sweets Directory for a listing of all the bakers in your area that we've featured here on Sweets!