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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 (308)

Sunday
Jul152012

Sunday Sweets: Villain Edition!

San Diego Comic-Con is going on right now, but tragically I'm not there, which means I've been obsessively checking my Twitter feed all weekend so I don't miss anything. (It's not easy living vicariously through blurry twitpics of celebrities and great cosplay [and sometimes celebrities IN great cosplay] - but by golly, I'm trying.)

So since I've got major geekery on the brain anyway, I thought I'd focus today's Sweets on - what else? Geek cakes. But more than that, I've decided to feature geeky villain cakes. 'Cuz geeky villains are cool. (It's the outfits, am I right?)

 First up, the horniest Loki cupcake you will ever see:

Submitted by Sarae B., made by Nerdache Cakes

*snerk*

I discovered this Tumblr blog a few weeks ago, and just about flipped for all of Ant's nerdy cupcakes. (And she's only 19!) You should click over and check it out - so much geek glee.

 It takes a special kind of couple to have a Predator/Alien-themed wedding cake:

 

Submitted by Kenkire, made by Black Cherry Cake Company

Specifically, a couple who should be friends with me. (Oh, and to whoever decided to put a tiny top hat on the Predator: Bravo. BRA...VO.

I am deeply ashamed to admit that I've never read Dune, but I'm going to assume the giant sandworms fall more on the "villain" side of the spectrum:

Sub'd by Rebecca A., made by Jana's Fun Cakes

(I'm sure you guys will correct me in the comments if I'm wrong.) 

Also, this is another wedding cake, if you can believe it. Check out all the tiny teeth!

 

Now here's a classic villain from my childhood, so I know him well:

Sub'd by Nick B., and made by Truly Scrumptious - the same folks behind that jaw-dropping standing Cyberman I featured last April.

 It's here to EXTERMINATE your hunger, haha! (Sorry; obligatory Dalek joke.) I like how Dalek dresses are all the rage at conventions now, too. Who knew killer robots wielding bathroom plungers could be so chic?


Speaking of chic, here's the best-dressed villain in today's post:

Yes, really - she's handmade, and edible! (Check out another closeup here.) By the always-amazing Highland Bakery.

I have to take a quick break from the villains to show you the best Stargate cake I've ever seen:

WOWZA. Look at all that detail on the gate! And the watery texture on the event horizon! Seriously, this cake is encoding and locking ALL my chevrons, IF ya know whatta mean. (Stargate humor. Heh. Aheh. Heh.)

Ok, back to the bad guys:

 

Sub'd by Kat B., made by Cake O'Clock

I'd like to thank Cake O'Clock for going easy on the raspberry syrup. Thank you.


And now, perhaps the most iconic villain of all...

 Sub'd by Elizabeth A., made by Crazy Cakes

Vader!! Shiny, shiny Vader. Seriously, I have my own Vader helmet at home (don't ask), and it's not half as shiny as this cake. I think this cakes looks better, too. Seriously amazing.

Of course, we can't have Vader (or at least his helmet) without an official Storm Trooper escort:

"Hi."

That, my friends, IS the dessert you're looking for: a life-sized Storm Trooper cake!

Don't believe it's cake? PROOF:

Oooh. Stabbed in the back - that's cold.

 

We haven't had enough comic book villains yet, so...how about Venom?

Sub'd by Gayle G., made by Chocmocakes

 And an adorable stylized Harley Quinn?

By Dream Day Cakes

 I love this style SO MUCH. I only wish they had a matching Joker cake, too!

 

 It's amazing what some bakers can do with just buttercream; check out this Sauron's Eye cake:

Sub'd by Claudia S., made by Emily/ emzstar

"I SEEEE YOU. 

"So stop picking your nose. Srsly. That's disgusting."

 

And every evil disembodied eyeball needs a giant evil tower, right? Right.

BEHOLD!

By Cakes by Erin

This cake - yes,  CAKE - was over two feet tall, and set on a One Ring cake base.  Look at all the crazy detail in there:

 

 I'm at a loss as to where - and how! - you'd even BEGIN to cut this. Care to weigh in on that, Erin?

Well, that's it for this week's Sweets, guys! So, to those of you enjoying the nerdvana that is Comic-Con right now: have fun! I hate you a little! And to the rest of you: mosey on over to Epbot for some of my favorite pics and video (ESPECIALLY the video - funniest thing I've seen all week) from SDCC - there's plenty there to make your inner geek squeal.


And, as always, if you have a Sweet to nominate then please send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
Jul082012

12 Swoon-Worthy Steampunk Sweets

I can't believe it's been nearly two years since I featured steampunk Sweets! Ack! How is that possible?! If you follow me over on Epbot, then you know how near and dear steampunk is to my clockwork-loving heart, so this is a grievous oversight.

Well, we've got some serious catching up to do, lords and ladies, so gather your goggles, bustle your bustles, and let's get steamy!

 

 

Submitted by Tracey W., made by The Sweet Life Bakery

 Steampunk often gets the "when goths discovered brown" rap, but all that Victorian influence can actually mean lots of fabulous color - and I'm digging these sweet pastels.

Plus: hot air balloons.

I loooove hot air balloons. 

They're like candy-coated bubbles of pure, floating whimsy.

 

Here's one with more traditional steampunk colors: all rich burgundies and gleaming copper and brass:

Sub'd by Robyn & made by Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 A lot of steampunk cakes can start to look the same, but to my knowledge this one is wholly unique. Check out the "glass" domes on the stand, and that fabulous gauge topper. I half expect to see a jet of steam shooting out!

 

Here's a dapper delicacy from my friend Darla over at Bakingdom:

Sub'd by Marlene W. & made by Bakingdom

 The hats are made of Tootsie Rolls! NOMZ.

 

 Speaking of hats, here's a lovely specimen with its own wind-up key:

By Tramie's Kitchen

Did you know there's still only *one* mass-produced gear cookie cutter? (At least that I know of - and believe me, I've looked.) That means pretty much every gear you see on these cakes was either hand cut or the baker made her own cutters (like we did.) Something to keep in mind as we continue on to...

By Cake Central member CakeDiva11

 Great grinding gears, look at all these details! I think my favorite is the pocket watch chain wrapped around the middle - it's amazing to think all of that is edible.

 

After hot air balloons, my second favorite mode of air transport is, of course, the dirigible:

Su'd by Meg N. & made by Charm City Cakes

WHO YOU CALLING "BLIMP?"

(Did you know: The difference between a blimp and a dirigible is that a dirigible has a rigid internal structure that gives it a shape, whereas a blimp just has gas.) [insert too-many-burritos joke here]

 

And now, clockwork butterflies:

By Gimme Some Sugar: Las Vegas

 Get out. I want one of these for a hair clip, STAT.

 

This next one is less 'punk and more strictly Victorian, but I've never seen a dress cake done this beautifully:

 

 Submitted by Camberly T. and made by Grace Cakes

 Seriously - never. Check out how the tiers are graduated on a gentle slope, so that the bustle falls in just the right line. That, and the fabric draping, and the laced corset, and the utter LACK of creepy human torso bits sticking out make this my new favorite dress cake.

 

Who's up for a steaming cup of steampunk joe?

Made by CW reader Lisa N.

You guys. Look how adorably perfect these are. LOOK AT THEM. Not only are there tiny hand-painted temperature gauges, there are also tiny hand-painted strength gauges on the the other side!

The little rivets! The swirly "steam!" I'm swooning over here, Lisa. Major kudos.

 

Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't include the most recent amazingness from Mike's Amazing Cakes:

Sub'd by Arwen M. & made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

Believe it or not, this DaVinci-inspired steampunk Sweet is a tiny, single-serving cupcake. Which has to make it the most effort expended per person served in the history of Cakedom. I know we say this a lot on Sweets, but seriously: how could you eat this? I'd have it preserved in an airtight dome just so I could stare at it in awe for the next fifty years.

 

Remember what I said earlier about how steampunk can be colorful? Well, hold on to your top hats, folks, 'cuz this one's my favorite:  

By With Love And Confection

This cake is very nearly perfection. The cameo, the feathers. the gear and clock design, the stripey corset - I love it all. But I think I love that color palette most. So, so pretty.

 

And finally, let's go out with a grand, gravity-defying delight:

Sub'd by Debbie B., made by Christopher Garrens

Take it all in: the jaunty airship trailing a sky banner, the bride and groom robots on a tiny top hat, the intricate skeleton clock, the goggles - even a gramophone horn! (I've actually featured this one before, but this is a much better photo than last time; every time I look at it, I notice some new little detail.)

Believe it or not, I have even *more* steampunk Sweets to share, but those will have to wait for another time. 'Til then, if you have a Sweet to nominate - yours or anyone else's - then please, send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!