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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

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Sunday
Dec112016

Sunday Sweets: A Gingerbread Jam!

Tomorrow is Gingerbread House Day!

So in case you want to try your hand at Gingerbread Greatness, I've found some gorgeous examples to inspire you. Or, if you're like me, to make you not even try, because there's no way mere mortals can do this:

(By Little Wonderland)

Isn't this pretty?
I'm seriously considering selling my house and moving in here.

I hear cardinals aren't great roommates, though...

 

So how about a sweet little cottage instead?

(By The Gingerbread Journal)

Who wants to lick the icing off the roof and eat a tree?

Would that be rude? (Is anyone looking?)

 

Because, you know, gingerbread houses don't have to have snow on their roofs to be beautiful.

Like this adorable little springtime number:

(By Catherine Beddall Edible Art)

So pretty, I almost won't miss licking the roof. Almost.

 

This baker went the stone cottage route:

(By Worth Pinning, includes step-by-step instructions)

All the stonework is royal icing, allowed to set and then painted with diluted food coloring. Wow.
Meanwhile, I once messed up Rice Krispy Treats. Just saying.

 

Of course, stone doesn't have to be rustic.

(By Judy's Cakes)

I can't get over all the details -- she made about 1700 individual shingles for the roof alone!
Amazing.

 

Or, if you're feeling a little blue:

(By Sweet Delights Cakery)

There's just enough room on the roof for Santa and his flying friends, which really ought to be a requirement, if you think about it.

 

I've decided every house needs a gazebo like this in the front yard:

(By Ginny Pilarz)

Or at least MY house does.

Just look at all that "gingerbread" trim, and those adorable swirly trees!

 

I'm also loving this roof line:

(By Classic Cakes and Confections)

Dibs on the turret!
And don't you love the lit-up palm tree? So perfect for a bakery based in Arizona.

 

Of course, if you want to go full Gothic Revival, how about something a little despicable:

(By Carly Owens, Photo by Michael Oppenheim Photography)

Gru's house from Despicable Me!

And, you guys, a teenager made this masterpiece. A teenager! (Do I need to mention my Rice Krispy Treats again?)

 

Here's one for you over-achievers: instead of a gingerbread house, how about a gingerbread village?

(By Peggy Porschen)

...artfully arranged around two tiers of fruitcake and topped with a Gingerbread Church?

(Love those pastels!)

 

Or how about a fantastic windmill?

(By deKoekenbakkers)

Isn't it perfect? Look at the tiny bricks and flowers! I wonder if the blades spin?
(I suppose we could ask the cow...)

 

Of course, if you really want non-traditional, you don't make a gingerbread house at all.

Nope.

You grow it!

(By Susan Aitken, found on The Gingerbread Exchange)

It helps if you're an elf.

I'll bet they're inside there right now, making little gingerbread houses.

Wouldn't that be Sweet?

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Sunday
Dec042016

Sunday Sweets: Hand in the Cookie Jar 

It's National Cookie Day!

Let's celebrate it by taking a look at some wonderful cookies.

 

We'll start with a cookie of Cookie Monster eating a cookie.
(It's like Muppet Inception.)

(By Raspberri Cupcakes)

Cookie Monster's a macaron, a meringue-based, filled cookie that's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, currently made in every possible shape, flavor and color.

Like...
(drum roll, please...)

 

Disney Tsum Tsums!
[swoon]

(By Le Sucre de Patisserie)

Honestly, I don't know whether I should eat them or adopt them, but I DO know someone better give me tsum soon!

 

Of course, macarons are just one kind of cookie.

I found so many fabulous cookies, it was really hard to choose which ones to feature.

Really. Hard.

You see, there are cookies that look like they ought to be framed:

(By Cookie Connection member Sugar Pearls Cakes and Bakes)

 

Cookies that look like sliced rocks;

(By Cup My Cakez)

 

And cookies so cute you can't see the forest for the squees.

(By Sugar Coma Cookies)

 

You can get cookie puzzles...

(By Yankee Girl Yummies)

(I guess you'd start eating the edges and corners first, right?)

 

...and gingerbread cookie wedding "cakes."

(By Julia M. Usher)

(There's a tutorial. Are you feeling adventurous?)

 

And I don't know about you guys, but I want to plant this and see if it grows.

(By Sugarbliss Cookies)

Those succulents just look so... so... succulent.

 

Of course, if desert plants aren't your thing, how about a beautiful "needlepoint" heart?

(By Cookie Connection member Teresa Pekul)

Even the "mesh" is hand-piped!

 

For those who dream of adventure, here's the "Traveling Girl," inspired by a handmade doll.

(By CakesDecor member The Cookie Lab)

Don't you want to tag along, or at least meet her tailor?

 

You know, there are so many great cookies, I could just keep adding more and more.

Still, I guess it would probably be wise to stop.

(By Sword's Sugars)

What? You want one more? Well, WHO am I to deny you?
(Owl pay for that pun later, won't I?)

 

OK. I could never say no to you guys...

Let's end with this gorgeous cookie, shall we?

(By Mézesmanna)

Everything is piped freehand, with no stencils.
(Here's a link to a comparison of the cookie and the tablecloth that inspired it.)

 

I hope we've inspired you to have some cookies for National Cookie Day!

Have a Sweet day!

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