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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 (293)

Sunday
Feb022014

Sunday Sweets: Groundhog Day

It's Groundhog Day!

You know what that means:

If this little fella sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of Winter.

(By Highland Bakery)

 

That's right. Six more weeks of swirling flakes,

(By Emma Jayne Cake Design)

 

sparkling icicles,

(By The Chocolate Strawberry)

 

meandering drifts,

(By Planet Cake)

 

and finding new and exciting ways to get to work.

(By Coastal Cake Company)

 

Maybe some penguins can hitch an iceberg north and visit friends...

(By Not Quite Nigella)

 

...while the rest of us keep warm with lots of nice, hot cocoa.

(By The Cake GalleryNY)

 

Still, after the "Polar Vortex -- and no, the cool name does not make up for the COLD temperatures -- I think most of us would be happy if the prognosticating rodent went shadowless this year, ushering in an early spring.

Won't spring be great?

Sure, there'll be April showers,

(By Torte Di Ivana)

 

but that's how we get May flowers!

(By Sweet and Saucy Shop)

 

We'll soak up lots of sunlight,

(By Oh Sugar!)

 

and the woods will be awash with lush new plants,

(By Wild Orchid Baking Company)

 

drowsy fawns,

(By CakeCentral member Omrani Cakes)

 

butterflies and ladybugs.

(By Tea Party Cakes)

 

Ah, bliss...

Tell ya what, Punxsutawney. Why don't you just sleep in this year? We'll let you know what happens.

Sweets dreams.

 

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Sunday
Jan262014

Sunday Sweets: Deco-licious

Everything old is new again... again... and I for one couldn't be happier. Vintage styles rock. (Well, unless it's from the 70s - but we're all agreed that decade never existed, right? Right.)

Case-in-point: Art Deco cakes.

(By Style Sweet CA)

Check out the sweet style from Style Sweet! That's some old school glam, right there.

 

Or for something a little more modern:

(By Luxury Creations, featured here)

I'm digging that green.

 

Of course, when you need drama, this is the way to go:

(By Artisan Cake Company)

You just can't beat handpainted gold leaf for maximum "wow" factor.

 

Or perhaps you prefer silver?

(By Amelie's Kitchen)

This would be the perfect dainty little wedding cake. And the bride should wear drop earrings that match those side pieces, and a tiara that matches the top tier - am I right?

 

Of course most Art Deco is all about bold geometric shapes and colors. You know, like this:

(By The Cake Whisperer)

The flower and feathers soften it just enough, and really give it that modern flair. Love it.

 

Now here's a cake that took some jaw-dropping technical skill:

(By Donnatella)

Those plaques are all made of sugar, using royal icing in a color flow, or "run-in" technique. It's incredibly fragile, and ridiculously difficult to do. Plus all four sides have window panels in front - look closely, and you can see the gap on the inside edge. That is ridiculous, you guys. RIDICULOUS. Mad props to all the bakers out there with this kind of patience.

 

Next, one of my new favorite color combinations:

(By Confectionery Designs)

Mint and gold. Mmmm.

 

If you've ever been to South Beach, then you know Art Deco and pastels go hand in hand. It's also one of the most beautiful architectural styles ever. In fact, this peach cutie really reminds me of some of my favorite Art Deco buildings:

(By My Cupcakery)

 

And can't you just see this one all lit up with neon lights on the beach front?

(From the 2013 Capital Area Cake Show, found here)

Completely in love with those polka dots.

 

Here's another one using run-in icing, this time to make accent pieces that look like chic jewelry:

(By Djalmma Reinalldo)

Ok, I want the topper as a pin, the bottom band as a bracelet, and a soft teal cardigan to wear them with. (Someone out there is getting this down, right?)

 

Hang on, I just found the most grin-inducing Deco cake yet:

(By Lindy's Cakes)

Sha-POW! Grin city.

 

When it comes to sheer elegance, though, I think this is the clear winner:

(By Nom Nom Sweeties)

The fringe, the feathers, the perfect lines and subtle ombre effect... yep. I'll take it. :D

 

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