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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 (447)

Sunday
Dec182016

Sunday Sweets Savors The Moment

You may have noticed Christmas is coming, minions, bringing stress and sweets, great wonder and worry. Every year I tell myself THIS will be the Hallmark year, and every year I look around on January 1st, bewildered, wondering where the month went.

I think the key is savoring the little things. Look at the lights on your street. Sing along to Pentatonix in traffic. Heck, watch a Hallmark movie. And right now? Come moon over these lovelies with me:

(By Tortenherz)

Yay for soft pastels! Why, just looking at this cake makes me feel more peaceful. I almost forgot I haven't sent out a single Christmas card this year! Haha!

 

Now, let's talk drama:

(By CakeHeaven by Marlene)

Because this beauty has it in spades. Or snowflakes, as the case may be.

 

Here's a nifty tree topper:

(By Vavi's Cakes and Cupcakes)

I love all the ornaments - and how some are hanging inside the tree!

 

Rustic tree bark and plaid just got a seriously glam upgrade:

(By Make Me My Cake)

That little touch of green on top makes me happy. And I'm out of clean socks and nursing a sick cat.
Just saying.

 

Oooh, and look at this brush embroidery!

(By CakeCentral member TopSecretFairy)

SO GOOD. Like it's been carved out of frost. Or ice.
Or frosting or icing. (Eh? EH?)

 

Who knew burgundy and mint green would look this Sweet together?

(By Cake Creations by ME)

Seriously, what a great color combo! Though that filigree trim on top is my favorite.

 

We don't have snow down here - in fact, it's a rather annoying 80 degrees right now - so I'm ready to walk into this cake:

(By Made with Love)

Well, not walk into the cake, exactly, but onto that snowy hilltop. The 3D effect is so perfect! Our very own slice of silent night. Ahhh.

 

Let's talk about how impossible it is to get this seemingly-simple frosting texture:

(By 5th Avenue Cake Designs)

Have you ever tried this? SO HARD. We mere mortals don't have a chance. But I love how it looks like tree bark - and did you spot the tiny trees at the bottom? One's even popping out of the cake! Love it.

 

Another all-is-right-with-the-world pretty:

(By CakeAvenue Design)

Take a minute to see all the amazing detail here: the tree garland, the birds, the cameo. That's a minute you're focusing on something beautiful today. We need more minutes like that.

 

And finally, here's a Sweet that manages to be snowy and snuggly at the same time:

(By Van Goh Cakes)

How - HOW - do you get three completely different, completely convincing textures on one cake?! I see a knit sweater, smooth tree bark, and pierced porcelain perfection. WOW.

Also, I'd like that little wreath and the trio of wood reindeer, please.

Hope you guys enjoyed savoring some not-so-little things with me! Here's to finding lots more happy, beautiful moments to this month.

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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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