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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
Sunday
May072017

Sunday Sweets: Kawaii Cakes

"Kawaii" is the Japanese word for "cute" - used as both an adjective and a noun - but it's much more than that. It's a style, a culture, a land of lollipop dreams and squishy pastel hugs and everything sweet and squee-worthy.

Like this!

(By Cottontail Cake Studio)

Cuteness overload! I love the upside-down ice cream cone (with the penguin playing in the melted cream!), and the raccoon popping out of the cupcake. And don't think I didn't notice the unicorn farting out that rainbow on the right. Ha!

 

Kawaii likes to put cute little faces on inanimate objects, and I think you'll find most everything is improved by this:

(By Sugar Canvas)

 

There's also a huge emphasis on desserts, because sweet-looking sweets are pretty much the epitome of cute.

(By Torta Couture Cakes)

 

Also, macarons. SO MANY MACARONS.

(By Catherine Beddall)

And so not complaining.

 

Then there are Kawaii animals and characters, which can be just about anything:

(By Whipped Bakeshop)

Happy whale, anyone?

 

Pusheen the cat is popular, since she's pretty much Kawaii to begin with:

(By The Cakecuppery)

 

But you can make almost anything or anyone Kawaii, including - hold on to your hot dogs - Slimer from Ghostbusters:

(By Syliva Castaneda)

Adorable little spud, isn't he?

(Leave it to me to work Ghostbusters into a Kawaii post. Where there's a geek, there's a way.)

 

Or how about some prickly little cacti?

(By Sugar High)

Those colors are perfect together - I love the orange!

 

Rilakkuma is a popular teddy bear in Japan, and you'll see him a lot in Kawaii designs. Here he is with an enormous cupcake... of himself:

(By Artisan Cakes by E.T.)

D'awww.

 

And finally, as if cuteness and cake weren't enough, let's bring in one more of my favorite things:
DISNEY.

(By C For Cupcakes)

Ermergersh, I'm melting! Just like the Pooh bear and Aurora ice cream cones. And look at little Mike stacked on Sully! Ah! Squeeing forever.

Hope you guys enjoyed the cute! Happy Sunday!

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Reader Comments (18)

So pretty! The second and third seem like Shopkins. Yes, it's a thing. The only reason why I know about this is because of my 7 year old granddaughter.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSharperme

The Disney cake looks like the emoji game 😁

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKnightmareshade

OMG the cactus and donut cakes NEED to become plushies :D :D

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Shopkins have colored irises and lips (creepy).

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

The cheeks on the cactuses. Just the sweetest thing that has ever been.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Am I emotional today? That adorable donut cake sent me to tears. On the other hand I can't stop giggling about Rilakkuma- he is such a little boy with the way he laying there eating, chocolate cake all over his face.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

They're round on the cake, rather than the traditional capsule shape, but the Disney cake is giving me serious TsumTsum vibes, as well.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterK`shandra

I so adore "You Complete Me"

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

K'shandra, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Tsum Tsum.

Also, I just love how the number and placement of branches on the cacti effectively give a "girl" or "boy" vibe and the flowers are placed like hats or bows accordingly. So cute!

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKay S

The Disney ones are a toy called Tsum Tsums. They are a favorite here in my house! ❤ Love all of these sweet sweets!

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie in AK

The kawaii cacti (kacti?) make me think of a succulent Groot, for some reason.

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Um, I'm pretty sure that's the unicorn's *tail* .

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCC

I love that whale cake's cakestand. It makes it look like the whale is floating on a waterspout! (from an even bigger whale? hmmmm)

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnalise

So so sweet! Cannot decide between the adorable Pusheen kitteh or the Ghostbuster spud. Sqeeeee!
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May 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

That doughnut cake is so sKawaiiee. THIS would make a much better shower cake than baby butt or belly cakes. I love how the Pusheen one is outlined like a comic. They are all so cute, but the cacti are ultra adorbs!

May 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

Am I the only one that saw that Aurora as Elsa? The crown has blue and it looks like a tiny braid on the right...

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJubles

I *love* the black outline on the Pusheen cake.

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrankie

I have been slain by that whale cake. Glub, glub,I've gone to live with it.

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

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