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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
Monday
Oct272014

5 Bakers Who Bit Off More Than They Could Chew

My friends, cake decorating can be hard. Why do you think we have so much material? But bakers can make their jobs a lot easier by just knowing their limitations.

For instance, bakers, say someone asks you to make a groom's cake that looks like their BMW:

...but you're just figuring out what "edible markers" are.

 

In that case, maybe say no.

See how much better that would have been?

 

Ok, now let's practice together! I'll play the customer.

Hi! Can you make me a cake that looks like this shoe?

 

Now you say, "No. No, I can't."

 

I'd really love Maleficent on a cake! Can you do that?

 

"No. No, I can't."

 

Aw, then how about Tinkerbell?

 

"Sure! No probl... I mean, no. No, I can't."

 

 

See how easy that is? And hey, being able to say no to orders you can't do will give you more time for the ones you can!

Or you could just fill the donuts.

 

Thanks to Lesley H., Molly H., Sheyla S., John A., & Michelle R., who advises steering clear of the Stay Puft donuts, since we all know where THAT leads.

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Sunday
Oct262014

Sunday Sweets: Boo-tiful Treats!

Halloween is just five days away! Are you ready to par-tay?

Good. 'Cuz this Sweet stack is making my inner girly ghoul SO HAPPY:

(By Gimme Some Sugar)

The lacing! The candy cauldron! The colorful ruffly bits! And that bright green really makes the whole design "pop."

 

(By Bellaria Cakes Design)

Ooh la la! So pretty, and I love the vintage vibe on that argyle.

 

Or maybe you prefer your Halloween treats more on the spooky side:

(By Cake Lovers)

That'll do the trick. o.0

 

Or maybe some scrumptious spiderwebs?

(By Cakery Creation)

I've seen a few tutorials around for this, and I believe the webbing is made of marshmallow icing!
Mmmm.

 

This Haunted Forest cake has both hand-painting *and* 3D sculpting:

(By My Sweet, Cosette)

SO COOL. And check out the ruins painted off in the distance!

 

For both extreme creepiness *and* amazing artistry, you just can't beat this steampunk Frankenstein's monster:

(By Crazy Sweets, based on Rick Baker's amazing costume)

WOW. It really looks exactly like Rick Baker's costume! Just amazing.

 

You can always count on some amazing Halloween wedding cakes every October, and CW reader Eden didn't disappoint:

The groom - now Eden's hubby - actually made the cake himself! I love how it's two cakes in one: the skeleton below, and the more traditional cake balancing on his head above. Plus, check out that insane stringwork! So perfect!

 

For sheer laugh-out-loud delight, I'm a big fan of Mr. Pumpkin McChompers here:

(By Corinna of Lovin' From the Oven)

That expression! Hee!

 

And finally, another stellar vintage-inspired design:

(By Dream Day Cakes)

Great colors, cute costumed bears, and a wee spider dangling from the hat tip!

Love it.

 

Hope you guys have a fabulous Halloween!

Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!

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