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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 Sweets Gets Crafty

Any crafters out there?

Since I spend most of my time working online, I go a little crazy if I don't take time out each week to physically make something. It can be so satisfying working with your hands, and flexing those creative muscles, you know?

So what better theme for this week's Sweets?


(By Fancy Nancy Cakes)

Look at all that cheerful patchwork! Love the colors.



(By Shams D)

D'aww, the little easel with a cupcake painting!
Digging the little paperclips & scissors on the board, too.


Cross Stitch:

(By Alina Vaganova of Dolce Arte)

Talk about jaw-dropping: look at all that delicate lace, and the hand painting that looks like porcelain!
Not to mention the insanely intricate cross-stitch piping. WOW.



(By Sweet Treasures Cakes)

Gotta have baking in here, am I right? And this is so cute, I can hardly stand it. The little measuring spoons! The shaker! And the piping bag - made of cake - which frankly is hurting my brain a little.



(By Sweetlin)

I had to look three times to verify that these are, in fact, edible. But I wouldn't mind having a yarn set lined up on my desk right now!


And one more, since I couldn't resist these "crocheted" flowers:

(By Cake Central member Bien)

All made with molds, I believe. Ahh-mazing.



I couldn't decide on this one, either, so you get two! First, a modern machine:

(By Rosebud Cakes)

Which, yes, is ACTUALLY CAKE.


And now a pretty vintage model!

(By Jeanne Winslow Cake Design)

With more of that incredible, edible lace!



(By Imaginarium Cakes)

Another one that blew my mind; if it didn't have "cake" right there in the name you'd never believe it either, right?



(By Sweet Hope)

So many great yarn basket cakes out there now, but this one caught my eye for its cheerful colors, perfect basket weave, and that fun knitted piece on the board.


And finally, for the artists out there:

Pencil Art:

(By Istofaz)

How funky cool is this?? Gravity-defying tiers, clever faux shavings, pencils going every which way - it's genius, I tell you. GENIUS.


Hope your Sunday is just as Sweet, guys!


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Reader Comments (21)

This is a pet peeve of mine; I object strenuously to the term "crafty" applied to the artists who do handycrafts. You could call us "crafters" if you like, but a word that has the connotation of underhandedness, or sneakiness is not cool.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Making things is always good. I'm usually knitting while I read my daily Cakewrecks.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNCatt

These are unbelievable! I said, "Come here, you've gotta see this," so many times that my husband actually came here to look at this! I want that baking cake so you think $185 will cover it??

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I love these, but, since I'm into another craft, it made me Google "Zentangle (tm) Cakes". Try it.. You'll be blown away.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Wow, these are amazing. The cross stitch, the lace, the yarn. Astounding. I want to have my cake and knit it, too.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaggyD

YEAH! Love these cakes! You didn't have a scrapbooking or embroidery one, but I'm not complaining. Just love to see those beautiful decorating skills -- those all look so real!
(Really love Zentangle, too!)

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

The knitting cake was bothering me and I finally figured out why...the swatch was woven rather than knitted. It's a shame because the correct moulds are seemingly easy to come by.
The rest of the cakes were AH-mazing!

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobynR

Holy cow, these are amazing!

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

These are awesome... but no beading? Imagine the possibilities of stitched bead decoration.

I think I have to lie down now.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMadeleine Robins

D'awwww :D

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

@ MaggyD: " I want to have my cake and knit it, too." I love that!!
I love the colored-pencil cake, too; it has an almost Frank Loyd Wright vibe; as if he'd designed a preschool building or something like that.
The cross-stitch cake is driving me crazy with the color-play going on! The blue is reminiscent of a Pennsylvania Dutch style, and the sunflowers are beautiful against it! It's a refreshing and unexpected combination. Thanks for the palate-cleansing! Now I'm ready for the new week...=^~.~^=

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I would like to congratulate you in knowing the difference between crochet an knitting !!!!

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Amazing cakes! Although, I think the origami one may be 90% fondant.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Amazing, and lovely! Thank you!

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Jen, this has to be my favorite Sunday Sweets of all time! As a crafter, I've done just about all of these (except for baking, unless you count high school; and origami, unless you count tea bag folding, which was hot for about a minute 15 years ago). I was so impressed with the crochet cupcakes. The artist clearly studied some crochet examples to capture the design which is distinctly different from Knitting. And did you say the lace "hanky" is icing? That's unbelievable and masterful.

The suggestions in the comments are insightful too. I know you've included quilling in another SS post, as well as embroidery. I agree about the beading - it would be spectacular and scrapbooking would be a modern theme.

I have to disagree with RobynR's comment that the knitting sample was woven. It looks like the linen stitch to me which does resemble weaving. Doesn't matter in the end, they are all glorious. I'm going to bookmark today's post so I can return here every time I need a lift.

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

The quilt cake is exquisite! I went on the website of the artist who created the counted cross-stitch cake (how do you DO that?!), and she had an adorable pair of red "knitted" mittens on another cake. Sweetlin (crochet cupcakes) had The. Most. AhDORable baby cake toppers on her FB page. And I am so impressed that Inay is still in stitches at 87 - and has that wonderful cake to celebrate!

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

These are absolutely jaw dropping! So much imagination, beauty and talent. Love them all :-)

August 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh- We love.
Love, love, lovelovelovelove..........

Brilliant "craftsmanship" in every sense of the word!

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

As I look longingly at these beautiful cakes and the crafts represented, it only reminds me that I am, sadly, missing a craft gene. It's tragic, I know....

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

Okay, the crocheted cupcakes blow my mind. Can't. stop. looking. at. them. Oh, and put me in for an order of actual crocheted ones too! Great idea!
But my favorite by far is the colored pencil cake. Ooooooh how I love my colored pencils so this cake is right up my alley. It's just so good!

August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

These are great! The lace is made with a semi liquid spread on a mold, dried and released. There are piles of molds to make the edible lace. Thanks for sharing!

August 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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