Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Bullseyes

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I was trying to figure out what the opposite of "Missed Marks" would be; ergo, "Bullseyes". Yep, today's amazing NON-Wrecks are the cakes that look just like the object they're supposed to.

For example...

Liz had Mike's Amazing Cakes replicate a favorite stuffed frog for her and her guy Nat's joint birthday celebration:


I think the result is pretty adorable, don't you?



Ro Bruhn is an artist who makes colorful (and quite pretty) journals, like this one:


So for her birthday, her family surprised her with a cake version of that same journal:


Honestly, I kept getting the two photos mixed up, the cake is such a close match. Those buttons are fantastic. So are the ribbons. And the cover. Ok, fine, the whole thing's pretty darn cool. Ro says a local company did the cake, but she didn't say which one. So if you're reading this, Ro, let me know who to credit, k? (And thanks to Pauline L. for nominating the cake.)

And lastly, Andrew S. is the creator of the webcomic Elderly Apple, which is named for his character Pliny, the (you guessed it) Elderly Apple. As a fan of Cake Wrecks, he was inspired to order a cake version of Pliny for the site's birthday. This is Pliny:



Not the easiest thing to make a cake from, right? But look what Virginia Bakery came up with:

Isn't he great? Plus, he's our fondant-free sweet of the week. That's right - NO fondant. So in addition to pulling off a sculpted cake from a simple drawing, these bakers also got the icing glass smooth. For us amateur bakers, I think it's both inspiring and somewhat disheartening to know icing can actually look that good.

Have you had something replicated in cake form you'd like to nominate as a Sweet? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.
Michelle Ames said...

Wow! The frog and apple are cute...but that journal replicake is AMAZING!

Diana Dang said...

Those are too cute!

Susan T-O said...

Those are fantastic and fabulous! I'm particularly impressed with the apple. What a wonderful creation.

Cindy said...

Wow, these decorators are real artists. Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, that book is really beautiful! (I think the cake's the one with 'Happy Birthday' written on it ;)

Belle Epoque said...

The journal cake is a work of art...imagine the work that went into that!

Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now said...

Those are all so COOL!

Half Assed Kitchen said...

Wowza!

lizarooski said...

Hey, it's my birthday cake! Thanks Jen. - Liz (and Nat too)

Anonymous said...

I would so not want to cut into the journal cake -- it's gorgeous.

The apple is beyond cool -- anybody know how the heck you get frosting that smooth and shiny?

Chantal said...

Wow! Those cakes are Chef d'oeuvres.

Morgan the Muse said...

those are beautiful! Seriously, win!

Annapolitan said...

They're all really well done, but that journal one is aMAZing. They got every detail right. I think the hardest part must have been that cover with all its colors. How the heck did they DO that?

SkippyMom said...

The cakes are amazing.

My sister is an "amateur" baker, but her work is amazing. It looks professional.

She has a trick [that I am sure a lot of people know] to make buttercream icing that smooth [as in the apple cake].

After icing the cake cover it in wax paper strips. Smooth down. Refrigerate until firm.

Peel off the wax paper and wa-la a smooth cake.

I have done this several times and it works like a charm - you just need a good buttercream icing recipe to begin with.

It is so easy.

sendingtheclowns said...

Frogs--adorable.
Book cake--amazing.
Now, about Pliny. Gawd, he is just so darn CUTE! But where are his WRINKLES????
Sure, he's got a few under-eye baggies going on, but...show me the wrinkles.
I know, he's fictional. AND a fruit. AND a drawing.
But still...
"Elderly" = wrinkles!
(Hey--I should know.) Sheesh.
>^uu^<

Michelle said...

Hee hee, you said "joint" birthday...hee hee.

Miz Dinah said...

I can't believe it's not fondant!

Deray said...

Deray clapping, those cakes are A-mazing! I'm so glad there are still good bakers in the world ;-)

denisewalks said...

I love all of them but that journal is stunning.

Linnee said...

Pliny looks like a young tomato to me, but lovely nonetheless.

Andrew Schnorr said...

Hi everyone! This is the the creator of Elderly Apple and the owner of that gorgeous cake! I want to thank Jen for featuring it (when I had only shown it to her as thanks for inspiring me); and if you wanted to see some more pictures, including the dismemberment of the cake, you can take a look here.

And to reply to sendingtheclowns: of course he's old! He has a cane! :P

Lynn said...

I can't get over all the talent out there and how perfect these cakes all are...that apple is brilliant...

I just love Sunday Sweets !

Rusty and Bandit said...

Oh my gosh, I love the frog! So cute! All in all, they're really amazing!

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

Adorable!

sendingtheclowns said...

@Andrew Schnorr:
Heh heh...thanks for clarifying!
I did see the cane, but since it isn't as long as our gentleman apple's legs, I'd assumed it was a prop--ala Fred Astaire...you know?
(Hey, he's GOT the top hat already!)
Charming, I must say!
>^~~^<

Pauline said...

Oh how cool, you found a way to mention Ro Bruhn's amazing journal cake! This is her blog, for everyone else's enjoyment :

http://robruhn.blogspot.com/

I did a wonderful workshop with her - no cake though.

DangGina said...

I don't know that I'd have the heart to cut into that journal cake. Seriously. KUDOS!

Shannon said...

I wouldn't be able to eat the frog cake. That's just TOO cute!

Candice Y said...

Those shoes on that apple are SO darned cute!!

Angie said...

All three of them are incredible! I really admire that kind of talent.

henzy said...

the cakes is adorable.

Frisky Librarian said...

Wow. That journal cake amazing. Almost a shame to eat it!

Teddy Started It said...

All the cakes this week are fantastic, but that Pliny...well, who could stand to take a bite out of him?!

Stephanie Kim said...

the frog cake makes me SO HAPPY I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT

Scritzy said...

I like all of them, but DANG! That journal! I'm blown away!

Paul said...

You got the journal and the cake photos mixed up? I'll give you a hint for next time - the cake was the one on the cake board :P

Just kidding. These are all great! The Elderly Apple thing reminds me of this site I stumbled across. It's kid's drawings that artists have interpreted and re-done. Check it out! http://www.drawergeeks.com/showTopic.php?id=83

Summer said...

That frog cake is really cute! Looking forward on your next post. Have a great day.=D

A Writers Den
The Brown Mestizo

jackie31337 said...

I was not familiar with Pliny the Elderly Apple before seeing this, and now I'm hooked on the comics. Just the right kind of absurdity for me!

jackie31337 said...

Oh, and also: http://www.elderlyapple.com/2008/01/captain-cakehead-pirate-and-parrot.html

Perhaps this will be next year's cake? (Yeah, I'm reading through the entire archives)

Ro Bruhn said...

Wow thanks to Pauline for showing you my birthday cake, it was even more amazing to see it in real life. The hardest part was cutting into it, but it was a mud cake so there was no way it was not going to get eaten, it tasted great too, even the buttons. My husband had it made by CW Cakes a company here in Australia. Thanks again Ro.

Pauline said...

Ah ha! We've got it worked out now!

The journal cake was made by :

http://www.cwcakes.com.au/

CW cakes in Dandenong, outside of Melbourne, Australia. I should have known - I get all my sprinkles there! Check their cakes from the last show they did - whoa!

See ya
Pauline

Tiggy said...

That is one frog I'd love to dissect! Yum.

bassgirl said...

Poor Pliny! As they cut into him, the red frosting on the person's fingers looked like blood!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Fondant. I googled it so I now know what it is... It's a bad thing, is it? Does it taste bad, or something? Does it have a nasty texture?

Or is it simply more impressive when bakers use regular frosting?

I'm confused.

The cakes today are wonderful. Their secret ingredient is whimsy. I love a little whimsy with my dessert.

Cali-delights said...

I love the frog and Apple. GREAT JOB!!

Anonymous said...

Just when I'm getting too scared to ever order a cake again, along come these wonders. Thank you this weekly restoration of faith in cakes. Amen!

Arlynn said...

That frog is totally adorable. I always tune in to the cake challenges on tv when Mike McCarey is on. He does do amazing work.

The journal and the apple are precious as well. There are some talented folks out there.

Anonymous said...

Skippy mom, the wax paper trip sounds good, but a little old school.

I saw Cake Boss using a steamer on his icing and that seemed to produce a smooth finish.

But I'm not in the cake business so what do I know?

Melanie said...

I always look forward to Sunday Sweets, but this week's was disappointing. The cakes are good, but not spectacular.

:-(

Daisy said...

Virginia Bakery! They make the best sprinkle cookies too. And eclairs. Used to go there after my appointments at the pediatrician. Glad to see they're doing fine work.

Lisa Voth said...

These cakes were great! I love the frog.
And can I say, I cracked up that the apple's name is Pliny--surely named after Pliny the Elder, the early Christian church writer? Can you tell I'm a Biblical studies nerd? (: Brilliant.
Flayelim: what happened to the cake version of Pliny.

Lisa Voth said...

Um, correction: Pliny the Elder was NOT an early church father, but a Roman philosopher/naturalist. Still a good source for biblical studies but yeah, my bad. Apparently I'm not nerdy enough. (:

Anonymous said...

Waah! The Virginia Bakery! I love that place; never expected to see it up here!
Those are all amazing!

Sara said...

You can get your icing smooth like that by melting it and then dipping the cake in it or pouring it over the cake. Admittedly, it's MUCH easier with cupcakes and I've never tried it with a full on cake, but it's worth a shot lol

silvergirl said...

Awww, my dad used to take us to the Virginia Bakery for "flops" (danishes) on days when we'd play hooky from school. (Let's just say that my parents were divorced and my Dad was heavily trying to show us his good side.) But all the same, the memories are sweet indeed. Thanks :)

FreedomFirst said...

Awww, the froggy is just perfect for my little guy......

M.J. said...

I grew up on virginia bakery! Like Daisy said we always went there after a visit to the doctor, I guess its a Berkeley tradition. I wonder if I can find a picture of the drawing my sister did and the cake they copied it on to, in icing, back in the early eighties...

Anonymous said...

i love the apple cake :D

mutuelle said...

thaks, these decorators are real artists. Fantastic

Mutuelle said...

you have a good recipe cake on your links

mutuelle said...

A little too Soylent Green for my taste