Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Fun Wedding Cakes

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Let's face it, weddings can be a little, well, predictable. That why we love it when a couple breaks out of the mold and, say, boogies down the aisle. Same thing with the cake: sure, white-on-white is pretty, but it's also kind of boring. How about a little personality? A little fun? A little pair of adorable bride-and-groom ghost toppers?

Yes! Like that!
(Found by JT and made by Sugar)


You've probably seen this one, for a pair of Katamari fans:

(Found by Christina H. and made by Mike's Amazing Cakes)

And for movie buffs, here's an ode to Event Horizon:

(Sent in by Lydia B-R and made by Peachtree and Ward.)

Now, you're probably wondering if it's possible to have a themed cake that's also elegant. I think so. I mean, check this one out:

(Found everywhere. Anyone know who made it?)

Is that not gorgeously geek chic?

Or how about this one?

(Submitted by Amy K and made by Michelle's Cake Scapes.)

That's King Kong scaling a skyscraper on top, and yet I think the baker managed a gorgeous, almost art deco feel to the cake. Sophisticated without being too stodgy, you know?

And lastly, my absolute favorite:

(Submitted by Angie Z and made by CakeFX)

Hilarious and sweet all at the same time. Sure, the topper is the first thing you notice, but check out how the baker "stitched" three different cake styles together. [kissing fingertips] Fantastico!
The Courteous Chihuahua said...

WoW!! I can't decide which one I like better, King Kong or Frankenstein! They are both really well done.

:::b r a n d i::: said...

Gorgeous...love the little ghosts!

Pam said...

This makes me want to get married all over again, just to do a cooler cake! Maybe this time will be at Disney World with A LOT fewer people! Happy Anniversary, guys!

Terry Lee said...

is the groom on the last cake frankenstein or igor? looks like a cross between the two.

"what hump?"

terry lee

Bean said...

Nice! My husband and I used a little Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom. So they were skeletons holding hands w/ a snake around them. We loved it. :) Otherwise our cake was a very simple, delicious carrot cake.

Etiquette Bitch said...

Beautiful! Makes me wish we did a cake at my wedding. That's now *non-traditional* we were. Cake? Feh!

Seriously -- CW4 is cool, but I wonder what they're standing on. Anyone know? Some sort of game?

Stephanie said...

That ghost cake is my favorite! Beautiful!

And yay for Katamari!

Lucille Ball Jr. said...

i agree! that last one is PERFECT!

KaJo Luz said...

Awesome Cakes! I loved the ghosts the best. :)

lave said...

Particle physics on a wedding cake! Sweetness!

Suburban Princess said...

OMG The King Kong one is amazing!
The Frankenstein one - I wonder if there are three different cake flavours in it!

My WV is 'ingst' lol like ingest...like ingest some cake!!!

holly said...

The Event Horizon one just looks yuck, imo. Except for the fact that the airbrushing is a lot more skilled, it doesn't look any different to me than the moldy-appearing, chain bakery wrecks. The King Kong just looks like a hot mess. Too much going on, the idea was cool and the construction is too but when I look at it I just see too much. JMO.

Frankenstein? I swooned. Love it.

agent99 said...

Hmmmm, I'm gettin gmarried in 2011, and this gives me some IDEAS..... The ghost win for cutest, but the aliens? are awesome. If you need a silly bride-to-be for a contest in which she gets the cake of her dreams, just let me know. I will so take one for the team.

Malibu Niki said...

The ghost cake is my favorite - I love the groom's little bow tie. Adorable!!

Cory said...

These are all amazing. But, I think the only thing missing from the King Kong cake is if Ann Darrow was with him (and thus would have the "bride" and "groom" toppers in an untraditional way). Maybe she is there and I just can't see her, but that would make a great cake even greater.

Half Assed Kitchen said...

That's amazing. If I ever even attempted a decent looking cake like those I'd end up with a big pile of crumbles and food coloring. Which I guess is why my blog is called Half Assed Kitchen.

Melinda said...

King Kong is amazingly beautiful! I absolutely LOVE that cake. My husband would go for it too. Maybe I can talk him into a big renewal in about 8 years...hmmm...

VeggieT said...

Wow, the "Glorious Geek" cake is by far my favourite.

Buzz said...

Wow, a cake with the standard model Lagragian! It's not for everyone, obviously, but its a pretty cool idea for two physicists getting married.

I actually knew the happy couple, Jason and Leah Rieger, although I hadn't seen a picture of their wedding cake before. Hooray for them!

The picture evidently came from this article http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000426&printable=1 ---taken by one of the official Fermilab photographers.

Fanboy Wife said...

I really like the Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein cake. Stitching the cakes together was a nice idea!

Eden said...

I am absolutely loving the geek cake! I want one for my wedding! Or a really cutsey one... oooo i just can't decide

Nona said...

I agree the last one is the best! But the ghosts are very cute.

avocadohead said...

I can't imagine _anything_ more heartrendingly romantic that the Standard Model Lagrangian - however, it still lacks MACHO and WIMP as cake toppers.

Sara Otterst├Ątter said...

My favourites are the Ghost cake and the Frankenstein cake!! These little ghosts are just cute to the square!!

At the end of a "wrecktastic" week I always enjoy the sunday sweets!!

Pooky said...

Hello. Sorry if this is off-topic, but I was curious and this seemed the best way to get an interesting answer.

I know you try to feature occasional fondant-free sweets, and you sometimes describe them as showing what can be done using only buttercream. Other places, too, people talk as if buttercream and fondant are the only options for decorating. Do decorators not use royal icing any more, or is it included under one of the existing options? I'd have thought it pipes easier than buttercream and holds a shape well enough for pre-piping shapes and even 3D decorations. And it tastes better than fondant.

RATSAWGOD said...

Wait- Event Horizon?!

Anonymous said...

That ghost cake is TOO cute!

Alix said...

I'm all about the ghost cake and Frankenstein cake. Guess that makes me predictable. Anything Halloweeny is tops in my book. I almost got married on Halloween, but the Karma on All Saints Day was better, so we waited 24 hours.

Hope to see you in Orlando!

Kim in the Kitchen said...

The Katamari cake is wonderful! I haven't played it in so long...maybe that cake will inspire me to dust of the game for old times' sake!

Anna said...

Omg, I officially know what my wedding cake will be like: Frankenstein all the way, baby! They were all amazing but that last one is truly inspired, sweet, original and yet, in a strange way, looking fresh and simple (not that it was that to make). LOVE IT!

Barbara_in_WA said...

Love the ghosties! And the Frankenstein is really clever too. But the ghosties....yeh totally want!

Meddygon said...

My wedding cake had a skeleton bride and groom on top. It was a traditional design, but the flowers were orange and black over the white buttercream frosting. We had a fall/halloween themed wedding.

Cara Smith said...

I think I may have to get married again just to have a cool cake.

steeple333 said...

I'm loving the stitched-together cake! But my favorite has to be the Katamari cake. The figures are absolutely perfect, and the proportions of the katamari are flawless. If I wasn't sure that I'd have a simple, cheap wedding, I'd totally want something geeky and awesome like the katamari cake.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this site but the "geek/chic" rhyme is about the laziest piece of writing in the English language. For shame.

Steena Holmes said...

Those were fantastic! I was at a wedding yesterday where the wedding cake resembles a Starbucks Frapp :) It was awesome and totally representing the couple who openly admit to being addicted. Their centerpieces were even Starbucks cups filled with sand and tissue paper - to resemble their mocha frapp.

Anonymous said...

I think King Kong is a sad theme for a wedding. He gets killed and plummets to earth.

Maureen said...

Awesome!!! I so love these... almost makes me want to get married again. ;)

Anonymous said...

Event Horizon? The movie where the ship comes back to harvest souls for hell? That's an...interesting choice.

MamaBear91 said...

My favorite is the frankenstein-themed cake. Love the stitched-together decorations, and esp. like that the center front matches the decorations of the BOF's dress!

Rebecca Welch said...

These cakes are fabulous!

Little Lovables said...

love the ghosts and the last one, so adorable especially!

Lydia said...

Hi folks-

The event horizon cake is mine. My husband and I are huge sci-fi nuts but we wanted to do something a little more obscure and twisted than your typical Enterprise or Star Wars cake. Yes, it is the ship that goes to hell and back, we have a very dark sense of humor. We were just surprised that our caterer was able to come up with anything.

Lynn said...

Oh, how darling...sweet Sunday Sweets ! Thank you !

Anonymous said...

. . . Isn't Event Horizon the movie with a literal portal to Hell in the engine room and a guy ripping out his own eyes in extreme closeup?

Eeeeewwwwww.

Word verification: orkie. The little green guy on the last cake isn't Frankenstein's monster; his name is Orkie. Isn't he cute!

s@bd said...

hate to be a pain in the ass but, ummm ... credit where credit is due and all that ...

The Frankenstein cake is actually *four* cakes stitched together. And the pink chunk of cake? Has half the letters to 'sweet sixteen' on it.

Brilliant.

icandy... said...

These really are great cakes...so much talent went into making them! Love the Frankenstein and ghosts during this time of year!
Christina :)

Amy said...

WOW! Wow, wow, wow!

Love the ghosties and Frankenstein the best! Wonderful!

Even the hubby liked them!

Amy B.

Anonymous said...

Event Horizon as a theme for a wedding cake.... NASTY.

That movie had so many disgusting images in it... just, yuck.

craftyashley said...

I want a Katamari cake more than anything else right now. (drool!)

Two Words "Hell Sequence" said...

Wow. Event Horizon is one of the most disgusting and disturbing movies I've ever seen. I'm a movie buff and have seen a lot of stuff, but that's the only one that's ever actually made me feel like I might actually vomit from what I was seeing on the screen. I'm kind of scared to think of what couple chose that as a theme for anything at their wedding. O_o

karah said...

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1084351/cakewrecks

Bilby P. Dalgyte said...

Agh! I GET the 4th cake! The one with the physics on it. Omg I'm so nerdy but I'm comforted by the fact that whoevers wedding that was are ever so much nerdier than me :P

Amar said...

Yumilicious cakes are there I am thinking to celebrate my past birthday this week...............

Octohawk said...

looking on your tour page.. it's so funny that i've been reading this blog so long and had no idea that we live in the same town.

frowningfashion said...

I'm glad that you mentioned the stitching on the Frankencake; I never knew that sewing could be delicious!

Emily said...

So, when are you going to post pics of your wedding cake? Surely that was pretty spectacular, No?

Chris, Gina and Hunter said...

I love the ghosts and the frankenstein cake. So fun!

Anonymous said...

The Event Horizon (never heard of it) cake is pretty gross looking. The airbrushed planets (if that's what they're supposed to be) are done pretty well. But the mildrewed colors just make it look disgusting. IF it wasn't a geeky sci-fi theme, you'd have called it wrecky.

I know though, it's your blog, you get to decide...lol. It still looks like some other cakes you've called wrecks because of the color.

Anonymous said...

love, love, love the Katamari cake!!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That Katamari cake is, to date, the coolest thing I have ever seen. I want to meet the couple that was made for.

2cool4once said...

I can't believe I'm saying this, but apparently I'm not a big enough geek to understand the "geek chic" cake.

What is it? Someone please enlighten me.

Anonymous said...

s@bd - on the cakefx site, it looks like 3 cakes, from the photo angles. You can see where the pink meets the blue on the back. It does also give a good shot of the 'eet xteen' side, that is so funny!

Melissa (& Billy) said...

@Pooky--Jen might be better qualified to answer this than I, but I thought I'd give it a shot. =)

Royal icing (what I can remember from poring over my mom's Wilton books as a kid) is very, very hard--like candy, made with confectioner's sugar and meringue powder. You even have to keep it covered with a damp towel while you're using it so it doesn't dry out. It's often used on cookies; it makes a tasty hard shell on gingerbread, etc. It's usually not appropriate for decorating a whole cake (except maybe one of those dusty window display cakes!). Maybe some of the decorations might be made with royal icing but that's about it.

That said--the ghosts are so cute. The Katamari cake is adorable! And the Frankenstein is genius. <3

anaceofkidneys said...

I wonder if the Frankencake is three different kinds of cake, too?

Anonymous said...

I want to get married again, just so I can have that ADORABLE ghost cake. Seriously, that is the cutest thing ever. And I'm not even a big ghost/Halloween person.

Sally Monster said...

Katamari cakes are popular apparently. Two friends of mine also had a Katamari cake for their own wedding...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vissago/2762434876/

Pooky said...

Melissa (& Billy), thanks for that.

I know royal icing is hard (unless you soften it with a little glycerine), but I've often covered and decorated cakes with it (I never used meringue powder though; I don't know if that's widely available over here) and my old (home cooking) books are full of advice on how to pipe flowers and animals etc. with it.

Is it that people don't want hard coverings on cakes any more? Over here, it's the traditional covering for wedding, christening and Christmas cakes, so I find it a bit surprising, but it makes sense.

I was really most puzzled by the idea that a cake without fondant would have to have everything piped in buttercream (or possibly chocolate). Surely royal icing is so useful for making sugar decorations that it would be the obvious choice?

London said...

According Symmetry Magazine, the physics cake photo was taken by Reidar Hahn of Fermilab. (http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000426). It is unclear who the cake was made for or who made it, but I'm sure you could contact Reidar and ask.

Katie said...

AMAZING! I'm speechless!

Jennifer said...

WOW! I love the Frankenstein cake!

David said...

To answer questions about the geek cake:

We used it in a feature article about physicists who married physicists in Symmetry magazine. (story here: http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000426) We commissioned the cake specifically for the article. It wasn't used in an actual wedding, sorry to say.

The writing on the cake is what is called the "Standard Model Langragian". It is the equation that best encapsulates everything we know about the fundamental particles and forces of nature, all wrapped up in one package. It's a beast of a thing, but the universe is kinda complicated!

Pam Walter said...

I love the little spooks on the first cake. Wonder what the significance is; maybe they met on Halloween? http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

Dixie Wolf said...

That Katamari cake is fantastic! Although if I had a Katamari cake made, there'd be a child stuck to it -- there's nothing greater than the joy that comes with rolling up your first child.

Christine said...

Aww, my Tonberry wedding cake didn't make the list. Nifty cakes, though!

Michelle said...

I (sadly) haven't been keeping up with your blog - this reminds me of the rock-em sock-em robot cake at our friends wedding. I made her hot pink and black gown -http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b16/mmesser/BTBeccaswedding089.jpg

and here's the cake: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b16/mmesser/BTBeccaswedding008.jpg

(feel free to publish the picture of the cake)

CH2R said...

OW... I was hopping to see the wedding cake topping I`ve sent you some time ago. The cow and the beast.... may it was not THAT funny.

Christie said...

I fell in love with the first cake (ghost cake) when I saw it. Because of that cake my fiance and I have picked October 30, 2010 for our wedding date. How many times has a wedding date been set by a cake?

Cupcakes Lady said...

Yup agree, that last one is prefect! xx ;)