Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fashionably Sweet

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Clothes may make the man, but they're more like the icing on top of the woman. Which sounds much kinkier than I intended. Erm. What I mean is, we're looking at cool Fashion cakes today. So let's do that, and stop thinking about icing-covered lady bits. Not that *I* am, of course, but I know you probably are. (Filthy buggers, the lot of you.)



The inspiration:


The Sweet result:

Submitted by Eliza P., & made by her friend Abigail. Lots more pics here.

Those gates are piped royal icing; the epitome of the word "fragile." In fact, all of that detail is painstakingly hand-piped. Just amazing.




Sub'd by Katie S., made by Jill's Sugar Collection

I think I just heard the sound of thousands of women giving a collective, "oooohhhh!" And yes, I joined in.


Remember the hat Aretha Franklin wore to Obama's inauguration - the one with its own FB page? Yeah, that one. Well, it was also honored on her birthday cake:

Sub'd by Meredith R. & found here. No baker credit, though. Anyone know?

Aretha got plenty of snark for both the hat and this picture, which mystifies me - I think they're both awesome. Besides, doesn't the Queen of Soul deserve a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T?


Natalie M.'s wedding cake has some of the best "fabric" draping I've ever seen:

If the Greek goddess Athena ever took on cake form, I bet she'd look like this. [dreamy sigh]


The fluid lines on this next one remind me of a full skirt mid-twirl:

Sub'd by Ashley B., and made by Marina Sousa of Just Cake.

Love the satin-like sheen, too.


A dress cake is kind of like the grown-up's version of a doll cake. You get all the girly prettiness, minus the tacky synthetic hair getting in your icing.

By SusieHazCakes

Also, note how the dress form does NOT look like the torso of a woman with her limbs hacked off; it looks like a dress form (see the bottom of the stand underneath?). This is what we in the biz call "a win."

Or, if you want the ruffled skirt but not the entire dress, how about this?

Sub'd by Brianna G., & made by Collette Peters)

Squee!!

[UPDATE: Since so many of you asked: Collette made this for IN Style Weddings Magazine, and it was inspired by the famous designer Betsey Johnson, who is single.]

Some of you may be wondering where all the shoe and purse cakes are. Well, truth be told, you sent in so many great examples that I didn't know how to choose! Plus, I honestly prefer the more abstract fashion designs like the ones above. These tend to require more design creativity than an exact one-to-one replica. Granted, exact replicas can require more skill, but the purse and shoe thing has been SO popular for SO long that, much as I hate to say it, I'm kind of bored with them. Sorry.

I haven't decided on a theme for next week yet. Have one to suggest? Or a cake to nominate? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.
Ahmie said...

Too lazy to email because I'm 10 days shy of my due date with my 3rd kid. Next Sunday is Mother's Day, in case you want to use that as a theme (nudge nudge)

knitwit said...

I know you said you were bored with them, but why not do a whole separate post on shoes and purses, just to placate the masses?!
LOVE that dress form one. Fantastic!

Alice said...

I'm so happy to see that first cake featured! :3 YAY!!

Amy said...

I love, love, love the first dress/cake. Part of me wants to wear the dress, but the chubby girl in me really *REALLY* wants to eat the cake.
I also love the blue "satin" cake. What could make it shine like that? Beautiful!

MamaChristy said...

The blue one makes me want to cry, it's that pretty.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, I saw the very top of the Moitie JSK on my LJ friends page and thought this was on EGL for a minute. Loved the Iron Gate cake when the girls made it, still do. Beautiful work.

Abigail said...

Thank you so much for choosing to post my cake this Sunday~ <3 (I'm the one who made the iron-gate cake :) )

Anonymous said...

Holy...

No words. Those are STUNNING.

Marissa said...

Haha I really like the question mark on the grooms face on the last cake!!!!

Marissa

Jennifer said...

That blue cake is unbelievable. I'm not sure I could eat it, and that's just wrong.

A Paperback Writer said...

What's the story behind the munchkin groom with the big question mark on his face?
To me, this looks like the kind of cake a woman of about 30 might have if she got tired of the old can't-find-a-decent-guy routine and decided to have a big estrogenfest fake wedding party anyway. (Hey, it's a LOT easier that way!)
If anyone knows the story behind this cake (which is very pretty), do tell, please!

Upupaepops said...

I am totally in awe of all of these

and I agree
Areth was FAB U LOUS at the inauguration and made all of the "Big and Very Important Women" in their down jackets and wind blown straggly hair look like the Hoi Paloi.

She was beautiful and dressed as befitted the occasion.

Brooke said...

Sunday Sweets is the icing on my week.

Heidi said...

Sigh~ So pretty. I want to make a cake now but I'm pretty sure it won't even come close to any of those!

Christy said...

Just fantastic!

The Boob Nazi said...

Wow. These are amazing!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but I just don't understand the last cake's figures on top. The girl looks like a guy in drag (heavy on the makeup) and a SHORT frilly dress with exercise pants (or what are those)? The question mark on the shorter groom's face is beyond me. MUST have an interesting story behind this one to want it on your wedding cake. The rest of the cake is nicely done. I see this as a borderline wreck.

Sharon's Edible Art

Jenni @ Project Cookie 365 said...

Wonderful!! I think the first one is the star, that one would truly be a shame to cut into! It's such a wonderful adaptation - detailed the perfect amount! (my wrist aches thinking about all that piping!)

They are all beyond gorgeous, and I can't blame you for preferring these to replica heels and purses ;)

tbg said...

fabulous!

Anonymous said...

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

Tricia L said...

The blue satin cake is incredible. I won't want to cut it. I hope the baker made a sample cake to display.

Please do a Sunday Sweets Shoes and a Sunday Sweets Purses in the future. (Since next Sunday is Mother's Day, perhaps honor the world's most famous mom and her equally famous purse -- Queen Elizabeth.) You may be tired of them, but they are fan favorites. The bakers deserve the fanfare.

@ A Paperback Writer -- What a great idea ... a wedding reception without the groom. More cake for us girls!

sendingtheclowns said...

Oh, PLEASE!! Not something as scary as Mothers Day--(Pregnant-belly cakes...things-that-look-like-expelled-placentas cakes)...

Shoes & purses too yawny?
How about seeing if there is -anywhere in the universe- a Triple Crown cake, honoring the gorgeous ponies of racedom?
(They wear horseSHOES...and the prize money is called the "purse."
Sneaky, ain't I?)
=^~.-^=

Elizabeth said...

I'm a terrible perso, because the roses on the fabric draped cake are incredible and the fabric draping is incredible, but.... I don't see Athena. I see a really incredibly well made zombie. And now I kind of want a beautiful zombie cake of my very own with impeccable fabric draping and undead roses. It's gorgeous. I'm just clearly in a new corpse state of mind.

Let The Wookie Win said...

OMG that last one is TOTALLY a Betsey Johnson inspired cake and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! AHHHHHHH!

janet2buns said...

@Paperback Writer: You defined and put my thoughts into words. That's exactly what I thought the last cake was about!

Let The Wookie Win said...

I see that no one understands the final cake that is definitely my favorite this week.. If you know Betsey Johnson, you'd get it ;) She is and AWESOME fashion designer who, yes, wears short frilly skirts, tutus, bright colors, and leggings a lot of the time, and she is now in her 60s! She is not married.. so it was not a wedding cake. I have no idea what it was for..but it's very 'Betsey'. She's an awesome inspiration, a breast cancer survivor, and she's not afraid to be herself. She's one of my personal heroes. And I LOVE that cake.. I was immediately reminded of this ad.. the skirt was SOOO inspired by that. As a matter of fact.... that event is what this cake may have been for.. hmmmmm

Gina A. said...

Do some Mom themed cakes next week in honor of Mother's Day in the USA.

Bev(QB) said...

I'm with the others-- as amazing as all the other cakes are, it is that last cake, with the unknown groom, that has my curiosity piqued to know the story behind it. I was thinking along the same lines as A Paperback Writer because it looks like some kind of Celebration of Self, but if so,why have the groom at all?

Sounds like a Wreckie interview is called for!

Nora said...

Like Elizabeth, I'm not quite getting the fabric-draping cake. In fact, to me it looks like a big tipsy tower of soft-serve ice cream. :( And I definitely don't see any human(oid) form in it. It must not be my day.

Dreamcass said...

Love the first cake. I was thinking, if I ever got married, I'd want a Harajuku themed wedding, but didn't have very good ideas on how the cake or dress would look. Now I do.

Jess said...

http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20351917_20349462_20751952,00.html

For those wondering about the last cake it looks like Let the Wookie Win was right it was designed for Betsey Johnson for her Spring 2009 collection (and is a gorgeous cake) :)

andygirl said...

That second one is amazing! It honestly took me awhile to figure out that it was a cake and not a dress. Now where is the dress? I want to wear it!

Marie said...

The Sunday articles are always so astonishing. On the same delicious wedding gown theme, there is this Ukrainian baker who made his bride a cake to wear, or a dress to eat, you decide.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2006-10/13/content_707368.htm

A Paperback Writer said...

@ Trisha L and Janet2Buns -- glad you see my point. :)

@ Let the Wookie Win-
In no way did I mean to put down this cake; it is obviously well-done. I just figure there must be a story behind it. It does makes sense that the decorator has much personality herself. Do tell us the tale of the question mark groom if you find out more!

Nick said...

Gorgeous blue cake, and I agree, how on earth does Aretha and that hat get snark? Amazing! The Greek goddess Athena, however, would have much better sense than to parade around looking like a mashed up pastry. What a wreck!

Anonymous said...

Maybe not next Sunday, but in May or June you could run the graduation cakes theme and cake wrecks. My son is graduating from high school this month, and since he is a computer "geek" in the most talented way, I have been looking for a computer or technology cake online. I have found some BAD-D-D-D-D ONES and one super great laptop cake from smallthingsiced.com out of the UK. CHeck it out.

gyaruface said...

Aw, that first cake is a win for Lolitas everywhere! XD

Though it IS a cake, so it SHOULD've been sweet lolita.... I'll let it slide cuz it's so purty. ;)

sendingtheclowns said...

How DO they get that pearlized look into that stuff????
It looks almost as if it's been airbrushed with some fancy-dancy automotive paint. Not sure I'd eat it, but it sure is purty.

=^-.-^=

Geisha_Girl said...

What a beauty that blue swirly one is! I can't imagine the work that took. As for Aretha's hat, the cake is awesome and so is she. I'm guessing fat-haters are the ones criticizing the photo of her. Fat or not, she's got more talent in her hat than all the haters put together.

Marianne said...

these are really impressive! every single one of these--how amazing!

Lisa M. said...

How 'bout a Mother's Day theme? Since it'll be Mother's Day and all...

Hey! Lady! said...

The blue cake is quite possibly the most beautiful cake I have ever seen. Everything about it is perfect.

Flour Confections said...

The "blue satin" cake was done by Marina Sousa of Just Cake

Andrea said...

Forget about Aretha's hat... isn't anyone going to notice that she is being ATTACKED BY A ZOMBIE?!?!?

Who let him into the party?

(heh heh)

genevra said...

That last cake is not a true wedding cake, but everyone's right - it was for Betsey Johnson. http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20351917_20349462_20751952,00.html

Anonymous said...

I have never in my life seen a shoe cake. Ever. Why would you want to deprive me??
:)

sendingtheclowns said...

Andrea said...
"Forget about Aretha's hat... isn't anyone going to notice that she is being ATTACKED BY A ZOMBIE?!?!?"
********************
Oh, you're BAD!!! But I can't stop giggling; I went back & looked again, and said to myself, "Ohgosh! She's right!"
Not to worry--Aretha can just push him into her hat cake and smother him. (Can you kill zombies with cake?)
I LOVE Aretha like a hero.
=^u.u^=

WV: "restivis"
"Just sit back & enjoy the ride, like the restivis."

Anonymous said...

Please do a mother's day theme for next Sunday

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a world monuments theme sometime. You know: Eiffel Tower, Roman Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, etc. Sweets or wrecks, that category would be awesome!

Jen said...

Wow. That blue cake is amazing. I honestly think it's one of the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen.

Edana said...

I need to get married so I have an excuse to get a wedding cake. These are GORGEOUS. Maybe in a few years I'll remember this post and look back on it for inspiration--thanks for sharing!

http://edanacooks.blogspot.com

Alison said...

Mother's day theme!

KSRoberts said...

OK, the cakes were great, but I have to know...Where can I find that dress? It is absolutely driving me nuts with dress-lust.

Valerie said...

oh yes! mother's day! you can have a week of wrecks and then the delightful pretties on sunday! and congrats to Ahmie.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I dont know if you know, but the dress-inspiration for the firsst cake was designed by Mana-sama leader of the band Moi Dix Mois.

Moi Meme Moitie link http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/jpop/essentials/mmm/new.html

Photographer Leia said...

w00t for the first ckae! I'd recognize that iron gate pattern anywhere!

Anonymous said...

If Dorothy Gale got married, then surely she'd want a tornado cake like #3! I love the little bits on wires, really adds to the effect.

That blue one has an Art Deco effect, I'm kinda expecting a little bit of naughty nickers to be peeping out under each flirty skirt.

MC from NZ

sendingtheclowns said...

Anonymous @ 4:26--

I LIKE your idea of world monuments (Eiffel Tower, Roman Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, etc.)!
But I think that wrecks of these would be more fun.
I carved the Sphinx out of a bar of Ivory soap in the third grade ("Art" class, don't cha know)...it just might have been the world's first SOAP WRECK.

=^u.u^=

Candace █♥█ said...

Love the post!

I love the fact I may have found a good alternative to CCCs's too!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4JbPLItex4&feature=player_embedded

Arlene said...

Oh wow to that third cake. I wish I had a dress that looked as great as that cake lol. All of these cakes look so beautiful that whoever cuts into them should be arrested!

Lhyzz said...

The piping on that first cake is amazing, which makes it all the more annoying to the anal-retentive in me that it's all slightly off-kilter.

Ami and Adam said...

Mothers Day Done right? Post idea for next week?

Scarlett Robyn said...

OMG. These are just FABULOUS. Ever since I was a little kid I've wanted to be a designer, and I've always liked cooking. I now know the perfect career for me!!!
Scarlett Robyn
P.S. Next Sunday is Mothers Day, so there will be LOADS of sweet cakes for that!

sendingtheclowns said...

knitwit said...
"...why not do a whole separate post on shoes and purses, just to placate the masses?!"
==============
The masses?
The MASSES???

! Let them eat cake.

gih said...

How I wish I could have the best cake as what I have seen in the internet during my wedding. That's so exciting.

rogersfamily said...

Since May is spring concert mania- how about an instrument themed sweets?

Cyndi said...

These cakes remind me of the ceramic lace dolls my aunt made.So Pretty!

Anonymous said...

I often don't get the popular culture references in the posts but I just have to say that I did recognize today's "Squee!"

I too am a Sheldon fan: www.sheldoncomics.com

Angela said...

My Percy Jackson (thus all things Greek God-like) obsessed son would like me to point out that Athena is the godess of wisdom and Aphrodite is the godess of beauty and wealth. :) All of the cakes are fantastic!!

Alyssa said...

All amazing, except the draping cloth cake. I actually think it looks more like a wreck :(

Katya said...

The Aretha Franklin hat cake was made by Sylvia Weinstock Cakes. (The small white chocolate glasses logo is on hidden among the flowers on the cake board.)

ladyrazorsharp said...

I loved Aretha's hat! Mrs. Obama's dress, not so much...

'Fabric draped' cakes aren't my thing but I have to say that one isn't bad. Looks like they got their monogram from Toppers With Glitz =) I wanted to get mine from there but there was no budge in my budget. *sigh*

How did they do the ruffles on the blue one?? 0_0 Reminds me of Cinderella.

The 'dress' cake with the little flowers is awesome! And you're right, it looks like it's on a dress form--much less creepy!

The wrought iron cake is jaw-dropping. Wow.

fluffyicculus said...

Am I the only one who wants to know who made the dress? I love it! And the cake is fabulous, of course. :)

Sarah said...

OMG the first one is a lolita cake! those girls scare the crap out of me whenever I see them promenading in Central Park!!! the cake is gorgeous, but Lolitas are like walking wrecks in their ridiculous clothes and their ringleted hair.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion

Stephanie said...

Oh wow, I saw the first picture and thought, "That looks like a Moi-Meme-Moitie dress, why would THAT be on CakeWre-" and then I saw the cake. SO amazing! That someone would make a Moitie cake, and that someone would take the time to do all that to it is just... wow.