Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seussical Sunday Sweets

Sunday, March 6, 2011

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday last week, let's take a look at some Sweets that would make the good doctor proud.


Submitted by Katelyn P. and made by Violet Sweet Shoppe

Like we could start with anything but green eggs and ham. ;)


These are a few of my favorite Things:

By Marj J. of The Icing on the Cake


And check out the detail on these cupcakes:

Submitted by Kaity G. and made by Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar


It only seems natural that a Seuss cake should defy the laws of gravity:

Sub'd by Wendy O., made by Kate of And Everything Sweet (hit the link for more pics)


By Karen's Specialty Cakes and Confections

And the famous Cat in the Hat's striped hat is almost synonymous with Dr. Seuss:

By Dessert Works

Look at that razor-sharp edge! That is some awesome icing work.


Here's the sweetest Seuss birthday cake I've ever seen:

By Christina of Creative Cake Designs

Look at that green balloon! And the hand-cut lettering! [swoon]


Here's another inspired by the same book:

Sub'd by Ashley C., made by Glenda's Good Witch Goodies

These colors are just gorgeous. I'm also stumped as to how the baker made the stripes. They don't look painted on, and I see no seams, so...? (Glenda, can you weigh in?)


Seuss is often credited with the whimsical and topsy-turvy style for cakes, and you can definitely see his influence on this wedding cake:

Photo found here, made by Mike's Amazing Cakes


Of course, I think nothing would delight Dr. Seuss more than a wedding cake that hangs upside down from the ceiling:

By Chrissie B. of Too Nice To Slice

WOW. Just when you thought you'd seen it all...


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Update: We got a late entry today that was too good not to post.

By Cakes by Suzy

So cool!
The Boob Nazi said...

These were amazing. I think the Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake were my favorite... But the wedding one. Ah. So gorgeous.

Sarah said...

I loved the 4th and the 4th from the bottom! Now it makes me want a sculpture of the 4th.

Susan said...

That last one is amazing, I'm so curious how they pulled it off, same thing with that gravity defying one in the middle. I am truly astounded!

Lorie said...

Those cakes were awesome! However, the cake you said was a baby shower cake looks to be a Birthday cake. Sorry!!

Laura said...

Dr. Seuss, he is the best
His books stand above the rest
Yertle, Sneeches, fish red and blue
Cats and hats, Things One and Two
His books help us learn to read
(And everybody needs a thneed!)
Oh, today, what a treat,
Dr Seuss on Sunday Sweets!

katie said...

UPSIDE DOWN CAKE!!!!!!

Mary Anne said...

I ♥ Dr. Seuss! Love the Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake, and especially the "Fish in a Pot."

Amy Ellen said...

WOW.... beautiful and fantastical... ; )

pikkewyntjie said...

Whenever I see one of those (intentionally) lopsided cakes, I always think of Dr. Seuss! It's nice that we can bring some of that whimsical world into ours. Now if automakers would just start making open-air cars with a separate cockpit for each person, then we could really start enjoying life! Oh, yeah, the safety issues. Well, we still have the cakes!

These are lovely!

Cheri said...

I'm a huge fan of your blog, read it everyday so I was thrilled to check in today and see my cake! The cake by Glenda was designed by her for my baby shower and entered into at least one competition which is where it looks like this picture is taken. I still have the fondant characters, three years later! I have no idea how she made the stripes but it was gorgeous and yummy!

Cassie said...

AWESOME cakes!!! I am stumped at cake #4, like you said "defies the laws of gravity!" Same with the upside down cake! That's crazy!

Thanks for sharing these!

Leslie said...

Ohhhh! I LOVE the upside down wedding cake!
But all of them were fabulous! Green Eggs and Ham was one of favorite books too!
Jealous! ;)

Anonymous said...

How did they do that upside-down cake? Wow! It's so pretty, but confuses me completely....

Pauline said...

These are all fantastic. Thanks so much for finding them.

Carley said...

These are all sooooo amazing! My twins are having a Seuss themed birthday coming up! I can't wait!

Toni said...

Amazing! Love the upside down one, would be a bit scared to walk under it though :)

Jenny Allworthy said...

The upside down cake is not only too nice to slice, it's impossible to slice!
Very cute cakes...all of them.

Mary said...

I was in Seussical the Musical. I was the Cat in the hat!

Thanks for posting this.

Ziggyeor said...

Yeah I love Dr. Suess.

Now how the heck do you hang a wedding cake? Googling now.

Heather said...

Thank you thank you for posting this! I LOVE these cakes!

steveandonna said...

Ok, I absolutely LOVE Things 1 & 2, but that gravity defying cake is to die for! LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Dr Seuss!!!

Jammie said...

Awesome! This is my favorite "Wreck" post ever!

Maureen said...

Amazing! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Delightful!
How on earth do you cut a cake that is hanging from the ceiling? You'd need a drop cloth, I'm thinkin'.

Laree said...

How the freak do you get a cake to hang upside down? that has to be a flipped pic!

Nimras said...

I think the upside down wedding cake broke my brain somehow. It's an act of will to look away. O_O

Fluffy Cow said...

These are all so beautiful!!!

Jennifer said...

Wow! Those are amazing. All of them!

L.A.C.E. said...

um... yum!!!

PippaD AKA Mummy said...

Ceiling cake?! I think I have found my new favourite thing. Also the stripes on that cake have to be painted, they are perfect!

cricketlr15 said...

How? How do you hang a cake from the ceiling? How?

Catherine said...

I love them all, thought the Oh The Places You'll Go cake was adorable<3 These are particularly welcome after spending four and a half hours dressed up as the Cat in the Hat, playing and taking pictures with small children. I'm having Dr Seuss story cravings :)

E! said...

Upside down cake is very interesting...but how do you cut it??

Kimberly Chapman said...

Lovely!

Just guessing on the stripes: I suspect there's an undercoat of fondant to build on, then the stripes either cut and placed on or painted on with very well-done edges, and then the seams/edges covered by that thin strip/roll of black, which could be piped, fondant, or even sugar veil.

Either way it's superbly done. Bravo!

Ellen said...

Oh, my! Those are all amazing.

I want to know if the wedding couple were suspended upside-down to do the traditional first-slice picture.

And, if so, I want to see it!

Becky said...

Hand cut lettering? Holy smokes! I *might* attempt to do something like that on my Silhouette but NEVER by hand. Big ups! Seriously.

Evelyn said...

I enlarged the cake from Glenda's Good Witch, and it LOOKS like frosting. Amazing

Bek said...

The upside-down cake is beyond FAB!
Bek

Micalah said...

Dr.Seuss would be proud!
Second commenter!

Anonymous said...

Are you sure those were hand cut letters and not made by a Cricut Cake? That's a familiar looking font.

Frank Irwin said...

The upside down cake wouldn't be so difficult to do, if you put each cake on a plate, and have all of the plates connected by the chain. The smallest plate on the bottom, of course.

Nineteen said...

Out of curiosity, I Googled how to do the upside-down cake as shown, and I got this video from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIZokqDkrPg It's also called a chandelier cake.

The gravity-defying one, however, is still puzzling, but all are gorgeous cakes!

lisagems said...

Wow. Just... wow.

I believe I have a good idea how they accomplished the upside down cake, but how in blazes to you SERVE it?

As for the stripes, I'm guessing they were rolled out in the fondant, the same way you would with sculpey or fimo.

wv: sangu. Sangu for providing us with such nifty sweets!

BarbW said...

Love the Seuss cakes - gorgeous and fun!

Is it possible that the one hanging from the ceiling isn't a "real" cake? Maybe it's rice crispie stuff covered with fondant. They do that a lot on those cake shows on tv. It would be heavy, but a lot easier to stick together than actual cake. Or could it be styrofoam? Or a pinata? That was my 5-yo son's reaction.

Shay said...

Okay, here's my theory on the upside down cake. I think they cut a whole in the center of each cake, then, starting with the smallest cake, put it on a plate with a chain through the center that goes through the cake above it and the one above that... So, each cake actually has a plate at the bottom (which looks like the top of each cake) that attaches to the very top.

Anonymous said...

that upside down cake is mind boggling. I think that the stripes on that cake were probably made with thin snakes of black fondant. at least, that's what it looked like to me.

Chrissie said...

Hey there everyone!

I'm the maker of the hanging cake :) Thanks for sharing Jen and thanks for all the lovely comments.

The hanging cake is based on a very special internal structure that I am luckly enough to have an engineer for a father and he designed. :)
The bottom tier is the only tier that has to be fake... if that helps with any of the mystery. That should hopefully help with the questions about how do you cut it too :)

Love all the cakes on this Sunday Sweets!

Thanks again to all :)
Chrissie

Anonymous said...

OMG too cute :)

Classic Steve said...

For those who can't read the cupcake third from the left in the top row, it says, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. --Dr. Seuss."

Traci said...

There has to be plates between each layer of the upsidedown cake and the chain (or threaded rod) that "threads" through it has supports at each layer. (per my architect husband) :-)

Melinda said...

How do they do the lopsided cake, the one that seems to defy gravity?

ev said...

Ok, I am totally awestruck by those creations.

I want to renew our vows just so I can has a seuss cake!

Liz said...

HOLY CRAP! Love these cakes! And it makes me soooo happy that everyone spelled his name correctly! With my name being so close in spelling, I got a lot of people asking if I was related when I was little so it does my heart proud when people spell his name right. :)

Keep up the good work!

Lori said...

Am I the only one who feels slightly gipped by one of the cakes being a repeat from last year's Seuss-themed post?
They are amazing though - love the upside down cake!
Chrissie - I'm just wondering, by "bottom layer" do you mean the smallest or the biggest?

tarichuck said...

I love the green eggs and ham! And the upside down cake...probably not the colors I would choose, but I really like the uniqueness of it.

skatebettyT said...

This, by far, was my favorite post ever. Absolutely.

Morgan said...

Thank you for some true treasures ... love, love, love 'em!

Kellie said...

Lori - I'm not Chrissie, but have seen the hanging cake in person! By "bottom tier" she means the smallest one. Hope that helps!

Amy Alli said...

i loved the first oh, the places you'll go cake ... i want that for my baby girls 2nd birthday, and the one hanging from the ceiling ... WOW, i want that for my wedding if i ever get married

Stefiko said...

I am surprised to see how many cakes the Lorax made it onto. I LOVE the Lorax, I also have the entirety of the book memorized. No, I didn't sit there and try to memorize it, it just happened due to my occupation...

Jeffrey said...

Would you like your wreck here?
Would you like your wreck there?

charlotte said...

absolutely my favorite wrecks Sunday Sweets ever. Love Seuss, and thanks to you all for sharing this. Love you guys too.

archersangel said...

i love those cupcakes!

Chrissie said...

Hey there Lori... by bottom I mean bottom lol... the smallest one :)

DangGina said...

Dr. Seuss was the shiz.

Arlene said...

Wow to that gorgeous wedding cake hanging from the ceiling..just wow. I also loved the green eggs and ham cake. Too darn cute to eat!

cory - falling star lane said...

i am just dying to know how that cake isn't falling to the floor - a hanging cake!!!!
but seriously, how? even if the bottom is attached to the top - the layers should be falling!!!!
wow!

Alma said...

love, love, love the late entry one! I thought thing 1 and thing 2 was my favorite, but I'm glad I checked back again for the late entry :)

Thanks CW team!!!

Danielle said...

For those who have expressed interest in a gravity defying cake I saw this thing called the cake stacker (google it). It allows them to be secured without tipping over. I so want one!! Although my decorating styling is limited to cupcakes since I don't want to end up on this blog...

Glenda GoodWitch said...

This is Glenda Goodwitch - The stripes are fondant. The seams between the colors are hidden with the black fondant rope. Where the stripe meets on the bottom tier the door is positioned and on the top tier the tree is covering the seam. Somewhere on YouTube I do have a video on making the stripes for my cake club.

Jessica said...

These are all wonderful. As for the striped one, I bet she tacked the stripes (well, rings more likely) to a sheet of white fondant, than ran it all through a sheeter to compress it. That would also explain why the stripes aren't perfectly straight.

Courtney said...

This is my favorite CW post ever. And I love that two of the bakers came on to offer their insight. Totally awesome.

Loey said...

How??? the upside down cake...HOW???