Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Sweets: Holly & Jolly

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This week is going to be a hectic hustle for many of us: last minute gifts, travel, and, of course, dealing with the in-laws. So remember: when the stress gets too much, and the urge to throttle a relation becomes a little too overwhelming, just think of today's Sweets. They'll be sure to make you smile.

Or maybe just distract you long enough for your significant other to wrestle the broken gin bottle out of your hand.

Either way: a win, win.

Submitted by Paula J., and made by her husband. (Awww!)

Proof that sometimes it's the little things, and that amateur bakers can still rock the house.

Or, for those of you who prefer your holiday eye-candy with a side of creepy, Bleeding Heart Bakery has you covered:

Sub'd by Sherry, made by Bleeding Heart Bakery

As my Mainer hubby would say, "Wicket kewl!"

Not that a cake has to be big and sculpted to be a sweet Sweet, of course. Check this little cutie out:

Sub'd by Rita, made by Saint Honore Cake Shop

Aren't those "snow"-capped strawberries the best?

And now, the most amazing piped-icing pine cones I have ever seen:

Sub'd by Jennifer M., made by Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop

Icing purists, rejoice; it IS still possible to make Sweets fondant-free!

In fact, here's more proof:

Submitted by Tim M., made by Mrs. Maddox Cake Shop

This is such a simple design, but when done on a large scale (just how big is that piping tip??) it's really quite stunning. I also love the detail on the flower's center.

If you don't think "pink" and "Christmas" go together, you may be about to change your mind:


And now a touch of blue:

Sub'd by Malerie C., made by Highland Bakery

We've got to have an ode to the big guy himself, of course:

And here one of his helpers tops the tree:

Sub'd by Barbara E., made by Manjares Pasteleria

This Curious George design is fabulous, of course, but you know what really steals the show?

Made by Cakebox Special Occasion Cakes

That snowman's hat. Srsly. SO CUTE.

And finally, a favorite simply because it made me laugh and go "awww" at the same time. (What do you call that, anyway? "Lawwwing?" Can we call it that?)


Be sure to send your Sweet nominations to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.


CCC Day #7

Child’s Play donates games and toys to sick children in a network of over 60 children's hospitals worldwide. (They are very kewl.)

Click here to donate your dollar!

Anonymous said...

FIRST COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pretty.

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Tricia L said...

Wow. The pine cones and the poinsettia are gorgeous. That takes a lot of talent and a steady hand. And decaf.

wv: drionski
No clever ideas, but wanted to share it.

Anonymous said...

XD I saw cake #2 and thought "wicked cool!" then scrolled down to see the comment about your Mainer hubby. I lol'd and it made my day.

Anonymous said...

Awwwww :D

Amy Pratt said...

I love Christmas so these cakes are particularly awesome sunday cakes to me. LOVE them, damn. I wish I had some of that skill. That big flower cake is amazing.

Dorci said...

Love the pink!

And between the Curious George cake and Santa falling headlong down the chimney, all that cuteness made my eyes water.

Louanne said...

Totally adorable! Love the pink cake and the George cake.

stuckinmypedals said...

The pink cake is just so precious!

Sharon said...

The tree with the knobby cool. I don't have an imagination like that, but I'm glad some people do.

Love the pinecones and I'm trying to backward-engineer it to see if I can do the same.

It's strange how wild and wacky color combos actually work on the same cake.

Sharon's Edible Art

Mary Kirkland said...

That pretty blue cake, I actually gasped outloud when I saw it. I don't think I've seen a more beautiful cake than that one.

The piped pine cones are just awesome! I like to play around with making cakes for family birthdays and such, but I could never do something as nice as that.

Amber K said...

Sunday Sweets makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside after a week of horror!

A Paperback Writer said...

Love the snowy tree with the icicles hanging dow from the layers. Lovely AND clever.

Anonymous said...

Lawwwwwwfing! That's what you call the reaction to that last cake. Too Fat for the Chimney, indeed.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what an Ent had to do with Christmas, and then realized that was a Christmas Tree crowned with lights and surrounded by a gang of ornaments thugs! Though I couldn't tell what the snowglobe in his hand contained.

You were right. The stuck Santa was good for a laugh and a small squee.

I wonder if the pinecones were dry and crunchy like icing roses. If it was dry, you had two options: nibble layer by layer or pop the whole thing in your mouth (say, how big are those things anyway?) and wait for them to melt. Pure sugar.

Caroline B said...

My Christmas cake is awaiting icing - after seeing these I think I will go and have a little cry, no way is it going to look this good!

mickeyp415 said...

as always, lovely and amazing cakes! the last one made me laugh -- nice to see the humor in the holidays! thanks as always....

Cutelilsnot said...

Oh. My. Gorsh. These are uh-mayzing. I am jonesing to get my bag, tips and icing recipes out after seeing all these :D

Unknown said...

Let's here it for New England! Woot!
Maine is wicked awesome, guy.

Lis said...

The blue cake is gorgeous (!), and the Curious George on made me squeal like 4 year old. Too. fracking. cute! But I think I like the first one best - it's so cute, but just a little imperfect - the snowman's eyes are just a tad off, the hat isn't quite perfect, etc. The teensey imperfections make it extra adorable! Love it!

wv: dises. Dises what cakes is 'posed to look like.

Anonymous said...

When I see "Lawwwwww!" written out, I can only think of this and nothing else:

Anonymous said...

Wow, love the Bleeding Heart Bakery creepy tree cake. On top of the great decorations, the fact that he's holding a snow globe blows me away. And for those who haven't noticed, you can click on an image to see a (usually) larger picture. Thanks for the great cakes!

Hali Chambers said...

Hi Jen,
My family had our Christmas celebration yesterday & I just wanted to tell you that the Cakewrecks calendars were a BIG hit! I got them for all my sibs and they LOL'd, snorted, & wheezed their way thru them. Thanks for giving us all a year of delicious wreckiness!
:-) Hali

mookzmom said...

Amazingly gorgeous! I often look at your posts via facebook link, though I'm also subscribed to the blog. The posts that make me delve into the older posts are usually the "Sunday Sweets" editions. They also make me check the links to the bakeries you post. FABULOUS collection again! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure even these beautiful, amazing, adorable, awesome cakes will be able to keep me from wanting to throttle my mother-in-law.....but I'll give it a try. :-)

Merry Christmas, Jen, John, and all the Cake Wrecks staff! You guys rock!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally in love with cake #2. That is just so cool and unique. I also love cake #7, the blue snow tree one; beyond awesome.

Jessie said...

The baker unknown giant flower cake is from Mrs. Maddox. Here is the link:

Jo-anne Blossy said...

I am more of a cake wreck decorator myself but I LOVE these Christmas cakes! I admire people who have such wonderful talents!

Anonymous said...

why am I totally NOT surprised that the Amish cake shop is fondant free?? Had to laugh, when I went to visit my folks in Nov. Bird In Hand Bake shop was the first place I found Drages in the store in YEARS!!!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff! The pine cone is gorgeous, love the Santa-in-a-chimney, the two different sized eyes on the first snowman (awww!) The snowman hat on George's cake! And the frosted tree gave me goosebumps!

I must thank you for introducing us to the Sandra Lee Kwanzaa and Hanukkah cakes btw. What a belly laugh. (The Hanukkah cake got so many complaints they pulled the recipe from the website! could it be the non-kosher marshmallows and non-star of David Star of David? or the choking hazard pearls?)

Have you ever seen her masterpiece, her "Gramma's Heirloom Noel Cake"?

Multiple cake layers, topped by a cupcake, topped by a white chocolate covered ice cream cone. all tinted pale green (took a while to realize this thing is supposed to be a tree). licorice "garland" (I presume), red dots piped on (ornaments? Thank goodness she used icing and not some more inedible choking hazard pearls). Ugly yellow star tip blobs with "noel" (birthday) candles put in them and lit.

She calls her icing between layers (which doesn't even fill between to the edges) "adhesive." And as she shows us 6 cake rounds and a cupcake in chocolate and spice flavors she bought as boxed mixes in the store, "It smells so good in here and I didn't have to bake a THING!" (so how the heck did the boxed mix become cake rounds?)

So Merry Christmas, from Sandra:

Meanwhile, this morning I saw her violate a defenseless cupcake. she chopped off the top, scooped out the middle, and filled it with cherry pie filling. then she surrounded it with aluminum foil (for beautiful presentation. foil, really?) then with white icing, star tipped around the perimeter of the cherry mound, sprinkled green sprinkles (so light I didn't even see them at first), then added a fruit roll strip bow with a cinnamon candy in the middle. and she put it on the side. it looked like a face with a mustache to me with the red hot as the nose. sadly, I can't find a picture or video yet...

Craig said...

Let's see... I may have to rethink my opinion of blue icing after seeing that tree cake. It isn't what is in the bag that makes the wreck, it is who is holding the bag. So to speak.

Wow -- edible pine cones. As in 'eating this was a good idea,' not 'my entire digestive tract is going to punish me now and for weeks to come. Thank you very little, Mr. Gibbons.' I think many of us know of someone who might use real pine cones because they happened to be on hand.

Poor Tyler. On the other hand, if your birthday has to be in the shadow of someone else's birthday, what better place to be?

Was this Tyler's 4th or 21st birthday? I'm going with my first hunch and say, 'fourth'.

Jumble Mash said...

I LOVE the pink cake! And the one with the monkey!

Lady Bright said...

Awesome Sunday, as usual!


Anonymous said...

This will be the first Christmas in 21 years without my nephew who passed away in October. He was born with only 3/4 of a heart and had many painful surgeries in his short life. His nickname was *Superman* and he was exactly that: a hero. Many times he went through painful procedures just to increase knowledge on his rare condition to help others.
Needless to say, it has been hard to have any holiday spirit this year. I just can't help but smile, though, every time I look at your site and these Sweets made that tingle in my heart which I have been missing.

So thaks for all you're hard "work"

philly bachelorette party said...

There's something about the work of Bleeding Heart Bakery that turns me on. It's creative and there's really an element in it that makes it stand out, I just don't know what it is.

Arlene said...

I could swear those pine cones looked like real ones and not piped.. wow if only I had skills like that. This post cheered me up big time :) Thank you.

Mamakitty1978 said...

I so look forward to Sunday sweets so much! The armature cake is simply cute, and to be honest the best part is it seems so doable. My favorite has to be the Icy tree cake, it looks so beautiful. While I did find the Santa stuck in a chimney cake was funny, the most hilarious one had to be the elf on top of the tree, considering where the tip of that tree has to be, LOL

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what tip was used for the poinsettia cake? That was nice!

Anonymous said...

I was looking at the post and my daughter kept saying "Awww! That is soooo cute!" Then she had to call her brothers in to see the cakes too!

And the charity is perfect. I delivered the kids in a children's hospital and though it was stressful and awful but wonderful and beautiful to bring 4 healthy babies home. I can't imagine spending Christmas there with the memory walls haunting every hallway of the NICU.

The families there need much more than some presents but if a few toys make the children smile, then I wish my donation had been multiplied by about a million.

Shelley in So. IL

Loo-E Loo-I said...


Yes, the hat on the Curious George snowman looks like one my son used to wear when he was 3. He would tilt his head from side to side and say "silly hat! silly hat!"


wv: vendling: You sure couldn't get these cakes from a vendling machine.

Mikey Fuller said...

Pink and Christmas go together at my house!

Great Cakes! I love the Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney Cake!

Julia said...

How bout hahahawwwing ?!

Craig said...

Santa (#8) is cute, but doesn't it look like he's about to shave?

Now if I can just get Burl Ives to take an 11-month (or longer) break from singing in my head...

ukelady said...

There was an article in this Sunday's NY Times called "Brooklyn's Allure? Fancy Cakes Dahling?"

I thought you might want to check it out for your Sunday Sweets.
I love the Sunday Sweets. Thanks for all you do.

Carrietastic said...

Of course pink and Christmas go together! Someday I hope to have a full size pink Christmas tree with lots of pastel ornaments. I love the pink cake!