Earlier today John had the song "What's This?" from Nightmare Before Christmas stuck in his head.
After looking at these Wrecks, now *I* do.
What's this? What's this?
There's color everywhere
There's white things in the air
It's orange and so hairy - what's the deal with those two berries? I don't care!
What's this? What's this?
I can't believe my eyes,
A donkey tank surprise?
What's this? A swirly mass so curly, could the purple be too girly? Should this song be ending early?
No we're going 'til we hurl-y!!
Could it be, oh could it be? Did I get my wish?
Here's something that makes sense: a meteorite bird fiiiish!
What's this? What's this? There's something very wrong!
What's this? That blue thing's really long.
It's positively crappy, and yet I feel so happy, have I possibly gone sappy? I think I need a nappy 'cuz this song is kind of rappy so I guess I'll get a frappey and go shopping at the Gappy...
S.K., Patrick T., Chris E., Reagan B., Rebekah W., Austin L., Alex S., Kaylyn M., & Mikaela, your guess is as good as mine.
Oh, and for your continued "enjoyment" I have a special treat today: while we were writing this post, John & #1 (aka "the other Jen") kept singing it to get the cadence right. This...got really entertaining.
So, I decided to tape them.
There were a few interruptions, but overall I think you'll find their rendition...um...well...just don't have the volume up too loud, k?
(If you're wondering what my contribution is here, I'm the one doing the scrolling. And giggling.) Update from john: Please note that no animals were harmed during the making of this video. :)
And from my other blog, Epbot:
Is there any time of the year more suited to Tim Burton cakes?
I THINK NOT.
So here are my new favorites inspired by some of Burton's spookier films.
We're starting off with a bang and a scream, because LOOK AT THIS CAKE. The sandworms! The waiting room! And the top with the model set's grave scene? Perfection.
It took me a good 15 seconds to find Beetlejuice, btw. See him? NO HINTS!
(By Cake Central user lamiatorte)
1) I can't believe this is cake.
2) Emily looks dead sexy.
See what I did there?
Alice in Wonderland:
All the other Alice cakes can just pack up, you guys. WE'RE DONE HERE.
(Sooo many stunning details, but look at the stack of floating teacups! That and the painted roses are my favorite bits. Plus Cheshire's eyes.)
(By Sara Giustizieri)
Excellent hand painting and figure sculpts so spot-on they could be collectible figures.
And everyone's favorite:
The Nightmare Before Christmas:
(By Dina Cimarusti Cakes)
This one has it all: the swirls, the bathtub, Oogie Boogie - I even see Zero!
(By Pucky Cakes)
Love that Sally gets her own cake here - and what IS that adorable bat/cat creature she's holding?
'Cuz I want one.
There are tons of Jack & Sally wedding cakes out there, but these two in particular caught my eye:
(By That Baking Girl)
The chalkboard tier has the famous "meant to be" quote from the movie. I love the swirly roses, and those colors! Plus the window frame topper is a genius design.
(By Splendor Cakes)
I really fell for the contrast on this one: that vivid pink and orange and lace topper with the dark sepia tones on the bottom is just... WORKING. You know? And I love the hand painted art of Jack and Sally in Dia de los Muertos face paint - a fun twist which helps explain the brighter colors.
And now, a few Sweets that bring all kinds of Burton characters together:
(Also by Sara Giustizieri)
Edward! Yay! Plus those vivid jewel tones look amazing behind all the figure sculpts.
(By Queen City Bake Shop)
How cool is this?! The TV sets alone would make this a masterpiece, but then there are scenes from Nightmare, Frankenweenie, and Alice inside them!
And, you guys, they even light up:
Happy Sunday, everyone! Now, who wants to go watch some movies?
And from my other blog, Epbot:
I am currently going through a rough breakup from a 3 years relationship with a man that I loved and completely devoted my life to.
On my first weekend outing as the “third wheel” with my group of couples friends.. this was left in my hotel room by my housekeeper.
She has no idea what how much of an impact she just made on me. She has giving me more strength to get through this.
You unlock this bakery with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension.
A dimension of icing.
A dimension of piping bags.
A dimension of wreckitude.
You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of bad taste and even worse skill. You just crossed over into...
BUM BUM BAAAAAHHHH...
Picture, if you will... a monkey. This monkey:
[resuming serious announcer voice] Ahem. Now picture, if you will, five ravenous-yet-dim-witted Shih Tzu dogs:
Now picture, if you will, a face of terror that watches in malignant silence far beyond your present capacity to understand. A face enigmatically bizarre in terms of time and space. A face...
This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination, the ingredients... of the Twilight Zone.
BUM BUM BAAAAAHHHHH... SQUEEDLEDEEEE!!!
Jennifer P., Matt N., Christine S., and Melanie L., picture, if you will... a dolphin eating a Snickers bar in flip-flops and a cardigan. Then tell me what that looks like. I've always wondered.
Note: A couple of people suggested the pictures should be in black and white which was an awesome idea. So we changed them. I think it adds to the ambiance, don't you? For those who really want to see the full color versions, click here.
UPDATE! LeAnna and Woobie took up the dolphin challenge and sent in their ideas.
Greetings, bakers! This handy guide will demonstrate how easy it is to turn your bakery's plain stock cakes into fabulously frightening Halloween designs.
Then let's get started!
First, nothing says "Halloween!" like a sprinkling of candy corn:
Or, since studies* have shown that customers prefer plastic over pastry nearly 37 to 1, far better to reach for your trusty Flotsam Bugs®!
* We asked our marketing team.
Flotsam Bugs® are grrreat for turning any design into a Halloween one. Can your bakers only make roses? Nooo problem. Just add a Flotsam Bug®, and poof!
Or, how about turning a birthday present into a Halloween birthday present?
Why, just pipe a few ghosts on, silly!
Hm? What's that? How do you pipe ghosts?
Ever see a cactus?
And finally, what about all those doggy cupcakes you're required to pump out by the pound? Well, a little Flotsam will soon have you seeing eye-to-eye with your customers!
Or, if you want to go the extra mile, give Patches some patches!
I mean, uh, look how cute!
This isn't it.
Thanks to Ruth H. for the initial discomfort.
Note from john: For those you you who may not know, usually "DOA" stands for "Dead On Arrival." Less common meanings are "Dead Or Alive", "Date Of Arrest" and the ever-popular, "Darkener Of Apricot."
[howling wind and dog together]
[plus a sprinkling of light rattling chains]
Darkness falls across the land...
The fowl-est stench is in the air...
The FUNK of forty thousand years!
Give or take an eon.
And Grizzly ghouls from EVERY tomb...
Are closing in...to seal your DOOM.
And though you fight to stay alive...
"Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. I'm missin'myarm, and whereismyface?"
Your body starts to SHIVER.
(Or maybe that's Orlando Bloom. Hm? LADIES?)
For no MERE MORTAL can resist...
... David Caruso riding a unicorn under a double rainbow!
(Oh. Or that)
Is that supposed to be steak?
Thanks to Melinda M., Sarah C., Natasha, Nell H., John M., Rebecca J., Carrie, Robin L., Wolfie, and P. Humperdink for saving us from having to find a cake for "y'alls neighborhood."
Who says dark has to be dreary? These gorgeous Gothic cakes will have you cheering:
(By Sweet Lake Cakes)
Sweet Lake seems to specialize in Gothic designs, and I couldn't pick just one favorite!
(By Sweet Lake Cakes)
Look at that lace and "fabric" draping. INCREDIBLE.
(By Sweet Lake Cakes)
The bird skull cameo is the perfect touch.
And speaking of cameos, check out the raven head design on this little top hat:
(By Cake Central member ChrisJack1)
The feather, the hand painted skulls and swirls, the roses - just beautiful.
(By Candytuft Cakes)
It doesn't get much more classic than rich black and blood-red roses!
I really love the contrast of the white tiers under all this heavy scrollwork:
WOW. The bottom tier looks like a wrought iron gate, and the second has architectural arch ways. The longer you look, the more detail you see!
On the other hand, sometimes simple can be just as dramatic:
(By Connie Cupcake)
Now welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion cake:
(By WDW's Contemporary Resort bakery, found here)
That wallpaper and perfect draping has this Dizgeek all atwitter, you guys. Great color on the roses, too!
One of my personal favorites today; I can't believe that fabric draping, and the perfect color fade on the spider web!
This purple practically glows, it's so vivid. If you look closely, you can see the layered acanthus leaves making up the second tier. Beautiful.
(By Cake Opera Company, featured here)
Another astounding, can't-believe-it's-cake design. That heavy embroidery is insanely intricate, and I've been so busy staring at the cake itself that I just now noticed the cake stand is wrapped in fur!
And finally, arguably the simplest design of them all today, but I'm just so smitten with the unusual floral swag:
This wedding cake was made for a "Red Riding Hood marries the Wolf" themed photo shoot, and I highly recommend hitting that link up there to see the rest. It's the perfect blend of dark elegance and fairy-tale whimsy, and I LOVE the succulents and fuzzy mosses they used on the cake.
Hope you enjoyed the Gothic Sweets, everyone! Happy Sunday!
We met at your Nebraska PostSecret Live! event last night. I’m the woman who drove down from Minnesota and who told my secret to everyone about why that was so significant to me.
Firstly, I want to thank you so much for everything. Your acknowledgement and validation of my struggle means more to me than you can ever know. I have never felt anything like that in my life. My heart is overflowing with love for everyone I met there.
Like you talked about, we often keep secrets from ourselves, and I think in the end the real secret was I couldn’t forgive myself. There is still a ways to go, but realizing this I can let go a bit and start to heal. I know I will never gain back what was lost completely. But like I said in my secret, I am gaining back a piece of what was lost. Right now that’s honestly more than I thought I’d ever have.
PS. Oh, and you managed to pull off my hat quite nicely.