(graphics by Kate Hadfield. See end of post for details)
Today I’m kicking off my first annual (yes, this will be a yearly tradition each July!) blog tour. This is an idea I've had for a few years now, and I'm finally putting it into action. I think this will be so much fun! I think we should all get to travel the world more often, but that just isn’t practical for most of us. Thank goodness for the internet! I’m taking my blog “on tour” for the next few weeks so we can all enjoy a fun virtual vacation together. Hope you enjoy it!
DAY 1 – CAKE WRECKS BLOG
A great place to get your giggles! My son LOVES reading the Cake Wrecks blog (it’s mostly family-friendly, there are some language and innuendo issues sometimes), and he always shares his cake wreck finds with me. On Sundays, there are beautiful cakes to look at – no humor, just appreciation.
Every other day, the cakes are “wrecks” which the author defines as “A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.”
Here are some fun cake wrecks to gawk at:
It’s really pretty amazing to see just bad cakes can be! I have to say that I have a greater appreciation for all the great looking cakes I’ve had in my life!
Here’s the fun part of the blog tour – I’m going to show you how to pick up your own “souvenirs” from our online travels.
We bought the Cake Wrecks book about a month ago and we all got several good laughs as we looked through it. I can’t even tell you how many times my son has read it.
On sale at amazon for a great price!
Do you have any “cake wrecks” of your own? When we discovered this blog, I immediately pulled out this photo from my daughter’s 11th birthday and sent it in. (It has never been published on the site though)
It says “Happy 11st Birthday Riley” – seriously! I did NOT decorate the cake, it was part of a package party deal at a local party place. I couldn’t believe that they made that mistake. That was long before I ever heard of a “cake wreck” lol!
How about pictures of pretty cakes? I went back through my layouts and photos and found that I had plenty of great cake related memories to scrapbook.
My Mom feeding my Dad a piece of their wedding cake.
Eating birthday cake with my Dad circa 1973. Looks like we were having it for breakfast. Love it!
A Winnie-the-Pooh cake for my little brother. I actually decorated this cake!
My son’s 3rd birthday cake. If you look at the tablecloth you will notice that we had planned on a Toy Story themed celebration. I had just had a baby (my daughter) so my hubby was in charge of getting the cake. He took my son Alex to the store with him and Alex was most insistent that he wanted the Esmerelda (from the Hunchback of Notre Dame movie) cake. Hubby tried to talk him out of it and pointed out several more “appropriate” cakes. I always smile when I see this photo because I know that Daddy let his boy have what he wanted.
1st birthday cake for my daughter.
Barbie Doll cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party.
A fondant cake decorated by my Sister-in-law for my daughter’s 8th birthday.
Chocolate cake made by my Mom for one of our visits to New Mexico.
A delicious coconut cream cake from Super Target. Simple, but beautiful!
One of our all-time favorite cakes, Rootbeer Cake. My son doesn’t like frosting, so I leave part of it “blank” for him. We use this recipe but substitute yellow cake mix instead. The frosting is delicious! You also might enjoy the un-digi post I did about cakes for The Daily Digi back in January. Lots of beautiful cakes there!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tour. Keep your “passport” ready and join me tomorrow for another fun virtual visit!
P.S. If you are looking for the cute graphics I’ve used for these posts, they are all hand-drawn by Kate Hadfield and are available for purchase here. One of the kits I used has been retired, but she has a similar pack for sale here. And be sure to visit Kate's blog for a fun freebie! (goes along nicely with the road trip theme)