Monday, July 18, 2011

Sugar and Shirts

Who’s familiar with Threadless? Okay, not sure what I’m referring to? Well, it’s the super awesome online community where members can submit t-shirt designs and have them put to a public vote. Winning designs are printed and sold on and the winning designers receive cash prizes and store credit. Cool. Fun. Addictive.

But why am I telling you this?

Here’s why.

A couple of years ago, Chris Cardinal launched Threadcakes, an online cake competition where you can transform any printed Threadless t-shirt design into cake. And there are tons and tons of designs for you to choose from. Winning cake designs are chosen in two categories. 2-D and 3-D and cash and other prizes are up for grabs. So if you like sugar and shirts, this could be for you. Just bake the cake yourself and take pictures of the process. If you want to see some past examples, take a look at the pictures below. Just click on the links and you’ll see step-by-step photos for the designs on I have to say, it was really hard to pick some examples to show you, so I stuck with shirts that had a food theme. But trust me, there are tons of other great designs from super cute to cool and even a little creepy.

For more contest info visit Deadline to enter is August 15th, 2011.

One more thing, I’m one of the judges this year and I’m beyond excited to see what amazing creations people come up with. Hope some of you enter. And WIN!!!



T-shirt: Cookies Love Milk by Jess Fink


Cake: Cookie Loves Milk by Lien Sanchez


T-shirt: Sugar Land by Andreas Krapf


Cake: Sugar Land by Kim Rountree


T-shirt: Ice Cream Cheerleading Stunt by Ava – Marie Guerrero


Cake: Ice Cream Cheerleading Stunt by Kaitlin Flannery


T-shirt: You’ve Got Some Splainin To Do by Andy Wilhite


Cake: You’ve Got Some Splaining To┬áDo by Jennifer Roberts


T-shirt: Make Yourself at Home by Scott Bartlett


Cake: Make Yourself At Home by Kandy Cosstick

Okay, barely food related, but there are cute bunnies and one with an ice cream cone.


T-shirt: Catburger by Philip Tseng


Cake: Catburger by Katie Robinson

Poor kitties.


T-shirt: A Piece of Cake by Philipi Tseng

Love this design.


Cake: A Piece of Cake by Lien Sanchez

So, whose up for the challenge?
Holler if you’re a cake decorator or maybe just a t-shirt wearer. Either way, I’d love to know which design you like.

Here are some of my fellow judges. Seriously, I couldn’t be in better company.

Natalie Slater – Bake and Destroy
Jennifer McHenry – Bake or Break
Me – Bakerella
Nicole – Baking Bites
Jen Yates – Cake Wrecks
Mary Alice – Charm City Cakes/Ace of Cakes
Rachel Kramer Bussel and Nichelle Stephens – Cupcakes Take the Cake
Robyn Lee – Serious Eats
Chris Cardinal – Threadcakes
Jen Yu – Use Real Butter

Crystal Nevarez said...

oops… i read over all the tabs and well what do you know i found one that said how to enter… :)

July 21, 2011 11:14 PM
Damita said...

Wow so cute!!

July 22, 2011 04:18 AM
ilovecake said...

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Cookies love milk….
I do TOO!!

July 22, 2011 09:34 AM
Tanya said...

They are all so fantastic!!!Wow, just impossible to chose one!But I’d say i would choose :Make Yourself at Home by Scott Bartlett!!! comments!;)

July 22, 2011 09:58 AM
Aimee said...

I just love the You have some explaining to do T-Shirt, but my favorite cake its Make Yourself At Home…
Amazing work..

July 22, 2011 02:35 PM
Barbie said...

they are all super cute! love the “splaining to do” haha its awesome!

July 23, 2011 02:16 PM
Anna B. said...

A Piece of Cake is so very clever – words right in the cake… fabulous! I wear t-shirts & have just begun my cake making adventures. These cakes definitely make me drool.

July 23, 2011 09:30 PM
Claire said...

Very impressive !

July 24, 2011 04:05 AM
Jessica said...

Wow that was about the cutest things ever!

July 24, 2011 08:04 PM
Oh Oeya said...

fascinating :)

July 25, 2011 02:08 AM
Tess said...

I’m so excited that you’re one of the judges for this year’s threadcakes! I love threadless, and I probably own way too many tshirts printed by them. Aw heck. You can never have too many threadless shirts!
Please tell us how fun the judging is!

July 27, 2011 11:16 PM
Jennifer said...

I’ve seen some of these Tees before and I love them!! The cakes look fantastic!!

August 9, 2011 11:22 AM
Kaili said...

I just love the Peice of Cake one…

August 14, 2011 09:47 PM
Merilwen said...

Just found you website and flipping through the archives, you have some amazing creations :)

Making cakes from art is a great idea, some amazing cakes up there. The kicker is threadless is notorious for hosting stolen art. Go to any of the best artists on Deviantart, and chances are they have had multiple images put on shirts. The problem is threadless does not like to pull images, even if it is conclusively proven that the images are copyrighted to someone else. (go on, google the issue)

So great idea, must be a lot of fun to judge something like this, but I really wish it was hosted by someone with more scruples…

October 10, 2011 10:00 PM
Jenna said...

Oh my bakerella-ing gods! All of them are so cute its hard for me to choose my favorite one. Love them all!!!!!!!!!!!

June 6, 2012 10:44 PM
bec said...

i like the catburger the best! SO adorable!

June 29, 2013 10:00 PM
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