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What's a Wreck?

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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Sunday
Oct192008

Sunday Sweets: Spooktacular Wedding Cakes

Most of the Halloween-themed wedding cakes I've come across are heavy on skulls and light on charm. So, I wanted to share a few truly spectacular specimens, inspired by - who else? - Tim Burton.

For the Nightmare Before Christmas fans:

And my personal favorite, for Corpse Bride fans:

Made by Melissa Capyk of Wild Cakes.

If you look closely, you'll see those are delicate blue butterflies floating around the cake. Gorgeous!

And lastly, how cute is this guy?


I think he'd make a perfect wedding favor - that's my excuse for including him in this post, anyway. ;)

Thanks to Amanda C. for the cupcake submission, which was originally uploaded here.

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Reader Comments (77)

i think i may have just cake-gasmed.
too graphic?
i adore jack, and sally.
and the whole deal.
kudos to whoever made that.
thankyou so much for posting.
mama baker also has some adorableghosty cupcakes.
hoorah for halloween!

xo
www.crooked.blogspot.com

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrainbow.rock

oh dear god...i'll never be able to get married without having that corpse bride cake!! WANT!(but i could never cut it...it's too pretty!)

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterQuarter to Three Studios

The nightmare before christmas is one of my favorite movies. i use to go to disneyland almost 60-80 times a year, and I would say ten of those times was the month of october because they changed the haunted house over to the nightmare before christmas. my husbands dad eve got out names on the naughty and nice list... he worked at disneyland for many years... i love that cake, ive seen many others, but this sure is awesome, makes me want to attempt it!love it

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpitchersbakery

How do they make the icing for the ghost cupcake? Is it too difficult/time consuming for a full time pre-k teacher with 3 kids? Oh, wait, everything is to time consuming for me. How do you do it anyway, just in case I decide to forgo sleep?

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your site is a very well rounded one, I think, a good mix of wrecks and Sunday totally makes up for the beauty lost on the other cakes. :)
That cupcake is adorable too!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyhomemaker

I think I'm in love.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhat's Her Face

I would so have done that wedding cake! I love Jack and Sally!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathie

These are definitely beautiful cakes and cupcakes, but I have to wonder, what's a bride to do these days if she wants a gorgeous, stylish wedding cake and absolutely hates fondant? I watched both Ace of Cakes and Amazing Wedding Cakes last night and i realized that frosting is just totally out of the picture these days. GOd how I love sugary, crisco-y, so sweet it hurts, bakery frosting. YOu know, the kind that has a hint of almond and gets a crust on it in the fridge, but melts in your mouth? The delicate roses and swirls and vines.

My sister is getting married in two weeks and her baker was ASTONSIHED that she requested NO fondant. As a result the cake is white white decoration on white frosting, becuase they were stumped on how to make a pretty autumn cake without fondant. I fear the art of the frosting rose is going to be lost...sigh...

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeyinawhitecoat

The bones trim on the second tier of the Nightmare Before Christmas cake is perfect!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Alender

There's a cupcake that you like?? Shocking!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

oh, that little ghostie cupcake!! so sweet!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharming Weddings

BEAUTIFUL cakes! Love them! Of course, I'm a sucker for Jack and the Corpse Bride....

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

OMG. See me and my boyfriend are huge tim burton fans and he recently bought me a diamond engagement ring from www.idonowidont.com we will be getting married on Halloween! These cakes are perfect for what we're going for ! Corpse Bride cake is our dream cake!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterx

I have fallen in love with the Corpse Bride cake. My boyfriend is now only my second love, this cake is the first. I want it, I want it, I want it!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrazy-catlady

dang! those cakes are just amazing.

but i was slightly disappointed in the websites for the bakery -- i wanted close up shots to see all those fantastic details. and nothing. (doesn't detract from the stellar work, but... i. want. more!)

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermp.

Wow..! These http://www.couponalbum.com/category/halloween.htm" REL="nofollow">Halloween-themed http://www.couponalbum.com/category/wedding.htm" REL="nofollow">wedding cakes are looking cute and yummy.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBailee

I think you just showed me the perfect Jack cake that my sister Sam needs WHEN she gets married, she is obsessed with Nightmare Before Christmas AND wants a Halloween wedding!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyburd1

The first two are incredible. The Nightmare before Christmas cake brings back some good memories.

And the little cupcake ghost is so cute!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRubyfruit

Those are so awesome! I love all of them and are fans of both movies! Thanks for this non-cake-wreck!

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That ghostie is adorable! We were thinking of doing something like that, but went with a sword/shield/lego theme instead (you can see ours on my blog). It's great having a change from the usual sugary disasters!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWedding_Skulls

I LOVE THE CAKES. MY FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED ON HALLOWEEN AND WANTS A NIGHTMARE BEFROE CHRISTMAS WEDDING BUT WE CAN'T FIND A CAKE TOPPER COULD YOU OR ANYONE HELP FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME bkchloe@aol.com. thanks so much

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE THE CAKES. MY FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED ON HALLOWEEN AND WANTS A NIGHTMARE BEFROE CHRISTMAS WEDDING BUT WE CAN'T FIND A CAKE TOPPER COULD YOU OR ANYONE HELP FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME bkchloe@aol.com. thanks so much

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Question: Why are such fabulous cakes listed as cake wrecks?!

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

awesome cake and all but when is someone going to use an edward scissor hands and winona ryder cake topper? that was an amazing love story

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Hm... Speaking of details of the Corpse Bride story getting in the way...
The two either identical or nearly identical Oogie Boogies on the Nightmare Before Christmas cake are bothering me a little. I want to pluck one of them off. It's nice besides that, though.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just mentioned jack in another post. Freaky. Wonderful cake....absolutely. xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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