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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 Sweets: Autumn Awesomeness in Atlanta

Today's Sweets are brought to you by Highland Bakery in Atlanta, Georgia. The folks over at Highland routinely churn out the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous creations the South has ever seen, and I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. So instead, I just chose some season-appropriate lovelies.

Doesn't this look like a giant Hallmark figurine? (I mean that in a good way.)

The cobblestones, the twisty vines, the gnarled posts! There's so much more to this cake than the cutesy mice. (Although the mice are pretty darn adorable, I must admit.)

I don't think I've ever seen sugar art looks so much like porcelain - just look at those leaves!

Mmm, sugary mushrooms...

Next up: a perfect pumpkin:

I just love the simple design and creamy colors. I think cakes overall should use more orange, too, don't you? Year-round, I mean: orange is just underused.

Many thanks to Karen and the gang over at Highland Bakery for the lovely work, and for not hanging up on John when he said he was calling from Cake Wrecks. ;)

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Reader Comments (105)

What a beauty of a cake! How would you ever cut into it??

I went on their site and looked at some of their other cakes...

Ummm, there were scary looking cakes there. They had a "punk baby" cake...with the face of a baby with piercings. You could do a month of entries just on some of their cakes :P.

I loved their cookies! Too cute

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

awesome, yay for things relatively close to my house. I now need to go over there and taste some of their wares.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSam

That's too cute to eat. :)

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarian

I would not eat that....I wold get it sprayed with those food preservative sprays...and keep it for a center piece every year.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermandy_Reeves


color, technique! WOW!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Those cakes are definitely made of awesome. Just like this blog! (it's my fave!)

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Beautiful cakes and greta inspiration for a newbie cake maker like myself.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

These are absolutely lovely. I want that pumpkin cake!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes are amazing! I was looking at the gallery on their site - simply fantastic cakes. Their turkey cupcakes are adorable! :)

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is the prettiest cake I think I have ever seen!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

The only word perfectly appropriate for such a beautiful pumpkin cake as this:

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwendl26

I don't think I could cut into any of this cakes you've been showing on Sundays. They are all too beautiful and should be in curio cabnets not tummies.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

See, these demonstrate how pumpkins and mice can come together in a *good* way!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Yeah, these are awesome. And I think when you know you're doing good work, you don't need to hang up when you get a call from Cake Wrecks.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMongoose

Beautiful artwork. Too lovely to eat.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I could never, ever eat something like this. The guilt at destroying art would just be too much to handle.
thanks for sharing it.

word verification: rocker

wow. I've never had an actual WORD show up before.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Those are WAY too pretty to eat! I wouldn't want to cut into them!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDana (*danavee*)

Gorgeous! but how does one cut something the beautiful? Though it does look absolutely yummy too!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskinny minny

Oh my gosh, that is so beautiful. I love those toadstools. I love the pumpkin vines. Actually, I love the whole cake!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKateri

I love the leaves, a long-overdue change from flowers and, on this cake, tinted perfectly. (And---leaf awnings---sooooo cuuuuute.) Particularly lovely are the leaves at the base, which the bakers have beaded into the finish without just sticking them on. A masterpiece!


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, so *that's* what a pumpkin is supposed to look like. Friday's post made me forget.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I would love to know more much time it took and how much something like this would sell for? That is simply amazing!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

The loveliest cakes I've ever seen. Some people are truly artists, with fabulous imaginations and perfect follow-through...

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


This cake takes my breath away.

What talent!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Whoa! Those are absolutely stunning. Almost would be a shame to cut them.
~Amy B.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

TOTALLY AWESOME!! Who cannot appreciate a cake that doesn't look like a cake but more like a piece of art?? It truly is art!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeadyball

Ho-lee, that's amazing! Somebody should be (or have they?) opening up a Cake Museum and putting some of these materpieces on permanent (climate controlled for longevity, of course) display!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

Highland makes the tastiest cakes...second only to my mother!


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dreamy. Dreamy! Though I have an evil urge to smash my face into them.

Angie (from over at

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Fantastic! Love this blog. Thanks for putting up some wonderful cakes on Sundays; it's a nice break from the horrors on the weekdays.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are gorgeous! Do those cakes ever get eaten, I just don;t think I could bear to take a bite out of one of those!


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

AMAZING...I agree with Mandy...I'd figure out how to save it.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

My sis and I send each other cake pics, she sent this one to me a day ago.

I have been looking for autumn ever since I moved; I finally found it online. In a cake.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjaw

YAY Atlanta!!! Beautiful cake. I'd be afraid to cut into it too.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStaceyH

I agree with everyone. This cake is a beautiful work of art. However, if I'm buying a cake, I want it to taste good! I have to wonder with the use of all that fondant--how is the mouthfeel and taste? Maybe I prefer other icings to fondant and some people enjoy the fondant. Thanks for such a great blog. A perfect mix of laughter and awe!


October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Freakin' awesome!!! Almost makes up for those fugly goofball cakes you've been posting.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

I love this new Sunday Sweets feature! I think it's a wonderful sign of where the world is headed, that smart, funny people can be snarky and ironic, but also genuinely appreciative of something done well. I got so tired of the "I'm Capable of Ironic Observation So I Can't Like Anything '90s".

I completely agree with you about this cake looking like a Hallmark figurine (in a good way). And weirdly, though I'd never even consider purchasing such a figurine, you make it 10 times larger and out of cake, and suddenly I'd be honored to host a party specifically to display it. And eat it. (I'm sure that while I couldn't figure out how to cut into it, my nieces and nephews could.) Maybe that's what makes figurines so hard to appreciate. They only do two things: look cute and gather dust. But cake! That looks cute, tastes delicious and brings people together for fun times.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

So absolutely beautiful!! The pumpkin was just gorgeous!!

Although I'm surprised you admire them though! I mean stunning yes.. but isn't it too much frosting for you ;)

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthepomegranateblog

While I miss the giggle on Sundays - I LOVE the gorgeousness you spotlight. This is by far my favorite to date - WOW!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I love this cake!!! My mom and I frequently buy the cute woodland animal cards for each other. Seriously, I love this cake.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I can't imagine how long that took to make. It's beautiful, and there's no way I could actually bring myself to cut into it!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramyd

That 'Hallmark Lookalike' cake is amazing. It must have taken a very long time and require tedious effort-even if done in stages. WoW!
And yes, more orange. Orange should be more that Halloween, fall leaves, and Syracuse University[My son graduated from there,so I have more orange than the average person!].
Caryn was right about sending us to your blog. Not my first visit, just my first comment.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMare

I want one, I want one, I want one...

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

oh my, I don't think I could eat these cakes-they are beautiful!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLavanah

Like you said: right out of Hallmark!!!



October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertemplework

That's the first cake with mice crawling all over it that I'd want to eat! Except that it's so cute and beautiful, it would be hard to...

I'll just pluck off the paving stones and pop the mushrooms in my mouth.

The pumpkin below, I might eat. But only because it would slice so perfectly along the ribs into lovely pieces! Carving this pumpkin would be a piece of cake, har har I'm so clever.

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika

These cakes do look really nice, but I have a feeling they probably taste overly sweet...That looks like a lot of frosting...

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternh92

OMG, I think that is the most beautiful cake I've ever seen!! I wouldn't want to touch it let alone eat it.

Who was it designed for?

The mices are adorable!!

sparkly jules

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersparkly jules

What a Fabulous Post!!
Thank you soooo much as I have been looking for a Bakery such as this in my area!!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReg

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