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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: Off-the-Shelf Cuteness

It doesn't seem fair to only feature custom-order cakes on Sunday Sweets, so here are some gorgeous creations available right from the display case:

Stephanie S. found these in Hong Kong (aka the Capital of Cuteness):

Needless to say, I'm in love with these designs. The little dino totally reminds me of the "Rawr" shirt over on Shana Logic:

And here are some Sweets from the States (I think):

Adam R. found these on Manako's Flickr stream. Hey, I guess it IS possible to make Wreck-less doggy cakes!

And you guys are probably going to judge me for this, but I think these things Monique R. found are adorable:

Even if I can't say exactly what they're supposed to be. Um, maybe owls? Wingless, marshmallow-shaped, fuzzy lil' owls?

I'm thinking of starting something new with Sunday Sweets: weekly assignments. I'd give y'all a theme - Broadway, video games, animals, etc. - and then you send in nominations for me to feature. The submissions can be your own work or from your favorite bakery. What do you think - sound like fun? Let me know in the comments, along with any suggestions you have for themes beyond your average wedding/birthday/shower fare. Thanks, guys!

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Reader Comments (113)

I LOVE the owls! And I got to celebrate one of my birthdays in Japan, and had a very cute cake (not as cute as those, but cute!) -- will have to dig up a picture......

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori Anderson Designs

yeah, but aren't owls supposed to have very large eyes? I'm just sayin...

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I LOVE the chicks!

You know those puppy dogs are wrecks, though. Especially the one with a purple stripe airbrushed down its back.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeannie

I'm sorry Sarah, but I totally do judge you. The chicks/marshmallows/fat cells in the last photo are so not cute. ;)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

The weekly assignment idea is fantastic! Looking forward to it!!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramy

You need to have a Star Wars theme day :)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimber

Like stonesoupjewelry, the first thing I thought of when I saw the little white "owls" was Furby!

And the dragon is just adorable!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDyniece

Helllloooooo... fire breathing dino? Me thinks it'a a dragon. Duh.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The amount is in Hong Kong dollars. $338 HKD is about $44 USD.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelleAK

My immediate thought on the last ones was that they were Adipose, too - especially because there are so many of them!

And those puppy cakes were wrecks for me, as well...

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh the last one is a cakey ode to the sad state of battery chicken farming.
poor things, someone free them! they don't even have any wings they look like they cant even stand up, oh the humanity! could you eat that?

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJellibat

The owl things are are they? cupcakes? coconut covered giant marshmellows?

But I love the theme idea...the wreckporters are ready for assignment! Famous Master's replicas (Van gogh, Degas, etc), movies...I like the idea of amateur cake designers.

~Bonnie B~

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love your new idea, I'm looking forward to it already. Hopefully there will be some cupcakes featured on Sunday!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBreeAnn

The owl puffs are cute, but why so many? There must be dozens - a flock!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Shannan~

um...those dogs are wrecks, not sweets! not as wrecky as the ones before, but still, wrecky.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

I agree with those who suggested furbys as a possibility for the last bunch of... cakes? cupcakes? giant fuzzy marshmallows?

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKyra & Little Sister's

I love the idea of a contest. I think you should have a catagory for people to "clean up" wrecks. Like when you have a faint idea of what the decorator was going for, we could find or make a cake that actually looks good. Obviously this wouldn't work with some cakes, but I know someone can make a decent looking monkey cake, NOT CCC, there have been a few monkey wrecks lately.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie M.

I want to adopt one of the fuzzy owl-like creatures!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The last one reminds me of the Adipose fat creatures from Doctor Who.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterR

Too cute:0) I love the pics form Hong Kong. Is that fondant they are using. They decorated those cupcakes very cute even with the coconut they are cute.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaula71

The fuzzy guys remind me of Furbies, those talking bird/gremlin toys. Very cute

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanina

Careful...those last ones might call their "peeps" in for backup.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRev'd Chris Larimer

Those fuzzy white things kind of look like baby eagles. And if they had glasses they would indeed look like the little chicken hawk on Looney Toons. It's a good thing I can eat things with a face!!

word verification: fluteout.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterechotig8

I think those little fuzzy things are Furby Cakes!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarraphim

re: lil square birds
I'm SO judging you.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTMa

ohhh, those cakes are so pretty !!!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

It looks like those things on a recent episode of Doctor Who I saw, the first i ever watched. how odd. But the Adipose episode with these exact little things. FREAKIN WEIRD>-Jessie

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the Hong Kong ones are ice-cream cake. hopefully the dino is made of ice-cream rather than total icing :S

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbenniboi

I love the first ones so much. They are adorable!!!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Perhaps I'm reading itworng, but did anyone else notice the Hong Kong cakes were mislabled? That's one for

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternytshad

Dim sum cute cakes.

I love this blog more than, well, more than MY blog :o)


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll This Trouble...

Sooooo adorable--I love them. The first two don't even look real--they almost look decorated on a box b/c they are perfect.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

Sooo cute!! I know what those coconut blobs of cute are - it's so obvious they're" REL="nofollow">ADIPOSE!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh sweet, fuzzy, marshmallow owl! Hop, hop right into my mouth! This is where you belong!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelesa

Wow, there are a lot of Dr Who fans here. But is the pic from Australia? They undoubtedly look like cocktoos to me too.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

FYI-The dog pic is defintely from the states. Ralph's is a California (or maybe West Coast) grocery store chain. And they make some Wreck-tastic cakes. But some okay/good ones. Blog to your CA readers to get you some pics from there (Ralph's)!
PS-I'm a new reader, and I loveeee your blog!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna N

I love the weekly assignment idea.
hOw about endangerd species week. Or even better PANDA WEEK!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChunks

That "Dino" is totally the oldskool Dig Dug dragon!!!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

nice pictures

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermathhew

i love the idea of themed submissions! i hereby suggest sciencey themes, a.k.a. "geek cakes", ones that you'd be hard-pressed to get a professional decorator to do (seems appropriate)....

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterluisa


Also, I'm with you on the fuzzy owl/chick things at the end - too cute!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

sorry, i'm not feeling the doggies. but i LOVE the coconut owls! and the hong kong cakes are effing adorable.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermisha

Yes to the Sunday Sweets theme assignments! Please give me an excuse to bake and decorate a random cake!


December 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterivanafox

I want to know where to find those little white owls! My son would freak if I brought those home. Snow Owls as cake - he would love them!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSay What?

Ok- I agree the owl things are adorable when you think they are owls- but what if they are actually snowman heads???
"Here little Janie, have Frosty's head to eat......."

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCakegirl

I think weekly assignments it perfect! I just bought a cute little camera and a big huge purse...I totally plan on carrying around a camera just in the hopes I see something cake-a-licious....or wrecktastic...

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSufoot

The little owly things are adorable, and yet also intimidating... it looks like they're poised to attack as soon as the lid comes off...

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

the dogs? really? o.O

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelclang

Awww, I loved the little owls. And the first cake in the post with the piggy was cute.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

My four-year-old said, "Are those... um... coconut chickens?"

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermamafabun

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