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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: Castles & Fairies

Continuing in our fantasy theme, here's a gorgeous cake from Suka that also could have gone in last week's dragon post:

But hey, it's got a sweet castle on it, too.
(Thanks to Adrianne P. for being the first of dozens to send this in!)

Shallyse G. sent in what I'm going to call a fairy castle, just so I can include it here:

(By Sarah of The Little Bakehouse. More pics in her Flickr stream.)

Addie F. found this adorable little garden fairy, although I can't tell if she's on a cupcake, cake, or is just a topper:

(From Dulce Decoracion's Flickr stream, where there are lots more amazing figurines and cakes.)

And Reginia B. found this funny little "crashed fairy" number:

(By Sandra of Socake)
Heh, you can almost see those little feet kicking and hear tiny muffled shrieks, can't you? :)

Oh, hey, we need some more castles, don't we? Ok, check out this cutie out from Sang of Sang's Cakes:

She made it for her daughter's 4th birthday. I like that it's so colorful, and all the little details like the furled flags.

And Michele L. found one of the coolest compositions I've seen: a castle coming out of a fairy tale book:

It's by Let Them Eat Cake, and I'm sorry I don't have a larger photo to share. I bet the details are gorgeous.

Thanks again to all of you who submitted fantasy cakes! Tune in next week for some Lord of the Rings Sweets - and feel free to submit any LOTR cakes you think are Sweets-worthy.

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Reader Comments (51)

Wow, once again I'm amazed! I love the wrecks during the week, but Sunday's works are just so stunning! That last pop-up book style one is just gorgeous!! Can't wait to see what LOTR's interpretations show up next week!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Wow - those are impressive. I'm always amazed by what people (the ones who know what they're doing) can create.

They're so cute I wanna die!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTia Paula

Those are so beautiful, am sure they put an everlasting smile on some childs face.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

Even though the mushroom tops are a *wee* bit phallic, I absolutely ADORE the one by The Little Bakehouse. In fact, maybe that's why. ;-P

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Those are crazy-beautiful. I especially love the fairy wrecking into the cupcake.

Angie (from over at

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Are the crashed fairy's hands on backwards?

LOVE the pop-up book!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeannie

Dreamy as always, Jen. I love the grandeur of all the lofy Cinderella castles, but my favorite is the little mushroom capped fairy cottage. So pretty and imaginative with the cobble stones and the mushrooms popping up everywhere. Delightful!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Beautiful cakes. Although, the first fairy has her legs a little too spread eagle...and you don't like the decapitated baby cakes, but decapitated fairy cakes are it.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Last one is really especially beautiful - but how can one eat such a work of art?

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabsoluutselt

I love the cupcake... I love it, love it, love it!! They all not only look delicious look absolutely stunning! KuddoS!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrying4two99

Love Sunday Sweets. The links take you to more glorious cakes and cupcakes. There's a hippo in a polkadot bikini that is too precious. A Fairy with black filigree wings that is just stunning. Sunday Sweets renews my faith in cakekind...until tomorrow that is!

wvotd deping. "to dress up like characters played by Johnny Dep."

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I absolutely love that last cake, though all of them are gorgeous!!! I can't believe what some people can do with cake...

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

Alright, LOTR cakes!!!
I can't wait until next week, this will be epic ^_^

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Chubb

Those cakes are beautiful! I'm a little dubious about the nipple-like mushrooms, but the rest of them are outstanding! I want crashed-fairy cupcakes for my birthday!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelley Marie

Ahhh, yay!!! LOTR is my favorite trilogy EVER! I can't wait :)

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevie

How do you slice the last one, I wonder? Do you just start hacking at the towers?

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

They are all too beautiful to eat

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

As always, Sunday is the biggest treat. These are gorgeous...but I would so buy dozens of the upended fairy! Incredibly clever.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom


January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Oh the diving fairy! What a way to go.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercuriousceridwen

The cupcake fairy's hands are right. If you put your arms down by your sides palms to your back. That would mean she crashed head first without trying to stop herself.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristal

Those are amazing!!!!!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersassy101

I also love The Little Bakehouse cake. So pretty and with a real old-world fairy tale look.

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January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMistyGirl_2008

I just found your blog and I love it. Inspiring and HILARIOUS all in one :)

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeana

OMG! I could SO live in the fairy house cake! If only I were 2 inches tall.

WV: estes Hmmmm, definitely no comment.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

That crashed fairy cupcake--wow---just in time for the Tinkerbell movie?! Surely, she lived, because if she was done in by frosting, her legs would go limp, right?

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Okay, I wanna know how you're beating everyone out with your blog? It's now offense, one-dimensional? Hmmm..

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, the crashed fairy's hands aren't on backwards. For the last time people: hands, unlike feet, can rotate 180 degrees to be either palms up or palms down. Depending which way you have your palms, your thumbs will either be on the inside or the outside of your hand. You've had hands (presumably) your whole life, you've never noticed this?
Awesome cakes, all. But Mad Hatter, I don't need to see your lingerie, or your breasts, thanks.
WV--stortg: slang for pregnant among people who believe the stork fable.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen S.

I love them. That last one is so amazingly beautiful. I love how it's sort of spilling out of a faerietale book.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

Those mushrooms ARE a little odd looking....I was thinking they were almost like little gnomes with floppy hats....because one of them seems to be lurking in the front doorway of the house! But it really is a cute cake...AND the first one with the beautiful dragon. Once again, they're almost too beautiful to eat!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Some of these cakes look way too gorgeous to eat!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter80s Queen

That last one looks similiar to the one he made for a competition on the food network. he lost creativity points from me. HAHA

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

YAY "I" made it! haha
The Crashed Fairy was my fave and I am happy it made the cut :)

Can't wait till next week!!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReg

The last one is awesome! I love the book and all the flowers going up it. I mean how do they make the "Once Upon a Time" so perfect? It doesn't even look like a cake. WOW!!!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna!

Oh wow..
I would have wigged out if I had gotten that cake(#5) for my 4th b'day.
What excellent work :)

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrini

Regarding Sang's cake, I need to point out that the flags you like so much are unfurled; a furled flag is rolled up to its mast.

You may all carry on now....

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeil J Murphy...

I dont know how anyone could attack those cakes with a knife to eat them? I know I couldn't! It would sit in the kitchen for months while I fight the flies and ants away!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterapparentlyjessy

I love the fairy taking a header into the cupcake!! love it.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVodka Mom

The one coming out of the book is the coolest thing I've ever seen, and I totally wish it had been my wedding cake.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslythwolf

Wow - those castles are so amazing! And I was actually proud of my first princess castle :-)

I'll have to practice more. :-)

Thanks for the Sunday Sweets! Juanita

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Things

I am, yet again, completely impressed!!!!


January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

I'm sorry, but the fairy crash cupcake reminds me too much of the baby butt cakes. It is well-made, though.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anyone else turned on by the crashed fairy?

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNulono

The last one from Let Them Eat Cake is funny, cause it wasn't supposed to be a fantasy cake at all! That's the design they created for a Challenge. The theme was 'Sports' and they chose to try and convey the Tour de France...The castle is a French Chateau but I forgot what the book is for

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Those are just beautiful.
~Amy B

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Actually the flags are unfurled. Furled means folded up.

January 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdws689

Even my cake-philistine b/f enjoyed these, and he's the kind of guy who PREFERS my ugly home-bakes monstrosities for his birthday, to something nice from the bakery. Something about more personal, made a special effort, blah-blah... >.^b (yeah, I guess I'm bragging how sweet he is, even if he does prefer my home made proto-wrecks)
We agreed the cupcake crash-landing was me...there are no screams. She says 'Om-nom-nom-nom!'

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBoumama

Hi I am the owner of Suka and feel I should point out that although I made the castle and dragon cake as seen, it is a copy of photo brought to me by a client! I would love to give credit to the designer but alas I do not know who they are the true credit belongs to their ingenuity and eye for design.

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLife in Tunisia

Oh wow, I took a couple of Sang's Wilton classes-- her work is so impressive!

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

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