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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: Simply Awwww-full

If you've read this blog for any length of time then you know that my interests can be, well, a little geeky.

Ok, fine. A LOT geeky.

However, just because I enjoy quoting Monty Python and polishing my Star Trek collectibles doesn't mean I don't have my girly side. Fact is, I'm a total sucker for the cute. So today, allow me to present a lineup of cakes so stinkin' adorable that I've melted right here in my chair, and am now typing this with puddle fingers.

(Submitted by Isabella, baker unknown)

What, or who, is it? No idea. But with its lethal adorableness, it must be Japanese.

[Update: I've been told this is a "Slime from an MMO called MapleStory." So there's that explained. And apparently, it's Korean.]

Why does Japan lead the world in all things cute, anyway? Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I think everything would probably be better with big eyes and cutesy colors:

(Submitted by Andrew H., & made by Bleeding Heart Bakery)

These little guys are meringue candies, and I want the whole set, on my desk, NOW:

(Found on CaptainXO's Flickr, & made by Ginza's Cozy Corner Bakery [in Japan, of course])

Especially the little dog with the green ears. So. Cute.

I've been in love with this next cake since the moment I stumbled across it nearly 2 years ago:

(Made by Flickr user HyperCraftive)

I just love those lines and colors; it reminds me of some of my favorite art styles.

Here's a cutie-patootie turtle:

(Made by Jessica of its-a-piece-of-cake.)

And I suppose no post on adorable confections would be complete without Hello Kitty making an appearance:

(Submitted by Elarael B. & made by Kylie of Le Cupcake.)

I can't claim to be much of a HK fan, but again, cuteness is always aces with me - and this cake has it in spades. (Card puns ftw!)

Have a cake to nominate for Sunday Sweets? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

- Similar Sweets: Off-the-Shelf Cuteness

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Reader Comments (108)

SLIIIIIME! KILL IT! *kills it for like two XP*

aww v.v

Maple Story got crappy though. meh

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManti

love, love, LOVE that turtle!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

So Cute!
BTW Today is natonal cupcake day
Sooo...Happy Cupcake day!!!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennakat

Hello Jen! I'm a long time lurker, first time commenter! I love your blog, and so does my mom. We have snorted, giggled, laughed, cried and nearly wet ourselves while reading!

I'm commenting today however, because much like you, I too, am a nerd. I am more of the Star Wars/Computer/Anime kind of nerd, but you get the picture. However, I too, melted when I saw these cakes! That owl is just amazing, and I think I may try and recreate one for a friend's birthday! And I think I might want that cupcake for my next birthday ...

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Love the little green guy at the top, and the turtle is totally cute.. but the cupcake is kinda creepy!

WV: exuadoic: which is something I might say to my ex: you a doic!!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscrappin{jewlz}

I should have recognized the Maple Story slime, but I was ready to say it was a Poporing from Ragnarok Online. orz.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

The flowers and design on the Hello Kitty cake is totally cute, but HK herself looks a little... off.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcBangle

"Why does Japan lead the world in all things cute, anyway? "

Because they're not ashamed to be kind :-)

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbiggo

I actually suspect that Number 2 is not a cupcake, but is a full size cake fashioned into the shape of a cupcake (which is why the "paper casing" looks like icing).
Brilliantly done, and of course brings a new definition to the dreaded CCC.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Here's the only info I could find on the Maple Story cake:

I had my dad's wife make my 26th birthday cake after this cake. This is how her's turned out:

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleahfu

Hi John and Jen

Love the site and am an avid (but until now silent) reader. Just wanted to point out that the link to Kylie's hello kitty cake at le cupcake is actually to an American site of same name. Kylie Lambert is Australian and the corect link is

Hope the rest of the tour goes well and that the additional stint in hospital was not too serious.


October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ashley S.
I think the first cake is from pokemon...ADORABLE!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't like meringue, but those little animals are too cute to eat anyway!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

the little creatures remind me of Weebl's videos (come to kenya, etc)

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Too cute to eat!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

I have to say that something is wrong with Hello Kitty's face. Very wrong. It does not look like Hello Kitty - close, but not quite.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

All real beauties...except the Hello Kitty...looks like she was put in a stretcher...those little animals are perfection !

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonna Beach

The turtle cake is too cute! I melted into a gooey pile of girliness when I saw it.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

My mother had an owl JUST LIKE THAT on a matching dishtowel and cutting board set -- in 1973. Definitely disco era stuff.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

heh heh heh.....
had to do it!

**well it was either that or "It is now time for the penquin on top of your television to explode." BOOM!!!**

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara_in_WA

Is it wrong to want to snuggle a cake? Because I doooooooo.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

I dunno if this has been established yet, but the 2nd cake has a design by acrylicana of deviantart (

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Great cakes! I have awarded you the Honest Scrap award! :-)

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPa-Dutch-Travel

I have to agree about Hello Kitty not being right. The eyes are too low and close spaced and the whiskers too close to the nose. I guess if someone is not a fan they might not notice and it looks "close enough".

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShoshi

They are all cute. But that giant cupcake is creeping me out! I think it wants to eat me. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who is creeped by it. It's still cute, mind you.

I wonder if cakes are scared of us for wanting to eat them?

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Love the turtle!!!

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Success

The first one is from a movie called CJ-7! It's not a pokemon or one of those maplestory things.

It's one of my daughter's favorite movies, I will have to show it to her!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura M

My first comment to this blog, though I read it frequently.

I absolutely love the Slime cake, and since I met my SO on MapleStory, it would be way too tempting to have a wedding cake just like that!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.

so cute!!! I love them all, that owl is darling

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

i can tell you that the first one is an enemy called a slime from an online game called maplestory. i used to play that game :3

aah, good times. gooood times...

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie Akehurst


I'm not gay to think these are adorably cute.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

OMG! I opened my New York Times book review and there you were! I am so freakin proud of you both. What an exciting journey this is! I know it sounds silly, but I just kept thinking, "I know them!" . How cool is all of this? What a blessing you are!

Wreck On!

Ariel in West Palm Beach

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Umm... so the droopy eyed cupcake is less cute and more creepy in my opinion

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tieman Family

The little "dog with the green ears" looks a lot like one from this little anime for young kids in Japan. It's about dogs and they all have different pastries or tea-leaves for ears. I wish I could remember what it's called...

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoose

From the comments I see that the first one is a character from an online game, but at first it reminded me of a Puuchuu from Excel Saga. I wonder if there are any Puuchuu cakes? Hmmm...they are also terminally adorable, capable of making grown men stop in their tracks and moan, "Soooo....cuuuute..."

Or a Menchi cake. OH heavens. That would be ironic, since a Menchi is not only a cute animal but also an emergency food source! (also from Excel Saga)


I like the HK cake (Kitty-chan fan here) but the owl has stolen my heart. That would be an adorable baby shower cake! (and normally I don't like owls)

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I'm sure 5 million people have said this by now, but it's a MapleStory slime and when I first saw that I was excited thinking the whole thing was going to feature cakes representing that simple, repetitive and yet wildly addictive game. Ha, can I put in a request for that? (Are there enough MapleStory-related cakes? Hmm...perhaps some bad ones. Have you done bad video/computer game cakes?)

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

That turtle is just the cutest thing!! I love it!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

The first cake is from something Korean, not Japanese! Change the text! lol.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah 1st one is MapleStory, cutest game, ever. Awesome cake. Half tempted to get something similar for my wedding now. >_>

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sorry, Cupcake, but you're too creepy. Maybe the angle shot is all wrong, but the cherry looks a pair of butt cheeks.

Otherwise (supersonic squeal) the rest are awfully darn cute.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Monty Python FTW!!! I'm gonna watch like 4 episodes of Flying Circus tonight :D
Love the little animals!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Spanish Inquisitor

The slime could also come from Ragnarok Online. Most Korean based games have slimes like that as monsters. In RO, it's called a "poporing", and pink ones are called "Porings".

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAxiluvia

the cupcake and the hello kitty cakes are so not sweet, more like wrecks... well the cupcake more freaky then wreaky. the hello kitty one is horrid, sure the cake is cute but the baker so didn't know how to shape a hello kitty head... or maybe the baker was going for a 'special ed' cousin of hello kitty? *shakes head*

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So cute! I just want to gobble them up. Good thing that's the point :) BTW, SO excited you're coming to Atlanta now!!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

MapleStory is Korean, not Japanese. Please change it.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLulu

LaurenH said...

I'm sure 5 million people have said this by now, but it's a MapleStory slime and when I first saw that I was excited thinking the whole thing was going to feature cakes representing that simple, repetitive and yet wildly addictive game. Ha, can I put in a request for that?

I'm sure someone has at least done Zakum (probably the 2nd best known MS character)... and probably very badly considering the level of detail needed.

That aside, video game goodness is a great idea. I'd love to see a sheet cake (of the complete tv screen view) while fighting something in the original dragon warrior. Old-school games make great (or wreck-tastic ^^) 2d cakes

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

I'm with the other Hello Kitty fans...she's not quite right. Her hands and feet look swollen, her head is too small, and the facial features are all wrong.

Love the rest though, especially those little meringue candies.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBridgete

Heh, I was totally wrong; I thought the first one was a Pokemon. One of the new ones I don't care about.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJagyularr

and this is SUGAR in form of HELLO KITTY!!!!!!!!!


October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter.:Sakura:.

When I was a kid I had orange and fuschia bird sheets that looked something like that awesome bird cake.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAir

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