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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: Halloween

I'm not a fan of gory Halloween cakes, so instead here are some truly Sweet designs to get you in a spooktacular mood for Saturday.

First, a fun topsy-turvy style:

(Made by Pink Cake Box)

And a bat cake that is almost painfully adorable:

(Made by Dorispepsi)

Speaking of adorable, this little ghost with pigtails also fits the bill:

(Submitted by Becki E. & made by Janna Espada)

Although she'll have to watch where she steps; it looks like Slimer paid a visit. ;)

This wedding cake has a real Burton-esque feel to it (which is a good thing, of course):

And this one has fantastic details:

I love the tree and the way the moon is suspended from the roof. Plus, check out the little cobblestones and gate; the composition is as pretty as a painting!

And finally, I never imagined a skull cake would be my favorite, but then I never imagined a skull cake could be this gorgeous, either:

(Submitted by Sheila M. & made by the great Highland Bakery)

I hope you enjoyed today's Sweet Treats! Now brace yourselves, 'cuz this week you're going to see a whole lotta Halloween Wreckage. [rubbing hands together gleefully] Oh yeah, this is going to be good.

- Similar Sweets: Spooktacular Wedding Cakes

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Reader Comments (63)

Oooooh, I want the first one and the one of Little Girl Boo! Quite ironic since I'm showing "Monster's Inc." (one of my all-time favorite movies, thank you very much) to my students on Friday as part of Halloween. (We stick to the cute parts of culture in this area!)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I love that bat cake! Anxiously awaiting the Halloween wreckage!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

These are great, cute Halloween cakes! I love the bat!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeighton G.

First! Wow, they are pretty great! Not a fan of gory cakes either...

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzybef

Oh, the only thing that could make that skull cake better would be some colorful day of the dead decorations on it.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiss. chief

I totally love the bat cake. That's my favorite of today's sweets.

Looking forward to the Halloween wreckage...

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

love your Sunday posts!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

I love those two tiered ones. So perfectly designed! Anxiously awaiting the Halloween wrecks!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Yes, can't wait for the Halloween cake wrecks. Sunday Sweets are nice and all, but I come for catastrophe.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The inside of that skull's nose gives me the dry heaves a little. Otherwise, lovely.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Wow, if only I had the extra cash around to buy one of those cakes(& someone to share them with). They are all spectacular!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergigi

those cakes are incredible! makes me wish i was getting married on halloween. :)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNobody

I am rather partial to the Melting Head Cake myself:

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSputnik

The skull cake is truly lovely. Though I can't imagine eating the eyeballs.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Dayton

Is it wrong that I almost enjoy Sunday Sweets better than your regular posts?

Either way keep up the good work, your blog is great!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPip

These are really all too cute and endearing to eat, but I think I could attempt a bite of the pumpkin on the first cake.

I can't wait to see the Hallowreckage. I've been browsing my local grocery stores for some scary cakes, but the bakers around here either know about this site or they're way too sane to produce any wrecks.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

How great! I love the Burtonesque wedding cake. My wedding was two weeks after Halloween and now I'm jealous.

I swear I didn't copycat!

I posted a bunch of cool cakes this morning and when I checked your site--whoops! We have some overlap! When I steal from you, I admit it loud and clear!!!


October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

great picks for today's treats!

i'll admit that i'm not a fan of skulls (of any kind) but at least it has a pink ribbon on its hat.

and speaking of pink, am lovin' little miss girlie ghost! not only are her pigtails blonde but she's sporting pink tennies!

toooooo adorable!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I love the top cake. Maybe some artist could make a copy in porcelain and sell it as a Halloween decoration.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

These are all gorgeous! Thanks for posting them.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJellyDonut

That bat is just too cute...but my favorite is the 5th very detailed haunted house--it's so amazing!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

I wasn't surprised when I clicked the link and found out that the Burton-esque was by Christopher Garren...that guy and his whole staff are meticulous and very talented, at least by what we can see on Amazing Wedding Cakes.

It goes to show that a lot of what makes a cake a Sweet versus a Wreck is taking the time to plan and then more time to execute the detail work. Slap-jobs never look good!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Yeah, those cobblestones are great, but I just LOVE that bat. Adorable!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

I love the second from the last one..ADORABLE!! also, the little girl with the pig-tails??? Too cute!!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheressa

This is a week late, but I wanted to congratulate you on making the NY Times Bestseller list, and getting a write up! It's inspiring to see that bringing joy and humor to the masses occasionally pays off.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpietzsche2

I love the pink tennis shoes sticking out from under the ghost cake's sheet! So cute :)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

THese are AWESOME!! I usually don't care about the Sunday Sweets, but the artistry is astounding, along with the cuteness. I agree with the earlier posting--makes me wish I were getting married on Halloween.

Can't WAIT for the wreckage!!! Hooray for Halloween cakes, both beautiful and wrecky! Lily

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Things bother me about the first and third cakes.

The first cake insists that the bottom of pumpkins are apparently cylindrical. And the second cake just cues in this disappointment factor I learned about when I was a child.

Whenever you have a craft form that looks like a person with something draped over it (like a dress or sheet) it's most usually a head (or whatever is visible) with no body under the drape mimicking a form.

Yes, I was the kid who peeked under witches' and manikins' clothing.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.M. Green

The first one and the Tim Burton-style are my favourites. Although the skull is great, too!

~Amy B-H

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That skull cake is so gorgeous! It makes me think of Dr. Faciler, the villain in the upcoming Princess and the Frog movie x]

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereinahsketch

Oh I LOVE that Burton-esque wedding cake!!!!! Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. I wish I had thought of that for my wedding! AWESOME!

The other cakes are great too. Man, some people are just ultra talented when it comes to making cakes! I am so in awe!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawnieC.

That little ghost is positively adorable...from her little blonde pigtails and wide eyes right down to her little pink tennis shoes!! So cute!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I love these!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Welch

I was totally in love with the little pigtailed-girl ghost cake, and then I scrolled down a little more and saw her sweet pink tennis shoes sticking out. How adorable is that!!! That is ADORABLE!!!

Anxiously awaiting the halloween wrecks....

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

All beautiful, but none of them look very edible. Would I be pleasantly surprised if I tasted them?

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Ooh I really, really like the first one and the second to last one! But I don't want to eat them; I want to frame them and look at them forever. Not weird at all.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

I'm not feeling the love for the bat cake, unless it's intentional that he has boobies for eyes and appears to be inebriated.

The ghost, on the other hand, is adorable!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweat Bee

They are all masterpieces but the wedding cake is my fav !

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonna Beach

oh! i loved today's post. thanks jen!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball (Jr.)

should i run and hide from cake wrecks this week?

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia W.

Oh wow! I am speechless... Everything looks so awesome!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSook the Cook

Love those cakes

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHer Preppiness

Fabulous shots. So glad you left out the gory. I just cannot do that! Keep up the good work.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Jilks

I hope you do a Sunday Sweets on el Dia de los Muertes (Day of the Dead). It's November 1, and the candies and cakes made for the holiday are amazing!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Jack-o-lantern luminaries on the Little Pig-Tailed Ghost cake's board? Best evah.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oh my those are just unbelievable!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuff On My Blog

The Day of the Dead is November 2, not November 1. November 1 is All Saints' Day.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The ghost cake absolutely thrills me.

Someday I'm going to buy one of these treasures, and it's going to be really hard to cut into. I feel like I'd be damaging it to eat it!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

For a boy version of the ghost cake you can check out my attempt here:

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

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