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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: Tour De Force, Pt 3

You've already seen all the fun "Wrecks" our volunteer bakers provided for the tour this past week. Well today, I thought it'd be nice to feature more of their NON-wrecky work. So if you live in one of these cities, now you'll know at least one baker who will "get it" if you order a Cake Wreck. ;)

In New York City, we had two great bakeries. First up, Perfect Endings Bakery:

Take note, all: this is the only acceptable form of a "cupcake cake."
Plus, don't you love cakes that look readily edible? (Say that 5 times fast.)

Most of their work seems to be fondant-free, too; a good thing for you buttercream purists.

Our second baker in New York was Jacy Cakes, who provided a gluten-free cake so delicious you'd never know it was gluten-free. Here are a few more examples of what they can do:

I love this modern design - so cool.

Our next stop was Bethesda, MD, where we had Fancy Cakes by Leslie provide the goodies. Leslie's site is overflowing with classic, elegant cakes, but she also knows how to bring the fun:


I'm still a sucker for pink and orange. Love it.

Next up was Boston/Framingham, where we again had two bakers. You may remember Cakes by Erin as the ones who made the Fenway Park cake. Well, here are a few more of their goodies:

Those are some mad figure modeling skills. Sweet.

And oh-so-pretty!

Birchgrove Baking, our second Boston bakery, drove all the way from Vermont to deliver the Cake Rex to the show. Check out some of their other work:

I love the colors and design on this modern wedding cake.

And here's one to make you go "awww":

Last but not least, we have Feast Catering from Atlanta. Lisa took on the responsibility of feeding over 400 people all by herself, by the way, and she did it all with a big smile on her face. In fact, all of our bakers were like that: so happy to be there, you'd think they were getting paid. (Which, just to be clear, they were NOT. Heheh.)

Anyway, you saw Lisa's quirky side with her cakes yesterday, so here are some of her more elegant designs:

Thanks again to all of the bakers who gave their time and effort during our tour! I'm sure I speak for the thousands of people who got sugar buzzes thanks to your efforts when I say, Your the 'Best!'

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Reader Comments (52)

I am totally in love with the monkey cake. Great job everyone!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrotta

I love that first cake. its adorable. I am at my moms this morning and I showed her and she loved it too!! I am amazed at how awesome the "sunday sweets" cakes are.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli-Sue


November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

Spectacular, simply spectacular.

Though I can see some poor future bride and groom asking for the black and white wedding cake with the pink flowers, and getting a huge wreck instead.

--Blue Jean

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All beautiful (the one with the balls seems to defy the laws of Physics!!), but I am head over heels in love with the octopus cake. So freakin' adorable!!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the sock monkey argyle cake - the lettering over hangs the cake and makes it so cute!!

The allowable cupcake cake is cute as well. And they all look so yummy!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mitchell

Those are awesome, particularly the work that uses very good and skilled techniques to float things in the air, over edges, etc. That's what separates the artists from the wreckers!

Wreckers might churn out acceptable cakes often enough to remain employed, but anyone who can do string work or stable floating pieces is unlikely to send a wreck out into public.

So glad you had an awesome tour, and I'm still so sad I had to miss the rescheduled Austin one. I guess you'll just have to come to the Austin cake show to do some signing for the 250ish people who had signed up for the first date but couldn't make the second!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

gosh people! these are waaaay gorgeous and wonderful and marvelous!!

not sure i can choose a favorite, but as a pianist, i'm especially impressed with that piano cake!

didja notice the sheet music? it says happy birthday and has tiny little notes on the staff! what detail!!!

i bet there are 88 keys on that keyboard! but i'll leave that to someone with younger eyes ... heh heh.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Those are all so pretty!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

I love the monkey, cupcake, and shoe cakes! And yay for gluten-free. I have celiac disease so it's nice to know that bakers are going to the GF side...(:

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

Wonderful cakes! I want the balls one for my birthday.
You never showed any pictures of the cakes from KC! Who did the cake for that signing? I was sick and couldn't come.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cake at the Framingham signing was so tasty too!

I hate to nitpick, but did the baker drive from Vermont to Maryland or from Vermont to Massachusetts? If it was to Maryland you have her in the wrong section of the post. If it was to Mass, then you put the wrong city down.

Either way it was wonderful. I was one of the standing room only people.


November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

um, that's "You're the best", and I hope you didn't have that written on a cake...

Lovely cakes they have too.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, what a talented group of decorators. I love the 'cupcake cake'! And the tipsy wedding cake. Didja see the hanging lace? Wow.

The piano has 86 keys, I think - count the octaves. There's two on the left, four on the right (for 6x12 keys = 72), and one set in the middle that has two sets of three black keys (14), for a total of 86. So, close, but not quite! Not that it's going to keep me from appreciating the pretty. :-)

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I'm not expecting to get married anytime soon, but I think I've found a cake I'd really like for when I do! That cascading floral cake looks really nice, and clean, too!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercatchat105

I gotcha, I gotcha!! HA!
"Your the best" ???!!

If YOU'RE picky about YOUR cakes, we can be picky about YOUR grammer and word usage!! :-)

The cakes are great, though!!


November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMellodee

I love the square black and white cake with the pink flowers. Makes me want to renew my wedding vows so I can have that cake!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSurfie

Mellodee again....Mea Culpa! I gotta learn not to knee jerk react... Looked again and got it this time! Humbly groveling at you're "feet"!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMellodee

I love the modern cake design and I love the pink and orange cake. The one with the pink flowers on the black and white cake is gorgeous too. I just found your site today through a reader of mine and wow they're gorgeous.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhyrra

Such gorgeosity! Just can't *wait* for the wreckers to tackle these designs! And you know they are out there as we "speak".

wv: entsure
These beauties will most definitely entsure you with many more wrecks to post!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWATERBABY CHRISTINE

Gluten free cake so delicious you wouldn't know? My mum's glutn intolerant, and I find gluten free cake lighter than normal (as in flavour)

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Um, I think that Jen intended "Your the 'Best!'" to be tongue-in-cheek. In case you are a reader wrestling with that, the quotes around (and capitalization of) 'Best' are also unnecessary. And while we're being picky, it's G-R-A-M-M-A-R. That is, unless I'm misreading the readers' comments here, in which case, I'd then say shame on me as well. lol

Happy Sunday Sweets to all! :)

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE the Sunday cakes... I may miss occasional weekdays, but I ALWAYS check in on Sunday. Gorgeous. I can't even imagine the time put in on some of these!

Although, the "wrecks" make my day as well. Wonderful site, great idea!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I love the shoe cake, but I don't think I could bring myself to eat the "shoes." It seems wrong, somehow, like they might have the texture of dehydrated meat. (That's the closest foodstuff I could think of to compare it with!)

WV: Vibese-- the language of vibes, dude.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha! I knew people were going to do an Epcot on you again! Jen, your the "best"!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlois

If only you were coming to Michigan!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrunycat

Caught that "your" too. Thanks to your blog, I now have a built-in grammar check in my head.

Beautiful cakes.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlv2danz

Jen seems to have a great eye for editing her own copy. That's what allows me to save all my cringing for looking at cakes instead of reading the commentary. Leave her be!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetterBlogging

these are all so cool!!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

Adorable cakes!

If you like pink and orange, you should check out my blog-I write about ONLY pink and orange things!" rel="nofollow">


November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

WOW! I love that Spongebob cake! I want that for my 24teenth birthday party!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

What amazes me is they are all edible!
~Amy B

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy


Since lois brought it up, would it be improper to say, "Epcot's Spaceship Earth," since apparently Disney hasn't done a good job driving home the name?

Kind of like teachers of English haven't been able to get the proper use of punctuation to sink in?

*sigh* I guess there's only so much any one person (or any multi-billion-dollar media conglomerate) can do.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all SO beautiful. I especially love the Spongebob cake!
It would be difficult to cut into any of'd feel like you were destroying precious artwork!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Just wanted to give another shout out to Lisa at Feast who baked the cakes for the ATL event. THEY WERE AWESOME!!!! Plus, she's so nice! And while I can't speak for everyone at the signing, I can say that everyone in line around me was raving about her work. Thanks!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gorgeous work, all of them.

But, could someone please explain the last one to me? It's beautiful, and my next-to-nothing knowledge of decorating tells me that all that lacework is complicated and time-consuming, but, er, why is it a topsy turvy cake? I love the multi-coloured topsy turvys we've seen in the past, and I love the delicate work and piping, but why did those two styles get together here? An example of working with the customer no matter how odd the request?

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That uber modern wedding cake makes me want to get married again. Hm. What'll I do with the current husband, though? .....

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I just love the last one its tops turvy elegant one amazing!!
Nice work on the lace too.
All were nice.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNona

your the, "best" Jen?.
I love it. I swear Jen puts "Easter eggs" like that in her posts just to see how many new readers she has picked up in the last week that will fall for it.

And the nice part is... if she ever does make a genuine mistake, she's got a built in alibi.


November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirstie Rulka

Maybe Jen should photoshop her Thank-Yous onto a cake, where the joke is usually understood!

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The bubble cake is amazing!

The last one looks like a wreck to me. That formal elegance just doesn't lend itself to the topsy-turvy style.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love, Love, Love the "Cupcake Cake!"

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Brennan

I just love the black and white cake with hot pink flowers!!! So pretty!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanella

I am CRAZY about Erin's cake with the pink flowers. Just gorgeous. And monkey cake is adorbs.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabs

Amazing! And my favorite bakery is in here too! Birch Grove Baking is a wonderful place.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInvisible Ink

Sock monkey cake!! =D

The cake with the mums all over it is stunning. My hands hurt just from looking at that much piping.

Awwww the little pink octopus is adorable. I bet that Bat Mitzvah was a happy one indeed. =)

I love love LOVE the 'bubble' cake and the one with the black/green/orange design. My mother would have had a fit, had I asked for those for my wedding, but I like them. XD

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

for the shoe boxes cake, i'm not sure if that's an actual shoe or not. that's how good the work is.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I am in love with these cakes. I admire the creative ability of these fantastic bakers. They all seem like pictures and paintings instead of cakes. I wish they was a bakery around my area that could do this amazing work.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey.Giesler

I do like them, but Nemo O'Hara there looks like he took a few too many Dolls from that angle.

Sparkle, Nemo! Sparkle!

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

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