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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: Like Buttah

Buttercream icing, that is.

Yep, here's another fondant-free installment for you purists out there. I've got nothing against fondant per se, but I do agree that all-icing decorations are much yummier. Besides, it's nice to see what cake artists can come up with when they're limited to non-fondant options.

First up, Alison B. of Town Lake Cakes certainly knows where the wild things are:

Alison, will you tell us your secret to drawing such perfect characters? I'm guessing you used either a stencil or possibly hand-drawn chocolate transfers - am I close? Of course, whatever you used, I love the result.

Speaking of love, I am gaga for the bright colors and glass-smooth icing on this Abby Cadabby cake Shelly M. got for her daughter's birthday:

Isn't it adorable? And you'd really never know it wasn't fondant, the lines are so clean. The bakers over at The Cake Stand in McKinney, Texas clearly have some mad skilz.

You know how we're always getting down on grocery-store decorators? Well believe it or not, not all of them are illiterate goofballs; some of them are real artists. And a few of these artists are determined to change my mind on the horror of CCCs. Yeah, like that's gonna happen. [eye roll]

However, I will grudgingly admit that this Squidward CCC is darn impressive:

The decorator in question whipped this up for a customer on the spot at the grocery store where s/he works, but asked to remain anonymous. For those of you not up on your Sponge Bob characters, here's a reference shot of Squidward:

Nice, huh? Or at least, it looks like him. ;)

And lastly, Jody H.'s creation - also a Cupcake Cake, and also all buttercream - is flatly astounding:

Wait, wait, wait. A CCC...with airbrushing... and it's NOT a WRECK?!? I think my head may implode: clearly we've entered some kind of parallel universe here.

Oh, and if you don't recognize Jose, the famous "Jalapeno on a Steeck", watch this:
(Note to moms: vid includes mild language.)

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Reader Comments (94)

wat kind of idiot doesent know who SQUIDWARD is????? :)

- M.r.H

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Very glad to see butter cream cakes featured again. It takes a little extra skillz to make a kick ass butter cream icing cake, is all I'm sayin'.

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralicia policia

OMG, The Cake Stand is SO GOOD! Can't believe people think grocery store cakes are high quality *eye roll*. In their defense, a real bakery is hard to find in this super suburban area. SO GLAD T.C.S. is close!!!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Jeff Dunham has amazing talent and is HILARIOUS! I want a jalapeno on a steeeek cake!!!!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

WOW I can't believe I'm a Sunday Sweet!
KariAnn & Karen - you guessed it. They're frozen buttercream transfers (FBCT for short) You can tell for sure because they're BACKWARDS - I forgot to flip the pics before I put them on the cake, then decided I liked the new layout better anyway.
I wanted some extra dimension so I embellished the characters after they were on the cake by adding teeth, claws, hair, and a few other things on top of the finished FBCT.
I really just loved this cake.

BTW Anybody interested in the FBCT technique can find it on

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralison

I wonder if I should collect my jaw from the floor before or after commenting.

The "Where the Wild Things Are" has to be the coolest cake, ever. And the CCC's? I don't think I would have recognized that they WERE CCC's unless you pointed that out. Of course, Squidward and Jose are just about the only figures you could make with a CCC.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

I would venture a guess that the characters on the Wild Things cake are buttercream transfers. Basically they are traced in buttercream (backwards) onto acetate of wax paper and frozen. Then they are flipped onto the cake. If you look carefully they are a bit raised from the surface. Cool trick that was executed perfectly!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What is a CCC??
I feel I am not in the secret 'knowing what a CCC is' club. D:

Ruby x

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterObtuseRuby


Oddly enough, though I am married to the author of this blog, was an avid cartoon watcher in my youth and consider myself to have above average intelligence, I have not a clue who Squidward is. In addition, it saddens me that a word like "Idiot" which originally meant mentally handicapped, has become a flippant insult for one who lacks understanding. Ah well. You put your name so it got published.



March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn(the hubby of Jen)

Thanks for going fondant-free again. Fondant is the modeling-clay of the cake-world (and just as edible).

The cupcake cakes illustrate something important: a comfort with the artisitic medium. Squidward seems the perfect subject for such a cake--his shape adapts perfectly to being made of circles. The second cupcake cake reflects a truly accomplished cake artist--recognizing the potentials and limits of what can be done on the edible canvas.

The others are great also.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

I freaking LOVE all of thees!!! I love Squidward and think that CCC is perfect (the only one so far)!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Jeff Dunham's no more racist than some of the other so-called comedians out there.

Even Gabriel Iglaseis makes fun of his own heritage. Geez.

~Amy B

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

It's Spongebob. Spongebob. ONE WORD! Spongebob!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mr. Cakewrecks = hottie. I can feel it.

Mr. H = The guy Brad Paisley sings about...

And fwiw, I always thought his name was Squidworth. Go figure.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinca Leaf Quilts

RE: Laura's comment about Jeff Dunham -- he's a COMEDIAN sweetie. You're ulra-hyper-sensitive, and PC to an inappropriate degree. It's a beautifully done cake -- get a grip.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that you featured non-fondant stuff. I think it shows madd skills when things come out amazing using frosting.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermommadisco

Alison who made the Wild Rumpus cake - I want you to know that you're my hero. Transfer or no, that is some brilliant stuff.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

I'm guessing the first cake was done using a frozen buttercream transfer, one of my favorite techniques. It's lovely! (On a steeck!)

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

I think Squidward is the perfect shape for a proper looking CCC. Perhaps the only one?

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

I Want a jalapeno on a stick cake, NOW!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweetbabette

I LOVE Jose, but is it kinda odd that a 10-year-old would have him as a CCC? I mean, they play it on comedy central, but the humor is rather adult sometimes. Oh well, guess I'm outdated. Nice work overall (for a change).

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Dotson-Thomson

I love your blog, but I just have to point out that moms aren't the only ones who might be taking care of kids and want to avoid offensive language.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I LOVE the "Where the Wild Things Are" cake!

The Squidward CCC? Mediocre at best.

All of you fondant haters, you probably haven't had good fondant. I just had some HORRIBLE buttercream a couple of weeks ago. Any type of icing isn't good or bad 100% of the time.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first I thought the last one was the king from Katamari Damacy

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Thanks for featuring the butter cream cakes. Though fondant is beautiful, there's just something so much more appealing about a cake that looks both pretty and edible.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRFD

Down with the evil Fondant, buttercream rocks!!
Who would really want to eat a sheet of sugar dough, yuck!


March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeeDee


Now i need a cake on a Steek for my next Fiesta!

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

Where else but Cakewrecks can find a jalpepeno on a stick?

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBIG SKY CHEF

The Squidward CCC is the cutest I've ever seen! My kids would LOVE it!
I guess there 's hope for the CupCake Cakes after all.....
I think the Jalapeno thing is ugly no matter how accurate it may be to the original.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

I just watched that vid. Although I do believe that many folks are hypersensitive in general, I found it pretty racist and un-funny.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

OMG...that Jose cake is the COOLEST!!!!

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Squidward = win. One of the only CCCs that could qualify as a win, maybe? =)

Creativity rocks! =D

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Too funny, I just watched that clip on TV! It's a cute one! Wonder if it's spicy?

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichawn

I'm never happy to see kids that like Jeff Dunham. I worked his concert, and I've never seen such a bunch of racist homophobic yokels in my life.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Hypocrite

I know I'm late, but SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! Jalepeno on a STEEK?!?!?! Good times!!!

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Wow, Squidworth is impressive. Especially it if was whipped up on the spot. Mad skillz.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

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March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holla! I'm in McKinney! The Cake Stand not only makes gorgeous cakes, but they are DELICIOUS!!!!

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Jeff Dunham joke is wrong, I heard it some where else and it said- I am not Mexican, Mexicans are from Mexico. I'm Puerto Rican, I'm from New York. Funnier, but more racist.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The entire Jose skit is just too stupid for me to even bother being offended. Except for the BMW bit. Thanks, but I don't consider myself "big" at a size 6, Jeff.

It is odd that a 10 y/o would have a ccc with the jalapeno on it though. I can't argue that. Who would encourage their kids to watch this guy? (Even if it's a well done ccc.) It would be like a 10 y/o with a Carlos Mencia cake.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSokudoningyou

I lOVE Jeff Dunham :)

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeminigrl24

I love all these cakes! Even the Spongebob Whoozit CCC is extremely well done.

I lifted my eyebrows when I saw the Jose cake's inscription (not a huge fan of that comedian), but come now, it isn't so weird for a kid. I remember desperately wanting to watch Beavis and Butthead and the Simpsons like all the other kids.

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennatar

Is it just me, or does that look like Jay Leno's face on a steeck?

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel

oh gawd...

so wrong. so racist...


November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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