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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: Candy!!

Sometimes I take issue with cakes made to look like other food items. However, if the other food items are CANDY, I'm totally willing to let the issue slide.

Hey, Jennifer P., let me see that Tootsie Roll!!

(To the left, to the left...)

Uh, Jennifer, I really was only talking about the cake. Yeah. Sorry. It's neat how you don't throw your back out doing that, though. [clearing throat awkwardly] Very, er...limber.

So, the cake! Yes, let's talk about the cake! It was made by Highland Bakery - the same folks who did that adorable pumpkin & mice beauty last Fall - and the airbrushing on the creased "wrapper" is pretty darn cool in my book.

Jamie H. considers this next one to be the "pride and joy" of her cake portfolio, and it's easy to see why. Hey, I don't mean to gush, but just look at the hand-piped detail on this beauty:


Hey there, Delilah, give me a break: your submission is sooo making me hungry:

(By the terrifyingly talented Michelle Cakes)

And no, I am not going to call Bridgitte a "Smartie-Pants" for sending this next one in:

Those are individual cakes in there, and the whole thing was just under 2 feet long. How creative is that: just open the wrapper and everyone gets their own mini-cake! Foster's Frostings, if I were wearing a hat right now, I would totally tip it to you.

For you PEZ fans, Dani M. found this one made by Rebecca V.:

Plus, Rebecca explains how she made it here.

And lastly, a few adorable candy "medleys":

(Submitted by Kimberly S., and made by Andrea Schwarz.)

Those lollipops and truffles are just the cutest, and the sundae reminds me of the nifty Play-Doh ice cream parlor set I had when I was little - although a lengthy Google search has left me high and dry in the photo department. Drat. I did find the commercial that goes "A tisket, a tasket, a flower-making basket!" though - remember that thing?

And I suppose this post wouldn't be complete without a CandyLand tribute. Jackie S. submitted this one by Cake Central member YoursTrulyTx:

The only "real" candy here is the candy canes. And again, I'm an absolute sucker for those lollipops. (Get it? "Sucker?" Ah, I am on FIRE today.)

As always, if you'd like to nominate a Sweet, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (74)

I had what I can only assume was the same icecream parlour playdoh set as a kid it was awesome! I looked for a picture and couldn't find one either, only that icecream truck and a new version of it.

For what it's worth I think you were very diplomatic there John, next people will be complaining because this blog is always about cake.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadrhy

If candy is a "kid thing", then I'm going back to grade school.
(I had that play-dough flower basket thing when I was a kid. It was great, except that the dough got stuck in the molds and dried out.)

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE the tootsie roll! So cool!
That smarties is incredible! Are they really individual cakes?? That has to be big! And yummy!
Thanks for doing Cake Wrecks, I love looking at them!!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

Jen, I agree: cake disguised as candy is way better than cake disguised as hamburgers, steak, or even watermelon (although keep those ones comin', wreckerators, 'cause I loves me some Cake Wrecks!).

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "Flower Making Basket" wasn't actually PlayDough so that may be why you couldn't find it...

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnissa

I LOVE this site! This is one that I visit Daily and share with all my friends... and then right after I go to :) I love what you're doing and how you've stuck with it for so long!
Anyway, I really love the Sunday Sweets especially- and I agree- I love the one with the sundae on top. Here's a link to the icecream factory for playdough:

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnniebananie

I had the play-doh ice cream parlour AND the flower making basket! Oh to be young again.
And those cakes looked just amazing. I envy the bakers for their talent, and the receivers for getting such cool cakes.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEhMoLee

Oh man, I wanted that flower-making basket SO bad as a kid. I used to watch the Home Shopping Network at night when I couldn't sleep, and they would go on and on about" rel="nofollow">Capodimonte porcelain flowers. I got kind of obsessed with the idea of sculpting my own out of Play/Magic dough. Yeah, I was a weird kid.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Well, if they're complaining that the Sunday Sweets are too sweet, with which I totally disagree, why not do a series on bad guys, reptiles, insects, and gross things? Just not the toenail fungus again.

For example, this slug cake makes me want to eat a slug. Extra points for argyle.

Thanks a lot, I have been trying to eat healthy and now I must have a Kit Kat. There goes a good start to my week:)

Love this post-so cute!!!

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternlaug

gaaaah i love the sundae topped one. i want to make that for my sister's birthday. too bad i've never made a cake in my life.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Oh my goodness the Smarties cake is awesome. They're all faboo but that one is my very favorite. How clever is that?? Even the wrapper is right on. Had me asking aloud, "How did they DO that??"

WV: Belypot. I'd like to put some of those cakes in my belypot! XD

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

This post honestly made my teeth ache. Good work

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHosander

Amazing! I really like those!

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElleah

"The cake looks mighty good to me,
`Cause Tootsie Roll is all I see;
Whatever it is I think I see
Becomes a Tootsie Roll to me!"

And remember the wise words of Ricky Nelson: You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself. So don't let the occasional malcontent get you down!

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

I remembered the "...a flower-making basket" jingle, but I wasn't sure if I owned the toy until I watched the video. Yup. That brought it all back. :)

I love the sundae-topped one. And how lucky is little George!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

They're all great, but that Smarties one looks more like a package of Rockets candy to me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No wrecks there! They're adorable.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

Oh my goodness!!!! Those commercials take me right back to my youth. Amazing how I remember the complete dialogs... except for the random carpet ad at the end :-)
Love your blog. I have spent way too much time reading past entries. Addiction at its best.
Beth in NC

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I love these! They all look so yummy.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEdgyVeggie

Some of these remind me of the things you see on There are also some real wrecks there, let me tell you.

My favorite would have to be the kit-kat one.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolinaGirl

I'm being way picky, and someone may have picked up on this one already.. but that one cake? Those aren't smarties, they're Rockets.

Just wanted to point that out.

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