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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: Threadcakes

As you may recall, I get to be one of the judges in this year's Threadcakes competition. However, I'd just like to point out that I had no idea judging would be this hard. Seriously, there are so many surprisingly skillful entries already - and there's still another week to go! - that I don't see how we're going to narrow it down to just a few winners.

But enough of my whining. Here, let me show you what I'm talking about.

(The photos are arranged Threadless design first, followed by the Threadcakes entry.)

By Burton Wills
(Follow the links for more info & pics)

By Nicole Jeans

By Judy Stroud

By Kayla Richardson

There are also plenty of mad skilz in the 2D category:

By Jamie Masterson

Are you starting to see my dilemma? I've just barely scratched the surface, too - I may have to feature more of these next Sunday, since there are so many more I want to share. So tune in then - or, just head over to Threadcakes now and check out all 300+ entries!

- Similar Sweets: Like Buttah

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Reader Comments (120)

i looove the robot one

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPumaMan

Wow those are great! I like the robot one, too!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

The robot one is killer! Love it.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

After spending all week doing nothing but pouring over threadless designs and other entries to get my final design set before doing my entry this week, I was looking forward to Sunday Sweets--something pretty that's not a threadcake, yay! Ha, ha, ha. I concede that there is no escape, now. ;D

Love to see these great entries getting recognition. So far my favourite 3-D submission is, though the sad robot one is way up there too.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermakemerun

There's always "eenie-meenie-miney-mo".... Seriously--I can see where you would be having a nervous breakdown as a judge there...

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q

Wow, those are all fabulous. I'd have to say the tomatoes made me LOL though..

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinca Leaf Quilts

I have to say I LOVE the second one down. With the robot heart. Totally adorable.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaytee

Did anyone else notice that the last one (the 2D lions) could possibly be a CCC?

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

Did anyone else notice that the last one (the 2D Lions) looked like it was several cupcakes? I wouldn't consider it the dreadful CCC because they weren't put together to make a shape...but I wouldn't consider them cakes for this competition, either.

If I had to pick a winner it'd be the banana!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

Wow, I love all of them. But I think I'm stuck between the robot and the ketchup monster. So cute! :D

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

My five year old entered a cake - I helped with some of it but he did it. It's such a simple cake but we had so much fun doing it! I guess that's the point of the competition! (but if anyone wants to give him a prize, that's cool too :)

I had so many ideas, but then, so did so many others that his entry is the only one from our household. I had nothing new to add to the competition that would compare at all to what was already done (and I have several wedding cake testers to make for next weekend so I'm full of cake this week!). I can't wait to see who wins!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheavenlyginger

I can see why you're having a hard time picking a winner here; these are really good! The ketchup/tomato one cracked me up though. And the robot is really cute. :D

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

whoa dude. uhhhhh good luck judging that. i'd feign sickness, polio or barrstein syndrome.

You have a tough job ahead of you, Jen. These are ALL brilliant examples, by some talented cake artists, of translating the shirt designs into food.

I have to admit that I'm finding it difficult to separate my preference for the various cakes from my preference for the different t-shirt designs. I'm not sure if I like one cake more than another because I admire the skill and execution of the cake or because I like the shirt.

I looked at the Threadcakes site and there are some really great cakes based on designs I don't like as much. Could I be objective? Doesn't matter because I don't have to be.

Best wishes in your difficult task.


July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think some of the comments here are a bit unfair...and wonder if some of the people making them know that this was not a contest solely for professionals. I have entered 3 cakes so far in the contest..and while I know there isn't a slight chance of my winning, since professionals were allowed to compete, I still remain extremely proud of my "wrecks". My family and friends didn't think they were so bad either. I had fun making them, was proud of my amateur skills, and think anyone who entered deserves at least a bit of respect. It takes a lot to put your name to something. I think all of the entries on Threadcakes were amazing...and the amateur ones especially. It takes no effort for some professionals to knock off a masterpiece and win the prize, but the moms, kids, and groups of friends who had a great time, made a little piece of art in its own right and enjoyed some great tasting cake deserve some props too.

Linette Moccia

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBellaMoccia

These cakes are amazing! I can't imagine how you're ever going to choose!

BTW," rel="nofollow">there's a nice little gift for you, Jen, on my blog.

Novice Writer Anonymous

Wow they are incredible.

The banana one is so accurate, and I love that it's on the shirt with tag showing and all.

I have no idea how they got that robot head to stay on. It's incredible. And adorable. Probably my favourite of the shirts, and so well replicated.

I love the wonky tomato cake - the shadow on the cake is great.

The ship is incredible. So well done. The swirls, the rope, amazing.

And the lions are amazing. How on earth did they get the chocolate lacework to match the original design so closely. Wow.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterit'sjustme

The robot made me cry. I just want to hug the little guy and tell him everything will be okay.

I ADORE the tomato cake, because it reminds me of that very bad movie, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

So much awesomeness!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

OMW(Oh My Word for those who aren't from the south)1. I LOVE that robot heart cake... its just sooooo adorable!!!!!
2. i spent a week going from the first post to the last... and i spent a week with my sides hurting and my eyes wet lol.
3. ok yea one and two cover it :P this is just cause you always need a 3 :P

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfatgirlshrinking

WOW! those are some great cakes!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

OMG, the second one! i LOVE the second one! So cute. So sad. So well done!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I LOVE the ship cake!! They were all fantastic, though. I don't envy you having to choose!


July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg! i'm in LOVE WITH the robot one!!! i LOVE IT <333
I WANT IT <333

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

An example of a GOOD cupcake cake!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

All so great! I think the ship one is my favorite, though--look at the detailing on the waves!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwavecloud

They are all amazing, wow! I totally love the robot one though, so cute!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittleLovables

The robot one is amazing, and I'm glad to see she appreciates the love.

They're all quite awesome, as is Threadless and this whole idea. :) Good luck judging, Jen!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

I checked out the website. I DON'T envy you your job of picking the best one. A LOT of them were cake-tastic.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Culpepper

Burton Wills is my new cake idol. He has to win, if not for the banana, then for the sneaker.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would like to nominate this one:

She even has a video showing how she made it. A-MAZ-ING!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereklueck

Wow, I don't envy your job at all - so many of those entries are amazing!

If they need someone to judge which one tastes the best, let me know ;)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProcrastinateher

the ibes ib he site are jsut as amazing... esp the bird migration one. DANG. THAT's some airbrush skillz

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNightingale

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July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee Beth

I viewed all of them, following your link. Still, my personal favourite is one you featured here: the cute, sad robot on the yellow cake. It does not get sweeter than that! If cakes could be adopted, this would be the one I'd want.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I haven't even posted my entry yet, I'm making something like a million little fondant characters and it's taking longer than anticipated. But next Monday is the deadline, so I'll make it!

I looked at some of the cakes in the gallery. I also really like the one titled "Conservation Status". Good luck judging. Do you get to taste test too?!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchicken lips

The robot is sweet and well-done, but I think that the most amazing one and the best from 2D to 3D is the tomato one. I love how there is even a shadow of the ketchup bottle. I love the topsy-turvy layers. too.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

The banana.. meh. It's nice, but i don't feel anything from it.

I will join in the wholehearted mini robot love.

The ketchup and tomato one is decent but I have one beef with it. In no way is the cake-version mallet big enough, either in comparison to the original or to do what its intended for.

Ship is pure awesomeness in execution. A little too stylized for my tastes though.

The lions... i need to know what the brown material is before judging. If it's edible, the piece is masterful. Side note: A few of those lions look alot happier to be on a cupcake than in a picture. ^^

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Hi. I made the tomato cake and I wanted to thank you SO much for the awesome comments :) I am in complete SHOCK that I'm on Sunday Sweets!!! I was so intimidated to post my cake to the contest after seeing some really amazing entries. I love making cakes but right now it's a hobby - I've only made a few for family and friends but I'd love to maybe turn it into a career someday. Seeing your nice thoughts is giving me the confidence that it might be possible - THANKS AGAIN!!!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

So, when can we buy the shirts? My son LOVES the robot one. They're all amazing and I'm sure glad I don't have to pick!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Angry Jackalope

No disrespect to the creator of the robot cake (it is a spot-on recreation of the t-shirt design)or any of the other decorators feaured in Sunday's post, however, I suspect the voting on the cakes(with a few exceptions) would be exactly the same if the photos of the cakes were removed and only the t-shirt designs were shown.

I know my favorite cake just happens to match my favorite of the accompanying shirt designs. I agree with the guy who said objectivity is going to be tough for the judges.

Amazing work by all the cake decorators, especially the daring, less experienced decorators.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Z.

Some questions about the judging (I can't find the answers on the website): how many categories all there, and what is the judging based on? There are some cakes that are just amazingly made cakes, and some that are very clever interpretations of the design (although done very simply). Is there a fondant and non-fondant category--some of those buttercream ones are might impressive!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCedar

The threadless models are a little too cool for school, but the designs (and the cakes) are amazing.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOM

Don't hate me for this, but I do see a couple of absolute wrecks. I admire their talent and all, but some things look way out of place.

Great job!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLyss

my personal fave is the banana cake. it is super cute but I also really wanted to eat it. lol.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

I think the tomato cake is my favorite. The extreme silliness of the situation, plus the expressions on the tomatoes makes me laugh every time I look at it.
All of them are fantastic, though.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaeraresh

I've been looking through the gallery, some of these are phenom. I love the ketchup-tomato one, so cute!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

:O That robot cake with the heart is ADORABLE!!! I love it so much!

Thank you for posting these beautiful cakes ^.^ And for making me laugh every day with the wrecky ones :)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstormcloud

The robot one is well executed but a little too emo for my tastes. I found one I'm absolutely in love with, the Fail cake with the cows on the moon. I don't know if I'm allowed to post the link, but if anyone has some time to kill as I do they should go hunt it down. It is too kuh-yewt!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandice again

The robot -- loved it, loved it, loved it! The little design of bolts, screws, & hearts at the bottom makes it for me. : )

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

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