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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: More Threadcakes

The Threadcakes competition ends tomorrow, so if you're planning on entering you'd best get a move on. Oh, but first, allow me to demoralize you a bit with some more of the amazing entries:

(Same deal as last week: Threadless design first, followed by the Threadcake entry. Click on the names for more photos & info.)

By Erin Okuno

By Analee Scripter

By Jennifer Flynn

By Leslie Evans

If you want to see the mind-numbing amount of work that goes into a cake like this, check out Leslie's start-to-finish time-lapsed video here.

And finally, I have to give a shout-out to my fellow cake lovers at the national ICES convention in Illinois, which is ending today. I especially appreciate y'all spreading the Wrecky joy amongst the as-yet-uninitiated at the con. Case in point: Kathy (of Kathy's Kakes), taught a class on "unusual tier styles" Friday, and this was her demo cake:

See anything familiar? Here, let me zoom in:

Yep, those are the Carrot Jockeys - although they've traded in their carrots for little orange candies to fit the ICES "Sweet Time in '09" theme. Kathy reports that roughly half of the class "got it." (The other half was quickly indoctrinated). Excellent work, Kathy! And to you new ICES readers, welcome!

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Reader Comments (107)

oooh, pretty! i really like the cow jumping over the moon cake. :] adorable.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfarris-not-ferris

WHAT?! Am I first? I hope so. I love that last one! I'm going to attempt it someday. Hey, you should do a Sunday Sweets on Topsy Turvy cakes, then on the Monday, do TT gone WRO-ONG! Sorry if you've done this, I can't remember.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyle

I think I like the ones last time better, but these are still totally cool!
And candy jockeys, yaaayyyy!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Jennifer Flynn just BLEW MY MIND!!!!! so awesome!!!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

Wow, seriously, tons of awesome Threadcakes! I'm glad I didn't attempt one, or I'd be embarrassed!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermags

Wowza. They are amazing.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrisky Librarian

LOVE THE COWS!!!! And the carrot jockeys of course.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottiepark

That Noah Express cake totally needs to win!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Yeehaw, naked baby jellybean jockeys!

Seriously, these are some amazing cakes.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladykay

COWS!!!! cows cows cows cows cows cows.... hee hee hee.

Oh, and lovely carrot jockeys!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I am so glad I am not a judge. I don't know how y'all are going to choose!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

Love the cows and the Noah Express.. although my heart is still with the lonely robot cake from last week. (Get it:) )

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralphabitch

The first and third ones are my favorites. So colorful and cute!

Love the Noah cake, and am amazed by the amount of work put into every little animal, and Carrot Jockeys on a topsy turvy cake? That's priceless... Great Sunday, you're making me hungry!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Holy cow - the mind boggles to think about the time, effort, and attention to detail that went into these cakes. Absolutely incredible...

Of course, the downside to having a fairly vivid imagination is that I can all too easily imagine what a talented wreckorator can do with these concepts.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie


These are absolutely amazing.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertracy

Every cake should have a carrot jockey!

Those are some amazing cakes...

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStylishHeather

I think the cow over the moon one is my favorite of the ones you posted today!

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August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNovice Writer Anonymous

the cow jumoing over the moon... the fantasy cakes.. I could never judge... unbelieavable amount of work and creativity. I bow before them.
( from she who thinks a three layer red velvet cake iced up is a tough thing to get done)

I have no other words.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

hahaha I actually wore that first shirt just yesterday :) wish I had the cake too

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

They are so so so beautiful....

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereliza

If I ever take a cake decorating class I would hope dearly that the teacher but carrot jockeys on the sample cake!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbodoba

Amazing work! As always, I am green with envy every Sunday. =)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Those cakes are amazing! As are the thread designs. Love the Jelly Belly jockies. At least they look like Jelly Bellys. Rock on you artists of flour, egg and sugar!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

Oh, they are all amazing!

Good luck to all who enter and way to go Kathy!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

The cow-jumping-over-the-moon cake is a masterpiece!

And yay for naked mohawk baby candy jockies!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVillageMom

I recognize the amount of time that must have gone into Leslie's cake, but those faded colors make it look very unappetizing.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

Those are all awesome!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

Those are absolutely amazing! I don't know how you could ever choose! What talent!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

real question from an admiring non-cake maker here: These seem like art, but not like something you want to eat. I love cake. Do any of these beautiful cakes taste good? At what point does the balance shift from taste to beauty? Can one have both?

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJB

How, how, how do you pick?? They're all so kewl. The cow faces just crack me up.. and the Noah's ark? The zebra's grin? I'd have to throw everyone's name into a hat and pick blindly.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOOOOVE the cows.. and the Eat Yourself cake (on the contest gallery page) is awesome!!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Julie Bo Boolie

Naked baby carrot jockeys are never not funny...not even when they aren't riding carrots.

I'm in love with that cake, too.

Also, I totally want that cow cake. Too. Adorable. For. Words.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

I just cannot believe how amazing all of the Threadless cakes are! I think the Cow Jump is my favorite in this entry, but I do love the expression on Noah's face.

Jen, I do not envy you!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I loved so many of the cakes over at Threadcakes, I couldn't pick a fav!

And yay Carrot/Candy Jockeys!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEkio Locatiare

I am in LOVE with that Noah's Ark cake! So adorable and it must have taken a ton of work.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkprattphoto

The cow cake and the Noah Express cake are awesome! And kudos to Kathy for slipping in a Cake Wrecks reference on her cake and then explaining it to the class. :)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

long live the naked mohawked baby carrot jockeys

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My vote is for the cows. I think it looks way better than the original.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I looked at the whole site last week, some are outright brilliant. It's amazing what cake artists can do with basic ingredients. WOW!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh. That first shirt is unbelievably cute! I've never bought a threadless shirt, but I might have to because I love it so much.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

They are all gorgeous!! They look so difficult to make, it seems a shame to eat 'em!

I love your Sunday sweets. The cow cake is heart-breakingly lovely and sweet. I LOVE the tiered cake with the mini baby jockeys. Some day, decades from now, the baby jockey cakes will be like the stump cakes. They will be a tradition that no one understands.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

There are some incredible cakes for this competition. I made one myself, but quickly realized I wasn't going to win, but I got to say I don't mind losing to these great cakes.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Love love love the cow. Contemplating it is a moooooving experience. (Saith the bad-pun lover.)

And super-love love love the naked Mohawked baby carrot (or jellibean) jockey! What a tribute!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Regarding those Threadless cakes, all I can say is you certainly have your work cut out for you. Those are ALL beautiful!! Good luck with all that! =)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

The cow cake is sweet as can be, and I think the cake girl's face is even better than the design's face!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

those are some really amazing cakes! i cant imagine how long it much take to finish something like that!

the cow shirt is too dang cute!

The cows! Oh, the cows! So freakin' cute!

And the Dandy Lions cupcakes from the Threadcakes link--amazing!

And "Her Hair" from the Finnish baker--beautiful!

I want one of these guys to do my birthday cake and cupcakes! (Yes, I'm having both--and I think in toto there will be three parties, but hey, I'm turning 30, and I think each decade deserves to be celebrated!)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am in awe of the talent on display during this competition. A friend of mine made a couple of entries, but I didn't have the guts.
Half the class got the Carrot Jockey reference? Only HALF?

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

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