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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: Castles

It's pretty rare that I get to break out the ol' baking pans these days, but happily John and I get to provide John & Abby's baby shower cake next weekend. We're going with a medieval knights and dragon theme - which is tough to find at the party store, I might add. Anyhoo, while researching cake ideas, I came across some gorgeous castle examples that were too good not to share. So here I am, sharing them. Enjoy!

I've had this gorgeous sand castle cake on my hard drive for ages, so I don't know who made it. Anyone know?

Here's a sweet Arabian Nights style - I'm such a sucker for those little onion domes! (Made by The London Cake Company & submitted by Victoria M.)

This is a wedding cake, so mad props to whoever thought up having the bride and groom figurines riding a dragon! Plus the castle itself is a great medieval style - check out the little crossbow windows and delicate stone shading. (Found by Evil M., made by Jane's Cakes )

And finally, here's the ultimate castle cake for us Disney Geeks:

Woohoo! Am I right?

Here's a close-up:

Just gorgeous. I think Walt would be proud.
(Found by Stacey R., made by Cakes By Lynette)

Have a sweet to nominate, or a theme to suggest? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

- Similar Sweets: Castles & Fairies

Hey, pro bakers! I still need volunteers to provide the cake for most of the stops on the coming book tour. Here are the cities still in need of the cakey goodness:
Orlando, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, & NYC

This is a great chance to show off your handiwork to hundreds of locals residents, and of course I'll be sharing the love here on CW and via Twitter. So if you're a professional baker (sorry, no home-baked goods) and are interested, please let me know!

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Reader Comments (72)

LOVE the Disney cake. Can't remember... is that the CA Sleeping Beauty castle, or the FL Cinderella castle??

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I adore that name! Can't wait to see your cake posted. I spread the Cakewrecks love every chance I get~

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Aww! Congratulations to both John & Abby. I can't wait to see the fantastic cake you come up with for them (again, your first birthday cakes were beautiful!). You have some great inspirational examples for them.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Maybe you can provide my flatmates and I with a new cake flat to move into, space isn't what it used to be.


August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuz

I LOVE that Cinderella Castle cake.

Don't let diddleymaz decorate Valor's cake, or it'll end up on Cake Wrecks with a misspelled name. :)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

is it me or did those onion domes look more like the snot sucker bulbs (what the heck is their official name anyway?) for babies?

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiss

Those cakes are just beautiful!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

The first cake that you asked about is from Jacques Pastries. Here's the url:
They have some more AWESOME cakes you should check out! Love your site. Thanks for the laughs and inspiration from the Sunday Sweets!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Try these - I saw them at Michael's Craft Store, and Wilton's website has a ton of ideas on how to use them. Good luck!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjadore_histoire

I'm so excited for John and Abby. I read the entire blog about baby James the last time you posted about them and cried my eyes out. Please let them know that I am praying for their baby! And have a great baby shower with lots of cakey goodness.

The best part about being gone a lot this summer has been coming back home and getting to catch up on multiple cake wrecks posts. I love it that you post every day, good work! So thank you, Jen and John.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeidi

Who is providing the cake for your stop in Denver? I can't wait!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Beautiful cakes! PLEASE tell me that you're going to have a flying dragon carrying the little bundle of joy "stork" style! It would be so absolutely adorable!!!!

Love this site. I come all the time. I can't get enough. Makes me feel better about my hobby cakes!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjonahsmom

I LOVE the Disney castle cake!!! Right on! And the Arabian nights one is awesome! :-)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

I love dragons, so of course I'm in love with the dragon and castle wedding cake. That's what I want when I get married!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Witch

love the original wedding cake and the Disney cake is amazing!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

I want one. I want them all!!

@Liss - snot suckers = nasal aspirators


(Third try to enter the WV correctly!!? Wth?)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Absolutely beautiful!

~Amy B.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm voting for the Disney castle to be Cindarella's in the Magic Kingdom (as opposed to Sleeping Beauty's in Disneyland). The tall spire, if topped with gold, would have sealed it. -- Jules

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hoping you will post a picture of your finished cake next week.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

So happy for Abby and John! You will make an *awesome* cake for Valor!

Today is my birthday but I don't think Hubs is baking me a cake (thank you Hubs!!!)

WV - proni. Jen is proni to make a great cake for Valor.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Hey Jen, you should get in touch with the CakeGirls in Chicago. They're fantastic and might be interested in helping out.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStellar

Wow. That first one is gorgeous--I want it! (:

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

So much detail on that disney cake, that must've taken forever to do! They're all nicely done.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbodoba

Jen- Did you see the Ace of Cakes where they did the bride and groom getting eaten by a dragon? Probably not a good suggestion for a baby shower, but could also be HILARIOUS! Love the castle cakes!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

nodricware sells a sand castle cake pan

(I use it for my little one's b'days, I also do medieval/ fantasy birthdays) that is really nicely detailed, and doesn't require cutting or fondant skills. I use marble fudge with it because it stays moist, since frosting more than accents would lose the detail of the cake. . . .just another idea, the wilton set looks cute too . . .

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVixi

I do hope you'll be posting pictures of your cake too when it's finished!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Woohoo! Go Disney Geeks! The Cinderella's Castle (I'm pretty sure it's the one from FL) is AMAZING! I LOVE it!

Anna Marie

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

I hope the cake comes out well! I'm so glad you all get to celebrate such a happy occasion next weekend--John and Abby's faith through their experiences is really, really inspiring and I loved reading their blog, even though I used half a box of kleenex. They certainly deserve an amazing cake, and I'm sure you will deliver! And you certainly have many, many, many examples of how NOT to do a baby shower cake! (Push Olivia Push comes to mind.)


August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My heart melted a little when I saw the Cinderella castle cake...

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August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

Oooh, congrats to John and Abby! I remember when you posted sweet baby James' birthday cakes, and that day I read their entire blog in a matter of hours. My heart has been with them ever since. I'm so glad for them.. and these cakes are beautiful!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Just FYI, if anyone hasn't mentioned it, the Disney castle was copied from the Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein. One of the newer castles, it was built in the 1800s. We toured it while we were in Germany years ago, and it's incredibly beautiful inside!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

@ robyn:
Right you are, about the castle! "The Castle of the Mad King" was what my Mom used to call it. She loved it (and the legend), and painted a watercolor of it, years and years ago.
As for me, I'd ADORE a cake that looked like Saint Basil's Cathedral. It's pobably my favorite building in the world...unless you consider the Sphinx a "building."

WV: "givellyt" :
1.--I don'y like givellyt stuffing; the givellyts belong in the turkey or the garbage.
2.--*singing* "Givellyt a bit--givellyt a bit of your heart to me..."

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Cake wrecks will be in Austin? Horray!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

That Disney Cake is outstanding! Be sure to share pics of the cake that you make for John and Abby!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I can't wait to see what you come up with for Valor.

I pray for John, Abby, Valor and James and Dora Jewel every night. If ever a pair of human beings deserved and should be parents, that's John and Abby! (Well, along with Jason and Adrienne of the "Noah Steven" blog.)

I'm looking forward to meeting the young man via his parent's blog soon. I've loved the 3-D ultrasound pix! Having suffered plenty of miscarriages I understand some of the pain of loss, and am grateful for the one I have that He let me keep.

Give John and Abby my best.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaliGirl9

Awesome castle cakes!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPotential Serendipity

I love the sandcastle cake. So pretty! :)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I read all about Sweet Baby James just after you started this blog. I have looked for a way to keep reading about John and Abby but I have found nothing. Do they have a blog that they would like to share? I have thought of them often in the past year and wondered if they every got to have more children. Please tell me how I can stay up on how things are going for them. Thanks!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCinderill

The first cake seems to be of unknown origin. Another poster suggested Jacques Pastries, but I have done this cake as well (here's the link:
It's in the bottom right.

When I was searching online for a castle cake design, I found this one on a site called "" which no longer exists. That cake had stars where the one Jen posted has seashells. I have done this cake with pink stars and with a variety of green leaves.

Love the site, see you in Portland next month, Jen!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

i am speechless!!!!!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Hey there,

The wedding cake was actually made for my wife and I back in 2002 by the wonderful lady at Jane's Cakes (the description has the link)

She did an awesome job and we were so happy with the outcome.

My wife said she wanted a dragon and we sat down with Jane, described what we wanted and bingo - there it was.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzer05um

Medieval baby shower cake? Have you considered baby bottles as turrets?

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Love your blog. I was just stopping by to see if I could conjure up a cake idea and noticed that you still need a cake for your book tour stop in Denver. I would love to volunteer and offer up a cake for the stop. Here's a link to my pics and just let me know if I can help. Keep up the great work, it inspires me. Kim

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

What about Atlanta???? You have fans here too! :)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

That Cinderella cake would have made my daughter's dream come true, especially since she just had a Disney birthday. Love this site! It is good to shed tears of happiness once in a while :)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

What about us pro bakers at home? I have a legal business I run out of my home near KC, does that count?

I might be able to pitch in with SOME cake, but probably not ALL the cake you'd be needing with all the fans I know you have! :D

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkansas_wolf

I thought the first one was Jacques also, but it looks a little different...

I just wanted to give props to Jacques Pastries anyway- They've done all our birthday cakes and there are 4 of ours on their website!!!!

Love the site

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen K.

Wow, where were all these cakes last month!? I made a castle cake for my little cousin's 16th birthday:

It's put to shame by any of the professional cakes, but I'm pretty proud of it.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrTrick

Anyone unable to find the Gjertsen's new blog, it's here:

Oh goodness I am so excited/worried/hopeful about their lil Valor! I seldom get caught up in the lives of strangers, but the story of SweetBabyJames just really really got to me. I keep them in my brightest most positive thoughts.
And yay for castle cakes! :)

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Hello! We would love to donate a cake for your next stop in Denver! We are The Shoppe Denver and we are right down the street from Tattered Cover and we are partners together in Story Time Reading Every Saturday with Tattered! Please email us at or call us @ 303-322-3969
xoxo :) Tran Wills

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shoppe Denver

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