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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: Shiver Me Sweets

Good grief, are you STILL talking like a pirate? You know that ended yesterday, right?

Yes, alright, I suppose I can humor you for a little longer.

Behold, some of the sweetest ships to sail the seven seas!

These first two have the added bonus of being fondant-free. It's nice to know you can still craft a tasty craft using only buttercream.

(Made by Cakes with Character in New York)

So cute!

Those of you who enjoyed my "Boston in the fall" line yesterday will appreciate this one:

Yep, it's the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything! Love it. The wooden planks and overall design of the ship are simply superb, too. Clearly this baker does far more than stay home and lie around.

Here's the most elegant ship design I've seen:

(Submitted by Kelinda S. & made by Cake Opera Co.)

Wowza. That hand painting is exquisite.

Time for a little booty!

This amazing pirate chest was Felicia Day's birthday cake, and is posted on her Flickr stream. Melissa G. submitted it, but I don't see a baker listed. Anyone know?

And lastly, no pirate post is complete without a treasure map:

(Submitted by Ashley B. & made by Jillian's Cupcakery)


Oh, and as usual, if you know who made one of today's sweets (and it isn't already listed) be sure to let me know.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

- Similar Sweets: (Dr.) Horrible Sunday Sweets

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Reader Comments (65)

I'm loving that Veggie Pirates cake.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I'd sail the seven seas to get a cake like one of these! The one by Cake Opera Company . . . wow! Wow! WOW!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

Love the black and white one!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Wow! I love the chest.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sorry, but I think that black and white cake looks like a mess. The rest are great, though1

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the second cake down! And I'm collecting ideas for my sons 2nd birthday so it totally rocks that you posted those.
I want to know what they used to get the pirate shaped cake. Where did you find the picture?

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Veggie Tales! Yeay!!!! These cakes are absolutely amazing!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I absolutely love the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything cake! I remember my little sister watching this. Fantastic!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKacie Galyon

Jessica, I think these are hand cut cakes,no pan. Which is why they are so awsome!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A Pirate wedding cake?!! How cool is that?!
Okay, they're all great, but the one that looked the tastiest to me was cake #2.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

the black and white one is difficult to sort out. i'm sure it's grand but me brain's having trouble with it.

my fave is the second one. love the beautiful baby blue waves and awesome ship.

aye! a dandy job you've done today, matey!

(i talked like a pirate all day yesterday ... hubby was ready to make me walk the gang plank!)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I love that black and white one. Almost makes me wish I could go back and redo my entire wedding in June, pirate themed! Maybe we'll do that for our first anniversary. ;)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

I LOVE the map one! I would have never thought of that aspect of pirating in designing a cake, but it's the best pirate themed cake I've ever seen.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Pictures seem smaller than usual today. The two side bars are the same size as the center... makes it hard to see the sweets.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A Veggietales Cake! Awesome! Though part of me wishes it were pizza...

"Pizza Angel please come to me,
Tomato sauce with cheese so gooey.
Pizza Angel please come to me,
You're my number one pie from Sicilly."

(Yeah, you'd know all the lyrics too if you'd been subjected to repeat viewings one after the other.)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWith_apostrophe

Anon @ 12:15,

Weird. Try refreshing. Same as it ever was.

"Letting the days go by, water running underground..."


September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Those are very nice!!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That Treasure Chest is a cake I'd love for MY birthday!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat

22 years ago yesterday my husband and I were married. This is before "Talk like a Pirate day" We had what was for that time an unusual wedding cake, chocolate pound cake, 3 tiers covered in chocolate butter cream roses. Everyone said they loved the cake and had never seen anything like it, including the minister and the wedding photographer.
On out 25th wedding anniversary I'm getting a silver pirate cake. Or perhaps a pirate cake whose ship has silver colored sails.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaede

There's definitely something wrong with me. I look at the gorgeous second one and can't help but notice that the pennant is being blown in the opposite direction from the full sails. Interesting wind they've got there....

Shoot me now.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

That is one amazing cupcake at the end!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. Now I have to go listen to Talking Heads, John.
2. I love Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
3. I adore, love, love, love the pirate map. AND I'm moving to the same state as Jillian's Cupcakery. (Kind of far away, but it will be worth the drive.) Jillian is some sort of genius. Just sayin.

wv: fiestiva: When you're having a fiestiva, you have an excuse to eat a lot of cake.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Dang, that map cake is fabulous. I love the rope and the sand...and all of it.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Veggietales, for the win.

the Pirates who don't do anything are great, and that black and white cake is incredible. Great post, jen

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersupersonic-gabi

The black and white one is a mess. It looks like it has dead crows on it. Love the treasure chest and map cakes.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenestria

wow, these are all amazing!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Love The black and white!! Its gorgeous

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

What I wouldn't give to see a sweet Goonie's cake right now.....

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShalmeno

Interesting, people seem to either love or hate the black and white cake. I am in the love category. It's amazing!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

oh my gosh! the pirates who don't do anything is soooo cool!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

I am pretty darn sure about what the black & white represents; it's scrimshaw:

"...a carved or engraved article, esp. of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation."
Yup. They (whalers, not pirates~although they *could* have done it, too) did it to pass the time on long sojourns; I've seen some in person at a whaling museaum in (I believe)New Bedford, R.I. Beautiful work they did--and they always used black ink, as far as I know.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

My husband and son made a pirate ship cake for a boy scout Dad and Lad Cake Bake one year. Needless to say, theirs didn't look anything like these, but it was pretty good for two dudes that don't cook.

These, however, are fantastic. LOVE that black and white one. I'd totally eat that one!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Feet Hurt

Here's one from the Threadcakes competition:

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy S

I love the cakes! They are beautiful. I am not a fan of fondant at all so it's nice to see cakes that I would actually eat! Wonderful! -

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrysTros

oh my. the are simply pretty!

ps you're invited to comment on my post to =)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSJ

Awwwwww! My kids would LOVE the Veggie Tales "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" cake! It's too cute to eat!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

By the by, I *meant that* I'd seen some actual scrimshaw carvings at the museum--NOT that I'd seen some actual whalers (whaling guys?). No pirates, either...just to clear that up.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


The whaling museum is in New Bedford, MA (trust me, my dad was born there {New Bedford, not the museum...}) and it indeed has a lovely collection of scrimshaw. I recommend it to anyone visiting the area (but especially those with a Moby Dick fixation {let the punning begin!}). With that having been said, I still like the map best. :-)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hoooooly man, that Cake Opera Co. cake is amazing...
keep up the good work Jen :)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I made the last cake! My friend submitted this as a total surprise to me, and I can't thank you enough for all the positive compliments. I made this for my friend Ashton's pirate party, and even I was pumped at how it turned out- they showed up a little early, or the rope trim would have been a little neater and on the bottom tier as well, but as my first ever try at a 2 layer cake with a theme, I'm very proud. Thanks again :)

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

LOVE the Veggie Tales cake! :) So excited to see that. My college roommate and I still quote "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" whenever we see each other.

"I think you look like Captain Crunch."
"What? No I don't."
"Do too. You're making me hungry."

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I guess I'm the only one that wants to know why there are three toilet plungers in front of cake #5.
wv: inchu
C'mon, inchu just a little curious too?

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWATERBABY CHRISTINE

Awsome...loving the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything the song stuck in my head now...

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ-Designer

Oooh, I got a mention :) The chest cake is something I want sooo bad. Felcia twittered it on her birthday, but never said who baked it.

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gill


Mass., R.I.--what's the difference?
Just kidding! ;)
Really-thanks for clearing that up!
I suspect that I'm turning a shade or two of senile, lately...but it *was* about forty years ago that I was there.
Now: who knows anything about Bedford Falls? (Just a little trivia...)

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow! The third boat was so cute! =D

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September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

They're all beautiful, but why does the treasure chest come with gold-plated toilet plungers?

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermagpierat

Those are all great, but I'm especially loving the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Now THESE are pirate cakes that would make the Flying Spaghetti Monster proud!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

Arrr Matey...all worth their weight in gold pieces of eight !

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

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