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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)

Hmm. I do love the chest and the map ones.
The others aren't working for me. The ships all look wonky to me. The inedible (?) sails may be part of it.
That's a major visual element that distracts from the "I want to eat that" factor.

The black and white one is extremely funereal, and gives me the creeps. Well done. But I felt the impending doom of pirates everywhere when I saw it.


September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The map cake is great... makes me want to go looking for the hidden treasure. I heard this was all done free-hand, takes talent to accomplish that. Kudos to the decorator!!! I bet it was a tasty as it looks.

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope X marks the spot where the custard is buried.

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

So ... this whole cake thing is apparently a pretty good idea ... look what I found on AOL's home page today as one of the articles you could link to:|main|dl9|link5|

Still like yours MUCH better, Jen!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the Veggie Tales cake! Also, the treasure chest one looks quite a bit like one they did on Ace of Cakes, but I don't know for sure.

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArchitect Critic

The Veggie Tales cake made me laugh because this summer I was a counselor at a theatre camp and I was in charge of the little kids. It was pirate week, so they mumbled their way through "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" on Friday Stage Day for their parents while I led them along. What a cute, nostalgic piece!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the black and white cake is based on the comic strip "Maakies", which features a drunken crow.

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holly Said
The whole pirate theme was a great idea. However, i can't think of any occasion to create cakes with ships, treasure chests, and pirates. Unless, it was Halloween. And maybe if I threw a party with a pirate theme. On the other hand, the works required a lot of details. I imagine the skill level to make these cakes were not a beginners.
It also must have taken quite some time. Were these your own creation and designs? Are they as sweet as they look. My favorite one is the treasure chest. It looked like the most difficult and time consuming. I wonder if only one person worked on it or if there was any help. Is the inside hallow and were the jewls edible?
The treasure chest would be exciting to see in different colors, like pink, or white.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Veggie Tales FTW XD
That black and white cake is pretty awesome too. I had to stare at it for a while to drink in all the details--absolutely lovely!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q

Wow, great post! Love these sweets, esp. the Pirates who don't do anything cake. That ship is awesome!
Also great for inspiration because I am making a treasure map cake and pirate themed cupcakes for a 9th birthday next week (my treasure map is going to be way cooler than the one in this post though (brag brag brag, haha)).

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSjak

Felicia Day's cake was made by Hansen's Bakery. It was in a response to another Twitter user.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer I. Drake

I'm having a pirate themed wedding September of 2010 and I'm look for a bakery that WON'T wreck a pirate themed cake. Does anyone know of one? If not, I'm going to have to make one myself because this blog has utterly ruined my trust in professional bakeries... please help and send me an email at

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaye

That Treasure Chest cake is awesome! I'd think the baker would love to get credit for it.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The treasure chest cake under the heading "Time for a little booty!" is truly a work of art. The detail involved is amazing. Hats off to the baker, whoever they may be xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Lol, that Veggie Tales cake is awesome! I grew up with Veggie Tales, and I can still quote most of that song. (And Water Buffalo, and I Love My Lips, and His Cheeseburger...)

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