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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: Baby Showers

Over the past few weeks we've seen plenty of ways to do it wrong, so here are some sweet ways to do a shower cake right.

(As always, if you recognize a cake that's not credited please let me know.)

(By Cake Lady Cakes)

Hey, we haven't had one of these in while - so how about a mostly fondant-free Sweet?

(By Cake Central member dinkadoo)

Basket weave is a tricky technique, so to see this much of it (and done that consistently!) is super impressive. I also love the flowers, and the fact that the baker didn't feel the need to put a creepy baby doll in or on it. Heh. (Yep, that's a little foreshadowing for my next shower post.)

Here's another mostly fondant-free beauty:

(Made by Megan Blackburn. See more of her stuff here)

Proof that you really can get buttercream that smooth! Oh, and those pink ruffles are fantastic. (Hey bakers, which tip do you use for those? Just a simple flat one?)

I pretty much love everything there is to love about this next one:

(Baker Unknown)
And this one:

(By JaneBK)

This could very well be the most gravity-defying shower cake you'll ever see:

That's an engineering feat right there - and so many great details!

Which isn't to say that simple can't be gorgeous, of course:

(By Latrells25)

And lastly, I thought this was a clever way to hide columns, in addition to being adorable:

(By Patisserie Ganache)

Ah, you just can't go wrong with buttons and bows. :)

Have a Sweet to nominate? E-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (79)

They also make ruffle tips, although I think those are made by Ateco and not Wilton.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStillapill

Elizabeth, I also thought "Goodnight, sweet prince," from Hamlet. I would not want to see that on a shower cake. Seems like a very bad omen.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeena

Great cakes. I heard you on "The Splendid Table" on NPR today. Great job!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiddle Kid

I had a rocking horse just like that when I was little! My niece is using it now.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSesana

Eh, I'm not too fond of the bassinet cake. It looks a little coffinish to me. The "Sweet Prince" cake is kind of creepy too.

The teapot cake is excellent though.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCailtach

That first mostly fondant-free was amazing. I can NEVER get basket weave to look so good. But that's why I'm a sailor, not a baker, I guess.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

The pink and brown "K" is my favorite. It looks like the buttercream was smoothed with a paper towel - you can refrigerate the cake until the frosting is cold and solid, then gently place paper towel against the surface and (also gently) smooth the paper towel against the frosting with your hand. When you peel the paper towel away, it will have that look. (Note - use a paper towel without a perforated pattern!)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLara

The topsy-turvy teapots are amazing. The only thing that keeps me alive on Monday mornings is coming in to look at Sunday Sweets (no, I don't look at it at home on the weekend. I don't need to be cheered up on the weekend!). :)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

The brown and blue bear shower cake is from cakecentral member veragatafera. I loved everything about it too and had it saved in my favorites!

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrostedFantasies

@bridget and others creeped out by the rocking-horse - it appears to be a replica of an actual rocking horse that I've seen before. I'm not able to find a photo of it online, but I've seen more than one of them in church nurseries and people's homes and antique/thrift stores. The fault is definitely not with the cake maker - it really looks just like the horse it must have been modeled after.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

Every single one is a-freakin-dorable! (the tipsy teapot one is also a-freakin-amazing!)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

What is wrong with the eyeball on that rocking horse? That's nightmare inducing creepiness. All the other cakes are absolutely lovely.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

My cousin and I both have rocking horses like that first cake, made by our (late) grandpa.

I'm not a fan of babies, but I am a fan of these cakes! Adorable all around.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRookie

OMG! That horsey cake! I HAD that rocking horse! My dad made it for me when I was a tyke. My mom's still got it and my youngest nephew is enjoying it now more than 45 years later.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

I found a photo of the right shape; however, this one is unpainted. You can see the distinctive wavy mane and the curved-forward head, though.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

"It's a little creepy to have a baby cake with the "sweet prince" phrase on it. Is there another meaning besides Horatio mourning Hamlet's death?"

Yeah, I thought that too. I love Hamlet, and that's one of my favorite lines "Goodnight, sweet prince. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." But I don't want Hamlet's death quoted at my baby shower.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

The brown and pink cake with the "K" monogram is cute, but the feet are all wrong. Babies and toddlers' footprints do not have arch definition like that.

WV: Boozo: Krusty at the Greek Festival

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aww, it's very beautiful cakes! I hope some day that i can do cakes like that:)

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmelie


Okay is it just me, or does that rocking horse cake at the top confuse you? It's either looking demurely down or enticingly over it shoulder. Creepy either way.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

no... id have to say most of these are still pretty creepy.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhessica

The wildly tilting pink teapot cake is a nice analogy for how new parents feel once their first baby is born. :-) I wonder if the mother-to-be knows this? It *is* lovely, though.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

These cakes are gorgeous!

Wilton does make a ruffle tip (#86) but I believe those sweet pink ruffles were made with a 127, which is a giant rose tip. That's what we use in Course 3, anyway :)

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The Sweet Prince reference made me think first of Celine Dion and her son, then of MJ's two boys.

I've done several wedding cakes with basket weave and it is hard to get it so perfect...kudos to the decorator!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHunBun

I had that rocking horse- my Dad made it for me!

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure the Sweet Prince cake is a cupcake cake. So not bad considering, but not as good as everything else in this post...

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMmmVegan

I'm going to go on record to agree with the others here--love all of them except the "Sweet Prince" cake, and I don't know how you'd serve the teapot cake.
My problems with the "Sweet Prince" cake began with the dubious reference, and quickly continued along the lines of: off-center, shaky inscription; somewhat (disturbingly) asymmetrical form; tacked-on-looking hanger; and something... weird... going on with the leg holes. Personally, I have to disagree completely. But the rest are great and I love the horse! Too cute.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

buttercream is smoothed using the viva paper towel method.

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What beautiful cakes!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMcKenna

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