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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: The Fall Spirit

I must admit, the Fall wrecks didn't do much to get me in the spirit of the autumnal season. So, let's give it a try with Fall Sweets, shall we?

First, the cutest little 'shrooms you ever did see:

Submitted by Mathew B., baker unknown. (Anyone recognize it?)

Check out that glass-smooth icing! And the corners - see how sharp they are? That's the mark of true talent, right there. Color me jealous.

[Quick tip: if you want to know at a glance if a certain cake is covered with fondant or icing, check the corners. Softer rounded edges almost always = fondant.]

Now's the time when all the cute Fall decorations come out, too. This next little guy looks like he could be a plush statue for someone's front porch:

By Merissa of Spring Lake Cake

The leaves! The basket! The turtleneck sweater!

Ok, I'm starting to feel a little Fall-ish.

Here's one for you art-lovers: Remember the classic painting, American Gothic?

No? (And you call yourself an art lover. Tsk.) Ok, I mean this one:

Well, this painting inspired Huascar Aquino to make this amazing cake:

Take a minute to look back and forth between the two. See all the details? How the middle tiers are the couple's clothing? And the bottom is the building behind them? So. Cool.

This is also the perfect season for anyone whose favorite color is orange. Which, it just so happens, includes yours truly.

Love it.

Chocolate just goes so well with the right reds and oranges and lime greens of Fall leaves, don't you think? Look at this one:

By baking arts

That's modeling chocolate pleated around the cake. The texture is so smooth, I could have sworn it was fabric! Plus, look at all the detail on the hand-painted leaves:

Stunning. (And the teensy fruit! So cute!)

Ok, so now that I'm getting more into the spirit of the (allegedly) cooler months, I have to tell you what I'm *really* looking forward to: pumpkin carving.

Those are all cakes! Amazing!

So if my pumpkin carving experiments don't go well, I suppose I could always try baking one. :)

Speaking of pumpkins...

By Cake is Life

Those soft green stripes look perfect with all the orange.

And check out the topper!

Hard to believe those little leaves and pumpkins aren't porcelain. Fabulous.

Of course, Autumn doesn't have to be all about orange. I love the rich reds and golds here:

By Jagode & Dinozavri


More sweet leaves, and a great bow:

By be cheery, who also makes the most adorable wedding cake toppers. Seriously, just look how sweet:

Oh. My. Cute.

Is it weird that I want this? Even though I'm already married? And don't have a dog? Or blonde hair?

(John? Sweetie? Does that offer to get married again still stand?)

Ok, that's it. I'm officially in the Fall spirit.


Have a great Sweet to nominate? Then e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (66)

That scarecrow cake is amazing! My favorite is the third-to-last... the simplicity of the white cake with the contrasted tree & fall leaves... just gorgeous.

wv: folin - The leaves are folin during my favorite season!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Wow, I REALLY REALLY want the second cake!!!!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

yay, Baking Arts!!! Richard is the best! Glad to see him getting some love on Cake Wrecks. :D

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkaliseviltwin

Grant Wood would be so proud! (American Gothic artist - one of the few quiz bowl questions I remember from high school 30 years ago)

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Lovely cakes! There are such no cakes like these here in our country. All cakes here are common, the same. Tsk tsk. I love the unique desings of these cakes.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

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October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertran shiela

The American Gothic cake is the capitol of Awesome.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

John--Aaaaawwwww, that was so sweet.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

Absolutely love this post. Orange is my favorite color too!

I would also like to know more about the cake topper. I am a blond with a dog (beagle) and may be in the market for such a cake topper in the near future *crossing fingers* Is there a link or more information on this adorable creation?

Thank you so much for these cakes and your commentary - I want to see you in Petaluma next time you are here!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMyth of the Dream

Love those little pumpkins. Cool. xxx

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

throughout this entire post I was thinking "OMIGOD, I'm gonna die, it's so amazing!!!! OMIGOD!!!!" and I actually did remember what American Gothic was. Someone in my artclass did a watercolor of the people with a sunset and aliens in the background. It was pretty cool. And I know what you mean by allegedly cooler months. Living in Dallas, it is still like 80 degrees here. I kid you not.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

Had to come all the way back here to get some relief from the horrible cakes that came after this gorgeous post. Thank goodness for Sunday Sweets !!!

October 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNonna Beach

OMG Love the American Gothic cake. Looks just like the painting and the house. Wish my great grandparents could see it. (They rented that house from the painting for a while)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That scarecrow was made by one of son's friend's moms! Charlie's mom is famous now!

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know that "American Gothic" is a father and daughter right? Under Neat That, HIIII!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSami

love the carved pumpkin one

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