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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 TREATS: Happy Halloween!

No tricks today; just the sweetest treats to get you ready for all that Halloween candy later tonight. :)

First, a tribute to a classic:

Submitted by Gabrielle K. & made by Erin S

It's the Great Pumpkin (Cake), Charlie Brown!

A bewitching black cat:

Made by CW readers Sabrina & Anneke V.

I love the spooky effect dry ice brings to this witch's cauldron:

So. Cool.

Check out these fun colors:

Sub'd by Jessa W. & made by Cakes By Ashley

Now for a slightly more Grim design...

Sub'd by Liz, made by Sweet Honeybee Bakery.

Look at that piping detail! Gorgeous.

Frank here looks more like a spooky art bust than a cake:


And who knew a giant spider cake could be elegant?

I like this fun modern design:

It's so bright and cheerful!

Speaking of bright, here's Jack Skellington's glowing little pooch, Zero:

If you're wondering why I don't have more Tim Burton cakes featured today, it's only because I have enough to do a whole separate post. Look for that sometime in the next few weeks!

One more spooky sweet graveyard:

And finally, I don't usually mention flavors here on Sunday Sweets, but Darla's Orange and Chocolate layer cake has me seriously tempted to break out the baking pans:

Plus, aren't her little pumpkins adorable?

Now look what you get when you slice into it!

Ooooh. Ahhhh.

To try this yourself, check out the recipe and instructions on Bakingdom here.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

To nominate a Sweet, e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (44)

I love the dry ice! That is so clever!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterC.C.

I feel that cats pain. If I had to live in a pumpkin, I would be angry too.


October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my god!!! These cakes are a dream come true!!!!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

OMG the frankenstein mummy cake is too cute

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

surprised you didnt include this one! i love it!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the purple graveyard cake. :)

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Love the Great Pumpkin (cake)!

The purple graveyard cake is pretty cute, too.

Thanks for sharing =).

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cake plate for the last cake even looks edible!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Uhhh, teriffic posts today :)

And a big THANK YOU for giving the link to the recipe of the Orange & Chocolate layer cake!
I saw one picture of that (the one where you can see the inside) somewhere else around but no link was given. And I found the cake so adorable that I wanted to make it by myself (without recipe just somehow) - but know I have it, YAY! Didn't reckon it'd be chocolate and orange layers (but only chocolate ones).

I love cakewrecks! Makes my day - everyday :)


wv: hyraes... sounds like creatures of the greek mythologies are out hunting on Halloween too

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdina

I've never seen the Charlie Brown Halloween special. I must be missing out.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

umahhhh wow nice list of cakes

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBy D Ways

Love, love, LOVE all of the cakes, but particularly the Great Pumpkin one. Snoopy's shadow on the moon! The trick-or-treaters, including Charlie Brown's overly-ventilated ghost! The pumpkin patch! Sally and Linus! When somebody in my family feels like we've gotten something less than we hoped it would be, our response is, "I got a rock."

I love the wrecks for the laughter, revulsion and "Why the face" reactions they elicit, but the Sunday Sweets posts restore my faith in cake creationdom.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Sorry, but "Bleagh.." Orange and chocolate are two flavors that should never have been combined. Just curdles my saliva to think about it. Love the Peanuts cake though, and Boob Nazi, you are missing out. It's a classic.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, Zero!! <3

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Miller

Totally. Awesome.

In love with Linus and the Great Pumpkin and Zero. Great finds, and can't wait for the Burton post!!

I've got my work cut out for me for next year.


October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh yum... thanks for linking to the orange choco cake recipe. NOw I can make the cake but mine will def be a little wrecky looking since I am no icer! BOO! bwa ha ha

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

The last cake reminds me of the design for my FH's groom's cake. Orange Cake (Grand Marnier) with chocolate truffle buttercream, in a 3D TARDIS. So yummy

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreenePony

Mad love for the Great Pumpkin cake!!!! I want a cake like that!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just finished eating a cupcake based on Bakingdom's recipe and it was amazing.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermpcrazy

What a wonderful post to find on my overnight stop between trips! I love the cat in a pumpkin cake. And the witch's hat on the smoking cauldron.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Happy Halloween to everyone on this wonderful site, and especially Jen!! I'm an Aussie, so it fell yesterday for us. The family watched Sleepy Hollow - the ultimate Halloween movie and a Johnny Depp/ Tim Burton collaboration to boot! I can't wait for that Tim Burton post!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE the Great Pumpkin cake!!! They even nailed the trick-or-treat costumes! "What did you get, Charlie Brown?" "I got a rock."

That layer cake, however... oh, that layer cake. I'm going to be bustin' out the cake tins, too...

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennl777

I have to say that hands down, Charlie Brown cake wins to me! Love it!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarineof2

"That's FRONK-en-STEEN!" (I couldn't resist.)

I expect that orange & chocolate cake is even better than orange sherbet with chocolate syrup drizzled on it. Yummy!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

These are great!! So many creative people! Thank goodness they outnumber the "wreckerators"!!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

The Great Pupmpkin cake is awesome!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPup Fan

You don't have to bake as many layers to make that cake if you have a really good torte slicer.

Instead of many cake pans, you can also use a jelly roll pan, if you don't mind a square cake instead of round. Makes thinner cakes, cut into 4 layers each, only have to bake 2.

Since the cake itself isn't to look like a pumpkin, only the decos on top, it could be fine not round.

Both hubby and youngest child are now asking for one, thanks. *sigh*


wv drecos -- dreadful decorations? Not this Sunday post!!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just love the last cake! I can't wait to make it! Darla is so talented!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbttrflybabydoll

That website is awesome. I will have to spend more time there.
Most of these were very cute. No wrecky horror show today. I'd like to see more scary-but-in-a-good-way cakes.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Such talent, although I could do without that scary blackwidow spider cake.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Clouse

That last cake is truly amazing. I would love to bake something like that.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Cussing beautiful cakes you guys. All of them are incredible.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

After that last cake, I'm now craving Sabra liqueur (chocolate + orange)... but that recipe definitely has potential! Thanks for sharing.

The witches cauldron was really cool (you can mix dry ice with cake? really?), and I really enjoyed some of those other cakes. the artistry on the Frankenstein bust was amazing, but one has to wonder how stale the cake inside must be...

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

I love the Charlie Brown cake! The Great Pumpkin is a Halloween Classic! I actually introduced my 20 months old daughter to it yesterday.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCostumeholic

Actually,my parents got married on the day before Halloween, so I have been begging them to buy The Nightmare Before Christmas nd this year they finally did.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the halloween cakes! So neat!

So cool! I love those halloween cakes!

I adore the Great Pumpkin/Peanuts cake! I would have liked to have seen all of the little characters around the side... the Lucy witch was perfect.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie j.

I thought the chocolate-orange cake was a doberge, a New Orleans tradition of thin layers of chocolate mousse and yellow(?) cake.

I had one as my groom's cake, with chocolate and chocolate and raspberries... Mmmm.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKurt

Bleagh, that's what I was thinking. The goofy patriot cakes look more appetizing than most of these weird Halloween things.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sundays on Cake Wrecks make me so happy... but this Sunday is absolute magic. And I don't mean Epcot magic...

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelvira

I LOVE the "fun modern" one! And the Great Pumpkin one is super cute.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Has anyone asked about where to find that lovely black cake stand? I'm not sure what makes me drool more... the cake or the stand!

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Thanks Jen, I love the laughs, but its always great to see the *good* stuff too. These are all fantastic, but the steaming cauldron cake is my favorite.

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

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