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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: Oh, SNAP!

'Tis the season for gingerbread, spice, and everything nice, right? So here are some pretties to inspire you before you set off to make those cookies and houses and rocket ships and whatnot. :)

First up, the cookies may be simple, but this gorgeous pattern is not:

By the Whipped Bakeshop

Check out the shine on that gold!

Oh, and if you want to try painting on your cookies, fondant makes a great base.

Speaking of which, here's a whole hand-painted gingerbread scene:

By NeviePieCakes

So sweet! I love the tiny birdhouse painted above the door.

Gotta have a few traditional cuties in here:

And now, more houses!

To be honest, this might be a combination of both cake and gingerbread, but look! It lights up! (All together now: OoooOOoooh.)

I am thoroughly enamored with this fun edible centerpiece:

Submitted by Kimberlee G. and made by not martha

It's a gingerbread partridge in a pear tree!

Amanda F. spotted these architectural wonders at the Festival of Trees in Utah:

Love the blue!

And I'm sure no one here will be surprised that this one in particular caught my eye:

It's actually *not* Cinderella's castle, but it's similar enough to please any Disney nut. You know, like me.

The amazing Artisan Cake Company actually did a feature on their blog of even *more* fabulous gingerbread houses, so I shamelessly stole these next two from them (but be sure to check out the link for the rest):

From the Carolina Inn Gingerbread house competition

I am in love with all the details: the little rose over the window, the bear topiaries, and the way the "snow" on the roof is dripping from the shingles. Just. A. Mazing.

Forgive me for yet another Disney reference, but does this next one remind anyone else of the Norway pavilion in Epcot?

I want to know how they made gingerbread look like carved wood! Wow.

Ok, now let's get a little crazy:

Made by LovinSullivanCakes, photo by wallyg

[singing] Fly me to the moon
Let me eat gingerbread among the stars...

Now, one thing about gingerbread: it's always so...brown. You know? Not all that exciting for a technicolor dream coat kinda gal like me.

Now, THIS, on the other hand:

By Pat Kilkenny

[nodding] That'll do, donkey. That'll do.

(Is that Fruit Stripe gum I spy on the roof?)

And finally, an undersea treasure from the one, the only...

Highland Bakery:

You just keep rockin' on with your bad crustaceous self, Highland. I mean, seriously: is that octopus attaching the candy seashells on the roof with a wee little piping bag? Really?

Ok, you get a blown kiss for that. **Mwuah!**

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

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Reader Comments (66)

OMG so sweet-I love how they do that

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Don't EVER recommend putting nasty icky gross FONDANT on delicious gingerbread! That ruins the gingerbread! It should be illegal to put something as disgusting as fondant (even "good" fondant still tastes like clay so don't tell me it can sometimes be OK) on something as wonderful as gingerbread. FOR SHAME!!111!!!1one!!

WV: dides - anyone who puts fondant on gingerbread in my sight DIDES from blunt force trauma immediately!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

These are fantastic! Gingerbread may be my favorite flavor of the holiday season!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Did you see the.... Oh look at the little... and the.. oh oh oh the...

Sigh, I'm in my happy place

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertjbmurph

I *love* the Highland Bakery's under-the-sea gingerbread house! That is absolutely amazing.

WV: undun. I am just UNDUN by the octopus!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrigette

These are so awesome!!! I just can't even comprehend the level of skill and creativity it must take to create these masterpieces.

I am lucky in that I live near Asheville, NC, so I get to see the AMAZING gingerbread creations entered from across the country in the competition at the Grove Park Inn every year!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterK-Walker

Oh, the BEAR one, with the little green topiary bruins!!! And it shows that there can, so, TOO be roses in the snow.

And the PASTRY BAG---if I were a "squee" kinda person, the time would be now.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterracheld

Omg that Octopus is just precious...

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn (IUB)

this is definitely deserving of an OMG the topiary bears, under the sea... I actually gasped a few times.

Happy holidays!!!!!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermartha

(singing) 'Tis the season to eat gingerbread, falalalaLAlalalala. (stops singing) I absolutely LOVE anything gingery. Thanks for posting this, it really brightened up my day.


December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Royal icing makes a great base if you want to paint on cookies.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

I wish so much that I liked gingerbread, but I just can't, I've tried. Waaaaaah! Still, these are very beautiful, which, seeing as I'll never be expected to eat any of the cakes featured anyway, is the main thing :).

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have been a visitor for a long time but I have to comment on these amazing gingerbread houses. They are soooo cute.

BTW Jenna, who eats a gingerbread house? They are a feast for the eyes. Plain, no icing, gingersnaps are for eating, with a steaming hot mug of spiced tea.

I do agree that fondant tastes awful. Don't put it on any cake that you intend to eat.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterefpatrick

oh my god, the undersea gingerbread is amazing. as someone who's into the whole marine aquarium thing, i think i squeed a little at that.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryuki

Wow, at first I thought you were making a "Death to Smoochy" reference when you mentioned the" rel="nofollow">rocket ship cookies (2:45 mark, NSFW) but someone actually made a gingerbread rocket ship.


December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Beautiful! Though as a fellow Disney Geek, I feel obligated to point out that it is not "Cinderella's Castle" at Disney, but "Cinderella Castle"- it's named for her, it doesn't belong to her :)

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Wow, thanks for sharing such creative gingerbread artistry!

That sea critter one was quite unexpected, but very well done (I'm just imagining how wrong things could have gone on that one).

But my favorite is the house with the bears and roses. Love it!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cookies are just about the loveliest edible thing I have ever seen. And that octopus, attaching the tiles with a tiny piping bag! Squeeee!!!

All of the sweets are beautiful and I am in awe of the talent and creativity shown.

I love this blog. :D

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIce Queen

the gingerbread is by a lady named Patricia Howard of Winter Park, FL. Seems she has won a few awards for her work!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermom2natebug

You definitely saved the best for last! Good thing the theme was gingerbread, because I don't know how you'd have picked just one masterpiece from Highland Bakery.

That first entry troubles me, though. The scroll work is suspiciously identical from piece to piece. Could it be the dreaded edible paper? If so, would this be a rare example of using EPP for good instead of evil?

WV: brabies - when babies get rabies.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfieldguidetohummingbirds

@Jenna - Have you ever tried marshmallow fondant? I hate regular fondant, but marshmallow fondant really does taste like marshmallows, not clay.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKellysaurus Rex

Those cookies look fabulous, but I suspect they were screen-printed or otherwise mechanically transferred, each one is perfectly duplicated... hand-done is just not likely.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFelix

This post was AMAZING!!! It almost got me in the holiday spirit... almost. Bah humbug to all, and to all, eat cake!

WV: struk= I was struk senseless by them ginger houses!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentery

Love the under the sea one! So cute! And I agree: Norway, all the way!!!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaunted Mansion Geek

I'm an octopus fancier and I am in love with the undersea cake. Such a wonderful lifelike octo, and he's decorating the house! So cute!

(I also have to admit to wishing I had a few extra arms when doing complicated icing work.)

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Amazing! Though almost a little heartbreaking. I mean, no matter how tasty those are, how could you bear to break and nibble? That little "epcot" house looks like something I'd want to pull out and let my kids play dolls (or action figures....I have boys) in every Christmas. Watching it crumble would be so sad!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

Architecturally speaking, I'm kinda in love with the next-to-last one. Mmm, architectural Italianate details you can eat.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ. R. W.

SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!! Little octopus and shells and piping bag and...SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, it does look like the Norway pavilion at Epcot!
from another Disney nut

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was "That'll do, PIG. That'll do." Or am I thinking of another movie...

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReed

I'm guessing that the textured wood gingerbread was done with some sort of sanding technique. Unlike cake, it should be hard enough to stand up to that.

- abadidea

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw! These are simply adorable!
The technicolored gingerbread masterpiece and the magnificent castle are absolutely my favs! Thanks for keeping us up to date with the latest Sunday Sweets! You rock! :D

~Eve S. D'ropper, of

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEve S. D'ropper

Wow, those are beautiful! I loved all of them, hard to pick a favorite!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhorseysaiyan

The Highland Bakery Gingerbread house was made for the GA Aquarium, and is a throwback to the giant octopus cake done for them as well:

By the way, all the seashells, sea creatures, and the piping bag are made of white chocolate....yummmm!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenRed

One of these days I will bribe someone to build me a wooden replica of that Norway looking gingerbread house in my backyard. I will sit in it during summer and have tea and cookies.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The gingerbread/cake one is actually all cake and fondant and is created by cakecentral member anxeli

She has a tutorial on how to make it on flickr:

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That octi is awesome! I want that little gingerbread because of him.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

This. was. amazing! I could almost smell the spices of christmas wafting from my laptop!
But That'll do, donkey? That'll do, pig! There was a reason Shrek referenced the line! If you haven't seen Babe then you now have a task for the day!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The wonderful house that reminds you of the Norway Pavillion is by Patricia Howard in Winter Springs, FL.

I've never been so I'll have to take your word for it :)

These are amazing! I've honestly never seen a gingerbread castle that large!

Although I really like the third one - it reminds me of Hobbits for some reason...

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Peterson-Smith

Highland Bakery!!! The name sounded familiar, and yes it is right in my neighborhood. ATL folks should check it out ASAP!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmi

At last -- photographic evidence of gingerbread men and women that don't look like something from the Martin Scorsese remake of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. The legends were true; it is possible.

There is a cute little cottage inside that big, gray golf ball-looking thing in Florida? [Runs to the shelter...]

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Holy MOLEY this was a good line-up!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFysh Phoenix--

love this blog. the sunday sweets are absolutely gorgeous. thanks for sharing them with us all. -LJB

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These'll ALL do, Donkey! lol

I learned a new term for the noise I make when I check out Sunday Sweets here --- Squeeeee!!

A definite squeeeeee day!!

Thanks for the gingy goodness.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

oooooh You know you've made it when Cake Wrecks "steals" some of your pics from a post that you "stole" from someone else's post *yipes!* haha Really this is awesome and that octopi cake takes the cake! er...gingerbread :)

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlizzomarek

Those are gorgeous! I love gingerbread houses and these take my breath away. I can only imagine how long it took them to complete and am totally envious of their talent.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

YIKES! STRIPES! Fruit stiped gum
It's the yummy fruity one
A sticky stripe of gum...

ahhhh memories

Hey, thanks for the distraction today from the worst research paper ever. It's actually giving me Songebob Procrastination flashbacks.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Wow, those are so amazing. I love seeing what people can do with Gingerbread houses because I've tried a few times and they come out looking like...a three year old put them together. lol

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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