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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

Valentines' Sweets

Whether you're spending today with your main squeeze, hangin' with friends, or believe that Valentine's day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes (Hi, Liz Lemon!*), I think you'll agree today's Sweets are all heart.

By Cake Central member peasacake

Sub'd by Angela W., made by O Holy Sweet

This is Carrie D.'s wedding cake, made by her friend Sara Trice. And get this: Sara's not a pro. In fact, this was her very first attempt at a full fondant cake. How's that for encouragement?

For you bakers looking for a challenge, check this out:

(Sub'd by Sarah K, made by Gesine Bullock-Prado)

That's actually baked right into the batter - cool, huh? According to Gesine, "It’s a lot of work. It takes more time then you really want to invest. It’s messy. But it’s beautiful. Just like true love." Check out her tutorial here.

'Course, V-day is also all about the flowers:

(By Clara's Designer Cakes)

Those roses rock.

And cute animals:

Made & sub'd by Holly of Holly Cakes (no website; just contact info)

(Now, while hyper-realistic animal cakes are a leeetle too creepy for my taste, this one looks enough like a cake to make you feel Ok eating it and enough like a doggie to be stinkin' adorable. So, a win-win.)

Happy Valentine's Day, Wreckies! Go forth and do (or eat) something sweet today.

* Yes, I do realize that Liz Lemon is a fictional character. However, in my Happy Place, she's also my bestie.

- Similar Sweets: Valentine's Treats

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Reader Comments (59)

I tend to be pretty indifferent to V-Day (I don't get why it's such a big deal, but I also don't get why so many people complain about it)... but there's nothing indifferent about these wrecks.

Another stunning Sunday. It's one of those spoiled-for-choice Sweets that leaves me going "that one's my favourite... no, that one... but what about that one!?". At a push, I'd have to give it to the Unknown Roses, though; holy mother of cupid, but that thing is beautiful.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I don't like to double-comment, but I desperately need to correct my prior comment -- "nothing indifferent about these SWEETS", not 'wrecks', as I originally put. Talk about a wreck of a typo.

Clearly, I need to learn how to check my comments before posting (or not type 'wrecks' so much that it becomes second nature, heh). Apologies!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow i love this website! i read your book and i thought it was hilarious with the gangsta's cake Hahahahha also, its incredible how messed up a cake can be!!

-CW Freak

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Wow...I love the roses in the box one! Gorgeous. The pink-loving-girly-girl part of me also adores the first one. Pretty sweet on all counts!


February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I Enjoy your site tremendously. Sorry I can't write in true wreckerator form. I wanted to comment on Gesine's cake as I am reading her book right now. I am sure you knew about it though? It is called Confections of a closet master baker. Very impressive cake she produced. I am always blown away at the quality of cakes that are made. I can decorate, but no where near what these "amateur's" are pumping out. Never worked with fondant, so I live through your site ☺ Thanks

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"... Valentine's day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes ..."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I like to consider Liz Lemon as my "bestie" as well.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrilliantpants

Wow, so sweet! love them!

Valentine's to me, is what we make of it. Don't have a significant other? Then treat yourself, a neighbor or a friend to an extra little deed of sweetness. If it includes a cake, or cupcake, then all the merrier.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

But greeting card companies claim that they are just doing the Valentine's thing to "meet public demand." AAUUURRGGHHHH!!!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes make me happy:) Oh and Sara Trice, if you read this, AWESOME wedding cake! I hope you're looking to go professional cuz you've got a gift:)

VDay plans: Baked salmon with linguini in pesto sauce for dinner, homemade chocolate covered strawberries and champagne for dessert followed by a trip to the movies to see... WOLFMAN YEAH BABY! LOL Hey watching a man get his beating heart ripped out of his chest is kinda Valentines-ish isn't it?;)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

The baked-in Love one is pretty amazing. I'll have to go back and watch the tutorial, just out of curiosity. I'd likely never attempt that.

Sending a big huge to Jen, John, and all the wreckporters on Valentain's day. (heee...)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiriusSchwartz

I'm so happy to see Carrie's wedding cake up there... and the groom's "weeding cake" on yesterday. ^_^ Yay for Carrie & Josh.... and also Sara for making both of them and showing such a contrast! *giggle*

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShay

Baked into the batter? That is hardcore.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

My three year old daughter said, "OH, OH,OH, what a cute puppeeeeeeeee!"
I have to agree.
we also love that first time fondant wedding cake. I am a sucker for pink and hearts.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

They are all pretty nifty!! Like the top one the best, I think.....the girly girl in me, ya know! The roses on the Unknown Roses are incredible....assumed they were silk, at first, because those petals are so think and delicate!

What a great site. Keep doing the good work!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDC Becca

Even though I'm not one for Valentine's Day myself, all of these cakes were wonderful!! Thanks Jen! :)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkallie sims

Amazing cakes... I love them all!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPauline's Cakes 'N' Bakes

I enjoy looking at all the wrecks and sweets on your site, it's very entertaining and inspiring at times. I'm not the biggest Valentine's Day fan (but not really against it either) so am celebrating Chinese New Year today instead and getting in Chinese food. I'd like to see Chinese New Year wrecks this week sometime, if you have any. It'd be interesting to see what people come up with.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa S

yay! may mom is the holly in hollycakes and I looved this cake!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I must say I have reservations about the second one. Heart studded cake? Nice. Macaroons? Lovely. Cupcakes with a swirl of goo on them, especially the brown ones... not on the Sweets day. Ugh.

WV: epoonic - epic+poo = epoonic cupcakes.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

Well, at least one looks edible this time out.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome cakemaking may not be Sarah Trice's job but she is definitely a pro! That is fantastic.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbloomsburywishes

Liz Lemon is my bestie too! And also maybe my that sad?

That rose cake is simply gorgeous - after reading your comment on it I had to scroll back up and check the flowers out again. I thought they were real on first glance!

A very happy Valentine's Day to you and John!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterACBatz

I like to think of liz lemon has my older sister. she's pretty much awesome! lol

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweetSpiller

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to you. I'll ask my local bakery to see if they can make her a cake next February 14.

—Liz Lemon

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day!!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

Happy Valentine's Day! May it be as lovely as those cakes.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMuse Mama

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day! I love me some Liz Lemon. My best friend is mad at me though because I keep talking about 30 Rock.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertwitchywoman

I LOVE the first cake, SO cute! And Sara Trice's cake? ADORABLE! I am amazed at the talent for a first-timer, that is just cute. And I am jealous! I hope to make something that nice with fondant sometime soon! :o)

Diana K

wv: porat- You can porat your feelings by giving your sweetie one of these cakes!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

"A Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all!"

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, when I first saw the roses I thought they were real, and I thought, "Yum, live foliage on a cake" but then when you said they rocked I took a closer look. Those edible flowers DO rock!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I absolutely love the "Love" cake. SO gorgeous in its deceptive simplicity.

wv: wedin - If'n I ever git hitched, I want that "Love" cake at my wedin.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Did y'all know that Gesine is Sandra Bullock's sister...pretty cool.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for posting our wedding cake! It was as tasty as it was gorgeous. :D

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

That purple inset Love cake is beautiful, but what's really the point of a cake if you don't get icing or fondant to eat with it?

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen


Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Happy New Year to Cake Wrecks!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Yes. Indeed, Liz Lemon. I'd thought of her even before you said it.

Happy Anna Howard Shaw day.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInkgirl

Liz Lemon would totally spend hours a day on this website.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Sansolo

That LOVE cake was made by Sandra Bullock's sister. She's awesome.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

My name's Madison, and I'm thirteen years old right now. If you've been reading your comments lately, you'll see stuff I've written, probably. (I hope you think it's funny.) I only recently became a fan, and I read this website:
A. when I need a laugh (so a lot)
B. to practice my snarky comments
Tomorrow is my birthday, so here's to hoping I don't get any wrecks!
Rock on

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVE the second one, the set0up is great. And Liz Lemon is real in my happy place too.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrunwritetherapylife

I love the first cake--topsy-turvy cakes are my new favorite. And that wedding cake is gorgeous. The fact that it was someone's first attempt at a fondant cake makes me wonder how seasoned professionals can screw it up so magnificently. (Oh, well--if they didn't, I wouldn't get so many hours of entertainment out of this blog!)

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdana

My husband started a tradition of getting me a cheescake on Valentines..."for this sweet and cheesy holiday!"


Lovely cakes today!

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

Then we must be best friends because Liz Lemon is my best friend too! In the best imaginary world ever.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that one baked right into the cake is so so rad

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermy name is karen.

oh I love sunday sweets! The Vday ones were great!

I don't really care either way about valentine's day...just another day. My s/o & I ate chinese, watched the olympics and played WoW. We rock. :D

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Your comment about hyper-realistic cakes sent me searching, and I came up with this:

I would feel much guilt chewing on this puppy.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that baked-in "love" is AMAZING.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

Isn't Gesine Sandra Bullock's sister? Cool cake technique, BTW...

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbusybee

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