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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: That Takes The Cake Part 1

This week, we're featuring some amazing cakes from That Takes The Cake, a show that took place in Austin last month. The theme of the show was Sci-Fi and Fantasy but we'll be showing you those cakes next week. For now, I thought we'd bring you some slightly more traditional beauties. All of the pictures are from Devrah's Flickr page (thanks Devrah!) but sadly, we don't know who any of the bakers are except for the first one. Please let us know if the cake is yours and we'll give you proper credit.

Let's start with this chocolate masterpiece:

Here's a close-up
This cake was made by Tammy Luckey who obviously rocks. And the stringwork? It was done off-site and driven to the show. Crazy awesome.

And this one is just adorable:

(Update: This amazing autumn cake was made by Carley King. You rock!)

If you take a close look at this, it looks like crewel embroidery. Totally unique:

And I think this is my favorite:

I think the shape on this one is really cool:

And finally, here's a preview of next week's Sweets:

Awww Yeeahh! See you next week!

Update: Apparently, today is Pie Day or something. It's the day when the people of Finland come together to celebrate the liberation of Flurnburg by hurling pies at one another and singing traditional fish-slapping songs. "Shlip, shlap. Shlip and shlap all day..." It really is majestic.


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Reader Comments (91)

Ooh! That bottom cake is deliciously nerdy!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife


I thought the purple and blue paisley cake was beautiful! The second paisley cake seemed overly decorated and a bit gaudy. No disrespect intended, just my personal tastes.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Insanity

the purple cake is just dreamy!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

I'm also surprised there was no mention of Pi Day. *sniffle* I'll admit, I came to the site expecting all sorts of Pi and nerdy goodness. =(

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

The crewel looking cake is abso-freakin'-loutely amazing!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know you've gotta make a buck, but these cakes would be so much cooler without that belly flopping up and down next to them.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterregina

All were incredible. Looking forward to next week.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGiles

I'm so looking forward to next week!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Wilson

Pie day....
you crack me up

every geek in the world eating apple o cherry... or more likely.....
bumble berry.

leaving now

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

you know you just can't go wrong with traditional fish schlaping songs and amazing cakes

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie

Awesome cakes!

Today we celebrated Pi Day/Pie Day by stuffing ourselves with about 10 different kinds of pie. Bestest holiday ever!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

pi day. Not pie day :)

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyhomemaker

I said England. Really, the best part is the muscial theatre references after laughing at the cakes of course. (Or admiring them, on Sundays)

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadeline

That last cake has got to be one of my all-time favorites. I gotta remember that top portion with the old school tv and Star Trek broadcast for next year's big 4-0! Love it!

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryanne

I'm hoping Battlestar Gallactica is on the other side of one of the marquees. Then that last cake would be absolutely perfect. I'm still in awe at how terrifically geektastic and nerdilicious it is. Gonna watch Star Trek now since this cake put me in the mood. =D

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryanne

Well, there is Pi Day (pi = 3.14, today's date is 3/14):

and then there is Pie Day, which may vary from state to state, but this is the one in IL:

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChick Hatchers

OMG!!! Every one of these cakes -- the chocolate one and the embroidery one especially -- are true gems. Take note, folks, you are beholding ART here!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterryglights

OK, how many of you knew it was pi day without the Google banner? And even if John didn't acknowledge it, I believe that Cake Wrecks is the perfect web site to visit in honor of the mathematical measurement because so many cakes are round! (And if you eat the cakes, you become even rounder!)

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Ahh all of those cakes are so beautiful. I especially love that chocolate one.. I would hate to even cut it. That and the beautiful purple one since it is my favorite color. So gorgeous!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Don't think I can wait until next week for the sci-fi cakes!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjess

Love those cakes. Can't wait for the sci-fi ones.

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

Beautiful cakes and I'm loving the Spamalot reference. "Finland, Finland, Finland, that's the country for me!"

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are fantastic...

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A*

wow this is so much work! but it looks amazing


March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRecipe man

Oh, man... Did I miss the pie-hurling and fish-slapping songs again?! Why doesn't anyone tell me these things? But that explains what my neighbour was doing.

Wonderful cakes again!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRiina

Thank you for posting cakes that look like actual cakes this week. Sunday Sweets has begun to look like "gravity defying sculptures made of gumpaste" of late. But these are gorgeous, and you can actually imagine someone eating them.

I really wish you'd bring back fondant-free, too. I know all the really "impressive" "sculptural" things are made with fondant these days, but there are gorgeous all frosting cakes, too.

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

A Finnish fish schlapping song?? Oh, English... sorry. :)

Beautiful cakes. I love that blue one!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Was hoping that the two "paisley" cakes were actually a yin/yang pair.

Guess not. :(

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylph

Ack! I'm so bummed I was not able to make it to the show! :(

These are just fantastic! I, too, would like to know how the crewel "stitching" was done - amazing stuff!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Ohh...what? Pie Day! Goodie! Wait... :) I missed it? Drat. I love pie. I think I'll make some today just to make up for it (BTW-ThinkGeek had Pi Day all over their site for the last 42 weeks. How could you miss it?! There are so many very intelligent readers of yours who were wishing that you'd give tribute to that wonderful mathmatical emblem, even though most of your readers don't know the numeric sequence past 2 point something ... wait. Never mind. :)) Great shamrock wrecks, all the same! Thank goodness you were there to tell us that they were, indeed, plants, not random amoeba forms.

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

ed hardy sucks.

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergabbkiss

OMG - I made the Autumn Cake, Carley King. I am so overwhelmed that you posted it - thank you! I had a great time making it and the show was amazing!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCKing

*lip quivers* you forgot *sniff* to post yesterday. *sob*

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCW lurker

In high school math class we called it Pi day (3.14 is the approximation for pi) But we ate Pie in honor of it :)
Best day ever.


March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the Chocolate one...a real masterpiece...all of them really. I don't read all comments and all posts, (just a time issue because I lurve this site, but fyi) wanted to mention...The second one, the blue and lavender cake looks like one amatures can replicate using the new Cricut Cake. I'm a scrapbooker and have used a cricut for years. Now they are coming out with a machine that cuts sheet fondant using pre-programed images so you can decorate like a professional. No more wreckage at home. I would love to own one someday. It's so cool...
Jen and John, you two make my day. Laughter therapy is a good thing.
check it out...taking decorating to a whole new level!

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbren yule

Thanks for posting my pics! Hopefully more of the cake artists will see them this way and I can credit their cakes to them!
The show was AWESOME and is put on every year by Capital Confectioners Cake Club:

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeachfish

Stringwork just blows me away. Never seen it in person but wow. Incredible.

Love the paisley cakes! The tattoo cake is most definitely awesome, and so is the sci fi one (eee, the little TV!). I've read most of those books...

Worthy sweets, all! See, we need Sundays to remind us that there ARE indeed people who know what the heck they're doing and do it fabulously well in order to counteract all the wreckage.

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

hmmm...Starship Troopers? Doesn't that make it a wreck all on it's own?

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay, Pi Day! So glad I'm not alone in my geekdom anymore. :)

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

I'm pretty sure that embroidered-looking one was made using a wall hanging my parents used to have...

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As most people around here, I totally ADORE your page! But, what cracked me up mostly today was your comment about Pie Day, and what you said about Finland.... :D
I'm Finn, but I live in Sweden, and I can assure you and the rest out there - we do NOT slap eachother with fish over here! :D
I'm pretty sure you al ready know, but Pie Day comes from the date; March 14th... or 3.14 = PI - or pronounced pie... so, 3.14=pie.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSofia L

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