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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: Tickled Pink

I'm not usually much of a girly girl, but something about today's Sweets make me yearn for petticoats and lollipops. So proceed with caution; there's potentially lethal sweetness ahead. ;)

Let's start with some retro chic:

(Sub'd by Pauline R., made by Sweety Darling)

Hooray for kitschy cakes!
(Is anyone else remembering certain art prints from their childhood?)

Right now it seems most little girls are all about the princesses. Here's a sweet way to make them happy without resorting to plastic tiaras in the icing:

(Sub'd by Jacki L., made by Cakes by Eve)

I've seen so many wrecked castle cakes using that plastic turret kit that I'm irrationally grateful to this baker for not using it. Heh.

And an even more elegant Princess design minus the actual princess:

(Sub'd by Shanna R., made by Jane Asher)

Look at the tiny details: the lantern, the pillow, the perfect swirl pattern to the wheels - that cake took some serious skill.

Here's a fun color combo:

(Made by Christine Thompson of Sugar Topped Creations)
That lime green really makes the pink pop; I like seeing unexpected color pairings.

Moving on to more grownup designs...

(Made by CW reader Tammy M.)

This is one of those rare cakes that makes me want to get the baking pans out again. I'm curious to try that big ball of daisies on top. (Although I'm guessing it must be a Styrofoam topper underneath to keep the weight manageable. Bakers? Do you concur?)

Proving that pink is not just for little girls:

(Made by Cake Central user arosstx)

I love this design. It's fantastic seeing what a master decorator can do with a simple square cake, isn't it?

I don't see much pink on today's wedding cakes - too feminine for most couples, perhaps? Or just too old-fashioned? Regardless, I thought this one was sweet without being over-the-top:

(Sub'd by Heidi M., made by Vanilla Pastry Studio)

Great flowers, great piping. I like that there are different shades of pink, too.

And last but not least, this pink-packed beauty shows that sometimes moderation is overrated:

Woohoo! Bring on the flowers!

The side view:
(Made by Holy Sweet)

I don't know how you'd eat it, but boy, is that pretty. I also like the way the birthday girl's name is stamped into the side. It's such a clean, modern alternative to piping. (Not to mention easier, which - let's be honest - is also a major point in its favor.)

Have a Sweet to nominate? E-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (68)

These are all so stunning! Now I'm inspired to try a lovely cake for my Easter post (the daisy cake is absolutely the most inspiring to me)!! Thanks Jen!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBakingdom

Gorgeous as always! I think I am partial to the pumpkin coach and the pretty little flowers on the last one! I only wish I had an 8th of this skill!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Prince

While the little girl who loved pink, pink, pink in me is resurfacing, the cake that really speaks to me is that Cinderella coach one. Wow! Love it! And I was a Sleeping Beauty rather than a Cinderella fan as a girl; I think I just switched teams thanks to that cake.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

i'm not much of a girly girl either, but Cinderella's Carriage is absolutely beautiful!!! amazing cakes!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNobody

This is so pretty! I want one. I don't even want to eat it. I just want to ooh and ahh over it. Amy

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They're all beautiful but that little coach with the mouse is absolutely "adorable!"

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCher' Shots

Oh I love those!!! I wish I knew how to make cakes like that so I could make a princess carriage cake like that for my daughter- amazing.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdougandcheryl

Cinderella's coach one was amaaazing.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

well, i am a girly girl ... so pink, pink, pink and princess-themed cakes are right up my pink, lacy, rosy alley.

love, love, love them all! difficult to choose a fave, but cinderella's coach is a contender. love the single glass slipper on the pillow!


thanks for the pinkness today, jen.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

The last one is my favorite!!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The mouse on the coach cake is really freakin' cute, but the last cake is the one that really caught my eye. It's just... beautiful. I love the silver nonpareils and the way the name is stamped into the side. I could stare at those pictures for hours.

WV: joiess - "These cakes give me a joiess feeling inside!"

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercryandwriteasong

Oops! My bad! They're silver dragées, not nonpareils. D'oh!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercryandwriteasong

I'm not usually a pink person, but that last one is gorgeous! Too many flowers is never enough!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

The kitschy cake is AWESOME. I want that as wallpaper.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

These were beautiful! Happy Sunday, indeed!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

The animal on that first cake is plenty disturbing. Not only does that ferret (or whatever animal that's supposed to be) have an abnormally round head, a monstrously large eye, and an undersized snout, but it has no neck and its limbs and most of its torso have been chopped off.
Why isn't this one calssified as a wreck?

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

"I don't know how you'd eat it, but boy, is that pretty."

For me, this is the motto of the Sunday Sweets section of Cake Wrecks.

Some of the weekday Wrecks also make one say, "I don't know how you'd eat that," but for different reasons (remember the impacted colon Valentine's Day cake?).

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

These are all absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the wedding cake with all the pink flowers around it, and the green and pink 1st birthday cake. The sculpted cakes are simply too lovely to eat!

WV: unwar = love?

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I laugh when people talk about pink being girly and feminine. Only a century ago, pink was considered to be a boy's color, and blue for girls.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I love today's theme ~ so sweet and feminine.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAFWingMom

The princess in me LOVES all of these cakes!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

These are all just GORGEOUS. Elegance and beauty across the board.

I particularly like that square bridal one. So simple, and yet something about it just says 'wow'.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my...I want that Gerbera daisy cake to display in my house! One of my favorite flowers! I loved the princess cakes, too. :)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Stringham 5

I'm not much for pink either, but I must say I did love that castle. Naturally I had to look up plastic turret wrecks. Ouch. The saddest part? Sometimes these wrecks were used in advertising for the kit.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBebhinn

That Cinderella carriage cake is beyond stunning! :o And yes, that last one is lovely. I'm not much of a pink person either, but wow. I bet that would also look amazing in slightly varying shades of blue, yellow/orange, or purple/lavender.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The flowers on the wedding third from the bottom remind me of the shell flowers that we used to make!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercapt_video

The Cinderella one is amazing. I'm dubious about the one with the fuzzy animal head, though. Is it supposed to be a weirdly shaped deer? I think that one's a wreck.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pink in every single cake = my favorite Sunday Sweets ever (minus the one that showed my pink wedding cake). :D I particularly love the last one made by Holy Sweets.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

I think they're gorgeous, but, I'm sorry, all I could think was the the first looked like a decapitated deer head! "WHAM! His cappa is detated from his head!"

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElyse

all i can say is.... oooOOooo pink goes good with green....

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmilie

I love the pink explosion! It makes me so happy. The pink and green one is also very fresh. Loving them.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe other lion

I actually loved the first one... The nostalgia-value of the decoration is sweeter than the icing. LOL!!!
I guess I'm showing my age here, though, the generations after me won't appreciate retro art. LOL!!!!!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love, love, love that last one! So beautiful!


March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

*swoon* love it, love it, love it, love 'em!

Thank you for sharing these.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

This pink-loving girly-girl loves them all - and particularly the last one!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanna

I find it sad that some of these people don't recognize the kitschy fawn on the first one. I'm only twenty, and I still remember seeing those in children's books and baby cards!

Then again, I'm all about the retro~

~ Peace and Love

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

Wow... I love the first one, and the pumpkin coach. So pretty.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorinda

I know how they ate it- You see those beads? Their actually candies. My friends Aunt had a baby shower and we thought the cookies were decoration, and we saw some one eating one so we tried it. Its a hard candy.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, I adore the braiding around the tiers on the castle cake.

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat.

No day is complete without visiting this blog. And these cakes today are just beautiful!! But I can't believe that I'm the first one to say it... Those great Gerbera daisys? They're not on styrofoam. They're on... wait for it... EPCOT! ;)

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

I'm sorry but the squared cake is stepping in the border that divides a wreckage from a non wreckage. What a cool groom...
I have to say that I hate pink, and that I find terribly and painfully ironical to see my name in that over-flowered and hyper-pink cake

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlessandra

sweet cakes all around! these cakes are truly killin'it, wrecks or not!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaul crik

Wow, I'm not much of a girly girl either, but I loved those cakes, all so beautiful. The flowers, the coach, the castle all of them really amazing, such skill.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCan't See Sheep

All those cakes are so beautiful. I really loved that castle cake. It has my favorite colors on it and makes me wish I was a kid again just so I can have my own castle cake lol. Heck I might just get one anyways.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

This may be a bit blasphemous (Blasphe-me! Blasphe-you! Blasphe-everybody in the world!), but I think that the first cake, although very skillfully made and somewhat cute, is also more than a bit creepy. I look at it and see a very well-wrought disembodied head.

But the castle, pumpkin carriage, and wedding dress are simply darling.

WV: dochea - I don't care how cute it is, dochea give me a cake with a disembodied head on it.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

For those who don't *get* the first one, back in the 60's there was a style of art that featured big-eyed cartoony animals. In today's context, they're a bit saccharine sweet, and almost creepy. But I like the retro sweetness of it... in small doses. ;)

The first pic in this post shows some of doe-eyed deer from then:

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, those sweets are SWEET! Love them all.
(I was the Anonymous yesterday who said that bracelet was BLINGIN')

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

I liked most of those cakes, I have to say that I don't really like the first one. it kinda reminds me of Bambi's head on a cake. Kinda...

But that pretty wedding cake is just adorable and that last one right after that in all pink is just awesome.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

My favorite is Cinderella's carriage! So adorable!

I also love the Castle! Way better than my amateur castle cake that I made for my daughter's birthday (I sent you a pic a few weeks ago :)

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlysa

That last one is really pretty, but looking at it makes my teeth hurt...

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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