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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)

I actually think that the gebera daisy cake could be real cake on top. I don't see why the cake couldn't support them if the gum paste is thin enough. Those PME cutters sure come in handy!

And not to be rude, but that one cake seems to have a slight leaning problem to it.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Ok... so spit my water out on the princess one. A friend of mine threw me a baby shower on Saturday and my cake had the plastic tiara on it... and wand.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMistyK

Anonymous sez:
"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."

I was a child in the 60s, and believe me, they were creepy then, too. Even worse were the kids with huge eyes and (often) no mouths or no noses.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I am not a pink person at all (I am down with fuchsia though) so I didn't care for any of the cakes at first...I mean they were cute, and definitely well-made, and all very skillful and great and perfect for people who like that sort of thing, but...totally not my style.

But the last one - now that is really something. I hate pink and I like that cake. That's saying a lot.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

Wait, the Cinderella coach was made by Jane Asher? As in, the used-to-be-engaged-to-Paul-McCartney Jane Asher?" rel="nofollow">Yes, according to wikipedia, she makes cakes now. Who knew?!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaspberry Wine

Thank you for acknowledging that some people like both traditional and overly-girly things. :) I absolutely love the last one, it makes me want to have it, but I'd be afraid to eat it!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

I LOVE the birthday cake, but I honestly question the sanity of people who can afford to plop down hundreds of dollars on a first birthday cake. Srsly, how much did that run mom and dad??
I luuurve the dear, though -- reminds me of Mark Ryden, which I know is totally un-cute and not girly at all, but oh, so cool!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermissantithesis

I adore the gerbera daisy cake! WOW!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth H

Of course that is Jane Asher, former girlfriend of Paul McCartney of The Beatles!!!! Clearly has always had good, if a bit on the sweetish side, taste.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthorpedo

The doe-eyed deer cake reminded me of these awesome magnets I got for my sister-in-law's birthday.

Those darn 40s and 50s with their illustrations: cute, and then some!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGerry Szymanski

I LOVE the last cake. Wow

They are all beautiful though. My little Princess would love them all....heck I would love them all for myself.


March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

holy CUTENESS. love the party ball with all the flowers. i'm thinkin' you're right, jen... styro-ball? that would be a very heavy topper, and tough to get it so perfectly spherical and balanced??


also totally into the first cake too, sooo cute! :)

lyndsay :)

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

I would love to know what was used to stamp the name on the last cake! What a great idea.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I love love LOVE the pumpkin coach and if you llok real close there is a glass slipper on the step!!! Gorgeous!!!!

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pink and green is never an 'unexpected coolor combo'....

Just saying.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarbucks

Oh my~!!
Those are absolutely beautiful.. I wouldn't eat them!!!!
So pretty...

Cheryn" rel="nofollow">I Can't Sew

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryn

I see sooooo much pink here in Utah! Haha, I've got nothing against pink, it's one of my favorites, but I agree it just seems a bit much for a wedding. Especially when it's the only color (+ white, of course).

Anyway, I know girls that somehow managed to get their husbands, groomsmen, and male relatives to wear full on bright, HOT pink vests and ties or details.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay K.

I love the retro design on the first, I remember my grandma's crib that I would sleep in when little had a design almost exactly like that...brings back good memories.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

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