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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: Fabulous Faux Flowers

The next time you see "fresh flowers" on a cake, look more closely. They might actually be gumpaste.

I love the yellow and purple flowers on this one. I'm not very good with all the names, but I think they're daisies. And the photography is stunning, too.

Made by Abbie Tabbie

These aren't on a cake yet, but I thought Abbie's work on that top flower was especially fantastic. (Pretty sure it's a daisy.) Check out the blending of the pale green!

Next, we have the work of Ellen Bartlett:

She makes a mean daisy.

See more of Ellen's work at Cakes To Remember

You know you're dealing with skilled artisans when you have to email them to make sure the flowers aren't real. (I did. They aren't.)

Our next cakes were made by Lyndsey Gamble:

I love the big bunches of flowers. Daisies.

Not only are the flowers fantastic, but check out the lace and ribbon work! (Yes, those are sugar, too.)

I love the contrast between the orange and the purple.

Just look at the veining in the petals! Wow. Those are some sweet daisies.

Such a cool design: the minimalism of the cake makes the flower burst really "pop."

See more of Lyndsey's work at Elegantly Iced

As a guy who's spent the last three years staring at some the of the best and worst cakes in the world, I often wish that I could go back to our wedding day and get a more memorable cake. Of course, knowing Jen, we'd then have to choose between a beautiful cake like this - only covered in poppies - or a perfect scale model of a Borg cube inscribed with "Resistance is futile."

Speaking of which, we're looking for more Sci-Fi Sweets! So if you have one to nominate, be sure to send it to sundaysweets (at) Thanks, and wreck on!

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Reader Comments (186)

Sometimes we just have to stop and smell the DAISIES in, John?

Today's cakes, just amazing!!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie In Mich.

I think you need to put a misnomer on your blog:

"All those without a wickedly dry, sarcastic sense of humor are not allowed to post comments."

I'm surprised the first comment of flower ID correction wasn't earlier than #7. Are people really SO literal these days??? Sheesh!

As Sylvester the cat would say: "Ho, ho, very funny. Ha, ha, it is to laugh." I certainly giggled after the first Daisy picture! Thanks for making me smile today!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeriouslytiff

that orange/orchid cake is phenomenal. I'm loving it.

and by orchid, I mean "daisy."

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustinian

Those flowers are amazing! I only hope I can be that great in the future!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

@ Etoile

verse modification, last two lines:

But no matter, my sweet, we'll be complete
When you're Unit 1 of 2!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Wow, wow, wow!! Totally awesome and awe-inspiring!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Daisies! Ha!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Ok the cake by Gamble had me seriously baffled. The lace, the flowers...... That is beyond talent. That is so amazing it shouldn't even be legal. She even had that ribbon looking EXACTLY like satin..!!!...and the little stitch marks in the floral in the lace....unbelieveably georgeous.
Thank you for this one it made me foam at the mouth. I think there should be a ninja guarding it at all times in case some jerkface wants to eat it.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

As I'm from Germany, I really thought hard about if I remembered the translation of daisies right ;) It really made me laugh :)
Great flowers... ähm, dasies...

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElwing


uhhhh ...borg cube?... No speaka the sci fi...?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

John, you really made me laugh out loud! Daisies!! Thanks for your floral expertise! So funny!

Shelley in So. Illinois

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNevan

John, John, John (shaking head),

No one would *ever* put daisies on a cake. Don't you remember the Erma Bombeck book, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies". Why put a flower on a cake that would clearly warn potential consumers away? ;-)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLet Them Eat Cake


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNevan

Um, I believe the purple "daisies" are orchids and the white ones are lilies. Sorry, I'm OCD about that stuff :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennakat

I have yet to see a daisy on that post! lilies, stefanotis, peonies and orchids, however, I did spot. Nice try, John ;) such a guy!

AWESOME work there, florists, er, bakers!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The flowers on Ellen Barlett's cake is NOT a daisy. It's an orchid.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoacat

I like the one with the daisies the best.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

The fourth cake down has a lot of Christian symbolism. The rose daisies are associated with St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the blessed Virgin Mary. (Liz was caught by her pagan husband bring food to the poor. When he said, "Hey, what are you hiding in your apron?" she blurted out "uh, um, roses!"- in the middle of winter. But when he snatched the apron away, dozens of roses fell into the snow.)
The forget-me-nots (blue daisies) are associated with Christ's Great Commission and the dogwood (pink daisies)was the wood from which the Cross was made, legend has it. (That's why dogwoods are so small and bloom at Easter. They were once huge trees until the Crucifixion. The dogwood was so ashamed it shrank to the tiny thing it is today so that no one else could meet their death on it. In return, Christ allowed the dogwood to be the first harbingers of spring.)
That is, if you believe. If not, here are some interesting stories for y'all. ;7)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha so I got halfway through the post before I realized you were saying the flowers were daisies on purpose! I love the orange and purple cake by the way! Totally AWESOME!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersparky_writer

Gorgeous. They look real.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Really *stunning cakes* - wow! I would hate to cut into them! I wonder how long it takes to make as many daisies as are on the cakes....

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Those aren't Daisey's, their Epcot!

VW: I winge every time I have to read a stupid comment :D

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Irene

Boy, you sure know your daisies! Those cakes are beautiful!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterotter in portland

...and the Daisy Conspiracy strikes again!

(Sorry, in-joke from a roleplaying game. But it actually did involve daisies, so I couldn't resist.)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

It definitely took me too long to figure out you weren't serious about all those being daisies. I was like, "What?! Lilies, roses, orchids...COME ON!!"

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee L.

Wow...I'm just imagine getting served a slice of one of these. I think I'd have to stare at it a LOOOOONNGG time before I could eat it. I mean, just too beautiful to muss up!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

I HAD to look at the comments to see how many people lacked a sense of humor and would try to correct you on the daisies! ;)

Oh, wow, I LOVE daisies.
Know what I love more?
The comments that are all "this is what the flowers are, silly."

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterinspiredstarshine

Breeders are doing amazing things with flowers these days -- why, who knew there were so many varieties of 'daisy'? And they mimic exactly so many other flowers! (For any comedy cops that may be monitoring: I get the joke; I was just playing along with it through the use of 'sarcastic humor'. We good?)

"Poor HAL"?! What did HAL do to get shut down, hmmm? *headdesk*

Perhaps resistance really is futile...

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Not to be a snark, but those are orchids, NOT daisies. They are very different.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

More gum paste flowers and fondant ribbons and flowers
Absolutely stunning work by Ana
I met her at the flower shop one day...

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's wrong with daisies? I love em'! :D

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Epcot Flower Festival! Your post was great, but I am loving the comments almost as much.

The orchid-looking daisies were beyond incredible! Makes me wish I could have a wedding cake do-over too.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate M

Woosh!! Daisies flew over some people's heads. The texture and design is AMAZING on the orange/white cake.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercake obvious

Wow! Not only are those flowers beautifully done, but I've never seen such a variety of daisies. They're so diverse! Who needs any other type of flower!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Lilies, roses, stephanotis, purple orchids. No daisies. These are gorgeous and I would not have guessed they were gum paste.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Whoa. Loves it.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Fancypants

Daisies are my favorite!!! :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha

Folks - there are no daisies on any of these cakes! Daisies are white, with a gold center and multiple long narrow petals.

There are: big white lilies on LynninSingapore's cake

AbbieTabbie's cakes have a Lily (big white), pink roses and small white Jasmine

Ellen Bartlett's 1st cake has orchids, and the other has dogwood blossoms and roses.

Lyndsey Gamble lacey cake has roses, mums and anemones; the orange & white cake has orchids and the last one has anemones and poppies.

And they are all exquisite!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

The flowers are amazing! But it's the flower "identification" that I appreciated most in this post. Thanks for the laugh. :-)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlalock

This is why I love this blog... I was thinking I know Jen knows what a daisy is and a lily every woman does. I continued to read to only be more confused and loving the flowers even more. Thank goodness its the hubby. WHEW!!! This is why love this blog!!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Daisies, hrmph! and not a daisy among them!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimc

That Borg cube thing is probably the best idea for a wedding cake I've EVER heard.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhh the lovely daisies. Heck I wouldn't eat any of the cakes just frame them and keep em forever lol. Would be very sad when they got moldy though.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I think this post is actually a test of how quick you are on the uptake and your general aptitude for understanding the humor of a Cake Wrecks post.

If you knew John was joking on the first mention of daisies you probably know what jokes Jen and John will tell before they tell them.

If you figured out John was joking on the second mention of daisies, you definitely get this humor--you're a quick one!

If you understood it was a joke on the third mention of daisies, this may be about average--you have a healthy sense of humor. Hooray!

If it took ya 'til the fourth time he mentioned daisies to get the joke, you may be having an "off" day. Did the pastor give you funny looks during service 'cuz you were late to church? Or maybe your glasses fell in the toilet (AFTER you peed), or your cat finally ate the parakeet? It's ok, your humor-detecting abilities will be back to normal soon.

If you finally got it the fifth time he mentioned daisies, don't worry, there is hope for you yet. Suggested treatment is at least one Cake Wrecks post a day to get your comedic juices up to speed--it'll rub off on you eventually! :)

If you still think John thought all those flowers were daisies, it's nothing to sweat--there's room for everyone at Cake Wrecks! Every reader is a friend. But if you sometimes wonder why everyone is laughing at the "obviously un-funny post" on Cake Wrecks, it may be that your humor and Cake Wrecks humor occasionally diverge. Have you tried slapstick?

(Buzz off, grammar nazis, I NEVER knew when to add commas. Also, no offense meant to ANYONE of any race, religion or humor-affiliation or ability. I didn't get the daisy thing at first and I love slapstick.)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaby

Extraordinary! Just beautiful!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Some of the flowers are NOT daisies, they seem to resemble orchids more closely, like the flowers on cakes 2 and 5. :)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUnregisteredContributer

OK, I've always thought fresh flowers on a simple, but stylish wedding cake was the best way to go with a wedding cake. However, this post has changed my mind.
Bring on the sugar "daisies"

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

"Poor HAL" because he received conflicting orders from Washington, which caused him to have to lie, which he couldn't do, so he went crazy. But he's all normal again in 2010 when we make contact! Until that one spoiler.

This is convenient, I just watched 2010 this weekend. At any rate, it wasn't HAL's fault. Poor HAL.

Okay, I can't get over how cool I sound now. I even know what the Borg are!

(Also, beautiful beautiful cakes. I want to plant them sooner than eat them.)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

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