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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: Baby Cakes

Wow. Can you believe it's 2011? What happened to 2008?!? I'm still writing 2003 on my checks. And I'm still writing checks. Man, I'm getting old.


Anyway, Jen told me to write Sunday Sweets this week. Yup. She told me. (Jen's having a hard time letting go of Christmas break right now. I swear she just said we're leaving the tree up 'til March.) So I figured, since it's the new year, I should feature new stuff, right? And what's newer than babies, am I right?

Look! Baby!

Awwwww. Seriously, I'm tearing up over here. Oh, and there's an awesome cake there, too.

This next one has the word baby on it so it totally counts:

My mom tells me I had baby shoes just like that. I'm beginning to think she wanted a girl.

I'm loving the soap bubble borders.

Submitted by Cameron and made by Karren's Specialty Cakes & Confections

As an artist, I'm absolutely amazed by the detail on the fondant fabric. I mean, look at the green trim on the crib skirt: It has stitching!

Made by Sugarshack

Simply sublime stripes.

Made by Sweet Irene

I always wanted a rocking horse when I was a kid. 'Course, mine would have had flames down the sides and scary red eyes, but this one isn't bad, either.

Hey, look! Another baby on a cake!

Made by Cakerific

A baby duck that is. Admit it: That is the most adorable baby duck standing on the edge of a house boat staring at a bottle you have ever seen. Though I think it needs a thought bubble that reads, "Aww, quap." Am I right?

Made by Wreckie David T's fiance. (Psst, David! Tell us her name!)

I know what you're thinking: shouldn't that clown have huge pointy teeth and a butcher knife? I wondered the same thing, but apparently the baker was going for super-cute-fun-happy-joy-joy. Which I'd say she totally nailed.

Submitted by Liz S., Baker unknown. (Anyone recognize it?)

Jen and I once made a cake a little like this for Sweet Baby James. Of the billions of lions we attempted, I'm pretty sure not one of them was this perfect.

And finally:

Made by Kassie

Talk about a sweet tweet!!

Well, everyone, thanks for another great year of patronage, puns, and plenty of Here's to a 2011 filled with more laughter, joy, and goodness than we can possibly stand. Sláinte!

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (57)

One Word (not counting the words I already wrote. Or the ones that I am writing right now) : AAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow these almost wipe away the bad baby shower cake memories bouncing around in my head. almost. : )

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterweirdmom

I am SO piggybacking on the last cake as a papercrafting concept.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT'Ilia

All I can say is AWWWWWW

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw! Thanks for sharing the humor and the artistry =).

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! We are due to have a baby boy in just about two months, so this post was ore than appropriate- these cakes are absolutely adorable! I can't get over them! SO CUTE!

DK @

wv: ideal- these cakes are ideal for the baby showers I have coming up!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

I busted out laughing at the "aww, quap" caption. nice job.


January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The baby in the bubble bath is so precious!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

Dress cake: WOW!
The baby looks like, "Now how am I going to eat all this?" Don't drool on the cake, baby.

Baby in the tub/shower-so cute.

I was drawn in to the crib skirt. The detailing...WOW! Lot's of work.

Rocking horse is VERY cute.

I didn't notice the bottle floating in the water until you said, "Aww quap!" I laughed......

Tweet bird at the end. Thumbs up for making it look just like fabric.

Jen, John, and #1:
Thanks for all the laughter you bring me. I can't wait to get on my computer and your site each morning to help start my day. I'm so glad my friend told me about you. May 2011 be an even better year for you.

Wreck on!

Sharon's Edible Art

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I always look forward to your Sunday Sweets, and this one was worth the anticipation. (I'm kind of nuts about babies.) And you are quite right about the "Awww quap!" speech bubble.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWordfiend

"Aw, quap" made me giggle like a loon. You're right, it DOES need that thought bubble!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermanybellsdown

I say this not because I am an emotional pregnant lady but because it is true...these are BY FAR the best cakes I have seen on cake wrecks. I, too, teared up when I saw the first one. And I want that last one at my shower! Awesome job John!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiamadozen

I think I'm in love with the baby duck cake. Simply. Too. Cute. :)

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Clearly you are comfortable with your masculinity, John, and that is great. But I still don't think you should admit to the world that you know what a crib skirt is. ;P

Liz in Seattle

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love all the textures on Paige's cake. I just wish the first one had a bigger picture when you click on it. Or detail shots.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

These cakes are not "quappy" at all! All of them are adorable!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

"aw, quap!" ROFL!!!

Thanks for a totally awesome year of laughs, giggles, guffaws, and some truly scrumptious Sunday items!!


January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

Aa, too cute!
Though I must admit, ending this post with 'sláinte' made my day :P
Go raibh míle maith agat (thank you) for all the cake enduced happiness this year!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wish we had a front view of that first cake. Judging from the back alone, it was stunning. And the baby is adorable!

Such cute cakes! And the last one looks like it belongs on a baby quilt.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

looks like someone else took the Intro to Fondant class at Baking Arts, too. :)

yes, this was an INTRO class! I couldn't believe how awesome all of our cakes came out.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaliseviltwin

As someone who actually inks newborn footprints (a lot!), I offer kudos to baker #4 for getting it almost right: correct number of toes and good ratio between sole and digits. The only problem is that real babies often squirm: not so good for a cake. However, salutations to all the wonderful bakers represented. Great cakes and many smiles!! Lovely.


January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

I've gotten pretty good at keeping my auditory responses to your blog silenced since I usually read at work. But I actually had an involuntary outburst over your "Aw quap" comment! Awwwwwwwwww (times 1,000 more w's)!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I laughed out loud about the duck and the thought bubble...and he is SOOO cute!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Meg & Others,

Here are more photos, (including a front view) of the" rel="nofollow">christening gown cake.



January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPinkCakeBox

Thanks you guys! You're the best.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

Those are all blissfully lovely, but the baby in the first photo really seemed to be worried about the cake's lack of a head.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

Adorable! I'm having a baby girl this Friday, so this post really made my day :) But, did anyone else think the slats on the crib looked like bones? Spooky...

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHouse of Holt

these are all darling (and i'm sure delicious), but absolutely loving the pink/white stripe cake with the bubble bath... the way that the pearls mimic the bubbles is especially adorable.
thanks as always...

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

That last cake is my favorite Sunday Sweet ever! It is amazingly cute and beyond perfect!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

HAHAHA, "Aww, quap"! I love posts full of crazy cute cakes.

Happy Holidays, Cake Wrecks crew!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelch

Ummm...John? I hate to break it to you, bud, but your mom SO had a girl....

But I mean that in the nicest way possible. You're the coolest husband Jen could've ever picked!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank goodness you do what Jen says! These cakes have me running through the list of all the relatives to try and remember who's pregnant and having a shower soon. Must get cake as cute as these! I didn't realize how funny I felt that "Oh, qwap" was until I dropped something and that popped into my head.
wv: inoseamo - Google translate tells me that in Italian, in or se amo means "or in love" - as I am with today's cakes!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

Happy New Year, Jen and John! Thanks for all the smiles in 2010!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Are you sure the last one is cake?

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#1 That's the most realistic baby cake I've ever seen. ;-)

#4 I *also* didn't know what a crib skirt is (nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say-no-more), but I, too, figured that it must be that skirt-looking thing below that 'crib' thing. That's some nice woodwork in that crib, uh huh.

#8 Mr. Clown has his mouth closed for a reason. That cap might be hiding something, too. Mwahahaha!

#9 Awww. And not for the cake as such. That was such a sweet story. (Real guys have a heart.)

#10 brings the phrase, "Come on, get happy," to mind for some reason. ;-)

Speaking of which, Merry Christmas* and Happy 2011!

* Christmas season has three more days to run as those of us who celebrate the '12 days' reckon it. Deal with it, you take-the-lights-down-and-toss-the-tree-on-the-26th types. You know who you are.

wv: quysinet. Just like a Cuisinart, only half the price.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

that duckie looks like he has had enough of life and he is gonna toss himself over board with his bottle.

life is hard for little ducks.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHawkfeather

Thank you for posting a picture of the christening gown cake. I have just been asked to make two gowns for a set of twins and this has given me some ideas. (No, I'm not making them of fondant.) I'm just waiting to hear if the babies are boys or girls to know how much to frou-frou them up.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Are you two trying to tell us something??

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterloisgroat

John - as I was scrolling down and I saw the jungle cake I thought it looked so much like James's cake. You both did such a great job on it. What a great memory!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan




January 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I love them!!!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFabby

Now, THIS is how you do baby cakes correctly!

I loved every one of them, but the baby duck is, by far, my favorite.

Thanks, John, for being a good hubby and doing what Jen told you to do. Commentary was perfect; just what the overabundance of cuteness needed.

On a related note, I got my CW calendar in yesterday, and we have laughed over every picture. Thanks, guys!

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

So very very gorgeous. I love the cute little baby chick on what looks like Noah's Ark. I wanna adopt it lol. Also makes me want a baby..*watches* as hubby sees this and runs like heck for the door. Lol.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

@Arlene, I also thought 'Noah's Ark'. But then it occurred to me that the Ark didn't need life preservers, nor would aquatic birds have been aboard.

@Hawkfeather, if a duck jumped overboard, nothing bad would happen -- unless a shark happened to be in the right place at the right time.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

So much awwwww in one post. Gorgeous. Almost makes me want to have another baby just so I can have an adorable baby shower cake! ALMOST!!!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

the first cake is beautifully done, has no head. isn't that one of the criteria that immediately sends it to the wreck part of the site? execution not withstanding, it's a headless person. yikes!

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

ohmygosh "aww, quap" made me giggle like a crazy lady sitting alone in my office. Thanks for that, simply hilarious in a "cute-or-sad?" way. :D

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

@Erin - it's a christening gown on a dress form. That's a totally different thing than a headless person.

As a quilter, the last cake was my very favorite.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok wait... So wedding dress torsos are totally tabboo but baby Christening dress torsos make it to Sunday Sweets? Hrmmmmmmmmm lol

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValGal

"aww quap" is now my favorite expression. I always love the captions from John. However, if Jeff Bridges knocks on your door in the next week, he'll be there to collect one of you man cards.

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

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