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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: Fun Wedding Cakes

If there's one thing I love, it's couples who have fun on their wedding day. Let loose a little, show some personality! And really, what better place is there to throw tradition to the wind than with the cake?

Submitted by Peter D., baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?

Dragonflies, roses, lightning, and a viking helmet?

Admit it: you wish you were invited to this reception.

This one will make your guests nostalgic for old-fashioned candy dots:

Sub'd by Tiffani W. and made by Lochel's Bakery

So sweet! And the fact that you won't end up with a mouth full of paper is the icing on the cake. Literally.

My fellow cat lovers may find the hand-painting on this next one absolute purrfection:

Sub'd by Lessa. Baker unknown.

It's like a painting in 3D!

And check out the amazing details in this south-of-the-border Sweet:

Sub'd by Kate and Trish and made by Kathy's Kakes

I love the individual tiles and teensy maracas.

For you cowboys and girls out there:

Sub'd by Tom G. Baker unknown

This reminds me of the Van Gogh cake (scroll down), with the icing blended to look like actual paint. It's a neat look, and great for you icing purists out there who don't like the taste of fondant.

Ever wanted to turn the traditional wedding cake on its head?

If so, then, voila!

Sub'd by Vanessa M., found via Brides Magazine

The Day of the Dead might seem an odd theme for a wedding cake, but there are tons of them out there. Personally, I just love all the bright colors:

Sub'd by Melanie B. Baker unknown

Check out the gorgeous designs on those sugar skulls!

If you prefer a more traditionally romantic theme, though, you can't go wrong with Romeo and Juliet:

Sub'd by Hatty I., made by Nouskie Noo's

Preeeetty. Just look at those sweet little roses, the vines, the sculpted much great detail, and simply divine with all that white.

Suppose you do want a traditional wedding cake, though, only with a twist.

In that case, how about having it delivered by turtle?

Made by Studio Cake


And now from the other side:

Before you're overcome by the sheer adorableness here, notice that the turtle is only supported by his four legs. That's some impressive cake architecture going on there! I'm also digging the little 3D turtle freckles (do you call them freckles?) and the texture on his shell. Just amazing.

Seen a fabulous wedding cake lately? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (81)

Oh wow that candy dots cake is so gorgeous! I would hate even attempting to cut into it. So nice. And I have never even eaten any candy dots lol. And awwwww to that adorable turtle. Someone rescue me from all this cuteness!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I think that the Day of the Dead themed wedding may have a little something to do with Little Big Planet. I know that seems weird, but there is a whole world devoted to a day of the dead style wedding, and they seem to have become more popular after that came out.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Love the paper dots one!!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I read "maracas" as "mascara," and spent a good five minutes looking for some sort of fondant mascara wand on that cake.

Damn you.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermalkatz

If it weren't for the dragonflies I would have said the first cake was something to do with "What's Opera Doc?" my favourite Bugs Bunny short

There's no dragonflies though.

Still an awesome cake :-)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

I would love any one of those cakes, but I would have to say the Day of the Dead cake is my favorite. Husband and I got married in Vegas on Dia Del Los Muertos. It's a big, and old tradition in both of our families and we chose that day for a different reason. Lucky for us it landed on that day. I hope those are real sugar skulls, mmmm.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

The 'Romeo and Juliet' cake is a Debbie Brown design. It's clearly been personalised for a bald groom! My daughter picked out this design for me to make for her 9th birthday cake last October, so I know that there are over 150 separate pieces in the balustrades alone. Went down a treat with 30 8-to-9 year olds though!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine D

I agree with Allie — first thing I thought was, 'Kill the waaaaabbit!'

I think my hubbs would have given his left horn for a viking cake!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclan of the cave hair

Spear and magic helmet?! I would live to know more about that first cake!

Hurray! Lochel's is right down the street from me!! Their cakes are the very best. I've seen the candy cake in their store, and it's just as gorgeous up-close.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Brozenske

the tortoise cake reminds me of the the book "the grey gentleman" (orig. title "momo" tranlated from german)which features a tortoise character. maybe that's the backstory? ------->

I loved that book as a kid!!
But I think this is probably a connection to Sir Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy book series "Discworld", which parodies the supposed tortoise-and-elephants cosmological myth (common in a lot of mythologies, like the Chinese or the Indian), with the "Giant Star Turtle" Great A'Tuin carrying four elephants on its back, which in turn support the world on their backs.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Viking cake story

Bride: Oh, the cake is perfect! Our garden wedding will be spectacular.

Groom: Wow, I love it! You know, you got to choose almost everything for the wedding, and it's really nice and all, but...

Bride: I don't care, you can't wear your Viking Helmet with that fake lightning bolt hair for the ceremony. Nice try decorating it with flowers, though.

Groom: Fine. (exit bride) Now, where to put it until the reception?


January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure the last cake is a reference to Discworld by Terry Pratchett, which Great A'Tuin the Space Turtle carries through space on his back.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

The candy buttons cake is my absolute favorite!

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lovely cakes, one and all. Still, am I the only one who thinks that balcony cake makes Juliet's butt look fat?

WV: "cheisms" - those cute, witty little sayings that Che Guevara was so famous for?

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPretzelogic in Philly PA

Not sure if you've featured it yet but Celebration Generation cakes has two completely unusual wedding cakes!

There's the" rel="nofollow">Glam Goth cake, and a so-cute-it-should-be-illegal" rel="nofollow">Bubble Bobble cake.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Romeo and Juliet cake is from Debbie Brown's Dream Wedding Cakes book which is a brilliant book if you are looking for something a little different for your wedding. The one in this post is pretty good but I have to say - Debbie does it best!

That tortoise is just adorable :o)

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIce Maiden

i like that cat cake. especially the two cats snuggling theme of it.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

The turtle cake isn't supported by only its legs. You can see the plastic pillars underneath the body.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to see a cake supported by 4 elephants standing on the shell of a tortoise. Maybe if Carrot and Angua ever tie the knot?

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

The windmill on the cowboy cake reminds me of my grandma's paintings.

WV: gockate
It's an anagram for "got cake" or the way a wreckerator would spell it.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Is this is first "Tocpe" for Cake Wrecks? Rather than 50+ posts of people telling Jen or John they're wrong, we're at 72 posts...and I personally am still waiting for an explanation that explains the dragonflies and roses.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why is romeo and juliet considered romantic?

they wind up killing themselves because they're idiots.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm wondering if the tortoise is a nod to Discworld? Either way, I, like others, was completely shocked that it, too, was made of cake! Sheer awesomeness.

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

GUYS the cowboy cake is hundret percent a daughters of mcloud cake!

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

from Anon-1/27@12:03 up, 6 Discworld refs so far!
Wow. Woulda thought there'd be more.

WV: bownfle. Bow-n-File? Bonefile?


January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cowboy/cowgirl cake could be a reference to the musical Oklaholma! as well. If you see a stage production of it, the opening of the musical is in the yard of a house with a windmill like that, and the backdrop is kind of sunset-ish like that.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amazing Cakes! They all should be at the show Fabulous Cakes!
However, the Viking Cake I loved except Vikings don't have horns! Just something people added to make Vikings seem more awesome! Lol!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVampire Girl

I LOVE THE tortoise cake carrying the classic wedding cake! what a drag for the tortoise to have to balance that thing all night though... great combination of grooms cake meets traditional... Studio Cake is so super talented, they have the best design/sense of style!!


February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

The Romeo and Juliet cake is from a design in Debbie Brown's Dream Wedding Cakes book. She is a wonderful cake designer.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhappydreams

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