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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
Feb202011

Sunday Sweets: Wedding Wonders

Shaped and themed cakes are awesome, of course, but I still drool and dream over more traditional wedding cakes, too. After all, they've come a long way from just simple tiers with flowers - even the simple tiers with flowers!

Submitted by Ariadne, made by Sweet Life Patisserie

Love this SO MUCH.

And take a look at this amazing "fabric" pleating:

Sub'd by Joey S., made by Delectable by Su

Hard to believe those tufted pinwheels and embroidered borders are all sugar. It's so perfect!

And check out the string work on this engagement beauty:


Sub'd by Rachel, made by Hana of A Piece of Cake

I love the curls on the top tier, and the piping on the bottom lace collar and upper level strings is simply awe-inspiring. Skill like this always renews my faith in cake artistry. :)

Here's a sweet dress-inspired design:

Sub'd by Becky N., made by Jackie Nelson

Look at the design at the bottom of the skirt ruffles!

And how's this for a modern twist on a classic?

Sub'd by Tifany D., made by Elizabeth's Cakes

If you've never stacked or tried to support cakes in the shape of a ball before, let me assure you: it's hard. And all that detail! Totally swoon-worthy.

Another rounded design:

Sub'd by Emily T., made by See-Through-Silence

See that lace border on top? Someone piped that. Yeah. Respect!

And speaking of mad piping skills:


By Tom S. of The Cake Gallery

Whoah. This reminds me of the Victorian-themed Grand Floridian resort here in Orlando. Frills and bows and hand-piped lace, oh my!

Or, for a more modern touch:


Sub'd by Danielle L., baker unknown

This has been one of my favorite designs since before I even started CW. I love the swirls and the bold flowers.

Or, how about John's favorite?

Sub'd by Chrystal B., made by Sugarbelle Cakes

WOW. Just...wow.

And finally, the cake that had me scooping my jaw off the desk:


Sub'd by Ashley D., made by Susan Trianos (aka Peecheekeeno)

That's all *cake*, guys. Look at that tufted tier in the middle. LOOK AT IT. Now, tell me: how the heck do they DO that? Not to mention the perfect corset lacing, the bows, the ruffles, the porcelain-perfect gumpaste roses...seriously, I think I could stare at this all day. Just. Gorgeous.

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

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Reader Comments (93)

I LOVE the first one, and John's favorite, and the last one is just... so... WOW!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

It is simply wrong for that last cake to have an unknown baker! Mad props for Unknown! Please let us all know who you are!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

That rounded black, white and red one is my favorite...just beautiful.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Whoa. Seeing as how I am never planning on getting married again, I am so stealing the swirl and flower cake for my 30th birthday!!!!!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShenaniganizer

You know you've just increased the price tag of my 12y/o daughter's dream wedding by double!

I want most of those cakes and we've been married nearly 20 years!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I love the more modern ones with cleaner lines and less foofy colors.

The others - the pearly, pink, lavender and white ones...well...they are all very well done. I can't fault the mad skills of the baker.

But I don't like them.

Too foofy.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

I am always speechless on Sundays.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrat

Those cakes make me want to get married all over again. Possibly to my husband. ;-)

Just curious, by mad piping skills, do you think that's because trying to pipe like that makes people go mad?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

The first one absolutely appeals to my nerdy color-obsessed personality!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterskatebettyT

the cake looks nice. I want to buy that cake. how much does that cake cost?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine

Wow. I love John's favourite. And did you see the smaller cake in the last cake background? That isn't so bad, either! ;)

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are gorgeous!!! I adore the black and red design. It looks literally like a bride holding a bouquet! Neat idea!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvie

I have no cake-decorating skills at all, and no patience with inanimate objects.

To me, people who can do work like this are utterly amazing.

wv - ikers

Ikers my clumsy hands, but bless those of good cake decorators!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

The last cake belongs to Peecheekeeno, a member of Cake Central. Her real name is Susan Trianos, and she created the Tufted Billoweave (TM) technique.

Funny story...that was a cake made for a competition and it was so good...someone stole it!!!!!

Where she talks about it: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-7045221-.html#7045221

*NOTE* You might have to be a Cake Central member to view the post.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJade

I love the rainbow effect of the flowers on that first one. It doesn't slam you over the head with rainbows, but presents an elegant transition through the cave. Bravo.

And I'm with John...the butterflies are amazing! There too, the way the colours shift with the movement of the butterflies is extremely well done, reminiscent of how actual butterflies have subtle colour variations as they move in the light.

These cakes are truly humbling.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

This is a jaw dropping collection. Whether the designs are to my taste or not, I am AWED. I hope some of the "baker unknown" cakes get attributions.
And thanks. All the happiness and hope represented by these confections really truly picked up my mood. (blizzard on the way and I was a little low.)

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

wv: tuakers. If scenic, a great place for wedding!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

I've been doing cakes for years. HOW do they get string piping to look decent when it drapes UP instead of DOWN?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

It's nice to see some amazing cakes on Cakewrecks as well !!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Oh my goodness those cakes are GORGEOUS!! I really admire the talent that went into those!!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

GORGEOUS!!!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've just asked my husband for a divorce so we can remarry and have that beautiful butterfly cake.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

....................................... Wow seriously DOES NOT COVER THESE CAKES!!!!! My jaw was almost touching the floor with these beauties! Love the butterflies! And the round ones! And the .. and the ... Oh I just adore them all!! These are, I think, the most awesome cakes you have ever showed on CW! Absolutely INCREDIBLE!! I need another Thesaurus to find more words...

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I'm with John on his favorite.W-O-W

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDedi

I LOVE Sweet Life! Not only are pretty much all of their cakes/pastries beautiful, but so freaking delicious as well. Mmmm....

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Wow, thank you so much for featuring me this sunday! I still can't believe it. All of these cakes are amazing and I am awed by all of them!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Thomas

I want the one with the blue butterflies. I **so** want the one with the blue butterflies!! %)

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

as always, some fab stuff. i love the 3rd one (all white with just the tiniest hint of color) and the butterfly one. (would have loved this even more if the butterflies were just a touch lighter in color... but that's just me.)

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

I really don't know which one to pick as all of them are incredible, the black and white, the swirls and flowers, there really are no words to describe them

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarisol

The look of the first, with the color progression, is perfect.

And the last one is flawless. I remember when Susan entered it into the cake contest and discovered it stolen. I could not imagine being in that position after all that work.

Her tutorial on the tufted technique is being published in Cake Central Mag.

Another inspiring Sunday Sweets.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C Also in So Fla

I think it'd be a darned shame to take a serving knife to ANY of them! But after you take some photos, they're not much good for anything else, are they?

WV: trombuct. Um, I was taking a trombone ride and it bucked me off.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

Do you suppose any of these people use the new Cricut cake machine for details? It cuts intricate designs out of fondant and is pretty amazing, though soul-less IMHO because a machine is doing it.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Nelson

How many years of work does it take to make a cake like that last one?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I want to go on my honey-moon with the pink, voluptuous cake at the bottom.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Daniel

Can you guys post pics of your own wedding cake, just for fun? I'm sure it wasn't a wreck.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

All these cakes are wonderful. I always like the Sunday sweets, it's good to see them. Reminds me I still need to perfect my skills haha!

But, even as beautiful as these cakes are, I wish they were displayed on something a little nicer then a piece of wood covered in foil. I mean they DESERVE a better presentation then that. Please invest in some nice cake plateaus. Actually, think of all the money you eventually save on NOT buying wood/foil boards! Think green! ^^ haha

Also the answer to get perfect string piping that goes up instead of down is this. First turn the object upside down. You might have to elevate it using something like a metal ring etc. in order to pipe it cleanly. Then pipe the royal icing on. Let it harden up and turn the piece over after (very carefully haha). There you go :D!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstringy-cow

The engagement cake with the exquisite stringwork is one I sent in a while ago. It's by a gifted baker named Hana in Hungary.

She does the most wonderfully crafted creations---I think they are just from her home kitchen.

http://hanascakes.blogspot.com/

Could you please give her credit for this gorgeous cake?

rachel

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterracheld

While all of the cakes are masterpieces, I think my favorite is the 8th one down, with the silver swirls and the blue flowers. How did they know that blue's my favorite color?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarynSKA

People actually eat these things? I seriously can't contemplate chopping them up into serving sizes, much less attempting to apportion out the flowers, butterflies, etc. evenly. I'd be like "OK, you guys, we're buying a really huge freezer and keeping this forever. You're getting nothing. There may be some dessert on the buffet."

wv: demout "The jaw drops, but demout gets nothing to eat."

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes are breath taking! I don't know if I like the first one or the one with the blue butterflies the best. Wow!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Wow, thank you very much for featuring my lace work engagement cake amongst all those amazing Sunday Sweets: Wedding Wonders.
Hana
www.hanascakes.blogspot.com
PS Lady Anne, you need to turn the tier upside down to do the piping. Once the icing dries, just flip it back again. Let gravity work for you, a steady hand and draft free room will help as well :) Happy piping!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHana

I'm so happy you put in the "more modern touch" cake... I love that one! I took that picture to my baker as inspiration for our wedding cake last year..so beautiful!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

but do they *taste* good?

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw this last cake in person at that baking show in Toronto. It is even more stunning up close! I didn't get a picture of it that time. Glad I found it here! Love Sunday Sweets!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

I LOVE the second one with the cock-eyed tier. Awesome!!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

i am in awe that the green with purple flowers is your favorite cuz it's MY FAVORITE TOO! has been ever since i started cake decorating about 5 years ago now. I know who the baker is but I can't put my finger on it. i wanted to say it was a Colette Peters, but i believe i'm wrong :p

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie G.

I have to know, do people eat these? It would be a shame not to.. but how could you cut into them? They are too pretty!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOcean is Bluer

I literally gasped when I saw the butterfly cake. Just exquisite. I love Sunday Sweets.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergabbyology

WHOA, that blue butterfly cake literally brought tears to my eye the moment I scrolled down to it. No kidding, completely serious, I'm crying over a freakin cake. I would do unspeakable things to have that at my wedding but I'm terrified to ask for something like that cause I can guarantee I will be let down by what I actually get. Thanks Cakewrecks for giving me a complex over my wedding cake!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm gonna have to stop reading Sunday Sweets on my iPhone. The pictures are much better if they're bigger, I'm sure! I think I'm with the commentor who is getting divorced so she can remarry and have a fab cake. Or my 10th anniversary is coming up this Christmas... maybe we'll just have an anniversary party!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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