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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: 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


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 (94)

I love those butterflies! And that last one...holy smokes is it impressive!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertarichuck

The white-on-white engagement cake is simply exquisite! Were that my cake, the only knife that'd be allowed anywhere near it would be the one I was gripping, waving around, and sobbing "Noooooo! Don't touch! DON'T TOUCH!!!"

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

The pink multitiered, multi-bowed one is, IMO, thisclose to being a wreck :-} I mean, the piping is gorgeous, the quality of work is amazing but there is SO much going on!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmapola

I think these were some of the most amazing cakes you've ever shown! The artistry is divine!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwebchyck

While I can respect the effort thats been put into those cakes, I think wedding cakes are stinking boring. Why do most gals (and some vain guys) want to do something boring like lace, flowers, ribbons, butterflies, etc on their cakes?
I'm think of putting dinosaurs on mine :)

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am AMAZED at these. to be that good is a dream of mine!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspankey0370

O ... M ... G
I'm just gobsmacked at the utter perfection of these cakes! (Seriously, the standard wreckerators need to take lessons from these guys).
The piping skills on display in cake #3 (all white, with gorgeous piping) look rather like those on my engagement cake. But those butterflies are just awesome (Wish I'd had those!)
Cakes #6 (black and white with red roses) and #8 (yellow/lime with swirls and cascading purple flowers) are so striking and different! I am totally in love with them! (Especially #6)
#9 (clean plain white with curling cascade of blue butterflies) is similar to my wedding cake. I had plain white but with that curling cascade of deep purple irises (all made of sugar). I still love it.
But #4, #5, #7, and #10 just blew me away. I cannot fathom the amount of work that must have gone into those cakes. The corset lacing is just jaw-dropping, and that puffy quilting ... how do they do that???? And as for all that piped lacework in #7 ... I'm SO impressed, I'll have to invent a new word to describe that level of being impressed!
I'm with Shenaniganizer ... unless hubby and I renew our vows and have another "big day", there's not another wedding in my plans, but my 40th is only a few years away so I think I'm going to have to steal a few ideas from here for my cake.

Sydney, Australia

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! I'm so excited to see Sweet Life on here. They are the most amazing place. If you live in Eugene, Oregon, then you know all about them. If you're ever passing through, you must go grab a pumpkin cookie or cupcake there! They also have an incredible assortment of vegan treats! Super yummy!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Q from Sweet Life (first cake) made my wedding cake. She is AMAZING! Our cake was beautiful and So delicious!!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Wow -- SUPER! I love all the beautiful daisies on these cakes.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Those are so lovely! I love when you point out something is all cake since I watch Cake Boss a lot and it seems they only use cereal treats to sculpt EVERYTHING. Ugh.

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterB.J. Caulfield

I love the modern one towards the end with the swirls and flowers! Absolutely beautiful! I saved the picture to reference for my own wedding! :)

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

SWEET LIFE! Freaking love that place. If you're ever in eugene, OR you have to visit there. Everything is awesome there!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereugeneteam

I've always been one of those "big fancy wedding cakes are dumb, let's just get something that tastes great" types of gals.

Never. Again. That first cake - WANT!

Now where did that pesky boyfriend go? We need a proposal, stat!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Today's post was just breathtaking. I usually get hungry for cake when I read your blog, but it is unimagininable that people could cut into these works of art and actually eat them!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKB

These cakes are wonderful. They truly show the talent of each baker. It is hard to pick a favourite, but the white engagement cake and the two you picked are amazing.

To those that would not cut into these cakes; remember, that they are created as a temporary work of art intended to be eaten. The artist is honoured when you do so.

For those interested, during the early 1800s, a pastry cook named Mr. Rich, designed his daughter's wedding cake using a church steeple as inspiration for a tiered cake. The book, "Londonders' Larder" by Annette Hope, states that this started the "fashion for tiered and pillared 'bride's cakes' which continues to this day."

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

So beautiful!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Wow to that first cake..just wow. I love all of them and will probably stare at them in wonder for hours. Now who would dare cut into these beauties?

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I loved the one from Sugar Bell Cakes, fantastic.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

Thought 1: If my sweetheart sees these, I'll have to get a third job.

Thought 2: It'd be worth it.

Thought 3 (in line with those who can't see cutting into these): This is why there is sheet cake.

If one of these was at my wedding (cue 'Dream On' by Aerosmith), I would so put it in a 3-D scanner, make a model of it and have some fanatically detailed artist-type person paint said model to match exactly. Then and only then would the original be allowed to disappear.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I am completely flabbergasted by all of these cakes, even the more foofy ones which are not particularly to my taste. Oh, the rounded white cake, what a joy! and irridescent butterflies! And jawdroppingly stunning piping on the engagement cake!

The thing I adore the most though is the bride and groom topper on the first cake - it seems like he's leaning in to kiss her cheek, and it looks so sweet and chic compared to the tacky poorly painted jobs you usually see in cake decorating shops. Want!

I've never posted before despite being a long time reader, but the power of piping has broken me at last!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizHart

The other day we were watching
"Graham Norton" on BBC America, where once he had featured your website, and he again featured you...this time by advertising your book, and giving a copy to Kate Hudson! We are so proud of your accomplishment!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan and Rondi Tuten

I'm with John on this one: those blue butterflies are super gorgeous!

~Ashlee | Handmade gemstone jewellery

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee


Am I the only one that thinks that the black and red one looks like a pregnant bridesmaid?

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

They are all lovely to look at, but sadly I'll bet they are not all lovely to eat. I honestly think we've gone a bit to far towards the appearance over substance.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstrbuk

I love, love, love the first one! Absolutely beautiful!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

My mom created cake #4, the dress-inspired cake. Decorating had been her full-time job for 15 years, and let me assure you she took just as much pride in the quality of her baking as her decorating. She no longer is able to decorate as much due to what I'm sure many decorators are familiar with, carpal tunnel. But, you can still get one of the most crazy delicious cakes you've ever had out of her!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

So, on the second one... you think the crooked tier is on purpose? 'Cause nothing else on the cake is tilted. It really looks like a mistake, covered over by flowers, but I don't know how that mistake could occur! And if it's on purpose, it's just kinda... weird, since nothing else is topsy turvy. Beautiful! But weird.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama

The wedding cakes were AWESOME. I love seeing good wedding cakes as much as I love seeing the wrecks. Though after seeing these I am starting to rethink doing my own wedding cake, even if it's not going to be like these.


February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are so beautiful, and worth every penny...any idea how much these cakes sell for?

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Just curious--are those flowers on the first cake sugar or fresh cut? If they're baker-made, that would be the best use of color/shape in sugar flower creation I've ever seen. And, of course, if they're fresh, great use of flowers!

Really love all of the cakes; the handwork is so exquisite on some of them with the lace and piping.

WV: pickedle I picked le cake, and then I changed my mind yet again when I saw the next one.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermissalg

Oh my droolworthy cake dreams.

That stacked sphere cake, dreamy. Could you imagine it in steampunk colors?

And the last. Simply stunning.
All the cakes are fantastic.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEkio Locatiare

My jaw's on the floor.


Love the white on white, tufting, and the blue butterflies!

Way to go for a Sunday!!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

I *love* John's favorite. The butterflies are amazing! I can't imagine the amount of work that went in to that. I wouldn't want to cut into any of these cakes; they're too beautiful!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am sure the last one is a display cake made for a competition and not *real cake*- though I confidently think the maker could do it actual cake. Susan's amazing!!!! Fact checking- priceless.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, so I thought the last one was my favorite....until I zoomed in on the white-on-white engagement cake. The butterflies are STUNNING! And the piping...the piping is NOT TOUCHING THE CAKE at some parts! Wha?! How?! The laws of physics don't exist for that cake! Simply magnificent!!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOOOOOOW!!!!! The first one is so pretty. I have a weakness for rainbows ^_^

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe_SprinkleMaster

yay. u featured the sweet i sent in! (the one no one else seemed to like ... but to each his/her own) :-)

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoeyz

I'm hyperventilating over the mauve Victorian one.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTristi Pinkston

These are amazing! 5, 6, 8, and 9 are definitely my favorites. I want to get married just to have one of these cakes!! :3

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

I would LOVE to have a cake like the first one for my wedding! So simple but so awesome!

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeonie

Thank you SO much for the honor of featuring one of my wedding cakes! I was so excited! And perhaps a bit humbled to be featured with the other amazing cakes. And BTW- my cakes taste AMAZING (ask any of my clients)!!
Thanks Jen- I love this site!

March 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

What a great collection of wedding cakes, i think my favourite has to be the one with the blue butterflies but then I'm a sucker for anything with butterflies on it!

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerrie G

My mind is blowed the last one and the one with the bride in the background. superb!

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstephmarro

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