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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
Mar062011

Seussical Sunday Sweets

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday last week, let's take a look at some Sweets that would make the good doctor proud.

Submitted by Katelyn P. and made by Violet Sweet Shoppe

Like we could start with anything but green eggs and ham. ;)

These are a few of my favorite Things:

By Marj J. of The Icing on the Cake

And check out the detail on these cupcakes:

Submitted by Kaity G. and made by Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar

It only seems natural that a Seuss cake should defy the laws of gravity:


Sub'd by Wendy O., made by Kate of And Everything Sweet (hit the link for more pics)

By Karen's Specialty Cakes and Confections

And the famous Cat in the Hat's striped hat is almost synonymous with Dr. Seuss:

By Dessert Works

Look at that razor-sharp edge! That is some awesome icing work.

Here's the sweetest Seuss birthday cake I've ever seen:

By Christina of Creative Cake Designs

Look at that green balloon! And the hand-cut lettering! [swoon]

Here's another inspired by the same book:


Sub'd by Ashley C., made by Glenda's Good Witch Goodies

These colors are just gorgeous. I'm also stumped as to how the baker made the stripes. They don't look painted on, and I see no seams, so...? (Glenda, can you weigh in?)

Seuss is often credited with the whimsical and topsy-turvy style for cakes, and you can definitely see his influence on this wedding cake:

Photo found here, made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

Of course, I think nothing would delight Dr. Seuss more than a wedding cake that hangs upside down from the ceiling:

By Chrissie B. of Too Nice To Slice

WOW. Just when you thought you'd seen it all...

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

Update: We got a late entry today that was too good not to post.

By Cakes by Suzy

So cool!

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Reader Comments (75)

These were amazing. I think the Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake were my favorite... But the wedding one. Ah. So gorgeous.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I loved the 4th and the 4th from the bottom! Now it makes me want a sculpture of the 4th.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

That last one is amazing, I'm so curious how they pulled it off, same thing with that gravity defying one in the middle. I am truly astounded!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Those cakes were awesome! However, the cake you said was a baby shower cake looks to be a Birthday cake. Sorry!!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

Dr. Seuss, he is the best
His books stand above the rest
Yertle, Sneeches, fish red and blue
Cats and hats, Things One and Two
His books help us learn to read
(And everybody needs a thneed!)
Oh, today, what a treat,
Dr Seuss on Sunday Sweets!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

UPSIDE DOWN CAKE!!!!!!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

I ♥ Dr. Seuss! Love the Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake, and especially the "Fish in a Pot."

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne

WOW.... beautiful and fantastical... ; )

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

Whenever I see one of those (intentionally) lopsided cakes, I always think of Dr. Seuss! It's nice that we can bring some of that whimsical world into ours. Now if automakers would just start making open-air cars with a separate cockpit for each person, then we could really start enjoying life! Oh, yeah, the safety issues. Well, we still have the cakes!

These are lovely!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I'm a huge fan of your blog, read it everyday so I was thrilled to check in today and see my cake! The cake by Glenda was designed by her for my baby shower and entered into at least one competition which is where it looks like this picture is taken. I still have the fondant characters, three years later! I have no idea how she made the stripes but it was gorgeous and yummy!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

AWESOME cakes!!! I am stumped at cake #4, like you said "defies the laws of gravity!" Same with the upside down cake! That's crazy!

Thanks for sharing these!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Ohhhh! I LOVE the upside down wedding cake!
But all of them were fabulous! Green Eggs and Ham was one of favorite books too!
Jealous! ;)

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

How did they do that upside-down cake? Wow! It's so pretty, but confuses me completely....

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all fantastic. Thanks so much for finding them.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

These are all sooooo amazing! My twins are having a Seuss themed birthday coming up! I can't wait!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarley

Amazing! Love the upside down one, would be a bit scared to walk under it though :)

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni

The upside down cake is not only too nice to slice, it's impossible to slice!
Very cute cakes...all of them.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Allworthy

I was in Seussical the Musical. I was the Cat in the hat!

Thanks for posting this.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Yeah I love Dr. Suess.

Now how the heck do you hang a wedding cake? Googling now.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZiggyeor

Thank you thank you for posting this! I LOVE these cakes!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ok, I absolutely LOVE Things 1 & 2, but that gravity defying cake is to die for! LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Dr Seuss!!!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteveandonna

Awesome! This is my favorite "Wreck" post ever!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJammie

Amazing! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Delightful!
How on earth do you cut a cake that is hanging from the ceiling? You'd need a drop cloth, I'm thinkin'.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

How the freak do you get a cake to hang upside down? that has to be a flipped pic!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaree

I think the upside down wedding cake broke my brain somehow. It's an act of will to look away. O_O

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNimras

These are all so beautiful!!!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Wow! Those are amazing. All of them!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

um... yum!!!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL.A.C.E.

Ceiling cake?! I think I have found my new favourite thing. Also the stripes on that cake have to be painted, they are perfect!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPippaD AKA Mummy

How? How do you hang a cake from the ceiling? How?

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercricketlr15

I love them all, thought the Oh The Places You'll Go cake was adorable<3 These are particularly welcome after spending four and a half hours dressed up as the Cat in the Hat, playing and taking pictures with small children. I'm having Dr Seuss story cravings :)

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Upside down cake is very interesting...but how do you cut it??

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterE!

Lovely!

Just guessing on the stripes: I suspect there's an undercoat of fondant to build on, then the stripes either cut and placed on or painted on with very well-done edges, and then the seams/edges covered by that thin strip/roll of black, which could be piped, fondant, or even sugar veil.

Either way it's superbly done. Bravo!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Oh, my! Those are all amazing.

I want to know if the wedding couple were suspended upside-down to do the traditional first-slice picture.

And, if so, I want to see it!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Hand cut lettering? Holy smokes! I *might* attempt to do something like that on my Silhouette but NEVER by hand. Big ups! Seriously.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I enlarged the cake from Glenda's Good Witch, and it LOOKS like frosting. Amazing

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

The upside-down cake is beyond FAB!
Bek

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBek

Dr.Seuss would be proud!
Second commenter!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

Are you sure those were hand cut letters and not made by a Cricut Cake? That's a familiar looking font.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The upside down cake wouldn't be so difficult to do, if you put each cake on a plate, and have all of the plates connected by the chain. The smallest plate on the bottom, of course.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Irwin

Out of curiosity, I Googled how to do the upside-down cake as shown, and I got this video from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIZokqDkrPg It's also called a chandelier cake.

The gravity-defying one, however, is still puzzling, but all are gorgeous cakes!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNineteen

Wow. Just... wow.

I believe I have a good idea how they accomplished the upside down cake, but how in blazes to you SERVE it?

As for the stripes, I'm guessing they were rolled out in the fondant, the same way you would with sculpey or fimo.

wv: sangu. Sangu for providing us with such nifty sweets!

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisagems

Love the Seuss cakes - gorgeous and fun!

Is it possible that the one hanging from the ceiling isn't a "real" cake? Maybe it's rice crispie stuff covered with fondant. They do that a lot on those cake shows on tv. It would be heavy, but a lot easier to stick together than actual cake. Or could it be styrofoam? Or a pinata? That was my 5-yo son's reaction.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbW

Okay, here's my theory on the upside down cake. I think they cut a whole in the center of each cake, then, starting with the smallest cake, put it on a plate with a chain through the center that goes through the cake above it and the one above that... So, each cake actually has a plate at the bottom (which looks like the top of each cake) that attaches to the very top.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShay

that upside down cake is mind boggling. I think that the stripes on that cake were probably made with thin snakes of black fondant. at least, that's what it looked like to me.

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey there everyone!

I'm the maker of the hanging cake :) Thanks for sharing Jen and thanks for all the lovely comments.

The hanging cake is based on a very special internal structure that I am luckly enough to have an engineer for a father and he designed. :)
The bottom tier is the only tier that has to be fake... if that helps with any of the mystery. That should hopefully help with the questions about how do you cut it too :)

Love all the cakes on this Sunday Sweets!

Thanks again to all :)
Chrissie

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrissie

OMG too cute :)

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For those who can't read the cupcake third from the left in the top row, it says, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. --Dr. Seuss."

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

There has to be plates between each layer of the upsidedown cake and the chain (or threaded rod) that "threads" through it has supports at each layer. (per my architect husband) :-)

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

How do they do the lopsided cake, the one that seems to defy gravity?

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

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