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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: Eye Candy

To quote Garfield: "Caaaandy candy candy!!"

Submitted by Carmen S. and made by Corporate Cakes Melbourne

Ah, there's just something wonderful about biggafying candy, am I right?

I mean, who here doesn't want to take a giant bite out of this giant Snickers bar?

Ok, another one, I mean?

Anyone else remember chewing on candy necklaces as a kid? Or last week?

Submitted by Jutta and made by At Second Street

Those colors are the stuff of candy cotton dreams. Love it.

The most impressive part of this next candy cake isn't the candy...

Submitted by David W. and made by Gateaux's the box. Which - oh, yes - is CAKE.

(I'll wait for you to finish your double and triple takes.)

And speaking of amazing boxes:

Submitted by Tina W. and made by Sweet Sensations

I am amazed. And also in the mood for banana/Nilla wafer pudding. Mmmm. (Who's with me?)

Here's another blast from the past:

Made by CW reader Lori B.

My grandparents used to stockpile these at their house, along with Moon Pies, Tootsie Rolls, and root beer barrels. Oooh, and anyone else remember Fireballs?

Good grief, I'm starting to feel old.

Ok, moving on...

Submitted by Tracy J. and made by Blue Cupcake

Is that not the sweetest little gumball machine? And check out the itty bitty orange slices! So cute!

Here's a treat from Japan that's gaining a huge following here in the U.S.:

Made by CW reader Ann N., and her first-ever attempt at fondant! Rock on, Ann!

Pocky! They're little stick wafers dipped in chocolate, and quite addictive. I love this design, and the mini Pockys on the cupcakes are adorable.

And finally, lets say your sister has a birthday coming up, and she's been training and eating ridiculously healthy for a long time, so she can't WAIT to have something really good (ie bad) on her big day. What kind of cake do you make for her?

Why, an asparagus one, of course.

Bwahaha! So mean, right?

Or is it?

Now hold on to your hats, my dear Wreckies, 'cuz this next photo will blow your mind:

It's CAKE!!

Made by the amazingly talented Sweetapolita, and found by @PeeWeeHerman. (Yes, *the* Pee Wee Herman. Heh.) Hit the link for progress pics and the recipe!

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

UPDATE: To those of you having a hard time believing the cake box is actually cake, there's a photo of the bride and groom cutting it here.

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Reader Comments (110)

Wow, that asparagus cake was so real! Love it!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, that asparagus cake is amazing!

As for Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs, I live across the street from the factory that makes both. There are quite a few days when the air in my neighborhood smells like lemon.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHi! I'm Erin

The asparagus one is simply AMAZING

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoceycakes

On the fourth cake, at first I thought that butterscotch candy was the Golden Snitch. Heh. Now this makes me want candy (except for the last one. Which makes me want cake.) even though I had ultra-sweet muffins for Breakfast.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Pocky is gaining a following in the U.S.? I can't remember going to an Asian market in the last ten years and not picking up a package.

I get Men's Pocky, of course.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor Tarr

Yay! Someone who gets that Garfield reference! People usually look at me funny when I do my best Garfield "candy candy candy" imitation. A coworker got it once, but we're the same age. And you and I are the same age. I'm sensing a pattern here.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Sorry Jen - I've been a loyal reader from the very start and love what you and John do but there is no way that box in pic 4 is cake! I'd have to see it sliced to believe it! Jenna H

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJENNIFER


Of course, I'm sure you know you can get Pocky at Epcot... that's where I first discovered it, about 7 years ago... but now that I've moved away from Fl, I've discovered that you can get at WAL-MART of all places here!!

That box has me mystified... the labels.... gotta be either edible paper or real labels, don't they?!

The Snickers cake makes me wonder what flavor the inside is... the outside, duh, obviously chocolate, but imagine the surprise if the inside was like... fruit filled or something! WHOA! MIND BLOWING!!

wv: upper

UPPER?! What's that? that's a real word, what fun is a WV with a real word!?

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstaxia

Candy cakes!! So cute and cheery :D and the asparagus cake is so realistic it's amazing :D

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All lovely, but the asparagus cake is most amazing!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Those cakes are all amazing, but I am especially impressed by both the shipping box cake and the asparagus cake. Wow!!! And the lemonheads cake brings me back to my days of biking with my friends to the local pharmacy to buy candy. :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

I can't even guess how they made that asparagus cake...

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvengersWasp

Yum. I love Nilas.

I don't even know how they made that asparagus cake.

You sure that's a /box/??

The Box cake with the candy on top of it was amazing. It's hard to believe that's it's cake. I also loved the Asparagus cake. I so want to get that for my friend who hates asparagus. hahahaha! Happy Birthday! Look I got you an asparagus cake. Oh I could have so much fun with that.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

The talent behind all of this is incredible!

Not only is that asparagus cake astonishingly realistic... but the inside looks so delicious I had to stop myself drooling over my keyboard. That chocolate looks so rich, it's almost painful not to be able to grab a slice!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The shipping box is awfully un-cake looking. I'd love to see a closeup or a slice

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Only Cakewrecks can make it difficult to decide between wanting to eat asparagus or a cardboard box.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

fun fact - pockys are called mikados in the UK.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelda

Oh what a fitting wv: creave
The asparagus cake is amazing but I creave that giant Snickers bar!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

LOVE the lemonheads cake and the asparagus cake!! (i really could go for a slice of teh asparagus cake!)
all are amazing!
but, i am with Jennifer in thinking that that box is a box.. the labels? the one with the perforated edge hanging? the handwriting? it looks to real to be cake...

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for the candy memories... as a kid an empty pop bottle was good for 2 cents worth of candy at the little neightborhood grocery store. That could take hours -- licorice pipe? wax bottle filled with sugary liquid? Mary Janes? root beer barrels? Often ended up with a long strip of paper covered with seemingly permanently affixed candy dots -- got your daily dose of sugar plus a mouthful of fiber....

Thanks for the Sunday Sweets -- kinda like a mind-cleansing before the wicked fun of the weekly Wrecks.

wv - consh: a cake with a spiral shape

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

I live less than 2 miles from the Ferrara-Pan factory, where they MAKE Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs! If the breeze is blowing in the right direction, you can smell candy in the air. Sometimes you can even smell what they're making that day. Mmm... lemony...

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

wow these are impressive! I love the bit-into Zebra Cake on the box cake. and the nilla wafers! yum yum yum

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

Jen, almost all of the candies you mentioned are sold at the Vermont Country Store:

I live in Vermont, and the place is an institution!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here's the blog post for the shipping box cake where you can see them cutting it:

It's an AMAZING cake.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

Nom and supernom!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

That asparagus cake was seriously amazing! How do they do it?

If you are really in the mood for banana pudding and don't want to make it, you need to seek out Blue Bell Banana Pudding ice cream. OMG! SO Good and it has real Nilla Wafers in it.

Also, I like strawberry coated Pocky.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGoldielox

Just looking at these cakes is going to put me into a diabetic coma!

Also, has anyone tried the banana pudding milk shake from Chik-Fil-A? Amaaaazing! Totally hits the banana pudding spot :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I loved all the cakes; but I'll have to agree with Jennifer; the box cake is so not a cake. It is just a box. I did a close up of it; and I truly am convinced that it is just a box. The rest of the "candy" on it looks like what it is (cake), and so does that box (it looks like a used box)(not cake)
Thank you;
B. Weathers

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The box cake is real. If you google the gateaux blog there is a post where you can see the couple cutting into it. Gateaux does AMAZING work and this box cake is no exception!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

I so didn't believe the shipping box was a cake and had to go to the Gateaux's cake log to see. It really is cake, a groom's cake for a wedding. Here's the pic of cutting it:

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are absolutely A-MAZE-ING! I agree with Fluffy Cow about having to decide wheather to start with the cardboard box or asparagus. And I don't think remembering Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs makes us old at all. They still make them and it was a fixture of my childhood that my grandmother had a big bowl of Fireballs out every time I went to visit :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlma

That asparagus one is amazing! But, did you see some of the others that the Snickers people did? I personally find "Happy Birthday Alison" (the blonde in the pink) pretty terrifying!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisaN

I kept looking at that box cake and going "That's not cake! Is it? Really!? That can't be cake! What??" Finally I had to quit staring and zooming in and move on to the next haha!

*does the tequila dance*

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJabby

Mmm, I love Pocky. The strawberry is my favorite flavor. I think I want some now.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterH, R, E, and C

Pocky isn't gaining popularity in Northern CA. They have been here for years! We have them at the local mini-marts on every corner. If you don't, try the Cost Plus sort of places, they have them there too. You can get a large box, or individual serving boxes. Dipped in chocolate or strawberry... My teenagers love them. Teeny breadsticks is what I think they are.
That box still looks like a box, even checking the link. They are cutting something, but you can't tell if it is the box or something in front, or just for show. In fact, in the cutting photo the box looks more like a box, it has a cardboard looking crease in the side. I would have to see a photo of the front showing the slice cut out!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Asparagus cake is amazing, and oddly very beautiful.

Oh. And I'm totally following Pee Wee Herman now. <3

Gotta agree on the Pocky thing though... Gaining isn't the right word. You can get that at standard large grocery chains. It's hardly obscure.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAi

Amazing ...
My little sister's reaction after seeing this collection of candy cakes: "I'm gonna marry a baker when I grow up!"

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrayongirl

If you look closely at the box cutting picture you can see the place where it was cut at the top. Just zoom in and you can clearly see the break in the box side.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My eyes are still bugging out at the box cake. HOLY SMOKES! O_O Hats off to that baker. My mind is officially blown. :)

The Pocky cake is pretty cool. Glad to know those are finally catching on in the States (we've had them here in France for years, except they're known as Mikado here). The dark chocolate ones are the best. :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Regarding the Snickers cake: "Not going anywhere for a while? Like, for weeks?"

WV: plate -- You'll need more than one.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Don't feel old. I am 14 and I remember Fireballs, Root Beer Barrels, not to mention my best friend who is addicted to Lemonheads....

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaeve

Are... you sure that postage box is a cake?! Wow!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Fireballs are my favorite!! I've never been able to find them in stores, but when I was little, my brother had a huge bag of them and my sister and I would beg him for one. I only got one about three times, but I still remember. :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

As a former produce clerk, the asparagus is amazing.
But it begs the standard aspargus question: Does it make your pee smell funny?

No kidding. Asparagus season, I got asked this question all the time. Usually kids and men. Who are probably a lot like kids.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

thanks for the update post of the bride/groom cutting the box cake. I believe in you but I was struggling with that one.

the asparagus cake was phenomenal.

-Barbara Anne

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I remember Atomic Fireballs all too well. I can attribute at least 2 of my crowns to my practice of chewing them (not the mini ones in the box either).

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKath' Aama

Ha ha, I love the asparagus cake!!! So clever!!!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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