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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)

Actually, I DID eat a candy necklace
last week ;)

I have a friend used to work in his parents cake shop and he couldn't look at the rest of this site without getting sad. He's going to love this though - aMAzing!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonnieboy

I also appreciate the Garfield quote! I say that to my boyfriend all the time and I had to explain it to him. Is it from the Halloween special?

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The box cake is crazy! I've just been sitting here staring at it. Amazing! And if you aren't following Sweetapolita's blog you're missing out. All of her stuff is just as amazing as the asparagus cake and she shows you how to do it! And we keep Lemonheads in our candy drawer. The kids especially like the chewy ones :)

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

i lived near a cookie/bread/pastry factory. it was delicious

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

I don't care how cool and clever it is, I will NOT eat cake that looks like asparagus. ew.

Now that Snickers bar, on the other hand.....

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe English Teacher

Thanks for the picture of the Pocky cake and cupcakes. My brother is sad today because the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival was supposed to be held today where we live, but all of the rain is keeping us away. This picture made him smile for the first time since seeing the rain : )

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Not only did I love all these cakes, but I sooooo want that blue cake stand in one of the photos! I love it!!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I am soooo used to you posting really crap and funny cakes that to find this little baby on my fave blog follow list is just amazing. I really love the asparagus cake, I have to try to make one in soap, Im sure I can give it a go!!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoapchick

Hey Jen! Thanks for posting the grooms cake from our wedding. My husband is a HUGE fan of Cake Wrecks and he sent in the pic.

That box WAS cake. It was modeled exactly after the box of treats I sent to my husband years ago.

Here's a pic of the cake after we cut into it:

The label was edible and it looked like it came right off the side of the real UHAUL box, which we still have.

The cake even has a crack in it down the front to resemble how much wear and tear the box has now.

My step dad kept poking it all night, due to not believing it was cake.

Our baker was incredible. Her blog shows what she can do! Or watch her on WE TV! LOL.


May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

These are ALL fantastic, but the asparagus cake - OMG. What a fantastic idea, and what incredible execution! Also especially loved the US Postal Service "small Box" cake. Just . . . WOW

wv: missess - This one's a given, but it deserves to be said - There were no missess today!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, the box cake is real - I was married last year (and am from MN as well) so frequented message boards. The bride was on the msg boards as well and posted pics b/c this was her groom's cake - I think the story behind it was that they were in a long distance relationship so would ship each other boxes of their favorite treats - so wanted to incorporate that inside info into their wedding. It is AMAZING - but Gateaux is an amazing cake company, so I wouldn't expect anything less!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky C. in MN

Love love love the asparagus cake, I stumbled across it a week or two ago and was quite smitten.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I'm sorry, no. That box is not cake. No way, no how . . . nosiree Bob. If that is cake then every other "realistic" cake I've ever seen is actually a wreck. I clicked on it for a closeup on my 42 inch high deff tv and still can't believe it. The texture is perfect! The writing! The label! Please tell me that it's really just a box. I need you to restore my faith in my senses.

BTW: Happy Belated Birthday Jen! For some reason my computer wasn't allowing me onto the comments page that day. Hope you had a great one, and I'm definitely buying the new book.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaN

The asparagus cake is easy. First, get some asparagus... [ducks and runs]

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Yay, I'm so happy Julie's cake made it! She has detail shots on her blog:

So cute!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

What's the emoticon for my mouth dropping open in utter astonishment?

I can see it right in front of my eyes and I still can't believe it. Part of me is thinking, "OK, any minute now they'll shout April, I mean, May Fools, and proclaim that they photoshopped the cake layers onto a box photo..."

I'm starting to believe we need to add a new rule of the internet -- if it exists, there is a cake of it.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Glasgow

I think this is one of my favorite Sunday post so far!!! Especially love that asparagus cake. Wow!!!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlalock

Ok, definitely NOT outdated candies! I'm sixteen, and those have been popular candies still going strong with kids for my whole life, and still are now!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

That last cake would be the only way that I would eat asparagus!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Wow, thanks to the bride for posting the "after" pic of the cut-into box cake. I refused to believe it until then.

I'm wondering if the baker used edible ink and edible photo paper and printed it out? I just don't see how they'd get the printing on it otherwise.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermotherbynature

If anyone is interested the bakery that made the "cardboard" box cake is on WEtv's Amazing Wedding Cakes this season and they do a lot of awesome stuff as do the other two bakeries featured this season. The new episodes air 10 pm on Sunday nights!" rel="nofollow"> Click here to check out some video clips from the show!

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

Pockyyyyy! Woot!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

Wow, my favorite blog, and one of my favorite characters (PeeWee Herman) in one post!!!! Jen, you rock!

The asparagus cake is totally amazing and looks yummy. I can't get over how realistic it looks. And I concur with those who have said that the box cake doesn't look like a cake, but I'll take your word for it that it really is a cake.

Jen, I'll wish you Happy Birthday again, since the bulk of the Thursday comments got nuked, including mine. May you have many more cakey b-days!

WV subjec: The subjec of today's post is totally amazing candy cakes.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

Oh my at that asparagus cake. That looks rather yummy after you cut into it lol. Wow I am completely in awe at that box..just wow. All of these are just splendid and I would never want to cut them. Alas I would but I would be sad lol.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Add my thanks to Jaime (the bride) for the closeup of the cutout. Absolutely outstanding. I am SO tempted to ask how much it cost... :)

I've been drooling over that asparagus cake for several days now, and all I can ever think about it is "WANT!"

I sincerely hope that was a Snickers flavored cake. All sorts of yum. And the others were great, too! I'm almost sorry they got over shawdowed by the box and sperry-grass. :)

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Candy necklaces are very popular here - this is a university town, so it's very common to see more or less grown up people doing childish things, like playing with Lego or wearing candy necklaces.

The students sometimes wear them to some of those really big and crowded parties, it's a tradition. Other traditions include (of course) not eating someone else's necklace without permission, and only using your mouth to get the candy. Those tight fit necklaces make that embarrassingly enjoyable for someone with a sensitive neck. I'll admit that I miss the university parties...

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZabinatrix

Mmm, Lemonheads. Yeah, the Ferrara-Pan factory (where they make those, as well as fireballs) is in the next town over from me. I've driven past it a bunch of times.

That Snickers cake looks scrumptious. And the asparagus cake is hilarious. Very nicely done.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I want the snickers bar cake for my husband's next birthday. It's his favorite chocolate bar and I always get him one on his birthday, but one that size? I think he'd die happy.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMercy D'souza

That box..cake?? Really?? It is an astounding confection recreation. And the asparagus!

I think my chin is bruised from where it hit the floor, as I gaped at these two masterpieces.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

I live in China and whenever anyone asks "What can I send you in a care package?" my reply is "Atomic Fireballs!" Love 'em!

Great cakes.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Loving the "lifesavers" one but that asparagus cake is incredible!!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait

Jaime! Thank you for posting that link of the close-up slice into the box cake. I had to see it to believe it! That is some fine artistry and innovation (the edible printed labels are amazing, but the texture and precision of the box is just incredible, which I guess is why so many of us were incredulous!)

* * *

The Lifesavers cake is less impressive: it looks like a log covered in foil and edible/inedible paper that's been printed on.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen post this link also for those who need more proof that the box cake is real.



May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLue

Even AFTER seeing the pictures of the box cake being cut, I STILL can't believe it is real! I'm going to have to see its birth certificate! ;-)

Great job bakers!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfatoveractor

The shipping box! Wow! Are the labels cake too??? The asparagus cake is also awesome.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I can't imagine the passion a decorator would have in her/his craft to so lovingly render such a mundane object as a U-Haul shipping box complete with smudges and shipping labels! It's almost Zen-like in its exquisite ugliness! Seriously, I find myself staring at it and contemplating its inner sweetness.

My fave, though, is the Snickers bar, but I would be horribly disappointed if it didn't taste at least somewhat like Snickers.

WV: theak
I'm going to get out my yoga mat, put on some meditation music and theak about that box cake.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

My favorite vegetable is asparagus...and I LOVE that cake!! Like the others too, but that one is just...amazing.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Holy moly! The asparagus cake! I called my husband over to see it. He would eat it and he HATES asparagus! lol

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCalamity Wren

No. Way. That asparagus cake is unreal! I can't even remember what else I was going to say, because the asparagus cake just stole the show...

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Those are so awesome.
PS--the special milkshake right now at Chik-fil-A is a banana pudding milkshake with real nilla wafer chunks. It is soo goooood. :D

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I totally need a Snickers now. Thanks.

wv - siamples.
I'm not sure those are REALLY cakes. I think I'll need some siamples to be convinced...

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I've been lurking for a while, but this post has prompted me to comment again... a few of thoughts:

1) THREE readers live so close to that particular candy factory? The wonders of the Internet and how it can draw people together!

2) I've led a deprived existence. I've never even heard of Lemonheads. But that's likely living overseas as a kid rather than my age.

3) Love the candy necklace's cake stand! I'm normally not a fan of lace but that's beautiful.

4) A giant snickers bar. Yum. Although a frozen real Mars bar (not the kind you can get in the US) would be divine...

5) Love the idea of playing a prank on someone with that spectacularly well-done asparagus cake. I guess I'm as "evil" as Melanie @10:38.

6) OK, that box cake is incredible. Thank you Jaime for posting a link. I'd already figured out it was real from zooming in (that label is an example of how edible paper SHOULD be used on cakes!), but the confirmation was nice. (PS congrats on your wedding... and on your "taste" in bakers!). Your bakers skills put even Sweets-worthy bakers to shame. Wow. (FYI check out their "lobster hot tub" cake for a real giggle).

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

awwww... nummie box.

wv - heought. When my friend told me the nummie box wasn't cake, I showed him the other picture and told him heought to have known.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the asparagus cake! Love Pee Wee, too! LOL

Crafty Neighbor

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCrafty Neighbor

You can add me to those thanking Jamie for posting the "after" picture of that box. Even after seeing that pic, my parents still aren't convinced however. Bah. Such little faith. :-) As one who works in a mail room, dealing with boxes and express shipping labels, I admit I was doubtful as well, at first. Simply incredible! My kudos to the baker.

My jaw also hit the floor with the asparagus cake. Wow. Just wow.

All the cakes are fabulous! Lemonheads, tootsie rolls, root beer barrels, and candy necklaces. Yummy!!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

The asparagus cake is a masterpiece...

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

Wow... is it sad that after seeing that last cake, I'm craving asparagus? Yum!

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Nummie box= the name our oldest daughter gave to the box full of sweets. :o)

We are tickled that so many people like that cake. Imagine OUR impressions when we walked in and saw it!

We linked this to our baker and she was THRILLED that so many people were amazed by her work. She said that Sunday Sweets was the ONLY way she hoped to ever be on Cake Wrecks! HA! (Although, it's not the first time she has made it on here. )


May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

that asparagus cake is a great idea for making sure you get all the cake to yourself! nobody ever suspects the asparagus...

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLozzz123

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