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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: In Memory

Today's Sweets are dedicated to the brave men and women who've given their all for our country. I hope you enjoy.

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And the Army goes rolling along.

Some super heroes wear capes around their necks.
Others wear dog tags.

From North and South and East and West
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might.

By Cake Central user GL79

By Cake Central User LdySam1

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun!

Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!

We live in fame or go down in flame. (Hey!)
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

By Cake Central user helipops

By hockeymom

Believe it or not, that is NOT edible paper; it's a hand-piped technique known as frozen buttercream transfer. Amazing!

And full disclosure: this was actually made in honor of the Royal Canadian Air Force, but it was too gorgeous not to share. So, Canada, there's one for you. :)

By The Ladygloom

This fighter pilot helmet had me doing a double-take.

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh!
Farewell to foreign shores,
We sail at break of day, of day.
Through our last night on shore,
Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more.
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home!

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

By Mike Elder of Black Sheep Custom Cakes

That entire gold topper is made of edible sugar paste and fondant. Wow.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

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

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Reader Comments (118)

They're amazing!!! Particularly love the helmet and boots :)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait Catering

This was your BEST POST EVER!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

Absolutely stunning. A great tribute.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Impressive and inspiring! Happy Memorial Day!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Allworthy

As a military family (who's spouse/father is currently in Afghanistan), thank you for the tribute.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Absolutely amazing.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDom

Great cakes! The boots look a little too realistic for me, though. Would have a hard time tucking into that one even though it is cake.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

What a beautiful post. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for honoring our service men and women. (And the cakes are amazing too!)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

Wowzers! Those sure are pretty.

Now let's hope the comments today are as pretty as the cakes.

(By the way, hope that boat cake wasn't served on top of an actual American flag. I don't think you're supposed to do that. Plates, tablecloths, little flags on a stick; yes. A real flag; no.)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeabunny

I think this is the first time I ever cried looking at a Sunday Sweets. Those are awesome cakes (the tank ones are simply amazing)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great topic, great cake choices. You done good, Jen and John.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPurplewalls

This was awesome. Thanks for sharing, and remembering our troops.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Thank you for this great post! I loved them all and appreciate you remembering what Memorial Day is all about.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen P

Wow, these are truly incredible. I love seeing artistic patriotic cakes. Today's post is a great way to pay tribute. Thank you, Jen and gang.

Thank you for honoring my homeland... and all the men/women serving both our countries.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes are excellent. Wow.

Thank you, Cake Wrecks, for the post. And a special thank you to our service-men and service-women who have given so much, sometimes all.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

I really like the marine one with the flag raising - neat visual!

Thanks for the shout-out to Canada...we remember our military on November 11th if you should feel so inspired... :)

VW: aparie - Two sailors on shore-leave in Paris!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! Wow! Thanks so much for the cakes today. And thank you to all who have served.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

This post made me tear up. My Grandfather fought in WWII and my younger brother has been in the Army National Guard since he graduated high school 8 years ago. Thank you SO much for honoring our service men and women, past and present. It means a lot to them, and to those of us who love them.

~Sara S.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Absolutely wonderful! Thanks!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

these cakes are amazing and brought a tear to my eye.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersrhodes

amazing post! both my grandfathers were in the army air corps in wwii as a supply runner and a mechanic. one of my great uncles was a bombardier and navigator for the air corps and my other great uncle was an army paratrooper. one of my best friends is currently in rotc to be a pilot and engineer for the air force.

on an aside, i was almost hoping for indy 500 sweets but..... i'm from indianapolis so maybe that's just me...... (or you could do 500 wrecks sometime this week heheh :D )

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrs

Thank you for this post, as a military brat and friend.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeekgirl

That. Was. AWESOME. I got goosebumps. So cool.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

All of those cakes are just amazing! Thanks for sharing them this weekend!!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Thank you for a great post and thank you to our men and women of the military, past and present.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel


WV: vahst - What a vahst amount of talent these cake decorators exhibit.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

How in the world do people ever bring themselves to eat these things? I mean, how can you take a knife and actually CUT it?

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

those are son is a Marine and I would love to have one of those for him..he would just die...what awesome work you do.thank your your tribute to all of the armed services and Marines

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiGi

And I thought wedding cakes were the most beautiful. These are simply breathtaking.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My son is a Marine! Thank you!!!!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Best Sunday Sweets ever! Thanks for the salute to the men and women serving in our military, Jen. If anyone deserves cake it's them! Thanks for all those who put themselves in harm's way so the rest of us can live in peace.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

This Army Wife thanks you. I read your blog everyday for laughs. Today there were tears. (sniff)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura what I say, along with THANKS and PRAYERS for all who have served and are currently serving!!

of cakes like this everyday of their lives they are deserving

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan's Snippets

I'm in awe of the talent that it took to make these cakes. They are truly beautiful!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A very fitting post. Happy Memorial Day-- remembering all who have served.

The creativity and talent of these people is amazing! I just keep looking and thinking "how do they do that?" And such a great day to express that talent! Remembering our military with honor!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Oh how sweet these were. I loved the coast guard cake with the little coast guard guy on it-cute and patriotic

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for this tribute, Jen. As a Navy daughter and a Navy wife, I can't say thank you enough. Lest we forget, this weekend is not about the beach and burgers on the grill (although that is what my family will be doing!) Fly Navy!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B

Land of the free because of the brave. Past, present & future.

These brought tears to my eyes- simply beautiful and these decorators should be very proud of their work.

-Barbara Anne

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for that! So often younger people forget why we have Memorial Day, it's so wonderful to have such a lovely post to remind us all, while also entertaining!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

I am in awe of the talents of these decorators. It's almost unfair to say I have a favorite, but I do - the Coast Guard cake.

Thank you for the fabulous tribute!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

Absolutely gorgeous.
Thank you.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Wow! Really amazing,incredible cakes! A very moving tribute by all the bakers. Thank you for honoring our troops on this Memorial Day. The boots brought a tear.(I lost my son in Iraq 4 years ago. He would have been 32 yesterday.)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

As a proud Army wife/Air Force daughter/Navy best friend - let me just say thank you for this.


May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

I've just been blown away on every level of awesome. :D

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBP

WOW! These cakes are amazing! I want to see more USMC sweets though... so amazing.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDragonfly

These are some of the most stunning cakes I have ever seen!! There have been a lot of incredible wedding, birthday and other occasion cakes featured on Sunday Sweets but these have so much meaning behind them honoring not just the recipients, but all who have served. pasital

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret S.

Teabunny, I had the same thought. I flinched when I saw a cake sitting on what looked like a real flag. I hope it was just a very skilled artist. If so, it's a high compliment that we even had this thought!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElla

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