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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)



May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen


:( So sorry for your loss(I don't want to even imagine something so horrible)...but you must be SO proud that your son felt the way he did to DO what he did for this country.

I wouldn't be here today if not for my Mom & Dad being in the Navy at the same time (it's where they met); she was a WAVE & he was a Chief Petty Officer. They would get choked up during parades when they'd play the different service's songs (Navy's being "Anchors Away").
I currently have a cousin in the Middle East; he's 60-yrs. old and STILL flying helicopters~~~I don't know how he managed that, but he loves it.
WONDERFUL post, guys.


May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Well, whether or not you agree with the efforts of the American military, those are some freaking awesome cakes.

And way to give a shout-out to Canada! Wooooo!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamarack

@Laura (((hugs))) so sorry for your loss. You son gave his all, and I am thankful :'(

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First time posting, long time reader.

God bless you for this post. My father was army in WWll. Thank you for honoring those who have and are serving.


May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for those amazing cakes. After losing so many friends, it's nice to see people still honor Memorial Day. So this prior Air Force lady who is also an Air Force spouse says THANKS!!!

Now for a technicality, the AF song goes like this:

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder.
Climing high, into the sun.

Here they come, screaming to meet our thunder.
At'em boys, giv'er the gun.

Down we dive, spouting our flames from under
Off with one helluva roar.

We live in fame, or go down in flames, HEY,
Nothing can stop the US Air Force!!!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

My uncle is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines who has toured twice in Afghanistan and now goes regularly every 2 weeks, and this tribute just reminds me of how much of a hero he and so many other brave men and women truly are. Remember that it is not just on Memorial Day that we should acknowledge these fantastic people.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamwise.Gamgee

amazing cakes!a nice salute to the men & women serving (or who have served) in the armed forces.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

All of them were fantastic, but especially the Marine ones, I am pratial though with having 2 brothers who served in the Marines.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

WOW!!! I liked the Black Sheep Custom Cakes because of the topper; truly awesome. Also am impressed with the helmet and the BOOTS. Those boots are realistic down to the stitching and laces and scuff marks. These people should be on those TV cake challenges!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjunewilliams7

Sonja @5:14 - J and J have used parts of two verses of the Air Force song - completely legit, just not very well known. I'm pretty sure they were just being poetical.

WV: gierfliz: "Let's not get into a gierfliz over technicalities and miss the point."

Ranee (Air Force wife for 24 years and counting.)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaneeMc

Two huge thumbs up for including the Coast Guard in your post. All too often they are left out even though they are part of the armed forces so it is really nice to see them included.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAwesome Mom

Wow. And in the best of ways.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Thanks so much for the tribute to our armed forces. My dad was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, my brother was in the Army. My mom and I spent each year for 20+ years watching the Memorial Day concert on tv. Today's page gives me a lump in my throat.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sweet tribute and beautiful sweets!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElise

Thank you for todays Sunday Sweets. The true meaning of the holiday has been largely forgotten. I love your site - gives me a giggle whenever I check it out! I love it even more now seeing those awesome cakes! Thanks again!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

I'm gonna be the nitpicker here, since no one else did it. Memorial Day is for soldiers killed in combat. This post would make more sense for Veterans Day (or even more for Armed Forces Day last week).

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblitherypoop

I get very sentimental during military-based holidays (Dad served in Vietnam) and this drove me to tears (in a good way :)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDr.L

I wonder how many who partook of these had trouble getting it past the lump in the throat. I know I would...

Even (or especially) the very simple ones have dignity off the charts.

Excellent post. Thank you.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

the RCAF one is good as it's not gaudy like some of the american ones

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

awesome post. I don't normally comment, but I wanted to say thank you for the beautiful tribute to our service men and women.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Though all of these cakes are beautifully done, I find the hat and the boots particularly affecting. There is something so deeply personal there about them.

I just wish we had some tribute cakes to the Patriot Guard Riders. While not all riders are military themselves, they provide an invaluable, important service; escorting those who served and died to their final resting place and providing much-needed support to the family of the fallen.

For those interested, here's the Ballad of the Patriot Guard.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing those!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Teabunny and Ella,

My thought too....especially since the cake seems to be for someone currently serving in our armed forces. I sincerely hope they weren't presented with a cake sitting on top of the actual flag they're defending. It would be a difficult situation for them.

WV: betrian. They be betrian our flag code with that cake!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

I youtube'd each song/anthem/hymn and just let the tears roll as I read today's post. Raised by a West Point grad who proudly served in the brand-new Air Force and I am glad is still alive, I respect and thank each and every man and woman who gave their all. "With the thanks of a grateful nation", as they say at the funerals. Thank you, John and Jen, for the honor you show them.

@Laura - Thank you for your sacrifice.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

What a beautiful Tribute to all those that serve(d)! Thank you for sharing these amazing cakes! What talented cake decorators/designers!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendyrful

Amazing post. It brought years to my eyes. @Laura, I'm so sorry about your son.

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Loved this post! Thanks for including the Coast Guard!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for today's meaningful post, and for the reminder of the meaning behind the holiday. Like others have posted, this one brought a lump to my throat (my step-grandmother was a WREN, a great-uncle was killed during the Battle of the Bulge, and my father is a veteran and a civilian security & intelligence expert).

And thanks for the RCAF cake ;) Since you've used quotes, this is also appropriate for that particular cake since it's by John Magee who was one of the Americans who enlisted with the Canadian forces to fight in WWII, before the US got involved:

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings/
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

And I wanted to offer my condolences to Laura (@2:20): may you find some comfort in the memories of your son

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Sue N, Wow, great pieces of art. All were fabulous! Good job everyone and what a great tribute to our Service men and women!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. Those are some mighty beautiful cakes. So stunning I can't believe anyone would want to cut into them.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

My brother's leaving for Marine OCS on Thursday. Seeing these gorgeous cakes somehow makes me even MORE proud of him. Ooh-rah!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Thanks for remembering the Coast Guard!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As the military brat child of 2 military brats and someone who has served and is preparing for their spouse to deploy, thank you.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a Coast Guard wife I want to say "thank you" for not forgetting us! All too often the USCG is forgotten about and excluded, many do not realize we are one of the 5 military branches!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMK

Can I just say you get mad point from me for having a Warrant Officer cake! Okay it's the Navy not the Army but still thanks for remember the "other" officers.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I cannot believe how that choked me up.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered

You get MAD points for slipping a Warrant Officer in there. Okay it's Navy and not Army but still they are oft forgotten. Thanks for remember the "other" officers!
*if this is a repost I'm sorry my computer went wacky

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

this was great

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamwise.Gamgee

I had to come back in today for an antidote to the Monday cakes. UGH.

This may be a post I'll need to bookmark.

-Barbara Anne

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have a photo of Marines (including my great-uncle) celebrating the USMC birthday in Cavite, Philippines, during the Spanish American war. They are siitting solemnly around a table on which sits a very strange-looking cake in the shape of a destroyer of the era (think Monitor and Merrimac).

Just so you there's a long and noble history to cake wrecks. :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonito Lil

Absolutely amazing cake "wrecks"! Just beautiful, brought a little tear to my eyes. This is one of my favorite places to visit, thank you!

Christina Jackman

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Awesome way to pay tribute !!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichcakemama

The Canadian Air Force cake was so beautiful that it made me cry a little and thanks for including the Coast Guard. So many people forget about that branch of the Armed Forces.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

Thank you so much for remembering the U.S. Coast Guard!! They are the oft forgotten branch. ~Sandra McConnell (ex-Coastie)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandraInAlaska

Wow, they are so nice to look at, I'd never want to eat them!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghann LittleStudio

Well, when my dad was in it the first time, for WWII, the song was "Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps"... but the second time (he got called up from the reserves for Korea) it was the "US Air Force." Love you and miss you, Dad.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Thank you so much for including the Coast Guard. My baby brother serves on the USCG Cutter Katherine Walker in Bayonne, NJ, proudly patrolling the Hudson River. So many times the Coast Guard is overlooked during times of military appreciation, so it means so much to me that you included them. Thank you!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToby Fife

First time commenting, but I had to say something. Thank you for doing something so touching. I have no family or friends currently serving, but I still try to honor those working so hard and risking their lives. Brought tears to my eyes, this post did.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Anonymous said: "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 10:34 AM"

The exact same for me. I started crying when I saw the Marine cakes. Truly amazing and thank you for this special post.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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