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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)

Lovely cakes! And bonus props for remembering the Coast Guard = )

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Coast Guard cake made me cry a little over here. I know that cake. It's a 1st birthday cake for my friends nephew. His dad was killed in the Coast Guard helicopter crash in Hawaii on September 5, 2008. Ty was only a couple months old when his dad died in service for our country. Thank you for putting it up. :)

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

Tearing up here too. My Dad joined the Army at the grand old age of 14 in 1944 and served proudly in both the Army and, later, the Air Force until 1969. He passed away on Feb 22, 2009 but I know he would have loved these cakes and appreciated the thoughts behind them.

On a personal note, I, too, really hope the boat cake was not served on top of a real flag. Please tell me that was bunting of some sort....

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

THANK YOU for this post... I'm certain all the other cake decorators featured would agree with me in saying the honor was completely ours in making these confections. The gentleman for whom I made the Chief Warrant Officer hat is one of the most endearing men I have ever met and deserves all the praise for his service as do all of our military, police and fire personnel AND their families. It's not just the soldier who goes to war - our hearts and appreciation go out to those who have lost a loved one... thank you, Laura, for rearing a son who would be willing to give so much to all of us.
My sister called to let me know one of my cakes ended up on your site... to be put on Sunday Sweets edition is truly an unexpected honor, but to have one of my cakes chosen for this post in particular? Well, I have been tearing up since.
Kudoz to you, Jen and John, for honoring our troops.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol @ Cakeology

Thank you for all of your humor. But more importantly, thank you for being tasteful and showcasing some really beautiful cakes by such fantastic artist from time to time.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandi Forester

I've never had a bunch of cake photos make me cry before. Good job, Jen.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~Alissa

The Eagle, Globe, Anchor was amazing. They all were. And even tho it was Navy,:) I really liked the CWO4 promotion cover cake.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterev

Thank you for remembering the Coast Guard! (My husband is in that branch, and you'd be surprised how often people treat them as an afterthought or not as "real" military.) All the cakes were beautiful. :)

Thanks for the awesome tribute to all military members and their families!

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Great cakes, but I, too, cringed at not only the cake displayed on top of a flag, but the iced and fondant flags on the cakes. According to the Flag Code, a flag is ANYTHING that looks like a flag, no matter the material. As such, it should not be "embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard." I'm sure the cake makers didn't mean any disrespect, but it would be nice if everyone was more informed.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As the wife of a former submariner, and a current Coast Guardsman deployed to the Middle East....WOW!!! Thank you so much!

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynette Fuge

These are AMAZING!!

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Shout out to my Army boyfriend! You are my hero babe!!! I love you!!

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

They are all wonderful, but Glen's 94th birthday cake really did me in. It's almost like a stained glass window.

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Didn't you show these cakes for memorial day last year?

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

These were truly beautiful and very moving. Thank you for posting pictures of these cakes.

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAine Wendlerq

Jen, you are a class act. Don't know that I would be able to respond to such criticism with your humor and tact. Some people just plain suck.

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternoelnicole

well done! These are awesome! Thanks from Patrick AFB!!!

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Amazing! These are phenomenal tributes to our Armed Forces and as a retired Air Force Enlisted member, I wish any of these folks were near enough to my retirement to make any one of these amazing cakes. God Bless!

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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