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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 for Mom

Ah, Mother's Day. A day when we honor our moms for all they've done for us. However, it turns out there aren't many cakes celebrating last-minute dashes to the ER, or working the night shift, or talking us out of shaving our heads that time in high school. So instead, lets remind Mom of the cuter side of Mom-hood: the baby shower.

(Because I said so, that's why. And you have to look at every picture before you leave this blog, young lady, so don't make me come over there!)

Let's start with some good clean fun:

Submitted by Laura R. and made by Sabrina R.

Bubble, bubble, bath time is ador-able!

And as a former faux painter, I'm digging the woodgrain on the tub.

This next one may be hard to swallow...

Submitted by Joan D. and spotted at Chelsea Market

...'cuz that stack of diapers is really a cake. (I know, right?!) I'd love to see how it's made.

Here's a classic nursery rhyme, come to cake:

Made by CW reader Jean D.

The baby is rockin' in a tree top! How cool is that?

And check out the little details:

Carved initials and tiny roses for the win.

Here's one made of sugar and spice(cake?) and everything nice:

Submitted by Kristy L. and made by Poppy Belle's Cakery

It's amazing how that little bit of shine on the shoes makes them so much more realistic. Plus, look at the quilting on the cake board! Such a great touch.

What's that? You want to see some adorable hand-painted baby clothes?

Your wish = my command.

Forgive me for saying so, but this one here is cute as a button:

By abbietabbie

And did you see the little feet on the bottom?



They're even wrinkly and stuff! Sooo cute!

Everybody knows a good baby shower cake needs the proper accessories:

By Charmaine's Pastry Blog

Our friend Julianne (aka Ninja Baby's mom) tells me the muppet-like baby booties are actually a Chinese style. Why don't we have such adorable footwear here in the States? And, you know, in my size?

Next a beautiful baby's bag:

By Cakes by Jen

Some completely charming cookies:

By Brenda's Cakes

...and, um, quite quaint quilts!
("q" words are hard)

That itty-bitty choo-choo train just made tracks to my heart.

And finally, a carriage cake made pretty in pink:

So delicate and sweet! And the butterfly on the handle is a great touch.

Before I close, I'd like to say that we here at CW know there are lots of different types of moms out there, and that these baby shower cakes might not apply to all of you. Maybe you adopted a toddler. Maybe you're a foster parent. Maybe you're a single dad who's had to be both parents to your little ones. Bottom line: there are endless variations of "Mom" out there, but regardless of your circumstances, today is for all of you. Happy Mother's Day!

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

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Reader Comments (57)

Loved all of the little touches, like the tiny Rubber Duckies...

But the baby shoes screamed Olive Oil from the Popeye cartoon. Just looked like something she would have worn..and the same colors too!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The diaper bag cake is mine! Thanks for posting! Cakes by Jen

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi Jen and John! I was able to spend some time with my adult daughter yesterday, so I didn't make my Sunday visit to CW. The cakes are gorgeous. I especially loved the nursery rhyme cake and the fact that it was made by an amateur (semi-professional?) is Amazing!

As to the "quilted" cakes, they are indeed adorable, but I would respectfully like to inform you guys a little bit about quilting. I'm a quilter and the type of cake pictured is probably more accurately called a "patchwork" cake, reminiscent of the way people used to patch pants or linens. The cross-hatching on the last cake much more closely resembles quilting. (I've also seen some done with a tool like a tracing wheel to mimic quilting stitches). None of this is to say I don't like these cakes - I do - just trying to help out. And besides you might be able to have more fun with alliteration by calling them "pretty plated patchwork" or something.

Finally, I wanted to share with you how much I enjoy your blog and appreciate the work you do to make it so professional (since the bakers don't)and entertaining! Rather than visiting every day, I normally set aside time on Sunday to savor the whole week.

Sorry for carryng on like this was a private email rather than a comment. I figure at this late date no one else is going to read it but you guys.

WV: resilsin - the quality you will need to be a great mother.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a foster parent, I can't thank you enough for thinking of me and others who are less traditional moms! I appreciate it soooo much!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Wow! There are many talented ladies out there to be able to make such stunning cakes. I have two wonderful boys who have flown the nest. My youngest lad made me feel so loved and took any doubts I had away.

Children no matter what age are challenging but we wouldnt change them because with out them who would we share mothers day with and these yummy cakes.

Children are a gift from heaven so all mums are truly blessed.

Hugs julie

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfoxyenglishcrafter

These are too cute! Almost too cute to eat...Almost.

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

When my mom and I saw the second picture, we went "Awwwwwwwwwww" in COMPLETE unison.
Thanks for the great post, jen!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady's Daughter

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