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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: Summer Lovin'

While it's been well over three hundred degrees in the shade here in Florida since, well, the last Ice Age, I think we've finally reached a point on the calendar where we can *all* agree it is, in fact, Summer. So...

Bring on the Summer Sweets!!

Woohoo! Beach pail cupcakes? Now THAT is what I'm talking about.
(Yes, really; they're cupcakes!)

Or how about this fun Tiki party?

Such a great grad cake.

Proper summertime attire is essential, of course:

Submitted by Beth B. and made by Art by Vanessa

Those flip-flops look pillowy soft - and delicious.

And what's summer without your favorite Hawaiian shirt?

Submitted by Maryanne S. and made by Blackmarket Bakery

Love the colors.

Of course, beachy summer cakes can be elegant, too. Just look at this gorgeous wedding cake:

By Betty's Sugar Dreams

(Even the netting is edible; it's made from flexible icing!)

Or this one:

Photo by MB3 Photography; baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?

Ack! Seahorses! I LOVE SEAHORSES. And these are gorgeous - so delicately done.

These cookies make me want to melt:

Submitted by Sarah K. and made by Nicole of Life's a Batch

And also maybe have a piña colada. On the beach. In Grand Cayman. Mmmm. Yeah.

Every single detail on this next cake is perfection:

By Sugar Siren Cakes

See the name spelled out in the open scallops? And the itty-bitty starfish? And the string of pearls? And the delicate flower petals? PERFECTION, I say.

And finally, my favorite:

The lace molding, the graduated colors, the shells and letters placed just-so on the "sandy" cake board...simply stunning. Cakes like these make me love my job. :)

Now, everyone raise your popsicles - and here's to a great summer!

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

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Reader Comments (66)

¡Ay Caramba!

With all of the word-nerd nit-pickers and various weather and marine biology reports, one could almost forget to stop and smell the CAKES!


I love the seahorse one the best because it's just creamy-dreamy and beachy-peachy and...and...
Because Summer, that's why.
(As in your famous "Because America.")

@ John: Good for you--I rebelled against "LOL" when it was a baby ("lol")...heck, before it was even a glimmer in its father's i.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I am so curious how much some of these cakes cost. They are all complete works of art! I bet those precious pail cupcakes have to be $10 each.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJilliebean1973

Wow to all of these but especially that seahorse cake. Wow! Too bad you have to cut into these beauties.

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

That last one is Gorgeous...or however you spell it. :p

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

damn. It's freezing where I am. Lucky you guys! I get so confused when people talk in farenheit. 300 degrees is 3 times boiling point in celsius :p

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the cookies! So beautiful!

Think you'd like to see this Nightmare before Xmas cake:

It's awesome!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRafael

Lovely, lovely cakes!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

These are great! The seahorse wedding cake looks a lot like the one that some friends of mine had; they got married in the Charleston (SC) aquarium and the cake was gorgeous, although I don't think it actually had the seahorse cake topper. It was a couple years ago, so I'd have to ask her to be sure.

As I recall, the "sand" was cinnamon sugar, very light on the cinnamon. Most of it was just around the bottom, though, and not on the cake. I don't remember it tasting weird and I'm SURE I had at least two pieces!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherKate

@Cheri--You forgot that sand dollars are really keyhole urchins! hehehe

Ok, I'll shut my keyhole now.

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

My mom makes cakes and she has a summer cake on her blog.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn Baker

great cakes!makes me want to go to the beach!

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You've suddenly made me want to make tiki cupcakes. And pirate's booty cupcakes for Talk Like a Pirate Day this year...

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKorbl

@Leigha--My Granny's name was Genevra; it's a French name. Also, Ginny from the Harry Potter books--her full name is Genevra. I was thrilled to see it on that gorgeous cake. And to jump in on the weather bandwagon: Up here north of Seattle, the season is "sprinter" and the month is "June-uary". Brrr!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBowserRanch

Wow! It is so hard to find tastefully done beach-themed stuff! :D So awesome! I am amazed at the icing netting.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenwick Press

Aaahhh! I live right near Pink Cake Box! It's a tiny bakery in Northern NJ: but, as you can see, the cakes are BEAUTIFUL!! (If you are ever in the neighborhood, go across the street and eat at Mara's Cafe! Famous for their cheese cakes and gelato!)

And...just another piece of cake decorator info: my sister-in-law, Colleen, teaches Buddy's daughter in Elementary School (Buddy from CAKE BOSS). Buddy gave Colleen a free birthday cake and let me tell you--it was the most delicious cake I have ever eaten--and I LOVE cake!! There was SO much "dirty icing" under the fondant; I was in heaven!! :)

This has been a special irrelevent News Report from Morris County, NJ.
Thank you for listening. Stay tuned for Family Guy...

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBhakti

Summer??? What is it a mythical creature with love and joy flowing from it?? I'm in Eastern Washington and we're still waiting for much above 70...coldest June on record. However, those sweets made me feel warm, so that's good. (Goes and turns down the heat from 70 to 68.)

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