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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: Threadcakes 2011 Final

Threadcakes 2011 is wrapping up this week, so let's take a final look at some more of the amazing entries, shall we?

As before, we'll start with the shirt design, followed by the cakey re-creation. Links go to the creator's page on Threadcakes.

I have a particular affinity for this design, since John just bought the shirt for himself last week:

"Doctor Hoo"

By Margaret Hoar Aaaamazing.


Now I'm not going to say anything else, because I picked WAY too many favorites to show you today, and I can't bear to cut any more. So, enjoy:

"Bountiful Catch"

By Samantha Friday


"Together Again"

By Connie Verbruggen


"The Fox Confessor"

By Ashlee Perkins of Minette Rushing Custom Cakes


"Recording Seal"

By Kelly Alexander of The Cake Studio


"M aw"

By Cindy van den Hoonaard



By Erin Toews


"Happy Accident"

By Saahna Bryan of Saahna Cakes


This one made me laugh:


By Britain Spinney


"Work of the Genius"

By Megan Maller

If I were some kind of metal-working genius, I would totally make one of these for my desk. (Even though there's no way it could look as good as this cake. WANT.)


"Second Sun"

By Jenna Winkeller

Check out that hand-painting!


"My Playtree"


By Tom Nutter of The BIG Time Cake Company



By Jamie Manos

So. Cute.


"Pistols at Dawn"


By Ann Bailey


"Nature Photography"


By Carly Geehr; click here for more of her work.



This is only a small sampling of the Threadcakes entries, by the way. Check the gallery here for lots more. And if you'd like to submit your own cake, hop to it! The deadline is tomorrow!

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

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Reader Comments (53)

Amazing skills on show, but some of the subjects are just too creepy ..the dead fox for instance and the nuclear bomb with birds.
Like the Hoo's though thats classy!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Wow, they're all so beautiful. I find "Second Sun" pretty disturbing, but I guess that's the point.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Oh gosh I saw "final", "2011" and "wrapping up" and panicked. I thought cake wrecks was ending!! Lol! Lol! Loving these. Love the muppens, the fox and the story tellers.......

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant if I didn't have enough clothes! I am now one up. That Doctor Hoo is too cute for words!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergrumblekitty

I have the Doctor-Hoo shirt too! I'm so glad someone made it into a cake!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

After spending some time looking through the entries, I agree that it would not be easy to showcase all your favorites. I was also impressed by how many, let's just say...probably did not turn out as envisioned.

(As in, what's the name of this blog again?)


August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjj

Wow. So.Freakin'.Amazing. That's all.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

WOW! Those cakes are truly, wonderfully, amazing. Well done, bakers!!!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

So cool! I am totally in love with the Muppet one! I want the shirt!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

I'm so glad I don't have to judge these because they're all totally jaw-dropping. Good luck with that! The level of talent here is mind boggling!!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

LOVE the Doctor Hoo cake! I wanted the t-shirt, but as things around the home keep breaking I figured I should save the cash for now. : (

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryne

I'm truly glad that I don't have to pick a winner. They're all so amazing!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarla T

"The Fox Confessor" is by far my favorite. Beautiful artistry!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeghan

I have a particular affinity for the Doctor Hoo design as well because my sister made the cake!!! :) :) So proud of her - she's amazing. Thanks for featuring it here , totally made her day. I so hope she wins.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

OMG those all so amazing :D

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The fox and the camera(butterfly) ones are my favorites...well done by all!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

So...I was scrolling back the other day, trying to catch up on all the older posts since I've just recently become a fan (Yes, it's sad. LOL!). And I came across another post about Threadcakes. And went to the gallery. And drooled.

And ordered a shirt. The nature photography one, since I'm a photographer. And I wanted a bunch more. And the price was so stinkin' reasonable!

And the cakes...while some are...not so hot (almost wreck-like)--some were absolutely stunning!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Amazing work! I'm going to have to buy the Muppet shirt. In honor of the new movie...sure... that's a good excuse. What talented bakers/decorators you've showcased! Good luck choosing!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjacque

@diddleymaz "The Fox Confessor" is from a series of Ukrainian folk stories. The fox, like the Coyote "trickster" of North American First Nations mythology*, Fox is noted for his cunning and wit in turning or trying to turn any situation to his own benefit. This is why Fox, in the painting is laughing or possibly singing ("He sang nursery rhymes to paralyze the wolves that eddy out the corner of his eyes"**).

* (I hesitate to use the word "mythology" since First Nations peoples don't view these as "myths")

** Neko Case used the theme of one of those stories "The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" for her 2006 song and album titles of the same name.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

I LOVED the store tellers cake! So creative!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I wish I had cake decorating talent, or could draw for that matter. Absolutely love these.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. B. England

I can't even believe how many talented people there are out there! Incredible!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEG

In taking a closer look at the cake, I believe it is, in fact, referring to the "The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood). on the base is a hint of the flood beginning.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

@anneke I'm in the UK..and although I've never heard of neko case I am familiar with the idea of the wily fox BUT I stll think that like the clown van thing it's just creepy and doesn't make a nice cake. Even though its well done I just don't like it after all lots of things are well done but it wasn't necessarily a good idea to do it!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiddleymaz

Wow, amazing talents; I personally love 'Storytellers'!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

I want the "My Playtree" and may just be ordering the shirt. Also really like the muppet one. Hmm, how can I get husband to create "my playtree" for me......Woudln't that be an aweseome place to go to getaway from everything? Well with wi-fi of course to keep track on Jen's websites. =)

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather J.

Squee! I want the Muppet shirt! I love it!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

I love the "Doctor Hoo" cake!! Had to go to the contributor's website for a higher-res photo. What clever interpretations of the eleven Doctors!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I want to live in that playhouse. The shirt wasn't that impressive, but the cake was adorable!!!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshEklund

These are all incredibly awesome but I found "The Fox Confessor" to be amazing

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermememem

Wow! If you put one of those cakes in front of mr I wouldn't know HOW to cut it, et alone if I had the courage to. I can't decide which is my favorite, although I'd be giving special honours to 'Recording Seal' and 'Second Sun'.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShikiblade

I think the "Storytellers" cake is the cutest cake I've ever seen!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

These cakes are absolutely fantastic! You've had cakes from the contest before, and they are always incredible! And, I had to order the "Happy Accident" shirt -- just too funny!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

As a recently converted Whovian i simply ADORE the "Doctor Hoo" cake (and tee). The Recessionopoly and Muppets also were simply fantastic!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeighanne

Wow All of those cakes are amazing. It was hard to tell what was a shirt and what was cake lol.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

My favourite is "My Playtree." WANT.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBroot

i have that toast shirt and i should point out that the shirt starts off with them as two slices of bread. when you go out in the sun, they turn to toast and the tan lines appear. it's so cute!

these cakes are all so amazing. i have to get that muppets one.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I have the Doctor Whooooooooo t-shirt... I can not believe how utterly fantastic that cake is!!!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWho-In-Whoville

I love the Hoo one! And Together Again! :o) The song is now in my head...happily...
"Together again, Gee it's good to be together again! I just can't imagine that you've ever been gone. We're not starting over, we're just going on!" :oD

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

So surprised you didn't include A Long Time Ago. (And you call yourself a geek! LOL!) There are some truly amazing cakes here and at the Threadcakes site!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

There's a sprinkle cake which is absolutely adorable and so made me think of this site:

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Stunning! Just simply stunning! I do not envy you your task, Jen. Good luck!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

What a happy bookshelf! Anyone else want to play I Spy? I'm missing a few...

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight, Frankenstein, what I can only imagine to be Treasure Island or Peter Pan, Where the Wild Things Are, Alice in Wonderland, Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh, possibly Charlotte's Web or the Three Little Pigs, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid...

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow! Fox Confessor (the original piece) is by one of my favorite artists, Lindsey Carr. Love to see great work spreading!!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersbfren

Where in the world do you find these in t-shirt form!? I must have some of them! They are incredible in cake form too (wish I could sit and stare at them for hours each!). Thank you!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

I love the fox cake! Just look at the detail. Why call that creepy? Look at the art that went into the t-shirt design and then just look at that talent Ashley has to make such a cake. I'm not biased, even if she is my old roommate's daughter.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

@ Diddleymaz Yeah... the clown car is pretty disturbing. I am NOT a clown fan...

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

When I first saw this post, I scrolled down just enough to see the first picture, but not the caption, and my though was "Dr Who scarf!".

I love the shirt. And I am sooooo not surprised that Jon bought it.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

Jen, as always, the Threadcakes you post here are amazing. Judging must be a real challenge.

@ Sarah: according to the comments on Threadless (starting from top left):

Little Red Riding Hood
Jurassic Park
Winnie the Pooh
Charlotte's Web
Sleeping Beauty
The Wizard of Oz
The Little Mermaid
A Christmas Carol
The Three Musketeers
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Where the Wild Things Are
Phantom of the Opera
Alice in Wonderland
Sherlock Holmes
The Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
Pippi Longstocking
Blackbeard the Pirate

I agree with most of these: a lot of them have clues in the original drawing - for instance, there's a little spider with the pig, which makes sense if it's Charlotte's Web - but I'm not sure about the last one. I thought maybe BLUEbeard rather than Blackbeard. I can't think of a specific pirate who's usually depicted with an eye patch, a peg leg, *and* a hook - unless the original Captain Hook had the patch & leg? You can get a good look at the image on the designer's website: 1st picture in the 3rd row under Vector Illustrations.

Every time I want to buy this shirt it's sold out. Sigh.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8


who ever made that cake missed out on some crititcal details
its two top hats instead of one!!!! looks stupid with just one.
also the colors of the stipes on the hats, neck ties and hanky/vest and how one has his pinky extentded and the other dosnt. ones "light" ones "dark" i think they were dueling an alternate version of themselves.

i thought the idea of thread cakes was to take what you see and turn it into cake not change it into your own design.

i do like the detail tho but they are not the same image. baker totaly reimaginded it. not what i think thread cakes are about.

[Editor's note- Actually, our favorite part of Threadcakes is that people often interpret the designs into cake in unique and interesting ways. Ah well. To each her own.]

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna

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