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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: Simply Stunning

I think it was Martha Stewart who once said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Oh, whoops - actually that was Leonardo DaVinci.

Either way, I bet Leo and Martha would both give sincere fist-bumps of approval to the bakers of these simple yet stunning wedding cakes:

Submitted by Rachel G., found here, baker unknown.

Speaking of Martha, she's probably going to be hunting down the baker so she can feature this divine cake on the cover of her next magazine. That's a very Good Thing!


Sub'd by Danny C., made by Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries

Fully-blossomed roses, fondant "fabric" and seed-pearl piping all scream demurely whisper "simple sophistication!"


Sub'd by Lynne P., made by Sweet Perfection

Layers of flowers, polka dots, lace edging, quilt stitching, and paisley might sound like a whole lot of crazy on a single cake, but in monochrome, they make it a masterpiece.


By Bobbette and Belle

This cake is so modern and chic, I somehow want to eat it, wear it and decorate my house with it at the same time! ­


Sub'd by K.I., made by Bee's Cake Design

Of course, simple does not = easy! Those painted flowers use a technique called "brush embroidery," for example, which obviously requires waaaay more effort than buying pre-made flowers, sticking them on a cake, and pretending you made them yourself. Which I would never do. Very often. Again.


Hey, not everyone is born with a flair for fondant flower-forming! But this next baker was:

Sub'd by Rebecca S. and made by her friend Jenny, amateur cake prodigy

And would you believe Jenny was only 14 years old when she made this? Fourteen!

I know, right?!


By Design Cakes

This explosion of roses set against such a basic backdrop is so striking. And the single petal drifted off to the side? Perfection.


Of course there are other options if you prefer your cakes flower-free. Like diamonds!

Sub'd by K.L., made by The Cake Company

I'm not sure if those are jewels or simply silver dragees (totally had Google that word, and was a little concerned about typing in "edible silver balls"), but either way that's some beautiful bling.


Made by the amazing Rylan T. of Art and Appetite

This four-tiered cake with cleverly chosen designs that symbolize true devotion (turtle doves), peace (olive branch), and perfection, light, and life (fleur de lis) may not quite qualify as simple - but stunning? You betcha!


By Lorinda Seto

Such an exacting design leaves zero room for imperfections, and I can't spot a single one! I love the alternating damask pattern,and how the color scheme manages to look playful and grown up at the same time. Just gorgeous.


That's all for today! Thanks for reading, and just so you know: "You're simply the best!"

(See, that was Martha Stewart.


Oh, you're right; it was Tina Turner.

Same diff.)

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


Tour Update: Our book tour RSVP pages are now live! Just click your city name here to let us know if you're coming. This lets us know how many prizes to bring, and also helps our bakers plan the right amount of cake.

Speaking of which: hey, pro bakers! We're still looking for a cake provider in each of the following cities: Richmond, Baltimore, Montreal, St.Loius, Memphis, New Orleans and Orlando.

We promise to make it worth your while, so if you're interested, please shoot us an e-mail!

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Reader Comments (56)

Am I the only one who thought that first cake was a roll of toilet paper at first glance? Same thing for the one w/the branch of red roses. Pure, smooth white cylinder = roll of toilet paper.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Is it just me or do the really smooth round white ones look like stacked rolls of toilet paper?

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReloKaty

Upside-down fleur-de-lis or no, that turtle dove and olive branch cake is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I'm lovin' the roses one, too; I must just like shrubbery growing around cake.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

The Sweet Perfections' cake has cutouts - lace cutouts. IN THE ICEING. Lots of nice daisies on the other cakes, but no lace cutouts.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvalyn

I am totally with you on the TP thing.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

regarding the fleur-de-lys cake, I have to pipe in... the fleur de lys is the symbol of French royalty in France and you will find it in a lot of crests of noble European families, what with all the marriages accross Europe (just like the Lion is England and the Eagle is Germany)
So seeing upside down is very weird
Also, the twirly things (tendrils?) on the olive branches belong to grape vine, not olive trees. Olive trees have straigth very fragile branches and always long thin leaves.
That said, this cake is lovely.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhalysta

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