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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: Getting Crafty

Today on Sunday Sweets we are exploring the world of crafty cakes. And when I say "crafty," I don't mean like "Hey, that is some serious cake craftsmanship!" I mean actual crafts. With yarn and stuff. Woo!

Submitted by Betsy D. and made by Penny Steele Custom Cakes

That's not to say that this caliber of crafty cakes doesn't require craftsmanship as well. I mean, you are looking at a pair of edible scissors!

(Note to kids: please do not attempt to eat any household scissors.)


By Olga's Creations

I should also warn you not to eat crayons either, as my son once had to have a chunk of crayon surgically removed from his lung, true story. But cake crayons? Now that's a cake of a different color! Har.


By CakeCentral member Ceej

I could totally make this cake. Except for the paintbrushes, tubes of paint, exquisitely detailed painter's case and palette. But the blobs of paint, yeah, I could totally do those.


And now, please hold on to your socks, because they are about to be knocked off:

By Small Things Iced

Hey, check for holes while you're down there holding your socks, because I wouldn't be surprised if this thing could fix them, it looks that authentic.


Submitted by Stephanie J. and made by Jo Drummond

Sew AMAZING! Prize-winning ribbons are just piling up around this cake left and right!


Submitted by Sarah M. and made by The Sugar Syndicate

I hope Rita enthusiastically high-fived whoever made her this amazing cake, and then told them appreciatively that the "embroidered" name was an extra-clever touch.


Have you noticed that ruffles are slowly overtaking the world? I've seen them on shower curtains, pillows, headbands, diaper pails, birthday cards – you name it, some crafter has ruffled it. So why should cakes be left out of the fun?

By Bobbette & Belle

They shouldn't!

Simply beautiful.


And I'm quite sure that this perfectly pleated cake is prettier than my entire wedding dress.

By a matter of taste

But not all crafts equal ruffles and buttons and flowers, no! Sometimes crafting has an edge to it. Yeah, that's right. Real dangerous stuff. Stuff like ...

broken glass!

Submitted by Neenah E.
Spotted at the 2010 Boston Flower and Garden Show; baker unknown.

Like a mosaic! On a cake! What a brilliant combination. Say it out loud: "Mosaic Cake!" It's like it was always meant to be, much like my favorite snack, peanut butter and butter. Don't judge.


Or how about this Mondrian-inspired work of edible art?

Submitted by Vanessa M. and made by Colette's Cakes


Or this stained-glass masterpiece:

Submitted by Kelly C. and made by Maggie Austin Cake

 I don't think I would have the heart to eat this. That would be like going up to Da Vinci and being like "Hey man, great job on this Mona Lisa. Really beautiful. Mind if I lick it?"


Well, that's all for now! See you next time, and don't run with the scissors!

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

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Reader Comments (80)

OMG those are amazing-they are almost too pretty to eat D:

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

My God, the *embroidery floss* is fondant.
The best cake ever.
Well, actually, it *and* the Crayola cake with the cute little lady wearing little awesome boots.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

These are gorgeous! I love all the craft cakes, but the ruffly quilted one and the wedding pleated!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterB

Lindsey, I just have to say, that peanut butter and butter sandwiches were my very favorite food growing up. My only judgment is that you rock, my friend!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I think if I ever manage to rope someone into marrying me I'll want a stained-glass wedding cake :D

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I actually and involuntarily gasped when I saw the last cake. Un-be-frickin-lievable. It is, indeed, a work of art.

All of these cakes are great, though; I love the yarn basket with that wonderful yarn texture, and the Singer machine like my grandmother's, and, well...all of them.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm still trying to get past the first cake -- how did the baker make the yarn look so real?

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSassy

Awesome cakes and great commentary! As soon as I saw the comment about your son inhaling a crayon I thought, "I bet this is a Better After guest post!" Doesn't that make you proud?

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

My mom crocheted all her life and her name was Margaret. Was a special treat to see that first cake with the yarn and her name, on this the 19th anniversary of the day she passed away. Beautiful remembrance for me.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

All of the cakes are wonderful, but the sewing themed ones are truly outstanding.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRumpy Drummond

I would sooner destroy a stained glass window than a cake like that.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannaSolo

stain glass and that sewing machine!!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! With the obvious amount of time required for these stunners, are the cakes even edible once one has the heart to cut into them? Or are they rather stale?

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeedSun

Ooooooohhhhhh!!! Aaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

The crayons! The baskets! *The Singer*!! **THE MOSAIC CAKE**!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I may have lost my jaw, please excuse me while I hunt on the floor for it... ;)

Pink Peril, from Scotland

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPink Peril

OMWORD!!!!!! Those are amazing and awsome!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeg am speechless. Those are amazing cakes, top to bottom; I am in awe! I usually will show at least one or two of the Sunday sweets cakes to my husband and family, but I wanted to show them all of today's cakes. (And are any of my family here to look at them while I am bubbling over with excitement about showing them? No, of course not. Sigh...)

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

I thought I was the only one that liked peanut butter and butter sandwiches....Glad to know I'm not that weird after all. :)

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWild Heart

My husband always has thought I was strange for putting butter on my peanut butter sandwiches! Glad to know there are others out there.

These cakes are all amazing though I wonder how much actual "cake" is in some of them. Blows my ,mind to think of all the time put into some of these.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather J.

Fear not, my fellow friends. I, too, ate (and still eat) peanut butter and butter sandwiches. I always thought my grandpa and I were the only ones. But it seems like the awesomness is well spread! ;)

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

I was reading this on my RSS reader, and didn't realize which blog had come up, and assumed it was a different one when I saw the first photo and was just trying to figure out how they got the yarn to stay like that.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAkkhima

The stained glass cake is absolutely incredible!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

i had to stop and really check it out, b/c that singer sewing machine is incredible! it looks just like the one i inherited from my grandmother. and then i continued to scroll down... that stained glass cake at the end!!! omg... that is truly amazing. i agree, i don't know that i'd have the heart to eat that. (but then, how would you actually preserve it? wouldn't it get a little.... gross... after a while?)

thanks as always...

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

Oh my holy moly. Such awesomeness!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTomi Ann

While the cakes are gorgeous, and as a crafter I truly appreciate them, I have to say that the line about licking the Mona Lisa actually made me laugh out loud. :-D

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoeleen

Nice to see some great cakes, and these are really great. Does everyone realize all those notions and tools on the craft cakes is edible? - really, really amazing. The stained glass cake is my new favorite wedding cake.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOMGTexas

I have fantasies that I can make beautiful cakes. Every time someone has a birthday I make a freakishly complicated in my head amazing cake. Then it turns into a wreck. Like this past one... all my icing melted so I just made boobies. It was supposed to be a bass.

These are beautiful... maybe I should take a class- because it'd be a lot easier to make a couple of balls of yarn into boobies (always the fall back)

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManda

Fortunately, I was not wearing socks when I read this post.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Yay! Someone else who loves peanut butter and butter! That was and is still the only way I make peanut butter sandwiches or toast. My mom thought I was nuts, but she was always good enough to oblige me as a kid.

As for the cakes, I am just blown away, especially by the stained glass and mosaic cakes. The detail is just too perfect for words.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJade

Socks completely GONE! Amazing!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Wow. Wow. Wow. I couldn't believe that first one was cake.

<Does the "we're not worthy" bow.>

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJules

"Small Things Iced" sounds like it should be on a hitman's business card.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob the Skull

These are so lovely! Thank you for sharing such creativity.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Son? Son?! Who wrote this post? This is the first I've heard of a son on Cake Wrecks!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDW

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE the crafty cakes!! Speechless at such intricate detail! Wowzers!!!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

As a knitter, I need that first yarn cake. Margaret is a lucky lady.

And as a human being, I need that stained-glass cake. As a lamp. I would design a whole freaking room around that thing.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Wilde

The bunchofpants sewing basket is truly amazing. So much perfect detail work, it's really astounding how perfect it is.

Collette's Mondrian-inspired cake is also outstanding, just think how much time went into all those little square. *shakes head*

And PB&B sammiches are the best!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrigette

My mom's favorite sandwich was peanut butter and butter, so no judgement here. My 7yo didn't believe me that those were cakes. "There's scissors on cake?" "No, the scissors ARE cake." "What?!?!"

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B

Wow! That sewing machine looks just like my 1926 Singer. In fact I'd better go and check it's not actually made of cake. Though it'd be a bit stale by now, right enough.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

simply amazing!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I didn't know you had a son! I thought you and Jon didn't want kids!

AMAZING cakes, by the way.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersavhna

Love, Love, Love the Mosaic Cake!! They are all amazing!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

*sighs with pleasure at the beautiful cakes...

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

The stained glass cake is amazing, very Frank Lloyd Wright(ish). Love it!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnn

I am *so* not leaving this page. Ever. My jaw has been stitched to the floor with that Singer cake.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Just thought you should know...I love peanut butter and butter, too!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersharon c

Wowza. If my cakes ever look an 1/8th as good as those ones I'd feel like I'd won the lottery. I'm blown away by the talent. I LOVE the wedding cake.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I like peanut butter and butter too. I toast the bread and then make a sandwich. It's best with chocolate instant breakfast drink!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

These cakes are all amazing. I'm a crafter, so I was excited to see this posting. My favorite is the ribbon roses -- so textured, each one different. If I ever have a wedding cake, I want those roses cascading down it. Probably in different colors, though.

And I second the surprise at the heretofore unmentioned son. Details, please.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Holy crap! I mean . . . holy crap!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

I want that sewing machine. It looks too real. My mom had one like that for years (and probably still does. Oh, and the crayons. Love it.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

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