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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)

Wow! I'm more than blown away. As a crafter, these cakes speak to my heart and the first one is spectacular. The detail on the yarn is amazing. I'll have to show my spouse as inspiration for my upcoming birthday. (Ha, like that'll happen). Then you show the sewing box and the sewing machine and the Mondrian cake (the cake stand is awesome too) and finally the Tiffany cake - just exquisite! Such skill is priceless (and I'm sure the cakes were almost priceless to purchase too). Swoon...

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

They are all great. However, I spend a LOT of time making ribbon roses and a lot of time making things OUT of ribbon roses... so you can guess which of those cakes is a favourite!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

sometimes a photo elicits a big shout of excitment and sometimes quiet awe. you had both kinds in there. then, the lick the Mona Lisa comment made me laugh so hard I snorted. :)

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I love the Singer sewing machine cake. I can even make out the bobbin winder! Want. Totally want.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrumpyGhostOwl

Two-ply textured yarn FTW! WOW!

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Anyone that could cut into these works of art is just plain cruel lol that or hungry. Either way I wouldn't want to eat them they look too lifelike. Wow.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I have eaten peanut butter and butter sandwiches my whole life and never once thought that it was strange. I make them for my boys everyday so they think it is normal too. The school tuckshop makes it the same way also, so I am sure the practice will spread quickly to the next generation.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

The sewing machine isn't cake either, it's styrofoam...still impressive, but I thought you'd want to know.

[Editor's note- That's entirely possible since often, sculpted cakes are either styrofoam or rice crispy treats. I didn't see that info on the baker's site, though, so I'd love to know where you found it. -john]

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosee

That crayon one would be a lot cuter without that freaky little Liza Minnelli doll sitting on it!

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

The yarn in that first cake is grade a amazing! It looks like actual yarn! And that Singer sewing machine - there were different models with different little designs on them, so I don't know if those are entirely accurate. But it is so detailed and such a great representative of the old fashioned Singer look. I would just die if I got a cake like that! (But not until after eating some. :D)

Thanks for posting these awesome cakes.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenwick

Pity we can't 'like' comments. Hanna Solo would get one for the Princess Bride shout-out.

Wasn't wearing socks today, but still had an amazing time looking at all these cakes. Gorgeous swoonworthy craftsmanship, each and every one.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercygirlkat

those are just amazing! -Molly

And the Sunday Sweets post was signed by Lindsey, not Jen or Jon... She's the one that posted the Sunday Sweets about furniture-cake.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermollybean

Your son?

Did I miss something?

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Holy buckets! The sweets just keep getting sweeter! The detail of that yarn basket, and Singer sewing machine blew me away, but the Mosaic and Stained glass cakes are beyond awesome!! My jaw is still on the floor. I'm in complete awe of those who create such works of art... Simply awesome.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

Those cakes are SO awesome, I'm only SLIGHTLY disappointed there are no scrapbooking cakes!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori Brown

The mosaic cake is just beautiful! I also love the artist's box and paints set, the singer, and the cake that looks like expensive stained glass! Can you even begin to imagine how long that would take?!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

a bunch of those look like they have real yarn on them. unless had said so i would've thought it was yarn.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDouglas

Awesome!! Each one of the cake looks the best. Cant take my eyes off...great workmanship exhibited in all. Cheers to all of them who made these cakes.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterusha

Beautiful! These are just beautiful!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

AAAAAAAAHHHH! I WANT those first two!!!! I'm an Uncontrolable knit-a-holic and LOVE crayons!!

By the way, those all took INSANE skills. My jaw dropped at the sewing baskets and stayed there. wow.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

On her blog, she says it's polystyrene (styrofoam's British name, right?):

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosee

I thought I was the only person who ate peanut butter and butter sandwiches! Actually, I had one for breakfast today.
Now about the cakes...I can't believe some of those aren't real crafty things. I think my favorite is the sewing machine.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicoleW

I have a Singer just like that! That cake is incredible.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadfishmonger

The pictures of the cakes above are great. It shows the makers creativity in styling the cake. I plan to study on how to make designs like this as well. It's quite appealing to look at. I really love this post!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRabbits

Mind if I lick it? LOL!

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Oh my ears & whiskers! Absolutely speechless.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOPKnitter

The cakes are fabulous! That stained glass is just amazing. I am in awe.

Peanut butter and butter on rye toast and a glass of milk. My favorite evening snack. Tasty and sticks to your ribs. I didn't know anyone else ate Pb&b either. Small world.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

These are the most AMAZING cakes I have ever seen!!

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

some of those arent cake.

i swear.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane age 10

These are awesome

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBabs

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