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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: Winter Wonders

This week John and I have been visiting the frigid tundra of the frozen north: Williamsburg, Virginia. At one point it even dipped down to 39 degrees, so I think you'll agree we've endured what no human being should ever be subjected to.

So, in the spirit of my freezing Floridian tootsies, allow me to present some incredible icy Sweets for your New Year's Day:

By Mad Baker

We didn't see any snow this week - obviously it was just too cold - but even if we had I doubt it would've looked this delicious.


Check out the rock sugar border on this wintry beauty:

By Varrvarra

It's like an icy blast of GORGEOUS. Love it.


Speaking of gorgeous, ever heard of cake jewelry?

Well, me neither.

But that's what I've decided to call these dangling crystal whirly bits:

By Elegant Treats

I'm also digging the frosted texture and spiky top tier.


Okey dokey, time for a cute fix:

By Highland Bakery



Now all we need are some cute polar bears and maybe a walrus and an adorable little Eskimo or two.

Submitted by Sabrina K., made by her mom Anneke of Het Bonte Taartje

I never thought a fish skeleton could be cute. And that submerged bear on the bottom? Genius.


From the icy poles to an icy palace:

By Pipedreams

So sweet!


 Now, this next one *does* have Christmas lights on it...

By Andrea's SweetCakes

...but in my defense, we leave our trees up 'til after New Year's anyway. And it's awesome. 


Here's what I look like when it's below 60 degrees:

By Donna Makes Cakes


Note from john- It's 12:36 am on New Year's Day and Jen just fell asleep while writing this post. It's adorable, really. We spent all day with family at Busch Gardens and she's all tuckered out. But, there are only two cakes left so if it's okay with y'all, I'll finish up.



Look! A dinosaur! In earmuffs!

By Tim G. of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes


See what I did there? It's like a pun! 
This writing stuff is easy...


And so, in conclusion:

By Brooklyn Cake

Glittery cardinals = Awesome.

I think we can all see why Jen does the writing. :)

Well, that's it for me. Just one more thing...
[kissing Jen on the forehead and whispering]
Happy New Year, baby.

And to the rest of you: have a fantastic New Year, and Wreck On!


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

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Reader Comments (83)

I live in Williamsburg and I must say it has NOT been cold here! But these cakes are AWESOME!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjill matava

Cake #3, with jewlery, made me think of Dr. Suess all classed up. Adorable, fun, beautiful! The cardinals...*sigh* jewels of winter!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMomma L

Aww, we live about 20m from Busch Gardens. Hope you liked Christmas Town!

This post is totally adorable, but I think my favorite cake has to be that first icy blast of GORGEOUS.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

You HAVE to go to the website of the polar bear cake (Het Bonte Taartje ) and start reading the words in your best Swedish Chef accent. I know, it's in the Netherlands, but it works!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Greetings from the Toronto area! Where it is currently about -10 degrees CELSIUS (I think that's about 2 degrees Fahrenheit) when you factor in the windchill. And where I (not kidding) have a fleece blanket draped over my tracksuit-clad extremities as I sit at the computer wearing fingerless gloves so my fingers won't freeze while I finish my freelance work this evening. (Our home office is in a corner of the house, and even with the furnace going, the wind outside makes even the interior walls cold to the touch.)

Most of the stereotypes other countries hold about Canada are either overblown or just plain ridiculous. But if 39 degrees F really does feel cold to you guys, I guess I can kind of see where some of the ideas got started!

Anyway, here endeth the (patent pending) Canadian Thermal Differentials Rant... Thank you for posting such beautiful cakes!! And a very happy New Year to all!!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStriderGirl

Three words for you Jen-
John Done Good!

Ok, Three more-
Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Hey, you're up in my neck of the woods!

Nothing really to add to that, just excited about it.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorien

Greetings from Mechanicsville VA! Isn't Williamsburg absolutely gorgeous at Christmas?! Sorry we froze you out, but I have to tell you, the "weather man" pointed out that December 2011 was one of the 10 WARMEST on record! : ) LOVE the wintry treats you've posted!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa in Richmond VA

Just a note: far as I know, Eskimo is a derogatory term; the preferred term is "Inuit".


Of course love the post & cakes as always.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSLantos

39 degrees isn't that bad. I live in Cleveland. It gets much colder than that around here.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyberjar88

Am i the only one that sees a weiner in the penguin cake?

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwindylou

Penguins, polar bears, snowmen, and the most adorable walrus I've ever seen. Love these cakes. John just made a kiss on the forehead so much more romantic than any "Times Square on New Year's Eve" type movie I've ever seen. Happy New Year to you both!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieB

First, those amazing, detailed cookies. Then that delicate white cake. Wow, what they can look like when they're decorated by talented artists!! Such a juxtaposition from the wrecks. Thanks!

Here in New Mexico, we're having a warming trend this week in the 40's (daytime temp, still single digits at night), but it's not enough to melt the snow appreciably after three heavy snowstorms. I mean "heavy" as in one of my trees bent and broke from the weight. But it's so beautiful on the mesas and sparkling under the blue sky.

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKnittedbooties

I am SO glad you clarified that the bear was submerged on the 5th cake!! My only thought was "HOLY PICKLES!! That bear fell off and shattered into tiny pieces!!"

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Were you guys riding the Griffon at 39? brrrr! Anyways, love the festive. :)

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBayley

Best wishes to all for a sweet and wrecky 2012!
(The Mayans were just kidding, you know.)
Jen and John... Awww!!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh my word! The wintery white one is just sooooo beautiful!
And the one with cake jewellery is so pretty! I'm loving them all but those two are OUTSTANDING!
So inspiring! :0)

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterklumzey

Wow! The cardinal cake is stunning ... it almost has a Japanese cherry blossom aesthetic.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrsFitzDarcy

39? I'm jealous. We've been sitting at -40 this week. That's right....NEGATIVE.....40 =) From Alaska, have a Happy New Year you lovebirds.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

Aw, y'all are cute! What a sweet post. Heh, pun!

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

call me what you will, but did anyone else notice the phallic appearance of those towers? or how the penguin's ice looks like a butt?
surely john would have noticed. anyone? bueller?

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor

Shah the two love birds! <3 A happy New Year to all my fellow Wreckies and to all a good night! (yes, that IS a Christmas quote, but...)

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrianna

very cool cake, even appetite played out))

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVitaliy

I bet for a lot of people 39° F is cold. But that is only 4°C here up in Northern Ontario... Want to know what the temperature is this morning? .. -34°C.. which is -29°F.. I think my eyelashes had icicles hanging off them when I got to work this morning. :p

I hope you both had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatina

We just missed you guys, we were at Busch on the 30th! Dang... Beautiful, wasn't it?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth M

You know, that ice castle looks familiar. Is the top of it from the Never Ending Story? You know, where the glowy princess lived?

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

That dinosaur has THE best expression on his face. Ever.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersapphireduck

OMG !!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for posting my cake the 3rd one winter wonderland wedding cake

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFarnaz (eleganttreats )

awww that was sooo cute at the end it made me tear up a bit! happy new year and christmas to you all and thanks so much for cakewrecks!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersara cake

The state bird of Virginia is the cardinal so it is perfect that you were in VA when you posted that one.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Smith

I LOVE the cardinal cake! It might be one of my favorites so far.

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJes

Cute snowmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergigi

Those penguins look like peeps. Well partially. (I think that's how you spell it.)
Happy New Year!

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatWag

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