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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: At The Movies

Well, I think Jen took pity on me this week, after I admitted in my last Sunday Sweets post how terrified I was of... well, pretty much every movie ever made during my childhood. So today, we've arranged for Completely Happy Non-Scary Movie Sweets!

Now, I just have to try not to let it slip that Wall-E totally made me cry. Dang it.

Submitted by Lizzie S. and made by Charm City Cakes

This baker really captured Wall-E's sad little rusted robot eyes. And look, he's all dressed up for Eve in a bow tie! Gah! I need a tissue!


Ok, this one will cheer me UP. I literally said "WOW!" out loud, about seven times, and that was before I had even looked closer at the weather vane, and shingles, and garden hose.

Submitted by Jean C. and made by Classic Cakes and Confections

Did you see the garden hose?!

Incredible. And just who is that hanging out on the porch? A Wilderness Explorer, friend to all, be a plant or fish or tiny mole...

Submitted by Renee C. and made by Cake Central member KayB4262

Russell! I didn't know a cake could look enthusiastic! I love the errant collar poking out over his bandana, and of course, that hair. I would feel like a soulless brute slicing this cutie up to eat!


But speaking of slicing, you'd better get out your katana, because these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are ready for action.

Submitted by Jeffrey K. and made by Zhanna Zubova

I can't imagine the time it took to sculpt one of these dudes, let alone all four, plus decorate the whole exquisitely detailed cake! I bow to you, baker sensei.


And this next baker didn't bat an eye when someone requested a knife-wielding one-eyed weasel named Buck to adorn their son's birthday cake.

Submitted by Mary Beth S. and made by Sweet Talk Custom Cakes & Confections

Inspired by Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, another movie that I'm totally not going to admit made me cry. Why can't Scrat just catch that darn acorn for once, WHY?!


I have nothing but love for Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I think we can all agree, is way less creepy than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Submitted by Reagan H. and made by Sweet Designs by Larissa

I also love the subtle simplicity of this cake, about as subtle as an everlasting gobstopper perched atop a giant Wonka-hat cake on a purple pile of edible satin can be, that is. And the golden ticket! How ever did they make that?!


Luckily this next cake must not remain untouched by human hands, because it looks delicious!

By Little Cherry Cake Company

I call the piece with the chocolate waterfall! Both of them!


I love how this cake chronologically represents the scenes and characters from The Wizard of Oz: from Dorothy to Glinda, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the field of poppies and finally, the City of Oz.

Submitted by Elizabeth J. and made by Good Gracious Cakes

So much fantastical detail here. And did you spot the tiny tier representing the Wicked Witch of the East? I guess she would be at the bottom, huh?


Um, excuse me? There's some hair on my cake?

Submitted by Jasmin Y. and made by Sugar & Spice Custom Cakes

And it's FABULOUS!

Seriously, call your daughter or niece or little neighbor kid over to the computer and watch her eyes light up as she beholds these Tangled-inspired sweets. Then break out the fondant kit, because she is going to want one.

Submitted by Raine C. and made by jess9375

Heck, I want one. I want this one!

Oh my gosh, cuteness overload! My eyes can barely take it all in!


But that's nothing a Night Fury munching on some dead fish can't cure.

Submitted by Jess M. and made by Rouvelee's Creations

Nope, sorry Toothless, you're just as cute, too! And so are all the teensy flowers and foliage spilling over the sides of this cake. Even the rocks are cute!


And there are exaketededly zero ways to improooove these Alice in Wonderland sweets.

Submitted by Janie S. and made by Kelly's Cakes

Oh, that hookah-smoking Caterpillar! He's such a fungi. (Sorry, that's the only mushroom joke I know).


And finally, an appropriately topsy-turvy cake to celebrate the wacky world of Wonderland.

By Say It With Cake

I love the tiny tea set, and the daisy and daffodils (they always get overlooked!), and the curve in that Ace of Hearts. It's all in the details!

 The only things missing are the words, "Eat Me!"


Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And remember, if you have a Sweet to nominate, just send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (86)

Speaking as a musician (bass), when it comes to ephemeral art forms, music trumps everything. Especially when one comes from a jazz background (I grew up listening to the 'standards') -- we take pride in never playing a song the same way twice. Every solo is a one-off, never to be repeated.

[Relevance clause] Therefore, I would have no problem eating these. The challenge for the decorator is to top it the next time.

That said, I expect there would be a market for someone who could recreate special cakes in some permanent material. Why, I bet there are people in Florida who are good at crafts and have lots of free time who could do that sort of thing. If only we knew of some people like that...

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I WANT a Toothless cake for my upcoming birthday!!!

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStoryteller

Two things:

1) I desperately want the Tangled and How To Train Your Dragon cakes. To be honest, I like those movies more than my niece and nephew do anyway (I can't even get them to WATCH How To Train Your Dragon.)

2) The ever so slightly ironic (perhaps not the word, but I'm going with it for now) thing about the Kai cake is, even though I'm aware that Kai is Hawaiian for "ocean," I will always interpret it as how it translates in New Zealand Maori, which is "food," and that seems appropriate for a Chocolate Factory themed cake, if you ask me.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarama

Speaking of crying, "Up" had me bawling in first 5 minutes. Love these cakes! I still refuse on principle to watch the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though. There is no way Johnny Depp could match Gene Wilder.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I love Sunday Sweets. However I do have to disagree with you about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I find that version WAY more creepy than the original. But then I'm one of the few people that finds Johnny Depp extremely creepy and stalker-like.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I love that these talented artists have found a way to create art and make a living at the same time. Not much call for sculpturers in today's world, so this offers them the opportunity to create and earn money.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

All these cakes are gorgeous! The Wizard of Oz cake, with its layers depicting the various characters and plot development, is extremely clever. However, I'm going to date myself now: My kids (yeah, not me, MY KIDS) played with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when they were small, and they watched the TV show every week, so the TMNT cake holds a special place in my heart. Plus, every time I see one or more of those turtles, their theme song comes racing back into my head! Good memories.

Thanks for sharing these amazing cakes. The artistry, creativity, and talent of the bakers seems to be boundless, and for that I offer a tip of my cap...

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

I read this post and was oooh-ing and aaaahhh-ing and then got to the Rapunzel cakes... WOW! I scrolled back up, called in my 4 year old daughter and had her look at this post from the beginning. I scrolled down with her oooh-ing and aaaahhh-ing and then got to the Rapunzel cakes... her eyes got HUGE and she says, "MOMMY!!! I want that for my cake this year!!!" Now to figure out if she wants Rapunzel or the tower. ;-)

Thanks for this post! It's motivating! <3

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen C.

I'm wondering if the balloons are made of blown sugar... WOW just the same!

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

TOOOOOOOOOOOOTHLEEEEEEEEEEEESSS. That's all that registered in my head. At all. Nothing else. That is my favorite cake of all time. Glad to see it finally ended up on CW! I just gestured to all of that cake and I'm loving it.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Hairy Hooligan

I CAN believe it's not so an belivable...

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBakery Ransome

my 4 yr old would absolutly freakin LOVE the Wizard of Oz and Tangled cakes ... her 2 all time favourite movies!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

1) The Up cake is amazing! I also wonder how the balloons are constructed.

2) I found the second Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to be disturbing, creepy, and wrong. I agree with the others - the second movie was super disturbing and twisted! Gene Wilder forever!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Love the WOZ cake EXCEPT it is missing TOTO!! Toto is the best part of WOZ! And yes - this movie scared the crap out of me when I was kid. I hated those flying monkeys.

My thoughts on Willie Wonka - I think the original version is creepier because it wasn't meant to be creepy, whereas with any Tim Burton movie you KNOW there is gonig to be creepy stuff.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel Roeder

You want some mushroom jokes? Enjoy... :))

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I wish I knew how to submit a sunday sweet, because I have a Rapunzel cake I did recently that came out great :)

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjessica C.

jessica C: Here you go!

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterskreidl

@jessica C.: At the bottom of eacy Sunday Sweet post, Jen has an e-mail address which you can use to submit your sweets.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

So... you cried during Ice Age, but not Up? Have you SEEN the first 10 minutes of Up? Instant snotty tears.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

All i can say is WOW, these cake decorators have such awesome skills. i decorate cakes too and am so jealous that these cakes came out so well. Well an in awe too :) I loved the up cake and the how to train your dragon cake. Such awesome detail and so cute. I love toothless

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

thanks everyone :)

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica C

I love the UP cake with the balloons! It's adorable!

January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

My favorite one was the UP one with the house and everything. FINALLY something that's not gross and disturbing like babies popping out of the mothers...

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaylee


"The whole time I was watching the new Willy Wonka I couldn't stop wondering why Johnny Depp had apparently modeled his character on late-era Michael Jackson."

Great cakes! Great post. :)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

@Kaylee, re: "FINALLY something that's not gross and disturbing like babies popping out of the mothers..."

That is kind of the point of this blog, any day of the week but Sunday.. ;)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterskreidle

made the mistake of showing these to my nearly 5 & 7 year olds and now they want one just like... Tangled, UP and Toothless... Mama is NOT capable of such perfection!! Guess they just get the gluten free cakes and cupcakes mama can make.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermama moffat

The Up "Cake" was actually a gingerbread house that company created for a local competition. It's stunning, it's just not cake.

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeaspoon

Dear me, is the Ice Age -cake saying "Vihaan"? Is that actually someone's name or am I just reading it wrong? Because in Finnish, "vihaan" means "I hate". :D SIlly cake, that.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAisla

When I was a little girl, I would've DIED on the spot to have a cake that cool for my birthday! Awesome!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRizzeh

Why- You have to be persueaded to eat the worst cakes- and the best!!!!! Oh, yhe pain of eating russel....he was so young (snif)

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJOHANNAH

Seriously late to the party, but I just showed the Toothless cake to my fiance, and told him that I just found the cake for my next birthday. I adore that movie, and even he (who is usually not the animation fiend that I am) enjoys it as well.

And for the record, I am 44 years old, would totally wear a "How To Train Your Dragon" in a grown-up size. :)

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Pardon my being cynical here.. but I'm sure the thousands of dollars a cake costs has something to do with the desire to make them, as well.

May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBearfoot

My grandson is insisting that I make an 'Up' cake for his fifth birthday! Trying to work out what the tiny balloons have been created from ...... my forthcoming attempt at a similar cake will probably make a good photograph (or two) for your page ..... I'll keep you posted!!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan Harbon

FYI.... the UP "cake" with balloons is not cake but a gingerbread house! Check out the pics and description of that gingerbread house on the company's facebook page!

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Can anyone tell me how the balloon from "Up" was made? It's driving me crazy! It looks like styrofoam with pins stuck into it. Anyone?

June 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

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