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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: Big Top Treats!

DA-da-da-da-da-DA-da-da-da-da ... ... ...

Wow. Sorry.
As you may have guessed, (but probably not) today's cakes are circus-themed!
(It's really hard to type out circus music).

Almost as hard, Jen tells me, as hunting down circus clown cakes that aren't creepy. But they DO exist, and here comes one now!

By Chocmocakes

It doesn't hurt that she's a pink widdle bear-clown waving a tiny flag, either.


Yessiree, boys and girls, prepare for adventure, because the circus has rolled into town!

By Studio Cake

Circus, and train, and Curious George themed? This cake is a total triple-whammy! I bet birthday boy Lance passed out from sheer excitement.


Now hurry, hurry, get your tickets today for the finest show under the big top!

By Doodle-Cakes

And look at those details!

We promise nonstop entertainment and thrills! And seals! And pinwheels!


That's right, getcha' popcorn, getcha' peanuts right here, folks, and getcha' self a good look at this circus spectacular:

By It's A Piece of Cake

I don't know what I love more, that ruffled layer or the "ropes" holding the whole thing up. (Side note: those ropes are actually called "guys" in circus-talk. Oh yeah, I researched to write about the circus, y'all. Now you are smarter.)


Now please, take your seats and turn your attention to the center ring, where Jumbo the elephant is about to perform a death-defying stunt atop a ball, atop some giant popcorn, atop a cake, atop another cake!

By It's a Piece of Cake

Another circus fun-fact: The circus invented the word 'jumbo!' It was a name made up by combining Swahili words and given to a large elephant owned by P.T. Barnum, who promoted him as the largest elephant on earth, and now we use it as an adjective!

Ok, ok, fine. I'll stop with the trivia. Sheesh.


Now this one has it all: Clowns and seals and stars! And a monkey ringmaster!

By Sang's Cakes

All in a vintage color-scheme that I love so much, I am seriously considering taking the whole thing in to the paint counter for some color-matching.


Hey, it looks like someone remembered to send in the clowns, because this cake is crawling with them!

By Baked Impressions

Admit it: you were a little freaked to scroll down to see a cake crawling with clowns. Don't be scared, though; they're super cute! Do you see the little one doing a hand-stand?


Pop-quiz: What is the best theme ever for a topsy-turvy cake? Take your time.

By It's a Piece of Cake

Did you say "circus theme?" Then you are correct! Loving the bright colors here.


And step right up for another topsy-turvy treat!

By Chocmocakes

Note to friends: I have just decided to change my name to Eva, and turn one this year, and I request this exact cake to be served at my first birthday party, thank you.


I will also accept this cake, but I might burst into tears at the intense adorableness of it.

By Baking Arts

I love the clean and modern look, I love the simple colors, and I love how the top is recessed a tiny bit.


But ladies and gentlemen, you haven't seen "recessed" yet! You haven't even begun to see it!


Do you see it?

Holy smokes.

The figures are recessed into the cake! Absolutely incredible. I know I say this a lot, but SO MUCH DETAIL HERE! Drink it in!


And now, hold on to your hats, folks, 'cuz it's the moment you've all been waiting for.


The Grand Finale! Behold:

By Frosted Art Bakery
(More pics here)

*cymbals crash, acrobats soar in the background, confetti canons explode, clowns go crazy, audience claps their hands off, everyone takes a final bow*

You just can't top a cake that requires an electrical outlet.

(Yep, it had motors! I think all the tiers rotated independently.)

We hope you enjoyed the show!

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Reader Comments (64)

Hmm... I always spelled circus music "Doot doot doodle-oodle, doot doot doo-dle."

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

In some cultures first birthday parties are a very big deal. Here in Hawaii, first birthday parties / baby luaus can be comparable to weddings in terms of number of guests, time & effort involved, and so on. Here's a description I found of one party and here's another - fair warning: on the second link, the fifth picture is a c-l-o-w-n, so if that's going to bother you, don't scroll past the bounce house.

Neither of these parties seems to have had a hugely expensive cake, but the descriptions & photos will give you an idea of what these things can be like. For this kind of party, a cake costing some serious money is not out of place even though the kid won't remember it.

Most of the later birthday parties (2, 3, 4, etc.) are usually quite a bit smaller. :)

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Jaye: "A one or two year old could very well be made a whole lot happier with a cake he or she could just dive into face first. Who else thinks so?"

At far older than one or two, I know I would be pretty happy with a cake I could just dive into face first.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRae

oh my gosh, so cute, and so much better than those horrible wilton clowns, you know the ones, using a large star tip to pile on icing then adding a clown head, yikes!

I love the closeup of the elephant. It shows how the smallest detail can really make a difference.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

here in south louisiana, quite a to-do is made over first birthday parties. i find it a little over the top for my personal taste, but it does have a lot to do with your local culture.

we definitely did not want to spend the kind of money some folks do for my son's first birthday, so my mom and i made a cake in the shape of a monkey. home-made (from a box) and not at all professional, but very cool nonetheless. complete with a banana-shaped smash cake that my son thoroughly enjoyed. i guess in a way we went as over-the-top as anyone, given the time it took to construct ... so to each his/her own!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn's mom

@DM -- I noticed the Doodle misspelling, too (I am also an editor) but was particularly struck by how unfortunate a name "Doode Cakes" is.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

If you ever find a trapeze cake, let me know. I'd make one myself, but it would be a sheet cake with the trapeze rig sticking out of the top. Which is probably why there isn't one already.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

Great job, Lindsey! I knew it was you... ;-)

My fave is the turquoise cake with the widdle-bitty elephant on the ball. Too freakin' cute!!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

Would have loved to have seen a Night Circus cake!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLMA

All these cakes are wonderful! My favories are the Curious George train, the Doodle Cakes "finest show", and Lianna's birthday cake with the recessed figures (I'd love to know how they did that!).

I think the "levitating train" really would look as if it was floating when the motor started and the train cars moved around the cake - ooooh, spooky...

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

I just want to know why you didn't feature a pic of the monkey in Ebby's 100th birthday cake... seriously. that would have been the only pic I needed this Sunday... it is squeek inspiring, adorble-ish, wonderful-ness... i am in monkey love...

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

All I could think of after reading that first part was Eddie Izzard from "Dress To Kill" saying "There you build Trump Tower". LOL

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Thanks so much for sharing a great album.....

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargiebell36

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