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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: Modern Chic

When I got married way-back-when, wedding cakes were hardly the sleek, chic masterpieces they are today.  Back then, all the hip cakes featured things like light-up fountains, fake ivy, plastic staircases from tier to tier, and rampant tulle abuse.  Those were different times, kids.

Nowadays, couples have so many super stylish options to choose from, it's really quite unfair.

Submitted by Debra H. and made by Cakeaholic

 You don't know how good you have it, whippersnappers!


Sure, there are still plenty of wedding cakes with frills and fluff, but today we're taking a tour of sleek modern cakes that make my heart bleed with lust. Like so:

Sub'd by Jennie S., made by Some Crust Bakery

 Seriously, I call a wedding do-over. I would have loved this monochromatic cake at my wedding. So simple and striking!


 Or maybe this sophisticated number with its immaculate appliques:

By Art & Appetite

Not a pair of plastic doves in sight! Oh, how far we've come!


This couple's cake was inspired by the paintings of artist R.N. Allen, which played a significant part in their early courtship:

Sub'd by Rikki C., made by Gateaux Inc.

My wedding cake's most notable characteristic was a wad of fake purple flowers.  See?  So unfair.


But even wads of flowers can look amazing these days:

Sub'd by Kaitlin M via Beyond Beyond. Made by Janet Mohapi-Banks; photo by Sugar & Spice Photography.

...if it's gorgeous graduating layers of edible roses, that is.


And this single flower makes quite a statement, with its petals gently descending down the cake amid declarations of love written in French.

Sub'd by Marie-Eve P., made by Sugarplum Cake Shop

Le sigh!

Speaking of France, how great is this Parisian-themed beauty?

By Sucre Coeur

I love how it tells a story, and I'm amazed by the workmanship on the Eiffel Tower topper. (And not just because I've been playing a lot of Draw Something lately, and have learned that it's, like, REALLY HARD to draw a recognizable Eiffel Tower).


Here's a modern twist on the 'dandelion clocks' wallpaper designs of the '50s.

By Sweet Disposition Cakes

Good thing no one is making wedding cakes inspired by wallpaper designs of the '90s, because those would probably feature geese wearing bonnets and baskets of dried flowers.  That's what I seem to remember, anyway.


Of course, black and white is so classic I'm pretty sure this couple's grandkids will never look through their wedding album and snicker at the cake.

Sub'd by Brook S., made by The Yummy Cake Company

Not that I've ever done such a thing to my relatives, of course. Especially not certain relatives who used stalks of wheat as a cake topper. Bwa ha ha!

 Ahem. Sorry. That was a totally a made-up example. Any resemblance to real relative's wedding cakes, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


I just love the colors on this next cake. It's so happy and fun and summery!

By Blissfully Sweet

It makes me want to get divorced so I can get married again! I'm sure I could maybe talk my husband into that plan ...


I could even offer up this cake as a compromise:

Sub'd by Jess W., made by Shockley's Sweet Shoppe

Half for the bride, half for the groom, and everybody wins!  Especially the wedding guests.


I love how the intricate design on this next cake wrap around the edges of these square tiers - no, wait ... are they hexagons?!  No way. That shape wasn't even invented back when I got married.

Sub'd by Kate K., made by Sweet & Saucy Shop

So unfair.


But I'm feeling really hip right about now, because I have succulents and gray chevron decor in my home, and this lovely would fit right in:

Sub'd by Kate K., made by Sweet & Saucy Shop

 Would it be weird to display a wedding cake year-round on my coffee table?
(You don't have to answer that.)


Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And as always, feel free to send in your nominations (whether you made the cakes or not!) to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (62)

@Marti The "pas de tout" might be on the other side? I'd be interested to know, actually, since it seems odd to have the last layer unlabeled.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNebet

I love DrawSomething! And pretty cakes! I love it when my favourite things intersect...

My daughter has her eye on a princess cake for her fourth birthday, and I'm no baker, but I'm consoling myself that if it all goes horribly wrong, at least I'll have a submission for your site. And it will serve as pictural evidence for her therapist later on, so that'll be a bonus too.


April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

"Le Sigh" LOVE IT! These cakes are so awesome, I would like a wedding re-do also...

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstacy

I'd love to see your wedding cake, Jen!!!

And the stacked roses? GORGEOUS. The simple white with flowers? OMG WHY CAN'T I GET MARRIED AGAIN!

The only thing I didn't like about my wedding was our cake. It was...okay. These are amazing!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda K

Grumpy comment: the woman being proposed to on the Eiffel tower cake looks like she has a little T. Rex-esque arm sticking up from her oddly shaped torso. Or is that supposed to be a wisp of hair that's curling forward? (And if that's the case, where ARE her arms?)

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

If I got a slice of #9, I'm pretty sure I'd be peeling off the strips of black fondant. Especially if I planned to open my mouth for any reason for the rest of the night.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

It really *is* hard to draw the Eiffel Tower in Draw Something! Love the cakes though. I wouldn't necessarily pick them for my wedding, but it's so cool to see all the ideas other people have.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

You know, I'm with you on wanting to display a wedding cake year round in your living's not's classic...just like Miss Havishim from Dicken's Great Expecations...she displayed hers for over 50 years.
...Oh wait...she was a little bit of a nutter, wasn't she?
...actually she was a WHOLE LOT of a nutter...spankin' LOONEY actually...set herself on fire in the end...with her 50 year old cake.
Let's just pretend we didn't say anything at all...

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeggs

These are wonderful. And I agree the Eiffel tower is difficult - I tried to carve one in a pumpkin one year.

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

For the record...I think it would be AWESOME to display a wedding cake on your coffee table full time, just maybe don't make it out of actual cake. If you don't eat it, it'll just start to melt. :D

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

25 years and 8 months ago, I got married and our cake was a tiered hexagon. Unfortunately, the table it was on was moved over a few feet AFTER the cake was assembled and our guests got to see the leaning tower version of it.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Okay, now I'm going to be up all night picking out Rick Allen prints that I want to see on a cake some day. My husband and I love his work and have started mildly collecting. Duluth is our little slice of heaven as we get up there as much as possible. Seeing his work in person is spectacular, but seeing it on cake is another story. I must have!

May 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia

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