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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
Aug122012

Sunday Sweets: Beatle Mania

Today's sweets are a tribute to the Greatest Band in the History of the World:

 ABBA!

 No, wait, that's not it.   

 ACE of BASE!  

 Whoops, that's not it either. Oh, I see the problem. Looks like I was in my "Guiltiest Pleasures in the History of the World" playlist. Ok, here we go. Presenting the Greatest Band in the History of the World:

 THE BEATLES!

Made by  Luckey Cakes

 So hop in your yellow submarine and come together (Ha! See what I did there?) to enjoy these sweet treats featuring the Fab Four.

 

And here they are now, playing their fondant hearts out for Sam's Bar Mitzvah.

Sub'd by Amy G. and made by Sweet Talk Cakes

 So much detail here, right down to Paul's left-handedness.  Pretty sure the lights aren't edible, but they make for a cool effect. Honestly, it would be so wrong to eat any of this cake. Let it be!

 

 I don't know what type of event could have possibly necessitated an "I Am The Walrus" cake, but I do know that I would like to be invited next time.

 When you saw this cake, were the next words that entered your head 'goo goo g'joob?' I bet they were. (Or 'koo koo ka choo,' if you're like me and have been saying it wrong your whole life.)

 

 How sweet are the little hearts floating out of the top of this cake?

By Martha Makes Cakes

I think this cake is an homage to the Cirque du Soleil show Love, which is an homage to the musical legacy of the Beatles.  So it's an homage to an homage. Of cuteness.

 

 I'm blown away by the album art on this cake. I spy Abbey Road  and Revolver, but there may be more in there.

 What talent!  Don't feel bad if you can't recreate something like this yourself.  Next time you make a cake, just frost it with plain old vanilla icing and tell your friends it's the cover of the ninth Beatles' album, "The Beatles." Everyone will be totally impressed.

 

 Check out the awesomeness happening all over this Beatles wedding cake. When the groom proposed to his bride-to-be, rumor has it he knelt down on one knee and gently whispered the words, "I want to hold your hand ... forever."

Sub'd by Michelle N. and made by Sweets Lorraine

 I just made that up.  But I bet that's how it happened.

 

 You know what would have been even better than giving Kath this Beatle-themed cake on her 60th birthday?

Sub'd by Lindsay C. and made by Jackie's Cake Kitchen

 Waiting four more years, duh.

 

And now, for the younger fans, meet "The Rattles." Way cooler than your standard baby-rattle shower cake.

Sub'd by Reed and made by Kimberly Chapman.

 I'm dying to know the rest of the rat-bands on this cake. Simon and Ratfunkle?  Fleetwood Mouse? Bob Vermin? The Rodent Stones? 

 

Here's another kiddie Beatles-themed cake: 

Sub'd by Allison P. and made by Sweet Lady Jane

 Because you're never too young to start being cooler than your friends. "Oh what's that, Tommy?  You've never heard of The Beatles? Pssh, they're only like, the coolest rock n' roll band of all time.  Pass me my sippy."

 

As you can see, a lot of today's cakes were inspired by The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film and album art.

Sub'd by Sharon H. baker unknown

  Something about psychedelic pop-art in fondant form is too fun to resist. Isn't this one a dream? It's like a carousel for my eyes!

 

You can't buy me love: False. Because you can buy me this cake, and that's practically the same thing.

Sub'd by Rachel S. and made by Carla Ikeda

 So pretty! I lovity-mclove it. All the happy colors and layers and layers of  kaleidoscopic embellishments, it practically makes me want to break out in song. (I won't, but if I did, I would pick "Here Comes the Sun," that's my very favorite!  What's yours?)

 

 In conclusion, if The Beatles taught us one thing, it's this: All You Need is Love. Either that, or Love Is All You Need. I can never remember which.

Sub'd by Julia G. and made by choccywoccydoodah

 Love, of course, and cake.

 

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

And if you're looking for a Sweets baker in your area, check out our Sunday Sweets Directory for a listing of every pro baker we've ever featured on CW, listed by country and state.

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Reader Comments (65)

SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Want! Want! Want them all! Been a Beatles fan since the Sunday night I huddled in front of the family's black and white TV and fell in love with Paul... **sigh**

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMumsykat

LOVE these! Our little guy's nursery was Yellow Submarine-themed, right down to the crib bedding (fitting for a kid whose middle name is McCartney). Wish someone around here could make a cake like these!

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLooneyBinRN

Adrianne, Beatles-themed wedding? Pictures! All I want is a photograph! Did you walk down Penny Lane or Abby Road? Did you vacation in Strawberry Fields? Did Father McKenzie perform the ceremony? It's hard to imagine....

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea H.

saying "i want to hold your hand forever" is a GREAT proposal. i hope somebody has proposed with those words in the past (ye gods) nearly fifty years.

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjane lewis

Perfect timing, as the Chicago Fest for Beatles fans was this past weekend! And I want all of those cakes, I want them so bad it's driving me mad, it's driving me mad... but I'll bet they're so heavy, too.

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

Oh, these cakes are all so beautiful! My dad's turning 64 this year and this post has convinced me that he needs a Beatles cake to Mark the occasion. (I actually was going to comment yesterday but I had to phone him and make sure I was right about his age... Daughter Fail :P )

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwaffre

@Julie Freund: Thanks for the link to The Rattles cake - super amazing!

@Kimberly Chapman - Thanks for MAKING The Rattles cake. It was great fun trying to pick out all the musical genres/groups. You did a fabulous job on the entire cake. I can't imagine how many hours you spent putting this piece together...

@Amanda - Don't worry about your friend being featured. A Sunday Sweets feature on CW is high praise, indeed! Any other day, however...

My son has been a Beatles fan for forever (I'm not sure how he got started, since we didn't really listen to them when we were first married), and he's exposed us to the greatness that is The Beatles. These cakes are all gorgeous, and as was mentioned, who would want to put a knife to any of them? I'm all about the cake, but I think I'd shed a little tear when any of them were cut.

Great post, Jen, as always!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

I picked that last one as a Choccywoccydoodah cake. It's their style.

(They have a TV show for the unitiated).

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer75

I may or may not have just Pinned every single one of these. Love these cakes!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinged

I've been looking at your cakes and reading (and laughing at) your comments for several years now. My favorite is Sunday Sweets -- people do such beautiful temporary art! So many of them look like they took hours and hours to make.
What do these things cost? I mean, a ballpark figure. I have no idea, but with all those hours of work, it has to be a lot, doesn't it?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim C

My dad would go nuts over these! I literally screamed and flailed at all this!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam <3

In My Life and Yesterday, favorite Beatles songs. Wait and I'm Lookin Through You are pretty close behind

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Jen - You left off the "Ratones"!

Also, I like how they blended in the words with the decorations in the last cake. I thought at first they left off some words until I looked closer and saw that they had been incorporated more decoratively.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonB

Always amazing! Too bad the l'il in l'il Gary was spelled wrong: lil' Gary. :0/

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBumblesnbees

So thrilled to see my cake on here #4 It was made for a great Beatles fan who has seen the "Love" show twice. It was one of my favourite cakes to make. Cheers from Brisbane Australia!

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMB

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