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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: Sweet Things In Small Packages

OK, so... we've known each other for a long time now, right? And um, I just think, I mean, I really think that we're ready to, you know, take that next step together, you and me, so... I was wondering, if you would do me the honor of...

 ...looking at a bunch of beautiful jewelry-themed cakes with me?  

You will?  Oh, this is the happiest day of my life!


 Let's start things out sweetly with this charm bracelet cake.

 It appears that this birthday girl is turning 30 and likes cupcakes and presents. (Hey, so do I!) I hope she didn't think the bracelet was a present too, because it's 100% eat-able.


Do the cogs of your steampunk-loving-heart whir mechanically in a beating fashion for this pocket-watch?

By CC member LourdesGel (more pics at link)

The interior is actually set in gelatin to resemble resin. So cool.  Not to mention setting the bar very high for the typical "Jello cake," which consists of poking holes in a cake and pouring Jello mix inside.


Next up is this lovely triple-strand pearl necklace cake.  (I'm betting the stand is cake too, otherwise that would make for a very, very small cake).

By CakeCentral member tiptop57

Pearl trivia alert: Did you know it's bad luck to be given a pearl?  If it's a gift, you should buy it from the giver, even if you just give them a dime in return.  Not sure if pearl cakes fall into this category, so just give it to me and I'll bravely test the theory out.


But seriously, I just don't know about this 'decorating with jewelry' trend, because if I came to a party where the cake was dripping with matching necklaces, I would get all excited and think it was some kind of cool party favor display.

Submitted by Jessica C., made by We Bake In Heels

 I'd probably be just as excited to learn I could eat them though.


And some gifts are better off being eaten anyway.  Buying your boss a fancy new watch?  That's a good way to weird him out.

From the Raymond Weil page here (ordered for the CEO's anniversary), baker not listed.

 But making your boss a cake in the shape of a fancy watch?  You just got yourself a raise!


Here's another: 

Doesn't this look totally real?  That gold-plating is so smooth and shiny, I'm having visions of cracking a tooth on it.


The 'stones' inside this emerald choker are actually made from melted fructose and water.  

By CC member Aleksandraaa

 I didn't even know you could buy fructose.  What does it look like? Does it come in a bag?  I probably would have just attempted to microwave Jolly Ranchers or something, which is why I am not a professional cake-maker.  (However, I do make a mean Jello cake.)


And speaking of emeralds, this cake features so many it could be the Wizard of Oz's wedding cake.  If he like, really liked earrings, or something.

(Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, but the baker isn't listed. Anyone know?)

 Every single perfectly-piped pendant on this cake is completely edible as well.


And what would a jewelry-themed cake round-up be without including a certain iconic shade of blue?

 Forget Breakfast at Tiffany's, I'll take dessert!


Got a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)!

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Reader Comments (34)

Yes, Lindsey! I will! I will! (I've been waiting SO long for you to ask!) Now, put one of these on my finger, er, or in my hand. Yeah, in my hand, on a plate, with a fork. Is there any milk?

PS: Was the timing coincidental, or was the first cake a subtle nod to Jen and John's recently celebrated 14th Anniversary? Because if it wasn't, you should totally say it was anyway...

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I've seen bulk fructose at a local health food store. It just looks like fine-grained table sugar.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremor

Fructose is just corn sugar, which is available also in granulated form. I'm not sure how to handle it to get those results, thouogh.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorine

The Martha Stewart cake is by Wendy Kromer :)

(editor's note: Hey Anna! Could you forward a link to the Martha Stewart website where you saw the cake? Thanks!)

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

These cakes are amazing! I want to know what they made the little springs out of on the pocket watch cake. The only one I don't like as much is the fifth cake. I don't think the dark gems on the pendants match the pastel green. Also, looking back over the cakes, I noticed the numbers aren't spaced well on the white watch cake. That's just me being finicky though.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

I think all these cakes are a-maz-ing! I would love to have even half the talent of these decorators. My "jewelry" would end up looking like globs of the melted jolly ranchers that were mentioned. Best idea ever to set the watch pieces in gelatin in the steam punk cake.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Is there any significance to the missing IV on the watch cake? It's a beautiful cake, and you can just call me picky.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary C

Oh, my, just look at the time... it's eat o'clock already!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Jewelery CAKES are a girls best friend ;)

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The ad on the side of the page goes perfect with today's post.

I love the color combination on the second cake.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

I would love to have been there when they decorated and then assembled the jewelry box on the first cake. Imagine the skill it took to successfully pick it up and place it on the bottom half!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

The ribbon on the last cake REALLY looks real. Is it edible?

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Nod to your subtle reference to Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka. SO subtle, I almost did a double-take.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Mary C. The missing IV became IIII if you look closely!! Woops! Someone needs to review their Roman numerals!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I love them all, but especially the emerald cake. My niece is getting married soon, and her birthday's in May. I'd love to have a replica of this cake for her.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

First thought on the last cake... Amy Farrah Fowler: "It's a TIARA!!" <3

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

the messed up hours on the watch cake (while it's very pretty) are making my head hurt! XXI??? 3 is now 4, 4 doesn't exist... i could go on, but i'm off to see if my jewelry tastes like cake.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Three isn't a missing 4 on the light colored watch cake, they just made the Roman numeral wrong.

Beautiful, but kinda wrecky too.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

the "IIII" on the watch instead of a "IV" is correct. look at most antique watches and this is the way the roman numeral is written.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbec

It is actually an 'IIII'. Evidently RW does that instead of IV for the #4 on some of their watches. The 3 is replaced with the date window. As for the X and XI, I think the spacing is just off.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHSimpson

Four exists as IIIII, which is typical for clock faces. The three is replaced by the date which is standard for a date watch.

All I can say for XXI...time flies when you're having fun?

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeaLotus

No need to go as exotic as getting fructose. Lifesavers can be melted to resemble gem stones. I once made a 'gingerbread' building and did hand-made candy glass for the windows -- the hard way, by making the syrup and pouring it into shape on a buttered cookie sheet. Martha Stewart demo'd an easier way to do it on one of her xmas specials 15 years ago... using lifesavers.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

is the tiara on the last one edible? if so, I love it!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

First Ill say I love your blog and ive only been reading for about a month and secondly wow are you sure those cakes are all edible because if they at least 1 of them has got to be done buddy*.

*sorry big cake boss fan here

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatiez

The black and gold watch actually made my jaw drop.

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Ok so...with the exception of the, watch cake, with candles in it. I'm assuming that the rest of them were sprayed with lacquer, and put permanently on display somewhere.

I could anyone cut into some of those people really eat them?

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDinosaur

I loved these cakes, but I must admit that my favorite is the one with the roses in the background of that last cake.
I agree with you Dinosaur, how could anyone eat one of these cakes?

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

Truly gorgeous cakes!!
I agree about Roman numerals that how they write 4 on watches and clocks sometimes, re Pearls I knew they could be considered unlucky, suposed to represent tears ,bad thought for a wedding! but i never heard about the buying part before, though I have heard about the same tradition re knifes / scissors (and purses should never be given empty).

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Just wait. There will be a slew of wrecks with real cheap jewelry draped, glued, and randomly stuck all over them.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea F

We did "stained glass" cookies. ONCE. It did involve smashing and melting Jolly Ranchers but even as a little helper in the kitchen I thought it was a pain.

Opals are also supposed to be unlucky unless it is your birthstone.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKiwi

You can buy fructose at most health food stores. The advantage of using it is that is tastes sweeter than sucrose (while having the same number of calories/carbohydrates), so you can use 1/2 or 2/3 as much, thereby reducing the calories/carbs by the same amount.

Fructose has many other advantages. It doesn't have a chemical taste like many artificial sweetners do. Also, some artificial sweetners aren't suitable for baking or exposing to high temperatures, but fructose is. As a diabetic, it's a real lifesaver when it comes to baking! I've never heard of using it for this kind of application, though, and I'm not sure what the benefit would be of using it instead of sucrose.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGuest

You sure those "emeralds" weren't made from Isomalt? Isomalt is melted sucrose and water.

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

The white watch is missing the numbers 4, 10, and they have a 21 on there for whatever reason. The nubmers are not spaced approriately either. This should be a wreck. :/

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHB

I think all these cakes are a-maz-ing! I would love to have even half the talent of these decorators. My "jewelry" would end up looking like globs of the melted jolly ranchers that were mentioned. Best idea ever to set the watch pieces in gelatin in the steam punk cake.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbridal-buy

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