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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: Back To School

Alright class, settle down. 

Take your seat, sharpen those No. 2's and use your inside voice, because we're going back to school!


I hope you are prepared with all the necessary school supplies you'll need this year: 

paper, pencils, rulers, notebooks...

By The Icing on the Cake 

...and one ridiculously realistic looking chalkboard eraser made of fondant.  

All set?  Let's continue...


First, let's go over some classroom rules.

#1. I expect homework to be turned in promptly every morning.

By Cake Central member Kello

And sweet little notes like this will not earn you extra credit. 

(Just kidding, they totally will.)


Rule #2.  No ipods or cellphones will be tolerated in class.

By Erin Salerno

Keep them in your backpacks or I will have to confiscate them.  Also, do not bring makeup to school, or I will borrow, er, confiscate that as well.


Rule #3. Keeping pets in lockers is not allowed. 

By Charm City Cakes, photo found here

However, you are allowed to keep sexy shoes and a chandelier in your locker, should you so desire. Just know that I will think you both awesome and strange if you do.

 (Can we pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that this thing looks to be life-size and is MADE OUT OF CAKE?! I give it an A+!)  


 Moving on, I try not to assign seats unless absolutely necessary...

By It's All About the Cake

...or if I feel like using these cute little crayon name-tags. So what if you're in high school, Erica? The point is they're totes adorbs.


 And speaking of adorable, how cute is this rainbow spilling out of a paint-can cake?

By Arte de Ka


This is why we need arts in schools, people!


Which reminds me, there have been several budget cutbacks this year, so you are now required to provide your own art supplies.

By Minjinah Kuhinjica

(I love that the baker was committed to making such a uniform set of markers and pencils, whereas I would have probably taken the easy way out and just painted some stick candy.  Or the easier way out: real markers. Or the easiest way out: cookies.)


And students, it's a good idea to start preparing now for all those standardized tests, so make sure you have a top-of-the-line calculator.

By Creative Cakes by Julie

Or, at the very least, one that doesn't run on solar power.

(None of this looks like cake! NONE of it! Incredible.)


Well, that's the bell! 

So go line up at the (insanely cute VeggieTales) bus, and I'll see you all bright and early tomorrow!

Photo by Katie Whitcomb, but the baker isn't listed. Anyone know?



And don't forget, homework is due in the morning!  No excuses! I mean it!

Yep, I think this is going to be a great year.


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

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Reader Comments (39)


That calculator cake - are you *sure* that's cake?

Amazing work all round, A* for effort, A* for presentation

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I absolutely LOVE the Veggie Tales bus! And I agree with your statement that none of this looks like cake! Amazing sweets!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDorene

I don't ever want to miss an opportunity for cake, so I'm going to have to start taking a bite out of every calculator I see, just in case.

A+ on the post -- obviously, you were going for extra credit!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Jen, I love you so very much.
But if you use the phrase "totes adorbs" again, I will vomit, take a picture of it, and send it to you. (I realize you've seen the nastiest cakes on the planet so this isn't much of a threat. More of annoyed begging.)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

OMG some of the cutest cakes i've ever seen :D

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

on the art supplies kit, I love the spelling of her name: Viktorija.

did anyone else notice the measuring tape on the craon name-tags cake? all those even little marks would be a dang nightmare to make!!

I also feel sorry for th e little doggie who wishes he were eating that piece of paper instead. (Ours could chew an ATM receipt faster than a shredder.)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

As a 6th grade teacher, I love these cakes (though a few are a bit over the top on the cute factor- I stopped teaching elementary school because I could not handle the shirts embroidered with apples and crayons). In regard to the locker cake: I was baffled this year when my new students came to set up their lockers. Apparently this no longer simply means putting a locker shelf in and adding a few magnets. It now includes covering the inside of the locker with wallpaper (ahem...wrapping paper), putting a rug in at the bottom, and adorning it with "drapes" and working chandeliers. As long as there are not moldy sandwiches in the bottom, I'll take it (though if anyone keeps a pig in their locker we will have to talk).

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

@Amber, when I brought my daughter to Staples to get school supplies, we saw the rugs and chandeliers for sale. I was quite proud that she thought they were too silly for school.

I love these cakes! I don't know how someone could possibly make cake look so much like a calculator! Amazing! I think the art one is my favorite though.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

I want the apple with the worm in it from the first cake!

A very refreshing break for my eyeballs after Friday's horrors.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Can someone please translate Viktorija's lovely cake? My best guess at the language is Polish.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

wow awesome cakes as usual and adorable commentary as well. I have to say, this weeks post couldn't be more appropriate! My daughter starts school tomorrow.... as a teacher!!! So excited and proud of her! She is teaching 3rd grade.. 16 students : )

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana C

Rugs? chandeliers?

Criminy - what are they giving these kids for lockers nowadays -- motor homes?

I barely had room for actual books and a coat -- no way I would have had room for all that other junk!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Nimous

I really don't think I could cut into the doggy :( beautiful but creepy.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

@Natalie, Lindsey wrote this post-- not Jen. Just wanted to set the record straight. How could I tell? By looking at the top of the comments section.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Love candy Veggies on the bus!

Sundays rock - I always "Oooh!" and "Aaaah!" all the way through! I need a thesaurus to come up with new superlatives. A book made of cake - I can eat my words!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermouse

All of the cakes are amazing. Are they all cake? Wow I'm really impressed. I'm lucky if I can just use a cake mix and not burn the cake.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Wow! What incredible cakes -- almost made me want to go back to school....but definitely made me want cake! Good work Lindsey! (Boy -- things have sure changed since I went to school -- we had the back of a shovel and a piece of coal...) (Also...hmmmm...a cake featuring a "Wisconsin" I detecting a Sharyn influence here...?)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

We're unschoolers, and during our second year of unschooling, my then 9-year-old said he wanted to go back to school. Okayyyy. {Breathe} Did I do something wrong? I asked him why he wanted to go back, thinking, if we can meet that need at home, he won't need to go back. Ends up he wanted a Spiderman backpack. We were in the midst of back-to-school advertising, and he thought, since he wasn't going back to school, he couldn't have any of that stuff. Immediately got him the backpack, and all was well.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Beautiful works of art -- just FYI, the paint can creation by Arte de Ka isn't actually cake, I believe it's actually cold porcelain, if I remember correctly. Still a great job, though!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Ray

I was reading through the post and almost automatically the song from the Target commercials popped into my head. Pencils notebooks binder..... and also I have a chandelier and rug and wallpaper in my locker.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWreckatorwannabe

Oh dear, that last cake. :) Reminds me of our poodle - he'd probably rather eat my game systems than any paper I have laying around!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy H.

My 12YO son would love that art set (not in pink, of course)! I have until March to make that happen.

Amber's post was interesting. I didn't know kids went all out decorating their lockers these days. When I was a kid, it was just magazine cutouts of our favorite hot actor, rock band, or the Sololfex man. Nearly every girl's locker at my school was decorated with the Soloflex man! In fact, a teacher actually teased me one day because my locker did not have an ad of the Soloflex man in it (I didn't tell him he was adorning my wall at home!)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

The last cake is insanely cute, but just as I couldn't dismember a sleeping baby cake, I don't think I could butcher an adorable puppy cake. There's something too unsettling about it.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjane

@Classic Steve It's Serbian and means "Happy start of school, Viktorija!" or " Happy departure to school, Viktorija!" or something like that
@Barbara Anne The name Viktorija with that spelling is quite common in Serbia (and in Croatia)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCW guest

Excellent for... a supplies party.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Thanks for the shout out for my son's Veggie Bus.. The cake artist was Little Par-Teas

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Whitcomb


Also, Veggietales! :D

I wish I'd gotten a cool cake like this heading back to school.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNetbug

Yay! Thank you for featuring my calculator cake! :) I made that particular cake for my sister-in-law, and I can assure you every part is edible! :)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCreative Cakes by Julie

These are all wonderful. However, I don't think I could bring myself to eat the last one. I'd be afraid it would start whining.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

"When Teacher's Dream" was a cake featured in a cake auction that I was part of... When I find the pictures, I will share all of them with you.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Wow! Thanks so much for featuring my stack of books cake! I was floored to see it here today. I made the cake for a teacher's fundraiser.

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKello

The Charm City one was actually on one of the Ace of Cakes episodes, and if I remember correctly, had an accident mid-transport, so it's doubly amazing it ended up still looking awesome!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAthryn

@CW guest that's a beautiful spelling I've never seen before. sometimes I think the "English" language throws away the pretty ideas and keeps the utilitarian ones. (facepalm)

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

These are beautiful!! Plus, an A+ job, Lindsey!! [see what I did there?]

There are times when I'm so thankful I have boys and back-to-school is one of them. My son had to wait 5+ minutes to be able to get into his locker because the girl in the one next to his was putting up the wall/wrapping paper, et al. Really??!! Do you spend that much time at your locker that you need to decorate it?!

Whew! Okay....rant over. I'm better now.

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Come on, I can't believe I'm the only one who thought that puppy's foot was something else at first glance.

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosie B

LOVE *ALL* THESE CAKES!!! They are all a teacher's dream. Thanks for being awesome all the time! Cake Wrecks gets an A+! :)

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Arte da Ka's "cakes" while amazing and beautiful, are not actually cake. None of her work is edible. Still absolutely amazing though!!

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisaLisa

Thanks for including another one of my cakes - I am so flattered! I made it for a teacher's retirement party so she is definitely not worried about getting up at dawn this school year - ha ha! The eraser was my favorite part of that cake too!

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarj

Props to Creative Cakes' Julie for that calculator...although next time I'd like to see someone model a high-end model, like a TI Nspire CX.

(Yes, I'm a math nerd, and no, I don't own one...yet.)

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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