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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: Watercolor Cakes

Apparently watercolors date back as far as the cave paintings of Paleolithic Europe. (Thanks Wikipedia!) It was done on things like stone, leather, papyrus, and now ...

(By AK Cake Design)

You guessed it! Cake!


Heck, maybe it was always done on cake, but everyone ate the evidence back in those days.

(By Nevie-Pie Cakes)

I mean, given the choice between a slice of beautifully watercolored cake such as this one, or a hunk of buffalo carcass, I'd go for the cake.

I probably wouldn't have survived very long back then.


But enough talk of carcasses. (Carcassi?) Back to the pretty cakes!

(By Hey There, Cupcake!Photography by Siegel Thurston Photography)

And this pretty cake is particularly stunning. Look at all those bright beautiful colors!


I love the transparency here, almost like the cake was wrapped in tissue paper:

(By A's Exquisite Cakes & Chocolates; Photo by Jessica Schmitt Photography)

(Dear wreckorators: PLEASE do not go and actually wrap a cake in tissue paper. Please. No, really. Put. The paper. DOWN.)


Did your art teacher in school ever show you that trick of sprinkling salt over your watercolors? It gives it this super-nifty texture, kind of like... this!

(By neli)

It's like an ocean wave of the night sky, with pretty flowers for stars. Love it.


Of course, my watercolors all tended to be a drippy mess - but thanks to this next one, I know drips can be deeeeeLIGHTful:

(By The Art of Cake; Photo by Erik Hornung Photography)

Like rain down a window, or tears down a cheek, or something equally poetical and artsy.


Or how about a modern Jackson Pollack approach, with random splatters and splashes?

(By I Dream of Cake)



Edible paints are sweet, of course, but good ol' buttercream can also give you that soft watercolory look:

(By Miso Bakes)

It's like springtime on a plate! I love those dreamy pastel roses.


And how's this for a painting come to life?

(By CakeCentral member Panel7124)

Once again I'm not sure I could bear to let anyone actually CUT this cake. I just want to put it on a shelf and stare at it forever and always.


And finally, check out this frothy, watercolory wonderfulness:

(By Lucia Simeone Cake Design)

I dub thee... rhapsody in blue!


Curious which bakers in your area we've featured here on Sweets? Then check out our Sunday Sweet Directory!

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Reader Comments (35)

*sigh* So preeetttyyyy....

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Such works of art, how could you eat them??

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Gorgeous! My fave color is blue and while those two are beautiful, the second cake just makes me smile.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSwampgirl Inez

Wow. Those are so beautiful. I didn't know they could make cakes look like that. I wish I could paint like that. Thanks for sharing those, they were really lovely.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I love the rhapsody in blue cake, (and not just because "Rhapsody in Blue" is one of my favorite pieces of music).The gorgeous lace-doily look makes this cake seem like it's being sprayed with sea foam, at the ocean's edge. The poppies cake is also simply WOWgeous. I rate this triple-S* !
*StupendousSundaySweets!! =^~.~^=

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

For John... DAISIES! I couldn't stop thinking that after I saw those awesome poppies. Such beautiful cakework. And thank you for warning the decorators away from the tissue paper.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterms anthrope

Absolutely my favorite Sunday Sweets! There have been beautiful cakes here, but I'm such a fool for watercolors- that I was just in love today! Thank-you! (Now back to go look at them one more time!)

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Wow! So great to see some beautiful cakes in a totally new style (new to me, anyway).

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim

The blue and gold cake by neli is absolutely stunning! That cake wins! Wins what, you ask? Er, everything! Just beautiful. I like the poppy cake a lot too.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelanie sparkles

But how . . . How did they make that coral-like froth on the last one?

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWynn Anne

The fifth one looks like cloisonné with those bits of gold worked through the blue and white. I love it!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChazz

I need that poppy cake in my life. Like right now.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

I hope nobody uses those as inspiration cakes with their local bakers. That's just asking for wreckery.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkayk


November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Wellllll...I like the last few, but the first few in the soft colors remind me of bad couches/wall art of the 80s and 90s.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Did they... actually use salt on that one? I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's a neat visual effect, sure, but once the dozen or so pictures have been taken from different angles and it comes time to eat the thing, well. Extra servings of that fancified punch with seltzer in it for everybody.

Also, the trees one has great lineart, but... I'm no art aficionado, but the green splotches don't work for me. I think they'd actually make me wary if I didn't know they were put there with human intent.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

I'd love to see the wreck versions of these cakes :P

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRita

Particularly like the poppy cake especially as it's Remembrance day. Very fitting.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClair

Such lovely cakes! Watercolor it amazing!!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

It's so flattering to me that you liked my cake, and to be in such amazingly talented company. xxx

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

EEEEEEEEEE I want the last one for my birthday! Not that I'll get it, but OMGs wantwantwant SO PRETTY!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE. Anne

At some point in my life, I need to have the poppies cake in front of me!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHippie2MARS

Beautiful! Thanks for finding these!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Someone bring me the one by Nevie-Pie Cakes!! It is amazing!!!!

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

OMG the Poppies win it hands down. What a cake.

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

wow! amazing work

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Cake 6 -- Name that tune: "Someone left the cake out in the rain! " :-)

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Wow. Just wow. Love the impression-y one and the last one. Sooooooooooo pretty.

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

I'd say that those cakes that in this post ARE really artistic, are that for another reasons than watercolors - the drawn or sculpted details, for example. Those watercolors are mostly just blotched (or sprinkled) on about at the level of a child who just got acquainted with paints. Especially it is obvious with the cake No. 3 (but hey, at least the tiers are more or less straight).

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

Gorgeous article. The one "unknown artist" one (seigle thurston photography) is from me, my company Hey there, Cupcake! :) thanks so much for including it!

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevi Auble

i just wanted to tell you that i totally LOVE your Sunday Sweets column! they are always so amazing!! thank you!

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrystan

There have been some truly stunning cakes on Cake Wrecks. But these - well, these take the cake as far as I am concerned. The cake from Nevie Pie and the Poppy cake - oh my stars!!!

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNan Calvert

When I've had a bad day, I always come here to get a smile back, the Sunday sweets never disappoint. Not sure why the Poppy cake brought tears to my eyes, maybe it's due to Remembrance day? Reminds me of my Grandpa.

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterB

Rhapsody in Blue. These cakes are all exquisite but did anyone consider wedding photos with blue teeth? I had to make a dark teal with dark Ultramarine Blue ROSES wedding cake once for Pete's sake. Color combo on your wedding outfits fine, cake, not so much. I really would have paid good money for photos after the cake cutting thing. Especially with the industrial food colors and the face smearing part,. ROFL!

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterADBunting

I'm working on some watercolour projects right now and, mine are always drippy too!!!

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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