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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

The 12 Best Gingerbread Houses of 2013

Buckle up, Sweets fans, 'cuz I'm about to show you the best gingerbread house creations in all of the interwebz - and you're going to want all of them.

(By Goodies By Anna)

Sugar glass windows, candy cane porch pillars, and teeny-tiny chocolate sunflower seed flowers. These are the things dream homes are made of, my friends.


Or maybe you're more of an urban high-rise type?

(Baker unknown)

FACT: Baby deer make the best doormen.


Or how about a spin on the open seas?

(Baker unknown)

In my mind, of course, the seas are made up of hot cocoa. MMMMM.


I've seen a couple of cookie vignettes before, but this one just blows me away:

(By Jeziba)

Look at that picture-perfect piping! And I love - LOVE - the tea light cut-out in the middle. Makes for such a gorgeous display.


Of course I had to include the gingerbread bakery, now, didn't I?

(Also by Goodies By Anna)

Check out the goodies in the windows! And the roof cresting on top is STUNNING. I assume it's made with royal icing, but to get it all installed without cracking? That's gotta be insanely hard.


Ok, time for a geeky side trip:

(By Debbie Ruff)

... to Hobbiton! (It's all about that round green door, am I right? Although I'm also loving the snow-covered trees.)


And for you Breaking Bad fans:

(By Sugarplum Cake Shop)

Ha! So many great details here, but my favorite has to be those yellow suits. Or the snowman in the DEA cap. Or the orange stripes on the RV.


And speaking of orange...

(By Paradox Pastry)

I am completely enamored with these colors - and that swirly chimney "smoke."


This gingerbread cottage looks straight out of Disney's Fantasyland:

(By Mary E. Found here)



See, now, I want to live in that cottage, but I want this one on my desk so I can stare at it all day:

(By Sassy Beautimus)

... right after I finish eating the roof.


And my very VERY favorite of hers:

(Also by Sassy Beautimus)

The girly squees are strong with this one.

Seriously, pastel rainbows and gingerbread brown are a match made in heaven.


And finally, the perfect traditional gingerbread house, with a heaping side of cozy goodness:

(Baker unknown. Anyone know?)


So, who else is off to buy a gingerbread house kit now? :)


Want more? Then check out my previous gingerbread Sweets for 2009, 2010, and 2011!

Also, check out our Sunday Sweets Directory to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!

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Reader Comments (45)

My two year loved them! "nummy's more houses!"

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh my god I want to smash that cottage onto the back of Bilbo's house and then have the baby deer for doormen and then I want to have the pirate ship pull up into a secret underground grotto like Hogwarts has and take it to work everyday like it's a water taxi.

What? It could happen...

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Folly

Can't breathe, so much squee!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

There's a video tutorial on YouTube on making a TARDIS from two of the gingerbread kits (you need two because the roof panels become the sides). Very very cool.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

The detail on the bakery is amazing. I absolutely love the little colored lights strung above the 2nd story windows!

Both of Sassy's houses are truly squee-derful! Jen, if you called dibs on the Kit Kat roof, can I have the one made of Smarties?

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

The Gingerbread TARDIS by Ro Pansino?

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVivs


I love making gingerbread houses! And now I'm going to have to attempt that filigree on the roof, even though it looks insanely delicate.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoe

I am in complete awe of that ship. And the baker who came up with the idea.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

I love the Smarties on the roof!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I love the urban high-rise with the deer doormen...just remember to tip them this holiday season ...a few bucks for the men and a some dough for the ladies....

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Gingerbread Nativity FTW!!! :-D

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenita TwoDragons

If you love gingerbread houses, make sure to stop by The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC sometime around Christmas. The National Gingerbread House Competition is held there. Looks like a couple of the houses in the post are taken in the Grove Park. So yummily beautiful!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan



(screeching brakes)
"Hey! Are those Kit Kats!? Yummy!"

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterteabunny

For those who live in the Midwest and who would like to see a lot of gingerbread creations, Belleville, IL has an annual Gingerbread Walk during the holiday season. The stores downtown have gingerbread creations in the windows. See for details.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane1611

Wow! Now I'm hungry. I spy Kit Kats on the roof I think.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

I'd not wish to have to pick a winner, or even a top #, but I'd love to take part in looking, admiring, (dare I say) tasting . . . Thanks for sharing!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoryteller Mary

These are pretty good, but you should see the AMAZING creations we had at our Festival of Trees this year. Now those are WOW!!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey

So many squeee worthy houses, the one that made me laugh was the breaking bad one XD

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I've been wanting to put in some stepping stones from the driveway to the porch but have been struck with analysis paralysis for years - concrete, flagstone, square, round? Now I know - NECCO WAFERS!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I thought the breaking bad was mythbusters. I totally want to see a mythbusters gingerbread now.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess f

Not as good as the ones chosen, but this is a Zombiebread House I did a couple years ago...

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Tattoohead

The ones made by Sassy make me think of the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel. If you happened upon such a house in the middle of a forest who wouldn't start eating it?

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

My goodness - can't begin to pick a favorite. These are absolutely AMAZING. The talent that it takes to create these wonders is beyond my comprehension (and so beyond my capability). Kudos all around for such wondrous treats!!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

I love this site so much. I truly need this dose of Christmas cheer.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadTigerkitty

These are amazing!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Warkentin

They are gorgeous. We tried it once and the sides kept sliding off. But what I really liked is the red and white star quilt behind one of them.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

1. I bet that bakery would NEVER produce a wreck!
2. OH MY GOSH THE HOBBIT!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay S.

I've been doing gingerbread projects every year for the past 11 years, these are amazing!!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Very inspirational. Wow...can't wait until next year...boy have I got ideas :)
If you want to see what we entered in the Festival of Trees the last 4 years..check out SugarSugar Saskatoon on facebook. We have won People's choice 4 years in a row but these stand out as exceptional

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Actually, I would NOT like to live in the "Disney" house. The decorative snow drifts coming out from under the shingles would worry me. (The adorable miniature snowshoes just would not help as the ceiling starts to leak in a thaw.)
But I would sail away in the gingerbreat ship on a hot chocolate sea in the blink of an eye.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

These baby deer doormen are just another sign of urban encroachment.....and forcing deer to get jobs so they can forage for food.

On another note, I would TOTALLY live in any of those gingerbread houses. And then sneakily lure children to come inside.....And dress them up as adorable elves to cause havoc and mayhem to the surrounding villages of abandoners. :D
(what you thought I was gonna eat them? Dude, I'd live in a house made of FOOD, who wants to eat kids? >P bleh.)

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Yeaa! Gingerbread! All of these are great, but I was really impressed with the Nativity one.

Too bad you didn't post this last week when I needed gingerbread inspiration! I just dropped off my house to a cntest this morning.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Just in case no one else has informed you, Cake Wrecks was shown on prime time telly in Britain this week on Graham Norton's talk show! :-) -- at 3:25

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSair

Am I the only one who sees the Mythbusters in the Breaking Bad one? I saw it the other night and thought it looked a bit like Hyneman! (mind you, I never watched Breaking Bad either)

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulienne

I love them! These are really helping me get into the Christmas spirit despite the ridiculous 70 degree highs we've been having here in Florida (it is just WRONG to be able to wear sandals while picking out a Christmas tree!)

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMystrana

So much gingerbread goodness, I love, love, love the pastel roof!!! And, yes, now I must find a gingerbread house kit. :-)

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

Oh my gosh! The gingerbread ship! It's perfection in cookie form!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

That little snowman in front of the last gingerbread house?...with the snowballs on his widdle head?...looking at the Snowfriend-To-Be that's in front of him? Well, he's just so darn precious... I'm gonna love him and hug him and pet him and call him George. =^-.-^=

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Nope, not off to buy a kit cause I have now seen PERFECTION IN GINGERBREAD.

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Oh my gosh. I didn't even see the tiny widdle snowman with teensy snowballs until you mentioned it, sendingtheclowns!! Too precious!

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Ruff

I just made a gingerbread house that I thought looked pretty good. . .but, GAH! Now I have to try again!!!

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

Thank you, I loved looking at these! I almost forgot how much I love gingerbread houses.
I especially loved the tiny baked goods in the display windows of the gingerbread bakery! So tiny and perfectly detailed!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenP

I love the Necco wafer path! I bought some to use in the house I'm making, but wasn't sure what to do with them (was thinking roof tiles). Now I have a better idea!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna K.

The Disney one looks like hagred's house from harry potter. Anyone else? Bueller?

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

the lasts 4 (well, the last 3 mostly) must've have had some industrial-strength icing to hold that stuff on the roofs.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

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