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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
Mar032013

Sunday Sweets: A Dr. Seuss Celebration!

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is the PERFECT excuse to round up more of my favorite Seussian Sweets! (WOOT!)

Most Seuss cakes tend to feature a certain cat in a certain hat, but after The Lorax hit theaters we got to see some fun new designs:

By Gabrielle of GoBoulay cakes

 

And check out the perfect Truffula Tree cupcakes Grabrielle made to go with it!

Look at the perfect twisty trunk! And that icing texture for the tree top? Brilliant.

 

And this Lorax is begging to come live with me, I just know it:

Sub'd by  Noemi R., made by Inticing Creations

Cute story: Noemi and her friends first brought out a decoy wreck to prank the birthday girl. Ha! So, Amy ended up with a wreck AND a Sweet? Dude, that's MY kind of prank!

 

It's not often that I praise the use of an airbrush on cake, you guys, so brace yourselves:

By Cut the Cake

Now THAT is some awesome airbrushing. There, I said it. It didn't even hurt! (Much.) And I love how the parents' names are listed as the authors! (Did I mention this is a baby shower cake? No? Oops. Um...This is a baby shower cake.)

 

What's that? You want a jaw-dropping mini diorama of perfectly iced cookies to go with that cake?

Well, gee, you don't ask for much, do you? [<--SARCASM]

Luckily I happen to have a little something here that fits the bill:

By Jen Whitlock of Posh Pastries


My jaw, it has dropped. The balloons! The elephant! The marshmallow packing peanuts!! What a clever twist on the cookie bouquet!

Well, I think it's high time for a certain cat's hat to make an appearance:

By Custom Cake Designs

I just noticed the cupcake is balancing on the fish's tail! Ha! Love it.

And now, two of everyone's favorite Things:

Wow, these guys break EVERYTHING - including the laws of gravity. [bah-dum-CHA!]

Let's take a closer look:

D'awwww, so sweet! And I'll never get tired of that Seussian line shading, like on the ladder and bow. It just makes the leap from 2D to 3D so beautifully.

 

Ever wonder what flavor of cake you'd use for green eggs and ham?

I have. I'm thinking pear cake with cinnamon buttercream -  but only because Noemi up there mentioned that's what her Lorax cake was, and now I reeeeally want to try it. I'd also like to take a huge chomp out of that fork handle, because it looks like a giant Tootsie Roll. And maybe I'm a little hungry. (WHAT.)

Hang on, we haven't actually seen The Cat in the Hat yet, have we?

No problem-o, I can fix that:

By Ashley Gay

 More perfect cookies! Lemme tell you guys, I could stare at cookies like this all day. The pillowy poofiness of that icing is just sooo cool - and I kind of want to pet it. Is that weird? Yes? Then I mean, uh, I want to LICK it. There. All better.


I was about to confess that I haven't seen or read The Lorax, but I think I can bluff my way through this next one Ok. Here goes...

By Three Little Blackbirds

WOW THIS IS AN AWESOME LORAX CAKE.

My favorite parts are the little pulley and those shingles. They look kind of like caramels, right? MMMM.

 

I think we need some more colorful counting fish in here:

By Cakebox Special Occasion Cakes

This is such a great theme for a baby shower! And get this: those "ribbons" wrapping the cake are actually hand-crafted fondant and icing. WOW.

 

Oooh, and here come the Sneetches!


Topsy-turvy cakes were just MADE for Seuss themes. Also, "Fondant Flinger" is the name of my Cake cover band. (BWAHAHAAHA!!)(That was only funny to me, wasn't it?)

Well, let's wrap up this delightful romp with a Sweet combination of all of Dr. Seuss' most popular creations:

Submitted by Kel D., made by Delicious Desserts

 I even spy the Grinch in there!


Well, that's all for now, but if you want MORE ('cuz I know how insatiable you guys are) then you can see my previous Seuss Sweets here and here!


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

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Reader Comments (34)

OMG those cakes are making me smile ear to ear :D :D

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I love Dr. Seuss, and these sweets are amazing! This makes me want to have some cake and go on the Cat in the Hat ride at Universal.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKira

Have neither seen nor read The Lorax? Well then, words: I'd not describe cake 1 as "fun." It's, well, no, no spoilers. No spoilers.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

The Cooper 's of the world must love Dr. Seuss! I spotted two cakes for Cooper.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermooseluver

Sorry, but there is a mistake in the cake with the three books. "Are you my mother" isn't a book by Dr. Seuss, it's by P.D. Eastman. Still a cute cake though.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCleo79

A century ago, when I had my first teaching job, I threw the reading books we were using in the bin and used Dr Seuss- I had the highest reading rate in the school- so much so that kids were moved into my class to learn! Not a single kid slipped through my net, thanks to , among other things, Green Eggs and Ham- I have had three dogs named Sam I am, now!! (Cos cake is great but a dog is for life....)

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkirri

You need to get your hands on the original Lorax movie! You have no idea what you're missing!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Eh, I like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens better than the Things from The Cat in the Hat. At least, as portrayed in the old animated movie.

Now there's a green "eggs" and "ham" I'd actually eat. I like how it looks like it came right out of the book.

If only more topsy-turvy cakes were intentional. And that well done.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Having just finished a week-long gig for "Read Across America" (the celebration for Dr. Seuss' birthday), these Seussical Sunday Sweets sort of take the cake.

You can take eggs and flour and sugar and such
To make a good cake that you'd like so much,
But the very best thing that I like to see
Is icing that's pretty and looks like a tree.
Or it looks like a Horton or a Sneetch or a Who--
As long as it's gorgeous and not moldy goo.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Two of my completely favorite things in the world, together on one page. *****mmmmmmmm siiiiiiiiiighhhhhh****
Seuss and cake. It just doesn't get much better.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermissalglg

As much as I love this site I have never before commented, but after this post i just HAD to throw in my 2 cents. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! I have never seen a better use for the topsy-turvy tiers (of which I'm not generally a fan) than a Dr. Suess cake. Perfect. Brilliant. LOVE IT. I'm feeling inspired.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCB

I LOVE Dr. Seuss. In fact, I am now thinking of ordering myself a 33rd birthday cake with one of these themes this summer. I can kind of get away with it as a kindergarten teacher...

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

My husband always said we should have a Cake cover band called "Frosting." Not that either of us can sing or anything, he just loves puns.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

Awesome... love the Ham!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHoliday Baker Man

Nope. The Cake cover band comment was funny to me, too.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremiliym

These are amazing cakes! We love love love Dr. Suess in our house, I know the Cat in the hat by heart ;) too bad though that the 1 and 2 year-olds won't remember these cakes ;)

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Fondant Flinger - CAKE cover band! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I thought it was really funny, too! Not so fond of the band, but it makes for great word play!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I need to find this Cooper and become friends so I can have cake on his next birthday...

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Here's a link to a photo of our cake from yesterday's birthday party:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539903572708606&set=a.150844881614479.28517.115574288474872&type=1&theater

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Molesworth

amazing all! but the last one was my favorite. :)

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChef Barbie

Cake pictures 7 & 8 of the Thing 1 and Thing 2 birthday cake are from our very talented cake artist Lindsay Williams. As part of The Dessert Cart team, Lindsay's attention to detail has really won her praise all through the Northern California area. You can discover more of Lindsay's work as well as our other dessert artists at www.Dessert-Cart.com or at our Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/TheDessertCartFanPage .
Amazing work by everyone on your site. Enjoy!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dessert Cart

When I first saw topsy-turvy cakes fifteen years ago, I assumed the designs and cake pans were inspired by Dr. Seuss. It was the first time I had seen fondant-covered cakes as well, and the ones I saw were definitely very cartoonish in appearance.

In my opinion, topsy-turvy cake pans are the only pans to use for a Dr.Seuss style cake! Although I do really like all the cake and cookie designs in today's post.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelphebe

I love the Lorax cakes! They are adorable. You should definitely see the movie! I have 3 and 4 year old nephews that I babysit all the time & that is the one movie they always want to watch and I watch with them. Excellent soundtrack with of course a great story!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Those cakes are AMAZING! My 2 year old just loves Dr. Seuss books, and I know she'll flip when she sees these! Hmmm, might have to get her a Seussian cake for her next birthday!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

wonderful stuff.

(lacks a dr. seuss quote to put here)

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

WHAT?! You haven't read The Lorax?! Get a copy RIGHT NOW and READ IT! Then eat cake in celebration of an excellent book.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I burst out laughing at the fondant flinger pun. Cake is one of my favorite bands and I get funny looks from people sometimes who don't know that its a band name.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralison

Did you say you want to pet the cookies? If you ask me (and you didn't), licking them is really just petting them with your tongue.
Which means I can't get on the dog's case about licking me anymore since by the above logic, he's just petting me with his tongue and I would be a hypocrite not to understand that.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinamonster

I saw Wil Wheaton at Emerald City Comic Con on Saturday, and kept saying "that's the name of my so and so cover band" so your Cake cover band comment cracked me up! Excellent timing. And awesome cakes.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

So much fun and beauty!!!

I feel the need to vent, though. For the past week as folks were gearing up for this Seuss celebration, I read/saw far too many people claiming "Are You My Mother" and "Go, Dog, Go" as their favorite Seuss book. They are excellent stories with wonderful illustrations, and are among my favorite children's books in general, but the author of them is P.D. Eastman, not Dr. Seuss. One of those awesome professional cakes has "Are You My Mother" stacked with Seussabilia and it bums me out. *End vent.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmye

@Kira when I went to universal, I rode the cat in the hat like 50 times

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

If I ever make a Lorax-themed cake, I'd try to make the Truffula tufts out of cotton candy. :) :)

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCB

Have I been watching WAY too much Mythbusters (is that possible?) or does the first cake really resemble Jamie Hyneman?

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

I'm Ron Burgandy?

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZuzu

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