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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: It's a Jungle Out There!

Hello, and welcome to our Sunday Sweets Photo Safari! Please keep your hands and feet inside the bus and please, no flash photography.

If we're lucky, we'll see at least a few wild animals today...

Look, over there! The King of Beasts, surveying his domain! Go ahead, grab some pictures. Mrs. Stevens, remember to turn off your...

By Made With Love By Me

... flash.

By Highland Bakery


Yeah, flash can -- uh -- agitate the animals. Got that now? Cool.

Let's move on, so Leo can calm down a little.


To our left, you'll see a gazelle! Look at him run!

By ANe Cakes

(All handpainted...)


Oh, and also off to the left, you'll see Kilroy.

By Michelle SugarArt

He likes to let us know he was here.

Everybody wave to Kilroy!

(Hi Kilroy!)


Now, everybody look around. Kilroy usually hangs out with... yep! There they are!

By Rosebud Cakes

Giraffes! And yes, he is cute, Mrs. Stevens, but you can't keep him.


By Kandy Cakes

Well, he already has a Mom. (D'awwww.)


You wouldn't want to keep this guy, anyway. He looks pretty fierce!

By Tiger Lily Cakes

No, Mrs. Stevens. He's really not "just a big, ol' kitty cat." Fortunately he's sleepy now, though, so the other animals are out.


See, look, the zebras are making an appearance! By those flowering bushes, there.

By Cake Central member ycKnits

They usually come out this time of day to drink at the watering hole. They'll drink as soon as the hippos leave.

By KD Creations

Ah, there they go now! No, Mrs. Stevens, they don't want a sandwich. Put that away.


Look! Up there in the trees! I thought we might see some monkeys today!

By Cake Girls

Ok, who brought the crate of bananas?
Mrs. Stevens? REALLY?


Well, this is a rare treat! Here comes a rhino!

Submitted by Jenn L., made by Highland Bakery

That horn means business, though, so we're going to give this guy a wide berth.


Well, let's head on back. You've had an exceptional photo safari today! Usually, we see just two or three animals, and they're generally pretty shy. Today...

What? Look behind me? Why?

By Cake Central member Karen Padilla

Alright, now they're just messing with us. Time to leave, folks.


But first, Mrs. Stevens, if you would please open your purse?

By Kingfisher Cakes

A-HA! I knew it!

I think Animal Planet wants a word with you, ma'am.


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Reader Comments (38)

Love the Kilroy reference, Sharyn!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCyberjar88

So amazing. I love them all, and Highland Bakery...How? That rhino is incredible.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

..but how can you bring yourself to eat any of them?

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathH

There is NO WAY that phone in the last one is real!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterflarglepuf

D'awwww :D

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Now I want to go to the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. D:

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Some of these "sweets" look awfully similar to wrecks.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Emma, how you could even begin to consider any of these to be wrecks astonishes me. They are all superlative works of edible art!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

I love love love the giraffe ones! When MiniMe was little her grandma would read a book with her about zoo animals. That's how she learned a bunch of animal sounds. Well, none of us know what sound a giraffe makes so he ended up with a "long looong neck". MiniMe had a problem with her L's so it always came out "Y'on y'on neck" I'll have to show her these Y'on necks :)
Great job Sharyn!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

...truly awwww-inspring cakes...and a funny, funny narrative with a cute ending!! well done, Sharyn!! (By the way, if Mrs. Stevens needs a lawyer, I know a good firm....)

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Sharyn, I love the cakes and I really love your writing!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJammies

The first lion is the most amazing cake that I have ever seen. I couldn't bear to cut it. I love the giraffe cakes, especially the mom and baby. Awww!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

I can't pick a favorite (the giraffes with the butterfly? the monkeys??), but that little tiger on the second-to-last cake is breaking my heart with its cuteness.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

My favorite is the "3 monkey's cake", because 1) the look like monkeys and 2) the bananas actually *look* like bananas. ;)
They're all amazing cakes, and I don't think I could eat any of them, either.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Cute post all around! Especially love the monkeys, and those adorable giraffes!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I love the cute animal one! So adorable I especially like the monkey in the golf cart

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

So, wait... is Mrs. Stevens the one who stole all the actual shows about animals from Animal Planet, then?

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

I'm trying to figure out why 16 year old Alice would want a granny purse with a lemur in it for her birthday cake?????
The monkeys are so adorable it is appropriate that they are made with sugar! Their facial expressions are killing me with cuteness.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I get so upset sometimes when you guys post all these amazing cakes--but they're all in fondant and the likes! That's not cake decorating; that's sugar art! Buttercreme is so much more difficult to work in but you still get beautiful work out of it. The only time we see buttercreme is as wrecks from (*insert grocery store here*)! ;_;

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

my mind exploded from all the cutness!


the HIPPO, people, the HIPPO!!

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

My only thing with these kind of cakes.. how can you eat them?! So adorable!! I dunno if I could just cut into something that cute. (.. ok yes I could, it IS cake here..let's not get Too

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdriane

These look nice but I immediately thought of the armadillo cake from Steel Magnolias and wondered how anyone could eat most of these.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkash

Is that a lemur in the pocket book? I thought it was a meercat. Whatever it is, it's cute as a button, and I don't blame Mrs. Stevens for trying to keep it.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

The purse in that last photo is a cake??? How is it even possible? I barely have the patience to throw a sandwich together. The Sunday Sweets always amaze me.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFM

One of these animals doesn't belong :-)

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Great job Sharyn.

I think that tree on Karen Padilla's cake is my favorite thing.

@Lady Kal: I agree. The only reason I can see that any of these would be wrecks is the same reason a well-crafted newborn cake is a wreck, which is the realism. Who wants to cut it up? (Realism, or the dead eyes that will suck out your soul, that is)

@Amy: Although there are plenty of buttercream Sweets on this site, I have now taken it as my personal mission to find some all buttercream Sweets to submit! This will involve lots of delicious research, but I am willing to make that sacrifice.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

***"a" gazelle, not "an"

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertrystan

I don't want to "EPCOT" this, but there aren't any tigers in Africa.... unless they're in the zoo. But still didn't stop me from enjoying these fabulous cakes and your wonderful commentary!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Am I the only one who read this entire post in a sort of David Attenborough-ish voice in my head?

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersipapu

LOVE THE RHINO! We have a joke that my hubby is like a rhino, not much can stop him! It would be great to have a cake for him like that!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

aww sweet Sunday Sweets!
but you don't get Tigers in Africa..
the Gazelle looks like a Springbok but the horns should be much longer..for a Rugby Union fan perhaps or a South African RU fan.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Gorgeous! Excellent commentary, Sharyn. Would this be in honor of Jen's previous job, many moon ago, of being a Jungle Skipper @ DisneyWorld? Just wondering... :-)

And I can't believe people are complaining about the gazelle! Or are they sayin' it's a different species & that 'gazelle' is technically incorrect? I hope it's the latter, because that is one gorgeous picture that I doubt few people commenting here could create, so they should just shut up!

(And yes, there are no tigers in Africe - totally get that, but when did this become an educational website?! Geesh, if I show this to my kids, I already know & I'll be sure to tell them, but I don't need a bunch of busy bodies doing it for me! Go tell Toys R Us to quit selling "Polar Packs" with polar bears & penguins in the same box *unless* they add a note specifying that said species live at different poles & will never meet!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

My favourite Sunday Sweets post ever. Sharyn, your gentle style of writing is outstanding - as compelling as the sugar artistry, and a perfect foil to Jen's and John's needle-sharp, laugh-a-second wit.

I noticed the geographical artistic licence, but with cakes that amazing, who cares?

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRedSquirrel

i keep debating with myself on whether or not that blackberry-type device in the last one is real. it looks real, but i have my doubts about the earbuds.

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Delightful designs, for sure.

I am going to EPCOT this. Those are Savannah, not Jungle animals. Except the tiger. Unless its a Siberian tiger, then it lives in the tundra.

@KarateLady - no, there are no tigers native to Africa. There are asian tigers in a breeding program in South Africa.

April 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermamikaze

It's a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey! Who's in charge here?
It's a jungle out there
Poison in the very air you breathe
Do you know what's in the water that you drink?
Well I do
And it's amazing
People think I'm crazy
I'm worried all the time
If you paid attention you'd be worried too
You'd better pay attention
Or this world we love so much
Might just kill you
I could be wrong now
But I don't think so
It's a jungle out there
It's a jungle out there!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkie Pie

Awww, I don't think I could bring myself to cut into them! So beautiful!

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStormygirl84

I bet the phone was a gift because it's definitely a real celly! The headphones are fondant, though. I love it!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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