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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: Childhood Friends

After weeks like this one, I find there's nothing quite as comforting as re-visiting old childhood friends:

By CW reader Christie Jackson

...not to mention banging on drums and screaming.



E.T. is here to make it all better, though:

Submitted by Renai & made by Picakeso

Right after he borrows your phone, a five-pound bag of Reese's Pieces, and a package of Double Stuf Oreos.

(Ok, ok, the Oreos are for me. WHAT.)


Of course, there's always room for NEW friends:

By CW reader Valerie Sever

... who come bearing lo mein cupcakes.
(Get it? Bearing? HEYO.)


And we all know that one happy-go-lucky type who helps put life in perspective with a signature catch-phrase:

By Peggy Does Cake


Just kidding.

Hakuna matata! Here, eat an adorable sugar bug!


"It's the CIIIIIIIRCLE of liiiife! And it MOVES US ALL!!"

(Sorry; I just love type/screaming song lyrics.)


Of course, we also need the grumpier characters to balance things out. Especially the ones we know are really just big ol' softies on the inside:

Sub'd by Rebecca B., made by For Heaven's Cakes

Or, in this case, are big ol' mounds of CAKE on the inside. MMMM.


Sometimes it's easy to think a cake has to be big and sculpted and covered in fondant to be amazing, but the truth is a skilled baker can make even the simplest sheet cake a work of art:

Sub'd by Jessie R., made by Cake Central member robinscakes

So perfect!


Or for my fellow Tolkien fans, how about some Hobbit-themed cupcakes?

Submitted by Sandra K. and made by Imaginarium Cakes

Those braided beards are cracking. me. up.


A lot has been said about the cartoon violence back in ye olden days (aka my childhood), but I've gotta say:

Submitted by Kate F. and made by Amy A-S

This is officially the cutest head-bonk I have ever seen. Look at all the little stars!


Oooh, this next one reminds me which movie John and I need to watch soon:

By Artisan Cake Company

ParaNorman! I've heard it's really good, if a bit scarier than most people expected. I love the faded, spooky style on the lettering - reminds me of watercolors sprinkled with salt. Such a cool look!


My jaw dropped when I first saw this FrankenWeenie cake:

By SprinkleBakes

I'm pretty sure that's not Photoshop, either; the baker just did the entire cake in gray-scale! The contrast with the lime green interior is STUNNING, don't you think? Now I want to see more black-and-white cakes with brightly colored insides - ooh, or maybe rainbow swirls?

Ok, ok, how about this: a Wizard of Oz cake, before the movie goes color - eh? And on the inside, rainbow swirls and maybe two feet sticking out wearing the Ruby Slippers. SOMEONE GET ON THIS IMMEDIATELY.

Getting back to the Sweets...


Here's one for two of the biggest kids I know (and I mean that in the best way possible):

Submitted by James O. and made by Black Sheep Custom Cakes

This is Claptrap from the video games Borderlands and Borderlands 2, aka John and our friend Missy's Favorite Game Of All Time. Claptrap is hilarious, from what I've overheard while John plays, and he apparently really likes to dance. (Claptrap, that is. Although John is also quite entertaining when "Dancing Queen" comes on.)


And finally, a cake that combines elegance, adorableness, and the most perfect mass of curly red hair:

Submitted by Muna C. and made by Choko Late

The little bears! The corset lacing! Merida's teensy elbow poofies! It's alll workin'.


Well, I hope today's Sweets made you smile, and that you're all having a peaceful, extra-lazy weekend.
You've earned it.


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

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Reader Comments (34)

I saw ParaNorman a few weeks ago and liked it a lot. I don't think it was too scary, but I do wish there'd been more ghosts (that's all I'll say and hopefully when you watch it, you'll see what I mean :-) ).

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterauroragyps

Yep, this post did make me smile, a big beautiful grin!
Thanks Jen for making our days more smiley.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

Oh my god. I need those hobbit cupcakes. Except I could never bring myself to eat them and then I would just leave them on the table until the dog got wise to them an ate like half the plate and then threw then back up around the house while I yelled "I AM SO SORRY GANDALF WHHHYYY!"

So it's probably better that I will not get to have any Hobbit cupcakes anytime soon.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Folly


April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

After reading the caption on the fifth photo: "Mmmm, Mounds."

I have been surrounding myself with sweet stuff all weekend. Including too many doughnuts, but I'm being gentle with myself about that. This was a wonderful addition to kitten & laughing baby videos, playing Animal Crossing, and happy John Prine songs. Thanks!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

If Claptrap is part of your childhood memories, I'm going to wonder just what sort of parents you had. The Borderlands series (which I also enjoy) is not exactly kiddie material.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Gattuso

Those Hobbit cupcakes are adorbs. But I don't know how I'd feel about dissecting and eating ET...

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Oh yes, these made me smile smile smile like Pinkie Pie indeed! Thank you! Can't pick a favorite cake this week, they are all great! :)

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

I have to say... the Monster's Inc. cake is just a tad off... they didn't get Mike's horns on his head ;)

But, my 14 year old went pretty crazy over those Hobbit cupcakes! Great selections this week!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

For Halloween one year, my niece went as Dorothy from the first part of the movie. Her mom made the dress from gray gingham, her make-up was done with the black & white sepia style, and she dyed her hair dark. She looked amazing!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

My kids love CL4P-TP.

Not as much as me though!

And, yesyesyes! Watch Paranorman. It was robbed of Best Animated Film at the Oscars. It's just an amazing movie with some really great messages dropped in. Especially at the end. No giving it away, but the end made my husband and I's jaw drop and were were totally impressed.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

These are all so amazing. I love the Animal cake, the Muppets was one of the best shows ever. :)

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I've totally done the Wizard of Oz one, though as cupcakes rather than a full cake. Check it out!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersplowey

You would LOVE paranorman-it's got that perfect mix of weird and cute :D As for the rest of them awww :D

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Hah! You made me remember something funny with your Wizard of Oz reference. Years ago I worked in a video rental/sales store and a special edition of the video of the Wizard of Oz came out to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the film.
I personally had to deal with a customer who , having picked up her pre-ordered VHS copy (yeah, I'm old), promptly brought it back demanding an exchange because her copy was 'defective'. Her complaint? The first few minutes of the movie were, in her words, "In black and white". She was livid, rude, and LOUD.
No amount of patient and courteous explaining that the sepia toned footage at the beginning of the film was intentional (and that she would not find ANY copy that did not include this) was sufficient. She eventually got her refund and hit the road. Everyone in the store laughed for days over it.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

I love gray scale cakes with bright interiors. One of the first really awesome cakes I saw was a simple round layer cake with a gray scale rainbow on the top with white clouds. It was kind of depressing, until the cake was cut and the rainbow was inside it. I should have made one to celebrate April showers. Maybe next year!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

"Look at me, I'm dancin'! I'M DANCIN'!!"

LOVE them all, but especially Claptrap.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

I would totally eat one of those sugar bugs!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Now I want to see more black-and-white cakes with brightly colored insides

me too.

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I absolutely have to know what flavor the Frankenweenie cake was. Like, was it just food coloring, or was it like, lime flavored? (yum!)

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeal

Okay, this is weird, but I thought of this as soon as I saw the Frankenweenie cake. I used to read a magazine called American Girl, and once they had a recipe in there for a cake for a Wizard of Oz party. It was black and white on the outside, with rainbow layers on the inside. I was a little weirded out when I read what you wrote about a Wizard of Oz cake. It was like you were reading my thoughts. o.0

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Can't believe I was able to identify all 13 dwarves! I want that for my birthday!

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

E.T. Come to my home? Love it.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrendaB

That American Girl issue Tiffany mentioned? I read it! And that was one of my birthday parties!! It involved a cake with rainbow layers (one layer per color) frosted in white. I think we used black gel icing to draw a tornado on it. It was awesome. (There was also "melted witch" punch. And we made adorable baskets, and tissue paper poppies, and had a scarecrow stuffing contest. ...and now I understand why I want to have theme parties all the time!) Pictures exist... somewhere in the real world, I think... (It was like 15 years ago? We hadn't gone digital yet.)

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine G.

The Brave cake is really cute... EXCEPT Merida's face is creeping me out! That is NOT how she looked in the movie! What is wrong with her eyes?

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdannysmom

As awesome as all these cakes are (and they are) my favorite bit is that the Animal cake is spelled the way Animal would say it. Er, scream it.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina

sweet baby Jesus! these are precious!! and now i need some cake on my desk like asap!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergretchen

Love the Lion King cake, but wouldn't want to cut into it. Are there enough Wizard of Oz cakes out there for a post? I'd love to see a cake black and white on the outside and rainbow on the inside. Or a melting witch...

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

To save you from the inevitable wrath of die-hard Tolkein fans, I have to tell you that there is only ONE hobbit in that awesome set of cupcakes. One hobbit, one wizard, and thirteen dwarves (who would probably be offended at being called hobbits).

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiri

FYI...Those are dwarfs. Not hobbits. Just sayin...

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryA

@MaryA--I think by "Hobbit-themed" they meant characters from the book The Hobbit, not hobbits specifically.

I don't know how you could cut into the Up cake, much less eat it. But the FrankenWeenie cake is probably my favorite of all of these. Now I really want a cake that's black and white on the outside and colorful on the inside.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

The Sunday sweet cakes are great. Just one nit-pick, as pointed out by Melissa they forgot Mike's ears/horns on the Monsters Inc cake.

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrivebythinker

*Sees "ruby slippers" in the post*

...uhh... In the origional book, they were silver... Did the movie erase ALL memories of the book or are cakes simply a lot funner to base off of movies?


The ET cake kind of creeped me out O_O I haven't seen E.T. since I was, like, three or four or soemthing close to that! Amazing beautiful cakes. AMAZE :d

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter-Unknown-

Love these! One question though - in cake # 3, did anyone else notice Po has his chopsticks upside down? He's eating with the butts.

Also like the idea of the grayscale cake that is coloured inside, and flavoured to match the colour.

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMairi

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