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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: Fine Art Cakes

I know you're here to see pretty cakes, but I think it's time to bring some fine art education all up in this joint. Plus pretty cakes.

So welcome to Art History, Sunday Sweets Style!

Jimmy, start the slide show!

(By H Cake Bake Shop)

Can anyone tell me what classic American painting this cake is paying homage to?

If you answered, "That creepy farmer couple," then you're basically correct. Technically, it is a father and his "spinster daughter" depicted in Grant Wood's "American Gothic." But hey, the more you know!


Next slide!

(By La Belle Aurore Sugar Art)
Ceci n'est pas un gâteau.

This delicious piece depicts multiple paintings by René Magritte. I see "Son of Man" and "Golconda" in there. We're off to a great start!



(By La Belle Aurora Sugar Art)

This marvelous cake is a Salvador Dalí mash-up of "The Mae West Room," "The Persistence of Memory," and that egg that he puts in everything. But not a llama in sight! Missed opportunity, that is. (It's Dalí, people. Just roll with it.)



(By Wendy Kromer Confections)

At first glance, this may look like just a painting of a cake, but it is, in fact, an actual cake. It's a lovely representation of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" series, and one of Amy Pond's favorites.


But, I digress.

(By Christine Santos)

I just LOVE the look of "ah ha!" on your darling faces, readers! Yes, everyone knows Pablo Picasso! Does anyone know which one of his paintings this cake refers to, though? Anyone? Drat. Neither do I. It sure is a fun cake, anyway!


(By For the Love of Cake)

This adorable cake is a miniature rendition of Georges-Pierre Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," which, in real life, is an astounding seven feet high and ten feet long. The only thing this cake is missing is the monkey on a leash. How can you NOT have the monkey on the leash?! Also, the girl fishing that may or may not refer to prostitution. Yay, art! Keeping it classy.


(By Debbie Does Cakes)

Is anyone here a fan of The Velvet Underground? (No, not the night club downtown.) It's a band from the 60s, and Andy Warhol created the art for their 1967 album cover. This cake is a darn near perfect replica of that piece. I wonder if the cake under the fondant is flesh colored like the original LP edition? (Thanks, Wikipedia!)


Let's completely switch it up now and go to back to the rococo era!

(By Flora Aghababyan)

This beautiful work of confectionery art is a three dimensional interpretation of Fragonard's "The Swing." At first sight, the original art may seem to be just another idealistic painting of country life in France. However, upon closer examination, the woman is being pushed by her husband, while letting her lover, who is hiding in the bushes, take a peek up her skirt. OH MY! Who knew sugar could be so spicy?


Let's move on before I get in trouble.

(By Cake Alchemy)

Now that everyone has gotten a nice neck stretch from turning your heads to the right, you can see this one is inspired by Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss." From Klimt's "Golden Phase," this one came after he threatened some dudes with a shotgun over his scandalous University of Vienna Ceiling commission. (Isn't art exciting?!)


Speaking of ceilings...

(By Neli)

I honestly had no idea what this one was inspired by, but leave it up to good ol' Google to help a lady out! It's based on the frescoes in Nymphenburg Palace by Johann Baptist Zimmerman. I don't have much else to add, except WOW.


Let's jump forward a few hundred years, shall we?

(By chickadodle2000)

More kissing! This one is a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein's work, most notably "Kiss II." Everyone should recognize this style, seeing as it's been copied and printed on cheap coffee cups, note pads, purses, etc. for years now...


Alright, last one, kiddos!

(By Sugar Flower Cake Shop)

Let's take a few minutes to just soak in the tranquil beauty of this cake. *wistful sigh* This one is based on Monet's "Water Lilies." Did you know he painted 250 different renditions of water lilies?! And he started painting that series after he had already been painting for 70 years. It's never too late to start being awesome! Not that he wasn't awesome before then... You get the point.

Well, that's it for our class, my little cupcakes! Hope you're having an awesome Sunday!

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Reader Comments (89)

Those cakes are so beautiful, it's hard to imagine eating them!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

This post is too classy for me so let me trailer park it down a bit. I think the woman in Seurat's painting is an ancestor of the Kardashian girls. I mean, look at that BOOTY!

(And, yeah, I know that's mostly bustle back there, but if late nineteenth century gals had not wished to be the object of desire of their contemporary Sir Mix-A-Lots (Sirs Mix-A-Lot?) they would not have done that.)

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I used to think that the best way to see an art museum is to get a tour by a knowledgable guide who knows all the stories behind the paintings. Now I see I have been wrong all these years. The best way is to put the art on cake, and marvel at the skill of these decorators! And, of course, have Renee give a tour of the cakes with her comments. Well done! BRAVA!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Part of the Picasso cake is Girl with Red Beret....

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

This can't be a true art history. My instructor in Introduction to Art <v>always</v> included a photo of the Botiecelli's Birth of Venus in each session. Didn't matter what field of art--painting, sculpture, ceramics, architecture-- didn't matter.It all related to good old Venus.

The cakes are truly great art works inspired by some of the greats. Thanks for sharing them.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

@Toonfan69, I came into the comments to ask the same question!

Can any other reader come up with a plausible explanation for what appears to be a baby on top of the fridge in the reflection? I assume it's a cut-out or something, but my brain has gone off on a _Who Franed Roger Rabbit_ tangent thinking about the cartoon Roger and the baby make where they run around the kitchen.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLady Ace

The Magritte cake makes me think of Hercule Poirot.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Love it and it's even more awesome as I was just at the Dali museum today!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGsnap1000

But why, in the background of the Lichtenstein cake picture, is there a baby on top of the fridge? I hope it's a doll! Otherwise...

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTC

Maybe the baby took the picture from the top of the fridge.
=^o.o^= (..curiouser and curiouser...)

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Outstanding and fabulous!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Cake Wrecks is so educational. I'm with Melanie, I thought the 2nd one was for Perot also. And I recognized the Sunflower because of the Dr. Who episode.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I knew as soon as I saw the pitchforks and blouse what #1 was. I think my favorite is "Water Lilies" but then I've had a spot in my heart for Monet's work since elementary school (also I just really like water lilies). These are all wonderful - did not even suspect that art could be rendered into cake form so perfectly! Now I know who to go to if I ever want a piece of art made into cake.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE. Anne

Let's not forget Georgia O'Keeffe!
Oh, and don't worry about the missing monkey from the Seurat painting~he just scampered over to snag the banana from the Worhol piece.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

What, no innuendo jokes for Klimt's "The Kiss"? It's kind of known for its phallicness.

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

Wowzer! Gotta love your "back story" on the swing cake! Where's "hubby"/"boy-toy" in the Swing 2.0 (updated) version? Did he get wise to the floozy's antics and bail? =^~.-^=

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I didn't notice it before, but now that it has been pointed out, that baby on the fridge is freaking me right out.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Lovely! Than you! Who knew such things even existed in cake?

The big giggle is the "comic book art" Kiss cake that appears to be plugged into the wall behind it with a cord. That will add some "Zowie!" to your smooches! :)

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVixx

Fragonard's lady in th swing is being pushed by a priest! Note the clerical collar( and some literary references).

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPAM Stewart

Well this was just lovely. I love this blog, but rarely am inspired to comment. But today, just have to sigh and smile and say thank you.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferC

Wow, The Swing is an ambitious painting to take on in cake form! Well done too. That's always been a favorite painting of mine and I was thrilled to finally see it in person at the Wallace Collection in London a few years ago. It's very wink-wink nudge-nudge, isn't it. Ah, those naughty Rococco artists!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheesymice

Picasso: "Girl with Red Beret" Although I couldn't fine the painting with the blue flower.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde

I think that the Picasso artwork is. From "Three Women" or a title similar to that...not exactly sure. I REALLY. Enjoyed looking, salivating over the cakes, as well as reviewing my Art History/Appreciation classes from eons ago!! I agree with my daughter Katie Roberts--gimme a big piece of Monet and Van Gogh pastries!!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth Pospula Nowak

Wow wow wow!
Thanks for blowing my mind!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJake and Me

May I recommend "Sunday in the Park With George"? Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteressjaytee

Did anyone else notice the baby ontop of the fridge in the Lichenstein picture?

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Beautiful stuff! But I'm surprised you didn't note the powerful influence of Howard Finster, the outsider/folk artist whose works featured words crammed together densely in ways that made them very difficult to read. Actually, I guess you feature Finster-inspired cakes almost every day!

September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarold

wow! amazing work.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

OMG my very first thought when I saw the "Sunday Afternoon" cake was "WHERE'S HER MONKEY???" haha :-)

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

oh, Amy Pond. I miss the Ponds.

This past weekend I rewatched Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. I can’t believe how hard I cried. And I probably shouldn’t be thinking about those episodes or I won’t be able to sleep.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterginny susi

(As someone into Art and Art history)
I hate Gustav Klimt's golden period, I really don't see what everybody else is so hyped up about his art.
It's like everywhere I go, someone is gushing about the Kiss nonstop or how putting a bunch of gold leaf for no reason on everything is so brilliant/creative and that Klimt was some sort of "art god".
It's more like he was trying to blind his viewers with all that gold and give a flimsy excuse about why his work was so expensive.

Ah, Roy Lichtenstein. While exploring bold lines, using only primary colors, and dots was pretty neat from how comics were printed. It doesn't excuse him from stealing artwork done by comic book artists to claim as his own. And it doesn't help that his work was claimed as "High Art" right away, while those he stole from were still considered "Low Art" from the galleries at the time.

Everyone else is fine and the cakes are awesome. It's just those two that I have issues with.

September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaughing Hyena

Is that a creepy baby (shower) cake in the background (on the top of the fridge, in the window) in the "Roy Lichtenstein's Kiss II"???? They are everywhere!

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterareimold

I was taught that in The Swing, it's the chaperone pushing her, not her husband, and it was a suitor looking up her skirt.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEAS

These are the most stunning cakes ever featured. Fantastic finds CW Team!

September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadTigerKitty

Just popping in to say the Fraginard Girl on a Swing is actually my cake! I made it for the OSSAS.
Thanks! Love you guys so much!!!- Karen Portaleo

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPortaleo

The Swing is a cake made by the iconic Karen Portaleo!

September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Ono Jones

Absolutely amazing! The Sunflowers cake is incredible. So simple, but so perfectly done. Just gorgeous. My favorite Sunday Sweets post ever!

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMadfishmonger

Love them all - love this blog - gets better every time I check in!!! Thanks so much!

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynnlaughs

American Gothic cake was actually a dentist and his sister. My mother actually had Grant Wood as her art teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa high school.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue

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