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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 Goes Art Deco... Again!

From Flapper dresses to Big Band jazz to Art Deco architecture, nothing says "style" quite like the Roaring Twenties.

(By Sarah Jones)

Look at that gilded perfection! LOOK AT IT.


And check out this sweet flapper girl!

(By Kidacity)

Love that feathered headband topper.


This one reminds me of delicate chandelier earrings:

(By Gia's Cakes)


And this one, sleek silk gowns from Downton Abbey:

(By Sugarpot)


Here's a mod silhouette style:

(By Cake Lovers, but I can't find the right website for them. Help?)

I actually have a hat like that, and could never quite pull it off. Maybe if I paired it with long pearls...


You know those fancy Deco dinner clubs in the movies, the kind with full jazz bands and dance floors? That's what I see here:

(By Diane Custom Cake Studios)

You can almost hear the brass section announcing dessert. :)


Another gilded beauty:

(By Sara Elizabeth Cakes)


And a simple, clean style with some stunning Art Deco imagery:

(By Zahari)

I'm already swooning over the art, but those 3D rolled flowers in her skirt? GENIUS.


Another clever mix of 2D and 3D on this handpainted flapper girl:

(By Crumbs)

Check out the fringe on her dress! And the hand piped pearls!


Some incredible techniques in this next one:

(By Sweet Heather Anne, featured here)

From the delicate petals at the base, to the baffling hexagonal pink ombre (how DID they do that??) to those swags of lace near the top, this cake is a true showcase of Things Jen Could Never Do.


Here's a more modern, subtle homage to the flapper dress... with FEATHERS.

(By Zoe Clark Cakes)

Oooooh. Aaaaaah.
I want to pet it.


And finally, a Great Gatsby inspired beauty with too many fab details to mention:

(By Three Women and an Oven)

That creamy palette is just lovely, and I'm digging the bunches of pearls. So Sweet!

Happy Sunday, everyone!


(P.S. Can't get enough Art Deco goodness? Then see more Deco Sweets I've featured here.)


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Reader Comments (19)

Such beautiful cakes, some could be coated in clear spray paint and kept as sculpture

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

These cakes are so stunning, I can't words properly.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

Ooh man, those feathers! I can't decide if I think that cake or the purple Downtonesque one is more gorgeous.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterj.

LOVE Art Deco! Those cakes are truly amazing and beautiful.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Beautiful! And I think the 4th one is fondant free!

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Season 3 of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries just came out on Netflix. Coincidence that the topic is art deco with some very well dressed flapper girls? All fabulous!

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNic

I saw a technique on Pinterest using bubble wrap to make the hexagonal shapes with melted chocolate spread over the bubble wrap, chilled then peeled off and wrapped around the cake. Very cool.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlyn

The 2nd to the last cake (black and white), is by Zoe Clark Cakes.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

I am in love with that black and white feathers cake. Love!

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Ooo, pretty! Love the last one.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Superb! The Downton Abbey cake is my fave!! I'm sure they are all dee-lish, but what a shame it would be to slice them up!

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne from GA

These are the "bees' knees" and the "cat's pajamas!"

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Ooooooh! This is one of my favorite Sunday Sweets in a long time! Loving all of them...too hard to pick a favorite. They are all superb.

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Absolutely gorgeous! Art deco is my favorite. :-)

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

These are all gorgeous! Fringe, feathers, pearls, flowers, Downton Abbey and the Great Gatsby!

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

SO many talented cake decorators out there! This is a time consuming theme, lots of little details. And they are all fantastic!

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarolyn's Kakes

I LOVE Art Deco and all of these cakes - well - TAKE the cake. However, the one from Gia's cakes REALLY set my heart to thumbing. Loved it! Thanks Jen.

September 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Is the second tier on that purple cake....floating???

September 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Fantastic grouping, but I'd like to concentrate on the last three. No. 11 is a showstopper. I could stare at that all day. I wish there was a carousel so I could see all sides. Cake no. 12 puzzles me. If the feathers are real - ick, who would want cake that had feathers sticking in it. If they're frosting, then ok, but the design just doesn't move me. On the last cake, you are right, there is so much to look at. But we do need to talk about the random eye on the top tier. So weird. It's been a long time since i read Gatsby, but I don't remember anything about floating eyes.

September 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

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