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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

Entries in Sunday Sweets (378)


Sunday Sweets: Fun Wedding Cakes

If there's one thing I love, it's couples who have fun on their wedding day. Let loose a little, show some personality! And really, what better place is there to throw tradition to the wind than with the cake?

Submitted by Peter D., baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?

Dragonflies, roses, lightning, and a viking helmet?

Admit it: you wish you were invited to this reception.

This one will make your guests nostalgic for old-fashioned candy dots:

Sub'd by Tiffani W. and made by Lochel's Bakery

So sweet! And the fact that you won't end up with a mouth full of paper is the icing on the cake. Literally.

My fellow cat lovers may find the hand-painting on this next one absolute purrfection:

Sub'd by Lessa. Baker unknown.

It's like a painting in 3D!

And check out the amazing details in this south-of-the-border Sweet:

Sub'd by Kate and Trish and made by Kathy's Kakes

I love the individual tiles and teensy maracas.

For you cowboys and girls out there:

Sub'd by Tom G. Baker unknown

This reminds me of the Van Gogh cake (scroll down), with the icing blended to look like actual paint. It's a neat look, and great for you icing purists out there who don't like the taste of fondant.

Ever wanted to turn the traditional wedding cake on its head?

If so, then, voila!

Sub'd by Vanessa M., found via Brides Magazine

The Day of the Dead might seem an odd theme for a wedding cake, but there are tons of them out there. Personally, I just love all the bright colors:

Sub'd by Melanie B. Baker unknown

Check out the gorgeous designs on those sugar skulls!

If you prefer a more traditionally romantic theme, though, you can't go wrong with Romeo and Juliet:

Sub'd by Hatty I., made by Nouskie Noo's

Preeeetty. Just look at those sweet little roses, the vines, the sculpted much great detail, and simply divine with all that white.

Suppose you do want a traditional wedding cake, though, only with a twist.

In that case, how about having it delivered by turtle?

Made by Studio Cake


And now from the other side:

Before you're overcome by the sheer adorableness here, notice that the turtle is only supported by his four legs. That's some impressive cake architecture going on there! I'm also digging the little 3D turtle freckles (do you call them freckles?) and the texture on his shell. Just amazing.

Seen a fabulous wedding cake lately? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!


Sunday Sweets: Pretty As A Princess

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Princess.

Submitted by Cathy & found at the 2010 Royal Adelaide Show; baker unknown.

...who had a rockin' carriage:

Sub'd by Shanna R., made by Jane Asher Party Cakes

...and three beautifully airbrushed Princess friends:

Sub'd by Jessica P., made by Maria Luisa Mijares Arte y Reposteria

(Seriously, how amazing is that painting? Gorgeous!)

I have to stop the story now, or else I may never get to this next fondant-free beauty:

By crazebake cakes and cupcakes

Ok, so she's not technically a Princess, but Tink and her forest cottage here are still royally awesome.

Now, clap your hands if you believe in eating fairies!!

Wait. I think that came out wrong.

Look at this cake! Isn't it neat?

Wouldn't you think our collection complete?

Well, it's not.

'Cuz I still have to show you this FABULOUS fishbowl design for The Princess and the Frog:

Submitted by CW Reader Kathryn L. and made by her daughter and niece.

I'm thinking of asking this cake to marry me. I hope John won't mind.

Next, a cutie-patooty mini-cake:

Sub'd by Tifany D., made by Cupcake Envy

This is the secret to non-creepy torso and clothing cakes, guys: no neck stumps. So long as it looks like it's hanging on a dress form, we're all good. Got that, bakers?

Now, I realize that Disney has the corner on the Princess market, but we geek girls will always have a special place in our hearts for Mario's Princess Peach:

Sub'd by Vin, made by Chica And Jo

And check it out: the blue gems are handmade hard candies! Power up!


By It's A Piece Of Cake

Or at least to incorporate most of the classics. Heh. Love the ruffles, and the bow, and the way you can easily recognize each princess (well, can't you?), and, ok, I pretty much love everything about this cake. Although I don't recognize the crown - maybe it's supposed to be kind of all-purpose? Or am I forgetting someone?

Well, the important thing to remember is how especially amazing these Sweets are when you compare them with these. [shudder] Yeah.


CCC Final Tally!

Hey, remember our charity countdown? Well, donations are still trickling in, but I figured it was high time to reveal the final tally! Ready? Ok, so, as of earlier this week, for all 12 days and charities together, you guys raised [drumroll, please] $24,859.60! Rock on, Wreckies!

However, I should point out there was a distinct downward trend: the first three days of the CCC each charity had over $3,000 donated, the next five or so, around $2,000, and after that, they just barely cleared $1,000 each.

Obviously we all were very busy, and many of us were away from our computers for the holiday, so this isn't surprising. Still, if you started off the countdown but weren't able to finish, please, feel free to catch up! All twelve donation pages are still live, and your dollars can still make a huge difference. Just go to the Cake Wrecks FirstGiving page to see the complete list, along with links to give a dollar to any you might have missed.

And thank you all again for your amazing generosity. John and I are proud beyond belief to count you among our loyal Wrecky henchpersons.

Now, back to conquering the world! If you please.

Update from john: Some people think the crown on the last one is Snow White's or the Evil Queen's. However, the Queen's didn't have rubies and, from what I can tell, Snow White's is a round diamond tiara. And I'm a large, scruffy man in construction clothes sitting at the computer researching Disney Princesses. Which is pretty darned cool. -j