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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 (503)


Sunday Sweets: Wedding Cakes in Chocolate

Hey girl.
Today's post is dedicated to you.

By I Dream of Jeanne Cakes

That's right, to you and every other chocolate-loving chocoholic out there who can't quit craving the sweet stuff and have long since polished off the last 3 Musketeers bar in your kids' Halloween candy stash.

You know who you are.

So come along. Let's take a ride on the gentle waves of chocolate's sweet caress:

By Sweet Gems Cakes


Let's set sail on the decadent seas of sensory seduction.

Submitted by Debbie C. via Style Me Pretty. Photography by Julie Mikos; baker unknown.

Smell the chocolate. Feeeeel the chocolate. Taste the chocolate. BE the chocolate.


Let chocolate's smooth tendrils of tantalization entwine you.

By Layers


Embrace the chocolate! Let its sweet siren song wash over you and take you to a place where a rose is just a rose, unless it's a chocolate rose...

By Baking Arts

Because then it's like, a way better rose.


Unless of course, it's a painted chocolate rose. With ruffles. And twirly things.

By The Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School

Twirly things of temptation!


So surrender! Surrender to chocolate's rich and creamy charms!

Let the fermented bean pods of the cacao tree seep into your soul as you... um... wait.

By Cakes by Occasion

OK, so maybe that's not the sexiest description of chocolate you've ever heard. Sorry.
I'm running out of adjectives here.


Bottom line, chocolate is pretty much perfection.

By Wilton

Like this cake. Such perfection, I'm having trouble believing it's real. Look at those razor sharp corners!


And the only way this curvacious cake could be better is if there were even more of it:

Sub'd by Mary G. and made by Premier Pastry


I can't spot a single thing wrong here, either:

By The Pastry Studio

I'm just dotty for it! (The kids still say 'dotty,' right?)
(No? Well, I'm not very hip. My pajamas have cats on them.)


Of course, sometimes even the most fervent chocolate lover needs a break:

By Margaret's French Bakery

Like this. This is the perfect chocolate break.

Who could resist a cake literally paved in chocolate?
I can't. You can't. Don't even try.


Anyway, if you love chocolate so much, why don't you marry it? I think you should.

Sub'd by Jennifer K. and made by Kanya Hunt

If only for the cake.


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


Sunday Sweets Gets Thankful

This Thursday we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, so I'd like to take a moment to contemplate a few of the things I'm thankful for this week.


First and foremost, I'm pretty thankful I'm not a turkey.

By Wendy's Taarten

Although this little guy still made me a chuckle.


Also making me happy this week: bakers who know what a cornucopia looks like.

By Design Cakes


After a week of seeing nothing but poop tornadoes, I can't tell you how thrilled that topper makes me.
(What poop tornadoes, you ask? Oh, JUST YOU WAIT.)

I also like how the side flourishes look like fancy napkins. One year I folded our napkins just like that and stuck them inside all our wineglasses. It looked really cool, and once you wrung them out a bit, they were kind of like Merlot-scented wet wipes. You should totally try it!



This time of year always reminds me to be extra thankful for my favorite color:

Sub'd by Sandra G. and made by Topsy Turvy Cakes

And orange you glad some bakers still know what a pumpkin looks like, too?


Sunday Sweets takes roughly three times as long to put together and write as our usual weekday posts, but even when I'm up 'til 2AM hunting down a baker credit, or combing through my sixty-fifth page of image results for that one perfect cake, I'm thankful. 'Cuz just like you guys, I love great cake art - and I especially love that it inspires so many of you:

For example, CW reader Chad made this - and it's only his third cake ever.

Chad, you should really have us over for dinner sometime. I could fold the napkins.


Let's see... I'm thankful for buttercream icing:

By The Sweet Life Bakery

(and tiny ears of sugar corn!)


And I'm thankful for fondant:

By TLB Cakes

Not to mention delicate hand-painting, and my favorite color combination! (Teal and orange...mmm...)


I think I speak for John as well when I say I'm extra thankful for daisies:

By Cake Is Life



I'm happy that cookies have become just as much of an art form as cake, and that they can be silly and fun:

By Jill FCS

(It's all about the eyebrows on that center turkey. Ha!)


...or elegant and abstract:

Submitted by Clinton S. and made by Sharp Cookie

One of the coolest "cookie bouquets" I've ever seen. Reminds me of 3D paper art!


I'm thankful that even though I "just" talk about cake, I still learn new things every day:

By Custom Cakes

Like the fact that turkeys have pony tails coming out of their chests. (John looked it up; they totally do.) And mega kudos to this artist for hand-sculpting and painting the feathers instead of using real ones. That's doing it right, right there.


And finally, I'm extra EXTRA thankful that - every now and again - I get to completely blow people's minds:

Yes. Yes, it is.

I know you don't believe me, because John and I didn't believe this cake ourselves, and spent a solid thirty minutes researching it and getting all the details from the baker, Heather Porter of Frost This. She tells us she got the shiny skin texture by brushing on various shades of piping gel, and the "pepper" and spices are crumbled sprinkles.

The lettuce and lemons are real, but everything else is cake - even the deviled eggs and pie you see next to it on the table. You can see pictures of the whole display at a charity event here. (It was the photo of all those people around the cake that finally convinced us; we figure someone would have cried fowl if they smelled cooked meat instead of icing. Heh. I'd still like to see a photo of this being served, though, Heather!) {UPDATE: D'oh! You guys broke the charity site! THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS. I guess keep trying?}


I hope you guys enjoyed! As always, if you have a Sweet you'd like to nominate, please send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Oh, and one last thing!

Yep, so if you didn't grab one last year, please pick up a copy (or six) of my book Wreck the Halls! It's got oodles of never-before-seen wreckage spanning Halloween to New Year's, all in one perfectly giftable 232-page hardcover!

Best of all, it's only $6 on Amazon right now. SIX LOUSY DOLLARS. And if you order more than $25 worth, you'll get free shipping! Seriously, if you guys don't buy these things out in five minutes I will deem you all terrible money managers who hate laughter, rainbows, and carrot-riding Mohawk-babies. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?

Oh, and if you want your book(s) signed by yours truly, you can buy a customized bookplate here.