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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 (370)


Southwestern Sweets

When I was a teenager I visited Taos, New Mexico, and immediately fell in love with all the local art.
The colors! The jewelry! The weaving and pottery and paintings!

So today I thought we'd celebrate all things South West, Native American, and totally awesome:

(By Cake Heart)

This cake is singing my song, you guys. My favorite colors AND jewelry and flowers? Win!


Hold onto your socks, because I believe this next one is entirely fondant free!

(By Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

I could be wrong on the basket weave, but the flowers and woven tier are definitely all buttercream.
And I can't stop staring. (How? HOW??)

[Update: Confirmed by Queen of Hearts: it IS all buttercream!]


When you manage to pry yourself away, check out this sweet little western number:

(By Steel Penny Cakes)

So elegant! But the rope edging and little fence sections add just the right rustic touch.


More impressive buttercream; I think the only fondant here are the rope edges and belt buckle:

(By Michelle's Patisserie, featured here)

The piped barbed wire is - dare I say it? - adorable.


More jaw-dropping pattern work:

(By Hey There, Cupcake!)

That's got to be printed, right? On edible paper?


Although this one's all hand-pieced fondant:

(By Butterfly Sweets)

Those little turquoise beads!! Fabulous.


Here's a baker that would make an excellent faux finisher:

(By Ciccio Cakes)

That's some of the most convincing wood and embossed leather I've ever seen! If you look closely, you'll see there are even tiny stitch marks on the "leather" edges.


Looking for rich color? Then look no further:

(By Cakes by Kristi)

WOW. And look at the sides of that bottom tier: see the sections sticking out? It's 3D!


Maybe you're after a softer palette, though:

(By Avalon Cakes)

Dreamy soft pastels! Love the crochet look of those Dreamcatchers; I have to assume they're molded sugar paste?

(And can I just say how exciting it is to see cakes I can't fully explain? So many cool techniques out there these days!)


Completely crushing on this modern take:

(By Caketini)

It's simply succulent! (Eh? EH??)


And finally, a whole trio of more perfect pastels:

(By Peridot Sweets, featured here)

So much to love, but my favorites are that braided cord and the gold-and-turquoise stones. Gorgeous!


Hope you all have an equally gorgeous Sunday!


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Sunday Sweets Goes Under The Sea

Today Sunday Sweets really takes a dive...

(By Shani's Sweet Creations)

...into undersea sweetness!


Yep, we're going to celebrate all things beneath the waves, like colorful coral and friendly octopodes:

(By Jacqueline Marie's Custom Cakes)


Enormous hump-backed blue whales:

(By Ron Ben-Israel Cakes)


And a little of everything, like in this gorgeous hand-painted vignette:

(By My Sweet Cosette)



Prefer something more cartoony and cute? GOT IT:

(By Fantasticakes Cecile Crabot)

Is it wrong to admit that *I* want this cake? Or at least all the googly-eyed creatures? SO CUTE.


Ooh, now check out this stylin' modern design:

(By Planet Cake)

That trail of bubbles? Genius.


Speaking of modern, I'm digging this abstract mermaid and starfish topper:

(By Gulnaz Mitchell Cake Design)

It almost has a stained glass feel to it, right?


LOVE the colors in this stack of sea urchins:

(By Cakelava)

If you look closely, you can see colorful little fish near the base, too!


Of course we can't have an "Under the Sea" theme without a certain red-headed mermaid:

(By Fabricake, based on the art of Tim Shumate)

She's just a bit more grown-up in this version. ;)

I like how the art is layered to give it depth, almost like a paper-cutting.


What else do you find under the sea? Ship wrecks and pirate treasure, of course!

(By Roses & Bows Cakery)

The aging on this is beeeeeaauuutiful. The sprinkling of sand! The curled up "map!" I even like the green snaily guy.


And finally, the ultimate undersea Coral Reef cake:

(By Cakes By Kim Simons)

Complete with a swimming sea turtle topper!

There's so much to see on this one, I'm *still* finding hidden fish. And do I spy little moray eels?


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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