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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: Cupcakes!

A few of you still seem to think I have a problem with cupcakes. Not so! In fact, today's post features some awesome cupcake designs that get the Jen stamp of approval.

Check out this fabulousness from Bakerella:

It's everyone's favorite fat cat: Garfield! I used to collect the books when I was a kid. How cool is it that Bakerella included Pooky and Nermal, the World's Cutest Kitten, too?

Since I'm more of the Garfield generation, I don't claim to know who any of these Pokemon characters are:

But they sure are cute. Reader Kelly made them for her son's birthday. Ok, Kelly, you got me: I do love them.

And lastly, many of you have sent in these 3 beauties made by hello naomi over on Flickr:

See, now this is the way to do a cupcake-cake: don't ice them all together, and reference an 80's video game!

Another example:

I call dibs on the green mushroom!

Not only are these robot cupcakes the perfect collision of geekdom and cuteness, but the parts are also interchangeable. So, you can mix up the heads and arms and such to make different robot cupcake combos. Super nifty.

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Reader Comments (98)

How, how, HOW do they get the frosting so smooth?

I really want to know.

Angie (from over at

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

I am told by my son that your Pokemon are Snorlax, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pipplup, Munchlax and Tertwig. I'm sure that you feel better for knowing that.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline M

Oh, I totally want the Pacman one for my next big occasion!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMongoose

these are gorgeous! :)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblueeyedtawni

Okay, now these are really awesome!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

bagsy the mario one (yessss.....)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercam

Garfield and could you go wrong?! I love those!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

These are awesome-especially Garfield and Mario!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGarland

ok these are about all too cute to eat I LOVE the garfield and Company ones... and the pac man and mario and and and heck my faith in cupcake decor is renewed!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

OMG, those are seriously the cutest and most clever cupcakes (and CCCs) I've ever seen!

Angie - I believe they were done with fondant to get the smooth look and cut-out designs.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPlaidfrogg

I want a mario one! That is sooo cute!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereponina

Those are all definitely wonderful! And further proof that cupcakes are best on their own, and do not play well with others, in the frosting sense at least.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

Those are all so amazing, I don't think I could eat them. I could stare at them all day though!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlee

Kelly and I are on the same baking forum ( and I've been loving those pokemon cupcakes for months now. Her descriptions of how she made them are INSANE. Exacto knives, templates, hours and days of work.

And yes, definitely fondant to make the smooth tops. There's probably buttercream underneath the fondant.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkati

Okay, Odie's having some serious facial issues, there, but I WANT Pookey!!!!
And I'm no decorator, but are those frosted with marzipan? They look like it.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

I call dibs on the green mushroom!

You mean the 1upcake? ;-)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSix31

Delicious! I'm loving your blog.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertamdoll

Now those are CCCs!
Simply beautiful.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Angie, it's because they are using fondant instead of traditional frosting. To me, it's not as tasty, but it sure it pretty.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I'm much older than you, but I still collected "Garfieldabilia" back in the day, so I was tickled to see the Garfield family on cake! And done SO beautifully too! And Pacman--another of my loves from that period--I can't even IMAGINE how long these cupcakes took to decorate! Awesome.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri in Rehoboth

I cannot tell you how excited I am to see my cupcakes here!!
Thanks so much for posting them. :^)
My son was so excited when he saw them.
I used homemade marshmallow fondant to make the Pokemon faces. There is a thin layer of buttercream underneath.
I did a tutorial on www.baking911 if you are interested in the process.Again, thanks!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Okay, the Princess Peach cupcake is, like, a dream come true! I want it!

Those cupcakes all look fantastic! I wish mine looked like that. Love it!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShoshana

Those are amazing!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Yeah, but what about FROSTED cupcakes? (non-fondant)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChel

I am so glad that I didn't see the Pokemon cupcakes earlier, or I would've been slaving over them for my son's birthday party. What great cupcakes! I think the Mario cupcakes are my inspiration for my sons's next birthday party.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNinjaMom

LOVE pacman and mario! We still pull out the ol' 64 a couple times a year and play Mario Kart, because I don't care how much better it is on the newer platforms, I'm still infatuated with the 64.

I want the robot ones for my nest occasion! They'd be so much fun! I think my friends would spend all evening re-arranging parts amongst themselves to form the perfect robot :-)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy.mangos

Love the cupcakes, especially the Garfield ones. Kudos to Kelly for the great Pokemon cc, and the link to bakery 911.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

I love these soooooo much!
And I call Princess Peach!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Okay, I want the robot cupcakes for my next birthday party. Even if I'm 25, I can still have a cute cake, right? :D

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

I am SO grateful for todays Sunday post. After the horrors of last week and a birthday coming up, I was getting a little nervous.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersophanne

These are very inspiring.

What an incredible job this must be! You get to be insanely creative all day long.

The ones who do it right are almost unbelievable, well I guess the ones who get it wrong are too, just in a different way.

You picked a great topic!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrrr

All I can say is this post was totally "wreck"less.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwpb30635

The cupcakes are, in fact, very cool -but as for the eating factor - where's the yummy mounds of icing?? Fondant looks very neat and professional - but in my experience doesn't hold a candle to really yummy icing in the taste department. Find us some frosted cupcake montages!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I grew up collecting the Garfield books as well. But I grew out of it. At least until I discovered , where some guy is photoshopping Garfield out of old strips to show just how psychotic Jon really was. Hysterical stuff

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevinsky Korsakov

I love those robot cupcakes! I just want to mix them all up! :) But ... dibs on the Arlene cupcake. She looks tasty.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermuttpuppiesontrial

Those are the BEST cupcakes I have ever seen!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

So cute! But that Garfield looks baked in more ways than one.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereeeek!

I love this blog! The wrecks are hiLARious (I always laugh at them at work!) and the Sunday Sweets are always awesome! :)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvilJoy

They are extremely cute, but they don't look like they optimize tastiness. A nice plain choco-buttercream might taste better.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermellen22

All of those cupcakes are adorable! I'm extremely impressed!!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

I'm enough of a geek that I spent a little too much time mentally re-arranging the Pac-Man cupcakes to see if I could get an actual maze out of them.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryousuckatcraigslist

What creativity and talent! These are some of the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen. I am madly in love with the Pacman cupcakes.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJane_hates_Dick

Actually, the second-from-bottom Pokemon cupcakes are of my dog, Tuck. Seriously.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Am I missing something? I don't know why everyone is against the cupckakes frosted together in a sheet. I think some of them are well done. What's with the CCC hate?

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterloriannjmu

Love the cupcakes. My son was also able to name all the Pokemon! We love your blog!!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

These are great inspirations as far as cupcakes go (which is pretty far, IMO). Those are all fantastic, but I have to say that the Mario CCC wins out in Sunshine Land.

Now I really want to make some marshmallow fondant for cupcakes! And... in the process, probably create some cake wrecks of my own (on accident!).

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Sunshine

They are so adorable! Love the garfield ones. And the mario ones.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBellesouth

Those are actually very, very good!
~Amy B.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I don't know if you missed the memo but everyone hates Garfield. Those cupcakes are still gorgeous, but Garfield is the most predictable, boring, unfunny, catering-only-to-the-lowest-common-denominator strip in history. You want some good cartoon cats? Check out Achewood.

Or check" REL="nofollow">this out for some Garfield strips that are actually funny.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Those are beautiful

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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