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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: Cake Nouveau

I love seeing online bakery galleries with consistently gorgeous, creative, and impeccably detailed cakes. Too often I'll find a great cake, only to visit the original site and discover it's the one stand-out in a gallery of otherwise lackluster specimens.

That said, I was thrilled when a reader tipped me off to Courtney Clark's work over at Cake Nouveau; every entry is so amazing, I couldn't pick just one favorite! So here are six samples, but I highly recommend you visit her site to see the rest of her work: it is well worth your time.

That scroll work is perfection, and I love the tiny roses peeking out.

As a self-proclaimed Disney Geek, I'm loving Courtney's interpretation of Snow White here. (There's also a Toy Story version on her site.)

Doing what I do, I've seen a lot of amazing purse cakes. I mean, a LOT. But this has got to be my all-time favorite:


I'm not really sure why this is called "rattlesnake", but for you non-bakers out there: look at the way the sides of this cake are shaped. See those cartoony curves? And how the bows look like actual fabric? That, my friends, is called talent. Sweet, sugar-coated talent.

Now, I know this next one is fairly simple, but I had to include it - I just HAD to:
It's orange and pink and perfect all over. Jen likes.

And lastly, an Alice in Wonderland theme:
That teapot is awesome. And a very merry un-birthday to you all!

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Reader Comments (102)

How absolutely delightful!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Truly amazing. But I wonder why the gorgeous tiered cake is named "Rattlesnake." Am I missing something obvious?

And those bows! I wish I could wrap real ribbons like that. My favorite cake, though, has to be the handbag. That's Perfection.

As always, thank you Jen, for educating us on the the good, the bad the ugly and the stellar of the cake world.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

having just taken a beginner's course in fondant decorations - I truly appreciate these creations! even the 'simple' one is great!
Thanks for your fab blog, Jen!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterND

those are beautiful! the link to the Cake Nouveau website doesn't work...i'd love to see more!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthemedianerd

How sweet. These are so beautiful, I love that they are themed without being tacky. I wonder if that purse cake costs more or less than the real thing!!!

WV- setam
You have the cakes? Setam down right here.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Those are all amazing! I hope this girl gets paid a lot for her talent because she is SO worth it!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMirinda

These really are amazing cakes! Thanks for sharing some of the success stories too.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPan Historia

All of these are too pretty to eat! I would probably carry around that purse cake, it looks so good. I don't know if the resulting icing mess would be worth it though. Still these are all "wow" cakes.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I don't think I've EVER seen such talent! Amazing work!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

Absolutely amazing! I thought the bows actually WERE fabric. These, my friends, are fondant finery.

Word verification: sockerr, what we want to do to people who wreck cakes, but not the woman who made these!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOmm

That Alice in Wonderland cake is the first cake that I've ever seen that made me say "Oh my god! When I get married I want THAT!"

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

wow. gorgeous!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfading in the sun

All I can say is total awesomeness!!! Hope your holiday season is a blast so far.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNandi

I love Sunday Sweets almost more then the weekday wrecks. I really want that teapot cake!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKateri

Tasty beauty!

Ah, to have such talent.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

About the "Rattlesnake" cake, if you look at without the bows, it kind of resembles a rattle tail.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterschism

I was just talking to my boyfriend about this really amazing cake place in the Kerrytown district here in Ann Arbor while I was looking at the Cake Nouveau website, but I couldn't remember the name of the place. Then I came across the "Kerrytown" cake on the site, and I realized that this was the place!

I'm so happy to see Cake Nouveau featured on Sunday Sweets. They definitely deserve to be featured!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly S.

Ugh, but all that nasty fondant! Yes, they are amazing works of art, but totally inedible in my book. Yuck!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I could never slice a single one of those cakes! They are genius!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Julie Bo Boolie

Awesome! That teapot cake is wonderful.
~Amy B

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy


December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

those are the beautiful sort of cakes that people ask less talented bakers to create and get cake wrecks in return!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi Fox

I've also said a gorgeous handbag should be good enough to eat.
simply delish... all of them! impressive too.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

Holy crap. That last one just about made me wet my pants. TMI? I might just get one to have around the house.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke P.

STUNNING!!! I love the Snow white one!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

Gorgeous cakes. How can one bear eating them?
I have always loved orange and pink together--it's so unexpected!
My 32-yr.-old daughter would like the Alice cake; she's a huge fan of Lewis Carrol's Alice--it's a subtle theme in her life.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

It took me a few minutes staring at the Rattlesnake cake, but I think I get it....see how the tiers resemble the rattle end of a rattlesnake's tail? Even down to the curve on each tier. She's made a beautiful interpretation of it. That cake is brilliant. And those bows! Amazing.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramyd

Rattlesnake...the way the bows are lined up, it reminds me of the "rattler" on a rattlesnake's tail.

These cakes are all gorgeous! I love this site!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaige

the link didn't work for me so I googled it. Her cakes are gorgeous too bad her reviews on yelp are mediocre. Wish I had that kind of talent.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjuds2323

Wow...I don't even have words...those are some of the most amazingly beautiful cakes I've ever

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramandaleggett

Everybody, you've GOT to go have a look at the site. All of her cakes are amazing. Here's a working link:

If I ever get married, I'm going to have to hold the wedding in Ann Arbor just so I can get my cake from this place.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzyblue

OMG The Alice in Wonderland is WONDERful!They are all right out of the pages of a fairy tale. Love them, P.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrippery

Loving that purse!!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I've been to Cake Nouveau many a time and seen the beautiful cakes in action. They are truly magnificent.

Also, the cupcakes they have available there are to die for!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYels

Snow White is my favorite! I love everything Disney. :) Great cakes!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersammik

Check out her MySpace page, too--she's dressed up as a cupcake! :)

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenyonJen

I love them. There are even some that are deceptively simple looking. I'll start practicing. My Parents 50th in next August. Apparently, I've been voluntold to bring the cake.

wvotd fleco: to use brown sugar for sand on a beach themed cake.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

How beautiful! I look forward to these Sunday spots just as much - if not more - than to the wrecks!

Maybe the rattlesnake is a snaking stack of rattles? It made me think of a little classic baby rattle with a bow on the handle.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMikki Black

That purse-cake is amazing. It's fantastic to look at and I'm in love with the detailing - she manages to make fondant look like fabric, leather, and metal all at the same time! - but it's still soft enough to look edible. Even appetizing. Hm, I need to stop reading this blog before breakfast...

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A friend recently linked me to a flickr account for a student in London whose work was consistently amazing - The ribbons reminded me of those here.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Meh. They're pretty, but in my opinion a little fondant goes a long way. When I find myself trying to figure out where the actual cake layers are under the fondant, that's too far.

OTOH, considered as props, these are works of art.

Word verification: guete. That unfortunate foreign guy who accepts an invitation to a party and then discovers that nobody thought to warn him about the weird customs. Okay, I caught the garter. Now what am I supposed to do with it?

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Alice in Wonderland cake is horrid! It looks like she has a teapot for a torso!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

So so so gorgeous! It makes my eyes happy to look at these works of art!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

Ohhh, I love the teapot cake! And the one with the pretty curves. Thanks!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

These are all WONDERFUL, but I loved the last one so much I actually feel swoony.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHaddayr

regarding the rattlesnake, not only to the tiers sort of resemble a snakes rattle, but the orange and black wrapped between the bottom two layers resembles the markings on a snake.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

my jaw was literally dropped by the time i reached the alice in wonderland cake.

amazing! simply amazing cakes!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElessa


December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

WOW! Those are some jawdroppingly gorgeous cakes!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTattingChic

those are incredible! damn.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVodka Mom

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