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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: Winter Wonderland

Wow - when I asked you guys to help me find the best Winter Sweets out there, I clearly underestimated how seriously you take your CW duties. Excellent work, evil henchmen/women/children!

Due to the overload of submissions, I had to be pretty selective in choosing which ones to feature. A lot of you sent in some really adorable cupcakes, but I stuck with cakes to whittle down the choices. I also looked for ones that fit the theme best - and, of course, I only picked my personal favorites. (But that goes without saying, right?) So, without further ado, here are the best Winter Wonderland cakes the 'net (and you readers) has to offer. Enjoy!

Tonia (and many others) submitted this beauty from Dahlia's Custom Cakes:


Hagar R. found this sweet ice-skating fairy from a baker in Israel:

She's sitting on rock candy! The baker's name is Yud, of Yud Creative Pastry (fyi: the site is written in Hebrew).

Alex R-F found this wedding cake from Let Them Eat Cake:

I used to do paper-cuttings as a hobby, and this reminds me of all that intricate design work.

Diana T. found this little guy who, believe it or not, was NOT made by a pro:

The hat! The flowers! The FLIPPER SPATS!!! [swoons]

As you can see from the text, this was the baker's final project for her Wilton class. Now, I've taken all the Wilton classes, folks, and I can tell you they do NOT teach you this level of skill! So, Themie from Deviant Art, I tip my hat to you.

Sherry found one for you minimalists out there:

Simply exquisite. It's by Nicky of Small Things Iced, where she also has some drop-dead-gorgeous cupcakes.

Since I still have lots more Winter lovelies to share, I'll be continuing the Winter Wonderland theme through next Sunday. Check back then for more iced goodness, and stay tuned for your next Sweets assignment!

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Reader Comments (42)

That snow man is so cute! I want one!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

That penguin is so totally adorable!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKateri

Yud's site also has an English version:

there's a link at the top of the page, right under the Hebrew menu :)

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicola

I love love love the Fairy cake! They're all super, but the Fairy cake is my fave!!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

Whenever I look at the Sunday Sweets it's a constant "oooo lookit that one!" and "oh wow I like that one best......ok no, now that one"

They're works of art but do they taste good?

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

simply gorgeous
does anyone ever eat these cakes or do they just devour them by looking?
WHO can touch these?

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

That penguin is so cute! I want it made into a plush so i can cuddle with it all day.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

I am not a baker and never will be, but as an artist, I can appreciate the skill and imagation that goes into these thrilling creations. It truly is art in every form of the word and I am more than a little bit jealous that I could never create anything so beautiful.

So, so pretty. Thank you so much for a peek at such exquisite work.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

The Penguin!! OMG, it is ridiculously cute, seriously. They are all so beautiful though, I wouldn't want to eat them! The last cake, the minamalist one, is a perfect example of how less really can be more. Good choices Jen!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

The last one is simply beautiful.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

That's the thing that a work-of-art cake and a cake wreck share. You don't want to eat either.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

the penguin is offered in the fondant class the highest fondant class....

just thought i would say

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpitchersbakery

The ice fairy cake is really pretty. They're all nicely done. I wonder how the fondant tastes, though.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first cake, the Dahlia cake I think, is such a weird combination of classy and children's notebook tacky. Seriously, that fancy gold/silver shimmer stuff above snowboarding snowmen?

Come to think of it, snowboarding snowmen are kind of disturbing unto themselves. That would be like you or me sliding down a hill made of human blood and innards.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertim h

Since today is really the first day winter, you should just keep sharing these winter beauties for the rest of the season! Just a suggestion :)

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChiTown Girl

Although I like the penguin, he's cute, (and so are the others really), the first and the last get my vote as the really cool ones!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoodleBunz/DB Impressions

I have looked all over the web for something similar to Small Things Iced - her cupcakes are amazing - I can not find anything that matches this standard in England!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

the penguin is so freakin ADORABLE!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes are awesome! Good work everyone :)

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love the penguin and the last one. The little snowballs are just perfect!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Tim H. - Agreed; I don't like the first one much. It would be beautiful if that tacky middle layer weren't there. The last cake is my favorite by far.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow Wow wow ! those are outstanding!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Am I the only one to see some type of albino skin disease erupting on that last one? It may be that I spent too many years as an ER nurse, but I wouldn't want to eat that. It just looks.... well, infected. I appreciate the effort, but it just makes my tummy a bit rumbly!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTorry

My faith in decorators is restored. The Israeli cake looks like Lladro porcelain.

word verification: sceric
These lovely cakes are no sceric at all.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

I love the little guy's flowers!!! It's absurd how cute he is.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

Those are incredible. Can you box them up and send them over? I'll just zip you over a check!!!!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVodka Mom

That penguin is adorable! You're right that the Wilton classes don't teach that level of skill. I think I made an ugly little wedding cake for my final Wilton cake.

I also like the last white-on-white cake. Very elegant.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Tiger

like that cute...
love this blog too...:):):)

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterdrNO

The last two=adore.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSatsuma

Those cakes are gorgeous! I LOVE the penguin!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia

Did you notice that Small things Iced has a nice Dalek cake in her pics?

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! What beautiful cakes!! Can anyone tell me HOW on earth they make the snowflakes?! I think a snowflake cake would be so fun to make...but no clue how to do it!

Great pics this Sunday! Can't wait to see more!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Karleena*

These cakes leave me absolutely breathless. What genius to have the fairy sitting on rock candy to represent ice crystals.

And that penguin, oh, that penguin. I took a Wilton Cake Decorating Class and trust me, what I came up with as a result was as wrecktacular as anything posted here.

Total awesomeness! I couldn't eat such cakes, I'd just want to look at them.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

The Small Things iced actually has one of those odd, Dr. Who robot cakes that's made well!

All of her work is just fantastic!

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Small Things Iced" does have some beautiful cupcakes to see if you follow the link. However, she has made them for her son's classroom Christmas party. Can I tell you how much all the other mothers will hate her????

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg, that minimalist cake is stunning. Would make a gorgeous cake for a winter wedding.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

okay, i clicked through to the small things iced pics which are fabulous...but, did you see the combat boobs cake??

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I wish I'd looked at this post earlier--these cakes are amazingly beautiful. I can't decide which I like best, but the last one seems to really hit me the hardest. Thanks for posting!

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

In a sea of such horrific crimes against cakery, this post is so refreshing. I derive much enjoyment (read: schadenfreude) out of the cake wreck posts, but these cakes restore a sense of wonder in cake craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing!

December 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I went to the Let Them Eat Cake site to snoop around and OMGOMGOMG I spied a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed wedding cake! The fan in me squeal. My aunt loved the Sound of Music one, too! Thanks for always posting up the link. There's so many amazing cake creations out there!

December 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Oh, my! I can't tell you how giddy I was to hear that my penguin was blogged about (although admittedly a little fearful of it being "featured on Cake Wrecks")! You've said such lovely things, and I'm so flattered!

I only just found out today, as I don't really check my deviantART page all that often, but it was such a happy Christmas present!

Thanks so much, and Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMie

Aww..the penguin is so adorable! Very cute. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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