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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: Off-the-Shelf Cuteness

It doesn't seem fair to only feature custom-order cakes on Sunday Sweets, so here are some gorgeous creations available right from the display case:

Stephanie S. found these in Hong Kong (aka the Capital of Cuteness):

Needless to say, I'm in love with these designs. The little dino totally reminds me of the "Rawr" shirt over on Shana Logic:

And here are some Sweets from the States (I think):

Adam R. found these on Manako's Flickr stream. Hey, I guess it IS possible to make Wreck-less doggy cakes!

And you guys are probably going to judge me for this, but I think these things Monique R. found are adorable:

Even if I can't say exactly what they're supposed to be. Um, maybe owls? Wingless, marshmallow-shaped, fuzzy lil' owls?

I'm thinking of starting something new with Sunday Sweets: weekly assignments. I'd give y'all a theme - Broadway, video games, animals, etc. - and then you send in nominations for me to feature. The submissions can be your own work or from your favorite bakery. What do you think - sound like fun? Let me know in the comments, along with any suggestions you have for themes beyond your average wedding/birthday/shower fare. Thanks, guys!

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Reader Comments (113)

Dino! I love it!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrispybenfranklin


December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

Those little fuzzy things are verra cute! They remind me of that little chicken in the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons, all they need are big round glasses!


December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrinite Ducalon

I think the fuzzy white cubes are chicks, Jen.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I love the Hong Kong cakes they are so perfect. The doggies are cute but that is one heck of a lot of icing still. And I have to agree that those little marshmallowy chicks/owls are adorable!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMommyk8- Kate

Love love love the idea of weekly assignments. That could really be a lot of fun. Thanks, you always keep me laughing and smiling.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDustythemomhaskins

The marshmallowly wingless things are adorable! Simple, yet cutely effective!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApathetic Fervour

oh lord those are so cute :(

especially the doggy ones.. my mouth's watering just from looking at them.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmpy

I don't know what is better, the cakes or the translated names of the cakes. Who can top "Dim Sum in Cage"?


December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I'm getting a Furby kind of vibe from those last little guys. Or maybe they're chickens. They are cute in a mystifying kind of way, though.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstonesoupjewelry

I like the owl-cakey things. And the idea of a theme sounds great!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Cute, cute, cute...
What's the dim sum in cage? sounds yucky

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

I kind of thought the marshmallow guys were supposed to be chicks, but I can totally see owl, too. Either way, cute!
I love the dim sum guys, but I think one's already been taken. Notice the empty disk. My impression of the meaning of the title is it's sort of a play on words. They are arranged like dumplings in a steamer basket, but they are sort of "pre-dumplings"'s a little morbid. Yet strangely cute.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolli

I LOVE the owls. So adorable.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesleMora

Those owls are a hoot!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I love your idea, it's like the anti-caption contest! We send you the pic, you give us the caption.

I don't know what those things are in the last picture, but you are right, they are cute.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPip

The doggy cakes are very cute, but who gets to eat the a$$?

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

Something about cutting into those cute little puppies just doesn't sit well with me.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMala

since everything unknown can be identified as a Dr. Who species... I think the bottom 'wingless owls' look quite like an Adipose from the recent episode 'Partners in Crime'.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSean LaFianza

Those "owl cakes" reminded me a lot of the Adipose aliens in the Doctor Who episode "Partners in Crime". Check out the picture on the wikipedia page:

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterharald

i think the dim sum in cage was for a cake on the other side out of the picture maybe? i noticed the sign next to the dino/cute godzilla that said Night Owl, which i'm guessing is for the picture above.

and i too love the little marshmallow coconut fluff avian thingies, but is it just me or does the one on the bottom right in the middle look really REALLY p***ed off?? he's all "you think you're eating me? i'm gonna peck you in the face, punk..."

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Awww I love those owlets. Too cute to eat! @ _@

I think themed contests are a great idea for Sunday Sweets. I might enter myself, even though they'll probably end up as wrecks since I'm no baker!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

I'm all for themes! I love to go searching for wrecks...good or bad. God knows I've made a few of my own!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

Love the Dino!!!

Maybe those marshmallow thingys are supposed to be that chicken from the pretty recent chicken little movie, but they don't have glasses, so I don't know. They are cute, though!

You can give us assignments, but I NEVER see any cake wrecks, no matter how hard I look, and I look each time I'm in the store...oh, well.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

I am a little surprised those doggies aren't considered wrecks by you. With the metric ton of frosting and the arses up in the air like they're blowing some gas.

Angie (from over at

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Another bonus on the dino cake: it demonstrates how to represent earth without making it look like poo. That is definitely a mountain.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Those are so cute! LOVE them all!

I love the idea of a weekly assignment.

Video games sounds like a good one, or try and find great holiday themed cakes...I find it hard to find a really creative christmas cake :)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterImogenSky

Those last ones look like the Adipose from Doctor Who.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The look like Furbies. Remember those?

Oh, and I like the idea, but I was thinking that maybe you should have a weekly feature of good non-bought items. You know, things that peopple had made at home that are almost good enough to be made by a professional?

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

The ones at the end... Furbies? Any one remember Furbies?

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna I

Sounds like fun. Im thinking, "When movies meet cake." You know, famous scenes from movies, characters and stuff like that.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelli (and Brad)

i so love the little chicks. Thats my guess at what they are. The one in the middle does look a little upset. I love the little dino he rocks. lol Keep up the wreckastic work.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersweettc

These are adorable :) The shirt on Shana Logic is a Kid Pirate design, and she also specializes in cute things ( )

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhrh

The last one reminds me of the Adipose (fat babies) from this past season of Dr. Who--well, except the cakes seem to have legs.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNipponElla

The yellow things on the head make those last ones look kind of like cockatoos to me... cute!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoricum

Cute indeed!

Although, I must disagree with you on the capital of cuteness. That would be Tokyo. ;)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

I agree with "Trinite Ducalon" that they look like the little chicken in Foghorn Leghorn cartoons w/o the glasses.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to buy some and attach little glasses made from Twizzler Pull-n-peels.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

The little chick things are cute... but stacked up in boxes like that, makes me think they're waiting at the processing plant to be ermmm.... processed.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

OMG! I love the little fluffy owls - too cute!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKlucky

Heck yes! Theme away!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Those owls are cuteness personified!! As for the two little doggies--I have a Shih Tzu puppy who looks like one of them.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri in Rehoboth

I agree with Sarah - the baby "owls" sort of remind me of the Adipose critters from Dr. Who too. And the Chinese cakes? Cuteness perfection.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

Ummm... That bottom one is looking at me. It looks Evil. I'm afraid. - - However, I think they look amazingly cool.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVi Sagmiller

I think the little white creatures in the last picture are supposed to be chicks; they look suspiciously like "Chicken Little" in that animated movie of a few years ago. They even have the little top feathers that Chicken Little had.

Too cute!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkahara

The owls or chicks are way too cute. Thanks for sharing!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkccat

khee so cute. Nice hooters c:

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did no one notice the prices?? Little Dino costs $338! Rawr indeed!!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Sarah-I'm with you those last ones look exactly like the adipose! Adorable for certain.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

They look like battery chicks in cages!! Guilt free battery chicks...

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersmauge

I thought owls at first, too, and I think they're cute!

I also love your idea of weekly submission themes. :) I'll be thinking of theme ideas.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersammik

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