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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 Journal

Today's Sweets are brought to you by Louise over at Cake Journal, a blog out of Denmark. I've been a fan of her work for some time now, quite simply because she makes gorgeous cakes. Her designs are simple, graphic, and flawless. These two are my favorites:

The sprinkles! The cherry! I love everything about this cake, from the colors to the cartoony angles. (If you check out her site, this is the cake used for her logo, too.)

This cake won the audience vote for Best Novelty Cake at this year's Scandinavian Cake Show. It is absolute perfection; you should go to her site to see the close-ups.

Louise, thanks for all the inspiration!

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Reader Comments (59)

They're both beautiful!! The first one makes me think of Dr.Seuss (but that's a good thing!)

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

Elegant and whimsical doesn't always translate in cakes, but these are exceptionally well executed. Very sweet.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Good enough to eat! :) The top one is absolutely my favourite. Less CakeWrecks; than CakewROCKS!!


September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Vintage Anarchist



Her site is an absolute must-see!!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Shaivya

Are you sure that first cake is *real*?

It looks like something made in povray, without randomization to make it look even halfway realistic

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBaughn

Ahhhh, what sweet relief! I was beginning to think that it was impossible to find a decent looking cake in this world! Yum :)

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter8 is the new normal

Oh wow! Those are gorgeous cakes. I'm new to the blog. Just wanted to say how much I love the site.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I absolutely LOVE that first cake it is just whimsical and oh so cute... the second is beautiful and looks like it is begging to let you have a taste :)

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

Now THAT is what cake should look like!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLis Garrett

I, cannot, for the life of me (and my computer) get her site to load.... I love beautiful cakes - and wrecks!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie H

Wow that first one is perfection.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Both are wonderful, I'm going to visit her site.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

WOW. Beautiful. That second cake, THAT is what a 'cupcake cake' should look like.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Yum! They look like cartoon cakes from Toontown. I wouldn't mind one of these!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Maybe you're not as down on cupcakes as you thought you were...

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermamagotcha

I love the first cake! How fun is that. Going to check out the site right now...

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I was expecting a wreck. I kept looking thinking "Now WHAT can she say about THESE CAKES!" lol I didn't know you featured nicely done cakes as well.

What is it we love about a cake that pretends to be a...cake? (in this case an ovesized cupcake. :-) ) Very well perfection. Going to look at her site now.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Those are darling! I saw a book in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble last night. It is a how to book for making "darling" kids birthday cakes. I thought to myself, this book would be great to send your way. The cakes were awful! I don't know how it ever got published. Maybe thats why it was in the bargain section.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArtfulife

wow! Very impressive ;)

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersheree

Caketastic! I am glad you do occasionally branch out to include the lovely and non-cakewrecky cakes.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

GORGEOUS! I'm pretty sure I need these. hee!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Love

Wow! How adorable are those cakes?! She's done a great job w/ the colors & the whole scheme. What kid or "older" kid wouldn't love those?

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Wow, these are amazing! The first one doesn't even look real - it looks ceramic or something. Gorgeous.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

I dunno...don't these qualify as CUPCAKE CAKES?


September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I would love to see the before and after if someone were to take a photo of that amazing first cake to their local grocery store and say "I want you to re-create this". A new wreck would be born.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

What a breath of fresh air! Stunning!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

Oh wow! Beautiful!

My problem with such amazing cakes is that I wouldn't want to cut into it!! I made a castle cake for one of my daughter's 4th birthday. I'm not great at decorating, so when this turned out like I imagined I was so impressed with myself. I almost cried when we had to cut it and serve it to the little girls :(

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Now those are beautiful cakes!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Jenn Danza~

I have one problem with these cakes.

How the heck do you eat something so beautiful?

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Those are terrific!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoodleBunz

the first one made my mouth water.. and that's saying something D:

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstumphed-xx

These cakes look nice but they scream 'fondant!' I don't really like the taste of fondant - I'd rather save my calories for the cake inside. I sometimes wonder whether these cakes taste as good as they look.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed Flashlight

I guess you're ok with cakes that look like cupcakes - but not cupcakes that try to look like cakes. Is that a double standard or just a high standard?

Those cakes are beautiful. I'd be almost too sad to eat them.... almost.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEris

Cakes with fondant may be cute, but they look plastic and inedible :(

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSolaMommy

GOR-geous! Nice to see some beautiful work for a change instead of wrecks; but then, the wrecks are so so wrecktastic!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri in Rehoboth

I can't get the site to load either. Thought it was me but I think all the cakewreck fans have overloaded the server!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Oh my those are darling. Okay now I just need an occasion to make that for, LOL. Way too cute.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

Well, see SHE used a cupcake and no one got upset..I sense a double standard!! ;) :) :) :)


Those are cool cakes!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Ann

The first one looks like it might be found in "Whoville"! Very cool cakes + I love your site...always makes me smile!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Those cakes are so beautiful, I would be the last person to want to actually destroy the beauty and eat that cake! Wow!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuane

They are so sweet looking !

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDe Koekjesfee

I am REALLY super duper interested in learning how to make these types of cakes...I wonder if any craft stores or grocery chains host would be like an intro to fondant cakes I guess? How are they done exactly? You mix up the fondant mix or whatever, but do you pour it out onto a flat surface? and then put it on the cake like a sheet? I see it done on Ace of Cakes and food network challenge...but was'nt paying attention during the application of the fondant covering. I want to try and make something for my Nephews 5th Birthday...He likes the movie Cars.

I was going to do like a pound cake for the car cut the pound cake in layers lengthwise and use filling...stick it back together .... then cup cake tops for the wheels...i dunno. hmmm

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

Just discovered your blog, (it was a link on a friend's blog) I love it. This is so entertaining, and I'm sure brings a smile to many people's faces. My friend has cancer and is unable to update her blog as often as she would like due to her chemotherapy treatments, so has directed her readers here untl she is able to write again. Well done, I know you made my friend smile during this difficult time in her life, so Thank you. Kirsten J.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These truly artistic cakes help me realize just how wrecktacular the wrecks are - it's a nice juxtaposition.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermhb

now I'm really hungry. Daaaamn.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeaf Brown Trash Punk

pika23, fondant must be kneaded like bread, and then rolled out on a flat surface. It is then draped over the cake, and you must work quickly to smooth it completely. Then you just cut off the excess with a pizza cutter and have at the decorations.

One thing to keep in mind, though, it hardens pretty...well...hard. In fact, a Scottish fiddler I once knew wrote a new tune about his wedding cake. As he started each pass on the tune, he did a longer, more tortured scrape of the bow across the strings because when they tried to cut through the fondant, it took several tries before the bride actually broke her wrist and had to spend the wedding night in the emergency room.

Makes for a darn pretty cake, though.

These are spectacular work.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie


September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrochet by Momma J

This is beautiful! I wish I could decorate cakes that perfectly!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

That first one looks so some yummily delicious!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRonnica

That first cake is AWESOME!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKT

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