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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: The Cutest Christmas Cupcakes

I'm still occasionally accused of hating on cupcakes, when we should all be in agreement by now that it is only cupcake cakes (aka CCCs) that deserve our white-hot hatred and ridicule.

But cupcakes alone? Nooo problem. In fact, I rather like them. Here, I'll prove it to you: these seasonal sweets make me positively gooey inside.

(Made by Studio Cake & submitted by Amanda A.)

Bakerella never fails to bring the cute:

And in case you missed it last year, check out her brilliant snow globe cupcakes:

She even provides instructions on how to make your own here.

I never knew sprinkles could look this elegant:

(Made by Kuidaore & submitted by Madeleine B.)

Abbietabbie has oodles of exquisite cupcake designs. Here are two of my favs:

And finally, check out these awww-fully adorable Baby's First Christmas cupcakes:

By Mossy's Masterpiece
(Lots more cuteness at the link, too - check it out.)

- Similar Sweets: Winter Wonderland


What I learned today: Cleft lip & palate is the #1 birth defect in developing countries - over 200,00 kids are born with one every year, often leaving them unable to eat or speak. Today's charity, Operation Smile, provides free surgeries to these children. And get this: each surgery only costs $240!
So let's see how many smiles we can bring today, eh?

Click here to donate via our First Giving page.

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Reader Comments (48)

Those are cute, but I got excited hoping the snow globe one was one of the elusive actual-edible dome things I've heard rumours about, so I was a bit disappointed that it's just plastic. Yes, it's lovely, but I'm always extra-impressed when the art is confined to edible media.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Those Coca Cola Cupcakes are SO SUPER COOL!!!!!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDedi

Holy Crabbi-Cakes! That just looks like WAAAAYYY too much work. Cute though.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC & A

Those are too cute to eat! I'm going to pass this link onto my sister, who is a big cupcake maker & eater... I bet she can whip up something like this for Christmas.

Really enjoying the links to the charities too, btw-- thanks for doing this.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

My favorite is the snowman with the kiss hat. Awww!

And I just can't help myself here -- a palette is what an artist uses to mix colors. A palate is the roof of the mouth.

WV: aingness. These cupcakes have such an air of aingness about them, I can see the glow of the bakers' halos from here!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

That snowflake cupcake is positively exquisite! Total gorgeous yumminess!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mac

All of these cupcakes are beautiful, but I particularly like the first snowman ones and the Coke bears!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Y'know... when reading these Sunday Sweets posts, there's usually one or two of the sweets stand out to me above and beyond all the others.

Not this time, though. They're all stunning and adorable in equal measure, and it's just impossible for me to pick a favourite this week.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Everything is gorgeous today. Are those snowman ornaments too? The reindeer with the golden sprinkles (sounds like a xmas reindeer bond flick!) is lovely. I think he's bathed in luster dust too!

The snowflake Christmas tree? That is genius. It actually took my breath away. Wow.

Love the Cake/Coke ad!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

How adorable - they're all my favorite! I just had to know how to make a snowglobe cupcake, and when I went to Bakerella's site I fell in love with her Cake Pops. Such a cool idea that I would have never ever thought of myself.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterb

You are absolutely hilarious!! I look forward to your posts everytime I turn my computer on. I just wanted you to know. Hope you have a blessed Christmas!!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen@Scrapingirl

I have to admit since reading your blog I have developed a little prejudice against cupcakes but I have to say that they are quiet stunning.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApartment Manager

WOW! Everything is just too cute! I don't think I could eat them :) I love your blog... someone just recommended it to me and here I am... I'll be following it from now on!

Hopefully you can stop by my blog some day too ;)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoffee Lovers

Adorable. Just what I would make ... if I had the time.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

So very pretty, pretty!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

I love cupcakes (when left independent of each other, that is)! And I love Bakerella. My favorite thing on her site lately has been the Sesame Street cake pops from early November-- so adorable!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I must admit that I've been so excited about the charity thing, that I scroll down to find out what charity is being featured today. Then I go back up to look at the cakes. Geez, look at me with my priorities all out of order. ;-)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I love the snowflake cupcake! It would make a great winter wedding cake... big sheet or square on the bottom then smaller rounds instead of icing drops. Too bad I'm already married... :)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

These are lovely! I especially love the first one, with the snowmen; the snowflake trees; and the last one... So cute!
Thanks for bringing us these lovely little cupcakes to look at!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFish Eye no Miko

Done! My husband and I just watched "The Cove" last night, and I'd like to nominate their organization to become one of the recipients of the CakeWrecks fund drive. From" rel="nofollow">their website:

The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in Taiji, Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening as the Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. The focus of the Social Action Campaign for The Cove is to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter.

It's an amazing film, and incredibly good work. I've always felt like dolphins and whales must be as smart and self-aware as humans are, and it just seems like a horrific crime to let them be slaughtered like this. Please take a look! Thanks.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaseyoconnell

Those brown and gold reindeer cupcakes PROVE that you CAN use chocolate icing without it resembling feces. :D

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

There are sprinkles, and then there are gold dragees. I usuanlly don't see myself biting into any of the masterpieces on Sunday Sweets, but those gold-decorated chocolate beauties have my mouth watering.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDimestore Lipstick

those are incredibly lovely.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHagelrat

I totally need to be more creative with my cupcakes. So a slap or 2 of canned icing isn't considered artistic? Dang!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEludius

The cupcakes are so lovely!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergigiofca

SO CUTE! The reindeer/sprinkle cupcake is so simple and beautiful.

And thank you for Operation Smile. My niece was born with a cleft lip and palate, and it is a devastating birth defect. The children and their families have such a long road ahead of them (sometimes 6 surgeries before their 18th birthday). Thank you for brining awareness, Jen! You're doing God's work.

P.S. My niece is healthy, happy little firecracker! I feel like we're the lucky ones for having her in our lives.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

These are beautiful!

If you're still looking for a good charity, Feed My Starving Children ( is a sweet organization that sends food all over the world (Haiti, Nicaragua, Indonesia, and Uganda are some of the big ones) - but the cool thing is it's all packed by volunteers.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

Those cupcakes are adorable! I love the snowmen.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRattlesnake

OMIGOSH im going to walmart right now to look for those coke bottles!!! thanks jen for another WONDERFUL sunday sweets post!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

those are all way too cute to eat.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

I love the snowflake cupcake!! Super
Cute...Also the Santa claus one is too Adorable!!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheressa

I especially love the snowflake cupcake. (I love cupcakes, they're cute. They make me happy as long as they are separate.)

@Rose: same with me.

RE the charity: yes, there are a ton and I'm glad you guys are choosing to donate to Operation Smile. I was born with a cleft lip & palate (albeit in the US, and I was/am - lots of orthodontic work still - being treated). I consider myself lucky as heck and I think my life is amazing.

I'm still too young to have a credit card (I wish....) and I can't donate myself, so all I can do is give a little sales pitch. These kids, unlike me, are often raised believing that they are cursed because of their defect. They're shunned and they don't get the opportunities the rest of their family gets - which are already small enough.
A smile is something we all should be able to give.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHappy_Clefty

Oh my.. the snowflake trees are just exquisite!

(word verification: weedinst .. what these decorators were obviously not into, wish we could say the same for the ones of the last week! LOL)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuff On My Blog

all the cupcakes today are extra special and very sweet!

the charity, however, is the sweetest. thanks for another terrific choice, j & j!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I really like the Coca-Cola cupcakes.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Operation smile is a great organization. To any of you out there who are Child Life Specialists, they always take at least one CCLS on their trips to help prepare the children for their surgery. They are the only medical missions group that specifically has a slot for CCLSs, to my knowledge.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Those are awesome. I love the polar bear ones!!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Woman

My grandfather had a cleft lip when he was born, and the organization "Smile Train" sewed him up for free. His father, my great-grandfather, didn't have that sort of luck. His cleft palate was sewn up via his mother's sewing prowess. Mad props to you for acknowledging and supporting one of these amazing charity organizations! And a merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

I'm really glad to see Operation Smile as the charity of the day. One of my two nephews has a cleft lip, and while that probably seems like a cosmetic problem to most people, I've learned from experience what a huge problem it can be for feeding a baby. It can also cause a lot of nasal and inner ear problems.

As always, the cakes are adorable. :D

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the Coca Cola ones, those are the cutest! :)

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Adorable! Such a relief after seeing all the Christmas wrecks.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

P.S. I kind of think the snowman's hat (5th picture down) looks like poop! You've ruined me.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just volunteered with Operation Smile in Egypt last month - such a great cause! The families were so touched by the great work the charity did - what an impact!

You guys so rock!

(plus: cupcakes = adorable!)

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterExploring Egypt

I can't believe only one other person commented that the snowman hats look like poop!!! It was immadiatey my first thought! (Oh no - someone/thing pooped on those poor snowmen's heads!)

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw on the Operation Smile website there's a matching donation program on right now, and I was worried if I went through First Giving it wouldn't happen. But I wanted you to know this post inspired me to donate $200 directly to Operation Smile. Thanks for doing this. -lisa

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I loved the Coke one. So cute and clever!

Happy holidays! (:

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

These are just adorable. And also wanted to say thank you for requesting donations for Operation Smile. I was born with a cleft lip and palate, and it's tough enough going through all the surgeries and treatments in a developed country like here in Australia, let alone in a developing country. Bless you both and hope you had a wonderful christmas :) Chloe xx

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

Re the cleft lip surgeries: I was shocked to see a baby with a cleft lip (and possibly palate) recently, in the USA. I was surprised it wasn't fixed before the baby went home. Yet another thing to show that rural counties are behind the city in healthcare, I guess.

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

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