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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: Bullseyes

I was trying to figure out what the opposite of "Missed Marks" would be; ergo, "Bullseyes". Yep, today's amazing NON-Wrecks are the cakes that look just like the object they're supposed to.

For example...

Liz had Mike's Amazing Cakes replicate a favorite stuffed frog for her and her guy Nat's joint birthday celebration:

I think the result is pretty adorable, don't you?

Ro Bruhn is an artist who makes colorful (and quite pretty) journals, like this one:

So for her birthday, her family surprised her with a cake version of that same journal:

Honestly, I kept getting the two photos mixed up, the cake is such a close match. Those buttons are fantastic. So are the ribbons. And the cover. Ok, fine, the whole thing's pretty darn cool. Ro says a local company did the cake, but she didn't say which one. So if you're reading this, Ro, let me know who to credit, k? (And thanks to Pauline L. for nominating the cake.)

And lastly, Andrew S. is the creator of the webcomic Elderly Apple, which is named for his character Pliny, the (you guessed it) Elderly Apple. As a fan of Cake Wrecks, he was inspired to order a cake version of Pliny for the site's birthday. This is Pliny:

Not the easiest thing to make a cake from, right? But look what Virginia Bakery came up with:

Isn't he great? Plus, he's our fondant-free sweet of the week. That's right - NO fondant. So in addition to pulling off a sculpted cake from a simple drawing, these bakers also got the icing glass smooth. For us amateur bakers, I think it's both inspiring and somewhat disheartening to know icing can actually look that good.

Have you had something replicated in cake form you'd like to nominate as a Sweet? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (61)

Wow! The frog and apple are cute...but that journal replicake is AMAZING!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Ames

Those are too cute!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

Those are fantastic and fabulous! I'm particularly impressed with the apple. What a wonderful creation.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan T-O

Wow, these decorators are real artists. Fantastic!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

The journal cake is a work of art...imagine the work that went into that!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

Ooh, that book is really beautiful! (I think the cake's the one with 'Happy Birthday' written on it ;)

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are all so COOL!


June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Hey, it's my birthday cake! Thanks Jen. - Liz (and Nat too)

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizarooski

I would so not want to cut into the journal cake -- it's gorgeous.

The apple is beyond cool -- anybody know how the heck you get frosting that smooth and shiny?

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! Those cakes are Chef d'oeuvres.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

those are beautiful! Seriously, win!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse

They're all really well done, but that journal one is aMAZing. They got every detail right. I think the hardest part must have been that cover with all its colors. How the heck did they DO that?

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnapolitan

The cakes are amazing.

My sister is an "amateur" baker, but her work is amazing. It looks professional.

She has a trick [that I am sure a lot of people know] to make buttercream icing that smooth [as in the apple cake].

After icing the cake cover it in wax paper strips. Smooth down. Refrigerate until firm.

Peel off the wax paper and wa-la a smooth cake.

I have done this several times and it works like a charm - you just need a good buttercream icing recipe to begin with.

It is so easy.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkippyMom

Book cake--amazing.
Now, about Pliny. Gawd, he is just so darn CUTE! But where are his WRINKLES????
Sure, he's got a few under-eye baggies going on, me the wrinkles.
I know, he's fictional. AND a fruit. AND a drawing.
But still...
"Elderly" = wrinkles!
(Hey--I should know.) Sheesh.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Hee hee, you said "joint" birthday...hee hee.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I can't believe it's not fondant!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

Deray clapping, those cakes are A-mazing! I'm so glad there are still good bakers in the world ;-)

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeray

I love all of them but that journal is stunning.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenisewalks

Pliny looks like a young tomato to me, but lovely nonetheless.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinnee

Hi everyone! This is the the creator of" rel="nofollow">Elderly Apple and the owner of that gorgeous cake! I want to thank Jen for featuring it (when I had only shown it to her as thanks for inspiring me); and if you wanted to see some more pictures, including the dismemberment of the cake, you can take a" rel="nofollow">look here.

And to reply to sendingtheclowns: of course he's old! He has a cane! :P

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Schnorr

I can't get over all the talent out there and how perfect these cakes all are...that apple is brilliant...

I just love Sunday Sweets !

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Oh my gosh, I love the frog! So cute! All in all, they're really amazing!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit


@Andrew Schnorr:
Heh heh...thanks for clarifying!
I did see the cane, but since it isn't as long as our gentleman apple's legs, I'd assumed it was a prop--ala Fred know?
(Hey, he's GOT the top hat already!)
Charming, I must say!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Oh how cool, you found a way to mention Ro Bruhn's amazing journal cake! This is her blog, for everyone else's enjoyment :

I did a wonderful workshop with her - no cake though.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

I don't know that I'd have the heart to cut into that journal cake. Seriously. KUDOS!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I wouldn't be able to eat the frog cake. That's just TOO cute!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Those shoes on that apple are SO darned cute!!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandice Y

All three of them are incredible! I really admire that kind of talent.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

the cakes is adorable.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhenzy

Wow. That journal cake amazing. Almost a shame to eat it!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrisky Librarian

All the cakes this week are fantastic, but that Pliny...well, who could stand to take a bite out of him?!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeddy Started It

the frog cake makes me SO HAPPY I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Kim

I like all of them, but DANG! That journal! I'm blown away!

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

You got the journal and the cake photos mixed up? I'll give you a hint for next time - the cake was the one on the cake board :P

Just kidding. These are all great! The Elderly Apple thing reminds me of this site I stumbled across. It's kid's drawings that artists have interpreted and re-done. Check it out!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

That frog cake is really cute! Looking forward on your next post. Have a great day.=D" rel="nofollow">A Writers Den" rel="nofollow">The Brown Mestizo

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

I was not familiar with Pliny the Elderly Apple before seeing this, and now I'm hooked on the comics. Just the right kind of absurdity for me!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Oh, and also:

Perhaps this will be next year's cake? (Yeah, I'm reading through the entire archives)

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Wow thanks to Pauline for showing you my birthday cake, it was even more amazing to see it in real life. The hardest part was cutting into it, but it was a mud cake so there was no way it was not going to get eaten, it tasted great too, even the buttons. My husband had it made by CW Cakes a company here in Australia. Thanks again Ro.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRo Bruhn

Ah ha! We've got it worked out now!

The journal cake was made by :

CW cakes in Dandenong, outside of Melbourne, Australia. I should have known - I get all my sprinkles there! Check their cakes from the last show they did - whoa!

See ya

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

That is one frog I'd love to dissect! Yum.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiggy

Poor Pliny! As they cut into him, the red frosting on the person's fingers looked like blood!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Fondant. I googled it so I now know what it is... It's a bad thing, is it? Does it taste bad, or something? Does it have a nasty texture?

Or is it simply more impressive when bakers use regular frosting?

I'm confused.

The cakes today are wonderful. Their secret ingredient is whimsy. I love a little whimsy with my dessert.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReluctant Housewife

I love the frog and Apple. GREAT JOB!!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCali-delights

Just when I'm getting too scared to ever order a cake again, along come these wonders. Thank you this weekly restoration of faith in cakes. Amen!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That frog is totally adorable. I always tune in to the cake challenges on tv when Mike McCarey is on. He does do amazing work.

The journal and the apple are precious as well. There are some talented folks out there.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

Skippy mom, the wax paper trip sounds good, but a little old school.

I saw Cake Boss using a steamer on his icing and that seemed to produce a smooth finish.

But I'm not in the cake business so what do I know?

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I always look forward to Sunday Sweets, but this week's was disappointing. The cakes are good, but not spectacular.


June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Virginia Bakery! They make the best sprinkle cookies too. And eclairs. Used to go there after my appointments at the pediatrician. Glad to see they're doing fine work.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

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