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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: Candy!!

Sometimes I take issue with cakes made to look like other food items. However, if the other food items are CANDY, I'm totally willing to let the issue slide.

Hey, Jennifer P., let me see that Tootsie Roll!!

(To the left, to the left...)

Uh, Jennifer, I really was only talking about the cake. Yeah. Sorry. It's neat how you don't throw your back out doing that, though. [clearing throat awkwardly] Very, er...limber.

So, the cake! Yes, let's talk about the cake! It was made by Highland Bakery - the same folks who did that adorable pumpkin & mice beauty last Fall - and the airbrushing on the creased "wrapper" is pretty darn cool in my book.

Jamie H. considers this next one to be the "pride and joy" of her cake portfolio, and it's easy to see why. Hey, I don't mean to gush, but just look at the hand-piped detail on this beauty:


Hey there, Delilah, give me a break: your submission is sooo making me hungry:

(By the terrifyingly talented Michelle Cakes)

And no, I am not going to call Bridgitte a "Smartie-Pants" for sending this next one in:

Those are individual cakes in there, and the whole thing was just under 2 feet long. How creative is that: just open the wrapper and everyone gets their own mini-cake! Foster's Frostings, if I were wearing a hat right now, I would totally tip it to you.

For you PEZ fans, Dani M. found this one made by Rebecca V.:

Plus, Rebecca explains how she made it here.

And lastly, a few adorable candy "medleys":

(Submitted by Kimberly S., and made by Andrea Schwarz.)

Those lollipops and truffles are just the cutest, and the sundae reminds me of the nifty Play-Doh ice cream parlor set I had when I was little - although a lengthy Google search has left me high and dry in the photo department. Drat. I did find the commercial that goes "A tisket, a tasket, a flower-making basket!" though - remember that thing?

And I suppose this post wouldn't be complete without a CandyLand tribute. Jackie S. submitted this one by Cake Central member YoursTrulyTx:

The only "real" candy here is the candy canes. And again, I'm an absolute sucker for those lollipops. (Get it? "Sucker?" Ah, I am on FIRE today.)

As always, if you'd like to nominate a Sweet, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (74)

I feel like such a grump, but fondant covered cakes just leave me cold. It just looks like they are covered with edible playdough, although my three year old would argue that all playdough is edible...

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorelai

The tootsie roll cake would have been perfect without that red trim along the bottom. Otherwise most of these are amazing!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

That Candyland cake is terrific. Really well done.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy C


The assortment of candy bar cakes is my favorite.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

MMm k, the one with the sundae on top is fantastic, but I don't know about actually eating that super bright, not-of-this-world icing.

Angie (from over at

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Those are fantastic!
~Amy B

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Those are spectacular creations...

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

How come your Sunday "good" cakes are toys and cartoons and other kid things? I think you're biased and it's getting dull.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All the cakes are awesome! I love candy and sweets of any kind. But I think I like the smarties in the wrapper one. To each their own cake! Ingenious!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermahtwistedwayz

These really are great....but all I can think of when I look at the candy bars cake saying "Happy 6th Birthday" is how absolutely LOADED George's parents must be.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

I LOVE the Smarties Cake!! Individual cakes that look like candies? Genius. I am SO going to try to make this (without much success I fear) for my son's birthday!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter3CrazyBoys

Wow love em all but that smarties cake is awesome!! Very creative!!

I might just have to make one like that for my daughters 5th birthday!

Raychel -

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

Those are so cute!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

These cakes are fantastic! I do have to wonder, though: Where on earth did Foster's Frostings find such a big Smarties wrapper?

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I love that the Gushers cake has real Gushers appearing to spill out of it. Gushers were my favorite fruit candy growing up.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

Dear Anonymous,

Why is it critical people never have names? I mean, we take what you guys say very seriously and it's not as though you're gonna get banned from the comment boards if you put your name. Okay?

Now to your concern. Here's a list of the past seven weeks:
Topsy Turvy
Mother's Day
Star Trek
Birthday for James

We try to vary subject matter and it's actually pretty hard to find great cakes in any particular theme. Though I don't know who you are, I would invite you to put together 6 or 7 fantastic cakes in a theme of your choice and e-mail them to Jen. Just remember that you have to include the links to the website where you found it, a really good quality photo, and the name of the baker. Oh and just try to take into account what half a million people will approve of when making your choices. Shouldn't take more than four hours of research. Good luck and God speed.

For the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed today's Sweets.


OK, now I need to take a trip to the candy store today. YUMMO!!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

These cakes are great! I love the sundae cake! If I wouldn't make a total wreck out of it I'd make it for my son's birthday! Although, I could then send the picture to you and have my 15 minutes of wrecky fame :)

Oh and John, way to stand up for your lady! I hate when people feel the need to be mean in comments! It's fine if they don't like the site, but they aren't obligated to come here!

If you can't say something nice....

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiana

I absolutely love the second from the last one with the sundae on top! Too cute!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Brennan

Wow. How'd they make the "wrapper" on the Kit Kat? It looks so real....

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Fabulous! I'm in awe!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I need that tootsie roll cake. NEED.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

wWw, Michelle Cakes sure redeemed herself after the creepy baby cake! That Smarties cake is so awesome...

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

These are nothing short of incredible - fantastic - amazing - out of this world - imaginative - perfect - and I'd give every single baker 10 gold stars! HOW on earth can you sit here and look at these wonders and even THINK of being critical???? Talk about people who see the glass half empty rather than half full. Boo. Hiss.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

You tell 'em, John!

I think cake makes people feel like a kid again.

Rock on, guys. May the haters be cursed with stale cake and rock-hard fondant.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwebbith

LOVE the gushers cake. So cool! I wanna make it and then eat it, except my cake-talent river does not run deep. Or at all.

Thanks for all the effort you (Jen) and you too (John, hubby of Jen) put into this site. I do not find it dull in the least and actually appreciate Sunday Sweets where we see the good stuff. And, of course, by "the good stuff", I mean candy and other child-like items. Thank you.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Right on, John. I was just going to post about the internet tough guys who always choose to remain anonymous. And I can't imagine coming to a blog about CAKE and getting my knickers in a knot because the theme is too cute!

Anyway, I always come to CW first, because it always makes me happy. I think that's true of many of us. And the anonymous ones who like to get really really angry...dude. It's cake.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Gorgeous gorgeous cakes! I love all of them :)

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Lots of talent today! Beyond spectacular! These Sunday Sweets really make the wrecks wreck-ier. Great job Jen and John ~ you are the best.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

I *LOVE* the cakes today! I think the Candyland cake is my favorite, although the Smarties (American ones) and Kit Kat (with Canadian Smarties) cakes are pretty cool, too.

Yay for Jen AND John (hubby of Jen) for all your hard work. :)

Oh, and Jen, I totally remember that commercial. I wanted one of those so badly when I was a kid. :)

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

{boos the anonymouse and applauds John!}

WV: Addor "I simply addor Jen's wit"

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachele

These are amazing! I love these :)

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

totally loved the candy land cake. Takes me back to my childhood.

The Smarties cake is so cool. WOW!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cookie Girl

Is this the sundae play-doh set you're remembering? I still want the dentist play-doh set. My mom wasn't big on anything with too many pieces or too messy!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Marcos

Holy Google! I wonder if there is a Pez Dispender cake out there...

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

you know, even if the anonymous guy was right(and s/he is not) don't kids and cakes kinda just GO together? doesn't it make sense? no?

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoes_love

I* was the anonymous poster, and I didn't post it anonymously because I was afraid. I posted it anonymously because I was reading cake wrecks on the mobile phone and that makes signing in a pain in the ass.

Here I am. Please delight in insulting me to my face. I stand by my earlier statement. I love Cake Wrecks, but you ought to put out a more well rounded representation of good cakes.

Jenny Boggio

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

What's dull and boring is when you can't leave your honest opinion without being jumped all over. It's almost as annoying as commenters who kiss up to the blogger for a pat on the head.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Mouse

Dear Jenny,

I think if you will reread my earlier comment, you will note that in no way did I insult you. I also stand by my request for other ideas from you.

Please, and I mean this in all sincerity, make suggestions for Sunday Sweets. Jen and I had a lengthy conversation this morning about your comment and, other than relatively boring wedding cakes and well done human genitalia cakes, we really couldn't come to a consensus on what would be considered an "Adult" cake.

There it is. The gauntlet has been unceremoniously chucked at your feet. I await your reply.




We're just putting up pictures of cakes here. Criticism is fine. Constructive criticism is better. That's all I'm saying.


What do you all you cake people think about how these beautiful cakes would taste? I love the look of fondant and had it on my wedding cake, which was beautiful, but the fondant wasn't nearly as good as a well-made frosting.

Are we going only for looks here? Do some people like fondant? Is there a way to make it taste good?


June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJB

I love love love that candy cake with a sundae on top! Can not even handle how perfect that is. If I had seen that as a kid, I would have totally lost my shit.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Cellophane wrappers
Or edible rice paper?
Very smart indeed!

To taste "Sunday Sweets,"
simply lick your glowing screen.
MmmMMmm, pixalation.

wv:zingrant. The best kind.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Aw, man, no drama on the cake page comments, please. Like someone else pointed out, it's CAKE. Aren't there enough other blogs out there to check out if you don't like this one?

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh, I think four of my teeth just rotted out of my head.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindfulMama

John, I've noticed the same thing on my blog. All the nasty snarky types are too cowardly to identify themselves. I don't bother to publish anonymous comments. If the person isn't willing to take ownership, it's not worthwhile.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Wow! Awesome cakes!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLola

I totally had the Play-Dough ice cream parlor! You could make hot dogs too. I used to try to get my cousin to eat them. I'm VERY partial to that Pez cake. They all look so great.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershoshonasnow

OMG I totally HAD the flower making basket. and Loved it.

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

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