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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: Baby Showers

Over the past few weeks we've seen plenty of ways to do it wrong, so here are some sweet ways to do a shower cake right.

(As always, if you recognize a cake that's not credited please let me know.)

(By Cake Lady Cakes)

Hey, we haven't had one of these in while - so how about a mostly fondant-free Sweet?

(By Cake Central member dinkadoo)

Basket weave is a tricky technique, so to see this much of it (and done that consistently!) is super impressive. I also love the flowers, and the fact that the baker didn't feel the need to put a creepy baby doll in or on it. Heh. (Yep, that's a little foreshadowing for my next shower post.)

Here's another mostly fondant-free beauty:

(Made by Megan Blackburn. See more of her stuff here)

Proof that you really can get buttercream that smooth! Oh, and those pink ruffles are fantastic. (Hey bakers, which tip do you use for those? Just a simple flat one?)

I pretty much love everything there is to love about this next one:

(Baker Unknown)
And this one:

(By JaneBK)

This could very well be the most gravity-defying shower cake you'll ever see:

That's an engineering feat right there - and so many great details!

Which isn't to say that simple can't be gorgeous, of course:

(By Latrells25)

And lastly, I thought this was a clever way to hide columns, in addition to being adorable:

(By Patisserie Ganache)

Ah, you just can't go wrong with buttons and bows. :)

Have a Sweet to nominate? E-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (79)

they're all so pretty! but I have to say the basket is my favorite! it's nice to see cake artists instead of cake wrecks occasionally. yay for sunday sweets!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

the pink ruffles are made with a rose tip

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Cake is like figure skating, in that they both involve leotards and knives.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon and Becky

It's a little creepy to have a baby cake with the "sweet prince" phrase on it. Is there another meaning besides Horatio mourning Hamlet's death?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Wow. That first one looks *just* like the rocking horse that my grandparents made for my mom way-back-when. Amazing!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the ones with the teddy bears - and the tea party! So cute! :)

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I am sorry but the first cake is scary. It is the eyeball that is creeping me out because it looks like it is staring me down. I didn't think it was a Sunday Sweet. And at first the basket cake looked like a baby casket instead of a baby basket. But after looking at it for awhile I noticed how beautiful it really is. The fondant free cakes are always my favorites because they showcase the most talent. Thanks for posting the fondant free ones.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbridget

The Sweet Prince cake also scares me because it looks like a disembodied torso.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbridget

Love the one with the teapot in the middle, but how the heck are they going to cut it?

That bassinet looks funerary to me.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Sundays give me hope around here--and these beautiful baby cakes will give me a chance to brace myself for the next round of wrecks!

Are you sure that tea kettle cake isn't in motion (or won't be if you try to move it)? That looks like livin' on the edge a bit to me. I'd be too scared to try serving it!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sigh. Simply beautiful, as will be the babies to come!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Alternate title: Cakes that make you go "Awwwwwwwwwwwww"

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

GORGEOUS cakes, I love culinary art:) Others have mentioned it and I'd really like to know myself as I've always wondered how DO you cut the lopsided/tilted cakes without the whole thing collapsing? Are they on tiers and can stand on their own or...?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

IMHO, the 'Sweet Prince' one has more of a Wreck feel than a Sweet one... but all the others are gorgeous. The gravity-defying one, and the adorable rocking horse especially (but not exclusively!).

Sweet Sundays, I love Sunday Sweets.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. Stunning.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They are adorable!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Jen, are you suuuure there isn't something you want to tell us? Sure is a lot of baby talk 'round about these parts lately...

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraimee

Well, this just makes me want to have a baby to get one of these. Beautiful.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

These are all so sweet and pretty!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

To get the ruffles you use the same tip you would for roses such as a 104. They're pretty easy to make too! Here the Wilton website has a step-by-step guide with pictures:

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey D.

Some of these shower cakes have more servings than my wedding cake. Do they really have this many people at their shower (I can NOT even imagine) or are they just eating leftover cake for the rest of their pregnancy??

I agree with other posters that something on that horse head is just not quite right.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzebe912

I've never been to a baby shower before, but if I do go to one I hope I get to help eat one of these cakes instead of the dead-baby cakes.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

These are beautiful! The pink and brown one (near the beginning) is my favorite, though!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiterary Crap

These are all beautiful. I hink the topsy-turvy one is my favorite.

My sister-in-law would love that pink and brown dotty one. Her birth announcement had pink and brown dots, and I think most of the baby gear does too.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

My sister and I had a rocking horse just like the first cake. I'm also just now pregnant. What a great idea for my shower. Thanks, Jen, for showing us!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Price

there is definately a lot of talent shown ... and who doesn't love cake??

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCher' Shots

look at the little drops of water coming out of the teapots!!


love love love this sweet, pink tea party theme!!!!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I am awed by that basket weave cake. How can that be mostly fondant free?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Those are all so beautiful and inspirational (even though I couldn't decorate a cake to save my life). Wish I had a cake like that for my baby shower!!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandee

Now THESE have me wanting a baby shower! That is how you do cakes.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

I don't think those ruffles are made with a rose tip, they look more like they were done with a petal tip or a ruffle tip. If you look closely they weren't done sideways along the cake but rather each ruffle is done individually, like a curved petal.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

In addition to being a wonderful example for bakeries everwhere, these should be held up as good examples to prospective cake buyers.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

I thought the bassinet was creepy, too. Funerary. I think it would have been better if it didn't look so box-like on top.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Oh but I'm sure some wreckerators could find a way to go wrong with buttons and bows! :)

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrunwritetherapylife

I agree with Annette, the 'ruffle' appears to actually be individual petals. I'd guess 104 but it might be 103, 105, or 106 depending on how large those layers actually are. Definitely 10-something anyway! Fiddly but it's going be more even than a ruffle since it's very tricky to disguise the joins in a ruffle and even harder to go all the way around with a join.

The bassinet really wouldn't be that hard to make, just wicked fiddly and it would take forever. I don't mind doing basket weave on smaller cakes but my piping hand is cramping up just looking at the much weave.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

The basket weave is really neat and consistant.

The cakes were all lovely and a nice change to the "life-like or "rude" cakes

Are the parties really that big and require all that cake?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I can appreciate the beauty of the bassinet cake, and the fact that the baker wisely chose not to include a "sleeping" baby, BUT it still looks like a coffin, or at least very funeral-esque.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAng

Yeah, that 'Sweet Prince' torso cake was actually a bit creepy.
But I LOVED the rocking horse! So sweet!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

I have a rocking horse like that! My grandfather made it. That would've been the perfect cake for me!
All these cakes are so inspiring. Well done.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

How can anyone stand to eat something that beautiful. It's amazing work. Real art.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Bear number 1 is totally saying


January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I was really surprised to see that the fondant free cakes are made with buttercream - I always assumed that all your fondant free choices are made with royal icing (and was never quite sure why you took against it tbh.) I don't think I've ever seen a cake iced in buttercream! doesn't it make them a bit sickly? perhaps it's a British thing to only use Royal or fondant icing - royal every time for me :¬)

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the baby basinette is by "dinkadoo" on cake central. Second week in a row that a pic in my favorites file on cake central made it here. Some seriously awesome talent on that website.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

I don't believe the sweet prince cake is meant to be a torsoe; it looks like it is a cute outfit on a hanger.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristy

Anon, buttercream is quite common over here in the States, though the kind of buttercream most people are familiar with is butter or shortening and powdered sugar with a touch of vanilla, and it crusts over. Not as hard as royal icing, but it still crusts over. It's rare to find a decorated cake that's made with meringue-based buttercreams. It doesn't make it any stickier to use buttercream than to use royal icing, in my experience.

As for cutting a topsy turvy or any other stacked cake, you take the layers down one by one and cut them. It's a lot more stable than you think, thanks to boards between each layer and stakes or other stabilizers holding each layer up!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVarika

A rose tip was used on the baby shower cake to make those pink ruffles :)

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That pink teapot and teacup cake was outstanding. I love the humor in the happy baby, calmly enjoying her bath atop this crazy pile of cakes!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Dayton

I like #1, 4 and 5. The expression on the rocking horse's face is funny. The bears are great too, #4 is definitely going bwahahahaha but the thumbs up from #5 is probably my favorite. I want to remember this page when we have my sister's baby shower.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

My instant thought upon seeing the pink cake was 'The Mad Hatter's Baby Shower.' Yes, I realise what I'm saying.
But all those cakes are quite good. 'Sweet Prince' was simple, a little off centre but good.
A bit hurried today, so comment is going to be brief.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

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