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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: Farmed Out

[singing] Old McDonald had a farm...

Submitted by Alison L., made by Blue Cupcake


And on this farm he had some animals:

Submitted Stacey L., made by her friend Beth

This shows that your cake doesn't have to be big, sculpted, or multi-tiered to be awesome. Love it!


With a "baa baa" here:

By the always-amazing Bakerella

They're cake balls. Unbelievably cute, fluffy cake balls.

And a "cluck cluck" there:

Sub'd by Nancy D., made by Carolyn Mustopa

It's a wedding cake! How very City Slickers.

Here a "neigh:"

Made by Wrecks reader Joanne P.

There an "apple:"

Made by Heidi Miller

It was inspired by the song "Big Yellow Taxi." Gorgeous!

Everywhere a "barrel of ducks wearing cowboy hats with a bar of soap:"

Sub'd by Brenda, made by Cakes Unleashed

Before you ask, the "water" is pulled sugar covered with piping gel. Genius.

Old McDonald...

Made by Chocolate Pi

Oops... sorry. Sometimes I get my McDonalds mixed up.

Well, finally, here's a bonus Sweet for all you Farmville addicts enthusiasts:

By Flores & Aromas

I'm digging those carrots.

Get it? "Digging?"

Sorry; my sense of humor is firmly rooted in puns

Get it? "Rooted?"

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (58)

Hurray! I've been waiting since this morning for the Sunday Sweets to arrive, and here they are :) Awesome

I get that you woke up early and posted early, but I'm up since 08.30, and it's 15.30 here allready.

*Impatient creature*

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaantje

good thing you answered that question as it was the first thing my husband said, over my shoulder: how did they do the water??? y'all know just how we think! answering questions before they are asked! wow

and my word verification had ham in it.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

loved them all...but someone named their kid "flyer"?

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

These are so cute! Brilliant!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

That fifth cake looks like cows to me... But I still love them! Sunday Sweets are the best!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex T. Valencic

Big Yellow Taxi sweet! Joni Mitchell would be so proud.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTess

These are beautiful! I love the Sunday Sweets!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatstina

All of these cakes are so cute! I really have to say that the Mickey D cake made my day as all my boys worked at McDonalds through high school (and beyond!) and so anything related is cool! Was it a wedding cake?

I also post anonymously, due to the fact that someone had already taken the name I wanted, and because I am a computer spazz!

WV-suptimi What this Canadian likes do is sup-Tim(m)i(es) with her cake!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So cute! I wish I was better at sculpting so I could so something like this for my son's birthday!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Those are some seriously cute cakes!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Did you see this cake?

Verminous Dickens cake banned from Melbourne cake show

(I love your site. It has provided so many laughs!)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramerican girl in italy

loved them all...but someone named their kid "flyer"?

i just assumed the cake was celebrating a horse named flyer.

are those real apples?!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRue

Psst - "Paved Paradise" is actually called "Big Yellow Taxi."

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love those chubby little ponies!
And, are those REAL apples? They sure look like it.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

These are some of the most awesome sweets I've seen in awhile!

That cake with the bucket and duckies is incredible! Those sheep skewers, I need those right now!!!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Wow - absolutely amazing!


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Anon @ 10:34,

You're right. I changed it but it did say Paved Paradise on the bakers website. And really, you have to admit, "Paved Paradise" would have been a much better name for that song.

Thanks for the heads up!


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I held the phone in front of my wife to show her the ducky bath picture. She was impressed and wanted to see the water upclose. We talked about how it was done and she said, "oh, those are ducks! When you showed me from a distance I thought those were Mexicans with sombraros and I didn't really understand it."


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Phair

I looveeee the sheep. And all the cakes.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

My little ones call McDonalds "Old McDonalds". So that one makes total sense to me. :)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Wow, what an honor to see my Chicken Love cake on Sunday Sweets! I made that for my son's wedding -- his wife is a children's book illustrator. You can see the illustration that the cake was based on if you follow the link to the blog entry. Thanks for making my day!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Mustopa

I kept saying Awwww throughout it. Loved Bakerella, her stuff is adorable

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sunday Sweets make me happy! I love the squishy animals on the cupcakes in the first one.... but of course all the cakes are adorable ^_^

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDas

@Anna - ours too - I'm sure they started life convinced it was the best of farm-fresh food!

The Farmville cake reminded me that Farmville is huge - in fact it's the second biggest browser-based social-networking-centered farming game in the world (pure genius from alt-text at xkcd" rel="nofollow">here)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe_exile

I think those carrots need some jockeys.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Moore

All the animals are adorable. Though I'd have a problem eating the lollipop sheep by Bakerella no matter how cute they are. It bothers me when I have to bite the heads of gummi bears or chocolate bunnies (though I still do it anyway). Biting into something that's already wide-eyed with surprise to be on a stick seems... unfair.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIce Queen

"so adorable!" i'm thinking as i scroll down my screen. and then i come to those golden arches. i get it, mcdonald's, but still... yucky.

that said, the others are absolutely adorable and i LOVE the sheep pops. what a fantastic idea! (i would be hard pressed to eat them, they are so cute!)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

I loved all of the cakes. I want one of those western rubber duckies. That McDonald's cake was too cool. As a current McDonalds employee, that one made my day.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Okay, I don't usually want to eat small cute animal things, but I would devour those sheep cake balls.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

They're all stunning, but the apples and the barrel-o'-ducks are especially amazing.

And those cakeball sheep just look too adorable to eat! I want to use one as a pencil-topper or something!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, am I the only one who's seeing Shaun the Sheep on the first cake?

Loved it! Thanks for yet another terrific Sunday Sweets!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Dickens cake is decidedly gross. Way beyond Cakewrecks. Cakewrecks create mirth. That Dickens mess creates ... well... more mess.

I don't need to think about dieting after seeing that. And I made a caterpillar cake with worms and bugs crawling in, out and around for a bunch of Cub Scouts.

I'm sorry I followed the link.
Never sorry I stopped at CW for a laugh, however.


October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the Chicken Love cake, but I was hoping it had something to do with the book "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency."

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCount Mockula

Holy C$%#! Are those apples REAL? They're absolutely amazing if they're made out of cake.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiles & Victoria

Anonymous @ 3:00pm - I see Shaun the Sheep too. And speaking of sheep, I'm another one who'd have trouble eating those cute little sheep pops.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolverine Girl

These are presh and totally appropriate considering I just went to the state fair yesterday.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrookie

Animal-topped cakes give me an excuse to link to" rel="nofollow">this. I thought someone else would surely have mentioned it by now, but I didn't see a reference to it.

I want that long sequence near the top on a T-shirt.

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Schultz

Finally, cupcakes in combo with a cake that I can get so cute! You had me at the first one...

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

Anonymous @ 3:19,

"Dickens cake"?? May I ask what you are referring to?

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love, love, love the cute little duckies in cowboy hats! Oh, and some adorable ponies and sheep are on my order form too. These cakes are way too cute to eat!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

Thinking how to recreate sheep pops for my third graders with my lack of cake decorating talent. I'm thinking donut holes frosted and rolled in those little white nonparills (is that what they're called, anyone? anyone?). I'm thinking black candies from a box of Mike&Ikes and a black gumball would top it off. I think I could mangage frosting dot eyes and a little smile. Any other non-decorators have ideas on how I can copy these?

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

See, wreckerators? It is possible to present cupcakes in a way that doesn't suck the air out of the room.

I'm lovin' that McDonald's cake. Sheep on a stick is ok, but McDonald's is 'yucky'. Thanks to the poster for clearing that up. [walks away whistling]

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Anonymous, an earlier commenter linked to a Dickens cake at boingboing. I didn't think it was gross, but I don't really see the connection with Jen's post, either. Sometimes boinboing posts cool stuff and you just want to share it with someone (here's the" rel="nofollow">link)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Awwww these were cute! I *loved* that bucket of ducks with the waterpump! And all the marzipan animals... YUM :)

And what was particularly charming about today's Sweets was that they were nicely done, totally cute, context appropriate (once we got the groom's mother's -- and talented decorator-- explanation for chickens as a wedding cake!)-- and most of them would be totally affordable. Which shows how there's no excuse for what we see Monday to Friday here. (Well, other than to make us howl with laughter, of course!)

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Aww! Just in time to start thinking about a cake for my youngest son's 2nd Birthday - A Cowboy Theme. Of course, if I tried one of these sweets, it might end up in the wreck category!

These are darling!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Thank you for mentioning my chicken city slickers wedding cake!! It was made by my very very talented mother in law. P.S.-it tasted wonderful too!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJannie aka Chickengirl

Those cakes look so delicious! You almost wouldn't want to eat them...notice I said "Almost". :-)

Thanks for posting!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterel cajon condo

The instant I saw those cake pops I knew they had to be Bakerella's - she is indeed amazing.

I also loved the ducks!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjuliapoet

Ooooh I want those lil sheep cake balls! Too cute to eat but knowing me I would try one anyways lol. Those cakes are as always amazing.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

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