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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: At Your Service

For Thanksgiving this year, we thought we'd show you some really fantastic turkey cakes.

[looking around] [checking Google] [lifting up sofa cushions]

Huh. Right then.

For Thanksgiving this year, we thought we'd show you some really fantastic cakes that honor our firefighters, police officers, and medical professionals. These brave women and men do so much for us, so today we're gonna say thanks the sweetest way we know how:

With cake.

(I feel like that kinda goes without saying, but I didn't want you thinking we were going to show you some greeting cards or flower arrangements or big piles of money or something. Yeah. So, I suppose we should get started.)

Check it out: this cake has working lights!

Made by Connie1027

I'm also totally loving the little fire hydrant on the grass.

Check out this amazing firefighter's hat, also known as a "helmet."*

Submitted by Weslynn B. and made by Persnickety Cakes

*I actually looked that up just to make sure it wasn't called something technical like "Polycarbonate aspirated obsequious cranial protective unit," or... something.

Next we have a kickin' firefighter wedding topper:

Made by Tortenfiguren

Don't you love how the hose looks just like a hose? You know, as opposed to...uh...something else?

And speaking of hoses:

Found at the 2008 Orlando ICES Convention; baker unknown.

A real antique fire hose: the perfect compliment to any awesome firefighter cake. Oh, and I'd very much like a chocolate fire truck right now. Mmmm chooooocolate...

And for our final firefighter cake, I give you: Disney characters!

Submitted by Diane M; found here and made by Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons

Say, I think this may be the first time I've seen Mickey on a cake where it wasn't copyright infringement. Heh.

And now on to our boys and girls in blue:

Made by Made To Be Delicious

Or, ya know, England's boys and girls in blue. Um... Oi! 'At's a right smart 'elmet, guvna!

Ah, here's an American police cake:

By Cindy's Cakery

Nice detail!

Here's a shout-out to the K-9 Units out there:

Made by Creative Cake Designs


And finally, the perfect cake topper to transition us into the medical profession:

Made by Sleepy Robot 13

A robot policeman marrying a robot doctor.

(Told you it was perfect.)

Some amazing sculpted cupcakes:

I love that the pill pack is perforated, and the thermometer is registering a healthy 98.6.

And how fun is this?

I believe that's a saxophone in a medical bag. Before you ask: I don't know. I'm gonna go out on a limb here, though, and say this was for the 105th birthday of the Greater Saskatchewan St. Mary's General Hospital Medical Practitioners Naked Marching Band. Or maybe that's my wishful thinking talking.

Nurses, this one's for you:

Spotted at the 2008 Orlando ICES Convention; made by Sweet Ashley's.

I'm in awe: look at the bow made of (gumpaste) Band-aids! And the pill sprinkles!

This may be the only time you'll ever see edible tweezers:

I call dibs on the knee bonker doohickey! Oh, and the blue pills. [eyebrow waggle]

And finally, for our paramedics, EMTs and ambulance drivers:

Yeah. On top of everything else, this baker can totally write backwards. Rock on, Bake-Me-A-Cake. Rock on.

This post is dedicated to Josh, a firefighter who passed suddenly last week, and to everyone else who dedicates their lives to serving and protecting their fellow man. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

And for the rest of us: let's find someone to thank in person this week, ok?

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

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Reader Comments (80)

It appears that Robot Policeman is really looking forward to the honeymoon.....

Just sayin'.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Johnson

I love these cakes! (Especially the nurse cake, but being a nurse makes me a bit biased!) The pill sprinkles are awesome!


November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

As a resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I am looking forward to the annual Greater Saskatchewan St. Mary's General Hospital Medical Practitioners Naked Marching Band Parade. Hope they do it in summer this year though. It's really too cold for outdoor nudity at the moment.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Great post! Thank you to all who dedicate their lives to protecting us and to their families who support them!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaryl

My condolences on the sudden loss of Josh, the firefighter. The men and women who pursue this dangerous work to save and help people are AWESOME. And they certainly deserve hoses on their cakes that truly look like...hoses. Good work, bakers!

On a more personal note, thanks for the nurse/medical cakes and the kind,kind words. I so want the scrubs with all the equipment. The stethoscope alone is ultra-fantastic. And, since it's been kinda a long weekend at work, the "touch lives" cake actually made me weepy--but in a good

WV: oxedione: after her midnight dose of oxedione she felt so good she stayed up to bake a cake.

Terrell aka NN

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

This is the first time I've ever enjoyed finding a band-aid on a cake. :)

p.s. Is it actually spelled as "Oi"? I ask because I have only seen it in print in Harry Potter! Just wondering, UK readers...

Oy vey.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Excellent cakes!

God Bless Josh and his family in this awful time.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTami

Aww these really were sweet. Please try to find some sunday sweets for our military, I would love that

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes it's 'oi'. /

Jen, please please tell me that was intentional and you know what blue pills are, that would make my day haha :D

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love all of these.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I live in Regina, Saskatchewan and I hope that parade comes here too - and definitely in the summer!! Too much snow now. Married to a policeman - he loved the cakes!!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aww, a Sunday Sweets post for me. How truly sweet!

I oohed and aahhed my way through this post with a giggle or two thrown in. Then had a quiet moment for Josh and his family.

Thanks is always appreciated, especially while we're still around to hear it.

P.S. Oh, and congrats to Mike Deluca wherever he is.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Perfect post.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I absolutely LOVE Sunday Sweets! The weekly wreckiness makes me cackle and guffaw, but Sunday Sweets make me smile and feel good.

They were all wonderful today but I really, really love the firefighter wedding topper - it is just so simple in its perfection

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelscairns

A while ago on Epbot you mentioned turning a Bad Day into a BAD Day. I must admit, I liked the idea, and you have definitely brightened my day today. I was feeling sick (I won't bore you with details...) and once I was feeling well enough to plug in again, I knew I needed my weekly dose of Cakewrecks. (Followed by Epbot, my only source for little Fett, of course.)

Thank you,

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRND

OMG those cupcakes. . . I want those cupcakes for my mom, the RN.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

BTW- the knee bonker doohickey is called a pleximeter.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For an instant I wondered why the chocolate fire truck was not melting in the flames...

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterros

Beautiful...all of them! However, since I'm married to a EOD/K9 officer, I must admit the doggie one is my favorite! We love service dogs...they are amazing, smart and wonderful dogs!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDori

I think the band-aid bow cake is Ashley Vicos. Great cakes!!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. And my best wishes to Josh and his family and colleagues.

I actually did see a gorgeous cake yesterday with the most perfect turkey on top, with a Saturday-after-Thanksgiving sign saying $10 off. If I'd had a camera I'd have asked permission to snap its picture for your Sunday Sweets. It was fabulously well done.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

Amazing cakes, and as a former volunteer firefighter, I have to 'fan the flames' of friendly rivalry and point out you presented the firefighter cakes first, of course!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris M.

The nurse cake with the band aid bow was created by me!
Ashley Vicos
It is very special cake that I created in honor of my mom---a dedicated oncology nurse & amazing woman!
You can see many more pictures of this cake (with all of the sides and back story) on my facebook fanpage!
Ceheck out my website as well

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Vicos

as another resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I too am looking forward to the annual Greater Saskatchewan's St. Mary's General Hospital Medical Practitioners Naked Marching Band Parade! I also have a spouse in law enforcement and thoroughly enjoyed these cakes.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

My dad, brother, several uncles & cousins are volunteer firemen; my brother is a paramedic; I have cousins in law enforcement and an aunt who is a nurse, so this post was even awesomer than usual. My dad is also retired military, so I add my vote for a military themed Sunday Sweets.

I also add my sincere condolences on the loss of Firefighter Josh. It's never easy to lose someone, and especially tough during the holidays. We lost my dad's younger brother in Sept and the grief is still fresh.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbookworm1973

Oh I loved them all UNTIL the band-aid. Even in cake form, they skeeze me out. I can't even look at it!


November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes are all fantastic!

FYI, British police officers are called "bobbies" - kinda the equivalent of our American "cop".

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Okay, so if anyone has ever watched Cake Boss... I just saw an earlier episode on Netflix with the most amazing firefighter cake that even spewed smoke... it had a building facade with people being rescued and a fire engine with lights and everything. Phenomenal.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaquiGirl

WOW!The detail is astounding.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Beautiful cakes! What a great way to say "Thank You!" to a whole lot of people who do wonderful things with very little thanks.
Josh's family, I will be praying for you.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nice. I love the wedding toppers... All of them! Cool as they are, though, the bandaids on that cake just look too real for me. It's kinda gross.
The pill sprinkles are genius, though!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShayna

As a Yorkshire Lass, I love the policeman's helmet! The detail is amazing! My other favourite is the ambulance - WOW!

As an aside, do American children play 'Cops and Robbers'? I used to love that game! I remember we even made our own version in one of my schools - 'Vampires and Werewolves'...

My sympathies to Josh's family, and God Bless.


November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the post, just…one little thing…
Thanks for saying Paramedics and ambulance drivers and not just ambulance drivers but…
The term "ambulance driver" is derogatory. Anyone with a drivers license can go join a volunteer service and they will let you drive the ambulance the first day. Ok, maybe not to a call but, you know. Folks should always assume that anyone getting out of an ambulance is at least an EMT and they should never be called and ambulance driver!
Thanks for the great cakes John and Jen!! Keep up the good work!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon from Bucksport

#1 brought a very different 'Fireman Cake' to mind, even though in this one the hose looks like a hose and no one is holding it.

#4 That antique brass nozzle almost brings a note of steampunk.

#7 Very classy and dignified. Fitting, in other words.

Counting the K-9 cake as 8 and 8a...

#11 Maybe the doctor is a sax therapist.

#12 Nurses do touch lives. My fiancee, who is an LVN in process of becoming an RN, has certainly touched mine...

#13 Now that is some serious detail.

#14 Also incredibly detailed -- check the wipers. Was that a wedding cake? For two EMT's, right?

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Thanks guys!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Jon from Bucksport,

Actually, Ambulance Driving is a valid and valuable career choice for many people. In fact, I carefully worded it that way so as not to exclude them. While I understand that respect and credit should be given to all medical professionals, the term ambulance driver, when used properly, is not derogatory.


November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

"Matt and Ashlee 9-18-10" written on the cake featuring the ambulance...

Do you think their romance started when Ashlee, the paramedic, arrived at the scene of an accident to take Matt, the injured patient, to a local hospital?

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCake Cop

lovely.. loved the fire couple and the cutie pie dog. the scrubs and instruments were well done.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

Lovely cakes! A wonderful way to celebrate people who make such a big difference in everyone's day.


November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

Wow! It's perfectly made police cakes.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterttv

PS. Must take an awful (maybe I should save the word "awful" to describe the wreckerator's contribution to the history of baking) lot of time and effort to produce these outstanding cake masterpieces.

I admire the imagination and creativity of the designers, and marvel at the fiddly and painstaking handiwork necessary to bring a concept to fruition.

Delicious art at its finest.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCake Cop

My husband is a firefighter/EMT and I thank you on his behalf for these beautiful, beautiful cakes!!!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly K

As a nursing student (and wife of a RN), I LOVE those nurse cakes!!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mac

My sister-in-law is a nurse and is working her 7pm - 7am shift right now. It's a hard job and many people have told me I would make a good nurse, but I couldn't hack the hours and having to work weekends and holidays. So thanks nurses, and everyone else out there keeping us safe. I think this was probably one of my favorite Sunday Sweets apart from the Doctor Who one. The cakes were astounding!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Ok the knee dohickey is called a reflex hammer!!

Been there and done that
Nurse for almost 40 years!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermollymcpaws

Aha! Hoses that don't look like wangs... I knew it could be done :)

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Ironically I spent by black friday making 2 firemen cakes! The first one was a green iced cake with piped fire border and had 3 little gingerbread houses on it: one was a fire station with flag, one was a regular house and one was a burning house.

That one went over so well when we dropped it off at the fire station I decided to go home and bake another for one of the other stations to use up the rest of the icing. That was a true wreck. I ran out of icing half way through the border, the alternate icing I tried to use ran all over the place and the flaming gingerbread house took a header in the floor of my car. We dropped it off anyway with a "Well it should still taste good!" This is why I'm not a professional. ;)

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

As another resident of Saskatoon, SK, I wish I could hit the "Like" or "Agree" button for Shannon's comment. :)

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I love these cakes! Thanks to all the heroes out there every day!
By the way, the firefighter's helmet is usually called a Cairns, after the company that manufactures them. The history of the Cairns Fire Helmet can be found here,
Love your blog! Joe

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNixie's Daddy

Hooray for Saskatchewan!!!

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

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