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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.

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- Jen

Sunday Sweets Steams It Up

If you read my other blog, Epbot, then you know I have this eensy teensy tiny obsession with steampunk. This past week I featured some the most amazing steampunk weddings I could find, which of course set me off hunting the most amazing steampunk wedding cakes I could find.

You know, like this:

Submitted by Ellie G. & made by Christopher Garren's Let Them Eat Cake

You'd have to stare at this cake for a looong time to notice all of the details, but don't miss the goggles, keyboard, tiny top hat, and gramophone. Wow.

(Oh, and this was featured on WE tv's Amazing Wedding Cakes a while back, so if you want to see more, check out their season 3 premier.)

Steampunk style often involves dirigibles and hot air balloons (which I love), so this next design gave me a big geeky grin:

Made by Crystal of Candied Apple Pastry Company

There's even a dapper little robot couple in the balloon's basket:

Cute! And I like the bright teal paired with all the brass and gold; so bright and cheerful.

Of course, you don't have to go overboard with detail: a few well-placed gears and a quirky robot topper can bring steampunk style beautifully:

Submitted by Miri R., made by New Renaissance Cakes.
So pretty!

The topper is by Builder's Studio, which seems to be THE source for steampunk robot wedding toppers; three of today's Sweets have them.

How about some cupcakes?

Goggles and pocket watches and gears, oh my!

Here's one of my all-time favorite architectural designs:

Made by Spense

This support structure is genius: it looks more like a miniature vignette than a cake. Also, check out the piping (as in copper piping, I mean. Heh.) on the dome, and the tiny rivets in the portholes around the base. Such great detail!

And really, when it comes down to it, steampunk is all about the details. It's about looking closer, and really appreciating handcrafted artistry.

Like this:

Made by the Artisan Cake Company

And this:

Submitted by Danica K. and made by Wild Cakes

And this:
Sub'd by Chelsea K. & made by The KupKake Tree

Here's a funky industrial design:

Submitted by Samantha J. and made by Sucré

And a fun top hat:

Sub'd by Ingred C. & made by Molly H.

Try as I might, I can't quite make out what the top is supposed to say. Can any of you?

[Update: It apparently says 'Oscar.' Or possibly 'Epcot.' Thanks, guys!]

And finally, another wedding cake made for TV:

By Amanda of Venus Cakes

Is your jaw on the floor? Yeah. Mine, too.

This was featured on The Great Cake Bake by Wedding TV earlier this year. Once again, I'm awe-struck by all these details:

A corset-inspired back:

And gorgeous gears, flowers, and gems galore!

Oh, and tassels. C'mon, just look at all that! Amazing!

(More detail shots on Amanda's blog here.)

So, did I miss one? Or do you have another Sweets genre or cake that I simply *must* feature? Then e-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (69)

I think the top hat might say Oscar.


November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

It looks like "Oscar" to me...?

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the top hat cake says "Oscar"

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Judging by the blog post from baker Molly H., the gears at the top of the hat spell out the name of the birthday boy, 'Oscar'.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Re the Top Hat: I went to Molly H.'s link and found that it was a birthday cake for her nephew, "Oscar," so I'm guessing that's what the top is saying. And if you look with the notion of "Oscar" in your head, you can totally see it.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oscar on the hat.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oscar? It looks like Oscar to me.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterunmitigated me

The top hat says "Happy Birthday" :)

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJadzia



November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDragon-girl

it looks like it is the birthday boy's name, Oscar, on the top hat.

What gorgeous cakes!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterev


I think the top hat birthday cake says "Oscar" across the top?

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

hey there! :) LOVE this post... because i LURV steampunk. :D anyhoo... the top hat says "happy birthday"... :)

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Yep, I was going to say that it says "Oscar" as well. I have to say that I've really come to appreciate steampunk, and have some ideas for decorating my house in the event it's ever actually decorated, rather than just full of stuff. :-)

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I believe the top hat says "Happy Birthday"

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wow, what amazingly fabulous cakes! Awesome Sunday Sweets edition!!!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sweet the sweet I nominated got picked! I like some of the others even better though.

I wish I could pull of the steampunk look.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I'm going out on a limb here, but I THINK the top hat might say Epcot! Wait! I mean Oscar!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I will NOT post that I believe the top hat says Oscar, in the fear of looking like a goofball after all the other posts already let you know that. So I'll simply say that today's cakes are GORGEOUS. I'm only just becoming aware of the growing steampunk movement..but I'm slightly fascinated.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferK

I LOVE steampunk. Here in England, they have a Steampunk Ball. Can't wait to go.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Uh oh...another Epcot with the Oscar on the top hat. LOVE the steampunk designs.

Sharon's Edible Art

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The one with the wings makes me think of the Golden Snitch.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I think the top hat says Epcot!

I looove steampunk!! Though I like it better if the gears are actually "functional" in the design rather than just strewn about. It's still pretty, just not as exciting as maybe the first and fifth cakes which look like they could be working machines with functions. I keep staring at them, waiting for the gears to turn and something to happen!


November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJabby

As usual, I have no idea what the Sunday Sweet topic is about this week. I'm assuming it's some more sci-fi stuff, which I'm not a big fan of. The link you provided to the tophat answers your question about what it says on top. There are probably 900 comments already telling you it's Oscar.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

The Top Hat cake says Happy Birthday

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

Top hat looks like "happy birthday" to me...

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The hat says 'Oscar'. And I think he went to Disneyworld for his birthday.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaspar

Actually, the top hat says "EPCOT."

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Okay... maybe I'm nuts but I thought it said Scott on the top of the hat???

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

Okay, these cakes are the STEAM of the crop! So awesome!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*-- D. L. K i n g --*

That Montgolfier balloon is excellent!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTodd S. Jenkins

OK, so the guy on the awesome cake by Spense is called Professor Gearheart. I Googled it and found this on Youtube. Dude! Go to about 40 seconds... Also, I don't speak Japanese, so if someone out there does and it is full of cursing or something, I'm sorry in advance.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Hooray for steampunk!!
I love the top cake and the top hat cake!!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

OMG The stitching on the corset! I can't believe all of the tiny details on this. Incredible!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraeosunshine

Happy Birthday, Oscar, can I have a cake like yours, only in copper? Pleeeeeease???

(that didn't take much looking at to see it - but then artistic license abounds)

Love steampunk, works for scrapbooking (esp if you know Tim Holtz), and I love the fashions.

Great collection of cakes, awesome in their close-up details!! Sweet, sweet, Sunday - I'd say best ever!

The actual working, with a purpose, detailed cakes are the most fab, for creativity AND a realistic view.

Thanks for making my Sunday so sweet.


November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You are going to turn me into a Steampunk fan!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, there's always Douglas Adams geekdom:
but you may have covered that already.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've always loved the Steampunk style(I depended on you fro the pics of Dragon Con.). So this was wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLivingInSong

The band Sugarland has done a lot of Steampunk stuff this year. I love their album cover. Check out their site too.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

OMG those are beautiful

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, so I obviously have been living under a rock or something, because I have NEVER even heard the term 'steampunk' before this post. Still don't really get what it is. Definition please??

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

It says "Happy Birthday". The "B" is quite clear on the second word.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWine Mama

@Jenny-- what does it matter if you know what Steampunk is (I'm only vaguely aware of it, due to this blog and an episode of Castle), or aren't a fan of sci fi? All you have to do is look at the cakes and admire the artistry involved. Lots and lots of incredible details, beautifully done. The reason someone chose that design, as opposed to a flower garden-- who cares? The meaning of the details doesn't really matter, either. It's an attractive design, spectacularly executed. And I'm always open to beauty and talent, so love this Sunday Sweets!

My only quibble is that a couple of these look more like sculpture than cake. Yes, the talent involved is impressive, but... I have no desire at all to eat it. I looks beautiful, rather than appetizing (in fact, I worry about how stale the cake must be, given how long it must have taken to create those masterpieces). And isn't eating a cake the whole point of cake??? So, I'm going to be a Grinch and suggest that perhaps some of these designs are better formed in clay, for years of display and enjoyment. And cakes should be cakier looking

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

wow! those are wonderful.

love the cupcakes.

WV: cones
i got a normal-looking WV for once.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Love the balloon and the silver wedding cake! What gorgeous work on all these cakes.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Oh, and I thought that the corset one was a lampshade until you showed us the lacing on the back. Oops.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Having read all the comments, here is my theory:

The cake in question isn't a top hat, it is an early model of Spaceship Earth. The design was rejected when survey subjects (the bloggers of the pre-Internet age) said, "A giant top hat that says 'Oscar' on top? You need something rounder, like a huge spore. People will look at that and immediately think, 'EPCOT!'"

wv: palback. As in, "Spring forward, palback."

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

We are having a Steampunk Wedding. My grooms cake is going to be a top hat... working on the wedding cake!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPandora

Oh... my... GOD...
how could anyone eat these cakes...?
they're just... too beautifully awesomely awesomazing...
i love you, Jen >.<

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaru

Those are cool and crazy! Tweeted ya. It'd take some pretty accepting women to allow cakes with cogs and such at their weddings. ;)

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

My jaw had dropped to the floor for that awesome balloon/corset cake. Then I read you saying I bet my jaw dropped and I laughed. Out loud. And got stared at.

I am pretty much decided to chuck classical and go steam punk when I marry coz its just so darn awesome!

I heart you for introducing me to it.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissRon

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