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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: Shoes & Purses

Ok, so a few weeks ago when I said I found purse and shoe cakes a little boring, what I *meant* was I'd only find them boring until enough of you wrote in demanding that I feature purse and shoe cakes. Um. Yeah. That's it. ;)

So, by popular demand, here's the best of the best of the best! Sir!

(And just so we're clear: none of these are boring; they're awesome.)


(Submitted by Venessa M. & made by Shams D)

(Sub'd by Leslea H. & made by How Sweet It Is Bakery)

(Sub'd by Tifany & made by Cupcakeenvy)

(Sub'd by Renee M. & made by Giordano's Pastries)

(Sub'd by Renita M. & made by Karen Lindsay)

(Sub'd by Brianna G. & made by Elite Cake Designs)

(Sub'd Iris M. & made by Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes)

(Sub'd by Diana I. & made by Jacques Fine European Pastries)

(Sub'd by Anne Marie B. & made by Rosey's Sugar Palace)

(Sub'd by Abby D. & made by The People's Cake)

Send your Sweet nominees to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.

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Reader Comments (99)

I love them! I think my favourite was the Gucci one.:)

Wow! I was surprised and pleased to see that you have featured some cookies today (Rosey's) amongst the cakes. But who can blame you, she does make some of the most gorgeous cookies on flickr.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLovey

I'll admit, I'm not girly enough to ever request a shoe or purse cake, and I'd probably roll my eyes if I ever had a friend who wanted one, too. BUT, these were really well done! The green one looked almost like you could walk off with it.

My suggestion: Purse cake full of cupcakes.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Red~

Yeah. Lovely cakes. Still can't stand them.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I interned at Giordano's Pastries last year and Cake Wrecks was mentioned a few times. It's nice to see them features on Sunday Sweets. :)

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

That totally gives new meaning to putting your foot in your mouth?

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

Since I was one of those who "strongly suggested" that you do a shoes and purses day, all I can say is WOW!!!!! And that red Gucci is incredible.

Thank you Jen and John for bowing to the will of the people.

wv: froostyp - A satin stiletto accented with crystals and pearls.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

They are beautiful but I still don't like them.

It always seems to me that the kind of woman that would want a purse cake wouldn't be interested in eating cake.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Totally agree with you Deb, they're boring. Boring!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Actually, they're a LOT boring.
but cute..

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpoornamelesscat

I have a shoe fetish and I am obsessed with cake, but I still wouldn't want a shoe box cake. I don't think I'll ever understand the purse cake.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterk.

Um, wow. I love the Manolo one. But I'd still mock myself for getting one, no matter how much I like shoes and purses.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

BOOORING....No you were right the first time around the purse and shoe cakes are VERY, VERY BORING. I think I lost my eyes in the back of my head when I saw the Juicy purse. But the Chanel shoe cake was beautiful.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Miller

Me: Honey, come look at these cakes!
Response: Geeeeee, those are cakes?

Guess that sums up our response to these purse cakes. LOVELY and thanks!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

Actually the Juicy Couture purse was made by Kaysie Lackey at The People's Cake.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Beautiful but not very interesting. These show some incredible skill. Who wants to eat a purse? Or shoe? I'd almost rather eat one of these anatomically correct medical cakes.
Seeing some wrecky ones would be most entertaining, though.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait.... those are cakes? OMG! I love them!!!!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

Well done, but *yawn*.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolAnn

with honors...

and...I agree, boring...can we have some more babies on a plate? That was interesting.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

wow. i agree. shoe and purse cakes are super boring.

and they're useless. who wants to eat a shoe? i mean, there have been times where i've said "i'd rather chew on a shoe" but that doesn't mean i seriously want to eat a shoe...someone puts their FEET into them. yuck!

and's like ugh. sorry. i miss your fun and witty banter about cake and this week even YOU were speechless...

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Never commented before, but yeah, I agree with your original opinion on them. Hey, least you know your instinct is spot on ;)

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Anyone who can mix girly-girl shoe cakes with a Men in Black reference is a hero in my book.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

What's with the 'boring' comments? I love these. Anything that makes me stop and say 'wait, that's CAKE?' is good in my book. And honestly I think a lot of those are cuter than the real thing. I love Sunday Sweets.

Also, I adore the shoe cookies. I must learn to make those.

WV: genitall. Um. Right. I'm sure we'll be back to that on Monday.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I love your site! Everything about it,just wonderful! Wish I was that talented! However, my talent only lies in the EATING of the cakes...HAHA! I do want to out the black purse at the top of the post is "but not cake ,it's burfee(sweetmeat) molded and covered with fondant." The quote is from the baker's flickr page. Thanks for an entertaining blog!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe RPh

I'm not really a purse and shoe cake person, but I love those shoe cookies! So cute.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I don't get it. I don't want to get it. Pretty but eh...who cares? More STAR WARS!!!!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

I'm not a fashonista type girl but I think that some of these are really impressive, especially how realistic the detailing is. I think declaring them 'boring' and 'useless' is rather silly and rude. At the end of the day, they are cake, their 'use' is to look pretty and then be eaten. As for whether I'd like to eat a shoe or a purse, I don't think its any worse than eating a cartoon animal, a book or any of the other designs used for sculpted cakes.

However, despite liking the cakes, I would say to Jen, not to bow to pressure if her heart's not in it. I missed the commentary about techniques etc that normally comes with Sunday Sweets.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Yep, pretty - but boring. Wreck on, Jen!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I wonder if there's any good cakes of Converse Hi-Tops?

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRawpower95

I've gotta say, those just don't even look like cakes. They're beautiful but kinda strange honestly.

I might end up shoving my cash in my desert and gnawing on my handbag--or shoe.

That's just embarrassing.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I'm also in the "boring" camp, although I admit that these all took considerable talent to do! And I'd love to see some seriously "wrecky" attempts at purses and shoes, now.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah D

Oh look. A cake that looks just like a purse. How pretty! How realistic! How... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

From an art skills perspective, these cakes/sculptures are amazing. But for me, unappetizing! I can't get past the thought that I'd be biting into leather, yuck!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

Aww...and here I was hoping you channeled your inner geek and posted some geek cakes for my birthday today!

And I agree...shoe and purse cakes...meh. They WERE well-done, but I guess since I wear sneakers almost every day and never carry a purse, they're just not my cuppa.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I tend to side with you, Jen, and find purses / shoes / handbags dull and boring... but there's nothing dull about these sweets!

Beautiful work; I'm hard-pressed to pick a favourite!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lord, people.

I'm in full agreement with the ones who wouldn't ever request a purse or shoe cake, but the workmanship and artistry of these cakes is absolutely mindblowing. I'm sure that whomever actually DID order them was over the moon when they saw their fabulous cake.

Play nice, folks...the people who would order handbag or shoe cakes don't understand why you'd want Star Trek or The Princess Bride cakes, either.

WV: ingeaw. I am ingeaw of how amazing these cakes look, even if I wouldn't order them

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you sure that first one is cake? I've never seen a cake that was so realistic. They are all fantastic but that one doesn't look like cake. I'm shocked and appalled by how rude people are being in the comments today. I'm not into a lot of the sci-fi stuff you feauture but I certainly don't consider any of the beautiful cakes I see on here as boring. Thank you for the lovely Sunday Sweets as always.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Pretty I suppose. But who's like "You know what would make a great cake for her?...One that reminds her that she will never be able to afford an actual designer purse."

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The Gucci one is GORGEOUS! I want it :O

I would have to temporarily ignore my hatred of fondant for that sucker! <3

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie Marine

I have to agree with your original conclusion--shoe and purse cakes are inherently boring. Don't get me wrong; these all show incredible skill on the parts of the decorators, and they're gorgeously decorated, but I'm just bored by shoes and purses in general, so seeing them in cake form doesn't do much for me. Some of the shoebox ones are kind of cute, but I think I mostly like them because it's obvious there's a good amount of cake in them. And I like the shoe cookies, just because they're more like an illustration than a gumpaste replica (and how are you supposed to eat a wafery little stiletto shoe anyway?).

Also, that Gucci shoe looks like a medieval torture device. Just sayin'.

I would totes (haha totes) be into seeing a post devoted to purse and shoe wrecks, though!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspoofmaster

Awww, Iris M., one of the submitters, is my ten year-old daughter, and she is exceedingly proud of having had one of her submissions posted on the Cakewrecks page.

yeah, those were super boring. I love how you had NOTHING to say about them :)

those shoe cookies are pretty cute, though!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am now inspired to try to eat my wife's broken purse.

It gives a whole new meaning to the term "strapping," eh?

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Those are all lovely! I have to say I am not really sure why well made shoe and purse cakes are any less interesting than say, oh, a cake made to look like a pile of Harry Potter books, for example? Maybe it is because I like shoes and purses as much as I like Harry Potter, though. But I am generally thrilled to look at any well made/decorated cake, regardless of what it is depicting.

I also have to admit that I am one of those women who would love a purse or shoe cake, and I most definitely love to eat cake. ;-)

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

The cakes are awesome, but I wouldn't wear those purses/shoes in real life...too kitchy for my tastes :-S

But, Jen, if you don't like purses&shoes cakes, you don't have to pretend you like them just because they're popular...or at least, you don't have to tell us that :)) it sounds very weird.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbluefairy

wow, these are amazing!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Amazing!!! Brain explodey!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Hey, I'll take a purse cake over those freaky baby (doll) shower cakes any day, night, hour, year, well, you get the picture! These purse cakes are so exquisitely made, I have difficulty telling them from the real thing! Shoes, well, that's a different story. Any time I think of shoes, PAIN comes to mind and I don't mean a toothache!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrownring

Come on, people. Sunday Sweets is a chance to see how really, really talented people can execute incredible cakes. It doesn't matter if it is a shoe or the cast of "Lost" or a pile of books. The Sweets are there to admire the artistic talents of the decorators.

Personally, I find the pile of books boring. I would never wear or carry any of these shoes or purses, but you have to admire the work that went into making them. I'd love to know how that red shoe was made.

So suck it up and go back and admire true cake decorating artistry.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Was the ribbon on that last cake (the Juicy Couture one) edible? If so, I'm really impressed.

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

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