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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: Good Sports

Welcome back, cake fans, to our weekly installment of Sunday Sweets! Quick shout-out to our sponsor, Sports Cliché Week. "When your back's against the wall, don't drop the ball; if you don't know what to say, just reach for a cliché!

Now let's get straight to the action with a contender that pulls no punches:

By How Sweet It Is!

Now there's a player who leaves it all out on the field!

For our next Sweet, you could say success is in the bag.

By Natalie of Doodle Cakes

You just can't teach that.

And now the crowd is going wild, because it's a whole new ball game!

By Its a Piece of Cake

Go get 'em, Tiger.

This Sweet is completely on the ball:

By Cake Central member Anna902

It's a slam dunk!

Here's a Sweet that takes it to the next level:

By Charm City Cakes (aka Ace of Cakes)

Way to bring your A game, guys.

Most bakers talk a good game, but here's a contender who's clearly in a league of her own:

By The Cake Kitchen

Now that's knocking it out of the park!

What do you say we kick it up a notch?

By Eifel Cakes

Talk about a home run - that is some fancy footwork!

Speaking of which, this next Sweet really steps it up:

It's definitely a shoe-in for the most realistic cake doppelganger *I've* ever seen.

And in case you think I'm out of bounds even calling this a cake, here's a progress shot:

By Courtney of Cake Nouveau

You can tell she just wanted it more. (Uh... whatever that means.)

And finally, this player really has his game face on:

By Don Buciak II

Plus, he's completely fondant free!

Now that's giving it 110%.

I hope y'all enjoyed this Sweet Clichéd Treat! Oh, and believe it or not, there really IS a Sports Cliché Week - it just ended yesterday.

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Reader Comments (57)

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July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My goodness... The bag! The shoe!

I both adore and hate Sunday Sweets on CW. I love seeing such amazing cakes but hate being reminded that I'll never be that good.

Thank goodness the rest of Cake Wrecks allows me to realise I'll never be that bad, either!


July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Alice

Stunning pictures and great choices! Thanks so much for all of your hard work, Jen.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGracie

That fondant-free octopus?


Just amazing. Wow.

(the others are fantastic too, but fondant-free always impresses me!)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I love the Red Wings octopus cake, mostly for the fact that it's so well done, yet fondant-free..I'm more impressed with a cake decorator with mad skills than someone who has mastered cutting out a pattern from fondant..but maybe that's just me..

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

Loads of the pictures just have a narrow strip and then empty blue space rather than showing the full photo. However, you can click on the pictures to see them. Hope you get all the server move gremlins sorted soon! :)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG those look amazing

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For hockey cakes: Thank you!

For including the Stanley Freaking Cup: THANK YOU X 100!

I'm hockey starved here in the great state of Florida. We have two hockey teams (Go Bolts) but you'd never guess around here... I'll take any hockey I can get. Including cake.

Also, I think I just found my wedding cake. Thank you!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPitgirl

The tiger cake made me gasp and squeal like a little girl; I LOVE tigers! And I want that tiger as a large plush.

-French Bean

Love the purple suction cups on the octopus.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

OMG, that baseball cake rocks!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

These are amazing.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Those are awesome. The shoe is incredibly realistic.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

More thanks for posting hockey related cakes!! My daughter (who is only 11) dubbed the Stanley Cup cake as her wedding cake when we saw that episode of Ace of Cakes. Of course that is because she insists she will be marrying a current NHL player we know.... so that will probably change when she figures out he isn't going to wait for her ;)

Love the Octopi cake for its awesomeness...but hate it too (seen one too many of them thrown on our home ice!!)

Oh and I hate baseball, but simply because I am an Ohioan, gotta love the Reds cake!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The soccer ball! That made my day! =)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndreaM

Not to mention, I've never had a good tasting fondant. What am I missing!?

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG. As an Avid Red Wings fan. The fondant free Octopus is my FAVORITE. SO fantastic!!!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWakeGrace

i gotta say... to my mind, gym bags are one of the less appetizing objects one could choose for a cake shape. made me all indignant just looking at it. well executed, though.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Leastlikely

Red Wings suck! That being said, the cake is pretty impressive being fondant free. I really like that Stanley Cup cake too. I never knew there were good combinations of cake and hockey! Two of my favorite things.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaliandy3941

A German flag football cake

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMella

That is some awesome cakes. I am so impressed they look like .. well too real to eat that is for sure.


July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

All I could think when looking at that Cincinnati Reds cake was who in the world ordered that? I live there and the Reds suck! We have crappy sports teams :(

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami

Oh my goodness those cakes were amazing! I love the hockey bag boys thought it was the coolest cake ever. My ultimate favorite is the Redwings Octopus. O. M. G. I so want that cake for my 29th birthday!! I'm not too old for a cool birthday cake, am I??

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

omg, omg on the hockey bag cake....

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Being a bona fide Wing Nut, the octopus cake was the icing on the cake today (pun intended.. :)

How long until hockey season??

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoblue562

that frist hockey cake cant really be a cake thats just (OMG) AMAZING SOOOO COOL

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathiren

Very glad to see hockey well represented in Sunday Sweets! I'm going to have to figure out one of these days how to make a smaller Stanley Cup cake.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Totally amazing cakes! It's fun to laugh at the wrecks but I love the incredible Sunday Sweets.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGraceful Moments

Love Sunday Sweets! :) Thanks!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Awesome cakes.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kai has really tiny feet. She must be in an under-5 league.

wv: twhott. It's really twhott to put on the oven today; we'll have to buy a cake instead.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Like ice sculpture or sand castles, this amazing art is all the more amazing because it is temporary. Ephemeral. How do you cut something this beautiful? Well, you just do because that's it's reason for existing. And better than ice or sand, this has a practical side to its death: nommage!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilrette

One of the awesomest thing about the Stanley Cup cake was that they "engraved" the names of everyone in the wedding party on it! Epic! I've told my boyfriend that the only way we'll ever get around to getting married is if we get that cake...and our wedding colours will have to be green, gold and black! (Go Stars!)

Love all the cakes...and that running shoe is awesome too!

Oh, and Red Wings suck! :-D (But I have to admit...the octopus cake IS pretty freaking cool...)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Ease up on the Reds! They didn't always suck!

Love the German soccer cake. Almost makes up for them losing to Spain. Almost. (sniff)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

wow - these cakes are simply AMAZING. My favorite sport is baseball, but i'm simply wowed by the hockey duffle bag and the Stanley cup cakes.

Thanks for sharing.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

They are all amazing, but OMG that tiger just the cutest thing. I agree about the fondant free cake the skill it must take. Phew leaves one breathless.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

So I guess I was the only person that thought "Oh look! BP is sponsoring basketball teams now" when I saw the basketball stuck in the pool of black in the hoop, huh... Still amazing skills and cakes, just thought I'd share the odd pun
And WOW! Your readers are huge hockey fans based on the comments!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXainMexi

That shoe makes my jaw drop. Wowza! Mu husband wants one.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

The sports bag and the shoe - WOW. Just wow. Please tell me truly talented cakemakers are paid waaaaay more than wreckerators - the time and care that went into these is incredible!!

From long-time Aussie lurker, first-time poster, Elisha x

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisha

Oh my! That Al the octopus is AMAZING! ! ! I have never seen anything like it, and he is fondant free? AMAZING! ! ! I am a huge Red Wings fan and I LOVE ITT! ! !

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Soooo . . . three weeks ago I said perfect frosting takes more skill than fondant and everybody said I was mean and didn't know anything about fondant. This week several people said the same thing I did and everyone agrees with them. Oy.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I swear that shoe looks like you could just grab it and put it on.. though if you did I bet the decorator would chase you down with a rolling pin lol. Beautiful cakes.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The shoe is great! I love it, and the hockey ones...

And really, there's a sports cliche week? Didn't know about it, I really dropped the ball on that one.

You've got to hand it to them though, they can think of a week to commemorate anything!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

The "is a slam dunk" cake is my favorite...hhmm.. I want to eat it also

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate Gifts

love love love the hockey cakes! especially the Red Wings octopus :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Well played, Jen!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

The Red Wings cake would make my WORLD.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

The cakes are awesome.
The sports cliches make me want to vomit.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason Glor

Am I the only who thinks teh one from Cake Kitchen looks like its covered with red centipedes??

Even with bugs, all look fabulous!!!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Alissa

I really love seeing cakes that are 100% fondant free. it takes a true professional to pull that off...good.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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