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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: Fabulous Faux Flowers

The next time you see "fresh flowers" on a cake, look more closely. They might actually be gumpaste.

I love the yellow and purple flowers on this one. I'm not very good with all the names, but I think they're daisies. And the photography is stunning, too.

Made by Abbie Tabbie

These aren't on a cake yet, but I thought Abbie's work on that top flower was especially fantastic. (Pretty sure it's a daisy.) Check out the blending of the pale green!

Next, we have the work of Ellen Bartlett:

She makes a mean daisy.

See more of Ellen's work at Cakes To Remember

You know you're dealing with skilled artisans when you have to email them to make sure the flowers aren't real. (I did. They aren't.)

Our next cakes were made by Lyndsey Gamble:

I love the big bunches of flowers. Daisies.

Not only are the flowers fantastic, but check out the lace and ribbon work! (Yes, those are sugar, too.)

I love the contrast between the orange and the purple.

Just look at the veining in the petals! Wow. Those are some sweet daisies.

Such a cool design: the minimalism of the cake makes the flower burst really "pop."

See more of Lyndsey's work at Elegantly Iced

As a guy who's spent the last three years staring at some the of the best and worst cakes in the world, I often wish that I could go back to our wedding day and get a more memorable cake. Of course, knowing Jen, we'd then have to choose between a beautiful cake like this - only covered in poppies - or a perfect scale model of a Borg cube inscribed with "Resistance is futile."

Speaking of which, we're looking for more Sci-Fi Sweets! So if you have one to nominate, be sure to send it to sundaysweets (at) Thanks, and wreck on!

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Reader Comments (186)

Just put daisies on the borg cube! That's not wrecky, right?


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Only one reaction to some of those flowers being not real flowers.


Even my WV agrees, it is "bullsta"

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Wow, just amazing and I love how all the Daisys look so different. Must be a region thing. cw

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Willis


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

Wow! I draw lots of kimonos with flowers on them, and people love the work, but when I look at these, I feel so inadaquate. The flowers are stunning and if someone presented me with a cake like that, I'd want to bronze it, or spray it with too much starch to preseve it. With a new feeling of life in my heart from these glorious works of art, I want to sit down and draw. Thanks guys!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

Oh wow!

All of those are so fantastic!

The orange one is probably my favourite, out of all them.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJayme

Pretty sure your kidding about the daisies, but the first two are lillies and the third is cherry blossoms.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Man, there were a lot of "Daisies" in that post. My dad would have referred to them all as "Begonias".

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmie Lillie

Love the daisies! Thanks John!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna H

I just wanted to confirm that all of those flowers are, in fact, daisies. Well spotted!

Also, a Borg cube cake would be fantastic. I am tempted to try to make one, but I'm not a professional. I may try anyway. It will either be great, or be a wreck - either way it would be tasty!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

In the second picture, it's a lily. In the third picture, they're orchids.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

LMAO. I do love me a good daisy.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWasted Wishes

Love the daisies! Thanks John!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna H

Those "daisies" are simply stunning. I especially love the white minimalist cake with the warm colors. ^.^

I'd love to have a cake on my hypothetical future wedding day like that, but chances are that it will turn out to be a wreck...

I think I just jinxed myself. Whether it was for the cake or the future husband, I don't know.

-French Bean

Ok you got me with the daisies! My reaction was "that's not... Ohhhh" :)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Love the fist one!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDestinie

I'm gonna have to learn how to make me some daises!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They're gorgeous!

By the by, the flowers with the really long petals are lilies. The small purple ones with the really detailed veins are orchids. Just FYI :). But absolutely amazing work on all of them!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLove For Obento

These are stunningly beautiful. I carried around a pic. of the wedding cake I wanted from the age of 12 to 23. The cake I got looked nothing like my pic. To this day, 17 yrs. later, that is my only regret from my wedding day.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

As a landscape designer I forgive you for the misleading daisy comments, this time lol but man those cakes are phenoms every one but the orange tier cake with the bone white art deco border ..... WOW...that is amazing... a perfect choice of flower and color contrasts..

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercaferacers66

hi john, here to help you out with flower names lol

in order of apperance:
roses & idk
peonies & dahlias
peonies & idk

i'm thinking the ones i'm not sure on might be fantasy flowers. i'm probably wrong in that regard, just haven't seen them at the greenhouse yet lol.....

anywho, awesome cakes!!!!!!!

Gorgeous! I'm not great with flower names either, but I'm pretty sure the purple flowers on the orange cake are orchids, not daisies.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekaJoy

Actually, those aren't dasies, they're-just kidding, that's just how I imagine a lot of the comments being! Beautiful cakes!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, I just spent the last couple of minutes scaring my kids yelling " Those aren't daises!!!" Then I realised it was John hubby of Jen so I'll cut you some slack. But just so you know next time you order Jen flowers and ask for a big bunch of daises you won't be getting the lillies, roses, orchids etc...

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

Stunning work! Great post. Let the Epcotting begin!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Can't wait to see all the "but those aren't daisies, they're _________." Thought you learned your lesson with Spaceship Earth and Auburn ;)

Seriously, those are some unbelievable works of art!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Great post John! They are all so gorgeous - how do brides choose???

"Resistance is futile" Bwahahaaa! how perfect would that be??

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Wow. How are these fake?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

You know, I can kind of see the Borg Cube (with a funky new paint job) hiding in the orange and white cake with the purple "daisies"

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

That one? With the daisies? That's my favorite.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStudio Rose

You obviously wouldn't know a daisy if it bit you on the gumpaste.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRose

My favorite is the one with the daisies,you know the flowery one!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrenchgirl

I think my favourite part is all the comments from people giving you the actual names of the flowers!! lol As a florist, may I say, love the DAISIES!!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh dear. I see daisy-gate approaching.


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

And Studio Rose is my hero...

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

HA HA You almost got me on the "Daisies" I think I caught on in the 3 rd or 4th reference.

Waiting for the Epcot Flower Festival to follow.

WV ximme

XIMME!!! Those are some gorgeous daisies!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel


Love the pics you chose today, thanks for gracing us with the beauty and talent they represent.

I also love the flowers, though I don't believe I saw a daisy in the bunch. I did see some stephanotis though.

My advice is that you brace for the impact of today's post, 'cause I have a feeling people are going to feel a need to show you exactly what a daisy should look like, as only CakeWrecks readers can. Good luck.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loved all the daisies! It's too bad the designers made them look like lilies, orchids and roses. What were they thinking?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrammaR

You crack me up John!

I decorated my wedding cake with gumpaste flowers...but I bought them cuz I'm a big cheater like that. They looked pretty darn good too! (Daisies, of course)

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

A giggle-worthy posting of jaw-dropping daisies. Thanks a 'bunch'.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

I saw stargazer lily daisies,forsythia daisies, madonna lily daisies,rose daisies,ranunculas daisies,forget-me-knot daisies,sweet pea daisies,apple blossom daisies and orchids! but no daisies daisies.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I could stare at the orange cake with purple flowers all day. Oh, who am I kidding, I can't stare at cake for five minutes before my hand sneaks away from me and grabs a fork.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

You know the one with the daisies? Yea, that one's my favorite! :D I'm just kidding, the first one's my definite fav ^_^ I think those are lilies though....

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNymphadora Potter

I love gumpaste flowers!
Here is the info on all the daisies!
for those who want to know :)

Foto #1
Purple Fuschias
Yellow Sweet peas

Casblanca Lily

Foto #3
Moth Orchid


Foto#5 and #6 (lace cake)
Orange Ranuculus
Pink ROses
Yellow Sweet peas
A few Mums

Foto #7 and #8(orange and white)
Moth orchids

Foto #9 and #10
Orange Ranuculus
Pink peony
Yellow and res poppies

Lovely post!
Edna De la Cruz

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdna De la Cruz

Heh, heh, maybe the next post can be all "roses". They have petals and stems, too. I have a cakey friend who can only make sweet peas - but they're beautiful sweet peas.

And, I was blown away with the ranunculas - a favorite flower we can't raise in my current area. They have so many tissue thin petals I wonder how God does it, let alone a cake decorator.


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! Acsolutely beautiful daisies. In all of the pictures!!

For the person who works in a greenhouse, the first pictures of daisies are actually true lilies, not day lilies. Even though the lilies are not anatomically correct, the flowers are drop-dead gorgeous.
And it looks like apple blossoms with the daisies in the fourth picture.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, those are incredible!!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Really unbelievable. What talent!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEG

Well you knew people were going to name off all of the flowers just to show you how smart they are. Yay for you, it's called humor Anyway, I loved all of the cakes today! I hope someday I can get my flowers to look that incredible!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamesterCK

Today's showcase is by true artisans. No wreckiness today...

At least you didn't call all of the flowers dandilions!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

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