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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: Eastern Elegance

As you may know, Jen and I are at Dragon*Con this weekend, which means we are geeking out with the geekiest geeks in all of geekdom. Which is exactly why today's Sweets are the most elegant, Eastern-inspired cakes we could find. (See, I'm actually having nightmares about being chased through cavernous hotels by roving packs of storm troopers in kilts. Which is not only possible, but actually likely.)

So, onward and upward!

One of the things I most admire about Eastern tradition is the art of Henna, which works amazingly well on cake. Check it out:

By The Evil Plankton

I absolutely love the detail. And the elephants. (Which are edible.) But really, who doesn't love elephants? I mean, think about it. When is the last time you saw an elephant that wasn't doing something absolutely lovable? See? Never!

Look closely. See how the chocolate is glass smooth on the top? No way to scrape off a whoopsie here!

By Mahutch

The bead work on this is fantabulous.

Hey, speaking of elephants... This cake was actually called the Ganache Ganesh. [Badump bump!]

And for a little bit of structural goodness...

By I Dream of Cake

You can never go wrong with cobalt blue and gold. Beautiful.

Next, going a little further East for inspiration:

By Pattykakes

I love the texture on this cake. It's so... fabricy. (not entirely sure that's a word)

Some fabulous hand-painting:

And a fabulous fan:

A Kimono-inspired beauty:

And a tiara:

By Pink Cake Box

Finally, we were invited by the lovely folks at Highland Bakery to stop by while we're here in Atlanta, but I don't think we're gonna make it. Which is a shame, because they do stuff like this:

By Highland Bakery


Yeah, I think we'll have to come back here some day.

Well, there it is! Next week we may be fully recovered from geek overload, so we'll probably do something really geeky with, I don't know, gears or capes or something. Until then, please send your nominations and ideas to sundaysweets (at) And Wreck On!

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Reader Comments (75)

An elephant being totally UNadorable...saw this yesterday on my hubby's facebook. EWWWWWW

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeenalyn

Wow. That's about all I can say about these. Absolutely amazing.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ Franklin Evans

Absolutely gorgeous stuff!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL.B.

Those are the most fantastic cakes I've ever seen! The detail in the henna cakes, the kimono-inspired cake, wow, all of them are awesome! I just don't think I could stand to be the one who cuts into them, though! But if someone else wants to cut them, I'll be happy to eat them!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

Those are amazing! But they all share one fault: they are much, much too beautiful to be cut and eaten. I think I'd cry if I was served a cake like this.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Incredible. I cannot get over the details and beauty in these cakes! There's so much going on in each one, but none of them is -over- done, which is a risk when attempting something of that nature.

Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing these!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKillian

The two elephants cake is beautiful.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

I can't imagine the time or the steady-handedness to make those cakes possible. Wow. I get a cramp just thinking about it!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Cutting and eating a Hindu God or any God is just wrong!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

Wow! I always look forward to the Sunday Sweets, but today blew me away. Wow wow wow!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I saw an elephant man handle Jeff Corwin which was disheartening as he does not do animal shows anymore because of it :-(
Cakes are lovely though!!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The art of painting the hands and feet with intricate henna designs for festivals and important occasions like weddings is actually called "Mehndi." Just FYI. Gorgeous cakes, though. I especially like the two elephants.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie S.

Wow, breathtakingly beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous works of (edible) art with us. Love the eastern theme, btw.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh, yeah, my first thought about the elephant's ability to be adorable was the video posted in the first comment. So very, er, not adorable. The elephants on the cakes are pretty adorable, though. :)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

*offers the Ganesh cake a peanut*
(guess the reference and win an internet cookie!)

- Gypmama

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loving the Mario Kart game going on in the background of the fabricy cake with fans :)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I love the henna cakes! The decoration is so delicate and intricate.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Oh wow. That is the most beautiful collection of cakes I've ever seen, hands down. Especially the henna cakes.

I'm in awe.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I love all the cakes, but the elephants have to be my favorite.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

You should try to make it over to Highland Bakery if you can... it's my favorite spot in Atlanta for brunch! And the cakes are definitely really neat. Hope you're having fun at Dragon*Con, I had hoped to make it over for the parade yesterday but slept in too late! :)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

Those are all fabulous!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

These are amazing! Finally, a Sunday Sweets not dedicated to Star Wars or Super Mario Bros. That is getting really, really old.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

So beautiful! Very inspiring!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimmy

Nerds go to DragonCon, geeks go to PAX?

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all so lovely! I wanted to go to DragonCon SO bad. So many of my favorite author's were there. Hope you made it to the kilt blowing...

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLadytink_534

I am just amazed by these beautiful cakes. The decorators are artists indeed.
Thank you for sharing them with us.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

These are absolutely amazingly gorgeous. The first one -- ohhh.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

I'm not sure it's nice to be critical on Sunday Sweets, but the kimono-inspired cake is not really kimono-inspired. Both the design and the decorations look very Chinese rather than Japanese. The sort of buttons and loops... Have you ever seen a button and a loop on a kimono?

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

It's Sweets posts like these that make it utterly impossible to pick a favourite. They're all so breathtaking!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was so impressed by the Hindu Goddess cake by Highland Bakery in Atlanta, so I went to their website. I want to move to Atlanta now! Absolutely AMAZING stuff!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeony

Gorgeous! These make the wrecks look wreckier (a word?)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

Hey Gypmama, that is a Simpsons reference... so where's my cookie? lol. I love all of the cakes...SO beautiful!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

An elephant being about when they're in rusk and decide to rampage through villages? There's a story about one on

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen


When I first read about your dream, my eye saw "carnivorous hotels"... so be careful where you run into when the kilted storm-troupers show up.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Love, love, love the two elephants making hearts with their trunks! Too cute!

But the Ganesha one might be a tad creepy to eat. "Uh, could I maybe have a piece that is not god's crotch please?"

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Ya'll really need to make it over to Highland Bakery, they are amazing. They just opened a second location in Midtown and it's my go to spot for lunch (and completely unnecessary afternoon cake).

I was up at DC yesterday afternoon and saw most of the costumes Jen had posted pictures of the day before, I'm not sure why, but that really entertained me. :-)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEveryone needs a hobby...

This last week I was at the Oregon State Fair and saw a gorgeous Easter inpsired cake. I took a picture of it with the intent of sending it in to you. These are all stunning!


September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While these are really amazing, I just want to point out that some of us really do (absolutely) adore and love the "geekier" cakes. These are pretty but personally I love the video game cakes the best. Or unicorns. If someone could combine the two that would be heaven.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkittygirl

These are some of the most beautiful, elegant cakes I've ever seen. Great Sunday Sweets this week!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennieB

I love the henna/mehndi inspired cakes...I've wanted to do something simpler in that vein myself for a while. Henna art is a great way to practice cake decorating, because there's no way to *really* scrape off a whoopsie in henna either--it stains pretty much instantly!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralenxa


I couldn't eat any of them - too beautiful!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Geenalyn!!!! LOL...seriously, I was going to post the SAME link of that elephant "snack attack" myself! Yes, truly an elephant being totally UNadorable!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My birthday is Tuesday. Anyone who desires can send me any or all of the above cakes. They will be duly admired, then devoured!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

How could you not go to Highland?! I'd sweep their floors if they'd let me watch them create the cakes they make!! No, I am not a baker who wants to steal ideas, I just LOVE cake!! Correction: good cake. I will not eat bad cake.
And it's a great post "John, the hubby of Jen"

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentery

These are amazing. I love the Sunday Sweets whether they're about geekery or anything else, but I have to admit that while I've seen a lot of pretty nerd cakes on the Internet, I've seen very few Middle Eastern- and Eastern-inspired cakes of this quality. So, this was refreshing eye-candy!
Also, I <3 elephants as well. And obviously-rhetorical questions about how adorable elephants are. ;)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

Those are amazing-more like works of art than cakes

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great cakes!

Hope you guys are having fun at Dragon*Con! We just came home today. I walked all around the Marriott last night calling your name in hopes to find you to get a button. : )

There's always so much craziness going on there that no one pays attention to a person walking around yelling, "Jennnnnnn! Jennnnn!!! Jennnnnn with the yellow boots, where are youuuuuu???

You were quite the elusive blogger. I gave myself an A for effort at least. Have a safe trip home!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela R.

the elephants at the greenville, SC zoo are known to stick their trunks up the other ones rear....

not adorable. and even more fun to explain to the kids!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjody

In Mehndi is applied to skin in a similar technique as piping. Just think henna paste instead of frosting. Like piping on a cake there isn't a lot of room for scrape off errors. It's really fascinating to see the two art forms in one edible masterpiece.

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Me! I don't love elephants!

Nah. Just kidding. That and the koi cake are my favorites. :)

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

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