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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: Fall Treats

You guys, the weather here in Florida is now a crisp, clean, [checking temperature] uh...84 degrees.

Yippee! Time to break out the sweaters!

Yep, we Floridians may be a thin-blooded lot, and our trees might stay green year-round, but that doesn't mean we don't love us some Autumn colors!

And pumpkins! Who doesn't love pumpkins?

 By Cakes by Suzy

How gorgeous is this? The Fairy Godmother herself couldn't ask for a finer specimen. Love the squiggle wires, too. (That's the correct technical term, right? "Squiggle wires?")


It goes against the grain to say it, but this next Sweet leaves me no choice: I think you'll find it's all bark and no bite.

By Cake Obsessed, aka Sweet Fix

Well, no bites yet, anyway. Pass the forks?


I'm seriously crushing on this anniversary cake:

By Cakes by Suzy

Isn't that the perfect shade of green to go with those adorable little pumpkins?


It's no secret that orange is my favorite color - yet another reason why I love this time of year. It's also the perfect accent color! It only takes a little to add a lot of POP: 

By The Sweetest Thing Cakes

These colors = perfection.


You're not going to believe this, but the little pumpkins on this next Sweet are edible!

By Cake Central member Estasrica

Yes, really; they're fondant "frosted" with sugar! The cake itself is fondant-free and hand-piped. Just amazing.


This one goes on my "all-time favorite Sweets" list:

By Lilo Taart

Again, those colors are perfection. Warm, dramatic, cheerful: everything you could want from the season! Plus, if you've ever wondered how to pull off a short topsy-turvy cake, this is the gold standard right here. Great angles.


Ever wonder if fairy houses change with the season?

By Truong

You can almost see little wisps of smoke coming out of that chimney, can't you? And check out the perfect line shading on the steps and flowers by the door; it looks more like a 3D painting than a cake!


This couple met at a campfire, so they asked for one on their wedding cake:

And I bet you never thought a campfire could look this sweet!

By Cake Central member cupcakegirl22

Seriously. Those little flames? And logs that look like actual tree logs and not poo? I die. I die of cute.


It's easy to get caught up in the traditional Fall themes and designs, but there's plenty of room for some modern chic:

By MsGwinn

This autumn wedding cake features the sweetest lil' nuzzling blue birds and clean, bold lines. I like it!


And hold onto your hats, 'cuz this next Fall design is a real Drama Queen:

By YOU'nique Cakes

Oooh, love the reds and teals mixed in with the more traditional oranges and dark browns! Gorgeous!


And finally, let's end with a quintessential Fall beauty:

By Tiffany's Baking Co.

A bushel of apples, whimsically stacked tiers, perfect piping, delicate flowers...and all wrapped up with a raffia bow!

Just look at those details - right down to the "staples" holding the barrel together! And the piping! And the flowers! Totally swoon-worthy.

Oh, and I never pay much attention to the flavor details on Sweets, but this one was pumpkin cake with a caramel apple filling and cream cheese frosting. I don't even like cream cheese frosting, guys, and I'm totally drooling over here. Mmmm.

Hope this helped launch you into the Fall spirit, my friends! (And if you can't get enough, there are more here and here.)


Bakers, did you know you're allowed to nominate your own Sweets? In fact, we encourage it! So please, send your favorites to Sunday Sweets {at} Cake Wrecks {dot} com.

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Reader Comments (54)

OMG That campfire cake is darling-makes me smile so much :D

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Those are all gorgeous, but that first one with the pumpkin is just stunning! I am in awe.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Once again, these all look great. However, based on this blog, I just wonder how many people would take these pictures to go ask for a cake of their own, and I think about what they actually end up with.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Oh, how I love your Sunday Sweets. Always such an inspiration.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWynn Anne Sibbald

?? This can't be CakeWrecks, but that 's three times now I've come to this page.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjust me

These are amazing! I love, love LOVE the fairy house! Oh and the last one with the apples reminded me of these cupcakes that i saw on cake central and immediately marked as a favorite! :)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

That last cake is CRAZY GORGEOUS! I want.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Oh, The WOODGRAIN! That baker knows the way around a perfectly-planed plank of knotty pine. I'd love to know the backstory---is bride or groom a woodworker? Do they own a lumberyard? Are they building a home together? Just lovely

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterracheld

Fall is my favorite season -- brilliant colors, flannel-shirt days and sweatshirt nights, picking apples, the smell of buring leaves (when I was a kid you could still do that), and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. These Sunday Sweets have it all and are absolutley fantastically gorgeous! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Love the cakes today - make me want to put on a sweater - except its 80...just saw when you are touring here and must ask you to change the date for me - it is interfering with my seeing my daughter off to her homecoming dance. You don't mind, do you? Thanks in advance.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingmom

I am a baker and cake decorator so it's always fun to see the Sunday Sweets and try and figure out what techniques the decorators used for these. I have made fondant pumpkins before and they're super easy and super cute. I've taken a few basic classes but haven't been to pastry school or anything like that so a lot of these techniques are advanced for me. I have to self-teach the advanced stuff.

It's nice to know that I can nominate my own cakes for "Sunday Sweets", but I'm almost afraid to do so. What if you disagree and think my "Sweet" is really a "Wreck"? ;-) It's my worst nightmare to see one of my cakes publicly labelled a "Wreck"! Certainly wouldn't be good for business (or my pride!). LOL

[Editor's note- We would never put up a cake as a wreck when it was submitted as a Sweet. -john]

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentera_w

How can you not like cream cheese frosting???

Okay, I'll forgive you. This time.

Those cakes are gorgeous and they make me want to curl up with some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and a big steaming mug of hot cocoa. And cake. Lots of cake.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

That brown tiered one would make a great hat.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Beginning? The beginning of what?

That was three times today I came to this site, four now with this one. I heard people talking about some hysterically funny cakes over on cakewrecks and wanted to see them for myself.

Are you always like this when someone asks a question?

[Editor's note- Hi just me. Since the beginning of the blog, we have taken Sundays as a time to sit back and look at some truly beautiful cakes. We call it Sunday Sweets. The rest of the week is reserved for wrecks. For four weeks now, I have gotten comments saying something like, "What is this? I thought you were supposed to show wrecks? These aren't bad at all! This is stupid!" And so today, I assumed the same person was asking the same question to be difficult or, in internet terms, a troll. Admittedly, I was a bit abrupt and I am very sorry. Please have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the lovely cakes. -john]

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjust me

Someone in my house said it's too early for cake ?!?! (pout) These are glorious - and a welcome reminder of the season on a gloomy, rainy day.
PS I don't know the correct term for 'squiggle wires' but I can tell you that the ones you buy/see in floral arrangements are actually a weed!! They curl like that when they dry to release their seeds - strange, hmm??

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Dreamz

John - that's nice to know. I'm no Duff Goldman or Cake Boss, but I work hard on my cakes and I do my best. :-)

My mother-in-law has been decorating cakes for 35+ years and we both get a kick out of your site... Sweets and Wrecks alike.

[Editor's note- Hi a_w! If you're anything like me, you underestimate yourself and I would bet that your cakes are amazing. Way better than you think they are. Now I'm all curious. Send me your pictures! Do it now! -john]

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentera_w

I LOVE the apple one - and it sounds absolutely delicious. like i could eat the whole thing, delicious. yum!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Absolutely jaw-dropping jealousy-spawning down right awesomely beautiful cakes! ( said as my throat and tongue burn from spicy hot hot chocolate which was purchased in WDW!)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDIana

I fell in love with the clean lines and the great color combo on the 4th...and then I got to the nuzzling birds and became a total puddle of "AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!" I want the cake with those birds. Gorgeous work and SO GOSH-DARNED CUTE! %)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Maybe it's just because I'm in the seasonal mood (now that the temps here are also finally falling out of the 90s--pun intended), but these cakes are extra super Sweet! I can't pick a favorite...but I ADORE that line shading. Such a great look on cakes.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

I think the faerie house is from the Hundred Acre wood.

I've now gone into sugar shock and awwwwww. :D

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I got married in the fall specifically for the colors. I love all of these cakes so much, I think I need to encourage my husband to get me an anniversary cake:-)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Oh, come on. Anybody can make logs that look like logs, but it takes a real genius to make logs that look like poo. Just look at the rest of the site. Genius, I tell you!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Gorgeous cakes this week! Now I'm starting to put 'Fall" near the top of my favorite seasons list (tied for second w/Spring- 1st, Summer, and 3rd- Winter; I like the little chill).

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Hunter

I'm probably the only one that who feels this way but I can't totally love the first cake. I love all the parts just not together. If there was no pumpkin in the middle or no additional layers on the pumpkin I would like it better. But the rest of them are all gorgeous and here in Michigan it's been 80 degrees, but chilly at night so we have pumpkins and colorful trees with beautful weather.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather J.

Love, love, love them all but the "love birds" may just have edged out the others in my heart.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Nony

The Birds cake is just delightful.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

all beautiful. well well done to all. almost wanna do the wedding over to get a Fall Cake!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercin

Good thing this isn't Wednesday, or the people expecting to see Sweets would be disappointed. There would also be approximately 150 posts by now, informing various and sundry that the correct term for 'squiggly wires' is ______. (I left it blank not for suspense but because I have no idea what it is and like it that way -- a little mystery in life is a good thing.)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Wow, that was great! I just love Fall, so this was a real treat! Keep coming with those Sunday Sweets!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

All of these are just too pretty to eat!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReets

I want to LIVE in that fairy house!!!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbuffy

This post WOULD have gotten me in the fall spirit... Except for the fact that it snowed on Thursday, which pretty much means fall is over before it really began. Utah stinks. Can I come live in Florida with you?

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteretoile

Wonderful cakes!! I especially like the 10 year cake. My husband and I were married in Oct, celebrating 12 yrs next Sunday. That would be an awesome anniversary cake. The cake with the apples.....pumpkin spice with caramel apple filling & cream cheese frosting?!?! Holy guacamole! That sounds like heaven. :o)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrystil

They are all gorgeous but I love the little tree house. I live in a neighborhood called Enchanted Oaks and this is what I always picture all the houses in the neighborhood should look like.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterceecee

The nuzzling birds cake is my favorite... very Charley Harper-esque.

Maybe I didn't like Dr. Suess as a kid or something, but I just can't get into the topsy-turvy cake thing. Oh well.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNo Capes

Did you notice how the top of the house on the seventh house kinda resembles a pumpkin? I think its super cute!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBaylee

Ooooooo... I want the first cake, with the flavors of the last cake! :9 (Although I'd be perfectly happy with the last cake, too! They're all delightful!)

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I adore the fairy house! These Sunday Sweets have put me into a fall decorating mood, excuse me as I run to the nearest Hobby Lobby or Michael's.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I ooed and awed and cooed so many times reading this post! That last cake? Total fall perfection. Blew my socks off!

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P,

What has happened to the Montreal RSVP page for the tour? Please tell me you guys haven't cancelled on us!

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ok I just want all those adorable little pumpkins to come to my house. I love them! I want to squee at such cuteness but I probably would earn an odd look from my hubby..ah well does it anyways lol.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I've been meaning to ask this for quite some time, especially seeing these gorgeous cakes with all the odd angles (the bushel of apples was to die for) topsy turvy, wide or oblong middle layer, tree houses, spheres, ovals, all these creative shapes. Just how, could we get a demonstration maybe, do you CUT these cakes to make nice even portions so that everybody gets a sort of even amount of "bread" (as my daughter calls it) with icing? Having been stuck, oops, I mean honored with cutting the sort of normal, old fashioned wedding cakes for my cousins, BFFs, complete strangers, etc., and that being tricky enough, I just can't wrap my head around trying to cut some of these wonderful 'look but don't touch' creations.

Just too pretty to eat.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie in Texas

Thanks, John. I'll try again another day. Usually Sunday is my turn to be on the computer.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjust me

I live in Australia, and even if it weren't Spring over here, we don't really get the same kind of "Autumn" experience as in America... and I still think these are beautiful and whimsical. The last cake, though, is definitely my favourite. And that's an idea for a future Sunday Sweets feature...! They'd have to be pretty, too, of course, but it could be interesting to focus on a selection of cakes with unusual but genius flavours. Since the combination of this one here has me drooling, too.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrizzy

Great Sweets this week!

Oddly enough, it was in the 80s up here in Minnesota last week. It felt kinda odd for it to be that warm with the leaves changing.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

So pretty, you don't want to eat them!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I second Annie in Texas' question. How would you possibly cut that last cake to serve? Maybe the apples were removable as separate servings and the barrel sliced up more like a regular cake all on its own? Huh...

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

These are so beautiful! I am not usually a "tipsy" cake fan (even when they are done well, I'm kind of "meh"), but that last cake is soooo awesome!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Lovely cakes.

But it looks like there's an alien sitting on the edge of the barrel, to the right of the silver pretzel-shaped thingie, in the last one. A stick figured alien with a big head and big eyes. Casually leaning back against the apples and reading . . . a book? a Kindle? and iPad?

I can't think of what else that object could be.

What is it?

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkirsten

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