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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: Painted Cakes

Don't worry, everyone; you came to the right place. You may have stopped short when you saw this cake:

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

...and wondered if you had accidentally surfed over to, but nope, this is Sunday Sweets, and that's a real, hand-painted cake!


Cake-painting is just like regular ol' painting, except the artist must work extra quickly when using food-grade paints, and must also be ok with the fact that his or her masterpiece will surely be sliced up and devoured by the end of the night.

Sumitted by Debbie C. and made by Sweet and Saucy Shop



Most painted cakes don't rely on 3D fondant sculpting, so they get their visual impact from lots of detail and bold colors:

Sub'd by Kelly C. and made by Maggie Austin Cake


But here's a double dose of awesome: both fondant figurines and some amazing cake-painting inspired by the nostalgic children's illustrations of Lucie Attwell. (yup, Googled that).

Sub'd by Natasha and made by Nevie-Pie Cakes

So sweet I'm getting cavities just looking at it!


This painted-on barnyard scene adds a solid dose of whimsy to an already whimsical cake.

By Maggie Cakes

By Maggie Cakes It's dripping in whimsy! It's whimsy overload all up in heah! (That's how the cool kids say it. I'm not cool).


I love the simplicity of this cake, the designs look like super high-class doodles!

By The Cake Company

Did I ever tell you that my nickname in college was "The Doodler?" Maybe I'm cooler than I thought...


And if you just can't get enough animal imagery on cakes, you're going to go wild for this one:

Sub'd by Amber M. and made by Rising Flours

Out of Africa and into my heart! (And belly!) It's absolutely stunning. Baby giraffes, zebra print and cake may very well be all I need to get by in life.


But what's a post about painted cakes without an actual painting on a cake?

By CakeDiva73

Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh-on-with-your-bad-self!


However, if you asked me what the most unlikely painting to be reproduced in cake form would be, due to its abstract nature, abundance of miniature shapes and swirls, and a use of colors you simply aren't going to find in the cake decorating aisle, I would confidently reply: The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt.

(Actually I would just stare at you for a long time and slowly, unblinkingly, back away.)


Sub'd by Mary K. and made by Sweet Ladies Bakery

But what do you know? Here it is. Truly a work of art!


The impressionist style is a natural fit for painting with frosting. I think Monet would approve, and probably glumly wonder why he didn't think of it first.

Sub'd Emily L. and made by Megpie

Now you can have your art and eat it too! Yum-azing.

That's all for today, have a great rest-of-your-weekend!  


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.

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Reader Comments (61)

Holy tadpoles! These are Aaamazing! I love the starry night and the Africa ones. I think my favorite is the simple black and white one with the doves and flowers. I wanna try but I don't think mine would look half that good!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

The African themed cake and the Starry Night cake are amazing as well as the other cakes based on classic works. But what we really need around here is The Scream by Edvard Munch!

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Not gonna lie, that top mom had a couch and loveseat set with fabric just like that. And are we sure that African cake is really a cake?

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrina

Hatbox cakes! Yay!

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTurkeymom

Those cakes are awesome! But, I don't think I could cut it when I know someone spent so much time creating it. lol!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy B.

My reaction to the Africa cake:


Also, with the second cake I'm kind of wondering what sort of macarons those are being served with it, to justify being such a lovely dark teal.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Uhmmm, does Attwell always have the boys grouping the girls? Not so sweet nostalgia......bTW love your work! Thanks for the laughs...

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeidre

Hopefully, the goodies on the tray below Sweet and Saucy's simply beautiful creation will spare the cake for just a few more minutes. I love Sunday sweets - even on Tuesday.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

All amazing! Thank you for sharing- I howl with laughter over the wrecks and coo over the Sunday Sweets. I am pretty sure the farm cake is modeled after Fisher-Price's "Little People" line of toys. We love them at our house... almost as much as cake!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

the fifth one (barnyard scene) is a toy set by fisher-price called little people:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45175338,d.aGc&fp=6769e5005cc46b95&biw=1760&bih=860

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZedetta

I love the black and white cake. The flowers look too much like the conidiophores of Penicillium and Aspergillus for that to be a coincidence. I wonder if the bride and/or groom are microbiologists?

November 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

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