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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: Heart Attack!

Do you Can you make that little growly noise in the back of your throat? Do you often talk like Antonio Banderas while wearing silk fencing pants? (More importantly, do they even make silk fencing pants?)

If so, then this post is for you.

But everyone else will probably like it, too.

And that's really saying something, guys.

By Little Bird Bakery

Finally, chocolate icing done right! Don't the swirls look like little bird nests?

With Valentine's Day being a more intimate holiday [rawr], we see lots of sweet mini-cakes for the occasion:

By CakeMyDay

Love the simplicity of those stripes.

By Rouvelee's Creations

This technique of overlapping the edge with a heart border is genius. GENIUS, I say.

Ack! So cute!

Here's a beautifully made version of Bakerella's box of chocolates cake:

By Ban Bakes - In Paris

And your Fondant-Free Sweet of the Week:

I'm told this is Francois the Skunk, but by any name, he's stinkin' adorable.
(See what I did there?)

Also adorable: Bubba's bubbly bumblebees:

Hey, they got it right!

The cake to mend broken hearts?

Or at least put a few stitches in them, anyway.

Every now and then I still have to explain to people that I don't hate cupcakes; I hate cupcake cakes. [ptooie!] However, this created a whole new misunderstanding when they started making those giant cupcake-shaped pans. Granted, most of the cupcake-shaped cakes I've seen are also pretty wrecky, but the form itself isn't the problem.

After all, there are still gems like this:

By gabby cupcakes

Seriously, check out the texture on the icing "icing." (Heh.) It looks like a gigantic spatula smoothed it on: just perfect!

And now some regular size cupcakes:

Also by gabby cupcakes

I'll take the owl and the center double heart, please.

Louise over at Cake Journal has long been one of my favorite bakers:

Everything she makes is sweet, simple, and absolutely flawless.
And I am so jealous.

And finally, a Sweet that reminds me of a cheery, old-fashioned carnival:

In a really good way, of course.

Now, who's ready [eyebrow waggle]...for love?

Or maybe a slice of cake?

Yep, right there with you. Pass the milk, please. ;)

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

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Reader Comments (56)

CUTE!!! Since you took my owl cupcake, I guess I'll have the cupcake on the cupcake next to it.(I hope that made sense) I also love the "Bee Mine" cake and the "cupcake cake."

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

That first one made me laugh, and I completely agree that the chocolate frosting on the second one looks great (and not at all like poo!).

The skunk (despite the coloring, I was thinking bear, since no tail was in sight, so thanks for identifying that) is adorable. And the "stitched" cake is amazing.

Thanks for sharing such delightful sweets!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, absolute incredible! You publish my cake, thank you so much :-)
I made the cake-love-cake two years ago for my hubby...

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

Love that box of chocolates cake and the fondant free cakes always get my vote.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

"I love you more than cake." But cake doesn't love me!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersam!

You guys probably know this already from when it was broadcast in the UK, but Graham Norton did a great segment with your book. He showed baby shower Wrecks to Kate Hudson - including the famous carrot jockeys!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Love these cakes! So pretty! I once made a heart cake but it was nothing near the cute of these cakes!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Wow! Every one is Fantastic! Great cakes today -- thanks very much.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Ooh, those cupcakes are so adorable. The owl is too cute!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

as always, some amazing stuff! i love the second cake -- the work on those cupcakes is spectacular. and the cupcakes near the end of the post, each with their own design, are adorable. the box of choc is great, too. (the giant cupcake cake... eh, i can live without those, tho it IS one of the better ones that i've seen.)

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

That last cake is amazing...I want to give it to everyone.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica (Hey Lola)

I think that the skunk is actually a Japanese badger called a tanuki. Super cute use of the two foil heart chocolates!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThekla Richter

The awesome heart ruffle with the bear totally looks like a Gingerbear. This was my favorite Christmas story as a kid.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael


February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Absolutely LOVE these cakes!

Sometimes Val Day can be a little tough for the unpartnered. We don't get speciial cards. ("congratulatins on Living Alone!")

So my purpose today is to urge other single peeps to buy themselves lovely cakes, beautiful cupcakes, and/or stunning lingerie ( I found this place called juliannarae....) Celebrate the sensory!! Celebrate aliveness!

And that is the end of my little talk, Pass the fudge cake, please!!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My friend Abby has an annual V-Day tradition (which she calls Hate Day) in which she makes a Hate Day cake.

I think this one is awesome and worthy of an anti-Valentine's Day post.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercitygirlcountryfood

My mom will fight you over the owl cupcake!

The artistry and imagination just amaze and inspire me. I sew and have done a couple of cakes definitely not in this class. The hat cake - wow. The bird nest cake, double wow.

Thanks so much for what you do. You make life more "sweet" and I laugh so much at the wrecks. God bless you guys!


February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow!! I am lost for words with some of these! Absolutely adorable!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCan Can Dancers

I love the stitched hearts cake and the one with the teddy bear holding the hearts. I'm a sucker for hearts and teddy bears both together. All the cakes are wonderful.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

ah! These are all sooo cute and awesome!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Wynn

No. They don't make silk fencing pants. What good would they do? We prefer Kevlar ... :)

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

These are jealous of the skill needed to create these beauties. BUT, how long before we see an horific version of the skunk at the local GroceryMart bakery?? LOL

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I <3 this whole post!!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I might love you more than cake... but not more than the ICING!!
;) Mags

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Edible ball bearings?!?!? Brilliant!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterewysiwyg


And seriously, anyone can love more than CAKE. But it takes a special someone to love more than...possums.


February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmree

"I love you more than cake."

Notice he/she didn't specify what kind of cake.

Real love would be "I love you more than reading CakeWrecks." But I'm not so sure such love exists.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

The "skunk" cake looks just a leeetle bit like Totoro to me.

They're all so lovely!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Q

I love the heart in the teddy bear's pocket!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

AAwwwwww :D

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are delightful! So pretty!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay


I'm hoping to get somewhere near this level of loveliness when I prepare hubby's Valentine's Day cake this weekend.

Thanks for the inspiration!


February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

Love the itty bitty bear with a heart in his pocket! Also the owl. Adorable!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

"Love is more than a word to me, you know? I love love, I love it! And if that's wrong, I don't want to be right!"

I love these cakes. :D They are absolutely adorable. I especially adore the 'Bee Mine?' cake. If a guy gave me that cake, the answer would totally be yes.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfirecat88

KAWAIII!! I loovve the blue one with the pink roses. omg

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLixie

Wow! These may be my favorite Sunday Sweets so far. Some of these would make great ideas for wedding cakes, too :)

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

LOVELOVELOVE the second cake with the roses!!! SO WANT for my birthday! Maybe because I love roses. And the second cake with roses; so pretty. The roses looked like porcelain.

Such sweet, pretty cakes!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all really pretty. I especially like the Box of Chocolate one! Candy and cake!

Mainly, I'm posting because of my WV: canklegr

I ate so much cake and Valentine candy that I now have canklegr (cankles, grrr!)

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I really love that second cake. That is such a wonderful use of cupcakes! It looks like a gorgeous wreath full of roses.

Also loved the stitched one. So cute and seriously amazing!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oooh that beautiful heart shaped cake with the cupcakes around it made me squeal with glee. I adore all the cakes but I adore that heart one so much. Makes me want one for tomorrow lol.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Love, love, love them! Made my Valentine's day! :D
Rita (in Australia)

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermadebymama

#2, 3, 12: The daisies on these are perfect! Seriously, those flowers could pass for real. Also on #2: so there is a shade of pink other than glow-in-the-dark, in-your-face, radioactive pink. Whoda thunkit?

#6 "Life is like a box of choc-o-lates; you never know what you're gonna get."

#10 At last -- sprinkles I can believe in!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

OMG!!! These are INCREDIBLE!!! I love the broken hearts one, its too cute!!! But I wouldn't turn any of them down!!!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimpossible

These are obviously all amazing, but I have to ask....why is it that so many representations of cupcakes (cupcake paraphenalia especially) have a cherry on top? It's not a sundae. I don't think I've ever run across a real cupcake that actually has this mysterious cherry topper. maybe I am just missing out on something that everyone else is quite familiar with?

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNich

Oh, that owl! Adorable!

wv: ovens.


February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Love then all! Lols at the pink worm "sprinkles" on the giant cupcake, cute though it may be! Happy Valentine's all!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDelanni

It ALMOST makes me want to start celebrating Valentine's Day again....but nah.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

These are too too too beautiful. I love the patchwork one.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie j.

OMGSH thankyou for posting my 'Bee Mine' cake!!
Seriously, i couldnt believe it when i saw it! That was one of my first ever cakes, and i was only 17 when i made it, so for it to be worthy of Sunday Sweets brings a little tear to my eye lol!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Some of them are lovely and some are LOVERLY!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

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