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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 to Put a Spring in Your Step

Today is the first day of Spring! Time to celebrate all the verdant vivaciousness of the season with a charming cornucopia of fabulous flowers!

Meaning lots of daisies.

Submitted by Katrina S. and made by Too Nice to Slice

Haha! Those really *are* daisies. Gotcha.

And here's a sweet spring shower of miniature daisies:

Yellow and white are so cheerful and springy together, don't you think?

For this next one you might wonder why I'm showing you a shelf full of potted flowers...

...but believe it or not, those pots are cake, and the flowers are handmade from sugarpaste.

Of course, real flowers can be equally Sweet. Here's one of my favorites:

Baker unknown - anyone recognize it?

I love the colors! And that harlequin pattern is one of the smoothest I've ever seen.

And here's one of the best support columns I've ever seen:

Submitted by Promise W.; made by Sugarland

Gorgeous! I would guess it's made from gumpaste, so you could display it as a memento afterward. I love pieces like that; as a baker, it makes you feel your work isn't completely temporary.

[Update: Eagle-eyed reader Jim A. just pointed out the column is actually this resin cake stand. Now I feel silly. It's still a gorgeous cake, though!]

This one reminds me of ivory cameos:

The soft colors are dreeeamy.

This one, too, if you have topsy-turvy dreams:

Sub'd by Vanessa M., made by Ron Ben-Israel (?)

Or, if you're feeling a little blue:

Sub'd by Lauren S., made by Continental Pastries

Imagine the time it took to make each of those little flowers! And I love the textured icing here; sometimes the smoothness of fondant is just a little too modern.

And finally, let's go out with a bang.

Meaning more daisies.


I mean, I know this was for a pair of one-year-olds, but a thirty-something can have one, too, right?


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

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Reader Comments (64)

OMG those are the cheeriest cakes i've ever seen :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the one with the support column you could keep. I made gumpaste calla lilies for a cake once and my MIL kept them. She still has them 2 years later!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Gorgeous! The flowers look so real! So happy spring is finally here!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

The calendar lies. I still have like two feet of snow in my front yard. At least these cakes cheered me up! As long as I don't go outside, it's Spring in my mind.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love Daisies!!!


The "cameo" strikes me as the prettiest -- subtle, classy, and I love lily of the valley.

And those plants in pots are phenomenally realistic.

Thanks, as ever, for sharing these with us.

wv - aught.

I aught to be cleaning the hause, but I thaught I'd rather give a thauraugh look at Cake Wrecks!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

My dad and I still have the gumpaste flower bouquets off of his wedding cake 13 years ago. Him for sentimental reasons, me for cake decorating inspiration.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Of course you can have that last cake Jen, just put a 2 in front of the 1 ;) I'm in love with the corset type tier on the white and green topsy turvy one.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervldecker

The one with the little bluish flowers that you said you liked the texture of the icing....take another look. That is piping.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That "Wedgewood" green cake with fern fronds and lilies-of-the-valley has gotta be today's Best of Show.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I want that last cake too! If you take the one off the top, no one will ever know. Hehehe

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJabby

Wow. Love them ALL.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKB

The yellow daisy cake is a picture of Martha Stewart's cake. The exact same one on her web site and book .

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermags

It's probably a good thing I'm already married, or I would be a demanding bride in the cake department. Gorgeous cakes! I can't decide which one I like best.

And loved the daisy reference!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

mags, if you look at Martha's website, it attributes the cake to Gail Watson. It is the same cake, but it's attributed correctly here.
Since I don't frequent Martha Stewart's website, I'm glad to be able to appreciate it here. :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Beautiful! Thw Wedgewood effect cake is stunning

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Today's Sweets are the perfect antidote to that (not-really-a-wreck) Gerber baby cake!!! I too SOOOO WANT those daisy cakes for my next birthday--and I'm shamelessly in my forties!--but hey, after all, my name is also Daisy! (Thanks for the pretty name, mom!)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I love how the yellow one does such a good job of reducing the number of daises as it goes down, giving it a cascade effect and really making the daises focal points instead of a dump'o'flowers. One of the rarest skills in any craft is the ability to know when to stop, and that decorator has that down. Bravo.

And yes, a 30-something can want. :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Gerbera and Margerites..not realy...proper Daisy is Bellis perrenis, the common european daisy a perenial grassland plant growing from a rhizome with a rossette of flat rounded leaves.
The Gerbera family of flowering plants(there is no such thing as a gerber)are a member of the sunflower family.
Marguerite's or ox-eye daisies are members of the chrysanthemum family.
but the cakes are lovely, (apart from the topsy turvey thing thats just grotesque..)
I sugest you go here for plant info

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

OMG those cake pots and sugarpaste flowers are incredble! Now I want to try that.... wonder if I could that with cupcakes...

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

WOW! All those cakes are amazing, but I'm especially in awe of the "flowerpots." So realistic! And the topsy-turvy cake is to die for!!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

All right! I'm a Clara, and my name never shows up on anything--but now I get a daisy cake!

WV: Mative--With spring around the corner, the rabbits are particularly mative.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClara

O M G.

That is all.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gorgeous Sunday Sweets cakes!! This is one of my favorites! The flower pots are amazing!! Great post!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatstina

our weather not as spring-y, so those cheerful cakes much appreciated! good stuff, especially fond of the the cake with all the mini daisies.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

Absolutely amazing.
Love them all!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIla Quinn

I just love that last one! I don't think I could cut in to it!

I can't get over those potted flowers. I mean, those cakes that look like potted flowers. WOW.

And you're totally right about yellow and white. I don't even like yellow that much, but it's so alive and cheery!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

WOW. So lovely. The flower pots were stunningly real, but I think my favorite is the muted green and ivory. Or the one with the little blue flowers. Seems like such a sin to eat them.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLara

The topsy turvey cake belongs to Scott Clark Woolley.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know about anyone else, but I want to see more of the blue and white cake behind the flower pots!!!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Can I just say that I look forward to the Sunday Sweets post EVERY week? These are just beautiful & make me forget the rainy craziness going on outside. Yay for spring, yay for Sunday Sweets & Cake Wrecks!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMomma Kelli

These are simply amazing!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLMHDesigns

Working in a florist for many years, I have to say I LOVE these photos! Would I refer you to a site for you spelled a flower wrong? Probably not.... if you were a famous floral designer I would understand....

Keep us the great work! Have a happy Sunday and lets hope that the Epcot level doesnt go to orange! I think we are still recovering from the King Cake episode! :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That soft green "wedgewood" cake is absolutely gorgeous, stunning, awesome, wonderful! Makes me wish I had an occasion to order such a magnificent creation...


March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

Love everyone of these.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBirdnest Creations

I would love that last one for *my* birthday - and I'm 54. :-P Just gorgeous!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

The first cake is so cute. I really like the detailing on the icing and the ladybugs...awesome!!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

These are all beautifully done, but the flowerpot cakes are AMAZING! *round of applause* :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

these are great!!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliyah

whoops! Maybe if I had read a little bit more I would have saw that . It's one of my favorites either way.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags


Just so we're all clear.

There are a thousand websites which refer to them as Gerber daisies and a thousand that call them Gerbera. From what I understand, the genus is Gerbera, the common name is Gerber and either is fine. I would like to point out two things though.

They were discovered by a guy named Gerber so calling them Gerber daisies seems to make sense.

The genus of a rose is Rosa but everybody calls it a rose.

Now, is this really important enough to get upset over? The world is full of conflict and tragedy and we're arguing over an a.

I don't know.


March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

Well said John!
They're all great, but I had to hold in a squee when I saw that last picture. Beautiful cakes!


March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Horne

Very impressive!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Courtney

The Ron Ben-Israel cake was originally made for my wedding! He liked it so much he did the same cake in a different color scheme...I think it was for a magazine...might have been Martha Stewart's.

Here are two pix of my original cake.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

The honeybees on that last one really put it over the top for me. So adorable!

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

Oh, how wonderful!! Thank you for posting my wedding cake - the white one with cascading blue flowers. That is indeed piping, not texture. :)

And, it was as delicious as it was beautiful!! Thank you, Jen & CW team. You made my day by posting my cake. :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren S.

Daisies, daisies, EVERYWHERE!

I like the second cake, with the yellow icing and the little white daisies. It makes me so HAPPY!!!


Just to let you know, this newest post put a BIG SMILE on my face :)

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the cake with the harlequin base has a floral top. I've got a florist friend who makes cakes with teensy flowers inserted in floral foam. and those flowers look like tiny green chrysanthemums.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhh such pretty daisies. Makes me wish it felt like Spring here lol. So nice.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

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