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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: That Takes The Cake 2011

Ah, Austin. That sweet, funky town in the middle of a state that yearns for my death. I can actually feel its beady little state eyes glaring at me from here, waiting for me to fly over its borders so it can shoot down my plane with its state death ray. Or maybe make my spleen burst. Or - OR - maybe I'll just choke on a Texas peanut. But, I digress.

So, apparently, there's this "cake show" in Austin where bakers make cakes and show them. Which is why it's called a "cake show." And apparently, many of these cakes are freaking awesome. Let's take a look, shall we?

No, seriously. Wow.

(You may have noticed by this point that I'm not all that "good" with "words" but I am "trying.")

Hey, look!

By Carley King

Yellow is my favorite color!

Ya know, what's most impressive to me is that these bakers actually left the relative safety of their own homes and, as far as I know, Texas did not kill a single one of them. Frankly, I'm amazed.

By Chris Suson Wingler

Green is my favorite color!

Sidenote: Can anyone confirm that there were, in fact, Official Texas State zombies roaming the streets outside the show? Just curious.


By Top That! Cake Designs

I'm pretty sure those are daisies.

This next cake was part of the official Texas theme of the show:

By Ashlee Trotter

Which was death.

Wait. I'm being told that it actually wasn't death.

(Are you sure? It was in Texas, right?


Ok, apparently the theme was "Superheros."

Like this one:

By Kimberly Chapman

Great. Now I have the theme from "Batman" stuck in my head.

(I'm also not so good with "Superheros.")

He looks like he's ready to kill me. Clearly, he is from Texas.

By Cakes by Cassandra

Blue is my favorite color!

Speaking of blue, I've heard that smallpox is especially bad in Texas this time of year.

Look! Birds!

By Laura Finlay

So young. So angry. Darn that rap music.

The helmet is to prevent Texas bird flu.

And finally, the most awesome cake I've seen in quite some time:

By Susie's Victorian Cakes

Because, if you remember from up there ^, yellow is my favorite color!

Those elephants look so life-like! Like they're about to trample me.

Clearly, they come from dysfunctional families.

Or they're from Texas.

A special thanks to our Texas liaison, Kimberly Chapman. And hey, maybe next year Jen and I will be able to attend the show! (They rent out the Popemobile, right?)

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

Several of the above photographs courtesy of Lynn Moore of Flip Images.

Quick update: Thanks for the great comments today guys. For the record, Jen and I both agree that Texans are some of the kindest, most awesome people we have met. However, I've been to Alamo, Houston, Amarillo, Dallas and Austin and been sick, injured or hospitalized every time. But maybe it's just me... -j

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Reader Comments (160)

All the cakes are amazing, but the first one...there are no words to express how much I love that cake. It's drop dead gorgeous.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBadcookie

I was smile-gasping (is that a thing?) and oohing until I got to the point where it said Death was the theme. Then I literally frowned in confusion.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow. These cakes are AMAZING! :) I like the safari one at the end. The details on it as well as all the other cakes are phenomonal!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Wow, fantastic cakes! As I scrolled through the images, I held my breath, just in case I found one which was a disaster. Thankfully, they were all incredible!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimberley

Oh, then after that I started smile-gasping again.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow! Love the one with the calavera... and the one with lights in the middle... and Wolverine... Almost impressive enough to make ya wanna risk a date to the Very Hazardous State of Texas ;)

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy S.

I don't think I like the comments about Texas. Get any tourists killed in Florida lately?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArthemise

Clearly the concept of "Don't Mess with Texas" is completely lost on some. They say that's just an anti-litter campaign, but we know better.

Some of these totally fit Austin's unofficial motto of "Keep Austin Weird." I'm not saying they're not great, but some of them are kinda weird, especially the death cake and the 'shroom cake, which totally befits Austin! The angry bird and green beheaded zombie pigs cake is nice, but, huh?

The African wildlife cake is amazing!

WV: prostect
Prostect endangered species, like people who can make beautiful cakes. And people who don't have the self-preservation instinct not to dis Texas.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Such pretty cakes. I love the giraffes. Glad texas didn't kill you or anyone else

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm actually terrified of today's post. It's funny, Jen and I discussed it at length.

Me: "People from Texas are the nicest, funniest people in the whole world! They're totally gonna get it! They'll understand I'm talking about my own near-death experiences, right?"

Jen: "Most of them. Then there will be those who hate you..."

Ah well. We'll see how long it takes before the comments and emails get so bad I have to pull it.


March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

Oh, please, john (hubby of JEN), don't pull the comments. I'm planning to pop some popcorn and sit down for an hour of enjoyable reading this afternoon. Can't wait for the Texans to rise up in anger today! Do I smell EPCOT?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Wow, I would totally have that calavera cake as a wedding cake. (Or I would have if my wife would've let me) It's stunning.

If you ever go back to TX, maybe you could see about getting a human-sized hamster ball to run around in for protection. Too much?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin


Nah. I'd have to pull the whole post. We'll see...

What's the worst that could happen? I mean, Texas is a big state but we wont lose THAT many readers, right?




March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

hahaha, this is so cute!! I read this blog pretty much every day and my favorites are the Sunday Sweets.
(btw, Wolverine is Canadian, not Texan.)
And, coming from a Texan, I loved today's post ;3 quite fun ^^

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLMCheron

Wasn't it Texas that nearly killed John a while back? Or have I got the wrong state entirely.

Anyway, that Wolverine cake takes the horror out of the one from a couple of days ago. All of them are fantastic but that one....

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

I remember reading about your near-death experience during that Cake Wrecks "World" Tour! So glad you survived =).

Those Texans sure can make fabulous cakes: the first two blew me away, and I'm really diggin' that Day of the Dead cake, too. And even the ones I didn't love demonstrated an amazing amount of skill.

Wonderfully funny post, as usual--thanks for sharing the sweets and the humor!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

As a proud and native Texan, I must say I love this post. Why? I did remember the umm... incident that John and Jen happened to experience on their last excursion into my great state.

Also, the Dia de los Muertos (AKA Day of the Dead) cake was absolutely amazing. The colors are so festive!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Sounds like someone been eating some magic (cake) mushrooms....

That Japanese cake is amazing. And for the record, the appropriate word is "wow" (and I know, cause I'm a writer).

The safari cake -- with the" rel="nofollow">miniature giraffe toppers is also most impressive. (Click on the link to see real live miniature giraffes, aka petite lap giraffes.)

But my favorite may be the angry birds cake. The fondant work is fantastic.

Just one question, the cake show was in Texas, yes? So where are the cowboy hat and cowboy boot and armadillo and road kill cakes? (Okay, that's two questions.) I feel robbed.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

Great looking cakes!

Reading again about your experiences in Texas again (boy, that was scary), I'm glad that you're ok now, John.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

Having lived in Texas, I believe I'm qualified to 1)grant you permission to joke about it and 2)agree that it has the potential of killing folks. But then, I lived in Houston. I'm sure Austin is a lovely place. Love Sunday Sweets - inspirational!

@ John (hubby of JEN)- Very brave post. I think I can hear Texas loading its knives and sharpening its rifles...

@J - I know the petit lap giraffes are fake, but I ~want~ one!

As always, FABULOUS sweets!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary_B

wonderful artistry, amazing modelling and wonderful technique

(But, NO Daisies)

...and sorry but all that black on cakes isn't for me but I totally appreciate the consummate skills of the cake makers/decorators.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Angry Birds!! It makes me so happy knowing that somewhere there is even a cake for this. Bakers amaze me.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First off, those cakes are all gorgeous! I'm pretty sure there is now a bruise on the bottom of my jaw, from it hitting the floor so many times. Also, what is it with bloggers, and near death experiences here?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear John,

As a resident of Houston, I would like to reassure you that not everyone in Texas is trying to kill you. At least, not the three people who live in my house. Probably not my parents either. :) We love you here in TX!!! (Really!) Trish

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and have discovered I am incapable of surviving outside its borders. So, I think we natives develop a certain immunity to our state's potency. (And Zombies have been known to randomly wander these parts. Highway 290 was infested last Spring.) Also, the Angry Birds cake was so fun I squealed.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I LOVE the Day of the Dead themed cake! I want one for my birthday!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

I'm thinking that the white, black and yellow cake IS sporting some daisies...

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Valinda

Does anyone know what the text around the bottom of the Wolverine cake is?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Mary_B, the petite lap giraffes are fake?! Next thing you'll be telling me there's no such thing as the Easter bunny.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

What happened in Texas??
Is there a link?
Were lives lost?

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes are AMAZING! I love the first, wolverine, and angry birds, but the safari cake really takes my breath away! WOW. (It would be such a shame to lose this post to sensitive texans and comment wars--these cakes are just too good!) And well, I found the commentary amusing :)

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergailmccormick

I saw the first cake at the Oklahoma Sugar Art show in Tulsa last year. I didn't think they were allowed to re-enter cakes in different competitions. And lemme tell ya - it's even more gorgeous in person! The detail is really incredible, the pictures don't do it justice.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sitting here in *gasp* Austin Tx, I find this post funny. Its doing its best to kill me but that is only because I'm allergic to everything that grows here :P

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterB

I'm from Texas (wonderful San Antonio)and I get the jokes! Don't pull them or edit any. I especially enjoyed the Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead cake, it's so Texas and really beautiful!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can hardly wait for a Wreckerator to attempt Cassandra's "split quarters" cake.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Hey, I'm in DFW where I recall you were hospitalized. I couldn't stop laughing at this post. And, to the commenter mentioning knives, uhm, as far as my experience, we're a gun-totin' society. Knifing is for the outsiders wanting to be Texan. ;-)

Come back john (the hubby of JEN). We won't try to kill you this time, promise. *sweet, innocent grin*

WV: famsx - We here in the Republic of Texas are famsx fer our guns, uh huh.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyCatsRule

Those are amazing! Love the blue cake!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Restaurant Manager


Please come back to Texas! I'm sure the attempt on your life was a one-time-only deal!


March 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterravenkatt

Texas tried to kill my husband too. We got doused with water and then got on one of the hyper air-conditioned buses on the way to the Alamo and my husband was wracked with chills and a 24 hour death flu. Loved the Day of the Dead cake.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSelina Kyle

The first cake is actually a copy of an illustration from a children's book. I LOVED the book as a little kid--if i remember correctly, it is about a princess and some sort of magic koi. Whatever the plot, the illustrations were phenominal, so i'm sorry to say that this cake does not do it justice...

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hopefully you can come back to Texas and have a better experience. Austin is really fun, lots to do and tons of cheap, delicious restaurants. Also, congratulations on not dying!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Oh my, all the cakes are amazing! The best was saved until last, though! The African cake is just jaw-dropping gorgeous!

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

okay, look, Texas does not want to kill you! Texas LOVES you! you just have to let Austin have its way. when entering Austin I have found ( I'm from San Antonio) that you must be ONE with the city .... this involves Cajun bloody marys on 6th street, shots of really good Tequila, or just get too it and eat a raw pepper. your MoJoe will be good to go in no time. don't fear the pepper for it will protect you. if you do two out of three you will be very safe for no germs would dare enter your body.... but remember in Texas it's a fine line. if you do all three, well, then its too much, and you will end up in jail... of course that would be kinda of fun to hear about on your blog......
Pam, San Antonio is a whole different thing, Ramirez

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can someone tell me if those giraffes are pulled sugar, or what on earth they're made of? They're incredible!

(Sorry to ignore the Texas controversy, but I'm fascinated and want answers!)

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can someone tell me if those giraffes are pulled sugar, or what on earth they're made of? They're incredible!

(Sorry to ignore the Texas controversy, but I'm fascinated and want answers!)

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Those are exquisite! And that first cake - by Susie's Victory Cakes - looks like a gorgeous reproduction of one of my favorite books from when I was a kid - "The Weaving of a Dream" by Marilee Heyer.

(I want it, but I wouldn't be able to bring myself to eat it!)


March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

John, come hang out with me in Texas, and I promise you won't die. We haven't had a smallpox outbreak since, oh, last week?
And hurricane season doesn't start for a couple of months.

You only have to watch out for chupacabras, but the Botanicas here sell very good chupacabra-repelling charms.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Another DFW reader checking in!

The Day of the Dead cake is so beautiful. And the interior-lit cake is amazing!

But my favorite is the Angry Birds. Now, back to knocking marmosets off their posts (AB Rio.)

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrigette

I want to hear more about the zombies!!! LOL Anyone? Anyone?

Sorry, John-the-hubby-of-Jen, but I've gone to Houston several times from Orlando and TX never tried to kill me so I think it's just you (glad you haven't held a grudge, though). I have no trouble believing TX has a state death ray, though. It's just a big gun, after all.

I loved the black cake as it was striking but I can see why that puts some people off.

-Barbara Anne

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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