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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: Summer Lovin'

While it's been well over three hundred degrees in the shade here in Florida since, well, the last Ice Age, I think we've finally reached a point on the calendar where we can *all* agree it is, in fact, Summer. So...

Bring on the Summer Sweets!!

Woohoo! Beach pail cupcakes? Now THAT is what I'm talking about.
(Yes, really; they're cupcakes!)

Or how about this fun Tiki party?

Such a great grad cake.

Proper summertime attire is essential, of course:

Submitted by Beth B. and made by Art by Vanessa

Those flip-flops look pillowy soft - and delicious.

And what's summer without your favorite Hawaiian shirt?

Submitted by Maryanne S. and made by Blackmarket Bakery

Love the colors.

Of course, beachy summer cakes can be elegant, too. Just look at this gorgeous wedding cake:

By Betty's Sugar Dreams

(Even the netting is edible; it's made from flexible icing!)

Or this one:

Photo by MB3 Photography; baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?

Ack! Seahorses! I LOVE SEAHORSES. And these are gorgeous - so delicately done.

These cookies make me want to melt:

Submitted by Sarah K. and made by Nicole of Life's a Batch

And also maybe have a piña colada. On the beach. In Grand Cayman. Mmmm. Yeah.

Every single detail on this next cake is perfection:

By Sugar Siren Cakes

See the name spelled out in the open scallops? And the itty-bitty starfish? And the string of pearls? And the delicate flower petals? PERFECTION, I say.

And finally, my favorite:

The lace molding, the graduated colors, the shells and letters placed just-so on the "sandy" cake board...simply stunning. Cakes like these make me love my job. :)

Now, everyone raise your popsicles - and here's to a great summer!

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

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Reader Comments (66)

What is this summer thou speaketh of? Apparently California missed that memo. Gorgeous cakes, though!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just being contrary, I'm in the Southern Hemisphere. It's most definitely winter here. :P

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTana

I've been complaining about the hot weather. This is a better way to look at summer.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy C

Beautiful! I wish weather in Minnesota would stay consistent. One day it's 100 degrees, the next it's 50.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll enjoy the Summer when it gets here. (if it ever does, stupid British Weather!)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

The pail cupcakes-awww :D The wedding cakes are great, and I loved the cake with the name in the oysters-so sweet. Well done

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree--that last cake is stunning! Thanks for sharing the beachy, cakey goodness =).

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

@Tana same here. ;) It sucks seeing northern hemisphere people celebrating summer when Im watching the rain pour in Australia.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

that off-white/peach-y one with the real shells (and seahorses) was my fave, but then i kept scrolling. the ombre'd blue one at the end is just magnificent. what a great way to keep cool in the heat! gorg....

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

So, those of us who live west of the Rockies are experiencing temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal. Not that I'm complaining, mind, it means that I haven't had to turn on my air conditioner yet this year. It's just not summer, yet.

And those cakes are causing me beach envy. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find a kiddie pool, a hose, and a sweater.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercorianne

We haven't gotten much summer here in Alberta...and not much ocean either. Since I grew up on the coast, beaches are what I miss the most in the summer. I LOVE the beachy cakes - they make me smile. :)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Those cookies made me want to go bake!! But then I remembered that I like in AZ and it's already sweltering at 8:30am, so probably not going to happen. ;) But all of those cakes were fabulous!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPotsy

Would you mind sharing a little summer with us here in Oregon. I think we have had maybe 7 days over 70 this YEAR. People just think my toenails are painted blue. They are actually just frostbitten!! I love the cakes!! Makes me want to go to the beach. Not an Oregon one of course. I wanna go to a warm one...maybe Hawaiian!!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaya

I hate summer (I have a condition that I can't handle heat and get really sick) but if I can stay inside and look at pretty cakes like these, I'll be happy.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

ooohhhh i love the summer cakes!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterantique wedding rings

I love all these cakes! But, the blue one and the sea horse one should be in my living room so I can admire them every day. So beautiful!!!!!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Wow! Cupcakes we can all like. :D

-Barbara Anne

wv: recliker
These are so pretty I'll come back and recliker on them again sometime.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Beautiful cakes, but it kind of hurt to look at them. Why? Because here in Missoula, Montana, at the moment, it's 46 degrees. I sooo want summer!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie (Kali)

It's definitely Summer in Scotland! 2 heatwave weekends since March and roughly 6 non-continuous days of sun in 2 months!

Pink Peril

WV: sparpers. As in "Parp parp!" *vroooom* (I like Toad)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's a fabulous use of the lace mold. Wow. Usually I see those molds and I associate them with gaudy, overdone, baroque cakes with too much edible glitter. But that is a masterpiece. Bravo to the creator!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Beautiful! I have to laugh a little because I just got home from my county's Relay for Life (it's an American Cancer Society fundraiser) and our theme was under the sea! Have you come across any good cakes for events like that (9the word I'm looking for escapes me at the moment. I guess that's what happens when you stay up all night!)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

The sea horse cake is the best, I love it.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebby

I thought for sure there would be an Epcot over the fact that those are scallops, not oysters!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy

Summer? it's 11degrees C here. we've had snow in the hills. Yes this is the Northern hemisphere. You are teasing me with those gorgeous, lovely, warm weather cakes!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTarri

Love all the cakes today. Where you said the name was in oyster shells, you were wrong. Those are scallop shells. Just sayin'

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLilPeach (aka Laura)

Yaaayy! Blackmarket Bakery is super cool! My daughter failed in wedding cake ordering. I called Blackmarket and told her she wanted a topsy turvy wedding cake. In 9 days. Wedding cakes require more lead time. But before I could commence begging, they pointed out a 3 layer topsy turvy cake was just a cake, needing about 3 days lead. That plus a sheet cake that the carefree could begin cutting while everyone else was watching the bride and groom cut a slice worked fine and removed the usual delay of waiting for cake service.

Also, different yummy filling and cake for each layer. Yum!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNil Zed

Did anyone else see the last cake and immediately think of Ginevra Weasley? Because that's what I thought of.
"Ooh, pretty! Wait, Ginevra? Ginny's got a cake!"

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPotato

Call me clueless ("Hi clueless!") but what is the sand made of on all of those cakes? Light brown sugar?

wv: reanted
After the exterminator removed the insects from my neighbor's house, I went over and reanted their kitchen :)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

@LilPeach (aka Laura) or that fact that piña colada is spelled wrong.

... and you claim to be from Florida.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


So today, we misspelled "calendar," misplaced the squiggly doohickey on "piña" and we called a scallop an oyster.

Everone has a bad day onse in a wile.



Oh my goodness - some of my favorite Sunday sweets ever! Makes me think of summer even when the weather in Southern California isn't cooperating!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them all!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersalgalruns

Greetings from landlocked Ontario (Canada), where the weather is definitely early summer (ie alternating between sweltering and merely warm, as opposed to July and August which are pure sweltering), iris, peonies and roses are in full bloom, and what we call a "beach" here is truly pathetic. (I miss the Australian beaches of my childhood). Thought I'd agree that it's summer since an Epcot seems to be forming with those saying it isn't! (And Quebecers/Ontarians will definitely support Floridians, since you guys are so hospitable to our parents and grandparents during our winters).

But what we can all agree on is that those cakes are lovely. That last one in particular. And those cupcakes and iced cookies are so cute (although a ridiculous amount of work!).

PS a teensy request? can you do a sweets of graduation cakes? I'm just wrapping up another Masters degree and would love to see proof that grad cakes aren't all wrecks!

WV "pretater". There's no pretating that Sunday Sweets cakes are lovely.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Yeah, I'll agree with the other posters that not ALL of us would say that it is finally summer. We in the Seattle area are just hoping that it's finally not winter any more--although my 6-year-old twins are already complaining about being "hot" when playing, and "boiling" in the car on those rare days when the sun is out. Good grief!

Thanks for the beautiful reminders that summer does eventually come! At least some of us can dream...

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one is my favorite. All that "sand" makes me want to take off my shoes and go for a swim! Beautiful homage to summer, my favorite season!

Oh, and I've got your fruity drink for you:

@Katie: My guess is brown sugar and/or Graham cracker crumbs. My Sis-in-law did her own beach-y wedding cake and used a combo. She also added "sugar in the raw," to help it pick up light for pictures. :)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeahR

Hey Jen, et al...

Getting a security certificate warning wheb accessing CW on my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab and on my Droid Incredible. Northern Alabama.


June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Love, love, and LOVE those cakes. Makes me want to take a decorating course...almost. Think I'll just keep soaking it up through your site instead.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Wow, these are beautiful. The flip-flops are my favorite.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Girl

Those cakes are gorgeous! All of them. They're making me wish that the weather here wasn't so gloomy so I could go outside!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Potato--I did. I didn't have much of anything to comment on until I saw that and went, "Ginevra! That's Ginny's name. Is that intentional, or is there actually someone named that?"

I was hoping someone had commented on it.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha

Oh that seahorse one is sooo my favourite! Almost enough to make me wanna divorce my lovely husband and remarry him so I have a NEED for that cake. love the last one too, and the one with the frangipanis (plumeria) on top. I love Monday mornings here in Australia, solely for the reason that I get to drool over gorgeous cakes with my morning cuppa :)

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita

Oh my goodness..every one of those cakes are awesome!!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Summer has definitely hit Maryland---for the last four days we've been dealing with the heat & humidity and I spent all of Saturday recovering from having to be out in the heat Friday most of the day.

The cakes were gorgeous. My mom would love those flip-flops.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I don't usually participate in anything that might be considered nit-picking here, but I just have to say something: it's "sea stars" not "starfish." Since they aren't actually "fish" per se. Also while I'm at it, it's "sea jellies" not "jellyfish," for the same reason (though I recognize that there were no sea jellies on any of today's cakes). Sorry to be a downer, won't happen again!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheri


I don't usually laugh out loud.

I laughed out loud.


p.s. I'm rebelling against "LOL."

So it has come to this: you have to go to the Blackmarket to get something done right. At a lot of other places, the result would have been either a sheet cake or a cake wrapped in an actual shirt. The lei probably would have been two figures in a compromising position.

@Anonymous @ 9:34, you said it. I think it made it all the way to 70F today (grumble). Of course, Spring has nine days to go, according to the calendar, and the really hot weather here usually runs through October...

I was going to say something snarky about oysters vs. scallops, but the posting only mentions scallops. Darn -- guess I should have checked earlier.

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Meanwhile, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are freezing our butts off. xD

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Torrential rain here in Ireland, but sure that's summer for you!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My wedding cake will be a beach / seashell theme, I hope it looks as pretty as the ones here do!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie51212

OMG! super cute cakes indeed. i super like especially the flip flop design. .=0

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