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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: At The Movies

Well, I think Jen took pity on me this week, after I admitted in my last Sunday Sweets post how terrified I was of... well, pretty much every movie ever made during my childhood. So today, we've arranged for Completely Happy Non-Scary Movie Sweets!

Now, I just have to try not to let it slip that Wall-E totally made me cry. Dang it.

Submitted by Lizzie S. and made by Charm City Cakes

This baker really captured Wall-E's sad little rusted robot eyes. And look, he's all dressed up for Eve in a bow tie! Gah! I need a tissue!


Ok, this one will cheer me UP. I literally said "WOW!" out loud, about seven times, and that was before I had even looked closer at the weather vane, and shingles, and garden hose.

Submitted by Jean C. and made by Classic Cakes and Confections

Did you see the garden hose?!

Incredible. And just who is that hanging out on the porch? A Wilderness Explorer, friend to all, be a plant or fish or tiny mole...

Submitted by Renee C. and made by Cake Central member KayB4262

Russell! I didn't know a cake could look enthusiastic! I love the errant collar poking out over his bandana, and of course, that hair. I would feel like a soulless brute slicing this cutie up to eat!


But speaking of slicing, you'd better get out your katana, because these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are ready for action.

Submitted by Jeffrey K. and made by Zhanna Zubova

I can't imagine the time it took to sculpt one of these dudes, let alone all four, plus decorate the whole exquisitely detailed cake! I bow to you, baker sensei.


And this next baker didn't bat an eye when someone requested a knife-wielding one-eyed weasel named Buck to adorn their son's birthday cake.

Submitted by Mary Beth S. and made by Sweet Talk Custom Cakes & Confections

Inspired by Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, another movie that I'm totally not going to admit made me cry. Why can't Scrat just catch that darn acorn for once, WHY?!


I have nothing but love for Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I think we can all agree, is way less creepy than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Submitted by Reagan H. and made by Sweet Designs by Larissa

I also love the subtle simplicity of this cake, about as subtle as an everlasting gobstopper perched atop a giant Wonka-hat cake on a purple pile of edible satin can be, that is. And the golden ticket! How ever did they make that?!


Luckily this next cake must not remain untouched by human hands, because it looks delicious!

By Little Cherry Cake Company

I call the piece with the chocolate waterfall! Both of them!


I love how this cake chronologically represents the scenes and characters from The Wizard of Oz: from Dorothy to Glinda, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the field of poppies and finally, the City of Oz.

Submitted by Elizabeth J. and made by Good Gracious Cakes

So much fantastical detail here. And did you spot the tiny tier representing the Wicked Witch of the East? I guess she would be at the bottom, huh?


Um, excuse me? There's some hair on my cake?

Submitted by Jasmin Y. and made by Sugar & Spice Custom Cakes

And it's FABULOUS!

Seriously, call your daughter or niece or little neighbor kid over to the computer and watch her eyes light up as she beholds these Tangled-inspired sweets. Then break out the fondant kit, because she is going to want one.

Submitted by Raine C. and made by jess9375

Heck, I want one. I want this one!

Oh my gosh, cuteness overload! My eyes can barely take it all in!


But that's nothing a Night Fury munching on some dead fish can't cure.

Submitted by Jess M. and made by Rouvelee's Creations

Nope, sorry Toothless, you're just as cute, too! And so are all the teensy flowers and foliage spilling over the sides of this cake. Even the rocks are cute!


And there are exaketededly zero ways to improooove these Alice in Wonderland sweets.

Submitted by Janie S. and made by Kelly's Cakes

Oh, that hookah-smoking Caterpillar! He's such a fungi. (Sorry, that's the only mushroom joke I know).


And finally, an appropriately topsy-turvy cake to celebrate the wacky world of Wonderland.

By Say It With Cake

I love the tiny tea set, and the daisy and daffodils (they always get overlooked!), and the curve in that Ace of Hearts. It's all in the details!

 The only things missing are the words, "Eat Me!"


Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And remember, if you have a Sweet to nominate, just send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (86)

I've gotta ask, why do such skilled people make such beautiful things that will only be completely Eaten??? Why aren't they making them in clay or Fimo or plaster? I feel sad knowing these are all destroyed by now most likely.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Mary

One word-d'awww :D

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Excellent post, Lindsey!

Beautiful cakes... how could anyone want to eat these works of art?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

You were right. My daughter was in here looking at the cakes with me. I got a lot of "Oh... that's cool!" or "I love it!" But when we got to the Tangled cakes it was.... "OH!! OH!!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!!! MOM! That's the coolest cake EVER!!" She especially loved the tower... very fun post guys! Thanks for sharing!!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

OMG, I'm in love with the Night Fury cake. I'm nearly 28 and shamelessly in love with How To Train Your Dragon. I could never cut into that. Or ANY of these for that matter!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

John, how can you possibly think that Charlie and the Chocolate factory is less creepy than the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?? HOW??? Did you see the part where he has his braces on? CREEPY. In comparison Willy Wonka is such a gentlemen. I vote original all the way.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVianca

Sunshine Mary: Why should all art be permanent? Plenty of art is ephemeral, and all the more precious for that! :)

Jenny, check out this awesome World of Warcraft Deathwing cake!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterskreidle

as always, these are AMAZING! like, out of control good and almost a shame that they would be cut into and eaten! i am especially fond of the topsy-turvy alice in wonderland cake and the multi-layered wizard of oz.

love the russell character cake and the house from up... but... well... the hose is not located in the right spot. OH, i hate to be one of those, but after you guys were "and look at the hose!", i did. and i just happened to watch this movie last night, too. the hose is located right next to the steps, not on the outer wall. that said, the detail on that cake is beyond amazing and i totally would get why the cake artist (because they are artists) would choose to put the hose there... it's just not where it goes. (am i letting all the air out of the balloons? sorry... but you know someone was going to point that out.)

thanks as always and keep them coming....

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermickep415

The entire point of amazing cakes like these is that they don't last! It's the same reason people carve amazing things into real pumpkins that will rot, or build fantastic sandcastles that will get destroyed, or make snow or ice sculptures. There's something to be said for having to enjoy something in the now because it won't be around forever. And being able to eat it - well that's a bonus!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

The How To Train Your Dragon cake made me go 'awww!' out loud! He looks so fierce and determined chowing down on that fish. The artist's got some serious sculpting chops to make that one work.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnon y. Mouse

Toothless is too cute! But Wizard of Oz...that is probably my top childhood traumatizing movie! I saw it when I was about 8, and I was TERRIFIED of the witch. :P

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelleH

Mushroom Cupcakes!!! FTW!!!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarla in CA

I'm in love with Toothless.
All of these are magnificent, and I am in awe.
I only disagree with one thing. Although I am a Tim Burton fan and Johnny Depp fan as well, I still found Depp's Wonka to have too much of a creepy "Chester the Molester" vibe for me. I'm sticking with Gene Wilder. To each their own, I guess. But that Wonka cake is stunning. Love, love, love the Gobstopper.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

SOOOO beautiful! I could never eat the "UP" cake. I just want it around to make me happy.
The sheer engineering involved in some of those is astounding

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLarriann

i assume the up cake is jelly beans for the balloons. i am amazed at the perfect randomness of them. i am curious to how they got it to stay up. i know there is a support in the "strings" but usually it will only support lightweight stuff and that many jellybeans would have to weigh a lot.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon


January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDante

Those are amaaaaaaaaazing! So adorable, and the details just take my breath away!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEve

awwww the Toothless cake is the best. One of my favorite movies ever!!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDedi

What an overload!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

All of those were incredible! The night wall-e, fury, and reppunzel cakes especially, but nothing I have seen in ages comes close to that amazing house from UP. Increible.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I'm a baker and it doesn't bother me at all that my creations will be eaten... as long as I have good photos!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

WOW WOW WOW! The UP one impressed me the most, but the Alice cakes are AMAZING! Heck, they all are of course! Too pretty to eat!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChromaCraze

My three year old keeps saying "Oh. My. Gosh!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Cupcake!!!". Her favs are Wall-E and How to Train Your Dragon.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

After Boo from Monsters, Inc., Russell is absolutely the cutest cartoon kid there is, and he makes me smile every time I see him. I want to swoop him up and hug him, even though the intrepid Wilderness Explorer that he is would likely chafe at that. Plus, there's the whole "he's a cartoon" thing that makes it a difficult prospect (but if I had a plush version, I'm sure that my family would find me squeezing the figurative stuffing out of him.)

I have to disagree with your Wonka movie ratings, Lindsey--Depp's is WAY creepier than Wilder's, not that there's anything wrong with that. I love them both on their own merits.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

Count me in with those who disagree with you on The Tim Burton remake. The original is awesome and the remake scared me. All these cakes are absolutely amazing.

[Note from Jen: I'm on the fence as to which version was creepier, but I will say I love Gene Wilder best. Lindsey's comment about Burton's version being LESS creepy really made me laugh, though!]

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

John/Jen - do either of you know how the bunch of balloons was created/supported?

[Note from Jen: I don't know for certain, but if I had to guess I'd say there's a steel rod supporting a large Styrofoam balloon shape under all the smaller balloons. Anyone else have another theory?]

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Fabulous! :)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalendula

In answer to Sunshine Mary: because people BUY these. Then they take a great picture and don't become hoarders. I love to see people enjoy eating my creations as well as marveling at the look.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBelle

The original is far less creepy in terms of Willy Wonka. My brother won't even watch the new one. He saw a couple of minutes of it and was so creeped out by Johnny Depp's Wonka that he won't watch any more. Love these cakes though, especially Russell and the caterpillar. Excellent detail.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBella

I came here to rant about how no normal human being could think the Gene Wilder version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was creepier than the Johnny Depp version, but then I saw the Toothless cake and now all my rage is totally gone ^-^ This is the first time I've ever, ever squeed out loud - and now my lifetime ambition is to make a Toothless cake that is at least half as cute as this one. Do want!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

WOW you really think that the Johnny Depp version is less creepy?!? Pretty much every Tim Burton movie is to some degree of creepy, that is still wrong that he made Willy Wonka seem eerie.

Though I do love the first cake in the post.... gotta love anything by Charm City Cakes :)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherKiwi

I like the wizard of oz one ¢:

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterniiiikiee

I love these posts - and these cakes! And I just have to say that Gail Carriager - steampunk author extraordinaire, tweeted it!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Is there supposed to be a cake photo for "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" with Scrat and an acorn?

Fab "Enchanted" cakes, btw!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjune7

@Lindsey Excuse me?? The creepy squirrels that spirit Veruca away?? Are you bleepin’ kidding me? I jumped from the couch and screeched- which woke the dog, who barked, and scared the crud out of me worse (“What! What are you barking at?” like he can answer that LOL). Sorry, the first one was just weird and not nightmare inducing. Of course, I’ll watch the new version again sometime and just get a snack (not nuts!) during that scene.

;) Off topic: these cakes are sublime. But those don’t appear to be jelly beans on the Up cake. They look almost like stamens used for gum paste flowers.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

That "Up" cake is amazing! I don't know if I could eat it. I think that's the best cake ever.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzzzzz78759

Okay, I really, really, really want to know how they made the balloons for the UP cake. It's amazing. Can you find out pleeeze?

As for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I agree, the Tim Burton version is MUCH creepier. Gene Wilder's all cute and huggable, Johnny Depp is like the eccentric neighbor that scared you when you were a kid. Which is exactly why I love the new version to pieces. Roald Dahl is a creepy writer, his movies should be creepy, too.(Plus, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Freddie Highmore and Deep Roy. How can you not love it?)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK Stoddard Hayes

@skreidle, do you see all the posts from people saying they could never cut into some of these cakes? I would feel good about being right but that means the cakes would go moldy and be wasted. I'm not sure which would be worse. Why make something to eat that you wouldn't want to eat?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Mary

Oh my gosh! I squealed and cooed and sighed so much looking at these cakes that my parents downstairs are probably thinking I'm going into conniptions or something up here. Totally adorable! I want a plushie of that Toothless, and I want the tall Tangled cake, too! And wow, just wow with that Up cake! So freakin' awesome! Great post, and fabulous cakes.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P,

I don't normally post comments - but this has got to be my favorite Sunday post yet!! I smiled ... and I mean REALLY REALLY smiled!! LOVE the choices!!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFignie

My name is Denita, I'm 38 years old, and I am completely unashamed to admit I went *SQUEE!!!* over the cake with Toothless on it! I wish there was more fun How To Train your Dragon merchandise for grown-ups. I wouldn't mind wearing a Toothless tee shirt. :-)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenita TwoDragons

I'm with Lindsey, the acid-trip boat ride in Gene Wilder's version creeped me out so much I've never seen the whole thing. Although, both movie versions are creepier than the book. :)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Oh, what a great delicious cakes! You did a great job in doing such great and delicious cakes. One of the most exciting one when I eat cake is the design where from the design itself you'll gonna love the taste. Perfect!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoinery Brisbane

I *LOVE* the WALL*E one. I could never cut in to it, it's too perfect!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzyBean

The Up house is amazing. I would love to know how they did the balloons.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzyBean

@Sunshine Mary -- There have also been several responses alluding to other ephemeral art forms (sand castles, snow/ice sculptures, pumpkins, etc.) and a response from a baker who makes such cakes so that they could be purchases, not hoarded, but eaten. :)

The commenters say that they "could never cut into" the cakes -- but a) if a great cake can be made once, a different great cake can be made after that, and b) if someone makes you a cake like that, you'll eat it. ;)

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterskreidle

I love them all! Especially the Wizard of Oz one!

Couldn't that bottom tier of it also be representing the part of the movie that's in black and white?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The whole time I was watching the new Willy Wonka I couldn't stop wondering why Johnny Depp had apparently modeled his character on late-era Michael Jackson. Or why all the Oompa Loompas were the same guy? I literally can't remember anything else about the movie except how much it creeped me out.
Um, in cake-related matters, that last cake (Alice) is amazing! Awesome movie-to-cake adaptation.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

These cakes make me smile!! Even at 28 yrs, I would be over-the-top excited to have any of these cakes for my next birthday! Thanks for sharing such sweet sweets!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCodi

I LOVED both versions of Willy Wonka. I don't think either one is creepy. But Gene Wilder edges out Johnny Depp as one of my favourite actors.

And I've never seen How To Train Your Dragon, but that adorable Toothless cake has me convinced I should. That is just too cute!

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMoe

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