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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: Holly Jolly Weddings

Are those jingle bells I hear?
Or wedding bells?

Or ... BOTH?

By Martha Stewart Weddings

Bundle up babe, because winter wedding sweets are coming your way!


There's nothing quite as magical as being married in the winter.
I wouldn't know, I got married in July, but I've seen pretty pictures!

By Susan Hodges of Trumps Catering

Here's one now. These snowflakes are so dainty, I'd like to whip out my piping bag and make some just to hang on my tree.


Oooh, here are some more.

Submitted by Allyson D. and made by her friend, Cari W.

I don't actually have a piping bag, but Pinterest tells me I can make snowflakes with glitter and a glue gun. It's basically the same thing, right?


But back to the splendor of winter:

By Cakes by Roxanne

Just imagine the snowflakes gently falling, the poinsettias fragrantly blooming ... wait, do poinsettias actually have a smell?


If not, I suggest gingerbread.

From CakeArt by Margi Chambers

Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm a married (gingerbread) man!


If you are lucky enough to have a white Christmas wedding, your color scheme can be super simple. One big burst of color set against all that white, and you're good to go.

By Helen Ward of Amelie's Kitchen

Whabam! I like how the beaded garland is just a bit skewed; it keeps the cake looking playful instead of too perfectly perfect.


But if it's perfection you're after, you can't go wrong with an elegant classic.

Submitted by Ruth R. Baker unknown.

Bonus: should you literally get cold feet, you can always switch out the cardinal and holly for a bluebird and daisies, and no one will ever know come spring!


Or hey, why not go monochromatic?

By Erica OBrien Cake Design; Photography by Ashleigh Taylor

Who needs color when you have houndstooth and pom-poms? Is it wrong to wish this cake was a sweater? A sweater that I owned?


This topper is my favorite thing in the history of history.

By Cake Voodoo

And the cross-stitched reindeer tier needs to be put into production as outerwear, like yesterday, because this is also another cake I need to wear.


But let's talk about accessories. Why not crown your wedding cake with a claddagh ring, to symbolize love and loyalty?

By Bake Me A Cake

Not exactly sure what the reindeer are representing, bridesmaids maybe? But they sure are hardcore repping cuteness. Also loving the candy striped details!


Speaking of details, do my eyes deceive me, or are these ruffles edged ever-so-slightly in gold?

Photo by Dallas Curow, cake by The Cake Whisperer

That is a whole 'nother level of wintery wonderment. Just gorgeous.


Well baby, it's cold outside, so here is one last cake for celebrating some nippy nuptials:

By Gateaux Inc.

...a sparkling stunner that could party all through a winter wedding straight into the New Year!



Have a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks(dot)com.

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Reader Comments (39)

Why do people feel the need to add flotsom (in this case a bird and some flowers) to an otherwise stunning cake? Take the flotsom off and let the cake speak for itself (which it does beautifully).

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEben

I wanted to have a December wedding, but hubby was worried about the weather - what if it snowed and no one would show up? :rolleyes These cakes remind me why I wanted a December wedding.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane1611

Ooooo! Aaaaahhnnn! Wow!

Sometimes I regret that choice of June, back in '68 (never the wedding itself, nor the groom, though)... But then I realize this sort of decorating wasn't "done" then, so I still wouldn't have had a cake like these, anyway. *sigh*

Thanks for a bit of beauty today, my friends!

D'aww the gingerbread man cake is so sweet and cute :D

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1


Have a Very Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Witch's Kitchen

We had a December wedding -- back in the day when cakes weren't this spectacular (but mine was 100% chocolate, so there!) My florist did a 12-foot Christmas tree decorated with 500 red roses, baby's breath, wide red velvet ribbons and wide lace, and hundreds of white twinkle lights. Then, after a 68 degree day, it snowed 17 inches that night (Hello, Boulder.) That's why, although every cake here is spectacular, I LOVE the white cake with the roses and evergreen -- it reminds me of my wedding tree and lots of snow.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

My sister is getting married this afternoon. I still think she's crazy for getting married two days before Christmas, but I have to admit, the decorations are stunning.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Is it just me or is the second cake from the bottom modelled after a scarlett o'hara outfit?

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

@Merry from Annie's Book Stop, Sharon aren't you due a big anniversary cake this year? so what if it's June- get what you want!! :D

@Sharyn a wedding tree? I've never heard of such a thing but I'll bet that was beautiful!

I'm hoping the pine cones on the first one are edible- I'm ABSOLUTELY certain the pine straw is chocolate covered spaghettini...(don't tell me otherwise!)

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty.

@Sharyn: That Christmas tree sounds absolutely spectacular. My August wedding self is extremely jealous

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Great Sunday Sweets! Those are just beautiful!

@Sharyn ~ That tree sounds amazing! I'm in Western WA so you get the snow, we get the rain... although we may have a white Christmas this year...

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

from the start, my mouth was agape. (then i looked and saw that first one is from none other than martha herself -- well, it SHOULD be spectactular! it's martha friggin' stewart!) many gorgeous ones here -- something about an all-white cake really gets me (in a good way). also love the little bit of fairisle and chevron in the fun tiered cake.
as always, thanks for sharing!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

That is one delicious looking Ugly Sweater Cake!

Merry Christmas to all.
Thank you Jen and John for another year of laughs.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

@SaraV -- the best part was she did it at cost (she's a friend) as our wedding present, or I could NEVER have afforded it. And, since it didn't fit in our townhome, we flagged down a passing lady with a sled and a bunch of kids and gave it to her. She and the kids were so excited, it made our Christmas.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I love that I've been reading Cakewrecks long enough that I can now distinguish the writers (usually) before reading who wrote it at the end. I love Lindsey's style!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Oh, these are stunning, and make me wish that our New Years Eve wedding was large enough to justify one of these gorgeous confections, but we only had ourselves and ten guests. Still, with everyone in red, white or black (or a combination of the three) and my SIL's gorgeous tree in the background (we got married at her place) we had the most amazing, intimate ceremony and celebration. Winter weddings rock!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela V.

Okay, houndstooth on a cake, AND pom poms!!!!!! How perfect is that?! What an ideal winter cake. Oh how I wish I could have a do over (just for the cake, of course!) Houndstooth is my new favorite cake decor and yes, Jen, it does need to be made into a sweater. Desperately.
Also, those tiny little icicles hanging off the edges of the tiers on the last cake? Too cute!

I'm dreaming of a houndstooth christmas...just like the cake that I just saw.
With it's fondant icing
too perfect for slicing
and pom poms dangling from the top.
I'm dreaming of a houndstooth christmas...with every cake wrecks post I read.
may your days be frosted and sweet
and may all your cakes be wreck free.

Merry Christmas everybody!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

What is that topper supposed to be on the knitted reindeer sweater cake? it kinda looks like a man kissing a half human/half reindeer mystical beast?

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

@Hilary: It looks to me like it's meant for a same-sex wedding. It's two men.

My second favorite (gingerbread men is the number-one favorite) is the fourth cake down. I just love the red and white color scheme! And that lazy ribbon flowing down the side!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

That is a lovely cake topper, now that I realize the part extending from the figure on the right is a scarf and not an incredibly awkward arm. But that red one is quilted and makes me shiver (delightfully)!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSammay

Beautiful cakes!!! I love Sunday sweets!
Of course I love the other days too because I just laugh out loud, but Sunday sweets are the best.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJean

But even if the topper is two men, why do they have tails? I'm confused.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I thought the sweater cake topper was a guy kissing a sheep on its hind legs. Wondered where that wedding was legal. But otherwise a very cool looking cake

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Lindsey, just gorgeous choices! The quilted one is also my favorite.

Are you sure the kissing topper for a same sex wedding? I think the taller one (without the scarf) has a hair bun. Not that guys can't have long locks - my Mr. Haiku is leonine - but now it's a puzzle I'm trying to . . . puzzle out.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

You know, I was looking at these cakes and suddenley realized OH MY GOD TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!!!!!! Dang, I'm stressed.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

The last one looks like a teetering stack of toilet paper. Granted, very pretty toilet paper. But I can't not see it.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

#1 I'm pretty sure those are chocolate-covered pine needles. Euell Gibbons was right; many parts of a pine tree are edible. Just be sure to use lots of chocolate. [Bwahahaha]

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

To me the topper looks like a male on the left and a female, leaning over, to the right- and I think they're holding snowballs behind their backs. Her scarf is hanging down and his hat is topped with a pom pom.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I'm wondering if the last one is for a second wedding, with the old looking wedding picture next to it. Which of course would just make it sweeter.

Also, the sweater cake topper 'tails' I believe are their hands clasped behind their backs.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCoffeetailor

I'm glad other people saw people with tails. I am dying to know what in the world that topper actually represents.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercakeburnette

These are some beautiful cakes! Love the Martha Stewart one, and the one below it is really pretty, too. Makes me happy I had a winter wedding with bridesmaids in velvet sheaths!

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChezJulie

I also thought "Pom-poms and houndstooth!" There are other cakes I found more to my usual taste, but I just loved those details.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Also, regarding the gay/leonine/sheep cake topper, I think they have their hands clasped behind their backs, not tails. Maybe?

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Anyone else see rolls of fancy toilet paper? No? Maybe it's just me.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Yup I see toilet paper and gold edges on them too. Now I can't unsee it.

December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

#9 I see a man and a woman -- both dressed in winter garb that trades the ability to move for comparative warmth. (At least when you are bowled over by anything from marauding kids to a light breeze, there is no chance of harm -- you just can't get up again without a team of assistants.) The woman is wearing a scarf.

*Not that I'm against cold weather or anything -- so long as I can have the thermostat set to 78 and don't have to go anywhere until there's at least an hour of daylight after lunch, I don't really care how cold it gets outside.

December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

My hubby and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on 12/23! It was a magnificent day, complete with snow...something that doesn't usually happen here in St. Louis (like this snow). Our cake was reminiscent of the cake at the end of White Christmas...complete with candles! The guests who came are the people I most wanted to share the day with anyway, so it was just perfect.

@Elizabeth, I hope your sister had a beautiful day and I wish them many years of happiness!

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Em

#5 is obviously a Banda Aceh (Boxing Day, 2004) earthquake/tsunami commemorative cake.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

OOPS, wrong column. Re-posted in "Jingle Bell Shocks" where it would make sense.

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

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