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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: Happy Easter!

It's Easter! I hope that news doesn't come as a shock to you. I would hate to send you on a frenzied run to the store for the last bag of plastic eggs and cheapo jelly beans, because you know that's all that's left by now. No, I hope the only egg hunting you're doing today involves eggs like this:

By Jane Asher

Edible and full of chocolate!


And may your jelly beans be of the edible variety as well! (Pretty sure the cheapo ones aren't meant for human consumption).

By Keki-girl

I love the use of jelly beans on this cake as tiny eggs for the bunnies to find! Or maybe they're actually those little chocolate eggs - I can't tell. Either way, it's Grade A adorable. (egg joke!)


Here's a good, clean twist on the guy-popping-out-of-a-cake bit: It's the Easter Bunny!

Submitted by Brenda T. Baker unknown.

Fun and family-friendly! I can't guarantee he's not hare-less though. Ha ha, ew.


And speaking of fantasies, sometimes I dream big and imagine Easter basket filler that won't be scattered through my house 'til Christmas.

By Pink Cake Box

And I think I've found the solution. Edible grass! I love the little tufts of it here and there on this cake, and even poking out of the duck's fist!


This next cake makes me weep for my piping skills, which have never actually existed.

By Sugar Creations

I could no more free-hand the words "Happy Easter" in a fun and frilly font that perfectly matches the mood of this confection than fly to the moon.


But I COULD slather thick chocolate frosting on a cake to resemble bark, like this cake!

By Tracey Lau

Oh, wait, then I scrolled down and saw the rest. I guess I'll have to work on perfecting my fondant roses, stems, and bunny bum. Maybe next year. Or the next.


Here's another perfectly piped pretty, and how about that chocolate glaze, huh?

By The Evil Plankton

It's so smooth and shiny it's actually reacting to the camera flash!


And what's Easter without a little springtime chick to represent new life, and rebirth, and cuteness?

By Tracey Best Cakes

Side Note: spring chickens are really cute and everything, but they don't make for good pets. Especially if you're say, in college, and find yourself kinda bored one day and decide to buy a little chick (it was like $2!) and keep it in a box in your dorm room. It's a bad idea. Or so I've heard.


All of which awakens the age old question: which came first, the egg-shaped cake pan or the chicken-shaped cake pan?

By Lomfise

Or... wait a minute... are they...
My mind, it has blown.


Here's an equal opportunity cake! I always thought the Easter Bunny was a boy, but judging by her sassy orange bow and flirty eyelashes, I'm guessing this one is a girl.

By Mila Bolos

And judging by the amount of carrots here, I'm also guessing this is a carrot cake. Totally false advertising if it's not.


There's no shame in digging into this cake; looks like someone already started!

By Bubble and Sweet

Can't blame them, it looks pretty irresistible. Do you think all the layers taste differently? Lemon, lime, blueberry, um ... purpleberry(?) and strawberry?



Omlettin' you know that this last cake is eggstraordinary, and that's no yolk! I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I really tried to hold off on the egg puns as long as I could.

By SugarEd Productions

Sweet eggs in a basket!
(Is that a saying? It seems like it should be a saying.)

As if the dozen delightfully decorated eggs weren't enough, they're nestled into a huge chocolate basket of delectableness! It would be so easy to just snap off one of those handles and run. (Er, did I just say that out loud?)

And speaking of running, this candy isn't going to eat itself. Uh, I mean, I have my daily five mile run Yeah. That.


Happy Easter!

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Reader Comments (44)

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Georgeous cakes-I want one of each. Sassy orange bow!

Hope you have a nice trip home.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

After the horrible messes earlier this week, it makes this Easter post especially Sweet!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Those are some mighty fine rodents--NO! sorry, lagomorphs. I know if I had that “Happy Easter” cake, I’d have a happy Easter (and if I made that “Happy Easter” cake, I’d be dreaming.)
And Jen, I’m still finding pine needles from my Christmas tree. That must be the same as finding Easter basket filler at Christmas. I just take them as a lovely reminder of a happy time.

Happy Easter and Passover everyone!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

A Sunday Sweets for my birthday, yay! I love that rainbow layered one, I think I will try it!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiisa

OMG the bunny bum cake is so adorable :D I want them all :D

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

We had to switch from the plastic "grass" to shredded paper after the cat became a pull-toy and almost destroyed the house trying to run away from it :-)
I can't decide which I like more: the "Happy Easter" with the beautiful roses or the bunny heading into his burrow. Too cute! Happy Easter, everyone

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

I'm definitely going to start using "sweet eggs in a basket!" as a saying, as in Sweet Eggs in a Basket! Those are some gorgeous cakes! See? It totally works!

Also, since most of my homemade cakes are chocolate with thick, homemade butter-fudge frosting that end up looking like . . . well, at least the upper half of that tree stump cake, I think I'm going to just tell people that I make tree stump cakes on purpose! Yeah! And once they taste it they probably won't care anymore about the lack of cute flowers, bunny bums, teeny candy mushrooms, etc. (because yes, they DO taste very good, even if they look like bark, heh).

Thank you for taking the time to share some holiday sweets with us - Happy Easter, everyone! :)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIkwig

For the Rainbow cake I would put the flavours as Lemon, Lime, Blue Rasberry, Blueberry ('cause blueberries stain everything purple), and strawbeery (or cotton candy)!

Love, LOVED the bunny bum... too cute!

Every cake that ends up here on Sundays are all made by some talanted people...If only I could trade something I'm good at (which are not many things) for one ounce of their talaent!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

The purple layer is actually made of Snozzberries. ;-)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArchTeryx

About those egg puns: you crack me up, Jen!

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

Sweet Eggs in a Basket! and all those carrots yet not a jockey to be seen...

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMs anthrope

Such gorgeous and fun cakes! And I chuckled at "bunny bum." Re: "Side Note" -- When I was a kid my folks bought us kids three colored live chicks -- I think they were green, pink and blue -- and we thought that they would grow up to be those colors. They didn't -- they all were just chicken-white. We raised 'em 'til adulthood, and then some lucky farmer got three meals.... Stores also sold yellow stuffed (dead) chicks, too.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

I WANT that chick/egg cake, just because of the worm threading itself in and out of the earth... As soon as Passover is over (heh), I'm going to try to bake an egg-shaped cake. Jim Todd -- you have clearly been reading "CakeWrecks" for too long, as I have. It seeps into your brain, doesn't it? And I mean that in the best way ever!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSweet!Baker

Mmmmm my mom and I made an Easter lamb rum cake but the nose looks like blood! Wish I had decorating skills:(

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatie

What an eggstra special Sweets post! I especially like the rainbow layer cake. The first one and the decorated egg shape are also really nice---those pastel colors show up so well against a chocolate background! Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I love the tree bark looking frosting!!!! That is amazing!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hey, the ruffled rainbow cake looks like something I could actually make! Thanks for the inspiration!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I've made that rainbow layered cake before but the outside looked NOTHING like that!

These are GREAT! In my mind, I envision being able to do something close to some of these, but in reality....NOPE! Not even close! So I'm content knowing they taste good :) (and since my family doesn't do any decorating or 'fancy stuff', they think my cakes are the bomb!)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Many beauties, however, the giant bunny on a bench in the background kinda freaks me out. I'm not visiting that house! Also, love the Loch Ness worm on the chicken/egg cake. Who says girl bunny cake isn't wheat grass flavored? Seems to be some severe grass deco icing all around that along with those carrots, plus she doesn't look too Easter-ey, without those buck teeth, she might be seductive. Not a good combo with those carrots! Last two were the best.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Marvelous! Those are exquisite!

I did manage to get my camera and a copy of the cake i tried to describe has been acquired and set off to you! Lets just say I didn't do the thing much justice trying to describe it.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

@ Catie: Was it smoking? This is important.

And that could be a boy bunny on the Mila Bolos cake. Everybunny likes to dress up and feel pretty sometimes. It's not nearly as bizarre as rabbits laying eggs.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

ArchTeryx: Snozzberry? Who every heard of a Snozzberry? :)

Guess I'm the only one seeing the severed head of a bunny on top of a cake on #3? I hope so. . . .

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

AAAhhh!! the earthworm on the egg-shaped-chick cake! SO CUTE.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

About girl Easter Bunnies: there is a very wonderful book titled The Country Bunny, by Dubose Hughes, which answers the boy/girl white/brown Easter Bunny question quite beautifully.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay

You tried to hold off the egg puns, but you finally cracked. . .

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCakelover

Boysenberry perhaps?

And as we say in New Zealand, Happy Easter, Eggs! (if you haven't seen the movie "Boy" I highly recommend it. It has some CakeWreck-worthy insults/one-liners)

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPocoyoNZ

Sunday Sweets: restoring my faith in cake makers on a weekly basis.

Thank goodness. :)

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Gorgeous Sweets as always! But as a one time Rabbit-raiser; it always annoys me when I see bunny-feetz with PADS. Rabbits don't have pads on the bottom of their feet like cats and dogs do. Feel free to go cuddle a live bunny and check.

Unless the *Easter* bunny is some bizarre rabbit-kitty hybrid? :-P I don't think I'm going to go there.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbyrdie

You make me laugh out loud seriously!! Love the cakes, too!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

I think the purple is probably grape flavored.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Great job, Lindsey! I love your Sunday Sweets posts!

I'm totally in love with the ruffles on the rainbow cake and the egg-shaped chicken looks like an Angry Bird that was teased by the other Angry Birds and is therefore, now, a Very Forlorn Bird. Poor chickie! (He should watch "For the Birds" by Pixar and learn how to take care of those feathered fiends!)

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

OMG - bunny butt!!!!! I'm dying from the cuteness!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Viewing this post at work today, I just had to suppress a giant "AAAAWWWWW" at the sight of all this cuteness!!!! AAAAWWWWWW! (There I go again!)

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

Love them all!!

Would love to know how the baker lined up the icing ruffles on the outside of the rainbow layer cake. They are perfectly in line with the layers on the inside. One would assume these layers were covered by a layer of buttercream as the crumb layer. How did they line them up? Anyone?

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

First one by Jane Asher... squee! We need more Beatle-adjacent bakers represented on here.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

Gigi, even with the crumb coat, you can still detect layers. Baker could have made a line or mark with toothpicks.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

oh my gosh! i love them all but my favorite is the rainbow ruffles!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChef Barbie

Pleeeeez tell me you have some passover wrecks. Please?

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVinny

Yes, that should definetly be a saying.I can see it now; We all come down on Easter and I randomly yell "Sweet eggs in a basket!" ... And then everyone looks at me funny. (-.-)
Anyway, I was going to say, "PASTEL RAINBOWS!!! YAY!!!"

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatWag

The "springtime chick" has duckling feet. Not that that makes him a better dorm pet.

As for the stunning rainbow cake, a recent issue of Victoria magazine featured a very similar, but pure cream-colored, cake on its cover. I considered attempting it until I saw it required something like a dozen egg whites just for the required eight or 10- cups of icing.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Love the colored layers - the puple one would be grape - and the flavors can be made by adding Kool-Aid to white cake batter.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvalyn

Oooooooooooooohhhhh Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh Pretty! These are all great!

1) Will totally start using the "Sweet eggs in a basket!" phrase, too.

2) I don't really want to eat grape flavored cake. And I like cake, too.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorrie

I could not stop laughing at the reference to the chick in your dorm room! My boyfriend in college bought me one for Easter one year and we kept it in his dorm room lol What a nightmare it turned out to be once it stopped being cute and started being loud! I also kept a kitten I found in my dorm room for a few months. Glad to hear I'm not the only one! :)

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

my hubby and i bought that edible easter grass to use in our son's basket.. let me tell you, there's "edible" and there's "safe to ingest". the grass falls into the latter. it's apparently made out of coconut shavings collected some time in the jurassic period and buried underground like some sort of horrible kimchi. when you can't get a 7 year old to eat something "sweet" you know you've gone wrong. *shudders*

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdakota

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