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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: Threadcakes, Take Two!

Hot dog! It's time for the 2nd Round of Threadcakes! 

To recap:  Threadcakes is a contest hosted every year by and co-judged by her grand-high-cakiness herself, Jen!  Bakers make cakes inspired by Threadless shirt designs, and I use the term "inspired by" loosely, because these cakes are more like perfect replicas.  So exact, it's almost eerie.  Like this trio of owls here:


 "Owls of the Nile"

By Claire Murphy

Whoooo doesn't think this is awesome?  No one, that's who. I want to hang them on my wall!


"Arabian Crescent"

 Incredible how the baker captured this design's hand-sketched look in fondant.  I also want to hang this one on my wall!  I don't really have an Arabian-moon-colony theme happening in my home right now, but I'd be willing to consider it.




 These designs are so darn creative! I think I need a murderous-handlebar-head-shark cake, too.  Or the shirt version would be fine, if not nearly as tasty. 


"Epic Adventure Muppets DTG"


By KupKake Tree

 It's a Mount Rushmore of Muppets! I love how it plays with scale, from the big balloons above to the tiny little trees in the foreground. That, and Bunsen and Beaker on a bicycle built for two!


"Bad Bad Walker"


By Melissa Thomas

Ha!  This one really looks like a drawing come to life with all the outlined edges. It must be a baby AT-AT, because the ones in the movies are nowhere near toilet-sized.  (I actually have no idea what I'm saying and googled everything about that last sentence. Sorry. I'm just not that up-to-speed with Star Trek.)  (KIDDING!)


"Memento Mori"


By Lynn Smith

 Oooh, spooooky. And just in time for Halloween!  (If you happen to be a Halloween freak like me, and begin preparations in August.)  I'm sure your guests would devour this dust-covered delight, and if not, you could just set it out again next year.


 "NeverEnding Solo"

 Two words:



 There is no end to the awesomeness that is before you. Not to mention you can totally eat this. 

I need a moment.


"Halfling and Wizard" 

By Tiffany Cook


 Aw, Gandalf and Bilbo!  This baker totally nailed Bill Watterson's 'Calvin and Hobbes-y' style, which is how I've always secretly wished I could draw.  I'm tragically stuck in the land of stick figures and smiley faces.


 "Smiley Factory"


 Which is not such a bad thing, I guess.  Because oh my goodness, this one is drawn to perfection.  (Fondanted to perfection?)  And how funny is the plight of the smiley?  I can relate. That's basically my entire morning routine, right there.



By Elizabeth Marek of Artisan Cake Company

 Have you ever seen anything so lovely?  I would wear this and eat it and display it and cradle it in bed with me at night.  (Ok, maybe not that last one.) What insanely incredible talent.  


I almost feel bad for Jen. So many amazing Threadcakes this year, how could you possibly pick a favorite?! (If you're curious, watch the Threadcakes site this week, because I think they're announcing the winners very soon!)


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com!

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Reader Comments (29)

Jen, The AT-AT drawing looks like it was done by an artist in Jacksonville, FL named James Hance. His works can be seen on his page . His mashups of Winnie the Pooh & Star Wars are amazing. He has a kid's book titled "Wookie The Chew"..... and he also does wonderful stuff with the Muppets... check him out......... no cakes, but wonderful artwork.........

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The neverending solo is just awesome. That smile factory makes me smile :D and the arabian moon one I could easily picture as a wall sculpture :O

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Unbelievably good !!! Stupendous...its like anyone without game didnt even show up

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

WANT. OWLS. NOW!!! Either the cake or the shirt will be acceptable! Seriously, all of those cakes are incredible, as are the shirts, and make me doubt my own artistic talents. (Well, that's not that difficult for the cakes, as I'm pretty much a straight up "bake a homemade cake and slap some homemade buttercream on" kind of person - tastes fantastic, looks blah.) But I've kind of got a thing for owls. No one should ever ask me to judge anything that might involve owls or cats, because they would automatically get extra points just for being owls and/or cats, heh!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIkwig

I think the adorable walker is from Star Wars, not Star Trek. Anyway, it's awesome-cute!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou Judy

And I thought the last batch of Threadless cakes were fantastic. I don't think that I could choose the best one. What artistry!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I think the Threadcakes Sunday Sweets is my favourite of the year year - thank you for sharing, these are awesome..and I mean that in the true definition of the word!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

I love the addition of the Elvish sign on the Halfling and Wizard cake. So creative!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I'm going to go broke buying t-shirts...

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

AWESOME! I LOVE that Falcor looks even more real in the cake then it does in the shirt. Rebecca totally captured his spirit in this cake! And of course anything that Lizof Artisan Cake Co does is amazing! Great Sunday Sweets post!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBreanna

Thread cakes are some of my all time favorite posts on CW. These are no exception! They are all amazing but that last absolutely breathtaking!!!!!! I mean, WOW!!!!!!! I would hate to be the judge of this competition, that's all I'm sayin'.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Love threadcakes! Since this week you did the exact duplicates, maybe next week you can do the awesome inspired by cakes! Some of my faves in the past were ones that didn't duplicate the shirt exactly, but played with the theme in a clever way (though the duplicates are awesome and amazing too!)

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGale

He's probably playing "A New Fondant Glory".

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Ahhh Jen, once again reminding me why both Threadless and Threadcakes are so awesome.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some t-shirts to add to cart in preparation for my next payday.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRauss

Are these actually.....cake?

I mean can they actually be consumed? Were they consumed at some point?

Or are the just cardboard, wood and foam covered in icing. o_O

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT-RexlikesCandy

That "Halfling and Wizard" design is a complete and utter rip off of a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. The original is here:

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCapability Bowes

that halfling and wizard one made me squee in delight!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYuffie

As the maker of the owl cake, I can confirm that not only are they all edible (and were eaten), I may also have to seek physiotherapy after making it. My neck and wrist were intensely painful for several days afterwards.

We threadcakers suffer for our art

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire Murphy

I wouldn't want to be Jen. There are so many wonderful cakes every week! You cake folks are so darn talented! Well, except for when you use brown frosting tubes and blops...

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

MUST. HAVE. FALCOR. T-SHIRT. Out of print. My life might be over. Just requested reprint.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEli & Ember's Mom


August 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

I have the owl shirt-so excited to see it in cake form, and so beautifully done.
If anyone is looking for the shirt, it is still up n threadless, just search owls. Now that I looked, I want the backpack, too. The artist is Rachel Caldwell, I have another amazing owl print of hers, as well.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Absolutely amazing! I'm not sure I could eat any of these cakes, but I'd sure like to try!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

You're definitely not alone on the early Halloween preparation! I start in July costume shopping and when popcorn balls come out, it's ON! xD

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Mac

The Smiley factory! LOVE!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

The "Hooded" cake is so lovely that it makes me want to cry.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjanell

I think Cake Falcor looks way more like Real Falcor than T-shirt Falcor.

I love Falcor :)

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervanessalillian

Jen, a friendly correction,AT-AT's were in Star Wars NOT Star Trek!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHermionie-lover

I'm seriously having trouble distinguishing the shirt from the cake. Jen, I feel bad for you. Very bad.

February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYes

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