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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 Visits India

It's time to get all international up in here! Unless you're in India right now. In that case, it's time to get all national up in here, because today we're checking out Indian-inspired sweets!

 Let's start with a little trivia: 

Can you name India's national bird?  I'll give you a hint:

By Heather Barranco

 The peacock! Correct! And isn't this one beautiful? This baker really nailed the iridescent colors of the feathers.

 Next question:

What's India's national flower?

By Elizabeth's Cake Emporium (see another closeup here)

 No, it's not the peacock, although I can see why you'd be distracted by all that fabulous frothy peacock plumage cascading down this cake. The answer is "the lotus flower."

By Rosebud Cakes

 That's more like it.


Do you know the national animal of India?

Submitted by Allison S. and made by BaylaBoo Cake Boutique. Photo by Nick Caito of CTNow.

 That was a trick question; the answer is "tiger."   

 However, this cake should be the official cake of Things That Defy Physics.  I'm holding my breath just looking at it.

 Bonus question: what's America's national animal?  I didn't even know we had one, but guess what, we do! It's the buffalo.

And I'm not bluffin' about how awesome these next sweets are!

  (Worst. Segue. Ever. Allow me to apologize: I'm sari.)
(Worst. Pun. Ever. I'll stop now.) 


Submitted by Sabrina; baker unknown.

 I looove the intense colors of these henna-inspired cookies. Wowza. 


 And also loving the more traditional henna colors of this trio:

Submitted by Lucy S. and made by Aurora and Misty Rowan

I bet henna artists are great cake decorators, not only because of their mad skillz, but because they've already come to grips with the fact that their art is temporary. If there aren't already a bunch of henna-tattoo-parlour-slash-bakeries in business, there should be.


And speaking of saris, (we kinda were... a minute ago... oh, just go with it), this cake was inspired by the intricate embroidery on a sari:

By Icing Dreams

Yup, I'd wear that. That flower is rocking my socks off, too. Is it real? Is it fondant? I can't even tell anymore! (Ok, Jen tells me it's gumpaste. Now I'm extra impressed.)


I've seen so many sweets that would be impossible to ever cut or eat, but this one, if you'll excuse the cliché, really takes the cake:

By Creme Delicious

 There is no possible way I could eat a thing of such beauty. If I went to the party where this was served, I would steal it, cryogenically freeze it, consider cutting it in half and hollowing it out to use as a jewelry box, change my mind when I realize I own no jewelry that deserves such a box, and then preserve it in an oxygen-free glass chamber instead. And charge people to look at it.


 Sweet heavenly goodness, this one, too!

By CakeWorks, pic by Photobolic

 It's like a very tidy waterfall.



 I don't think Mardi Gras is a big thing in India, but don't tell that to this cake.

Submitted by Jessica A-L and made by Rosebud Cakes

 Don't you think it's Mardi Gras-y? And do you also think that that's an abstract peacock on the top, or a set of initials? We are divided at my house.


But no one can be divided on the issue of pink, orange, and electric blue looking amazing together.

By Henna Lounge

 Or if you were, (I was) you aren't now. (I'm not!)

 Oh, and remember how I said there should be Henna tattoo-parlors-slash-bakeries? Well, Henna Lounge IS one. It's like they read my mind. And have a time machine.


 And finally, what could possibly top this amazing elephant cake?  

Submitted by Jill L.and made by Heather Barranco

I mean, besides the adorable little groom perched on ridiculously fabulous luggage, authentic right down to his juttis? (I googled that).

 Nothing, that's what!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, everyone! Namaste!


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

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Reader Comments (51)

Every time I see the Sunday Sweets I'm always like, "WAAAANT".

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

I knew it was the tiger.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Wow, all of the cakes are amazing, but those elephants! Particularly the eyes on the first one (not to mention the physics of it all).
Love the blog!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaz

The one way to make the elephant cake better is to place it atop a turtle.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Cake number 10 I think has a cobra on the top.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Hate to disagree, John, but hot pink, orange and electric blue DON'T go together. Never ever.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

My husband wanted me to tell you that, while the henna cakes are utterly amazing and awe-inspiring, he's sure they must be stale because, wouldn't it take a WEEK to pipe those intricate designs?! :P Seriously, beautiful work!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarebabe

Some of the prettiest i've seen :O

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I've been reading this blog too long - my immediate answer to "What's India's national flower?" was "DAISY!"

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

When we got married, my hubby & I lived in India & got married in California. In India our friends threw us a "pre-ception" and in CA we wore our sari & kalwar samiz to our rehearsal & rehearsal dinner. I thought everything was perfect, but now I know, it would have been more perfect with one of these cakes. Simply stunning.
Indians know how to do weddings: up to a week's worth of festivities, up to 1,000 guests, and every extravagance (elephants etc.) one can afford. Now it looks like extravagantly decorated cakes are on the menu as well!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Wow those are some incredibly intricate and beautiful cakes! Although I have to say that one of my first thoughts was to wonder how much dye it takes to get those vibrant colours, and how much of a headache that would induce.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

At the risk of starting an epcot, I want to point out that the art of henna tatooing is called mehandi. Henna is just the plant used. Also, the black/white cakes aren't henna-colored. Henna will only produce a red-brown dye. "Black henna" is actually a mixture of henna and indigo. Sorry; I just seem to know a lot about henna. It's a little miracle plant, really.
As for the cakes, I want to be Indian now, so I can have one of those weddings. :D

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdoodlebug

WOW, these are some of the most beautiful cakes I've seen in a while!!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

The jewel box cake looks like it would go well with a stamp of acid.

Just sayin'.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkeptic

As I perused cake #10 I saw the lotus flowers, paisleys, swirls and whirls, and peacock feather inspired colors all over, but I didn't see a peacock. Until, that is, I scrolled back to the top and saw what I believe is an abstract peacock...and carrying the abstraction further, with a cascading tail the length of the cake. Then I read your comment. Sorry Jen, but I think your hubby is correct on this one.

All of these cakes are spectacular, and I would have a hard time cutting into most of them because it would seem a shame to destroy their beauty. However, that is where photography comes in to save the day!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatimomkat

Words fail me. Almost. WOW! Just WOW!
Those cakes aren't for eating. No way! Maybe wrecks do have a purpose, they let us eat sweet cake and yummy frosting without destroying works of art.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I have to agree with Tammy, I instantly thought it must be the DAISY!! LOL Gorgeous cakes!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

How could anyone slice and eat some of these gorgeous works of art? The bakers who made these should do a service to the world and re-create these cakes with non-perishable materials so they can be put on display in a museum. A travelling exhibit would be perfect.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Loves me some Peacock cake------Nicole Peacock ok so some are a lil on the weeeeell, ummmmm lets just say odd side!!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole PEACOCK

Wow! Simply stunning! I think the one where there's a debate about whether it's a peacock on top or initials (the next to last cake)... I don't know if anyone else above has seen it this way, but I believe that the top is the head and the rest of the cake is the body and feathers of a whole peacock in a sort of abstract treatment. Just amazing.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

These are absolutely fabulous. That last one with the elephant - WOW! I want to be shrunk (shrank?) down and sit next to that groom. And I am with you on that heart cake. I literally looked at that for about 5 minutes. Look at the pearls around the bottom - they seriously look real!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMellissa Rose

Also, I wanted to interject about the color combos (like hot pink, orange and light blue). In these sorts of color schemes, it's all about using contrasting colors to make the intricate designs pop out. it's not about using colors that match.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

I do both henna and cake on an amateur basis and would LOVE to have a henna-parlor-slash-bakery. Or work at one. Maybe I should move to San Francisco...

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlenxa

I'm suddenly inspired to redecorate my entire house in an Indian motif. These are truly the most beautiful cakes I've even seen.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Today is my birthday, so I am pretending that these cakes are all for me!! Since I will not be eating cake today (weird allergies) I will have to just feast my eyes. Thank you!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeg D

Nitpick: these beautiful designs might better be described as mehndi-inspired, as mehndi is the name of the traditional body art which uses henna paste. That said, I would now like to put on a sari, stick a bhindi on my forehead, and eat every single one of those gorgeous cookie squares.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStarlingV

Just so you know, it was Lindsey from Better After who wrote this post, not John. Beautiful cakes!

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShanna

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

Also-- having a little geek-gasm here since OMGoddess!!! Cake Wrecks used the cake I found!!! Yay!

(The groom riding the elephant)

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Video

Hi! I'm Aurora, maker of cake #6 - the link should be going to

It's marzipan with chocolate piping - and it actually didn't take much longer than an hour to do the pipework. This is the second time these cakes have been featured, but previously didn't have a watermark.

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAurora Rowan

Hi, I am from India, and I'm a regular visitor and complete fan of Cakewrecks. Thank you so much for featuring these India inspired beauties! I loved them all - especially the two elephant cakes. I was staring open mouthed at the intricate paisley design (we call it mango print in India because of the shape) on cake number 4 for a few seconds... before I scrolled down and saw the elephant.. and went WOW!
I agree with 'Katimomkat' about cake number 10 though... that definitely looks like an abstract peacock.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterL. Manghat

on the first cake, you can't even tell that the coloring isn't iridescent--it's just solid green, deep blue, and brown done so vividly and finely that you can't tell!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I hate to be the one to bring this up, but the US's national animal is the Bald Eagle. The buffalo is the state animal of Kansas. Just thought I'd mention it.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Thes are beautiful, but I'm dreading the "what they ordered, what they got" cakes that they may inspire from the wreckerators.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy in Nashville

Holy Moly!!! LOVE these cakes! I can't believe the details! Love, love, love your humor!!!!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMumzy

This is among my favorite of the Sunday Sweets posts.

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterania

Thank you for sharing these incredible, edible designs. Absolutely stunning!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Actually, the buffalo IS the national animal. The bald eagle is the national bird. I guess there is a difference?

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie O.

Don't be sari, Jen. (Snort.) This I believe is arguably the most beeeeautiful selection of Sunday Sweets evaaarrr! If it's possible to fall in love with a cake, I'm sooo in love with that Lotus cake! Want one for my next birthday, waaaah!!!

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I love all of these cakes, the colors are beautiful and skills required exceptional.....and at the end for a split second before I read further I thought wow who knows words like juttis...did they like google Indian shoes or something ;)

Those mehandi cookies are to die for!! I so want them now.

Marebabe : On the note of time taken, expert Mehendi artists can finish doing in on your hand within an hour, covering all of your arm up to elbow. All you need is practice. :)

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercherry1585

Ironic that you send these after I taught in India for five weeks this summer. They are beautiful! Although I'm guessing they aren't really "indian" because I didn't see any cake at the Indian wedding I went to (I wish I had, the sweets were.... interesting). Although maybe that was just because I was in Calcutta (Kolkata).

I have to say, it's "salwar kameez" and I had a "salwar suit (a salwar, kameez and scarf)" as well as a "sari" which are both common suits of clothing for women...

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMochie

Oooh, I love the henna inspired cookies! I'd take a crack at making them, but my decorating skills are more on par with the caffeine addict than delicate details. xD

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNetbug

I think that cake # 10 is an abstract peacock as well as initials. But no matter what it is supposed to be it is a beautiful cake!

October 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCC

Actually found it, the cookies aren't Haniela. They're by someone named SugarSugarCakes, but they're not active on Flicker anymore.

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

There are some really gorgeous cakes here. I'm really surprised though, that those artists would put so much work into creating such gorgeous works of art and then not bother to decorate the cake drum. Those shiny silver and gold foil wrapped boards make the cakes look unfinished....and I think it detracts from the beauty of the cake itself. It only takes about 10 min to cover a board and it makes the cake look so much nicer.

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHouse of the Rising Cake

@house of the Rising cake. The elephant cake on the gold board is my cake... and with just two and a half years cake experience, and that being my second competition, I had NO IDEA that I should be covering that board. I thought the paper was good enough. In fact, Norm Davis was one of the judges and he said the reason I didn't win Best in Show was because of the boards. 1) the bottom board was covered in gold instead of something edible, and 2) the top cake you can see the wilton board it was on.... but that was just really my lack of knowledge... covering the board never even occurred to me until he told me so.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Crazycakes

A house divided cannot stand!

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Pinkie Pie

How??!?!? Wow!!!!!!! I don't know what to say... :"D
It's just that unbelievably amazing.

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

There are some amazing henna tattoo style cakes out there if you do a Google Image search on "henna cake". So intricate.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

Ok, these are nothing short of Fabulous !!! : )

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJES

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