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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: New Year's Delusions

As we recover from our holiday revelry and look forward to 2014, it's time for that most dreaded of traditions: making our new year's resolutions.

Of course we all know what the first one will be, so let's get that out of the way first:

(Submitted by Rachel K-L and found here.)

We will eat nothing but healthy fruits and vegetables for, like, at least a month.


But of course eating better isn't enough! We also have to run!

(By Sugar Sweet Cakes and Treats)

And apparently not just during commercial breaks. Bah.


Maybe Yoga would be easier:

(By Bratty Cakes)

This reminds me of one of my favorite cat pictures. No, no, I won't spoil it; just go see.


Oh, and this year we will get organized. We will sort and purge and scrub until our homes and garages are begging for mercy:

(By Jocelyn Burtis of Sugarbelle Cakes )


And we are going to save SO MUCH money:

(By Cakes by Sandy)


So we can finally take that trip!

(By Polkadots Cupcake Factory)


And then we're going to start that garden out back:

(By Cakewalk Catering)


And we're going to learn to knit. Or crochet.
Right after we learn the difference between knitting and crocheting.

(By The Walkden Cake Company)


And you know that button on the camera? The one on the side? Well, this year, we're going to learn what that does.

(By Studio Cake)


And we're going to read more:

(Submitted by Quay W. and made by The Cake Whisperer)

And finally finish that novel:

(By Little "Miss" OC's Kitchen)


And watch less TV!

(By Calamity Cakes)

[head tilt]

No, you're right; that's just crazy talk.

Besides, we have to save SOMETHING for next year, right?




Curious which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then check out our Sunday Sweets Directory!

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Reader Comments (35)

The garden cake made me squeee out loud :D and the yoga cupcake and piggy bank made me smile. The veggie cake is so amazing looks like salad tower :O

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

You've inspired me, Jen. Next year I'm going to eat more cake (while taking pictures of my cat doing yoga.)

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Loved the cakes! Happy New Year!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Oh those blueberries! yum. And does anyone else want that Sci-Fi Book cake turned around so they can read more titles?

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterms anthrope

My New Year's resolution is 1920 x 1080, thank you.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

If someone gave me a cake that looked like a bucket of cleaning supplies (albeit very well made) I'd throw it at them! The garden cake was darling!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

That last cake of the red TV is too cute! I want one to sit on my desk!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandy

I look forward to Sunday Sweets every week.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

Uncanny! I think I will just keep this post as my "to do" list for this next year! At least if I fail to complete my list (again) I'll have pretty cakes to look at!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMovieMom

My New Year's Resolution:

Watch yoga on TV while eating a tower of fruit shaped cakes. (Don't worry, I'll put the plate juuuust within my reach so I have to stretch to get at the cakey goodness)

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

I'm with Drockbox. Beautiful cake, but WHO in their right minds gives a woman a cake that looks like a bucket of cleaning supplies??!!! Especially for her 65th birthday!

I love having the LOTR quote on the travel cake.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee

These are all lovely, but my absolute favourite bit of the whole post is the fact that the travel cake has a quote from Tolkien on it. It's the perfect spot to put one of my favourite quotes. :)

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStriderGirl

What if Patti runs a successful cleaning company and actually, really, enjoys cleaning? My mom loves cleaning. Seriously.
I sure love the fruit and veggie cake! And lol at the cat yoga!!! Hahahaha!!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

I love the knitting cake! Must get that for my birthday.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersunfleur1

You'venever obviously bent over backwards for these :-P

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

Oh, so many of my favourite things... books and yarn and cake and gardening and, yes, well, I HAVE been cleaning nearly non-stop for two days (although today I am cleaning words, because yes, this novel WILL BE FINISHED!). Thanks for the (re)inspiration!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterL

That fruit/veggie cake is gorgeous, even if it isn't "really" a cake - it's still an awesome sugar show piece. Was curious and followed the link, per the maker's husband:

"Should probably add some background information:
- She works at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC
- Cake is currently on display at the Mint Museum
- Everything is fondant or gumpaste and colored by airbrush or hand painting
- Took roughly 50 hours to complete
- Estimated to be around 250-300 individual pieces (not counting the individual kernels of corn... then its a lot more)
- There isn't actually any cake... since it is to be displayed in the open for a few months she used Styrofoam "dummy cakes" to build off of. Could be made on a real cake easily (well, easily for her).
edit: I'm terrible at posting syntax. Also, upvote for visibility would be appreciated.
edit 2: Also, the "wood" that the cake is on is sugar as well."

My mom would probably get a kick out of the cleaning supplies cake - she's such a clean freak LOL

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCollectonian

Cleaning cake is by Jocelyn Burtis of Sugarbelle Cakes!!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharlene

The cleaning supplies cake is mine. (Sugarbelle Cakes). I believe the design request had something to do with a family inside joke! ;)


December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

I resolve to spend another year reading Cake Wrecks!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

I love the steam coming out of the Starbuck's coffee!!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimmi

I have to say, these Sunday Sweets cakes are both inspiring and scary.

Inspiring because of how WELL DONE they are, compared to the wrecks the rest of the week. There are a lot of truly gifted decorators out there.

And scary, because as a beginning decorator, I don't know if I ever will reach the sort of artistic heights depicted here every Sunday. I know I couldn't begin to match the skill in these cakes. Hell, right now, simple flood-filling of sugar cookies is a challenge for me!

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArchTeryx

I love the knitting cake.
The easiest way to recognize the difference between knitting and crocheting is - knitting is done with 2 sticks and crocheting is done with one. (ok, technically crocheting is done with a hook not a stick, but you know what I meant)

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoffeeworm

yup...I'm gonna read more and finish that please send both cakes as a reminder....thank you.....

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

I'm fulfilling Resolution #4 whether I want to or not; we're moving house on New Year's Day. I'm just stopping packing long enough to take a break and make my cyber-rounds. Luckily, it's the cutest house EVER (when I saw the kitchen alone, I had that wonderfully rare Happy Attack, totally forgot to play it cool, burst into tears and said "PLEASE, can I live here?!"), totally worth the effort, and we told our friends they could forego buying us anything for Xmas/Solstice if they could just manage to drag their hungover butts over to help us move, so we have lots of help.

Happy New Year, Jen, John, and all the Wreckfolk!

Your Pal,


December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

Love the garden cake and the book cake. They are all wonderful.

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

That fruit and veggie cake seriously should win the award for the best cake ever in the history of the world. WOW.

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

i love love love the travel, knitting, books and typewriter cakes!

oh, wait, i always love the Sunday Sweets! keep up the sweet job!

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrystan

My 5 year old daughter took one look at the fruit and veggie cake and noticed that it is created in accordance with the colors of the rainbow. ROY G. BIV. Thank you, PBS, you have made my 5 year old more observant and educated (she actually said, "Look, ROY G. BIV, it's the colors of the rainbow.") than I thought TV could.

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I had a *squee* moment when I saw that *the* David Lebovitz shared the link to this blog post on his FB page. :)

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy L

All the cakes are utterly fantastic. Supreme decorating skills. But why are they featured as "cake wrecks"?

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWallisinDC

on the typewriter cake, i'm trying to decide is the sharpie marker is a real marker. i keep going back & forth on that.

January 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Wow! X1000! Also, how did you read my MIND!??! This is my list, more or less, with a lot more prayers about not failing first semester at a new college ;D

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

This is tied with the Dia de los Muertos post for my favorite Sunday Sweets ever!

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Of course, Olivia is Australian! (the $20 notes give it away)

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterReynardo

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