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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: A Memorial Day Salute

Our Memorial Day post from 2011 was one of John's favorites of all time, so he convinced me to use the same format this year, only with all new cakes. I hope you enjoy.


Today's Sweets are dedicated to the brave men and women who've given their all for our country. We are forever in their debt.


First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And the Army goes rolling along.

By Mike's Amazing Cakes


By Home Sweet Home Cakes

Some super heroes wear capes around their necks.
Others wear dog tags.

Submitted by Beth W. and made by Janet Brown Cakes


From North and South and East and West
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might.

By bakermama


By Unique Creations by Mel


By Bake-Me-A-Cake


Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun!

By the Disney chefs at Shades of Green


Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!

Photo via, made by the JW Marriot Pastry Chef


We live in fame or go down in flame. (Hey!)
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

By D'Pasteles


Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh!
Farewell to foreign shores,
We sail at break of day, of day.
Through our last night on shore,
Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more.
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home!

By Cake Central member MacsMom


By That's My Cake


By Eat Sleep Dream Cakes


From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

By Baked Ever After


By Alliance Bakery


By cakelava

Have a wonderful Memorial Day, everyone.


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

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Reader Comments (43)


Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Maybe it is just time for my corset, but this post made me teary. You had me at "dog tags"

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterms anthrope

Love, love, love the first marine cake. Shows what an amazing sheet cake can be.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

Love this. Thank you for sharing!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterheather

Aww how poignant :') Thanks for all who serve :)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Those were the most amazing cakes. I was blown away. This is a great way to celebrate Memorial Day.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

Thank you from me and all my absent brothers-in-arms. TM3 (sub)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercatspaw66

The third cake shown was made by my friend Janet. She still amazes me after all these years. You are truly only limited by your own imagination because she can make it all happen.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

These are wonderful cakes, and - as the wife of a retired Coast Guard officer- I appreciate that you remembered the Coast Guard in the post. Terrific job all around !

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

With thanks and appreciation for those who have served and are serving now. Because you do that, I can do this.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Thank you for posting an honorable and lovely memorial day post. Thank you to all our fallen, those who have served and are still serving.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDelight

I'm a military wife and loyal Wreckie, and my husband just left for his second deployment two weeks ago. I think this is the first time I've teared up at a Cake Wrecks blog post, and it HASN'T been tears from laughing so hard. This really brightened my morning.

Thank you.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCelidah

Wow. Beautiful cakes and a beautiful tribute.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

As the wife, daughter, and granddaughter of veterans, thank you for this wonderful post. I look forward to Sunday Sweets every week, but this one is even better than usual because it's not just pretty cakes, it's pretty cakes that mean something very important to all of us.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I SOOO wanted to stand and salute while looking at all of those cakes. My husband is a Navy man and he LOVED today's cakes!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdnamom

Beautiful cakes! However, as an Air Force veteran, I'm curious as to where you got the lyrics for the Air Force song. What you've posted is a mixture of two different verses. Not sure if you did that intentionally or not, but it threw me off a bit.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Beautiful work to honor amazing people.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Out of all the tributes this weekend, this is the only one that has made me cry. I blame the pregnancy hormones, goshdarnit.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterjoyfulT

Thanks for a great post!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

You've brought me to tears many times over, Jen, but this might be the first time you had me all choked up. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterabudoggie

A thrill in my heart & tears in my eyes. Just a lovely post today!! :)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranony mouse

Wow. Thank you, and thank you to all the bakers. (Shhh--it's JW Marriott, not Marriot--I grew up with his kids.)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

*SNIFF*! Tearing up, here...My Mom and Dad (both gone, now) met in Florida while they were both in the Navy~1941.Mom was a WAVE; Dad was a Chief Petty Officer. They married & honeymooned in Miami...had three beautiful and precious children~one of whom is ME *wink*. So many wonderful memories of love and family today. I was actually born on the "real" Memorial Day (30th), and was TOLD that when I was really young, I thought that the Memorial Day parade was for ME. (What a dork!) I KNOW that both of my folks would have been FLOORED by these absolutely GORGEOUS works of tribute. I tip my non-military (and imaginary) hat to these cake artists! You just don't see things like this every day. Stunning.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Gorgeous cakes! Wonderful tribute. A very heartfelt THANK YOU to all that have served, are currently serving, or have loved ones away from home. I am proud to be an American. Freedom is not free. <3

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDorene

Awsome...thank you

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrosie

Such beautiful cakes.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennyB

Very well done!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

In the fourth grade, our teacher had us sing all four of these songs at the beginning of every day. Mrs. Lommers, I salute you and your efforts to instill a deep respect for the armed forces into the hearts of a bunch of 10-year-olds.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChug

We're not all American, but I feel 100% less uncomfortable about this post if I just pretend they're all Captain America themed cakes...

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoz Harris

It's amazing how they can go so WRONG when you see these gorgeous cakes! Wow. Beautiful!

May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

You know [::pulls old fart pants on:;], there was a time when all kids used to learn these songs at school (at least the Navy, Air Force and Marines songs). Now I doubt anyone can sing along to any of the lyrics, unless they're in military families and have learned them. Sort of sad, really - and this is from a person who is as lefty as they come.

Proud to be the daughter of an Army veteran, though. Happy Memorial Day.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergefeylich


I hear you; I don't even know if kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school these days; it seems that I heard somewhere that they don't (?) Part of me thinks it's a moot point when really young kids are saying the words but not even "hearing" them. To me, it's either in a person's heart, or it's not.
I'm pretty "port"-sided, myself, but truly hope/strive to not let it totally trump any kind of possible open-mindedness. Nothing is true 100% of the time. (I'm 50% sure of that!)
*Sorry--this is NOT the place for this kind of serious and/or political jazz, anyhoo! Carry on, Cakeyness!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Jen, you can use this format every year. It is a beautiful way to give tribute to all the branches of service.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaynaLight

Absolutely beautiful. I got goosebumps multiple times reading through this. Thanks, Jen!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

Can anyone tell me which branch goes with which song? I'm not familiar with all these tunes.
And beautiful tribute, Jen.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

That made me tear up a little. Bless our troops, past and present.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

We just lost my Army father in law on March 24. Tomorrow we will go to the National Cemetery Sarasota (FL) to pay our respects to him and all those other brave men and women who also served. This was a beautiful tribute to all of them. I too am in tears.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

Thanks for such an awesome tribute; even sheet cakes can get love (What better way than to use a Marine's dress blues blouse!!)!

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarineWife

I got all choked up. Thank you.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Army daughter and mom here.. Beautiful cakes!

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternursey

WOW!!! Amazing!!

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShannyB

Thank you for not saying happy, so many think it is BBQ weekend.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane B

As the mother of a soldier - thank you!

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

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