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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: Boredom Busters 

Bored? How can you possibly be bored? School's only been out three weeks!

Well, why don't you read a book?

(By Charm City Cakes)

You said you wanted to finish the Harry Potter series this summer. You can borrow my copies.

(Spoiler alert: Voldemort did it.)

(I am SO funny.)


Weren't there some songs you wanted to download? You could do that.

(By Queen City Bake Shop)

Oh, you already did?

Well, we could play Scrabble.

(Submitted by Ainsley B., and made by Cake Central user ToniRod)

No, I don't always win. Besides, everybody knows "syzygy" is a word.


Well, do you want to go on a bike ride?

(By ozcake) 

They're both flat? Uh, when were you going to tell us?

OK. Fine. Ummm, do you want to help me make cookies?

(By Creative Cakes by Julie)

No, sorry, we're out of chocolate chips.

Oh, I know, why don't you call some friends and go swimming?

(By Short and Sweets)


You could all have a picnic in the backyard afterwards,

(By My Two Sweetie Pies)

...and then we could set up a tent and you can have a sleepover.

(By Hilary Rose Cupcakes)

I'm sure you didn't actually hear wolves howling last night. It was the neighbor's dog. And the backyard is fenced.

No? Well, what about a movie? Does a movie sound good?

(By Cakes by Roselyn)

No, it has to be rated PG. We talked about this...

Look, I've given you a lot of fun options, and you've said no to all of them. I guess I can always find you some chores to do! I need help transplanting those seedlings.

(Submitted by Danette T., "sprout" toppers made by mimicafe Union)

And when's the last time you cleaned your room?

(By Mary Lazarides)

Well, at least make the bed. And see if you can find the dog's leash. And, Sweetie, Christmas was six months ago. Maybe it's time to put away the reinbear?

Sweetie? Where are y...?

Are you playing Minecraft again?

(By Sweet Disposition Cakes)

(That's 1,025 individually placed squares. WOW.)

Ok, but just thirty minutes. Then, your room!


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Reader Comments (56)

Oh my gosh. I can't believe the detail in the Harry Potter books, and I think the minecraft block has more detail than an actual minecraft block. I don't even think I could bring myself to eat these.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterheather

"Happy Clamping Girls"? 0.o

Inquiring minds want to know just how happy, and what they're clamping.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I can't believe that I just can't pick up those Harry Potter books and leaf through them. Of course then I would get cake all over my hand and then the parents will ask me to leave and the birthday girl will start sobbing, and then I'll yell that they are all a whole bunch of Dursley's and that Harry never minded that Hagrid sat on his cake and then they will never talk to me ever again.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Folly

I think it's "Glamping" (ie, fancy glam camping).

And I LOVE those seedling cupcakes! Oh my goodness!!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGen

15x15x5 should be 1125, no? Way too many little tiny squares at any rate! :) Amazingly awesome summery sweets all around. :)

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

What an absolute wreck that last one is! A *real* Minecraft block has 256 squares to a side, and 1280 on the 5 sides that this cake has!
Kidding, of course (though those are the real numbers)!

Really like the sprout cupcakes. Hope they're especially moist, though, or have a kiss in their centers.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

Re: Khereva

My inquiring mind also wanted to know - it looked like 'Glamping' to me, which I hadn't heard of. I thought it might be a British-ism, but when I looked it up, I found thay it's a combination of 'glamorous' and 'camping'. You know - camping, but with eiderdown pillows, champagne, and enjoying the next day's sunrise without a crick in your neck.

Now I want to know how the good people at Hilary Rose Cupcakes are making their flowers. I just spent 30 minutes on a cupcake slideshow with my jaw dropping every 3rd slide.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

@khereva: *Giggles*-- I saw "clamping," too; figured it might just be a "mechanics-for-girls" type of thing..(or plumbing, or any number of other enterprises).
My brother-in-law would go nuts over the Minecraft cake--he's a big fan! I'll have to hook him up with this!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Those Harry Potter books are amazing. The Chuck Taylors by the bed are so adorable. How do bakers do this? I am not a pro, but sure am a wreckorator, so am always amazed by good decorations.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I want to do all of those things! (With cake in between each activity, of course.....)
Well done, Sharyn! You are so talented!
PS -- as a kid our vacations often involved camping -- it was cheap. And it was rustic -- no glamping. ( I don't think a plastic bucket and a roll of toilet paper inside the tent for answering the call of nature in the middle of the night was anything near glamorous.)

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Between these gorgeous cakes and Sharyn's superb writing, this was one of the most fun posts on Cake Wrecks.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Wonderful, wonderful cakes - and cupcakes; while I was awed at the detail in the Harry Potter cakes (good to see a Charm City entry, too) I was utterly charmed by the seedling-cupcakes. What a brilliant idea!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoryDetails

Those little pot seedlings are adorable! I think I actually squeed a bit upon seeing them.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosakala

I daren't show the Minecraft cake to my 10-y-old--she plays it CONSTANTLY and she'd go insane, demanding it for her next birthday. And I just don't have that level of skill or enough treasure.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I think I will try the flowerpot cupcakes for my month as Refreshments Lady. Fortunately I have until September to learn how to make the sprouts.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Excellent cakes all but I did think the stump legs and arms (no feet and hands) on the kids in the pool cake were kinda creepy. Creepy but whimsical, creemsical! :)

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I am in love with the seedling cupcakes :D if I could i'd make them for my mom's garden club and the pool is so cute :D

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I wish my son's room were that "messy". . . . .

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Um, I don't think that is supposed to be the dog's leash ... or the dog's muzzle, in the messy bed cake. I think that is a little kink cake right there.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

I love the "Spelling Bee" reference. It made my musical theatre loving heart happy to see. And if it wasn't a reference to it, don't tell me!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEM

Hah! Syzygy! It's the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Great post!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFuchsia

According to the Mary Lazarides Facebook page (mary had a little cake), that leather contraption is a ropes course harness! No dogs, no kinks. :) (

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrushingtoread

Yes - glamping is a rather new term which is a combination of glamor and camping. Upscale camping if you will. Google the term - you will find some DIVINE glamping sites!! Some of them even have their own butlers, etc. Its really a neat idea for those that love the outdoors, but can't bring themselves to spend a fortune on a motor home, or don't want to rough it in a tent LOL! Happy medium I guess!!

MARVELOUS cakes!! The Harry Potter one - wow!! I mean - wow!!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

CanNOT let my son see that Minecraft video. mad skillz involved in todays post. Really. Mad. Skillz.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNewb

Ok 'fess up. How much do cakes like that cost? I wouldn't eat one, I'd preserve it with shellac!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

My poor kids. "Mom, I'm bored." immediately gets answered with "Here's the cleaner, the bathroom's a mess." Of course I don't hear them complaining about boredom too often. :)

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

@Janella....I think the kink is on you! I saw a camera on a strap and a bike helmet, not a muzzle!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

The Scrabble board is wonderful. They lose points for not having "KWYJIBO" on one of the racks, though.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Whoops....I looked it up, and according to the baker, it's a ropes-course harness and helmet on the bed cake!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

Totally had to stop looking at the pretty pretty cakes and google syzygy.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

As lovely as the splash cake is... it disturbs me that the girl's legs look like fingers.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRane

Very well done Mz. Sharyn!
That first one makes me want to get my books out and start the series again. If only I had that kind of time!

@Janelle ~ Now I can't unsee that. o.O Thanks a lot...

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Very well done Mz. Sharyn!
That first one makes me want to get my books out and start the series again. If only I had that kind of time!

@Janelle ~ Now I can't unsee that. o.O Thanks a lot...

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Counted the minecraft squares. 14 going vertically and 15 going horizontally. that makes 14x15x4 + 15x15 = 1065. We are definitely a bunch of geeks.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdt

Actually, 'syzygy' IS a word and I even know what it means (nope, not a geek, not me)--I just have no idea how to pronounce it. Give you a hint: it's up in the sky, but it DOESN'T have a cape.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Oh my! Those cupcakes are adorable!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

After looking at all those beautiful cakes the only thing I can think about is: on what planet did the kids get let out of school three weeks ago? My son's last day is tomorrow and he is in highschool--English exam. You would think I'd be thinking of the cakes, but really, I'm considering how great it would be if the kids DID get out for summer three weeks ago.

Anyway, totally gorgeous cakes. I'd like to try the wee pot 'o cupcakes. Very cute!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Three weeks?!?! Our school let out this Thursday!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

@Sandy I read your new word just like creamsicle. Hmm, creamsicle children on the pool cake. When they melt, the pool fills up?

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLDM

I like the bike, but where's the cake? Apparently, after spending $5000 on an Argon 18 bike, there's not alot left over for pastry.

@dt--I agree. Its 1065.

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

I came here to find out if someone already pointed out that the cube has 1065 pieces (assuming that the invisible two sides have the same number of squares). I'm relieved to see that I'm not the only one counting :)

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLcP

Is it bad that I only know "syzygy" is a word because there was an X-Files episode named that? Or that I can tell you what that one was about?

No? Oh good.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaney

OK, so with the "messy room" cake... if that's NOT supposed to be some kind of bondage harness on the bed, then pray tell, why is there a red ball gag on the floor? I CALL SHENANIGANS.

Your Pal,


June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

For an extra point, who knows the word 'antisyzygy'? Clue: it refers to Scottish literature and the Scottish psyche. Try it with the word Caledonian in front. Of course, in Scrabble it would be four more points.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

@ Marisa & Marie: Apparently Central Illinois is on a separate planet. My daughter's last day of school was May 24, and it was only that late because of snow and flood days. They start up again August 16. I think originally in farm country kids got out so early to help with the farming, but most years now the planting is at least nearly finished by the end of May. It's still odd for me, even though I've lived here 8 years, to hear about people planning graduation parties and doing that planning in early May. Where I come from (Southern California) I was a high school teacher and we didn't even think much about such things until much later as we didn't get out until mid-June. The other weird thing in this area is that often the seniors graduate before the other grades finish their school year. Graduations are almost always Sunday afternoons, and then the rest of the kids go back to school for another few days. To my friends here, this is normal, but every year I find it surprising all over again.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

@Marisa & @Marie:

Here in Texas, most schools let out the first & second weeks of June. But, we also start our year near the end of August. My guess is ya'll don't start until after Labor Day?

Totally cute cakes! My kids love the Minecraft cake and I thought the pool "splash" cake was adorable! Great post, Sharyn!!

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Glamping is what they do at Downton Abbey. they take Carson, Bates, Anna and Mrs. Patmore to set up the tents, serve luncheon and dress for dinner. while "roughing" it in beautiful Pavillions (no common tents for them!) :-)

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Jo

@Storm... I thought the same thing about the ball gag... Is it supposed to be a bike helmet? If that's the case, what is the harness thing on the bed?

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

@Storm and @Shannon -- according to the Facebook page of that cake artist, it is supposed to be climbing gear and a climbing helmet. I guess we just have dirty minds, as we saw a ball gag and restraints, not a climbing harness and helmet :) But come on! Totally looks like something else when out of context.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Hmm. The top is 15x15, which is 225. But the other sides are not identical to the top. Each side is only 14 cubes high, and shares the top row with the top side, so really it's only 13 cubes high, and each side shares a column with each adjacent side, so it's 14 cubes wide. So the sides are each 13 x 14 = 182. 182 x 4 = 728. Add the sides to the top, 728 + 225 = 953.

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

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