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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: Pretty as a Peacock

When I was younger, I read somewhere that having peacock feathers in the house was bad luck. Something about the "eyes" on the feathers being evil.

Now, I don't know about you, but if I could gaze into these eyes all day, I'd consider myself downright lucky.

(Baker unknown)

Especially if I had a fork.


In fact, I'd feel pretty fortunate if I had any of these cakes around.

(By Sweet On Cake, sub'd by Paul M.)

Who could dread such a perfect fall of feathers?


And this little birdie would be welcome in any season:

(By Tasha's Tasty Treats)

Especially with all that intricate Mehndi-inspired piping! Wow.


Here's another pipe(ing)-dream:

(Baker unknown)

Look closely. See the peacock?
(And wouldn't those piped feathers make a lovely tattoo?)


Check out how this next one manages to convey "peacock" without a single beak or feather:

(By Fleur De Lisa Cake)


And another modern take:

(By The Royal Bakery)

That crest on top is too perfect.


Not that I'm dissing feathers, mind you!

(By McGreevy Cakes)

I want these as earrings.


You can even have a gorgeous peacock cake without a hint of their iconic blue:

(By Sweet Little Morsels)

So soft and sweet! I like the blush of pink in the flower buds.


Or for a real statement, how about white-on-white?

(By Martha Stewart Weddings)

Fingers crossed the bird was the ring-bearer.


Think we can eat the cake out of the middle of this and turn it into a lamp?

(By Vinism Sugar Art)

Eat your heart out, Tiffany.


And finally, if you've got it, flaunt it!:

(By Cakelava)

Well, it seems we've run out of peacock Sweets.

How unlucky.


Can't get enough peacock Sweets? Then here's 11 more!  And if you're wondering which bakers in your area have been on Sunday Sweets, check out our Sunday Sweets Directory!


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Reader Comments (36)

J&J, is our clicking through your Amazon link helping? Because we want you here doing this for a long, long time.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I am in absolute awe by all of these cakes.....especially the "Tiffany"-style by Vinism Sugar Arts. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing all of these...I always get inspired by Sunday Sweets!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Gorgeous cakes. I've always admited peacocks for being clever enough to include all my favorite colors in one feather....

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

I bet the person who said peacock feathers are unlucky was just jealous.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatlian

Oh wow those are some real works of art :O

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I LOVE all of these cakes, but the Tiffany lamp one is my fave! I'll have to show these cakes to my 12 year old daughter, because she loves peacock feather designs.

I haven't done any shopping through your amazon link yet - damn taxes got in the way >:-(

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

I don't believe in "luck", good or bad-there's not a superstitious feather in my head. These lovelies really add pizzazz and panache to a gloomy, gray and galoshy day in the Northeast. Brava! =^-.-^=

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Just as I enjoy starting my week-days with the wrecks, I look forward to the superb Sunday Sweets to remind me that creative cakery does in fact exist and, and, as these cakes show, does it ever! As a former stained-glass hobbyist, I'm partial to the Tiffany, but I love 'em all. Good work, Sharyn.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I once saw an albino peacock as a child. It's delightful to be reminded of that beautiful memory by a cake.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

oh, so so so many beautiful cakes, i almost can't decide! but i am simply amazed by the black and white "lines" with the peacock on the corner in your "bonus" section. (a delightful older post, btw.) great work from all of the bakers and decorators.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

Is that first one . . . buttercream? Real buttercream?

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Islander

Despite the fact that I was once attacked by five peacocks and had to be rescued I still want these beautiful cakes!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I have such a love for albino peacocks. The colors of the normal is pretty, but there's just something absolutely gorgeous about the lack of color in albinos. (They're not true albinos, either.)

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I love the peacock theme, but I especially enjoy the Indian inspired ones.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I really liked the Tiffany and Wedgwood cakes. Beautiful.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWill

@Angela says "Because we want you here doing this for a long, long time."

Agreed: I want to see the site continue for as long as J&J are willing to do it, but what I want to know is: do we have to actually buy something to help support the site, or does CW get something every time someone clicks through the link? A lot of the time I'm just looking up info,not buying..

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

So pretty. That one cake would make cute earrings.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Ok, I have to know if the inspiration for the 4th cake down with all the blue and gold is Whistler's Peacock Room at the Smithsonian. Because that would be totally awesome. I hope we discover the unknown baker so we can ask!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The next-to-last cake (the Tiffany-esque one)~ I'd love to hollow it out, and install a soft, low-wattage bulb inside so that the whole thing would glow. Imagine it in a dark room...((swoon))!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I really like the mid-century vibe the Fleur and Royal Bakery cakes have--the Fleur one even looks like it got its inspiration from high-end 70's wallpaper design.

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Stunning collection. Cake nr 4 (blue piped) is by Conjurer's Kitchen. Thank you! Xx

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabel de Vetten

Beautiful cakes, and thank you for including our peacock cake in the post!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRick and Sasha Reichart

As a Peacock myself, I wish I could go back in time to have one of these as my wedding cake!

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Peacock

After seeing Kung Fu Panda 2 I have an easier time seeing peacocks as evil. But these cakes are too pretty to be evil.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

Personally I hate peacocks... for a reason. I was attacked by one when I was about 4. It ripped the front of my t-shirt to shreds. I do like cake #5 though.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSam

As I understand it, the bad luck idea is peacocks are so vain, they die of shame if a feather is plucked, which makes the feather cursed? Silly, but that's what I've heard! It may just be a theater susperstition, though. We have a lit of them! I do know a lot of actors who refuse to wear or have peacock feathers onstage (and fresh flowers, or the color green . . . The list goes on!)

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLily

Peacocks (and their hens!) are much smarter than people think. There are three males and two females where I work, each with a distinctive personality. And none of them are evil :)
These cakes, omg...I'm going to steal bits of them for my own cake one day.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrace_Oz

I know the ads are probably random, so maybe no-one else saw it, but there was a miracledietthing ad with a gross blob on a finger and the caption, "eat this, never diet again" ... seemed rather ironic on a site dedicated to cakes that mostly make you never want to eat again.
I grew up with peacocks, my enduring memory is of a day bushfire raged across the landscape and we had to light backburn strips around the house. the peacocks had not seen fire before and evidently had no instincts about it... they looked at it, then honked at it, then walked up to the 5-inch high line of flame and stuck their feet into it to feel what it was!!! gorgeous birds, brain the size of a pea, most of it devoted to controlling tail muscles. makes you wonder why they're not endangered! even our domestic cat could catch them. (he loved to grab their tails in moulting season)
they don't taste like chicken, though. more like turkey. ;-)

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraa

Is that a real feather? I wouldn't want to eat cake that had real feathers pushed into it, no matter how "sterile" it was supposed to be. I just can't get over the "eww, how germy" feeling I get seeing it! Beautiful, but not on my food!

Why would someone assume a person who didn't like peacocks was jealous? They gave a very good reason! If a person dislikes dogs because they were bit by one, they certainly aren't jealous of dogs! I can imagine a peacock could do a lot of damage.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Peacock is one of my favorite animals and as an artist - I am truly inspired by its beauty! Now that said...using real feathers on a my first choice. I've seen what those tail feathers are dragged over and well. you get the message! But for the edible ones....breathtaking!

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Stunning. I always love peacock cakes.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I was waiting for a Tiffany peacock, and was not disappointed. The white on white cake is my favorite, though.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermagicdomino

in my country self a name of peacock is "merak" that very good design cake for theme about peacock.

A peacock is gorgeous animal i very love him feather so beautiful.

January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPABX

I think cake 3 by Tasha's Tasty Treats is actually based on Scandinavian Christmas ornaments made with wood shavings, especially given the wintery snowflake look.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNana

Peacock feathers were considered unlucky because in ancient Greece, the peacock was the sacred bird of Hera, queen of the gods. Only her priestesses were allowed to gather the feathers to adorn her temples; anyone else was considered to be blasphemers--including the King. Hera was a great protector of Greece but an implacable foe when provoked.

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercpeter133

Belllissime stupende le torte..

June 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercialde per torte

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