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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: Jen's Happy Cakes

I am forever hunting down the best cakes for Sunday Sweets, but a lot of my favorites just don't fit any particular theme; they just plain make me happy. So today, no theme; just Happy Jen Cakes!

(By Sweet Lake Cakes)

Love the jewelry-like border, the glitzy gold leaf, and the subtle ombré fade in the middle tier. But mostly? I love that teal.


And over on the other side of the color wheel:

(By Cake Alchemy)

Orangey goodness! I think the hexagons are tinted sugar glass, which is perfect with the clear lucite base.

Is it a coincidence that the first two cakes today happen to be my two favorite colors? NO IT IS NOT.

But I promise to branch out from more than just teal and orange. At least a little.

(By Cakelava)

This is one of those rare cakes that I could frame and stare at all day long. That shading in the stripes and flowers gives it this gorgeous sense of depth - so, so good.


This dreamy pastel number is is downright heavenly with its floating flowers:

(By Bake For Love)

And that watercolor fade? Awesome sauce.


Not sure which I like more on this one: the mosaics or that patchwork bow:

(By Yvonne van Bommel aka Tompuce)


Ah, but I'm also a sucker for drama, so...

(By Wild Orchid Baking Co.)


Love how the black makes those floral swags pop - and who doesn't love teensy polka dots?


This famous landmarks cake has a fun graphic arts feel:

(By Sugarplum Cake Shop)

Check out the little heart carved in the Eiffel Tower!


Sometimes I find little one-tier cakes especially delightful:

(By My Cupcakery)

Robin's egg blue and rich red is another of my favorite color combos - plus look at all that delicate hand-piping! Perfection!


Here's another one-tier cutie, guaranteed to make you grin:

(By Anna Savenko)

D'awww, puppy love at first sight!


And finally, let's wrap up this shiny happy cakes post with one last burst of color and a perfect yellow bow:

(By Cake Heart)


Hope today's post made your Sunday extra happy, everyone!

Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!



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Reader Comments (31)

Aww flower cakes are cheery :D

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The Mosaic cake is ade by Tom Poes taarten from Holland!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The mosaic cake with the patchwork bow is mine!!!!! very happy surprised to so my cake here, thank you!

The landmarks cake makes me think of It's a Small World at Disneyland

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Those make me happy, too. Thanks for sharing Jen.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

I want to see the other two sides of the landmarks cake! Even though they could be blank, I'm envisioning other sweet marvels, such as: the Great Peppermint Pyramids, Saint Basil's Buttercream Cathedral, and maybe the Golden Grahamcracker Gate Bridge! Scenic Yummarks! =^~.~^=

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I always look forward to Sunday Sweets - and this one is excellent! (Had a browser burp, so hope this doesn't post twice.)

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I've followed your blog for quite a while, but have never posted. I really like the random Sunday cake idea -- these cakes are all beautiful. You do a great job with your blogs, and I admire your courage to put yourself out there.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Who could eat that puppy? :)

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

The orange one from Cake Alchemy is sugar. The lady who owns it is a sugar blowing goddess.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The last cake in this series is a quilt pattern called "cathedral windows" and it is as beautiful as any quilt could hope to be. Much thanks for posting!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

The puppy cake made me laugh I got so happy. Thanks, Jen. Working on taxes today and needed some happy!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Yes, those hexagons have to be tinted sugar glass. Cake Alchemy is widely celebrated for their sugar glass work. Especially blown sugar globes! Gorgeous stuff.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterApril C

Mission accomplished. Totally grinning; thank you!

OMG, I LOVE that georgous hexagon cake. I would totally have a hard time cutting it up.(but I would cause it's cave and therefore I must eat it. NOMZ) this Sunday sweets was really cool!!!!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaximum Ride

All of them so, so beautiful! Thank you, Jen, excellent post!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Thank you! These made me happy, too!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

My favorite is the hexagon cake; although the little dog is awfully cute.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterccrow

Cue up the songs "Make Someone Happy" (Jimmy Durante version) and "Happy" by Pharrrell Williams

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469-Je sous Charlie

Black with floral swag was my favorite by far, but there was something about the simplicity of the hexagons that made me love it. Cake kaleidoscope! lol. XD

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAddy

I was in a down mood this evening as I came to see the Sunday Sweets. Happy cakes was just what I needed. When I read about the next cake guaranteed to make you grin, I thought that's a strong statement. It certainly won't make me grin. Then I scrolled down. That puppy face most certainly did make me grin and then chuckle at myself for being in such a foul mood. So thank you for what you do.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Once again, Jen, you hit it out of the park. Really, REALLY gorgeous stuff. I would be loath to even think about cutting into one of them. Actually, I don't think I would know HOW! I think I would end up setting it on a shelf and just admiring it lovingly until it finally began to change colors and grow little green fuzzies. And it would still make me happy :-D

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdo Annie

Ooo, so pretty! Definitely made me smile. =-)

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

#8: I want a cupcake cake from MyCupcakery! Now!!!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrammar Gracie

Heart in the Eiffel Tower; nicely played after recent world events...

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Lovely, but I'd like to see more fondant free cakes.

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

yesterday was my birthday, and i would have LOVED that orange hexagon cake!!

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterA Mystery

The first cake reminds me of a more elegant beachy wedding...but the second with the sugar glass hexagons blew me away! That is true art.

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

Winners all, and I echo sendingtheclowns in wishing we could see the other side of the landmarks cake.

One small quibble: that first one looks more turquoise than teal to me, but it's fine work either way.

January 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterms_xeno

I especially love how the black one looks almost like the polka dotted bit came out of the rest, like a lovely expansion of it somehow. It's really neat and now that I've seen it, I can't unsee it (which is fine by me). They're all so pretty!

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDFox

These are astounding! They also show me how rudimentary my own "art" is. I cannot even imagine attempting to replicate any of these, even after I have some year's experience.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

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