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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: Story Time With Mom

Since it's also Children's Book Week, I thought we'd celebrate Mom's Day with an ode to all the stories she read us when we were little.

Anyone else remember that delicious moment when YOU got to pick the book?

(Posted here, but the baker isn't listed. Anyone know?)


And how about the shelf packed with Little Golden Books, like The Poky Little Puppy here?

(By Corrie Cakes)


The Velveteen Rabbit. Classic.

(By Gateaux)


(Don't you just want to squeeze him?)


There's so much great art in kids' books, too, like the bright colors of The Very Hungry Caterpillar:

(By Heather's Cakes and Confections)

So fun to see the butterfly on there, too!
(Uh, spoiler alert?)


Charlotte's Web is perfect for moms who act out the characters with funny voices:

(By Brooke Butts, found here.)

And that's a really clever design on that spiderweb.


Ooooh, here's one of my personal favorites as a kid, The Secret Garden:

(By de koekenbakkers)

Completely in love with that cookie tree with the little bird perched inside. And the teensy tiny butterflies! Ah!


This Rainbow Fish cake really captures the beauty of the book:

(By Wendy's Cake Space)

Just look at those lovely watercolor scales. Mmm.


Guess how much I love this Guess How Much I Love You cake:

(By Paula Cake Couture)

WOW. Incredible combo of 2D painting with 3D sculpting/piping! So, so gorgeous.


Of course, no mention of story time with Mom is complete without the good doctor:

(By The Pastry Studio)

Seuss, that is.


Or Pat the Bunny! And The Giving Tree!

(By The Night Kitchen Bakery)

Now I'm torn between wanting to pet all my books and just wanting to eat them. :)


And finally, a classic by Roald Dahl, and the best cake depiction of his chocolate waterfall I've seen:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

(By Lovely Cakes)

Seriously, isn't that chocolate lake perfect? With the ripples? And the boat! And the tiny Wonka bars! I like how even the tiers look like they're seeping chocolate between the layers. It's genius, I say. GENIUS.

So here's to you, moms, and all the times you read "just one more" before bedtime. Thanks for teaching us to love reading, great stories, and sometimes even funny voices. :)


Happy Mother's day, everybody. Now go call your mom.


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Reader Comments (23)

Squeeee :D

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Hey Jen! You should do a post called "Parks and Wreckreation".....(like Parks and Recreation)

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Knope

So beautiful! Especially after the baby shower horrors. (still shaking from that plastic-wrapped butchered baby) So many pretty colors and sweet images! (They cut off its *hand*!) I especially like the last one because CHOCOLATE!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

So gorgeous. There is even a tiny oompah loompah (is that how you spell it?) in the boat. Too cute. Makes me want to read to my girls again, even though they are 26 & 23!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Gosh, Jen, you are as much a grammar crank as I am; however, in writing about the C&TCF shot, you used "their" in place of "they're". I do that sometimes too. Happens when the brain is working faster than the fingers. Love your site!!!

[Editor's note- Hi Stella. Thanks for the heads up. And it's true that Jen types like she's on speed and Red Bull. Tecnically, its my job two cetch mispellings. Usully, I'm prety god at it! john (teh huby of Jem)]

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Butterfly wings are UPSIDE DOWN! I know Eric Carle got it wrong, but why let such a profound anatomical error continue and be compounded into the future. ;-)

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterinsects have 6 legs

Loving the Poky Little Puppy cake and the great memories of Little Golden Books, both when I was a kid and when my son was little. I want that puppy!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

This brings back so many memories of reading to my girls. I love books and cakes that look like books.

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

I can't believe that it's been that many years since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published!! I love that book so much, and I loved the movie with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka (1971); he was the perfect person for the part!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

One of the benefits of "special" kids is that they want you to be "Mommy" much longer than most kids do. (Also a detriment some days...) That means that, despite the fact that she's 12, I STILL am asked to read a "story." But since they're older, we can read big books that go on for many nights. I have read all 7 of the Narnia series, "King Of The Wind", & one or two Magic Treehouse books. We are currently deep in the Inkheart trilogy, with plans to read the Wrinkle In Time quintet afterwards.

(& yes, I do funny voices. Although a lot of the animal characters in Narnia ended up sounding the same by the end of the series. I only have so many "Beaver", "Faun", "Wolf", "Rat" etc voices on tap. :/ )

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I really, really hope that last one is chocolate cake with chocolate Ganache inside!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLcp

Is the Velveteen Rabbit -- the actual rabbit in the box -- sugar? It looks so like real fabric, with seams and draped ears, that I can't believe that it isn't that.

The bird in the tree in the Secret Garden cake should be a robin (a small European one, of course), though it is unkind to quibble at a well executed cake. In the book it t is a robin that leads the way to the hidden garden door. Robins have a role in folklore as guides to the souls of the living and the dead.

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Thanks for another Sunday Sweets full of beautiful cakes, and happy Mother's Day, Jen! Doesn't matter that you haven't squeezed a tiny human out of your hoohah; you are a mother nonetheless.

Here on CW, you're raising tons of little geeklings on a diet of wrecked cakes topped with clever references, witty puns, brilliant hilarity, and a healthy dose of snide and sarcasm. On Epbot, you're nurturing even more geeklings by being so supportive, tolerant, encouraging, inspirational, open, honest, sympathetic, patient, giving, and kind...all the traits of a most excellent mom. You lead by example, you open eyes to the possibilities, you teach new things, you champion the underdog, you fight for what's right, and you always know exactly what to say and exactly what to leave unsaid.

You're a perfect role model, not just for kids but for everyone, and you're a much better mom than most of the mothers I know (including me). The Internet can be such a scary place filled with trolls and negativity. Thanks for being one of the few shining beacons of light and for providing a safe, fun environment for all. You're doing everything right. I'm a bit older than you, but when/if I grow up, I hope to be exactly like you!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKW

One of my favorite memories is my dad reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to me when I was little. That cake has now made it into my top ten of favorite sweets.

P.S. - I know it's Mother's Day and I mention my dad, but it was something like that, plus my mom taking me to the library A LOT that gave me my love for reading.

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

see? SEE??!!!!!! It IS possible to make an unoffensive, appetizing, visually appealing baby shower cake! See? There are no anuses. There is no vernix. No meconium. No giant baby feet drop kicking the mother from the inside. No boneless hands grasping shiny belly bumps.
Just, awwww, cute puppies with butterflies, and ohhhh, velveteen rabbits with ABC blocks. So sweet. So appropriate. So edible.
Ahhhhhhh, I love Sunday Sweets! Somehow they make everything better.

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

The Charlotte's Web baker is a genius! They even made Templeton look not disgusting. I love Templeton, especially his Paul Lynde voice in the film!

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Oh, that velveteen rabbit! It looks like you could just lift it off the cake and tuck it into two sleepy little arms....
SUCH a better post for Mother's Day than that horrorshow before!
Lovely and SundaySweeet....

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlondie's Mom

These are too sweet! Makes me miss my mom (and dad), all the stories and Little Golden Books.

I remember when I was little and we lived in the mountains, I had left my copy of Tuggy the Tugboat in a restaurant down the hill. I was pretty upset, as he and I were very close. My mom sent my dad back out in the rain to drive down the mountain and back to the restaurant. The restaurant couldn't find the book, so my mom went out early the next morning, driving down to the city to buy another copy when the bookstore opened.

Yes, I do credit my folks with my almost insatiable love of the printed word. Thanks for the reminder on this Mothers' Day (and my birthday too).

May 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

SaraCVT, have you tried the "Hank the Cowdog" books? One hilarious misadventure after another. And great for voices.

May 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

@Nobodee Home: I have not--I haven't even heard of that one! But there's lots of new kids' books coming out all the time; I will have to look that one up. Thanks for the suggestion!

May 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

That Willy Wonka cake is made all the better by the knowledge that on any other day of the week, if that cake showed up on here, the chocolate would look like something else coming out of a pipe. Good job baker!!

May 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I wish my parents would have read to me as a kid. Oh well, some parents don't care about their kids.

May 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZombiEdward

I love all the cakes you post but since this site is called 'Cake Wrecks' I can't help but think these are the 'Before' cakes in your "What I wanted...what I got" section of the site. Those cakes are too beautiful.

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason N

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