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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 Goes Shabby Chic

Hold on to your vintage tea towels, my friends, 'cuz today we're celebrating all things Shabby Chic!

(By Galia)

Vintage lace, sweet pastels, and tightly packed ruffles? YES, PLEASE.


And the perfect accent for all those creamy flounces and lace trim is, of course, chocolate.

(Spotted here at the OK Sugar Art Show, baker unknown. Help?)



Shabby chic has its glitzy side, too. Check out these gorgeous gilded edges:

(By Brenda's Dream Cakes)

WOW. Reminds me of the delicate little teacups at a garden party.


Want something more minimalist? Then how about this vintage jewelry-inspired loveliness:

(By Cake Opera Company)

Talk about a fairy tale ending! I think I'm in love.


And from silver to gold:

(By Shakespeare's Cakesphere)

That texture is fantastic: rustic, but oh-so-elegant.


Speaking of rustic, how perfect are the bleached "wood" tiers on this lilac cake?

(By With Love & Confection)

Look how the planks overlap on the bottom tier, too; such a clever design.


Here's one of my favorites books as a kid, The Secret Garden, with a shabby chic twist!

(By Cake Passion)

D'aww, look at her sweet little leggings! And the key, and the hanging wisteria, and that too-good-to-be-true lace ruffle. IT'S ALL SO PERFECT.


Speaking of lace, you're never going to believe this next one is edible. NEVER.

(By My Sweet Dream Cakes)

That is hand-piped, y'all. As in, BY HAND. Color me astounded.


And finally, since Shabby Chic is mostly known for its furniture, here's a perfectly Sweet example:

(By Ilusiana Cakes)

The picture frame! The teddy bear! And those faaabulous dresser legs!

Yep, not too shabby.

(Can you believe I waited this long to make that pun? My self-control is improving, you guys.)


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (16)

These are gorgeous! Bravo!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

On cake #4 is that a jeweled frog climbing over the top of the cake? (We're viewing it from the back left quarter.)

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterssomr75

I'm just going to sit here and stare at that lace cake all day. Hope you don't mind.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera


And I can't wait for the lace cake to turn up on Cake Wrecks as a bride's cake... Mwahahahaha!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

SSOMR75: I came here to ask the same thing! I'd have never thought I'd find a frog on a cake charming & beautiful.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

ssomr75: It sure looks like one to me! I was too busy peeking through the keyhole, and didn't even notice it!!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

HAND-PIPED????? Omigosh, that is way impressive!

Cake #4 - yes, that looks like a camouflaged frog, and it's so realistic looking that it makes me want to go stand on a chair to get away from it.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjune7

At the risk of being the object of complete ridicule for my ignorance, I had never heard of the term "shabby chic" before reading this.

But I have decided that I like it a lot, if that makes it any better :)

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

sigh. smile. dream. repeat. so lovely.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Yeah, NOT diggin the jeweled, glittery frog crawling up the jewelry box cake.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Taylor

I am totally in awe of whoever piped that lace!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Just a sigh of contentment as an afternoon is wasted dreaming.

@Becca, we all learn everything for the first time some time. Welcome to the fabulous world of shabby chic!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

It takes a lot of skill to make shabby chic. Not for the amateur!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

In the last picture, is the photo in the frame edible? I see where the frame is, but is the photo? If so, very impressive.

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterskippydevereaux

Beautiful hand piping!! What skill!!

May 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

That frog is gorgeous, but it sent me about halfway in to the uncanny valley.

June 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDBC

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