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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: Merry Treats

It's Christmas Eve!!


So what are you doing online?

No, no, I understand; I need little breaks from all that family time, too.

I mean...[eying family]...uh, I like to check Sunday Sweets with my family, too! Yeah. Ahem.

[pointing] Look, over there! Pretty!

By Cotton & Crumbs

 I'm one of those people who goes a little nuts with my wrapping - you know, wrapping the box lids separately and getting all Martha Stewart on the sprigs and sparkly coordinated tags and whatnot - so this is right up my alley. Can you believe that bow? And the ornaments are edible, too!


This giant nutcracker looks like he should be the doorman at FAO Schwarz:

By valscustomcakes under the instruction of Mike's Amazing Cakes.

I'd never guess there was soft squishy cake under there: he looks solid enough to crack walnuts!


Of all the tree cakes I've seen, I think this one is my favorite:

By Sweet Disposition Cakes

It's so bright and cheery - like the Misfit Toys will come bouncing over any second now.


In fact...

By Cakes by Erin

Yep, there they are!


More edible ornaments - this time with an edible box!

By Sweet Designs by Larissa

Could this BE any more realistic? Seriously. At this point I think I'm going to start gnawing on random Christmas decorations around the house, just to be sure.



By Gill Smith

Thank you.

(At least, I *think* that's a figgy pudding. To be honest, I've never seen an actual figgy pudding, and have long suspected it's some kind of holiday euphemism.)


When you see so many gravity-defying and technically advanced cakes, it's easy to take things for granted. For example, how do you think they got these edible reindeer to match the exact curve of the cake?

Submitted by Janina M. and made by Sugar Sweet Cakes & Treats

I know that silicone molds were involved, but beyond that, I'm stumped. And very impressed.


Here's another brilliant technique:

Submitted by Julie K. and made by i am baker

It's like pleated ribbons of icing! Gorgeous, and fondant-free to boot.


Ah, but this one gets even better: like a beautifully wrapped package, the best surprise is inside:



Is that a blue figgy pudding I see?

By Cake Land by Nivia

More importantly: LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE POLAR BEAR. [squee!]


Everyone has a favorite Christmas show, it seems. I love all the classics, of course, but the one I make sure to watch every year is the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I know, I know: you think less of me now. I'm sorry. But I love it.

Which brings me to...

By Jacques Fine European Pastries

This was modeled after the original, too, so you purists can feel free to ooh and ahh. ;)


 And finally:

By Cakes by Samantha


Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!


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Reader Comments (15)

OMG that last cake is too cute :D

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Me? "A Charlie Brown Christmas".....((siiigh)) . I even cry! I love all of these...but the red cake with white reindeer just looks so " vintage Christmas card" that I'd like to have it made of an ornament. Smashing Sweets, Jen!!!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Me? "A Charlie Brown Christmas".....((siiigh)) . I even cry! I love all of these...but the red cake with white reindeer just looks so " vintage Christmas card" that I'd like to have it made of an ornament. Smashing Sweets, Jen!!!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Merry Christmas, Jen and John!!! I hope the year to come is filled with lots of sweet days, calmly-exciting cons, fabulous friends, and many fun memories in the making!!! <3

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Figgy pudding might be a euphemism now (not looking at the Urban Dictionary, nope), but I have made a traditional English boiled pudding with figs before for Christmas. It's like a plum pudding - heavy and rich, moist, keeps well, can be cooked while other things are cooking.

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

My guess on the curved reindeer - pop them out of the mold while they're still warm and flexible, then drape them over the cakepan to cool. Voila, same curve!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJamoche

Figgy Pudding is a real thing.
It's more like what we Americans would call a moist cake than a pudding, but it is a real thing.

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lowell

Merry Christmas and thanks for all the glorious Cake Wrecks this year! Laughter makes everything better!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDana Corby

That Food Network recipe may be delicious, but it is NOT the real thing. No traditional figgy pudding would be made in a Bundt cake tin. Try this one: It's not the same as the one I make every Christmas (mine uses all figs, no other dried fruit), but it looks OK. Note: the BBC recipe seems to make huge quantities & will need to be reduced for normal families.
I don't know why Christmas puddings are always pictured with white sauce poured over them while still whole. They are served with brandy poured over them and set alight! It's just a convention, I suppose.

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

I’ll be watching Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Holiday while you bring me some figgy pudding right here. I won’t go until I get some!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

The computations for that nutcracker cake are on the board behind him!

Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpat gann

I love the Grinch cake, but that can’t be Cindy Lou Who. Too tall.

December 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life.

December 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

These are wonderful! Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

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