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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: No More Tiers!

This week I thought we'd look at cakes just like me: short, but sweet.


Not only are today's Sweets all a single tier tall, they're also fantastic inspiration for us mere mortals. After all, most of us will never attempt a giant showstopper cake, but we MIGHT get ambitious with a little one.

(By The Cake That Ate Paris)

Which isn't to say I have any chance of crafting something this lovely, but a girl can dream, right?
(And please tell me they used a template for those perfect polka dots. )


Look at this sweet swirly rose!

(By Sarah's Pastries & Candies, now DBA S. Levy Foods)

I like the touch of glitter on the edges.


Or instead of one BIG flower, you could try a whole bouquet:

(By Arty Tarts)


Or go for something dark and dramatic:

(By Mito Sweets)

That metallic red! Yes.


This blue damask is my favorite color combo today:

(By Layers & Crumbs)

It's just so rich, and that little pop of gold, with all those clean lines? Perfection.


But a standing ovation, please, for the bakery making beauties like this using only buttercream:

(By White Flower Cake Shoppe)

That's right, no fondant! It IS possible!


Not that I'm slamming fondant, of course. Fondant gives us perfect pastel ruffles:

(By Wooden Heart Cakes)


And sugarpaste gives us gorgeous, porcelain-like flowers:

(By Truffle Cake & Pastry, featured here)

In fact, I've always liked that you can keep your gumpaste flowers as a souvenir, long after the cake itself is gone.


Here's one of my favorite designs for ages:

(By Zoe Clark Cakes)

I've always wanted to try this someday. I love how the roses seem to float right on the top edge.


And finally, let's talk about this clever use of the cake board:

(By Marina Danovska)

Lace overload! Look at all that glorious texture! And you guys, did you see? It has a tiny ladybug on top. AAA! Love.


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (15)

These might as well be 18 tiers tall. I could never...
But maybe I could afford one? Maybe??

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Omg perfection :D the tulips

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

Oh, would I LOVE to hear that SOPHIE has a party dress EXACTLY like that rosie-ruffly pastel perfection confection!! It looks like one!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I can imagine cakes 5 and 6 - the blue one and the pink flowers as hats at Royal Ascot and the Kentucky Derby.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjane lewis

Great theme today! Those cakes were gorgeous! I'm inspired.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen P

I so want the swirly rose for my birthday!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMe

These are simply deligtful! *Dreamy sigh*

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

All of these are lovely, of course, but I really like the idea of the third one! And there's a fondant-free, yay!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Absolutely beautiful!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJET

(longtimereaderfirsttimecommenter) Wow--beautiful! Thank you for those :)

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

The blue and white should be a decoration in my kitchen! Or the design should be on tile in my kitchen!
And all of them are amazing in their own way. Wish I may, wish I might, make the cake I see tonight.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

The tulips out of buttercream must be witchcraft. There is no way! And it unfortunately is begging to be wrecked by a customer who has no idea how much voodoo was involved in there combined with bakers who should know better (but don't). Fondant is fine for me, especially for the cute rainbow ruffle cake! Just please please please bakers... unless you are a literal wizard, please don't try the ruffles with buttercream too.

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKit

The red metallic is my favorite but the one made from buttercream is simply fabulous!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

One of each pleeeaaasseee! So beautiful! The ruffles, the ladybug, the metallic red, the 60th BD cake! ♡♡♡♡♡ them all!!

March 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryo1230

I absolutely love your tulip cake. I am going to try to recreate it for my mother-in-law’s birthday. She would love it. One question, how did you make the leaves? Please share. I’ll post a picture of my cake for you when it’s done. Thanks, Kari

May 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKari

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