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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: 4th of July Fireworks!

Happy July, fellow Sweets lovers!

With America's Independence Day coming up, you know I had to find some pretty red, white, and blue numbers:

(By Sugar Hero, who has a complete tutorial on her site)


Plus this one has a drool-worthy surprise inside!

WOWIE. Our flag has never looked more delicious.


And look how sweet this old-fashioned bunting is:

(By Wild Orchid Baking Company in New Hampshire, now closed)


Ahhh, but I have some goodies for my non-American friends, too. Check it out, rainbow fireworks!

(By Victorious Cupcakes in the UK)

So pretty! I like the abstract take on them, and the silhouettes are perfect.


I love the way Glory (yes, her name is Glory!) took these ice cream cookies:

...and stacked them to look like triple-deckers!

(By Glorious Treats, online only)



Oooh, I may have spoken too soon on that last flag cake; this one ALSO looks darn tasty:

(By For Goodness Cakes in Charlotte, NC)

I'm loving the thick textured buttercream on top; can't you just FEEL that crunching ever-so-slightly, then melting in your mouth?

Ooof, I really want some cake now.


Hang on, here comes another one that's not helping:

(By b. sweet dessert boutique, online only)

Alllll the grabby hands. Gimmie.


Of course I couldn't pass up a chance to feature another Captain America cake, right?

(By Chocomoo Cakes in Sheffield, inspired by Mighty Mugs)

Look how clean and perfect that fondant work is! So good.


Now, let's end this post with a bang:

(By Adrienne & Company Bakery in Jeffersonville, IN)

Fireworks cake! I love all those bright neon colors together.


This one looks like an oil painting:

(By Katja Seaton in the UK)


Look how the fireworks spill over the edge:

I think that's my favorite part; the way the fallout looks so shimmery near the bottom.


Big finale!

(Baker unknown; Google Image Search has failed me. Anyone recognize it?)

Simple, but wow does that pack a punch.


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (19)

Omg adorably patriotic :D

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

I’m American but shouldn’t there have been at least one Canada Day cake?

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Love the *look* of the fireworks, but blech, black frosting.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Nimous

Those flag cakes: A W E S O M E!!!

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Howdy, Jen.

If you ever need to search for a photo, TinEye is the place to go.

I plugged the URL of the "finalé" picture into TinEye, and got seven results. You can check them out, here...

...and maybe find the origin of the photo.

[Editor's note- Hi DWL, We use a bunch of different search techniques but so many sites use the pictures uncredited that it's often hard to find the source. I'll check out your link though. Thanks. -john (thoJ)]

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDancing With Lasagna

If anyone is thinking about using sparklers on their cake like that first image, BE AWARE that they will spit little crunchy bits of magnesium all over the top of your cake! Had a birthday-cake slice at a restaurant once that came with a lit sparkler on it, and eating it was like having fine sand mixed into the frosting. Not fun, and possibly not healthy either.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Today's post was a combo of patriotism, fun, color, gorgeous cake decorating, and yummy-ness.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR.

Not to mention creativity.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR.

Kind of sad to see absolutely no Canada day cakes on Canada day. Oh well

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNan

The flags would be better if they had 7 red stripes instead of 6 or 8

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Counted the stripes on the first cake: 15. Tsk tsk.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter3davideo

Amaze balls! I can’t believe fireworks can be translated into cakes! These are stunning.

July 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

I’m 98% certain the last one is by A Wish and A Whisk Cakes :)

July 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

You are so right about that buttercream frosting!

July 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Yes, the white frame and yellow wall is definitely A Wish and a Whisk.

July 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I want to know how they did that first cake. I figure you can make a blue cake, cut out the center, and put layers of red and white cake inside (if you don't have a mold that makes a circle and a ring), but how did they put that star in the middle of the blue part?

July 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

That first cake makes me say, “I want sprinkles.” Nice to know there’s also an option if you don’t. Both bend my head, how did they embed that star in there?

July 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Robin-- to get the stars they would've cut out lots of stars from white cake and then arranged them on edge around the edge of a round pan (or a ring-shaped pan) like a wreath and filled it with blue batter to re-bake. If you do it right, when you cut through the ring it'll show the whole star.

What I want to know is why there are 15 stripes on that first flag cake... oops!

July 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

I always found it weird when Americans are so excited about 'red white and blue' when those are the most popular colours for country flags.

July 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoz

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