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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: The Undead Wed

Alright, folks, here 'tis: the moment you've all been waiting for. I give you...

The right way.

Here's the only Tim Burton example I'm going to post, since I'm not sure Burton is "undead" enough for y'all.

James F. was the first to submit this loveliness, and as you can see it's from the one and only Pink Cake Box.

This next one may be more "bare bones", but I think it's rather classic:

Lynn H. actually sent this to me a looong time ago as a Wreck, but I liked it well enough to keep it stashed in the "Sweets" file ever since. It's from Craig's Cake Shop in Wisconsin.

I hear this next one was recently featured on the WE channel's Amazing Wedding Cakes:

It was made by Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy, and Julie T. was the first of many to send it in.

I find this one particularly cool because I think that web was made using a new flexible icing product I saw at last year's ICES convention. You pipe it out as a runny icing, but once it dries it's like an edible rubber - you can pick it up, stretch it, etc. John and I had some fun at the product table playing with the stuff, but this is the first professional cake I've seen using it - assuming that's what it is, of course.

Sorry, sorry - geek out time over. Next!

I'm an art lover, so you know I have to feature at least one Day of the Dead cake:

Looove the colors! This was Janet S.'s wedding cake, and it was made by Kathy of Calamity Cakes.

Check out this dark beauty:

It took me a second to realize, but those tiers are actually coffin-shaped! See, I love that this is such a unique, gothically-inspired cake without being in-your-face. Also, this just might be my favorite Day of the Dead inspired topper ever:

And yes, it was custom-made: Carrie, the bride, wore a red gown and has purple and red hair. [sing-song voice] Gor-geous!!

This was submitted anonymously, but Mistress Carrie (she's a DJ for WAAF in Boston) was kind enough to e-mail me recently with more details. The cake was made by Something Sweet by Michelle, and the custom topper by Skellramics.

Here's another red, black & white gem:

Sabrina found it here, and it's made by Rosebud Bakery. Thanks to all of you in the comments who helped track it down!

And you know I always save my favorite for last, right? Here ya go:

Honestly, I think I'm in love with this cake. Who knew a skull topper with a spider on it could be that adorable? And I love the soft colors, the airbrushing, the purplish black roses - it's really all quite exquisite. What's even better is that this was made by the author of the blog Pumpkin And Spice for her advanced cakes class - she's still in culinary school! Many thanks to Meghan L. for finding it.

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Reader Comments (103)

For the Amazing Wedding Cakes cake - you are correct that is the icing that she used to make the web. I emailed her and asked and she was so kind to email me back! how cool is that!! We had a debate about it over at Cake Central when the show first aired.

- Janel

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The site's actually in Portuguese, not Spanish. My Portuguese is very basic, but it certainly doesn't look like it mentions the bakery.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSchrodingersDuck

I can speak Spanish, but cannot help you however because the blog is in Portuguese !

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterevan.jackson

I LOVE the second cake, the simple "bare bones" one. Even though there are little skulls, it looks so elegant.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

Hey Jen - it's actually in Portugese, not Spanish. Unfortunately, I am terrible with Portugese.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterme

I checked out the Spanish site, but I am pretty sure it is actually Portuguese. While I don't speak Portuguese, it is very similar to Spanish, so from what I could tell, the bakery is not listed.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

...Actually, a really bad translation doesn't help.

It's just a post about what makes a gothic wedding -- it's not just a black dress, you need trick or treak flower girls and a skull cake, too! There's no link or credit for the cake, though.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterme

Honestly? I'd spend a thou on a cake like one of those. How fun. But then I'm weird that way. I almost got married on Halloween until my better sense made me wait a day. Better to be with the Saints than the Satans.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

That website for the 2nd to last cake is in Portuguese! I couldn't find anything on it that resembled a bakery name. Way cool, though. :)

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Tried to help you with the cake site in Spanish--but it's in Portuguese. From what I can understand, though, there isn't a mention of the source of the cake. I think they were submitted photos from someone who was responding to an earlier post on that site.

But I could be wrong... because I speak Spanish, and used it to make educated guesses on the Portuguese.

LOVE the Day of the Dead cakes!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethanie

Well, I found my brother's wedding cake if he ever gets married.

Jen... that one with the 2 skulls on top is without a doubt a product of Rosebud Bakery... they always use that backdrop and I know I've seen that photo in their Flickr stream!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWild Cakes

Wow! Who ever did think that a skull with a spider on its head could be an adorable cake topper? Someone with much more imagination than I have.

Very fun Sunday Sweets!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

the Calamity Cake one is GORGEOUS! I love the dia de los muertos style. those colors are bomb.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSitty Living

They are well-done...I have to admit, though, that I don't quite get why someone would want skulls on their wedding cake. But, hey, to each their own. :)

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl


It has now been changed to read "Portuguese."

I shall now wow you all with my phonetically spelled favorite Portuguese statement.

"Oom pato peezu noo meeo pay."

The duck is standing on my foot.

Thank you. Thank you very much.


March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn(the hubby of Jen)
March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMC

Ew. They're all beautifully done, but I will never, ever understand some people's obsession with desiccated human remains.

Of course, many people will never understand my obsession with knitting, but I doubt a cabled sweater ever made someone want to throw up.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

The blog in Portuguese basically says that they posted a previous post about a gothic wedding (of Billy Martin and Linzi Williamson) but someone else posted a comment that that wedding wasn't nearly as gothic as hers. So the bloggers put together a post full of pictures of various different weddings, but they fail to cite where they got any of the pictures from, nor do they reference where the cake was from. You can find their previous post about Gothic weddings if you look on the right sidebar for November 2008 and scroll down to the 16th of November. They do include a cake, though not nearly as "undead" as any you featured here!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadeline

I'm portuguese and there's absolutely no reference to the bakery, cake shop or whatsoever.
cheers, david.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am in love with every single one of these cakes! I'm a bit partial to the Corpse Bride cake though. :) Great post!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlee

Wow, amazing! Is that last cake supposed to be draped in fabric, or what is that?

And I don't care of those are coffin-shaped, they're chocolate and that's all that matters!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

Beautiful, one and all! Should I ever get married again, I think I would cough up the bucks for a flawless cake such as those.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

On the coffin shaped cake... So sweet how they gaze into each others eye sockets.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Yes, I guess that is what can happen after a few decades of living with the same person.

Angie (from over at

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

The Day of the Dead cake is amazing! You're right, the colors are fantastic.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkara

i translated the portuguese, and it does not mention the "cakey-cake bakery"

(my account isn't working :( )

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, can your wedding cake? Just for kicks. I'd love to see it! (...even if it was a wreck)

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I remember seeing that episode of Amazing cakes! It was a gel thing they piped out, then let it set, then oh so gently draped it on the cake.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Slightly creepy, but I they are done so well that I might say that I even like these too. Neat!!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Sorry folks.. I just don't get it. The first time I saw a Tim Burton wedding cake here some time ago just weirded me out, and people saying that they like these cakes is.. well.. just too weird.

I think that if I was at a wedding that had a cake like this, I'd have to run screaming from the reception hall.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did I miss the lesson about why skeletons and wedding cakes go together? I guess I'm just a traditionalist. I love cake though, and would eat any of these.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I ADORE all of these cakes!! Almost makes me want to get married again.


March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Now THAT is how you do undead. I wouldn't ever choose one for myself, but wouldn't be grossed out eating them! (unlike last week's wrecks!)

those are so awesome! I love the coffin shaped tiers! the day of the dead cakes were also quite amazing.

very cool!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaninecologne

Soo... not "Wrecks," then.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoktor Calamari

That "bare bones" cake seems to be using Day of the Dead skull molds you can get online - I've used them before and they look exactly the same as those.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I LOVE the Day of the Dead cake. That would be a great cake to have anytime, not just for a wedding! But I am especially fond of the next one down. 'cause it looks like that icing is CHOCOLATE!

I assumed the second cake down was a Day of the Dead cake, too. I woonder if those skulls were purchased ready-made, or if they were cast by the baker?

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I'm so flattered that my cake's included in Sweet Sundays! (Better than the other days of the week!)

For our cakes class, we were allowed to choose our own theme. Since I love Halloween, I decided to do a Goth wedding cake. I figured once I was out in the industry, I'd be making a lot of traditional cakes, so I wanted to do something more unusual for class.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkin

Thw Amazing Wedding Cakes cake isn't the cake they made on the show. It was the inspiration cake for the cake they made. The cake on the show was made by the Cake Atelier you can see the cake made on the show at this site:
and then click on the link for slideshow. It's the 12th cake.

Thanks for such a great site! I look forward to reading the new post every day!!!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkikishea

I'm so CONFUSED! Beautiful cakes, yes... but that? At your wedding? How does someone come up with that idea, anyways?

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the lesson is that even if a cake or a piece of art or an interior isn't quite our own taste, we can still appreciate the giftedness of the artist and their own special brand of beauty.

Yep. We can.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

Of course Tim Burton's undead enough...=D I love the Corpse Bride one!!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAja Killian

The asymmetry and the colors of that fourth cake are driving me crazy. Does anybody else agree, or am I missing something here? (I'm just curious; I definitely respect others' opinions :).)

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCody

Absolutely love the cakes. If I knew such wonderful cake makers existed I would've had a similar cake for my wedding long ago. But, I had to settle for black roses :)

To the knitter who commented earlier, everyone has their likes and dislikes. Honestly I love the macabre cakes, and I for one would puke if I had to wear a cable knitted sweater. Of course if you knitted some skulls on it I might not :P

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As someone who adores the different-those cakes are fabulous. Those are the kind of cakes you almost hate to cut into and ruin the beauty of them.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternorby

I love these! I like the one with all the little skulls, and the coffin-tiers best. Not so much the Tim Burton one, but at least it's well done.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry


well executed, but meh. Goth cakes = whatever. Bored now.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh yes, Burton is more than undead enough for me.

The coffin cake is very interesting. :)

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmoochiefrog

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