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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: Stained Glass

"Color is to the eye what music is to the ear."

- Louis Comfort Tiffany

What does "stained glass" make you think of? Church windows? Fancy light fixtures?

How about gorgeous cakes?

(By Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

Ooh la la! So soft and pretty; I love the watercolor feel to those colors.


(By Paige Fong)

This cake practically glows, it's so vivid. And I like how the flowers are mirrored in the artwork.


(By Maggie Austin Cake)

I can't imagine the time it took to pipe and paint even one of these layers, much less four.


(By Corrie Cakes)

These cookies look like sun catchers! Doesn't the blue background look like a cloudy sky showing through?


(By Melissa Alt Cakes)

One of my personal favorites today! There's a great little Tiffany museum here in Florida, and this one reminds me the most of some of his windows there. Something about all those glowing greens and rich orangey-browns... Just lovely.


(also by Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes)

Both are amazing, but that blue! WOW.


(By Bittersweet Pastry)

Perhaps more of a mosaic than stained glass, but I'm blown away by the 3D flowers! Such a great design.


And another tile mosaic:

(By Passionate Cakes)

So much detail! Can you imagine how long it would take to place all those tiny pieces?!


These flowers look like they're bursting out of the glass design:

(Also by Maggie Austin Cake)

So. Cool.


And finally:

(By Vinism Sugar Art)

I take it back; I think this is my favorite. The balance of dark and light, the perfectly blended colors, that butterfly...! It belongs in the Tiffany Museum! Or my belly. One of the two, anyway. ;)


Hope you guys enjoyed! Happy Sunday!

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Reader Comments (30)

Who could eat such beautiful things ???

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I agree with mindy1. I'm sure those cakes are absolutely Dee-Lish, but it would break my heart to slice them up!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne from GA

These are just incredible! I love stained glass, from the complex designs of Tiffany to the Prairie Style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Many years ago I taught beginning classes for an Adult Education evening program, and loved it. These cakes are nothing short of masterpieces. Thanks for the beauty…and the memories.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I grew up in Winter Park, and used to love visiting the LC Tiffany Museum. It's one of my favorite places in the world, so much so that I ended up writing a paper on it for college! I highly encourage anyone visiting Central FLA to check it out.
That, and the Dali museum down in south Fla :)
Beautiful cakes, I watch for Sunday Sweets every week, and these are some of my favorites posted so far!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Ooooooooo how amazing are those cakes, they're like a work of art!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Aside from the gorgeous cakes today, there is a very good book -- historical fiction -- called Clara and Mr Tiffany by Susan Vreeland about the workers, many of them women, who were the people who put together Tiffany's marvelous creations.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

@Diana: Thanks for the nod to Dali; always one of my favorites. And mel~you reminded me of the Simon & Garfunkel album (Bridge Over Troubled Water; "So long,Frank Lloyd Wright") that I almost wore out! Wonderful days.... These are all SuperCakeyFragillistickExpeAllyLicious-looking. Too pretty to eat, BUT I would like to have them made into lamps. =^-.-^=

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

SO beautiful. Thanks for compiling all this eye candy, Jen!

I'm a Central Florida native and have lived in FL all my life and had no idea there was a Tiffany museum here. I'll definitely have to check it out now.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKW

Oooo, Look!! There are actually TWO butterflies on that last cake! SQUEEE!!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermamacathy

I live in Lakeland and I had no idea there was a Tiffany museum in Florida. Learned something new today! Wow these cakes are so incredible, the next seemingly better than the one before it. I don't know how anyone can eat them, ruining their beauty - they're works of art themselves. Love this CW post!!!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

I simply gasped in delight as I scrolled down to each cake; I don't know that I can pick a favorite. These truly are works of art.

I can't imagine the time it would take to create such lovely works. Applause, Applause!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

Wow, these are the most stunning cakes! I love all of them!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

@mel: Stained glass, too? Your talents know no bounds. You're a true Renaissance man.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Another Florida Native here who din't know about the Tiffany Museum in Winter Park. Next time we head to Orlando, it's on our list. And the Dali Museum in St. Pete is currently hosting the first ever Dali/Picasso show. We are going next week to see this exhibit. Can't wait! Fabulous Sunday cakes, BTW! No way could I eat something so beautiful.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

The "Tiffany museum" is called the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park FL. Highly recommended by me! And it's named after the Chicago guy who made his fortune in construction before coming to his senses and moving south and collecting Tiffany when it was out of style.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Heidrich

Swoon! I'm glad these weren't cut for the pictures. if they were marbled on the inside i would have fainted in my chair from the amount of awesome. Now I want a watercolor cake with stained glass frosting for my birthday. so happy thoughts. :)

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura!

Visited Winter Park FL a couple of years ago in order to see the Tiffany Museum. SUCH an enjoyable day. From the Tiffany Museum, to the lovely park (where there was a free concert going on), to the amazing food in the sidewalk cafes, it's well worth the drive if you're in the Orlando area. Thanks for these pix and the reminder of that experience.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSUE M

Truly breath taking, i love the look and feel of old or vintage glass to evoke that is cake is amazing.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakethegreat

My church has stained glass windows, one of which is a Tiffany window of the Good Samaritan. I love the glowing colors and these cakes capture that perfectly.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterceecee

Simply stunning!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

These are beautiful!!! I love them!!!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmandaA

These are absolutely beautiful, and the last one was my favorite! I wonder how long these take to do?

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The one that reminded you most of Tiffany is almost certainly a reference to his Autumn Landscape.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate Nepveu

These are all stunning, and truly cake masterpieces. The one by Melissa Alt Cakes is based on a stained glass window called Autumn Landscape in The Metropolitan Museum here in NYC. I have been to the Morse Museum in Winter Park, and encourage all of you to visit. I wish I could go and see it again, but I haven't been able to get back there.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterukelady

I'm pretty certain the Melissa Alt Cakes is a riff on the famous "Autumn Landscape" Tiffany window in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. A favorite of mine since I was a girl; if you have a chance, you should see it in person. Breathtaking. The cake is all the more beautiful knowing the inspiration,

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNew York, New York

@Sharyn: you're too kind....

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

amazing, just amazing.

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I'm from Australia and have travelled up to the Morse Museum in Winter Park a couple of times on my trips to the USA - I LOVE the museum and love seeing these cakes too - thanks for the happy memories!

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdownunder sugarglider

My eyes seriously started tearing up when I looked through these cakes! There's an amazing craftsman style house in my city called the Gamble House (designed by the Greene & Greene brothers), and I got to be a tour guide there for a couple of years when I was in junior high school. While none of these cakes match the motifs in the art of the Gamble House, they certainly bring back lovely memories! Ahhhh. :)

November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

So thrilled to see Bittersweet featured, and the fifth cake reminds me of the big stained glass window in the church my family attended when I was growing up. Beautiful cakes!

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

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