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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 Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

Whether you actually celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or just love the bright beauty of this Mexican holiday, today's Sweets are for you!

(By Sweet Pea Tailored Confections)

Sugar skulls are almost synonymous with Day of the Dead, and with colors this cheerful, it's easy to see why!


Here's a little sweetie with sugar skull face paint:

(By Mary Way)

The little skulls around her feet are just the cutest things ever.


Here's an incredible sculpt of Frida Kahlo celebrating:

(By Zorica's Cake Art for Sugar Skulls Bakers)


And a bold minimalistic style with PERFECT piping:

(By Torta Couture Cakes)


Here's something different: a hand painted, Day of the Dead mermaid:

(By KO's Cakes)



Another incredible - albeit kinda creepy - sculpt:

(By Imaginarium Cakes)

Look at all the detail on the skull and the face mask - and the individual curls of her hair!


A classic red-and-black beauty:

(By The CakeLdy)


And a not-so-classic but oh-so-fun Rockabilly style:

(By Man Bakes Cake)

That hair swoop! Hee!


Marigolds are popular during Dia celebrations, and these sugar versions have the most amazing texture:

(By Sugar Song Cakes)


And while we're talking texture, check out the incredible 3D "embroidery" on this bottom tier:

(By Dolca Llepolia)

It really looks hand stitched, and those colors practically glow. LOVE.


And one last dark beauty:

(By Little Cherry Cake Company)

So many great details! I spy a guitar, candles, marigolds, some tamales - and I *think* the fruit on top is a dragon fruit. Also, today I learned what a dragon fruit looks like. :D


Happy Day of the Dead, everyone! Here's to loved ones gone-but-never-forgotten.


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Reader Comments (10)

Aww so colorful :D and the second cake is oddly cute and cheery

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I love the marigold eyes on that first cake. Marigolds are heavily used on Dia de Muertos.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercaro

These are gorgeous renditions of Day of the Dead sugar art. Thank you so much for posting such beautiful eye candy! You are doing a great service to the industry! And keeping all of us completely rolling on the floors.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Reynolds

That is most definitely a dragonfruit!

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmber h

I always wonder: how could anyone bear to cut these pieces of art? I'd be in tears.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVIctoria

Another stellar edition of Sunday Sweets. I particularly liked #4, it reminded me a lot of the Dutch medallions you see on barns in Eastern Pennsylvania. #9 has so much contrast between the marigolds and the skulls, which are decorated beautifully. I don't think I can appreciate the texture of the flowers. Question about the last cake: are the feathers edible too? In spite of the "realistic" skull, this one takes the cake.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

Dragon fruit is from Asia. That would be a cactus fruit-widely available in the Southwest. Both are delicious!

LOVE all the cakes!

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I admit- I don't know a lot about Dia de los Muertos. These cakes are each so different from each other, and they are all so amazingly decorated! All the colors and decorations! So many details to look at, and an opportunity to see and appreciate something from another culture. Thank you, Jen and John for giving me lots of reasons to say "WOW!" as I look at each of these!

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

@Karen - Dragonfruit is native to the Americas, but as it is tropical, it is widely-grown in SE Asia. There are photos of both tuna (aka prickly pear, cactusfruit) and dragonfruit on

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNebet

Ty for the Dia de Muetro cakes. My mum loves Frida Kahlo and her work.

November 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe 2

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