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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: 10 Heavenly Hot Air Balloon Cakes

You've heard of pie in the sky? Well, cake in the sky is even better.

(By Tessa Tina Cakes)

Especially when it's with Hello Kitty in an adorable patchwork balloon! D'aww.


Or how about some patchwork clouds?

(By Star Cakes)

So. Much. Cuteness.


Now here's a flight of fancy: a steampunky tribute to The Wizard of Oz!

(By Queen City Bake Shop)

Wow, love the handpainted map with the riveted edges.
Oooh, and see that clockwork Tin Man heart? WANT.


Hey, you know what goes great with hot air balloons? Bunting.

(By Fatcakes)

Lots and lots of teensy tiny bunting. Mmmm.


They're also great with bright, bold colors:

(By Cakes by Bellina)


Or dreamy soft pastels:

(By Guilt Desserts)



Here's a fun 2D-turned-3D design:

(By Jessica Harris Cake Design)

See how the clouds stand out a bit from the cake? Love that. And those stripes! Ah!


This one could have been in my Defying Gravity post a few weeks back:

(By Cakes Alouisa)

Talk about a feat of engineering - I like how even the bunting is being swept away!


And the award for the sweetest basket goes to...

(By Make Pretty Cakes)

The little sandbags! And the rope heart! YES.


And finally, a hand-painted beauty that looks straight out of a fairy tale:

(By Bobette & Belle)

Now that's what I call uplifting.


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (10)

D'awwwwww :D

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

They are all just beautiful. I wish that I'd known about this type of work years ago; I might have tried my hand at it. I love the third one the most; the details are intricate and punk-y funky! I guess the only thing that would make it perfect would be if the balloon had "STATE FAIR OMAHA" on it... (or would that be considered cakeright infringement?) Thanks, all! =^~.~^=

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Love, love, love Sunday Sweets! Am I the only one who wonders, though, how so many people can afford to spend $1,000+ on a baby's birthday cake? I've got to be living in the wrong part of the world. Thank you, Jen and John, for loads of entertainment. XO

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I love #5 so much because that is the most adorable Chicago skyline I leave ever seen. Teeny Sears Tower and teeny John Hancock are simply too cute. Wish I could see the rest of the cake. Also wish that hot air ballooning over Chicago was possible.

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterInaya

Cakes have gone from the third dimension to the fifth!

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

@Jenny - You are not the only one. The 4th, 5th, and 6th cakes are for 1 year olds; so they must be for their parents' parties.

That said - the hot air balloons are gorgeous - especially the Wizard's balloon with the netting!

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKK

Thank you kindly for featuring my cake. Made my day! Nina xoxo

March 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNina Blackburn

That last one is very like illustrations of the very earliest balloons by the Montgolfier brothers for the French Royal court.

March 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Beautiful! However i saw no.6 @lemarcakes 2 years ago.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRD

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