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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 Finds A Rainbow 

Hey guys, guess what!

It's "Find A Rainbow Day."

(By Caking It Up)

And I found one.

The watercolor-y drips off the end are my new favorite thing. Well, that and the perfect gold-foil script, because how did they do that.


Most of us are lucky to get a cake that's pretty on the outside, but now there are lucky ducks getting rainbows INSIDE their cakes, too:

(By Carli Milburn, featured here)

OoooOOOoooooh. Lucky bums.

[side eye]

Raise your hand if you just wondered what color this would be on the way out.


But do you recaaaall
the most famous rainbow of all?

(By ChoccyWoccyDooDah)

It is THE RAINBOW, you guys - and I like how the bluebirds and 'bow are the only bits in color.
Perfect homage to that moment when Wizard of Oz went from black & white to color.


And while we're reminiscing about our childhoods:

(By Celebrate With Cake)


True story: one of John's favorite shirts features the "Couldn't-Care-Less Bear." Just like John, it's a bear that tries to act all cool and disaffected, but at the end of the day, is still a big teddy bear.

[blows a kiss in John's direction]


Can't have a rainbow post without My Little Pony's Rainbow Dash, right?

(By ImaginaCake)

Or at least a funky stylized cake version of her.

(I kinda want the different colored strands in her tail to be all different flavors.)


Now, at this point you might be getting the impression that rainbow cakes aren't elegant.


(By The Sweet Little Cakery)

These spinny little discs of rainbow goodness are elegance personified, y'all. PERSONIFIED.


Oooh, now check THIS out:

(By Liggy's Cakes)


Look closely; there are little sculpted chameleons!

Sure, you don't generally want creatures crawling out of your wedding cake, but in this case, I think we'd all make an exception.


Here comes my personal favorite this week:

(By Rise and Shine Bakery)

Mere words cannot describe my love for this design... so I'm just gonna make some "gimmie" noises instead.

[grabby hands] *EHHHH!*


And finally, one more elegant-but-oh-so-cheery rainbow confection that I kind of want to pin in my hair:

(By Cakeium)

Or at least all the flowery parts.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here's to finding your own rainbows... 'cuz these are all mine now.
[meaningful glare]

(Want more? My "Rainbow Connection" Sweets remain some of our most popular, so maybe go check those out.)


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Reader Comments (31)

Awww. :D

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I love the Care Bears cake! I'm pretty sure the little ones are actually plastic (gasp! Tasteful flotsam?). I collect Care Bear stuff, and they had capsule toys some years back that were sitting like that.

That first cake is just jaw-dropping.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

These cakes, they... SHINE LIKE RAINBO---O-O-OWS...

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

So... does a Care Bear sh*t rainbows in the sky?

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Oooh, pretty! =-)

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I love it! That 2nd to last cake reminds me of the cake Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cardio made on her Youtube channel with Nerds candies. It looked very time-consuming but doable.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Wow -- those are amazeballs! I love them all, but my favorite is the first one. Although, that chameleon one is so unique and well done and clever. Maybe its is a tie.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

As entertaining as your commentary is, I think my favorites are your asides and physical descriptions; I can actually SEE you making grabbing motions for that last cake!

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbennet

Can anybody tell me what they call the material that those "spinny little discs" are made of? I know there is an edible paper that folks make flowers out of, but I can't remember what it is called.

Gorgeous cakes...but even more fun interpretation--thanks, Jen!

On the very cute DOT cake with the rainbow layers--besides wondering how they look when they come out (LOL), I was wondering if each colored layer is a different flavor. I do have a teeny nitpick with the cake though--why didn't the baker trim the layers flat? That way, you wouldn't have uneven frosting layers in between--it would look much tidier inside (although, of course you would lose some cake--cake pops, anyone?). I know there is a way to make sure cakes don't "dome" as much, but I can't remember what it is...I think they "dome" excessively if the sugar content is high, but I'd have to look it up. But it's Sunday, and I'm too doggone lazy.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Sadly, all the strands in that pony's tail are going to be fondant-flavored. :P

[Note from Jen: Ha! To be fair, I've had some surprisingly yummy flavored fondants before. I think the brand was... Fonderrific? It's been a few years, but I remember being really impressed.]

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

The tiny Care Bears are plastic, I know 'cause I have the set (not at all odd for a grown woman, right?).
All are so beautifully done, what a great burst of color today! Love it

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertonya

I'm pretty sure that these cakes are what raw, unrefined, childish bliss looks like.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Beth

Rainbows are a thing for me... so I love these cakes - stunning .... If I have to pick favorites - I have to say those spinny disc things are AMAZING - just haven't seen anything like that before, and the chameleons/waterfall of colors swept me away. WOW. what talent. Also love the first one for the baby shower.

would hate to eat ANY of these works of art.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

That first cake is exquisite in its simplicity.

Second, I laughed out loud at the mental pic of Jen, leaning back in her computer chair, Lily on her lap, making outstretched grabby hands. Because...I would do the same. :D

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

That watercolor rainbow waterfall on the first cake is amazing, I can't stop staring at it. I want all my cakes to have this effect now.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

The shiny discs on that amazing cake are wafer paper

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFenella

I don't know if you're aware, but a rainbow baby is the name for a baby you have after a miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, or other loss of a child. It makes that first cake even more beautiful and special. I'm holding my 2 month old rainbow as I read this. :)

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I love rainbows, and all these cakes are gorgeous, but that Wizard of Oz cake contains a pet peeve of mine. Normally I don't care what order the rainbow colors are in, but when there's an actual rainbow, don't get the order mixed up!

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTAL

Rainbows! Rainbows! Rainbows! That spiral is just gorgeous. And the split-sided wedding cake with the tendrils and insects - that looks like little portals to fairyland.

As an aside, Jen, Cakewrecks and Epbot inject a welcome spark of colour and humour in my day. Just to re-affirm that what you do is appreciated.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChiaroScuro

Colorful chameleons - my favorite. Love the swirl one too.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

It's so hard to pick a favorite, but certainly the first one is a winner. The most amazing thing about the Wizard of Oz cake is that the depiction of Judy Garland actually looks like her! Most of the time, faces on cakes tend to be - um - slightly distorted, shall we say?

All of the cakes are simply stunning, beginning to end.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I have enjoyed your site for years and never once said thanks. So Thanks for making me laugh, ooh and ahh, and sing. You guys are awesome.

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristi W.

How wonderful to have rainbows after a stormy week.

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Very cool! The chameleon cake is my favorite. It reminds me of the eggs with the scenes inside.

(Sorry to hear about the 4/1 Epcot. FWIW, I think you two are FABULOUS!)

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

That watercolor rainbow waterfall on the first cake is amazing, I can't stop staring at it. I want all my cakes to have this effect now.

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbup be tinh duc

I LOVE the first cake....Now, I want rainbow colored rain...

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

I LOVE the first cake....Now, I want rainbow colored rain...

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper


The only way that could be cuter is if it was lil tiny Jumping Spiders!!!!!

Or am I alone in that sentiment?

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Mary Kay - back when I baked cakes for family the secret I was taught for not having cakes dome was to wrap the cake pan with a wet towel strip on the outside of the pan, secured with a safety pin. That prevents the pan edge from getting too hot and cooking the outside edges much faster than the inside. It allows even baking and even rising.

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersue

The colorful ones are always among my favorites..and I agree with Nobodee Home - it's always nice to have a rainbow after the storm.

April 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

The second cake is adorable but I can't believe I am the only one to say this...Indiana? We named the dog Indiana
okay I'm done :)

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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