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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
May152016

Sunday Sweets: Oh. Em. GEODE.

There's a Sweet new wedding cake trend going around, you guys, and it totally rocks.

(By Intricate Icings Cake Design)

Geode cakes!

This is the one that went viral a little while back, and it's easy to see why. Soooo sparkly.

 

Ah, but check this drama out:

(By Three Tiers For Cake)

The rock veining, the gold leaf, the gold fox toppers? IT'S ALL WORKIN'.

 

And hey, who knew rock candy could look that elegant? Now I want someone to dip those stretchy candy necklaces in gold leaf and drape them over a champagne flute. Yeah. You guys get on that.

Speaking of rock candy, here's a fun ombre option:

(By Bridget Thibeault)

 

What's that? You want to see this in green?

(By Ettore's)

BOOM.

 

Geode toppers (also edible!) seem to be popular for smaller cakes:

(By Dhanya's Delights)

 

Or I also like this option:

(By Alana Jones-Mann)

 

Not exactly a geode, but check out this one with slices of rose quartz:

(By A Squad Bake Shop)

I'm resisting the urge to make a Steven Universe reference here, you guys. Just me?

 

Oooh, or how about this one with a crazy realistic Malachite inlay:

(By Ruze Cake House)

How??

 

But let's get back to geodes:

(By Sainte G.)

'Cuz those crystals on top are awesome. A real Fortress of Solitude vibe, am I right?

(Yes, that's another geek reference. WHAT.)

 

Another "WOW" moment, coming up:

(By Whisk Cake Company)

WOW.

 

And finally, my favorite geode of them all:

(By Sophia Fox)

Pink sparkly hearts, a watercolor fade, and gold leaf trim? YES PLEASE.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed your Sunday Sweets on the rocks! Happy Sunday!

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Reader Comments (46)

O...M...G how do they DO that?!?!?!?! That is true cake artistry :O

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Sugar never looked so pretty!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVioletRose

I eagerly await the wreaks created trying to imitate these!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Wow -- that are amazing!! Dare I even say ------- the ROCK? Yes, I will dare.
Thanks for these, Jen!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Maybe I play too much elder scrolls, but the first cake reminded me of a magic shield, or a blue oblivion gate.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

These really rock!! (I know, I know!) This is light-years removed from our elementary-school, sugar, water, and string-dangling-from-a- pencil experiments! So sparkly-gorgeous, and just fascinating. Having been to a natural history museum, and seeing real geodes, I'm delighted by the absolute, amazing, and awesome skill of these artists! Kakey kudos!! =^~.~^=

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Gorgeous and unique! I loved these - thanks for sharing them! =-)

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

SHEER ARTISTRY! Wow! The rock sugar crystal cascades are so simple and elegant but so dramatic at the same time- how?!
I especially like the 2 small cakes, one with the heart geode topper and the other simply bejeweled-again with the elegance. Sundays always blow my mind.
(I agree with Carol- it's an almost pathological anticipation of the "what was ordered vs what was gotten" geode edition of Cake Wrecks. The fails will be as entertaining as these beauties are appreciated.)

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

OK, new ultimate favourite cake decoration, no question.

But. How? How, how??

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPolly

The pink ombre rock candy cake seems to have been made in 2012 by Bridget Thibeault of Flour Girl in the Cleveland area for a photo shoot by Shi Shi Events with photography by Z Media. She is now working at Luna Bakery Cafe. See these links:
[Pinterest]
[Vimeo]
lunabakerycafe.com
[clevescene.com]

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

As beautiful as they are, is it bad that my first thought was the wreck creations some bakers would create? <shudder>

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCoffeeworm

These are truly amazing. However, I am with Carol on this; can't wait to see the wreckorator version of these. Somehow, I am expecting actual gravel to be involved.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Don't let Spike the dragon see these.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

My ex is a geologist. Too bad these weren't around when we got married. I definitely would have ordered a geode cake! Especially the amethyst-my birthstone. Gorgeous, gorgeous!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

These are amazing and certain to be featured in future inspiration vs reality wedding wrecks. I feel bad for future brides already.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJane

As gorgeous as these cakes are, I can already see the wreckage coming from brides who want this but end up with the unimaginable. I should probably go ahead now and add some padding to my desk where my head will be hitting it when they do pop up.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

omigosh! how is right! I'm partial to the first one since my birthstone is amethyst. But the pink ones are pretty sweet as well.

I can't even imagine how these are created.. awesome job. And like others have said, the wrecks that will inevitably follow will be um, interesting.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

I'm guessing the wrecks inspired by these will be made mostly of unwrapped hard candies, lol.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I'm so amped up on new Steven Universe episodes and now SPARKLY ROCK CAKES?! I'm all squee!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTess

Me, too, Tess!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Blue geode topper = Guardian of Forever?

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Just amazing! So beautiful.. These are so wonderful to see. Wish I had something like these at my wedding party :)

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I want to see the wrecks of these too- so much potential for failure!


But honestly, anyone know a great single male geologist 25-39 so I can justify ordering one of these cakes?

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

I must be honest and say I did not like any of them - although I can admire the sheer artistry and workmanship that went into them, they are spectacular. I do not know why anyone would want such a cake unless they were into collecting geodes etc.
Looking forward to the wrecks that will come from this theme :-)

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

Um. Some of those cakes have gaping holes in the middle. And there seems to be stuff growing inside them. Maybe that's why they're featured on Cake Wrecks

Nevertheless, I am planning to steal the second one. That turquoise is stupendous.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Indeed, it would be so easy for these to go SOOO wrong. Predicting wedding cakes with missing chunks and faux mold.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

OMG I neeeeed one with the Eye of Sauron!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThisPerson

Can decide if the 6th one or the last one is my favourite

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

Omg. I now have an idea of what my eldent son's (9 y.o. now) will look like when he's older!! I can't wait to show him these! He's a total rock nerd:)

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Sugar and spice n everything WOW! These are wonderful, I'll take the turquoise one please.

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

These cakes are more than "gneiss"--they're really "marble-ous"! You can't take work like this for "granite" while whetting your "apatite"!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam S.

Amazing!!

...and now I can't wait to see the grocery-store-attempted-buttercream-replica wrecks!! *winky face*

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

Astonishing! Gives a whole new meaning to "rock cakes"

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames

A Rose Quartz Steven Universe reference but no Malachite one? How? Why? Wha? (Oh, and the cakes are jaw-droppingly lovely, also).

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersibputty

OMGeode! Those are amazing!

May 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

WHERE WERE YOU GUYS WHEN I GOT MARRIED 20 YEARS AGO??? Maybe for our 25th Anniversary.......

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChar Clinger

HOW did they make those crystal formation?? Need to know!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Clear directions for creating one's own geodes. The basic technique isn't that difficult. https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/rock-candy-geodes-recipe/

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Um ... several of these - especially the white ones - looked like stacked rolls of toilet paper. Artistic rolls, but very, ah, sanitary. The ones with color remind me of the days of floral tp http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00aBqTtZJrOohE/Printed-Toilet-Paper-3-.jpg

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermjs

For those asking how the geode topper is done, the very first original was made by the very talented Viki Kane of Just a Little Dessert Company. She has an awesome tutorial on it.

https://www.facebook.com/JustALittleDessertCo/

Click on the shop now tab on her page!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

For anyone looking to see the little guy that started the craze, here ya go! My little geode topper has gone on to make quite a name for itself in the land of cake! I love it!!
www.facebook.com/justalittledessertco
www.instagram.com/justalittledessert

You can learn how to make your very own geode toppers and agate slices with my tutorials!

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterViki Kane

So who's taking bets that stuff like Jolly Ranchers will get used in the eventual wrecks to follow?
(Like all the others, I'm so looking forward to the Wrecks this will inspire)

May 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPGP_Protector

OMG,I can't believe my geode cake is also posted in here,I am so honored....thank you thank you..:)

May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDhanya

Thank you so much for sharing one of my cakes on Sunday sweets. Always an honor!!!
Geode cakes have been around for many years, but for whatever reason geodes are really making a comeback this year. Viki Kane your toppers are beautiful. It's so fun to see everyone's interpretation of the geode on/in the cake. Thrilled to be able to share my geode technique in my latest Craftsy class. Here is a 50% off link if anyone is interested in learning how to do it! http://bit.ly/NaturallyElegantCakeDesignsHalfOff

I might ruin geode cakes for you. I read this once, and I can't unsee it: concave geode cakes make me think of a vajazzle.

November 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlienor

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