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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 Gets A Case Of The Butterflies

Today I'm giving a whole new meaning to butterflies in your tummy, in the best possible way:

(By Caking It Up)


It's like the prettiest dream you've ever had, freeze-framed and dipped in sugar.

(By Magical Edible Art)

Love those pillowy wings.


(By Sweetlake Cakes)

...and this letter topper!


I'm probably biased since they're my favorite color, but Monarchs have got to be the prettiest butterflies we have here in Florida. They also make the prettiest wedding cakes:

(By Sweet Cheeks Baking Company)

Check out that great texture with the layered silhouettes; really makes the monarchs pop.


Random True Fact: If you ask John what his favorite creature is, he will say it's the butterfly. Years ago we heard a talk on all the impossible things a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly, and John was so fascinated that he went off and read and watched and researched and I guess just fell in love with these fluttery wisps of lunacy.

(By Sweet 'N Sassy Cakes)

"Fluttery wisps of lunacy" totally fits this swoopy rainbow loveliness.
And would make a sweet band name.


I pride myself on being able to tell what's cake and what's not, but this next one? TOTALLY STUMPED ME:

(By Caprice Cake)

The bottom edge really, REALLY looks like mosaic tile. And the rest is porcelain smooth! Frankly, I'm still not entirely sure this is cake. Could I get a slice, just to be sure? ;)


Speaking of cake that looks like non-cake things, look how pretty this stained glass number is:

(By Ik Hou Van Taart)


And this one looks like the most delicate needlework embroidery:

(By Kristina Rado)


Though I think most brides still prefer the classic butterfly trail:

(By Magic Mouthfuls)


And hey, sometimes, you've just got to go for ALL the colors:

(By Ph. D.-serts)

[Note: The photo we had here previously was a photoshopped version stolen by an unscrupulous Etsy seller. We've since replaced it with the original photo and credited the correct baker. Sorry, guys!]



But since I've already admitted my love for Monarchs, you know this had to be my favorite today:

(By Nadya's Cakes and Bakes)



Plus it reminds me of this Effie Trinket I just photographed last weekend at MegaCon:

Gee, I wonder why I like her dress so much? ;)

(That's from my other blog Epbot, btw. If you like awesome costumes - or want to see the one John and I made that won Best In Show (!!) - then be sure to click over for my full MegaCon report!)


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (19)

Every one of these is my favorite. Seriously; I can't make up my mind.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Hello John and Jen, I don't know if this is anywhere near you. But if you like butterflies it might be worth a drive.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

:D :D

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Hey... First! :) (Unless there are other comments waiting to be moderated!)

These cakes are GORGEOUS! The butterflies on the first one look like silk; how were they made?

The multi-colored butterflies are beautiful, and the textures on the cake behind the purple butterflies are, as well.

Also, I love butterflies, as well. I don't know who said it first, but one of my favorite mottos that encourages me when I need it is, "Just when the caterpillar thought the world had ended, it became a butterfly."

Happy Sunday Sweets, Everybody! :)

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterK. Michelle

What a breathtakingly cheery Sunday Sweets to open on this dreary, gray, humid Sunday! So much wonderous color!! Did you see the wee spiderwebs on the stunning "needlepoint" cake??!! And I'm swooning over the rainbow loopies, oh my! Thank you, Jen and John, for such an uplifting flutterby-filled post!

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanieB

Strangely, or maybe not so much, the butterfly cakes turn my stomach. Something about a slice of cake with insect abdomen!

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

The sixth cake is by Caprice Cake of Sept-Îles, Quebec. See here.

[Editor's note- Thanks so much! I updated it now. -john (the hubby of Jen)]

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

There are probably many butterfly places in Florida, in addition to the one Kathryn mentioned above. We went to the one in Branson several years ago and the Blue Morphos are beautiful, as are all the butterflies! ("All the "Butterflies" would also make a good band name.)

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

@K. Michelle: One of my favorite sayings has always been "The end of the world as we know it is the beginning of the world as we DON'T know it."

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

These beautiful cakes are gonna make folks order them from wreckers. ;) can't wait

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I feel like that first one should have blue winter roses instead of purple butterflies... but it IS really gorgeous.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL

So lovely! More butterflies, please!

Oooh, or maybe dragonflies.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

So many beautiful butterflies, it is hard to choose my fav!

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

The swoopy rainbow cake reminds me of the opening to Reading Rainbow.

And then the following light teal cake? Wow wow wow.

And then, who thought I would be impressed by a 3D cake appearing like it's a 2D cake? Not me.

June 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

@ Jen, I love Monarchs as well. We used to have a midwestern prairie at the end of our block in south suburban Chicago, so we got tons of Monarchs. When I was little, I must confess to catching a couple, putting them in a large glass jar with holes in the lid and some twigs to stand on. Then I borrowed my brother's glass rod (from chemistry set) and fed them sugar water. I loved watching them eat. I'd like to think that I let them out after a while ... but I don't remember. Probably better that way :-( .

June 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Another Monarch fan! I raised them in glass jars as a kid, and watched them grow into butterflies (I let them go once their wings dried). Still do, occasionally. They are gorgeous in every stage of their life cycle.

Oh, and not to be a downer, but Monarchs are actually endangered. Their populations have dropped dramatically in the last decade because milkweed, the only plant the caterpillars can eat, is getting wiped out. There's a number of organizations working to save them, including and

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

The one that looks like embroidery is so pretty. I love that little spider web!

June 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

There is a beach in Santa Cruz, CA (about 45 mins from where we live) where the monarchs over-winter. You'll see giant clusters of them hanging from the eucalyptus branches in the grove. They're really quite amazing. If you find yourself in the Bay Area between November and February, I highly recommend it. Down image search for "Natural Bridges Monarch Grove" and that should give you some idea of what you'll see. They are amazing creatures, for sure!

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I know this is older - but I can't post on Epbot and I just want to say how excited I was seeing Cinderella's pink dress. I always had a soft spot for her handmade dress (or her mother's dress with Cinderella's alteration designs carried out by critters!). I would LOVE to do that as a cosplay. Maybe even do the tattered version after the "steps" get ahold of it.

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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