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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: Flights of Fancy

Today, we're going to talk about the birds...

(By Viva la Tarta)


...and the bees.

(By Dlishcupcakes)


That's right! We're talking about Things that Fly!

(You look relieved. Why? What else would we talk about?)

There are kites:

(By Sweet Treats by Sandra)


...balloons in bunches:

(By Mutlu Dukkan)


...or filled with hot air:

(By K Noelle Cakes)


...and airplanes!

(by Gateau Delice)


Sometimes all at the same time:

(By That Baking Girl)

I'd make a kite/balloon/airplane joke here, but I think it'd go over your head.


Let's see, what else?

There are dragonflies:

(By Joylicious Cakes)


...and dragons that fly:

(By La Torta Perfetta)

...which means they have to land somewhere.


Don't ever believe pigs can't fly.

(By Carlos Lischetti Sugar Art)

Heck, with enough thrust (or pixie dust) anything can fly.


All the way out of this world!

(By Cakey Cake)


In fact, if I could fly...

(By Alchemists of Cake)

...I think I'd Never Land.

Wouldn't that be Sweet?


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (24)

:D :D :D :D :D I loved this post, but the space cake got me :D :D

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

They're all nice, but the first cake is stunning!

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

So much beauty! Love the flowers that say, "Ola!"

There's something amazing about cakes whose decorations start 2-D and end op 3-D. I always love those.

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

That little pig aviator is so dang happy I can't sop smiling! How precious. Thank you for always restoring our faith that there ARE good cakes! (I guess there's have to be so someone could wreck them)

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

This post made me happy. :)

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

That dragonfly cake almost looks like it was made with string beans!

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

Don't know if I can post a link here.....
So, search YouTube for Jewel Akens, 'The Birds and the Bees'.
That's what came to my mind right away with this post.

Love the dragonflies (and all of them!).

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I love love LOVE the dragonflies!!!

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

Wait - there are cake decorators who know how to make balloons that look like balloons? Thank heavens for Sunday Sweets!

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPersephone

The pig piloting the plane is pure perfection.

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I don't know whether to laugh or groan over some of these puns. I'm laugroaning! (The cakes are amazing though.)

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

I'd adore that dragon cake but how much would it COST?!? That might be out of my budget...

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

My favorite is the green! I mean, the cattails, dragonflies, and the green! Also the penguin, all the other stuff...and the green!
Nice Sweets! =^~.~^=

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That little piggy who flew is fantastic! But, I hardly recognize balloons without "spermy" tails; is that even legal?

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Argh! The third cake, the one with the kite, is pretty and evidently made by someone who knows what they are doing when making a cake. But it is still a wreck. How can someone who does nice work in a visual field like decorating be so blind as not to know what something they have seen hundreds of times looks like? I'll gladly forgive them for not knowing the physics behind a rainbow, that takes a bit (not that much, really) of education. But as there seems to be nothing wrong with their eyesight, why are the colors arranged in the wrong order? And if you are not sure if you remember correctly, look it up. This is a lot worse than a misspelling. The rules of spelling are just a man made conventions and can - and do - change. Not so with a rainbow.

Getting "congratulations" right when writing it slowly one letter at a time in icing is hard, even when you normally know how to spell it.

Getting the color order right on an otherwise well crafted rainbow is not.

This is truly a wreck.

Sorry for the rant but it had to be said.

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKeks

That first one is so beautiful! I wouldn't have the heart to eat it.

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFM

You make a good point, Keks! However, it is also possible that the baker made a deliberate choice to use the colour pattern found on the outer half of a full ("double") rainbow, rather than the pattern of the inner half that most of us tend to draw. And heck, since the outer half is visible more rarely to the naked eye, perhaps the colour choice is even a subtle compliment to the birthday person, suggesting that they're one in a million!

My two cents' worth.

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStriderGirl

Dragonflies and dragons that sweet!

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

If I had that first cake as a painting, I'd gaze at it for hours.....

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAwesomeAud

This little piggy went 'wheeee!'. He's so goshdarned joyful - bless him!

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkismet

@StriderGirl You are right, it *could* be intentional.

Before I wrote that post I even tried to imagine the rainbow with the colors swapped to see if it looks pleasing (to me, at least) the way it is now. This is a cake, after all, not a documentary on rainbows. So, *of course* rainbows are in reality not made from six bands of fondant and they form (part of) a circle, not this inverted U, that's fine, it's a cake. Hills do not have seams and the boy's head to body ratio ist not realistic, so what, it is not *meant* to be realistic.

But unless proven otherwise, I do not think that the color order falls into that category. It is far too often done wrong.

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKeks

I laugh all through the week with the wrecks cakes, and on Sundays I just say, "Wow!" over and over! The pig pilot is so happy he's got me smiling!

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Is the pig pilot a take on the main character from Studio Ghibli's film Porco Rosso? It's a fun film. It's about a "Italian World War I ex-fighter ace" (Wikipedia) who chases air pirates but has been cursed to become a pig. The plane he flies in the film is a different style because it's a sea plane, but it is also red. Of course this pig is much cuter than Porco Rosso!

Note on the rainbow--I think people are taking it a little too seriously. It's just arranged in the Roy G. Biv order, without the indigo. It's like a rainbow icon--it doesn't have to look exactly like a real rainbow! Real mountains don't have topstitching either, if you want to go there. Frankly, I like the way the darker colors lead you to the brighter colors and then to the name on the cake--like a focusing trick.

October 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLauren F

The baby bee! Omagarsh, didn't anyone notice him?! I think that is the sweetest "babycake" yet. And, get over the rainbow. It's art. It's a cake. Get a fork.

October 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentervalarie

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