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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 Kids' Cakes The Adults Will Want, Too

John's been on a baking kick lately, so I've just had strawberry cake for breakfast, minions. Not pancakes, mind you, or donuts or muffins are other socially acceptable morning desserts. I'm talking homemade-buttercream-slathered, jam-filled, multi-tiered CAKE. With strawberry roses on top.

Back off, ladies and gents, this one's MINE.
(And John's taken, too.)

Just to drive the point home, here's a picture of me, defending my breakfast:

(By J'adore Sweets)



So before this sugar buzz wears off, let me take you through some of my favorite character cakes. And since I usually focus on popular movie or show characters, let's mix things up with some non-copyright cuties, like these:

(By Dolcemente Sheila)

Because how sweet is this furry trio? (Go, Ninja Cat, go!)


Or how about this for a swim party:

(By Sweet Mary's)

I've had this in my "to-post" folder for ages. I'm just so impressed by the design; the kids really look 3D!


I give horse cakes a rough time during the week - and with good reason - but here's an example of how they SHOULD be done:

(By Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School)

Perfection! I'm a big fan of cartoony animal cakes; it helps to be reminded it's not the real thing come slicing-and-dicing time.


Of course, now I'm going to immediately contradict myself by showing you the most ADORABLE, realistic, baby elephant cake:

(By Mr. Sprinkles)

I'm melting. MELTING. Look at those feet!


Next I'll break today's "no copyrighted characters" rule (it was really more of a "guideline"), because it's not like I can NOT show you this incredible Tamatoa cake from Moana, right?

(By Ashlee Marie)

Sing it with me, now: "He's so SHINE-AYYY!"

(FUN NON-CAKE RELATED FACT: Did you hear Disney hid Aladdin's golden lamp on Tamatoa's back? Yay Easter eggs!)


And while I'm breaking the rules/guidelines, anyone else consider Rainbow Unicorn Pusheen the BEST Pusheen?

(By Laura Loukaides)

I want to hug it and squeeze it and maybe bite its little paws off.


I have a feeling little Joa here got along with his birthday cake like a house on a fire:

(By Cherry Red Cake)

And can we talk about those perfectly shaded flames? And the oh-so-subtle "smoke"? And how that water hose does NOT look like the wreck every one of you old-school Wreckies are thinking of right now?


Have you heard of Shopkins? I don't fully understand them, but they're these little collectible toys popping up in check-out lines and toy departments everywhere, and I'm fighting a hard battle against being sucked in to the cuteness:

(By De la Creme Creative Studio)

I mean, c'mon. Have you ever seen a more lovable lipstick? And those little gold shoes! Hee!


I was talking this week over on Epbot about how we adults should never be ashamed of liking "kid stuff," and one of the commenters, Gwyn, said something fabulous:

"I am not having a mid-life crisis, I am having a second childhood, only this time I have more money and access to alcohol."


And hey, Gwyn? I found you an equally fabulous cake:

(By Faye Cayhill)

A Cute Cartoon Cactus With Booze, because we're adults and we can, dangit.

Just like eating strawberry cake for breakfast.

And maybe lunch.



Hope your week is as sweet as my morning's been, peeps! Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (24)

The Shopkins lipstick made me "Awww" out loud . . .

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

isn't that McPedro? from Girls With Slingshots?

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLily

I'm pretty sure that last cake is McPedro from Girls With Slingshots.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKalindria

So cute!

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Yes, when I saw that firehose I mentally compared it to that Other firehose. Some of these cakes cannot be unseen, even years later! =8-0

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Waiting for pics of strawberry breakfast cake deliciousness. :)

That baby effalump is too cute for words. I want to hug him and pet him and call him George.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Cake for breakfast is always a good thing. The alligator cake made me think of the video of that gator with the giant carp trying to get away from everyone to eat his fish in private. And the flip flops on the swim party cake actually looked like flip flops...or are they supposed to be fish?

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMsanthrope

The fireman character is Fireman Sam, a Welshman who lives in Pontypandy. When my youngest was around three, he was hugely into Fireman Sam. So much so, when I went in to him in the mornings, he used to greet me with "Morning, Penny!" (She's another firefighter!)

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

I found a sloppy copy, but no clues on the nicer version.

Deborah Eubanks

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

I think a side effect of watching The Great British Baking Show is an increased urge to bake. I'm pretty sure that's supposed to air before Mel and Sue start their opening jokes: "The following program contains scenes which might make the viewer hungry and inclined to bake. Viewer descretion is advised."

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Beautiful! I will always have the first cake in my head now as a picture of you, Jen, since we've never met and all.
Oh and Joa's cake is also licensed. It's an adorably well done Fireman Sam from the British stop motion animation and cartoon series of that name.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

"Happy-meter" dinging!!
But! I think the pelephant (perfect elephant) should come back a stuffy for cuddling ....and made of velvet.


March 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Yes. I did immediately think of that other fireman cake. Thanks for bringing that image back to my mind! :)

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

You say "I've just had strawberry cake for breakfast" like it's a bad thing ;-)
Love the effect on that swim party cake!

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

Such cute cakes this weekend! I wish the alligator cake would have been my patronus, so much more fun than a ginger cat. :-)
Btw, the fireman is from the bbc kids cartoon, Fireman Sam.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJenah

Jen, you make my Sundays so much fun. Thank you. And, I just had leftover chocolate mousse for breakfast.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLindaS

re. Tamatoa: I KNEW there had to be an Aladdin reference somewhere around him. I mean, he sings about a "diamond in the rough"... ;)

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMoni

Pool Party Cake is by Sweet Mary's in New Haven, CT

[Editor's note- Updated, thanks! -john]

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary

"John's taken, too". ROFL

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJay

You lucky girl.I had oatmeal for breakfast but I would much rather have had some of your strawberry cake! The alligator cake is just perfect - might need him for my next leveling up day.

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Doh! Im too late to be the first to identify Fireman Sam, but FYI yn cymraeg (in welsh) its SamTan and one of his co-firefighters is called Elvis Cridlington!
I want a rainbow unicorn for breakfast, but i only had weetabix.

March 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiddleymaz

He's so shine--ayy and also creepy. Whoever animated him was obviously tripping when they did it. But my kids love the movie and I love that I don't look stupid watching kids movies because I have kids. Win-win.

March 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

My 5 year old daughter LOVES Shopkins, so I know that that character is called Lippy Lips.

March 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Yay for Sunday Sweets! These are wonderful!

March 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

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