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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 Sweets: 11 Gingerbread Houses To Make You Drool

Time for my annual roundup of amazing gingerbread houses!

Starting with a gingerbread light house:

(By Mary E)

I love the colorful bricks, and that lounging mermaid!
(See the tiny seahorse?)


It's hard to believe this next one is gingerbread at all; it looks just like a cake!

(By Sweet Delights Cakery)


Ah, but turn it around, and lookie:

Check out the dancing sugar plums - and other sweets - over the kids' heads!


Speaking of cake, here's a genius way of turning a tiered cake into a whole gingerbread village:

(Baker Unknown. HALP.)

No idea how you'd cut it, of course, but c'mon. SO COOL.


The piping on this tradition Victorian number is just lovely:

(By Torten Gallery)


And this one reminds me of a sweet little Swiss chalet:

(By Yener's Way)


Totally crushing on the pink bricks and teal trim on this one:

(By Sugar Rush Custom Cookies)

And the fact that it looks like Disneyland's Haunted Mansion doesn't hurt!


I'm always drawn to houses that still have a little gingerbread showing through:

(By Catherine's Cakery)

The colorful piping on the rich brown gingerbread is just so beautiful.


And check out the cool blues on this one:

That dripping snow! And the perfect roof shingles!

I actually took that picture myself at our local art museum's Festival of Trees, which had some especially fantastic gingerbread on display this year.


Also from the Festival, here's a Seussical design with peppermint candies springing from the chimney:

And this Star Mint roof is positively dreamy:

I always love houses with recognizable candy elements. It's so Hansel-and-Gretel. (Minus the child-eating witch part, of course, since that's less than festive.)


Plus that's another doll house design, complete with gingerbread furniture inside!


And finally, to end on a geeky note, how about a gingerbread TARDIS?

(By Hey Sweet Thing Cakes)

Talk about a timeless design, eh?

Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (18)

So sweet :D

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Those are so fun! Love it when you showcase amazing talent like this.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

That lighthouse is so pretty!

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Sorry, I even magnified it and still, no seahorse.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Dang! Silly me. I was searching the water. I found it just as I submitted the other post.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

The lighthouse is mine! I entered it in the Grove Park Inn contest in 2006, didn't win anything :( but thank you sooo much for including it!! You also had another of mine in the 2013 Sunday sweets--the little "disneyesque"cottage---thank you, Jen!!!!

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaryE

The last one just needs a "Carol singers will be criticized" sign from the upcoming Christmas special. RIVERRR

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

So much fun! I love all of these!

The classic styles are probably my favorites... But if my office has a gingerbread contest again this year, I am totally doing a TARDIS. :-)

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Have you seen this life-size one, where you can eat inside it?

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTiggy

I luuuuurrrrrv the colors on the lighthouse. Sooooo pretty! And I didn't notice the mermaid until you pointed her out. Made it even more awesome.

I was thinking this was an entry for all-time favorite Sunday Sweets post. Then...THEN!...we had a gingerbread Tardis.

'Scuse me...need to change my FB avatar. :D

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Mary E- It's beautiful!! I just googled it and found "2008 Gingerbread House Contest Winners - Enchanted Christmas Light by Mary E., Timonium, MD" GO MARYLAND !!!

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJus

Hello! I'm the cake artist who made the gingerbread Tardis. If you like I have a Facebook page for my cake cake work under: "Hey Sweet Thing Cakes".
Thank you for featuring me. It's been a dream of mine for years to be on Sunday Sweets.

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Campbell

hey jen, did you see the food network special where they had to make life size gingerbread houses, complete with furnishings and yards? it was pretty awesome!

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjen m

"the child-eating witch part, since that's less than festive."</I>

Say what?

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterclueless noob

Yay, I love the annual gingerbread post! And thanks for including some where you can actually see the gingerbread.

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Is that star anise along the top of the Mint Roof house?

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

Oh, dang!! I took some pix of the gingerbread/marzipan village at the Benson Hotel (Portland), and I should have sent them in!! Well... anyway, it was great. :) It's still there, too, so check it out if you're in downtown PDX. (don't forget your canoe!!)

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnise

The dollhouse is mine. I do one every year for the Festival if Trees at the Orlando Art Museum! Come see this year!!

August 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Smith

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