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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 With Christmas Cheer

Egads, can you believe Christmas is this Friday?!

Don't focus on all that stuff you still have to do and buy and organize, though. Instead, let's just take a mini vacation, right here in this post. So, take a deep breath, clear your mind...

(By Vaganova Alina)


The little lamb! And the hand painted snowman!


The more I look at this one, the more I like it:

(By The Violet Cake Shop)

It's the patterns, right? And the kicky bow? Plus the gravity-defying wreath?


Now here's an elegant option:

(By Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School)

That stand is so clever; who would ever guess this is a cake and not just a fancy centerpiece?


I'm all about the knitted sweater texture on this top tier:

(By Splendor Cakes & More)

And the little pom-poms!!

In fact, all three tiers have some stellar textures going. If I'm not mistaken, the bottom trees are actually carved into the icing. Love that.


You wouldn't usually think of mint green and pink for Christmas colors, but LOOK:

(By Sweet K Cake Design)

Totally works, right?


The Santa face on this one is down right mesmerizing:

(By La Torta Perfetta)

HOW? It's so perfect!

Plus I'm a big fan of the top "candle" - that embedded tea light really sells it.


More non-traditional colors, in a simple modern design:

(By The Sugar Nursery, Cake Shop & Imaginarium)

I am loving the soft watercolor look. So fun!


Here we have both fun AND squee-inducing cuteness:

(By Cake Heaven)



And finally, my favorite this week, which has my favorite color AND a fairy blowing star kisses, so what's not to love?

(By Clairella Cakes)

I also love the color fades, and how the tree looks so feathery. Ahhh. Just dreamy.


Hope you all enjoyed your mini Christmas Sweet vacation! And listen, I know this time of year can be hard, so you guys be good to yourselves this week, k?


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Reader Comments (18)

Awwww :D

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Ok. I retract my Fri comment re: fruitcake ( sort of) These are so incredibly artistic. The crystally white tree is breathtaking ( and reminds me of MN's winter wonderland). Only someone who's spent hours in Life Drawing AND Cake Decorating Technique and Materials classes could produce the Santa face; I hope it was never cut. The penguins , the pom-poms, the levitating wreath- all so beautifully done. Now if there's fruitcake under all that beauty, these cakes might last forever!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

I'm honestly having trouble seeing where the cake part is on the third one (the big tree).It's gorgeous, but there doesn't seem to be any part that's big enough to be food!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMrslittle

Errrrmmmm.... that santa face actually kinda creeped me out... he looks evil.

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

The snowman on that first cake has a mesmerizing 3D effect, but my favorite cake is the Santa Face. Stunning!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

PENGUINS! Lookit dem! So cute!!!!!!
What is that third one made of? it doesn't even look like cake.
These are are all so amazing and beautiful. Thanks for sharing, team!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Hi Jen,

Th hand painted ornament cake is actually made by Maddy of The Sugar Nursery-Cake Shop & Imaginarium, not Caked Las Vegas. She is a very talented young decorator & I recognize it as I follow their creations.

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I thought the Santa face one was Jerry Garcia. lol

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo

I spend a lot of my Sundays here with my jaw dropped, reduced to just saying, "Wow!!!" Stellar work all around. Love those textures, modeling, hand carving, and hand painting. Artistry that lives for a short time but is remembered for years.

I would take 20 pictures of any of those cakes before I dared to take a knife to it. But, cake... so you do what you gotta do.

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterteabunny

That third one is a cake?! WOW!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOwen Wills

Love all these, they are such amazing works of art, I would REALLY have a tough time ever cutting into one! So much hard work...just to get eaten up. The one thing I found myself thinking on a few of these is "why is the background the same color as the cake?" It's super hard to see some of the incredible detail work, some of it I'm sure I missed completely! Just a note to all you wonderful bakers out there; Since you spend your incredible talent and obviously a LOT of time on these beautiful creations, you should invest a little bit of money into back drops. Actually, you could spend VERY little money at the fabric shop and rig up your photo area very simply; (fabric and some of those sticky hooks high on the wall and a few clothes pins just out of the frame) and just think how much BETTER your creations would look when they are set against a contrasting color that makes all the amazing details totally POP! You could start with blue and a dark beige/ khaki...for like ten bucks each. Like I said, I LOVE the work, just trying to help us see it better. Peace.

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMeMyself and NobodyElse

I've been waiting for Star Wars cakes in honor of The Force Awakens. The Force doesn't abaken?

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Hey, MeMyself, you should probably know, Jen and John, the cakewrecks bloggers, don't actually MAKE the cakes, or take the pictures. :) They use the pictures sent to them online. :)

Wow, all of these cakes are so gorgeous! Thanks for the line about taking care of ourselves. I was doing good until, like, 2 days ago... Must be a record for me, to keep the stress at bay until this close... o.O sigh. Next year, my goal is to bypass the freaking out. Wish me luck!
I hope you guys are getting through ok! hugs!

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDreamerkins

Anybody--are those two Christmas trees edible paper or wafer paper or whatever folks call it?


December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Jen, your note about pink and mint green reminded me of a story, and I'd like to share it. Some of my fondest Christmas memories are of visiting my grandparents for the holidays. My great grandmother lived with them for many years before she passed. I remember her sitting at the kitchen table with a box of halved dates, a bowl of pink vanilla flavored frosting, a bowl of mint flavored light green frosting, and a big box of walnuts. I would help her stuff the dates with frosting and top them with a walnut, and then my brother and I would eat those little sugar bombs all day. I've always associated link and mint green with Christmas because of my
Granny, and your cake brought those memories to mind and a smile to my face.

Peace and joy to you both!

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

All lovely as usual! But How would you even cut the third one??
I really like the ones with hand painted elements. I wish we could see a few not so dependent on paste/fondant.

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

How would you cut No. 3? Furthermore, why would you? All of these are just stunning!

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home


December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

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