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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 In Black & White

It's a Black Tie Affair on Sweets this week!

(By Clara's Designer Cakes)


Formal, dramatic, goes-with-everything - plus there's nothing better than black-and-white for showing off amazing textures:

(By Zoe's Fancy Cakes)

Like this brush embroidery!


Silhouettes are extra stunning in black and white:

(By Cake Lady Cakes)

And with lines this perfect, less really IS more.


This looks like a whimsical pop-up book come to life:

(By Rachelles)

Isn't it great? I love the layers!

Although the geek in me wants to see one with a blue phone booth. :D


These lines of handwritten script add a romantic, vintage feel:

(By Sophie Bifield Cake Company)


Just as romantic, but with extra bold color-blocking:

(By Lanre Buttercream)

I like the delicate trim on the top tier, and that string of pearls really softens the look.


Of course we can't talk black and white cakes without including one of the biggest new wedding trends:

(By Deliciously Decadent)

Chalkboard cakes!

Such a fun look, and perfect for incorporating a favorite phrase or song lyric.


Check out the darling bunny and fawn silhouettes on this bottom tier:

(By Rosalind Miller Cakes)

So sweet! Combined with the dripping floral vines it has a surprisingly light, spring-time feel to it.


You don't see many intricate string work cakes in the U.S. anymore; it's just too fragile and time-consuming, and if you live anywhere with humidity? Fuggitaboutit.

Which is why THIS is so gosh-darn impressive:

(By Geraldine's Creative Cutters)

If you've never seen a baker do string work, mosey on over to Youtube and marvel at the insane amount of time and talent this cake required.


And finally, more string work, plus intricate piping, hand-painting, and pure prettiness:

(By Gerardo's Italian Bakery)

That lace! That glorious lace! Just stunning.


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (16)

Now THAT is real cake art

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I kinda love the chalkboard cake!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Love cake #3 and the stringwork cakes!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

It had to be a red telephone box -- London telephone boxes are red. Doctor Who's Tardis is a blue police box, not the same thing. Possibly the Rolls-Royce (well enough drawn to be recognisable as a Silver Cloud I) and the equally iconic Routemaster double-decker bus should have been swapped and the bus coloured red, but that's a quibble and maybe symmetry is overrated.

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

These are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! But as I look at them I get that yucky taste of black (waaaay too much food coloring) in my mouth. Really pretty , but I don't want to eat them.

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Beautiful! And I have no idea what these cakes would taste like but I had to go find some licorice to eat!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

These are all lovely, but chalkboard cakes!!!!!!! I'm sure my husband is thankful those weren't a thing when we got married in the dark ages (aka the 80's, time of the "fountain" cake, which I begged for but my hubby nixed and now I'm eternally grateful for his common sense).

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Breathtaking...and I want to know how they made every one of these!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

How lovely! You know what you have done to me though? No 6 made me immediately imaging a wrecker version!!!!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFran

I love them all. I can't pick a favorite - so give me a fork and step aside cause it's 'bout to get messy!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFL@lurveKaren

SQUEE! The bunny!

All beautiful cakes, but that lacework on the last one is unbelievable. The little lace-winged butterfly and dragonfly! Swoon!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKW

You'll have nice purple or green teeth after eating one of those black cakes

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Also purple or green poop.

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKerrikoala

That bunny & fawn cake? Either I'm just old and creaky, but I'm 99.9% sure that's Bambi and Thumper, isn't it? If you look at the silhouettes?

These cakes are purely gorgeous. I don't actually like cake. I know, I know, heresy here at CW. But I never fail to look at the Sunday Sweets; they simply inspire me to try new cakes for various gatherings. And, through CW, I found the MOST AMAZING Baker here in Phoenix, AZ!

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHitch

My Army roommate was on the Army's Culinary Olympic tran, and she did amazing string work for their competitions.

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRuthAnn

These are amazing and gorgeous!

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

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