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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 Would Like A Word

It's National Dictionary Day, folks, so what better way to use our words than with beautiful cakes?

After all, cakes can say so much.


They can talk about what's important:

(By Mea Sculpture Cake Design)


Share what's in your heart:

(By Nashville Sweets)


...and do it in any language!

(By Le Dolci)

(My love language is cake. WHAT.)


Maybe it's your favorite saying:

(By Queen City Bakeshop)


Or a snippet of poetry:

(By M Cakes Sweets)


Or a favorite childhood story:

(By Sugar and Spice)


Maybe you know all you really need:

(By Mely's Cake Design)


Or you want to get dramatic with a single letter:

(By Mark Joseph Cakes)


And if you can't choose just one word (or two or ten)?

(By Chatter Cakes)

This works.


In fact, sometimes there's nothing more beautiful than blocks of handwritten text:

(By Lovely Cakes)


Look how romantic with all these great textures:

(By Yuma Couture Cakes)

Feathers and stone. I like it.


But let's end with something seasonally appropriate: an homage to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas:

(By Cupcakes By Louise)

For it is plain to see,
These cakes are Sweet as they can be!


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (20)

Ach. Those are just amazing. So perfect.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJo

That Alice cake is just gorgeous!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Wow -- those cakes are amazing! I can always pick one or two that are my favorites, but not this week.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

As a major word nerd, these cakes ticked all my favorite boxes! LOVE!!!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Well, now I want to get me a bunch of brother husbands because I want SO MANY of these for my own!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter~Heather W~

As to Cake #5: What IDIOT puts capital letters in an e.e. cummings quote?

Otherwise, yes, these all are very lovely.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLongtime Lurker

The following is not sacriligous or in any way critical of personal beliefs. (A disclaimer is now almost a necessity. Maybe if everyone ate more cake we wouldn't be SO TOUCHY!)
I go to CakeWrecks on Sunday morning to have my faith renewed and my soul refreshed. Today's experience will serve me well in the days ahead. These are all simply divine.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmarie

My phone phantom strikes again! We have lovely cakes and one of them insists I see the demented pumpkin a blog post or two ago.

Why phantom you ask?

Because I click on scary pumpkin and the pretty cake appears!

(I think it's just phone but it's fitting for Halloween)...

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

K--Can we talk about how awesome the single letter cake is? ❤️👏🙌

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe House of Frosting

Isn't the dramatic letter cake two letters? I'm seein a 'k' and a 'f'. Or am I the only one seeing that?

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

So very lovable.

But, one very minor thing. Its e.e. cummings. No caps...

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoonflwr912

These are absolutely lovely! What a wonderful collection!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Alison you're not alone, I see the F too!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

To the folks pointing out there should be no caps in the e.e. cummings quote, what caps are you seeing? Everything is lower case. Also this:
So maybe chill out a bit Longtime Lurker

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrammar police police

Could it be that it's not a K but IF?

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterUte

I read the "one letter" cake as saying "IF", with the I on the side and the F tilted. It's gorgeous, however you read it, as are all the others. Thanks for posting these!

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

The letter cake is very similar to this one:
The letters “J,k and F” are spelled out on this modern monogrammed wedding cake in black and white
The Hudson Cake

Another photo of the Mark Joseph Cakes production can be seen on Colin Cowie Weddings Modern Cake 06 page.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

That can't be a single letter, because the serifs on the tilted section don't align with the vertical on the left. The tilted section could be part of E or F, but the leftward serif on the vertical (see here) indicates a lowercase l. I think all you can say about the design is that it contains typography, but maybe not letters.
The poetry fragment from Mr. Cummings should have lowercase i's, not capital I's. Also, it is missing the parentheses, which are a major stylistic element. In the form on the cake, it looks thoroughly conventional, which is not at all in keeping with the intent of the poet. I call that a literary wreck.

October 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

LURVE the Alice cake, particularly as they used the original drawing. And I really like the blackboard effect on number 4. I have to say though, being the cranky-pants that I am, I abhor the use of one noun in the first cake. Either all nouns, or none. *mutter mutter mutter*

October 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkismet

kismet, check your grammar again:
support, trust, and love can be nouns or verbs;
heart, courage, endurance, family, faith, joy, laughter, and friendship are all nouns.

So all nouns it is :)

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

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