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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 Gets SPOOPY


Sorry, I'm on a spoopy kick now.



And by "spoopy" I of course mean all things creepy, spine-tingling, and delicious. Extra bonus: everything today would be perfect for themed weddings. That's right:


Let's do this.

(By Miss Ladybird Cakes)

Starting off with a classic. Never underestimate the power of a tasteful blood splatter, my friends.


Or if that's too fresh for you:

(By Wild Orchid Baking Company, now Erin Bakes)

This reminds me of the Skull Garden art I just featured on Epbot. Who knew flowers and skulls could be so lovely?


Also amazing? This airbrush work:

(By Lacey's Cake Shop)

Plus the oh-so-subtle spiderweb and toned flowers. I bet Lydia Deetz would approve.


Look closely at the texture on this next one:

(By Buttercream & Photo by Bellagala here)

It's a tile mosaic! An edible, hand-painted tile mosaic. Love it.


[Ghost Host Voice] "Is this next Sweet actually a subtle Haunted Mansion homage? Or is it your imagination? Hmmm?"

(By Very Unique Cakes)

Check out the wallpaper pattern and sculpted candelabra, Dizgeeks. SWOON. (I'm also completely in love with the roses and cake stand feet. And how the cake seems to float!)


While we're talking homages, this one reminds me of the bone cake in Corpse Bride:

(By Lily Vanilli, tutorial at the link)

Get this: the "bones" are made of meringue! One of the rare times I've seen meringue used sculpturally. Diggin' it.


When I mentioned to Sharyn (my friend and CW guest writer) that I was aiming for "Gothic, creepy, & elegant" this week, she replied, "So, all Sweetlake Cakes?" Ha!

(By Sweetlake Cakes)

You see her point, though. Sweetlake practically wrote the book on Gothic cakes. Those lacy ruffles! And most of their work looks like this!


Which isn't to say something a bit simpler can't be just as stunning:

(By Domestic Goddess)

Can you marry a cake? Because hnnnnnnnggg.


The acid green rose is perfection against this black-and-white silhouette:

(By Michelle the Cake Chef, featured here)


I could have sworn I showed you guys this next one last year, but now I can't find it, so let's see if anything.. catches your eye:

(By Jeanne Winslow Cake Design)

See what I did there?

Eyeball flowers! With bonus skeleton hands!

(I made an eyeball flower wreath last year, but I gotta say, this is way prettier. Can you hang a cake on a door?)


And finally, let's end with the spoopiest of haunted carousels:

(By Bellaria Cake Design)

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked awesome this way comes."

So stunning.


Hope you all enjoyed the spooptacular Sweets! Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (23)

Well done, if a little creepy for celebrating love ;) but to each his own :D

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Who else has the Dexter theme running in their head after that first cake? :)

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJamoche

So cool!!! I had a Halloween baby shower (Baby was due on Halloween but came 12 days early - darn!), but my cake was LAME-O because my mom's friend was totally against my plans and got a generic, grocery store cake. I'd have loved to have any of these for my party!

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I love these, especially the carousal (a word I always have to goggle to make sure I spell correctly). But to me a cake isn't cool unless it tastes good. And so my question is, how good are these in the taste department? Because otherwise they may as well be made with clay and plaster.

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentererin

The first one made me think of Alice in Wonderland with painting the roses red.

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDes


October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIrene R.

Yes, Jen, you CAN hang a cake on a door.Not a real one, but it would be easy, fun, AND spooptacular if you use a styrofoam round from the craft store, frosted with creamy, foamy craft glop (names change per location),
Then you decorate/detail writing of your message de jour ("hippy birday" "U suk woodpecker eggs"... other
favorites.) I can't wait to see what you come up with! And just in time for the holidays, too!

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I hear the AHS theme music when looking at some of these cakes.

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVikki P

Is it just me or does the candelabra on the haunted mansion cake look like Lumiere?

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh

Can anyone else see Randall from Monsters Inc. hiding in cake #8?

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda C.

The Mosaic one is by Buttercream wedding Cakes in St. Paul, Mn. I work there and this is one we did a few years ago.

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Love the little witch legs sticking out from under the house on the green rose cake!

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

is that a pair of stripy legs under the door in cake 9? if so, points for subtle Wizard of Oz reference!

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMC from NZ

Michelle the Cake Chef's cake looks like it landed on a witch in green and black striped leggings. Anyone else see her legs, bottom left?

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

Liked that bone cake one! More people should use meringue sculpturally!

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Watched Something Wicked this Way comes yesterday!!! LOL

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPenny M

There should be a poll about "Sunday Sweet Most Likely To Be. Wrecked", launched right after every new Sunday Sweets post. On this case I'd bet on #4, the mosaic one, it has all it takes to be properly wrecked:the irregular pattern which makes the baker confidently think " this is literally a piece of cake", only to find out that the organic design must have been carefully planned beforehand. And last but not least, those tree branches modelled on the side which have proven to be really difficult to recreate which a good sense of proportion ( see The cherry blossoms on top here at CW).

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarĂ­a

Did anyone notice the bitty pumpkins on the black and white cake with the green rose??? Love!

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

I'm VERY impressed by the second-to-last cake. The black fondant is perfect, and has such a crisp edge. I know nothing about cake decorating, but I know that's impressive.

November 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

Carousel horses are naturally creepy (creppy?), especially the ones that look like they're screaming because someone shoved a pole into them. That last cake is sheer perfection!

November 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkismet

#7 or #8 (if i counted right) would have been at the wedding of morticia & gomez addams.

November 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Oooh, the stripey legs are wearing sliver slippers! Book version for the win!

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterwhothewhat

I know it's far too late, but @erin: "carousal" is NOT the word you're looking for; you meant "carousel".

Also: so... much... black... frosting... the scariest part of the whole post!

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

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