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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 Takes A Liking For Vikings

It's Leif Erickson Day, time to celebrate one of the world's best-known Vikings!

(By Sweet Delisse)

Of course, *I* don't know much about Leif Erickson, so I'm going to get a little help from our old friend, the Internet.


Let's see...
There once was a Viking named Eric the Red. He probably looked something like this:

(By Sassa's Bespoke Cakes)


Eric had a son named Leif, who turned out to be a good sailor.

(By Suijker Fabriek)

It helps when you start them young.


When Leif's father was banished from Iceland, they hopped a boat...

(By Debbie Does Cakes)

...and headed to Greenland.


It was while he was in Greenland that Leif and his family learned how to train dragons.

(By Richard's Cakes)

Um... wait... is that right?

[furious clicking]
OK, forget that last bit. And remember, don't believe everything you read on the Internet, kids.
(Great cake, though, right?)


Anyway... Leif sailed on many voyages.

(By Sugar and Spice)


Eventually, he got restless and sailed off to find a far-off land he'd heard about, 600 arduous miles away.

(By The Evil Plankton on DeviantArt)


(You have to see the back, too. The bubbles are hand-blown sugar!)

Leif is believed to have found the New World 500 years before Columbus.


Leif Erickson Day sailed onto the national calendar in 1964.

(By Titia McLuckie for American Cake Decorating)


Thereby raising public awareness of Viking culture enough to inspire a TV show in 2013:

(By Bitchin' Bakes)


...not to mention its fair share of adorable birthday party themes:

(By Moxi)


So, Happy Leif Erickson Day, everyone!

(By Tarts De Sande)

May the horns on your hat never fall out.


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Reader Comments (28)

Thank you, Sharyn. I can't believe how timely this is. I'm leaving for Denmark in 3 days and one of my first stops will be the Viking Museum. I hope they serve cake!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

What's the name of the 2013 Viking inspired TV show?

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I want those helmet cupcakes for my NaNoWriMo kickoff party! (National Novel Writing Month--not sure how the Viking helmet became our icon, but it's right there on the front page.)

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

Last cake made me giggle :D I love seeing actual talent.

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Did you know, they have found the remains of a second Viking settlement on Newfoundland in addition to L'anse Aux Meadows?
(That 4th-from -the-end cake is magnificent)

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Wow, these are some great cakes and ADORABLE cupcakes!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

When will folks get past the idea that Vikings wore horned helmets? They did not! The horned helmet derives from operatic productions and not Norse tradition.

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Tiffany, it's Vikings (not sure if you were really asking or being ironic). :)

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDNA

So cute!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Vikings also harbor an intense love for Spam. Why, the very mention of the word causes them to break into song!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Lovely cup cake cakes! ^ ^

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDonna


October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmarie

The sugar work on some (esp. the one before the tv show cake) is awe inspiring. But for some reason the little white rings around the oars on the second to last (or penultimate) cake just thrill me. The tiny detail that made the whole thing come together!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

The almost last one, the birthday viking theme cake is also from a tv-series. Much older then Vikings: Wicky the Vicking. Originally a cartoon, later even a real movie.

Love vikings!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKatia

The 5th-from-the-last cake - the one with the bubbles in the back view - is here:

So sad.... it has drowning Vikings. :=( It would cheer me up to see someone make a cake about Leif's brother, Thorstein the Unlucky. A name like that is meant for cake wrecks.

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjune7

There should be a Minnesota Vikings and a Hagar the Horrible cake in there.

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMel M

On the "How to Train your Dragon" cake....why is there a monkey on it?

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAwesomeAud

Alice, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Having something on your head just made for people to catch with a rope is pretty dumb, and Vikings weren't stupid. Awesome, did you see the movie? I didn't, but maybe there was a monkey in it. (I do think he's pretty cute, though.)

I simply adore the royal icing "fretwork" on the fourth cake from the bottom. Some absolutely astounding talent here. Makes logging through all the Wrecks worthwhile!

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Was there a monkey in "How to train your dragon?"

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanisha

OK, am I the only one who think that the helmets on the first cupcakes are way to much work for "just a cupcake". Perhaps they have someone who is so skilled they can really crank those out. I'd like to meet that someone and intern (for free) with him or her.

@ Jules -- TY so much for the Monty Python ref. It's my favorite sketch behind the Dead Parrot and the Cheese Shop.

@ Jake & Me -- You said what I was thinking, but much more artfully. Somehow it wouldn't have been the same item without the illusion of the oars actually in the water. So cool!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Vikings? Do you live in Minnesota, by any chance?

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Titia McLuckie's cake is truly breathtaking.

Why a monkey - because they can and it is cute?

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

The vikings did not have horns on their helmets!!! This is just a myth! Next time you order a viking themed cake, please educate your baker!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelle

Fourth one from the bottom- amazing!!!!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

That cake with the sea monster looks an awful lot like the Dawn Treader, except not quite. :)

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

I want that Toothless one, but as a statue I can keep. It's too cool to eat!!!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Denghel

Vikings! One of my fave shows. Lagertha rules!

October 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIggy

The second one from the bottom is from a popular TV show which is based on the same titled children's book Vickie the Viking - not sure how popular that is across the pond but it was/is huge in several European countries (since 1974!)

October 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeate

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