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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 Sweet Gets Flowery

It's Floral Design Day, you guys! LETS GET OUR FLOWERS ON.

Or at least on our cakes.

(Baker unknown.)

For a fairy tale wedding, or a wedding for actual fairies? Because this is just that pretty, you guys.


(By Rosebud Cakes)

Ahh, those climbing flowers on the middle tier! And the butterflies!


(By Torte di Nadia)

Love those big loops of ribbon on the side! They remind me of a kimonos' oversized bow (aka obi), which really adds to the modern Asian aesthetic.


How about a mountain of soft pastels?

(By Amy Swann Cakes)


Or a vibrant swag of bold oranges and pinks?

(By The Mischief Maker)


I'm digging the combination of this simple looped vine and background stripes:

(By Rosalind Miller Cakes)

Great colors, too.


And speaking of color:

(By Lulu Cake Boutique)



Here's a more traditional approach, but done to perfection:

(By Sylvia Weinstock)


And this peaches-and-cream palette really pops on the dark chocolate ganache:

(By Jonathan Caleb)


I like the way these irises are arranged, and how the bottom tier is hand painted to match:

(By The Cake Whisperer)


So many gorgeous cakes this week, but I think this one's my favorite:

(By Lee Forest Design)

From the airbrushed geometric patterns to the woven greenery swirls tucked into the topper, it's one of the most uniquely stunning cakes I've seen in ages.


And finally, for the bride who wants her cake to be literally bursting with flowers:

(Baker unknown)


Such a clever combination of whimsy and elegance. Love it.

Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (37)

Wow! This is one of the most beautiful collections of daisies I've seen so far! :-)

[Editor's note- I think I love you. -john (the daisy of daisies)]

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh

Omg that last one :O

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Even with all the fancy cakes on Sundays, I'm a sucker for the cakes with flowers!
But what is UP with that last cake?!? Either it's too early in the morning here in AZ, or I'm that dumb, because I can't figure out what is going on there....

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

Wow! I especially like the Chocolate one (unusual combination!) and the last one, very interesting!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Is that kale? This redefines a superfood!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersvf

Those purple ones third from last are actually orchids, not irises. 😊 It amazes me how incredibly realistic they can get with a bunch of sugar!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMurphinator

That last cake is incredibly creative! But I want the 2nd cake for my 60th birthday party next year! Sadly, I know from this blog that if I order it from a bakery I can afford, it won't be the same... LOL

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Flowers!!! I LOVE flowers! And cake! I love cake!
Those last two..... well, "stunning" is too tame a word to use to describe them. Something above breathtaking, but I don't know what that would be. Want. Muchly.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

I'm going to award you a gold star for working the words 'modern Asian aesthetic' into a cake description.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Have your cake and salad and veggies too !

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

I also didn't find the ultimate source for the last cake, but I found a similar one here.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

They are all TOO fantastic to be cut and devoured. They should be preserved for the ages! Flowers and Cake! Superb!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStella

A bit worried by the symbolism of the split wedding cake.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Stunning work! But where's the buttercream? :(

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

My brain, it is laughing at me. @Karen, the first thing I thought was OMG how horrifying these would look after being cakewrecked. I have been spoiled rotten by Jen & John into thinking that every cake has an equal & opposite cakewreck, the Js' Law of Wreckphysics in action.

However, these cakes are exquisite, hands off, Wreckorators!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

Are all those flowers edible? Some are just too perfect!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWordphreak

My gosh, design wise I love all of them. But I have to say that since I did the renewal for the health and hygiene certification friday all I can think, is that if we're going to celebrate cake with flowers, it has to be sugar flowers. In addition to being covered in pesticide, stored in filthy water, and unsanitary - I look at the last two cakes and just think e-coli (because manure in the dirt then getting stuck into your gorgeous, delicious, expensive cake. Yuck!).

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I LOVE the first one!!! :) That just might be the most stunningly beautiful cake I've seen on Sunday Sweets! :)

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterK Michelle

I love the first one! If I ever host an actual fairy's wedding, that's what I'm serving!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I love the last one! I think it can be taken as symbolism for either "wallflowers" or "reveal the hidden beauty inside." Great find!

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjune7

I want that final one at my next wedding anniversary.

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

What?? No movie-themed SS in honor of the Oscars?

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I can't keep from asking -- what are those things hanging behind the first cake? Sandbags?

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

@Dorothy wedding dresses

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Elizabeth

Simply wow! So beautiful--the first is my favorite as well. Thanks for a refreshingly beautiful collection of incredible cakes!

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMom

I think the first cake is my absolute favorite! It looks like it came from a fairytale/fantasy wedding. Absolutely stunning.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

I wouldn't be able to choose between them. Every cake was a masterpiece.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Schreiber

Thanks for the answer, Shirley Elizabeth! If you had not answered, I would have always wondered!

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

Beautiful. I was hoping for a 25th anniversary post of Marsha Norman's version of The Secret Garden. Beautiful musical, and now it has cakes to match! But where are the clusters of crocus? ;)

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Love it, even though it was late ;)

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

The first cake seems to be by Sky's The Limit Bridal Sweets:

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAli

@ Melanie -- If you look behind the vegetables and orchids on the one cake, there are shiny pieces of black acrylic (I think it's acrylic or some kind of thick bendable plastic) that separates the vegetation from the cake. The same with the open-book cake--if you look closely, there are what appears to be black sheets that separate that flowers from the cake. My guess is that you put some kind of medium on that to stick the flowers, etc. in after you stick the plastic (or whatever it is) onto the cake.

And I certainly agree, one has to be careful about what one puts on cakes. In culinary school, I learned that it was OK if we used edible flowers (rose, borage, carnation, chrysanthemum, etc.), but one must be sure to use only the edible portion and insure that they were grown without pesticides, etc.

I have to admit that the airbrush design on the vegetable/orchid cake makes it easier to "hide" the plastic, and one cannot see the black background on the open-book cake unless you look at the edges.

All--The first cake is stunning, but am I the only one who sees it leaning to the left? Maybe that adds to it's garden-like rustic charm.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

@Melanie: Glad it's not just me cringing at the thought of sticking real flowers into these lovely cakes

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTheo Bromine

Exquisite, all! My favorite is the second one: the subtly-shaded purples, pinks, and blues! The butterflies! The overall effect brings to mind an English cottage garden.

I think the pink flowers on the third-to-last cake are neither irises nor orchids, but African violets.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLian

First cake full attributions here.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

And the same image with attribution here, though it's way down the page at 18 MAR.

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

I'm a big fan of Sunday Sweets and am usually awed by the beauty and creativity expressed in the cake designs. However, for some reason, I find these all very over-done. The first one is so top -heavy it looks like it will topple over. The flowers are so crowded, it's difficult to appreciate the beauty of the individual parts. It's all too-too much. Today I must be the cake Scrooge, but am I the only one?

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

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