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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 Goes Green For St. Paddy's

Saint Patrick's Day is coming, but it's a rare treat to find a cake as elegant as this Claddagh design for the holiday:

(By Cake Gallery)

Who needs flowers with clovers this sweet?


So rather than featuring all Leprechauns and pots of gold, today I'm also mixing in some gorgeous wedding cakes in one of my favorite colors:

(By Sweet Sugar Treats)



There's something so cheerful about bright emerald green, am I right?

Just like soft mossy greens make you feel at least 80% less stabby:

(By Tort Ekaterinburg)

Srsly, next time you're stuck in traffic, think about this cake. It'll totally help.


Now combine those two greens, and throw in some teensy pink roses...

(By Red Carpet Cake Design)


That piping is blowing my mind. Perfect swags *and* brush embroidery!


This oh-so-subtle St. Patrick's design has the most incredible tiered tree on top:

(By Bobbette and Belle)

You've probably spotted the pot of gold, but what about the tiny Leprechaun?
(Took me a minute!)


I heard a delicious rumor that this pot of gold is filled with a layer of cheesecake:

(By Topsy Turvy)

[heavy breathing]
[repeated attempts to lick the screen]



You know, I'd never have thought this color combo would work, but WOW does it:

(By The Cake Tress)


And since orange is my favorite favorite color, of COURSE I'm feeling this next one:

(By Jim Smeal)

Look closely; those lines are all hand-piped!


There's a new trend of making cakes as beautiful inside as they are out, and lemme tell ya:

(By Make Fabulous Cakes)



In fact, since you really can't have a St. Patrick's Day celebration without at least ONE rainbow...

(By Rosie Cake Diva)'s a cake with ALL the rainbows. [squee!]

In fact, you can keep your pot o' gold, Mr. Leprechaun; I'll just take this cake.


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (22)

Ooooo, lovely St Patty-cakes!

(worth waiting the extra hour for)

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

A favor (or a spoiler ). The little leprechaun is just below and to the left of the pot of gold.

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

After reading this entire post, I feel 87.3% less stabby. So thanks, Jen!

And hand-piped? Holy smokes!

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

There's plenty of time for St. Pat Wrecks, even with Pi Day being tomorrow, but for now, the pipes, the pipes are callin'...

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

P.S. Shamrocks, not clover.

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Is it possible that the pot o'gold is filled with Boston cream pie?
It's a St. Patrick's day standard in this house

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura for the third cake.

[Editor's note- Great find! I looked everywhere. I updated the post. Thanks! -john (the hubby of Jen)]

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa


March 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

@ Shirley -- thanks for the "Shamrocks".

I want to learn how to decorate each one of these cakes (except for the pot of gold and the tree ... just not my thing). The green tiered cake with the white swags and perfect string work and teeny pink roses has me "over the moon". If only I could produce something with half that impact. Mind blowing!

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Great post and as an Irish person thanks for calling it St. Paddy's and not St. Patty!! That wrecks my head :)

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

After seeing that cheesecake pot o' gold, I actually feel 80% more stabby. Where's my fork?

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

These were AMAZING but the Wrecks when someone tries to recreate these will be DIVINE! (Green frosting can go horribly sideways)

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpastry impaired chef

*high fives Jim Smeal and Make Fabulous Cakes*

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJess W.

I've known for 20 years that that color combo (cake #7) works. Like you, I love green (it's my favorite color), especially emerald green. Unfortunately I wasn't born in the right month to get emeralds as my birthstone, though. My husband is into blue, & thus sapphire, and, lucky one that he is, he WAS born with sapphire as his birthstone. One of the first pieces of jewelry he gave me, before we were even married, was a necklace with a heart having emerald for me, sapphire for him & a diamond for us together. I've always treasured it.

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Soft, mossy greens really do make you feel less stabby! That's the reason it's the color in my bedroom!

March 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I apologize to Margaret, but I was playing with "Patty-cake, Patty-cakeā€¦" just to be silly.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Green is the bestest color out there!! Especially a deep dark GREEN like Michigan State Spartan GREEN!! :) these cakes are gorgeous!

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I only see a nasty alien face on no1, not my favorite Sunday sweets, just finding the greens jarring and unapetising, despite the amazing talent and artistry. Oh and St Patrick? he was Welsh, until he immigrated.

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

My screen now has a bite-sized chunk out of it where the Pot of Gold cake was...

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

My special guy and I married on St. Patrick's Day. And, although it wasn't a lucky day for us and we divorced, we kept our friendship and love for each other.

He passed away (age 49), a year ago in January. I miss him very much, and more so on St. Patrick's Day.

Thanks for posting these beautiful cakes, Jen.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSalannB

The orange-and-green wedding cake features my wedding colours for this August! I'm always glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks it works!

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Too awesome! Green is my fave color anyway and I am slack-jawed at these beautiful cakes! Love, LOVE, LOVE! Thanks Jen/John

March 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

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