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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 Touchy-Feely

In my perpetual quest for the most Sweets-worthy Sweets to show you guys, I often find fabulous, new-to-me techniques, designs and textures - but they don't necessarily fit one of my weekly themes.

So today I've rounded up some of my favorites of these, and we'll call the theme... um... ah! I know: CAKES I WANNA FEEL UP.

Like this one:

(By Floral Cakes By Jessic MV)

Tell me you don't want to run your fingers over that bottom tier. Or poke the weaving on top. It's just so darn COOL.


Check out the fluttery layers on this sweet geometric number:

(By Sugar Pot)

I assume that's edible rice paper, but it looks almost feathery soft.


On the opposite end of the spectrum: edible barbed wire, y'all:

(By Shannon Bond Cake Design)

And I just noticed there's a little key on the barbed wire! So many other great textures here, too, from the faux wood grain to the carved floral relief. Great contrast.


This next one is the cake equivalent of champagne, 'cuz it looks so bubbly:

(By Suzanne Esper Cakes)

Are those beady-bubbles all hand-piped? I can't tell. See, if I could poke it I could tell.

Which is probably why Suzanne is so happy I only have a picture of her cake.


We've all seen a zillion ruffle cakes by now, but here's a Sweet twist on classic ruffles:

(Baker unknown. Anybody know?)

...literally! Isn't that amazing?

One of my favorite new techniques out there.


This dripping lace and 3D floral sculpt is calling my name, you guys:

(By Albena Cakes)

It's saying, "Jeeeen. Pet meeeeee."

Is it weird to pet a cake? 'Cuz I'd be willing to find out.


OooOOoooh. Now THIS one looks like perfect porcelain wall tile:

(By Jessica Harris)

Like, I want my bathroom tiled in this texture. Which I realize is a strange compliment to give a cake, but I'm just speaking the truth here, minions.


And while I'm decorating my house with cake textures, I'll take this one as a vintage-style duvet cover for the guest room we don't have:

(By Emma Page Cakes)


I'm not sure I believe that's edible, guys. I need to smoosh my face in it, just to be sure. Can someone make that happen?


Here's a variation on the fondant ruffle that I can't stop staring at:

(By Lulu Cake Boutique)

I'm not sure if it's the combination of the ruffles with the pearls, or just the oh-so-natural way it drapes and falls on the tiers, but I... LOVE... this.


And finally, a masterpiece of so many insanely skilled textures that you'd have to have it roped off and guarded to keep me from getting lovingly handsy:

(By The Vagabond Baker)


From the breaking "waves" on both the bottom and top to that intricate "beading" to the fanned out coral, this cake is doing its darndest to break my brain. And since I just caught myself patting the computer screen where the beaded tier is, I think it may have succeeded.

Hope you guys enjoyed! Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (32)

Now THAT is cake art :D

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I cannot stop staring at the duvet cover one! I mean, seriously, is that hand-piped??? I'm totally gobsmacked and I feel you on all levels with wanting to touch these cakes.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJules

#8 is not a cake. It's a chenille bedspread. You cannot convince me otherwise. The texture is too perfect!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjoybeth

My hands ache at the thought of that crewel-work/pointillism cake -- beautiful, but oh, so many little dots!!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Nimous

All those comments about touching those cakes and I'm thinking, "YIKES! Death by Bride!"

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

I shudder to think of what the wrecked versions of these would look like...

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I have a barrette that looks exactly like the silver ornament on the second cake! The pinky-wavy flowers remind me of peonies...mmmm. The 6th cake....I would love to see it lit from the inside, like a Tiffany lamp! The purple cake looks heavy--(can something "look" heavy?) Well, Im sure it was yummy! They're all treats, these Sweets! Thanks, again, for the visual *sugar high*!! =^~.~^=

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Cake #8- It sorta looks like a sooo soft mosaic! GIMMEE GIMMEE GIMME!!:)

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterC.C

I am having flashbacks to being a little kid (7 or 8) and a family wedding reception and being fascinated by the highly decorated cakes. Of course it was lots of frilly flowers and bubbles, fountains and lights from that era. I am happy to know that I am not alone in wanting to touch and poke the art to figure it out.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

That cake looks more like a hooked rug than a chenille bedspread. Truly awesome!!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

The second one is probably wafer's all the rage in decorating circles right now.

High probability the second last one is piped buttercream dots, another big trend at the moment that I would like to try but I'm afraid my hand will fall off, and then I'd have to turn that into a gruesome cake because it's me.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I know lots of brides get cakes to match their dresses. I'd love to turn that around and have a dress made to match #6.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Love the purple one. The fondant ruffles make it look like a Topsy turvy cake without the possibility of tipping. :D

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Luv luv luv the pink ruffle one. Am totally fascinated by the chenille bedspread/duvet cover one. It is spot on!!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The one you say looks like a duvet cover looks EXACTLY like my grandma's hooked rugs in texture, style, & colors.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeckyH

Oh. My. Stars. Heck with the ruffles - I want to touch the blueberry velvet in cake #9. The chenille/needlepoint/petitpoint cake is why I have never learned needlepoint or counted-cross stitch. No patience for those gorgeous techniques. I WANT the lace and ivy leaves on the final beauty. Honestly, if I were one of those cake artists, I'd have to have someone else cut into the cake; I couldn't bear to do it myself!

@SuBee, I was thinking the same thing!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

I guess I'm in the minority, because I don't like these. They're a little too out there for my traditional taste. I can appreciate the work that went into them though.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

@ Nancy @ BeckyH -- I'm with both of you on the hooked rug bit.

I want somebody to tell me how they make edible barbed wire. Really.

Amazing cakes--thanks, Jen!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Oh.My.Goodness. What an amazing group of cakes! I can't go into a fabric store without running my hands over the bolts of fabric. These cakes make me want to do the same thing! Love the cake that mimics a duvet and the green lace one....words fail me.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

@SuBee, my thoughts exactly!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

All so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this batch!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I could never eat any of those cakes, because they are too ridiculously beautiful! I would, however, decorate a room with (and around) all of them!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Albena cakes-- nice work! *applauds* that is beautiful.
Emma Page cakes-- mmmmmmm. . . . . i have seen this one on Cake Wrecks before, and I don't care. if the cake baker i find to do my wedding cake brings something like this to my wedding, i will have to insist upon finding a chair to sit down just so i could give them a standing ovation. other than that, words would fail me.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJess W.

I think the pink flower/ruffly cake is by this baker - Loved it so much that I hunted it down!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMushMo

These are amazing!

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

These cakes are stunning and the bakers are so talented. But dear god no. The textures creeped me out to look at for a lot of these. Similar to the creeped outness I feel looking at pictures of things with lots of holes. Skin crawling right now. That said, truly impressive technique on these.

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSara

The "vintage-style duvet cover" cake. How. Mind blown.

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaty Bug

truly amazing, awesome cakes this week. I'm in awe of the talent displayed here.

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermary

All beautiful and I also want to touch!

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Messantonio

@Mary Kay, you can make barbed wire with modeling chocolate or a fondant-gum paste combo. :)

April 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I love the juxtaposition of crazy texture and silky smooth that so many wedding cakes have lately! I adore new techniques and love that you showcase them. Keep it up!

April 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Ann

I understand why some people find the texture "creepy" but I love them any way. Each one is more beautiful than the previous one and then I got to #6. That is breath-taking. Really, 5, 6, 7 and 10 should all win awards, if such a thing exists. And I agree with commentator above who suggested that you design a dress around cake #6. Probably not a wedding cake, but a magnificent gown. Heaven!

April 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

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