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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 For Dear Ol' Dad


How do you capture the essence of every dad in 11 Sweet cakes?

Well, you don't.

But this is a great excuse for me to post some pretties I think a lot of guys would like - and a few that I know my own Dad will dig.

Like a big steak dinner...

(By Debbie Does Cakes)

That's actually a cake!

(No, really!)


And when it comes to dream cars, you'd be hard pressed to find any lovelier than a classic red Ferrari:

(By The White Ombré)

Admit it: if that slice wasn't cut out, you'd think these were models, right?


My Dad introduced my brother and me to everything from ABBA to Louis Armstrong growing up, so to me music and fathers go together like chocolate cake and marshmallow icing. Which is to say they should ALWAYS go together.

(By Isbilya Cakes)

Classic Beatles is classic. I still love Octopus' Garden best.


Not every father is a Mr. Fix It, but for those who are...

(By The Royal Bakery)

How cool is this green and purple color scheme? And the "oil drip" lettering?
(This makes me like to think the Joker tinkers in the garage in his spare time.)


You regulars know my folks are reeeally into motorcycles now, so this one's for MY Dad:

(By Cakey Bakes Cakes)

That's a sunset I could ride into, right there.


Continuing our theme of cakes that don't look like cakes:

(By Melanie Judge) much fun could you have with this cake remote control? I'm imaging an elaborate set-up with a new big-screen box and plenty of hidden cameras. (Just me?)


I have vague memories of my Dad teaching me to catch in our tiny suburban backyard. I think that's another Dad requirement, right? Even when your kids are about as adept at sports as a three-humped camel doing the limbo?

(By Delicia Designs)

Maybe if you'd offered me more cake, Dad, I wouldn't have run away from the ball so much. (OK, yes I would have, but the cake still would have been a nice gesture on your part.)


Aha, another one for my Dad:

(By Sweet Element)

GUINNESS. Not so much the Star Wars LEGO figures. Those are more for me. :D


But lest you think my Dad isn't a geek, oh ho! YES HE IS.

(By Cake Révol)

He and Mom brought me to my very first sci-fi convention: a traveling Doctor Who exhibit held in the parking lot of our local PBS station. I got to play in the TARDIS and meet John Pertwee and it was GLORIOUS.


Now, I could have featured more sport cakes here, but let's be honest: dads also love video games.
Am I right?

And here's a Pip-Boy from one of John's favorite games, Fallout:

(By Designs By Angela)

It fits around your arm, for easy snacking. :D


And finally, for every guy who dreams of being James Bond:

(By Dolce Arte)

Here's to the dads who are never shaken, always stirred.


Happy Father's Day, everyone!


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Reader Comments (18)

I just want to brag that I also was at a stop (two stops, actually, Bellingham and Tacoma in Washington state) on that Doctor Who tour, and got to meet both Jon Pertwee and the then-brand-new Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. But because I was part of the local Who club putting on the Bellingham show, I also got to sit in Bessie!

<p>And I don't have to call my dad today, because I'm visiting him after raising funds for his local PBS station last night during their semi-annual Doctor Who pledge drive.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEric Gjovaag

Sunday is always a beauty day and that's appreciated. The naughty Wreckie in me can't WAIT to see what happens when someone asks a baker with less talent than enthusiasm to make a cake "just like this motorcycle one" That will be glorious. (Cue the evil laughter)
To all the dads in my life ( I had 3!) then and now, much love and respect and appreciation. To all dads doing the tough job of raising the next generation, thank you!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

You met John Pertwee? YOU *MET* JOHN PERTWEE?!?!? I love you so much right now.

oh wait, what? there are other cakes on here? Oh yeah. Happy Father's Day.

JOHN PERTWEE!!!! (faints)

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.a.m.

My car guy likes the Ferrari but not in red, so now he's not getting any Ferrari cake at all. That's what happens when you're too darn picky!
Happy Father's (or is it Fathers'? Fathers??) Day to all!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Rarely does CW make me cry but the baseball-themed cake got me right between the eyes. Daddy loved baseball (why, yes, I'm a Texas girl) (a close to 60-year-old girl - we all call our fathers Daddy and we're always their little girls). Even though it's going on five years since he died, special occasions sucker-punch me all the time and that cake - too perfect.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

amazing work. i'm amused by the star wars/guinness one. i guess they combined two of his favorite things.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

You can't possibly be old enough to have met John Pertwee!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlana Skye

LOVE the stacked stormtroopers helping Darth Vader get a sip of guinness. Didn't know Vader could drink through that mask!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMom

AAAAAAAAARGH! *runs around in circles flapping hands up and down* I WANT THAT BIKE CAKE! (With my SV on it rather than the cruiser, but I WANT!) My birthday is coming up, so I should send the link to the husbeast.

If it turns into a wreckeration, I will of course send photos. :-)

Now, let's all sing, 'Crawl out through the fallout with meeeeeeeee!'

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdr handle

Are you sure the steak is really cake?!? All of these are wonderful tributes to a special man in our lives. I love my Dad even though he has passed - he would have loved the toolbox cake!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

@Miss Mindy & Jen, I'm also a girl who learned baseball, well, softball, from her daddy and also a Texas girl of a certain age. I'll never forget the lesson he taught me about integrity and games. He was field umpire and I was at bat. I smacked that ball out to center field and took off for first thinking I had at least a double. As I was rounding first I heard my dad hiss 'get back on first!' He could see the ball tossed in to second base. I back peddled to first, saved from the out. After the game the family was waiting for daddy in the car and when he got to the car we asked where he'd been. He'd just had himself taken off umpiring any more of my games and switched to other teams. He said that what he'd done to save me from the out was unfair to the other team and an umpire has to be fair to both teams. He passed 20 yrs ago and I still sing a verse of Centerfield in his memory. Thank you Jen & Miss Mindy for a lovely Texas memory. <3 <3 <3ยค

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

Jon Pertwee was one of the coolest and nicest guys ever. A great dad, too.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterfelix1140

You missed a possible tag-line for that James Bond cake. Look at the URL - it's "From Russia..."

PS - You met Jon Pertwee? Wow!

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Today is my birthday! (And, yes, I was born on Father's Day.)

I am the eldest child, so I imagine the nurse saying, "Happy Father's Day! You're a father!" How appropriate.

When I was growing up, it was always a tradition that on the years my birthday & Father's Day coincided, my dad and I would do something together, just the two of us. I remember one time we went camping together, another time we played chess all weekend. These are some of the most precious memories I have. My dad is still around, but too far away to visit with anymore. But I still remember.

I NEED the Beatles cake. And the Doctor Who cake.
My awesome dad can have the toolbox cake. And the steak. Although, he'd actually prefer strawberry pie, sans decoration. (Lucky him - he got his pie yesterday!)

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

Hugs (the totally non-creepy kind) to Miss Mindy, Ado Annie, and anyone else who had to remember their Dad instead of celebrating with him. I have an irrational fear that, when I finally lose my Dad, I will blink out of existence like a blown light bulb. Because mine is the Very Bestest Daddy, just like yours.

On a lighter note: TwinMom, when I saw the Darth-Vader-sipping-Guinness cake, I heard, "Hhoooo....Kkkhhblubblubblub."

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Wowzers, that 007 cake is absolutely flawless!! What a beauty!!

Speaking of awesome dads, my awesome dad wears a certain tie every Father's Day that I gave him when I was a teenager. Each year I say, "I like your tie," and he says, "Thanks," which might sound like a boring tradition, but, given the fact that I'm 37 years old now, I figure he's been wearing that tie every Father's Day for two decades. And it always makes my heart glow that he remembers. :)

June 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterK. Michelle

One of the best Sunday Sweets ever.
Should the Guinness cake have, instead of Darth Vader, had the elder Obi-Wan on it? Or is Vader honoring his former mentor?

June 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

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