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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: Pretty Little Things

They say good things come in small packages, and today we're going to see if that applies to cake.

Because I'll be honest, I have my doubts. (More cake is always better, right?)

(By Eva Salazar)


Ok, this is some picture perfect draping, right here. And that bow! Ah!


(By Cotton & Crumbs)

OH SNAP. A flower topper that's the same size as the cake itself?! I'm officially starting to see the appeal of smaller Sweets.


(By Lael Cakes)

Oh, and hey, at this size I don't have to share, right? [grabby hands]


I was tempted to base an entire Sweets post around this next one:

(By Freshly Squeez'd - now Letterpress Bakery)

Oh my stars!
Absolutely heavenly.


And can we talk about this redonkulously adorable unicorn?

(By Bella Baking)

Now I want to stick cute unicorn heads and pudgy little feet on every one-tier cake I see.


Now prepare for a little dose of drama:

(By Red Polka-Dot Designs)

Because sweet scrolly hearts and rippling ruffles, this is STUNNING.


Are you onboard with one-tier Sweets yet? 'Cuz if not, this little confetti-and-balloons number should convince you:

(By Blissfully Sweet Cakes)


Or this whale of a cake:

(By Whipped Bakeshop)

(The little water spout!!)


There's a new small cake trend out there that emphasizes a more abstract design, usually with colorful drips, flowers, and an assortment of pretty bits and bobs scattered around, like this:

(By The Little Cake Box)

...and lemme tell you, I LOVE IT. (Check out the upside down drips!)


In fact, here's my favorite good-thing-in-a-small-package this week:

(By Slice Artisan Cakes)


Ok, bakers, you convinced me: sometimes small cakes ARE better.

Hope the rest of you enjoyed! Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (29)

OMG the whale, Alaska star cake and unicorn cake are soo amazing :D

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Making pudgy little animals out of one-tier cakes is officially my favorite new cake trend. So adorable! I saw Finding Dory yesterday, so now want a one-tier cake of every character, but especially the otters. And baby Dory. All of them!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Wow... Honestly, I am blown away by the bear constellation cake. What a beautiful idea, what a beautiful cake!!!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

LOVE the star one by Freshly Squeezed/Letterpress! Gorgeous! I would love to see a whole post devoted to it.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

The red "sweet scrolly hearts" are faux cinnabar.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLauraB

The constellation bear cake is fabulous, but ohmygod I wanna hug the whale cake!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

I think one was even fondant-free! Lovely!
Has there ever been a Sunday Sweets about cupcakes? Even smaller!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

all the cakes are fantastic; but the first one is stunning

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermary

I second the desire to see a post devoted to the amazingness that is the constellation bear cake by Freshly Squeez'd/Letterpress Bakery. So stunning! And those adorable one tier animals (unicorn and whale) are so simple and yet so incredible!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

No unattributed cakes this Sunday! I'll have to do my own chores instead.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

These are all awesome. I do wonder if the cute little unicorn has a tail too!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

Love ALL of these! The bear constellation and the first one are favorites.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

How I love Sunday Sweets. Don't get me wrong - the disasters, especially those that involve baker's not understanding what part of the instructions actually go on the cake, are hilarious. But these pretty cakes make my heart sing.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm late to the party today but definitely in the "bear constellation" group-FABULOUS. (I assisted a caterer many years ago. I saw many dull, unimaginative cakes and a few that, while not technically wrecks, were ugly. Harsh but true. The most charming cakes were at a small Spring reception. Each table had a white on white cake, all buttercream, with a different flower on top. Each flower was hand-formed and almost the same diameter of the cake. Too beautiful for words to adequately describe, this was my introduction to little cakes. They can be amazing! Thanks for a brightener on a stormy Sunday.)

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

I love all of the cakes, and all for different reasons. If they wanted to nake a stuffed animal in the same dimensions as that whale cake, I'd buy it.

The idea of that bear constellation cake is so simple, yet so beautifully executed.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Lovely cakes, as always. :)

Jen- I hope it's okay to share this here, but I've basically been binge watching Indie films on Netflix all day... Have you seen Time Lapse or Timer? They are both very good! Time Lapse is a darker, suspense/thriller, while Timer is a romantic comedy, but both have a twist of sci-fi/"What would happen if...?" thrown in for good measure, and are well written, acted, & executed. I was secretly hoping the Sunday Sweets theme would be clocks, timers, time travel, etc, so I'd have a reason to bring up the movies! Oh, well... I couldn't resist mentioning them even though they were off topic!! Hope everyone has a great week!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterK. Michelle

That Ursa Major cake is officially my new favorite Sunday sweet. I'm in love!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

The bear constellation cake is hands down my favorite. But the whale cake isn't too far behind!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

The bear cake with Ursa Major and Ursa Minor on it is the kind of cake I wish someone would order me for my birthday. Stunning!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The only correct comment about the unicorn cake is "It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!"

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Video

I also favor the constellation cake; it's amusing, elegant, shows great technique and it's deep blue, But even if these were all in a "small cakes" category to vote for, really, you'd have to have subcategories by style. And then there'd be ten winners here. A wishy-washy way to do things, but all are deserving.

Ahhhh, I needed these to restore my faith in cake decorators. Now ready for more wrecks!

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

I've gotta say that of all things, I admire the RESTRAINT shown in the first cake. It was perfection ... couldn't have added one more detail or taken one off.

June 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

I love the constellation cake by Letterpress Bakery. And now I want to know why Letterpress Bakery is called 'Letterpress Bakery', since my husband and I do some letterpress printing.

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAwesomeAud

So So stunning!! I could never actually cut or eat them!

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLynny

personally I love love love the one with the figs! Those figs are perfect! I can taste them just by looking at them. the Whale cake is great too. well all of them are it is Sunday's post after all. BUT those figs! WOW!

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGayle

I wanna know what the rainbow fudge is on that last cake. No that's not a Ned Flanders style swear ;-D Look... there appears to be rainbow fudge mixed in with the macarons.
I don't like it. It reminds me of headache-inducing soap like Lush sells, or a craft a child makes by melting all their old broken crayons together.
Maybe if I knew it was delicious I would like it better. Any theories? Likely just white chocolate and dye huh?

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Wouldn't you just be thrilled to have that second one as a wedding cake? I love the hand painted detail on it, and the flower makes it perfect. It would have to be for a small wedding obviously.

I'm quite liking the figs too.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

That widdle whale!! I just want to hug it and kiss it and squeeze it!! (Yes, I realize that would ruin it. I said I want to, not that I would.)

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

These are so sweet, but I must admit that I had a passing thought that the last one was something closer to the wreck side. (ducking now). The previous cake was gorgeous in its simplicity, so the final one seemed overdone and a little sloppy. The individual elements might have worked, but together they formed a little mess. (sorry).

The playful cakes are all wonderful. Along with your other commenter, I want a stuffed animal form of the whale. So cute!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

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