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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 Puzzle Lovers

I used to be embarrassed by how much I like jigsaw puzzles, but now I just brew a pot of tea, throw an afghan over my lap for the cats, and embrace it. (Yep, nights are PRET-TY wild here at the Yates household.)

And since today is National Puzzle Day, we'll need some cakes to go with this tea, right?

(By Cakery Creation)

Look at this sweetie! With the little hearts, it'd be perfect for Valentines.


Have you heard of puzzle cookies? Because this is such a cool idea:

(By Sweet, inspired by Sweet Treats)

Like an edible jigsaw puzzle!


I like how that one comes jumbled in a box, but there are lots of other gorgeous designs out there, too:

(By Cookies Art by Shirlyn)

Pony carousel!


Of course there are more puzzles than just jigsaws. Anyone else a Tetris fan?

(By Sweet Gems Wedding Cakes, which appears to be permanently closed.)


Or how about the classic Rubik's cube?

(By CakeCentral member ShamsD)

I've never solved one of these - but to be fair, I give up after 90 seconds.

(I don't have a cake version of it, but I'm currently obsessed with a puzzle globe that requires you to lead a tiny metal ball through 100 different steps. I've solved each of the three sections separately, but so far not all 100 in a row. SOMEDAY.)


Let's get back to traditional puzzle pieces, though, because this wedding topper?

(Baker unknown. Photo by Captured Photography)



And here's a gravity-defying design:

(By Sharon Peled)

Look closely; I think the puzzle box picture is Starry Night!


Aha, I thought of two more puzzle types:

(By CakesDecor member Kelly Stevens)

Wait - does a word search count as a puzzle?


Well, I know these count:

(By Coocakecachoo)

Crossword puzzles! Specifically Cryptic Crosswords for me, where the clues are mini word puzzles themselves. They're either extremely frustrating or great fun, depending on how often you get them right. (I have to cheat a lot, but I love them.)


And finally, the sweetest wedding cake puzzle:

(By The Fondant Flinger)

Isn't it loverly?


Hope you guys enjoyed today's Sweet puzzles! I'll leave you with a picture of the one I'm working on now - 2,000 pieces of Disney stained-glass gorgeousness:

Ooooh. Ahhhh.

(It's on Amazon here.)

Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (32)

That wedding cake topper-too cute :D :D also that spilled puzzle box is amazing :O

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I used to do puzzles...jigsaw puzzles...a lot, but my question is, how do you have cats and jigsaw puzzles in the same place? My cats loved to play on the puzzles...lay on them, walk on them, and there was never one without a missing piece. Same thing with Legos. Cats love those too.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Take a Break is a UK magazine so the baker is probably over here somewhere.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiddleymazi

The cake with the puzzle piece topper is likely by Alessi Bakeries of Tampa. The wedding was at Cross Creek Ranch on March 14, 2012, and Cross Creek lists Alessi as their preferred vendor for cakes. Photography was by Captured Photography (see here), so you might at least give that credit.

[Editor's note- Thanks, Chris. -john]

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

I have the same love of puzzles and the cakes are awesome but how do you keep your cats off the puzzles?!?

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJD

Love Cakewrecks! And jigsaw puzzles.
Have you tried Jigsaw World online? Found it from a pop up on Facebook, and find it almost addictive.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBeckyS

I have that stained glass puzzle you're working on and I LOVE it! I just need to find a way to display it to do it justice. I'll keep an eye out for something on epbot perhaps?! 😉

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

I love that Tetris cake!! My favorite game :)

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The puzzle piece cake topper seems to be by Celeste Welch. Similar ones are here.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

It's my birthday today and you have featured my biggest obsessions, jigsaw puzzles, cakes and weddings! I can't believe it's National Puzzle Day on my birthday, but as I live in the UK we probably don't have it here😞. Thank you for making my day.😁

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGina


January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Funny! I don't know who you were directing your question to, but in my house, the cats HELP with puzzles!

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The bride confirms Alessi as the bakery, through Facebook.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

The bride confirms Alessi as the baker, through Facebook.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

That fondant finger is lovely but could you imagine doing a puzzle that is completely silver? #nightmare

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaukura

The bride confirms Alessi as the baker, through Facebook.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

Gorgeous cakes! I was especially excited about the Rubiks cube since I have quite a few myself, only to notice that the colors were all wrong! 2 out of 6 pieces where you can see more than one side have the same color on 2 sides, making it impossible to solve! I'd understand if they didn't get it exactly right or even repeated a piece, but if a corner piece is white on 2 sides, there is no way to twist them to the same side. It's wrong on a level with giving Luke a red lightsabre.
But it is admittedly the sweetest wreck I've seen!

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMalin

Puzzle cookies! I need to get on that! What a cute idea for a gift!

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

The cakes are beautiful, but I'm very bothered by anyone naming their kid Aryan.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmber I

Wendy, thank you. I was also rather taken aback that someone would name a child "Aryan." Probably another parent who hopped on the "trendy" name kick and pick a name because it "sounds cool" without considering what it means. Or maybe, just neo-Nazis. Both options are plausible.

January 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPunchinello

My 11-year-old also has the space Perplexus. He is also obsessed. Me, I get frustrated after the third obstacle...

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKae

Jen, oddly enough hubby and I were working on our puzzle yesterday. It's a 1,000 piece Totoro puzzle that I got at Epcot the last time we were there. Actually, I think that's a time we met up with you. :)

It's this puzzle. We've worked on it for a couple of hours over two weekends. So far we have the boarder completed, the blue Totoro mostly done, and the mouths of the Cat Bus and Totoro also mostly done.

Growing up, my family would often have a puzzle in works on the dining room table. We would work on it whenever we could over the course of a couple of weeks until it was finished. It made a good family after-dinner activity. :)

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterrisforrose

Wendy, I thought the same thing: ARYAN?! Did someone name their child ARYAN?! People, please use a dictionary before you name your kids (or your cats or your dogs or your parakeets, etc.).

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I love cryptic crosswords too! My absolute favorites are by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon (aka Hex). Every time I do one of their puzzles, I'm astounded. HOW DO THEY DO IT?!?!?

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersairentohiru

My daughter and I are doing the 2000 piece Disney -- it's fantastic!

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

These are all beautiful.

I love the fact that the puzzle cookie forms a picture of a cake! =-)

January 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I'm pretty sure the gravity-defying puzzle is not Starry Night, unless of course Starry Night has a tropical fish in it that I missed. :) (Just above the top cake layer - middle left)

February 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

Ok, I wasn't the only one to notice that someone named their kid"Aryan". Really?!? I know who those parents voted for in the last election...

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHowlindawgs

Aryan? ARYAN? There are no adults left in the room.


Almost as bad as Hitlier. Yes, some poor kid got named that. Delightful child (not kidding).

Exhibit A) and B) why some people shouldn't name their kids after a heavy usage of bath salts and meth.

B) is because the parents must "have issues", the only polite way to phrase that.

A) Aryan? I can see the kr8tyv and sheltered parental unit thinking it's a cool way to spell Aaron or Orion.

*ever hopeful*

PEOPLE run that KR8TYV name though Google and see what the hell pops up! That way the kid won't be deep in debt from therapy bills at the age of 30.

Other than that, all beautiful cakes....

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFord_Prefect

The last one is a kingdom Hearts cake! Love!!!! Nerding out.

February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Puzzle cookies are genius and these are adorable!

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Not trying to defend the use of the name Aryan, but it's origin has nothing to do with neo-Nazis, so maybe the parents meant to give their child a noble name: I Googled it and this is one of the results:


from Sanskrit ārya ‘noble’ + -an.

July 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

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