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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: 10 Wonderland Wedding Cakes

Looking to add some Wonderland whimsy to your big day?

Then here are 10 oh-so-elegant cakes to make you fall (in love) down the rabbit hole:

(By Jamie Bakes Cakes)

Those vintage Alice illustrations work beautifully with soft pastels.


Or how about a topsy-turvy tower of teacups?

(By San Marco Cakes and featured here)

I like how they still manage to be elegant, with the soft colors and gilded filigree rims.


Ok, I couldn't wait 'til the end to show you my favorite.
HINT: It's this one:

(By Sweet Avenue Cakery)

I'm swooning over this color palette, and those teeny mushrooms! With the curly bits! And the polka-dots! Ahhhh.


Oh, but look at this one!

(By Sugar Ruffles)

That teal is perfection. Also loving the gold key, and the rose in the teacup!


If you're looking for a cake that deserves its own trumpet fanfare, though, then here it is:

(By Artisan Cake Company)

Where to start? The flawless quilting? The ornate gilded edges? That sweet "ivory" cameo? IT'S ALL SO GOOD.


We've seen a lot of teacups so far, but no top hats! This cannot stand.

(By Cakes By Erin Salerno)

Muuuch better. I love that rich green, and - hold the phone, would you believe that's not a real teapot?! She hand-sculpted and hand-painted it! WOW. (And there's a wee little owl on top! LOVE.)


You can really amp up the drama with a playing cards inspired design:

(By Pink Cake Box)

Look closely; the black and white scroll work has the card suits hidden in it! That is so cool.


Here's a fun tower with all sorts of hidden Wonders:

(By Choccywoccydoodah and featured here)

Perfect for playing I Spy! Anyone else spot the plate with the cupcake and tea sandwich on it?


A little LESS subtle, but I couldn't resist this minimalist White Rabbit:

(By Blue Duck Bakery and featured here)


And finally*, a gravity-defying design worthy of the Mad Hatter's table:

(By Ron Ben Israel Cakes)

You half expect the flowers to start singing, right?

A. Mazing.

Happy Sunday, everyone!


*Okay, 9 wedding cakes and 1 sweet sixteen cake. Boops.


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Reader Comments (9)

Cakes in Wonder(ful)land! The green top hats are my favorites! (They remind me of the Tom Petty video he wore those in), and the Alice stories that were so different, and amazing....! 10/6 lives!

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The trumpet fanfare that teacup on top cake or real?!

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJuia

I love the paws on the White Rabbit cake - ears on the top, paws on the bottom. It's so subtle.

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJane Lewis

It still amazes me how the bakers can do all the detailing (ruffles AND quilting!) and not go insane, in an Alice in Wonderland-kind-of-way, of course. Or just screw up and quit and go into drywall installation.

Note how all the watches read different times, if you want to wonder how insane I am to notice that. And one (I think) matches the original drawing of the White Rabbit. The trivia question for the day is: "What time is on the White Rabbit's watch in the John Tenniel drawing?"

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

The last one IS a cake? How would anyone EAT it? How would it be cut up? Is that sort of cake really just for show?

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjay

That last one is a visual treat, but I am the kind of person who wants identifiable cake among all the sugarpaste and coloring.

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Islander

@Al the K: I give up! 10 after 6?


October 1, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I am always in awe of these, but it wasn't until I saw that last one that I asked, " How on EARTH do they transport something like that?"

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaido

@sending the clowns: Actually quite close! 10 TO 6, not after. But nice guess!

October 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

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