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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: Gothic Elegance

Who says dark has to be dreary? These gorgeous Gothic cakes will have you cheering:

(By Sweet Lake Cakes)


Sweet Lake seems to specialize in Gothic designs, and I couldn't pick just one favorite!

(By Sweet Lake Cakes)

Look at that lace and "fabric" draping. INCREDIBLE.


One more:

(By Sweet Lake Cakes)

The bird skull cameo is the perfect touch.


And speaking of cameos, check out the raven head design on this little top hat:

(By Cake Central member ChrisJack1)

The feather, the hand painted skulls and swirls, the roses - just beautiful.


(By Candytuft Cakes)

It doesn't get much more classic than rich black and blood-red roses!


I really love the contrast of the white tiers under all this heavy scrollwork:

(Baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?)

WOW. The bottom tier looks like a wrought iron gate, and the second has architectural arch ways. The longer you look, the more detail you see!


On the other hand, sometimes simple can be just as dramatic:

(By Connie Cupcake)



Now welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion cake:

(By WDW's Contemporary Resort bakery, found here)

That wallpaper and perfect draping has this Dizgeek all atwitter, you guys. Great color on the roses, too!


(By Antonelli di Maria Torte & Design)

One of my personal favorites today; I can't believe that fabric draping, and the perfect color fade on the spider web!


(Baker unknown)

This purple practically glows, it's so vivid. If you look closely, you can see the layered acanthus leaves making up the second tier. Beautiful.


(By Cake Opera Company, featured here)

Another astounding, can't-believe-it's-cake design. That heavy embroidery is insanely intricate, and I've been so busy staring at the cake itself that I just now noticed the cake stand is wrapped in fur!


And finally, arguably the simplest design of them all today, but I'm just so smitten with the unusual floral swag:

(By Artistic Bites, featured here)

This wedding cake was made for a "Red Riding Hood marries the Wolf" themed photo shoot, and I highly recommend hitting that link up there to see the rest. It's the perfect blend of dark elegance and fairy-tale whimsy, and I LOVE the succulents and fuzzy mosses they used on the cake.


Hope you enjoyed the Gothic Sweets, everyone! Happy Sunday!


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Reader Comments (13)

These made my dark heart very happy! SO gorgeous!

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnne_Hedonia

Wow, black icing that actually works!

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter3Davideo

That next to last cake not only has fur wrapped around the cake stand but also a tiny scull holding a door knocker on the tier above the red tier. Eek!

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

LOVE all of these!!! I'm swooning! Gorgeous goth. Perfection.

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdebra

The link for the red & the wolf photo shoot is broken. Tracked the actual link to:

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSW

Mmmm..... uhhhh... No. Just no. Cake should not have black frosting. Yuck.

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSue

These are GORGEOUS, but my teeth turned black just reading this post!

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKate

That last one just has me cringing at the thought of that black icing staining a white wedding dress. Good thing it was just for a photo shoot and not an actual wedding! It's gorgeous, but not terribly practical.

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I normally would never have black cake, but these are stunning!

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Easy one first: the glowing purple is by Lisa Roberts Cakes, see here.

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

I looked at the linlk and don't understand the Red & Wolf photos. was it an actual wedding or just a fantasy photo shoot? No groom to be seen.

October 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterwendelenn

I'm on the trail of the first unknown. It is from a wedding at the Park Plaza Hotel in LA on Feb. 24, 2013. Photo is by Ron Miller photography, as seen here and here. Tied to the wedding by this video at 3:22 et seq.

October 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

Wedding dresses don't have to be white, Melinda. I highly doubt a gothic wedding would include a white dress anyway. Lol

October 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMer

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