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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 Goes Art Deco... Again!

From Flapper dresses to Big Band jazz to Art Deco architecture, nothing says "style" quite like the Roaring Twenties.

(By Sarah Jones)

Look at that gilded perfection! LOOK AT IT.


And check out this sweet flapper girl!

(By Kidacity)

Love that feathered headband topper.


This one reminds me of delicate chandelier earrings:

(By Gia's Cakes)


And this one, sleek silk gowns from Downton Abbey:

(By Sugarpot)


Here's a mod silhouette style:

(By Cake Lovers, but I can't find the right website for them. Help?)

I actually have a hat like that, and could never quite pull it off. Maybe if I paired it with long pearls...


You know those fancy Deco dinner clubs in the movies, the kind with full jazz bands and dance floors? That's what I see here:

(By Diane Custom Cake Studios)

You can almost hear the brass section announcing dessert. :)


Another gilded beauty:

(By Sara Elizabeth Cakes)


And a simple, clean style with some stunning Art Deco imagery:

(By Zahari)

I'm already swooning over the art, but those 3D rolled flowers in her skirt? GENIUS.


Another clever mix of 2D and 3D on this handpainted flapper girl:

(By Crumbs)

Check out the fringe on her dress! And the hand piped pearls!


Some incredible techniques in this next one:

(By Sweet Heather Anne, featured here)

From the delicate petals at the base, to the baffling hexagonal pink ombre (how DID they do that??) to those swags of lace near the top, this cake is a true showcase of Things Jen Could Never Do.


Here's a more modern, subtle homage to the flapper dress... with FEATHERS.

(By Zoe Clark Cakes)

Oooooh. Aaaaaah.
I want to pet it.


And finally, a Great Gatsby inspired beauty with too many fab details to mention:

(By Three Women and an Oven)

That creamy palette is just lovely, and I'm digging the bunches of pearls. So Sweet!

Happy Sunday, everyone!


(P.S. Can't get enough Art Deco goodness? Then see more Deco Sweets I've featured here.)


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Reader Comments (7)

These make me think of the Great Gatsby :D

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The silhouette of the dancing flapper on the bottom left of the last cake looks just like Elaine Benes doing her "little kicks" dance.

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKathy D

These are some of the best yet! I was waggling my finger up and down on my screen, and some of the cakes were dancing! Cue the Charleston ~ that's what I was hearing in my head! (I'm not THAT old, but I know stuff! 😜)

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

On the 10th cake, I’m guessing each tile was colored before adding to the cake, and then placed on the cake one at a time, like a mosaic. It would take one whale of a long time, but when you want to do it right...

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

This reminds me of my daughter’s 13th birthday party. It was to be her first grown-up dinner party, and she got to go shopping and pick out any outfit she wanted (within reason; we weren’t going to have looking like a stripper or in painfully mismatched colors). She ended up choosing a cloche hat (just like the one Jen couldn’t pull off), a long sparkly sweater, a bronze skirt covered with sequins, flat shoes with a crystal design on the toes, and a long crystal and gold necklace. I wish I could show you the picture, but that all ended up making her look like she’d stepped out of the Roaring Twenties. It was flattering, though, and she actually was going for all the sparkles & sequins (Youngest DOES love her sparklies!), and she looked gorgeous. She wore that outfit a few more times before she shot up again, and the skirt got too short. She does still wear the rest, though.

November 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Re: Cloche hats; If by "never quite pull it off", you mean that it won't stay on and/or fits awkwardly, it might be because of all that lovely hair of yours. I seem to recall your mentioning over the years that your hair is sorta thick and wavy (lucky duck! I got the Hashi's too, and my already thin, fine hair started falling out on the sides, so I called Hell No On That, and shaved the sides into a Mohawk. Always wanted one anyway!), as well as fairly long? Cloche hats were totally designed *for* the bobbed haircuts of their time, and pulling one down tight on your head served much the same function as the pretty headbands in the evening; it helped keep your hair in place closer to your head. So if you had naturally thick and curly/wavy hair, and cutting it off into a bob made it sproing up and 'fro out, they helped tame it-- remember, no hairspray back then!

Oh, and I am aching to know if the strung sequins on the second cake's topper are real or edible?!

Your Pal,


November 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

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