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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: Your Holiday Happy Place

By now many of you are no doubt in that stress-filled haze of pre-Christmas panic - the one that results from too much shopping and too little eggnog. (Because, seriously, EGGNOG FIXES EVERYTHING.)

So listen, I want you to just sit back, relax, and let allll that holiday stress go. Because this, my friends, is your happy place.


(By Karla's Little Bakery)

Is this not the sweetest, artsiest bit of edible quilling you've ever seen? So perfect! Now I want to try quilling again just to make this pattern into next year's Christmas cards.


And speaking of cards, doesn't this remind you of all those vintage-styled pretties - the ones on thick cream paper with embossed lettering?

(By Alliance Bakery)

I think it's all the handpainting; it's just SO perfect it looks printed.


And now, ruffly goodness:

(By Inspired by Michelle Cake Designs)

See that pattern on the white? I love that pattern. I want it covered in crystals and made into wrapping paper - which I will then hoard, Smaug-style, along with thousands of rolls of sparkly Christmas ribbon, because I seriously can't stop buying that stuff.



You may have heard that the Three Wise Men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but did you know they also brought something a little more festive?

(By Yuma Couture Cakes)

Because it's not a birthday party 'til there are balloons, dangit.
(That silhouette is too, too cool.)


This one makes me hum "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" - and with the right words, even!

(By Chanata sweets 'n Decoration)

That pop of lime green in the middle with the teal is just about the cheeriest thing ever, and I love the dusting of powered sugar snow on the chocolate pinecones. And did you notice this is an anniversary cake? SO SWEET.


This next one is as cozy as your favorite Christmas sweater:

(Photography by Simone van Den Berg, cake by Evelien Keijer)

It's also baffling the heck out of me, since I have no idea how the baker did it. She couldn't have individually piped every single "stitch," right? Right?? Please, someone tell me; I may lose sleep over this.


Another handpainted beauty with a vintage vibe:

(Found here, anyone know the baker?)

I'm digging the "snow" dripping off those berries and branches.


And this one manages to be modern and classic at the same time:

(Artwork by Illustree and cake by Three Little Blackbirds Cakes)

Black, white, and sparkly red glitter will never go out of style, people. NEVER.


And don't underestimate the power of a little red accent on a soft gray palette, either:

(By Of Cakes and Cupcake (and Apollo too))

Airbrushing done right makes me all happy inside.


You know, I've seen a lot of cakes, and I generally pride myself on being able to spot what's edible and what's not. This next one, though? Completely fooled me:

(By Gateaux Inc.)

I thought those were stacked hat boxes, but nope; it's cake, and everything on it is edible. The bells, the silky gold robe, and of course the sheet music sides. Plus the solid side has this gorgeous shimmer you can really only see up close:



And if you thought that was stunning, then hold on to your giant pearly antlers:

(By Cake Heart)



And just like that, blue is my new favorite color.


Well, I hope you enjoyed, my friends, because your happy place is now closing. So get on out there, and go drink some eggnog. [lifting cup] Cheers!


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Reader Comments (24)

Ohhh so pretty :D

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

And now, after 30 years, I want a do-over on my wedding, it will be a December one this time, just so I can have the red ruffle cake! 😍

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBirdlady42

I can't pick a favorite today. These are all just too good. All of these must have taken enormous amounts of time (and the world's steadiest hands) - I can't even imagine.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wow, each cake is so amazing! I couldn't pick a favourite if I tried. Thanks for brightening up a cold wintery day.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDNA

Oh, my jaw may not return to its proper position for hours. I am sitting here drooling all over the keyboard. All of the cakes are simply wonderful, but my favorite is the Magi and Balloons! After that - goodness! Maybe the cross stitch cake and the red and green birds. And the music cake and, and, and . . .

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Well, that sheet music is INSANE. It would(WOULD, I say!) probably give me a headache if I looked at it too much.
Who would want to cut into it.....? As the song goes, "The first cut is the deepest..."

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I love, love, love the blue one with the birds on top!! But the sheet music one - to die for! Every one is just gorgeous!

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I want to say the pinecones on #7 look like something considerably less savory, but real pinecones can look like that anyway. *shrug*

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter3Davideo

As gorgeous as all of the cakes are I really love the whimsy of the balloons at the manger.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJane Lewis

Here's my theory on number 6: Use something like this in combination with a template or rolling cutter & you can probably approximate it.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGypsygrrl

wow wow wow

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjust me

Sooo pretty! I think the reindeer texture is made by cutting the shapes out of a textured SugarVeil mat.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I must confess that I'm not a cake decorating pro, or even novice, and I'm usually more interested in the wrecks than the Sunday Sweets. But these cakes are beautiful!! I love them all, and that deep blue has always been by favorite color. The color of the sky when the first star appears...
The wise men with the balloons has to be my favorite of all these favorites.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

My guess on the cross stitch one is that the cut fondant shapes and cut lines into them to look like the stitches :)

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimmityler

The stress here comes from only finding mediocre supermarket eggnog. I want stuff with real nogs! With Jeezus balloons, too! One needs something equally good to quaff in the right environment while viewing great cake art.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

So pretty!

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBiffster

My guess on the sweater cake is they used stencils, and then pressed some sort of texture onto the designs. Beautiful, nonetheless.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterscraplin

I love all the curly antlers. And the birds. The touch of lace on the Poinsettia one really makes it.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterS

I am slightly bothered by the script being from Deck the Halls and the sheet music from Jingle Bells, but I'm a jerk like that. Other than that, stunning!

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterL

Oh wow, gorgeous! I adore those beautiful poinsettias. And the Magi silhouettes are amazing.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

The blue one with the birds on top seriously touched my soul.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterR.R.Walker

Lovely!! am I naughty for thinking Princess Beatrice's wedding hat when I saw the last one?

December 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Can somebody from the US tell me what those birds are? The ones with red breasts and black heads? They are exactly like male bullfinches here in the UK. Do you have them in the US, and are the females a gorgeous sepia version of the same thing (so all these cakes only showing males are just wrong, 'cause they go about in pairs summer and winter)? Or is it a different bird?

December 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Those are bullfinches, which the US does not have. The combination of them with the red berries seems to be a Russian tradition, and the cake appears to have been posted first on Russian sites.

December 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Staffa

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