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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: Vintage Elegance

"Elegance isn’t about being noticed, it’s about being remembered."

Isn't that a deep thought? I didn't think of it myself. I found it on Pinterest, which basically does my thinking for me these days.  But I do think you'll find today's vintage style Sweets to be nothing but noticeable AND memorable.


For instance, I don't think I will ever forget this cake, as I've been staring at it for a solid 20 minutes. 

Its beauty has been burned into my brain!


This next one is completely fondant-free, and so exquisitely detailed it's actually causing me physical pain. Ugh.

Submitted by Denette L. & made by & Eat It, Too!

Have you ever felt that? A little sting from viewing something of absolute beauty? Like this gorgeous cake, or an amazing sunrise, or Zac Efron?  

Perhaps I've said too much.


I've never looked at a cake before and wished it was a ride at Disneyland, but here you have it:

By Amber's Cake Creations

 Hmm, but maybe an entire theme park dedicated to cake would be even better. Caketopia! I might be onto something here...


Now, prepare your eyeballs for the intense awesomeness they are about to behold:

Sub'd by Annette P. & made by J'Adore Cakes Co.

Each of these cakes is entirely breathtaking on its own, but THREE?  A pearly pink trifecta of  peacock plumaged perfection? Swoon. No. I take that back. They deserve two syllables: Swoo-hoon. 


I don't think anything fits the term 'vintage elegance' better than a corset.

By Frosted Love Celebration Cakes

And this incredible cake really embodies the phrase, huh? Get it?  *elbow nudge*


Ohh, I love the diamond tufting on this cake. And the colors are so retro and perfect. With the glints of gold and pearls, it's like a little jewelry box full of treasures!

Submitted by Crystal Q. and made by Andrea's SweetCakes

However, I wouldn't be disappointed to find it full of cake inside, either.


Someone should tell this cake that it's not polite to upstage the bride.

By Ron Ben-Israel

 Look at that lace! Simply gorgeous.


 Modern vintage: an oxymoron?

By Art and Appetite

Ha ha hardly.

(Well, I guess it is an oxymoron, but that word just sounds like an insult!)  This cake deserves nothing but flattery with its cool juxtaposition of stripes and ruffles.


And now: more ruffles!

By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

 This confection looks totally cute and innocent, until you notice that one layer looks like a garter, and the  ruffly tier looks like a petticoat!  Gasp! I clutch my pearls in shock!  Such scandalousness.


And I'm not sure exactly how, but this cake is giving off a bit of a 'boudoir' vibe as well.  Maybe its the sassy stack of ruffles, or the 'stitching' along the stripes, or the fondant jewelry draped just-so.

Sub'd by Debbie C., made by The Caketress photo by Jennifer Klementti Photography

"Voulez-vous stare at this cake avec moi?"

PS: EDIBLE JEWELRY? Is this really real?  I approve.

Sweet sassafras! This final Sweet is amazing. It's like a '40s prom dress or something. In fact, it's the very definition of vintage elegance. I even made up a word in its honor:

By Sweet Pea Cakes


(That uh, sounded more complimentary in my head.)


Happy Sunday, everyone!


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Reader Comments (18)

So pretty they could be sculptures

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

We actually have a shop here in Tampa that calls itself a "modern vintage market," That cake (and the rest of these) would fit in beautifully there!

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMadison

The trio of pearlescent peacock cakes are probably the closest thing to confectionary perfection I have seen in my life. (And I've been around a good long while!) Their sheer, breathtaking beauty brought a lump to my throat. THAT is an artist.

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShkuz

Wonderful, lovely cakes, almost a shame to cut them into pieces. And then also Monty Python to finish with. You' ve made my day!

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

"EMbodies", not "IMbodies." Sorry.

[Iditor's note- Boops. Thanks for the heads up, Sarah! -john (the misser of misspellings)]

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I like the pearly pink best, which is a little surprising for me! But the colors are so soft and the designs so pretty. That peacock!

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

A's exquisite cake makes me think of beautiful fine china, for some reason. These are gorgeous! Another Sunday Sweets where I scroll through the pictures and say, "Wow! Wow! Oh, wow!" Thank you!

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Truly spectacular. Every.Single.One.

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

The only trouble with these cakes is that their perfection and stunning artistry make my cakes look like wreckerator rejects. Oh well! These beauties give me something to aspire to.

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

Vintage cakey perfection. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

I had a really stressful afternoon and this post has helped bring my blood pressure back down to normal.

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

What about flapper-gasping! Because it is so gorgeous!

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

The "modern" vintage is just Art Deco
nothing modern about it from my window

June 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaTalullah

Very,very pretty, but the first cake decorator has failed to put the ribbon through the buckles! once seen, it spoils the cake, i just want to do it right!! dives at screen making grabby hands.

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I Swoo-hooned at the pearly peacock cakes! Wow! Too pretty to eat... but I'd try. :/

June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

Wow! Each of these cakes is more impressive than the last! I love the Sunday Sweets posting the best, and have seen many very impressive offerings, but this Sunday's batch is just exquisite! Each one is wonderful! BTW- I enjoy your narrative. You are funny and smart and even sweet, at times and I like it. 😊Thank you for all this stuff. Love it!

June 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCinda B.

Zac Efron for the win! (I thought it was just me...)

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkrunchifrog

That little sting of looking at something beautiful is a "punctum" - the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it (Roland Barthes, "Camera Lucida"). All of these are so beautiful and the technical mastery is unbelievable!

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJWalton

Ohhhhh.....the peacock....did you see.....a peacock...its a peacock....ohhhhhhh!!!!

August 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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