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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

See The Sweets That We Post On Sunday? THEY CALL ME


(By Lambert Academy of Sugar Craft in Alberta)

Did you know I really, reaaalllly love the movie Moana?

It's just so good, y'all.

And these gorgeous cakes are totally doing our heroes justice:

(By The Cake Witch in South Africa)

Well, the mean coconut dude isn't so much a hero. But I stand by the chicken.


Look at these gorgeous icing waves. LOOK AT THEM:

(Baker unknown)

This is some of the best sugar water (heh) I've ever seen!


I love the bold sunset silhouette on top of this one;

(By Vintage Studio in Brazil)


Here's one just for Maui - check out that tattoo detailing!

(By The Cake Mamas in California)


And a similar style for Moana herself, with a bonus heart of Tefiti swirl and ruffly ocean waves:

(Baker unknown, anyone recognize it?)


Oh! Remember that icing wave earlier? Well here comes one made of sugar glass:

(By Bake My Day Acadiana in Louisiana)


Daaaaaaaaang. This really captures one of my favorite scenes in the movie! Let's zoom in for a closer look:

I think the baker used an edible image for the fish - possibly behind the glass? - which gives it a gorgeous sense of depth. Love it.


Speaking of a 3D effect, look how Moana's boat juts out from the wave on this one:

(Baker unknown)

I like the layer of beach sand under the water, too!


The grumpy coconuts are back (technically called Kakamoras), but how adorable is it that they're guarding the top tier?

(By Maria Fernanda in Brazil)

I kind of want a couple guarding my desk now.


And finally, here's Tefiti herself:

(By Elegateau in London)


AAA! So perfect I can almost hear the song playing. (Must. Not. Cry. Again.)

I couldn't cut this, gang. I'd put it behind glass and just sing to her all day. ("This is not [sob] who you are! You KNOW... [louder sobs]... who you are. OH GAAAAH IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.")

K, I'm fine. This is fine. Really.

::lower lip trembling::

Maybe I'll just go watch the whole movie again real quick.


Happy Sunday, gang! Hope it's extra sweet.


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Reader Comments (15)

All of them are stunning, and do justice to a truly beautiful film, but the sugar glass ... wow!

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLindaS

AMAZING! All the cakes: lovely, cute, adorable, I could go on. But when I got to the last cake of Tefiti, I gasped. I want that cake!

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

GASPING at the "water"......(7th).

Fun Fact*: Mr. Turtle (AKA Crush the Turtle [from Finding Nemo] 's father) is the turtle rescued by Moana in the opening scenes.

*Fact. it's such a strong word.

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSerinde

Best movie and gorgeous cakes. So hard to choose a favorite, though the sugar glass and the Tefiti cake are ranking high.

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ok this may be my all time favourite post...AMAZING cakes!

The water on that one cake -isn't- glass, *I* think it's isomalt*, for lack of a better explanation, it's essentially a sugar that is somewhat easily melted over the stove and then depending on your skill set -this baker obvs has mad skills- you can shape it, colour it, and come out a baking god, similar to Maui. (you can even remelt it if you make a mistake! -don't ask how I know this.) It looks like those fish and turtles may be small toys, which would make sense because molten isomalt would melt anything made of sugar or fondant, and telling the birthday kid that mom can "melt the ocean and get those toys out for you later" would be a fun, albeit dangerously hot and sticky, perk! (My brain is trying to figure out exactly how they made the mold and or the's clinking and clanging, but evidently it's doable!)

Isomalt is really great because it can look like glass, gemstones, use it in molds or just keep playing with it while it's (super) hot...or whatever and it STAYS SHINY (cue Tomatoa) I've used it a few times to create coral -by pouring it over ice, and made other objects, but nothing like this, this is incredible and the perfect motivation to keep trying new things.

*Isomalt is a sugar substitute, a type of sugar alcohol used primarily for its sugar-like physical properties. It has little to no impact on blood sugar levels, and does not stimulate the release of insulin.[1] It also does not promote tooth decay, i.e. is tooth-friendly. Its energy value is 2 kcal/g, half that of sugars...(and yada yada yada, you *can* eat it, but it can and most likely would mess with your digestive system - if you know what I mean, so I don't recommend it.)

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpc

Beautiful! <3 This one may be part of my Happy Birthday FB posts in the coming year, changing from the India one I'm currently sharing.

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStoryteller Mary

Baker for that cake

July 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Wow just wow

That is all.

July 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

I love that toddler Moana is featured on 2 of these cakes. She is only in the movie for a brief period, but I love that stage, and the scenes with her at that age.

July 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

The third cake with the icing waves appears in this Facebook photo gallery:

July 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarebabe


July 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR.

Oh! Oh! I want a Moana-themed cake for my next birthday!

I'll be 60. I need to design a Grandma-with-Ray-Tattoo cake! :D Or maybe just get a Ray tattooed on my back...although I'm actually a mermaid.

July 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

HOW do people eat these?? These are absolutely THE most stunningly gorgeous creations... EVAH.

August 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersuzied

Ya know what? For about a month and a half I was all proud of myself for the Moana cake set i made for my granddaughters 1st birthday. A WHOLE MONTH AND A HALF!! And then I see these I must now figure out a way to make sure that she NEVER sees these because 1. I must remain the perfect grandmother (I'm the village crazy lady, that's my job) in her eyes. 2. See number 1. lol. I even attempted my first sugar glass "wave". Not to shabby. But these, ugh, these are all the good words I could possibly come up with. I want them all!!!!

August 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterWannaBeHomeBaker

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