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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

10 Enchanted Garden Cakes That Are Pure Magic

It's National Gardening Day, my friends, and rather than dwell on how TERRIBLE I am at keeping plants alive, I've decided to look at this in a positive light: I'm really good at killing plants.

Another positive?

I can't kill these!

(Mina Bakalova, Bulgaria)

AND LOOK HOW PRETTY. These colors make me so happy. Ahhh.


Today I decided to branch out (heh) from typical gardening cakes, so I started searching for "Secret Garden" cakes... and wow did that pay off:

(Sihirli Pastane, Turkey)

EEEEE! I actually gasped, it's so magical. And I must - MUST! - know what the soft grass is made of. Because I want to pet it. :)


This one is more like a surprise garden:

(Julia Kedyarova, Moscow)

One of the best flower slice cakes I've seen. I especially love the butterflies!


More secret garden vibes:

(By Freehill, Original Design by Karen Portoleo)

That trompe l'oeil painting is so convincing; I though the cake was actually carved out behind her!


Are enchanted gardens a thing? Because I think this qualifies:

(Sweet Symphony, India)

The floating hummingbird! SWOON. Plus I've been staring for a while now, and I *still* can't quite tell which of the top tier flowers are painted and which are 3D.


You know what else is incredible? A wearable enchanted garden, which should totally be a thing;

(Cake Buro, Russia)

Look at the detail in her hair wisps(!!), and the teeny tiny butterflies at the bottom. So much to love here.


Of course I have to include a little Wonderland mushroom garden, right?

(Elena Gnut Cakes, Russia)


Elena's painting always blows me away! I love that it's the classic Disney Alice with a Tim Burton feel.


This one reminds me of some sun catchers I had as a kid:

(Vinism Sugar Art, world-traveling teacher)

Anyone remember the sun catchers where you melted plastic beads into a frame? (Do they still make those?) These colors are so bright, it's like those: like there's bright sunlight streaming through.


It took me a second to spot the couple in this romantic renaissance number:

(Baker Unknown, help?)

I like the unexpected pops of orange in all those pastels, so pretty!


And finally, my friends, here's an enchanted garden Sweet guaranteed to leave you hanging:

(La Linia Artful Desserts, Pennsylvania, as featured here)

No words! Just a dropped jaw, BIG EYES, and two grabby hands, ha.


Happy Sunday, my friends! May you find many more Sweet things.


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Reader Comments (18)

I love all those butterflies, especially during the massive migration we've been experiencing lately. And how appropriate that National Gardening Day is on Palm Sunday. :)

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Best I can find for @freehill-甜品定制 (it’s all in Chinese, but they’re definitely in China)

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermabelsc

That cake slice cake with the flowers in the middle -- WOW. I have never seen anything like that before. Totally jaw dropping.
Loved all the cakes -- thanks!

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

These are all jaw-droppingly amazing! And I'm still not convinced that cake isn't cut out behind that swing.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The Free Hill cake seems to be a Chinese copy of this original, allegedly by Karen Portaleo (

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Thanks for the gardens, I needed the reminder that it's spring. In Colorado we just got more snow dumped on us. sigh.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMudmusher

The lighted door (2nd one) almost blew me away~ but I want to go inside! Golden light beckoning!

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Re: Flowers you can wear, check out this Oregon artist/gardener:

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLindaS

I just love the glow from the opened door; hoping to be asked in, for ......whatever they have in mind....

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

An homage to Fragonard's <I>The Swing</I>?

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I'm guessing that the bakery that did the cake with the trompe l'oeil painting is Free Hill Bakery, Coffee and Studio in Wuhan, PRC - they do wonderful stuff. I didn't find a website, but I did find a reference to them on Twitter:

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKal Knight

I'm weary of all these "cakes" that have been professionally air-brushed. Most are inedible. Yes they'e pretty, but they have little to do with real baking, frosting and decorating a real cake.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Makit Bakit kits (the little melting beads with molds) are still being made. I found some on Amazon.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEowyn

Those old school suncatchers were called Makit & Bakit and I loved doing them. They do still make them (at least at holiday time) but not nearly as many varieties as we had back in the day

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Mabelsc and Kal Knight are both right, Google Translate in Chrome translates this as "Freehill June Premium Fondant Dessert Startup Course":

Keep scrolling, it's in there.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

The sliced cake looks too much like the geode vagina. That's all I can see.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

Total Swoon on the cake with the hummingbirds on it. And the blue birds did me in too!

How they got flowers inside that slice is a mystery!

Don’t know how anyone can cut into these lovelies.

April 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

This is just a guess, but the soft, soft grass in the second one (the one with the golden doorway)? Compressed candy floss (cotton candy) dyed green.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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