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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 Crafter's Cakes That Will Totally Fool You

You ever stop to think about how far cake art has come in the last 10 years?


Well, you're about to:

(Bakingist, California)

That's not embroidery thread, it's ICING. All of it!



When I first set out to find crafty cakes for this week I expected the usual sewing baskets and yarn balls, but let me tell you, Sweet friends: Craft cakes have come a loooooong way.

(Lindy's Cakes, UK)

This mosaic tile design looks like actual ceramic! So pretty!


And tell me this doesn't look like a modern stained-glass lamp:

(Maggie Austin Cake, Washington, D.C.)



This cross-stitch cake juuust about broke my brain:

(Ana Salinas, Brazil)

Again, yes, really cake, with icing "thread"!



Would you believe I even found a cake for mixed-media scrapbookers?

(Larissa Ubartas, Germany)

Tell me this doesn't scream Tim Holtz to you. Look at that verdigris!


I always love it when bakers use icing "paint":

(Katarzynka Sztuka Cukrowa, Poland)


And I want to see more fondant quilling, bakers! Like this!

(Cecilia Campana Cake Art, Italy)



Here comes another tile cake, this time with a gorgeous hand-painted design:

(Antonio Ventieri, Italy)

I know we're supposed to be focusing on the tile, but I love all the cheery lemons with it! So sweet with that blue.


And finally, my friends, I found not one, but TWO cakes this week that completely fooled me. I don't say that lightly, either; I consider myself an expert at sussing out what's cake and what's not.


(Magical Edible Art, Canada)

This one totally got me. It it wasn't on a cake board I would have scrolled right on past. As it was, I though someone crocheted a cake & stuck it on a board to be cute.



And while we're all reeling over that, here's an even bigger one that I 100% *refused* to believe was cake until I visited the baker's site:

(American Cake Decorating Magazine, tutorial here)


Frankly, I'm still suspicious, lol. Look at this close-up and tell me you'd ever in a million years think it was made of sugar:

Mind: BLOWN.


Happy Sunday, everyone! Here's hoping it's crafty and happy and Sweet.


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Reader Comments (25)

Holy moly, some of those truly to do not look like cake. :O

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

_____They've all outdone themselves...!!! Some look familiar (as in an art show), and others are just crazy--(CRAZY, I say) as in I want to carry them away and put them in a SAFE/ keep.--but my favorite I think is the 3rd, "Tiffany" stained glass wonder....---sigh---ELECTRIFY it!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

and here I was thinking the 2nd one was a quilt design.

gorgeous pics as always.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterfishen

Cakes #4, #9, #10 and #11:
The ability to recreate fabric fuzziness is outstanding!!! :-O

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Here’s hoping they charged a bazillion dollars for those cross stitch and crochet cakes. Thanks for the good, long belly laugh by including the tutorial for that crochet cake. I couldn’t begin to crochet that, much less make it in something edible.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Wowser! OK, I know those are all cakes, but that cross-stitch cake is spectacular. Cut it, and I'll break your arm!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

As I've said before, I prefer the wrecks to the Sunday Sweets...but these are spectacular, maybe because I have embroidered and needlepointed, and crocheted, and I love blue and white tiles and do I get out of this sentence?
I LOVE these cakes!!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Those are absolutely amazing! I'm a crocheter, so the crochet ones are especially stunning to me. The cross-stitch, too. Unbelievable!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCathy W.

The cross stitch cake simply blew me away. I'd so totally do that design in real cross stitch!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTropicalChrome


April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRBWard

The last 2 are supposed to look like knitting, not crochet. Similar but different fabric! All are stunning!!!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLidabit

I thought the second one was a quilt as well. I’ve been hand quilting for years, and it looks like many quilts I’ve seen at shows. The crochet 🧶 ones fooled me too. Had to go to the bakes site to double check.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

That's "T!m" Holtz, thankyouverymuch.

*runs off to play with 7,000 T!m Holtz products*

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

So as a knitter, the giveaway in the last photo is the leaves, the work is exquisite, but real knitted leaves aren't shaped that way ;)

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKatharine

The last one is knitted though (sorry, I had to)

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I could never bring myself to cut into any of those cakes. They would grow old with me...

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

How the HELK did they do that perfect Jobelan weave on teh CX cake?????? Amazing.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenternana

You forgot to include Blue Lace Cakes 😉. Her icing skills are amazing!!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAshleigh

Man, I wish my real cross-stitch and crochet looked even half as good as the sugar versions!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterdancer4Jesus

You go nuts over the "thread". I'm blown away by the itty bitty basket weave done to simulate cross stitch fabric. As for the bottom knitted tiers...yeah, cool and all but they look like the toilet paper covers grandma knits.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPA Farm Girl

Wow, wow! All week long I laugh with the wrecky cakes- then on Sunday I scroll through and admire the Sunday Sweets! These are wonderful!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

I've been to the region of Italy known for ceramics and lemon trees, and let me tell you...that blue, white, and yellow "tile" looks like everything I wanted to buy on my vacation! I am blown away that it's not really a ceramic tile. And the last two? I can't even....

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I TOTALLY agree with Katharine above; the two bottom leaves in the close-up of the last cake are perfectly oval, and some of the stitches are cut off in the middle. Actual knitting can't be increased or decreased in width by fractions of a stitch, and if it had been cut out of a larger rectangle, it'd have unraveled.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence

I looked at the Magical Edible Art (the one that looked like knit flowers) FB page and there is a wedding one that has a hole straight through one of the tiers with birds hanging inside that just blew my mind! I don't believe that any of them are actually cake! Wow, just wow.

April 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPegD

Katherine, you are spot on about the leaves. I came to say the same thing. The decreases in the points of the leaves would be apparent.

I knit and crochet. I'm amazed by those cakes, but can easily tell they aren't really yarn-crafted. :D

April 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

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