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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

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Car dealers here in the U.S. could learn a lot from manufacturer Skoda over in the U.K., because THIS is how you do a car commercial:

If you're as fascinated as I am, you should also check out the video on how they did it. There are more details there than the one minute ad could show, and it is AMAZING.

[insert obligatory joke about cakey car wrecks here]

Thanks to Thea L. for sharing the link!

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Reader Comments (112)

Absolutely amazing!!!!!!


November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if the creators of this commercial are South Park fans that got the idea from the Ferrari/Acura cakes (

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertammie

that is BRILLIANT!

the people are all happy and industriously working on this gorgeous car cake, there's sugar in the air, and of course julie andrews singing in the background. what could be better?

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermp.

Fun ad to watch! It's an amazing amount of work to make a car commercial.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Not the first time someone's done something like this. Here's an article about a Ferrari made from cream pies.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

WOW. That's all I can say. WOW. I'll be posting this on my favorite posts this week, thanks!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEthan, Zach, and Emma's Mom

Oh, lovely! *Claps hands*

I like that they actually put an engine in it as well. Like, details for the win.

Good commercial. Every commercial should be like this of the first Sony Bravia. Then people wouldn't mind watching them.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEll

that was pretty cool.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rambler

Oh My Gosh. I WANT that car! Yummy....

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is awesome. The "how to" is even better! As an engineer & a (very) amatuer cake decorator (30+ yrs experience, but not getting any better - my only salvation from "cake wrecks" is that I don't get paid), the "how'd they DO that?" has always been the best part.

The attention to detail! I mean, oil? Awesome (oo, I said that already).

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterharmzie

All I could think about while watching was : "Suppose they offered this cake in the binder at CostCo or Publix- what would it look like when the bakers there attempted their own 'translation' and you went to pick it up?"

YOU'VE INFECTED MY LIFE! The other day I made cupcakes and did not post the photo cause I was a little afraid they might show up here. :)

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChel

I'm surprised you'd never seen this before! I never get tired of watching it. My kids ask if they can eat it every time!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika Martin - Stampin' Mama

That was a-MAZING! Thanks for sharing it! :)

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiana

Is that the car factory in Heaven?

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

someone please get me that transmission and a glass of milk. I'm hungry :)

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbernthis

Now THAT'S how you make a cake! And a commercial; none of those overdone lofty metaphors and winding roads that don't exist. Looked like fun to make too. Though now I want cake...

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I dunno. I'd have a terrible temptation to just jump into it head first and gorge until my pancreas screamed for absolution.

Oh, but I'd die happy...

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSiressYorkie

I've seen the advert loads and I love it but I didn't know there was a 'making of' video. Thanks for that!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Apparently the lights made the cake go off so they couldn't eat it. What a shame!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

škoda is a czech car manufacturer, not british. until recently, they were slightly on the dodgy side. (ironically, "škoda" means "a pity" in czech; it was named this, however, as it was also the original manufacturers' surname(s).)

Great advert!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpetra

Wow, just today I saw that commercial on a tv show, what a coincidence. I loved it, btw.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMilu

That was awesome, I've never seen that before.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda" REL="nofollow">This article discusses the advert in detail, and as far as what happened to the cake," REL="nofollow">Skoda have said that it had to be composted because it went bad under the studio lights. Such a shame! But very interesting to watch.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRaisinCookies

That is amazing! Thanks for sharining it!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Holy Cow! That is amazing. I've gotta show everybody in my house when they get home from church. That is just - WOW!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Terrible cars but great ads. Wonder what happened to all that cake...

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

That is soooo steenkin awesome!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Yaaay I made it on Cake Wrecks !!!

So pleased you enjoyed the ad.

Thea L

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRhandir

Looks like they used an airbrush to 'paint' it. Score for authenticity AND for best use of airbrushing on cake!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love how they went into such detail, like how they actually created the engine and seats when they could've easily just skipped those parts.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarli

That was COOL! I found more info, with step-by-step pix & info about how many ingredients they had to use here: (mind that there may be some questionable content in the sidebar).


November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Skoda "Fabia"? Sounds a bit like...

Great ad, though :)

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteravoidz

I'm sad that neither the ad itself or the how-we-did-it video end in someone talking a big ol' bite out of the car! I kept waiting for it! Even if it went a bit off under the studio lots. They could always spit it out and much grosser things have been done in the name of television. *sigh*

Anyway, awesome post!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

keely said"My favourite bit was the chap trying to get the wobbly jelly tail light into place. =D"

That was mine too. I don't think they sell Skoda's here in Halifax, NS, Canada. But the commercial is cool.

word verification: stribu...means stripes that are taboo..*LOL*kthnx

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

Did you notice in the long video where it looks like they're pouring oil into the engine???

(just checked: around 4:07)

LOVE THIS! Thanks for posting it!

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterquinn

Amazing! Thankyou for sharing that. I have never seen an add like that. All car adds in oz are rather boring.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I know it's not at all cake-related, but the Australian Skoda ad is pretty cool, too:

My father in law has a really cute dance he does whenever the music comes on!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralivicwil

RaisinCookies said Skoda have said that it had to be composted because it went bad under the studio lights.

At least it wasn't a total waste, then. I would hate for all of that to have ended up in the landfill. At least it got to become compost, even if nobody got to enjoy the cake.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

that was wonderful, did anyone eat the cake?

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

This is amazing.... I would have so loved to have been a part of that. Thanks Jen!!!!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This advert aroused a lot of interest in the UK - the sad thing is that all of the cake was rendered inedible due to the harsh lighting used to film the ad.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Caked Crusader

I'm totally impressed with this cake of course. But if they weren't going to eat it... then at the very least they should've done a crash test with it! :D

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter7Seas

I loved this ad when it was shown, Skoda always has cheerful adverts and I admire their ability to laugh at themselves (until recently they didn't have the greatest of reputations even though there was nothing mechanically wrong with the cars). In addition they are a Czech car owned by VW (we have had three so far)

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura


I love your blog and I thought it was about time I mentioned that to you! Also, it's not a cake, but I thought you might like this pic up on failblog - it's to do with the misuse of quotation marks!

Keep up the good work - and loved the car advert!


November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeesa

and I thought American's were good at wasting food.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

I love it! Now I want to buy that car!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK-Rissa

I would love it if someone gave me that cake, but as my husband said, that cake probably runs better than the actual car.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh oh! Did I see someone licking their fingers?

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Sorry, this commercial is awesome, but nothing can beat The Cog.

Look it up!


November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Ummm, I don't think I want to eat this car. Did you see the person licking her fingers? Not sure about the sanitary conditions in that "Factory".

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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