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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

The Beginning of the End?

My friends, I come to you today on a matter of grave importance for our nation's future. Many of you have shared with me your concerns over the impending crisis America is facing, and I felt it was best to address this issue head on, while something can still be done to avert total catastrophe. Some of you are scared. Some are angry. Others, just baffled beyond belief. Certainly the future as we know it is hanging in the balance. Still, all is not yet lost.

I'm talking, of course, about these:

That's right: thanks to retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, the dreaded cupcake-cake is coming to the masses. Call it a "Cupcake Puzzle" if you will, BB&B, but we know a Wreckerator when we see one!

Of course, BB&B is just the middle man; the real culprit is the manufacturer, Wilton:

Now, let's not panic just yet, people. Sure, the vast majority of "professionals" can't even produce a decent looking cupcake-cake, leaving us common Janes as likely to traumatize our families as delight them with our potentially half-baked efforts. Yes, the entire CCC concept is inherently flawed, and will therefore always resemble the demented flailings of a prepubescent Pollock. And yes, those separated cupcakes in the photos were obviously decorated separately, which could lead one to accuse Wilton of false advertising. Certainly no cupcake-cake pulls apart with perfectly shaped edges like that.

Still, this is a democracy, my friends, and you have a choice! Just say 'no' to CCCs! Stand up for truth, justice, and real cakes for all! And be sure to use lots of exclamation marks to get your point across!

Or, barring that, make a Wreck and send it to me - I'm kind of curious to see just how bad these bad boys look in "real" life. ;)

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Reader Comments (149)

DAMN! The only way to get that perfect break-away frosting is to cut it, and doesn't that defeat the purpose of a cupcake cake? It's now just a cake you have to cut up AND take the paper liners off. Maybe I'm just impatient when it comes to my cake, but that just sounds like a drag...

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermrs. q.

I think I'll have to try. I'm not even a baker..but I think the idea is sooo hilarious it will sure get me out of my droll mood.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

Me again... sorry... this is my last post today. Promise!

BUT - did anyone make the connection of the yellow butterfly puzzle cupcake cake kit and the two butterfly cupcake wrecks featured on October 20th? Proof that these kits are selling and that the results are almost too disturbing to believe. Oye.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I'd also like to address the fact that these are SILICONE cupcake molds - and I've never, EVER EVER EVER EVER had luck getting a cake or loaf of bread or whatever out of a silicone pan without tears, cursing, and half the dang thing REMAINING yeah - this is so over-the-top bad...

I also immediately thought of you, and this blog, when I got that ad! I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they'd covered half the numeral 4 in fondant....LMAO! It's so NOT a purse!!!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I totally almost sent in a picture of that first one, with the purse. It took me forever to figure out what it was supposed to look like.

I want to see what one of those things really looks like when it's finished.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShoshana

Well, let's look at the bright side here: you will never ever run out of things to blog about! And I will always have amusement at my fingertips. ;)

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I'm not an art major - haven't even taken an art class since elementary school - and I still know who Pollock is.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhollyo

I bet John McCain supports the cup-cake-cake!!!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessi Hynes

The "purse" is UGLY! The teddybear is kind of cute, but I agree that decapitating it would be creepy.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlawnajo

I don't understand the whole CCC thing at all. If you're making cupcakes for the convenience factor, why not just make cupcakes?? Why do they have to be (hideously) disguised as a cake anyway?? What is the thinking there? Luckily for me I'll never see one of these crazy "puzzle cakes" (uh huh, real clever naming there Wilton) because I haven't been to a birthday party in YEARS where the parents actually *gasp* made the cake. Except for my 3 kids - they still get to suffer annually with something homemade. Luckily I won't be buying the CCC pan!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I was literally shown that add on Saturday. I tried really hard not to just give them the url of cake wrecks. There is no teaching some. They mean well and think they are cute in the picture... The road to good intentions.


November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Don't worry....BB&B is out of bidness! The scourge will be picked up by someone else.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wilton. Is. Evil. They are responsible for more wrecks than any other company. And then they offer classes to teach the masses to make wrecks. They must be stopped! And doesn't it seem weird that BBB is promoting CCCs? Seems like they should be sponsored by AAA.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercyllan

very good blog, some how i found you researching on stuff for our sons birth defect esophageal atresia, i wish you the best.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkayla

My Father would never allow a ccc. He wants a big piece of cake..a quarter of the cake. Not some sissy handfuls of paper, cake and icing.

My friend bought a ccc for her son and daughters birthday party. It was a wreck. It was all individual cupcakes iced with pink and purple. The Happy Birthday was scrawled over the top of the cc with brown chocolate shiny stuff. No one thought to take a picture.

She got her money back. Hopefully, that will discourage her from contributing to the deliquency of the local bakery by encouraging them to make ccc.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

you look at this and see ccc disasters. i look at this and see cheap silicone baking cups. are these sold in canada?

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous could someone *not* know you were talking about Pollock, the artist?
and I was a bio major

to jane (early poster)
clearly, priority one. haha ;)


November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have silicone cupcake molds (we have a train and a flower pot and these funny little footed cupcakes - they were a gift). Here's the thing about silicone bakeware - if you don't remove the item from the bakeware when it's very warm (like cool for <5 min and remove), it's not coming out in one piece. This is not stressed enough in the bakeware instructions and everyone I know who uses it makes this mistake at least once. The hope in this post is that these won't last simply b/c everyone makes this mistake once and most people will give up if this doesn't work the first time when you need it to.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Ok - this reminds me of when you see something (or someone) so weird and ugly and you can't stop looking. I am intrigued in a strange way....I must purchase this...

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I'm so glad someone sent this to you. As soon as I looked at my BB&B ad yesterday, I thought of you. Glad the potential wrecks have been shared with the masses!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Hi Jen,

Here's a link to daily kos explaining how to stop the anti-No on 8 ads.


November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I don't think anyone else has commented yet on the fact that THE BEAR'S REAR PAWS ARE UPSIDE-DOWN!!!


I guess for some people (e.g., those responsible for the model cake & packaging photo), these really are "puzzles."

-- extrajoker

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw these yesterday in the weekly flyers I get and I though of this blog. So funny that it shows up here the next day.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPiaffePlease

"Don't worry....BB&B is out of bidness! The scourge will be picked up by someone else."

Actually, BB&B is still goin' strong. It's Linens 'n Things that's out of 'bidness'.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMara

Looking beyond the whole CCC wrecktastic potential-- that we may need to appoint a national distaster team to head up, am I really the only one to notice the poor bears feet are upside down? Shouldn't his toes be on top?? I know when I sit mine still face the sky.

So see, even the perfectly, and impossibly, decorated ad is a wreck too.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Haha, I got that mailer, too, and I wondered if it would show up on your site! I figured, though, that since it wasn't billed as a professional cake decorating thing, that it might escape your radar...not so. Wreckporters are everywhere...bwahaha!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I did cupcakes for my son's birthday last spring, for many of the reasons another poster mentioned--no hovering with a knife, worrying about portions; kids were happy with one cupcake and didn't overload on sugar.

BUT...I refuse to make a CCC. Each cupcake was individually decorated (really, people, it's easy, just buy some premade sugar decorations and PLOP THEM ON). Kids don't really care about a fancy cake; it's more for the parents' ego than anything.

I think cupcakes are fantastic and great for a kids' birthday party. Smooshed together though, not so much.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here's one more reader who got the witty Pollock reference immediately. Just keep believing that the educated outnumber the uneducated out there. At least among Cake Wreck readers, anyway. Please don't dumb down future posts in any way because of one ill-bred ignoramus. The unique CW brand of wit is where at least half my laughs come from.

I, too, saw this ad a few weeks ago and thought this really should go on Cake Wrecks. Imagine my satisfaction to see it here yesterday.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

I don't consider the "no knife" argument a valid justification for serving cupcake cakes. The safest and easiest way to cut a sheet cake into straight, even portions is with dental floss.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

I can see two possible disasters right after this garbage hits the table:

1. Cupcakes pulled out with frosting that stays with the rest of the "cake," so the kid gets no frosting on his.

2. Cupcakes pulled out with frosting from two cupcakes.

Either way, it's an epic fail.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

LOL, my boss was just talking about ordering one for work! Now that I know what they look like I'm a little scared ;-)

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMe!

anonymous re: individually decorated cupcakes - around here, we've have gone lower tech than sugar decorations: Plastic rings are the "it" thing to put on your cupcakes.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

I'm sooo excited... I sent in the CCC making thingy pictures from the BB&B ad! When I ran across that page in the ad, I stopped reading, immediatly took a picture of it and quickly submitted it! My bf told me I had lost my mind but obviously it was worth my time cause it made it in!!
-Heather R.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R.

Sup - Being a native of Nebraska, I was actually quite excited upon first viewing the cake in the BBB catelog last week (where I first saw it). I was thrilled...I remember when I was in 4th grade making a cake in the shape of Nebraska for our state's "birthday." We made a sheet cake and made the state outline in M&M's. But now...BBB was offering a cake kit in the shape of Nebraska??? Brilliant, even if it made no sense at all.

Then I realized it was supposed to be a purse, and even was a CCC. I now hate it. Hate it hate it hate it.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I eagerly await the post(s) that show the products of the masses' efforts. Eagerly.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lasse least they come in different shapes, which might avoid some scallopped edges! And, there are some cool ideas hatching in my brain that don't involve cup-cake cakes at all, but just use of the new shapes to make some cool individual cup cakes (I'm picturing Candy Corn cup cakes with those cool triangle shaped molds! That should be easy enough even for an amature like me!) Think outside the mold ya'll!

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGale

I got my BB&B sales circular yesterday and was going to send it in! I'm glad you have already been alerted to this horrific new product.


November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had to demo this product earlier this year for a Wilton training seminar! The product wasn't on the market yet at the time I did it, and I had forgotten about it until I saw this post. I have to send in the photo! (I also need to dig out the kit. I have it in a box around here somewheres)

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawnspring

I'm sure others have mentioned this but these cupcakes come with specially designed silicon baking cups so they 'fit' together. It takes it to a whole new level!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Ok, I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the comments so this might have been mentioned already. Those defending these monstrosities stating that since they are shaped to fit together you avoid big globs of icing seem to be forgetting how cupcakes bake. As they rise the tops form a dome. In order to get them to look like the picture you would have to either pile on the frosting, use fondant (on cupcakes, ha), or cut the tops on them all evenly. With all this work, why is it we are not just baking cute cupcakes?

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is so funny! When I saw the BBB advertisement in my local newspaper, I thought "um I wonder if I will see this on the cake wreck blog?"

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I will say that I had to buy this as soon as I saw my 2 favorite things - puzzles & cakes - combined into one. I am not a kitchen person, but so far I put together a green turtle & a passable fish - & was then so proud of myself that I had to send a pic of each to 10 of my friends who understand that I usually have no culinary skills. :-) People definitely have to take off the silicone cup before attempting to eat the cupcake, but I actually got all the cupcake shapes back. (It was also a party of adults who ate the puzzle cake.) I was recently at a pot luck party where someone made a pretty sheet cake, and someone else made cupcakes - the cupcakes disappeared, but the large sheet cake was barely touched - the "it's too nice to cut into" excuse. Am now trying to think of what different puzzle cake shapes to arrange - I was always the type that followed Lego directions better than creating something new - sigh.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLin

When I first saw that in Bed, Bath and Beyond's catalog I thought they were cute. Now that I have found your page and see what can go wrong with ccc even for professionals, I know that I will be staying away from those kits.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Wow - and just in time for the 80th anniversary of the culprit - the founder, Dewey McKinley Wilton must've been squirming in his grave. If it weren't for him (for his cake decorating school) and his family, who made cake decorating possible anywhere, those wrecks would never have existed!

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

Oh, and at least Wilton's renditions of their CCCs don't use fondant, not even the infamously (ahem) unpalatable one!!!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

Has anyone else noticed it's 14.99 of your US dollars? That sound an exorbitant price for a dreaded CCC maker. Anyone agree?

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG


May 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdolphin

I have never seen a cup cake cake in real life. Anyone else in Australia here?? have you seen one. I think I shall have to bake and decorate a cup cake cake just so i can see the disasterous results firt hand!! I love yuor blog, keeps me entertained for hours when I should be working!! heheh

August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEliza Bathory

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