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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

Cake Headlines

Sometimes the media sits up and takes notice of something going on in the world of cakery. And sometimes those news stories are just odd or interesting enough that I want to share them with all of you.

And that's how new categories are born, boys and girls.

Jen: [in announcer voice] "Today in Cake News: Better Art Through Cupcakes." [turning to face side camera] "The Buffalo News reported today that Zilly Rosen of ZILLYCAKES in Buffalo, NY, made a portrait of president-elect Obama using nothing but 1,240 cupcakes!"

Weather Guy: "Wow, that's a lot of cupcakes!"

Jen: "It sure is, Weather Guy. I guess you could call this one sweet piece of art!"

Both: "Ahahahahahah!"

Thanks to Jenny B. and Joy for sharing the link. And yes, before you all ask: I AM relieved that Zilly didn't connect the cupcakes to make the world's largest CCC. Talk about a close call!

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Reader Comments (84)

Yeah but the only problem with the picture is... awww shucks, the election is over, still, right?

Alixandra Hice

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I'm pretty relieved that they didn't ice them all together too--that just kills any chance of it looking nice. I thought it looked neat.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTobias

The cupcake portrait matches up very well with his pop-art style adverts/signs--so yay for no CCCs. I'm always impressed when people can put together individual elements to make a larger picture.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNipponElla

Should we read something into the black and blue going on here?

Was chocolate not an option?

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please...NO...not on my food too!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

that is just too cool for words!!!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Well I don't actually have anything to add, but the word verification is "gravel". Just thought I'd share...

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentererin k

that's right, BUFFALOOOO!!!

[fellow buffalonian]

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermints

this is NOT a ccc! thank goodness!
cupcakes NOT connected by a sheet of sloppy frosting would be...wait for it...just cupcakes! which are wonderful. ;)
ccc = surefire wrecks


November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

our president-elect is delicious

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterspackledorf

It's a wreck because it's the ANTICHRIST in cupcake form! (And yes, tongue was firmly in cheek for that comment.)

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

I knew you'd have this featured, as soon as I saw it on the news!

Yum. Cake you can believe in.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdugshop

YAY!! Buffalo did something right ;)

This is an awesome creation. And I thought my cupcakes for our Daisy Scout meeting - done in a nice yellow frosting to match the petal we are working on - were creative LOL

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

spackledorf said... our president-elect is delicious

I'm having weird cognitive crossover from" REL="nofollow">passive-aggressive You would have to add a 4-letter word to your comment for it to fit in over there, though.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Wow! That's a lot of cupcakes! When I first saw the picture I figured it was all M&M's! Well done them!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKBK Bakery

That zillycakes website is phenomonal---BEAUTIFUL cakes!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Congrats Zilly on such great work! Politics aside, that gal worked extremely hard to make not only all those cupcakes, but to set them up. I am in awe. And since I also live in the Elmwood Village, I cannot wait to order all my cakes from her. I love seeing a local business woman get some good press. Congratulations again, Zilly Cakes!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMimiS

Not really an Obama supporter, but that is really cool. Can't imagine making that many cupcakes!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

At first glance I thought they were Necco wafers on a it all makes sense!!!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Brodeur

And once again we prove: individual cupcakes... way cool; conjoined cupcakes... bad idea.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

Is there any way to make that rich black frosting so it's not disgusting food coloring flavored? Or is that chocolate with some food color?

In any event, I'll take vanilla frosting anyday.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeyinawhitecoat

This is so cool! Definitely not a wreck.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLandry

Pixilation in CCC form! Magnificent.
~Amy B.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

If you want to know more about Zilly's process, I interviewed her yesterday about the Obama cupcake art at" REL="nofollow">Cupcakes Take the Cake.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

What's really funny is that my husband and I saw this on the news the other night and we both turned to each other and said.. "Now that is the world's largest CCC!!"

CRAAAZZY I tell ya!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlythe

wow..the B-lo News didn't just report it..they featured it on the front page! I love that I heard about it on Cake Wrecks first though :)

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjess

Now that people, is how to do art with cupcakes! I just wish I could've been there to eat one! Yummy!

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

"And why is it always the snotty comments come from "anonymous?""

Valarie, you don't know the half of it.

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love it, so amazing. I'm still waiting for the Sarah Palin CCC though, it's only a matter of time.

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

M&M's would have been much easier

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Henrie

AAAAAARRRRGGGG! Someone on Flickr just included me in their Cupcake Cake set of photos! I feel so misunderstood! What's a girl with cupcake integrity to do in such a situation?

Seriously, thanks for all of the comments above. I can't believe I didn't know about this blog before! I'll be sure to report on some of my own wrecks. Just stay tuned!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZilly

As a baker, I can only praise Zilly and hope to god that we see more beautiful cupcake mosaics like this one, and less of those horrible.. HORRIBLE cupcake cakes. Seriously though Zilly, you did an amazing job! It reminds me of the baking version of pixel art!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Amazing, didnt realise it was cupcakes at first!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrammy

who gets to eat them?

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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