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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
Sunday
Jul062008

Beyond Bizarre: The New Category

I cannot stop staring at this cake. It just sits there, taunting me with its bizarreness, daring me to explain the spinning ring of fire, the glistening blob of golden jello, the dripping Double Dare slime, and the oddly precious pink ruffles. Is it a birthday cake? Anniversary? Year of the Cat? What?

What are you, fire/jello/slime/ruffle cake?

[tortured whisper yell] What are you?

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Reader Comments (52)

If that wasn't freakish, weird, and incredibly random, I'd say it looks almost well-made!!

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWreckophile #1

^- It's just a Chinese Birthday style cake in what they believe to be the 'Western' style. Cause you know, the Chinese have really different aesthetics. And usually involves drippy jelly icing. No idea why, but they still taste AWESOME. ('specially their glazed fruit tops *mouth melt*)

In truth, in China, traditionally for your birthday you get the 'Longevity Peach Bun' , or the Sao Bao. Usually these are made to the number of how old you are (but it varies depending on the baker, just depends on how much your mom makes/buys), then built into a little tower and given as your birthday dish. Along with noodles and red colored eggs. The noodles and peaches represent long life and prosperity, while the red eggs mean new life (ie: another year of life I guess). But that's your traditional Chinese birthday dish.

Now I know for a fact Sao Bao are addictive as *bleep* and if I could demand them everyday I would. Unfortunately for me, they're a bit of a pain to make from scratch (meaning making the filling, sweet red bean paste from scratch), so if I want them I have to make them (the bread and steaming isn't so hard, it's just that paste! Just easier to buy and ship in D: ).

ANYHOO, The more you know! *shooting star sparkle*

So with that explanation out of the way, I hope Jen can now sleep without this haunting her dreams. From what it seems, these guys when to a Chinese restaurant, asked for a birthday cake, and Chinese baker went to the current Chinese 'Western style' cakes look like. Looks pretty much like they used the pink and green motif to match the Sao Bao (which is traditional), and then glazed the top with the yellow gel icing (yellow symbolizing good luck and royalty), and stuck the novelty lotus candle on top (and lit it RIGHT woot!).

Pretty much it's a clash of the cultures people :D! Trust me, that cake still tasted good, I promise, even if it did look bizarre as heck to us 'Western' folk XD. I bet these wrecks the 'Eastern' folk see here are just as bizarre to them! ('You people just glob heaps of frosting all over your cakes? EW!!')

(another point to aesthetic difference is a lot of 'Eastern' cakes tend to have glazed fruit as toppings, like the Japanese putting strawberries on theirs, or the little glazed fruit pile you see on the cake in the vid I posted.)

Mmmm....now I got a hankering for Sao Bao and Chinese food T_T....

June 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

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