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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

Is This a Wreck? You Decide.

Today we Americans and our friends around the world should pause and remember those lost in the attacks on 9/11/01. We each do this in our own way, and some people commemorate the day a little differently. Some people, for example, make a cake:

I've received several different pictures of this cake - each taken from a different angle - so it's obviously getting a lot of attention from passers-by. Some believe this is just the baker's way of using his unique skills to make a tribute. Others think it's disrespectful: halfway through serving those towers the cake is going to look pretty darn macabre. Personally, I'm on the fence. I see the skill involved, and I think the baker's motives are pure, but in execution I can see why so many are offended.

Your thoughts?

Thanks to Anna B., Patrick C., Dubi K., and Marc Felion, who took the original photo.

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Reader Comments (320)

OMIGOSH! After seeing the cake posted here,:

the one on this list is DEFINITELY in good taste!!!!!! Seriously, people, check it out!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercannongirl

No doubt, they meant well, but it's still a wreck. Without the towers, it would have been much more palatable, both to look at, and to eat!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

on one level it looks good, but on another level I think it's not well thought out. Sincere emotions behind it, but little thought as to reactions at the thought of cutting up and eating the symbolic towers.
I thought Americans weren;t allowed to subject their flag to mistreatment. So how about cutting up the cake with the flag on it and eating it?
Not a wreck. The cake and decoration are very well done with a lot of attention to detail. Looks like an honest attempt at commemoration that backfired.
I too am glad there are no plastic planes involved.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can see that the baker meant it as a tribute - it's quite lovingly made- but I think it's a poorly thought out concept that wouldve been far more appropriate without the towers. Im sure everyone would be able to tell what it was a tribute to without displaying the actually towers anywhere, we all know what this date means - all over the world we remember. I dont think any malice was intended, this person is simply using their talents to memorialize the day the best the way they know but it's a bit insensitive.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArlina

Honestly people, it's not meant to be eaten. DUH. I cannot believe some of you would say this is "tacky and insensitive" when it's QUITE obvious that the baker had only the best of intentions. You should never, EVER insult someone's way of paying tribute when you don't know the motives behind it. So get off your high-horses and show a little respect towards the baker. Geez.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm not utterly offended, but in my opinion, cake in our culture signifies celebration. We don't make fancy decorated cakes for funerals or other sad occasions. I think that's what freaks people out about this.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm not offended and don't think it's particulary offensive in general. But I do wonder how anyone could eat a piece of that cake (much less the towers themselves) with that huge knot in their stomach already.

Maybe that is something the baker should take into consideration - much like the other wrecks of head and apparently dead animals...does the cake itself destroy your appetite?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyz

Strangely, Reid, it reminded me of" REL="nofollow">this Onion article... I'm going to have to call the whole thing tasteless. I won't call it disrespectful because the intention was obviously the opposite... but even if the towers are meant to be "decorative", tragedy should not be rendered in icing.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra Erin

If it's in a window my guess would be that it's not meant to be served but rather to stand as a tribute in the way best way a cake decorator knows how.

From a AF retiree's wife.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

your posters confuse me. they seemed more than willing to eat a baby shower cake that was pretty down right graphic and said that it was funny, but they can not appreciate a cake that shows people NO i have not forgotten this day? i rather eat party of a building then a piece of cake with nipple on it. i find nothing wrong with this cake and i do not know why everyone has to say EVERYTHING is politically incorrect nowadays. hope everyone who finds this tasteless also throws a fit when eating pieces of baby at a shower.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I think if it had the planes it would be tacky, but it seems to me someone is just trying to honor the day in the one way they know how

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't find it particularly offensive or tasteless. Lots of people remember things in different ways and this person's talent happens to be cake. Now if there'd been a little marzipan plane in the side of one of the towers it might be a bit more tasteless.
I was just trying to figure out the toasted coconut or maybe crushed nuts on top of the buildings...odd touch. I guess for a change of color?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I think it is a great tribute. I highly doubt anyone would want to cut into it. Not a wreck.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

I can see where the baker was coming from here, but the towers were really not the best design to use.

Well, could have been worse. I once saw a (non-professional, I hope) cake that had the towers on fire. Now THAT'S bad taste.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

I see it as an unfortunate attempt at self-promotion. Reminds me of Marie Antoinette in a way. "Let them eat cake" takes on a whole new meaning, eh?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTarot By Arwen

My guess is it wasn't made with the idea that it'd be sold, or eaten. It was a memorial that she could do, to put in her window on this one day, and then that's it.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

REALLY tasteless would be if a stripper jumped out of it. A stripper wearing a camouflage outfit and posing with a prop machine gun.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevinsky

What did I say?
Still not convenience either way.
But hey you asked people's opinion Jen, soooo....


September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

Holy Comments Batman!
Just to toss a thought in... The cake is in a window... how often are the display cakes actually ever eaten? And in what other way can a cake baker show support? Its unlikely that the baker has a flag to fly at half mast. I believe that this is the bakers way of showing support.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

Tacky, yes. Offensive, no. Like you said, their heart was in the right place. I myself would have chosen to commemorate the date and show my respect in a different way, but as you said, everybody chooses to commemorate the day in their own way.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Melendez

Who wants cake when thinking of that day? Pass.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I would never eat or buy that cake, but I agree that the person who made it really felt that they were doing a great thing. They didn't put enough thought into it, or they would never have made it, but I really think it was someone who felt they were showing their spirit.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOneCheekyHobbit

at least a plane isn't flying into a tower...

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

PS. Cannongirl found the very cake I was referring to.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

I think it's tacky in execution but the motive was probably good-- the baker had good intentions, and I doubt it's a cake to be sold for eating.

I do think they would have gotten the point across just fine without the towers, whether cake or plastic. It's 9/11; I think people would understand the tribute even if the cake were simply an American flag with no writing.

Still, I do think the baker had good intentions with this. Admittedly it reminds me of 'The Onion' when the 9/11 events occurred-- one of the satires featured being about a housewife who, feeling helpless and unknowing about what she could do, baked an American flag pie.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterResto

We all serve with our own talents, right? I think the cake is fine. I'm not quite sure what memorial service would be appropriate to serve cake at, but if they took it out back to cut it, no one would even see the towers being cut apart.

I'm also willing to entertain the idea that the towers aren't really cake. I see that a lot on Ace of Cakes where they frost a styrofoam block to look like a cake so they don't have to cut apart everyone's favorite elephant or whatever. Maybe this works the same way?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChiclet

I see this as a tribute, done in the way the artist knows best. It's just a piece of art.

In all honesty, I don't see eating the cake as disrespectful. It's a cake. It's not the real towers... It's no more disrespectful to eat the pastry towers than it is to use the materials from the WTC to make a ship. Cake is for eating. Get over the symbolism.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

No, not necessarily a wreck, but certainly in poor taste. Insensitive and tacky. Mean.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingatchaos

It's a tribute! A painstakingly made cake to sit in a window to show that they care. It's touching that they went to the effort. I really don't think it was made to be cut into at all. Some of you people need to chill out.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Wasabi

people LOVE to be affended these days! if it were made out of clay and then rolled up into a ball afterwards would everybody go crazy for that too? it's a tribute done in the artist's medium-cake. the end.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What is on top of the left tower? If that is a candle then this cake is really over the top.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Just thought of something else.

I don't know anything about cakes, but wouldn't cakes that small stacked as high as the towers be really heavy? Like might topple over since they're so heavy? So wouldn't they have to be something else or unservable because they have a rod sticking through them?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChiclet

I dont think it will be eaten. It could be Styrofoam under there.
It is a nice thought, though I could see how it could be taken the wrong way. But everything can be taken the wrong way.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

Are they eating the towers? It's going to be pretty darn upsetting when they start cutting into the towers and/or put them on their sides to cut them. Uh. Nice way to bring up a bad memory.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

i get the impression that it's a decorative cake. one that is going to sit in the window of the shop. with that in mind, it's perfectly acceptable. it's art. like the movies, paintings, and other tributes done about 9-11.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkimmitri

well, I get what they meant to do, but I'm with you, it will look pretty bad once people start to eat it. Maybe they could take off the towers before they start cutting the cake? That might make it worse...

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel C.

You asked "your thoughts" just to see all the crazy uber-patriots come out, didn't you? The first comment provided enough enjoyment for me for the whole day.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplumpdumpling

It seems to me to be for display only. It's a tribute folks-- I see nothing wrong with it-- the person is not selling the cake--it's for display.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that the cake is an amazing tribute to what happened 7 years ago. Mad props to the baker on this!! Now if it was meant to be eaten or not... Who cares... I agree with the "Let them Eat Cake!!!"

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

If the towers are edible, then it is macabre and not very well thought...

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarondelet

This is going to sound wishy washy but here's my humble opinion:

Look at it as an art form rather than a cake and you'll see that it's an artistic tribute to the tragedy.

Other side of the coin:
I hope the towers weren't meant to be eaten because yeah, that just doesn't seem right. I'm with the people here when they say take the towers off before cutting.

I just can't go as far as saying that this is disrespectful because it's someone's own personal way of remembering the tragedy.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

This is a work of art by an artist. I personally wouldn't eat it- but I don't think that is the point. I think it is the person's way of saying that even while they continue in their trade (which is what we were told to do in the days following 9/11/01) they are thinking about those lives that were lost.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterProf. Michele

LOL. You ninnies. Get it down your gullet.

To EAT or Not to Eat is NOT a DAM Question Mang, EAt, Scoff and SHOVELL ALL FOOD

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm assuming that the towers are styrofoam and meant to be kept rather than eaten. After all, today part of what we should remember is to be tolerant, and in that vein I choose not to assume the artist was trying to be tacky.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDobby's Roommate

Horrifying. I sincerely doubt that this is meant to be eaten. I must believe that it's a one day display. That said, I think it would be fine to make a sheet cake with tribute words on it since that is the medium in which a baker would express their tribute...but the towers? Nooooo. Baaaaad.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yeah, i'm with the posters who don't like it. i was in disbelief when i saw the photo. you're right, jen: it took skill, but 1/2 way through, well, hate to say it, but then it *will* really resemble that horrid day...uck.

I can only hope the cake-cutter slices both buildings at the base, and perhaps cuts them elsewhere?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

I doubt the baker had an evil scheme with this cake. It's beautifully done.

But! I don't like the idea of breaking down the towers to eat them. And eating a flag seems disrespectful also.

Can there be a new category for this cake? Sad Wreck? Weepy Wreck? Nothing Funny About It Wreck?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Who cares...I seems people are too sensitive about everything. So, do you guys hate those posters that say never forget that show the towers? No...Does anyone ban a movie because it has the towers in it? No...I think the designer was trying to use the imaeg because it means a lot to people. Just because it is cake, doesn't make it 'tastless'. frankly, I didn't even notice that today was 9/11. I think people just need to move on. It was a terrible day, so stop trying to relive it.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it was a baker using his art to provide a tribute. I can appreciate the feelings that some express about it feeling macbre if eaten. I say if it was supposed to be eaten, then either cut it away from the public or just eat the sheet cake

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Am I the only one who thinks that it would be inappropriate if it was eaten with" REL="nofollow"> this sterling silver airplane spoon?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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