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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

Fan "Art"

This Halloween, why not add a little personality to your pumpkin?

Harry F. carved this little beauty. Disturbing-yet-fabulous, no?

And Lauren was inspired by both the famous belly cakes and Suzy's Wreck to create her own CW tribute costume:

And yes, she's pregnant. That's what makes it so horribly good.

And finally, I'm pleased to announce that I've finally solved the mystery of this little guy:

Several of you sent in pictures of the above cake topper spotted at a cake show some weeks back. (It's good to know that the sight of something this disturbing brings me immediately to mind. Heh.)

Here's another angle:

As you can see, this is a figure of a middle-aged guy in boxers and a mohawk riding a carrot. Trouble was, no one could tell me who made it, or even which cake show it appeared at, so I was left to wonder if the baker responsible meant to do a sneaky homage to CW, or was just plain nuts.

Well, not too long ago, I got a delightful e-mail from the cake's creator, Burton (also responsible for the fabulous Frankenstein wedding cake), and I got my answer: he's both.

Here's his explanation:

"I am convinced that it is only a matter of time before Cake Wrecks inspired cakes get their own category at cake shows. Since I am usually very far behind the curve on most things (current affairs, fashion, street slang, which fork to use…) I thought I would try to get ahead of the curve on this one. So I decided to enter a competition cake partially inspired by the Cake Wrecks blog. And why go half way? I entered it in Kerry Vincent’s own Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show."

Yes, Burton made a middle-aged half-naked mohawk-man carrot jockey for Kerry Vincent. Told you he was nuts.

Here's the whole cake, with Burton's notes:

See the little fireman's hat? That's an ode to yet another famous classic Wreck.

Wondering how the crowd reacted? [evil snicker] Burton, fill us in on all the gory details.

"Public opinion did not favor this entry. Every time I saw anyone approach my cake they would immediately exclaim, 'Oh, look at the cute pumpkin scarecrow cake!' and then pass my cake by on their way to see the cute pumpkin scarecrow cake that was several entries down the table. My entry did get high marks from Craig Gustafson of American Cake Decorating Magazine, though, and the judges gave it first place in its category —take that, cute pumpkin scarecrow cake!"

And just because I had fun reading it, here's the rest of his e-mail:

"After the judging I spoke with one of the judges who admitted that most of them didn’t know the significance of the carrot until Bronwen Weber set them straight. [Bronwen rocks.] I actually got to meet and make a fool of myself in front of Bronwen as well as Kerry Vincent and several other celebrity decorators. While I may not have made a fool of myself in front of Jennifer Matsubara, I at least left her convinced that I am very creepy, if the look in her eyes and the speed with which she backed away were any indication." [Hah!]

"I just thought I would let you know how something as sweet and innocent as the naked, mohawk-baby carrot jockey can be twisted and perverted in the wrong hands. Mine."

The good thing, Burton, is that most of us are just twisted enough to love you for doing this, so it's all good. Wreck on, my friend. Wreck. On.

(Still trying to figure out what the deal is with the carrot jockeys? Well, I don't have much of an answer for you, but you can start by going here.)

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Reader Comments (109)

"Geriatric carrot jockeys" would make the most AWESOME name for a punk band! Also, my WV is "sumwors"
Wow, there SURE are some wrecky cakes on here from Halloween--Think next week ther'll be sumwors?

November 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlpuhala

I - I'm practically weeping here.

It's a thing of beauty.

And he made it for KERRY VINCENT.


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

... and, of course, the metaphoric brilliance of the limpness of the end of the carrot.

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Remember, young aspiring carrot jockeys: stay in school, or you could end up middle aged, riding a 25 cent carrot ride in a grocery store! But make good choices, and your dreams of carrot-jockey fame could come true!!!!!

February 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTova

A lot of time and effort in that cake. Good work, well done. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I LOVE that he took that cake to Ms. Vincents sugar arts show.. no disrespect to Kerry but I think she needs her stuffy cake world rocked by more expressive cakes like this one! I LOVE it and I agree it should be a t-shirt!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

By the way, the pictures from the last cake you posted were from a cake that was entered into a competition at the Oklahoma Sugar arts show...the contestant UNFAIRLY entered their cake into a category LOWER than their ability and took prizes and glory away from people who deserved them.

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly O

That is hilarious! It looks like Professor Farnsworth (Futurama) with a mohawk,

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGianna


December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMooseluver

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