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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 Sweets: Get OUT - That's Cake?!?

I've seen a lot of amazing cakes, people, but even I can't believe my eyes on this one:

According to these news articles, this life-sized Barbie doll is actually cake. Seriously.

That's pastry chef Jean Michel Raynaud there, too, unveiling his chocolate mud-cake Barbie in honor of the doll's 50th anniversary. (According to an interview he did here, Raynaud is the creative director of Sweet Art in Sydney.)

But let's get back to this "cake", shall we? (Still wrapping my brain around this - bear with me.)

Obviously not all of this creation is edible, but that's true of all cake masterpieces so I'm not going to quibble. Especially because in addition to the gold tulle skirt, two thousand Swarovski crystals were used. Sweet and sparkly - me likey.

Considering that the skirt base is most definitely cake if any of it is, I am particularly wowed by the super realistic "fabric" draping and stretching around the "knees":

When you consider that was carved out of a dense chocolate cake, it truly is a jaw-dropping work of art.

That's Australian model Erika Heynatz "cutting" the cake. Really, I think they just had her stick a knife in to show it's not a mannequin. Unless anyone has photos of this being served up? Let me know!

And thanks to Angela R. for being the first to send me the story.

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Reader Comments (135)

*sigh* the doll isn't as pretty as the freakin' cake.. So.. no 50th Anni Barbie for me..

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlitter-Bug

The little girls face (looking at the camera)is priceless, shes thinking... "ok so can we eat the damn thing or what"? haha

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterimiss

She's stabbing Barbie!!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTakeaways

I thought the bridezilla cake was creepy because it was effigy. It was beautifully done, which added to the ick factor. The cake just resembled an individual human way too closely for my comfort.

The Barbie cake looks like a toy.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKore

Isnt 'life sized' here like 10 inches tall - that's human sized!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

technically, a life-sized barbie cake would stand only eleven-point-five inches tall; a human-sized barbie cake, now that's a whole other story.

love the page. thanks for all the good laughs, and the few wonderful examples of what true cakemanship is all about.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraskew

Hiya! I live in Australia and watched the news report showing the Barbie Cake. I'm not sure how much of the upper torso is cake but her waist down certainly is! As they filmed the Sweet Art Chef cutting into her ass! and serving it on plates lol. I will see if there is a link to show the cake being vut and post the link :)

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*also an aussie*
yeah... it somehow managed to be shown on all of the "news" programs that night in aus. The slice they showed being cut was taken from her left "cheek".

i tried youtubing it but didn't come up with anything :(

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was red velvet cake?

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Frankly, I'm spending too much time giggling at the photo of someone stabbing Barbie in the thigh.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I went to see that cake in the shop. Cake? Who was talking about a cake. It is a a mannequin. From the top to the bottom! If there was any cake at all it was just a little under a skirt on the backside. It is why you can't see a real cut on all those photos.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that last picture is like "OH my god, cAke, I can't eat that I"d have to purge...

Eat it lady, you'll wind up looking less like a horse head on a stick.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngelus

I saw this on the news while I was actually IN Sydney. I was kicking myself for not going through with my intial plan of spending that afternoon downtown....wandering around the Quay and the Botanical Gardens!!

Does anyone know how much of her was actually cake??? I should have known it'd be on cake wrecks, my fav blog! =)


April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hiii that is dress for wedding??

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoca Cola Cake

Sweet Art made my wedding cake and it was incredible, they are so so so talented. if anyone is ever in sydney, check out the amazing display cakes they have in their store, you'll be amazed!

September 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A white chocolate mud cake? from other pics online of the model and girls eating slices, it is a white cake.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQuickie Divorce Blog

OMG! That is AWESOME!!!
(I wouldn't like to eat parts of the body though- it would freak me out!!!!)

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

Amazing! What can I say except that this cake is amazingly flawless!

Check out my blog:

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

To Freedom First: You feel it's disgusting to waste money on Swarovski crystals on a cake. I agree with you. But here's the thing: If we're getting right down to it, making that cake at all is wasteful. Spending money on a party to celebrate the anniversary of a doll is wasteful. Taking photos of the wasteful party is wasteful, and spending our time arguing about it on a blog is wasteful. We could be spending all this time and money trying to help those starving children in Africa, but we're not. I'm not saying you shouldn't be disgusted with the excess, I'm just saying that maybe if you're REALLY interested in helping the starving children of Africa or anyone else in need, you should do something more productive than making negative posts on a cake blog. Perhaps instead of just calling it disgusting, you could have provided a link to the website of a worthwhile cause and suggested that people spend the same amount of time learning about that cause as they spent ogling the Barbie cake and reading your self-righteous post... and mine, for that matter.

On that note...

I'm on my way there myself.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Hypocrite

Photos of it being eaten :)


June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Damn, that is the most beautiful mannequin/cake model I have ever seen! Damn, big props to the cake creator and sculptor of the first part.

But I am like FreedomFirst in that I CRINGED when I heard that 2,000 crystals were used for it. I mean, I know people sort of do it all the time, especially with art (i.e. edible gold dust for mock Oscar modeled desserts, etc.) and not that that is particularly wrong. But I will say that I am glad the crystals were used on the mannequin portion only (it looks like it,who would EAT crystals?) so that there is a chance that the crystals and even the gown will be reused or preserved for future use. And that way, unlike the cake portion, the top part will be preserved so his art will be appreciated longer. The skirt-only cake portion is actually a great idea in terms of preserving the art, as well as show off the skills of the artist without excessive energy wasted on a limited time-product such as a cake.

However, I do think that using crystals (which I can humbly assume were used for the glamour affect and its high status) instead of cubic circoniums and other products that could've possibly had the same affect, produce the same beautiful art and appreciation without the placement of the reputable crystals, was a bit much.

While FreedomFirst and Suburban Hypocrite seem "self-righteous", why have gold fixtures in your bathroom when you can have fake gold fixtures, why care about the spending habits of others (especially if the end product is good) and why try to impose an agenda completely different from the context this cake/mannequin was illustrated as?

Wee, run-on sentences ftw :) Beautiful cake, he has got some skillz.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoren

Well, I guess it saves you the trouble of putting the girl *into* the cake if the girl *is* the cake.

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylorM

I miss the old Barbie. Even with the size DD bra, she was more realistic than this one. This cake's hips are skinnier than her knees for pete's sake!!!! Is she supposed to be a commentary on modern woman's lack of need for birthing hips?

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Shut the Cake Up! That is amazing! It's almost sad to cut into it.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

If she unbent her arm, it would be longer than the other. :/

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeek

My husband works in the industry and when they elaborate cakes, a lot of time, they are decorated styrofoam with a single piece of cake just to show that it can be "cut". I think it's ridiculous, but it's apparently very common. Chances are that's what this "cake" is, and why it's so intricately sculpted.
Personally, my husband prides himself on making cakes that are not only 100% edible, but 100% cake (meaning no rice and marshmallow "cakes").

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatlily09

Carlo's bakery did a life-size cake version of Carlo's wife for her birthday. you should check it out.

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannahkay

Hmmm cake! really?!/album.php?aid=296356&id=748852194

You decide

I think more a sculpture made by a cake artist

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And I thought I've seen everything in life...

The big-giant-wonder Barbie Cake just scared me! Wow, 1000x wow...

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRizzya Sasha



February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Gaga

wow that is amazing but it must of been werid to cut the cake

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

pics of the creator creating the barbie cake

June 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

I find it odd when my cake wears a wig. Is it just me?

May 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

oh good, i'm not the only one who noticed the oddly placed knees!

June 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess W.

@Loren said:

"However, I do think that using crystals (which I can humbly assume were used for the glamour affect and its high status) instead of cubic circoniums and other products that could've possibly had the same affect, produce the same beautiful art and appreciation without the placement of the reputable crystals, was a bit much. "

Loren, Swarovski crystals are lead glass. They aren't any more "real" than cubic zirconium, or any other fake jewels. They're just as faux as faux can be.

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHitch

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