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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 Wrecks, a Role Model?!?

I love reading all the e-mails y'all send in, and over the past months I've had several proud parents send in the cakey creations of their little ones, who they tell me are inspired by this blog. (Let's hope they're referring to the Sunday posts, heheh.)

Anyhoo, I thought today would be a good day to give a shout-out to two of my young fans-turned-prodigies.

First up, there's six-year-old Max. According to his mom Alissa, Max demands to see Cake Wrecks every night before going to bed, and when he finally made a cake all by himself, he begged her to send it in to Cake Wrecks as "a good-looking cake, not a wreck."

Here he is, looking proud-as-punch with his cakey creation:

Excellent work, young Max. I particularly like your sprinkle placement. Tell me, do you deliver?

And next, here's Kelsey holding a lovely two-tiered cake she made for her older sister's baby shower:

Kelsey's mom Renee tells me Kelsey made this entire thing from scratch, including the fondant, and designed and baked it completely on her own. Not too shabby for a girl who's only - wait, what's this? Today is her 15th birthday?!? Aw, hey now, how's that for good timing? It's almost like someone [wink wink] wanted to feature her cake on her special day. Yep, yep, yep. So good work, mom, and happy birthday, Kelsey! May your cakes always rise, your fondant never crack, and your spelling skills never falter.

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Reader Comments (60)

Max: Awesome cake, buddy! It's all about the sprinkles. And there's a technique to getting those sprinkles right (all in the wrist ;-)) and you definitely have that down. You're going to grow up to be one heck of a fine baker. And, like someone said, the key to a woman's heart is through cake, chocolate and sprinkles, of course. You'll be fighting the ladies off with a stick!

Kelsey: First off, happy birthday! At 15, you put MANY other decorators to shame (and not just the cake wrecks we see here...there are a lot of people working in bakeries who are nowhere close to having the talent you clearly possess.) Please make a promise to yourself that you'll never give up on making/decorating cakes. You have an abundance of natural talent; it's obvious by looking at that picture and finding out you're only just turned 15. Wow. Seriously. Keep up the amazing work. I wish the best of luck and just know that before long you're going to be a famous decorator as a very young adult. It would be really cool if you were able to participate in some of those cake challenges you see on FoodTV all the time; you clearly possess the raw talent to win those things and the exposure would open up a lot of new opportunities for you. I can't wait to see more from you in the future! If you don't already have one...definitely set up a website to display your creations. With that gorgeous of a cake, I'm sure you have quite a few more good ones under your belt. I'd love to be able to watch your styles develop and mature.

Good luck to you both, Max and Kelsey. I foresee a very sweet future in front of you!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Excellent work by both of them. Max did a very nice basic cake design, with fun sprinkles, and Kelsey's could rival many on Sunday Sweets.

Do show us more of both their work! And Hppy Birthday, Kelsey!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Ha! Awesome! My kids love the blog, too; any time we're near a store or bakery, they run toward the cakes, yelling, "I hope there's a wrecky one!" Great work by both these bakers!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

I shall give up now.
No sense running my cake race
Against the sweet fleet.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Man, that shower cake is fawesome. And the sprinkle cake from Max far surpasses many of my efforts, which is especially sad since I'm nearly seven times his age.

And I thank you for not making me weepy with this post, the way you did on Sunday, because: not nice to make obnoxious rude person cry. We don't enjoy it; it makes us phlegmy.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

Wow, Kelsey! You have a bright future. I'm truly impressed. Best of luck to you in your future endeavours. You are very talented, indeed!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebren

My 7 year old loves "Cake Wrecks!" Especially any video game related cakes. -- willaful

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I honestly wish any cakes I've made, at that age or my age now looked as good as Kelsey's. That's amazing.

And Max is off to a wonderful start, too! I say congrats to him as well, and awesome job!

Maybe we should send Max to the girl who wanted sprinkles. :D

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUtahime Lorelei

How awesome is it to know that your blog is inspiring kids? Maybe he'll grow up to be a chef! Good work, Max! And Jen :)

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

He made that cake by himself? at six?

Now THAT'S talent ^^ and I love the decor

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElkian Lionblood

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