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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

KILL IT WITH FIRE!! (Oh wait, they already did...)

This Wreck is from last year, but since they ran the episode on Food Network recently I've been inundated with requests - nay, demands - that I feature it immediately. (And by the way, you guys are just so cute when you get bossy.)

We're fortunate that CW reader Jason got a hold of the actual episode this week, because he made a quick minute-and-a-half recap that captures the true Wrecktastic essence of this masterpiece. It also had John nearly crying with laughter, so you must watch:

I should mention that the challenge was to create a birthday cake for Kerry Vincent, aka the Simon Cowell of cake competitions. This is not the lady you screw up in front of. Or make towering spikes of cake and fruit and paper lathered up with melted goo and then set aflame in front of.

Yep, there were small bowls of alcohol set in the cake, which the creators lit to simulate birthday candles. Unsurprisingly to everyone except perhaps the bakers themselves, the cake then caught on fire.

Here it is covered with a fine dusting of fire extinguisher foam, which most everyone agreed was a visual improvement:

Now THAT is a Cake Wreck, folks.

Still, before you guys rip on these gals too much, consider how boring the world would be without those daring innovators who are willing to go down in flames [smirk] for the sake of their art. I say we applaud these brave souls, and encourage all the ingenuity, forward-thinking, and pyromania that we can. [nodding seriously] Wreck on, my friends, wreck on.

- Related Wreckage: Sandra Lee Shows Us How It's (Not) Done

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Reader Comments (368)

I must say I cannot think of anything dripping in chocolate repulsive...unless it's inedible. Noooo, not the CHOCOLATE! Um, ah, I'm ok now.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

Um, what about the "abstract" rice crispie treat/licorice cake she made for the Famous Bridges Challenge... that was DEFINITELY worse... until she let it crash to the ground. Vast improvement I tell you!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

The best part about that whole episode was listening to that woman. Even in front of the judges, she was completely convinced that her cake was perfect and should win. As Kerry Vincent said, "So ,this is all about you?"

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

Wow. Some of Stevie's sculptures are really creative and quite beautiful. Others are just so much "WHAT?" She's like the Jackson Pollack or Paul Klee of the food art world. You look at some of her work and think, "Why is this art? My five year old can do better than that!"

However, I do have to admit that the flaming cake was the wreckiest wreck in the history of wreckdom. When I saw her dribbling scoops of melted chocolate down the sides I thought "OH heavens this is NOT a good idea!" Even her bridge was better, pre-breakage.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

What do they call this one? Chernobyl Cake?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

My favorite part of the challenge was when Stevie put a bowl of melted chocolate on the floor (on - the - floor!!) and started spooning chocolate on the "cake" in random splashes. Can you imagine how dirty that cake was even before the fire extinguisher?!? It also looked like the production guy was using that extinguisher with some relish.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

OMG. What a disaster. How does someone like that even get invited on a show like that? Her webpage is equally strange...

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLillian'sheart

Anonymous said...

What was that cake suppossed to be? It's the culinary equivalent of Anna Nicole Smith . . . you know you shouldn't look but you have to and everyone is happy when it's finally put of it's misery!


Okay, that will definitely be the funniest thing I read/see/hear all day. Thank you!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does anyone know if they will be replaying this episode on FNC anytime soon?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, even with art I don't understand I can usually see an acceptable execution of the basic techniques, use of color, form, composition, etc. But this. I honestly thought she suffered a mental breakdown during the Food Network Challenge! After seeing her website, though, I see it's not an acute issue but a chronic problem with her. WOW!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I was fortunate enough to go to the taping of this and lemme tell ya... it was even better in person!! The mess on the floor was probably worse than the cake itself. The poor stagehands were constantly cleaning up the floor in front of her workspace. The downside was that I left before the fire fiasco. Was waiting to see the footage somewhere online. Now I feel complete.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think this is the reason you should always keep a CO2 extinguisher in the kitchen - puts out the flames and you can eat it when you're done.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

The cake was a wreck to begin with. My toddler has decorated prettier cakes.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlpha Chick

The cake looks sort of like an Indiana Jones set, but I'm still baffled about the strawberries on sticks.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpripyet

I love how at the judging stage, she said that she didn't always think the client was right. That's the kind of woman I want creating my cakes - NOT!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercajunamy

She is definitely what I call a "legend in her own mind." Join me in writing Food Network to ask that she not be invited back. After looking at her website, I know there will always be wrecks made by this individual, but we don't have to see them on t.v.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh my dear sweet jeebus, this makes me really disappointed that i missed that episode.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdani

Uh, how many hundred people did she think this was supposed to serve?

Seriously, looking at the "artist", something about her face just screamed "mental illness". Hope there's someone who cares enough for her to get her some help.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Each time this lady is on this show i die a little inside. I have yet to see why they bring her back. She brings hot mess after hot mess to the table. Bleh!!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterteenage_houswife

is it a birthday cake or a garbage castle? I'm confused!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is this, ahh, "competitor" to this show something like Jay Walking is--oops, was--to the Tonight Show? Because really.... *snicker*

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

the best part of the show is when she tries to defend it by saying "the customer is not always right!" all defensively. as if someone would ever request such a ridiculous cake!


i wonder if she'll ever be asked back to the show? :-P

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Couldn't they see it was ugly to begin with even before the fire?

Really? Seriously?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenisewalks

I nearly died when I was watching this episode on Food Network.

WV: tetedust. Stevie's cake was tetedust after it caught on fire.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley


It was ugly before the fire and a totally wreck after the fire.


June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

As the page was loading, I thought that the cake had already been on fire. It was pretty nasty. Then I saw the aftereffects. I didn't realize the cake could look worse!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

next time i start craving cake reading this website, i'm going to look at the post and instead try not to barf.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Wow. Just WOW. First of all, FOOD is supposed to be APPETIZING. You shouldn't have to "get it", it should look YUMMY. Not, um, SCARY. I've seen more attractive "clusters" in the cat's litter box.....

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I hate everything on her site, except for this one which, not only do I not hate, I actually like! It's called Lawn.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Funnily enough, I saw this episode on the Food Channel the other day. When Kerry Vincent expressed her surprise that the contestant did not ask Kerry for her input since it was supposed to be the cake for Kerry's Birthday. The contestant replied: "I do not think that the customer is always right." And at the end of the episode, she said something about not expecting everybody to understand her concept, I think she might have used the word "art" too. HMMMMM, what concept? What art?

I need to know where this lady works, I am definitely ordering my next cake from her (sarcasm intended!)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

WOAH. What show is that from??

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I usually watch but missed this episode, thanks for filling me in! I think I may wait for a rerun. Unbelievable!!!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkacenka

It's not just the's the inedibility. Watching her smush cake around--ewww. This is a CAKE competition. If I can't imagine cutting and eating it, it's a massive FAIL.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Oh wow! I just looked at her website - what a mess! There are so many gorgeous decorators out there - why does Food Network waste their time?

This one was particularly horrendous -

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrisu

can't... find... cake...

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

They say the only bad publicity is no publicity, but I dunno about that after seeing this clip and reading the comments. I'm guessing this self-proclaimed edible artist has turned off many more potential clients than she attracted.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe this cake was a passive aggressive nod to Kerry Vincent and her lovely demeanor... I happen to think this is the PERFECT cake for her!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRingleader

Oh my goodness!!! :o That's hilarious!!

I only just started cake decorating as a hobby but I feel less incompetent already..... :)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterurban country

I saw that episode and was wondering who on earth would call her an "artist" of any type! It was hideous and her attitude was about the same.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my god did you see the chocolate vagina on her web page??

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In all honesty, although Stevie's cake was an absolute wreck, I sort of liked her comment about seeing the spikes and thinking it was just like Kerry Vincent. Kerry Vincent is an absolute ogre. My roommate and I have dubbed her "cake b*tch". Even though she does some absolutely beautiful work, she can't say a nice word to anyone and is the picture of a bitter spinster. Never having your own birthday cake? What was wrong with this woman's life?!

But beyond that, Stevie's work was an absolute mess, that episode of Challenge was almost difficult to sit through.

wv: cragiant "Kerry Vincent looks like someone's cragi ant"

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiku

wv: Dushyre. "After reviewing her website, it is clear this wrecker always engages in this sort of dushyre."

Yep - I can't top wv for that singular word description of this wreck.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one getting an error, therefore being unable to watch the Wreckage of vid??

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVik

I agree that seeing Kerry laugh made the monstrosity so worth it! ROFL

I really felt bad for the other competitors who were actually working and trying to do their best, though.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My brother and I just went to the website and someone should stop this person from touching anything food related! It is a whole nother ball game with Stevie involved, apparently. Everything on the site was covered in cheap candy and gooey frosting that made us both sob in our hearts. It's HILARIOUS!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshiyah

Anonymous said...
I'm not even pro.
Seriously I could do better. I bet most of us that read the blog could have done better! Not even close to pro and we could.
Saw this CakeWreckers site..
and holy..!!!_____________________________

Ok, I'm going to slap some cake crumbs everywhere. Mix in a little chocolate frosting with a little bit of the crumbs to rub all over in random spots. Pour a bottle of rum or burbon whatever I'm feeling like that day. Then *WOOSH*! I don't need a fire extinguisher but I will be needing some marshmallows and a coat hanger.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeaches1111_00

omgosh what a wreck!

if you go to her site (someone linked to it previously) you can see pictures of this horrible bridge/cake thing she made for a different competition. She couldn't just make the bridge, she had to "interpret" it and have it standing on end... needless to say, it was a wreck as well and couldn't even stand up to be judged! It fell over!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

what's sad is that it's up on her website. if i made a mess like that, i would definitely try to disassociate myself from it.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermisha

I wonder if she got partway through that and thought, oh dear, this is not going well, but if I quit now, then I'll REALLY look bad....

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I watched it and the first thing that popped into my mind was
"Hey look, a wreck!"
I knew it would be on here soon :D

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

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