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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: More Threadcakes

The Threadcakes competition ends tomorrow, so if you're planning on entering you'd best get a move on. Oh, but first, allow me to demoralize you a bit with some more of the amazing entries:

(Same deal as last week: Threadless design first, followed by the Threadcake entry. Click on the names for more photos & info.)

By Erin Okuno

By Analee Scripter

By Jennifer Flynn

By Leslie Evans

If you want to see the mind-numbing amount of work that goes into a cake like this, check out Leslie's start-to-finish time-lapsed video here.

And finally, I have to give a shout-out to my fellow cake lovers at the national ICES convention in Illinois, which is ending today. I especially appreciate y'all spreading the Wrecky joy amongst the as-yet-uninitiated at the con. Case in point: Kathy (of Kathy's Kakes), taught a class on "unusual tier styles" Friday, and this was her demo cake:

See anything familiar? Here, let me zoom in:

Yep, those are the Carrot Jockeys - although they've traded in their carrots for little orange candies to fit the ICES "Sweet Time in '09" theme. Kathy reports that roughly half of the class "got it." (The other half was quickly indoctrinated). Excellent work, Kathy! And to you new ICES readers, welcome!

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Reader Comments (107)

Wow! Amazing, everyone of them!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

Those Threadcakes are absolutely amazing.

As for the half of the class who didn't get the shout out, do they all live in a cave or on another planet?

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

The cow jumping over the moon is awesome. xD They all are but I like the cow the best.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlabyrinth.of.cakes

haha!! i love the carrot jockeys. and those threadless cake designs?? fughetaboudit. the noahs express one is ridiculously amazing. AMAZING! i do not envy you having to judge such a talented bunch. very cool, though.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfransmomma

I liked the one with the cows best.
Have a great weekend.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

These are simply amazing! I watched the YouTube video and was amazed. Love the cow cake!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Noah Express...hands down favorite! I want that cake for my twins birthday party in a few years! ( Yes I have them planned years on advance)

Oh and the last cake...heavenly!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Eeeee! Cow cake! :D I love the textures on that one.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Mary said...
"... Some day, decades from now, the baby jockey cakes will be like the stump cakes. They will be a tradition that no one understands."

'Cuz, yeah....we all so TOTALLY understand them.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Personally, I am sooo impressed with Leslie's cake and video, that I am all but speechless. As for the colors looking unappetizing, maybe. But how dead-on to the shirt did it look? I mean come ON! That was spectacular! Kudos to Jen if you can actually choose between all these awesome cakes!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleprintemps

That cow cake is absolutely fantastic. It's just like the shirt, and yet significantly more adorable. Love it!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

ok. the noah's express is incredible!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Am I the only one who looks at these and thinks, "Yeah, but is it chocolate or vanilla inside?"

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Accidental Parisian

Just when I think the SS's can't get any better, you teach me otherwise.
Sweet designs!

~Amy B.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Where can I buy baby carrot Jockeys? Do they come in multiple sizes? I am making carrot jockey cupcakes (CCC? Nah.) for my sis's upcoming twin baby shower!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Without question they are *all* incredible works of art & talent, but those winsome little cows just steal my heart! And that's the only one that is also identifiably a *cake*. A couple of those, if there's any actual cake involved, it must be awfully token. Sorry, but... cakes ought to have, well, *some cake in there somewhere*! :)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

love, love LOVE the Noah cake!! I love the disgruntled look on the lion's face!!
true artistry.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.E.King

I checked out all of the threadcaked entries last week. The cow cake was my favorite then, and it is still my favorite now!!! But, as others have said, I don't envy you the job of judging. May you get through this ordeal with most of your hair intact.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

holy corw, how in the world are you supposed to choose a favorite?!?!?

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Wow. I like the cows, myself.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColorMeConfused

The second one with the snake hair was chocolate cake and buttercream frosting and it was delicious! Thanks for featuring my cake, Jen! I am so stoked! And come to Salt Lake City on your book tour please!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There are some seriously amazing cake artists out there!! Some of those threadcakes look amazing (I've been looking at the submissions on the!!)...It's gonna be a tough decision for you judges!! :P I don't envy you! LOL

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiv

I'm so glad I made it onto cakewrecks for sunday sweets rather than a actual wreck! I just wanted to thank everyone for their awesome comments on Noah's Express, you guys definitely made my day :)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Flynn

:D Loving the Noah Express. Most definitely my favorite out of the batch of sweets this week.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNinjaneer

i do not envy the judges in the threadless competition there are so many amazing entries.
good luck judges and contestants alike.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkmawesome

These are great, I get all giddy and joyful (rare occurrence) when I see these threadcakes. The Noah one is my absolute favourite...I love me some squishy little animal types.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDingo

That Noah's Express cake is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I nearly died.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The first and the third cake are SUPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The cow on the moon, so sweet!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterItalo

Those are amazing. Just amazing. Words can't really fit what I feel when I see those.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

These are so freaking amazing.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Loves Cake

Holy COW. And Holy Koi. And holy #$^&!!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCKHB


August 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

The cow jumping over the moon cake: ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. I love how she even got the little head twists in there, too. Holy cow! (ha ha ha ha)

Really great stuff. Thanks for sharing. And the carrot jockeys are pure awesomeness.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

OHHHHH that candy rainbow strip on that last cake is my all time fav candy...LOOOOVEE me some Airheads Extremes!!! LMAO!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Two of my favorite threadless shirts turned in to cake! The Cow fail and Noah's Express. So cute! Ahh. The cows are so darn adorable.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadi Bo

Love the cow fail! Is it me on the Noah one or did the bear thing turn into a pig or is it a pig to start off with on the T? I am so cunfused!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

lookie at the cute round cows... i need that cake!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They are all amazing.
But that Noah's ark cake is so amazingly standout in its composition, detail, color, and effort.

That is my vote for first place.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

okay, I have been searching that Threadless site for the actual cow fail t-shirt and I cannot find it (I fail too.) Someone have the link?

oh btw I like the cake too, but I can own the shirt :-)

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlene C. Harris

OMG THE COWS! The top one is stuuuck! OMFG cuuute!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuliefish

aww the cow cake is just so cute. With the little cow jumping over the moon. so adorable. Good job Erin!

I think the Noah's Ark Express cake looks better than the design. The penguin is just precious.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne

Love the cow cake but a little disappointed to learn the cows are fondant! One of the things I liked so much about the tomato/ketchup cake featured last week is that each tomato had a cake inside and fondant on the outside.

To the person who asked for the shirt link

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCedar

I just love the first one! Just adorable !
It may not be the most elaborate, but it's delightful in its simplicity.
Or maybe I'm biased because I think cows are the cutest thing on the planet.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilkydog

I'm usually a lurker, but I have to say that the "Noah Express" cake is my FAVORITE! Sooooo cute!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeathahLee

Okay, the Noah's Ark cake is the hands down winner for me. That had to take a TON of work!! Absolutely amazing!!!!!! (You still have to come to Nashville.)

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara and Kyle

Kathy is AWESOME.

And I adore those cows....I want them!!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Thank you so much for posting my cow cake, Jen! Also, thanks for all the love, everyone! I had a blast making and eating it :)

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Okuno

these are brilliant!


August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaasiegirl

As for the Threadcakes, the Noah's Ark one is my favorite. The detail on it is incredible.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

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