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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

About Last Night...

How do I say this, Orlando? I mean, last night you were simply...well...


Yeah, that's the word. :)

John and I arrived extremely nervous for my first-ever book signing, but you guys put us right at ease. It turns out you Wreckies are a kind, considerate bunch who are perfectly willing to patiently wait your turn in line for free cake. And oh, what a Wrecktastic cake it was!

This monster homage of Wreckiness was created by the lovely Johnnie of Something Sweet Cake Studio, located just outside of Orlando in Titusville.

In addition to the Wreck pile-up you see here, Johnnie also provided a yummy chocolate and caramel frosted sheet cake, which disappeared like But, of course, that insane carrot jockey stole the show.

Later in the evening, when the sugar buzz was apparently affecting us all, we actually had a real live baby sitting on that fondant carrot. (Relax; we took it off the cake first.) Someone will have to send me that photo, though, because I didn't get it on my camera. [pouting]


(AHA! Thanks, Sharlene!)

In addition to the showpiece that Johnnie provided, we also had some truly astounding entries in our cupcake Wreckplica contest. Here's the grand prize winner, by Jackie Cochran:

And here's Jackie wearing her prizes: a CW apron and carrot jockey necklace:

Here are the two runner-ups:

(Bonus points to those of you who recognize/remember all of these Wrecks!)

Choosing the winners was beyond difficult, though; just look at some of the other entries!

(Yes, someone dared to bring a mini CCC [patooie!] to MY signing. The horror! Maybe that's why he or she left her name off. ;) Oh, and the mini order form says "please put vegan icing on it." Heh.)

It's the perspiration wedding cake, in miniature! How cool is that?!?

You can find all of the cupcake entries in the Cake Wrecks FaceBook album.

Thanks again to Johnnie, Sharlene of Photo Art Works (who took all the pretty pics in this post), the Winter Park Borders staff (especially managers Jeff & Selene), and all the rest of you who braved the rain and 5:00 traffic to be there. Here's hoping you had even half as much fun as John and I did!

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Reader Comments (63)

That is TOO much fun! Gotta love the inspiration of Cake Wrecks!

Congrats on the "world tour" :)

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

XD The vegan icing one kills me.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter12 hour pills

It's great to see all the mini wrecks, but it also really sucks, especially for us how are going to your later booksignings, because the ones that we were going to do are now already done and photographed :(

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThatFalafelGirl

I want a carrot jockey necklace!!!! Where do I get one?

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I had such a great time at the signing I even blogged about it! (Check it out if you want to see a great pic of Jen!)

The necklaces were handmade by Jen and her handsome/hilarious hubby, who handed them out as prizes to the top three Wreckplica Kupkake Kreators. So if you want one, you need to attend a signing and come up with an amazing cupcake. :) I coveted one of those necklaces like you wouldn't believe, but alas, my cupcake didn't make the cut. Still, it was a great time and I highly recommend skipping work, dropping out of school, abandoning the kids - whatever you have to do to go to a signing! I drove 137 miles, and it would have been worth it to go twice as far!

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

Hey Jen,
I wanted to tell you about what happened to my 11 year old son Sean yesterday. You remember "Mr. Chatty" from the Orlando book signing, don't you? Well his teacher asked him why he missed school the other day and my gifted and talented son goes and tells her the truth, that we were playing hooky to go see the Cake Wrecks lady. Next thing you know, she has pulled the web site up for her class and they all love it. Everybody's laughing and my son is the coolest guy in class!!!

Thanks Jen! Who knew he could use cakes to become popular? Love it!

Wreck on,
Ariel In West Palm Beach

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCubsmom

yes yes i want a naked baby carrot jockey necklace, PLEASE let us buy these.

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

AGH! I live 10 minutes from that store, but had to go out of town for work the same day! So sad I missed it!!

September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpookloops

I couldn't agree MORE! Johnnie does a fantabulous job of mouth-watering cake confections and she is equally creative in her decorating!! My church group has enjoyed several offerings!!
I have had some great laughs over your book and website!!! My stomach is STILL hurting!!! :D :D
Much success in your book!!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

He he he... :-) I love that cake in the first two pictures!

Congratulations on the book, too!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron of Minneapolis

Johnny at Something Sweet is absolutely amazing. She does all of my cakes, and even her homage to cakewrecks is incredible. She's the best!


October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ironic how the "Vegan Icing" cake looks like a slab of bloody meat...

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWow!

Aw, you were in Winter Park less than two months ago and I missed it. If only I had discovered your blog just a little bit sooner (these past two months or so, I've been going through reading the entries in order from the beginning). All well, it's still a great blog ^_^

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRJLittle

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