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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

'Twas a Sweet & Starry Night in the Jet City

I've been looking forward to posting this since Saturday. [rubbing hands together gleefully] So let's get to it!

The setup: What do you think would happen if two bakeries received the exact same phone order, but interpreted in two very different ways? That was the inspiration Paul of Jet City Cakes had when he and Matt from Starry Nights Catering got together to provide the cakey goodness for our signing at Third Place Books in Seattle.

First, here's Matt's order form:

And his gorgeous cake:

(It tasted heavenly, too. Raspberry cream - yum!)

Next, here's Paul's order form. Do you see the tiny difference?

No? Well, maybe you will when you see his creation:

Wait for it, waaaiit for it...

(Four "tears", purple iris, and fancy piping: Check, check, and check!)

Here Matt and Paul ponder their order forms:

And then size up each other's creations:

(I love this photo.)

The fabulous thing about this collaboration is that it allowed Paul and Matt to work to their strengths. As you can see, Starry Nights does more elegant, traditional work, whereas Jet City really shines with the crazy, sculpted designs.

By the way, both of these guys are up for The Best of Western Washington awards in the Evening Magazine. Click here to vote for Jet City, which is up for best cake shop, and click here to vote for Starry Nights, which is up for best caterer (login required).

[announcer voice] But wait, there's MORE!! How about some cupcake Wreckplicas?

Our grand prize winner:

(Her lap, her lap, her lap is on FI-YUR!)

And our other top two "winners":

(It's a Dalek. Obviously.)
Plus a few more of my favs:

You can view all of the entries on the CW Facebook page here.

Thanks to all of you who came out, the Third Place Books staff, our fantastic driver William, and of course Paul and Matt! John and I had a fantastic time in Seattle thanks to all of you!

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Reader Comments (93)

That is hilarious. Please tell me that was intentional, that "tier" was given to one bakery, and "tear" to the other... and that it wasn't someone taking an order over the phone that misspelled the order.

Pretty creative stuff!

WV: sineromp: Math teachers on vacation.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those pictures are AWESOME! :D Ahahahah.

Actually, I love the purple iris and fancy piping on cake #2 the most of all.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Knight

Like the first commenter, I want to know if they were given the exact same verbal instructions and made the mistake in interpretations, or if they were given two different sets of instructions.

Fantastic creations!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Queen of Chaos

Wow. I love the tear cake. Probably my favorite cake seen here so far. Definitely the most bizarre.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS

They are both neat cakes!!!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hey guys,

It was just a made-up scenario. They were both going to bring cake anyway and Paul had the idea to try to make it interesting. His inspiration would be if two bakeries got identical phone orders but interpreted them in different ways. It was absolutely fantastic.


September 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I was there! I showed up late since I didn't get off work until 7 pm, but I still got to try a little of each cake, but didn't even know about the joke! =P That's great! =) And they did wonderful jobs on both cakes! Very delicious!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFerretGirl

Ah! You liked my cupcake! I am so honord to be in your blog! Two MORE thumbs up to you! =]

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterellie

I'm going to send you the invoice for a new keyboard to replace the one I just splurted water all over.

Full of WIN!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeek Knitter

WOW! That first cake is just amazing. Wish we'd had them do our wedding--the cake wasn't wreck tastic but it sure wasn't edible either (pretty but tasted like cardboard). That's just stunning in a classical way.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

To tier or to tear?
Stack 'em high! Mud in your eye!
Hooray, hot cross puns!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Love them both!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

The Dalek is AWESOME!!!!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrae

Man, you guys are having a great time. It pains me that I can't make it to your Skokie stop, but I have other obligations. And, I'm currently doing Weight Watchers. AND, I'm diabetic! So, there is my trifecta of reasons why I will need to enjoy from afar only.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

Fancy piping on the second cake made me LOLOL!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Brilliant! I am in love with the clever Jet City cake (and the other is truly lovely!)

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

I haven't laughed that hard in along time! The tear cake was awesome!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReam O Rama

That is a sweet eyeball cake.

I can't believe I just said that. :P

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenestria (can't login again)

I think that second iris cake is AWESOME!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinds

Thanks for coming Jen and John. I had a fun time meeting you. and so far i am cracking up with laughter as i read the book.

one idea that could be fun, have category awards for the cupcake entries. like "most detailed", "most identical to original", "most wrecktastic"...etc.

the guest bakers did a great job. i tried the mint chip and pistachio honey flavors and they were delicious.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohännah

Jen and John, we hope you come back to visit sometime when you're not trying to see so many cities in such a short time. (If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium?)

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristie Walker

Ooh, a Dalek?! EXTERMICAKE.

The purple cakes are fabulous. Though I'm pretty much in love with the second one. It's a bizarre cake in a good way.

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenna

The cakes were fabulous and it was so awesome to meet J&J!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Both cakes are beautiful, love the concept, and both men are decidedly hot (though Paul is more to my taste).

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRillion

Yay Seattle! Wish I was there,.. sigh,.. please come to sunny California!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMuddlin' Mother

They both did an awesome job! Did anyone else notice the suggestively placed candle on the doll wreckplica?

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

What a fun idea! Beautiful execution on both cakes! Bravo!

And props to the person who made Lap on Fire Barbie. Definitely a classic.


September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to know what the 4 tear one tasted like. We know the 4 tier one was raspberry cream, but what about the other? I love them both!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternikki

NOOOOOOOO! I missed you!!! Those cakes were fantastic!

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Stringham 4

The interpretation of the same order was brilliant! jajajaajajajajaaja

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeray

Starry Nights also had a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling... It was *amazing*. I'm trying to come up with an excuse to have an event so that I can order one.

It was a great event, and I'm glad I braved the 10 minute drive... :-)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick

I absolutely love what happened with the two purple cakes. My favorite was when I realized what the second cake artist interpreted "fancy piping" to mean. Classic. This actually has to be one of my favorite posts!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

Hah! Brilliant! Both cakes are artistic triumphs, in totally completely different ways.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesigns by Victoria

I LOVE that purple eye cake! I got a good hard laugh from that one too.

And the one thing I thought about the tears, and the "piping" is..

Here comes the waterworks!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Not only did Paul do a fantastic job of making the cake order fun, he and Matt were absolutely brilliant in its execution! Love both of them for completely different reasons!

I'm still amazed by the "wreckplicas!" America's definitely got talent!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

As I type, I'm trying to come up with an occasion for a "four teared" cake with fancy piping. Maybe for the first day of a house remodel? Love it!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

Yea! My turdaphant was one of your fav's!!!

He didn't fare well traveling 90 miles in the saddlebags, but it was worth the ride and I was cracking up in the parking lot when I took him out! =}

Thanks so much for every giggle and snort you've created in our house! Now, go die in a car fire! =P

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessy

That little kid one, I saw it and went, "That's a dalek." It was very obvious and cute.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwolly

Both the cakes are great, and the cupcake wrecks are hilarious. Thanks for a chuckle every morning.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCookie

That was great. Way to go Paul and Matt!!!!!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheBorman5 Plus1

Haha, Teirs, Tears great I love it.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

How perfect is that?! Genius!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

That's just so creative and FUN!!! When Jen and John do "Cake Wrecks," every post is a masterpiece. I love both cakes, but the fancy piping on #2 is genius! (I love the quirky.)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

I have to ask...what did those fab cakes cost? I mean, my wedding cake was three tiers, and cost 800 bucks! (it was wonderful, by the way...) Who paid for these beauties?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THOSE CAKES! The first is totally elegant, beautifully chic! But the second with the eye and the tears and the piping is my FAVORITE! I'd love to have it for my next birthday!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna

My husband laughed until he cried over the "purple iris" cake. He finally asked me not to show him "that cake" again, because every time he glanced at the screen, he started all over.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

LOL!! That was positively hilarious! Obviously both guys did an awesome job based upon their interpretations of what was written on the order... that fancy "piping" with the giant purple eye has to be the most interesting cake I've seen on this site. The other, of course, is more standard looking but also nicely executed. (Loving all the purple, which happens to be my favorite color.) Props to both of them!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthecatsmeow

I love the interpretation of the order form, very clever!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchicken lips

today was shaping up to be a pretty craptastic day... until i saw today's entry. absolutely brilliant. BRILLIANT! i'm pretty sure some of the folks at work think i'm certifiable after my sudden (rather loud) outburst of laughter after being surly all morning.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Oh my word... the "4 teared, fancy piping" cake is hilarious! Brilliant, actually.
Love the Wreckplicas too!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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