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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)

The best!!! I love the photos of the 2 bakers. FUNNY! thanks for my giggle.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

ps-can't wait to see what the wreckerators create (or wreckerate) in chicago!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

That was fantastic!!! I laughed really hard at this post and enjoyed it very much :) I am so sad, however, that you decided to come to Seattle when I no longer live there. Are you giving a tour in Taiwan by any chance? I would love to host you guys here :D (totally serious by the way, come on over)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralisaz

I love the two purple cakes - very well executed! The fancy piping on the second really is quite fantastic. :)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I want that purple eye cake reeeeeal bad. I'm trying to make up a holiday as an excuse to order one. Everything about it is perfect.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is priceless!!! I would love to have the eyeball cake with the fancy piping! I've always wanted purple irises.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS

You know I'm afraid that, due to the popularity of CW, bakeries will add options to their order forms like "I'd like a wrecked version" and "Please interpret instructions creatively [X]"

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Vote for Paul!!! You Ace of Cakes fans out there BETTER recognize Paul... he used to work with Duff and moved out to Seattle and opened up Jet City Cakes! I'm so glad to see he's doing so well!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just wanted to say we visited Matt from Starry Night when shopping for wedding cakes. We wanted something a little crazier than what he does but his was by faaaaaaaar the best tasting cake we've ever had. Glad to see him show up on my favorite blog!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercr

I love the creativity of both cakes!!! They are awesome!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFun Times

Gotta say Paul's idea was FANTASTIC. What a creative way to get into the spirit of the whole thing! Those two bakers sure gave you their all, while simultaneously showing off exactly what they can do. Everybody wins!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather (errantdreams)

LOL the two purple iris/fancy piping cakes are AWESOME! I like them both equally well.

I love all the wreckplica cupcakes too, but dear sweet Lily is even more adorable (pitiful?) in miniature. XD

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

1st cupcake: Gives a whole new meaning to the term "firecrotch".

Word Verification: snonte. Looks wayyy too much like snot. And it's written in green.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeaches1111_00

Marvelous! Love the eye on the one cake. Creative minds.
~Amy B

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow, I love how the one little letter can change the entire meaning of the cake order, wonderful! They are both awesome!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

oh my gosh :) hahah that's awesome!! Did you do that on purpose, because that's great. I can think of no better party for a "mixup" of this kind :)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterashleyalvina

Awwww, the burning eye of Sauron never looked so pretty.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZinazinabobina

At least the eye cake didn't have purple sunglasses, i.e. shades of purple.

One second thought, that would have been really awesome.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

Those purple cakes are sheer genius!! I love them both. The second one had me howling with laughter, and I love the photos of the two bakers scratching their heads. What clever guys, and so funny.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For posters who seem confused, the "two interpretations of a phone order" is obviously an intentional joke. And a very funny one, at that. Love the other wreckplicas, too.

WV: emobbed: what the book signings have deservedly been!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh, to have the skill of mr. jet city!!! apparently i already have the sense of humor - when i read the first order i saw the second cake :-) only with an array of fancy pipes (puff-puff) somehow included there! i'm a fan who had to miss your appearance for a wedding shower whose cake i could post as a wreck but i love the bride-to-be too much ~ you'll have to trust me! best wishes on your book sales - can't wait to get mine!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

That is fabulous!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraft_mom

mad, mad props to both bakery cakes. Wow. Elegance and AeonFlux-ance.

Wish I coulda made a NorCal signing but it was not to be. Did get my books from B&N, though.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrankyOtter

I LOVE the tear cake. WOW. xD

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We had a great glad you did the tour! The cake was scrumptious (especially that chocolate) and you were very funny...we laughed all weekend over the book. Thank you!

Angel, Eric and our "best" baby Emmeline

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

Oh that was an awesome setup =) They both look very cool =)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I really wish I could have been there! I live hardly fifteen minutes from Third Place Books :( My friend and I are both huge fans and we would have gone if shopping for a dress for her for our upcoming Homecoming dance hadn't taken a little too long for us to get there. I hope you come again, and I won't miss this time!! :)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique S

WOW! Fabulous tier/tear cakes! By themselves, wonderful. Together through collaboration, MARVELOUS! I love the creativity. The cupcakes are also great. Once again, cake wrecks has inspired artistry and humor to brighten the day. Many thanks to you and all of the bakers.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To answer Sandy's question, the cakes were donated by the bakeries. These each would have been hundreds of dollars worth of cake if they had been made for a paying client.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ROFLOL! I loved the two phone order cakes. EXCELLENT WORK!!!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Since you aren't coming anywhere close to Gillette, Wyoming (Denver is closest at 6 hours away), my uncle went to the Seattle event in my place. I was thrilled when I got a pic on my phone of him and Jen together. Can't wait for him to send me the autographed book!! He's awesome and I'm jealous I missed it!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenzie

I see you, Glee reference!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I absolutely LOVE the pictures of the tier/tear cakes. Well done, I was laughing out loud at the pictures. Oh you cake folk are a keen crew, that is for certain!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

I need that tear cake in my life.

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Mum of the Dalek cake maker here...we had such a blast, and my son is still riding the self esteem high from getting into the runners up. The cakes were all amazing.

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergojirama

A Dalek!? Not only are you cool as hell, but nerds too? Sweet! ;-)

So glad you have recovered - wish you were coming to San Diego, but it's the story of our lives - always skipped in favor of LA or OC.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Q. Foodie

oh god, I love the Dalek. Made me laugh out loud :)

tears/tiers ftw, too.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

i freakin LOVE the dalek!!!
i really didn't know what it was until you enlightened me, thank you. the Doctor Who reference just made my day. =]

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think how the JetCity cakes made it was more awesome XD Fabulous imagination, i say! I'll order there for random happiness from now on! XD

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteroiwio

LOVE the dueling purple cakes. Great job, guys.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie j.

Love the "Dalek" HUGE fan of Dr. Who and this site!

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwilight Lover

Is anyone else feeling a technodrome allusion here?

See example here:

December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I love the tear cake. Definitely the most bizarre. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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