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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

San Francisco Summary

We had two great events in the Bay area. At Copperfield's in Petaluma, Amy of Carbolicious provided these gorgeous (not to mention delicious) cake truffles:

And we also had Beth of Out to Lunch Catering provide a yummy chocolate sheet cake. The Copperfield's staff was particularly sweet to us, too. Thanks, guys!

Here are our Wreckplica contest winners:

The Wreckage is strong in these ones.

And their entries:

This one gets an honorable mention, too, because Sandra made it entirely of Twinkies:

Talk about an inside joke! [buh dum bump!]

In San Francisco we visited Book Passage, a tiny store with a big heart. Y'all packed it out, though, and John and I really enjoyed the more intimate setting. Here are our three Wreckplica winners:

And their entries:

(This belly cake really gets around!)

The goodies here were in the form of mini cupcakes, and were provided by Michelle of Teeny Cake and Lena of Sweetface Bakery. Thanks, ladies!

To see all of the Wreckplica entries for these two events, check out the CW Facebook album here.

NOTE: Would the sweet young lady in Petaluma who communicated with me via a hand-written message please e-mail me? Thanks!

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Reader Comments (27)

Love the Belly cakes! Who doesn't want to eat a prego lady?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersummur braley

The twinkie cockroach cake is AMAZING!!!! Actually..they are all AMAZING!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

So bummed I was called home and couldn't stay in teh city until 6...crud...

Looks like you guys had alot of fun!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Oh, that spider was too cute to be a wreck! (And I don't even like spiders....)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

The Christmas tree-slug
in mini-replication!
Color me dazzled.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy


September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAly

I am so disappointed that I didn't know you were coming to Petaluma! I love your blog, check it regularly and send links to friends. I should have checked your itinerary more closely- I never imagined you would grace our little town with your wrecking presence. Well, when there is a next time, I will be sure to attend.
thanks for your great blog!

heidi in Petaluma

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

San Francisco was lots of fun...crowded, but fun! Just wish we'd had real CAKE like all the other cupcakes were kinda disappointing.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the Twinkie-roach in miniature! That is a fantastic job. Now all we need are the nukes, and we can...wait, what am i saying??

Never mind.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Was one of those truffles poison?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i just wanted to say those truffles in petaluma (the white ones were the only ones i tried) WERE AWESOME!!! YUM!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlasandri

It was sooo much fun meeting you and John. My book came from Amazon (friggin' finally!) and the postit got properly tapped in place :).

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Lyons

Wowzers to the Twinkie cockroach cake! My kids LOVED the spider cupcake and asked, "Mommy, how come you don't make us treats like that?"

I'm enjoying your world tour as you share with us all!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

While I visit this site daily, this is my first comment. I only wanted to say that the Twinkie Cockroach is BRILLIANT! I'll be laughing all day!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndy Cookie

Wow, a roach made entirely of Twinkies! It will most definitely survive a nuclear attack!! It is awesome and so well done!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

Those truffles look divine! Only four more days for me! Yay!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

The fireman cake! Yes! definitely one of my all time favorites.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

I believe my Wrecklica will need to be for the adults in attendance. :)I shall make sure my box containing it is appropriately labeled.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I JUST GOT MY BOOK IN THE MAIL AND I CANT PUT IT DOWN... I'm laughing so hard my cat is concerned! :) Thanks for publishing this!!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

I think it's funny that some of the people who commented on the pictures in the album have no idea what CW is all about. There's a lot of "wtf' and "is this for real?" type comments, like they think the people who made the cupcakes were really trying to make them look professional. So I'm trying to figure out why the heck they're friends of CW on facebook if they don't know what the site is all about.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Oh how I wish you were coming to Atlanta!!! You could have kicked off your tour at dragon con.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey Kinnaman

Jen, I am so happy for you that you get to go on that book tour! It sounds like a blast!

And I love the fact we get to share those cool moments with you even more. I'm in Europe, so right now I'm pretty much living vicariously through all the nice people who come visit you. But where are the pictures of *you*?? And John? I'm sure you guys must have sunshine coming out the wazoo with all these fun events and I would love, love, love to see a few pics of you guys. Do you think you could post some? That would be awesome. No, really!!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I heart Cake Wrecks! I can't believe the lure of a joke about balls was resisted! I'm maybe just a little disappointed... :)

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Got my book in the mail today! Woo hoo! Hope to make it to the Bethesda book signing!


September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did you say "THESE ONES"? I'm a fan of cakewrecks AND grammarwrecks - so please - it's either "these" or "the ones" ... "those" or "the ones" - never "these ones" or "those ones". Ever.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergail

Now, why did you have to schedule your day for coming to Austin to be during ACL? There aren't going to be nearly as many people to go.

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThatOneGirl

The "hand" in the first winning cupcake entry looks like the fingers were reattached using some kind of sketchy surgery... just saying...

WV: donse - adjective - extremely stupid, so dense that they are also done; "The wreckerator who made that cake was so donse he misspelled the word fail."

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

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