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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
Tuesday
Oct122010

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK

It's a "Pear Tree."

Being unveiled.

Ok, maybe it IS what you think. Never mind.

Many thanks to Diana M., who tells me that "pear tree" is a bronze sculpture in Canada. Of a pear. So get your minds out of the gutter. There's barely enough room in here for mine.

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Reader Comments (99)

That's a rather... uh.... unfortunate! yes that is the word I was looking for - color combination? for the "pear" cake.

word verification: kelen

As in "that cake is kelen me"

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterllama,llama not yo mama

I sure HOPE it's a pear, I don't want to know what those two ... bumps are if it's not.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Q

And...that's where I used to live (shudder). So, so proud.

Pear tree? I have to admit, I've never heard it called that before. It's appearant that they should have peared up with someone who could pear down their inadvertent double entendre.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Wow. Just...wow. And the coloring...are those Mike & Ikes?

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLate

Oh.My....I can barely type for the tears in my eys!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

And a very shapely pear it is, also.

*snort*

~~Di

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I feel...so dirty now :S

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Really like your pears, want to shake your tree.

...Nope, just doesn't have the same ring as the Steve Miller original.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Blink. Blink. Blink. Um. Aren't pears usually green or red rather than, um, nicely bronzed and tanned, like they've been hanging out at a nude beach?

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Region of WATERLOO? That's. I mean. SO DIRTY.

http://arguingwithadoughnut.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">http://arguingwithadoughnut.blogspot.com/

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

@ dangerboy

The original bronze had sever entendres going.

"And the pear represents nourishment", so the art statement says. Riiiight.

Bleh. Waiting for carrot jockeys to come to the rescue.

--link to picture of sculpture--
http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/97dfc347666efede85256e590071a3d4/1f1a9a14ab25405f852570ec0056bfa3/Body/0.84!OpenElement&FieldElemFormat=gif

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Oh my. Oh my, oh my.

If not for the unfortunate color choice, that would have been a nice looking cake. And not a look-twice cake. Oy.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Oh. My. Gosh. Oh dear. Oh heavens. Did NO ONE notice what that ... apPEARs to be?

Good gravy. Those Canadians are supremely innocent souls. (That, or they just LOVE to play those little games.)

You're gonna get comments on this, you DO know that? "I can't POSSIBLY let my 3 year old LOOK at this!"

Life goes on, and with any luck, Cake Wrecks will long endure to keep us giggling and spitting tea on our keyboards.

Keep up the good work, you two!

hugs,

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah from California

Wow, just.......um...huh?

Even being from Waterloo Region in Canada I still have no idea what the "pear tree" is.

And that cake isn't helping either.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherH

I think it needs more Tree... and a lot less bumps in awkward places.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLalaithGilanna

I once worked as a nurse in a GYN office... I know exactly what that is.

*sigh*

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

On the upside - kudos to the decorator for spelling the very difficult "occasion" correctly.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsty

It's so smooth, and shapely, and shiny... mad fondant-covering skills, if there ever is a call for a cake of a different nature, please call this decorator! (no, there won't be such a call, I mean, who would ever want a... ok, stopping now!)

MC from NZ

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha ha, that's awesome, I live in Waterloo Region! The pear tree in question can be seen here: http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/97dfc347666efede85256e590071a3d4/1f1a9a14ab25405f852570ec0056bfa3!OpenDocument

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessicasays

http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/97dfc347666efede85256e590071a3d4/1f1a9a14ab25405f852570ec0056bfa3!OpenDocument

Has info about the sculpture; looks like the pear the cake was modeled after is by the 3rd story

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You can see the original sculpture http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/97dfc347666efede85256e590071a3d4/1f1a9a14ab25405f852570ec0056bfa3/Body/0.84!OpenElement&FieldElemFormat=gif" rel="nofollow">here. It looks like a halved pear, not like... I thought maybe the sculpture itself was vaguely sexual, nope.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

"I had the pear dream again."

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "facing my Waterloo".

OTOH, I now have a dandy new euphemism!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

That must be one of those Brazilian pears, which is odd given the whole Canadian dealie.

word verification: chessess

As in "Holy Chessess, that's one curious pear."

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaffeinated

What a BALLSY choice for a cake design!

Ahem.

But I would have made a deferens...I mean different decision. That decorator was NUTS! He or she really should get a grip.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

PS - my WV is "PROPER".

Tee hee.

I don't even have to make a joke...

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Random off-topic fact of the day: the female equivalent of 'phallic' is 'yonic'. Just so y'all know. Totally unrelated to today's cake. Really.

*snortgiggle* My, what a cosy gutter.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel V.

Where is a fig leaf when you need one?

The sculpture is beautiful. There's a whole lot less pear and a whole lot more tree to it. A stem and leaves would have been so effective in communicating the true nature of the cake.

WV: trynogro. Even though "Pear Tree" try, no gro.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

The cutting the first slice of cake...all I can think of is episiotomy.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

As usual, the comments are as funny if not funnier than the post. Go Wreckerators! Norine

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a coincidence! I just happen to have my "Partridge" in a "Pear Tree" as I type! Aren't euphemisms fun!?!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Que horror! The too-close-to-flesh-tone color of the cake was rather unfortunate as well, so yes, what I hope it ISN'T is the first thing that came to mind...

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I live there and well lest just say that if they did not have the occasion this cake was for listed on the cake there might have been many interesting questions raised about the kind of statement this is making.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBloody_destiny3

Uhh... all the pears I eat are green. So yes I see what you see.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeachypears

Holy awful, Batman!

Stacy Q, I echo your sentiment with gusto. That is fierce.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

I almost shot a bogey on the laptop when I read "had the pear dream again" I heart you, comments. I heart you.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

If that is a pear it is one ugly pear and I sure wouldn't want to eat it! Those two lumps in the middle.. eek. Nope mind is out of gutter and running for the hills lol.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Dear Jen & co.,
Up until a few minutes ago, I would have said that today was the oily green-black mottled icing on the half-burnt, half-raw cupcake cake (patooie!) that this past month has been for me. But then I read this post and the associated comments, and I cannot stop smiling. Thank you for sharing things like this, thank you for the laughs, thank you for being there.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

it's not just you. before the ads had even finished loading, I was absentmindedly thinking, "why do I see labia?"

Which I don't think I have ever thought before when viewing cake. And hopefully will never again.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlessed

I wasn't going to comment, but my word verification was just too good to pass up, especially considering the subject matter: valatio!

I swear those things aren't computer generated!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I actually felt dirty looking at this... Wow.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLalis

I viewed the 'inspiration' for this cake, thinking that would help make sense of it. Hey, we all have crazy ideas from time to time.

"The oval things at the top, with the long tails? Those are leaves. That's a pear in the middle, and that big oval thing at the bottom is an egg. It's all about nourishment and home and family and raising kids. Yeah, that's it -- that's the ticket!"

It's about making kids, I'd say. Heretofore I thought only American officials fell for stuff like that -- 'nice' to know those of us who have to shell out for these pieces of... art have some company.

What else awaits the unsuspecting;
"The Towering Mushroom" perhaps? I shudder to think where that might be thought appropriate.

As to the cake: At first, I thought it was a giant nose, but that didn't explain the bumps. Then I turned slightly and saw the pear. Still trying to forget what I saw next.

I can see where the 'tree' might tend to lock one in a certain frame of reference, but there must have been some latitude in choice of color. "Settle down, Bevis."

Oy, indeed.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Oh. My. God.

And I LIVE in that region... WHY WASN'T I INFORMED OF THIS SOONER DX!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I must be a complete innocent because until I started reading the comments I thought it just looked like an over-ripe pear cut in half.... hmmm, I really must get out more....

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Ummm.... wow.... thats all I have.
Diane

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When the baker was done with this cake, did he/she stand back and think, "Yes, this is a gorgeous pear?" Really?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I definitely just squealed and minimized my browser to avoid work discovery...oh pears, why be you so saucy?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeesus

Oh. My. God.

*blinks*

...So that's what they're calling it these days.... hmmmm.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEliza A.

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