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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

Down With EPP!

Friends, countrypersons, cake lovers.

Today I come to you on a matter of grave concern. (And no, I don't mean that one.)

You all know of my longstanding stance on that most unholy of creations; the cupcake cake. [patooie!] Well, friends, today I bring a new acronym upon which I must heap disdain and revile-attude of such revulsion that I actually had to make up a word just to describe it.

That acronym?


And it stands for...

Edible Photo Printing.



No, not Hannah Montana. (Although there are times...)


A hat...wearing a guy?


I don't even...


Ok, you have GOT to be...


Excuse me, are you done?

Sound guy: Um. Yeah.

'Cause I'll wait.

Sound guy:
No no, please. Continue.

You're sure.

Sound guy: Yeah, yeah, we're good!

[meaningful glare]

Sound guy: [innocent smile]

Alright. Now then, as I was say....


Thanks to Grace W., Dana W., (not related) Silvia C., Lara K., Kelli, and of course my favorite Wreckporter, Jo...


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Reader Comments (114)

@ Anon 6:50 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the original quote is from Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) and goes: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..." It's the beginning of a funeral oration for the murdered JC (that's Julius, not Jesus).

EPP can work very well if it's not a photo especially. My sister had one with Disney (Minnie Mouse, etc.) characters and it was adorable. However, weird to cut into and tastes funny. but it looked great. as long as it's not crooked, or on a's made to blend into icing (background, etc) and a cookie just doesn't work for that!

meanwhile, Jen, have you done a Twilight ZONE post using Twilight cakes?

loved the text today. how do you always manage to keep it new and fresh?

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm the friend of Cleavage Chick up there ^, the same friend who used the paint program to shop the Twilight photo. It was indeed a joke, one that even non-fans of Twilight thought was funny the night we surprised her with the cake. We still talk about it a year later! I can't believe it ended up here, though!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really think these might be the worst cakes ever.

I also really enjoy how Edward Cullen is totally oggling that lady's cleavage.

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Jo

Hanna Montana is a pinhead!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

Down with EPP?! Yeah, you know me.

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, EPP are worse than CCC (cup cake cakes)...cause I've actually seen cute cup cake cakes, but I've yet to see a photo cake that wasn't hideous! (OK, but since I've only actually seen them here maybe that's a tad unfair...but I have no evidence any good ones exist.)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

A friend of mine knows the guy who invented edible ink. I'm sure he would be pleased with today's CWs. (Though not as happy as the day you posted the CW with the sprinkles on edible paper. That one cake used enough ink to buy him a sports car.)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I was a little scared for a second. My last name I Epp so I was thinking "What did I do?!" and then I saw the cakes...

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I am dun dun DONE with EPP.

Edward's really hot for the lady bus driver.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

1. The Edward cake is not printed backwards. The bus says "Tiki Tours".

2. Edible ink is not ink. It's mostly just food coloring put into a food-grade plastic printer cartridge. The manufacture of edible inks is regulated by the FDA. The ink and edible paper have no taste and the paper should dissolve into the cake and become one with the frosting. This means it should be as easy to cut through the photo as the buttercream below it. If it's not done with the correct paper, the EPP is hard to cut through and can be peeled off the frosting. This is not supposed to happen and I'd be wary about eating the cake because I'd wonder what else they did wrong.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniloo

While these are horrifying examples of the art, EPP is better than some options. For my 10th birthday I wanted a Star Wars cake. We had a semi-professional baker who was a family friend make it. Imagine my dismay when I run up to my cake, look at the badly printed Star Wars scenes all over it and am told i have to *pick them off* of my cake before I can eat it! Oh the horror of frosting laden paper and the mangled remains of Birthday Cake. I'll eat a hat wearing a guy over that any day.

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

There are so many ways to do EPP right! Why would anyone choose their own face? Check out Bakerella's Valentines Day cookies for How to Use EPP and not WRECK!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGood Remedy

Great post, thanks for the laugh! The toy story one is just SAD and the last one has rendered me speechless - What the?!!??

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeltoncraft

Edward Cullen and the woman. Killing myself laughing here. ;) xx lol

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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