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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
Friday
Mar122010

Et Tu, O-Town?

I feel I should prepare you in some way for today's Wreck.

Hm. Let's see...

Oh! I know. How about this:

Think of a place. A happy place.

A place where chocolate-dipped demon mummies can never, ever reach you - much less wrap you in their fudgy arms and squeeze the life-breath out of you.

Are you imagining that happy place? Are you there?

Ok, good.

You may now proceed.

AAAAAAUUUUGGGHHH!!

THINK OF THE HAPPY PLACE!
THINK OF THE HAPPY PLACE!!!



Ahem.

Yes, it IS cake.

Forty six pounds of cake, to be precise, and fifty five pounds of chocolate ganache. It's a testament to the baker's skill that I could never get within arm's reach of this thing, for fear of it suddenly coming to life like in Night at the Museum.

Still, you've got to appreciate the humor of where they chose to start cutting:

"Hey, girl, you have one sweet piece of...[noticing onlookers]...uh...shoulder blade."


Thanks to Wreckporter Jessica Y., who featured it
here in her article for Orlando Weekly, and also to Paul J., the baker/sculptor, who's been an awfully good sport about all this.

In fact, you can check out progress shots of Paul sculpting the demon mummy (warning: a live model was used, & she's nekkid!) at his FB album here.

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Reader Comments (185)

I see alot of readers thought the cake was, creepy, or gross or other than cool. I think it's totally great! The fact that the sculpter (cake maker) was able to make a sculpture out of cake that so many people think is terrifying is cool on so many levels.

The fact that people started eating from the *butt* first, is just funny as heck.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

That is an amazing sculpture. It did belong in an art show.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't get Pompeii out of my mind. I just can't.
Do you know when my son studied the awful loss of life at Pompeii in pre-school (why??) he came home and said ' but mummy it was worse than all the people that got cooked.... there were.... (wide eyed for maximum effect)... DOGS too! Arrggh! t.x

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitschen Pink

Kilt-man in the background just added to the creep factor for me.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Here's the specific Pompeii/Vesuvius victim that I am reminded of:
http://www.stormchaser.ca/Volcanoes/Vesuvius_&_Pompeii/Pompeii_18.JPG

Though Kiki Smith is another good call.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Jeez! When did Damien Hirst start making cakes?

I really admire it as a piece of art, but I've also never tucked into a nice painting or sculpture before...

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhelenabucket

Yet more proof that just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

I reckon Pompeii's tourist board would be veeeeeery interested in one of these.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredheadfashionista

Wow..Umm..???

Amy B-H

wv: presses "the image of this cake presses its way to the very depth of subconscious.."

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Is it very odd that one of the first things I noticed on the 'cutting picture' was not the position of the cuts but the man in a skirt in the background?

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anyone besides me think the cake looked like it had exposed ribs when it was cut? O_O

I'm going to my happy place now. I have a sickish sense of humor but I think this is time to plan my happy cake.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRepetitious

*blink blink* I Hope that's not what I think it is...

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNani

AAAAAAAA!!! MY EYES!! MY EYES!! *sniff* Hold me, Mommy.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl Stupido

That cake is insane! And a little creepy...

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

x

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

it made me think of someone who'd been badly burned; the icing looked sort of like charred skin.

Impressive from a technical standpoint but still turns my stomach

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Follow the link to his facebook page. They ate it after the crowd left.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterANNY

This totally reminds me of the undead from legend of zelda ocarina of time. They gave me some serious chills back then. *shivers*
But other than that, it's an amazing cake!

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's AMAZING. It looks so life like. And yet simultaneously looks like a burn victim... GAHHHH. I am hoffied and incredibly impressed all at once.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah W-P

The Inca used to pose their mummies in this position. Well, not on tip-toes, but with the knees to the chest and the head resting on them. This is an extraordinarily well made Inca mummy cake.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalloween Jacqueline

I'm glad someone else got the connection, intended or not, to the work of Kiki Smith. I also see that one of the reasons there are so many comments that show up is that a lot of people post the same thing because they didn't read any of the other comments before posting.

More Smith: http://www.artinfo.com/news/photos/169/3570/

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrockandrollcannibal

I once had a nightmare when I was a child that I was put in an oven, and shen someone took me out, I looked alot like this cake. Seriously.

March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q.

Very impressive...it must take a lot of time and patience to create a cake like that. Especially working with the armature underneath with an edible medium. Reminds me of some of Giacometti's sculpture too. Awesome job

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

LOVE it! Of course, now I MUST watch the Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser and watch the evil Imhotep try to bring back his lost love....and I will eat chocolate cake while doing so!

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLabrys

One word, Pompeii.

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

can we just notice the fact that behind the chocolate mummy...is a man in a skirt. (ok ya, kilt, still). k, thanks. :)

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCierra

Didn't it say that mean-spirited remarks wouldn't get published? Geez. Does anyone appreciate art? This is an amazing structure. I don't know many people who could replicate, with such anatomical accuracy, this cake! Awesome job, cake artist!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed SO. HARD.
It was that silent, not-breathing-for-so-long-you-actually-fear-you-may-pass-out-which-somehow-makes-it-all-funnier-still type of laughter....
Seriously. Holy crap.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelleking

Oh noes, play the Sun's Song, quick!

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

We should all be so fortunate to create something that draws this much attention. Personally, I love the cake. I think there is great humor in the direction that this has taken. Well done creator!

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictory Through Peace

Hmm, if it weren't a cake, it looks like quite an interesting sculpture. But the fact that it IS a cake, supposed to be eaten, makes it creepycreepycreepy.

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmilie

I think it's wonderful. It reminds me of a Kiki Smith sculpture!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Halloween-- I was OK until you mentioned Inca mummies. Weren't those human sacrifices?! Ugh!

BTW, my first thought on seeing this cake was a Cirque de Soleil act where these two incredibly strong, fit people (a man and woman, married) made these living sculptures by balancing on each other. Painted with metallic grey paint. Really, that's what I thought. Then Degas. Then Donner. Then Inca mummies.

wv: lator
It seems I came to this post too lator.

March 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreygirl76

Actually, I think this piece is amazing. Very sculpture gallery opening type of thing. Or maybe for a "Bodies" opening or something along those lines. Scary kinda, yes. But, amazing still.

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

He is such a talented artist just amazing

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgine Kratzer

It looks like Clara after she's burned alive. Ten geek points if you know what I'm talking about.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

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