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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

Tour Roundup: Pasadena, CA

On Saturday we did our 16th tour stop at Vroman's in Pasadena, CA. If you haven't been there you should go; it's awesome. And a big thanks to Connie, the book store rep, for being all around wonderful.

Some smiling faces in the crowd:

And hey, look! Our computer's working! Weird!

Our last-minute replacement baker was the phenomenal Linda Darck of Sweet Art Cupcakes. She made a meringue-based buttercream that was sooo good. The chocolate tasted like rich chocolate mousse, and John loved the strawberry so much that he stole a bunch of them to bring back to the hotel room for later. :D

Plus, look how pretty!

And a few of our fav wreckplicas:

A few fun Disney ones:

The photo on the table is of the Epcot attempt that went horribly, hilariously wrong. ;)

Seriously, you guys have mad wreckerating skilz.

(We'll put the rest of the entries on Facebook later this week, so watch for those.)

And our "winners!":

We didn't get a close-up of the stuffed bunny on the cupcake, but as you can see, it was a stuffed bunny. On a cupcake. John laughed so hard I think he teared up a bit. Then he stole the bunny. (Yes, we still have it.)

The suggestively hairy graduation cheese! Isn't it great?

And our grand prize "winner":

Complete with censor bars. Awesome.

Thanks to everyone who came out! Oh, and thanks also to wreckies Mike & Michelle for taking us to an amazing Afghan restaurant later, and not kidnapping us. That was swell.

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Reader Comments (23)

John is very much a thief it seems. ::teehee::

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick
June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermuddypebbles

Aren't those cupcake tiers suspiciously like a cupcake cake?

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertkangaroo

That was so much fun! And I'm pretty sure the rest of the bookstore was wondering why we were laughing so hysterically. You guys should do a world tour every year. I'd actually come out and see you, as I'm such a loyal fan and all. I've heard you have fans in such places as New Zealand. Or slightly closer to home, Canada. Ok, how about Hawaii? That still counts as in the U.S. (heehee!)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, no, no! On a CCC (ptooey,ptooey)the cupcakes are iced as one blob to try to fool the customer that it's a cake that just happens to be contained in lots of fluted paper cups.
Those cupcake tiers are the way God intended cupcakes to be displayed- beautifully!

wv: micaling- as in, if I'm a wreckarator, maybe baking is not micaling.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one who thought the "thanks to everyone who came out" right under a "push Olivia" cupcake was... er.....awkward?

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercyn

my favorite part of the post? the "thanks to all those who came out" written right under the replica depicting the baby - coming out.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

New Zealand reader right here ;)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you guys SO much for coming to Pasadena! We had a blast, and my extended family is so jealous we got to meet you! :)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy in Pas

I posted on twitter, but I have protected tweets, so I don't know if you could see it.

I dreamed about @cakewrecks last nite. A stranger & I were heckling bad cakes. I turned to her & said, "Sprinkles...?" HEEHEE!!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVik

I only live 2 miles from Vroman's, but I had to miss it - so bummed! I hope you come back again. Vroman's is a great store, and I hope you decided that we Pasadenans are OK!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

At first glance I thought one of the censor bars on the grand prize "winner" cake was over the woman's eyes. Upon closer inspection, of course it was not, but the idea that even the fondant/cake woman herself didn't want to be associated with that wreck made me giggle!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We had a great time at the Pasadena leg of your "world tour"! Thank you for the laughs and the terrific slide show. We're all "winners"! Hee-hee

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeesh

Aww, looks awesome!

Cake Wrecks now has a TVTropes page, in case you don't know:

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"There is a bunny on this cupcake. Your argument is invalid."

WV: glisha = the sound you hear when people see Olivia's cake.

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

tkangaroo - you're killing me! ;)
anonymous #3 - thank you! :)

If you would like to get a closer view of the details of the cupcakes (and to not have to look at my CRAZY looking hair!) I have some pictures on the Sweet Art Cupcakes FB page:

Linda Darck

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was there. It was awesome!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhbfj

I was there. It was Awesome!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhbfj

My coworker Carol was the winner! Looks like so much fun! :)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrude

"Thanks to everyone who came out!" Hahahahhahah!

wv: ammuc- fantastic wreckplicas are running ammuc!

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Curries

My aunt Carol is the one who introduced me to this site in the first place. It's so awesome that she won! (I wish she would have brought me along!).

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

Poor Olivia...thats just looks horrendous lol xx

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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