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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

Here's Your Sprinkles


Doin' it wrong:

"Wow, that's a lot of sprinkles."

Doin' it wronger:

"Wow, that's a lot of...

"Waaait a minute.

"Is that... paper?"

It IS!!

Not cool, man. Not. Cool.

Sorry, Anne-Marie and Katie W.; I guess one of you still can't have any.

Update: If you can't tell, the bottom cake is an edible photocopy of sprinkles. Yupperdoodles.

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Reader Comments (160)

No way! If your are going to put "sprinkles" on a cake make it the real thing! They're not that expensive, especially since bakeries buy them in bulk!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

But sprinkles are tasty! I'd eat that first cake quite happily! Now the second...that's a different story.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAileen

That is ridiculous! A picture of sprinkles!! Instead of real sprinkles!!!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S

hahahaha the second one is awesome!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Oh ha ha ha!

So the ultimate iteration of this would be to take a picture of the cake with the edible picture of sprinkles, and print it on edible paper, and just serve that up, as is.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Wow...a picture of sprinkles instead of actual sprinkles. Who comes up with this stuff?

Okay, now I want to see an edible photocopy of a gorgeous wedding cake plopped on top of a sheet cake.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Toooo funny! Not only is it printed sprinkles... but what an unfortunate border! Blech. Black logs... how.. erm, appetizing....

First cake: too many sprinkles

Second cake: no sprinkles, but a picture of way too many sprinkles instead. Definitely not cool.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

But it's "fresh" edible sprinkle paper. It says so right on the box.....

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLerfy

That last Sprinklefail is definately a Kodak moment.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Now, when are they going to start putting edible paper on ICE CREAM?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Delaney

Yay, I made it onto Cake Wrecks - the first photo was submitted by me! Jen, you've made my day :) .

As for those of you who didn't get the second cake, the perfectly straight edges around the "sprinkles" should have been a tip-off. Not even a ruler is going to make a perfectly straight line of sprinkles along the outside (the partial, cutoff sprinkles may have also been a clue). I say, be subtle, Jen! They'll figure it out... eventually.

WV: nortway - There is nortway all these Wreckies didn't figure out the second cake today.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

well, on the upside, I guess those "sprinkles" won't fall off and defile your countertop when you cut the cake?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDuchess

A picture of sprinkles. A *PICTURE* of sprinkles? OMG, at least when they realized they didn't have enough sprinkles to seed an entire cake like their competition did they didn't go up to the checkout lane and grab all the Tic-Tacs they could get their hands on...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The arrows didn't show up in the correct place when it came over to Live Journal so it wasn't until I got over here to the actual blog that I could see that they are pointing at the edge of the paper with the sprinkles printed on it.

Wow... I'm not sure if that's cheap or just plane wrong.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjilly-bear

Wow, just when I thought I'd seen it all, when there was no way to come up with a new type of wreck, you go and post that second one (which, yes, I realized on just my second or third glance was indeed a photo of sprinkles).

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Well, maybe the printed sprinkles are less crunchy.... my 7 and 2 year old's decorated cupcakes this weekend with a lot of sprinkles! They were cute but my husband said they tasted like eating sand.... this may be this wreckies solution to a problem....

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Since today is my birthday, I am going to wish for a cake with an edible picture of sprinkles, too. :)

WV: sazierif - couldn't be sazierif if I tried

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

"Hello, Wrecktastic Bakery. You buy 'em, we wreck 'em."

"I wonder if you can help me. See, my kid loves sprinkles more than anything, but he's allergic to them. Is there any way you could decorate a cake with mock sprinkles?"

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

omg... how didju not murder yourself during the vetting of these innumerable "Wha? I don't get it!" comments.

You are now my model of tolerance and I love you!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterranchoreubidoux

KittyKat: Don't know you, don't know your kids. Speaking from a fairly unbiased stance -- your kids are awesome.

Next development in quick and easy cakery? An edible photo of the whole cake!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjebra

So, let me get this stright. For $3.99 I can get a REAL cake with REAL sprinkles. For $8.39 (ON SALE) I can get a real cake with FAKE sprinkles? And, why is the fake cake so demanding? "You Pay $8.39". No, YOU pay $8.39. I will not be spoken to in that tone of voice mister. I will take my business elsewhere, where real sprinkles are only $3.99.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSCHLOOOOP

The "I want sprinkles!" line has become a running gag for my husband and I; whenever one of us says "I want..." it's inevitably followed by "You can't have any!" and hysterical laughter. We don't even get raised eyebrows from our friends anymore... :)


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There is a such thing as too much of a good thing!

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August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

AM I in the minority that I saw the straight edge of the photo paper right off? Because, I mean, that crap is funny. And kind of sad too.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja Yount

I agree, the second one is one of the funniest wrecks in a long while. Hilarious!!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wow - now I feel cheated! I was really looking forward to the sprinkles. :-)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusannah

It could be that the first one actually used so many sprinkles that a worldwide shortage developed, forcing the use of photocopies thereafter.

At least these wrecks are 'fresh'. When did that become a selling point instead of something that is a given?

I wonder what would happen if someone paid for the second one with a picture of money.

Speaking of money, 'decorating' a cake with a picture of sprinkles can't be about saving money, so if it isn't about waiting for the next Five Year Plan for sprinkle production to kick in, it must be about making sure that every customer gets exactly the same result. Reminds me of Phil Hartman's 'The Anal-Retentive Chef' on SNL.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

SO not cool...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Wow. The picture of sprinkles is just a new low in wreckery. Is it possible to wreck a wreck? If so, I think this is it.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

That makes me wonder is there a right way to do sprinkles? I'd like to see some Sunday Sweets with sprinkles. I dare you! No, I triple dog dare you! ;)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime Dawn

What does edible paper taste like?
And the real sprinkles had to cost more than the price of the cake. That is like 3 bottles of $3 sprinkles. Unless the markup is 90% from wholesale. Entirely possible.
Baking, just like sewing, has gotten more expensive to do yourself than to buy mass produced crap.


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After seeing the first cake, and saying "Oh, YUMMY!!!" my dear husband was extremely disappointed with the second cake "WHAT???? PAPER??? I CAN'T have ANY?"

I think those who could not see just haven't looked at very many sprinkled cakes.

BTW -- hubby says -- first cake is not a cakewrecks... it's a delicious decision by the baker to make a perfect cake.

*sigh* Next year for his birthday, he'll get one. Why should I spend 4hours deorating, when a sprinkle coating makes him delirious?

I send a huge thanks to all the posters who couldn't figure out the paper sprinkle fake out. I needed the laugh.


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Because sprinkeling is tougher than you'd think right? Maybe the printable sprinkles is less mess? Or maybe the edible paper cuts back on sugar factor- for those sugar free cakes?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh, now I see. Thanks for pointing out to those of us who are clueless. I just thought it was the angle of the camera and the plastic top distorting light.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercharity_crafter

This year for my daughter's birthday cake, I'll just layer three sheets of paper with a picture on top.
I'm sure there will be fewer calories.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

First cake looks like something my 5 yr old would not only decorate, but happily eat. If I could find that picture of my mother's day cake...

Surprised so many people didn't get the second one? Jumped right out at me.

Moses = parted the sprinkles so the knife could cut?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for the clarification-- I was reading this through my bloglines account, and just kept staring and staring at that pic to see if the arrows were pointing to mouse poo!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

ADD in a box.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Wonder if anyone bought this work of art after the price reduction?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There seems to be an abundance of confusion over the arrows in the second photo...I believe they are there to draw attention to the straight line of the edible paper, whereas if the cake had real sprinkles on it there would be a jagged line...proving there are no actual sprinkles on the cake. Happy wreckerating!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Omigod - did we check to make certain the cake itself was not a picture...?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCutelilsnot

what is SAD are the people that don't recognize that it is a PICTURE of sprinkles immediately......How clueless or drunk do you have to be?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Gives a whole new meaning to hundreds and thousands! (what they call sprinkles in Britain)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In all honesty, I HATE sprinkles. I think that add absolutely nothing to a cake. Sure, they're colorful, but they taste nasty and get all stuck in your teeth. And, hey, I'm not 8 years old anymore. Frankly, I'd *rather* have the edible paper (or at least paper that is more easily removed than sprinkles) than deal with sprinkles on the cake.

I think it's an improvement.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

That is officially the funniest thing I've ever seen on this blog. I mean, there have been some great wrecks, but a PICTURE of, you can't top that.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

That second cake is so wrong.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertarichuck

"An edible picture of sprinkles."

Why, God, Why?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

The first one is a cake for all seasons! Look closely, and you'll see Christmas tree sprinkles, spring flower sprinkles, shamrock sprinkles, and fall leaf sprinkles. It's good to know they've got their bases covered!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa P

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