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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
Sunday
Apr032011

Sunday Sweets: Cake or Fake?

Here at Cake Wrecks, we're still in the mood to celebrate April Fool's Day. After all, what other day of the year is it acceptable to go grocery shopping in swim trunks and a propeller beanie? (No? Wrong holiday?) So let's check out some amazing cakes that just might fool you into believing they're the real deal.


(Or maybe we threw in a few non-cakes just to trick you. Think you're up to the challenge of spotting a fake?)

Is this a real guitar? Or is it just a rockin' good cake?


Can't tell? Well, don't fret. We won't string you along for long.


And speaking of music, is this a real drum, or one of our evil snares?


The wear on that drum head is unbeatable!

Assuming it's actually cake, of course. Or is it? Hmm?

Here's a tough one: which of these shoes is edible?

Or are we just messing with you?

Here's a hint:




All of this trickery is making me hungry. How about some real, delicious, spicy buffalo wings*?


*May or may not actually be real, delicious, spicy or buffalo.


Then you could wash those wings down with a tall pint of Jameson's Irish Whiskey:


You're supposed to drink whiskey by the pint, right?

If you think you've already spotted the fakes, take a look at this Louis Vuitton luggage:


Better buckle down and really study this photo before we carry on.


Has a basketball ever made you hungry?


And if so, does that make you a real basket case?

Or maybe a head case?

Submitted by Lirpa F., made by The Sweetest Thing


We got lots of requests for a "good" popcorn cake after our recent popcorn post. So here's a picture of a bag of popcorn next to a movie reel:

By Tierful Designs

Or maybe they're cake.


I heard it through the grapevine that this fancy "wine" and "cheese" cake could be an impostor!

Submitted by Missie and made by Simply Cakes

Or am I "lying"?


There's no way these crayons are cake... right?

Submitted by Laura S. and made by Charm City Cakes

Color me stumped.


How about this gumball machine? Real or cake?

Submitted by Jeni H. and made by The Cake Shop of San Jose

I hate to burst your bubble, but we're not giving the answer just yet.

Check out this lo-mein attraction - do you think it's sweet, or savory?

Submitted by Emily T. and made by ~Er-ca

Either way, those fortune cookies look delicious ...in bed.


This stack of pancakes makes me want to have dessert for breakfast.

Submitted by Catherine C. and made by Julie Brew Finlayson

Would that be called Dreakfast? Bressert? Brinnersertunch?


So, think you've got us figured out? Then this next cake will have your whiskers in a twist!


Such form! Such skill! Such artful mastery! Can you believe that this isn't a REAL CAT? Absolutely mind-blowing.

(Okay, so maybe it's not really a cat cake. Maybe it's more like a kitten salad.)

So, who spotted the fakes? Assuming there were any?

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (154)

There is no way that NC helmet is a cake.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The back shoe is the actual shoe, i think, based on the stitching (and lack thereof on the front) of the border. The front is probably the edible one.

The cat (meow), the helme and the drumsticks (not the drum) are not cake?

I think?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSha

i think the football helmet and well, the kitten... are not cakes

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommentersaraH

I vote cat, helmet, and drum as being fake. The rest could be real...

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I agree with Sha--the only non-edibles are the drumsticks, rear shoe, helmet and kitten. (Really, please don't eat the kitten!!)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

That helmet is not cake-it's too shiny. The cakes are amazing :)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with Sha: only the drumsticks, rear shoes, helmet and kitten are non-edible. (Really, please don't eat the kitten!!)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

I agree. The football helmet is real (as is the cat).

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor Tarr

The helmet can't be cake. No way. I also think the cat is a real cat, not cake. Back shoe is real shoe, front one is edible.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

The helmet and the cat aren't cakes.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara

the cat and the helmet are not cake, although I'd still eat the cat (KIDDING!!!)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I refuse to believe that helmet is a cake unless I see a photo of it sliced!

And why does that cake shoe not have a heel?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBin

My votes are on the cat and the helmet.

I hope the kitten is not a cake...who'd want to eat a kitty :( I agree with the others on the helmet, and the front shoe is cake.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Votes here for cat, helmet, back shoe (front shoe doesn't have a heel!), and drumsticks.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatti S.

The NC helmet, cake, and green shoe on top are fake. The back shoe may be fake as well. My 2 cents. Beautiful cakes!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the crayons, the gumball machine, the helmet, the high heels, and the drumsticks(at least) are not cake.

The kitten is cake however. I'll eat that kitten.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusannah MB

I went through the entire post, screaming, "CAKE!" until Huz (in the other room and unaware of what I was looking at) said, "Oh, my god, honey. Do you want me to get you a Twinkie?"

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

that helmet is NOT cake. i *may* have clicked on the link, and found it went to flickr.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC.C.

oh also the cat :)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC.C.

I'd say the helmet, kitty, and the rear shoe are the only ones that are not cake. The hot wings almost had me fooled, until I saw the lettuce underneath!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereveretta_ann

@ Susannah MB - the pack of crayons is cake/fondant. I saw the episode of Ace of Cakes where they made this cake. :)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The front shoe is the one featured in the shoe photo, and it has an insole; it's the back one that's fake.

As for the crayons, if that's not fondant, it's modeling clay - look at the finish on the side of the box. It's not cardboard, nor are those crayons (there's no Crayola logo on the box).

The helmet's obviously not cake (or it was made by the world's best baker). Ditto the cute kitty.

The drum's the only one I'm iffy on. Those metal bits are awfully authentic.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJosin L. McQuein

They're all really cake except for the helmet and the kitten (obviously). Notice that all of them are submitted by actual people. The helmet was submitted by "Lirpa F." ... an anagram of April F. April Fools!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

The helmet is not cake, obviously not the cat either (that much they said) and I think the bowl of the gumball machine is plastic but the actual body of it is cake. The drumsticks *might* be cake or bread but they are awfully well-done if so. The front shoe is the cake (its in the photo below as proof).

Lots of amazing talent on display!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervkacademy

The football helmet...could the "submitter's" name be a hint? "Lirpa F."? Really, though, those cakes did twist my mind around backwards. Amazing.

And the kitten in a salad bowl - too cute! One of yours in earlier days?

Yay for continuing April Fool's!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

Wonderful!

LOL at "evil snares."

Oh, and the adorable cat, rear shoe and helmet are the only non-cakes (other than the drumsticks on the drum cake), methinks!

wv - rutem

The non-cakes were trying to hide from me, but I think I managed to rutem out.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

BTW, there is a blog called "Eat a Kitten," so named from the author's memorable joke, "If I want warm and fuzzy, I'll eat a kitten."

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

I can't take the suspense! GIVE! Which are the fakes (other than the helmet and the kitten)?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

While I can appreciate the art in the buffalo wings cake, there's no way I could ever eat a cake that sent "wrong flavor" messages to my brain like that!

Now, the crayons I could eat!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

If that Jameson bottle's cake, I wanna know how the baker got that glass-like green glow.

And now I want lo mein for lunch. But not in bed.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

the football helmet, the drum, and the kitty salad were not cakes. The high heeled shoe on the left was not cake.
Alisa

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Helmet, kitten, Jameson bottle.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterms. mousie

Helmet, shoe in the back, and the kitten salad. Those are the fakes.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

The shoe on the left, the helmet, the drum, the kitten, the guitar.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll say the helmet and the green bottle of wine are inedible.

Also the kitten, but can I have a slice of it anyway please? (Gotcha LOL!)

But the latter taste like chicken when you prepare them right... so I've heard...

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Assuming I haven't been fooled. I love that the crayons are for someone turning 50.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

The football helmet is definitely not a cake. Also the kitty isn't cake.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The helmet's not edible media and here's why: not because it's shiny (enough skill with confectioners' glaze can do that), not because it's got such shiny silver bits (Albert Uster's silver dust which is technically inedible but made for cakes can be pretty shiny), not because it'd take phenomenal skill to cast pastillage like that to get that perfect shape (because there are people out there who could), and not even because of the anagram April Fools name as others have cited.

No, that one is obviously fake because of the little clear rubber piece. Sorry, there isn't an edible medium that does that. Hot sugar, even isomalt, would not have that rubbery appearance. Gelatin is too yellow. There are candy products out there that come close but not close enough, especially without the equipment candy manufacturers use.

Nope, that wee little piece was my first bang-on-the-head clue.

And if I'm wrong, I need to kidnap whomever has such skill and keep them in my kitchen Misery-style until they show me how to do it!

PS Mike McCarey IS GOD. All hail!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I agree with the back shoe, helmet, and kitten not being cake. I'm not sure on the drum. Parts look like cake and parts don't.

While I know the chinese cake is cake, I don't think I could eat the lo mein part.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Excuse me while i go find my jaw. I think I left it on the floor somewhere around here.

I keep going 'what?.. no.. what? .. really?'

I want to see the wings cake cut.. that is just insane.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

The helmet and the cat.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeidra Lookingbill

Pretty sure that the AMAZING GUITAR CAKE WANT WANT WANT is a real cake and the football helmet and the kitten are not cake, but beyond that I have no idea. Absolutely amazing post, guys!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I call the helmet, the drums, and the kitty of course as being the fakes.

Those crayons are awesome, though!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyne

I'm with those above saying helmet, back shoe, drumsticks and, of course, kitty in a bowl (why with a moldy tomato?) are not edible (or is that subjective? Maybe if you're a goat?)

Josin- I am a little iffy on the drum, too... could be cake, but why make the top look dirty? The metal parts are very realistic. I think it's the color of the drum & the lettering that are the most "cake-like". I don't think that's an insole in the front shoe, though-- some kind of cakey-fondanty-gum-pasty thing.

I think that shoe cake is just so ugly--- blechh.

I'm also throwing in the bottle of wine (the rest of that cake is cake). Jameson bottle is not the right shape-- cake! :)

Amy@10:03-- LOL!

Lizzie & Miss Mindy-- good call! Those sneaks & their anagrams...

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonique B

Now I'm hungry for chow mein. And a platter of buffalo wings.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The kitten may not be a cake, but it is most certainly a Cutie Pie.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn in Superior

the crayons by charm city aka ace of cakes is real. I saw it on their site.

the helment is not cake

have no idea about the kittens, it look liks a real kitten to me

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

WANT kitten!

(Just to cuddle, not for dessert.)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Oh, and the mere notion of a realistic-looking buffalo wing cake is making me a little nauseous. Cognitive dissonance! Cognitive dissonance!

(To be fair, I'm pregnant and many things, including the mere notion of eating a kitten, make me nauseous right now.)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

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