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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 (153)

Helmet and shoe in the foreground are real and so is the itteh bitteh kitteh! :) Nice cakes!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

The cat HAS to be real. No way it can be cake. The others, though... cake, except maybe the helmet?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All these cakes are amazing (except for the fake ones... still unsure about the drum.) That pancake breakfast is AMAZING!! Yay, Julie!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC-squared

I think that Epcot,the carrot jockey, and the helmet are all cakes.

The King Cake, however, is a giant deep-fried donut.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

The puns today were especially (delightfully) painful!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelch

no daisies :(

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

At this stage, I'm assuming anything that looks like it's not "real" is cake. I.e., it's obvious that the basketball isn't a real basketball, thus, cake. Likewise crayons, the base, at least of the gumball machine (Less certain about the globe), etc.

That puts me in certain that the cat is a cat. I'm in serious doubt about the drum and the wine bottle. I'm pretty sure the helmet is a helmet.

Fascinating procrastination.... I put you down now.

WV: iness, as in, "My goodness, my Gu-!"

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscyllacat

Hm. I think the kitten, the drum and the helmet are real. I think the bottle of wine in the case is real too. I'd be happy to taste everything else though!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkhek

I think once a cake is sliced, the illusion evaporates and you can eat the iced sliver of buffalo wings, lo mein, or dog poop without flinching. The hard part is making the first cut.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

I think the drum is definitely a cake. It's on a cake board. :)

I'm glad the consensus is the helmet isn't a cake... I thought I was going crazy for a sec there...

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

UNC helmet - you can also see through the earhole of the helmet and see the tabletop

LV luggage - oh, the time it took to paint all of the gold emblems on that cake

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Back shoe, football helmet & kitten - fakes. Everything else, edible! Well, I mean, you could eat the kitten, but that would be gross.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After a totally wrecky weekend (for non-cake reasons) this has been such a boost. My dream to make it onto a Sunday Sweets post has been realized!! I can die happy now. Thank you C-squared and CW!!

Julie (the pancake cake)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I think they're all cakes...they all have links to cake sites. Or maybe that's just tricakery at work.
Except for the kittie salad. That made me squee.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolatier

actually, after clicking the link under it, I go back to my first assumption, which is that the helmet is a fake cake.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolatier

There is no way the kitten is a cake - gross!
I can't imagine that any of those cakes actually tastes good. Anyone who bakes knows what you have to do to get that level of craftsmanship (use a lot of dyes, gumpaste, rubbery fondant and other yucky stuff). They look great, but give me a messed-up looking cake with real buttercream any time!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with the helmet, back shoe, drumsticks, and the kitty, and I'd like to add that the basketball is definitely real, whereas the shoes aren't.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I vote helmet as not cake

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimba

The basketball makes me dribble.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I LOVE cats!!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterALF

Small yet blatant hint... Each of the cakes gave credit below the photo to the cake artist/bakery who made them. In other words all of them are cakes except for the Kitten Salad.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The helmet is not cake because 1. it's hollow. you can see the board it's sitting on through the side hole. 2. Who would a cake like that just on the counter by the phone cord and misc. other stuff.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Kinker Family

I think that the helmet, back shoe, drumsticks, popcorn on top of the popcorn box and the wine bottle in the wine and cheese cake are all real parts.... oh and that kitty too!
Awesome post! this was fun to look at after sleeping in on a Sunday morning!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjonasbfunkley

Oh my gosh oh my gosh! Jen, you follow the fortune cookie "in bed" rule too! I thought we were the only ones!!!! lol great post :)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

That cat and the helmet are not cakes.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

The helmet, cat, and back shoe are for sure not real cakes.

Everything else, however, is amazing! The Jameson is perhaps my favorite - they captured the translucence of the bottle beautifully.

I look forward to your answers! I feel pretty confident about mine so I will be hecka surprised if I'm wrong about any of 'em.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

The helmet is not cake, the kitten is not cake- but a tasty treat for a large dog, the back shoe is real- the front one is on the cake in the next picture, the drumsticks are not cake and the metal elements on the drum are either from a real drum and stuck on cake or the whole thing is just a drum sitting on a cake board!
Excellent post! I love the continuation of April Fools!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree that the drumsticks aren't cake, but I have my doubts about the actual drum as well. If it is cake, then it has some amazingly real details -- the worn center, the tape, etc.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the proper term for breakfast at dinner is "brinner".

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAgatha Christie

These are amazing! I believe all but the kitty are cakes. Magnificent work!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I hope the kitten is not cake, but I'm afraid it is. I do not think all that "fur" icing is cute at all.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatDeborahGirl

I think the cat and helmet are the fakes.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm going to go with the NC helmet, back shoe, and kitty on this one. I was almost tempted to go with the drumsticks, but the lettuce is too porcelainey to my eyes.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanish

All are cake (except for some elements like guitar strings, drum sticks, and wine label) except for back shoe, helmet, and (squee) kitten.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I was showing these to my kids, and when I got down to the kitten, my daughter yelled out, "That's a picture from YouTube!" She spends most of her time looking at kitten videos on YouTube, and she recognized the picture. :)

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

As others have said--helmet is not cake. Has too many things that are non-cakey. Kitten is not cake, because while someone might photo their kitten sleeping in the salad, I cannot fathom why on earth anyone would make a cake that looks like a kitten sleeping in a salad bowl. I say the drumsticks are real atop a drum cake, but I'm 60-40 on that.

Also though, the trunk cake, I think is done by the shop that made my wedding cake 11 years ago! Woot!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

The pancakes are adorable. I did not know pancakes could be adorable.

The chicken wings have me salivating and feeling guilty about it. I wonder if I can eat them and have my greasy, savory craving sated at the same time as my cake quotient is met...

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah_the_Nosher

Follow the links. The shoes are all cake. The helmet and kitty however, aren't.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

so when do you reveal all?

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hrlmet and cat are real and everything else is cake

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertina

Helmet and Kitty. Although my cat is being highly annoying right now and I just might bake it to teach it a lesson...it would definitely be a wreck if so.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

My stepfather and my mother had a gumball cake like that one at their wedding reception. I wish I still had the images of it, it was really well done.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Even if that kitten is really cake, who in the world could eat it?????? Just the thought! Like eating a baby!! Only you'd get hairballs....

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I don't care if the helmet and the cat aren't cakes. They both look delicious! I enjoy the dining on Tarheel helmet and cat salad at Brinnersertunch feast every Falker Satherhood day!

Kidding! I have 9 cats and love 'em all. They do have tendency to get in my salad sometimes, though.

WV: redied
I died laughing reading this post, then I read it again and redied.

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

There's a RIGHT way to do helmet cakes?!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kitten, glass globe with gumballs on gumball cake, shoe behind the one without a heel and the helmet- all are not cake.

I'm on the fence regarding the drumsticks ... but, if you can make that drum out of cake drumsticks aren't going to be a problem. Great cakes!

April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first shoe is cake.
The helmet and, presumably, the kitten, are not cake.
FILTHY LIARS THAT THEY ARE.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTris

helmet cake = fake, fake FAKE!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarli

Helmet and cake are not cake.... and Mike's Amazing Cakes kicks confectionery butt.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelley Prather

back shoe, drumsticks, bowl of gumball machine, helmet and kitty are real. the snare isn't - my husband collects them and i can tell, though it is pretty good!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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