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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

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 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 (155)

The guitar? Cake.
Evidence: wood grain is wrong.

Drums? Cake. Drumsticks: not cake.
Evidence: chrome isn't actual crhome. A drum head that worn would also be accompanied by a dented rim.

Shoes: Closest shoe is cake, furthest is real.
Evidence: stitching on furthest shoe, presence of a sole, looks like it could actually hold a foot. Also, closest shoe is present on the cake in the second image of the set.

Chicken wings: Cake... all of it, except may the celery.
Evidence: No bone visible on the wings.

Jameson bottle: Cake. Labels and cap: Not cake.
Evidence: funky shape (too wide in the middle), and reflections don't match. The two light sources visible from the bottle itself don't line up with the light sources reflected by the gold foil or the bottle cap... The foil and cap, however, do agree with each other. Wonderful fake reflection of the cloth below the bottle, though.

Trunk: Cake.
Evidence: The strapping on the side, above the handle isn't straight, despite it being stretched across the lip of the trunk. Also, the pattern may be lined up diagonally, but not horizontally... Very close, but just slightly off.

Basketball and shoes: Cake.
Evidence: I have yet to see any perfectly spherical cake. This ball is made up of at least 3, probably 4 layers of cake. The skin of the ball also doesn't reflect light like leather does. Neither do the shoes.

Helmet: The cake is a lie.
Evidence: clear plastic, thickness (or complete lack thereof) of supporting structures.

Popcorn box: Cake. Movie reel: Cake. Popcorn: can't tell; I'd expect to see the kernel husks somewhere on a small sampling of kernels, but the variety of shades, along with the shape, makes me think that however the popcorn was made, it isn't icing... Especially considering that the cake layers are very obvious in the box, and the paper saying "Happy Birthday Jeff!!" (almost exclamations of ellipses...) doesn't match with the side of the film reel...

Cheese: Cake. Bottle: Cake. Box: Cake. Knife: Cake.
Evidence: Again, the reflections aren't uniform... The wood grain is also faked... and no self respecting cheese is going to be that mushy AND that holey.

Crayons: Not crayons.
Evidence: The shape of crayons is wrong for that brand. The wrappers aren't paper. There is no waxy sheen. Since they're not real, they have to be cake.

Gumball machine: Cake. Gumballs: Not Cake. Bowl: Not Cake. Lid: Cake.
Evidence: Multiple layers, no reflections off of the plastic (although the airbrushing at the bottom of the "metal" gives a very good illusion of brushed aluminum reflecting a bright surface underneath.). The gumballs, however, all have uniform reflections, so they're actually shiny.

Noodles: cake. Take-out container: Cake. Take-out container top flaps: cardboard. Chopsticks: chopsticks. Fortune cookies: not fortune cookies. Fortunes: not paper. Handle: Not cake.

Eggs: not eggs. Bacon: not bacon. Butter: not butter. Syrup: probably syrup. Pancakes: cake.
Evidence: the way they stack. That many pancakes would have a huge bulge in the middle.

Kitty: Kitty. Give it a cheeseburger.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Helmet, Rear shoe, and obviously the kitten are not cake.

I'm on the fence about the drum.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

That last one is a kitten no way is that cake. The helmet also looks real lol. Heck most of those have me stumped but I just know that last one is a kitten.. it has to be.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Loved those shoes!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I also play the "in bed" game!

I think the cat cannot possibly be cake. Please. Please tell me it's not. If it is it definitely shouldn't be on Sunday Sweets!

I agree about the helmet and the back shoe (the stitches...) and the drumsticks. Also..the globe on the gumball machine.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Kitten, drum, helmet and Epcot. If the wings are cake, I assume they should not be eaten because God knows how they got the little bumpy things and the glaze on those bad boys.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

the helmet is real. the gumball is a cake (it's on their website). the chicken wings could be cake, but i didn't see it on her website, which is very nice btw, and i didnt see the bottle either, which has to be real because the glass is just too glassy!
and the cat is real

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChava Malka Cooper

if you read the credit name for the helmet backwards it's april f (april fools?). so my guess for not real is the helmet and cat- everything else real.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just assumed that if it said "by (insert name) bakery/cakes" it was real. Anyone else think of that method?

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremiwatts

Besides the link beneath the helmet cake (thanks for the hint!), the submitter was Lirpa F. (or April F., if you read it backwards).


One extra hint.

So my final vote...back shoe, drumsticks, helmet, kitty.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatti S.

Guitar, whiskey bottle, trunk and wine & cheese are (to me) obviously cake, but who can say?

#2 The drum is real, although the drumsticks could be made of turkey. (Rim shot!)

#3a Shoe in the foreground is cake. Not because of the lack of stitching or the type of material used in the construction of the inner frammis, but because it is identical to one in the photo below (also why it doesn't have a heel).

#4 Real wings; the celery and lettuce are fake, and the dip is ranch buttercream. Deal with it.

#7 Cake; no texture.

#8 Real helmet. This should be posted in every bakery in the galaxy. Not that it would necessarily help, but it might.

#9 Film reel: cake. Bag: could be fondant; looks a little thick for paper. Popcorn: if it isn't real, someone went to a *lot* of trouble.

#11 Cake. You can tell, because some of the colors are off by 1/4 shade.

#12 Cake. [My theory is] The bowl is made of gelatin, but these people know how to keep it from melting all over everything.

#13 Cake. This isn't a wreck, so I am assuming the wire handle is food-safe.

#14 Cake (and things related thereto), from butter to plate. While bacon cake is an excellent idea (especially if bacon-flavored), this looks a tad pre-cooked.

#15 I think perhaps this cat would like a bit of fish. If the fish is gone later, I can assume that the cat is real, though if the fish is still there, it may simply be that the cat was not hungry.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

the helmet & cat are not cakes. looking at mike's webpage of cakes, i think the drumsticks are real. he does an amazing job with his cakes! the shoe in the front is the cake and the shoe in the back is a real shoe.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I vote for the drum, the cat and the helmet.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

the helmet and the cat and the show in the background are fakes... not sure about the drumsticks... and the shoe in the forground was the cake version...
in any event, the details on these cakes were ridiculously awesome!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfnf

Helmet and kitten is fake!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe all of these are cake, except the cat, the NC helmet, and the drumsticks (the drum is cake)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdriel

Okay. I think the cat and the football helmet are real and everything else is cake.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

You sort of gave away which ones were the real cakes, by putting the baker's name right underneath! :)

(Unless that's a devious double-bluff, of course.)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes were amazing! I'll be they cost a pretty penny to make though. The only two that I'd say are not cakes are the kitten and the football helmet. The pancakes I have doubts about ,too.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

It's the kitten and the helmet for sure. I think the drum is a cake.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

If that kitten is a cake, I'm STILL calling the humane society if anyone slices it.


April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I agree with others... Helmet & Cat are not cake. Back shoe is real (check out the stitching) and front is cake.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I'm with Julie - this post made a rough weekend light up for me! I'm honoured to be in such good company too; Mike definitely ROCKS! and Debbie is a true cake goddess.

The popcorn is all fondant - with the "butter" painted on. Took my daughter and I HOURS to make.

I think I can also say, to Anonymous at 2:44, from all of us bakers:
You're darn tootin' these cakes take hours, but we bust our butts to make sure they taste good too!!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle P

So are you going to give the answer? Surely the cat is not a cake???? Don't eat the cat!!!!!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarytoo

Smacking head on desk -

LIRPA - April backwards?????

I've been watching WAY too much of Star Trek - TOS. A Lirpa is "a traditional Vulcan melee weapon, consisting of a metal staff with a fan-shaped blade on one end and a club on the other."

I thought the baker was a ST:TOS fan....

WV: sufferst - my head is suffering the worstest after smaking it on the desk.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Helmet's a fake - rest is cake.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelli

The helmet is real, as is the kitten (but I love that the tomato on the kitten salad appears to be rotten).
Is it just me? I just don't want to eat cake that looks like shoes.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, when are you telling us the answer?

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

HA! how funny about the lirpa thing! I didn't even notice that. however, if you click on the link, it goes to flickr, not a cake website.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolatier

I will now live in constant fear when ordering a cake with writing on it. :-p Thanks a bunch (write italized)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTexasBlueEyes

The "kitten salad" reminds me of a spot they had on one of the early David Letterman shows, when it was a daytime show. They had "Handy Household Tips" and one of them was a drawing of kittens snoozing in the middle of greenery with narration "Heavily sedated pets make interesting centrepieces"... Apparently, the daytime audience "didn't get it" and there was hue and cry because callers thought it was serious...

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

you kinda gave them away by putting the bakery's name underneath each cake.


April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I say the cat is one of those freaky stuffed toys that "breathe." Those things are really realistic!

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All cake except helmet.
...and cat. ;)

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza A.

Oh, and drumsticks and shoe not in the foreground!

(forgot to mention them)

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza A.

the cat and the helmet.

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMidnite Skys

Helmet, kitten, Jameson's.

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAletha B.

are you ever going to tell us?

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Are you going to give an answer key??

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But how could they cut into that kitty cake?! :(

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

NOT CAKE: Helmet, drum, background shoe, kitten

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well in a way the kitten is edible just not as cake as meat.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrookie

I think it's the cat because it has no link. Sneaky. Very sneaky.

April 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatilda

All of these are cakes except the kitten.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

(taps foot semi-patiently) Well, are you going to give us the answers, please? We obsessive-compulsives are waiting!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjunewilliams7

It's been 2 months. Please tell us!!!


June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Chris - The helmet & kitten were the only two non-cakes. :)

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I'm really not sure what is cake, and what is a lie. However, I DO know that the xkcd reference is not a lie.

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDreamCarver

Helmet and kitten-salad.

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManda

That helmet is NOT cake, as the screws are actually metal. I zoomed in to check. Also, the kitten is WAY to realistic to be cake.

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

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