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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

Let's Wrap It Up

Friends, acquaintances, decorators.

There is a new bakery trend arising. One that's making me SICK. And also kind of excited. Mostly sick. But sort of excited.

The trend?


Sticking wrapped candy on finished cakes.

Now, the excitement comes into play because, hello! Candy is awesome. So putting candy on cake sounds like mixing angel giggles with a hug from a rainbow.

The disgust, however, comes from the fact that the candy is wrapped. And on a cake. Or in some cases:



IN a cake.

And digging through icing with your fingers just to unwrap a piece of chocolate that is covered in chocolate and then smooshed into chocolate sounds about as appealing as... ooh, look!

In a sweet, oozy green metallic coating!
Apparently, the more candy and flotsam you shove on top, the more "fancy" the "brownies" become.

Assuming there are actually brownies in there somewhere.



Or, if chocolate-covered chocolate in your chocolate is too much chocolate for you, there's always the paper-wrapped sugar sticks in your sprinkle-covered sugar cake approach:



So, when all else fails, and a regular ol' normal-people cake just won't cut it, go ahead and jam any and everything you can find into a plastic container:
Because America, that's why.


Thanks to today's Wreckporter wrappers Thomas P., Martha, Jo N., Sarah D., Kendra, and Matt P., who will now go forth and fetch me a Twix. No? Anyone?


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Reader Comments (110)

I've seen that done on donuts as well...pretty lazy

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjo

yuck! not appetizing or pretty except to a 5 yr old. makes my marshmallow fllowers elegant in comparison LOL

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternormae

Seriously can't believe that this is becoming a craze! It's kind of weird, but understandable at the same time. Hardly cake 'decorating' though. Plus, we agree with bassgirl - those wrappers could have been anywhere!!

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWeeTaitCakes

Neat designs I like how people are able to decorate cakes that way!

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBritt

That last one looks like a CakeWrecks Katamari.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

I'm inclined to agree with CaKeLadyRachel on this one. The Almond Joy on the first cake is quite likely there as a less-subtle-than-the-bakery's-label indicator that the cake will contain coconut and almonds as well. I suppose it could've been incorporated more imaginatively into the design, but at least it's not smashed into the icing and is more-or-less centered and serving its purpose.

That second wreckorator didn't want the candy to fall off?

But that third one has me intrigued. The design is pretty bad, but the possibility that the cake itself might contain even MORE Andes Candies love has me feeling a bit giddy.

Next week, I play iron-chef-Andes.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpike Page

@Craig "BTW, I think the last one is one of Sandra Lee's 'tablescapes' in kit form."

My first ever comment and it's all because of that line. Thanks for the biggest laugh all day! :)

I'm a head baker, I do cakes and I'm sort of a germaphobe when it comes to food prep. My first thought in regards to the candy was, "I wonder how many kiddies fondled those lollies in the bulk bin before they made it to the cake?!"
Wrapped candy (or unwrapped mass-produced candy, for that matter) would never show up on one of my cakes. It just looks like plain (or peanut) tackiness.
And just for the record, I do wear my hair back, wash my hands constantly and scrap anything that hits the floor. ;)

"prepared and packaged in Antarctica under an ultraviolet light by people in full isolation gear who don't even think dirty thoughts."

I laughed so hard I snorted and scared the dog! (WIN)

-Barbara Anne

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This marks the first time in the history of Cake Wrecks that I got to see a pic of a cake before it was "removed at the request of the baker." Hooray!

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaimestrange

Bahahaha! I can only think of the episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer is attempting to take regular-sized candy packages and affix them to the top of his Qwik-E-Mart donut to try and pass them off as "sprinkles." Heehee.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGracie

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