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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

Pastry in Motion: Bonus Saturday Cool Stuff

Check out this amazing Tim Burton-inspired cake zoetrope by French food artist and filmmaker Alexandre DUBOSC:

(See the fun behind-the-scenes photos here.)

Love it. Thanks to all you wrecky minions who sent me the link!

Oh, and this is actually DUBOSC's second cake zoetrope that I know of. Here's the first:


I once saw someone describe zoetropes as "ticking for the eyeballs." Pretty accurate, don't you think? :)


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Reader Comments (28)

Those are wonderful! And they look yummy, too... nom nom nom!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren W

What could be more fun
than chocolate Batman eyeballs?
Fresh raspberry flames.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

That is the coolest thing ever!!!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

That is awesome! Coolest thing I have ever seen when it comes to cakes. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend. :)

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Hunter

That was awe-inspiring! Thanks!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKIm in ID

I am very impressed, and slightly dizzy.

(re: "ticking for the eyeballs": Do you mean, like, clock ticking or mattress ticking or...? Help me out here, I'm afraid I don't get it.)

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

That is so intense! Coolest thing ever, especially when i noticed the whole cake was made of matchsticks!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie

That. was. incredible!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieB

What a treat- a bonus Saturday blog - and so beautiful. Thank you, Jen.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindaS

My goodness! This is like getting "Sunday Sweets" a day early! Or is this instead of Sunday Sweets? 'Cause this is good enough to equal two "Sunday Sweets", so I'm not complaining...

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPersephone

This is the coolest thing. The coolest one. WHERE DO YOU FIND THIS INCREDIBLE STUFF?!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterinsanelyChartreuse

Tickling the eyeballs? Tickle?
Love the videos!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

That was super cool!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

This is mind blowing! I LOVE it!!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Holy whatever! Those videos are Amazing - I love the chocolate bunny with the eggs spinning off the edge and cracking and turning into baby bunnies - how does one preplan how that will look? AMAZING.. Also loved the spiral of colored candies - just for the color of it all ...

But then that's not to say I disliked anything I saw here...


May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

That was pretty mindblowing. O_o I'm still not 100% sure how it works, though I kind of have an idea how it does.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Pretty cool. I just didn't know what I was about to look at. Glad it didn't cause a seizure. lol

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

Those are SO COOL! Thank you for sharing them!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Just make a regular zoetrope (we all know how to do that, right?), then plot it onto a cake. Easy as subatomic physics.

Under no circumstances shall anyone, at any time, take these stills or videos to any place where cake isn't the ONLY thing sold and ask, "Can you make this?" That would take wreckery to a whole new level. Give it a spin and marvel at the patterns created on the walls, that sort of thing.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Unbelievable - the spacing has to be **perfect** to get the various motions going in different directions.

Some clever points on the language:

Alimation -- from the French "alimentation" (food) plus animation.
Flamboisier -- a raspberry shortcake (not exactly, but close enough) is called a "framboisier" - so a clever wordplay there, too.

But my favorite part? The top view of the Burton cake. BEST.

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoleil

Cool stuff indeed. Thanks for sharing this.

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

that "popping" sound you just heard? all my synapses misfiring at once. O.M.G. (and Skellington F.T.W.)

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Ummm. . .wow. Just. . .wow.

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

I hear if you spin these backwards they whisper, "Send me to Jen, send me to Jen..."

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Very cool! :-)

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

These are amazing. My only thought, however, is that I got the distinct impression from the making-of pictures that no actual cake is involved, just fondant over styrofoam forms. It makes sense because I think a real cake wouldn't hold up to the speed at which the 'caketropes' have to be spun to get the proper effect but it feels a little like cheating or embellishing the facts a bit.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoire

I like those videos! They were relaxing, I need a nap now. :)

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMisti Short Cakes

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