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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


After Friday's post the CW Facebook page was flooded with hilarious entries for the fabric wreck contest, along with plenty of comments pointing out, "That isn't professional," or "those really look like bed sheets."  (I want to believe those people were joking, I really do.)

Of course, the best part is how most of your entries still look better than Friday's wedding wreck. In fact, they're all SO good, it was almost impossible to narrow it down to even five winners - so in addition to those five, a few of you are also winning pin packs. Hope that's Ok.

So without further ado, here are a some of my favorites, with the winners sprinkled in:


Nakeisha E. writes, "....because dismembered torso cakes with edible undies are so two weeks ago."

And the paper beside it reads, "Its a Gril (in pink)."  Hee. This is John's favorite (shocking!), so Nakeisha, you win a book.


 Wendy A. writes,  "Greedo and 'Sandy' request your presence on the planet Alderaan to witness their union of love, in anticipation of the Empire legalizing multi-species marriage. Grand Moff Tarkin has given us his personal blessing."

["Sandy." *gigglesnort*]


Kelly P. wins a book for the best entry title:

"5 Shades of (Gandalf the) Grey"



Mellissa P.'s entry is made entirely of panties. 

But she assures me they're clean.


Sharyn (yes, THE Sharyn, commenters) says, "If they can wrap cakes in fabric, I can leave the sprinkles in the container."

Ha! Sharyn, I think at this point we owe you our first born child, but if you'd like anything else - book, pin pack, etc, - just let me know, k?

Betsy B. writes, "Looking for a calorie free way to celebrate that special occasion? Try a fabric cake! Our charming larger than life carrot being expertly jockeyed by a mohawk sporting baby is perfect for "Falker Satherhood", "welcome baby in pink" or any other occasion you wish to tell someone exactly how much you care!"

Annette L. titled her entry, "Under the Seams."


Spongebob and Ariel and dolphins, oh my! 

Annette, you win a book for the best themed "sheet cake." 



Robyn R.'s entry is "For the client who knows how to balance her overly feminine side with the Dark Side..."


And some more princess goodness from Betsy A.:

(I think I want to play dress-up over at your place, Betsy.)


Crystal A. wins a book for making me laugh the hardest with her entry:


She writes, "I used canvas so it would be more 'durable.' We all know what can happen when you're transporting a cake. And why cut the ribbon? Just wind it around and use the spool as a topper. I call it 'Shaken, Not Spooled.'"


Christine A. actually managed a fabric CCC [patooie!]:

She used felt circles over mashed potatoes, too, making her entry almost as tasty as a real cupcake cake. [smirk]


There is a Vader Carrot Jockey in Jennifer H.'s entry. See if you can spot it:



And then there were the folks who made shockingly pretty fabric cakes, to the point that now I want to see all of these made as actual cakes just so I can feature them as Sunday Sweets:

Melissa S. proved how well she knows me with this AMAZING steampunk Crow cake.

Melissa, you win a pin pack for your super steamy prowess.


 Nancy and Amarie outdid themselves with this lovely taupe and cream number:

And get this: it's four and a half feet tall! Good grief, that's only six inches shorter than I am!


And last but not least, Heidi M. made her fabric cake, "with scraps from my vintage-themed vow renewal ceremony, and inspired by one of my favorite pages of yours featuring Victorian cakes..."

 WOW. So gorgeous! Heidi, you win a book for the prettiest and frilliest "cake" entry.


These are only the tip of the towel-cake iceberg, though, so for more laughs and pretties alike head over to the Fabric Wreckage photo album.

(Also, Ticia B., & Ann Marie N., your daughters win pin packs for their entries, too.)

Winners, please e-mail your mailing address to comments [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com, and if you won a book, let me know if you'd like Cake Wrecks or Wreck the Halls. Also don't forget to tell me who to make the inscription out to!


And to everone else: thanks for playing along! I hope you had as much fun as I did!

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Reader Comments (31)

Thanks for the fun challenge! I loved playing along. Granted punked out bitty baby will never be the same. And to the posters on Facebook that asked who would have a fabric carrot? Who wouldn't?! You never know when you might need a fabric carrot to warp your daughter's childhood memories ;)

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy B

How long before a "real" cake decorator thinks of Sharyn's idea for sprinkles in the container and considers it a good idea?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJL

I can't tell you how honored I feel for having my 'cake' featured on your blog! :) You can come play dress up at our place anytime!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy A

Is it sad that I would love to see some of these as real cakes? Like the one with the sweater imagine if that one was actual cake.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

This contest was fabulous! Thanks to everyone who entered for many laughs.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterladybluestar

Congraduations everyone!
Crystal A., your's is my favorite. It's simple and elegant, not to mention reusable.
Betsy A., you have created the perfect wedding "cake." I just love the way that princess dominates the cake-that prince is just there as an afterthought.

I don't have a facebook page, but I was thinking of giving in and setting one up (thus assuring facebook's demise,) but after reading some of the comments there, I think I'll stay away. They made me shake my head and sigh...

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

My son (who helped me pick my theme) and I are so excited to be chosen as one of the winners! It was so much fun to do and I loved all the other "cakes".

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Huge congratulations to the winners! They were all hilarious entries. Thank you!

I have to admit, though, what made me laugh the hardest were the comments about how "that looks like fabric" or "this isn't even a real cake" ...

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

I HAVE THOSE LITTLE MERMAID SHEETS!!! As in, it is very possible that they are on my bed right now... Or maybe it's the Toy Story ones. Did I mention I'm a teenage girl?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarlee

@SuBee..I'm with you, too much info out there as it is!

My 12 year old son agreed that Crystal A.'s cake was the best!

Gotta love that we have this wonderful "playground" to play cake dress-up on!! Thanks Jen and John (thoj) for showing us your favorites, here at CW.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Aw, shucks. Thanks so much! We're visiting family this week, and you've just done wonders for my geek cred. We spent some time today browsing the archives. The No Sexual Harassment cake just about killed my Mom (Laughter-induced asphyxia -- she's fine, now. She just scared the cats.)

This contest was so much fun, and I LOVED all the "cakes." Bravo, everyone!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

THESE ARE AWESOME! The ones meant to be funny are SUPER HILARIOUS, and the nice ones are FAB! I want to eat crow! oh wait... that came out wrong.... I mean, I want to eat that Steampunk Crow cake!

Side note for Jen: so.... you know how I've declared you my "virtual soulmate" and stuff? But now I'm kinda freaked out a little because apparently we are the exact same height, too. Um, not to get too personal but ARE YOU MY TWIN SISTER?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAgent B

Uh-oh! This may have started something that the food "police", who hate sugar and butter, among other things, will latch onto. Ron Ben-Israel and Sylvia Weinstock may have to move outside NYC city limits, lol!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

I'm surprised you didn't mention that the fabric CCC in the shape of a bear had "cubcake cake" written beside it. It deserved special mention for the pun alone!

Keep up the good wreck!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Steampunk Crow Cake FTW!

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDidoCarthage

Please make this a yearly event!

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

These are fantastic and hilarious! I think you now need to request that they be replicated in actual cake. This could go on FOREVER.

Also, I got very excited when I saw Crow -- I want a Crow! And a Tom Servo! Seriously, where did Melissa S. get Crow? He looks like the real deal.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Bahahaha XD XD

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

absolutely fantastic...and funny!! good work, all! and Sharyn -- that's a brilliant idea with the much easier than picking them off and then rinsing them clean and blow-drying them while trying to keep them from flying all over the place....

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

Those were awesome! I am forever amazed at people's creativity. jealous...

And I second the motion to make this an annual event! :-)

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

My daughter, Rose, was thrilled to be mentioned on your blog, and to win a pin pack. She had a lot of fun getting into her stash of fabric and feathers.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTicia

Thanks for posting a photo of my undies :) I had a great time! There are some REALLY talented people here at Cake Wrecks.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMellissa Rose

OH! These were fabulous!!! I laughed as hard at these as I did the very first time I read your blog years ago!

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

:D great contest and lots of fun to read the comments from those who didn't pay attention to the "rules"

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

@Mellissa Rose- I'm with you, feeling oddly honored that Cake Wrecks posted a photo of my undies!

This was a really fun contest Definitely should be an annual event!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNakeisha E

When people can make fabric cakes look this pretty, it makes you wonder how it's possible to make real cakes that look so bad.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Look what I miss when I'm away!

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Love the cakes!
The 50 Shades cake is great! MUCH, MUCH, better than the book.

Oh please!!! Do this again!!!

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeana

the steam punk crow looks like the crow off of mystery science theater 3000

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

1st cake; epic avpm reference:
voldemort: or i'll, i'll, i'll eat your pillow! you'll be having a dream that you're eating a giant marshmallow, but you'll wake up and your favourite goose fellow pillow will be gone!
look it up. epic geek out. i now ship quirreldemort

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama G.

I used to LOVE MST3K!!!! I haven't seen it in FOREVER! Thanks for brnging back some fond childhood memories to whoever did the "Crow" cake!! LOVE IT!
You guys always make me laugh!

September 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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