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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
Thursday
Sep242009

Growing Geek Girls

It's time to ramp up the geekage on our Cake Wrecks "Virtual" Tour by paying a little visit to GeekDad.

GeekDad ("Raising Geek Generation 2.0") is the parenting blog over on Wired, although they feature plenty of clever tutorials, reviews, articles, and interviews to interest even the non-parent geeks like myself.

If you are a parent, though, and are looking to instill the proper geeky vices in your offspring, cakes are a great way to do it. (Right now you're wondering: Just how many times CAN she fit the word "geek" into this post? Ahh, read on and learn, gwasshoppa.) For example, say your little girl is really into Princesses. How can you add a dash of the geek while still giving her the cake she wants?


Like so.

Or maybe she gave you a lot of leeway, and just asked for something in her favorite colors, pink and yellow. Well, who's to say Wolverine doesn't go great with that color scheme?


That's right: NOBODY.

Of course, if you're really lucky, your little girl will let you order just about anything, so long as it's on a lace doily and comes in a pink box:

Subtlety is the key, of course. There's no need for overkill.

That's right, geek parents: raise your girl right, and someday she just might be requesting this on her birthday:

Er, hopefully because she likes Catwoman, I mean. Not so much because of the black-leather-and-whips thing. Heh. Um...yeeeah.

Well, on that awkward note...be sure to check out my virtual chat with GeekDad Doug here!

Thanks to Jessica H., Erin F., Sarah R., Christine M.!

- Related Wreckage: Why So Serious?

Wednesday
Sep232009

About Last Night...

How do I say this, Orlando? I mean, last night you were simply...well...

Fabulous.

Yeah, that's the word. :)

John and I arrived extremely nervous for my first-ever book signing, but you guys put us right at ease. It turns out you Wreckies are a kind, considerate bunch who are perfectly willing to patiently wait your turn in line for free cake. And oh, what a Wrecktastic cake it was!

This monster homage of Wreckiness was created by the lovely Johnnie of Something Sweet Cake Studio, located just outside of Orlando in Titusville.


In addition to the Wreck pile-up you see here, Johnnie also provided a yummy chocolate and caramel frosted sheet cake, which disappeared like hot...er...cakes. But, of course, that insane carrot jockey stole the show.

Later in the evening, when the sugar buzz was apparently affecting us all, we actually had a real live baby sitting on that fondant carrot. (Relax; we took it off the cake first.) Someone will have to send me that photo, though, because I didn't get it on my camera. [pouting]

UPDATE:

(AHA! Thanks, Sharlene!)

In addition to the showpiece that Johnnie provided, we also had some truly astounding entries in our cupcake Wreckplica contest. Here's the grand prize winner, by Jackie Cochran:


And here's Jackie wearing her prizes: a CW apron and carrot jockey necklace:

Here are the two runner-ups:



(Bonus points to those of you who recognize/remember all of these Wrecks!)

Choosing the winners was beyond difficult, though; just look at some of the other entries!

(Yes, someone dared to bring a mini CCC [patooie!] to MY signing. The horror! Maybe that's why he or she left her name off. ;) Oh, and the mini order form says "please put vegan icing on it." Heh.)

It's the perspiration wedding cake, in miniature! How cool is that?!?

You can find all of the cupcake entries in the Cake Wrecks FaceBook album.

Thanks again to Johnnie, Sharlene of Photo Art Works (who took all the pretty pics in this post), the Winter Park Borders staff (especially managers Jeff & Selene), and all the rest of you who braved the rain and 5:00 traffic to be there. Here's hoping you had even half as much fun as John and I did!