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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

Totally Awesome

"Bakers, it has come to our attention that 'morale' is 'low.' Therefore, effective immediately, we will be instituting mandatory staff meetings every Friday at 3pm to get to the bottom of this problem.

During these meetings you will each be required to list at least one 'awesome' thing about working here. Susan, GO."

"Oh, come on, this is so STU...."

"Did I mention this will be on your monthly review?"

"...PENDOUS! Haha! Yeah! [grabbing manager by lapels] WORKING HERE IS AWESOME."

"Something more specific, please."

"Oh. Ok. Um...

"Oh, I know! Making the candy apples is awesome.

"It really gets my aggressive tendencies out."

"I...see. Bob?"

"I like misspelling things and then convincing the customer it's actually spelled that way."

"Cracks me up every time!"

"Bob, I'm not sure this is exactly..."

"Ooh, yeah! And scaring the kids! That is SO awesome, am I right?" [high-fiveing Bob]

"Alright, everyone, if you'll just wait your turn..."

"Oooh, crap!"

"What's wrong, Debra?"

"No, that's my awesome thing! Putting chocolate poo swirls on everything!"

"I call it my number two special. Haha!"

[sigh] "And Mary? What about you?"

"I like giving the customers exactly what they ask for."

"Ah, excellent! You see, everyone? Now this is...

"No, I mean EXACTLY what they ask for."

"It's totally awesome." [giggle]

"Well, I think that's enough for today. I hope this meeting has helped remind you all to cherish the little things, and to really enjoy your jobs here. Now, next week: Airbrushing! See you then."

Thanks to Denise G., Gema B., Amanda N., Meagan B., & Anne L. for being, um, awesome.

Oh, and hey, here's something that really IS awesome: my friend Neil of 1,000 Awesome Things has a free copy of his new book, The Book of Even More Awesome, for five of you lucky readers!

For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite awesome things. It can be anything: getting extra icing on your slice of cake, picking the fastest line at the supermarket, snagging the last one of that sale item you wanted - you name it. We'll announce the five winners both here - on this post - and on the CW Facebook page at 12 midnight, EST, so be sure to check back!


GIVEAWAY UPDATE! After randomly selecting five comments, we have our winners! Congrats to the following readers who shared a few of their favorite awesome things.

Sunshine Dayz at 10:17am, who understands how awesome it is to find a few extra hours of sleep before the alarm goes off. (We share this joy with you.)

qurlyloks at 12:34pm, who REALLY appreciates awesome caffeinated coffee.

Elizabeth C., at 1:54pm, who thinks it's "inconceivable" (and awesome) that her kitties unleash cuddly kryptonite! You wanted Neil's book? As you wish.

TCC at 3:06pm, who loves awesome unexpected treats (and turns it up to 11).

soarin_ca4 at 8:37pm, who shares a birthday with David Beckham (which happens to be today). I bet winning Neil's book just made your birthday even more AWESOME.

Congrats again to our winners! Please email us your mailing addresses. Thanks to everyone for the great comments. So much awesomeness!


Sunday Sweets: Game On!

Last week you may have heard all the brouhaha over the release of Portal 2. And you may also - like me - belong to certain social subsets that not only have no interest in video games, but would, upon questioning, ask what "port holes" have to do with anything anyway.


Well, never fear, fellow gamer geeks! Because today's Sweets are all about video games, and this is a safe place to geek out *AND* enjoy amazingly made cakes.

Let's start with some old-school gamer goodness everyone will recognize:

Submitted by Erin C. & made by Hello Naomi

My favorite part? You could totally arrange the cupcakes to set up different game configurations. Maybe even do a little stop-motion animation. And then: NOMS.

Another cupcake creation that makes this girl geek squee:

Sub'd by Hareem A. & made by Clever Cupcakes

Ah, the law of miniatures: everything smaller is cuter.

Whooooo...lives in Ryan's Rapture under the sea?

Sub-ject Del-ta!

Sub'd by Barbara G. & made by her brother, Doug.

Amazing and detailed and edible is he!

Plus I love the checkered floor.

(There's another Bioshock Sweet here.)

In honor of Portal 2's release, last weekend John and I finally played the first one - finishing up right around dawn. (Have I mentioned we have a hard time quitting a game once we've started? Heh.) Needless to say, now I have a new appreciation for this companion cube groom's cake:

Sub'd by Colleen O. & made by Semiahmoo Resort

Remember: your weighted companion cube cannot speak. But if it could, I'm sure it would say, "I'm delicious."

Time for another old-school goodie:

Sub'd by Kristen C. & made by Cakes by the Pound

Who else remembers these? Eh?

(Wow. You guys are OLD.)

(Just kidding. Hey, I remember Pong! [But only because my grandparents had an old one in storage. Honest.])

Moving up to the newest handhold gaming device: your iPhone...

Sub'd by Haley B. & made by Anya Richardson

There are lots of amazing Angry Birds cakes out there now, but this was the first to go viral - and with good reason. John will tell you I've had my 'Birds obsession renewed recently with the Easter theme addition. What can I say? There's just something about knocking pink bunny ears off green pigs that's oddly...soothing. :D

Here's a game I've been meaning to try for a long time now: machinarium. It's a puzzle game you play on your computer, and it has the most *adorable* little robots:

Sub'd by Kristy L. & made by Sweet Disposition Cakes

See? ADORABLE. And just look at all that detail! Ah-MAZ-ing.

Another game I can't believe I haven't played yet is Little Big Planet:

Sub'd by Daniel K., found here, & made by Lillybit (no link)

Really, I'm just a sucker for protagonists who'd make good plushies.

More classics: we can't have a game post without Mario!

Sub'd by Michael F. & made by his talented wife.

(Love the mushroom candle holders.)

Or Zelda!

Sub'd by Valerie L. & made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

Now THAT is a groom's cake. Gorgeous.

And finally, one more iPhone game cake:

Anyone else play Cut the Rope? I did for a bit, until it got too hard for my spatially-challenged brain. John loved it, though.

Anyway, this is one of those rare Sweets that makes my jaw hit the desk. The baker used multiple techniques like modeling with krispy treats, sugar glass (for the window), stenciling, and - what I found most impressive - even made the shiny "packing tape" out of gelatin:

Truly unbelievable.

One more detail shot:


Well, that's our Sweets for today.

Now, go play!

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.