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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
Nov122009

Throw the Bouquet (Away)

I can't tell you how many wedding Wrecks I've seen salvaged with nothing more than a few well-placed bunches of fresh flowers.

These...are not those saves.

Believe it or not, that's a 3-tiered cake. See how effectively the gigantic seed pods hide the flaws in the top tier? They ran out for the bottom two, though, and were forced to randomly spill stuff on the table cloth to help "distract the eye." Cocoa powder or dirt? That is the question.

Other questions come to mind here, however:

Questions like: "Why?" and, "Why?" and, "For the love of pretty pastry platters, WHY?!?"


Since fresh flowers do have the nasty tendency of dying, though, I bet some of you are asking why bakers don't just use fake ones.

I will answer your question [dramatic pause]...with another question:


Ever contemplate sucking icing off a fabric leaf?

(Don't worry, this was not a wedding cake. It was a 20th wedding anniversary cake. Which, you know, makes it all better.)

Still, at least you can always count on silk flowers to be dust-free, hygienic, and easy to sanitize. That's why it's OK to just jam them all in the icing:


[blink blink]

BWAHAHAHAHAHA HOOHAA HEEHAHAH!

[wiping eyes] Dust free! Heehee! Ah, I crack myself up sometimes.

You know, Amy, Kasey R., & Anony M., I give "deadpan" a good name. I call it "Fuzzywuzzkins."

- Related Wreckage: Wedding Wrecks

Wednesday
Nov112009

Bethesda Tour Roundup

Our last three stops on the "world" tour had some of our largest and most enthusiastic crowds yet, as the following Wreckage is sure to show. ;)

First we have the Giant Wreck provided by Fancy Cakes by Leslie:

It's like an "I Spy" of plastic flotsam: Wreckalicious! (Not to mention delicious.)

Leslie is one of the top cake artists in the U.S., and we were lucky to have her volunteer when the tour reschedule prevented Charm City from attending. Plus, in an unprecedented move of good humor, Leslie also brought the Obama display cake I posted waaay back during the inauguration:

So hats off to Leslie for being such a good sport! You'll see more of her amazing work in this Sunday's Sweets, too.

The crowd, waiting patiently.

Once again we had folks peering out from behind shelves and sitting on the floor where they could. Such dedication! My Wrecky henchpersons make me so proud.

Our three Wreckplica "winners" went all out, too:

That's Burton (yes, THE Burton), Andrea, and Ivanna.

Here's a closer look at their entries:


Why yes, that IS dead Lenin in a hot dog bun riding a poo wave.

What's not to love?

See the rest of the entries in the Bethesda FB album here.

Big thank you to Alicia Baker Tulloch at ABT Photography who let us use some of her photos!