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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
Monday
Mar092009

Magically Delicious?

These days you can't tread too lightly when it comes to cakey depictions of holiday icons. After all, many of these age-old characters perpetuate negative stereotypes of entire people groups, and therefore risk offending said group and others.

Take, for example, leprechauns.

When I say the word "leprechaun", what comes to mind? No, wait, don't tell me. Let me guess: a short, red-haired, pasty-white man with an out-dated fashion sense, penchant for pranks, and a mentally unstable obsession with the acquisition of wealth (particularly in the form of gold).

I'm right, aren't I? Yeah, that's what I thought. [shaking head] You should be ashamed of yourself, you...you... perpetuator of negative stereotypes, you!

Fortunately, bakeries are fighting back:

See? Much better.

Not only is this multi-cultural leprechaun a conglomeration of all earthly ethnicities, he's also part alien, as evidenced by those ear-knob antennae. You can never be too non-offensive, after all, and we wouldn't want any extraterrestrials feeling discriminated against.

It's also important we fight against the "happy leprechaun" cliche. People need to realize that leprechauns have feelings, too, and sometimes those feelings aren't all shamrocks and rainbows, mmkay?

They've got layers, I tell you, layers. Like an onion. Or, I dunno...a...cake. Yeah. So maybe it's time we considered their feelings for once, hmm?


Michelle P. & Callie H., I'm totally itching for some Lucky Charms right now. Don't tell anybody.

Sunday
Mar082009

Sunday Sweets: Tuning in for 80s Cartoons

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks really are.

I'd like to say today's post will remind many of us of our childhood, but if you're like me you were probably watching some of these into your teens. (I especially loved Animaniacs in high school. Aw, great, now I'm going to be humming "Pinky & the Brain" all day. Dum da dum da dummm...)

First up, ZOINKS! It's Scooby-Doo!

(By the Cake Fairy, found by Margery S.)

And the Smurfs, too!

(By Sweet Treats, found by Jessica M.)

(By Nati's Cakes, found by Dorothy.)

Go Go Gadget Cake!

(Hand-painted by Denise at Cakes for You.)

How about a little classic cartoon violence? You know you miss it!


(Made by Karina's friend Cathy, who is not a professional!)

Now, some of you are going to take issue with the fact that this next one is a wedding cake, and therefore potentially worthy of ridicule. Still, it made me laugh, so I'm posting it. So there.


Cowabunga, dude! They even made a female Mutant Turtle for the bride topper - that, or they stuck a wig on an action figure - I can't quite tell. Either way, it's hilarious, and nicely done.

(I've had that pic on my hard drive forever, and have no idea whose it is. E-mail me if you know.)

Even ThunderCats gets some representin', and by Snarf no less!

(By Have Your Cake and Eat It, found by Laura.)

And lastly, you know how I've been badgering y'all to send me a Snorks cake? Well, my lovely Wresksistant Anne-Marie took it upon herself to surprise me with this last week:

Once I stopped laughing, I had to ask her how she even did this. You've got to understand: Anne-Marie is the best cook I know, but she's not a decorator. So considering she free-handed and decorated this using nothing more than a few tubes of store-bought icing, I think it's pretty darn good. And sweet, since she just wanted to ensure the Snorks were present in today's post. I just wish she didn't live on the other side of the country, so I could have had a slice. [crossing arms & pouting] Hmph.

Of course, AFTER Anne-Marie made that one, Pennie K sent in a more official Snorks Sweet:


She tells me she made it for her own birthday. Isn't it cute?

And yes, I AM happy now, thanks for asking.