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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
Friday
Apr102009

Easter Potpourri

Easter sure has an interesting assortment of holiday icons, doesn't it? I mean, have you ever stopped to wonder why it's perfectly normal at this time of year to have a big cross combined with a rabbit holding an egg?

What, too philosophical? Ok, then what's with the sweet pastels combined with that eye-wrenching red and yellow combo? Dude, someone thought those bunny picks were actually helping.

You know what screams "Easter" to me? A couple of red, white and blue doughnuts. No, really. Look:

The Christmas-y red and green ones would have been too much of stretch, though. [nodding] Totally.

Here we have the inspiring tale of The Chick Who Took Down Four Bunny Bullies:

"Who's the chicken now, carrot-brains? Huh? Huh?!?"

(I was about to start singing "Be kind to your web-footed friends" but then I realized chickens don't have webbed feet. Drat. Well, moving on...)

Humpty Dumpty was evidently going through his "punk" phase when he fell.

You know how you often hear about folks with amazing hidden talents working mundane jobs, like that cell phone salesman who sings opera? Yeah?

Uh, well, maybe this decorator sings opera.

And finally, this Easter Egg is brought to you by the letters W, T, and F:

Yes, I'm told that's an egg, although it looks more like a yellow volcano covered with green curly shoe laces. It also appears that a small tree fell on it. Uh, guys? Can we get some of those plastic bunny picks over here? We need to "Easter" this sucker up.

Thanks to Wreckporters Katrina S., Cynthia F., Jonah, Jennessa R., Michele E., & Camilla C.!

Psst, hey. You. Yeah, you. Seen a GOOD Easter cake? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. And do it fast, or else I might get, shall we say, disappointed. You wouldn't want that, now would you?

Thursday
Apr092009

Lamb-entations

Like the Mardi Gras King Cake, I suspect that the Easter Lamb Cake is just inherently Wrecky. I mean, this one Jamie B. sent in is a good one:

So really, it's like shooting apples* in a barrel to go after these things: just too darn easy.

However, I will go after the smoking lamb cakes:

I've seen several of these cigarette-puffing lamb cakes now, and I'm totally baffled. I get the lamb/Easter connection, but where's the cigarette feature? This one Monique R. found actually has a "Happy Birthday" sign around its neck, but most say "Happy Easter". Here's a better example:

What I find even more hilarious is the fact that it looks like both lambs are wearing chocolate yarmulkes.** Oy vay! An Easter lamb schmokin? What kind of mishegas is going on here?

Here's a variation, lest you think only one bakery out there is making these crazy things:


I'm guessing this is some kind of regional tradition, but I look forward to you lovely readers filling me with your wisdom. Explain this madness to me in the comments, so we can all learn something today, eh?

And before I leave you, here's one more photo sent in by Kat:

It's not really a Wreck; I just love that little girl's expression as she's preparing to lop off the lamb's head. You can almost hear the Responsible Adult going "Now, dear, let me help you..." as she's gleefully hacking away. Heehee! Oh, and that spot of jam is well-placed, too.

*Yes, I know it's supposed to be "fish in a barrel", but I would never shoot a fish. Too messy.

**For the record, this is the hardest word to learn to spell by looking up in the dictionary, ever.

UPDATE: And the answer is....[drum roll]

I don't know. Yep, despite having lots of theories floated my way - each one seemingly more bizarre than the last - I still haven't heard a silver-bullet explanation for the smoking lamb cake. However, reader Rosemary was kind enough to compile the most prevalent/reasonable-sounding theories in her blog here, so check those out and see which you think it is.