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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

6 Cakes Creepier Than The Giant Olympics Baby

Friday night my Twitter feed suddenly erupted with chatter about the "creepy Cake Wrecks baby" featured on the Olympics' opening ceremonies. Naturally this piqued my interest, but by the time I found the channel I'd missed it. (I watched the rest anyway. Even the parade of nations - although I *might* have fallen asleep between letters D and M.)

Later some readers were kind enough to send me screen shots, though, and WOW. You guys weren't kidding!




Has the giant baby been lobotomized? 

And shouldn't his/her feet be a little better acquainted with the rest of the body?


I mention all this because I feel that trauma is something that should be shared. That way, we can all begin the healing process together.


After all, it could have been worse; the baby *could* have been face down:


Or had its eyes open, fixing us with a cold, dead stare:

(I honestly can't decide which is worse. Yeesh.)


Or what if it didn't have any arms or legs? 

[checking pictures] Oh. Er...

Well, what if it didn't have any arms or legs, AND it was dressed as a lady bug?

We'll call it a draw.


Ok, supposing they wheeled out a giant two-story grill, and stuck the giant baby on top of that.

Then suppose they'd had some interpretive dancers dressed as beer bottles, and those disturbingly oversized feet were motorized to kick every time the baby hiccupped.

Yeah, the Olympics one is seeming down right cute by now, isn't it?

But wait, there's more!

What if the baby had been a creepy muppet with questionable taste in animal prints?

(Waldorf? Is that you?)


Or what if, instead of disembodied feet, there'd been tiny disembodied hands?

"The better to creep up Thing-style and pinch you with, my dears."


Or, OR - what if, instead of the giant creepy lobotomized baby, they'd had a small chemically-burned one rising slowly out of a fine porcelain teacup filled with radioactive sludge?

Let's just hope it gets super powers out of this. 

I'm voting for invisibility.


And finally, for the ultimate in perspective, consider this: 


But people did eat these. [click at your own risk]

Thanks to wreckporters Erin R., Anony M., Christine C., Crystal B., Sarah C., Michelle F., & Dawn M. for the disturbing slice of perspective.


Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes 2012

It's that time again! Yep, my favorite cake competition of the year, ThreadCakes, is going on NOW. The rules are simple: make a cake based on your favorite Threadless t-shirt design, take pictures, and submit them for a chance at fabulous prizes.

I've been asked to help judge the entries again this year, which is always a big honor, tons of fun, and so stinking hard. Don't believe me? Then just keep scrolling to see some of the fab entries that have come in so far!

(Actually, keep scrolling even if you DO believe me - I wouldn't want you to miss out.)

I'll be posting the Threadless design first, followed by the cake entry. Hit the links to see each entrant's page, complete with process pics and descriptions.


"Pillow Fight Champion"

Look at all that detail! And those spindly little legs! This Champ is no featherweight - so how is he standing up?

"The Original Copycat"




"Day of the Dead Panda"


So perfect - you couldn't ask for a more exact replica than this.



"Your Love Keeps Lifting Me" (Muppets)


WHOAH. Once again you've got to wonder: how is that standing? Is the cake levitating? 'Cuz I think I'd give extra points for levitating cake. Just sayin'.



 By Natasha Tantama

 I think I'll let sleeping sushi lie.

 "Butterfly Effect"



Ok, yeah, it's creepy.
Creepy COOL.

 "Knight Owl"

I like the little plumes on the helmet. Such a hoot. :)

"A Room With A View"

By Renee Daly

These colors are the stuff that dreams are made of. In fact, I think the cake just might be prettier than the original design! Gorgeous.

"Friendship Totem Pole Muppets DTG"

By Nanthini Retnam

  It's the Muppets again! [Kermit flail] Yaaaaay! Love this design - and I never would have guessed it'd look this great in cake. I highly recommend clicking over to see all the in-process pics, on this and all the cakes today. You'll be blown away by the amount of detail and effort and time that went into each one.

And while you're at it, click over to the Threadcakes gallery to see all the other Sweets I *didn't* feature today. You'll love it.

The contest is open 'til August 13th, so if you like to bake, why not give it a try? It's great fun, and most of the entrants are hobby bakers, so don't think you have to be a pro to enter. And hey, if you mess up TOO badly, you could still send me a picture. You know, for an amateur Wreck feature. ;)

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