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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

Boston in the Fall

Thanks to our two new stops we added on the tour, John and I can now say we have been to Boston in the Fall. The town and trees were lovely, of course, but they paled in comparison to the goodies awaiting us at the show:

It's Cake Rex!

This delicious dinosaur was made by Jenn, John, & Melissa of Birchgrove Baking. They also supplied this super cute sheet cake:

[announcer voice] But wait, there's mooore!

We also had the lovely Erin and Sharon of Cakes By Erin provide several delicious sheet cakes, PLUS this:

John, who likes to live life dangerously, referred to this as Yankee Stadium [smirk], but it's actually Fenway Park. (Not that *I* know any better, of course, but he was corrected rather passionately by the crowd.)

And here are all of our lovely bakers!

From the left, that's Melissa, Jenn, Sharon, & Erin. These gals rock, y'all.

Ready to see our "winners"?

Here we have Alyssa, Meagan, and Lisa, our grand prize winner.

Check out their entries:

We were in the city of Framingham, so Lisa got all literal on us with her winning entry. (It's a frame around a ham, see?)

UPDATE: Lisa has informed me that it's not "just" a frame and a ham: the hands are also "framing" the composition in the, and I quote, "progressive form of the verb." Lisa, please tell me you're an English teacher. ;)

You might not recognize this Wreck, because it's one of the new ones in the book. (Have I mentioned lately that the book has about 75% NEW Wreckage? And that it makes for an EXCELLENT holiday gift? Hmm?)

My Wrecksistant Extraordinaire Anne-Marie drove from Maine to attend the show, and she was thrilled to see this bed bug Wreckplica from one her posts. (Complete with ravioli pillow!)

Here are a few more crowd pleasers:

Disco Newt!

They got sprinkles.

There were TONS of great Wreckplica entries in Boston, though, so check out the rest in the FB album here.

And lastly, I have to share what artists Kelli N. & Travis D. made for me, because it made me very, very happy:

Ta da!

Isn't it awesome?!? Mere words cannot describe how much I love this plaque. So thanks again, Kelli & Travis; this is going to look great on my "Wrecky World Domination" wall. ;)


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]


[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