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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
Mar162009

Rockin' Shams

Every holiday I'm forced to wonder: must we anthropomorphize everything?

The answer of course is yes - yes we must. Thanks for clearing that up, Becky F.

Not only is this next incredibly hulking blob supposed to be a shamrock, it's also got quite an infestation going on:

[sucking air through teeth] Hoo boy! Christy M., I'm not gonna lie to you: this is bad. Bad bad bad.

[hitching britches up] Now, what we've gotta do here is get them there lil' buggers out before they start "compromising" your "substructure", you follow? 'Cuz once THAT happens, well.. [shaking head mournfully] Let's just say it's "bye bye birdie". Now, fortunately for you, I just so happen to have a special runnin' this week... [hurrying out to fetch calculator from Hummer]

Aaand the "Worst Attempt at a Shamrock" goes to... [opening envelope]

Alison H.'s "Alien Arms Squashing Lice"!!

[announcer voice] "This is Alison H.'s first win in the Sham category. Her previous nominations include 'Dog Paws on Poo', 'Head's Up! It's Edible!' and the critically acclaimed 'Santa's Sticky Surprise'."

Wow, these St. Patrick's Day cakes are driving me a bit buggy. How 'bout you guys?

Sunday
Mar152009

Sunday Sweets: Get OUT - That's Cake?!?

I've seen a lot of amazing cakes, people, but even I can't believe my eyes on this one:

According to these news articles, this life-sized Barbie doll is actually cake. Seriously.

That's pastry chef Jean Michel Raynaud there, too, unveiling his chocolate mud-cake Barbie in honor of the doll's 50th anniversary. (According to an interview he did here, Raynaud is the creative director of Sweet Art in Sydney.)

But let's get back to this "cake", shall we? (Still wrapping my brain around this - bear with me.)

Obviously not all of this creation is edible, but that's true of all cake masterpieces so I'm not going to quibble. Especially because in addition to the gold tulle skirt, two thousand Swarovski crystals were used. Sweet and sparkly - me likey.

Considering that the skirt base is most definitely cake if any of it is, I am particularly wowed by the super realistic "fabric" draping and stretching around the "knees":


When you consider that was carved out of a dense chocolate cake, it truly is a jaw-dropping work of art.

That's Australian model Erika Heynatz "cutting" the cake. Really, I think they just had her stick a knife in to show it's not a mannequin. Unless anyone has photos of this being served up? Let me know!

And thanks to Angela R. for being the first to send me the story.