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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

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Breaking Sad

Friends, countrymen, meth heads.

Today is a sad day. Or a happy day. A day of mourning. Or rejoicing.

What I'm saying is, today is a day of a lot of emotional stuff, and you are no doubt feeling many things of an emotional nature... because of a TV show.

This cake is breaking, Grad.


I myself am blissfully unaffected by last night's finale, since I don't watch Breaking Bad - but I've watched John go through the emotional wringer with this show, and have picked up a few interesting factoids.


Interesting Factoid #1: Sometimes you DO need chemistry after high school.

Just like you occasionally need to know what laboratory flasks and beakers look like.


Interesting Factoid #2: Blue rock candy will never look the same again.

(Apparently this is a sports thing, NOT someone cheering on a pregnancy test result. Pity.)


Interesting Factoid #3: Bald is badass:

Er... usually.

But of course we Trekkers already knew that.


Interesting Factoid #4: Glasses + a mustache = either Walter White or Mike Ditka:

Your move.


Interesting Factoid #5: Mobile drug labs are, like, all the rage this season.

I couldn't find a motor home cake. Just go with it.


Interesting Factoid #6: Violence is never the answer. Except when it is.

Also, flowers make everything better.


Interesting Factoid #7: Pink teddy bears clearly need some kind of protective society:



And finally, while there are lots of great Breaking Bad cakes out there, I think I'll leave you with these fantastic cookies by Mike of SemiSweet Designs - 'cuz they're way too fun to keep to myself:

Oh, and if you're one of the many planning to wear a yellow hazmat suit this Halloween, do me a favor and carry a hair dryer around with you. And introduce yourself as Darth Vader.



Thanks to Sean P., Wendy M., Charla Y., Lynn G., Mike & Rebecca, Melissa M., D.B., & Sherry L. for being the ones who rock. :)




We've randomly selected the winners for yesterday's Extreme Cakeover's give-away, and they are: Linda S., Rita L., and Smiley0419. Congrats, you three! You should be receiving an e-mail from us shortly, but if not, please e-mail your mailing address to comments [at] cake wrecks [dot] com. And many thanks again to Rick & Sasha of cakelava for sharing the goodies!


Then vs Now: Wrecks Edition

I love - LOVE - old cake photos. Not the pretty magazine ones, of course, but the yellowing snapshots of children's birthday cakes from 20 or 30 years ago. They're a total blast from the past, and even when they're all lopsided and misspelled and ridiculously wrecky, you just can't help but love them.

Like Sarah's here, from the 80s:

It's a one-armed Care Bear, of course. Holding a pair of lips. Stomping on something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike grass.


Compare that with today's Care Bear cakes, and you'll find we've come a looong way, baby:

Oh, how we've grown.


Of course, the only thing better than vintage cake photos are vintage cake photos with the birthday kids in them:

That's CW reader Amanda P. with her cousin Ryan, and she tells me no one noticed his "Ghostbusters"cake was misspelled until her mom uploaded this pic to Facebook ... 22 years later. THIS IS WHY THE INTERNET EXISTS, PEOPLE. To pick apart our childhood memories. And to make me jealous of 4-year-old boys' TMNT t-shirts.

(I also like to think Amanda is dressed as a sailor as a subtle Stay Puft homage, because, c'mon, how awesome would that be?!)


If you're wondering what you get today when you order a Ghostbusters cake, though:

Kristen's husband picked up this "Ghostbusters cake," but neither of them have an explanation.
(Maybe it's supposed to be Slimer? Maybe?)


Still debating if that's worse than this one, though:

YOU. We're ready to believe... YOU. C'mon, bakers, don't you have the entire script of Ghostbusters memorized like the rest of us? I mean, REALLY.


Ok, just one more, in reverse. Here's a "modern" Barbie doll cake:

Come for the ridiculous sinking Barbie, stay for the bonus crotch photo bomb.


And here's the way most of us gals remember them from our childhood:

Ok, so maybe we'll call this one a draw.


Thanks to Sarah R., Tina H., Amanda P., Kristen C., Tiffany G., Linda G., & Celeste R. for the memories.

PS - I'm really getting a kick out of comparing vintage cakes to the newer ones, so if you have some old snapshots of your childhood birthday cakes around - professional or not - then please, send them in! I won't promise not to make fun of them, but I do promise I'll do it with lots of love. And maybe some bad puns. So, you know, the usual way.