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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

When Decorators Need to Practice Their Roses

When there's a new kid in the bakery, these designs help speed up the on-the-job training:

The "Rose Bush".
(I'm told there's a cake under there...)

The "Rosy Age".

I had to stare at this one for several long seconds before I realized the roses are supposed to spell out the number 20. The cool thing is, though, this cake has a built-in clock: see where the light pink roses meet the darker ones on the 2? That's when the first decorator's shift ended.

(Gotta love that candle placement, too.)

And of course, the "Haven't-Learned-to-Write-with-Icing-Yet".

No room for an inscription = no complaints about messy handwriting! Not to mention there's no chance of spelling errors, random quotation marking, or becoming famous on the 'net for all the wrong reasons.

The best part? The people who ordered the first and last cakes didn't even ask for that many roses. So Kim C. & Jill S., thanks for showing us just how specific we need to be when ordering baked goods. Now we know.

(Everybody together now: "And knowing is half the battle!")

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Reader Comments (122)

Actually considering my family always fights over the roses those cakes would great for us, even if they are rather tacky.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjaxx79


October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

Go Joe! *in response to the last sentence of post*

Actually I like the roses...I think it's really pretty...and perfect for those of us who always fight to get the piece with the icing flower

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

The upside of these cakes: Calling out "I get the rose" won't be an issue! There's enough for everyone!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Foster

Holy arbors, Batman! Those are some impressive sets of roses.
And bless you for getting in a GI Joe reference first thing in the morning.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Is that a "finger" swipe on the first cake?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

Okay... I love icing, don't get me wrong. But icing without a cake? Not so much...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

And knowing is half the battle!

Thanks, Sgt. Slaughter! LOL If my kids saw a cake with that many roses, they'd pass out from the ecstasy.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterajnabi

LOL! They aren't as God awful as some of the cakes I've seen on here, but I would be in a sugar coma if I tried to eat a piece of that!!!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEli

As a mom of 4 kids that always fight over the roses (leaving me with none... sniff, sniff...) these cakes of floral abundance look like a dream come true!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

G.I. Joe!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe-margie

ajnabi said...

"Thanks, Sgt. Slaughter! LOL If my kids saw a cake with that many roses, they'd pass out from the ecstasy."

Heck, I'd be the one passing out from ecstasy! That would be after I ate all the roses.

Seriously, I do kind of like the first cake...would use different colors tho.

Love this blog!!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhatTheHay

That's like my dream cake! After all isn't cake just a frosting delivery system...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think I'm going into a sugar coma just from looking at these!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElise

the roses are fine and all, but i'm pretty sure my blood sugar levels went up just by looking at all of that frosting (and i like the corner piece of cake, but wow.. that's a lot of... FROSTING).

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermere9

What's with the really blue roses on the first cake? They aren't natural.

You're right on the second cake, not only did the color change, but so did the style of the rose! And second on the candle placement!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

i think i just went into a sugar coma just from looking at those cakes -er- wrecks

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Everything's coming up roses....and roses...and roses.

I'm one of those people who actually do not want a piece with a rose on it...tough luck in this case, huh.

"and knowing is half the battle"...been my motto for a long time!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

I have to laugh at how many people here are cake-philosophy brethren to my husband. He always wants the piece with the flowers and/or the border (i.e. corners). And his ideal cake has a one to one frosting to cake ratio. He really believes that cake is just a means to get the frosting to your mouth (just like muffins are a butter delivery system).

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchefann

OMG! I'm drooling here. Those are like my fantasy cakes! Oh the lovely sugary floralness of it all!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

As everyone else has said, the people in my family fight over the roses....however that is overdoing it!!!

The 20 cake only used 19 roses...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah+2girls

boy oh boy. Those are dream cakes. The more sugary crisco buttercream the better. yum yum yum. I'd eat that first one in one sitting.

That's why i'm unhealthy you see.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeyinawhitecoat

I _totally_ made a cake similar to these back when I was learning roses. (granted, it wasn't for sale...) My office LOVED me when I brought in my practice pieces.

(former Wilton instructor)

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I love the last one! I like the colors and all the frosting!!


October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Those cakes boggle my mind. I mean, just because one is practicing making roses doesn't mean one has to use all of those damn flowers; just throw it back in the pastry bag. And for the color difference on the "2", the decorator should have done just that and evened out the color a bit. I'm a cook, not a baker, and I can see that. *facepalm*

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdimloep-suum

Been a fan of your blog a while. Thanks for making my day today! :D

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaxPhray [M.E.L]

My husband always calls dibs on the roses, even when it's not his birthday cake, which I think is very rude (is there a protocol for that sort of thing?).

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Wow, that first one looks sort of like the lamp that the last owners of my house left behind, except all the roses on the lamp were pink.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

As someone who will stab old ladies and children with my cake fork to make sure I get a piece with a rose, these look fabulous to me!!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

i dont feel good. i hate frosting. i cant imagine getting a cake with all that frosting all over it. im sure it would make me sick. YUCK!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Wow! That gives new meaning to "stop and smell the roses" !!!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJAMIE'S CREW

I have to say the first one is beautiful . .too pretty to eat. I love roses and we too fight over them. Usually we only get cakes with roses for birthdays, so the person with the birthday gets first dubs on the roses, then of course, being mom, I dish up the rest and I always save myself a rose piece.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I may be no botanist, but it seems to me that one bush does not usually produce three different colors of roses...and that's once you get past the concept that there may or may not be a cake underneath all that frosting.

Like you, it took me a little while to figure out that all those roses on the second cake made up the number 20. I think the drastic difference in color may have slowed me down...or perhaps it was just the placement of all the candles into a little ghetto. Not ghetto? Planned Living Community?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Does anyone else see the number 211 written in those roses rather than 20?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeloved30

I think it's hilarious that there are only 19 roses spelling out the number 20. I mean, if you're going to write a big number with roses, wouldn't it be cool to have the same number of roses? :)

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

mmmmmm now i know what to ask for on my b-day cake. Lots of roses! and i want them all. Frosting is king. Imagine what color your mouth would be after eating all those roses in the first cake!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Is it just me, or can you see the cake through some of the leaves at the left middle of the first cake? I see golden brown yellow cake through that meeting of leaves...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Does the age cake actually say "Billy" in the lower right corner? Did a BOY get that cake?!?!?!

Lord Help Us....

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea*

I think I'm going into a sugar coma...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

G.I. Jooooooooe!!!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKore

If only they could have fit one more rose on the "20" cake...!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorriskats

What is on the second cake in the lower left hand corner? Is it a name?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only person on earth who actually prefers cake to frosting? All those roses, perfect, dystrophic, garish, or whathaveyou, will all end up in a sad pile at the edge of the plate.


October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersciencegirl

I dont hate the last one.. it kinds makes me think of a funeral you know the casket piece that just covers everything ...the first one i was looking closely at, and you know i dont think they put a layer of icing on the cake before the roses. It looks like naked cake under all those.. now that might have taken some talent (of some sort) to cover the entire cake with minimal empty spots *shudder!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer H

Why, on the first cake, is there no frosting UNDER the roses? Seems a little crazy to put so much time into the roses and not choose to actually frost the thing!

Thanks for the G.I. Joe reference this morning! Your blog always makes my day brighter :-)

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy.mangos

oops in my last post about the first one... i meant to add that it looked like they just squirted chocolate icing where the roses met. why else would the icing come up over some of them?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer H

I actually like these, except the two-toned pink 20 cake. But I wouldn't want to eat any of that frosting goodness.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

Aww the big 20 just shy of 20 roses :(

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNichi

Well I've sent you my own "flower wreck" but I don't think my kids would have a problem w/ all of the flowers. As a matter of fact my SG would be in heaven!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

The top one is "pretty" but I think as I've gotten older, the sight of so much frosting makes me want to gag.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

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