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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

Cake Headlines

Sometimes the media sits up and takes notice of something going on in the world of cakery. And sometimes those news stories are just odd or interesting enough that I want to share them with all of you.

And that's how new categories are born, boys and girls.

Jen: [in announcer voice] "Today in Cake News: Better Art Through Cupcakes." [turning to face side camera] "The Buffalo News reported today that Zilly Rosen of ZILLYCAKES in Buffalo, NY, made a portrait of president-elect Obama using nothing but 1,240 cupcakes!"

Weather Guy: "Wow, that's a lot of cupcakes!"

Jen: "It sure is, Weather Guy. I guess you could call this one sweet piece of art!"

Both: "Ahahahahahah!"

Thanks to Jenny B. and Joy for sharing the link. And yes, before you all ask: I AM relieved that Zilly didn't connect the cupcakes to make the world's largest CCC. Talk about a close call!

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Reader Comments (84)

*blink blink*

Now, THAT'S a lot of cupcakes.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChibi Kitten

Wow - that's incredible! Did Zilly make that whole thing yesterday, or start early, with a little election optimism?

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I really like it. A lot. That's genius right there.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Kirkpatrick

It's really amazing what they can do with cupcakes... This shows someone has some REAL cupcake talent!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Ashley

That is actually cool... in a matrixy digital kind of way!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

I would like one of the three white teeth cupcakes to eat, thakyouverymuch.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

wow! It really looks like him too! That is something I could take a bite out of!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I must be tired... I don't see the resemblance.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

That's awesome! I agree...good thing it wasn't one big CCC.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Well íf Zilly made that whole thing in one day, she had superpowers - or she doesn't need sleep. Or maybe she started early - but made also one cupcake-thing of McCain!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why is his skin blue? Is it some kind of post-racial statement? A nod to the electoral college map?

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

INSANE!.....only in America!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

You are freakin' hilarious!

And yeah, that really hurts my eyes!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Well, the cupcakes themselves could obviously be baked ahead of time. And given that each one is frosted in a single solid color, she could have done most, if not all, of that ahead of time too. (Another bonus of NOT frosting them all together as a CCC monstrosity!) And then later arranged them to form a digital "black and white" portrait of whichever candidate won. I suspect she chose blue because it's a little bit more appetizing than grey...or red, though I suppose I could see doing this in red-and-white for McCain.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

Talk about a sugar coma!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

That really is cool!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket


November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

Wow, she did an nice job!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

I love this blog, but I don't think you have to be quite so diplomatic. (I don't think you need a disclaimer at the top of a post about an Obama cupcake tribute.) Hopefully, your readership can handle something like this. Thanks!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love this blog!
I've given your blog an award... check it out at

Keep the wrecks coming!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdlb

This is awesome, but there is a minor wreck here. Counting the bottom row and one of the columns in the middle shows that it's 38 x 32 which is 1216, not 1240.

Should've just stuck to "Over 1200 cupcakes!", but all that sugar is making me crazy :)

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Whos gonna eat all that????

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hey, that's cool! Nice work! Perhaps someone has been reading your blog. Wouldn't be surprised.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLose That Girl

i wonder who, if anyone, got to eat all those cupcakes?

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralicia

Good lord anonymous, who cares, really? I don't think Jen was being anything, other than Jen – who by the way, we love!
And why is it always the snotty comments come from "anonymous?"

Regarding the cakes, would you call this is PC, as in "political cupcake?"

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValarie

Thats cool. You could psp a pic then blow the pixels up to figure out what colour goes where. Not that I'd want to.

At least its size prevents it from being a candidate for ccc punishment.

Now I want cupcakes. I'll have to go get some.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

That's awesome! I want to eat a cupcake from the tie.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika

That is really pretty cool!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

The cupcakes at display at the Obama campaign headquarters in
Buffalo, so no McCain portrait. It was the front page picture in this mornings Buffalo News.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! to the cake, and...'wow'... to the friendly neighborhood news commentary. you know they were proud of themselves for that witticism. :)

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralexlady

Thanks for the positive remarks, and in answer to your questions:
1. I started planning on Friday and Saturday, baked all of them on Sunday and Monday, worked with a friend to cover them all with Italian meringue buttercream and fondant circles on Monday until 10pm, set them up on Tuesday to photograph in my friend's studio, then set them up again on Wednesday at the Obama headquarters!
2. I used blue for the democrats, and made this to send my creative energy up into the "ether" in the days before the election in hopes of Obama's win. BTW, I only made Obama, and I would have set it up and served it even if he lost, in celebration of his historic campaign and in honor or all the volunteers and the work they did nationwide. Buffalo volunteers on his campaign took the cupcakes home and enjoyed them.
3. Yes, you clever counter! There were 1248 in the original design but my family ate too many chocolate ones unbeknownst to me, so I had to take off the bottom line of the design, thus 1216 cupcakes. Not even close to what I would call a wreck, though. If anyone was wondering, the background is vanilla cake w/ vanilla frosting but Obama is chocolate cake w/ vanilla icing.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzilly

I love that...a CCC that isn't deformed or scary looking!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

This looks strangely like pushpin art. Are you sure this is a bonafide CCC?

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRach

So...if you rearranged the cupcakes would it make a picture of McCain? Just to make sure he had the right picture either way the votes went.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

This is a great use of what I would think was some kind of grid drawing blown up to ridiculous proportions. For all the time I'm sure it took, the artist(s) surely delivered! Great work!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad

Hey, Zilly! Glad you found us over here. (And just to be clear, I don't consider your creation to be a Wreck at all!)

Hey hey HEY, now, everyone, let's not get all carried away calling this a CCC, mmmkay? It's a cupcake MOSAIC, NOT a cupcake-cake. Remember, CCC = bad. Non-connected cupcakes without mounds of goopy icing in all the cracks = gooood.

Glad we got that cleared up. Carry on!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

It's great to see the finished portrait -- they showed Zilly in the process of very carefully setting it up on the NBC news in D.C. last night. I was really impressed -- it's great to see a CCC that's actually creative!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura47

That is ridiculously cool! Wow!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I am a former Buffalonian! :D I love it! I also love that Zilly did this for the volunteers, for the headquarters - win or lose, this was what she made! Love it! :D

And yeah - mosaic cupcakes = YAY, CCC = boooo!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I saw this on the news this morning and am glad to see it posted here! Definitely one of the most original cupcake ideas I have ever seen.

Kudos Zilly!

(And thanks Jen, for having such a FUN blog!)

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTopaz

That's pretty awesome!

What would have been cool is if they had given it more detail by coloring each cupcake with more than one color. It sounds like a pretty intense project, though. I give it two frosting-covered thumbs up! *licks frosting off thumbs* yum!

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdomino_dreams

Awesome!! Kudos to the Creator...
This is a better link cuz it shows Zilly setting up...

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November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSatria Sudeki

Thanks for telling us, Zilly. I was really wondering if the cupcakes were chocolate. ; D

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbobtheenchantedone

No, no, no, this is all wrong. The cupcakes should be connected by a 2 inch thick sloppy sheet of unattractive, nauseating icing, and the image crudely drawn on top, with his name misspelled.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

That had to be hard to pull off. I really like it.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

DANG!!!! I was all set to direct you to that story. I was gonna do it this morning but I was running late for work. Thats two now...the puzzle cake one and now this. I gotta be a little bit quicker on the uptake here

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

I love the concept and execution! It's like cupcake pointilism.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love you.
So much. You make me laugh more then the cakes do, most of the time. (:

Ans someone has WAY to much time on their hands. And way to many cupcakes.


November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah :)

A friend of my sis showed your blog to her; in turn, she showed it to me.

May I put a link of your site to my blog?

I have a feeling your website will be a hit. Such great idea about disastrous cakes. Makes me want to go out there and spot these disasters and send you pix.

However, I've never come across one. Except for one nearly birthday cake mistake I recently got for my 21 y.o. son. Check it out:


November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYarn Hungry Hog

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