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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

Wall-E, the Cake Wreck(er)

I often give the cakey wreckitude a rest on Sundays, but then I thought, hey, instead of skipping a day's post, why not feature amazing NON-Wrecks instead? After all, it's nice to be reminded that cake decorating is not merely an outlet for the illiterate, color-blind, and taste-challenged: there are some real masters of the art out there. I can't promise I'll do this every week, so just think of this as the occasional chocolate chip in the chocolate "muffin" (ie bald cupcake) that is Wrecks.

Ok, enough intro. Without further ado, I give you the amazing Wall-E:

Yes, he's cake. And he's life-sized. How sweet is that?

Check out the B&L logo and uber realistic "rust" on the fire extinguisher. Now this is how you use an airbush, guys.

These are my personal photos - hence the watermarks. They were taken at this year's national ICES convention in Orlando, Florida, and I'd love your help in identifying the bakers responsible.

UPDATE: Ah, my readers come through for me again! It appears that Wall-E is the work of brothers Edward and Antoni Frys of European Cake Gallery, ironically located in Texas. They don't have Wall-E posted there due to copyright muckety-muck, but my hubby John spoke with them on the phone and confirmed he is indeed their creation. Thanks to all of you who helped me track them down!

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Reader Comments (68)

how funny, my son's bday party is today, and his cake is wall-e too... but i doubt its anything as awesome as that.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kolleen

That cake is AMAZING! I only wish I had talent like that. I really enjoy your blog! Very entertaining :)

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAsTiMa

Reading this blog is a family activity we all love, but I hesitate to show them this AWESOME cake, lest they think we can order one too!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Wow! That cake is amazing!

I really like your idea for Sunday cakes!

Thanks for all the effort you put into this terrific site! It is so wonderful to start so many days with a smile...and quite often tears of mirth. :)

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristen

i also like the idea of sundays being examples of good design that has NOT gone awry!

your site is awesome and i am totally hooked. and sharing it with everyone i know....

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermp.

Woah, it's fun to see a truly artistic cake after so many glorious wrecks- both are all the more what they are for the contrast, if that made any sense at all...

LOVE the blog! It never fails to make me laugh until the tears drip down my face and I tip out of my chair.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy.mangos

Wow! My little boy would LOVE to have that cake but I don't think I could bear cutting into it.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I love Wall-e! It is an amazing cake. I would feel bad eating him!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFishy

Wow, that is spectacular!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkahara

Amazing talent for that one!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersheridan

I introduced this site to a friend last night. We were both laughing hysterically and she was saying she needs to show it to her boyfriend.

This Wall-E cake is amazing.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Can you not read the little notecard in the full size version of the pictures to see if it says the name? The cake is amazing!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjustkissme

frys bros.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSugar & Spice Confections

That cake is amazing and if I were it's creator I would kill anyone who cut into it.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCorey Wilde

I think that cake was made by the Frey brothers of ECG (European Cake Gallery)

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSugarEd Productions

totally awesome cake I hope you find the creators!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

That cake reminds me of the robot in the movie, "Short Circuit". The movie had Ally Sheedy and that guy from the "Police Academy" movies in it... think 1980s. My brother was obsessed with that movie back in the day.

That is an amazing non-wreck! Mad props indeed!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

Wow, that's fantastic!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Yes, a picasa site lists it as being by Edward and Tony Frys. Awesome work! There were a lot of awesome cakes there this year!

I read an interview with the creator of Wall-E, he says the look came when he was playing around with some binoculars. I had the same problem with Wall-E looking so much like Johnny 5, but this guy was believable, and wasn't even thinking of Short Circuit when he did Wall-E. I felt better about it after I read the article!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

That is amazing, and I'm seconding the idea of posting non-wrecks on Sudays.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Elizabeth

Brilliant!!! Thanks for the great cakes, it's good to see the good talent out there!

But, as with all custom cakes like that, how do they eat it? Do they even try to eat it?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi Pandi

I love your blog...always good for a laugh. This cake though, is AMAZING! It is kind of fun for a brief change to see a really well done cake. I love your idea for Sundays. Thanks for all of the great entertainment.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWillis Family

No way can I show this to my nephews. They'll want it!

I hope the creator sees this and posts more info about it. I'd love to know more about how it was constructed...because I'm sure as heck never going to make anything that complicated.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just discovered your blog and love it!

That Wall-E cake is too perfect to slice up and if my daughter sees it... I'll be searching all over my state to find someone who can create one like this! =)

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Great craftsmanship, looks horribly unappetizing.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSolaMommy

What a gorgeous cake!
I have no idea how the heck you would get the extinguisher to float like that, haha, but they did a fantastic job!!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

I am a long time reader but first time commenter. I love this cake! It loks so real and whomever did it is amazingly talented!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJillene

When I looked at the picture before the caption, I assumed it was, like the others, a wreck.

I have to say, as well done as it is, it's still creepy. Really really creepy.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

I saw this and didn't think it was a real cake!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNP

I'm not sure I agree. I mean, it's well done. But ick - who wants to eat a dirty robot? I think that's a wreck.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I don't think I could cut into that cake! It'd be almost sacreligious to eat it! It's too well-done......and I kinda get the feeling Wall-E would turns and give me the sad eyes as I cut a piece from one of the wheels.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Not that I don't love, wreckery--I do. More than anything. But it's nice to see a Sunday Sweet. Kind of clears the palette for more weekday Cake Wrecks, so thank you.

Fantastic I couldn't cut it either.

PS..sorry if this shows up twice, I was hiccupping.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

That is one awesome looking cake.I would love to know how long it took them to make it.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSgtSudsWife

I had to stand in line behind these guys at ICES waiting to get my cake photographed when they were registering it. Soooo...needless to say I waited in line a LONG time because they took about 1,000 pictures of this awesome cake! The Fry's Bros made this cake, and one was just on Food Network Challange last weekend (The red head guy-who tag-teamed the theme "There was an old lady that lives in a shoe". His Wall-E Cake in person was so awesome, his binoculars looked SO REAL it was amazing. Try standing in line behind these guys in line to register your cake that had flown from Kansas City to Orlando, I wanted to hide behind a blue screen! Talk about intimidating!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSugar & Spice Confections

well, we got the cake... and it said happy birthday AIBAN. luckily they fixed it.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kolleen

This is definately the work of the extremely talented Edward Frys and his brother, Tony.
It took them around 3 to create this work of art. It was perfect--down to the last detail.
Edward Frys owns ECG, European Cake Gallery and sells great edible luster dusts and petal dusts.
Edward also created the lifesize Yoda cake at the Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show that was featured in American Cake Decorating Magazine.
He was the latest newcomer on the Food Network Cake Challenge this month.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacque Benson

That is REALLY COOL! My son just kept saying 'wall e, wall e, wall e.' We haven't even seen the silly movie!!!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Engelhardt 4

How much of that cake, I wonder, is actually edible?

It looks freaking amazing, but I don't know that I'd ever be able to eat it; not only would I want to avoid messing it up, but I'd be afraid to eat something so realistic-looking!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


That is, for lack of a better word, awe-inspiring. There's just... there's physics at work here I can't even begin to understand. The sheer engineering skill, let alone the artistry that went into it is... stunning.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I loved "WALL-E". That cake is awesome. My highest praise goes to the artists/bakers!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfug estate

@ Princeton McKinney -

Ok, I love your term "Sunday Sweets" so much I am officially renaming the category that. Thanks!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

That cake is AWESOME! My props goes to the bakers on this one.

I too like the Sunday Sweets category. Keep it up!

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Wow. Not only is this an awesome cake... but this particular entry happened to fall on my birthday. I love this blog, and I love WALL-E, so this is awesomeness to the max!

Also, thanks in general for your wonderful blog. You bring smirks, dropped jaws, and laughter to thousands of people every day with these hilarious wrecks.

We really "appreciate" it. ;)

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersabertooth-kit


I just voted for your excellent blog for the Bloggers Choice Awards.

Could you please return the favor at:



September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim Gerl

Wow. That's some incredible sculpting and painting going on there--true edible artistry.

It's sad knowing that ultimate such an amazing piece is going to be destroyed. Destroyed n' enjoyed, yes, but still.

And I mean, how could you possibly take a knife to Wah-ALL-Eeee?

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Ah, once in a great while, the benevolent cake gods smile down upon us lowly muffins and deliver a culinary masterpiece that restores our faith in the art of fondant and airbrushing. this cake is phenomenal! It's more like art than cake. And it's so cute!

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just wanted to comment to thank you for this new Sunday's (dare I say it) the icing on the cake of an already wonderful web site.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermaplestar

Do they even cut and eat cakes at these shows? Is it a competition for the actual cake test or is it for artistry and design?

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Wow. This is so amazing. Thanks for the talented photos as well as the hilarious!

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Hey, you were at the ICES convention as well? I have a picture of this cake from my roll of photos from this cake as well. It was amazing.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

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