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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

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.

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Reader Comments (135)

wow...honestly so awesome:)

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbi Clarke

holleee crap. Literally gasped when I opened your page today. That's amazing

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~me

Okay, I know it's gorgeous and all, but this is a waste of resources (like money) that just sickens me. Like having solid gold fixtures in your bathroom. Maybe I don't always clean my plate, but seriously, did they KNOW there are kids starving in Africa??? And a giant edible Barbie still rated higher? Disgusting.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

That IS amazing...but the last picture is kind of disturbing. I feel like she's saying something like, "Skinny b!tch! I'll cut you!" And with 5 little girls right there watching!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynn

An Australian Sunday Sweet!

(Sort of.)

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

I am totally amazed. I mean, that is some serious craftsmanship!

Great sweet to wake up to! Thanks!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilo & Joey Good

Oh wow! How Crazy is that. And on top of it Barbie doesn't look a day over 27. :-P

wow. that's crazy.

i have to wonder how it would be to get a piece that was just a finger or a hand though... maybe a little weird. i'd ask for part of the dress.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermustdestroyalltraces

WOW! Now that's absolutely gorgeous!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

Apparently they did use a mannequin - it's just the dress that is cake.

"In their elaborate creation, a mannequin was clad in a couture gown of iced cake topped with coiffure and accessories."

No photos of cut cake found yet - but am still searching.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAussiegal

Wow, that cake is just jaw dropping amazing. Hats off to the chef!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

That is the most beautiful, life-like barbie-doll I have ever seen. What a talent he has!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina and Paul

Glad you posted this- it is AWESOME. Barbie toilet holder cake on steroids?

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercam

What astounds me is the proximity of this delicate cake to the WATER. Heat and humidity are the bane of fancy sugar work. I'd like to see the construction of this thing!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdottiepark

HOLY COW! that's amazing.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervery married

Pictures of the cake being served would be good, but pictures of the little girls screaming as they are presented with bits and pieces of Barbie would be even better. ;)

Love your site!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

WOW! That is amazing!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawne

There are more photos at I'm thinking any food product that gets it's hair done by Joh Bailey & is wearing $50k worth of jewellery isn't likely to be actually eaten (much less photographed being eaten)

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEpiphany

That kind of puts my, "stick a barbie in the top of a cake" to shame.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking and Mistaking

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that eating that would read disturbingly like cannibalism.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanice in GA

wow. Just... wow...

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is....


Absolutely AMAZING!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy cats.

Though I gotta say, biting down on a Swarovski crystal could do some serious damage to your molars.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

Her knees are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too low on that dress. Still, it's a great masterpiece.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnipingMizzy

Oh my gosh. I have never seen anything like this and I am pretty into cakes. I gasped when I saw that maniac cutting it. You do not cut that cake.
I am stunned.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

Wow! I'm speechless!

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March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Absolutely stunning. But...

Wouldn't eating it be sort of macabre? You know, decapitating it, amputating the limbs, and all that.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBoP

That's an amazing cake. That it is even able to stand up and not tip over is amazing enough.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiEr

I'm thinking that cake is entirely too realistic. I hope they didn't really cut it up in front of those pony-tailed and pig-tailed little girls or their parents and caregivers will be answering screams in the middle of the night from Barbie nightmares for years to come.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

At least it's not red velvet??

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheCottonWife

Well, they did cut it up and serve.

Sixth picture if I remember correctly. At least it was the gown and not Barbie herself who got eaten. Also, kids eat cakes and goodies in shape of animals and even people all the time, so perhaps we can give them credit to not have nightmares about the skirt cake.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Uh...I get the hand piece?

Angie (from over at

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

That's AMAZING!!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCole

Well, here goes the old crabapple ME again, but I have to say that while the feat is laudable (and lovely in the way a fairy tale is), the whole Barbie thing has always bugged me for its insinuation that the "perfect" woman should have a neck like a giraffe, legs like paint brushes (with feet the size of a hamster's), a bust like a butt, and a smiling, always-agreeable, and fairly blank expression (kinda like the Miss America pageant contestants' requirements). Real women don't look like Barbie, so she's a goofy role model for smart young girls.
I wouldn't worry about the kiddies--I bet they all love to eat cake enough to hack into that!
Mmmmmmm...CHOCOLATE...gggghhhhhaaaauuuuggghhh....(ala Homer Simpson).

WV: "natorel": It's just not natorel the way Barbie is built!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I think this post holds the record of most quotation marks used in a single Cake Wrecks post...

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I think I have a bruise on my jaw from where it hit the floor. The cake dress is stunning. The only problem with edible masterpieces is that they don't last long. The good thing is that they're edible.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

That is amazing. Wow. I wonder how long it took to create.

~Amy B

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

It's really .....the best stick a barbie in it cake ever. lol!

While I'm not a huge Barbie fan I know most little girls are. That would have been the party of their little lives!

Um...and please...please...don't equate the Miss America system to the image Barbie gives. Yes in the past that was the ideal look....but things have changed there. The pageant is based on knowledge and the person not just their looks. Now the Miss USA system.......yeah....go right ahead and base the whole image thing on that. *gets a funny taste in her mouth just from saying it. lol*

And seriously, I'd so have asked for a chunk of that cake and giggled.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEkio Locatiare

I'd hit that. The cake I mean.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Moreira

So honestly when I first opened this, I thought it was a strikingly well done, but still obnoxious bride-buddy like we've seen in the past. Then when I read it was Barbie, *I* wanted to be the one with the knife.
And in the additional pictures posted in the comments, it totally looks like the model is desperately trying to upstage the cakey beotch.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal


it's definitely amazing artistry. I'll give it that. And unlike FreedomFirst I'm okay with stuff like this - after all, it gave the cakemakers work, they had to buy the supplies from somewhere, etc. It stimulates the economy, which lord knows needs it. Plus think of all the happy kids who got free cake.

But I can't get past the whole person-shaped thing. I get that animal crackers are one thing, but...I can't dig cutting up and eating something that looks alarmingly like a human, y'know?

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Hrmn.. I don't quite get it. Why is this one a 'sweet', while" REL="nofollow">this one was a wreck?

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTometheus

I always find this kind of thing a bit dumb really. I like cakes to look nice when you present them but I also want them to look like you would want to eat them. I mean, why bother make something like that out of cake? Sorry Jen, I've been thinking that about some of the things you've posted for a while 'pretty but ... pointless' The 'Gee whizz, it's made out of cake!' doesn't do it for me, I guess. Shrug.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermax

See, I actually find this kind of wrecky! They used a mannequin for the top, and the top doesn't match the bottom if you know anatomy! The mannequin has the beginning of the hips, but the hips are repeated below. It just looks very disjointed to me.

Sorry, that's the nurse in me talking. This lady's anatomy just looks *wrong*

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersharalyns

I think I made the same face as the little girl in the bottom picture at the thought of actually cutting and eating that cake. If you've ever actually chewed on a Barbie or her clothes, you'd know that they taste kinda gross.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterroachc420

Janice in GA said I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that eating that would read disturbingly like cannibalism.

Tasty, tasty cannibalism.... with chocolate!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Honestly, there needs to be someting in the description on the main page that clearly states that the cake is ONLY in the dress!

The upper body, head, hair, etc are NOT cake! They are mannequin parts.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresaXXX

Amazing piece of work! But I wouldn't have the slightest idea of how to cut it - images of Dexter begin to swirl through my head. :-p

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdigital sage

Does anyone on here read the comments before posting? Obviously the whole thing is not made out of cake! It's a mannequin. As for the "children starving in Africa" argument. Well then hey, why not just stop all art, music, and industry that are "pointless" because they're such a waste of money. Obviously that is a ridiculous statement. People are allowed to create art no matter what! Come on!

Also, it's not cannibalistic or traumatizing. The whole thing is not made out of cake. It's just the DRESS SKIRT and the rest is a plastic mannequin. Again, READ people, before you comment the same inane statements repeatedly. Educate yourselves!

the reason that atrocious wedding cake bride dup was a wreck is because it looks awful! It looks like a fat slouching hot mess and the barbie one actually looks gorgeous. The craftsmanship between the two is like night and day.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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