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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 Wrecks, a Role Model?!?

I love reading all the e-mails y'all send in, and over the past months I've had several proud parents send in the cakey creations of their little ones, who they tell me are inspired by this blog. (Let's hope they're referring to the Sunday posts, heheh.)

Anyhoo, I thought today would be a good day to give a shout-out to two of my young fans-turned-prodigies.

First up, there's six-year-old Max. According to his mom Alissa, Max demands to see Cake Wrecks every night before going to bed, and when he finally made a cake all by himself, he begged her to send it in to Cake Wrecks as "a good-looking cake, not a wreck."

Here he is, looking proud-as-punch with his cakey creation:

Excellent work, young Max. I particularly like your sprinkle placement. Tell me, do you deliver?

And next, here's Kelsey holding a lovely two-tiered cake she made for her older sister's baby shower:

Kelsey's mom Renee tells me Kelsey made this entire thing from scratch, including the fondant, and designed and baked it completely on her own. Not too shabby for a girl who's only - wait, what's this? Today is her 15th birthday?!? Aw, hey now, how's that for good timing? It's almost like someone [wink wink] wanted to feature her cake on her special day. Yep, yep, yep. So good work, mom, and happy birthday, Kelsey! May your cakes always rise, your fondant never crack, and your spelling skills never falter.

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Reader Comments (60)

WoW! Great job to both of them! Maybe I should have started baking and decorating cakes younger?

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter..Karen..

Awesome cake, Max :)

And wow. I'm hiring Kelsey for my birthday cake. What's the law on hiring minors in her state? And do they deliver?

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

Wow! What talent! Those flowers are so impressively adorable!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

It is so depressing to look at something a 15-year-old has done and know you could never in your life do it as well as s/he has done.
So, let us know her contact details so we can hire her, okay?

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Wow Kelsey! That cake is gorgeous! And Max...dude! It's ALL about the sprinkles :)

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffani

Yay! Happy Birthday!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMona Monster

And let me assure you, Kelsey's cake tasted just as good as it looked!

-Big Sister

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, what a great job!! (both of the cakes are wonderful!)

I like the sprinkle arrangement on max's cake, too. I hope he delivers!!! My brother's b-day is coming up, haha

And the 15-year-old girl, Kelsey if I recall correctly?

That was uh-MAZ-zing!!!!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllenFanatic

Great work...inspiring a six year old to start baking--good job to you and Max! And the baby shower cake is beautiful!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKateri

Cheers to both!

Good job -

doing it pretty well, actually.


April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXOXO

Aw, these are great. And you are great for featuring them.

By the way, I finally went over to Sweet Baby James and read their story. It was very moving. And I have a new found respect for you (your generosity and your cake baking skills).

Angie (from over at

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen


April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterButterYum

Max - your cake looks great!! you could certainly teach a thing or two to the local bakeries! ;)

Kelsey - SO impressive!! you clearly have a natural talent for this!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauramamadoula

Great job kids!

Max, amazing! And you're so young! You can go places.

Kelsey, beautiful! I hope you go to a vo-tech high school for culinary.

And I love this site! First time I've ever wrote on a comments section, but I check a few times a week.

I encourage all the parents to encourage their kids to bake and cook! It's so great when kids cook, I should know, I've been helping in the kitchen since I can remember!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Congratulations on your cake coming out STUNNING, Kelsey. Max, I'm quite pleased at how you managed to get that icing just right, and even. Because as much as sprinkles count, cake is really just an excuse to eat icing!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDino

That's awesome, way to go Kelsey and Max!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Nice work, cake artists.

Anyone wanting Sprinkles would not be disappointed at Max Bakery.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Aw, Max knew how much we love sprinkles! I'd love a piece of that cake.

And Kelsey, WOW! What a talent! If she decides to go into cake art as a career, she's going to clean up!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Kelsey's a ROCKSTAR!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Wonderful cakes, amazing talent!! Lovely blog!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary@Holy Mackerel

Wow, Kelsey's cake is really cute! I can't decorate a cake to save my life. I always let my kids help so I have someone to blame.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Both these Sunday posts were heart-warming and still delectable. Thanks so much for the heart put into these two posts.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLobbie

Max, that cake looks so yummy!!!!

And Kelsey, WOW. Just WOW. You are so talented. Happy Birthday!!!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good job! Now go do the dishes

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjo


April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, it's my birthday, too! I'm 24.

Guess we're "twins" Kelsey. ;)

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterapril

This post is so was so nice of you to post this, I'm SURE it made both of their day! And both cakes are absolutely fabulous.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

WOW! Kelsey's cake looks almost too good to eat- that is some serious talent young lady!

I just want to bury my face in Max's cake.

Between this and the sweet post earlier- I'm getting all weepy here today

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

It's gorgeous, Kelsey! I don't think I'd have the patience to do that. Wish you could make one for me. :)

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlyson

Wow, both of them did a fabulous job! I must say, Kelsey puts my homemade cakes to shame!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

I think both of those cakes look good! I like the sprinkle kid. LOL

And the baby shower cake? Awesome!

~Amy B

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Kelsey you are flat-out amazing! I'm 32 and you inspire me!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great job to both. I look forward to seeing them on Sunday Sweets in the future :)

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

That was a great job to both of them.Love their cake creations..;D
Very lovely.Looking forward on your next post.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

Max's creation was a fabulous early effort (we'll all be able to say "we knew him when" when replaces Ace of Cakes as the hot cake show) but, my gosh, Kelsey--do you deliver? That was a gorgeous cake! Your sister must have been thrilled!

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieP

Kelsey has a future in baking and decorating cakes! Love those daisies. Way to go. And, Max, the way to a girl's heart is cake (chocolate) and sprinkles too :)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

WOW I love seeing cakes by young people! Max, that looks SO yummy! I'm all grown up and my cakes definitely don't look that good!

Kelsey, girl, I'm jealous! You're so talented! What great colors, and to have made the whole thing from scratch! I bet it was to die for. :-) Happy birthday, too! What a great birthday surprise.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Is this the same Kelsey from the Kelsey's Cakes blog?

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday to her! And WOW that's an impressive cake!

His is very good too, but unfortunately I think he may be overqualified for the decorating position at the local grocery store. No job this time!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen - You are a treasure. You have encouraged my daughter and made her day truly special.
As usual, she baked her own birthday cake :-)

Renee (Kelsey's mom)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

VEEERRRYY impressive! I would have Kelsey make a cake for me any day!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

Ahem...Jen...I think Max deserves a "I want Sprinkles" shirt for that lovely creation! :D

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Impressive! I'm 26 years old and still just do the Duncan Hines cakes/frosting in a regular old cake pan... :)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Excellent job on both cakes.

Reading about Kelsey was like Dejavu. You see, I decorate cakes, my name is Renee, and I have a daughter named Kelsey, who is also 15 LOL.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Fabulous job, Max and Kelsey!! You both are miles better than most of the "professionals" out there! Woo Hoo!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererehwesle

Those are great cakes!! Its inspiring to see kids who are coming up in the world of cake decorating--- good work both of you! (May your future cakes never be featured in a cake wrecks picture!)

You both have a LOT of talent :)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Aw, good work, guys! I'm really impressed with the efforts of both of these kids. It's a happy thing to see. :)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterParthenogenetic

Awww...the little boy looking proud as punch over his cake is too cute!!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeelizzie

Kelsey - did you pick that shirt to echo your cake? Beautiful job! Although, no sprinkles like Max...

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

Congratulations for the young bakers. I would say they had a very good start. They also should keep up with CW to help them on the straight road of bakery.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

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