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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

Sweet N' Salty

Salt Lake City charmed our socks off, pure and simple.

We had a great crowd in the gallery next door to The King's English, and as you can see, everyone LOVED my yellow boots. Or maybe they're looking at the slide show here. One or the other, anyway.

Rylie of That's My Cake took on the challenge of following up Tempe's treats by creating not one, not two, but FIVE cakes. (!!)

Two were yummalicious sheet cakes, and then there was the sparkly one:

A fun modern one:

And, er, this:

Now THAT is a cupcake.
Notice how the carrot jockeys are circling it like a giant whirlpool wave. :D

You rock, Rylie.

Then there are the wreckplicas: A whole two tables' worth! Here are just a few of our favorites:

The famous Poo Dog! Complete with Poo!

First time I've seen the merman on the tour. In fact, there were two merman wreckplicas. Must be merman country. :)

And speaking of bear skin rugs:

Would you believe that the guy on the rug is made entirely of fondant? No? Ok, neither would I.

And finally, our "winners":

Emily, Tiffiny, Curtis and Aubrey

And their cakes:

Love the CW butt tattoo. The only thing missing is the Barely There Censor Bearâ„¢.

Emily made a combination of three different wrecks. Can you name them all?

And this was the winner of the "Winners": the window display from Bakeries from Beyond!

Oh, and we can't forget our above and beyond Wreckies:

Custom t-shirts! Kay Krex, Cake Rex, and the carrot jockey:

They had me and John sign the shirts, too. I only let John sign the backs, though. (Sorry, ladies.)

And finally, you Epbot readers may remember my quest to find sparkly Steampunk jewelry. Well, Lois Ewing took on the challenge and made me this *astounding* jewelry set:

WOW. I know it's not cake, but that's pretty darn sweet! Thanks, Lois!

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Reader Comments (28)

Well, now I'm just depressed because I somehow missed this!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I am so glad i made it to this. I've been sore for the last 3 days since but I so don't care. I really enjoyed seeing you and getting a copy of the book, which I've been trying to find. My brother was suppose to come with me but he chickened out.

I e-mailed you the links to the cakes that I've made and i hope it got through to you.

Good luck with the rest of your tour.

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

"Must be merman country." Awesome line!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternathan

5 hours to the South... so sad I didn't make the trip!!!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

I guess that's one cupcake cake that you don't mind. ;)

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

aheh..."merman country"...heh! i actually chuckled out loud :) (COL??) anyway, i DESPERATELY wanted to come to this but i couldn't afford the gas to drive down and nobody i knew up here was going. SAD! i'm glad it went so well and that you had fun!! i really wanted to meet you! oh well. maybe next year...?

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

I wish I hadn't had to work until 7 one hour south of King's English that night. Question: If I sent you a copy of the book, would you sign it?

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterishtheintrepid

At first glance I thought the Bakeries from Beyond one was a Dalek, which had been exterminated. Love the dog with poo one. I've seen those dog ones in a shop here, but unfortunately(?) they looked really good, and not like poo at all. Curses! Now I know why you guys haven't come to Australia - all our decorators are way too competent. Plus I've never seen a CCC (patooie!) in real life, so I don't think they exist over here.

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

If you're REALLY looking for steampunk jewelry and not just thinking out loud...

My friend Lisa has started making jewelry out of old watch parts and other mechanical objects.

leave a comment on her blog if you want some details :)

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersomething-else

Love the wreckplicas this tour... Awesome work, everyone! Tried talking a friend into making one for the San Diego show... :(

Maybe eventually I'll get to come to one of the tour stops... :)

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

It was worth the wait in the heat!
Thanks for coming to see us in SLC!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

LMAO-- Does it count if I saw a "commemorative" Epcot in a Goodwill today and thought of you? XD

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really really wanted to go to this! I was so sad that I was stuck in Provo. It looked so fun!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia Lynne

This post is pure joy.

1. That first cake is about to fall off the table! Catch it!

2. Please tell me that pretty girl is a little person... because, if that cupcake is really that big... wow. I have to make one of those.

3. The tat on the baby booty- SO cute!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermandi

I clearly remember a merman cupcake at the Tempe book signing.

And LOVE that giant cupcake.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoof

I'm so glad I made the two hour drive to be there, it was well worth the long line. Jen, you guys were great to meet and the cakes tasted wonderful. I loved all of the cakes for the competition because they were so creative. I hope you'll come back to Utah again.

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady Rynn

I found the most wonderful steam punk jewelry at the rocks market (Australia) yesterday, but I'm going to raise the bar a bit. They had pretty pieces and functional pieces (i.e. turn the knob and various clockwork bits interact) but none that were both and I have a hankering for that combination.

Any suggestions, people?

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

Off topic for cake wrecks, but since you mentioned it... I also happen to be a steampunk jewelry junkie. You might want to check out Jewels by Nature ( - she does fabulous steampunk pieces. I've bought 4 necklaces from her already, with plans for more. Really lovely, with a range from fancy to everyday wearable.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

You guys rock! It was so fun to meet you guys and hear how funny you are in person. What an awesome night!!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Love that giant cupcake, and the glittery jewelry one (ooo, giant sparkly diamonds!)

Looks like everyone had fun!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

awesome... extremely great...

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakes to vijayawada

Awwww, man! I didn't know you were going to be in Salt Lake! To think I was only 20 minutes away. I absolutely love your site. My husband and I both think it wouldn't be nearly as funny without your witty comments!

Merman country -- Mormon country. Why not? :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ahhh! I made the Star "Wars" cupcake and was soo sad because I was too late to enter it into the competition...and now! what am I to stumble across but my very own wreckplica ON your blog...

I am so Happy

-Bonnie Varga of Logan UT

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was just at Anthrocon this weekend and there were quite a few steampunk jewelry pieces in the dealers room and for sale at the art auction.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

We had such a great time! And thanks for spelling my name right ;)


June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffiny Felix

Hi Jen, Looking for sparkly steampunk, eh? Check out my friend's jewelry...


Amanda M.

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! I know Mauri & Mel Tripp, who did the merman cupcake! Awesome stuff :)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDyane
October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakes to eluru

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