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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: That Takes The Cake 2011

Ah, Austin. That sweet, funky town in the middle of a state that yearns for my death. I can actually feel its beady little state eyes glaring at me from here, waiting for me to fly over its borders so it can shoot down my plane with its state death ray. Or maybe make my spleen burst. Or - OR - maybe I'll just choke on a Texas peanut. But, I digress.

So, apparently, there's this "cake show" in Austin where bakers make cakes and show them. Which is why it's called a "cake show." And apparently, many of these cakes are freaking awesome. Let's take a look, shall we?

No, seriously. Wow.

(You may have noticed by this point that I'm not all that "good" with "words" but I am "trying.")

Hey, look!

By Carley King

Yellow is my favorite color!

Ya know, what's most impressive to me is that these bakers actually left the relative safety of their own homes and, as far as I know, Texas did not kill a single one of them. Frankly, I'm amazed.

By Chris Suson Wingler

Green is my favorite color!

Sidenote: Can anyone confirm that there were, in fact, Official Texas State zombies roaming the streets outside the show? Just curious.


By Top That! Cake Designs

I'm pretty sure those are daisies.

This next cake was part of the official Texas theme of the show:

By Ashlee Trotter

Which was death.

Wait. I'm being told that it actually wasn't death.

(Are you sure? It was in Texas, right?


Ok, apparently the theme was "Superheros."

Like this one:

By Kimberly Chapman

Great. Now I have the theme from "Batman" stuck in my head.

(I'm also not so good with "Superheros.")

He looks like he's ready to kill me. Clearly, he is from Texas.

By Cakes by Cassandra

Blue is my favorite color!

Speaking of blue, I've heard that smallpox is especially bad in Texas this time of year.

Look! Birds!

By Laura Finlay

So young. So angry. Darn that rap music.

The helmet is to prevent Texas bird flu.

And finally, the most awesome cake I've seen in quite some time:

By Susie's Victorian Cakes

Because, if you remember from up there ^, yellow is my favorite color!

Those elephants look so life-like! Like they're about to trample me.

Clearly, they come from dysfunctional families.

Or they're from Texas.

A special thanks to our Texas liaison, Kimberly Chapman. And hey, maybe next year Jen and I will be able to attend the show! (They rent out the Popemobile, right?)

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Several of the above photographs courtesy of Lynn Moore of Flip Images.

Quick update: Thanks for the great comments today guys. For the record, Jen and I both agree that Texans are some of the kindest, most awesome people we have met. However, I've been to Alamo, Houston, Amarillo, Dallas and Austin and been sick, injured or hospitalized every time. But maybe it's just me... -j

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Reader Comments (160)

Such gorgeous cakes!!

I lived in Texas for the first few years of my marriage, and the majority of Texans are responding just I suspected they would: kindly and with lots of joking along.

Texas is full of the nicest's a shame people can't take note and learn from their response!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

OMG! A Serpico cake! I love Serpico!

What's with the long nails?

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Hey, the one and only time I ever visited the Great State of Texas (Houston, to be exact), the big-name-national-brand-expensive just-down-the-road-from-the-Astrodome hotel hosting our conference was, literally, the pits, with broken elevators (ever have to climb out the emergency escape door in one?) and large colonies of fire ants in some of the rooms. The last night we were there, it rained so hard it could've drowned ducks - our room (second floor in a three-story section) had a genuine waterfall down the wall behind the beds into the electric sockets... and the staff didn't understand why we'd want to move out of the room, as we sloshed about. Some of the first-floor corridors were awash in a foot of water, with mattresses and towels floating in it (honest! people were using them for stepping stones). So I can understand John's (HoJ) trepidation. The people were wonderful/friendly/kind, but the weather was bizarre!

Merry at Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Shelly: omg, you're right. He does look like Serpico.




March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I understand about Texas. South Dakota has tried to do me in several times. This is especially inconvenient since I live in Minnesota. I have formed special non-aggression treaties with Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and Canada so that I may move freely around the region for the most part. But I stay clear of South Dakota.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprairieknitter01

I'm a St. Petersburg, Florida, native who moved to Dallas two months ago. As of yet, Texas has made no attempt on my life. It's actually been quite nice. Hmm... maybe a little TOO nice...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I NEED the first two as dresses.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Angry Birds cake takes the Cake!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one? Exactly from the book. The Red Fairy from East of the Sun and West of the Moon is absolutely stunning. Fabulous job.

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Oh yeah... Cultural appropriation cake... Yum.

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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