Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cake Wrecks - When Professional Cakes Go Horribly, Hilariously Wrong

I follow a variety of blogs. Every day my Google Reader offers up laughter, inspiration and the occasional scratch of the head. I really never know what I might stumble across. Today I was greeted by this little gem. Jen Yates started a blog about Cake Wrecks and has recently published a full color photo book on the topic. The description of her findings: "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."

There are some terribly unfortunate ones featured in her new book. I often wonder how people continue to work in a field after they prove themselves severely lacking in the skill set it requires to be successful. I guess this book/blog is really a shout out to perseverance. So what if your cakes are awkwardly inappropriate, you were too tired to spell check, you don't know how to or you write the directions on the cake instead of the message ... just keep at it!! A few that really cracked me up:

- following directions a little too closely

- questionable parenting skills

- what age is that exactly?

- celebrating current widespread infectious diseases

- you are wecom.

- a tiny coffin to hold your beautiful engaement ring. surprise honey!

- "i requested a football."
- "what are you talking about, this IS a football?!"
- now that i earased that little error ... this cake is perfect!

- that is a sonogram.
- distrubing.
PS: She also features some really beautiful cakes on her blog.

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