Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cake Wrecks Is Funny in Unexpected, Sugar-Filled Places

Photo from Cake Wrecks

In 2008 Jen Yates received a forwarded email that made her laugh. It contained a photo of a cake with icing that read:
Best Wishes Suzanne
Under Neat that
We will Miss you

Please note that none of the errors here constitute a typo on our part. There are, however, a few big giant errors made by the decorator of the sugary confection, who apparently was not only bad with grammar and spelling, but mistook her own instructions for the actual cake message.

The email inspired Jen to create a website dedicated to the funniest of all professionally made cakes. It quickly grew from a hobby that her friends enjoyed reading to a fan favorite site with 50,000 daily hits and photos pouring in from all over the world.

Since the site started, Jen has stumbled on hundreds of cake decorators who misinterpret written instructions or whose perfectly executed artistry is just plain weird. As she described it's "like a train wreck but with cake."

On her site she explains, "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... Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places."

You can literally spend hours trolling through the Cake Wrecks archives, but we've pointed out a few of our favorites here.

There are countless cases of taking the instructions too literally such as "God Bless Everyone inside a heart," "Welcome Baby in Pink" or "Congratulations As Small As Possible."

There's another where the customer was, no doubt, asked, "What would you like written on the cake?" To which she replied, "Nothing." So the word "Nothing" was scrolled out in icing on top of the frosting.

Some of he funnier ones involve office humor, like the Employee Appreciation Day cake that reads, "Here's your EFFIN' Cake." Or the use of cake for delivering messages such as "Remember to fill out your time sheet" or "The meeting has been cancelled." And our personal office favorite, "Lydia What's Your New EXT?" Much better than a plain ol' email.

And then of course there are a myriad of naughty cakes, but we'll leave that for you explore on your own. Be sure to spend some time on and it you'd like a slice of Cake Wrecks to keep, you can buy the book or the 2011 Calendar at Amazon.

For related stories check out:
The Kings of Pastry Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
Open Casting for Top Chef: Just Desserts

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