#156. Celebrate small things, like Friday. This is not a time to be serious so check out Cake Wrecks, the blog for when professional cakes go horribly wrong. Cake Wrecks is the creation of one Jen Yates who has just produced a book of the same name after finding that her gallery of “deformed, distasteful and bizarrely decorated wedding and birthday cakes” was a major web hit.
As reported by The New York Times: “Think of them as epic fails, with frosting. There are Hello Kitty cakes that look more like gerbils with glandular problems, fondant ribbons gnarled into hideous nests, and squishy inscriptions that read, ‘Happy 3th Birthday, Evan.’
As Ms. Yates, 31, defines it, a Cake Wreck is “any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate — you name it.”
“I can’t get my brain around what’s happening in bakeries out there, but something very wonky is going on,’ Ms. Yates said by telephone recently. ‘Wonky’ is a favorite term on her site… Sometimes, the wonkiness lies in the sentiment being expressed, as in the cake inscribed, “Sorry for all those things we said … Then there was the wonky miscommunication that started it all. In May 2008, a friend e-mailed Ms. Yates a photo of a sheet cake that looked like a prop from The Office. Amid marzipan flowers, the cursive inscription was a profound reminder of the perils of ordering supermarket cakes by phone. It read:
Best Wishes Suzanne
Under Neat that
We will Miss you.”
One of my favourites is: “Beneath a Father’s Day cake that starkly announced ‘1 Dad’, the caption read, “Of all the Dads out there, you are one of them.”
Yates gets up to 60 submissions of cake photos a day and posts her selection to her blog. According to the NYT more than 100 000 visitors a day look at Cake Wrecks and her Twitter updates have more than one million followers.