Top 10: Cake Wrecks disasters of the year

Categories: The Art of Food
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All photos courtesy Cakewrecks.com
Let's face it: there's a true art to making a good cake, and not everyone who endeavors to make one is such an artist.  All sorts of things can go wrong, whether it's the result of a simple miscommunication (as in the above photo) or the shortcomings of the person baking the cake.  Fortunately, Florida native Jen Yates has made it her mission to highlight the hilarity of these everyday monstrosities with her highly-popular blog Cake Wrecks.

The website features cakes made exclusively by professional "wreckorators" and posts a handful of new examples on a daily basis.  Yates' blog - notable for the sharp, satirizing captions she gives each image and her pervading dislike for cupcake cakes - has built a devoted following and even spawned a best-selling book.

Getting into Cake Wrecks can be a shocking and addictive experience, so to help the uninitiated get started and give regular readers a chance to bask in the glories of the past twelve months, Hot Dish offers up its ten favorite wrecks from 2009.

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10. Why would you put that on cake?
Might as well start this list off on the right foot: with nudity.  Aside from the sense of humor being a little off-kilter - "Push! Connie Push!" - it's more than mildly disturbing that Connie's family decided to celebrate her pending bundle of joy by eating a three-dimensional representation of her giving birth to it. Plus, Connie seems to have a few too many joints in her legs there.

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9. An unmitigated disaster
A reasonable barometer for whether or not a cake can be considered a wreck is to ask one's self, "Did this cake make someone cry?"  Upon seeing this cake, I answered this question with an emphatic, "I hope so!"  Imagine poor River, all excited for his Batman cake, only to see this mess, which is only given some semblance of sense thanks to the plastic figurines thrown on top of it.  Then again, that stream of blood might be just the thing to make an eight-year old's birthday, artistic limitations be damned.

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