Friday, July 25, 2008

Freud Would Have a Field Day

Friday, July 25, 2008

Let's take a moment to really absorb the full impact of this wedding "cake". Drink it all in: the stacked strawberries, the bananas, the unfortunately positioned apricots ON the bananas, the rockin' plaid suit in the background...

Don't ask me for details; I have none. I will say, however, that if wedding cakes are meant to be symbolic, this couple is really looking forward to the wedding night. C'mon: banana towers? With apricot rings on the tips? At the epicenter of some kind of icing/oat/fruit explosion? (Ahh, but were they wild oats? Oh!)

"Sure, no, of course we believe you guys when you say you just wanted a 'healthy alternative' to traditional cake. And that 10 minutes you spent feeding each other bananas in front of everyone? Sure, that was kind of awkward, and the kids are asking a lot of questions now, but we know it was just 'cuz you both really like bananas. A lot."

Say, do you suppose this was the bride's going-away cake?
Shari said...

Look at the smirk on the little girl's face. Says it all.

Amanda said...

WOW! TACKY TACKY red-neck wedding. Even the guest are tacky! I think we need an "Intervention!" Hey, people like that give you good material...Keep it coming!

Chris said...

I hate to admit it, but that... creation... almost looks rather delicious.

But besides that, you KNOW that little girl in blue is the only one in the picture who truly understands the awkwardness and irony of the situation unfolding before her.

MaryO said...

They just keep getting better! Another ROTFLMAO!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the base of that "cake" looks like a gigantic pile of sick. Ewwwww.

nataliecakes said...

This is the funniest blog I have ever seen and I hope nothing I make is ever, ever on it. Ha ha.

Sheryl said...

That little girl in the blue looks like she totally gets it!

Lethargic said...

Wow..I is that even a cake? haha It looks like someone literally just tossed some fruit and cake chunks on a table and stacked some bananas on top. I am horrified.

carly said...

What I find so deeply disturbing is the sly smirk on the 10-year-old's face in the background...like she knows what's up. Er...no pun intended.

Kev said...

Aside from the "cake" I bet that guys mullet is......glorious.

Heidi D said...

Oh my goodness!

If you're still looking for ugly cakes: http://uglyweddingcake.com/

And please keep this site going. I need a good laugh now and then.

Anonymous said...

What is with the guy in the madras plaid suit and fez in the background?

Anissa said...

I have no idea what these people are thinking -- can you say RED NECK -- LOL -- Look at the way the people are dressed -- Wish I could of seen the wedding itself -- Only can imagine what that was like. Thanks Talk Later

anewc2 said...

If I were the happy groom I might be a little bit nervous about how easily the bride takes a knife to that ... cake.

Faith said...

What are they even cutting? Down the center of one of the bananas? It makes no sense...and looks disgusting.

People are weird.

Tara said...

I just love your site!!!

badfae said...

Maaaaan...that thing is just a *mess*! It looks like they emptied their garbage disposal onto the table.

Z_gal said...

A friend just sent this to me and I've since been laughing, guffawing, cringing, and crying my way through your entries. Blessings upon you and your house for running this site!!
Also, I'm manager at a custom cake shop (JetCityCakes.com) and while I hope our work wouldn't horrify you too much, I sure feel more confident in our work after seeing what some of the trained monkeys out there are doing.
Thank you thank you!

Nicki said...

that cake reminds me rather forcibly of the scene in Galaxy Quest when the pig lizard is digitized on board and arrives inside out.

NetDiva said...

So I was actually *at* this wedding. It was at a mansion in Sonoma, CA. The couple is a pair of artists, and not even slightly rednecked. But I'm laughing my ass off at this thread!

giz said...

Symbolism - ok, that's totally coyote ugly.

Cakespy said...

A friend of mine just alerted me to your site. All I can say is...I love you. This is one of the most awkward / awesome cake scenes I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

I feel less concerned about the phallic symbolism by the fact that that thing looks less like a cake and more like a giant heap of random ingredients. Yeesh!

Angela said...

Thank you so much for this blog. I found it this evening and I don't think that I have ever laughed so hard in my life. I went through and read the entire thing. But not without a couple of breaks to calm down cause I was having difficulty breathing I was laughin so hard. Great work, and keep 'em coming!

Jamie AZ said...

Just found your sight and these cakes are hilarious! I do love the creativity on the Bond-style cake though!

Anonymous said...

Okay the cake is weird I'll give ya that... but the people are actually waaaay over-educated creative folks in California. Red-necks? no.

kisekileia said...

That's not a cake, that's a fruit explosion.

Jondi said...

The fact that the groom is wearing a cowboy hat that doesn't even match the tux is just the tip of the icing in this picture. From the groom's hat, to the horrible "cake" to the plaid guy wearing a fez! LOL

Sleepwalker said...

This blog and accompanying commentary are hysterical. Some of these ummm, masterpieces would defy belief if not for the photos. I so wish my grandmother was still around to see the stuff on this site. She professionally decorated cakes for decades and would have been laughing her ass off just as I have been doing.

Crystal said...

I have scrolled through all of your entries and I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. Thanks for the great blog!

Leigh said...

I'm guessing raw foodists.

CanadianSwiss said...

Thanks to a blogger buddy, I landed on your site and think it's awsome! Keep it up :)

Now about that cake... Wishful thinking??

Seoul Brother said...

Sweet Jesus Marimba! If any one photo would reanimate the corpse of Diane Arbus, it would be this little gem. I never thought I'd live to see the day when you could combine the following words: "John Waters Chicken-Fried Hot Mess."

I don't think I've laughed this hard since that time at Six Flags with way too much caffeine, ephedra, funnel cake, and Dr. Pepper.

Anonymous said...

I was just lead to your site via Craftzine...congratulations - this is one of the most hilarious sites I've ever seen. Case in point - this latest post...it literally takes the cake! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself - like you haven't heard that a million times already?)

Thanks so much for making me laugh so hard - good humor is a very necessary part of staying sane on this planet!

Keep up with all your great postings...

Marie

mamafabun said...

I'm 90% sure I saw the groom riding a bike and drinking a canned beer at the park by our house yesterday. Or maybe it was his twin.

Danger Ranger said...

The wedding itself was an affair to remember:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/culturesubculture/sets/72157600690395125/

jen said...

and what's with the "white drizzle" around the bottom dark cake. beautiful!

Annie Welch said...

If you go to the link that danger ranger provided and view pictures of the wedding......you can understand the cake.

Sort of.

Mintaka said...

They describe it in the original wedding photo site as a Wedding Cake Installation - does that make it better, or worse?

Anonymous said...

I think it's supposed to be a group of mushrooms, but I'm not entirely sure.

Anonymous said...

well, the ten year old girl was only 8 at the time. the cake was produced by a bay area artist who has had exhibits from here to NYC. (ever heard of the de young? yes, it's a museum of some notoriety and he's had exhibits there as well as a myriad of other galleries in SF) at the request of the bride who is something of a fruit fanatic.
there were costume changes at the alter, gifts proffered for those who had gone before us, and a myriad of stories made around and about the fortunate folks who attended this most fantabulous event. if you weren't invited it's probably because you weren't connected to this particular group. it's for the best, you would have hated it, especially if you "don't get it," you know what i mean? call it an exclusive affair for the creative forward thinkers of our time and leave it at that, eh?

as a personal aside, i only hope every wedding i go to is this memorable, poignant and stunning. i'm SOOO tired of the ordinary! i can't distinguish one of my cousins weddings from another and i certainly can't recall what their wedding cakes looked like. think about it folks...

Anonymous said...

oh.... the mushrooms came later. i assure you.

yummmmy! and the cake was super tasty, too. it surely wasn't that "non-descript" "white cake" most folks serve. what is "white cake," anyway? good grief!

i was fortunate enough to attend the wedding and had the time of my life. all you critics should ask the happily married couple how they pulled off such magic at their wedding, and maybe you could try to match it rather than wasting time picking cakes from a book - focus on the overall experience for each other and for your guests.

wish my wedding had been that thought provoking, beautiful and creative.

costume changes at the alter to symbolize their welcome of each other, and comprise to each other as they embrace one another in their "forever." how beautiful is that? AND the cake was yummy! visual and edible art, what could be better? start thinking out of the "cake" box, folks!

i'm publishing as "anonymous" to afford the couple some privacy. there is a reason you weren't all invited, afterall.

Monica said...

Hahaha. Oh..please..stop....my side hurts!
It looks like a carcass on the table, bare ribs sticking up!
AND the "anonymous" defense only makes it that much better! "It was an inspirational wedding, I doubt people with such small brains would begin to comprehend."
I've seen gorgeous artistic original non-"white undescript" cakes in my career - this isn't one of them!

Anonymous said...

Y'know, Other Anonymous, it's possible to have a "unique" and "interesting" wedding without making a "cake" (I use the term loosely) which looks like a compost heap.

I do think that if it tasted good it doesn't matter a damn what it looked like, but how do you even serve something like that? It'd be impossible to "slice" something that's just a pile of ingredients. Small shovels would be necessary, methinks. Or salad spoons?

Babylon said...

OMG is that Screech?

tejanota said...

wait!!! i think i saw this wedding profiled in a tv show somewhere (probably food network?). is that possible?

at any rate, i KNOW i've seen this elsewhere, and i definitely remember being horrified by "installation."

anonymous one, if you actually have to *call* yourself a "creative forward thinkers [for] our time," um, then you're probably NOT one.

Anonymous said...

ROFLAO!! I feel terrible for the couple - in a hilariously, sick way! Who knew that hat would make their 'alternatively designed cake' look like road kill?

I seriously thought the bananas were representing the 'rib cage'. Darn hat!

Molly said...

Lordy. I actually know the guy in the plaid suit! But the cake... no.

billybob said...

Maybe the guy in the hat is a hunter and the cake represents a load of dead elephants and those are suppose to be the tusks sticking out of mess of corpse elephants

Rubyfruit said...

Oddly, I think that it looks like it'd taste delicious.

But that looks more like the sort of thing you'd have at a bachelorette party than a wedding, I think.

Liza Kummer said...

I think they're obviously supposed to look like shrooms.

HumbuckerChapell said...

my apologies if someone already said this, but is that K Fed-meets-Snoop in the background?

Anonymous said...

Oh God. The most disturbing thing in my opinion is the background.

Yvonne said...

As I read in one of the other comments, these two are artists... Yikes. I'm an artist and I'm sure glad I didn't go with a cake like that. It does look more like a fruit explosion and mess than anything else.

(though I'm sure that whole banana feeding was totally awkward for everyone else)

o4tom said...

you critics should ask the happily married couple how they pulled off such magic at their wedding

I'm guessing because they had their wedding overseen by the Magician's Alliance, judging by the guys in the backgrouynd.

Anonymous said...

Oh Anonymous One, it's pretentious "artsy" people like you that give artists a bad name. Weird or eccentric doesn't always = artist.

That cake is a monstrosity.

Christine Rogers said...

Okay how could you post this without commenting on the uh... white splatters that appear to have been um... liberated from the bananas? I meant that is the best part of all!!

As for miss forward thinking artist and the rest of her clan... yuppie fakes do not artists make! I'm not getting this from the photo only from your entries. Giver yourself another pat on the back for being so creative! Way to go you!

Anonymous said...

C'mon. Y'all have never been to a redneck wedding in the south? You're looking at a "groom's" cake. Yes, that's right - the bride gets her traditional demure white wedding cake. The groom, however, gets a chocolate cake decorated voluptuously with fruit (though I gotta say, I've never, ever, EVER seen anything go quite as far as this).

Anonymous said...

To me it looks like the "artist" woke up the morning of and said "OH CRAP! I forgot to make the wedding cake they asked for! Hmmm let see... Its suppose to be art right???...Hey if those guys with the buckets of paint thrown on the canvas can do it so can I!! It will be considered a masterpiece! No one will ever know, I forgot. I can throw it all on a table in heaps and call it ART! Now off to the store to see what they have.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so easy to mock people and their creations out of context. I was enjoying the site until I saw my friends being mocked. This situation leads me to question the culture of ridicule exemplified by many of the comments above.

Both the bride and groom are wonderfully nice people, as well as creative, driven and productive artists. They will accomplish more meaningful things in the next year than the rest of us will in our entire lives. I would gladly exchange their talents for mine.

This entire site is about belittling the artistic sense of others, and still manage hypocrisy of the righteous in their condemnation of the couple's defenders.

Art is simple, you like it or you don't. There is nothing wrong in saying, "I do not like this artwork." It is reprehensible, condemnable ignorance to say this is not art and the people who make it are not artists.

Perhaps you should consider not including photos of people for your ridicule. Stick to the cakes.

David

Mudhooks said...

At first I didn't realize it was fruit and thought they were cutting into something that was supposed look like a half-eaten animal carcass.

I like the look of concentration on the groom's face! "Careful how we dissect the ribs, honey!"

Anonymous said...

So I just have to say that I know these people too- while they may be amazing artists.. from an outsiders perspective it is downright funny. from an insiders perspective it is still funny- for all of the "artists" that are so offended by others opinions such is life and the blight of the "artist" - laugh at your self- these people may be at museums and get funded art projects in deserts but they have a ridiculous cake and look like redneck fruit eating mullet heads-

this sight is awesome I LOVE that you have this picture!

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that this picture was sent via a guest of this wedding. So I think it only fair that we get to laugh at it-as they seemed to be laughing too.

Anonymous said...

"Fruit Explosion Wedding Cake"
Bringing a whole new meaning to "cherry bomb"
The girl looks like she totally gets it! Either that or she's thinking:"HAHA! They paid $230 for that thing!"
And what on earth is up with the plaid suit?

sugarapplesweet said...

Even being from an artsy community and majoring in painting, there is both high and low brow art. It doesn't matter whether or not you were born in upscale California, either, because rednecks are everywhere.

As long as they enjoyed the cake, allow me the privilege to laugh and remind myself that art 'doesn't always have to be pretty to be art.'

david said...

To shed some light, I was actually looking at this pic because I recognized the guy in the plaid...then my roommate came in and new the bride and groom, and the designer of the cake(figures). Not quite rednecks, try san francisco artsy folk (ie Burning Man). You could try an intervention, but they wouldn't care, these are folks who are happy and comfortable being who they are...which is decidedly bizarre.

Anonymous said...

"I was enjoying the site until I saw my friends being mocked."
So it's OK too mock the rest of the world, but not your freinds? Wow that's nice of you.

Anyway, if they mind the cake being made fun of, I'm sure they can speak for themselves.

If their happy with their wedding as it was, cake and all, then what makes you think they'd care that much?

Anonymous said...

I'm so very late to the party here, but all I ave to say is that the gentleman in the plaid suit is totally rockin' that fez.

Ichigo said...

"Profanity, mean-spirited remarks, anonymous criticism & blatant advertising will not be published".

Hmmm.

I may even privately agree with some of the sentiments proffered here, but I find many comments here to be very mean-spirited indeed. The cake is one thing, but it seems commentators are really out of bounds in making some rather nasty personal assumptions about the people in the photo and their lifestyle. I find this dismaying and distasteful. I think a line's been crossed and I wish that 'Jen' had as much reaction to comments like these (as well as blatantly racist comments I've seen attached to other cakes since I found this site recently) as she does defending her grammatical and orthographical mistakes that are gently pointed out to her.

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

Hi Ichigo,

Now I get to be defensive. whoopie...

First off, Jen doesn't tend to defend her errors. We pretty much just fix them, say whoops and move on.

Secondly, admittedly, some not always nice comments do slip through. But censorship is a slippery slope. If someone were to say, "What an ugly cake," shouldn't we reject it since the baker might find it hurtful? I assume that you take issue with the phrase "Red Neck," maybe even ascribing it "racist" or "bigoted" connotations. Though it may not sooth you, I can tell you that many of my friends here in the south are proud of the term Red Neck and would gladly describe themselves as such.

And lastly, please point out anything you see that would be considered "racist." (The most overused and least understood word in the English language.) Please feel free to e-mail me directly at info (at) cakewrecks.com with anything you find.

Best,

john

ps. The folks in the picture have seen this post and are fine with it. Is it possible you're taking up offenses where it isn't warranted? Just a thought...

pss. With all the bigoted, racist, prejudiced, mean and vulgar blogs and websites out there, why pick on us? I don't know...

Annette said...

I just finished reading this whole thread and I gave John a standing ovation!!! You tell 'em, John!!

Cupcakes Lady said...

Lol...yeh the smirk says it all. lol xx

Haiku Joy said...

Cake installation:
Slide Apricot A onto
Banana B. Glue.

wv: desses

Desses lots of fun to look at.