Monday, November 3, 2008

The Beginning of the End?

Monday, November 3, 2008


My friends, I come to you today on a matter of grave importance for our nation's future. Many of you have shared with me your concerns over the impending crisis America is facing, and I felt it was best to address this issue head on, while something can still be done to avert total catastrophe. Some of you are scared. Some are angry. Others, just baffled beyond belief. Certainly the future as we know it is hanging in the balance. Still, all is not yet lost.



I'm talking, of course, about these:



That's right: thanks to retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, the dreaded cupcake-cake is coming to the masses. Call it a "Cupcake Puzzle" if you will, BB&B, but we know a Wreckerator when we see one!

Of course, BB&B is just the middle man; the real culprit is the manufacturer, Wilton:

Now, let's not panic just yet, people. Sure, the vast majority of "professionals" can't even produce a decent looking cupcake-cake, leaving us common Janes as likely to traumatize our families as delight them with our potentially half-baked efforts. Yes, the entire CCC concept is inherently flawed, and will therefore always resemble the demented flailings of a prepubescent Pollock. And yes, those separated cupcakes in the photos were obviously decorated separately, which could lead one to accuse Wilton of false advertising. Certainly no cupcake-cake pulls apart with perfectly shaped edges like that.

Still, this is a democracy, my friends, and you have a choice! Just say 'no' to CCCs! Stand up for truth, justice, and real cakes for all! And be sure to use lots of exclamation marks to get your point across!

Or, barring that, make a Wreck and send it to me - I'm kind of curious to see just how bad these bad boys look in "real" life. ;)
Alix said...

John McCain would never allow this. It is obviously a left-wing conspiracy! Vote a straight Republican ticket tomorrow and this cupcake obamanation (obviously a ploy to confuse and divide) will be eliminated by an emergency congressional ban on puzzle cupcake cake kits. Oh wait... the House and Senate are still run by a Democratic majority.

Oh well, we're doomed.

Sezzy said...

I worry the most for the children... not only are they subjected to these so-called puzzle cakes, the makers seem to be encouraging their participation! What's next? MMF step-by-steps in picture books? Oh, the humanity!

Anonymous said...

At least these kits come with different-shaped cupcake holders -- that will hopefully cut down on the scalloped look?

HorribleLicensePlates said...

I could not tell that was a purse at all until I read the caption "cupcake purse." Although I think it should read "complete disaster."

Leslie said...

My 14 year old daughter thought these were the coolest things ever - and as such we now have one. I'll send you a picture as soon as I get the courage to use the thing. Something about decapitating a teddy bear makes me slightly uneasy though.

joyce said...

I am so glad you are featuring this. I saw these in the junk mail and was so tempted to send it in. Square cupcakes? Triangles? Where will it end? What will they think of next? The purse one did look cute for a little cousin's party.

Wow--you are so brave to agree to look at our homemade wrecks.

Kameron said...

Geeze, I was going to sign up to take a cake decorating class hosted by that company. I am now reconsidering!

Anonymous said...

Do I see different shaped cupcakes? That just adds two more layers of potential disaster to these wrecks-to-be: uneven cooking and kids complaining about getting gipped (who wants a measly little triangle when his/her sibling gets a giant rectangle?).

Beth said...

Ha! I thought of you when I got this ad in the mail the other day. :)

loriannjmu said...

Am I missing something? Again, I don't know why everyone is against the CCC's. I think some of them are well done. What's with the CCC hate?

Anonymous said...

A cupcake cake puzzle? Weren't the CCCP the communists? Just say NO!

kerrie said...

I actually think that purse is kind of cute, and I'm not even a purse-type person. The turtle too.

But, I just don't get these cakes? Why not just make cute cupcakes instead? I'm still baffled by these, though I have to admit, I'm challenged to make a nice looking CCC.

Zoo Keeper said...

You could have a "dismember the bear" party! Perfect for Halloween if you could make them molten lava cupcakes with some sort of red stuff inside!

Jonathan's Mommy said...

I saw these in a Bed Bath and Beyond advertisement and was particularly appalled when I saw the manufacturer was Wilton. What in the world are they thinking?? There is no way the average decorator will be able to make anything even closely resembling a butterfly or a bear with those kids. Unacceptable.

Jami said...

I was seriously like... "OMG. Jen. Why so serious?" lol

Then I scrolled and saw the picture.

I see a lot more of this kind of wreck in your future!

mousekemom said...

Michael's has carried those hideous things for the last six months...way to ruin cake decorating! I guess it you have no imagination or talent, it's the right thing. I would have expected it from some knock off company, not Wilton.

barelyknittogether said...

I am so glad you get right to the heart of what really matters - tragicakes! This cannot be good for national morale in the midst of our financial crisis - imagine celebrating your retirement with no 401K left, and one of these CCC's to boot. I hope there is a psychological helpline number listed on the Wilton box.

mandy_Reeves said...

I was just thinking of buying one of these! I wanted to try and make a thanksgiving turkey. like not the food but the actual turkey. Or something little boy themed for my nephews 5th birthday

Katie said...

I for one will join you in the fight against the tyranny of cupcake cakes! I shall procure one of these dastardly kits and bring forth proof of their inferior character.

All of Us said...

Maybe if you cut instead of pull the frosting it isn't so bad? Yeah, probably not.

DoodleBunz said...

Good heavens, really?!?!?! Ugh. Some will consider this the next best thing since sliced bread.

Mama On The Move said...

Ohhhhh. I must buy one of these for my darling daughters. They will be so happy and I will take many pictures.

kate said...

It is, however, quite clever that they have different shaped cupcake liners to bake the cupcakes in. I can't imagine that the cupcake would actually follow a flimsy paper liner while baking, but you know, if the professionals would take a hint from that and use silicone ones, or something, I think their CCC's would turn out MUCH better.

(By the way, the word on my verification thing for the comment is "enimi." I think even the blog is trying to comment that these are the "enimi!")

cam said...

Is it awful that I think these are brilliant? Actually, don't answer that.

Fluffy Cow said...

I saw this in a BB&B mailer this week! It filled me with a sense of dread and impending doom!

Jane said...

Although it's entirely possible that this is actually a step forward...they have different shaped cupcakes allowing less awkward non-scalloped edges.

Because clearly everyone who makes cupcake cakes will jump on this and put aesthetics first. Clearly.

Larry said...

These kits (if they must be sold at all) should come with a warning on the box: "WARNING! The CCC's you make will not look like the ones pictured here on this box. Not even close"

Liberty :) said...

My first post to Cake Wrecks! Love your blog!! I have to comment and say CCC's don't seem to have made it across the pond to the UK yet, nevermind CYOCCC (Create your own cupcake cakes!). We are safe with standard original wrecks!!!!

Jan Andrea said...

Ha hahahahaha!

I saw that in our BBB flier this weekend and thought about sending it in -- looks like I was not the only one!

Is it sad that the first thing I thought (and said to my husband!) was that the Cake Wrecks lady was NOT going to be happy about this?

Anonymous said...

Cupcake puzzles??
I'm....puzzled.
~Amy B.

Beth said...

At least the Wilton sets have shaped cupcake holders to allow for more precise shaping. I was planning on going to Joann's today anyway; I may pick up one of these kits and have some fun!

Winona said...

Better yet, see if Linens & Things carry these as well - Wrecks on Clearance!!!!

Thistledew Farm said...

You've got to be kidding - this is a disaster!!!!!!!!!! I loved the perfectly pulled apart piece of the purse! This is nearly the same as trying to imitate a designer cupcake from Ladies Home Journal - where you roll out spice drops and fold into flowers or pumpkin stems - tried them both....my daughters teacher thought the eight year old did it....I was to embarrassed to tell her I'd done it....ignorance is bliss!

Jim and Garret said...

I think their website advertises, "Get even with Jen; stage a revolution now."

Garret at jimandgarret.blogspot.com

Brooke said...

I got the BB&B flyer last week and was going to send this in! Didn't get around to it, but I'm not surprised someone else did!

Poetry Sue said...

Yikes! what has the world come to?

Beckster said...

uh ya....

this is wrong, just wrong!!!!

;-)

Anonymous said...

I'd say these have the potential for lower wreckitude than the standard CCC. At least a person could, potentially, make a shape with minimal empty space between cupcakes. (If they didn't use the round ones, anyway.)

Does that mean people WILL do that? Probably not. They'll probably try, then discover that they'd need like 47 cups of each shape to make whatever they were trying to make, and give up and stick them all in randomly, making an even worse mess than with an ordinary CCC.

Also, what have I irritated everyone here by ranting about like 47 times already? TAKE THE DANG PAPER OFF. And here it's expensive silicone cups. If you take cake in 24 silicone cups to a first-grade class birthday, how many silicone cups will you go home with?

Lose That Girl said...

Aren't cup cake cakes kinda like...cheating? Can't make a proper full-fledged cake, so they make cup cakes and then jam them all together into one horrific mass confection? I SAY NO! You're too right. All the "bakers" and I use that time lightly -- you make a mess of cup cakes will now be producing these "cc cakes." Oh, the humanity!

Anonymous (paper-removal-ranter) said...

I should add to my rant that I do kind of like the flower cake, which, probably not coincidentally, avoids most of the evils of CCCs. Although I'm afraid its center may be a mini CCC made of six of those little triangular ones.

Mandy said...

As a mom, I have to say, while the CCC makes for fantastic caketastrophe, it's extremely convenient. I've been at many a party where the crazed preschoolers stand anxiously around with plastic utensils in hand while the nervous mom sings, displays, hosts, instructs, cuts, scoops ice cream and serves all while missing her sweet birthday star's blowing-out-the-candle and icing-on-the-nose photo opps. So while I agree 100% that CCC's are an abomination to all decorators everywhere, they sure do fill a need. Go easy on us frazzled moms who need any break we can get. We're sleep deprived, and spend a majority of our time with diaper-wearing, gibberish-speaking mess machines...who can blame us for not trusting ourselves with a knife in a large crowd?

D said...

I am really missing something with all these cupcake cakes. What is the appeal? Is it so hard to use a knife? Why put paper into your cake when you can simply make a normal cake and cut it however you like! Is this a general trend of people not wanting to use utensils?

RoseAnn said...

When I saw last week's BB&B ad, the first thing I thought of was Cake Wrecks! LOL

Elizabeth said...

I actually am much more okay with these kinds of cakes than cup-cake cakes. Why?

Because these cake pieces are designed to actually fit together so there are no huge gaps for the icing to fall through and it seems like they would be the joy of a cupcake with the look of a cake, without the gigantic mess.

Plus the shapes are pre-determined so they actually would look like the thing they're supposed to be rather than some wonky scalloped edged weirdness.

Sup said...

Does anyone else think that the puzzle cake resembles a state of Nebraska purse? Really? Who would want that as a cake?

Alexis said...

I'm very sad to say I'm one of the people who thought hey this could be a cool thing. Yup I even cut out that ad and put it on my fridge as a hint to my husband. LOL I know I'm one of those people. :) Hey it has to be better then some of them right?

mommyryans said...

As soon as I got the flyer and saw it I immediately thought of you and cake wrecks. I was UPSET. VERY upset. I almost e-mailed it to you... but got lazy and considered the fact that several others would be sending it to you... so I spared you another e-mail. And I was being lazy, like I said. :)
Outrage, I say.

Mara said...

I work at (what's left of ) Linens 'n Things, and we sell 'em too.

They're hilariously awful, and if I told you how many I'd seen leave the store, you'd cry.

Peachy said...

Oh my gosh!!!! They ripped off that poor bear's arm!!! I'm scarred from the visual. I don't think i can eat another bear in my life

Peggy said...

Okay, so I'm with the others who are more than a little disturbed at the idea of dismembering a teddy bear! When I saw the detatched limb I think I actually gasped.

That's just wrong, people.

Valerie Phoenixfire said...

The store I work at carries the bear pull-apart cupcake cake and when I saw it, I immediately thought of this blog. :)

The Hyperlexian Aspie said...

I think I must be particularly dense because it's Monday morning (and I live in Alberta lol), but I kinda don't get how these are puzzles...

Assembling basic geometric shapes together does NOT equal a puzzle, in my opinion.

Plus, the shapes would make interesting cupcakes, but I don't understand how they are supposed to retain the shape while cooking, unless you have special pans or something... little paper cups aren't very stiff.

Emily said...

Is it just me or did the first wreck look like a bunch of jellies on top of a giant slice of ham?

Mindy said...

I saw the ad this weekend and you were the first person I thought of.

Andrea Frederick said...

Ahhhh....I feel doom for every 1st grade birthday party in my classroom! I need 19 sick days!

Ms Unreliable said...

DIY CCC's are just a recipe for disaster. Literally.

Jinx said...

Ack! how horrifying! i hope this goes the way of the bedazzler and dies out SOON!

Maire said...

Oh I can't wait to see the wrecks that are submitted after people try to make some of these "puzzles".

sues2u2 said...

It really looks like it would be so much easier to make an actual cake in the desired shapes than a ccc. It's just so much harder to keep the cc in the correct area while frosting. Am I the only person who's ever realized this? Maybe that's the allure of ccc?

The Ferber Family said...

OMG!!! I was at BB&B YESTERDAY and I saw these! I pointed their wrecky potential out to my husband!

Calantha said...

I predict that at least once this holiday season I'll see one of these in person. I might not have the misfortune of being served one, but I'll sure as shootin' see one. I'll have to make sure I carry my cell phone with me all the time now. And chances are, the CCC will be poorly executed - a perfect combination of wreckiness.

Meg said...

I too saw these at my local JoAnns and was appalled. However, I do have to give them credit for the different shaped cups. Even though I would love nothing more than the abolishment of CCCs, if anything can cut down on the crappy scalloping it is a step in the right direction. You know if you were a glutton for punishiment you could decoarte them all separately using only the star tip, then when you put them together they won't be frosted together but it won't be as obvious where one ends and the other begins. Just a thought.

loriannjmu said...

Well, I suppose you could remove the cupcakes from their liners and create the shape and frost the sides, right?

Debbi said...

I am embarrassed to say I actually, just for a brief second, considered buying this from BB&B. But I came to my senses; I am fine now.

*hanging my head in shame*

thing1thatiam said...

I saw this in the BB&B ad and almost sent it in, but I was pretty sure others would. Needless to say, CW was the first thing I thought of when I saw this. =P
<3

Darth Rob said...

Just plain wrong. Color me angry! There is no way I could make them look that nice at home. This is where truth in advertising laws are required. I know I'm probably saying something everybody else already said, but honestly I just dont have time to read all those comments. Peace.

bpddjeoomon said...

I'll have to decline your invitation to use them and see how awful it turns out.

I can't bring myself to purchase these..

Liz V.

Kaytee said...

So, I went to a birthday party where they made a cupcake cake like this (from a Wilton set) to look like a dump truck. The truck was carrying gum drops instead of boulders, and it was the cutest darn thing I've ever seen. Also, the 1 year-old, whom we were celebrating, was completely thrilled. Additionally, I'd comment that his mother was by no means a Martha Stewart, but she pulled it off beautify (if only I had photos to prove it!).

Vivian said...

Reminds me of the stuffed bear that had the head, arms and legs attached with Velcro so you could rip them off when you were stressed. It was called the Dismembear.

Deborah Godin said...

First the financial collapse and now this...how much more are we expected to endure.

Seraphim9 said...

Note to Kameron: Go ahead and take that Wilton class! Don't let the CCC's scare you off!

Wilton Method Instructors are independent contractors - don't hold it against us that the company has started schilling out such items. We are in it for the love of cake decorating and teaching that love to others. :-)

IMHO - I'd rather teach you how to do a full-fledged cake - or rather adorable individual cupcakes. The CCC's are pretty much made for those who just really don't want to TRY.

We'll teach you to make a cake that will hopefully never darken the doorstep of Cake Wrecks! LOL!

holly said...

Am I dreaming or has an entire entry disappeared? SATC/shoe cake?

Ekio Locatiare said...

I saw these in the flyer this weekend as well and knew instantly that it would be here on the blog soon.

I'll end up owning them, but not by choice, lol. Since I'm the baker in the family, it will surely be under my tree with expectations of cute cakes....Though I might make one just to send in!

Megan said...

Ooh, my first time posting! I saw these in BB&B yesterday and almost took a picture...glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks this would be a disaster. Thanks for your blog--it makes me laugh every day, and now I can't walk through a bakery without looking for a wreck!

Jenster said...

I have no problem with CCC under the following conditions:

1. It's for a kid.

2. It's being served somewhere where there are no plates, knives or forks whatsoever

3. I can't think of a third.

What's wrong with individual cupcakes?

jackie31337 said...

All of Us: Maybe if you cut instead of pull the frosting it isn't so bad?

Maybe... but probably only if you use Play Doh instead of icing like they seem to have done for the photos.

Jen said...

To the foul-mouthed "anonymous" whose comment was so filled with racist slurs I couldn't publish it:

For your benefit I have hyperlinked my Pollock reference, so that you can see for yourself that he was an influential American painter. I happen to be married to a Polish man, and would never make a slur against people of Polish descent. Maybe next time you should consider consulting a dictionary before attacking someone.

Have a wrecktastic day!

Rima said...

Now I might have to go buy this, dammit! Foul temptation!

JAMIE'S CREW said...

I am with most of the others - I got my BB&B ad in the mail and when I saw that kit - I immediately thought of this website! So funny to have logged in just now and voila! there it is on Cake Wrecks!!!!!

Laura said...

I had never even heard of cupcake cakes until I read this blog. The idea doesn't seem to have caught on in the UK. Maybe that's a good thing...

Stephanie said...

I saw this the other day in my BBB junk mail...yikes...of course my daughter (4) thought they were the GREATEST ever...clearly..CLEARLY I have some educating to do on the CCC.

Margaret said...

If you look closely at the boxes, you will see cupcakes that are not all round thus allowing them to fit together better. Maybe this is going to save the CCC or maybe Wilton has just figured out yet another way to make money and put another one use pan in our cabinets. Don't get me wrong, I definitely think the traditional sheet or layer cake is and always will be the best.

Becky said...

While I love to see the atrociousness of ccc, can we move on? You have established that they are horrendous. What else is out there? I still love your blog though. Keep bringing us those wrecks.

Marissa said...

Vote no on the CCC Education Amendment!

Seriously, though, these HAVE TO STOP. If cupcakes were meant to be REAL cakes, they would by CALLED cakes- not CUPcakes. Also, I think CCCs are tacky and inconvenient.

mere9 said...

huh. this confuses me. they claim it's a 'puzzle', which leads me to believe that you could make different kinds of ccc's, but really, you can't. you have to buy a specific kit. that seems to take all of the fun and creativity out of this. wow, if i had time &/or patience, i'd totally try this. i hope someone does, so we can see what it 'really' looks like.

our3qtgirlz said...

Please--where is the shoe cake??? I was hoping to find an update today with a backstory! I NEED to know!!!

Hi, my name is Jenn...and I'm addicted to CakeWrecks.

E-Dizzle said...

I feel like the worst thing about the CCC is that they deprive us of the best part of the cake: the filling. Where's the rich ganache, the german chocolate coconutty goodness, the fresh fruit with whipped cream? All gone in the name of the CCC! Bah!

Anonymous said...

I saw this ad yesterday and knew it was going to end up on here!

Alix said...

Poor Jen. As an art major, I knew immediately your reference was to Jackson Pollock, the painter. (There was even a major motion picture released about him a few years ago starring Ed Harris. Anyone remember?) Anyway, just like your website proves, you're bound to run into a few fruitcakes once in awhile. Thanks for the perpetually upbeat and classy way you take it all in stride.

Alixandra Hice
http://casahice.blogspot.com

Lady J said...

I used to work for BBB, shhh...and yesterday when I saw the ad in their holiday booklet, I thought of you! The horror!

Jennifer said...

I saw the ad this weekend for the cupcake disaster in the making and KNEW I would find it here. How nice to not be let down

Anonymous said...

I guess I am in the minority. I actually got a CCC for my daughter's birthday. The parties at our house always end up so huge (sometimes like 20 kids) I just don't want to walk thru all of them wielding a knife.

It really turned out cute. The only issue was that some of the icing slid off when I pulled out a cupcake. Then again, I'm a cake person vs. an icing person.

It's a shame I even buy cakes...growing up my mom made Wedding cakes professionally!

Anonymous said...

I bought this for a gift.

I'm sorry.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

I saw these ads this weekend and wondered how long it would take you to post on the topic ;)

Erin said...

AH! I got this in the mail, and set it aside for purposes of this blog... I knew someone would send it in before I did!

Erika said...

With those funky shapes...I'd be tempted to make cupcake cakes in the shapes of various Tetris pieces. What wouldn't be too wrecktastic...would it?

And yes, the final product will come out looking /nothing/ like the picture on the box.

Glory von Hathor said...

I'm all in favour of cake puzzles - like a cake maze, or a cake jigsaw, or a cake Kakuro.

These are just plain ole wreckeroonies.

I thought of your blog today when at the market the fruit and veg were labelled
5 "For" £1

KBK Bakery said...

well, at least the cupcakes are shaped so the CCC are a *little* less likely to be total messes, as opposed to the ones in the bakery departments that are all round cupcakes.

Still sure to be wreck-tastic, but they did try.

Muffin Pants said...

Vote No On Prop Puzzle Cake!

Anonymous said...

I actually think these are cool. Having the cupcakes in correct shapes avoid the whole making-an-odd-shape-out-of-only-circles disaster.

leslie said...

I think I'll have to try. I'm not even a baker..but I think the idea is sooo hilarious it will sure get me out of my droll mood.

mrs. q. said...

DAMN! The only way to get that perfect break-away frosting is to cut it, and doesn't that defeat the purpose of a cupcake cake? It's now just a cake you have to cut up AND take the paper liners off. Maybe I'm just impatient when it comes to my cake, but that just sounds like a drag...

Alix said...

Me again... sorry... this is my last post today. Promise!

BUT - did anyone make the connection of the yellow butterfly puzzle cupcake cake kit and the two butterfly cupcake wrecks featured on October 20th? Proof that these kits are selling and that the results are almost too disturbing to believe. Oye.

Dea said...

I'd also like to address the fact that these are SILICONE cupcake molds - and I've never, EVER EVER EVER EVER had luck getting a cake or loaf of bread or whatever out of a silicone pan without tears, cursing, and half the dang thing REMAINING BEHIND....so yeah - this is so over-the-top bad...

I also immediately thought of you, and this blog, when I got that ad! I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they'd covered half the numeral 4 in fondant....LMAO! It's so NOT a purse!!!

Shoshana said...

I totally almost sent in a picture of that first one, with the purse. It took me forever to figure out what it was supposed to look like.

I want to see what one of those things really looks like when it's finished.

Michelle said...

Well, let's look at the bright side here: you will never ever run out of things to blog about! And I will always have amusement at my fingertips. ;)

hollyo said...

I'm not an art major - haven't even taken an art class since elementary school - and I still know who Pollock is.

Jessi Hynes said...

I bet John McCain supports the cup-cake-cake!!!

lawnajo said...

The "purse" is UGLY! The teddybear is kind of cute, but I agree that decapitating it would be creepy.

Heidi said...

I don't understand the whole CCC thing at all. If you're making cupcakes for the convenience factor, why not just make cupcakes?? Why do they have to be (hideously) disguised as a cake anyway?? What is the thinking there? Luckily for me I'll never see one of these crazy "puzzle cakes" (uh huh, real clever naming there Wilton) because I haven't been to a birthday party in YEARS where the parents actually *gasp* made the cake. Except for my 3 kids - they still get to suffer annually with something homemade. Luckily I won't be buying the CCC pan!

Anna said...

I was literally shown that add on Saturday. I tried really hard not to just give them the url of cake wrecks. There is no teaching some. They mean well and think they are cute in the picture... The road to good intentions.

Anna

Anonymous said...

Don't worry....BB&B is out of bidness! The scourge will be picked up by someone else.

cyllan said...

Wilton. Is. Evil. They are responsible for more wrecks than any other company. And then they offer classes to teach the masses to make wrecks. They must be stopped! And doesn't it seem weird that BBB is promoting CCCs? Seems like they should be sponsored by AAA.

kayla said...

very good blog, some how i found you researching on stuff for our sons birth defect esophageal atresia, i wish you the best.

Havocec said...

My Father would never allow a ccc. He wants a big piece of cake..a quarter of the cake. Not some sissy handfuls of paper, cake and icing.

My friend bought a ccc for her son and daughters birthday party. It was a wreck. It was all individual cupcakes iced with pink and purple. The Happy Birthday was scrawled over the top of the cc with brown chocolate shiny stuff. No one thought to take a picture.

She got her money back. Hopefully, that will discourage her from contributing to the deliquency of the local bakery by encouraging them to make ccc.

Anonymous said...

you look at this and see ccc disasters. i look at this and see cheap silicone baking cups. are these sold in canada?

Anonymous said...

wow...how could someone *not* know you were talking about Pollock, the artist?
and I was a bio major

to jane (early poster)
clearly, priority one. haha ;)

-bg

Karin said...

I have silicone cupcake molds (we have a train and a flower pot and these funny little footed cupcakes - they were a gift). Here's the thing about silicone bakeware - if you don't remove the item from the bakeware when it's very warm (like cool for <5 min and remove), it's not coming out in one piece. This is not stressed enough in the bakeware instructions and everyone I know who uses it makes this mistake at least once. The hope in this post is that these won't last simply b/c everyone makes this mistake once and most people will give up if this doesn't work the first time when you need it to.

Sara said...

Ok - this reminds me of when you see something (or someone) so weird and ugly and you can't stop looking. I am intrigued in a strange way....I must purchase this...

Kelly said...

I'm so glad someone sent this to you. As soon as I looked at my BB&B ad yesterday, I thought of you. Glad the potential wrecks have been shared with the masses!

Jen said...

Hi Jen,

Here's a link to daily kos explaining how to stop the anti-No on 8 ads.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/10/19/20323/725/809/635843

HTH

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone else has commented yet on the fact that THE BEAR'S REAR PAWS ARE UPSIDE-DOWN!!!

FAIL.

I guess for some people (e.g., those responsible for the model cake & packaging photo), these really are "puzzles."

-- extrajoker

PiaffePlease said...

I saw these yesterday in the weekly flyers I get and I though of this blog. So funny that it shows up here the next day.

Mara said...

"Don't worry....BB&B is out of bidness! The scourge will be picked up by someone else."

Actually, BB&B is still goin' strong. It's Linens 'n Things that's out of 'bidness'.

Camille said...

Looking beyond the whole CCC wrecktastic potential-- that we may need to appoint a national distaster team to head up, am I really the only one to notice the poor bears feet are upside down? Shouldn't his toes be on top?? I know when I sit mine still face the sky.

So see, even the perfectly, and impossibly, decorated ad is a wreck too.

Teapot said...

Speaking of cupcake cake...
http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/the-great-cupcake-pan-has-arrived

Anonymous said...

Haha, I got that mailer, too, and I wondered if it would show up on your site! I figured, though, that since it wasn't billed as a professional cake decorating thing, that it might escape your radar...not so. Wreckporters are everywhere...bwahaha!

Anonymous said...

I did cupcakes for my son's birthday last spring, for many of the reasons another poster mentioned--no hovering with a knife, worrying about portions; kids were happy with one cupcake and didn't overload on sugar.

BUT...I refuse to make a CCC. Each cupcake was individually decorated (really, people, it's easy, just buy some premade sugar decorations and PLOP THEM ON). Kids don't really care about a fancy cake; it's more for the parents' ego than anything.

I think cupcakes are fantastic and great for a kids' birthday party. Smooshed together though, not so much.

Darla said...

I don't consider the "no knife" argument a valid justification for serving cupcake cakes. The safest and easiest way to cut a sheet cake into straight, even portions is with dental floss.

Sleepwalker said...

Here's one more reader who got the witty Pollock reference immediately. Just keep believing that the educated outnumber the uneducated out there. At least among Cake Wreck readers, anyway. Please don't dumb down future posts in any way because of one ill-bred ignoramus. The unique CW brand of wit is where at least half my laughs come from.

I, too, saw this ad a few weeks ago and thought this really should go on Cake Wrecks. Imagine my satisfaction to see it here yesterday.

Chris said...

I can see two possible disasters right after this garbage hits the table:

1. Cupcakes pulled out with frosting that stays with the rest of the "cake," so the kid gets no frosting on his.

2. Cupcakes pulled out with frosting from two cupcakes.

Either way, it's an epic fail.

Me! said...

LOL, my boss was just talking about ordering one for work! Now that I know what they look like I'm a little scared ;-)

Karin said...

anonymous re: individually decorated cupcakes - around here, we've have gone lower tech than sugar decorations: Plastic rings are the "it" thing to put on your cupcakes.

Heather R. said...

I'm sooo excited... I sent in the CCC making thingy pictures from the BB&B ad! When I ran across that page in the ad, I stopped reading, immediatly took a picture of it and quickly submitted it! My bf told me I had lost my mind but obviously it was worth my time cause it made it in!!
-Heather R.

Lindsay said...

Sup - Being a native of Nebraska, I was actually quite excited upon first viewing the cake in the BBB catelog last week (where I first saw it). I was thrilled...I remember when I was in 4th grade making a cake in the shape of Nebraska for our state's "birthday." We made a sheet cake and made the state outline in M&M's. But now...BBB was offering a cake kit in the shape of Nebraska??? Brilliant, even if it made no sense at all.

Then I realized it was supposed to be a purse, and even worse...it was a CCC. I now hate it. Hate it hate it hate it.

Mary Lasse said...

I eagerly await the post(s) that show the products of the masses' efforts. Eagerly.

Gale said...

Ahh...at least they come in different shapes, which might avoid some scallopped edges! And, there are some cool ideas hatching in my brain that don't involve cup-cake cakes at all, but just use of the new shapes to make some cool individual cup cakes (I'm picturing Candy Corn cup cakes with those cool triangle shaped molds! That should be easy enough even for an amature like me!) Think outside the mold ya'll!

Anonymous said...

I got my BB&B sales circular yesterday and was going to send it in! I'm glad you have already been alerted to this horrific new product.

-Stephani

Dawnspring said...

I had to demo this product earlier this year for a Wilton training seminar! The product wasn't on the market yet at the time I did it, and I had forgotten about it until I saw this post. I have to send in the photo! (I also need to dig out the kit. I have it in a box around here somewheres)

Christine said...

I'm sure others have mentioned this but these cupcakes come with specially designed silicon baking cups so they 'fit' together. It takes it to a whole new level!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the comments so this might have been mentioned already. Those defending these monstrosities stating that since they are shaped to fit together you avoid big globs of icing seem to be forgetting how cupcakes bake. As they rise the tops form a dome. In order to get them to look like the picture you would have to either pile on the frosting, use fondant (on cupcakes, ha), or cut the tops on them all evenly. With all this work, why is it we are not just baking cute cupcakes?

Jodi said...

That is so funny! When I saw the BBB advertisement in my local newspaper, I thought "um I wonder if I will see this on the cake wreck blog?"

Lin said...

I will say that I had to buy this as soon as I saw my 2 favorite things - puzzles & cakes - combined into one. I am not a kitchen person, but so far I put together a green turtle & a passable fish - & was then so proud of myself that I had to send a pic of each to 10 of my friends who understand that I usually have no culinary skills. :-) People definitely have to take off the silicone cup before attempting to eat the cupcake, but I actually got all the cupcake shapes back. (It was also a party of adults who ate the puzzle cake.) I was recently at a pot luck party where someone made a pretty sheet cake, and someone else made cupcakes - the cupcakes disappeared, but the large sheet cake was barely touched - the "it's too nice to cut into" excuse. Am now trying to think of what different puzzle cake shapes to arrange - I was always the type that followed Lego directions better than creating something new - sigh.

The Pink Queen Albatross said...

When I first saw that in Bed, Bath and Beyond's catalog I thought they were cute. Now that I have found your page and see what can go wrong with ccc even for professionals, I know that I will be staying away from those kits.

whizkidforte said...

Wow - and just in time for the 80th anniversary of the culprit - the founder, Dewey McKinley Wilton must've been squirming in his grave. If it weren't for him (for his cake decorating school) and his family, who made cake decorating possible anywhere, those wrecks would never have existed!

whizkidforte said...

Oh, and at least Wilton's renditions of their CCCs don't use fondant, not even the infamously (ahem) unpalatable one!!!