Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guess That Cake

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's time again for your favorite Wreckie game-show: "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!"

[cue applause]

Welcome to Guess That Cake, where your most delicious desserts are decorated and designed, deconstructed and defined. I'm your host, Kay Krex. Let's start the show!

[cue applause]

Now folks, if you're just tuning in, you're just in time for the rules. We'll show you a cake that was prepared by professional bakers at an actual cake store. All you have to do is GUESS... THAT... CAKE!!

Here we go. Let's start off easy with a cake sent all the way across the interwebs from Bridget H.:


Is birthday boy Shaun a fan of:

A) The Fireys from Labyrinth (attacking a B for Bowie, of course)
B) Colorful Rorschach inkblot tests
C) Budweiser

And the answer goes to....


C. Budweiser! Gosh, it seems so obvious now, doesn't it? I was sure it was a trick question. I mean, who'da thunk those little firey heads weren't trying to eat that letter "B"?

The stakes are raised on this second cake, a CCC, sent in from Jenny H. Let's take a look:


Is Jenny's cake supposed to be:

A) A horseshoe commemorating the Kentucky Derby
B) California holding a sledgehammer
C) The Virginia Tech logo

Drumroll please.....
Ooooh, so sorry to the contestants that did not choose "C." We realize it was the least obvious choice, as that cake absolutely does not resemble the Virginia Tech logo, especially considering the missing parts of the letter "V" and the general lack of enthusiasm put into the "go team."

Moving on to our final round where the points that we've neglected to mention until now are DOUBLED, let's take a look at this masterpiece sent in by Jasmine:


Can you tell us if that little guy on the bottom is supposed to be:

A) A broken vase
B) A bullhorn with a stick through its eye
C) A fish with legs wearing sunglasses and a beret and carrying a paintbrush

Survey says...


Eeeeesh- tough one. Tough one. I'm sure most of you were so distracted by the haphazard confetti sprinkles and day-glo lettering that you missed this little camp logo altogether. Spitting image, really. What a shame.

Better luck to you cake-lovers and wrecktators out there on the next episode of "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!" G'night, everyone!

[cue applause]
{off air}

- Related wreckage:
Twins!
Jenniffer said...

Today's post was a blast! Always SO funny!!

Kay Krex said...

It's a shame it wasn't a "P" on the first cake. Then it could be a "Happy STD" cake. Get it? Burning P?

bassgirl said...

Fabulous show, Kay Krex. Hope they renew you for another season!!

The Boob Nazi said...

What IS that fish thing?!?

Anonymous said...

Seriously...I don't get it...if you lack the skills to draw the logo yourself, why don't these people just cut out the logo and use it like a stencil. Obviously, they have plenty of sprinkly things they can use.

A Girl In Her Kitchen said...

Great post Number1!

http://agirlinherkitchen.blogspot.com/

Kate in Italy said...

Maybe they should make Cake baking/decorating an occupation you need an arts degree to have. At LEAST a sculpture or airbrushing class in a community college! Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

Oh, heavens, I got them all right. I guess that means I've been addicted to this site for way too long!

A. B. England said...

Aw man, I stink at this game!

How do some of these wreakarators get jobs decorating cakes? I suppose the employers just take their word for it when it comes to artistry instead of giving them a test run? Or are these cakes the test runs that failed but were put on sale anyway?

Erin said...

I have to admit, as the wife of a Virginia Tech alum, I identified that cake as the logo before I even saw the choices.
Sigh

ellemck1 said...

Heh, Kay Krex, nice. Never would have guessed that bottom one... looked like a blob with a line next to it to me...

Anonymous said...

I love the "Kay Krex." Very clever...

Kamity said...

Thanks for making me laugh when my abs are already sore, Jen!


This reminds me of a local radio show I used to listen to on my way to school, called, "Just pick C!!!" I always wanted to be caller #12 or whatever, 'cause I always knew I could get the answer right .....

Anonymous said...

You know you've been visiting this blog a long time when you look at the second one and you know it isn't B because that's exactly what it does look like and you know it IS C because that's what it looks least like. Ironically or maybe saddly, the Virginia Tech logo has to be one of the easiest to pull off with a CCC.

cool game show, Kay Krex!

Alix said...

Kay Krex!!!!

Brilliant.

flying gargoyle said...

Shawn is clearly being haunted by Ghosts of Rorschachs Past.
[cue spooky sounds and ominous music]
He must have been a baaaaad psychiatrist in a previous life! ;^)

Aimee said...

I lost it when I read "California holding a sledgehammer." Fantastic!

Angie said...

Those are just not right. Really.

Once again I request: Please tell me people didn't have to put down actual non-Monopoly money for those wrecks.

Anonymous said...

...shaking head...
and the VT logo is one of the easiest to do- simple lines, etc
so sad...
must have been made by a bakery in Whoville (Charlottesville- home of the rival UVA cavaliers)
Go Hokies!
-goodfood4ursoul in VA

WriteCards said...

Kay Krex,

For my prize for getting all of these right, "I want sprinkles!"

Great post!

WV: conimp. Yup, that imp sure did con those buyers, making them conimps.

Lauren Borquez said...

When I read the caption under the second cake "California holding a sledge hammer" I laughed out loud and received odd looks from my coworkers

The Black Dog said...

In defense of the first cake, I don't know that there is any way you can do those flames in that style unless you're really really good, and you're not working in a place with limited tools.

The Virginia Tech logo, there's just no excuse, the shape could have been pulled off as a CCC

Classic Steve said...

@Erin: I got it right away, too, and I have no affiliation with VT. That said, the cake's still a wreck.

Christina M. said...

I was thinking more along the lines of a tadpole that had a vision impairment cooling off in front of a fan...

but your idea works, too.

Little Lovables said...

wv: when in doubt, always choose "c"
and that's a factoros

Leanne said...

I was SO hoping it would be the Fireys, if only for nostalgic every-slumber-party-in-4th-grade reasons. ;-) Now I want to know what the freak of evolution on the last one is from...

Breath-e said...

That was downright fun!!

Thnx!

Tiffany said...

Me, reading today's post:

"Kay Krex" - literal Laugh Out Loud! Love it! :)

Cake #1 - Fireys?!?!?!!!!?!?!!? AAAaaaaahhhhh! Run-away! Run-away!! *clop-clop, clop-clop*

Seriously though, I think it's letter C - the Budweiser thing.... *ding, ding, ding*

Cake #2 - *scrolling down - see the "go team" enthusiasm....* I'm going to guess "L. T." (LaDainian Tomlinson) of NFL fame. Dang! It's not even a choice! I'm from the Big 12, so VT never even crossed my mind...

Thank goodness this is a multiple guess gameshow!!

#3 - I actually got this one right, although I had to read the inscription 3 times to figure out what it said. I guessed a fish - but not all the walking and paintbrush stuff.... oh dear!

Great post! Love that Cake Wreck Team!!! "go team" :)

Mira8 said...

I actually guessed the VT logo without seeing the choices. And I'll bet you anything the Wreckerator was a Hokie too (the place isn't exactly famous for their academic standards).

Emily said...

Well OF COURSE it's a fish holding a paintbrush! It's so obvious!

Anonymous said...

"California holding a sledgehammer"

Too funny! That's exactly what it looks like! I wonder what you would get if you ordered "California holding a sledgehammer" from that bakery...

--kate

P.S. That VT logo almost makes the Kentucky Wildcat CCC (one of my favorite wrecks) look spot on.

jo said...

1) is that for a firefighting angel? an arsonist? a performance artist specializing in pyrotechnics? what, no border? *scroll down* Oh, we have choices here. I'm totally lost. *scroll down* Oh. um, they forgot the crown on the B. Looks like what should be emblazoned on a motorcycle.

2) No clue. Ick brown icing, lame orange border, no enthusiasm on Go Team. (must be an expected-to-lose team with obligatory cake. but what sport?? sledgehammering?)

*scroll down* B! B! California holding a sledgehammer! that's what it LOOKS like anyway. Are they going to pummel Nevada or something? *scroll down* oh boy. They don't even have the colors right on VT, as if that even looks like a V. and that's a topheavy T.

3) Music, golf and an evolution fish sprouting legs? *scroll down* Um, the fish? but the beret is missing. What kind of camp is this? Fishing and art? Jazz and Tee suggests music and golf to me, too.

Anonymous said...

I just clicked on the Fireys link. I couldn't even watch it *shudder* reminds me how much I hated that movie. I forgot all about that scene. creepy Bowie, lackluster Connelly....*whimpers in a corner*

LeftWingLock said...

I firmly believe that the little fish with the paint brush could have done a better decorating job than whoever/whatever made these cakes.

Maura said...

That Virginia Tech cake immediately reminded me of the block test Raleigh St. Clair gives to Dudley in The Royal Tenenbaums. Not even close.

Silhouette said...

The VT cake looks kinda hokie to me.

WideAwakeWife said...

I totally see California holding a sledge hammer! lol!

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous post, Jen! Kay Krex indeed!!!!!

For the second wreck I was thinking way too hard - elongated hockey stick and puck? Um, nope. But I guessed Virginia Tech correctly when I read the choices. That last one is very funky - can't say that I've ever seen a painting fish with legs and a beret before...

SewCherie said...

Woo Hoo! A Labyrinth (and Bowie) reference! But seriously kids, don't forget - you have the best chance for getting them right if you go for C!

Zach said...

That Virgina Tech one was just too bad. Before I saw the options I thought it was a "G" or "J". I get being bad at details, but they didn't even get the general shape right...

Kimberly Chapman said...

I looked at each before looking at the choices, and for the last I said to myself, "That's supposed to be a Darwin fish."

And frankly I think it's a better Darwin fish than whatever that other thing actually is.

Go Darwin go!

Melissa (& Billy) said...

Personally, I thought it was sad how the person carrying the "Jazz and Tee" cake tripped and dropped it in the dirt.

Oh. OH. Those are sprinkles. My bad.

;P

ladycrim said...

For some reason, I find "Kay Krex" far more hilarious than I probably should. :-)

Raina said...

The first wreck made me wonder what happened to the first 29 Shauns.

Sparty_Cyclone said...

I won! I won!! Where do I collect my prize?

Pinky said...

Kay Krex made me laugh so hard! Love it!

Ubermonkey said...

That is more Leningrad Tech than Virginia Tech. Definitely a hammer and sickle.

Anonymous said...

The first cake's flames look EXACTLY like an outline of the Falkland Islands.

Nikki said...

Yes, it's been said many times before, but....

"Kay Krex" - I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i thought the VT logo was a piece of bacon..my bad

Zodiac said...

I love this. Being a professional decorator myself, I'd be ashamed to let something so hideous leave my back room. However, it is incredibly entertaining for the rest of us...

Donna said...

Ok, guys...let's not be too hard on the wreckreator who made the VT cake. It's hard enough to put those cupcakes in a line without the poo frosting getting out of hand.

Jess R. said...

I like the stencil idea anonymous had. Then you just frost the cupcakes individually in red, and put a line of white around them to tie it together. Make them one cupcake thick all the way around, too.

I like how they made the left part of the V two cupcakes thick, but then made the top of the T (that doesn't have a leg) THREE cupcakes thick. That is just weird, and I think the California holding a sledgehammer thing was GENIOUS.

Anonymous said...

I dunno about the last one, as the description actually fits pretty well, and the logo itself kind of needed explanation in the first place. I don't think you can blame someone for going their own way on that one. The whole thing's a mess just the same, though, under any circumstances.

lisadh said...

Excellent job, #1! "Kay Krex" is inspired, really. LOL!

Twirly McSwirl said...

I've been reading this blog entirely too long when not only did I know that was a VT logo, I also didn't think it was all that bad.

Caroline said...

The orange icing on the VT cake had me fooled. I thought it was a UT cake until I read the choices. Kinda sad when you can't even get the school colors right.

Kat said...

In defense of some of these cake wrecks, I've been in their shoes, and a customer will come up and just tell you, I want a fish carrying a paintbrush wearing a beret and not give ya any idea what the logo or whatever is supposed to be. And to the lady that said you need an art degree to do cakes? LOL.. that's too funny... I got paid maybe 25 cents above minimum wage to do cakes for a store. (That's what I did while going through college.) I took a cake decorating course at the local community college, and loved it, and ended up getting a part time job doing it. These stores also expect you to only put in 10-15 minutes to ice and decorate most cakes. Some of these were still REALLY sad.

Rachel said...

VT logo did pop into my head but not before trying to figure out how it might be the TN Vols. That's REALLY sad, since out of all the CCC designs, a VT logo REALLY shouldn't have been that difficult.

Classic Steve said...

OT: Mensa likes Cake Wrecks!

Jeffrey Poulin said...

I really though the VT logo was a putt-putt course--they have putt-putt teams right?

Anonymous said...

I know what's wrong with the last one: they forgot the little beret. WTH is wrong with people? Even if this is the 21st century, it sure seems hard to find someone in a grocery store willing to put your total nonsense artist-fish logo on baked goods. *sheesh*

joyce said...

Kay Krex---too funny! Can't wait to put that on an "Hello..my name is" sticker. or sign her up for some list...

you have the smartest commenters!

I snicker every time I walk by the cakes at Tom Thumb wishin' I had a camera on my phone.

Tatersmama said...

Well, I guess if I fail at my chosen profession, I can always get a job as a cake decorator.
Great post! LOLOLOL!

Katja said...

Does anyone else see a little yellow bunny caught in a forest fire in the first cake? Or is it just me?

Anonymous said...

Is it a just a coincidence that all of the answers were C? They spell out the evil CCC! (*patooey*)

:) Sara

subourbonwife.com said...

Dang - I could have sworn the last one had something do with Darwin! The others are just pathetic.

Anonymous said...

0.o

Is that... the Art + Fun Summer Camp logo?

I don't quite know the story behind the fish (if it is) but the fact that we're on a tropical-ish island and use fish in a lot of logos probably has something to do with it. Don't ask me why it has legs though.

And if my guess is correct, would the submitter please, PLEASE reveal which bakery is responsible for that thing? For the safety of local cake-buyers? Even just a hint would help....

Anonymous said...

I love this site and HAD to comment today on how hilarious the post was! Oh my gosh! I'm still wiping the water off my keyboard from when I squirted it out of my mouth while I was laughing. Great website!

Hokie said...

Oh no! I'm a VA Tech alum, and as soon as I saw it, I knew deep down in the pits of my stomach that's what it was supposed to be. And I said a little prayer that it wasn't...which was quickly unanswered. Just wow...

hollyml said...

The first cake: None of the above. That is absolutely a combination of Barbie and Hot Wheels logos. (It's a ubiquitous combination, trust me -- every time you see a toy, kids' bedding, etc. where the same thing is offered in both "girl" and "boy" variations.)

California with a sledgehammer. LOL. That even makes sense. We Californians have an attitude, you know.

Fanboy Wife said...

The middle one was the worst!

Stoich91 said...

Wah...!? I got the fish one right. Does that mean I get a cookie, or something? :)

cutelilsnot said...

ok, but - do they TASTE good???? Kay, your name ROX!

Anonymous said...

anyone else think the last one was a darwin fish with a machette?

Anonymous said...

Katja--I see a bunny stuck in the flames too! That was my first reaction, then i tried to figure out what could be on the other side and gave up :P

"California holding a sledgehammer" also creased me.

And the last one definitely looked like a strange Darwin fish (mutated, of course, from the weird chemicals to be found in the colouring :P)

dsgnGrl7576 said...

The Virginia Tech logo cake...wow, complete lack of geometry skills there. Not to mention even my three year old knows what a V and a T look like, and could probably line up cupcakes in some semblance of the correct shape.

This site never fails to blow my mind!

codeman38 said...

Wow, I thought the second cake was supposed to be a J... though the fact that the submitter's name was Jenny probably primed my brain for that somewhat.

In retrospect, it's clearly the Japanese character ク turned on its side. Clearly.

Anonymous said...

Is that last logo really a fish with legs wearing sunglasses (which is what it looks like) or a big-headed camp girl with a ponytail?

Arlene said...

Lol I loved today's post! That fish logo with legs looked more like an impaled darwin fish than the logo it was supposed to be. Scary how none of the cakes matched the logos especially the Virginia Tech one..couldn't stop laughing.

Amanda said...

You're so awesome. Kay Krex!

And yeah... some of these decorators are just a liiiiittle too optimistic. I say work within your means and abilities...

Trilink said...

That thing on the last cake looks like something I have to defeat in Pikmin 2.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

How could they forget the little crown on the Budweiser B? Budweiser is the king of beers, after all!

Sandi said...

I loved "California holding a sledge hammer" --that's exactly what it looked like!

Anonymous said...

I love you just for the Labyrinth reference <3.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jen,

Did you mean "bullfrog" instead of "bullhorn" on the last cake?

Scarlett Robyn said...

A fish with legs wearing sunglasses and a beret and carrying a paintbrush. Seriously?
Funny as always!

Kristen N. said...

*face-palm* It's times like these where a PhotoCake machine needs to be involved... Or DON'T take the cake order if you know the decorator CAN'T free-hand, it's that simple.

*shakes head*

jena said...

GO HOKIES! Totally showing the husband.