A specialty cake can be the crowning centerpiece to an amazing kids’ birthday party. Or it can be a lasting reminder of mistakes made…
miscommunication (or no communication)…
Or fun themes gone terribly awry.
Cake Wrecks Happen
Just ask Jen Yates, the brains behind CakeWrecks.com (and the hilarious books spawned from the blog). She sees about 50 cakes-gone-wrong every week. Yates says mistakes happen all the time, but some cakes are more prone to
“Simple mistakes like misspellings happen most often on big chain store cakes,” she said. “Baby shower cakes and sculpted character cakes probably suffer the most, if only because they're the most demanding. No one will notice a few wonky flowers, but make Elmo look like a homicidal maniac, and no one will ever forget.”
Cakewrecks.com sees a ton of hilariously bad cakes. The more popular the theme, the more wrecks that get submitted to the site. Right now, lots of terrifying Elsa’s are coming across Yates’ inbox.
Avoiding a Cake Wreck
Working with a talented baker (or hiring a caterer who works with one) is a key part of getting a stunning cake for your kids' party. You'll want to shop around and see examples so you don't order this:
And get this instead:
“It's all about hiring the right baker, and choosing the right
Unless you have a skilled baker on stand-by, fixing the problem is tricky, but
“Never underestimate the power of lots and lots of fresh flowers,” said Yates. “That's right; if you can't fix it, HIDE IT.”
We’ll try…but sometimes, you just have to laugh at it until you, well...