Today I got a request for a baby butt cake, and turned it down flat because of Cake Wrecks. I am terrified of ending up on there! But, if it wasn't for Cake Wrecks, I would have done it, no problem. So, this made me think-have any of you stopped making certain types of cakes, or cakes you think will be ugly, out of fear of ending up on Cake Wrecks? Just curious!
I read Cake Wrecks, and I can tell you that I NEVER liked the "baby butt" cake to begin with, ever. It's a cute idea and all, but..creepy. The thought of looking at a baby butt in that wierd "bent over" position, complete with little legs and feet, on a cake is just..wierd. I also think that most of the stuff in the "Adult" photo categories here is a little over the top, but, that's a different debate for a different day...
I feel like overall, though, CW has been good in an indirect way.. from what you're saying, it sounds as though it's begun to force decorators to think twice before constructing a cake, even if it means they're saying to themselves, "is this going to wind up on Cake Wrecks?" I don't feel like it's a bad thing to be second-guessing some designs that might turn out to be less-than tasteful...
Getting off the soapbox now, though. Good luck to whatever you end up doing!
No, cake wrecks hasn't influenced me at all--I LOVE the site, and it's one of the first things I check when I get online in the morning. I already turn down cakes that I don't feel "jive" with my style. I don't do "adult" cakes (I'll do whimsical/funny stuff, like the girl popping out of the cake, but no actual porno cakes--not what I want to be known for), I don't do sheet cakes, I don't do cupcake cakes, and I won't do anything "just because the client is paying for it, and the customer is always right." If a customer requests a cake that I just don't feel will end up being attractive, or a design that I am not comfortable putting my name on, then I turn the job down. And believe me, I am not exactly in a financial position to turn away work lol, but my reputation, and the long-term effect doing something undesirable could have on my career far outweigh a few bucks in hand.
LOL- I love the site and I don't think it changes the way I do cakes at all. Having said that, I have turned down cakes because of the design and the customer refusing to budge on it. I don't want to put my name on a cake that I know is going to look like a disaster. The cakes on the site are mostly done at grocery store bakeries where the decorator is forced to decorate for speed and quantity, not for technique, and it kind of robs the decorator because I don't think you get to see their real talent.
Still, it's a fun site to look at when you feel like you're the only one who has made a disasterous piece.
Ha ha-Pinkziab, I absolutely will not make adult cakes either! I get requests for them, but NO. My kids are often around when people pick up their cakes, and the last thing I need is one of them asking questions. And some of the ones I have seen on this site are g-r-o-s-s.
I actually had a mom call me one time, wanted me to make...female anatomy for her SON'S 18th birthday. Ummm...oogie?
Oh, Summernoelle, that's gross! Some moms are so scary.
It's funny, though. I'm really no prude but a lot of the adult cake kind of embarrass me.