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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Like THIS, Not Like THAT

Fellow Cake lovers, I've come to a crisis of conscience.

You all know my stance on cupcake-cakes, and it's a stance that I thought nothing, no matter how delightfully sugar-encrusted, could change.

Then, Wreckporter Iliea S. sent me this photo:

And I have to admit, my friends, I am torn. Torn, like an old sweater! You see, yes, this is a cupcake cake. Yes, it is that crime-against-nature shade of blue, destined to stain, well, everything. By all rights I should treat this "cake" with contempt and move on.

And yet... and yet... I LIKE IT! I really do! I think the googly eyes are adorable! I even caught myself fantasizing about making this for John's birthday in a few weeks! ACK!

There, I said it. [shifty eyes] Now I feel like I need to go to cake confession or something.

Ah, but this post wouldn't be a complete without a Wreck, would it? So if I can't bring myself to label the above CCC a Wreck, I'll just have to go with...

This one!

Woohoo! Now, here the world has returned to its natural order, 'cuz this sucker is as Wrecktastic as CCCs come. Are those side wings supposed to be jowls, or arms? Huh. [head tilt] Well, considering there are cookies impaled in them, I'm going to have to guess 'arms'.

Now, those cookies in the middle - are those supposed to be lips, or is Cookie Monster just choking to death? I mean, overall he does kind of have that death-throes look about him, doesn't he? Still, I wouldn't even want to guess what the white icing in the middle is supposed to be - teeth? Foam? (Ewww.)

And while I'm at it, I really should throw these guys in:

It's a whole host of choking cookie monsters! And Kate S., I DO see the difference, I really do.

And look at this: apparently there are lots of decorators out there who have bad childhood memories of Mr. Monster:

Not only do these guys have a pleading look of terror on their faces, they also have their mouths Wait, that can't be right. What is that, then, a mustache? Oh, and would you please get a load of the icing to cupcake ratio? I mean, daaaang.

Sonya G., did you put them out of their misery?

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Reader Comments (90)

I think this is probably the only time when a CCC is permissible. Cookie Monster is kind of a blob like shape to begin with so a cupcake cake actually works for him! As for the second, not so nicely done version, I actually like the way they textured the "fur" but that's the only thing I like about it.

And now I really, reeeeally want a cookie.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

i saw a cupcake cake at the grocery store, shaped like a rainbow. it looked really good and i wish i had my camera!

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoranoranoranoranora

No matter how you look at it, a lot of people are going to have green poo for about a week.

(Cookie Monster cake - my 7th birthday. It was teh awesum.)

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChicka

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October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll admit that first CCC is good.
~Amy B

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Given Cookie's rather amorphous shape, the first ccc actually does work reasonably well.
The others, however, make me want to force feed the decorators rice cakes until they turn green and apologize.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdaundelyon

I absolutely enjoy your blog! I wanted to e-mail in some photos I found on the internet for your viewing pleasure but it wouldn't work. So I'll have to be content to comment on the ones you post. I just recently discovered this blog and I cannot get enough. As for the Cookie Monster cupcake cakes and cupcakes, the only one that I would want to eat is that first one. So well done as opposed to all the others.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

The decapitated Cookie Monsters made the pleasant surprise from the first image go KERSPLAT! While I have no doubt Cookie Monster would love to swim in an ocean made entirely of sweet treats, drowning while choking on a cookie must be his worst nightmare.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

oh, my day is complete. Upon viewing the first CCC I thought to myself surely she can't find anything wrong with this...they did a good job. And then the torturing of cookie monster began...wah-hah-hah..." REL="nofollow">
I'll tell you later Betty

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

i like the first cake.. not so bad after seeing the other stuff!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKillired

nom nom nom ME like COOKIES!!!!

I think Cookie Monster would LOVE to be made out of all cookies...NOT cupcakes...even if he does look totally adorable in the first just does not make up for the total shame the decorators put him through with the following ones

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBliss

This is the FUNNIEST blog I have ever read!!! I have laughed out loud for the past twenty minutes!! It is great!!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

The second Cookie Monster looks like something straight out of a South Park spoof!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTora
October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlily

I really like the first cake! even with all the blueness! and the CM cupcakes that use the sprinkles are fairly adorable.. The Elmo ones are cute!
and they both have plus sides.. Blue Sprinkles are less likely to give you green poo o.O

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClutter-bug

Don't go over to the Dark side, no matter how cute it may appear.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Oh lily!

that looks like something from a Fred Meyer bakery.. well with all those other cakes around.. or Kroger... I think it's the same company different name depending on local?? ... no ide.a. LOL!

I swear I've seen that cheeseburger cake at Freddies tho!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClutter-bug

The second cake is creepy because its amoebic. Once it makes the first split, it WILL take over the world. This is not a conspiracy theory, folks. When encountered and not immediately destroyed, it will reproduce uncontrollably (as evidenced by the whole case of mini creepy cookie monsters). Feel warm and fuzzy for these cakes at your own risk!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternancy b

Oh so cute! I'm so glad that you liked the first one 'cause it was AdOrAbLe! As for the rest? Well lets just say that I too, can agree w/ some of the other commenters on the individual cupcakes. Too sweet!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Clutter-bug, I can confirm that Fred Meyer is owned by the Kroger company, along with about 15 other grocery chains, and two jewelry stores. If you'rre talking about the "choking" cupcakes, though, it looks like they're from a store whose name starts with "Marrazz-", and I'm pretty sure none of the versions of Kroger have a name like that. I'm also pretty sure that the "Pie $9.99 each" sign is referring to something on the shelf above it, as that seems to be the standard sign setup I've seen. That sign you can just barely see at the bottom of the picture is probably the one with the cupcake prices on it.

And for the record, I think those cupcakes are cute, and I would get them. The other ones are just scary, though, and I wouldn't want to eat something with that cake-to-frosting ratio even if it was the most delicious-looking cupcake in the world.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbionelly

I heard somewhere that the Cookie Monster has been remade into the Veggie Monster (or something similar) for the sake of PC-ness (and to help combat obesity in children). *Sigh* The poor guy.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

Is the second picture upside down? The perspective looks like someone leaned way over and took the pic upside down. It makes me dizzy.

The cookiemonster ccc is a nice case in point on how dangerous it is to generalize. You can never ever generalize, it's ALWAYS bad.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternrosetulip

Oh my gosh...this has to be THE funniest thing I have ever read!!!!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda-The Family News!

OK, CCC number one does look nice. But it doesn't look appetizing: who needs so much frosting anyway? Ughhh... And I personally have a problem with neon blue food. With neon whatever-color food, actually.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I've always wanted to make a Cookie Monster cake, but was afraid it would end up looking as dreadful as those last few cupcake monsters in your photos.

If I thought I could pull it off, I'd make this cake:

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKore

Don't fret over liking the first cupcake cake! It simply proves that there is an exception to every rule--except the rule about not combining leopard print, red stretch velvet, and gold lamé in one "outfit."

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennnn

Damn you and your hilarious cake wrecks and accompanying verbage! You owe me a dry pair of pants! lol

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

I don't really understand why you'd make a CCC, why not just a cake then if you're going through all of that effort?!??!!
But the first one is terribly cute.. COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Attitude

It's the cookies that does it in the first cake. They're the perfect detail.

But I thought the cupcake army was a cute idea. The first one that is. Or I'm just really into cupcakes...

Btw, love your blog, should really comment more often!s

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEll

i thought the little red and blue Chokie Monsters looked more like McDonald's Fry Guys!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdawntreader

I love all of these!!!!!
I think they're awesome!!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I'm 30 and when I was a kid in the early 1980s, the (now closed) Kroger grocery store in Ambridge, PA sold Cookie Monster cupcakes with Nilla Wafers as the mouths. I remember because my grandpa always bought us them when we visited.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank You

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZüccaciye

I haven't been to cake wrecks in a while, and the Cookie Monster CCC choking Wreck brought many laughing tears to my eyes. THANK YOU JEN!

November 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBardea

I like the 1st one and the 3rd one! they look so cute. I think the icing would be too much for me though, I don't have a huge sweet tooth.

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremma skeez

With Sesame Street celebrating its big 4-0 today, I couldn't stop laughing!

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

OMG The first "choking" cupcake Cookie Monsters are SOOOO cute! They look like little kids guiltily stealing from the cookie jar, not choking on them!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey K.

I actually like the fail cookie-monster cake more that the so called 'great' cookie monster cake!
Please can you make the 'hop rabbit' cake - that will be cool ...

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCOOKIEMONSTERMAD

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