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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

E.T. is back...

and he is piiiiissed.

Now, I love pop-culture references from old 80's movies as much as the next girl, ok? Make a crack about R.O.U.S.'s or use the line, "Back off, man; I'm a scientist." and I will love you forever. That said, turning E.T. - whose popularity peaked 25 years ago - into a ticked-off looking mummy and then marketing him to the under-12 set might be a bit too obscure for today's youth. Heck, without the "phone home" reference, I doubt any adult would get it. So props to the decorator for trying to keep the dream alive, but maybe next time he or she should make it a little more obvious.

Josh W., don't you have a phone call to make?

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Reader Comments (117)


October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Stinky Cheese Man. That's what my 12 year old saw.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMay Knart

Oh ET! My condolences on your terrible flying bicycle accident!
Yes, I agree with the previous commentators about laying off the booze and I hope you have finally learned your lesson. No, no I'm sure Eliot forgives you for getting him kicked out of school last time.

Hehe! I thought he was made out of pie too! Oh, what a sad, sad cake. Or is it "cake"? I'm still not convinced...what the heck is it (and do I want to know)?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdarkorchid13

I was going to go for a Ghostbusters reference, but I couldn't figure out how to adapt 'that's a big Twinkie' into a joke about this cake and still make it recognizable to Ghostbusters fans...sort of like this baker didn't know how to make this cake recognizable to ET fans.

Only I knew not to go ahead and do it anyway.

Seriously, it's a hungover, fettucini-wrapped mummy hopped up on goofballs coming to murder us all as we sleep.

It'll bite your head off, man.

Oh, and he's an ugly little spud, isn't he?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Wow... that's all I got :)

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHarley Dee

I don't know, he looks kind of like a cute little fat-faced mummy to me. If you remove ET from the equation, I can see this being a Halloween party cake.

Apparently I am completely in the minority, though! LOL.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Alender

This really freaked me out when I first saw it - I thought that under the face was a little alien hand reaching out imploringly to the cake-eater. Eeeuuugh! Creepy! Turns out it's supposed to be his body.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarahLB

Actually, I think that it is a Gremlin that got a little overzealous with a bikini wax kit!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, I don't think I can look at that cake much longer, much less cut into it. Looks pretty scary to me.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

What in the hello was this decorator smoking to think this looks anything like ET?

I can take my glasses off, stand waaay back from the computer, squint and still not come up with ET. And what's growing out of his chin?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm going to have nightmares now!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was a beheaded Hamburgler! E.T? The decorator needs to phone home to get a clue?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Aaaugh! ET misdialed and was hijacked by the alien vampires of Plan 9 from Outer Space! It's now the sequel -- Plan 10: The Mummy Returns.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

After purchasing this cake, my roommate and I couldn't help but cut into it to see what the eyes were made of... As it turns out, they are plastic rings that look like eyeballs marketed to children for Halloween

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosh W.

I desperately needed both the Ghostbusters quotes and the laugh after a very rough two days at work!

I think "E.T" might benefit from a proton stream or two.


October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

"What the heck is this? I told you to make a mummy!"
"This is a mummy... see, bandages?"
"It... it looks more like E.T. than a mummy. Just... I dunno, put an E.T. quote on there and call it a day."
"But it's a mummy..."
"Do you want to keep your job or not? Not that you're any good at it..."

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTy

This is amazing! They should sell these cakes to people dying to lose weight. Good motivation not to eat.

By the way, my girlfriend showed me your blog and it is now my official fave. I need to go over and vote for you at the contest thingie. Thanks for brightening my day!


October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDan G

Any reference to E.T. always makes me feel a little skiddish. My initials are E.T. so I got told to "phone home" a lot as a kid. :(

But you made me feel 10x better by bringing up the!! That's my all-time favorite movie, but so many people have never heard of it... What gives?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

That is the single most FRIGHTENING thing I have ever seen. Eating it would give me nightmares for weeks!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I am sure that is NOT ET and it is just a stoned mummy who wants to phone home cuz he forgot where he parked his ride!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

Reminds me of the chicken pot pie I made last week. Pie was good, pastry was a bit of disaster, kept breaking up when I rolled it out so I had to cobble the bits together.

NO WAY is this ET! I agree with the Halloween-related comments. This looks like a warm-up act for a spookfest!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkitchenrefugee

at first i thought that it was a rrrreeeeaaalllyyy bad wall-e. then i saw the phone home .. but, the body??? one of my co-workers looked at it and said "cute" ...obviously she and the cake artist(??) had the same special drink today ....
and please, enough with the R.O.U.S.'s now i have to go watch my favorite movie, again! (oh, the book is good too)

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiddlesgirl

I agree, it looks more like a pie than a cake. But still, what's with the monstrous (and I mean that literally) head and itty bitty body??

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrenna

I can't decide if that's a teeny tiny body under that huge head or his hand reaching out in the classic "phone home" gesture.

Either way it still looks more like the mummy.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

I thought he was covered in pasta!! That is one unappetizing cake! Can you imagine the kids fighting over the eyeballs?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe E.T. is phoning home from an extended stay at the leper colony?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercatmania

Yipes!I think this E.T. needs Miracle Max's help and quick!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShari

looks a little like stewie.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuki

I thought it was WALL-E before I saw the phone home reference...

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Ohhhhh, that's his body? I thought he'd puked ...

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear god! It might look like E.T. if there were a scene where E.T. finds Elliot's brother's stash, gets really stoned, and ends up passing out face first in a plate of pasta.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Dooooood - that's more like the guy from The wrong....

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

That doesn't really look like ET, but it does look kinda tasty, but at the same time it looks gross.


October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaysie

Are you sure that it's not a freaky looking Wall-E cake instead? I mean that doesn't look anything like ET!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

At least the quote wasn't "I'll be right here."

For the record, I never lost my love for E.T.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersbg

Ewwwww, that is just . . . Ewwwwwwww. It looks like someone decorated the poor cake with broken rubber bands that were melted into one giant shiny mass with a blowtorch.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I know E.T. was wrinkly, but those frosting strips remind me of those crispy dry noodles you get with your Wonton Soup.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynellen

Before I showed him the "hand" and inscription, Hubby said it looks like a snake.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

EW... did he puke?

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

wow. I just got a cake today very cute it was frankenstine with the same eyes. Funny how one perosn saw the eytes and thought franksten and the other saw the same eyes and thought ET

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ROFL at all the comments, but extra points to

**alexandra erin** for this:

they misspelled "Please Kill Me" as "Phone Home".

I had soda/nose problems from that one.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

Is that *MERINGUE* ?

If so, that's the scariest meringue I've ever seen. *brrr*

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTexPatriate

E.T.'s eyes are supposed to be blue. Enough said. I gotta go wash my eyes out with sulphuric acid!!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like a cherry pie gone horribly wrong!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Looks like a pile of used Band-Aids.


October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercoffeeiv


*reads description*

I still don't see it. I think it must have been one of the monsters my D&D group fought in the past.

THE EYES, they will haunt me 'till I die.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkiriki

Could be that E.T. has been mummified.


October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i like it, reminds me of home, and those corn chips sure look tasty...

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertaco jim

looks more like floory from pee-wee's playhouse to me.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternatalia

"This is not happening, Ray.
This is happening.
Please tell me it's not happening, Ray?
That might or might not be a quote from "Ghostbusters".
But still it's a better mistake than that cake.


October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

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