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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

Confessions of a Cake Wrecker

Cake decorators are an interesting lot.

For example, some of them find this site absolutely hilarious...until they see their cake on it.* Others find the very concept of Cake Wrecks repugnant. Still others - and these are the ones I love - realize that Wrecks are a part of life and therefore nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, some of this rare, wonderful breed even submit their own cakes. Huzzah! That's the spirit! Why get cranky over a Wrecky creation when you can share it with us, generate some laughs, and be a proud Wrecker for the day?

With all of that said, today's Wreck comes from Alison, owner of Alison's Cakery in NC. Like most Wreck creators, she usually makes gorgeous cakes. She writes:

"I was asked to make a baby shower cake for a very non-traditional mother, [but] she had her baby 3 months premature. In a moment of brilliance (or insanity, or sleeplessness) I decided to make a 'surprise baby' just exited the mommy early, kind of like a new year's baby coming out of the cake. After a bit of time modeling I was pretty satisfied with my finished product."

And here it is:

[nodding] Very nice, very... er...hey...wait a second....can we zoom in?


I've heard of losing your head over a pregnancy before, but your arms and legs, too?

Fortunately, Alison has more to say:
"I showed the cake to one of my associates, who said it looked like an alien bursting out of a decapitated mother's funereal body. Needless to say, this topper did not stay."

No, really, it's not that bad...

[checking photo again] Er, ok, yes it is.

Not to say that the alien-bursting-forth concept wasn't a good one, though. I mean, at least the mother's decapitated and dismembered torso has clothes on.

Alison, you just keep wrecking on with your bad self, girl. And bakers, I hope you've all learned a valuable lesson here today: submitting your own cakes to Cake Wrecks could get you free advertising. Oh, and always have an associate double-check your work. ;)

* My idea for an apron: "It's all fun and games 'til it ends up on Cake Wrecks!"

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Reader Comments (147)

Ahhhhh! Ahhhhh! O.O

Creepiest. Cake. Ever!

Though it reminds me of some sound advice my science fiction loving mother gave me: "Never watch the movie 'Alien' while pregnant."

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Alien birth, no legs, no arms, and to top it should excuse the head!!! Oh well, it's like the late Marie Antoinette once said, "Let them wreck cake!" Whaaaat?

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I think it would have looked pretty cool if she had made it look like the dancing baby on Ally McBeal...

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonster

AHHHHHH!!!! It reminds me of when I was little and got traumatized by accidentally seeing a scene of "Alien"! EWWW!

Not to mention I was born by C-section..

And what's with the apparent decapitation and dismemberment?!

*curls into fetal position*

Well, anyway. I love those beautiful colours. I find the top of the cake highly disturbing, but the rest is lovely.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

Way to get in the spirit of Wreckery, Alison! The rest of your cakes are amazingly beautiful!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkjl

My four year old took one look at that cake and said: eeewwwwww!!!

It's a universal horror.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B.

I too am a friend of Alison's and remember this cake! And I have had some of her cake and it is great!!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think you'd find some of my cakes VERY inappropriate. That's part of my charm, inappropriateness.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChelsi

Good for her for finding the humor AND asking for coworker opinions. Score!

BUT, minus the headless and legless woman with a baby busting out of the belly, it is a gorgeous cake!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlli


October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

Um, I don't know how many of your blog readers are also readers of the Twilight series (vampire romance books), but in the last installation, Breaking Dawn, **spoiler alert** there is actually a scene quite a bit like this...

Maybe your cakewreck friend will actually get MORE business making cakes like this than she originally thought! Lol, freaktastic!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMishqueen

As a recent recipient of a c-section, this cake makes my scar hurt.

And I'm another one who doesn't care for all the black icing. I like the color black, just not on food.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a great sport! YAY Alison! And good job on getting a second opinion!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKayla W

It looks like the baby just won, "Little Miss C-section Horror 2008". What's with the sash? I just don't think I'll ever be the same...

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternancy b

When I first looked at it I thought, "Oh no.... Mr Bill"

Vague reference to early 80's humour. Looks like a naked Mr. Bill popping out of the top of that beautiful cake. "Oh no..... Mr Bill" indeed.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEd

This cake was hilariously FREAKY, (coming from someone who had a baby 3 months early) and I can say that this cake would have made me cry at my shower.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeMira

Did she use the Venus of Willendorf as a model for the mom figure?

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFattypants

I loved the cake! The topper would send small children and pregnant mothers running from the room though. I thought alien baby bursting forth from a corpse too. lol scary stuff! But I would definitely use your bakery if I were close by, the rest of it is gorgeous!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTobias

I just learned about your site recently, what a great outlet!

Can I make a horrible looking cake on purpose just so I can send you a picture? Haha

Thanks for adding hilarity to our lives!


October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

It is like a scene from Spaceballs! WTG Alison! I love it.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMuffin Pants

Yay for the wrecker. Glad to see there are still some people out there that know how to laugh at themselves. ;)

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I had a nightmare when I was pregnant where this exact thing happened to me. My baby came early and just popped out of my side. It really freaked me out in my dream . . .

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertony and teressa

I actually rather like it. Then again, I'm a fan of the Aliens movies and find this cake hilarious. :)

Either way, it's a very well done cake!

Kudos to the baker/decorator for being able to laugh at herself. :)

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer


Is that some kind of hex or are those cake wrecks!?

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I had a flashback to that movie "Species II". And now I'll have nightmares. eeeeeeeesh...........

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

The next time I give birth, I totally want a cake with a baby ripping through my abdomen. What more could a gal ask for?

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTalbot Family

Am I the only one who at first didn't realize that it was a woman's body? And instead thought the pink thing parts where babies normally come out of? no? that's just me? oh....

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

ohhhh sick!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNothinglikeit

But they had the smarts to change the topper. There is some sanity left in the world after all.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

Its like revisiting my nightmares from my first pregnancy!!1 pregnant ladies have weird dreams tho.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Dude

If you're not making any mistakes, then you're not learning, you're coasting.

Be adventurous. Take risks. If you're not certain of the success, ask a trusted friend or coworker for feedback.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterysabetwordsmith

oh my gosh, hilarious!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

You have to make those aprons! and sell them, I'll be the first one to buy. btw, I love your blog. I read it every day at work for a pick me up. It's all the fun of cake, and no calories :)

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVal

not to mention SHE'S NAKED too!!!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrystal

Where can I get a Cake Wreck apron? :)

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ruthanne

I'm going to be laughing about this one for DAYS! XD

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWeez

OMG, this is so hilarious I can't stop laughing! And if you really do have aprons made I know at least three people I would buy them for for gifts! I just hope they'd still make me cakes afterwards....hmm, better think about that.

But, seriously, you are hilarious. The cakes are funny but your commentary just makes it so much more. Thanks for the laugh!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

hahahaha that is one sad case of a 'birth'day cake

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinora 'Aronil' Low

This cake does look beautiful, minus the baby on the top.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Finally! Someone else who says "Huzzah!" My friends just don't get me.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Unfortunately, this has happened:

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Unfortunately, this has happened:

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

That's so wrong on so many levels... O__o

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Delurking to say that I clicked through the link to Alison's Cakery website... and she's in my town! That is so random! Yay Wilmington, NC! :)

Crazy. I might just have to check her out for my wedding cake. But uh, no baby cakes. Uh-uh.

Also, this is a great site, love it. :)

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentert.

oh my I really looked at it and it lookedlike a c-section gone terribly wrong!

November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG... I laughted so hard I cried. Really that was the natural thought progression for a premature delivery... ROFLMAO... whooo that would be a great Twilight cake for those in the know.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDragnters

I pretty much FELT like that after giving birth...but I'm thinking that cake was designed by one bitter woman!!

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