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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





Beware! It's the Shark-Attack-Cupcake-Mountain!


Hey, Guys, "cupcake-mountain?" Really? I mean, it's supposed to be the ocean, so wouldn't "waterfall" or something be better? Not that sharks could very well dismember people in a waterfall, of course.

What's that? No, I am NOT missing the point. I'm just saying that a certain level of realism might have aided the overall design...

Right, shutting up now.

Me: "Knock-knock."
Rose F.: "Who's there?"
Me: "Candy-gram."

UPDATE: It's true: this was not a pro-made cake. I made the exception because so many of you sent it in, and I thought it was funny. Not poorly-made, mind you; just funny!

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Reader Comments (137)

Nothing says "birthday," like bloodied, severed appendages.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMagsP

Wrecky because it looks so slapdash. But I still want the cupcake in front with the shark on it. Yummy!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I also know the blog from which this came and it's definitely not a professional baker. She's a food blogger and would probably be devastated to see her cupcakes here.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Caaan-dy gram for Mongo! Now I REALLY like you.
I agree with Valerie!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjess

At first glance I was thinking "What the hell?"

LOVED the SNL references. Fun!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJAMIE'S CREW

At first glance I also thought it was bunnies and I instantly thought of Monty Python. I think it is funny. However I don't think those sharks are solid icing. The frosting used wouldn't be able to hang off the edge of the cupcake. I'm going to guess it's something more like a cut twinkie, then frosted to make the shark. It has a twinkie shape to it, and that would be a lot easier than trying to form a mass of buttercream to stay perched over like that.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

This 'cake' is hilarious!

But I don't think this decorator is a professional decorator.

I saw this a while back on the CRAFT blog, which posts a lot of DIY projects. So I think this being on cake wrecks may be a little unfair to the decorator.

And obviously the hands and feet are gummy body parts, put out for halloween. In which case, I think it's an genius use of candy.

Anyway, I would totally love to have a severed-body-parts-jaws-shark-attack-cake! Blood icing -- bring it on!

But then, hey, what do I know? I put a hairy chested Tom Selleck on a cake...

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralicia policia

Ok this is not a professional cake... It's by a hobbyist, and it's even from a cupcake book:

You really should take this entry down!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralicia policia

Alicia P, chill, girl. I didn't say it was an ugly cake, and I admitted it's not professional. Can't I post funny cakes from time to time?

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Squints eyes...tilts head to one side... Nope, can't see anything wrong with it. Love it. Maybe you have to be the mother of boys to understand why anyone would love this cake.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTubbs

This cupcake mountain should be titled "Scene from the U.S.S. Indianapolis". There, I've out tackied the Wreck.

I actually really like this, and would totally dive into those cupcakes.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjelo

It's pretty damn funny!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBigTips

chefann said...
I think it needs one of those little plastic clown heads "floating" on one cupcake, just to be completely terrifying.

OMG - THAT is truly terrifying, but would be hysterical!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous do you suppose that cake was for?

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYarnhog

I love this! Then again, I'm rather strange.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeide

I love the crudeness of this piece. I think it is great! Pass me one with a severed foot!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am the baker of these cupcakes. I'm not a professional baker as you can tell by the lame looking sharks. But the waves on the cupcakes and the candy molded hands and feet were perfect looking.

Bear in mind that I made them as a joke for an adult only party at a retirement community. Yes, that's right, I'm someone's grandma. And I think I still have a pretty good kick-ass sense of humor. For those of you grossed out ... lighten up.
For those of you who thought these were funny ... great. My work here is done.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's me, the shark lady again. I forgot to give Alicia Policia a big thank you for sticking up for me. Let me repeat ... I am not George Bush. Oh wait, that's what what's his name said not me. I remember now, I said that I am not a professional baker. But for a nonprofessional I sure am causing quite the stir. Wait until I tell all the old folks at the clubhouse. They will die laughing. Ha ha ... my old lady sense of humor.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, next time I'm having a Jaws marathon this is definitely the stuff i'm serving.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

Shark lady, I LOVE these cupcakes. I think they're really well done -- and absolutely hysterical.

And I love how the sharks are lunging from one cupcake to the next. Very cool!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandie

Took a minute of staring at it, and then i cracked up. I want one with a foot.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrokeMom

Uh, yeah, that's fnot funny.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonster

It is funny.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

I know I shouldn't... It's so wrong... I just can't help it...

I love this tower-o-cupcakes. I want it for my next party.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmberSwan

What I find random is that so many people think this cupcakey masterpiece should be reserved for 11 year old boys. On my next birthday I want these cupcakes! I am a Girl! And its been a long time since I was eleven...

They are not gross or horrifying, They are full of AWESOME!

I love the blog and have even got by boss hooked on it!


October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersharkiepatronus

I think that's good work for a non-pro. I'd be fascinated to know more of the story behind the theme that generated this cake choice at the retirement centre.

Shark Lady Grandma with the dark sense of humour scores plus points on the following grounds:

a) It's not a 'cupcakecake'.
b) It's way below the line of the ultimate in gross-out, inedible, messing with your mind cakes, the kitty litter cake.
c) It's not covered in roses.
d) Nothing looks like a penis.
e) No babies or pregnant ladies died or were injured in the eating of this cake.

Congrats on the award!

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Poor Marcus!!

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

while i think it's sort of cute, and well executed, further inspection makes me say, "who would want to eat a cupcake with a bloody, bitten-off hand on it?"

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

What exactly is the purpose of this bloody cupcake thing?
Are they celebrating survival? If so hurrah for not being hung up on it....if not??? I don't get it.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrrr

Ew...dismembered body parts! Not edible.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The cupcake tower could represent the rogue wave that sank the boat. Just thinking.

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

hey i've got that book that has the "how to make those" .. funny it doesn't include the severed limbs lol

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmydeanne

I saw several add this, but this is from Hello, Cupcake! which is a totally cute and easy-to-use book. That said -- the book says nothing about severed limbs, which I think might frighten my 2 year old into never getting into the water again. Plus, who ever thought a shark-mountain was a good display idea?

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! I wouldn't even eat this.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Aside from the brilliantly bizarre cupcake shark attack mountain, I LOVE that you used an excerpt from one of my favourite SNL skits. I had no idea so many people remembered it until I tried to find a clip.

Taffy McClure

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hillarious I LOVE IT!

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow... I never thought I'd see the aftermath of the Indianapolis in cake form...

I'm torn between horror & amusement.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterACL

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