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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

It's a Wreck Off!

Alright, 'fess up, decorators: you're TRYING to outdo each other with the Wrecky cupcake cakes, now, aren't you?

Well, you leave me no choice. That's right, folks:


Now, let's go over the rules again, shall we?

1) Both cakes must be of the same subject matter, and the same basic form or shape.
2) The "winning" Wreck shall be the subject of scorn at company water coolers the world over for exactly one business day: no more, no less.
3) There are no other rules.


Well, folks, the Pastel Piranha came out swinging, taking full advantage of all that lumpy icing to better showcase its full pound of edible glitter. It's also showing its true colors "airbrush" style, and frankly, I think that creepy smiley face just may take home the prize today.

Ah, but wait, what's this?

OH! A devastating entrance has been made by Crazy Clash!

Wow, just look at that form. The hypnotic swirls, the glistening green slime, the death-pale torso! Crazy Clash may not float like a butterfly, my friends, but its design certainly is stinging my retinas like a particularly feisty bumblebee, I can tell you THAT.

What do you think, readers? Do we have a winner?

Michelle B. and Heather N., don't tell me this was staged: that just takes all the fun out of the sport.

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Reader Comments (227)

Compared to #2, #1 looks pretty good!

My vote is definitely for #2.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Poor, poor Megan. #2 is just plain embarrassing. I hope whoever was responsible for this bit of nasty gets a nice karmic backlash for their next special occasion.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Raven Productions

I'm all for #2... hilarious but" REL="nofollow">this recipe takes the biscuit I think!" REL="nofollow">Who knew you could put a cake in a jar!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe author

Crazy Clash is definitely the wreckiest. the "wings" are not symmetrical or even shaped like wings. the worst part is that happy birthday is really small and off center then, MEGAN is really big.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

i actually think the first one is pretty. Soo Crazy Clash wins

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRose

#2 is the clear winner. Not only do the wings not match, but the body looks like Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo from South Park. #1 may be glittery and airbrushes, but it can't compare to the horror of #2.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I'm voting for #2, just because of the mismatched wings. That being said, um, do the bodies in the middle look, uh, phallic to anyone else? Especially Crazy Clash. In the first one, it just looks like a pickle.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Carline

#2 is definitely worse. Is it wrong that I kinda like the sparkle/airbrush combo? (YES.)

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

I vote for crazy clash, but what do I know? I voted for Bush!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternannyneedsanap

I thought they had to be professionally done. The first one I would guess, okay...from some kind of bakery [y'know the one...were the decorators are all on 'ludes?] but the second one? No way...professional how?

Is it fair to say just because you took ONE cake decorating course at Michael's and advertise in the "Pennysaver" it shouldn't really be considered "professional"? My goodness that second cake was made by someone who hasn't seen a color wheel chart in quite a few years, if ever.

Sorry, I don't know how some of these cakes escape, let alone people PAY for them. I hope they are getting these wrecks gratis, because besides looking inedible I can only imagine how nasty they are. ick.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh good lo'. Both are heinous, but #2, Crazy Clash, definitely wins this match. Though winning at being the worst isn't really a win, now is it? :)

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I totally vote #2. It looks like one of those things where you fold the paper and each person draws on one section without seeing the others, and you end up with an elephant-horse-pig.

I'm asking for edible glitter next birthday. Seriously, where do you get that stuff?

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm not sure who I'm supposed to be voting for because, really, isn't the "winner" really the loser?

I mean, we are voting for the best worst cake-wreck, right?

This is confusing. Either way, I vote for number 2.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ugh, the first one reminds me of finger paint.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Megan's da-da-esque non-symmetrical is definitely the most wrecktastic.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSally Comes Unraveled

Oh crazy clash for the win, definitely.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraleta meadowlark

I vote for the one with the mismatched wings.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I say it's the first one.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous genius

#2 is by far worse... this doesn't even seem a fair challenge!

The decorator was obviously so proud of the first set of wings that they couldn't bear to actually put additional frosting that might cover up their work - hence the plastic "happy birthday".

They attempted to re-create the design of the first wing, but failed and decided to coat it in a green goo, the only substance that could possibly hide their mistake. But fortunately, the green goo would not be over-powered by additional frosting, so they were able to actually write the name.

Or else this is a recreation of the rare bi-winged tie-dyed/green-gooped butterfly that we all thought was extinct back in the 70s. Fascinating creature!!!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura HLT

#2 is's enough to make #1 almost look good.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Poor Ashanti. That sucker's fugly. She gets my vote.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Im going to have to vote for Crazy Clash on this one.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie - Everything Etsy

My vote goes to Crazy Clash as the wreckiest wreck.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Crazy Clash caused me to literally blurt out, "Oh my god" at the computer screen. It's definitely the "winner" here.

My daughter sometimes colors pictures of butterflies in a non-symmetric manner. She's 4. Even she knows what they're supposed to look like though, and often designs just one wing and then asks me to color in the other one to match!

She would love the pink and purple glitter on entrant #1, so I don't count it as a wreck for those reasons. But when I made her a glittery pink and purple butterfly cake for her birthday, it was NOT a mass of cupcakes but a real cake, the wings were symmetric in both shape and decoration, and there was no airbrushing involved. Oh, and there were no smiley faces involved either!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

I vote for Crazy Clash, at least the colors on Pastel Piranha are pretty, and sparkly!

And as for the icing tip in the picture, it looks like it's filled with white, they could have just picked the "cake" off the shelf and wrote the words on it at home.

Which leads to two even worse situations: that that wreck was sitting out for all the world to see as a representative of the "fabulous" work the bakery does, and that someone either thought that was the best option available at the time, or that it was actually pretty. "OMG, glitter frosting, must have!"

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCole Burns

Oh, I think it's a draw. I think they're equally wrecktastic.
BTW, I gave you an award! Check it out at
Thanks for the laughs you give me every day! Esther

What always scares me is that either the butterfly's head is on backwards...or he's been pinned on his back to a cake board. The second one just looks "beginner" but the first one wins..

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I had to go back and forth for a while, but the writing is quite nice on the pink cake, and while the blurry stunned smile is a little creepy and the stripes obey no butterfly symmetry rules, the second cake is worse.

It's completely asymmetrical, the 9 candle is just weird and WHAT is with the green slime? Is there a story we're missing here about a butterfly caught in a toxic waste dump?

If I could have one cupcake from either cake, though, I'd choose a white one with part of the smile on it from the second entry.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

my eyes hurt. and that green icing makes my tummy hurt. i can't imagine ingesting something that GREEN.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

Another vote for Crazy Clash!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPufftron

I cringe to say it, but I truly believe it's a tie! Although if pressed, I guess I'd tip my hat to #2. It's WRECKtacular!!!!!!!!!!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

Another vote for Crazy Clash. I almost *like* the first cake.


October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Despite the obvious troubles with Crazy Clash..the puke green color, crazy swirl of doom, icing running out the door (probably cause it is frightened), the weird Happy Birthday, and ugly writing on the poor girls name..the worm in the middle looks so happy!

Therefore I think Pastel Piranha is the most wrecky of the two!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJullee and Fam

Geesh, how bad do you have to be to be presented with a cake that bad. Poor Poor Megan. My vote is for Crazy Clash.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

At least Ashanti's cake had decent writing. They copped out with Megan's cake and used a little plastic thing.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrafty Mama

# 2 for the wreckiest!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmi and Adam

Am I really the only one who thinks #1 looks like a happy penis floating in some kind of psychadelic movie dream sequence?

#2 wins, though, simply because I can make no sense of it. None. Zero. There was no plan there.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK.S.

I'm giggling thinking how proud the creators of these cupcake cakes were at the time of completion. I say they're just fugly.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

" K.S. said...

Am I really the only one who thinks #1 looks like a happy penis floating in some kind of psychadelic movie dream sequence?"

LOL....K.S., thanks for sharing that. I'll be chuckling for awhile!

Crazy Clash wins my vote...the completely random green wing is just weird.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

i'm telling you, no 1 is the wreckest of all! i mean, who eats glitter?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Crazy Clash definitely does it for me. Pastel is at least not intolerable to look at, and they were able to be consistent with the stripes in color and placement on both sides. #2 just looks like a mummified butterfly that got taken advantage of by those psychotic things from The Yellow Submarine, i.e.:

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstuckonsushi

Crazy Clash hands down. What the???

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrace D

great cakes!!!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwheatgerm

I didn't know neon could pass for pastel...
Clearly, the airbrush gun was a very recent purchase - for both decorators.
I second all the 'poooooor Megan!!' comments, and 'WTF w/ the toxic slime?' The 9 has already begun melting into it!
I hope Megan and ashley (of eeyore-eagles "sharing" fame) just took their fists and smashed their respective "cakes" immediately after these photos were taken. What other natural response is there for a child upon receipt of such....wreckitude?

p.s. *lovelovelove* your site, Jen. just found it a couple of days ago, and have been crying ever since - from laughter, obviously. Kudos!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, is it me or does Wreck #1 look like it's got a giant penis down its center?

BTW, number two is...well...just made me vomit in my mouth a bit.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Cake wreck thunderdome?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkiriki

I have to say, the pastel enwonderment takes the cake all around.
though i don't know if i'd actually go anywhere near them to eat.

what a waste of beautiful cupcakes.


October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrainbow.rock

Crazy Clash scares me...

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyburd1

it's got to be #2, really. The lack of basic biological knowledge about butterflies having THE SAME COLOUR WINGS ON BOTH SIDES would clinch it alone, but the fact that the body looks like a grub that you might expect to eat if you were starving in the outback, rather than celebrating a birthday party, carries it WAY into the lead.

I will say this for cake one: it's awful, but in a more 'meant' looking way. Plus, you'd have multicoloured, glittery - and who doesn't want that?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Thomasin

Crazy Clash

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

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