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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

Wrecktastic Pumpkin Parade

With Halloween fast approaching, bakeries are churning out the ghoulish designs faster than you can say "baffling unibrow":

Is this a pumpkin, Jacob L., or breakfast? I'm seeing scrambled eggs and a spotty banana here. And a rat with wings. But let's just ignore him and hope he goes away.

This looks like it was made from upholstery foam and melting plastic, although Lauren D. assures me it was tasty upholstery foam and plastic. So, you know, it's got that going for it.

Shannon B. found this one. Not only is it a seriously wonky pumpkin with drippy mold issues, it's also being served on a platter of earthworms. Eeewwww. (Also, what is that thing behind it? A giant yo-yo?)

Then there's the half-pumpkin-wheel with telephone-cord-tailed mice:

Very, er, curly, Melody P. Yeah, that's it: curly.

And lastly, Leilani
S. shows us how Krispy Kreme is getting into the spirit of things:

Wow, those pumpkin donuts almost look too good to be true, don't they?

Ah, right: that must be because they are:

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Reader Comments (122)


I think I may get a dozen of these for my son's party next Friday. He goes to a Christian school so it's called a Hallelujah Fest. No ghostly celebrations in the presence of God!


October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Every day, thousands of mice are involved in easily preventable curling iron accidents. Please, won't you give generously to the telephone-cord tailed mouse fund?
Honestly my first thought was "Oh those poor mice...did they eat too many greens or are those meant to be tails?" Probably just the rodent lover in me overreacting.
All the cakes are remarkably wrecktastic. My favorite though is the Krispy Kreme donut because my daughters and I just had a lengthy discussion about how things never look as good as they do on the packaging - as evidenced by last night's abysmal tv dinners.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

so funny! Just found your site and I'm loving it! Those pumpkin "cakes" (using the term loosly here) are hideous! I hope they tasted better than they looked - if someone was brave enought eat them. :)

That is about the most frightening doughnut I've ever seen.

I'd still eat it, though. Like it was my last meal on earth. LOL

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelly

The Krispy Kreme was the best one, especially knowing what it was supposed to look like. How sad.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

hahaha I'll go for the curly pumpkin to match my hair ;-) Btw just in case you were wondering where all those doggy creations came from:

Cupcakes in dog shape, can it get any better? :-D

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBerit

All I could think of when I saw the first pumpkin, was the nerdy kid with oversize plastic glasses and braces on his teeth. You know the kid..he's now a multi-millionaire and you wish you'd have been nicer to him.:o)
`Amy B.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite part is the neat pile of dog poo on top of the wonky drippy moldy pumpkin. Yum!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Those pumpkin donuts look so cute in the ad, but the real ones...ew. It's really sad, especially because it's frowning.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Um... what did that first pumpkin wreck eat... and why is it starting at me through the mouth!??

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

ugh..the thing with the worms..and then the thing with the mice..worst disappointment would be the doughnuts..can you sue for false advertising.

first! I think:)

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

OH YAY! I'm the FIRST COMMENT!! :) I read this blog every day but I never comment because there are SO MANY comments on each post. I decorate cakes and I think your site is just fantastic. It's the funniest thing ever and it makes my day each time I read it. Thanks for providing humor in something people take so seriously. :) YOU ROCK!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Heather

Awww. I would totally eat that little pumpkin donut. He's cute!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin Bradley

oh my gosh. that krispy kreme is beyond sad.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's with the "Variety Pack" sticker on the 1st cake? A variety of what? Poor decorating techniques? Is it a cupcake cake with a myriad of mystery flavors?

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1st cake: Petey the Pervert Pumpkin daring kids to eat him.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. Not only is the first one ugly, the decorator can't count. One of anything is not a variety pack. :P

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy W.

I love that we're ignoring the rat with wings in hopes he goes away. Bless his heart!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTraci!

Even the doughnut-pumpkin seems displeased with itself. Aww.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Hey all,

Sorry about the delay in moderating comments. We're out of town and someone who is supposed to be doing it for us (I am not naming names) is dropping the proverbial ball. So, ahhh, whoops.

I'll make sure it's better tomorrow.


October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)

So did anyone else notice the little "bird droppings" on the front of the face of the twinkie pumpkin???

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Good thing I dont' like donughts or that might've turned me off them forever.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*~*Cece*~*

To Kiera--
I had the same issue 3 days ago. But if I click on the title of that days blog (i.e. 'wrecktastic pumpkin parade) on double click where the photo was supposed to be, they suddenly appeared. I haven't had a problem since. I thought I'd pass that on because it's just not the same without the photos. Hope it helps!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterour3qtgirlz

Well, maybe the decorator of the first cake knew that a unibrow is one of the sure signs of a werewolf. I'm guessing that was just a super smart cake decorator getting the most Halloween bang for your buck.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Paula Alford

Obviously that Krispy Kreme was not from a "participating store". :-)

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Hi, I thought you might like these ones (some look like Photoshop, but I don't think I've seen most of them in yout blog)

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlibushe

Are those dead mice under the wagon wheel!


October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrochet by Momma J

i must tell you this comment has nothing to do with this entry. i wanted to comment on the fact that your blog won the award for funniest! because it definitly is! i checked out those other two...not so funny to me! the first time i read your blog--about a month ago?--i was crying from laughing so much. i literally sat there and read every entry all the way back to the beginning! just wanted to share with you what i learned by looking at the other 2 "winners"! i love cakes (eating them). and icing. i like when the icing is so sweet your cheeks tighen up and kinda hurt just a little? mmm-mmmmmm!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

Bwaha! Those are some seriously bizarre pumpkins!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

My friend got the pumpkin Krispi Kreme the other day, it looked just like the pic, but it was empty inside! LAME! Everybody knows if you have a solid (sans hole) donut, it must be filled with yummy goodness.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlrmaggie

Oooh, I bet I know why it's a "variety pack"! It's a CCC! That would explain why it is NOT ROUND! ('Cause, you know, I very much doubt that the supermarket baker trimmed a round cake into that less-regular shape for artistic effect.) And you see, there are a variety of different flavors of cupcake under there.

It does not explain the eyes in its mouth though. For that, there is no explanation.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

When I got the grocery circulars this week, I squealed with delight... There are so many potential wrecks advertised there. I can't wait to get there and take some covert pics. I love "Halloween"!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

That Krispy Kreme pumpkin looks a little to scary to eat.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Is the pumpkin with the mice supposed to be for a Cinderella themed party? Some little girl might like that sort of thing.


October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I recently found your site and I absolutely love it! I laugh out loud when I see some of your postings. Your captions make them even funnier!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

They each look like some sort of decorated fungus.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCris Cohen

What about the nice turd mound atop the pumpkin on the bed of earthworms?!?!?!?!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I shouldn't read this at work, it always makes me laugh until I cry.

Every time you say "So, you know, it's got that going for it." I laugh a little harder.

Man, just when I thought Krispy Kreme donuts couldn't get any grosser you bring us this. I'm so glad Dunkin' Donuts is finally back in Indianapolis!


October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

ROFL!!! That donut is cracking me up! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

The pumpkin sitting in earthworms is scarey. By the way, I love your blog. It is always good for a bit of cheering up, especial if one of my cakes doesn't turn out quite like I had hoped.
Blessings from Costa Rica

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

You forgot about the pile of dog poo on top of the third example. That's a pretty unappetizing "pumpkin stem."

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron James Patterson

Aww. Poor little pumpkin donut. I'll be happy to help put it out of it's misery. (setting up another caffeine-IV drip)

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

That first one looks like McLovin/Fogel from Superbad...ha ha! Great blog!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

That second cake looks like it's hollow and full of cream. Ew. D:

More importantly, though, it looks like it's been dribbled with mid-90s Nickelodeon slime.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think you should send the Krispy Kreme pictures to these folks:

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarlee

okay, people!!

not twinkies!!

orange ladyfingers. tho, where you get orange ladyfingers is waaaay beyond me!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you our3qtgirlz!!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKiera

i'd still eat that krispy kreme and probably lick my fingers afterwards.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So...the unibrow cake has eaten another cake, right? That's why it has eyeballs in its mouth?

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKPP

I'm sorry but the drippy mold one....that doesn't look like a stem on top...stare at it for a minute, do you see what I see?? I feel like I need to go grab a pooper-scooper..

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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