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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)

That pumpkin doughnut looks so sad! :(

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Is that a giant T*** on top of #3? bleh

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I actually think #3 is a totally appropriate Halloween cake. It's just gross enough without being a complete failure.

I wanted to take a photo of a pumpkin cupcake wreck at the grocery store yesterday, but I didn't have my camera, and it seemed a bit too cliche. You know, the kind of thing that is too common to be "wrecktastic", no matter how "wrecked" it is. But still, it was really sloppy. Cupcakes peeking out all around, some only half frosted.... Sheesh.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Hey, this is Cake Wrecks! Not Donut Wrecks. Don't ruin it for favorite thing in the whole wide world that I would cheat on my diet is a BOX full of good donuts. Not the stale grocery store kind, but the awesome real bakery kind. And next to those comes the Krispy Kremes. I'm gonna go get one of those pumpkin donuts.

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

Re: Upholstery foam cake
Did someone just draw the face on with a Sharpie?

Re: Earthworm cake
What is that poo-looking stuff coming out the top?!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

It's more than a little alarming that several of the pumpkin tops look like perfectly swirled poops.

Come to think of it, when is brown icing ever a good idea? I have to think most cakes with brown coloring don't look very appetizing.

It seems that some hues just aren't cut out for cake decorating...

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermary

This is by far the funniest blog I've read and I read some funny ones! But yours made me laugh until I cried and it was painful to try to do it quietly as not to wake my triplets!
So glad I found you today - THANKS!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I love the krispy kremes the best!!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

What a disgruntled Krispy Kreme employee!

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

LOL!! That first one is like a dork pumpkin..Or a teenage pumpkin in the awkward stage with the big glasses and braces and the unibrow ;-) I LOVE your blog!

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

brown, as in chocolate, mocha, etc. would be fine.
but brown icing as unexplained poo presence?!? no. just no.

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October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArun kumar

i'm trying to lose weight but this blog (even with the sometimes UGLY cakes) makes me want to have something sweet. I babed batches of cookies last week.

these cakes look sad. depressingly sad...

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

oh good god... i'm not even a cake decorator and i could do a better job of those doughnuts.... whoever did those ought to be shot!

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaishay

I took the shot for #3. I also thought it looked a little poopy on top. I just thought it was gross. I wanted to mention I think the 'clam' in the back was actually a really poor attempt to make a full sized cake look like a cupcake. I know, weird, but not as weird as the cake in the back left corner of shot. The cake decorators at the grocery store have gone on this day-glo kick and are making all these cakes in clashing neon colors with thick piped icing... ugh.

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershannonb

Ok... I just need to mention the fact that Pumkin #1 looks like it ate someone. See the eyes peeking out of the mouth? Very scary, indeed.

And, who pooped on top of Pumpkin #3? Is it just me, or is that a big turd?

October 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

I'm a doughnut fryer--BTW outside of the lovely sugary world of Krispy Kreme, doughnut frying=working graveyard shift.

My first thought upon looking at those pumpkins was "Oh dear holy god what sadistic manager decided that would be a good idea?"

...and I fry doughnuts so I can be an artist in my "real" life.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, the one looks like a Twinkie cake, not upholstery foam....and that makes it extra delicious! Actually, they may have started some horrible new trend...cupcake cakes weren't enough, now it's Twinkie cakes!!!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

The Krispy Kreme ones are good!! I've gotten them a few times over the past few years, and they've always looked like the picture. There's some sort of stamp that they use at mine. Don't get discouraged!

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think that last picture is a Krispy Kreme. The ones they have in the Krispy Kreme stores look exactly like they do in the advertisement. Someone was just fooling around with the last one, I think.

October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do not get the mice on #4. Did they intentionally squash the mice under the pumpkin?

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJug

Fright night in the kitchen ;) xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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