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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

Ghosts with the Most

The most wreckiness, that is.

The label says "The 'Boo' Cake", but it looks more like a "boo-hoo" cake - that, or "when ghosts scream". I guess this is why ghosts shouldn't wear mascara, huh? (Get it? Ma-SCARE-a?)

Some say 'carpe diem' (seize the day) and others say 'carpe jugular' (seize the throat). I'm guessing these cupcakes are more the latter:

Huh - I've never seen ghosts with claws before.

The ghost on the left looks like a cheerleader with pom-poms. The ghost on the right looks...uh...[noting kids in the room] ....cheerful. Yeah. Like, giving you his full attention kind of cheerful.

These teeny-tiny "cupcake" creations are almost as bad as Cupcake Cakes. Not only do the bakeries leave the paper wrapper on the cupcake, but they also pile on enough icing to make even the most die-hard sugar addict develop a facial tic.

As for this particular Wreck, I have just three words: "albino squid mouth". And "ick". Ok, so maybe four words.

Thanks to Barbara A., Susan G., Heather A., and Punketta D.

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Reader Comments (85)

Oh lord..I think my husband needs his eyes checked. He looked at me with a straight face and asked what was wrong with the very first ghost cake (the one with the dripping eyes and mouth.) Then he said it was cool....He was right on the money with the 3rd cake though (you know the one who is happy and at attention.) LOL

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"Not only do the bakeries leave the paper wrapper on the cupcake, but they also pile on enough icing to make even the most die-hard sugar addict develop a facial tic."

I choked with this one, unfortunately not on cake.

The cakes at my local store were of the generic crappy variety - I think there was a big sale on sprinkles.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZoltar Panaflex

The first one wouldn't be that bad if they'd get the face right...fondant is better than 3 lbs of white icing...

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLexi

ghosts with jazz hands.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIHateToast

"albino squid mouth" is sweeping the nation

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Ghost with pom-poms...

that's actually a much more innocent image than what immediately popped into my filthy brain...

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are just so wrong, .... a serious lack of talent in the bakery world.
But they do provide a good laugh!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPyewacketcat

I'm usually pretty tolerant of the accidental phalluses. I might have served the fireman cake. I was willing to let the quebecois penis balloons ride, but I gasped aloud when I saw that happy-to-see-you ghost.

Maybe it's a thing that bakers do: to see how obscene they can make a cake without getting caught. Airline people sometimes challenge one another to incorporate words into PAs. Listen carefully to phrases like "Have a comfortable flight" and you may discover that your pilot or flight attendant is winning a bar bet.

I just can't believe all these icing penises are entirely accidental.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Hey Jen,

You've been tagged! Check out my blog, A Daughter of the King for details. Nothing crazy just post 7 random things about yourself in a post and tag 7 other people.


October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Deitz

I agree that those ghost cupcakes show one ghost flanked by two other ghosts -- they're backup singers! Maybe "Casper and the Ghostettes" could open for "Albino Squid Mouth."

(BTW, Cake Wrecks is the first hit for a Google of the words "albino squid mouth".)

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandie

actually the eyes make it look like the saggy BOOb cake.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

I agree with the others who say that it looks like a bird flew over the first one and left a deposit.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

obviously the baker didn't have a long enough training...

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarie-Helene

I think the "carpe jugulum" cupcakes kind of look like fleur du lies with faces... maybe it's supposed to be "scary" french wallpaper come back to haunt you?

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

JRM, I actually had the same thought.

Indeed, Freud would have a field day with these cakes.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkiriki

Those aren't claws in the second picture.

They're jazz hands!

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Is it wrong of me to think that the first pic was of a white mound where three plops of bird poo landed with unerring accuracy? There is a drip like curve to the bottom of the 'matter' which adds conviction to mt theory.

Err.. Happy Halloween, or whatever.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlibrarylass

About the cupcake cakes, I am a fan. I can't tell you how much I hate cutting and serving cake to birthday party guests. All the whining "I want more icing" and "Oh Oh I want a big peice, yeah that one, with the big rose..." or "You don't want that peice, I licked it hahaha". I just don't need all that. You want a big peice? Here's two cupcakes. You want more icing? Here two cupcakes and no I don't care what you do with the cake. I do still lick the good ones. That's the only way you get anything in my house.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercupcakefan

wow, cupcakefan... Cutting the cake is fun, and regular cakes are moar pretty than cupcakecakes..
Don't worry I hate things that are fun and pretty too.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Picture #3: That's quite a booner.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEinstellsehn

I think that comment posted at 4:22 by "Anonymous" might just BE that ghost..... think....a GHOST posting on your blog.....

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

So much hate!
Glad you weren't in charge of any of my parties. If you are so uncaring of your guest's enjoyment, why bother to have a cake at all. Just give them some peanuts and a soda and tell them to get out.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the ghosts are trying to give the infamous Costco cake a run for it's money.

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSix Green Zebras

A shout-out to all my fellow Discworld fans! :D

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLhyzz

Don't know why my last comment was rejected. You know, Monty Python reference. "Science fiction" sketch, blancmanges, THEY MEAN TO WIN WIMBLEDON. Anyway.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lol Wow. You guys don't mess around over here, do ya?

I'm not hating on the traditional cake, I just find the cupcakes easier.

Oh and anon, you can't give people peanuts and soda at a birthday party. You have to bribe them with a cake(or cupcakes) and ice cream to get the good gifts:-)

This is great site, btw. I laugh my butt off everytime I visit!

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercupcakefan

"Carpe Jugulum" is a book by Terry Pratchett. A pretty book, too.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterE_G

I don't know if y'all saw this but the in the background of the first picture there was what looked to be like a deformed pumpkin head. maybe it's just me.

October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

The first one would have been really cute if his face hadn't melted, which is what I'm pretty sure is what has happened here.

Decorator must have forgotten that they sit under warm lights all day.

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterladraco

these really just blow my mind because, really- HOW HARD IS IT TO MAKE A GHOST!?!?!?!!!!!

i swear this blog makes me want to work at a bakery so i can either make some halfway decent cakes or some really spectacular wrecks.

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbutcherbaby

The ghosts in the third picture.... are.... O.O

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE. Phoenix

The second ones look like angry polar bears.

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarci/Bridgit

Freud would have a field day with these cakes. So true. xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

*Has* to be a Disc World reference! <3


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