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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

Mum's the Word

Wow, I'm almost sad it's Halloween; I have oodles more Halloween Wrecks to share! (So take note, Wreckporters: get your Thanksgiving Wrecks submitted early.)

Let's see, we've covered pumpkins and ghosts and spiders, but I feel like something's missing from our Halloween line up...

OH! I know! This is:


Hey, John R.? What'd you say this was again? A mummy? [checking photo again] With a red hair bow? Seriously? Wait - that's a cookie! Does that even count?

Hm, well, let's see what Amanda M. dug up for us.

Amanda thought this was some kind of spiderweb, but my Wreck radar is telling me it was supposed to be a mummy head. It's also alerting me to the fact that this is a dreaded CCC, so we'd best move on.

Ok, here we go: that's actually recognizable. Kudos, Annie D.; I bet you never thought this would be the best looking one, huh? Still, I include it as a base of reference for this next one:

Yep, Stephanie S. reports that this was actually labeled "Mummy Cake". As opposed to "Ticked-Off Cross-Breed of a Storm-Trooper and a Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtle Cake".

And the award for "Least Effort Exerted in Making Overstocked Cakes into Halloween Cakes" goes to:

Like you, I thought that surely this design (found by Amy W.) was a one-store fluke. But then I got this from Jessica K.:

Ack! The smiley face mummies are everywhere! And they're surrounded by nuts!

Still, I don't think any of those Wrecks can compete with what Michael G. uncovered:

Words fail me. The stringy white stuff, the eyeballs, the two fingers...yep, I got nuthin'. Y'all will have to help me out here: what the heck is this? My best guess is a melted mummy, but I'm sure you guys can come up with something better.

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Reader Comments (128)

"Ticked-Off Cross-Breed of a Storm-Trooper and a Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtle Cake".

LOL, I love you XDDD<3

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bet the Smiley Face mummies are for the "Watchmen" fans out there.

Come to think of it, I bet a Rorschach cake would be pretty easy... and hilarious!

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Are you sure that's not ketchup all over the first one?

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

The last one is a mummy that went moldy.
The first one is a frazzled Halloween cat, and I think it's cute.

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

Hmmm... that last one might be the FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster) getting it on with Cthulu...

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoricum

Umm...the Incredible Hulk, "that got squot by a tractor tire" (in the perfectly-said words of Stephen King)

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

imagine my delight when, after reading this post, i venture off to my local grocery store and see IN PERSON that last cake!! although i do not believe in the CCC, i had to buy it. mine was even more wrecky than the one you posted! awesomely good times, and a sugar coma to boot.

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterevil cake lady

those are some great cakes, I cannot figure this out, but it has fingers.

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

shouldnt the last one at least get bonus points ( as sad as it looks) for not using a pile of icing for the eyes but instead using foiled candy? although, since the eyeballs are two different colors i guess we should take some points away. so it all evensout i suppose. hahah

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWakeGrace

That last one...I would was a normal child mummy who was asked to walk home from school because the mommmy mummy(ha...funny) needed to get her paper re curled for her big date...well hes licking a lollipop crossing the stree(you know how kids do) and out of no where dracula in his F 150 comes down the street at 105 miles per hour becuase hey its sunlight and hes in pain but he needs to make a withdrawl from the blood bank and SMASH...we get a smushed child mummy lost 8 fingers any sense of form...oh and as for the bakery...well you dont even wanna know what happened to them..haha

Sincerely written,
Jessi H

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessi Hynes

wow, thats just bizarre! I don't think this person thought through the design very long and just went for it!!

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPiECE of CaKE DESiGNS

It just shocks me that these are made by actual professionals! I think my kids can do way better than these~

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Bobbi~

That last one is oddly endearing to me.

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Sunshine

Halloween sure does make for Wrecktastic material! I loved all your Halloween-themed entries, but the smiley face mummy was just so--wrong?--that it made me laugh out loud.

Keep up the great work.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri in Rehoboth

#3 looks like a mummified Homer Simpson...

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake is obviously the wicked witch of the west after she was melted and slugs began walking across her, bubbling because of the high salt concentration in her goop.
~ iamkat

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cookie one looks like someone sat on it.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I say it's the wicked witch of the west.... after she had melted, Dorothy put some bandages on her..but, to no avail...well, you get the picture.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwccomics

That middle green one is awesome. If it wasn't marked as 'mummy' I'd buy it just for the ability to ask people 'what do you think this cake is?'

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentery2jdingo

... I have to tell you all... the last one, which I submitted, was not a one-time anomaly. The bakery that made that made a BUNCH of them -- there must have been about 10 of them available for purchase when I snapped that pic. I didn't have the foresight to ask the bakers what it was supposed to be. Perhaps I will show them the picture I took and ask them next time I am in there...

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

Oh, I think the bottom one is easy. Obviously, Igor got hungry, and he went out and ate a frog. Lacking fiber in his diet, he noticed that some teenager's had TP-ed the laboratory, so Igor downed the TP as well. He finished his meal with too much candy...then the nausea set in. Poor Igor projectile-vomitted his entire ill-advised dinner onto a lab table, where it congealed into an entirely new monster that will soon terrorize the world.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I must note that the last cake is also one of the dreaded CCC cakes.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Kline

The Mummy with the foil covered chocolate blue eyes could totally double for a Rayman Raving Rabbid if it only had ears....*not to self ask for mummy cake for birthday next year and apply ears

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ok, my theory on the green mess is this: The Wicked Witch had just summoned a Mummy to attack someone, when they threw a bucket of water on her, and she melted, falling on top of the mummy, who was banished, but some of his bandages for stuck in the goo.... ? How does that sound? Hideous. truly hideous.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercelticchrys

I think the bandaged smiley faces are hilarious! Makes me think someone kncoked around the walmart icon a few too many times!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeh, the last one does look like Slimer from Ghostbusters after he tried to go through the Marshmallow Puff man! Good call. ;) xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I am rather late to the party but I have to say that the second cake looks like the pokemon Tangela!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatiedid

It's an Awful Green Thing from Outer Space!!

Probably after being hit by a Canister of Zgwortz....

September 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

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