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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

Cake Wrecks the Game Show?

Some cakes are like those ink blot tests you saw in grade school: baffling blobs of color open to interpretation. Well, not exactly; cakes are usually supposed to look like something in particular. Sometimes they taste better, too.

Anyway, since I've gotten a few of these "ink blot" type cakes submitted, I thought it'd be fun to add a little suspense to your daily dose of Wreckage. That's right, boys and girls, now it's time to play...

"Guess That Wreck!"

Everyone ready? Ok, clear your mind of all thoughts. Now, scroll down and tell me what you see:

"What's that? Ah, you see the moon cooking on the grill in a paper bag? [scribbling on notepad] Interesting, veeery interesting... [looking over glasses] And tell me, how IS your relationship with your mother?"

Check back tomorrow for the "answer": I'll post a picture of what the cake was supposed to look like. In the mean time, let's see who can come up with the most outrageous explanation. I may even post the top 3 guesses here, so bring on the funny, folks; fame and fortune await!*

Thanks to Dana W. for inspiring a brand new category! Oh, and Dana? Don't go giving away the answer just yet, k?

*By "fame" I mean a shout-out to your posting name, and "fortune" is used more in the "destiny" sense of the word than the "wealth or riches" sense. So in other words, no, you won't be getting any money*. Unless someone sends it to you, of course. But that someone would not be me. So probably not.

* Or begetting any money, either; 'cuz that'd just be weird. And wrong. But mostly weird.

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Reader Comments (575)

Wow, lots of people think its the superdome. Now that I see the football helmets with numbers, I think they're probably right.

But I never would have guessed that. My serious guess was a treasure chest; my joke guess was some sort of mutant clam.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Gale

To me it looks like someone's shield dropped out of the 1500s onto a bunch of cockroaches :S

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJess

It makes me sad that I saw the little football helmets, then had to go Google "fleur de lis football" to determine it had anything to do with the New Orleans Saints, then stare at the image for about five more minutes to figure out it was supposed to look like a stadium.

Everyone else here seemed to have a much easier go of it!

I'm still a little proud of myself, though. WIthout the Googling I did this morning, I wouldn't have been able to verify for you that New Orleans even has a football team, much less what their team name is.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertheshe

Very much looks like a grill. Or a couch with an enthusiastic fleur-de-lis.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRozie

I don't know...but the decapitated football player heads are giving me the creeps!!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSue

What are you complaining about? Isn't that EXACTLY what the Superdome looked like after the aliens set their ship down on top of it and all the players, squishing their helmets out along the edges like too much barbeque sauce on a sandwich?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersciencegirl

Salmon something with green olives around it.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGer

Mmm... salmon.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

It looks like a visit to a rancid sushi bar!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I GOT IT! That's a hell of a big salmon! So big in fact that it took the whole Saints football team to lift it onto the grill. They were so charged with testosterone after getting it on the grill, slapping each other on the bums and pulling chest hair and what not, someone got the idea to brand it with a fleur-de-lis. When it was finally done they tried to put it on a serving platter, unfortunately they were all squashed in the process. Sorry Saints fans, you can just hang up your jerseys no Superbowl for you guys this year!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTinaM

I know what it's SUPPOSED to be, but it looks like it's a horse's mouth. But this particular horse is wearing a fleur de lis "grill" (TOO CRUNK!) in its teeth and a football helmet chain around its neck.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was going to geuss a well made bed..with fringe & then I noticed the little numbers and I realized
it's a bed surrounded by little football players.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDippity Do

Apparently it's supposed to be a football reference. But for the life of me, all I can see is grilled salmon with a fleur de lis, a grilled steak and beetles surrounding it...
And a moldy piece of bread at the top.
Oh well!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~*~SpitFire~*~
October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBIgJim

Clearly it's a giant piece of grilled salmon (branded with a fleur-de-lis) that landed on a muddy football field and squashed all of the football players. All you can see of them are their helmets and the blood oozing around the field.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjulia

The Superdome? HA! That's funny - if it weren't for the little helments on the side - I wouldn't have figured it out.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim H.

It looks like a casket with a half moon in the background, but the casket is being carried by little cockroaches. Numbered cockroaches.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered

It's a horde of beetles angered by grilled french whale blubber.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

its the super dome.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralex g.

Something that is celebrating cockroaches?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

My initial reaction was "fireplace." ...though I'm not really sure what occasion would call for a fireplace cake. Then I saw the football helmets, and I was like, "Erm, unless they're strange-looking coals, I'm guessing it's something to do with football..."

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

football statium

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterletters to elijah

Flaming poo in a silver toilet. In Vegas.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Definitely supposed to be the Superdome. But what is the orangeish red part through the middle? Maybe an alien ray beam?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDan Guerrero

It's the bed of Louis XIV, surrounded by footballs. Or rat turds.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Superdome! I used to work there, so I'd recognize it anywhere :)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLe

It looks like a bunch of chipmunks are standing gaurd while the earth splits open. They need to move before the lava gets them!


Coffee beans spilling forth from the grocery bag after it caught fire in the moonlight

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSue jones

I'm not sure I can even venture a guess!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoodleBunz

2 week old Nigiri-zushi with large green olives which have been inhabited by tiny hermit crabs?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermoonstaff

Before I noticed the football helmets, my first instinct was that it was somehow Boys Scout related - what with the fleur de lis on the top. Then, I thought - oh, it's a campfire, and those are logs, in the middle are flames, and surrounding it are...scorched marshmallows? Rocks? Beetles? Oh wait...those are helmets...ooooh.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I didn't even see the football helmets until I read the comments. I saw the fleur-de-lis and my first thought was "buche de noel." But why put it in a fireplace?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTuri

Ah, this is a very holy cake. That is a sacred ear of corn setting upon the alter. The grey piece in front is where they sacrifice the corn. The things with stripes and numbers are what do the sacrificing. When your number is up you get sacrificed with the corn. It is a great honor. The grey stone in back is just a couch prop.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternutcase68

I was thinking a cake for a boy scout who likes football

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecka M.

It's a promotional cake for a French sushi & martini bar. See, those are 3 big pieces of sashimi (salmon, tuna, and mackerel with the skin still on) decorated with a fleur de lis and surrounded by olives.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna

good, enough football junkies here to recognize the Superdome. it looks better in real life, of course.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen and Dave

My first guess was a piece of shrimp sushi and a centipede. But the little football helmets throw me off. Durn, I don't know anything about football.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersoundsliketomatoes

Well it's obviously supposed to be one of those Kangol hats that Samuel L. Jackson is so fond of wearing, only they butchered the design so badly that the Kangol sign looks more like a fleur de lis. I'd wear that hat, and I'd eat that cake. I'd even eat that cake whilst wearing that hat. That's how cool I am. Know what I'm sayin', Sam?

-Isaac in Belchertown

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermusicalvoyyeur

looks like the side view of a football stadium, but since I don't watch the NFL, I don't know what team that is.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

It's got to be a Boy Scout campfire cookout with a tinfoil dinner. Been there, done that. Got the galvanic shock from foil in my potatoes.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Mutha

I KNOW its the Superdome!! I live very close to it!! To me, it doesn't look ALL's a nice try!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Of course it's not the Superdome. What we have here is a re-enactment of the Great Beetle Linen Theft of 1658.
Unbeknownst to most historians, it wasn't Louis the 14th's dicey wedding plans that led to tense relations with Spain, but rather the King of Spain sending his hoardes of racing beetles (depicted here with their little racing numbers) to steal Louis the 14th's favorite sheets (which in this cakey re-creation had just been neatly folded after being laundered).
As we all know, most men are cranky when they don't sleep well and therefore skirmishes broke out shortly after the incident.
*nods earnestly*
Seriously, when I first saw the cake I thought bugs under a stack of sheets. This is also why my kids don't ask me for help with their history homework. ;-)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Well, I see football helmuts, I think. Lots of them. But no people and a firey blaze of what I can only imagine is the football field. So I guess the football field is up in flames, "a goner", as my son would say. And the brown mess next to it? I have no idea. I have stared at this thing longer than I would like to admit with a million things to do on a Monday morning. I can't wait to see what the cake was supposed to look like!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSam and Brian

Not knowing a thing about football or stadiums, I thought this was a casket that had been dug up with the headstone behind it. Guess I was thinking "halloween."

I had no idea what the icon was supposed to be. (I mean, I know it is a fleu de lis but I didn't know it was the Saints logo.)

I imagine you all are right as now I see all the sad little "footballs"around the edge.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Ferguson

It's the Superdome DURING Katrina.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ GGIP

I think it's the Saints stadium or perhaps it's supposed to be their helmet? It's something football and Saints.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeam Serrins Springfield

Okay, it's the football stadium in New Orleans, post-hurricane? On fire, on top of green/brown sludge. With some kind of polar ice cap on the top.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca and Chris

It's an orange and yellow sofa overlooking a suspiciously brown football field surrounded by helmets, so I would guess this is a cake made especially for an armchair quarterback! And that "quarterback" must be a fan of the New Orleans Saints. Or possibly French. :-)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSila Lumenn

A campfire. I haven't figured out the logo but no matter, I'm still going with campfire.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFairly Odd Mother

It looks like a load of health and safety conscious cockroaches trying to steal a mattress....

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Solo Librarian

Everyone else is saying a stadium, which is entirely plausible. However, I think I'll go against the grain and guess ... The place of the lovemaking, which happens to be in transit by a herd of tiny ants with malt ball shaped helmets to protect from flying debri and fluids.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersillyokio

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