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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

Monkey See, Monkey Doo-Doo

What is it with monkey cupcake cakes? Bad enough that it's a cupcake cake, but then to try and make a monkey out of it? (Heh: "make a monkey out of it". I guess that's not so hard, eh? Eh?) Asking for a cute monkey CCC seems destined to failure, if you ask me.

Case in point: here's what reader Alexis P. wanted for her son Caden's 1st birthday:

Which is sort of cute, but not really; the swirl cupcakes make it look like Mr. Monkey has see-through arms and legs. That isn't the Wreck, though...

This is:


I can't decide if this is a monkey at a stick-up who just soiled himself (an unfortunate effect of not outlining the "tail"), or if he's another steamroller victim. Or, given that expression, I suppose he could be on some Amazon torture rack - I mean, those arms and legs are rather long...

But wait! There's more!

Aren't you curious what the birthday boy thought of his cake? Because fortunately for us Alexis captured little Caden's reaction for posterity:

Ah, I can almost hear the little shrieks of terror from here. Kinda reminds me of my own family gatherings...

Think of it this way, Alexis: without experiences like this, what will Caden talk about later in therapy? Oh, and Caden, there's always our young Wreckporter's intern program for next year.

NOTE: I've been getting some complaints about the proliferation of CCCs here on Cake Wrecks - which is kind of like complaining about all the sick people in hospitals, if you think about it. Still, I'll do my best to space them out between "real" cakes for y'all. Remember, though: if we let these silent menaces go unmentioned, bakeries might start thinking they're acceptable! We can't have that, now can we?

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Reader Comments (105)

The disparity between what was evidently a catalogue picture and the delivered product suddenly made me wonder about an area in which I order custom work based on catalogue pictures: floral bouquets.

Recipients of flower arrangements I have ordered off te internet always TELL me they are beautiful, but now I'm frightened to wonder how many measured up as poorly as that poor, poor monkey.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Hey everyone!! I just wanted to comment on this on two different points. I AM the decorator that made the first cupcake cake in the post.. I know the tail looks like a... well *cough*.. and the icing isn't flat. Believe it or not, the lady who ordered it told me she didn't like the smoothed-out iced ones. Also, she had to draw me out a picture on how she wanted it positioned. Go figure people order some atrocious things. I just tried to make it look decent for what I had to work with. And yes, there's 36 cupcakes vs. the normal 24. And yes, I almost gagged on the "replica"...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraingeleag

I think I'll stick with vanilla...

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosephine

God. It's Copernicus' cousin! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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