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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

Maximum Irony Has Now Been Achieved

Yep, it's a Fail Cake Fail.

Jen G., I used to think the shorter the word, the harder it was to screw up. Thanks for ruining another one of my theories.

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Reader Comments (153)

I agree with some of the above comments... the frosting alone is the fail!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Okay, so maybe it WAS intentional. That doens't mean it's celver. Or appaeling.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I think it's a misspelled File cake, like you send to your friends in prison.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous icing...not!

I wanna know what the occasion was

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

I want to know exactly how many bottles of black Wilton gel coloring had to die to make that cake.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Oh, excellent self-esteem booster there! Wow. I'd just like to know what occasion it was for. Did someone fail their entrance exams? Wow.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

You have to wonder at the decorator's response to this request (whether or not the misspelling was intentional): "All black, word Fail [or Fial] prominently displayed. OK. Do you want flowers on it? One's good? Got it. And you want to pick it up on Tues.? Great, see you then!"

Word verification: emose. I think that's a pretty accurate description of how an all black cake makes me feel.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That cake is terrifying. Should someone buy one of those for my post-funeral get together, I will haunt the person responsible until the end of time.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Please tell me that's a funeral cake.

All the black icing and angst should be the perfect base for the ultimate cynicism of our time. And yet it FIALS.
Maximun irony is a WIN!
Pwnage is a yes.

Brianna McCarthy @ Passion.Fruit

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

When I decorated cakes (back in the dark ages), I HATED using black icing because you had to use so much coloring to make the stuff black that it tasted nasty.

I can't imagine a cake with nothing but black icing. *shudder*

"Fial" indeed.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

You can get the color black, by starting with chocolate frosting and then adding the black food coloring. I'm not saying this is good, but it might not be as bad as you think.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can you imagine how obvious the glutton would be--black frosting all over their fialure face and teeth?

So since it's a fail fail---do they cancel each other out?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

I think this was actually a misspelling of the word "file" as a heads-up to the prisoner who received it as a gift.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBaya Clare, CSJ


Words "fial" me...

I crack me up!!!

Sorry. Couldn't help myself! meo

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

But why? Why make a fail cake at all? WHY NOT LOOK UP HOW TO SPELL FAIL IF YOU DON'T KNOW? Why make an intentionally misspelled cake, if that's the case? WHy all the black icing? Jesus, WHYYYY??

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Aoccdrnig to rseearch, it deosn't mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit palce. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wohle.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Fial -- FTW !

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTexPatriate

I've been curiously obssessed all day by the inmitigated ugliness of this cake (not even including the misspelling) and wonder why anyone would find this "design" appealing and/or funny. Even in its wreck-titude, it's neither. Black icing? Seriously?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Whether it was intentional or not, that is one of the funniest blog post titles ever!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy the Mom

it's not the black mouths that make me cringe, it's what I'll see in my toddlers diaper the next day.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura, Ben, and family

OMG, I live for my daily wreckalicious fix but the past two days have almost gotten me fired! The Monkey DooDoo was pretty funny but FIAL...I'm dying here!!!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Is there a fial in that cake?

Maybe it's word verification cake.

Eckkk black icing. For the record, black icing makes your mouth and teeth blue. I know cuz I ordered black icing trim for a cake and everyone had blue teeth...and probably blue poo*LOL*

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

What I think is funny is...every black-coloured thing that I've ingested, when it comes out the, uh, other end, is not in fact black, but *green* (cf. eating large quantities of black Jell-O, though I don't know if that's still on the market).

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

I remember a time as a child, when my grandmother (the one that couldn't cook) made meatloaf. Tombstone grey meatloaf. It was so frightening that I took one look at it and said "I'm going out to eat" and literally walked out the door. I probably would have been in big trouble - if my dad and grandfather hadn't followed me with their coats and wallets!

Anyhow, I didn't think I'd ever see anything quite as morbid looking as that meatloaf - not that someone was attempting to pass off as food, anyhow.

This black monstrosity proved me wrong. Yikes. It's just horrid.

I'm not sure whether the spelling was intentional or not, so I'm going to leave that part of it alone. The cake speaks for itself.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

That might be the best worst thing I've ever seen!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

It reminds me of the scene in Steel Magnolias where Sally Field is saying, "It's repulsive. It's got gray icing. I can't even begin to think how you make gray icing!" Yeah, that.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I would love to know what occasion requires an all black "fail" cake anyway.

Who celebrates failure?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessicalovescake

Ewwww how do you even achieve black frosting?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Are you sure the real fail isn't the black icing?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelly

black icing is easy and not horrible if you start with chocolate icing. Less colour needs to be added so it doesn't taste as gross or stain quite as bad.

still, though...


November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCanadianChick

Has the owner of the Fail blog seen this?? Too funny! Oh and Christina I think those are a bunch of black roses, not a big plop of icing for no reason. But still, weird!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I suppose it's possible that they made black icing the smart way and began with chocolate. That way you use way less coloring and it doesn't turn everyone's mouth black...but somehow, I doubt it.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelonator

Hey Mom, for my graduation cake, I want it all black and the word "fail" misspelled on it. I don't want people thinking we're smart.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Ew. I think I like black frosting even less than bright frosting that turns your poop funny colors.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

I'd have a slice, just to show everyone my cool black teeth.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda Blake

It might not have been that bad... I've had perfectly edible black frosting. You just have to start with chocolate frosting so that it's already pretty dark, and you therefore don't need as much of the nasty-tasting coloring.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually know some people with the last name Fial---could this be a birthday/funeral cake? Do we know the story behind this?

Pretty funny.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a fialure!
It's so black, it shines. Yuck!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

All I can think of is what all that black icing will do to anyone who ingests it. Blech.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatharine

I'd be more interested in seeing photos of those who consumed this would be a dentists dream come true

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMuffin Pants

'All your failcake are belong to us'

verification: rummur - it's an anagram!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Ok, this cake is full of 'fail'.
If I was to give anyone an actual Fail Cake..this is what I would write on it. So funny!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterL_bo

I want the story behind this cake. Why was it ordered? What Fial are they celebrating?

And for the wreck-ord, something about the black makes my insides seize up and think back to all the people who might want to poison me. I would then start trying to figure out which one of them sent me the cake...

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I never needed the pee pads in my underwear until I started reading your site! You are costing me a fortune!Stop it!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteripa

I woke up this morning with the dreams of making you a "FIAL" cake as well.

I'm sorry, but that cake just onws. [and yes, that was intentional]

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate

It looks as though it would taste like black licorice. while I like black licorice, I prefer it to come in the size and shape of a jelly beans only...not on my cake...

that's just wrong all the way around!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Ewww, look like it tastes like black licorice. While I like black licorice, I prefer it to come in the size and shape of a jelly bean, not a whole stinking cake...

Just wrong!

P.S. had trouble submitting, sorry if this is a dup

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

I was thinking perhaps it was really suppose to spell vile? The perfect goth party cake.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Maybe it's NOT wrong - it's intentional. Fial IS a Ukrainian jewelry shop and Fial IS a satellite uplink (that looks like one on the left) manufacturer. FIAL is even an old Celtic female name, though I suspect it would be a cake for a Banshee given the black and bleak frosting.

I am ever amazed and enthralled at your posts.


November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

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