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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)

A fail cake?? The icing is black, what color is the cake???

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

Perhaps "Fial" is someone's name. Who knows?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNyssa


I actually like the black frosting. The color is beautiful. The fial just . . . fails me, lol.

moonpuppy in colorado

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Definitely intentional. I'm shuddering to think how bitter it must be, too. Blargh.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is the best cake ever.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEll

I am shocked at how few people posed the question, "why make a fail cake anyway??"
Poor, poor recipient.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbarelyknittogether

Damn. About 8 hours after eating all of that black icing, the toilet is sure going to look horrific.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKookaburra

Had to be written by the government and the IRS to remind people to "FILE" !! Hmmmmmmm....where is Dan Quayle these days?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKing of New York Hacks

To get black icing you would start out with chocolate icing and add black food coloring. Chocolate icing is pretty're more than half way there, so not much food coloring is needed.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBigTips

I relate to this cake lately.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

Would *love* the backstory.
Wish I'd been clever enough last year to send that cake to the guy who stole my Bar exam prep books...and then still proceeded to FIAL....TWICE!!!

word verification: firefyi
"that kwanzaa cake should be set on fire,fyi" ;)

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblade girl

Always made horse-y cakes for the horse-loving daughter's birthdays, and mostly they were pretty good.
I had no idea how to make black icing way back then (only the red, yellow, blue greens being commonly available)but if I could have made icing like this I would have had the world's most beautiful Black Stallion cake !
Come to think of it, perhaps I'll make one for her next (37th)birthday- yaaaahh !

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterponydust

I'm just dying to know what the occasion was!?? I'm guessing there was some retaliation somewhere down the road for that one!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredyth

I spent nearly 4 hours at work going through each & every "FAIL" on Next to CakeWrecks, that's is the funniest site on the web!!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why would someone make an ugly black cake with the word "Fail" or "Fial" on it? What the heck does that mean and why does it deserve a cake? On another point, that is the grossest looking think I have ever seen!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie and Michael Brown

This cake was sent by Darth Vader on Luke Skywalker's 21st birthday.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

mmm purple teeth and misspelled fail.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizz

Twenty-some years ago a friend of mine got a Darth Vader helmet cake for her birthday. The icing started out as basic chocolate that was darkened with as much black food coloring as necessary. Very nice result.
And it definitely was a gift that kept on giving, about a day after the party when all the guests starting calling one another..."You, too?!".

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbats :[

....I want this cake. I so want it. This is seriously the best cake ever. :D

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGonissa

I'm pretty sure the misspelling was intentional. Whoever orders a fail cake might as well order it with a self-referential misspelled writing on it. Other than that - the real failing is in the black icing - urglll.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kookaburra said Damn. About 8 hours after eating all of that black icing, the toilet is sure going to look horrific.

Man, you're telling me! This is why I never let my toilet eat cakes with black icing any more.

CAPTCHA: blacr (as in "can this cake get any blacr?")

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

LOL weird cake I wonder what it was for.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTiff

I want that cake! :D

And man, that black frosting is going to stain like nothing else...

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

Epic fial.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

That's not food coloring... it's ink...

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

It's the flower design that kills me! They make me think maybe Fial is actually someone's name ... but then the black icing is just crazy. But 'epic/ ultimate failure' is an occasion for flowers??? This thing's just ulgy. :)

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

Wow. Now I have *another* site to addict me!! Thanks for that. Ü

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKameron

omg! that was such a brilliant idea. im so mad that someone messed up the fail cake.
to whoever did that...


November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Black frosting is gross. And makes your mouth and teeth turn black or blue.


November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercindy

This has made my entire day.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not just fail...metafail!

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Whoa! Epic Fial!!

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Am I missing something? Does everyone know what the blob next to Fial is? I get the humor in Fial but what IS that black mess next to it? Why is no one asking?

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one who doesn't mind that the cake is black? I'd totally eat a black cake.

I'm not sure I'd eat those frosting roses, but I never eat frosting roses regardless of the color anyway.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Aww that's gonna make a lot of black mouths, intestines, and.. other stuff.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

It took me three times to see that the "black pile" was roses with leaves. Maybe 9 years of decorating cakes helped with that? Maybe I didn;t want to BELIEVE that that's what it was! Dang, that's the funniest cake I ever saw...

November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Trotter

its been mentioned that whoever ordered it already has a sense of humor, so maybe the cake decorator has the same and saw a chance to join in the joke without to much hassle over it... i mean, how many chances like this come along?

November 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

Can you image eating all that black frosting? YUCK

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFiona and Benjamin

ACK! Though normally a lover of the dark and spooky, that cake gives me the creeps!!!

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Intentional or not, this makes me laugh every time. XD

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGavrielle

THAT will make your teeth blue-green for days!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

not to mention the huge mound of frosting on top of it...
(wouldn't this be funny if this was for a kid's birthday party and they picked up the wrong cake? I believe that would be considered a fail-fail-fail)

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeryn Leduke

MeMouse said...

Maybe this is a divorce surrender cake, like "Well just go ahead and FIAL!"

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My friend made a cake similar to this one. But she intentionally put fial instead of fail.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel

Are you sure it isn't like, another language or an inside joke??

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I sooooo want that cake :D

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How much more black could this cake be? NONE! NONE MORE BLACK!

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaru

Actually, black icing turns your poop green for several weeks. VERY green. Radioactive green, actually. So, there's more concerning things to be worried about with this cake than black teeth.

March 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The real atrocity here is all of that black frosting... *shudders* Just don't do it. EVER.

September 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJayJay

Are we sure this cake was just a misspelling of fail? There's actually a name spelled Fial. Maybe this was a birthday cake? LOL

September 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Ann, Author

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