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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

Sooo Corny

Cake Wrecks readers, lend me your ears!

Thank you.

I will now field questions.

You there - yes, you - go ahead. Eh? Where did this cake pop up? I believe Wreckporter Carol Ann G. spotted it at her local supermarket. Yes, she is quite the Wreck stalker these days.


Sorry, your voice is a bit husky - what did you say? Oh, WHY did they make an ear of corn cake? Aw, shucks, how should I know? Maybe they just cobbled it together at the last minute.

Yes, Colonel? You had a question? No? Well, stop frittering away my time, then! Sheesh.

Hey, why are you all groaning? Don't try to butter me up, now: I know these puns are corny, but they're not THAT bad.

By my count that's 11. Happy punting (aka pun-hunting)!

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Reader Comments (129)


Okay so at first I thought they made his eyes out of those stringy bits, the corn silk I think it's called, but then I noticed that the cake got squished and it's actually his brown eyes all mushed over the top... squishy cake.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, that cake is a-maize-ing.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOvermatter

How is that a wreck? I think it is adorable!

So what if the eyes are a little wonky...I bet it still tastes nummy...

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Aw, I think it's cute! I wonder, though, what's up with those eyeballs...

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdl

Say, just a note, since yellow cake with chocolate frosting is a family favorite, that on a cake site you good viewers should know cake types. For the curious who didn't know yellow cake is a famous American traditional cake, which comes in Ducan Hines as well as Betty Crocker mixes, to just google image "yellow cake with chocolate frosting."

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

It looks like a pile of creamed corn. Was this in Nebraska or something?

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Well, obviously y'all need to watch Veggietales a little bit more often.

*thinks for a sec*

Okay, so I don't remember a corn character, but still, it's cute. The eyes are a lil goofy, but it's cute.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

I think it's cute but DH thinks it looks gross! lol

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

It's a fine cake that accidentally got its eyes smooshed by the cover, maybe when another cake was stacked on top of it. I bet if you wanted to buy that one they could fix up the eyes for you. They probably don't evenlook so bad one you take the cover off.

Corn is a very traditional American Thanksgiving food, although it used to be more red than yellow, so it makes sense that it would be available as a cake design. All Adither: I thought Amerian Thanksgiving was this late because they harvested late. It is supposed to be a harvest festival.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Lol! I really shouldnt be laughing, but it's just so punny.


November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi there. I'm new. Who knew a blog about cakes could be SO funny. Your commentary is hilarious-I sprayed coffee all over the monitor while reading "Monkey See, Monkey Doo Doo." I need to go clean up now.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSassyBrunette

Corn?? Are you sure??? Looks more like a white pineapple. But, I agree with Arlynn---"maybe someone can find a baked potato cake, and maybe a T-bone steak cake, let's round out the meal" !!!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Don't let anyone "tassle" you about your choice! I think it's a"maize"ing! It's kind of a cute cake but personally I prefer a little "varigation" in my decoration. Yeah, not only am I from the Midwest but I'm a geneticist who knows way too much about corn!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAoife O'Meara

Actually, if not for those unfortunate eyes, it would be kind of's kind of growing on me :3

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Think it's sorta cute, actually. Not as bad looking as some of the cakes out there. Just wonder why an ear of corn? I could see that being popular in Nebraska!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdelaney55

Maybe they were trying to lure in the Veggie Tales fans? Who else would buy a corn cake???

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I've never had the urge to butter my cake... until now!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Where was the cake from? Maybe it was a cake for the Nebraska Corn Huskers.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So it doesn't even have frosting? All of that is whipped topping? What's the point?

If I want yellow cake with whipped topping (not likely), I will buy Sara Lee and a tub of Cool Whip.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa

It looks like he got flipped upside down and squished against the lid. Very professional.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I know it took some effort.

I hope it didn't hurt.

Best wishes.

To my eyes that looks like a pineapple!

I still don't like the idea of cakes in the shape of other foods. If I wanted to eat corn, I'd eat corn!

It's too confusing for my brain to compute.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAstharis

I don't know why this one is prompting me to post more than once.

But I feel the need to further clarify the yellow cake questions.

Yellow cake is just plain cake. You don't have to buy it in a box mix. You can also make from scratch. It is the most basic recipe, using whole eggs, which is what provides the yellow color. White cake, in contrast, is made with only egg whites, to keep the color out. The flavor is simple, just a hint of vanilla. But mostly just good old sugar, flour, eggs, and milk. Also why it is so good with chocolate frosting.

And I still think this is a goofy concept for a cake, no matter how "cute" it is. Cake should not pose as other food!!!

Ps my word verification is cessem.
Please cessem with the corn puns! Ha!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it's cute!
Not sure WHY you'd want such a cake.
But it's adorable nonetheless

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFoolOnTheCoast

You are so very very punny....

Poor guy, his little eyes got messed up....

And is he friends with the scary watermelon cake??? Why should food have faces???

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

@Arlynn: We have seen" REL="nofollow">a T-bone steak cake.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

Sheesh....if you want an ear of corn, get some Green Giant. A proper cake is a traditional geometric shape with some flowers and misspelled quotations on it. Right? Yeah, thought so. If you want eyes on your simulated cake veggies....get a potato.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKopperhead

You gotta wonder how long these ugly cakes actually sit on display until some sucker decides to buy the stale, aged thing. Wow. LOL.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuzy

I actually think this cake is rather adorable, even though the eye icing (eye-cing?) is smudged.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLady

I think it's really cute! It's a shame about the eyes and the fact that it's iced with whipped topping (yuck!).

Have we hit the yearly allotment of puns yet? (please?)

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Iowagirl - Corn smut? Are you serious? I didn't know that had a name. And somehow Corn Smut sounds...disturbing? (I'm trying to avoid a pun about a Corno movie but I don't know if I can)

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

For the record, the cake is from an Acme in Mays Landing, NJ (near Atlantic City). We're not particularly know for our corn; insomuch as any other vegetable in this "Garden State", and to my knowledge this isn't a mascot of any local institution.

I agree that he's not terribly wrecktastic (besides poopy eyes), just bewildering.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Ann

If they were trying to make a cake I wouldn't feel bad cutting into, they succeeded. I have no "awwww" feelings because it's so cute or well done. On the other hand, it doesn't look like poo on a pumpkin or worse, so I guess that's a good thing.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJRM

Aww. I think it's cute.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I actually think the cake isn't that bad.

I hope I'm not the only one, lol

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

Finally, a wreck that shows the terrible truth about genetic engineering. No I wanted an EAR of corn, not corn with EARS (or in this case, eyes). Sure, the puns were awful, but it's important to inform people about Frankenfoods, so I'll take the jokes with a grain of salt.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan D.

Cake not too bad, but I HATE that whipped topping type frosting. It's so gross and nausea-inducing.

Now, I love frosting most times. My grandmother made the most awesome cakes when I was a kid and to prevent finger-swipes, she made all the grandkids their own bowl of frosting. It didn't stop the finger swiping, but it was good nonetheless. I mean, forbidden frosting always tastes better!

But, that whipped stuff? Ewwww! I will totally refuse to eat cake that has that garbage on it!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

That nasty tasting whipped cream frosting makes it a cake wreck - yuck. That stuff should be outlawed.

I saw a cake in the shape of a turkey breast at my grocery store bakery today. It was even stuffed. I had to do a double take and go in for a closer look. Kind of ruined my appetite for turkey dinner. Would have taken a picture if two bakery employees had not been there.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCherbear

But the cake is actually pretty cute, at least nowhere near as bad as a lot of your wrecks!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWenonah4th

You are too funny! Like your sense of is still intact..must not have kids bugging you at home all the time...or maybe you DO and that's why you're so funny!

Cake that looks like vegetables. Definitely at the root of the obesity epidemic.

I think it's cute, but I do agree the choice of topic is odd and the eyes are pretty gross. Oh well, I would want this cake over the pooh cake from a couple of days ago! At least the corn is still on the ear. XD

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

yes the eyes are alittle mushed against the plastic and it doesnt make any sense to make a corn cake, but still i think its a pretty cute cake

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjesse r

WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY HAPPENED TO ITS EYES??? They appear to be smeared on the lid! Ewwww. Other than that, I must admit it's cute... useless perhaps... but cute.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Ferber Family

Its eyes are bleeding.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSolaMommy

Well, I am only an ex-pat living in UK, so what do I know? But I am guessing an ear of corn could be suitable for a harvest festival party or even Thanksgiving, which was a harvest festival dinner so long ago...
But having proved my defense for the poor corn cake, I am still scratching my head, why make a corn decorated cake? It is just naff, yeah?
It is an excellent vehicle for your 'corny' jokes!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Well you know its cute....I'm just confused. Why would you make a corn cake? Who buys a corn cake? How much icing is on that? It looks like a lot. I got my 5 year old son to look at it. He is confused also. He said Mommy why is that corn smiling?
I said I have no idea son. He said don't it know its gonna get eaten?

LMAO and then he walked away.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersweettc

Living in Iowa, the best complement to this cake would be the BLT cake. I'm sure our state fair would sell thousands of these!

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCandace Jean July 16

hell, the ONE veggie that you know isn't going to look different going in or coming out. seriously. maybe a yam next time?

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMilo & Joey Good

Aside from the eyes getting sumdged on the lid, and a few little gaps between the kernels, I'm not seeing what's so bad about this one.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

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