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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

The Displays That Time Forgot

Some people would have you believe that bakeries should update their window display cakes at least once a year or so. To this I say "pish tosh"! Why, check out these stellar examples, still sellin' the goods 10, even 15 years after they were made!

Wow, I don't know about you guys, but I am just itching for some cake right now. Or maybe just itching. Is that blood? Sweet!

(And before you ask, yes, I DO feel rather silly for censoring plastic boobs. Happy?)

Ah, nothing captures the essence of celebration quite like crumbling moldy icing and decapitated clown heads, am I right or am I right? Those customers will be pouring in any second now, I'm sure.

Or how about this one, sure to entice all the would-be brides out there:

Just ignore that fly on the top tier; he's been stuck there for a few weeks now, so we're pretty sure he's dead. Oh, and the flowers?

We call that color "perfect patina". It was inspired by the rusting water pipes in our basement. The dust really completes the look, don't you think?

Here's another one for the happy couple on their Big Day:

Ok, so the bride and groom's eyes have melted down their faces, and his hand has made a break for it down his leg. (Heh - "made a break for it") Even so, I have no doubt that the overall design of the bride huffily facing away from the groom and with her bags packed down below is a top seller.

UPDATE: Some of you have asked if all of these came from the same bakery. Nope! This lovely assortment represents *three* separate bakeries, and I believe all of them were open for business at the time. Ain't it great?

Thanks to Wreckporters Extraordinaire Monique R. and Melissa J.!

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Reader Comments (164)

"It's the Silent Hill bakery! Come on down for a cake to satisfy your inner demons [i]and[/i] your sweet tooth!

Silent Hill bakery located on the corner of Disturbing and Imagery across from the dilapidated spooky movie theator.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterProtomlad

Yikes. I didn't realize bakeries still displayed real food in their windows anymore. When I worked in a bakery all the window display cakes we made with styrofoam, plastic and clay.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"I didn't realize bakeries still displayed real food in their windows anymore."

These aren't 'real food'. They are styofoam forms decorated with real icing. Yes, they are gross, but it's not like there is a mouldering cake under there.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why are there naked plastic boobs on top of rotten flowers in the first place?

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteriheartyourguts

the first one looks like the apocalypse

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


No, really.


December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette


The first two are from the same bakery, right? In New York? I used to see either those two cakes or exact replicas of them every Saturday as I passed a certain bakery on my way to Polish school. That was many years ago. Glad to see they're still around.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaro

Wow, I am another viewer who recognizes the first cake from a bakery in Brooklyn... It is so weird to see it here, immortalized forever... albeit unnecessarily, since it's obviously going to be at the bakery forever anyway.

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

On the moldy wedding cake photo you can see the name of a market reflected in the window. Google the market's name, click the link to google maps, and do 'street view' for that address. Across the street from the market you can see the bakery. Zoom all the way in and you can actually see that moldy cake in the display window.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhh....shades of Miss Havisham

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yum... Makes me want to run right out and buy a cake! :[ x

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

That clown cake reminds me of my one memorable cake experience... A few years ago I was helping my mum (a property manager) do an initial inventory on an apartment she had just started managing. The place was empty. Everything was normal until we found the only item the owner had left behind - a very disturbing clown cake eerily similar to the one shown in this post. This one was white, decorated with a tulle ruff (why?) and its cracked frosting showed advanced age, but it was otherwise intact. It was weirder than the weirdest thing I could ever imagine finding in an otherwise empty property. Thanks for bringing that fond, if somewhat disturbing, memory back to mind. :-)

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah.blaec

What? No "Miss Havisham" comments about the cobwebbed, gently-rusting wedding cake? It's a perfect set-up!!

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDickensianHorror

What ever happened to the wonderful practice of spreading and piping that fake cement icing onto blocks of Styrofoam cut to look like cake and decorating that as a display? We need to bring that back.

June 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBones

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