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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

Turkey Turkey GOOSE

Anytime you see something vaguely bird-like in a bakery this time of year, I guess you have to assume it's supposed to be a turkey. These guys found by Shelley L., however, are plopped somewhere along the line between a bat and a melting chicken:

Now, I must admit: at first glance I thought they were kind of cute. Then I realized that the 4 guys in the middle are smoking cigarettes - now what kind of an example is that? Plus, they're all being goosed by what must be uncommonly sharp candy corns: hellooo! cruelty to batty bird creatures! Not cool, man. Not cool.

Here are some other cupcake creations riding that cute/wtf? line:

Ok, yes, they're round and have googly eyes, and therefore I must love them. However, what the heck are they made of? Is that really solid icing? Please, Michele L., tell me that's not solid icing! What'd they do, ice the things with an ice cream scoop?

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Reader Comments (74)

Today's post gave me a major sugar rush! That's a lot of icing and candy corn...

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Obviously, Jen, you are not a Food Network do you think we get smoked turkey?


Please, Michele L., tell me that IS solid icing!!!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

are those BAT wings left over from Halloween??

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

i kinda wanna take the first ones home and nurse them back to health or rehabilitate them or something. they have obviously been huffing the fumes from the post-pumpkin-pie empty reddi whip cans, and could still be properly reintroduced to society after a long, hard detox. and a few chantix for the smokers in the middle.

the others... i thought they were nilla wafers at first glance and thought "well, that's kind of oroginal, i suppose", then upon clicking saw the spherical icing. now i can only hear homer simpson saying "mmmmm... brown balls of frosssstiiinng *drool sound*" when i look at them.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I think those are upright cookies on the second photo. I think those are cuter than the little piles o' poop with eyes in the first pic.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yup. Ice cream scoop. My favorite icing tool.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermickiecake

amazing! the first ones look like flying dog poop with eyes, and yet are kinda cute, whats up with that?

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

I would love to serve demented looking turkey cupcakes at my Thanksgiving feast!

BTW - just discovered this blog last night and laughed so hard I had to walk away from the computer!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbabs

I knew eventually someone would make a turducken cake.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCandace Jean July 16

I do think todays turkeys are much cuter than yesterdays!!! The first ones are pretty sad, but do not resemble electrified squirrils!! tee hee

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

Could the "icing" in the bottom photo be some kind of chocolate mousse type situation? It definitely looks scooped, I'll give you that.

Keep the cute/wtf's coming, or I'll have to go back on Prozac.

Alixandra Hice

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I hate to sound like a party-pooper but - I don't think every holiday is necessarily cake-worthy...

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I'd eat 'em!

Angie (from over at

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Let's hope on that last one that those are scoops of a mousse or something. It definitely isn't an upright cookie.

My sugary senses are tingling and telling me that is precisely a scoop of icing on that cupcake.

I think I am going into a diabetic coma just looking at it.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

I think the second ones look more like turkey butts than turkey fronts. Big, smiling turkey butts.

Again with the drooling Homer Simpson, "Mmmm, Turkey Butts...."

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNissa

the second ones would make really cute ice cream cupcakes! must experiment today!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the turkey cupcakes in photo #2 are a fine example of what happens when you make frosting out of Crisco and cocoa powder......

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

I know it's not, I HOPE it's not, but I think it looks like a meatball. Yuck! :-P

It doesn't LOOK yummy, in any case...

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermizzie

I'm saying that the bat wings are actually moose antlers preparing to disguise themselves during hunting season

Could have been a moose and mousse post dontchya know.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersophanne

The first ones all look okay, except for that poor guy in the front on the left. Looks like he ate too much stuffing.

And in the bottom one, I'd agree that it looks like a scoop mousse. It can't be a cookie because the candy corn is sticking into it.

They look magically delicious, though. But seriously, between all the pie, who the hell would have room for cupcakes or cake at Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander

I think that is exactly how it happened--chocolate buttercream icing scooped right on those suckers. Unfortunately for my waistline, however, I have no issues with large amts of chocolate icing. The thicker the better. :)

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

Ahahaha those DO look like turkey butts!! Maybe they're wearing smiling bloomers.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome blog ! Thats why it's become a blog of note!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnirudh

I believe thosse first ones are actually tiny little" REL="nofollow">Cthulhus.

Don't be fooled by their brown coloring. They're little tiny Great Old Ones.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfenrislorsrai

I thought this was so funny. I saw your link on another blog and thought I'd start reading it. I read the latest post and thought it was funny. Thanks for sharing.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Awww, I kinda like the first ones, in a big brown blob kinda way :P

The second ones .. wow. I mean, I looooove me some icing, but just .. wow!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulianne

The ones in the first picture look like Mister Potatohead. Does the one on the left have a mustache?

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

This is Michele, and yes, yes that IS solid icing...just ups the ick factor doesn't it?

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterviolanut

note to self: never check cake wrecks while holding a sleeping baby unless one wants to wake said baby with laughter

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercurdiemer

Those little bat-chickens are proof that we should not be messing around with genetics! It's a signs folks, take heed! :)

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

A Paperback Writer said I believe the turkey cupcakes in photo #2 are a fine example of what happens when you make frosting out of Crisco and cocoa powder......

Wait, you mean you don't make your frosting that way?

Word verification: stoplogi. I don't know who logi is (perhaps one of these decorators?), but he or she must be stopped.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I like the first batch. They're all plumped up for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

It's called "Quick, use up all the leftover Halloween candy on these Thanksgiving cupcakes before Santa sees it!"

Some bakery counters should have a local dentists business card taped right on the cake box.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

The second one looks like the turkeys neck is being pulled out of it behind!!! EEK!!!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkcsmom76

I'm with Nissa, those are turkey butts smiling at me.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarji

i can always count on your blog to give me a laugh or pick me up. that's exactly what i thought today, "i need a good laugh. let's go check Cake Wrecks now." THANK YOU!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMay

My husband insists the back one in the left column of the first picture is a walrus. A winged walrus.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I'm going into a sugar coma just looking at those things... *shakes head*

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight





I have so much fun here on Cakewrecks! :)

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Those look like truffles at the bottom. Lol! Maybe even mousse.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKayƩ

While I agree with you on the second batch featured (where did the turkeys' heads go?!), I thought the first set/photo of turkey cupcakes to be downright cute. (And I loved the "smoked turkey" comment.)

And the candy corns, wiseguys, as you well know, are turkey feathers. All in all, I found the first turkey cupcakes to be a Cake Success, not a Wreck.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

It's my birthday today and I've been waiting to check to see what cake wreck was on my birthday :D Thanks! lol

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

What the heck are those yellow things hanging from the turkeys' beaks in picture #1 supposed to be anyway?

#2 is what happens when you drop a plump, farm-bred turkey onto concrete from the top of a 5-story building. No idea why they'd all be smiling about it though.

And, SOLID icing? I can feel my teeth rotting just thinking about it!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

The second ones look like a scoop of tuna salad to me - I 'd rather it be the icing!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mitchell

I think those cupcakes would scare the crap out of little kids.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHall Monitor

cute....if it were a kindergarten lets decorate a cupcake project.... not so much for something being sold by a "professional"

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Actually, it looks like someone drew faces on turkey bottoms....

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Curse of the melting bat chickens! Makes me feel bad for them.....tell me that stuff is NOT icing!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermangaeater

I so agree with Nissa! I thought the second picture looked like turkey butts too!

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

I love those cupcakes! WOW!
Candy Corn is one of my favorites :) I am a brand new reader of your blog and can't wait to check out more...

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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