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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)

Does anyone else consider that the "feathers" on the second batch look like rotten, yellowed teeth? Teeth, in fact, that fell out of previous customers' mouths when they attempted to eat a solid ball of icing?

- Cheryl

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mmmmm solid icing... my favorite. The cakes are kinda cute, even the turds with wings.

wvotd..bersing "after I eat a whole can of Betty Crocker icing I'll be bersing at the seams"

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

According to my 4 year old, and I quote, "Those turkeys have faces on their bums!"

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Is it just me, or are turkeys a prime target for Cupcake Cakes?

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

This aren't too bad... but next to the electrified squrriels how can melting chicken-bats hope to compare? I'm hoping to make a couple of extra dollars in the next fews weeks and I can only hope I'll manage to pick of some of my local store's newest wrecks... they've got something that looks like two brown blobs with gunshot splatter coming out of the back that is suppose to be a turkey... and they've gotten really into making these bizzare cyclops cupcake creations that I can't even explain.

November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTobias

You say "tell me that's not solid icing" like it's a bad thing. Yay for solid buttercream turkeys!!! Mmmmsugarbuzzzzzz

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Raven Productions

We don't have candy corn, or Thanksgiving for that matter, in the UK.

The smoking bat cakes get extra points for trying to reproduce in icing that disgusting piece of flappy red flesh hanging off the Turkey's beak, which I believe is called a snood.

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Turkey cupcakes from the funny farm!

If in the top pic the four guys in the middle are smoking cigarettes, the guy on the front left side has a big old stogie in his beak. They look like whole turkey lettuce wraps.

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

At about the same time my eyeballs were registering greasy spheres of industrial shortening-based frosting, my brain processed your text. Yep! I'd say your guess was spot on. I'm horrified at the same time imagining exactly how it would feel/taste. And *hides face* liking it.

word verification: unruc

'Eating those cupcakes would cause me to need to unruc my pants'

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

That first batch looks like it has moose antlers!

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

My husband says the first ones look like vampires. hahahaha,

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOne Crazy Mom

I'd be all over that scoop of icing. Srsly.

Last night we hit the grocery store for emergency supplies (cat litter and wine) and I had to peruse the cake case. My husband snarked that I just had Tiramisu at dinner and I barked back that I wasn't buying a cake I was looking for something for Cake Wreck! Nothing too wrecktastic except everything was really pastel overload considering it's fall and all.

Oh and a TIP for wreckporters. Most grocery bakeries don't have staff after certain hours for the night. Easy peasy photo timez!

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter2bootz2slipperz12pawz

Please tell me that IS solid icing. Yummy!

November 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFlaim

Plus. If you had a kid who likes to pick off all the eyes, candy parts first, you'd be left... with what looks like a steaming pile of poop.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterT.

What's the with eyes!? Are they Turkeys with the Bird Flu or something?

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Ashley

perhaps a "cake ball", the latest trend for showers, etc.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSyndi

in the interest of fully understanding what, exactly, we're looking at...i think the ones in the first photo are NOT smoking, i think they've got candy corn for beaks, and the white tip makes it LOOK like smoking. plus the flappy snood thing mentioned already.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheather

I'm so much of cake lover that i'd eat any of these. Now, I might have my eyes closed when I do it, but I'm still eating my piece.

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbernthis

I'm just convincing myself it isn't solid icing but chocolate-chocolate ice cream.

November 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Personally, I would love an ice cream scoop of icing. With or without the candy corn. :-)

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDK

I must see to much poop (I have several dogs) because just about all of them look like poo to me..LOL.. and yep, that was done with an ice cream scoop..disgusting... Also, I have never heard of a CCC before now, and i have never seen one here at any store..shrug

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermommadog

Vampire Turkeys, attack!!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoah

Ha it does look like someone drew faces on turkey bottoms. ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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