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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

Creations That Might Possibly Be Representations of Turkeys

But the jury's still out.

You know, Amanda S., I always wondered what Davy Jones would look like as a turkey. I'd say this has got to be spot on.

Kara S., please tell me this is a baby shower cake. (Orange pacifier? Woolly bonnet? It could work.)

Ashley J. has obviously found the "angry tree demigod" species of turkey. Forget Smokey the Bear: now HERE is a mascot that will make you put those campfires out.

And Melissa G. found Right, you got me. What the heck is this?

Ah, the traditional "Snake in a Flamenco Dress" turkey - of course. But where are the castanets, Erin L.?

And lastly:

Sure, ok, he looks like a turtle whose shell is on fire - no problem. The thing I can't get past are those weird Aztec-looking symbols written on the left "pumpkin's" head. After a few moments squinting at them, I suddenly realized they are supposed to be words. Check it out; it's like one of those magic eye puzzles.

And don't look now, Lynz B., but I think those Twizzlers are supposed to be feet. Won't you join me in weeping for the future of cake art?

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Reader Comments (157)

Can I only comment that I think the first picture at the top of your post makes me hink of the NBC Peacock, if it had taken a hit of acid?

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Casey

Uh...Does that say "eat more beef"?

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRichy


The fourth one looks suspiciously like the everlasting gobstopper from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

There's" REL="nofollow">a picture here, if you want to see for yourself

So this cake is a...

wait for it...


November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterH. L. Dyer

Oh my gosh...this is the funniest thing I've seen in a looong time!! I practically spit on my computer screen. XDDD I love the 'angry tree demi-god'!!

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAja

Ok the snake cake worries me a little. I think he..she? is going to crawl away any minute now.

And I admit I too thought of Davy Jones the Monkee...but he *if* he was a turkey, he may well look like that, who knows??

We'd have to see it dance to be sure....

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Personally, I don't think eating more bees is the answer.

To anything.


November 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterquinn

I think the core issue here is that most people have never seen a real turkey (I mean, outside of the freezer bin in the meat section) so it's no wonder their anatomy is a little less than accurate.

And I prefer to think the little pumpkin wants you to "get more beer"

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie K

The Aztec looking symbols spell "Eat More Beef." No charge for translation. : )

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Rudder

Eat More Beef. That's what that pumpkin is saying.


November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMama-Beans

I think the pumpkin says "EAT MORE BEE(F)". I mean, is there beef in that cake?

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the third one's Mr. Hanky dressed as a Vegas Showgirl for halloween...that's a feathered headdress behind him. Umm...Yeah, that's what I'm going with.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfiredog

I'm glad you included the link. I'm so old that when you said "Davy Jones" I conjured a picture of the Monkees, and thought he doesn't look like an exploding turkey.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ia! Ia! Turkeythulhu ftaghn!

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKookaburra

They're all very sad as professional cakes, but the last one, with the Twizzler feet would be a lauded showstopper if someone's niece decorated it like that at home for the family dinner.

Everyone would proclaim it adorable and say that she was so clever. They might even say "It looks almost like a professional cake." But anyone who said, "You'd never know it wasn't a professional cake" would be a regular Cake Wrecks reader.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Re the first one - just how many hangy-down neck thingys does that turkey have??

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

What a terrible waste of Twizzlers, making them into that "turkey" cake's feet.
I REALLY like the "angry tree demigod"'s SO a tree, not a turkey.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

At the Tom Thumb grocery store today I regret I was without my camera, and there, lo and behold was a turkey cupcake wreck that resembled the NBC peacock in all its glory.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Is that pumpkin telling us to "Eat More Bees"?

I think the "what the heck is that" cake is a sun gone supernova. With a nosebleed.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

What [!!!] is going on with number 3/tree?
I mean, seriously, it's like a stick figure turkey; nobody tried on that one.

How do these things get put into those cozy plastic cases and put on a shelf with a price tag?

Word verification: aggionh, as in "Oh the AGONY!"

Brianna McCarthy@Passion.Fruit

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

The unknown cake is clearly a rare tropical fish, which pacific cultures consume instead of turkeys on Thanksgiving. Or something.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSeungmina

"And I prefer to think the little pumpkin wants you to 'get more beer'"
Yeah, because maybe if you get enough beer, the cake might actually start looking like a turkey.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSeungmina

Oh my goodness, this is hilarious! I'm feeling pretty "thankful" right now that I'll be having plain ole pumpkin pie and not a mad tree demi-god at the table this year! Har-har-har!

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChefMargaret

I think the last turkey says, Eat More Beef. Funny ha ha.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

oh my, this blog is the best. I keep forgetting these are professional cakes! What is the world coming to?

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKath

I too read "Eat more beef", until I looked closer and realized I couldn't see any "f" and my mind was just filling it in. So yeah, I agree with Craig: it says "Eat more bee."

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShawna

"Eat more beef" LOL.
Awful and therefore hilarious as always.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The great thing is the unknown cake (which also bears a certain resemblance to Mr. Hanky in real life) is still in the store. At least noone has taken that wreck home!

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I showed these to my three year old and he said they were a "Turkey, another turkey, a leaf, an octopus, a snake, and another turkey."

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Oh kay...we have two squashed spiders, a chocolate lobster on a cookie, a rasta ccc wreck and a turtle with coloured barnacles. Weird...and I can't wait for the Christmas cakes.

wvotd..obaggr.."I'm all obarr'd with the uglines of these cakes"

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavocec

I think it is hilarious that people don't get your humor and actually answer your rhetorical questions.

Thanks though for always pointing out the horrific details that I might miss.

And thanks for the best post ever.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

You just made me realize that I really want a cake of a turtle with his shell on fire.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrokeMom

That last 'turkey' has a dodgy shaped head/neck...rather 'poo' shaped...! LOL

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchickwhocantcook

it says eat more beef!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Muffin

The first wrect looks like the predator and I guess one of the other ones could be the alien.

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

Ok is it just me or is the first turkey "cake" picture missing something? Oh wait here is a thought...could it be the cake? From that angle, it looks like there is only icing and no cake. Can somebody please tell me that I am only seeing things!!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKati B.

i love those cute pumpkins with the little headdresses!!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ashley J's turkey looks like roadkill!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlitlover

That would be a turkopus.. or maybe an octokey... no more fighting over drumsticks! You've got 8!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPesky Settler

LOL - The snake in the flamenco dress is the best!
Keep up the good work!

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNechama

#4 - turkey octopus! watch out they'll take over the world !

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura/Notepad

the cookie turkey looks like he's clutching his heart from a heart attack...that or he's choking on the cranberries - guess that's one way to go...

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To "Cake for Breakfast" - I love your name. I sell the majority of my cakes on Saturdays. If one doesn't get picked up , or if I have an extra that didn't get sold, then I donate it to a children's charity called the Ronald McDonald House. It's for the family's of children with cancer who are from out of time and need an place to stay for an extended period of town while their child is receiving treatment in the hospital. Whenever I drop off a cake to them I get greeted by children who are having "cake for breakfast" usually in the shape of a popular character. It brings such a smile to their face and mine!!! :D

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

ick. i think i'll pass on any cake that says the word "beef" anywhere on it.

November 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterern

I am admittedly late on the comment, but I had to say this: My two-year-old daughter was watching the turkeys scroll by. She was actually pretty good at pegging most of them as turkeys, but she called them "Turkey Monsters!"

November 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSilverRain

The "What the heck is this?" cake is clearly Snuffleupagus
wearing the very popular 'Statue of Liberty' crown. Now that is how you celebrate Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The neck of that last one looks more like a turd!

November 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeloved30

Am I the only one who thinks the neck looks like an erect penis made out of s--t? NASTY!!!

November 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay--look a Melissa G's again--I have a suspicious feeling that was last months spider cake re-done. Do you see the EIGHT feather/legs???

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterour3qtgirlz

I laughed so hard, I woke up my daughter two rooms away. If I'm up all night now, it's your fault for being so damn funny.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIrreverendAmy

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