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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

As I Wreck Elect...

On the off chance that you've been residing under a large rock for the past 6 months or so, you should know that today is election day here in the U.S. Rest assured, Cake Wrecks has no political platform from which to rant, opine, or wax poetic: I'm just here to talk cakes. Still, in keeping with today's politically charged climate, here are the "best" appropriately themed Wrecks I've gotten:

Cheryl D. found this on Barack Obama's Flickr stream. Hmm. An off-center graphic, scrunched wording, and awkward blank areas? There's some irony at work here, I just know it.

I got a real kick out of these cakes and their descriptions, found by Louise L.:

"Show that you want Change We Need and endorse Barack Obama for President at your next party."

"Show that you put Country First and endorse John McCain for President at your next party."

Ah, I love capitalism. Let's I want Change We Need, or do I put Country First? Decisions, decisions.

I do like how the decorator made both candidates look better than they do in real life, but someone should probably let him/her know that it's '08, not 08'. (Yes, I'm being nit-picky, but y'all would just berate me in the comments section if I didn't mention it.)

Oh, and check out how this bakery is hedging its bets:

Chris H., one of these cakes is going to make someone very, very sad tonight. I'm almost ashamed of myself, laughing like this. (Almost.)

I really can't decide which one is worse; both cakes have the same 08' mistake and overly squished "congratulations". Of course, that "c" in McCain looks like it was tacked on as an afterthought, but then again Obama's cake got two of the least American flag-looking flags I've ever seen. Hmm - yeah, I think I'll call it a draw. (And no, there will not be a recount on that.)

Hey, you know what I think of when I see Obama & Biden? Cupcakes. Yep. Totally. Fortunately, Nikki B. has got me covered:

Talk about unfair: this bakery didn't offer McCain or Palin cupcakes! What the hey, guys? Americans deserve to eat icing effigies of all their presidential and vice presidential candidates! I'm pretty sure that's in the constitution somewhere, anyway.

Well, happy voting, everyone! Oh, and please, no politics in the comment section, eh? I'm sure we're all about politic'd out (off?) by now.

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Reader Comments (105)

Those profile cakes are... um... great, yeah... But I don't think they realized that Democrats are BLUE and Republicans are Red!? Common misconception: makes a wreck even better.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandrea wardle

what the heck is that on the McCain cake - a Tudor Rose?! It's like Henry VIII came back from the grave and put his emblem on the cake.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Am I going colorblind, or is the Obama portrait cake red while the McCain portrait cake is blue?

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

The big question on political cakes is whether you should eat the winner or the loser? Either way I can't partake since those lovely cakes havn't made it all the way to the UK. I guess I'll need to make do with some OREOs as i stay up all night...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClair

Those are hilarious! At least the two cakes are both the same kind of cake.

I hope everyone has a smooth voting process today!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ GGIP

I'd almost rather eat you-know-what than any of those stunning (!) candidate cakes, and depending on how the election goes... I might get my wish. But thanks for putting a light-hearted spin on an otherwise stomach-churning day.

God Bless America!

Alixandra Hice

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Hooray for no politicking!!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so hungry right now I would even eat that McCain cake... As creepy as that is. Although Obama looks equally as tasty. Decisions, decisions...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Well, it's pretty obvious that the clear choice is Barr for president -- there are no cake wrecks with his name/face on them!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

Regarding the last post about readers who don't understand how Google ads work... Firefox has a nifty add-on called AdBlock Plus that blocks nearly all advertising on the web pages you view, without inadvertently blocking regular content. Useful whether or not it is election time!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNine of Cups

Those are some ugly cakes lol.. I didn't think it was possible to make Mccain look scarier than he already does. That cake decorator should have used his real creepy smile and just made that a Halloween cake lol jk. I hope everyone gets out there and votes today!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

I LOVE it!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterangela

Talk about nit picking....McCain cake should be trimmed in red, and Obama in blue. Regardless, they are all unappetizing.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Man, these are all hideous! I'd love to see some impressive political cakes, though.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

I LOVE these! So funny...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterangela

I'm guessing that the portrait artist wasn't aware that "Blue" is associated with Democrats and "Red" with Republicans.

Just thought I'd point that out.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertechnogoddess

The McCain cake scares me! I love your site and check it every day!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterangela

Oh, you always make my day.

Angie (from over at

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

On both sets of Obama and McCain cakes the colours are predominately red for Obama and blue for McCain. Aren't those the reverse of what is traditionally given for Democrats and Republicans?


November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpam

Nothing like an Obama cake without his name on it! (your first cake).... saw none of these at the PTA bake sale when I voted this morning, but, again, good work!


November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfour little blessings

Great entries, and thanks for keeping it non-partisan. :)

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRodrigo

What the frack is going on in the cupcakes in the background of the last pic?

More disturbing than eating Obama's face on a cupcake is the obscene amount of frosting (that is purpley grey?) on those babies. I'm getting a cavity just looking at it!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

That McCain cake is so scary looking.

"I'll have a piece of blank stare, plzthnx."

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

I wonder what will happen to the loser's 'congratulations' cake tomorrow.

I suggest they scrape off most of the 'congratulations,' change it so it reads "rats McCain/Obama" and mark it at 50% off.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrhondadixon

So funny!! I'm surprised anyone dares to decorate a cake after seeing this site. Your descriptions are hilarious. Happy Election Day 08'. Ha.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think I could eat either of those cakes with Obama/McCain on them. Weird.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You didn't even mention the hideous blob-flower on the small McCain cake! And why does he have a flower, anyway, when Obama has flag-things?

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa in TX

Did you notice in the cupcakes pic, in the background, the cupcake with a 3 inch 'pile' o frosting on top??? Yikes.

And yes, all politik'd out...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Jo

Did you notice in the cupcakes pic, in the background, the cupcake with a 3 inch 'pile' o frosting on top??? Yikes.

And yes, all politik'd out...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Jo

I am pretty sure that's the flag of Austria on the Congratulations Obama cake. Hmm...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I am pretty sure that's the flag of Austria on the Congratulations Obama cake. Hmm...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina

All hail the cake wreck!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertrash talk

I love how the Obama cake has red accents and the McCain cake is accented in blue. Now that is true bipartisanship!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Is it just me or does one ear appear larger and lower on the obama cake? The Congratulations McCain cake has too much frosting for me to even look at this early in the morning.
~Amy B

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Shouldn't the Obama cake have a blue icing border, and the McCain one have red?

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergirly

I can't believe how many 08' there were! Too funny!

PS - "Wreck elect" excellent play on words Jen! Well done. Happy voting!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSari

Okay I am a frosting fantatic. Yes I'm one of those gross people who wants the corner piece with 8 million roses. But even to me, those democratic cupcakes with the puffy hamburger patty of frosting on top look absolutely disgusting. They couldn't spread it around a little?!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Another Wreck-y thing about the big Omaba and McCain cakes? They used RED icing for Obama and BLUE icing for McCain. Should be the other way around, given red states and blue states, eh? - ConnieB in Ohio

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterConnieB

The portrait cakes are at least bi-partisan. Obama had a red border, and McCain had a blue one.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

What, no Nader cake? There's a handsome face I'd like to see at fine bakeries everywhere!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

Whoever decided to make both the McCain AND the Obama cakes yellow was clearly using some common sense. (Which one doesn't usually associate with a Cake Wreck, of course.)

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhillary

I'm thinking tomarrow will bring a entire new meaning to the Oops rack at some of these bakeries.


November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have no idea why, but those cupcakes just look revolting. I think it's the graphics on top...eating a pokemon cupcake? A-Okay with me! Eating a person cupcake? Not so much!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermeg

Yeah, gina, Austria, America, Australia, all the same thing ;)

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermeg

Psst! Cake makers! Go into your Fourth of July bin, pull out some plastic flags and save yourselves the trouble (and embarrassment).

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Looking at these has made me almost as sick as watching election coverage!
The TV is off. All news on my Google homepage has been disabled.
In honor of this very entertaining blog, I think I will go make a CNN election map cupcake cake...

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersidewalk driver

the *only* positive thing I could find about the last pic -->
they didn't turn it into a ccc!!


November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For everyone who is saying that the colors are wrong should remember that the current color system was only adopted in the recent 2000 election. It stands in contrast to other democracies in which democrats were more commonly represented in red as the party leans closer to socialist ideals. Ie. With Communism, what color do you think? Red. Not to say that our liberals today are considered communists.

But anyway, the -08'- annoyed me. heh

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

BWAHAHAHAA!!!! Those are great! I'm not sure I'd want to eat the effigy of my candidate - or his opponent!!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

one of these cakes is going to make someone very, very sad tonight.

The question is, will it make them sad because their candidate lost or because they took it home and realized what a pathetic cake it was?

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Knits!

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