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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 World's Most Cheerful Hanging

Ah, what a difference a horizon line can make - and how unfortunate that this one is about 3 inches below the dangling feet.

Thanks to Mar C., Wreckin' on over in Barcelona, Spain!

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Reader Comments (84)

I think I'm missing the cultural reference that would explain why the birthday girl is getting a cake with such brightly colored sneakers (suspended, at that), but I actually think the hearts and flowers are cute.

Word verification: surnmen - if you find this in place of "surname" on your cake decoration request form, run away, because you know NOTHING will be spelled correctly on the final cake...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's the old joke about a long walk with a short jump rope?
Seriously though I think they might have been going for the effect of the jump rope laying on the ground. But it does conjure a number of other images. Poor Alexia...we hardly knew ye.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I see it more like a jumping rope than the floor. That way the lines on each side make more sens.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryanicka

Are you sure it's not someone jumping rope?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterc3

No one at the bakery looked at that and thought "Oh... Maybe not..." ? Did they think that kids just wouldn't "get it"?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobynNewt

Yay!...A cake for a hanging....didn't think those existed. Do you suppose that they make them for electric chair or lethal injection executions too?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Adolescent angst gone unchecked. And on her birthday, too. Sad. At least she went with a lovely, turned-out second position ballet stance.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, here's 2 guesses--first one is jump rope. The second one is what we used to call (politically incorrectly, I'm sure) Chinese jumping rope. It was essentially a really long elastic band, which wrapped around the back of two players' ankles, knees, etc. depending on the skill level, while a third person did the jumping. Other than that, the rest of the cake is absolutely delightful, right down to the untied hi-tops!!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinking that's supposed to be a jump rope...but how could you be sure.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know it's been said, but I'm thinkin' jump rope too!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Am I the only one who thinks that's a Ramona Quimby cake? Do they even HAVE Ramona in Spain?

Anyway, yeah, the framing - that's what it looks like to me, anyway - is really, really unfortunate. Which stinks, because the rest of the cake is really cute otherwise.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJor

Hmmmm...I thought maybe a jumprope championship congratulations?
Amy B

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

laughed out loud....hilarious.
Hey, cakemakers who live in states with capital punishment should think about rolling out a new line of cakes. Maybe they can even get the state to pay for the cakes.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreenEggsandSam

Best cake wreck ever!!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

I don't know, I think this cake is pretty awesome. I don't think I would have even gone to the "hanging" scenario had you not pointed it out. At least everything's spelled correctly!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTalKal

Cute cake . . . but if you didn't know that Alexia loves to jump rope you might think, "What the!"

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesleMora

OK that is a tad disturbing!! Poor Alexia... nice know'n ya pobrecita

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Holmes

I wonder why Alexia hung herself? It clearly wasn't due to cankles.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStunbunny

It's a birthday cake (thus the "Feliz Cumpleanos"), and even if it was supposed to be jump rope, then the "rope" should look like a rope, and not a black line.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErik

I thought it was a jumprope as well.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

Are you sure this cake was for a birthday and not a funeral? I still have no idea what they were going for!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwavecloud

Maybe it IS Ramona! Didn't she wear sneakers that looked a bit like those?

Personally, I see someone who probably took "defying gravity" a bit too seriously, and is now stuck in midair because they jumped just a bit too high on the bed, thus causing their torso to go right through the ceiling.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Definitely jump rope! Although they should have made the rope thicker.

Otherwise, I think it's a pretty cute cake. And a clever idea, too. Hell, anything other than princesses would get a thumbs up from me.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz C

Wow I'm slow... I never in a million years would have guessed jump rope if not for the intelligent people in the comments section! I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what the actual idea was supposed to be... maybe I need a vacation...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I'd wear those shoes.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpam

Since she's wearing basketball shoes, my first thought was that she just performed a successful slam dunk, and is celebrating by hanging on the hoop/rim for a few seconds.

But jumprope works, too.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGM

At least both shoes are on the feet. If one was dropped on the floor, then that would really make minds wonder.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter1rx4fn

At first I thought they spelled "Feliz Compleanos" wrong by spelling it with a "u", but I checked and found out both will work. ALSO, an interesting fact is that you can say " Compleanos Feliz" as well. But we don't say "Birthday Happy" in English. But you know what? That's about all the Spanish I know!

Also, I originally thought it was a congratulations cake for someone who just learned how to tie their shoelaces!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

The shoes are cute. I don't understand the lines though.

wvotd mutstriz. Don't forget, dogs with dry skin need to mutstriz.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

It's like one of those face/vases images. If I think about it really hard, I can see the girl in mid jump as she's jumping rope, but then it reverts spontaneously back to the "hanging" cake.

It's an adorable cake, too, other than that one flaw.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe musishian

Actually, it IS a cultural reference from a TV show (originally mexican, I think) that has that EXACT picture as its symbol. The bad taste is not the baker's, in this case. :)

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJelliorum

I think this one is actually pretty cute... a bit sloppy if professionally done, but still cute. She's jump-roping, isn't she?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTranquility

Looks like a kid jumping rope to me too.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tildy Spot

It does look a bit like a hanging, but I could see jump rope too. Still, hilarious!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Jump rope? Nah. Our girl looks like she's laid out on a narrow slab. With her shoes untied, too, poor dear.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentert

It says "Happy Birthday" in Spanish. Maybe the birthday girl is great at jumping rope, but the cake makes her look like she's great at ending her life.

Word Verification: Froqua. What the froqua is up with these cakes?!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I think this cake is jumping for joy over being included on this blog!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Queen of Fifty Cents

It would be a perfectly lovely cake without the black lines.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlady

i really like the multicolored, unlaced shoes. Reminds me of my daughter, although she isn't a giant, nor has she been hanged lately...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

oh my gosh - how depressing

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

Oh, I'm definitely seeing jump-rope theme here. With the kid actually jumping *over* the rope in the image--naturally she'd be airborne at that point, the activity is supposed to be jumping after all. I was very confused to see this on CW to begin with.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarianna

I'm amazed at all the comments so far who have said jump rope. That never even crossed my mind. If it is a jump rope, it's a stiff wire "rope" that has no elasticity and is squared off on the bottom. If it were to be a jump rope wouldn't it have more of a U shape?

word verification: imyxin. Imyxin up my own cake.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

I can see why she hung herself: by the hideous scaly texture of those skinny chicken legs, I'd say she's got shingles.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Um- there's a.. uhhh something coming out from between the legs.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I saw this completely as a jump roping cake. I don't see anything wrong with it. I actually can't even figure out how you would get a hanging out of this, because why would the string hang down that low like that? It wouldn't make sense at all. And if that's not the string, than why does it go all the way up on both sides.

I love this blog, but this time around, I totally disagree.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I love Ramona! But like all the others I see a jump rope here. No wreck.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is the wearer of the sneakers maybe lying on a beach towel?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

Are the people on team "It's a jump rope" nuts? What is it made out of? A wire that is bent to right angles at the bottom? Jump ropes are NOT square!

WV:asiess. That is all I'm saying.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlois

wvotd: fugable. (really!!)

This sad, birthday/jump rope/hanging cake is fugable.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sorry but I don't see the jump rope thing here. WHY would a jump rope be square on the end??? To me it looks like she was on a diving board or sidewalk- or any other square-ended surface. (But why would she be swimming with shoes? who knows?)
But then, who JUMPS with their feet straight out and heels together?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*mary*

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