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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 can see the jump rope theme, now that it has been pointed out--and if it's supposed to be a jump rope, then the execution is totally a wreck. the rope looks too skinny and squared for her to be actively be jumping over it. plus, her shoes are untied. and if Alexia were an intelligent girl, she'd know that jumping rope with untied shoes is TOTALLY unsafe. :)

and then, yes--i can see the "hanging." i first saw a door in the background with feet dangling in mid-air. which leads me to believe Alexia was hiding in her closet when the deed was done...

unfortunate piping from the decorator's end. i would have gone with a classic red/white striped rope to make it more obvious, but that might have been a little hard for the decorator...but even a bright color like the shoes would have been great.


December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Also when jumping the feet are together and pointed forward with knees bent. Those feet look like they are standing.. or hanging. To those who can't get the "hanging" reference, imagine instead of a rope that it's more an outline, the sides being walls and the bottom being the ground. Anyhoo, no matter how much I look at it I can't see a "rope" there. Especially a wire thin black square rope that is thinner than the girl's shoelaces.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

Of course it is a jump rope...but come can't see that it is a poor excuse for one!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It may be a jump rope cake...but that still doesn't explain the false teeth around the edge.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJo in NZ

A Floricienta cake in Cake Wrecks!
Hoo boy, and I thought that I would only be able to make fun at the show itself!

This has made my day in so many levels.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

I'm going to have to vote against the jump rope idea; one in midswing would definitely not be of the rectangular persuasion. Maybe it's a doorway and Alexia is in the middle of doing a chin-up. From the looks of her legs, I'd say she's pretty fit.

Word verification: doscide, the act of killing a female deer. See also buckcide, the act of killing a male deer, as illustrated in the wildfire cake.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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.


How does jump rope make any more sense than hanging?

Whatever the straight black lines are, they don't look like any jump rope I've ever seen - which have been brightly coloured thick rope that don't exactly make right angles while you're jumping...

If it is supposed to be a jump rope, then considering how cute the rest of the cake is, the rope itself is definitively a wreck.

The hanging comes from the fact that the straight line down the bottom could be the floor, therefore the feet are dangling above the floor...therefore hanging...the straight lines on the side could be anything, wall, door etc.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMia

OMG! Have the dreaded CCCs reached... Spain? Or maybe those are just scalloped edges on a regular round cake. Still. Made me wonder! :)

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

It's not a wreck... it is such a cute jump rope cake. Ropes go flat like that if they drag on the ground. I like it. I really like how the shoes ar euntied as well.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

It's an Argentinian TV show." REL="nofollow">Here is the logo. I still don't really understand the rectangle in the background, but the dangling feet are spot-on.

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December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandie

Is it possible that there is a line across the top too, making that a black frame?

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I don't get how this one is a wreck. All I see is the jump rope. Yes, it could be a little less squared off and a little thicker, but it does look like a jump rope. I can't see it as a girl being hung, it just doesn't make sense.

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Hi all,

This is the first time I've looked at comments and I think it's time for a review.

"A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons."

You see if you look at the splayed feet and you don't notice the black "jump rope" you could see it as dangling feet. Get it? And see, a hanging cake would be funny, right? Haha...

Okay so if you have to explain a joke, it's no longer funny.

But CLEARLY it's a jump rope!

yeah, I know...

It doesn't even LOOK like a hanging!

Yeah but see if you turn your head...

It's cute!!! NOT A WRECK!!!

Okay. Yup. You're right. Maybe we should just take it down.

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)

Pro tip to prospective parents: 'Alexia' sounds like a nice name for a girl, but it is, in fact, the condition of being unable to read following brain damage.

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlex, FCD

Okay, the first thing I saw was a swing.. because of the taut ropes. You know.. with the name Alexia where the seat would be. Then I looked again and wondered why?? Then I looked again and just gave up.

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

My head went to jump rope first, too. But I couldn't resist searching a bit after someone mentioned a show called "Floricienta". I found" REL="nofollow">this image for a DVD that clearly shows the lines we are all debating as more like a trapeze, and they do in fact hang somewhat below the sneakers.

I still think that the execution of this particular cake, however, keeps it in the realm of the wreck.

verification - "reducks"? Really?

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

It's the edge of the bed. She's lying down and relaxing.

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBen Ostrowsky

The dance teacher in me can't help it; I have to correct the person who said the girl's feet are in second position. She's in first position. (In second the feet would be much further apart).

Sorry, carry on!

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, that line's a jump rope! She's in the air, jumpin' the rope!

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

I think the person is supposed to be jumping rope - but a hanging was the first thought I had when looking at it.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternc

It's from an Argentinian show, the logo was like that, hee-hee, the sneakers are almost characters! ohhh, it wouldn't be flor without her lucky sneakers, and silver nut, and rabbit leg, and an infinity of lucky charms!!
yes, I'M A FAN OF THE SHOW so what?
I would have love thar cake 5 years ago, when the the show what emited for the first time *u*


yeah... kind of random...

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlunick

I actually have before seen a jump rope solid black, very shinny, and only about a fourth of an inch in diameter, if that. If I hadn't given it away some years ago, I would take a picture and show you. It's possible.
Also, a jump rope when it hits the ground and is sliding before it lifts off does become rather flat on the bottom. (Am I the only one who has jump roped in a while?)

However, as the last image linked shows, this cake is dead on to the logo. The only thing missing is the straight-up 90 degree angle edges with the carry-over lines, but since the edge of the cake is there, we shall just imagine that part.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Are we sure the feet on this cake aren't jumping rope? That would explain the line being so far from the feet. PLUS... it IS for a kids bday party! So.... that could be it. (:


December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Jackson

Wow. Looks JUST LIKE the logo for a TV show. What a wreck, that looks like it is supposed to look! Or is it a wreck because the reference isn't American?

Also, Alexia =/= a form of brain damage.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkibbles

Floricienta!! O_O

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIréne

I bet she hung herself because she was named after a kind of brain damage (wiki Alexia).

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, "alexia" is the complete inability to read, as opposed to dyslexia, which is a difficulty while reading. Perhaps "Alexa" or "Alexis" would have been better name choices... :-) What's next? Aphasia Smith? Euthanasia McGovern? :-)

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNetRolller 3D

I believe that this picture is from either a Spanish cartoon character of a little girl and her adventures, or of a show of the same nature. I saw it in Argentina, but it was not something that I paid great attention to, and so my memory of the precise particulars has faded.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Isn't 'alexia' what they call it when you can't read because you have brain damage?

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I've seen this before, on a John*Foos (shoe brand, they are like Chuck Taylors) t-shirt, so I think it's one of their things, and as far as I know it's still SUPER popular in Argentina and probably elsewhere as well.
It SHOULD have a horizon line though!
they did a good colouring job though.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh god >_> this cake has the symbol of floribella...
Floribella is a sopa opera for kids that was broadcasted in many coutries with different verions

ugh it sucks

March 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRitsuka

Actually, that's the logo for a very popular argentinian children's tv show called Floricienta. See?

I know I'm a little late for the party, but I've just found this blog and am know addicted to it.

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

That's actually the logo of a children's soap opera popular in latin and south european countries. In Portugal and Brasil it's called Floribella and in other countries I'm not sure if it's katchorra. This is not a wreck. Actually is not that badly done. the logo:

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterindustrialvet

just in case you guys didnt know, the dangling feet with the sneakers is a logo for a Portuguese/Brazilian tv show for kids, its called Floribella
heres a link to a picture

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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