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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


I must admit, I've been dreaming of the day when I could name a Cake Wreck "Cake Rex" for a looong time now. Heck, we're talking prime potential-mascot material here, folks! So will today be the day? Will it?

Well, let's see:

Uh, this looks like someone was going for a dinosaur-skin rug, but forgot to skin the dino first. He's kind of straddling the lines between alligator, lizard, and dinosaur, too. And what's going on with the back end?

Yikes! Are we sure there's actually a cupcake in there, Ian T.?

Next there's Jacqueline S.'s Nessie:

Actually, since there's two of them, maybe it should be Nestor & Nessie. Looove the shoestring necks and Nessie's pig snout, but those candles are just cruel. Not sure I want to get into the debate over whether the Loch Ness Monster is a dinosaur, either. Next!

Hey, look: someone decorated a block of floral foam with an "after-the-meteor-hit" vignette! The petrified dinosaur skeletons and the still-burning remains of the local vegetation are spot-on. We may not know the occasion, Gwen F., but at least Greg - whoever he is - is being greeted really enthusiastically. (Which is kind of ironic, given the whole death-and-destruction theme.)

So anyway, those are the remains of dinosaurs - do we have any with their skin still on?

What the heck... is that someone's small intestine draped over the side?!? And how much of that is actually cake, Shani H.? It looks like solid plastic.

Um, I don't think this is worthy of being called Cake Rex, either, but get a load of the itty bitty dino-arms sticking out next to the head. Kinda reminds me of my all-time favorite Dinosaur clip:

I've watched that about 8 times in a row now, and that arm-waving action still cracks me up.

Well, that concludes today's search for the ultimate Cake Rex. I'll just keep looking, then, shall I?

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Reader Comments (105)

The Nessie and Nestor cakes are CUTE! - if a little befuddling...

That big head and little arms thing makes me crack up every time!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

The first one looks like an armadillo to me. A spiky armadillo...not a dino.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarlise

I like them all! The first one is a cartoon. I suspect the after-the-meteor one really was intended to be that way, and there are bones near the guts of the latest meal of the last one - that's too big to be even a proto-human gut. Perfect for, say, an eight-year-old boy.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

"I don't know how I missed the gaping sphincter staring me in the face."

My personal goal for today: See how many times I can work that sentence into a conversation.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

That is my absolute favorite part of that movie. I giggle, too. :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstewbert

Not to mention that Nestor is doing his best Groucho Marx impression. Yeesh...

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chic Cakery

the ground on the GREG! cake looks like vomit.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

"And is that milk in a Corona bottle?"

I think those Corona bottles are salt and pepper.

Word verification: forkines. I don't want to stick my fork-ines into these cakes! I would lose it in the mounds of green frosting!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Greg's cake is AWESOME. Maybe it's due to all the something something I did in college, but I would love to have that cake.

But yeah, I could do that at home with the help of a 2-year-old. And now I'm going to have to.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLicketysplit

The green poo cake is bad enough but why is it so shiny? That makes it much worse.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

In the first cake whether or not they intended for the poo hole to be off center, at least they were smart enough to place the poo pile in the proper place. An "F" for Cake Decorating, but an "A" in Poo Trajectory!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermisa

Is that first one Alf's recluse green-poo cousin?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

Ugh, that first dino cake reminds me of what I cleaned out of my kid's diaper last night.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKore

I'm with Alix on this one: That first one is SO obviously a green asparagus monster. Someone's mom is clearly an evil genius intent on forcing her child to eat his asparagus, even if it is made out of frosting and will inevitably turn his poo green and rot out half of his teeth.

And that clip from Meet the Robinsons? The arm wiggle is made of 100% pure, unfiltered win-sauce.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValky

Eek!! There's more icing than cake on that first one!!! Sugar rush anybody?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Of course, "after the meteor hits" would make it a meteorite... ;)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermeowsqueak

LOL I love the dinosaur clip! That's one of my favorite things about that movie! :D

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Meet The Robinsons is the best movie ever and I'm not just saying that because I am one.

That first dino looked like green poo.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

my nearly 14 year old dughter does that dinosaur bit all the time. Now I've seen the original! yay.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraccidental altruist

Oddly the first one said Alf or anteater to me not dinosaur. I'm sure its just me..................

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercamilla

I usually am a full time lurker, but I just had to add my appreciation for that "small arms" clip. Whenever I need a laugh, I beg the BF to say that line (complete with flapping hands). I usually end up on the floor I giggle so hard :)
I find Greg!'s cake to be the worst of this bunch, the exclamation point is just soo sad.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrini

I've heard of primordial soup, but not primordial frosting.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenaS

I'm so happy you included the Meet The Robinsons clip. My husband and I use that line all the time when one of us does something we clearly didn't think through..."Aw honey - that was a little arms plan."


December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCake for Breakfast

to katie:
the shininess of the poo indicates

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblade girl

Ha ha haahahah ^-^ I saw that last one in my local grocery (Its a shame really, theres this great little bakery installed in there with all these gorgeous cakes and goodies and right down the counter from them is the normal baker...with that dino sticking out on top of the case.)

I saw it and pointed it out to my husband, who promptly said, "No, you can not use my phone to take a picture for the Cake Wrecks blog." lol, he's caught on to me already!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEkio Locatiare

First one looks like it was "decorated" by a flock of Canada geese...which have amazingly fast "transit times" Maybe you've heard the expression...?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I have a cousin Greg who should be getting out of jail about now... At least, it's that time of year...

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

That is my FAVORITE clip from a commercial EVER! I seriously used to stop fast forwarding through commercials just to watch it :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

That's my favorite clip - I think EVER!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Oh yay! another round of sugary goodness that creates technicolor um...waste.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

That clip from "Meet The Robinsons" makes me laugh every.single.time. I come to your site about every day anyway, but I may be bookmarking this post just for that! Love it!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermuchmorethanmommy

I work at a kids birthday party place, and i see the 2nd and the 4th cake ALL the time. I kind of wonder about the fourth one at times. The lava doesnt always turn out well

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

it's not a wreck, but I just needed to make sure you were aware of dinosaur comics:

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Krisher

Don't worry about Nessie - there's no debate about it. While there were plenty of big, scary aquatic reptiles back in the day, none of them were dinosaurs. Of course, I do consider penguins to be actual dinosaurs, so they have learned to swim in the last 65 million years... I'll stop. Sorry.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavor

I think that first one should be classified as a FROSTING wreck instead of a CAKE wreck!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

OOO That last cake we actually had for my 6yr old's birthday party.

Wanna see how it's "Supposed" to look (other than whoever tried to pipe my kids name on the side needs to learn how to space things out a bit)

And only the dino and the thing the dino sits on is plastic (and the trees) everything else is cake! (and the dino roars so that's bonus!)

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApple

It does make you wonder how T-Rex got it's reputation as a ferocious dinosaur with such tiny tiny arms.

The clip cracks me up completely. It makes me giggle as much as the clip from "Bolt" when the hamster is asked by the dog if he's ready for action, and the hamster gives his neck a crack and whispers huskily: "I'll get my ball". Because every miscreant out their is terrified of a hamster in a plastic ball. I know I'd be! Oh wait, I am a Cake Wreck Miscreant!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

That clip from Meet the Robinsons is what got me to see that movie. I crack up every single time over that part. :)

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Im so amazed at the talent put in these cakes.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

"Dino-Mite?" Dino-might not!

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I've been watching that clip and giggling over the arm waving too. I love little silly things like that.

My husband also believes the glob of icing on the green frightful mess is a pile o' poo. Awesome.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Oh god, that's a sad excuse for a dinocake.

If you want the ultimate Rex Cake, try here:

Easy way to find it is Gallery --> Special Event Cakes --> Second row down, far right. Rawr.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

the first one looks like poo. extrodinarily shiny and green poo.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDani

i had no idea about the dinosaur vid...i about spit out my coffee on that one....someone should've WARNED me!!!!!! lol

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershowbaby673 ~ LIZ

Those are funny! As for that first two with the totally green dinosaur done in loops or something, I sure hope that's cake. It looks like something else I've seen in the toilet only bright green.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDesertDarlene

And, what's up with the "intestines" in that one photo?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDesertDarlene

I just saw the draped intestine/peekaboo dinosaur cake in a local bakery. The most frightening thing was the price tag: $49.99! Man, did I pick the wrong major in college!

Werd Verification word: floos

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

not to worry, i cracked up at that clip before i even clicked on play! i never saw the movie but that was my favorite part of the trailer.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertalda

I love the big head little arms dino as fact...I just made a Cake Rex the other day based on him. *grin* But I would like to think mine was better than these! LOL

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Vesper

The clip about the little arms cracks me up. I cannot stop laughing on it. And btw I just discovered this blog and I love it. It is too funny.

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

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