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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

Whirled Peas

For a cake promoting peace, this one sure is an assault on the eyes:

That pea-soup-green and grayish-blue color combo is causing a lot of upset in my GI region, too. In fact, looking at this cake is making me feel anything but peaceful. It makes me feel like maybe these color-blind wreckerators should be stopped, you know? Like maybe we should do something about it! What do you say, Heather E.? Are you with me?!?

Ok, here's what we'll do: we'll form a website, see? And then we'll post pictures of all the really bad cakes, yeah? And then we'll mercilessly mock the cakes until the wreckerators are forced to change their evil ways! It's BRILLIANT!!

Oh, wait....

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Reader Comments (129)

Maybe it's one of those tricky meat cakes topped with pasta salad.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I'd say they're more like cocktail olives on Earth...

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Imaginary Reviewer

Reminds me of the "Exorcist" ,anyone for some pea soup?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Oh my, whirled peas, indeed! I am not hungry for breakfast now. Yuck. How OLD is that cake? Bleck.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Remember the scene in The Exorcist where Regan's head goes all twisty and she upchucks on poor f
Father Karras? Yep, that's what I'm thinking they used for icing. All those in favor of an excorsism, say aye!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I'm not feeling exactly peaceful, but I'm definitely feeling peasful.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherPride

I thought the cake had uncooked pasta along the edge for a minute there.

And Jen, while changing the world is an admirable goal, I just walked past my local grocery store's bakery last night and...Well, let's just say it's going to be a long process.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That is hideous. Is it supposed to be a wreath? It looks like pasta heaped on the cake.


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first thing I saw on this cake were olives. Ha.

Olive this cake.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I think you could use that cake to negotiate world peace. Make peace or else everyone eats the cake!


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPhoo-D

Should be titled "Peas on Earth".

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFunky Kim

At first glance it looked like green olives with pimentos in the middles.

It's a sad state of economic affairs when wreckorators are forced to spare every penny from a bakery's budget by using less coloring in the icing. Every budget cut has consequences. Some consequences are entertainment for others

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

Yeah I'm with Horrible License Plates. Olive the other cakes used to laugh and call it names. No, wait....
Jen don't rain on their parade. Who doesn't want whirled peas? I'd love some peas on Earth this holiday season.
(on a less punny side note, I've always heard that color referred to as "baby sh*t green"....maybe it's a Texas thing)

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Whirled vomit, perhaps? Someone needs a color wheel.

Angie (from over at

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

I'm at a loss for words. Were they going for a wreath?

Peas on Earth indeed!

Give peas a chance.


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSue

It does look like olives...

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Add me to the pile of folks who thought there was pasta topping that monstrosity.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisha

Before reading this site I had no idea how rampant alcoholism was amongst cake decorators. Seriously, barring the chance that they are secretly employing preschoolers in the back, it's the only logical explanation.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

That looks like pasta salad. D: Yuck yuck yuck.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep, my first thought was pasta also. Glad I am not the only one who saw the pasta salad drizzled on top!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

A new word for you: wrecketrate

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNathon


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

The Courteous might be right...a tricky meat cake...gross...but i'm definitely seeing olive and pimento topping....

I also think the inscription is interesting. It's a very bold statement...PEACE ON EARTH!...not "Let there be peace on Earth" or "May there be peace on Earth"...maybe they were charging by the letter and the buyer was as budget minded as the frosting colorist.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Whirled peas? Are you sure you didn't mean hurled peas?

That is one nasty looking cake!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

I seriously thought that cake was adorned with green olives with pimento. I just threw up a little in my mouth just typing that.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just arrived at work and want a martini already thanks to this cocktail olive cake. It's 5:00 somewhere...

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Back

My first thought was the preschool art project where cornflakes are dyed green and glued onto paper to make a "wreath," but preschoolers would be neater in their execution of said art project.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Warden

It looks like an uncooked Digorno tortellini wreath.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

It's Tortellini!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhomeschool mamma

Maybe its just because its what I had for dinner last night, but I couldnt figure out why pesto pasta was so peaceful. It seriously took about 2 minutes for me to realize it was supposed to be a wreath! Oy!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

aren't peas a common ingredient in pasta salad?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

Who thought this would be a good cake that looks suspiciously like a pasta meat cake? And of course, the colors are just horrendous.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Whirled peas"...more like "hurled peas"!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter5thsister

I too, saw olives and pureed peas. Something out of a Gerber jar.
That's just gross.
~Amy B.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

It's obvious you can't served ice cream on the side with this one. How about a nice dollop of mayo?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I, too, see olives. An olive wreath.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

At first glance I thought it was some kind of weird olive medly.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolle

Everybody now! *Slee-eep in heavenly peas...*

Why am I suddenly craving a martini after looking at that cake?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

So I go to a family member's house for holidays, and there are rarely any vegetables served at the holiday meal. (I try to bring them when the potluck assignments are handed out, you know, being the change I wish to see the world and all). But this cake solves the problem: it has greens! it looks like spinach pasta! or olives! I need never steam a veggie again if my host will just buy this cake for our holiday dessert....

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBroccoli

EEEWWWW!!!! Ugly cake!

"Wrecheraters" Good word.

I like "Wreckreators", too. As in wreck-creators.

I start every day with a good laugh from your blog. Thanks for helping me get out the door with a laugh.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKMY

Were they going for the mashed up green olive look? Because...mission-accomplished.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Help! There's deviled eggs and olives on my cake!!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And furthermore...if it IS supposed to be a wreath, what are those nasty brownish black flecks in it supposed to be??

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I am glad a bunch of you thought it looked like olives. So did I. Then I thought about what olives would taste like on a cake. Now I have an upset stomach.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAZgirl

True fact: in 18th century France, the color of that cake was extremely popular in the royal court. The color's name? Goose-turd green. You cannot make these things up.

Word verification: glorn. The sound you make when you see this cake? Or perhaps the mood the decorator was in?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

I really have to quit reading your blog before breakfast! Grocery store bakeries need someone with veto power to come by before these cakes are presented to an unwary public. That would spoil all the CakeWrecks fun though, wouldn't it.

Ah, my verification word is a cross between "dire" and "dread." The pea(s) cake is something diread.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Looks to me like they edged the cake with deviled eggs. You know how it gets kinda greeny if you boil the eggs too long? Like that.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraleta meadowlark

Thats just gross. Nikki

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNikki E

Whirled Peas...that's beautiful right there.
the cake? not so much!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterxxxevilgrinxxx

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