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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)

It's a Peace Soup Cake. :-)

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing screams Christmas like olives on a cake!!

WV ~ Catio. When the cat ends up on the patio.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

It really does look like green olives.
Martini cake, anyone?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

- "Isn't that Dijon mustard icing?"

- "Uh? Yeah, it is! I was just wondering how i could create a new kind of cake, which might bring peace on earth!"

- "Sure... peace like... none will fight to get more..."



December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ-Benoit

I think it looks like the filling for deviled eggs. Certianly what I like with my cake.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHilary


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Like everyone else, I saw olives first and I still see olives! It took me a minute to see the wreath. Unfortunately, I saw this right before lunch and have since lost my appetite. Like AZgirl, I now have an upset stomach.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

When you look at the close up of the cake, you can see that it has also been haphazardly sprinkled with those metal-looking sprinkles (dragees?). Why? oh Why?? ohhh why????!!! It looks like MOLD on the old pasta salad! Gack!!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I must be the odd ball - to me it looked like someone had switched out their frosting bag for the deviled egg filling. Mmmmm... deviled eggs and cake. Where's the Pepto?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJon & Anna

Do people really buy these cakes? Seriously!

Maybe it's a conspiracy. Maybe the "decorators" (note the appropriate use of quotations!)make these cakes ugly on purpose so no one will buy them, and then they can have the cakes for themselves!!

The depths of perversion that this idea could represent are disturbing.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMom In Scrubs

I saw overcooked spinach with cranberries.

BTW - I keep flipping through the cake book at the supermarket, wondering which design has the highest potential for Wreckage. Just might have to order something to see what I actually get. Would that count as a Wreck, or do they have to be unforeseen?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

It looks like it's covered in mushed pimento-stuffed olives...with the pimentos still in there...

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPirka

I'll have a piece of baby carrot jockeys instead.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

thank god they included an exclamation point, otherwise i would have been totally confused...

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphyzish

My first thought was olives. Lots of olives.

WV: byake

"Some paple don't understaynd how to byake."

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulianna

Looks like olives to me. And not even nice shiny green olives, but the olives you find in the jar that got shoved to the back of the refrigerator eight months ago.

Del Monte Vobiscum, everyone. (That's "peas be with you.")

Word verification: nessness. The spirit of ness during the Chrismtas season. Kindness, happiness and nessness.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

I saw pasta salad too! Macaroni shells with dried peas & carrots in a ranch sauce. Just what that cake & world peace needed! :P

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I also thought it was pasta salad on the cake. In fact, that's all I can see. I think my favorite part might be the dis-proportionally large exclamation point, like the decorator was SO excited about the prospect of 'Peace on Earth' that they couldn't contain their enthusiasm.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteredeabay

Jen, I LOVE how witty you are! This blog is hilarious! Every day I come to work and I can't wait to see the latest and greatest of the cake-wreck world. Thanks for all the laughs!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Karen asked: "if it IS supposed to be a wreath, what are those nasty brownish black flecks in it supposed to be??"

I think they are supposed to be lowlights, except for there's no consistency to an imagined light source for them.

Or perhaps they are chocolate chips.

Word verification: stantsi. My daughter is going to be stantsi tomorrow morning waiting in the airport, but I am installing some games on the laptop to help with that.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteroddharmonic

When Nigel prayed for peace on Earth this wasn't quite what he had in mind...

Ha ha ha!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I think I just saw something like that changing my son's diaper. Yeeeeccchhh.

Love the Yzma impression BTW Jen

Laura H

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Peace on earth, wreckage on cakes...

And did anyone else notice that the cake in the background has the same color of frosting (or pasta salad), only with what looks like powdered Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top?

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCammy

Ulcchhh. That is one of the worst colors ever.

I'm wondering who I should commission to do a Grinch cake for my soon-to-be-4-year-old's January birthday? Any suggestions? Lol.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Mmmmm, banana peppers.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

So doesn't just look like pimento olives, it looks like pimento olives AND like someone ate a bunch of kalamata olives and spit the pits back out onto the pile of pimento olives.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbouboule

Yuk olives!
This cake is awful for the pregnant woman's eyes!


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

It looks like tuna noodle casserole!! Made me hungry!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteremilytasticz0rz

The title of this post was perfect. I loves it!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

Who threw up on that cake? yuck!


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

Maybe it was supposed to be:

Peas on Earth

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh wow. I am home w/dial up so the first thing I saw was the title, which had me laughing & wondering what was to come. When the photo finally came up, oh....
Is that actually a color? Was that stuff around the circumference of the cake supposed to be a design?
Since discovering this site, I've been looking at the cakes at my shopping places and having some giggles.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOldMorgans

Is that...pasta salad?

Between the wrecks, Jen's brilliant commentary, and these hysterical word verifications, I laugh until I cry every morning. Thank you!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi


December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPuanani

Ewww. Looks like pasta salad.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjust-becca

My first thought was egg salad.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvergrey

I actually spotted this cake at Whole Foods, in their holiday cake display. The green is even more putrid and pea-soup like in person and the strange olive-esque objects in the wreath are actually blobs of red and navy blue icing.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherE.

That just turns my stomach.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It took me a full minute to see it was supposed to be a wreath. That is one sorry Christmas cake.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

It looks like it has pasta salad on top of it....

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

This cake makes me say Wow...Gnasty (the 'g' is not silent). It looks like it was under fluorescent lighting. Then I look again and say, oh my no. That's just plain lose-my-lunch awfulness. It should go with the moldy cakes. For reals.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCatie

That looks like strained peas. Well, if it is baby food, we can always feed it to the naked mohawk baby carrot jockeys!!!!!!!!

W.V: (although this cake makes me want to say WTF):tursin. When Bob saw the cake, his face started to look tursin and he rushed to the bathroom.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, forget the icing; has anyone noticed the second-grader handwriting on this "cake"? ( No, that was not meant to make fun of the cakes with the inappropriate quotation marks. I really think that the cake-hood of this... item should be doubted.)

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like it was decorated with capers and pimentos. Can I pass on this cake? I'll just have some of the candy from the pinata.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

In addition to the nauseating color, it looks like it says "Peace or Earth!" to me. Apparently you can only have one or the other.

Another great wreck!!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterslycreations

My first impression was that there was a ring of ziti with pesto ringing the top of that cake. Blecch.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRichS

I agree: it totally looks like pasta salad. The really vinegary kind.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

I don't know what you people are complaining about. I hear pimento olives on vanilla cake is a very popular dessert in hell.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Totally thought it was pasta salad!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

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