My Other Blog

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

Why You Don't Raid Other People's Refrigerators

[opening fridge] "Hey Sarah, you got any bee...AAAAUUGGHHH!!!!"

For those of you who would otherwise insist on knowing the whys and wherefores of this photo, here's what submitter Sarah M. had to say for herself (yes, she's the baker):

Subject: I swear I do get paid for making cakes

"The attached however was for a friend's surprise birthday party at a Chinese restaurant and since the birthday girl was born in the year of the rat, well I thought a giant rat cake would be appropriate."

Good thinking. Rats as a whole get far too little face time in the world of cakes.

"However my air conditioning failed halfway through the process and the butter cream icing began to destabilize and well all I could save was the head with the light up eyes."

Yep, see that tin foil "tail"? It's electric!

"The recipient of the cake claimed to my face it was the best d**n thing she had ever received.

- Sarah (I have more talent than this) M."

Sarah, I think I speak for everyone here when I say: you really need to buy better beer. Is that Miller Lite I spy in the door? Tsk, tsk. Oh, and also: we should all be so lucky to have friends make us electrified rodent heads for our birthday celebrations. Right, guys?

« Party Like It's 1999 | Main | Grandpa's Order »

Reader Comments (118)


That cake must have been enormous! And you must have the best sense of humour to submit your own wreck.

And if that rat head is what you call a wreck, I would love to see some of your "non-wrecks"!

As for the fridge... it's the beer fridge. I would suspect that a talented baker such as Sarah would have a full-sized fridge in the kitchen.


December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Hey snobs, lay off the Miller.

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Topaz, the decapitated horse head cake is being saved for the Godfather party. :)

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

I am the creator of the unfortunate rat head cake so let me answer a few of your questions.

Yes the inside was red velvet and there was chocolate mousse between the layers which is what caused the tragic collapse of the body leaving only the head.
There was also a chocolate heart filled with raspberry sauce in the chest. I managed to locate it in the cake debris and served it up to the birthday girl along with a slice of rat head.

The people at the Chinese restaurant claimed to be impressed if not slightly confused with the cake although I suspect they were just being polite.

The refrigerator featured is the "band beer fridge" that all my husband's musician friends stock with whatever they are drinking during practice. I have little control or opinion of beverages contained therein.

Lastly I am completely in love with all of you people, these comments are great and this is the best New Year's present ever!

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzeppo

This is pretty much the coolest cake ever!

I also was born in the year of the rat, and rats are my favorite animal. I have had pet rats since I was 6 years old and I currently have three.

Sarah, you rock for making your friend this cake. I wish someone would make me a red velvet birthday cake of a giant light-up rat head! It's like all my favorite things rolled into one!

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUlalume

Sarah, Creator Deluxe and Diana, Recipient Gratius, it was terrific to see your explanations re the inner workings of this rat.tabulous cake !!
Great friends for sure !!
The upcoming baby shower cake will have to really up the ante to top this beauty !!!
Thanks for my best laughs of the week !

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterponydust

Sarah is an awesome friend, and her friend is awesome, too. Great googly moogly, that's a cake carcass!

January 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

That's actually a cool cake. I'd like that, being born in the year of the Rat myself. I just wish Sarah had been able to salvage the rest of the cake.

Miller Lite is one of the few lite beers I will drink. Bud Light just tastes weird to me.

January 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

What, no Giant Rat of Sumatra comments yet?

I, too, was born in the Year of the Rat, and am a Terry Pratchett fan,
but Sherlock Holmes was first.

January 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

I'd love a Year of the Snake cake, but I don't think anyone's ever going to make me one. That's a great cake!

January 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMantelli

Miller Light AND Sierra Nevada...someone's got good taste!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There's totally Sierra Nevada in the door, that's perfectly good beer.

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I'm not sure if I've already posted on this one, but OH MY GOD that is quite possibly the most glorious thing I have ever seen.

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsa

why have you forsaken us? come back and post new wrecks!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I know my comment is a bit late....say, close to three years late! But still, I couldn't resist.

I wonder why no one noticed/mentioned the fact that the Miller Lite in the fridge STILL HAS THE PLASTIC RINGS-THING holding the beers together!!


(I have NO idea what those plastic things are called that hold together sodas/beers).

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeo The Lioness

Ha not sure if I would like a Rat cake for my birthday, I'm not sure I could bring myself to eat it. Although, sending it to someone...that I could do! ;) x

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

If that's what one of your wrecks looks like, please send a whole heap of your best works to Jen so she can do a Sunday sweet. I'm a very very very novice home decorator (my stuff either turns out very good or very horrid) and I can only dream of making a 'wreck' as good as this.

And thank you for being able to laugh at yourself - the weirdest thing about the wrecks Jen posts is that they seriously think they've done okay, while we're all sat here thinking "what weird reality do you live in???"

December 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMeridae

looks delicious. i love fresh roadkill.

April 6, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter??

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>