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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

Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Hold

I love the movie Ghostbusters. And I'm not talking about the kind of love you have for your favorite hair product, ok? I'm talking about a card-carrying, movie-quoting, geek-crushing on Venkman, Ray AND Spengler kind of love. Don't judge me too harshly, now: at least I'm not going all Twilight on you.

(Down, vampire-fans, down! I'm waiting to read the book before seeing the movie, ok?)

ANYway, so, when reader Corrie G. told me she had ordered a Ghostbusters cake, complete with the famous "no-ghost" symbol, I was psyched. And then I saw this:

Now, this beautifully executed Wreck worries me for one reason and one reason only: it means this decorator has not seen Ghostbusters. Oh, the humanity!! The misguided tragedy!! The horror - the ABSOLUTE HORROR!!


Sure, I know lots of you are about to write in saying *you've* never seen Ghostbusters, either. [shudder] Consider this my "encouragement" for you to remedy that situation. It's not like I'm asking you to memorize the entire Bobby Brown rap from Ghostbusters 2 or anything - er, cuz' I'm told you'd have to be just crazy to do something like that... [cough, cough]

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Reader Comments (151)

I'm thinking it's "inhumanity" but I would never argue with God.

The cake was a bit lost, wasn't it. I think all bakeries should have internet so the cake decorators can access Wikipedia in a crunch. We mustn't appear stoopid, now.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

This makes me sad for this poor baker. How could they have missed this movie... unless they're a few years younger than me, and then I might be able to get it. (But then I'm not sure if they would be old enough to work in a bakery...)

By the way, Twilight's good, but not super holycow amazing. I think about half the people who read the books don't completely understand the draw, and both my mom and I thought the movie was cheesy... but it was still a lot of fun going to see it.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not only hasn't seen Ghostbusters--didn't check the 'net for image suggestions--this one is so easy to find!


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

it saddens me that now more and more I feel when ordering a cake I will have to say "I mean the picture of a ghost, please do not spell it out on the cake"

Better still, this is why I took classes and began making my own cakes....

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterROYALTY

Green slime would have helped with the ambiance.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I love Ghostbusters. Most quoted line: "Art deco, very nice".

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't bother with the Twilight book, it isn't worth the time, and I hear from lots of people that the movie is totally different from the book too.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertheboardbitch

I admit, I could not immediately pull the no-ghost symbol to my mind when I read this. (shame on me, I know). So, I did what any good cakewrecks reader would do- I did my research. It took about 30 seconds to google "no ghost symbol", and TA-DA, there it was.

Not difficult people. Its okay to ask, if you don't know. Better ask a question than end up on cakewrecks. And, with google, asking is even easier.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKeeping It Sane

Don't kill your braincells by bothering with Twilight.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

makes me want to see the movie again :)

oh and I would go see the Twilight movie first then read the book... just sayin' (I read first then saw.. too dissapointed :( )

donnananana... ghostbusters...who ya gonna call??..... great now its stuck in my head!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbella1021 you smell something? From one GB fan to another who had the glow-in-the dark sheet set for my college dorm room, I was SO disappointed with this cake, but then I had to remind myself that GB was released almost 25 years ago, gosh I feel old!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Bakery manager to cake decorator: When someone asks you if you know how to decorate a "Ghostbusters" cake you say YES!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjayspec

Okay, I've seen it. But it's been twenty years or so. And I don't know why this is wrong. Except that it's a little blah.

Slinks out with head lowered in shame.

Angie (from over at

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Dude. Everyone has seen Ghostbusters! My 6 year old niece loves it. And I would be all over any of the boys in those movies. Even Rick Moranis and Especially Ernie Hudson... The cake looks great except for the fact that they didn't use the right logo.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I think it is somewhat unfair to decorators to order something so specific and not provide pictures. I doubt even the most hardcore fan could replicate it properly from memory.

That said. This is a great wreck!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSoggy Carrot

Actually, I was thinking that it's possible that the cake was not explained to the decorator properly on this one. Maybe.

(Why am I often so nice to the wreck makers?)

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Yay for Ghostbusters!! That cake was hillarious. I have a hankering to go watch again...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Maybe with the new Ghosbuster video game set to launch in June 09 more people will feel the need to watch the old movies. It's got all the guys back to voice the characters and the trailer released looks awesome.

And of course we loved this movie, so much so we had to dance to the theme at my wedding.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlablover5

"LISTEN. DO YOU SMELL SOMETHING?" That line still cracks me up!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJustfrosting

I haven't seen Ghostbusters, but even I know what the image should look like!!!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarakate

Good morning, I'm Roger Grimsby. Today, the entire Eastern Seaboard is alive with talk of incidents of paranormal activity. Alleged ghost sightings and related supernatural occurances have been reported across the entire Tri-State area. -Such as this cake, which is supernaturally wrecked.

(So I edited a little...)

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Oh, another Egon-Ray-Venkman fan! I love that movie. And yes, it is a crime against humanity that that decorator hasn't seen the movie. Or couldn't be bothered to Google the dang image.

I knew my husband was the one when he worked the lines "Print is dead" and "I collect molds, spores, and fungus" into a casual conversation. *sigh*

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

They definitely crossed the streams on this one...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

What? No love for Winston? He gets some of the best lines in the movie: "Tell him about the Twinkie." or "Ray, if someone asks if you are a god, you say 'Yes!!'"

It's too bad the decorator messed this up. The timing is perfect to get on board with the Ghostbusters revival. A new game, a new sequel, an attempt to pretend the first sequel wasn't real. (Ok, that last part is just me, but the others are pretty exciting stuff.)

And I think the people in my office are going to be upset that this post will have me going around for the rest of the day singing, "Well, I guess we're gonna have to take control."

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Haven't seen Ghostbusters! That's like saying you haven't seen Star Wars! "Don't Cross The Streams!"

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

So I love your cake wrecks, but now I love you even more! Ghostbusters is AWESOME! And as far as the Bobby Brown rap, I not only memorized it in English, but I translated it into French for a project in my French class in high school. My friends and I then performed it for the class! I LOVE Ghostbusters!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Actually....I'm 26 and I've never seen Ghostbusters....guess I was too young for it.

Confirmation word: balsynch....must be some interesting torture device...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmbarassed

But who's the baker gonna call if there's an invisible man sleepin' in her bed, or her Egg's start mysteriously exploding??!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrainbowmummy

"Smells like barbecqued dog hair."

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

You know, the real tragedy is that obviously the decorator is skilled. The "no" circle is perfectly round, the piping is all very well done, and the spelling is correct. If the decorator had known what the design was supposed to be it would have been a really cool cake.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

*cough* "Are you the piping bag keeper?"

I think what's worst about this is the decorator obviously has some talent. The letters look great - especially the name. A simple Google image search would have helped so much.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Where do these stairs go?

They go up.

Poor cake.

That's all I have.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKPP

I was very VERY young when GB came out (try fetus), but was all over the sequels. My brother and I had all the gear, the backpacks, the trap, and ran all over the neighborhood screaming "DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS!"

So really, unless this decorator is under the age of 20 and has lived in a cave until he was called upon to decorate this cake, there is no excuse.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobynNewt

Dogs and cats living together- MASS HYSTERIA!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Morrow

Save the money . The book is really bad

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMella

I so love the look of hopeless resignation in Ray's eyes.

"It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man."

"Ok, so she's a dog."

Aw I'm going to have watch this instead of baking cookies today. Well, its less calories.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Ghostbuster-loving Customer to self: Well that's just great. Either I have a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy.

I love that movie, too!

As for Twilight movie and book, I thought they were fantasies about male abstinence and keeping the immediately post-adolescent female libido in check. Or something. Do Not Bite the Apple on the book cover, Resist Your Own Fangs, that sort of thing.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh how sad it would be for someone not to have seen Ghostbusters!

I am with the person who would like forget the sequel. I hate that painting.

The Stay Puft Man has potential as an inspired wreck


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Surfing Pizza

Everyone needs to see Ghostbusters. Coincidentally, I showed it to my ESL students today. They loved it.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwiscck

Years ago I used to babysit a little boy who was named "Gabe" by his parents. He refused to go by his given name once he turned 3. He answered ONLY to Egon Spangler. If I took him out in public, I was Janeen. Sounds like a little guy after your own heart! :D I still remember what he wanted for Christmas: "An adjustable proton backback featuring soft-foam wand and labeling sheets." ;)

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

I ain't 'fraid of no ghost...

...but I am afraid of this cake.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMama2SweetBabyJames

I personally am a fan of "I am the keymaster are you the gatekeeper" said in that whiny voice.

word verfication: wingleva. I like that word. Like feliz navidad.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

A) Ghostbusters was one of the best movie ever. 2) Twilight is tweener vampire masturbation drivel. iii) WTF is wrong w/ people these days? It's seriously a sign of the decline of western civilization when a cake decorator does not know the "no ghost symbol" d) at least the writing is nice. :-)

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElvira

I would have loved to have seen this Cake with the quote (Parenthesis and all) "I aint afraid of ...and the image" on this cake.

And read Twilight... its harmless light reading.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

I'd have to give it an E for Effort..and I'm a Twilight person myself.:o)
~Amy B

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I would have loved to have seen this Cake with the quote (Parenthesis and all) "I aint afraid of ...and the image" on this cake.

And read Twilight... its harmless light reading.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

Twilight fan here and I am not worried you haven't read nor seen the movie yet...I have taken care of at least 6 of you out there. *blush*

Even if one has never SEEN Ghostbusters (why, why WHY!?) how hard would it have been to Google it? To see the cute little ghost sticking out of the circle? I didn't even have to look it up. I believe because it is still a relatively recent addition to pop culture the symbol should be well known.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfaithstwin

I still have my Ghostbusters T-Shirt! As for Twilight skip the movie stick with the book.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValinda

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold
They're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control.

Had 'em throwing a party for a bunch of children
and all the while slime was under the building.
So they packed up their group, got a grip, came equipped
Grabbed their proton packs off their backs and they split...

(Yep, that's actually from memory. Ha!)

"Try to battle my boys? That's not legal!"

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

"They were throwing a party for a bunch of children,
And all the while the slime was under the building..."

Rhyming children and building? Priceless!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ Rob

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