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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)

ghost busters is HOW old? ouch. it doesn't matter, it's a classic! i don't care who you are!! and all you twilight haters...chill! for goodness' sake. i think it's better left up to personal opinion. if you like to read, read the books. if you like movies, see the movie. don't expect "lord of the rings" quality in the movie, it's a small studio and there were limited funds. but you can't deny the chemistry between the main characters. when was the last time a 500+ page book was completely followed and perfect in a 2 hour movie?? that's right. so everyone decide for yourself, but don't go around throwing negative comments out to influence others!!

my favorite GB line: "ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!!" hahahahahaha

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

Oh the horror. Such a waste.

Also, I was recently sucked in to the whole twilight thing. The only advice I can give is don't read it. Please, just, just don't.

I don't know what the draw is myself, but I read the whole series in 3 days. I am ashamed, and wish my friend had never forced it on me. I thought the movie was ok, but I'm more into the books.

Save yourself, don't end up like me. Save yourself while there's still time.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous least they had nice and neat handwriting for it.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

LOL There's somethin' strange in the neighborhood...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

are you kidding??? When I want to be left alone and someone says my name I reply with "There is no Shannon, only Zuul"
Shame on those who've never seen Ghostbusters!! How unAmerican!

and Twilight was okay all teen angst and blood, but avoid "Austalia" like the plague!! Horrible, cheesy, schmuck fest! blech

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErinGoBarnCurlies

My Daughters nickname is Zool 'cause she does this scarry whisper growl thing & sounds like the line "There is no Dana only Zool" BTW she's not even 1 yet.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDani

the tragic thing is, it looks like if the decorator had had a pic, they'd've been able to execute the design competently. the two-color icing text there is pretty deftly handled.

wikipedia: the solution to every problem.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthree08

If Twilight was a cake, it'd be well-suited for this site. And I'm not talking about the Sunday section. ;)

Back to the cake at hand... at least it wasn't a sheet with eye-holes?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

Check out Cleolinda's livejournal for her hilarious Twilight entires. She loves the books, but knows they're cheeze.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You can watch Ghostbusters for free on!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthepipers

Mother Pus Bucket! Nobody gets the Ghostbusters logo wrong in my town!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

"Gozar the Gozarian? Good evening. As a duly designated representative of the city, state, and county of New York I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return henceforth to you own ______, or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension."
"Thanks very much Ray, that ought to do it."

Ack! I just can't remember that one word.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

I'd just like to say that I am offended that you referred to Twilight and then said down "vampire fans". I am an avid fan of vampire literature, and it makes me twitch to think about how much my little sister likes novels about a sparkly, loving vampire with good Mormon values. Just had to get that out.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bobby Brown? Not for the original Ghostbusters. "Who you gonna call?" Ray Parker Jr.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I cannot help but agree that it's a travesty that the decorator evidently was unaware of Ghostbusters at all...I'm 19 in a Western-pop-culturally slower Asian country [Singapore] and the very mention of a 'no-ghost symbol' [even without context] already brings up the image of a sad and shocked banninated ghost. And like so many others have mentioned, the Internet exists to educate. What a tragedy. D8

[On the other hand, I just wanted to mention that again like several others, this post may have completely cemented my great love and faith in Jen and Cake Wrecks - had it not been for the earlier post with the 'Kobayashi Maru' reference. I have to say, Ms. Jen, that's where Cake Wrecks captivated yet another person wholly and completely.]

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM43

Despite the pathetic Ghost symbol...I would still say "Yes. Have some."

And thank you now I have "Too hot to handle too cold to hold...They're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control." going through my mind.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My boyfriend was disturbed when the clerk at Hot Topic--a good ten years younger than I am--was fluently quoting Ghostbusters at me. (I was buying a Ghostbusters T-shirt.) The movies cross all ages and generations. =)

And Twilight gives all the other fandoms a new whipping boy.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

I just saw Ghostbusters recently for the first time-- it's available for free viewing on, in case any of your readers are interested.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWil Roepke

Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK8

There is no decorator, only Zuul!

They even got the red and white color scheme right. I actually had to look at the picture a moment to figure out what was wrong there. So close and yet so far, it's kind of sad.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

All morning long I have been singing this song in my head to the Ghostbusters theme song:

When there's something strange
In your bakery (ooowwwww)
who ya gonna call?
Jan @ Cakewrecks!
(sound effects) peow wow peow wow dee dee de de dede

Oh and btw, Twilight.... if it were a cake I would submit it to you... 'nuff said

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterROYALTY

Oh Jen! You have GOT to read the Twilight series! They are soooo wonderful. I am scared to go see the movie because I just know it's going to mess up the perfect image I have of Edward.

I loved Ghosbusters! I can't believe anybody could mess that up!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Dogs and cats - living together!

I agree with the other commenters that this is extra sad because the decorator did a nice job, despite getting it completely wrong.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermhb

There really is no excuse for not seeing ghostbusters! Its on TV around here all the time, I watched it about 2 weeks ago.

As for Twilight - yuck, don't even bother. The movie is great if you're expecting a comedy though! I'm a big fan of the sparkles. Srsly.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Quite possibly my two favorite movies of all time. Well, in the top 10 anyway.

Also, "There is no Dana here. Only Zuul."

no human being would stack cakes that way...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Taylor

In adition to the image of Fatso from Harvey Comics' Casper the Friendly Ghost shamelessly stolen by Ivan Reitman and company for this movie, I would have also asked for a bud vase with flowers ("The flowers are still standing!", an ad-lib by Bill Murray and one of my favorite lines).

So much great stuff in this movie!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

How many other people have the Ghostbusters theme stuck in their heads after seeing this post?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Ghostbusters came out in 1984

I was born 3 years later

I STILL know what the Ghostbusters logo looks like!!

Saying the decorator could have been too young is no excuse.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold, We're the ghostbusters and we're in control.
We were throwing a party for a bunch of children... when all the while the sign was under the building..
Oh yeah... I know it...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

How can anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s not have seen Ghostbusters? D:

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

I had a ginormous crush on Egon. That said, there is a bright side:
they could have attempted to do a ghost and ended up with cloud porn like the one in October's Ghost with the Most section. Let's be thankful. It's a cute cake -- no ghost = potential crisis averted.

Brianna McCarthy @ Passion.Fruit

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

I can't decide what's more disturbing, you saying there are people that actually haven't seen Ghostbusters, or that you haven't read Twilight....(or the baby riding carrot cake).

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBittersweet

To Alix, first poster: It actually is "Oh, the humanity" but recently people have changed it because "Inhumanity" sounds more negative. I've always thought that "Oh, the humanity" referred to human suffering. Originally, though, it dates back to Herbert Morrison who reported on the Hindenberg crash. He exclaimed "oh, the humanity!" and the rest is history...though most people now only say it in exaggeration.

I was born two years after Ghostbusters but grew up watching the cartoon and still watch the movie. No excuse whatsoever for not seeing this masterpiece!

I haven't read Twilight but according to a well-read friend, it is very obvious that it is the author's first novel, and it's a shame that the first one recieved such notoriety because now she won't have to fix those same mistakes in her later books. As far as young adult fiction goes though (since few people write YAF that doesn't involve teen angst, everything going wrong, forbidden love, people dying in car crashes, teen pregnancy and/or eating disorders and all craziness breaking loose), it's among the best available.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

They're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManders

Another GB fan! I hate watching it on TV because they always cut Harold Ramis out of the 4-shots.

Also, if you want to contact me privately, I have a small stash of GB2 buttons that were given away before the release (at some SF convention or other many years ago), and I'd be more than happy to share with you.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervoxwoman

I agree with Spicy, dont read Twighlight. Its a complete waste of time. If you want to read a book about vampires, read Anne Rice.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Witch

To the anonymous person who posted as "Embarrassed" and stated that they're only 26 and maybe Ghostbusters was before their time...

I'm 27. And I had that movie MEMORIZED as a kid. And the sequel was HUGE and hit theaters when I was just about to leave elementary school. So the "probably too young" excuse - doesn't work!

Now, sheltered, no access to cable as a kid, parents didn't rent videos - I'll accept all those excuses! But Too Young does not work.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm more upset a true fan is leaving WINSTON out in the cold.

Collectors' set, watched with disturbing regularity.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterQuiteLight

You mean:

some people hear it
some people fear it
some people just won't go near it!

Oh yeah, that's classic bad rap, my friend. Seriously, everyone NEEDS to see Ghostbusters 1. It's classic. And the 2nd isn't bad.

I'm starting to feel old.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSra

I am so glad this was a reference to Ghostbusters. When I saw the title, "Too hot to handle, too cold to hold..." this first thing in my head was "they're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control." I love it! Sad decorator.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ooh this makes me want a slimer cake now!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Keep in mind that some bakeries carry licenses for certain characters, and cannot reproduce just anything. Most likely, if it is not in their display book, they can't do it.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I had to leave you links to these two hilarious reviews of Twilight--first the book, then the movie:
-" REL="nofollow">If I could review "Twilight" (the book) in three letters, they would be "WTF".
-" REL="nofollow">If Twilight the Book was WTF, Twilight the movie was FTW.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskreidle

I'm no avid fan nor expert of Ghostbusters, but uh... even *I* knew something was not quite right about this cake. Seconds later upon seeing it, I knew that there was supposed to have been a picture of a ghost, where the text "Ghost" was. C'mon, its really not that difficult check out the facts before making it.

Don't get me wrong, the text has been executed rather well and the cake is neat overall, but... :\

Even if the baker didn't have access to internet/didn't know how to use internet, they could still go to the local video store and find out at the very least...

Again, do your research all you "decorators" (cough cough)!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

I think I can match your love for that movie. I just burst out laughing in my cubicle because of this cake. Hilarious!

"Egon, your mucus..."

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercheryl.andrey

I think I found this blog because someone put a link on twitter about this cake! I'm embarassed to say ... although I have seen GB I do'nt know the logo and must now go and google it!!! fab blog - going to dig around in it now for more giggles!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHalf an Acre

ok, sorry, but do NOT go the "mormon bashing" route. just don't. has nothing to do with twilight.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

As mentioned, the game, starring Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson, not to mention Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray and William Atherton, is going to be AWESOME.

Which leads into my next statement -- the game was greenlit after a survey was done revealing that the Ghostbusters no-ghost logo is THE SECOND MOST FAMOUS SYMBOL ON THE ENTIRE PLANET behind the Coca-Cola logo. So even if this guy has failed to see the movie, he fails at pop culture entirely.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdroidguy1119

Totally OT, but since you mentioned it, see the movie (Twilight) first. I made the mistake of reading the book first and was sorely disappointed.

By the way, BEST BLOG EVER!! You are hilarious!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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