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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 actually pretty sure that the original quote was "Oh, the huge manatee!", but that may just be the internet screwing with my head again.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

at least it looks like a really tasty wreck.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

Okay, I was born YEARS after GB, and I've seen it and the sequel- several times, in fact! Even my live-under-a-rock friends can identify the 'no ghost'symbol.

Oh, and you all out there bashing Twilight, don't. Okay, the books are great and the movie's good enough. And please, don't try to drown me and the other true fans out with your protests, I'm just here for the cakes.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterinsanekitten

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...

This may shock you, then, but there are people who voluntarily don't read this series. I like my lit well-written and without purple prose, thanks.

As for GB, one of the greatest movies ever made. For really reals. This cake is so sad.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha! Ghostbusters was the first movie I ever saw in the theaters! :o)

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Long time reader, first time poster here, I only had to comment because my almost 5 year old LOVES the ghostbusters and is haveing a Ghostbuster cake this sat for his 5th birthday party. I hope and pray that the cake looks better than that one.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertommyekatt

Oh, please don't mention Twilight. I am SO tired of hearing about it.

Anywho, I want a cool NO GHOST cake! Ya know, the generic ghost, not any special ghost.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

Did the person ordering request the "no ghost symbol" or the "symbol from Ghostbusters?"

Too bad that the decorator has missed a movie that's a pop culture staple, but if you're not specific about exactly what you want I suspect your run of the mill cake decorator isn't going to take the time to investigate given what their salary!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Don't worry about reading Twilight - it's the carrot riding babies cake of the book world.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg you mean to tell me someone really didn't know what the symbol was. That is so sad. I am only 26 and I have seen that movie numerous times. So sad. Just so sad.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersweettc

On the plus side, they got the direction of the slash in the international "No" symbol right.

Of course, the Ghostbusters movie got it wrong (and I think is largely responsible for the fact that so many people do likewise today), so I guess that actually makes the cake doubly inaccurate...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

OK, I went from this post, DIRECTLY to photoshop disasters, where I read this:

I don't think Apple invented the wet floor style, but they have certainly used it a lot. So it was only a matter of time before an album sleeve featuring a wet floor should appear on Apple's site within another wet floor composition. Result: human sacrifice, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria.

How is it that I get handed 2 unrelated Ghostbusters posts in the same 2 minutes? How am I sooooo lucky?

I do <3 the ghostbusters.


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreer

I am a yes vote for Twilight: the book AND the movie! Let Cakewrecks judge for herself people! Stop saying it's not worth it!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Foster

Alright, I know I'm like last to post and nobody will ever even bother to read it, but I'll side with you, Jen. Even my 4 year old has seen and loves Ghostbusters. I'm doing right by my son, pop-culturally, anyway. =)

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolli

Alright...I admit...I had not seen Ghostbusters until 7 months ago. I had always wanted to, but my mom always had a thing against movies that were actually good (the only good movies I ever saw in childhood were either Disney or my dad let me watch with him). However, upon being out on my own and a GREAT deal at the W-word, my roommate and I bought both One AND Two for less than ten bucks. It's an easy remedy, even for the deprived souls like me and dumb decorators as he or she.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElfa

Ray: "I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft!"

Stay Puft would make an awesome cake!!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrazycakecompany

I can't believe no one has used this one yet:
"Egon, your mucus"

Also "there are many subtle layers of laundry"

Dang it now I wanna watch both movies again! (about about the 1000 time)

Did you know that the writers of "The Office" are working on the third installment?!

Gigi- who's favorite Halloween costume to this day was her Venkman suit complete with "proton pack" with a cassette player hidden instead that played the theme song on a continuous loop for 60-count em'- 60 minutes. I was bad ass.

P.S. I love this blog

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

Even if you've never seen the movie, that symbol is iconic. There is no excuse for this cake.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrispybenfranklin

re Anonymous (lack creativity much?)
"This may shock you, then, but there are people who voluntarily don't read this series. I like my lit well-written and without purple prose, thanks."

I was being funny. I'm a huge fan of Twilight. But I don't think everyone should read it. I find it more disturbing how many people go out of their way to bash something other people enjoy. What is it to you if someone likes something?

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBittersweet

if you like good writing, editing, characterization, and stories, avoid Twilight like a syphilitic ex-boyfriend. if you're into vampires as morman allegory and endless, unconsummated longing, by all means, read away.

sorry. i'm kind of bitter about them...

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle's fake name

Friend: Where is so-and-so?
Me: There is no so-and-so.
Friend: There is only Zuul?
Me: Exactly.

This conversation happens almost every time I see that friend. The "so-and-so" can be replaced with either another person we're talking about or an inanimate object. Hilarious either way.

I <3 GB.

Also, when first trying to submit this post, the word verification spot only had WORD VERIFICATION in it. Heh.

Second try: deepto

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

Twilight? Really? do yourself a favor and skip it. If the self-pitying really annoying teen protagonist doesn't make you actually vomit on the page, the self-pitying really annoying teen prose will.

Are you stoked about the reunion movie, or frightened? I think I'm both...

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrances

I was all ready to extend an offer to come and see Ghostbusters on the big screen (a local small theater in my town shows it every few years--I've seen it both times since I moved here) but then. . .THEN you had to mention Ghostbusters 2.

My heart broke.

Ghostbusters 2 is, well in my mind it just does not exist. Period. But if pressed to admit its existance, I can only use the word TRAVESTY.

Oh, who am I kidding. I'll still invite you to see it on the big screen again.

(and I love your blog)

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm a huge fan of Twilight. But I don't think everyone should read it. I find it more disturbing how many people go out of their way to bash something other people enjoy. What is it to you if someone likes something?

It's nothing to me. I was merely pointing out the fact that not everyone wants to read it. Bully for you for not pushing it, but it seems there are a LOT of Twilight-pushers out there. Including the person I responded to, who was "disturbed" someone hadn't read the books. Pot, kettle.

Also, I wasn't bashing. From what I've seen Twilight really is full of purple prose and isn't very well-written. To each her own. That doesn't float my boat, but good for you if it floats yours.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing my friends, NOTHING makes me gasp like a little old lady. But when I saw this post, my reaction was inevitable.

"*Gasp* OH.....OH no she didn`t!"

I was ready to get to my knees, throw back my arms and head, while screaming Twilights name to the heavens.

With all the Twilight haters in todays world, there also have to be some lovers too *AHEM*. I am one of those lovers.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHazel May

Y'know, I don't think I've ever watched "Ghostbusters" all the way through. But not seeing the movie is no excuse for this -- if you don't know what that symbol looks like, you've been living under a rock.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm majoring in Zoology and Marine Biology and I have a fantastic time with, "Back off man! I'm a scientist."

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I'm Corrie's father and there is more to the story on this cake.

Corrie was planning on getting married and her mother and I were looking for a bakery to do the wedding cake. This bakery came highly recommended and we though we would give them a try with a cake for Corrie's 25th birthday. When we were ordering the cake we asked if the bakery wanted a picture of the GB symbol (which we had with us). The response was, "No. Everyone knows what GB is." The cake was also suppost to be a lemon cake. When we picked up the cake the person at the counter opened the box to show it to us. She then stated, "Oh that doesn't look right." We got a $5 discount on the cake. When we served the cake we found that it was a white cake that was about 1/2 cooked.

Called the bakery on following day and asked to speak to the manager who I told about the cake and informed him that he had lost the wedding also. His response was "Is that all you got. That is the way things go."

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermogoloco

Hey, that's my name! I had to blog about it.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercorrin

Woo! I knew this was my kinda place!

"Get her Ray!"... am I the only one who had her wits scared out of her by that libary ghost?

GOOD NEWS: It's offical - a new Ghostbusters movie IS being worked on. Ramis, Ackroyd and Murray are already on board. Happy happy joy joy!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWalk On

Wow - someone has never seen Ghostbusters?? My son has referred to okra as "slimers" since he was little (25 now). My daughter blessed me with the DVD set for Christmas after our VCR bit the dust. "There is no Dana, only Zuul" is the code hubby gets in place of not tonight, honey... I feel such sorrow for that poor decorator, and anyone else who's missed the wonderfulness that is Ghostbusters. What a tragedy.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzg26mcgee

In honor of the release of Batman...Holy Ghosts Batman! Who hasn't seen Ghostbusters!?!?!

Just my two cents... as a rabid Twilight fangirl... I just have to say.. As in almost ALL cases, the book is better than the movie. Do read the book. It is worth it. The movie... well, that is another story for another time. Dr. Cullen is cute though!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaevenStar

Hey, at least he didn't put the GBII logo on it. That might arguably have been worse.

(I kid, I kid. I still own the GBII soundtrack, if that helps. On cassette.)

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have not even seen the movie and I even know the ghostbusters sign.I really think they most likely A.didn't care or B.really stupid to not look it up!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, so, she's a dog.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

Since the decorations seem good, I'm wondering whether it's simply a case of lawyer avoidance.

The Ghostbusters™ logo is trademarked, and unauthorized reproduction might get someone into trouble. The MPAA has a fairly large cadre of lawyers, and they haven't been afraid to use them in the past...

No idea whether they'd try and nail someone for infringement in a case like that; but money would be changing hands for something with their logo on it, so they might have grounds. I know I wouldn't risk it myself.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

my dog's name is Gozer, so i obviously don't understand not knowing what the No Ghost symbol is! What is with people these days?


December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

To Corrie's father:

Wow, the manager's response is ridiculously unprofessional. Good thing you gave them a trial run first; sounds like a great tip for any "high-stakes" cakes!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I have to admit that I was stumped for a second about the symbol. But, it took me about 10 seconds to type in ghostbusters and google it. Apparently that never occurred to the cake decorator, lol.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCari

too hot to handle too cold to hold their called the ghostbusters and their in control had em throwin a party for a b ch a children, when all the while slime was under the building

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDiskoD

Not only have I seen Ghostbusters, but I bought both DVDs and my kids are currently in the process of memorizing the movies.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJillybean

For no good reason, I occasionally enjoy saying, "At 1:40 this afternoon at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, ten people witnessed a free-roaming, full-torso vaporous apparition! It blew books off shelves from twenty feet away and scared the socks off of some poor librarian!"

Then I can tell by reactions who should be my friend. I have a feeling you would qualify. :D

Another good test is to talk about a six-fingered man and see who says, "You killed my father. Prepare to die."

December 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Where do these stairs go?

They go up.

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuhChief

I'm thinkin the bakery has a rule about copyrighted material?

That's the only thing I can think of.

When I worked in the print shop we had a guy come in with a Disney poster he wanted 10 copies of. We told him no way, or else we could get slapped with a lawsuit.

He could use our machinery to copy it himself, but we couldn't do it or we'd be breaking the law.

Who the hell knows...

December 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly-Bee

Obviously the person who decorated the cake and/or took the order wasn't at all familiar with the ghostbusting no-ghost symbol. OK, hard to imagine, but I'm sure not completely unheard of.

So, what really amuses me is what the decorator (or perhaps order-taker) thought of Corrie. She/he had to have wondered why on earth the client wanted a no slash through the word "ghost" on her own birthday cake. rofl! I would love to have heard the speculation in the bakery over that!

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have only seen 1/2 of ghost busters. Sorry

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Found out about Vigo, the master of evil, tryin' to battle my boys? That's not legal!

Yeah, I also have it memorized. Good times!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Twilight might be a boring tweener series that will put your vocabulary to sleep, but at least there is merchandise with my last name on it now! I scored a $5 tshirt with the "Cullen Family Crest" on it at Wal-Mart. That is just wry gold.

Also, it's pretty priceless when young store clerks tell me to, "SHUT UP!" when they look at the name on my credit card.

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Cullen

Why no love for Zedmore? "Ray, if somebody asks if you are a say YES!"

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Carrico

I used to get really unreasonably scared of Ghostbusters. But truth be told I have never seen Star Wars, Indianna Iones, the whole Ghostbusters or the whole Gremlins (i'd get too scared)Also, Shaun of the Dead gave me nightmares for three nights in a row.
Twilight is fine in book form, but honestly Kristen Stewart kills Bella for me and Rob Pattinson's eyebrows change like 9 times in the flick. That being said, Im still a Twerd.....Which is why I haven't rented SW yet because I don't want to turn into a Star Wars fanatic or what if I hate it? Then I'll feel like a jerkface.... Dilemma

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGene Brinson

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