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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

I'd Still Eat It

My husband took one look at this and declared it the least appetizing cake he'd ever seen. Bingo! Today's post!

Ok, granted, that may be how "Clare" spells her name, and the other spelling error may be intentional (though I couldn't hazard a guess as to why...), but we cannot ignore the brown dripping goo with the pink roses - we just can't. In the words of my hubby, "Blech-ag-ack".

Oh, and I love the huge kitchen knife waiting in the wings - you can almost hear Mr. Black Shoes saying "Take the picture, will ya? I'm hungry!".

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Reader Comments (40)

I can't believe you forgot to mention how the "L" in "Late" definitely started out as a "2" as in "28th" and then decided to get creative. Don't you think?

June 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Gjertsen

Yeah, erhm.. I wonder what it's made of?

Like, that colour :S

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTora

By the way, I hope you don't mind me linking here from my own blag? :)

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTora

Link away, Tora; we're here to amuse. ;)

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Great catch, John - I totally missed that! Wow, these just get better and better...

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

hey i didn't know Benzoil made icing!

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can I please point out that in the same comment where you were drawing attention to the misspelling of "tu" and, perhaps, "Clare", you also misspelled the word "here"? (Should have been "hear".)

Anyway, who's to say this isn't a crème brûlée "cake"? It might almost think about looking appealing. But then there's all that icing....

July 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'm just amazed it took a solid month and who-knows-how-many readers to catch my spelling error, Chris. (No, I'm not trying to say it was intentional - that was a definite flub, so thanks for the correction.)

I'll grant you your unspoken point that no one is grammatically perfect at all times, but I still maintain that errors done in icing are less excusable; a single sentence using all common words should not stretch a "professional's" vocab skills.

And, creme brulee? With all that icing? Ew, I hope not.

July 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Is the cake on the floor? There's what seems to a bench in the top left then the tip of a shoe on the bottom right. (Not to mention what looks to be a kids shoe to the bottom left)

Who cuts a cake on the floor? Who puts a cake on the floor?

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterD Melissa

Many Irish people use the spelling Clare after the county, and not the French name Claire

Clare is also a saint, and more common in italy. Claire is the more modern spelling, popularised by the french, but both are entirely correct.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdeense

That "frosting" looks like diluted barbecue sauce. Yuck!

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That knife is definitely going in for the kill - but can you imagine the angle in which the knife-holder must be sitting?? (lying? kneeling?)

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate P

It looks kind of like a giant flan.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm just going to hazard a guess that it's some kind of chocolate covered cake-ish thing, cheese cake perhaps?

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I think the worst part is how it appears it has been doused in hoisin or barbecue sauce. The brown icing is a strange gooey-translucent texture...

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdenubbler

The only thing I thought of when I saw "to" spelled as "tu" is, Oh, that poor underpaid hispanic worker. :/ ("Tu" is the Spanish word for "you." Yay quotes!)

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I don't think the "Late" was creativity. I think it went something like this:
Customer: "28th"
Order-taker: "What?"
Customer: "Two Eight" (Translated as "2 ate" then made into "Late")


August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

looks to me like a regular cake covered in whipped cream icing
the brown stuff on top is chocolate ganache

that ugly coloring comes from when the ganache is too hot... melting the whipped cream and voila... instant yucky mess

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

hoisin sauce cake? that's. bloody. BRILLIANT! a nice salty, savory fish cake with creamy, thick icing and lovely sardines in the middle! brilliant! i honestly want to try some right now!

-i'm a guy of course, but that is just bloody genius.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that's flan, actually, which would explain the sauce (which should be caramel sauce). And if it is flan, then that might also explain the "tu", though even translated from Spanish, it still doesn't make any sense ("you be exact"?). Either way, even if it's flan, it's ugly.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

has no one mentioned the hideous underlining? Why would you underline every word?

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrys

Did no one notice the accent mark over the "a" in Late. Maybe the Spanish speaking assumption is correct.

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My best guess is that the icing is supposed to be coffee and that they spelled latte least they tried....

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My name is spelt Clare. :( I live in Australia.. my background is Scottish, but I don't think that had anything to do with it.

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I used to decorate cakes at Albertson's trying to dissect this monstrosity, I think I may know what's wrong with it.

At first, I thought someone had ordered a cake enrobed in caramel instead of the fudge that is generally used for enrobed cakes. But, upon further investigation of this picture, I realized that that is a Snickers cake gone horrible wrong.

Snickers cakes are just chocolate cake with caramel whipped icing. You put a shell border an inch or so away from the edge and then pour on some melted caramel to drip down the sides. It looks like someone (either the decorator or the customer) got a little caramel happy and decided to top the entire cake with it.


September 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchelizz

it sort of looks like crem brulee. just gigantic and grammatically incorrect

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

im not trying to be racist but as a proud mexican i can sadly say that is probably the work of one of my people. or at least definitely latin american. we're suckers for the quotations and the "tu" is a dead giveaway. hahahah its still funny and grotesque. ay ay ay!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the sad "burnt orange" color of the cake, combined with "TU" means this cake is some kind of reference or jab at a University of Texas student. Aggies call UT, "TU" and burnt orange is UT's color.

My theory is thus:
The cake was ordered for a UT student by someone who loves them but doesn't love UT.

It was the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterboo

My best friend Clare spells her name that way. If I'm not mistaken it is the original spelling actually.

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That "frosting" looks like diluted barbecue sauce. Not a truer word said. lol x

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

It looks like it was suppossed to be like a large devil dog type cake, but it looks like instead of using whipped icing, which holds the melted fudge better, they used buttercream and when they poured the melted fudge on top (which looks burnt to me) the buttercream didn't hold it as well, so the fudge just ran off. It looks...strange.

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Looks like caramel

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbp

My sister's name is spelt Clare--in fact, she HATES it when she says her name and they include an I.
Sorry, Jen. I think my sister hates you now.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAyy

I agree with Anon - definitely diluted barbeque sauce!

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm

To be exact, Clare,
this cake is glossed with um, yeah.
Let's leave it at that.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Oh that is definitely flan!!! I have eaten enough of it in my life time to know what it is and what it looks like. lol Gotta thank the hispanic half of my family for introducing me to flan because it is BY FAR the best desert in the world!! Its just kinda hard to decorate as a birthday cake....

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhitegirl

One word: ICK!

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I think the brown stuff almost looks like toxic waste or something...

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

I think this might be the Mexican cake Tres Leche. It's frosting is like that. It is a very wet cake. Most of them have a heavy pan under them because the cake leaks milk. Not my favorite.

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

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