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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
Wednesday
Jul162008

Don’t Laugh; They’re "Special"


I think these guys should team up with the poison bon-bon cake, given the fatality risk of eating real puffer fish. At least, I think those are supposed to be puffer fish; the one on the right (my right, people) looks a bit like a smushed hedgehog – all he needs are some tire treads across the back. Come to think of it, that would explain the bug-eyes...

If this continues, I may have to start a "Poisonous" category - something I never would have imagined needing on a cake blog. What next? Poison Dart Frog cakes? (You know they're out there, don't you? Let's see who can find one first. And...Go!!)

Many thanks to Mary P. for sharing her catch.

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Reader Comments (45)

HAHAH! Love it. Along with poison dart frogs, there is probably (hopefully a halloween inspired thing) a Mad science lab cake.... hmm.. sounds kinda like the one you already posted with the spinning thing on top and the green slime oozing out of it...

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

Awww, they're kinda cute!

But no.

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoptart

Those are hilarious. I find it absurd that the puffer-fish cakes weren't made for an actual order, but made to sit in a case and sell to random passers-by.

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterangela

That's hysterical in a totally whacked out kind of way. Hi Honey, I love you, here's your poison cake.

July 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergiz

New to your site! I love it! You gotta question some people's tastes.
Though it makes me glad I'm not a cake decorator. :D

check out these two!
http://www.emmascakes.co.uk/glisteningteardrops.html
http://www.emmascakes.co.uk/wrapandruffles.html

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm... what were people thinking when they made the cake?

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvents by Evonne, LLC

Ok..were these for sale at a fish market? Or perhaps this is a special item for The Pufferfish Festival..hmm. As always great commentary..I had people gathering around the computer at work to see this one!

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

haha...those look hilarious!!!! awesome job at being creative with the food!! those are too cute!!

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that the chocolate knock-out cake from Cake Love (Washington, DC area bakery)?

July 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEva Whitley

Naaaaaw, these are adorable!

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAtalanta

I like these. I would buy them. I would eat them. I would SHARE them!

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaMazal

Great cakes! So creative in their designs.

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterS for Kitchen Confit

Very interesting!People have such HUGE immaginations!

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

aww, actually, i think these are super cute. certainly no worse than the grooms' cakes i've seen, shaped like their hunting dogs...

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Oooh! My fiance desperately wants one of these cakes. Any chance you'll share where they can be found? I actually kind of like them, for the horrific amusement factor.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVelvetMarmoset

Well, it isn't a cake, but this site boasts that their poison dart frogs "made of sturdy PVC" can be used as cake decorations...

http://www.realcooltoys.com/minifrogs.html

Nice!

Vanessa

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfreebutterfly

I love those guys! But dart frogs? That would be so great.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Browne

OK, marine biology geek here...

1) Not all puffers are venomous. Not all are poisonous either.

2) Poisonous = things that are toxic to eat. Venomous = toxic by injection. So snakes are venomous, while pokeberries are poisonous...

Anyway, I love this blog. :D And these cakes are totally cute!

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter7Seas

With the two of them right there together, they kinda look like a furry bikini top.

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

tempting....

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

I would buy those cakes! They're so cute!

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterarmedwithjello

Having had pufferfish in Japan, and lived to tell about it, it's pretty good. Not the best seafood I've had, but it's still good. But expensive and prepared only in restaurants that only do Fugu.

That said, I'd like a cake like that ;)

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Dan

Puffer-fish cake!

Now, see, sadly...I'd order this.

I mean, I was the one, after all, who ordered a birthday cake with an open grave. :D

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmilly Orr

awwwww, i think they're cute in a retarded way. :)

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am assuming these are dart frogs from the coloring added to the backs of the chocolate frog shape. Does this cake count?
http://www.mycakeguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/frog-cake-3.jpg

Also, new to this blog and just loving it!

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereris

I generally love the LATIN Cd's the most but since we just returned from MAUI and had Hawaiian music playing so often I would LOVE LVOE LOVE this one Hawaiian Playground

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~JEWEL~

I love these guys! I want one of these for my birthday! Besides, in terms of decorators intent, you can tell they're puffer fish, which is more than you can say for a lot of these cakes.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Duda

I happened to look away while the screen loaded, looked back and promptly burst out laughing!

I don't care what or how anyone feels about the cake- those two with your blog are hilarious.

Great blog!

Thank you!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhunieshine

I dunno I think those are pretty awesome. They might sell simply on the novelty factor alone.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

Found the poison dart frog cake...
http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/coolest-frog-birthday-cake-53.html

and since we're talking poisonous/venomous creatures, here's a rattlesnake cake...

http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/rattle-snake-cake-21.html

and did you know that the male platypus has venemous spurs on his back feet?

http://www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/coolest-platypus-cake.html

I say bring on the "Poisonous" category!

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I laughed so hard at "smushed hedgehog"!! That's what I thought it was before I read the caption.
LOL

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I never would have guessed puffer fish on my own. At first glance, I thought it was a reference to Chrono Trigger's Lavos!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Sirena

Awwww! Poor squashed hedgehog cake! So... *nom nom nom* sad and... *nom nom nom* delicious...

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXydexx

I look at these and shudder. Gaaah! Runaway!

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFelis

Puffer fish cake...cool...but why?! I cant see why people would like them so much? xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCake in a Box Lady

Mary P? As in, Mary Poppins? Well, that explains why they look so realistic...

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Maxiumum effect
requires a poison bon
on each spiny tip.

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Until I noticed the eyes, I thought I was looking at these guys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadiah

Poison dart frog cake found. Thank you google. I emailed you the link.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah R.

Found this recently, don't konw if you've seen it before or not. It was a random Google search.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1290888/poison-dart-frog-cake

Or maybe you just want a cake topper...which itself is apparently poison (why???), hince the directions to put it on wax paper if coming into direct contact with the icing...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72318119/vanzolini-poison-dart-frog-dart-frog

Enjoy!! <3 your blog!!!!

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy F.

Funny you should mention the poison dart frogs... It just so happens I've seen - and have pictures of - a poison dart frog cake. My friend's dad made it. It's actually quite cool.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

A professionally made poison dart frog cake, with other animals (frog is on top):
http://www.emisconfections.com/birthday-party/snake-chameleon-turtle-and-poison-dart-frog-cake/

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Winter

LOVE! :)

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYay for puffers!

I'm sure your blog has inspired people to make poison dart frog cakes since this post in 2008, because now there are lots of them! Some good ones: http://www.dartden.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4454 and http://cakecentral.com/g/a/1764421/poison-dart-frogs/ and even a cookie cake: http://norcalfrogs.com/forum/index.php?topic=64.0

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusanD

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