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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

Drew's Birthday Wish

“Aaaaand here comes the birthday boy’s cake! Now, Drew, remember when your father and I asked you what you wanted for your birthday, and you said you wanted a second Xbox 360 for your game room, and we said no? You do? Well, do you remember what you asked to get for your birthday after that? (Look at me when I’m talking to you, young man.) Do you remember? No? C’mon, why don’t you tell your aunts and uncles and grandparents what you told us you wanted for your birthday, hmmm?”

[incoherent mumbling]

“What was that, sweetie? Did you say you asked for your father and I to die horrible deaths? Because that’s what I remember you asking for – isn’t that right, Charles? Isn’t that what Drew wanted for his birthday? Well, Drew, I’m so sorry we couldn’t oblige you this year – but maybe we WILL die horrible deaths one year soon, and then won’t you feel terrible for making that kind of request for your birthday? Well? Won’t you?"

[slamming cake down]

"So, hahah, here’s your birthday cake! Isn’t it lovely? I just hope that when your father and I really are rotting in our graves you’ll remember today, and you’ll think about how hurtful words can be."

[smiling brightly] "Now, who wants ice cream?"

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Reader Comments (73)

This cake was perfectly executed.

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh lord, that narrative made me laugh so hard im crying. i can picture it perfectly. ahh parents. i can see that turning out exactly how you said.

all i can think of is the crickets chirping in the background to cover the awkward silence the guests are experiencing as they shift in their seats going omg how do i get out of this?!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWakeGrace

I have a friend who would love to celebrate halloween year-round... It wouldn't surprise me if this was her cake for one of her kids (since she makes them obsess over the same things she does). At least, I would have thought it was hers if not for the fact that her boys are younger and neither are named Drew. While it's not my idea of a good cake, I don't really consider this to be a disaster.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm a 20 year old female and I want this cake! Reminds me of when I was in elementary school and we took clear, plastic cups and filled them with chocolate pudding and gummy worms to simulate mud and worms. So good!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

That was hilarious! I love your commentary

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Shannon

Seriously...I want this for my birthday cake next month - I LOVE dirt-cake!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You are hilarious!!!!

Came here from Dawn's blog ( So glad she posted the link.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarla with a K

i love this cake! lol i'd totally choose it.

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm sorry, I've just got to say...

That looks really cool.
I think that some of your "cake wrecks" aren't wrecks at all! That look like a GREAT Halloween cake.

Bah humbug.

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzack

Three letters: L-O-L. In case you don't know, that's ELL-OH-ELL, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD. Wait...*walks to cake place* "Make it say LOL, as in laugh out loud" says me "Oh wait, no, don't!"*1 week later I pick upa cake that says "Make it say LOL, as in laugh out loud oh wait, no, don't!"* Crud...

August 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I found your site earlier today, don't remember how.. but I was at work and had to stop reading because these cakes are crackign me up.
This post, about the worm cake for Drew... Oh my. I'm in hysterics here!
I am totally bookmarking this site!

Thanks for the laughs!!!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterorangeninjashavemorefun I have been reading this backwards straight for the past few hours. And this one finally made it so I had to completely crack up and say: You are awesome!!!

September 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMightiMidget

Your site is amazing. Proof of just how good this entry was, for one, is that I translated the entire thing to spanish, so my friends could read it, and they still cracked up! Nothing was lost in translation! The amusement over badly-done cakes trascends languages... haha

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermuertealkitsch

that narrative and then looking at the cake again?

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, and my point is mostly because of only seeing the worms, then reading it, then seeing the bones, knowing what they (probly didn't really) mean...
as well as *Michell.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I was a kid my favorite cake was one my mom made with chocolate pudding, whiped creak, and crushed oreo cookies. She put it in a ** brand new, clean** flower pot ans stuck tulips in it, then set it on the table a a centerpiece for the party. No one knew it was a cake. then when it came time to serve she dug into it with a trowel and plopped scoops onto everyone's plates, and i will admit there were gummy worms sticking out. :P
Some of my prissier friends were a little creeped out, but it became a running family joke to pull whenever new friends were coming to a party.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Oh, my word -- that is *hilariously* funny! When I saw the cake, I didn't think much about it. Little boys like worms and bones and stuff like that. Then I read your commentary and couldn't stop laughing!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

You know what's really sad? I could totally see my mom doing this, dialog and everything. maybe that's why its not so funny to me.

November 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNemene

You are brilliant. This post made me cry with laughter. Thank you!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Besides the clever narrative, I honestly don't think this is much of a cake wreck.

Call me morbid, but it seems rather creative to me. It's much better than the time I was given a suspiciously red cake and told it was made with horse blood.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel. S.

My cousin has a birthday in october, so one year my dad made her a brownie graveyard cake-she loved it and laughed heartily

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad you got it through
your thick skull to buy me cake.
Hey, my slice's bone dry!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

There are even kids who ask for cat litter cakes... XP

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranila73

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