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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

"Cake" Cruelty

Ladies and gentlemen of the cake community, I come to you today with a matter of grave concern to us all.

Allow me to present exhibit A:

These seemingly innocent "cakes" are instead a threat to all the sugary goodness we hold dear. Observe:

Once sliced, you will note that these "cakes" are not cakes at all. Instead, they are layers of various meat and mayo-based salads, bread, and then - here's the worst part - "iced" with cream cheese. Note how the creators of these twisted impostors then push the deception even further by decorating the "cakes" with little roses, vines, and piped borders.

I ask you, fellow carb-lovers, are we to allow such cake defamation to stand? Will we sit idly by while our children and grandchildren are subjected to cakes that are not cakes? And if so, what next? Liverwurst doughnuts? Tuna-filled eclairs? Meat pies? (Oh, wait...)

Nay, I say, nay! We shall rise up, and as one declare that our butter cream icing must remain unsullied, our baked goods pure in sugar. Join me, and together we can make our world a place of fat, sugar, and dairy-based products for all!

Melissa P., thanks for calling my attention to this adjusted unjust injustice. (Seashell-Selling She, eat your heart out.)

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Reader Comments (232)

I know it's not directly cake related, but your post reminded me of this other sign of the apocolypse:
So, so wrong.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Oh, my.

The sight of that had me excited...and then my stomach let out a pain at the sight of the insides. That's...mayo and cream cheese?


August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermiss-poppet

The words "cake" and "mayonnaise" are not to be combined....EVER.
I gagged when I read that.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Okay that just looks wrong. Of course I am not a big fan of any sandwich filling that looks like it could be spread on, blech. That is just not right.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

Jen, you rock!
and, of course, you are absolutely right. Food-pretending-to-be-cake is messing with people's minds.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Oh, my. Some characters made this in, I believe, a crappy old Donna Parker novel, so it's a crappy old idea, not a crappy new one. They were very pleased with their own cleverness. The only thing that could make it semi-right is if there were also cakes that looked like sandwiches.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthisbagisnotatoy

okay yeah thats just wrong.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

Oh, that is just *wrong.* And nasty. I can just imagine seeing those on a buffet and then finding out what they are. Yuck.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

That is WRONG on every possible level!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAzĂșcar

No words are necessary:

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterqupada

surely that's a criminal offence of some kind - fraud, extreme mental cruelty? Or at very least misrepresentation.
MAKE IT STOP people!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Caked Crusader

I blame Martha. Her website is full of these types of recipes

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersugarglider

Haha, that's funny! I know I'd definitely be surprised by that. But, if the meats used inside were good (no, bologna does NOT count as good meat), I'd be happy anyway.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I am deeply offended as are my well built cake hips.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThany

Actually these "sandwich cakes" are quite popular at least in northern Europe, and they have been around for long time. It is usual to decorate it with the main engredient, for example ham slices or smoked salmon, so that people know what is served. I usually make a fish sandwich cake with two fillings, smoked salmon with mayo and boiled eggs with butter.

Sandwich cakes can be really delicious, so I wouldn't call them wrecks, but a sandwich cake decorated with roses would indeed be a wreck. You should be able to recognize that you are not taking a slice of a sweet creamfilled wonder.

Elsa H.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh no! No no no no no!
It actually makes me feel ill, especially as I thought they didn't look so bad until I read further.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMon

Without having tried any of this "cake", who knows, it might be fantastic, but the entire concept is WRONG. Wrong wrong WRONG.

String 'em up, I say!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTRT

Oh no, these "cakes" are wrong on so many levels.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEugene Sung

Oh these are a Brazilian thing...I've eaten one before. It had pureed gherkin, egg...other things...really not great. They are deceptively cute though.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Seems just like ... well, a terrine, but without all the gelatine goo. Sounds like an improvement on the terrine, at least. ;)

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDaviMack

ewwwww...that would be so disappointing to bite into, at least they could have decorated them with piped veggies or something not pretty.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Sorry, but there is just something so inherently Wrong with this!

Cakes are meant to be delicious, sweet and sugary! But these meat cakes...(be honest here people, chances are they are 100% animal by product--not even good cuts!) are just beyond the pale!

Meat-cakes: Just Say NO!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, no, no! You are greatly mislead! Sandwich loaf, the proper name for this featured "cake", is FABULOUS. Like, I'd sell a child for some fabulous.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennyb

Really, there can be nothing more wrong than a cake made from meat. It makes me feel dirty. This abomination must be stopped.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaywalker

Yup, nothing like wanting something tasty only to bite into one of these things! A great way to pull one over on the kids!!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

My ex girlfriend used to love "cakes" like this, only they were "iced" with mayonnaise. It was a Quebecois thing. So revolting!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

liverwurst filled doughnuts actually sound pretty good.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjohn gjertsen

GROSS!! I can't even believe that someone had that idea...FIRE THEM from bakery, NOW PLEASE!!!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Engelhardt 4

in the 1950's such 'cakes' were popular for bridge clubs, women's club's meetings, etc. i have old cookbooks with recipes with such things.

i can't believe this is making a come back!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Tia

That is so very very wrong! I'd be po'd if that was placed before me!!!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Oh. My. God. I feel absolutely ill. Why, oh, why??? The insanity!!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchristie

Thats terrible! (And a bit [read: a lot] unappetizing!)

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

If you don't like those cakes (bread/mayo/meat/cream cheese sounds appealing to me) then you probably will hate the breakfast cake at Part of this complete nutritious breakfast!


August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoomedTX
August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoptart

But ANYTHING can be improved (or perhaps in this case redeemed!!)by saturating it with refined sugar and lard-based frosting representations of scraggly feet several inches thick!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I thought it was just chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. UGH! What's the world coming to?!?!?



August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

What on earth is that called? And to think I was teasing about meat quick bread yesterday.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Um, OMG. I started out thinking, "What's the matter with those cakes? They look delicious!"...until I read that they were filled with "various meat and mayo-based salad". Then I threw up a little in my mouth :X

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is the most nauseating thing I have ever seen. I don't know what's worse, the mouthful of meat products and (seemingly from the looks of the photo) egg salad inside, or the thought I initially had that the whole thing was covered in a layer of mayonnaise, not cream cheese (which is also gag-inducing).

I just threw up a little in my mouth...

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Noooo! We can't let that happen!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertigrisgalaxy

Give me sugary or give me death!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLi'l Turtle


August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM

The concept of a meat "cake" just makes me want to gag. Gross. Can you imagine how surprised one would be thinking that is a scrumptious cake and, in the midst of party convo, just mindlessly taking a bite without looking... expecting a sweet and getting meat, mayo and cream cheese. That's just... just... vomitous.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUs

That is nasty!!!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This sounds like Part 2 of some demented Friends episode (remember the one when Joey loved the trifle with layers of ladyfingers, whippped cream, marmelade, peas, onions and ground beef?). Wow.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Meat and cheese 'cakes', and when sliced offered with extra fruit?!


If it was several sorts of ice-cream I would say yummie.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpeter


THAT is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSquint

I guess it's only fair to have savory food dressed up as cake, when" REL="nofollow">this bakery disguises cupcakes as savory food. Gotta love peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, and even chicken drumsticks made of cupcakes, frosting, and candy!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNightngle

I could only imagine the pain of biting into a delicious cake and then realizing its meat. Terrible.

I second the motion! This is unacceptable! Reprehensible! And above all, ICKY!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

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