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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)

That is gross and weird. Though...I guess I would tolerate it if I had some warning first, or something.

I am totally with you on the "together we can make our world a place of fat, sugar, and dairy-based products for all!" as long as you take the dairy-based bit out. I like my cakes vegan (and so do the cows and chickens! ;) )

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCanaduck


This is so WRONG!!!

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEsri Rose

This must be from a Russian deli -- please tell up where it came from!

August 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersethmeisterg

I have nothing against sandwiches, but these sandwich loaves have as their main ingredient mayo - it is the glue that sticks that together. Soggy white bread with solid blocks of mayo is pretty gross. I like my bread whole-wheat or at least toasted, so it doesn't have the texture of paste.

August 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not to debunk this, because yeah--I'd be pretty surprised if I thought I was getting cake and I ended up with a BLT--but "sandwich cakes" are pretty standard in Sweden. As long as you are expecting "sandwich flavor" and not "cake flavor", they're generally pretty good.

August 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHarrison

It's not a bad idea, if you want the cake look without the carbs and sugar.

August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Adams

meat i have to say more?

August 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why would someone commit such a crime?!?!

August 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Agreed! This is exactly the cake I was trying to tell my friends about.
The story Valentines day when I was about 6 years old I was at a party and so excited to see this yummy, delicious looking cake that was in such a different shape than I had ever seen a cake in. As To my surprise, I went to take a bite thinking this was going to be all sweet and yummy it was quite the opposite. Now, I am a type of person who does not like sandwiches or even salad's of this type I was in horror and so put off by this cake! WHO on earth would do such a terrible thing to a little six year old just wanting a yummy piece of cake. I will forever be scared.

August 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I encountered this type of cake -- called a sandwichon -- many times when I lived on the US/Mexico border. It's commonly served at baby showers, and actually... it can be quite tasty.

August 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteridiolecto

What the heck? These sandwich cakes tend to be very delicious! You prejudice people, you should first TRY THE CAKE before saying a single comment about its taste!

However I admit that making it look like a generic cake is a bit unusual, but I certainly wouldn't mind a good sandwich cake. Don't you people ever eat something else than sweets?

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While i agree that these are deceptive, Paula Deen is a more heinous proponent of the very wrong mixing of sweet cakey goodness with meat...

So is whoever came up with this:

September 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBev W

I remember the first time I was fooled by this.......*sigh* I did say first.

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCat

These are very popular in Sweden. Apparently they have them for all special occasions. At least they don't have to worry about all that sugar (like this sad diabetic cake decorator [me])

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That reminds me of a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 70s that an old roommate of mine had. They had a sandwich much like that, only it was much more obvious that it was a sandwich and not half as appetizing in appearance. Still disgusting.

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdeusabscondidum

This particular cake might not be that great but the concept of a non-sweet cake is very widely known and accepted here in Scandinavia. A 'sandwich cake' is what it's called, with a rather liberal translation, and it's not a crime.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Those look wonderful to me! But then again my husband made me a meatloaf "cake" with bacon "sprinkles" and mashed potatoe "icing" for my birthday a year ago. Man was that good.

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFuzzy Izmit

These cakes are a leftover from the 1950s in the US. I worked at a museum and got a caterer to make one for our 1950s Christmas party. It was actually very good, like a sandwich filled with tune or ham salad with a little extra cream cheese on top. Yes, you shouldn't knock it until you try it. They were actually eaten up by our visitors during that event.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWild Child

I am so going to make one of those!

I have made meatloaf "cupcakes" with colored mashed potato "icing" for my kids before. It was so funny when they thought they were getting cup cakes for dinner! (in my defense I did it on April 1st)

October 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I've had these at church functions. It must be a Minnesota Lutheran thing. They're actually very good because they've been kept cold.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually made one of these iced loaf cake sandwich thingies because I came across them online and thought they were so freakishly odd, I just HAD to make one. I did the whole nine yards, including putting pineapple juice in the cream cheese frosting, etc. I did not eat any. I wish I had tried it, but you know how it is when you're hosting a party, you wind up serving everyone and not eating all the stuff you made. Anyway, my father-in-law wolfed down the whole load. He said it was good. It was certainly an experience making one. A retro moment indeed.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As many people have said, these are NOT intended to be interpreted as sugary desserty cakes.

I lived in Sweden for a year, and smörgåstårtor (as they're called in Swedish) are a huge treat for most Swedes--they think they're delicious!

As much as I love Sweden and Swedish culture, I couldn't bring myself to eat a bite of one without literally gagging.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Looks really yummy to me. I love meat salads (my mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid and we were broke as a joke) and if the cream cheese was a savory flavor, it seems like it'd be awesome.

Ooh, imagine smoked salmon, oh, that'd be really awesome.

I'm not from Northern Europe, either, just Oregon. :P I live in Australia now, the land of the meat pie, (WHICH ARE DELICIOUS) so maybe I'm a little biased.

I think the decorations are cute, too. Why don't you guys have problems with sweet cakes dressed up to look like pizza or spaghetti? OH NOES, THE TRAUMA!!! I thought it was going to be delicious spaghetti, and when I took a bite...IT WAS CHOCOLATE! I threw up.

Silly. You can tell from looking at it that it's meat filling. Especially if it's on your plate, a foot away from your face.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAri

As some people already pointed out, this cake is a party standard in Finland and other Baltic countries. It's nothing to go "yuck" about. It's just that different cultures have different kinds of foods!

It's not like we don't serve sweet cakes as well, and besides, it's pretty easy to recognize which ones are the salty "sandwich" cakes, as these are usually covered in decorations made of vegetables, cold meats etc. Yes, real ones and not some made of frosting!


August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Elisa, Finland is not a Baltic country.

But yeah, sandwich cakes (voileipäkakku[Finnish]/smörgåstårta[Swedish]) are really popular here. We tend to serve them whenever possible and most people love them. I've never seen such a deceptive one tho. I'd eat it anyways :).

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWunderhund

Oh sandwich loaf, how I loath you and your specious beauty.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know this is years later, but I have to say...they're ribbon sandwiches! Oh my goodness, those are so yummy! But I suppose that if I thought it had been a cake, I would have been disappointed. And the piped roses and borders are rather misleading. ;)

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSongster

We actually have a place here that ices a wheel of cheese with cream cheese and then decorates it with tinted cream cheese roses, leaves and such. So it looks like a regular, round cake. Very disappointing when you see it on the buffet table and think "CAKE" only to be given a wedge of cheddar!!

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jean

"could be meat, could be cake, could be meat cake, better not eat it" - George Carlin

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

These were all the rage when I was growing up in the 70's. everyone knew they weren't cakes but sandwiich loafs. I thought they were rather dated even then! but they were prettier on the table than a sandwich plate. and they were quite tasty. what will they bring back from the dead next? Granny dresses? (oops, yes they did.) bell bottom hip hugger pants? (YIKES! they DID!) ah well.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Jo

All my life I've wanted to eat a tunafish filled glazed doughnut. Please tell me this is soon to be a reality.

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTunaDonut

Actually I think these cakes sound pretty good. Maybe a bit less cream cheese as icing, but overall it sounds good. I'd just take out the flowers and so one though, but perhaps they were for a wedding of a diabetic.

January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBelle

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