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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
Thursday
Sep112008

Is This a Wreck? You Decide.

Today we Americans and our friends around the world should pause and remember those lost in the attacks on 9/11/01. We each do this in our own way, and some people commemorate the day a little differently. Some people, for example, make a cake:


I've received several different pictures of this cake - each taken from a different angle - so it's obviously getting a lot of attention from passers-by. Some believe this is just the baker's way of using his unique skills to make a tribute. Others think it's disrespectful: halfway through serving those towers the cake is going to look pretty darn macabre. Personally, I'm on the fence. I see the skill involved, and I think the baker's motives are pure, but in execution I can see why so many are offended.

Your thoughts?

Thanks to Anna B., Patrick C., Dubi K., and Marc Felion, who took the original photo.

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Reader Comments (317)

It's no more morbid than eating a "baby belly" cake or a cake of an animal. It's a tribute... not meant to be disrespectful at all. It wasn't made in bad taste (with an airplane off the side or the tower or anything horrible like that) so just enjoy the thought and eat the cake.... ;)

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Look, I know that this is REALLY late, but let me just lay down my views here. I was eleven years old when the Towers went down. I WATCHED those Towers fall and I thought, "Oh my God, this is not happening, it canNOT be happening."

A CAKE, guys? To some, it's awesome. To some, it's offensive.

To me, it's the sounds of those buildings falling and the screams of the dying trapped within the rubble.

I commend the baker for making this cake. Not many people have that intention to honor the dead, and I salute him for baking such a beautiful cake. But if he or anyone else actually intends to eat that cake, then I hope they choke.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that the eating of the cake does not enter into whether or not this is a wreck, in the same sense that eating a cake with someone's picture on it is not disrespectful. I think that even if you consider the eating of the cake to be disrespectful, it has not yet been eaten so at best (or worst) it is a potential or imminent wreck.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have no opinion one way or another, but I think we should all give way to the opinion of the girl who posted, whose dad and cousin died on the day.

If you're ok with it, think back to the last family member you loved and how they died. Breast cancer? How'd you like to eat a lumpy breast cake? Fire? How'd you like to eat a recreation of the building they were burned in? Asphyxiation?

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Wivnescki

Has anyone noticed that it violates the following Federal Flag Codes?

"The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to
it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any
nature."

"The Flag Code addresses the impropriety of using the flag as an article of
personal adornment, a design on items of temporary use, and item of clothing.48 The
evident purpose of these suggested restraints is to limit the commercial or common
usage of the flag and, thus, maintain its dignity."

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnony Mouse

What bothers me is that the flag looks like a book. It's a well done cake, even though the towers really aught to be either in perfect condition or in pieces around the remains of the towers. Still, I'd eat it.

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie C.

Oh my god people are so sensitive these days I swear. Since when did it become ok for everyone to complain about EVERYTHING? It's a nice cake that was meant to be a tribute to the events that happened. Anyone else who thinks differently is just plain stupid and overly sensitive. Grow a pair and stop whining about every little thing you see and hear.

March 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Omg i think 9/11/2001 is very sad it allways has a way to make me cry. i gives all my love and blessinging to the family and friends of the vicktems in the playns and in the twin *sniff* towers.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbugaroo2

I think that people should spend less time "feeling offended." It would make the world a better place.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

It's a cake, people. Man up and eat it.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRealist

This cake is proof that the baker could do it and was tempted to do it. Too bad it looks like it's celebrating 9/11 rather than mourning it. Seriously. Cake is for social occasions. I think some people do have cake post-funerals but nothing that screams "Yay!", you know? This cake screams "Yay!".

Sorry, mate. The Star Spangled Banner never looked so badly misused paired up with the theme of this cake.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

Weird and gross, but at least the flag is correct.

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercake shopping

maybe it is one of the ones with the sticker that says"for display only".

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera teen wreckie

I beleve the baker ment well, a sort of tribute, but he went about it the wrong way. It was stupid to use bright colors, stupid to make it into cake, and really dumb to display it in public becuse it can be taken the wrong idea. Basically it was a bad idea, not an insult.

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Why would anyone be offended over CAKE?

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I'd eat it!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

((Yes I know I'm like a week off needing to review, shuuush!))

Personally I don't think the baker was meaning to be disrespectful. If they wanted to be, there's MANY ways to be disrespectful. First, there could have been a plane smashed into the side of it, it could have been cracked and smashed to look like the 'aftermath'. It could have had dead bodies all around it. There's tons of ways to make this truly disrespectful if that was the baker's intent.

But this will always be a sensitive subject, so many people will always argue this form, because cake is art, so the subject matter will always be (depending on the place they're working) what the artist feels conveys their feelings. How others interpret is entirely up to them. (I mean seriously, if they can make square cccakes and call them footballs cause they drew some laces on them, c'mon, a true cake artist should be able to get away with what they want.) Is all art non-offensive? No, not by a long shot, Maythrope threw that curveball at us a LONG time ago. Was this MEANT to be offensive, nah, I don't think so.

I wouldn't have a problem eating it myself, I'd have more trouble eating those 'realistic baby' cakes then I would this. (or that placenta on that one cake X_X;; )). My first thought would be to slice the towers like bread, so as it goes down the form appears less and less as a tower and more as a cake. If this still seems too much for someone, take the towers off, flip them on their sides, eat them like long cakes. Tadaaaa. It's all about breaking the supposed 'image' of the cake in your brain that makes it easier to eat

(which is why the realistic babies are so hard, TOO FREAKING REALISTIC! If you cut off an arm, it still looks like a baby, now with a cut off arm X_X' Seriously, body-part cakes suck for baby showers, lets stick to booties or rattles or bottles, decapitated baby doll heads and baby cakes and belly-bump cakes are just.....WEIRD. You want body part cakes for halloween......or a vampire party. Or werewolf. Or zombie. You know, one of those monster-type parties. Where they have the cute jello-brain molds, 'finger' sammiches, eyeball martinis or eyeball ice cubes for your vodka. Cause vodka makes body part foods absolutely hilarious! Which...technically could work for the baby shower cakes too, and this one, just drink alot of your favorite alcohol beforehand, and then none of it will bother you! :D)

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

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