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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

Inappropriate, Much?

Nothing helps smooth over those awkward early teen years quite like getting a cake with a half-naked stud-muffin on it from your parents, eh, Tracy? Just wait 'til your mom asks to go "halfsies" with you on a lap dance.

I am told that these "Love is" characters were really popular back in the day, so I'm going to assume it wasn't the decorator's idea to draw two nekkid kids of indeterminable gender hugging. However, what the heck is going on behind kid #1? Either that's a tail, and it's wagging, or kid #2 is patting kid #1's butt. Considering the "warm embrace" sentiment, I honestly couldn't say which of those options would creep me out less.

UPDATE: That's hair? Really? I mean, I guess I'll have to take the word of my [cough cough] older and wiser readers, but I still don't see it. Maybe if it wasn't flesh-colored...

Chelsea Y., & Jessica M., love is getting such awesomely inappropriate Wrecks.

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Reader Comments (150)

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September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterophelia

AARGH! Either the parents on cake #1 are idiots or this kid is already out there and her friends gave her this one.

Did birth control pills come with the slice of cake?? Hmmm?

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

*snickers then points and laughs* I just love where "Tracy" is written and the fact that it's sagging....somehow the combined imagery is just. *cough*
Well then.
I'm so tempted to show this to my 14 year old to show her that there ARE ways I could be a more embarrassing parent. She probably would have gone in her room and refused to come out if I got her that cake (not that I would have!)

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Man, you can tell age of the readers of this particular post! Yes, I too remember the "love is..." comic. As a matter of fact I have several of the cartoons in my wedding scrapbook! sigh... Maybe I should drown myself in that cake! lol

As for the other cake? Wow, that mom needs to get a clue! Not just tacky, inappropriate & embarrassing for the teen but Wow!!! Wonder how the guests reacted & especially the guest of honor.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

The little red decorations (the linear ones, not the heart shapes) on the second cake... somehow they seem just not quite right. Not wreckitude on their own, really, and it took three viewings before I even noticed them next to the cheezariffic "love is" characters, but they do add a certain... what are those things? Some of them look like they should be seeking her "warm embrace," if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKansas girl

And where are Tracy's parents!? Why would they be okay w/a cake like that for their minor daughter? Idiots. Idiots..they're everywhere.

Love is..a walk down memory lane! I remember those comics, as my sister used to collect them.
I don't think the original comics meant to imply underage, minor kids in a weird relationship. Sadly, this comic strip has gone out with bell-bottom jeans and hot pants. :o)


September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG. I HATED those "Love is..." characters when I was growing up. I would vomit if I had to eat a cake decorated with them. For a split-second, I thought the boy was giving a "thumbs up" behind her back! How inappropriate would that be for the "innocence" these two always represented?!

That first cake is such a jolt to the senses. The cake itself is pristine and beautifully executed. It looks like it belongs on a Victorian Valentine's Day card. Then - wham! - there's Mr. Hunk in the middle, all oiled and ready for action. Ew! Double-ew when you read that it's for a 14-year-old girl. Her name is across his nether regions!! I dread to wonder where the candles were placed...

I LOVE this blog though!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValkyrie

Love is... eerily anthropomorphous flesh-colored shapes staring blankly out with their dead eyes.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachelRenae

I really hope that "Tracy" is a 56 y/o Leap Year baby. That's the only scenario in which that first cake could be construed as appropriate and even hilarious!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I swear I thought the baker added angel wings to kid #1. But what bothers me most is why does kid #1 have "nipples" and #2 doesn't? *shudder*

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCece

phew! I am glad people brought up the pony-tail, because it seemed like some sort of furry cake!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

I think it's part of the hair, they just didn't connect it very well to the top of her head. Oy. Either that or I'd like to think it's a tail.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwavecloud

Ack - why is the guy unzipping his pants?!? And I can't believe the 14-year-old's name is written write over his crotch. That's awful.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Homer Simpson said it best, when referring to "Love is...". "It's about two naked 8-year olds who are married."

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

If I'd been given that birthday cake at fourteen, I might still be hiding in my room...and I'll be 46 tomorrow.

The Love Is... cake isn't all that wrecktastic, per se, given that it's a pretty close representation of the actual comic. All the same, when I see it I no longer want cake because the decoration is so cloying I've developed diabetes and gone into a coma.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Maybe, just maybe, that first cake is for someone born on Feb. 29. So while it would technically only be her "14th" birthday, really she's 56 years old. It could be, right? Please let that be it, because otherwise it's just too scary, and someone should be calling child protective services.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrimstone

You must be quite young, my dear, not to remember the "Love Is" characters. One of their famous quotes was, "Love Is . . . .Never having to say you're sorry." Even as a youngin' I knew that was a load of crap. They're the poster children for modern day co-dependency. And to see them on a cake - yuk? But I guess some people may have liked them - lol. Just not me :-) I've always been a tad opinionated . . . . if you couldn't tell.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheri-Beri

wow. That first cake is awesome. Why didn't I get a cake like that for my 14th birthday?


September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersheree

Oh wow, I remember the "Love is..." thing. I think they're supposed to send a "sweet back to nature all you need is love" vibe. What a flashback! I thought it was sappy and weird back in "the day". Never thought I'd see them on a cake. Ew.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNeb

The first cake should come with a birthday card, don't you think? I'm pretty sure I know what it should say:

Oh icing-covered Conan
With your sugar-frosted abs
Make Tracy's birthday extra sweet
But please don't give her crabs!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzebrarepeat

When I first saw second one, I thought the little boy was hugging the little girl so hard she made a little fart. But, going by the body porportions of that area to her feet.. I guess it couldn't be a fart unless it was coming out of her shoulder blade.

It looks as if the girls hair does end just about where the boy's hand is on her shoulder. But after reading the comments I guess, yeah, I do see the ponytail now. :)

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

Heh-heh. I remember the "Love Is..." cartoons from when I was growing up in the 1970s. That is her hair; it's usually a darker brown, though. Here's a link with more info:

I'm enjoying this blog!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Bahm

I kinda think it looks like he's choking her.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The saddest part about that hunk cake is that I would not have put it past my mother to give me one for my 14th birthday. This ignited a few uncomfortable flashbacks...oh well, such are the perils of cakes!


September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, I think it looks like a weird angel wing. These things remind me of those creepy "precious moments" things. Anyway, why are their legs so short?

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramy p

I have been reading this blog for a while but this is my first post.

The first cake looks like a creepily executed version of Peter Steele from Type O Negative.Considering that is his stage name,let the innuendo flow freely;).

And the whole saggy name/unzipping panst thing?Eww,who the hell gets THAT piece of cake?!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBryde

ohmygosh...ohmygosh... those are awesome!!

seriously, this blog makes me laugh like no other. thanks for brightening my days.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthepipers

In the Love Is...cake: I can almost accept the weird tail/hair thing, but what is up with the boy's arms, somewhere between his left arm and her neck, there is some weirdness going on.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't see it as a pony tail?! I thought it was the boys hand. Hmmm...

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeichelle

Who cares what the "Love is" actually is, lets just say she is passing gas, and her slogan is "Your warm embrace." Much more funny if you look at it that way!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkeetle

My gran used to have one of those 'Love is' things, and one of them had a ponytail, so that's what I'm assuming the thing is.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSigma

my first thought was that it was hair... but then I saw how (her?) haircut was cropped just above her right shoulder. I mean, technically it could be like a radically different length in the back center, like a big rat-tail or something?

Good work.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Gjertsen

AAAHHHHH.. the hair... yeah, I remember that hair. all short at the front, 'business' in the back. Don't you remember that??? (sadly, I saw this in real life recently!!)
As far as hunky goes, I now feel like the most over-protective parent in the world (ok, the world of that kid's parents, anyway...) I won't even let my 11 year old see Mama Mia!!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheatherbstamps

I would agree that it's a ponytail EXCEPT that, if you look, her hair appears short and ends just below her jaw. So if it is meant to be long hair, it's one heck of a mullet!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterorianna2000

just a thought, what if Tracy is a boy? It's not unheard of for boys to be named Tracy.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Back in the 70s, the "Love Is" comic strip was printed in my local newspaper right next to "The Family Circus", another one-panel strip. Cheesy and 70s-era it is, but there is nothing creepy about it. The drawn figures were as ubiquetous on "cutesy-themed" love items as the Precious Moments figures are today; and "Love Is" bothers me considerably less than those ugly Precious Moments mutants.

If a stylized naked figure bothers someone so much as to call it "creepy", we've really taken a backward slide into the Dark Ages as a society.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

OMG.... those are so inappropriate!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHinkle

Love is...putting creepy naked kids on a cake?

Or putting a creepy naked guy on your kid's cake?

I'm torn. :)

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSass

I used to be a cake decorator...and I can recall getting orders like this. I also can't imagine handing some of these cakes over to paying customers with how poorly done they are. I'd be ashamed!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Thurslie

No way is that hair! That is a hand that is in motion as in a pat on the back during a hug! Those look like cartoony fingers in motion. Definitely NOT hair!

Oh, and 14?? Isn't there some sort of child protection for nearly pornographic material for children? Ha Ha, I bet the parents think they are really hilarious to humiliate their 14 yr old.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

When I was younger, I was always creeped out by the "Love is..." cartoons. The fact that they are indiscriminate genders does creep me out. Because it always sort of bothered me to see naked images without actual - you know - parts.

But then, considering the first cake, maybe I should be thankful for those creepy blank spots!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

heatherbstamps, I think you mean: Business in the front, party in the back. As in a mullet.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is just too hilarious. And sick. Can it be both?

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManhattan Mama

It's not that they're naked, and it's not even that they're stylized... it's just the WAY they're stylized that makes them a bit creepy.

I was going to say I agreed with you that Precious Moments are worse, but actually I'm not sure I do. Not that I don't hate PM, I do, just that these little weirdos are legitimate competitors to PM in ickiness. I can't decide!

At least in the 70s I only had to put up with Holly Hobbie, which was kind of cheesy too but never achieved the same creepy factor.

(One of my relatives was forced to go to the Precious Moments museum with someone. Yikes. Just the fact that there is a Precious Moments museum: yikes.)

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKansas girl

I love your blog! I am a cake decorator in a grocery store bakery, and I have to say all of your cake pictures and the commentary on them are hilariously entertaining.
The 14 yr old's cake is decorated nicely, only.... what kind of parent orders their kid a cake like that?? and those two cartoon kids...the picture the baker used is so out of date!!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScraplin

Just wanted to give you a round of virtual applause - I am LOVING your site. HILARIOUS!

I *wish* I had a picture of my own cakewreck...but, I don't, so here's the story.

Date: 1993
Event: 14th Birthday Pary, featuring a trip to see Jurassic Park in the theaters

Cakewreck: Stegosauras-shaped RED VELVET cake. So that it looked like the poor creature was bleeding when you cut into it. It was awesome!!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMezzo SF

Yep, it's her hair. I was a teenager back when the "Love Is" kids were popular and got to see them in a variety of tableaus, and she has long hair. This is the first time I've ever been glad I was familiar with the "Love Is" couple, because otherwise, I'd now be screaming "OHMYGOD IT'S A FURRY!"

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

My gods, my mother would slap the heck out of anyone who would suggest giving cake #1 to me at that age! When I was 14 I would have wanted a a cake shaped like a horse, or maybe one with an image of of the Relic Hunter. But knowing your mother got you a cake with a beefcake shot on it, plus where the girl's name is There are some things that just are more appropriate for later in life.

Cake #2: I remember seeing those insipid "Love Is..." comics. That the characters' genders couldn't be discerned except for the long, feminine hair was never a problem with me. I hated the sappiness they seemed to just ooze. I'd rather eat one of the cupcakes from that Hot Wheels cake mentioned earlier in the blog.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

There's something familiar about that first cake...
Isn't that Lorenzo Lamas from his "Renegade" days?

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfromtheboonies

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