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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)

I just thought of something, what if cake #1 is a wreck in another way. Maybe Tracy is 41, but "they" put the 1 on first by mistake. "Crap! I don't want to mess up the icing... I know I'll just put the four on anyway. Nobody'll notice right?"

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEunice

There's a Precious Moments chapel too! I have acquaintances I can totally picture getting married there.

"Love means never having to say you're sorry" is a quote from Love Story, not Love Is.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwhirlygirly

They are cherubs-it's a wing, not hair. There are no bow and arrows because they already found their love!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny


OMG! It is Lorenzo Lamas circa Renegade!

That's hilarious!

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEunice

That late 60's line: "Make love not war." So someone came up with those cartoon characters, and I'm right there with Cheri-Beri-- "Love means never having to say you're sorry" was the one punchline I remember from my youth. It stuck with me--it was so wrong-headed, and I always wanted to go argue with the cartoonist about that one. Good to know I'm not the only one.

The baker here needs to add more long hair at the back to get it right, but on the whole, he/she nailed those cartoon images pretty well.

If I ignore the other cake will it go away? Please?

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

The famous Love Is... quote was actually "Love is being able to say you're sorry." Which means that Love Story and Love Is... are like matter and anti-matter, and will explode on contact.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra Erin

Love is... hugging naked while staring at the covers of trashy romance novels.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The main problem with #1 is that couch the cake is sitting on. “Hello, it’s 1975. They want their sofa back!”

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim

they are right, it is her hair. i never did like those comics.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdykewife

Dude, my 12th birthday present from mom was a Chippendale's calendar. In terms of sheer embarrassment, I think that beats the cake, 12 to 1.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelsolylaluna

Wow thats an interesting 14th birthday cake.

Are the female love is dolls supposed to have nipples??That is freakin me out!

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSgtSudsWife

yeah these little kids were popular back in the day. Not that I am old enough to remember or anything.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

The worst part is that the "little girl" in cake #2 has little nips, but the boy has none. Umm...okay.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermamadance

Doesn't anyone but me think that Cake #1 was probably meant for a 40 year old and they screwed up the number? The -tys and the -teens are easy to confuse.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

@ chrissy:
It's the end of her ponytail. It's hair, poorly rendered though it is. Deal with it. Nothing kinky is implied. I'm sure you'll find a vast number of "Love Is" images on an image search. See for yourself.

@ kansas girl:
Yes the idea of the existence of a Precious Moments Museum causes the mind to reel. That does not diminish the fact that the US has an issue with nakedness, no matter how simply or innocuously depicted. My good friend who is an elementary art teacher is not permitted to show works of art to her students which depict figures which might be naked. One such image is Henri Matisse's painting Icarus. That's a little ridiculous. For some reason, we in the US over the course of the past 30-odd years since the seventies, have come to view our naked bodies as dirty. In 2002, curtains were draped over nude and partially-nude sculptures at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice building because the people speaking there (John Ashcroft, specifically) felt the works of art were innappropriate. The drapes were, at first, rented at a cost of $2,000 per use; then the government purchased a set for $8,000. Wow, we Americans are really ashamed of our bodies, aren't we?

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

Maybe, hopefully.... the 1st cake is for a "14th" birthday. As is a 56yo born on Feb 29th.

just a thought as as my FIL just celebrated his "16th" birthday

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Has anyone noticed that kid #2 apparently has a lazy eye? His left eye is looking at us, but his right eye is looking at kid #1.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeanna

I remember the Love Is...characters :) My grandparents had a book on them when I was a was a little comic book type thing. It isn't meant to be perverted. The hair I agree is poorly done, but I remember the girl had a 70's haircut that made me in the front and party in the back.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1979? Try
1970...Not that I remember ;)

And wouldn't it be funny if cake #1 WAS a 'beefcake'?

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

Aww, the "Fabio-wanna-be" cake reminds me of my 5th birthday. Sweet memories, followed by years of therapy. I'm just hoping the cake was really for someone's FORTIETH b-day, and it got morphed in FOURTEENTH! Otherwise, those are some messed up parents (cuz I doubt her 14 year old friends could afford a cake like that). OH NO!!! Tracy is a girl, right? This cake is getting worse and worse by the minute.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These characters were very popular when I was a kid. How funny that you think her hair looks odd, and that people think it's "poorly executed." All I see is hair.

Also very popular during that time were "pony tails." A girl with long hair wore it in a single braid, hanging in the middle of her back. An elastic band was cinched a couple of inches from the end of her hair, so it could hang and swing loose, like a horse's tail.

That's what I see on this cake.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersheree

They look like bananas.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervirgomonkey

Awww, the Love Is characters were always very sweet and innocent. I always liked them, and even though these are not executed terribly well, they are immediately recognisable. Some of these are still cut out and on my refrigerator with magnets.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdecolady

Indeterminable gender? Come on, is it not obvious that the one on the left is a girl? I mean, she has boobies! /end sarcasm

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherJen

The first cake is hideous. Well, I mean, the cake itself looks nice, it's just that design in the middle. I don't care how old I would be, I would not want such a man on my birthday cake. x_x (Even if I did, it would be just weird to carve "him" up and eat pieces! >_<)

Fluffy Cow and Patrick Mueller:

Without rambling, ITA. thanks for your interesting comment.

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

"And Tracy, look! We printed your name right across his crotch, because we know that's just where you'd like to be."

That's unreal. Most people complain about "kids today", but I can't get past the 'rents.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris


September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

@ yénifer--many thanks for your comment.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

I thought of another possibility for the wagging thing...but I'd rather not get into it. I prefer not to think about the reality of these things (which I do remember from my childhood), as the creative explanations are much funnier than the fact that some adult thought these would be adorable. On cake.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbarelyknittogether

Jen, Jen,
You are showing your un-dyed roots! I clearly remember buying a "Love Is..." book at our elementary book fair when I was in 2nd grade, and, unfortunately, loving it.
Where were my parents in my hour of need?

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband brought me a "love is" key chain from Germany... I was so glad when it fell apart and I didn't have to explain what looked like two naked children embracing.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermcmiller

Ok... No not a ponytail... Its WINGS!!! they're supposed to be angels. But seriously, So off the mark it does look like a mullet gone horribly wrong. ; )

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpiscesgen

Yep, just also wanted to add that the love is... characters are still very popular, at least in Germany and Switzerland where I am from. I never really liked them, but they are adults and appear on many little cakes and cards to be given to your loved ones - a real staple in candy shops.

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSnowberry & Lime

Perhaps Tracy was later the recipient of" REL="nofollow">this cake.

Contrast this with the" REL="nofollow">cake a reader recently bought for her daughter's 25th birthday. Definitely different parenting styles going on here.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStormy

I completely read "your warm embrace" as "your warm entrance".

October 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergaurdro

It looks like its meant to be wings. and since the cake is white they couldnt make the wings white. and since it speaks of love and has all the hearts surrounding, im presuming it is a valentines cake which would make what looks to be makshift "charubs."

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Gibson

Wow! talk about out of date! Yes, I think that is supposed to be the girls hair. It also looks like a Costco cake. This definitely fits in the "cake wrecks" category.


December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh man! I'm STILL crying over this one. Tears of hilarity, mind you. Thanks for the great blog- truly a treasure.

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B.

It looks more like a wing to me. Maybe it's supposed to be a little cupid?

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like he is spanking her! OMG!!!!!

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the tail might be an angel wing. Hmmm go figure.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My parents used to follow the Love is... comics, one of their favorites is "Love is... letting her warm her feet on yours!" with the husbands' eyes popping open as she sleeps.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Lifted straight from Wiki: "Love Is... began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. The strip was first syndicated in 1970 and one of her most famous drawings, "Love Is...being able to say you are sorry" was marketed internationally for many years in print, on cards and on souvenirs."

I immediately recognised it as hair and I'm 23.. Then again I always thought the Love Is... characters were sweet, just because of their origins.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpoonlicker

Yes. Many creepy things at once.... I now know what my greatest fear is..

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

The "Love is" cartoon of the 70s...

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

I know the first cake is totally inappropriate for a 14 year old girl - but, oh my, I would so LOVE to get this cake for a birthday (as an adult). It's totally hilarious!

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLily


January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWooo

Let's consider all
the ways cake nudes can go wrong.
Um. You can stop now.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I wonder if the first one is for a girl Tracy or a guy Tracy......

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Shaw

As far as I'm concerned this cake perfectly captures the Love Is characters. I was about 7 when they 'came out' and ADORED THEM. I LOVE THIS CAKE!!!

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParty Princess

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