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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
Friday
Sep192008

Mixed Signals

Some cakes are hard to read, and for once I'm not talking about the handwriting:


A screaming baby paired with "congratulations"? Ah, that's subtle sarcasm at its snarky finest.


Here's a tip gleaned from years of family reunions: the second Mrs. Klass asks "What's that supposed to mean?", it's time to leave. Trust me.

Of course some cakes are more subtle, like this one:


"We'll wish you luck, but we don't have to be happy about it."

Or just baffling, like this one:


I'm not sure if this guy is supposed to look afraid of being eaten, disapproving, or in pain from his "shades" melting onto his face. Say, there's a bit of unintentional ironic realism for you: sunglasses melted onto the face of the sun. Heh.

If Mr. Future's-So-Bright's feelings are ambivalent, though, these cookies are clearly ticked off:


Poor angry cookies. At least their pain is my sugary gain - and I get the added bonus of talking smack to my food. "What, you lookin' at me, punks? Huh? How's about I drown you in some milk before biting your heads off, then? Yeah, not so puffed up now, are you, tough guys?"

And finally [smirk],

All that black - and black roses, no less! - makes this look more like a final retirement cake, if you catch my drift. It gets double Wreck points for the "Retiremet" misspelling, too.

Brittany M., Elizabeth G., Jessica C., Linda N., Monique R., and Jill C., many "thanks".

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Reader Comments (112)

I love the first two cake, I don't think they're wrecks at all. They're well-done and hilarious.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I once made heart-shaped cookies for valentine's day with very jaded, cynical faces. My boyfriend loved them.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks to me like the baby was wearing a sleeping mask that slipped down!

And, YEAH I want some angry cookies!!

and um... BTW- AARRRGGHH!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

No excuse---but was the "artist" trying to match the camo-hunting colors in the retiree's shirt to the piping on the cake??

And "congratulations" on the diaper--no wonder the baby is crying.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I see that Mrs. K's cake is supposed to be a ball and chain, and boy is that hilarious. That never gets old. Apparently.

But at first glance, I swear I thought it was a cartoon-style bomb (of the "Spy Vs. Spy" vintage. I guess that would be even more insulting.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterspirko

Avast! I want yon pissed off cookies to give to many numerous people...

emocookies - LOL Arrgh mateys... too funny!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I love this blog, I check it often when I need a little pick-me-up! I think my favorite cake from this post is the baby. It also looks like it has something over its mouth! Funny stuff.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllison K. O'Connor

Re the sunglasses one, I have a theory/fantasy: The person who wanted the cake tried to write something to the baker in an online format, it was misconstrued as an emoticon, and got animated by the email programming code. Voila! Cake Wreck!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissexpatria

The baby cake is actually pretty cute.

Those mean face cookies are awesome. I need me some of those.

It took me forever to figure out that big black glob was supposed to be a ball and chain. I must be slow.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

I found your blog via Judge a Book by its Cover blog and spent an evening laughing my butt off! You're hilarious, and the pictures don't hurt either.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

I just discovered your site and laughed so hard I might need a new lung! I rarely order professionally done cakes and now I'm soooo glad.

I want to let you know that I linked to your site so others can enjoy your wonderful blog.

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September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenster

Is that supposed to be a pacifier in the baby's mouth? Why use black for a mouth or a pacifier?

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArial

Still making me laugh!! One of the funniest blogs I know!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

I totally didn't think it was a crying baby. I thought it was a baby with a Tom Selleck Mustache

Greg

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkodoswasbetter

The baby reminded me of something out of Charlie Brown cartoons, like when they get frustrated and yell. That could be an infant Charlie Brown!! He's crying because he has no yellow and black striped shirt!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really enjoy this blog - some friends told me about it and it has me cracking up almost daily!

I can't help it - I now want a screaming baby cake (I am 8 mo. preg) It's hilarious in a twsited kind of way ;) (I'll pass on those creepy, headless baby-butt cakes - yikes!)

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Aye my suspicions be right about ye emocookies. Romanian writing n' one. Me lovely wench confirmed it, she bein' a Romanian beauty n' all.
Yarr!

Can't say I dun appreciate cryin' babe cake and Ms.K's cake .

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmaocha

Great. Now I'm going to have nightmares about furious/weepy cookies coming to seek revenge for all their brethren I've eaten over the decades.

Black frosting on cakes is a bad idea. A black frosting ball and chain on a wedding cake has to the one of the most appalling things I've ever seen done to pastry.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

The "Retiremet" cake is actually a wreck because of the mis-spelling. Might even be worth it to send it off to another similar blog spot...FAIL!!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTenorman

Yarrr! Methinks I will be a bakery wench this weekend and bake me some frowny cookies in the galley! It be me mood after a busy week!

Avast mateys! Have a good weekend!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaliGirl9

that last one looked like "Hoppy" retiremet to me...

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This blog makes my day better. Thanks for all the funny pics!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterreadsalot

I think the baby cake is awesome!!

Are you sure that the ball and chain cake was done by a professional? There's aluminum foil on the board- not very professional!! :)

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I would not want to be the one who ended up with the diaper part of the baby cake... especially if the case is chocolate :)

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuane

The baby is sort of cute. I like it :s

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJorge PatiƱo

oddly enough a friend of mine is taking a trip to Romania next month with some friends. I sent him the link and he has promised to bring me back some! I will report back.....

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

My Romanian co-worker has confirmed they are indeed Romanian. She says even she doens't know why they are so unhappy though!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

The baby cake (on top) looks like a sleeping eye mask is over the baby's mouth. It doesn't look like it's screaming. Weird.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Wilson

The baby cake is kinda cute, other than that scary black mouth. I never got a retirement cake. Oh yeah, I fired myself twice before finally retiring! Love the cookies.

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September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

Noticed the vertical swipe on the ball and chain cake. You mean they fixed it and this is what they WANTED it to look like???????

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw a link to your blog on another blog that I was reading and I couldn't stop looking at all the different cakes you have on here. It's just funny! I didn't know people actually made crazy cakes like this.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRisk Taker

My 2 yr old just stared at the screen saying, "Sad cake. Sad cookie..."

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTara

I would have been quite sad if my retirement cake had black roses and black trim. How positively...funereal.

My coworkers did a beach theme for my party when I retired this May, so the cake MAY make you a little seasick, but here it is:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheriava/2529447932/

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri in Rehoboth

I agree about the baby cake -- it looks like the baby's mouth has been covered with black tape! Maybe the baby is being held as a hostage...

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

That retirement cake looks like it was from Wal-Mart so no surprise that it was spelled wrong. I will never buy another cake from Wal-Mart after having my cake not get made last time.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Did anyone notify Cliff Huxtable that this man stole his sweater???

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKT

So why do Romanians enjoy weeping jam cookies? There has got to be an explanation!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was thinking the "Jerry" cake was for Jerry on Big Brother 10.... And in that case, it's perfectly appropriate.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to laugh at the smiley faces, especially the frowns. LOL And I like the angry cookies. Where can I get me some?

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Oh goodness, that baby cake makes me shudder. The mouth is bigger than the word "congratulations". With that much focus on the screaming, maybe the designer should add "and Good Luck!"

Those pissed-off cookies are the best. I know of a few birthday parties where those could be put to good use.

September 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfug estate

If they HAD to put a photo on that cake, you'd think they could have got one with the husband in something that looked a bit less like a road map.

Kat

September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

i think jerry is getting a vasectomy.

September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Oh no. What is going to happen to Jerry?

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Armintrout

Love Love love the baby cake!

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarketing Gurl

If those unhappy cookies have chocolate in them I want them.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChromesthesia

I think some chocolate ganache underneath the fondant diaper of the Sarcastic Baby Cake would be a nice touch.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfaunablues

Oh my gosh Jen! This one kills me. I'm laughing at all of them of course, but then I get to this one. I can't help it. The angry cookies?!?! And then the Retiremet cake?!

Hilarious. Thank you!!

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCVD

Is it just me, or does the "a" of "Happy" look more like an "o"? Or am I raising more inappropriate questions by trying to figure out what a "Hoppy Retiremet" really means?!?

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJustAGirl

Nothing wrong with black roses.. i had a red rose that was spray painted half black when I graduated from high school.. it matched my dress perfectly!

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterashleybayles

I just have to say I found it funny that the ad at the bottom of the page (for me, at least) is for diaper cakes, which seem like a worse offense than a meat-and-sushi cupcake-cake made to look like a realistic baby with a misspelled inscription with unnecessary quotation marks. Seriously, why would you make something that appears to be a cake out of something that's not only inedible, but is going to end up with an unspeakable "filling"?!?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbionelly

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