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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 baby cake! Thanks for making me laugh out loud this morning!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMyst

I don't think thats professionaly made. Does anyone else see the maceys (or wal-mart?) bakery sign on there?

October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTales of a Saxy Ballerina

When I looked at the retirement cake the first thing I saw was "Hoppy Retiremet." What, If I might ask, is a retiremet, and why would you want it to be hoppy? Just wondering. Anyways, I didn't even see the black roses until I glanced at the paragraph underneath the photo. Yup, it's late, and yes, I'm blind!

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

I'll admit, as someone who has survived 3 children so far, I'm loving the first cake.

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The screaming baby cake... are you sure its not a "Happy First Diaper Change" for the father?

With "congratulations" written on the diaper and the fact the baby is crying/screaming, I'd guess its the baby's first poo and I can't imagine a mother getting this cake.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMina

If i look at the first one too long it looks like someone put a black bandanna over his mouth to stop it from screaming. Either way, wrong message.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle

The confusing sun cake looks like it was inspired by the intro to Look Who's Talking. At any moment, I expect to hear Bruce Willis voice come from the cake.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Ducky

I like the sarcastic edge to the first two. But the cookies are adorable. Love em! lol

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

The last cake looks to have been spelled "retiremit" instead of "retiremet," making it even worse. Ahahaha.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChartreuse

In the first picture, at first i thought the baby's mouth was a mustache... whoops lol

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

The sun cake kiiiind of looks like a SBaHJ creation. All it needs are some .jpeg artifacts. I'm thinking it's the nose.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA.

Funny how the same thing can be funny in different ways to different people. I didn't even notice the baby was crying, but the fact that "congratulations" is written on the diaper...
Yeah. Well, I suppose it is a reason to celebrate when the kid finally gets over the constipation...

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDivizna

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