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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

Wrecks on Display

Usually the goods in a shop window are supposed to be, well, good. But with advertising like this, who needs competition?

Between the faded-out colors and crumbled who-knows-what littering her face, Tyra has seen better days.

I can see why the construction crew was called in: this cake-tastrophe not only split the earth asunder, it also rained cigarette ash from the sky. Nice blue border though. Er, why is that there again?

Nah, these aren't Wrecks. They're actually kind of cool, in a bizarre way - so I thought I'd share. The green prickly one in particular fascinates me.


What in the Sam hill is going on here?!? Is that supposed to be Barbie's skirt? Because it looks like some massive icing eruption, with her shooting out of the top like a human cannon ball.

And speaking of eruptions and cannon balls, I hope I don't get in too much trouble for posting these next, honorary "cake" Wrecks:

Really, these have got to be the least phallic looking phalli I've ever seen - so if your kids ask, they're little rocket ships, mkay? Just ignore that little sign. Check out the sweet display setup, too: that yellow plastic bucket is totally selling 'em. And what do you suppose that crumbly bread-ish looking thing is next to it? Wait, scratch that; I don't want to know.

Thanks to eagle-eyed Wreckporters Mark T., Monique R., MR, Rachel D., and Xanna C.

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Reader Comments (158)

Obviously the Barbie cake is for an ADULT party. Duh. A stripper jumping out of the cake. :)

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenive

SIXTY DOLLARS for a pile of frosting with a Barbie sticking out of it? Yikes.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercroquecamille

The middle set are not cakes - it's clearly a milliners shop window, I know because I have a collection of my great aunts hats and they're identical - and I love them too.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLulu LaBonne

Maybe Babs is jumping out of the cake.

Those tiny phallic things are hysterical especially with the sign.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhooper

In response to the "Gay Pride" cookies, here are pictures of some Dickerdoodles:
(you have to scroll down a bit.)

They aren't really cake wrecks, because they were purposeful, but I find them hilarious.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEli

I agree with everyone who says the Barbie cake looks like a stripper popping out of the icing. Her arms are even flung up in a leap!

The gay pride "cakes" - that's just wrong.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That's it -- I'm never eating a chocolate ball again!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

hard to beleive really the melting cake the phallic symbols rather small sk

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteri beati

lol, the construction one is pretty funny. I wonder if they meant to do that. hmmmm...

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMyCozyCreations

OMG the "willie" in the far right hand corner looks like it was broken off! I didn't see it until I clicked on the picture and saw the full size.

I'm addicted to Cake Wrecks!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

I got a Barbie cake for a birthday way back in the early 70s. They were common. The skirt/cake was more dome-like, like a princess skirt, and was very cute. The cake you posted, though...weird.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Oh my gosh! This has to be one of my favorite posts. What's with barbies arms? It looks like she's hoping someone will pull her out before she sinks.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

The willies look like mushrooms, but not in the standard, willies-look-like-mushroom-caps way....

And the Barbie one looks like Barbie has a new night job...

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I totally want my cake to be vomiting out more cake! It reminds me of the drunk frat boys who make Jack-O-Lanterns that also get drunk & vomit out pumpkin innards.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi Pandi

That crumbly bread-ish looking thing next to the wangs is probably a bread alligator, which probably means this is from that bakery on Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric Hodel

I thought that last picture was of mushroom cakes or something at first.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergollier

LOVE IT!! Found you through Blogs of Note and just added you to my favorites. I have cake wrecks at home all the time (currently have one posted) it's nice to see even professionals make big ass mistakes!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimi

I knew what those little peen pastries were right away.

Anyone else see Jackass II? Bam Margera was "branded" with just that cookie cutter!

*crickets chirping*

You mean I am the only person who can admit to watching the Jackass movies? LOL

I am going to order a birthday cake for my daughter's 25th day. I'm getting old. I have everything written out and even printed out patterns for the bakery to follow. It is a very reputable bakery, but I just might have to threaten them with popping up on CakeWrecks if they don't do a good job. I believe everyone who works in that bakery is English-speaking anyway.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaliGirl9

Because gay pride is all about being a immature teenager who giggles at penises. Right.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, the sign next to the penises has the price listed in pounds, so I'm guessing they're in Great Britain somewhere.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranglophile

That Barbie cake could totally double as a bachelor-party cake if the groomsmen were too cheap to hire an actual woman to pop out.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love the two-tones of the pride cookies. Like they're wearing little sweaters.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

I saw boobies (like that boobie cake from the other day.) Does that mean I'm gay??

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Wang Cakes are amusing, but the fact they've been labeled "Gay Pride" makes me, as a gay man, cringe.

Those dolly cakes are really popular in Texas, and some of them are soooooo ugly.

LOVE this blog.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRATSAWGOD

The bread creature does look like an alligator, but the bakery isn't in San Francisco -- the willy prices are in British pounds.

Perhaps the willies were a further test for an apprentice pastry chef who had just passed Meringue Mushrooms 101 with flying colors.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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- so please do come on by and get it!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLidian

The pink cake looks like it threw up on itself!! Blah!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

All the folks calling the Barbie cake a cheap stripper cake are missing one important detail.

Her skirt (at the top of the cake) is going the wrong way.

Obviously Barbie was in some sort of terrifying cliff-hanging disaster and managed to fall to safety atop the fluffy, frilly cake.

The arms aren't conveying "surprise!", they're conveying "I lived! Now get me out of this cake crash pad!"

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

I'm amused that the "Willy cakes" are displayed on a tray that is held up by a yellow bucket. High class there, all around.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNipponElla

I wonder whose idea it was to dip the testicles in chocolate...

Dear God, I think that Barbie is jumping out of the cake, stripper style! Who buys that again?

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I absolutely love the look of those green cakes in the window! they look.... idk modern and cute haha. As for the little willies on display. If they are going to make penis cookies for gay pride can't they at least make them bigger? lol. Barbie cake haha. My friend had one when we were little and i remember i thought barbie was part of the cake and tried to eat her head lol.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

These are some really creative designs with exception of the gay pride penises

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Nissan can you EAT them...I mean...I couldn't possibly...there's no way I'm sticking one of those little guys in my mouth, and you can't SLICE them because that would be weird...

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKiley

I simply want to know why anyone would want Tyra on a cake. I don't want Tyra anywhere.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuperbadgirl

I thought the penises were mushrooms until I looked closer. :-)

I can't believe someone is charging $60 for that Barbie cake. Who would buy that?

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

My grandma made me a doll cake like the Barbie cake. I was a total tomboy and when she cut it open and I saw it was red velvet cake I thought the doll had bled to death or something. I was horrified... Looking back it was pretty funny.

I love this blog.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKat

The Barbie cake made me think of one of those crocheted thingies that grannies put over the spare roll of toilet paper. That association makes it almost as bad as the penis cookies. But not quite; nothing is as bad as those.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkmkat

That Barbie cake is just wrong!!

Those rockets dont at all remind of anything I mind find on a man's body.

Poor Tyra.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I would guess that the bread is dragon bread for St. George's Day.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergreeblygreebly

OK - maybe something just LANDED on the pink cake? Because the rest of it looks fine.

If you enlarge the wienie photo, you can see the reflection of a young girl with possibly her mom. It looks like Mom has made her turn her back on the display. Good idea.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS flea market peddled truly awesome penis cookies one year. Remarkably detailed. Somewhere I have a picture.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Wow, I'm glad no one photographed my attempt at a Hello Kitty cake for my niece!


September 2, 2008 | Unregistered

I like the ones in the third picture, but all the others... until I found this blog, I had no idea how unappealing one could make cake, honestly.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

I can't believe this entire blog is dedicated to cake. Although cake is damn tasty.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

OMGOSH the Barbie crammed in a volcano cake is too funny.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

I can't help but wonder what the thought process was for the baker who decided to display the cake with the flowers sliding off...

"Well, the cake does look pretty wrecktacular because of the slip-sliding decorations, but that IS my best flower work to date. Maybe my potential buyers will be willing to look past the fact that the a/c in my display case is on the fritz."

Unless, the avalanche look was intentional - in which case, that is so wrecktastic!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I love that the Gay Pride treats are penises. Seriously - LESBIANS DON'T EXIST, APPARENTLY?

Other than that, I love this blog, and am now hungry for cake, whatever it looks like.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitteh

I thought the phallic picture looked like hammers. I was wondering why someone would need little hammers...and now I wondering the same about what they *really* are.

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrokeMom

OMG! I get it! The "willy" cakes are dipped in dark choc at one end, and white choc at the other! And now I've said that, I think I'm going to puke lol.

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I refuse to comment on the chocolate balls...

Oh wait... I just did. Grrrr....

I'm loving the Hover Cakes. Very fun.

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

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