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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

Going to the Dogs, Continued

As promised, today's parade of cakey canines features the icing-drowned cupcake pups, which in my opinion ride dangerously close to the whole cupcake-cake-concept, and are therefore worthy of all the condemnation we can heap on them. But, I digress.

First up, a creation that looks more like a doggy end-product than a dog:

That's the side view. If you're thinking it will be more recognizable from the front...

Think again. Oh, and don't you love all the effort put into decorating the cake board? Somebody's shootin' for the stars.

This one's not bad, other than the fact that it's neon pink, worried-looking, and apparently vomiting sprinkles. Huh. Come to think of it, that last bit might explain the first two issues (although then neon green would be more appropriate).

Here's my favorite: the pooch's face has slid completely off his head and onto the board! I'm guessing the decorator added those paw prints after a few customers asked why the store was selling misshapen icing ploops on a board. (Yes, "ploops". I find it to be an apt description.)

Now there's a face only a mother could love. (And only a decorator could recognize, for that matter. Seriously, would you know this thing was supposed to be a dog?)

Thanks to Wreck-Wranglers Megan S., P.R., and Kristin!

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Reader Comments (114)

Oh my! I am nauseous just looking at all those globs of icing!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdocgrumbles

That last yellow one looks like some kind of girl/boy Star Wars charachter taking a sunbath nekkid! What are these people thinking??? And yes I think when the first one was ordered the person taking the order only understood Brown Poo and didn't hear the -dle at the end so the people got what they asked for brown poo, not brown poodle. OMG, I need help, I am starting to think like the wreckmeisters.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Hm...they definitely need to check their icing consistency before trying to create dog cakes!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

I'm sitting at my desk with tears coming out of my eyes. "Vomiting sprinkles" is what got me. Oh how I love your blog, keep up the good work!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercinnarose

I believe you when you say these are cupcake cakes ... but it's pretty disturbing that you can't see the cupcakes *at all*. Imagine trying to eat this, and getting all that gross icing all over your hands ... yuck. (I like icing, frosting, whatever you call it, but there are limits.)

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

ok that is too funny, gross I made my daughter better cupcake dogs cakes for her bday and I am not a baker decorator!! wow the first one looks like diapers I have changed! seriously people paid money for these? i would be so upset if I ordered a cake and they looked like this! I like your blog so much it is funny and your writing is fun!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIzabell


These are beyond words. The first one can't be a dog. maybe a dog by-product but not a dog....

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetry Sue

Okay, that first brown one looks like poop! Yuck!! I love your blog. Thanks for making me laugh on a regular basis!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

The second one is Clifford. I recongnized him immediately and think it is a pretty good job. The other two look like wrecks.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cruelty towards animals is bad enough, but cruelty towards pastry pets is a whole new level of sickness.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor puppies. I'm a cat-lover, and I still feel for dogs world-wide who have to suffer this kind of representation in the bakery world. I actually saw some at the grocery store this afternoon on my lunch break and considered sending them to you - but someone beat me to it!

It would make sense if these were jellyroll cakes - and that might make them a little cuter, but cupcakes? That's just absurd.

My boyfriend's name is Clifford (Cliff), and I've considered making him a cake shaped like his namesake, but after this, I'll stick with Clifford-the-Dog-shaped cookies painted red with Royal icing!

Thanks, Jen!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergastronomeuse

And I thought the argument for cupcake cakes is how neat and tidy they are. Apparently not; how could anyone eat something like these without a soup spoon and a poncho?

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My problem with the pink dog attempting to be Clifford is that Clifford, big as he was, was a short-haired dog, and this design inherently implies a long-haired (or at least medium-haired) dog. If that really was trying to be Clifford, then somewhere in the world, Emily Elizabeth is crying.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

You're making me want more of these awful dog cakes!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

All you frosting haters are on notice. Frosting is the staff of life! Cake is merely a mechanism to get the frosting to ones mouth without plooping frosting all over the place!
The doggie cakes are awful as cake "art" but yummy as frosting delivering devices.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfrostingluver!

Are you sure there are cupcakes underneath all that icing? These would be perfect for one of my friends. All she does is eat the icing and leave the cake on her plate!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonster

I have a question about cupcake cakes. I've never had one and after reading your blog, I never want to! However, I don't understand how these are supposed to be served. Isn't there icing everywhere? How can you tell where to cut into it? And how can you tell today's doggy cakes were ccc? They look like there could be anything under all that frosting! Just asking because I honestly don't know! :)

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertopaz29

for some reason that last one made me laugh so hard! for a moment i imagined an alligator in the water with a mop wig for a disguise. i just start laughing if i even think about that picture! thanks for the laughs!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiddlesgirl

i hate to say this as it shows that i watch too many kids shows, but, the last one makes me think of the doodlebops ... shudder!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiddlesgirl

Even knowing it is a dog I am having a tough time translating that blog into a dog. The eyes and nose look like raisins.

Am I the only one that thinks they are really small. How many servings can you get out of that blob...I mean dog?

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

My stomach is turning at the thought of all that icing! It is a lot of icing!! YUCK!!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManders

That pink one looks like a character out of the book "Go, Dog. Go!"

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I think this is worse than your standard cupcake cake. Why? Because I cannot fathom a way you could possibly hold the cupcake without getting icing all over your hands. Blech.

Unless there's no wrappers on the cupcakes. In which case... why bother with cupcakes at all??

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I thought the pink "dog" was imitating a vacuum cleaner. But vomiting appers more accurate. Maybe he got into the kids Playdoh & is puking Playdoh kibble!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCece

I think the pinky one is supposed to be Clifford... maybe those are balloons he's spitting up or something.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

You always crack me up XD
If I've ever feeling down about my work or how I'm performing, this will definitely pick me up haha.
I love the vomiting sprinkles part, great stuff.

As another note, this is one of those "cake trends"(as I'd like to call it) that I really hate. If it's done right, it's cute, but it still gets annoying to see it. What's worse is, people will see dog cakes JUST like you posted and will go squealing like "OMG IT"S SO CUTE!! YOU DID GREAT!" DX ahhh it makes me wonder about some people...

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstringy-cow

Reminds me of the time the dog produced a big ball of slime that slowly oozed out into a big puddle - it was the same colour as the dog (white and brown) but had no discernible form or features... to this day we don't know which end of the dog it came out of, but not once have I ever thought that would make a great cake

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just looking at all that icing makes my teeth hurt. Sugar and fugly overload!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

there is SERIOUSLY only TWO cupcakes under that mound of frosting. I think I'm going to be sick.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlar2001

My just turned 3 daughter looked at the ploops and said: Mama, someone put poop on a cake!

Then she burst out laughing.

I pointed out they were, indeed, dogs not poop and she said very flatly: No. Not dogs, Mama. Poop. Poooop.

So there you go. Hardly dog at all.

I wonder what ploop tastes like? And I wonder if it leaves your own ploop full of radioactive colour.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenP

I can tell they are dogs. But I'm a big fan of Salvador Dali, so that may explain it..........

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I just found your blog... hilarious!!! I'll be back often.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

oh dear god is that clifford the big red dog puking sprinkles?!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermakeupandpearls

LOL! I love the last "dog". The ear ploops are great.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTayia

My son asked if the first was a caterpillar.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoose Nuggets

Is there anything even UNDER all that icing? It appears to be all icing! there a lonely cupcake under all that mess? ;)

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

That thing looks like Mr. Incredible's baby Jack-Jack after he discovers his superpower is turning into a blazing ball of fire.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracye

wow... i must say though, that first 'dog' looked like one tasty glob of icing!

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTheHorseGirl

Jen, I'm a huge fan and daily reader. Your site is so much fun.

I can't sit by and not comment today--what are these people thinking?! I mean, some of the grammar stuff I understand. If you're working for a grocery store at barely minimum wage, I guess the customer gets what they pay for.

But these monstrosities are obviously supposed to have been decorated by actual cake artists and it's just so sad! They are so obviously bad that I can't believe anyone would put them out for sale. Can they not see how poorly they've done their job?!

People have serious blinders on when it comes to their own "talent" sometimes. It's the same as those yahoos on American Idol who really think they're the best. Yikes.

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

LOL our local grocery store has those, too!! They just look like playdoh or a buttload of frosting on a cakeboard!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I worked in a grocery store bakery with a lady who would make these cakes all the time. People would go buck wild over them as if they were the cutest things ever. What has this world come to? Pure ugly filth I tell you.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRubySeesAll

i love you web page. I found out about you in the recent issue of details and i must say you made my work day go by a little faster. Thanks.


October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertfk429

All I could think of with the yellow dog, was that he got into a hazardous material leak, and that's causing his face to slide off and the horrible yellow cast to his body. LOL

Thanks for the laughs first thing every morning!
~Amy B

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally have a post about one of these infamous dogs on my blog too!

It is pure weirdness. Yummy though.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Southern Family

This has got to be the funniest blog I've ever run across. Thanks for the hilarity!

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBaya


October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

I think that last yellow and orange one is a flashback from the game "Hungry Hungry Hippos"... don't ya think?

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara H

The first one brings a stench to mind.

Also, maybe Clifford there (the red one) is supposed to be CONSUMING the sprinkles. I can also see it looking like he's vacuuming them up. Then again, maybe I am just charitably trying to find an explanation for the unusual sprinkle distribution.

And the last one is hilarious, I too thought it looked like the dog's face has melted off.

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

I just bought one of these dog abominations two days ago from the super walmart in Casslebury Florida.

They had a ton of them in diffrent styles (dogs, cats, bears exct.) I can attest to the fact that its two cupckaes in a line with forty pounds of icing thrown on top.

The cupcakes were actually very good. The icing formed a moisture locking tent around them. Then I think I passed into a diabetic coma for a while.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercorrin

There are HILLARIOUS! After seeing them here on your blog, I found one at Walmart and brought it home. It actually looks much better than all the ones here, nonetheless, when my daughter saw the paw prints on the paper she said "what's that supposed to be mom? Terds?". HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter'Cuz I Felt Like It!

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