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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

Fan Wrecks

We've officially come full circle, folks: people are now making Wrecks on purpose, either in honor of the site or just to recreate their favorite specimens. Check it out:

This wrecktastic design was the brainchild of readers Alissa, Elisa, Phillip, Gail & Tara. Hey guys, shouldn't the baby be riding one of those carrots?

Msyendor was more musically inspired: here's a song to the tune of "Working on the Railroad":

"I've been looking at some Cake Wrecks,
And laugh until I cry.
I've been looking at some Cake Wrecks,
So glad one isn't mine!

Visions of sweet disasters
See 'Toe Jams' 8/11/08.
Missed spellings gaily plastered
Ferule to, uh, pree, she aaaate!

Baby butts upturned,
'Wachungas' -what a word,
Effigies invite you: Slash away!

Psychedelic dreams,
Done in tasty butter cream,
I'm putting in an order today!"

Readers Aimee C., Amy G., Jessica S., & Amanda K. threw a Cake Wreck Decorating Party:

A "patchwork quilt" of "wreckish elements". (If you say so, guys...)

And a nicely inappropriate use of quotation marks. "Excellent!"

"Run, Wall-E, Run!"

Here's an official Wreck, since it was professionally made for an Army guy. Submitter Lena had the decorator replace the original inscription with the most famous of Wreck mistakes, and then swapped Eve out for a toy tank. (Which is especially funny when you realize the blue is supposed to be the night sky - it's a Hover Tank!) Believe it or not, though, the space poos are part of the original design - proving that it wasn't that far off from wreckiness to begin with.

And lastly, the quintessential Cake Wrecks homage:

Not only is the inscription referencing at least five separate Wrecks, it's also rocking some extremely unbalanced sprinkles distribution and crazy clashing red dots. Score!

Teresa B. and gang, you rock. Totally.

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Reader Comments (57)

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September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStargazer

that last cake... for some reason it disturbs me more than anything to see quotation marks unmatched. Maddening. In paying homage to this site, they made something more hideous than anything yet I've seen.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Gjertsen

I just love this site. Always good for a laugh and a sigh of relief that none of my OWN cakes are on it!!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

It was just a matter of time. I must confess that I have had the same order a cake with cake wrecks on top. I was one of those too cheap moms, and made birthday cakes at home. Now all my boys want pineapple-upside down cakes that take no icing, so I am off the hook.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Those cakes are all good, but the last cake the best. What a fantastic job mixing tons of bad cakes together!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

i really like these cakes. i've never seen any like them before. great idea for a blog!

Awesome, everyone! Great jobs!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

LOL, these are great! A cake wreck party, how fun!


September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

Wow! That means you're officially "famous"!

These were "fun."

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Bad quotation marks: they're not just on cakes anymore.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I thought the Wall-E one was the beach and water, not the sky and hills! I thought, 'Amphibi-tank!'

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissexpatria

Effigy in Icing - delicious!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Just thought I'd throw out this little gem as it occurred to me:

cake wreck decorating party -> cake wreckorating party

Cheesy, yet appropriate I think ;)

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelle kay

I think my favorite part of the "We 'Read" Your Blog" cake is the purple spermatazoa with the yellow tails.

The baby on the carrot cake appears to be wrestling with a squid. I actually kind of love that concept because it's very nearly as wrong as the baby carrot cavalry.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

I am now addicted to your blog and have to check it every day. This morning, I laughed so hard, I started to do the ugly know, the snorting, cannot breathe, drooling down my chin laugh! Love it!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG! Meta-Wrecks!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChaucer's Bitch

The final cake was a thing of great beauty. Go Cake Wrecks!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRATSAWGOD

On the last wreck, I counted 7 references.

'The Cake That Started It All'
'Speaking of Weeding...'
Almost ALL quotation mark cakes.
'There Is No Black And White...' (I got that impression based on the dots.)
'What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate'
'Extra Terrible'.

There's probably more, but that's all I could count. xD I LOVE your blog, by the way!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHammi

I hate to confess that I think the patchwork quilt of wreckish elements is kinda cute ...

I am on my way to pick up my daughter's 25th b-day cake. It is coming from a reputable boutique bakery staffed with English-speaking, culinary school graduate professional bakers and decorators, and it will be decorated with (feminine) dragonflies and ladybugs with my daughter's name in Tiffany blue. I am sure it will be very nice, but I have been having "cake wrecks" nightmares since I ordered it on Tuesday. There are many opportunities for wreck-ness in this one.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaliGirl9

bahahaha this is the most hilarious blog idea ever! I love it!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterxoxo

That last one was CakeWreckTastic!

Thanks for having a such a great site!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Gotta say, the cake-wreck decorating party is a pretty awesome idea...

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRubensgirl

That is too funny! Love the quilt cake. I have probably made some similar looking cakes in my day, only on accident. LOL

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwhywouldyouknitthat

Ok, on the tank cake, I'm not seeing Wall-E, I'm seeing Johnny-Five as in "Number 5 is Alive!" from the (old-ish) movie Short Circuit. Something about the robot's head/eyes/eyebrows." REL="nofollow">here

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLadyCiani

i love it! i just bought my sister's birthday cake and the next day thought . . why didn't I have them write that cake-wreck style? we are both quite addicted!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiddlesgirl

Not a cake wreck, but I turned the bakers at Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos, California on to your blog. I confessed that I'd been worried all week about this, even though I saw the clerk write down everything correctly and even said for the decorator to have fun...

My daughter's b-day cake:

Her name in Tiffany's Blue, no quotation marks, no "name in Tiffany's Blue"!

Thank you for the new neurosis! I will never order a decorated cake the same way again, and definitely never by phone!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaliGirl9

I love, love, love your blog! I saw your original cake wreck on Failblog some time ago, and didn't know about your blog until last week. I'm so glad I found it! Thank you for feeding my silly quirky sense of humor like no one else can!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter8 is the new normal

Great Blog, came here via Blogs of Note, which I don't normally follow, however for some perverse reason, I did today. Who would have thought that Cake Wrecks could have made such a successful blog, congratulations.
I won't pick on a particular wreck, merely to note that all are within the bound of a disaster. Will post a note at my place to spread the wreckage.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArgentum Vulgaris

Just when I think this blog can't get any funnier...

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The We "Read" Your "Blog" one totally cracked me up!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdlyn

I wish I went to that cake wreck party! I mean, they ate the cakes, too, right? A good laugh and a good cake. What could be better?

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

The quotations marks one is amaaaaaazing. I only wish it wasn't done purposely.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplumpdumpling

Love the blog...being a consistent creator of culinary wrecks (

Wish I'd taken a picture!

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Hawley

That final wreck is inspired!

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacq

I had a dream about Cake Wrecks last night. What does that say about me?!?! The decorators were arguing whether the babies were supposed to be on the carrots or next to them. I think they wound up going half and half...

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJRM

The font on the babies one is so creepy. You were featured in today's Boston Metro in the recommended blogs section, BTW. Congrats!

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

The 'we "read" your "blog"' needed one more element - adding "you're" - as in 'we "read" you're "blog"'. That would be another great homage to wreckedness.
So glad I found you through Blogs of Note. The first day I read Wrecks I laughed so hard the tears wouldn't stop coming. It wouldn't be the same without your great commentary - you are absolutely hilarious! Thank you!

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter:: lindy ::

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm i love cakes

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Thai

Well done Wreckers! I just peed my pants at the ETs.

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

God when I saw the title for the Wall-E cake I swear I held my breath for a moment....I made one of those a few days ago at work. Thank god that one isn't mine. That "Wall-E" cake is a disaster...Looks NOTHING like the design is supposed to. Maybe I should send a link of this blog to my employers, maybe they'll raise my pay! LOL!!


September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKia

On that first one I thought it said "Eat Rabies". Um...okay.

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda D.

Okay, I've been stalking your site now for a little bit after a friend blogged about your blog. :) I love it! My mom has been a cake decorator for years, so anything dealing with cake catastrophies humors me. But I feel really dumb... what does "ET" mean? Somebody please explain!

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy McWife

don't forget that on your "weeding day, you get murried. COMQUADULATIONS!!

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Crazy Mcwife, to know the ET reference, please refer to 'Extra Terrible' that was posted on 8/9/08. This will explain all! :)

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbunny

Isn't this breaking the rule of what can be posted? =P Still amused, though. I like the last one best.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Comgradulations cake FTW!
Put Some Babies On It for runner-up win!
*wipes away tears of gleeful laughter*

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfug estate

This is just perfect!

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMomager At Home

Was this cake intended for a gardener? That's the only way I can account for congratulating someone on their "weeding".
Hilarious as always.

Last night I had my husband close to tears when he got to see the mohawk-baby carrot jockeys for the first time!


September 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

Oh my that last cake is just too funny! What were they trying to say!

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Next Door

OMG!! I just love this site. Seriously. Priceless. Love the fan cakes!

September 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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