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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

Think They're Organic? [smirk]

Ok, class, time for your anatomy lesson - Cake Wrecks style.

This is your brain:
This is your brain slurping spaghetti and trimmed with white icing:

(Ok, maybe not. I'm told it's supposed to be a kidney.)

I'm not sure this next one is professional, but I didn't have the heart to cut it:

"Call me ugly, will you? Why, aorta..."

And this last one is reeeallly gross, so don't scroll down unless you have a LOT of intestinal fortitude.

I mean it, now, this sucker is GROSS.

What, you still wanna see it? Ok, but don't say I didn't warn you!

[averting eyes] I would say something clever here, but I have to go vomit now. Won't you excuse me?

Maren A., Louise F., & Monique R., my diet plan thanks you.

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Reader Comments (255)

Oh, come on - you'll post these, but you won't post my thoracic cavity cake? ( No fair! I admit I'm not a professional, but you admit that the heart might not be either!

And for all you doubters out there, I have served cakes just as gross as these (maybe grosser - mine ususally bleed when you cut them) to numerous people on numerous occasions, and only once did anyone refuse to eat them. He was a 4-year-old boy who was expecting a cupcake and could not be persuaded that the miniature human heart that we served him actually was a cupcake. His 2-year-old brother, however, devoured his heart cupcake with glee, after first breaking off the aorta and drinking the raspberry blood within.

I will admit that my cordial cherry eyeballs ( do occasionally meet with some resistance.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Jo

Oh my. Just ... Oh My. I can almost see the brain (there are brain-shaped jello molds available), but the last one?

Word verification: puces. I nearly puces when I saw that last cake.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheron

those are pretty cool.... I could see having those in an anatomy class ... excellent cakes!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~


January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I'm actually kinda digging the Anatomy cakes. Maybe it's because I plan to be a nurse once I get into school, but I thnk these are mostly well done. That heart one especially is nicely made. I never thought anyone would ever make organ-themed cakes, but hey. The Internet has Rule 34, why can't cakes?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Excellent work on the cakes. The only one I'd eat would be the brain. The sheen on the others kinda puts me off.

Good to hear that those kids are out of the house. Their parents need a smack with the clue bat.

wvotd wingles: "they used the Wingles technique to add a sheen to the G.I. tract cake."

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

The only one I have issues with is the last one. Why does it look like bugs are crawling over it?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunnybee

Another RN here, and I agree these are great for a hospital party or a fellow staff member birthday. The ribbon on the intestine cake is inappropriately placed, and should be moved off the organ entirely, it is taking away from the masterpiece of the human anatomy!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackierella

Is it just me, or does anyone else imagine they are smelling formaldehyde?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

these are great, perfect for medical parties.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

My stomach is churning...

Im just... speechless.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

I guess if you can't bear for your cake creation to be eaten - this is the route you go? Or maybe they're made for research professionals who like the idea of celebrating birthdays in the lab - but know cake is not the healthiest thing to eat...

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Wooow. Unbelievable! It adds a whole new dimension to feeling guilty when you eat cake! Do you feel like you are eating someone? Eeeew! P.S. The "why I aorta..." was HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharly

P.S. My husbands says the heart is a 'heart attack'...regarding the black part at the bottom. So, someone made a Heart Attack cake??? Congratulations on your Heart Attack???

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharly

Cut me off a piece of that bowel! Yum. Human tripe!!!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Is the white icing on the kidney supposed to be mold?

WV: "beelywow"--amazing in the manner of bees.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDistressful Damsel

Someday I'll send you photos of the brain cake I made.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittle gator

That is SOOOO nasty! I was eating when I stopped by! Sick, sick, SICK!!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

The brain is not supposed to have wiggly parts at the back.
The second pic is definitely a very flat kidney.
The intestines look very unhealthy.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Let's hope that intestine cake isn't chocolate--who'd want to cut into an intestine, find it filled with brown material, and then eat that brown material? Blech.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

"Seven Pounds" in cake form?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlish

Whoa! I need a warning before I see a gross blog post like this!

I happened to read this while eating raw hamburger meat for breakfast. Thanks a lot.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Regal Seagull

pooping brain, that is.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! That heart cake reminds me of a patient I had this week who had blown out her apex (due to an MI [heart attack]) just like that cake represents. Spooky!


January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I have to admit: my friends and I occasionally hold zombie-themed parties (zombie games, zombie movies, zombie drinks), and if I could make a brain cake like that, I would do it in a heartbeat. A cold, undead heartbeat.

But those intestines are just gross.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

Dare I ask, what is making the intestines glisten?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBailey's Leaf

I'm so glad no one bought me a similar cake when I had my gall bladder removed.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShayne

Ewww the shiney organs are the worst. Who thought that was a good idea?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTobias

Wow. These are awesome. I now have ideas for when my brother graduates from med school and my other brother graduates from nursing school. Sweet! ;)

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie


January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstewbert

My 4 year old said "is that food? eew, gross.."

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaURa

Who would order a cake like these? Totally unappetizing!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXteene

My son is going to love it when I show him those.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeagan Blackthorne

I'm clearly in the minority here, but I don't think these are wrecks at all. They're all (except the kidney) expertly executed. After all, you can't hold the decorator responsible for a customer requesting a gross subject matter.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEli

I sent this to my friend who's a med student, and my niece who is a surgeon. They loved it!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

I can handle the brain and heart cakes (I think they're pretty awesome!) but the kidney is abit icky. As for the intestines? EWWWW I don't want to imagine what's the filling if I take a bite. GROSS.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

to cake # 1: is that brain poop?

to cake # 4: what ARE those little red things?!?! tumors? parasites? leeches? little hemorrhages that might burst in your face as you cut the cake?

I'm pretty sure only a coroner could eat these cakes without wincing...

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

i think that second cake is actually a manta ray with an infection...

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhessica

I'm a pathologist and deal with this all day. What a treat to see it celebrated! I'm impressed with the anatomical correctness of it (except the brain). Oh, and that's not a lung, that's the liver.. in the last one, Leslie. So they might not be appropriate for everyone's christmas party, but are these really wrecks?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

OMG! Big EW, big ICK...I guess there really IS a cake for everything. Just EWWWWW

FYI for Jen: There was an article about Sugar, Butter, Flour Bakery in the SF Bay Area newspaper San Jose Mercury, AND...included in the sidebar was: "The opposite of Ace(of Cakes): Gallery of hilariously bad professional cakes,"

Way to go!!!

WV: ungsivel... These were very ungsivel designs.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

I kinda like 'em.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I just want to say that I have seen a real brin before and it doesn't look like that at all! If we are going for realistic here people, at least do it right.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin


Omg that is ddddiiiissssguuuussstttiiinnnggggg! get my point?


January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Cool. Now I know what to get for George Romero's next birthday. (Just be glad that we're not making cakes for John Waters or Peter Jackson.)

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Riddell

So gross! What sick minds would actually bake this crap?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Well to give them credit they were pretty well done but why.....just why?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Um, why?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

I've never commented before but that last picture has forced me to say...


Who orders a cake like that AND then eats it? (Shudder)

Off to vomit in my mouth again.

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rambler

The Tin Man and the Scarecrow need to check out these bakeries!

Seriously, The brain and the heart ROCK! That's some skill right there I tell ya!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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