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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)

Ack! And people actually ATE these???


January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommyAmy

That last one is really cool!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertottergirl

Disgusting. Ok, WHY would anyone want such a cake (any of them) and WHY make them? Yuk. That last one - gee, a cake for science class or what?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just wanted to say thank you to all of my supporters here who posted links to and/or mentions of my thoracic cavity cake, even if Jen didn't see fit to include it. Not that I really have a right to complain about a blog that brings me so much joy on a daily basis. I'm just jealous. I want Jen to snark on MY cakes!

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Jo

ok those are odd. must have been for a surgeons get together? or an anatomy class party? "o.k. this here section is known as.. and when operating you have to cut it just so.." o.k. o.k. that's just gross.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina-

See, the thing that bothers me most is why the last one reads "Congratulations Drew." For what exactly are we congratulating Drew? On second thought...probably best not to ask.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJethro

all i can say is 'ewwwwwwwwww'

and 'why??????'


January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I would absolutely eat the intestine cake...that's all sugar, right? Watching people turn green while I dug in would just be the...uh...well it would be fun. Apparently I have no trouble separating cake from reality. :)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Aw...gross. I should NOT have scrolled down.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I am a nurse and I think these are awesome! Well, not the kidney, that one is def a wreck. But the brain and heart especially, those have amazing detail. Medical people would totally eat these and not be grossed out.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Those Rock!!! Especially the Heart & Digestive system cakes! Thanks for that, I forwarded your link to all my healthcare-working friends!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

Wow! These are SO cool. Very clever. I love them.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRiver


Well some of them...are very...detailed at least.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyciel

Intestine cake - what's with the little black ties on the colon? A new disease?

Hey, most of my colon was removed coz of severe Crohn's disease - but it didn't have the little black tied it up bits along it,

Chitlins anyone?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMickle in NZ

Oh my...having Anatomy and Physiology dissection flashbacks! Make them stop!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter5thsister

Okay, I USED to like cake! Thanks a LOT!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

As a recent med school graduate, I want the intestine one for my graduation party!
i think they're beautiful. the perfect gift for the recently certified neurologist/nephrologist/general surgeon out there.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I could easily eat any of those, I mean it is cake, once you get past what it looks like - great job to those decorators btw - it still tastes like cake.

I can imagine that a conference for specialists in the medical field might serve this as both a desert and a centerpiece. Perhaps the party celebrating the opening of a new wing in a hospital?

Once it has been cut I am sure you would get over the "gross" factor.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoelle

Are you sure that's not just a deflated football slurping spaghetti?

I have to admit, I think that the brain cake is pretty cool. But, shouldn't it be grey?

WV: medshend - yeah, these cakes are just right for med students

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKore

Off topic from cakes, but on-topic for this post...

I ran into (don't ask how) this" REL="nofollow">website about organs this morning.

I'm not quite sure what this says about me, but my first thought was that these little" REL="nofollow">guys would make great, simple cakes appropriate for high-school biology classes, post-op celebrations, and the like. Then, voilá. Here's this topic on Cake Wrecks.

Jen, please tell me no one has attempted this" REL="nofollow">idea in cake form...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WTF is that??? eewww

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLilo

I actually love these cakes. I would eat any one of them. Especially the brain one, being that I am a psychology major. It be cool.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris

If this hasn't been said before, it should be: Medical examiners, funeral directors, anatomy students, trauma surgeons and the like should NEVER celebrate with thematic cakes. Ever. EEEEVER.

'Hey Phil, you must've had some of that vena cava, cuz your tongue's blue."

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

That's medical professionals for you! We can talk about blood and bowel movements while eating lunch! It just becomes part of your day after seeing it all the time. lol

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that even cake? Are you sure?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna!

I love them! I want to find someone in Phoenix to make the heart and or the abdominal organs!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

WV: homisact

Actually, I forgot to retype it into the actual WV box. Now it's istings

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNulono

I've eaten almost all of Barbara Jo's cake, including the thorax and the rats-on-an-arm. All were delicious! She is a master of the dark pastry arts.

She and her sister did my wedding cake, and it was freaking glorious, and not at all disturbing.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

hey, these cakes are creepy yet awesome!!!! the one with the intestines was really gnarly too! my husband was very impressed.

i wonder who ordered those, jeffrey dahmer?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaninecologne

These are really...raw and juicy...


Brianna McCarthy

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

These are even better than gummy haggis. What a find!

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

I can understand the "ewww" reactions (mileage does very, and innards aren't everyone's slice of cake); but why the incredulity that anyone who sees and handles organs everyday of their working lives (saving others' lives in the process) are "sick" if they don't barf at the sight of these awesome cakes.

It's no odder than the donut cake for a Policeman...

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

gotta give kudos for anatomical accuracy, truly a certain sculptural beauty of our vital organs....but with cake? Um, not quite right. Performance art, meant to be thrown at cheap insurance executives who won't cover costly but necessary transplants...Maybe. Make mr ceo eat digestive tract cake until he agrees to cover expences for surgeries previously denied? CAKE as a WEAPON of SOCIAL JUSTICE! We may have entered a whole new realm of art, social change and yumminess all at once. "Let them Eat Cake" the cry of the borgeouise, taken back by the righteous proletariat. "yes, let them ponder the socioeconomic significane of the cake they eat! VIVE LE FONDANT!

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, how else do you celebrate a successful colonoscopy????

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBirdie

I swear, it has to be the white buttercream shells along the bottom of the intestine cake and the kidney cake that gets me!

Add a buttercream shell border to anything and I'm sold!


January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Really? I kind of love them! The brain and heart ones, at least. Looking at those, I would've sworn it was Sunday. :-)

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

I want a brain cake for my birthday this year. Then again, I'm a giant nerd with a weird sense of humour.

If I had any artistic talent, I'd make that heart cake for my husband for Valentines Day. Needs moar cherry syrup / blood though.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Oh, the "why, aorta..." joke had me rolling! Can't...stop...laughing... :)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so glad they ran out of room on the bottom of the board that the intestinal cake rests on and thus were forced to leave off the final segment of the lower bowel.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That brain is exquisite!! Just look at the details on the cortex and cerebellum- they even included some of the brain stem! I want one.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, these are awesome! xD I love the heart one, too.
Totally not gross.

... However, like the above commenter, I have at least semi-existent future goals of work to do with human anatomy, and am very enthusiastic about biology, though my young age forebodes me from actually sticking to anything yet. So...

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL. Wow, I must say... they're very creative and very well made (especially the brain)!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspyra

that's not just a heart cake, its a heart-attack(the black part in the apex of the heart is "dead tissue") cake...
And the kidney looks weird...where's its kidney shape!?
And what in the world is that thing on top of the liver!???

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRita Martinez

Ah, the digestive system cake is rather funny... then again, I've seen pictures of that enough in anatomy textbooks that it's routine. I can't imagine why someone would want a cake made of it, though.

That heart looks like it suffered a heart attack, down at the apex (the bottom).

LOL at the kidney. It looks pretty accurate. As does the digestive system cake. The intestines on that one are awfully shiny... hahaha

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdramaqueen87-05

I've got to say, the heart cake wins MY heart. I've been making a human heart "Valenslime's Cake" every year for awhile now and this pretty much puts mine to utter and complete shame. I would LOVE to be able to replicate it. It may be gross to most people, but it is, at least on the level of technical cake-decorating proficiency, not a wreck at all!

Just my opinion, though. Also, I'm not a medical professional but my mom is... may have something to do with my not being grossed out.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersonya

No joke: I actually cried when I saw that intestine cake. Out of horror. Wow.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

*Looks closer* The heart cake has had a heart attack and I don't think the patient survived.

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercassa

Oh gross. I'll be in the bathroom if you need me.

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

Mmmmm...let's just hope that the fondant covering some of the cakes seen here are of good quality (MMF and the close-to-my-former-NJ-home Satin Ice being examples) icings - I want the mouth-feel of almost eating a portion of a human organ!!!

wv: lippike
*smacks lips at sight of anatomy cakes*

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

I kinda like these actually... I could imagine the brain or the heart would be cool at a Halloween party.

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

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