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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

That Poe Bird

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore" nevermore?
Well, maybe if Poe had had a rock handy...

Today is the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday (thanks to Amy H. for calling my attention to it). If you don't know who that is, you probably didn't get this post, either, and should remedy the situation immediately.

And as always, thanks to Melissa of Wild Cakes, who makes "eating crow" tasty, if not exactly appetizing. ;)

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Reader Comments (78)

I think you mean 200th?

That cake looks very appropriate and delicious. I'd like to see Fall of the House of Usher myself. :)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Gee, that's certainly appetizing.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimmy

That is unspeakably amazing.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheap-Arse Film Critic

Edgar AllAN Poe, actually. I'm teaching his stuff this week! :)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a fun way to "eat crow". Much better than eating my hat. Or having to eat my words.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I laughed out loud at this one. I like it, it would be a good hallowe'en cake.

wvotd mente: Is the Italian word for mind.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Appropriate since the Baltimore Ravens lost last night...

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love it! Those feet-up Canary cakes get a little old after awhile. Give me the bloody goth take on a dead bird cake any day.

{Licking lips}

The weird antisocial one over at

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

200th anniversary (b in 1809)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this!! I don't think I could actually eat the raven...but it's gruesomely awesome! Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite!!!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha

I don't care what anniversary it is, my reaction to that cake (?) would be 'never'. It casts a gloom over my day just looking at the pic.
Ha! word verification - sonres. In sonres tones the raven quoth..

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

FYI it is the 200th anniversary!
-jeremy j.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is just plain nasty.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Do crow cakes carry West Nile?

wv: perfere. I perfere Annabelle Lee

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I love, love, love this cake! It so makes me want to have a Poe party now. I can think of all kinds of possibilities. Maybe a pit of dip with a pendulum to dip with. And for sure this cake for desert.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I think that's one of the most horrific-looking cakes I've seen yet! :) Please tell me it wasn't red velvet inside!!

It's the 200th.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Now that I could NOT dig a fork into.

Angie (from over at

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I vote for a "well-executed, but entirely unappetizing" tag.

After seeing this post, I decided to go look up Poe on wikipedia. Reading about him again took me back to middle school, where I first read some of his works. I'm originally from Baltimore, so our English class even took a field trip to visit his former house there. If I had known what a goth was back then (late 80s), I'm sure I would have been one. Interesting to contemplate how I might have turned out.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

is it wrong to love this cake quite as much as I do???

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Caked Crusader

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

(psst -- it was 200 years ago today...)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertantra flower

Why is a raven like a writing desk?


Poe wrote on both!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Eeuuww. There was a little kid who used to come into the shop where I worked before my kids came along, and he would bring ravens' feet from his Dad who kept shooting them at their vacation home. :< He always tried to sneak up and stick me with the yucky dead claws. Little rascal. They were gross.....

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Tabitha, you are hilarious! Seriously, what kind of frosting is that?

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgine

LMAO okay I have to admit, I would do this IN red velvet...for my mother.

It's awesome.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersewducky

ok... was not expecting THAT this morning...

gotta go stop choking now

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

As a devastated Baltimore Ravens fan, to come here and see this this morning was just the twist of the knife.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Curries

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! The blood, scares me... is ie Jello or what is it???? Well, whatever it is, it scares the crap outta me.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna!

Entire poem can be found" REL="nofollow">here.

The Raven

[First published in 1845]

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie T.

"Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

Suddenly, out of nowhere, this like, huge black bird comes flying, flying at my chamber door, and promptly killed himself when he flew right into the solid wood door.
Stupid bird, no more shall he say Nevermore."

~Amy B

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy


January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)" Trust me, its 200 years, check out

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBerinice

Another example of bizarre concept done well.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna T

I love this cake! And can we have the whole cast and crew of Who killed Cock Robin? (I know that's not by Poe, but still.)
This reminds me of aeons ago when I was in Jr High and we had an all school assembly--two guys in black suits who performed several of the Poe short stories. I especially remember The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado. Really spooky, and they did it without costumes, props, or lights. Just good story telling technique.
WV: voundir. I voundir what they were thinking to make that cake.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

That really "takes the cake" as we would say in norwegian... I'm laughing so loud that my stomach hurts!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMokki

LOL... yes Tabitha, it was indeed red velvet inside!

This was a tiny little cake done because 2 people had words over hockey and one had to "eat crow". It was a little crudely done as it was very tiny and a long time ago!

The icing is fondant with a TON of black food colour, and the feet were royal icing.

Perhaps the funniest part is that my father is a game warden, and when I told him about the cake I had to do, he actually brought me a dead crow in a ziplock bag to use as a model! (no.. it did not come into the kitchen with me LOL)


January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWild Cakes


January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

That would be a great Halloween cake! Love it!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

I feel horrible for loving this cake as much as I do.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

This would have been perfect for the Steeler party yesterday!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

well that's certainly more entertaining than the cake Duff made for the birthday party yesterday...

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfalnfenix

200th birthday.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

OMG, that is priceless. I'm going to have to give another one of your posts a special link.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

hahahahahaha...I loved seeing this on the day after the Pittsburgh Steelers slaughtered the Ravens on the football field. This would have been an awesome cake to have at a football party yesterday!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I think today would have been his 200th b-day, not 300th b-day.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInspire Portrait & Design

Wow, that is extremely disturbing!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Seeing as Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favourite authours of all time I approve of this cake!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Ah, I always say... A good bird is a dead bird. That cake could let me taste that theory!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

GUH. BLARGH. That's going much too far. Look, I'm a goth and I wouldn't eat it!!!

word: denticri

Eating cake wrecks makes your denti cri.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Jackie, it's never too late to come to the dark side. *extends black-nailed hand* (FYI, I'm 40 years old and still goth.)

We have cake. Deep dark chocolate cake. You know you want it.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

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