My Other Blog

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

Food that's Bad for You, Disguised as...Food that's Bad for You

Some of you will think these are Sunday-worthy, but I find the concept of cake-as-greasy-meat-products just a wee bit wrecky. (And yes, that does make me a hypocrite: I confess I've made a pizza cake before.)

Here we have a nicely rendered cake-that-looks-like-a-corndog, wishing itself (or perhaps another corndog not pictured) a happy birthday. Um, my brain hurts just a little, Nicole E.
(Check out the
source for some nifty giant cakes-that-look-like-donuts.)

A lot of you have submitted various versions of the burger n' fries model:

Most of these are pretty well-done [smirk], but Sara B. points out that the greasy shine and red icing "ketchup" are, shall we say, less than appetizing.

Plus, Thomas M. shows us that there can be such a thing as too much realism:

Those are REAL sesame seeds on the icing bun there. Here's hoping they didn't get carried away and salt the "fries", too.

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum is Emily B.'s find:

On the plus side, no one will mistake this for an actual burger. On the negative side, no one will mistake it for a cake, either.

Nancy was kind enough to share her "yellow cake chocolate pizza CCC" find:

Crafting a triangle-shaped slice of pizza from round-shaped cupcakes? Yeah, that's a good call. And why is the "crust" made from poo swirls?

Here Mrs. L. found the lazy version: it's a little sparse on toppings.

Of course, given that the "meatballs" are just mounds of solid icing, I guess we should be grateful there aren't more toppings. The crust looks better on this one, too.

Continuing in the Italian vein, spaghetti cakes are also pretty popular, and often disturbingly realistic. There's a great CCC example over on Flickr, but since I like to stick to pro creations (as opposed to procreations) here on Wrecks, I borrowed Melissa's of Wild Cakes to show you:

Ingenious food impersonation? Or nefarious sugary impostor? You decide!

(Melissa, you let me know if you've changed your mind about that whole "use anything you want from my site" thing, k? And thanks for being such a good sport.)

Speaking of grease and sugar, there's always the ultimate in wrecky flavor combos: the Pork n' Tomato Stuffed Chocolate Iced Donut from Bompass & Parr. If you're starting a diet for the new year, I highly recommend you check that out. Your waistline will thank me.

« Groom's Cake for a Cop | Main | Year of the Tongue? »

Reader Comments (92)

Oh geez! These look vile! Amusing though :D

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTegan

I LOVE cake.
I LOVE burgers.

The cake burgers do nothing for me. Kind of gross actually. (the greasy appearance make me remember all of the reasons why I should avoid burgers)

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

That spaghetti cake is cool and gross at the same time...

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecoming Me

Is it wrong that the cakeburgers are making me salivate?

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNat

I've been making pizza cakes for my daughter for a few years now - she considers it a vital part of the pizza/birthday party. I even bake it in a deep dish pizza pan. :D Orangy-red frosting with pale yellow frosting chilled and crumbled on top like cheese. (Used to make pepperoni from flattened gumdrops - too sweet!)

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

these are nuts!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSARAHSPY

*shudder* I cannot imagine eating that last "burger cake". It's like The Biggest Loser's worst nightmare....

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Am I the only one who sees the corndog cake as joke for someone's nickname?

There was a kid in highschool we used to hang out with and they called him "Corndawg".

I'm sorry but I find the corndog cake very cute and funny and sad to see how many people couldn't see it as the joke it was ment to be.

The pizza cakes, really I think a 3rd grader could make a better triangle out of cupcakes.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRidshadowfox

Bleck! The pic of the hamburger/donut makes me want to throw up everytime I see it...BLECK! I once watched Paula Deen do a version on her show it was equally wretched!

Diet starts now...

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

My husband and I read your blog and I just had to comment on this one. When my husband saw the 'spaghetti' the first thing out of his mouth was "Is that a mound of maggots?"

Upon closer inspection, it turned into a mountain of worms.

Caleb & Erin Nielson

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

The corndog one is amusing. But these kind of things always gross me out. I guess it's because they send mixed messages to my brain, and for me, cake-type food and hamburger-type food do not mix...

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

I am now officially highly influenced by this blog. I went and had McDonald's for lunch because of the cakeburgers!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNat

Are those boils on the first pizza cake???

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Jemima

Ok, I give up. How are the "french fries" done?

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

In Germany, and maybe other parts of Europe, spaghetti ice cream is really popular. It's vanilla ice cream put through a machine that makes it look like noodles, and then strawberry topping is poured over it with white chocolate grated on top to look like Parmesan cheese. It's quite delicious, and looks like the spaghetti cake here.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty buds don't know how to feel. So confusing...

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichieGrl

I must admit...I have made mini hamburgers for my kids' birthdays from two vanilla wafers, a chocolate covered cookie as the 'patty', and yellow/red tinted frostings to glue it together.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterschnuckiputzi

These scare me. Like, A LOT. I'm not sure why, but something about the concept of dessert disguising itself as "regular" food is beyond gross. Ick.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternonsoccermom

The ketchup- and mustard-colored icing on the corndog cake is a wonderful touch. Reminds me of the opening credits for "Napoleon Dynamite"!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I was surprised to pick up a book on cupcakes at the bookstore and find the instrunctions for those spaghetti cupcakes (along with a number of other CCC wrecks you've posted).

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, are you kidding me? This is too much fun!

This particular cake was made for my own (spaghetti-obsessed) daughter. Once you cut it into slices, it doesn't resemble spaghetti so much, so there really wasn't any flavour confusion. As for the strawberry jam on top... it is regularly used as a filling layer in cakes so it really did taste yummy!

Karen... thanks! I'm not really sure what happened with the turtle's head but I am quite pleased with the rest of that one (thoug I still love the Grinch best at the moment! LOL)


January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWild Cakes

I'm with Beth - how WERE those "fries" done? The ones in the second version were actually quite good - they were very realistic! But based on the display cooler and the oh-so-fancy price labels, I'm guessing this was not a fancy bakery. And I've never seen a grocery store that uses any ideas??

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I checked the comments just to see whether I was the only one who thought the second pizza cake looked like cherry pie, and I'm glad to see I wasn't! Still pretty gross though.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegan

These remind me of the year my grandma made me a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" cake for my Jimmy Buffett themed party. I thought it turned out beautifully. By the time it was sliced up it didn't look like a burger anymore, so it went down pretty easily.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfruitcakesarah

That corndog cake is amazing. I mean, "yuck," but it looks realistic. I also thought the hamburger with sesame seeds looked good. Made me want to eat a quarter pounder, ya know? -Aaaaaand then I kept looking. That last burger looked...I don't know, no appropriate adjective comes to mind. And those pizza CCCs looked awful. Especially that one that looked all bloody. Ick. On so many levels, ick.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Oh wow, I saw this post just the other day, and I just went to a birthday dinner for a friend/family member (not sure which -- ahh, human relationships, you are always so cut and dried), and when the cake came out, it was the second to last hamburger. Complete with the sesame seeds.

Besides the weird factor, it was actually a pretty good cake; the frosting wasn't even too thick (which is often a problem with such novelty cakes). The sponge cake "french fries" were pretty stale, but really those were pretty much garnish.

The one thing we all noticed... the big pile of red frosting with the "fries" looked a little less like ketchup than the leavings of a very, very sick dog.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

i don't know if it was a new episode, but on ace of cakes the other night they celebrated duff's birthday with two meat cakes: a scrapple cake and a meatball cake. i can't seem to find photos, but it was interesting alright. -carla c.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterc. carpenter

These would totally confuse my brain, I'd expenct to be bitting into a Burger, pizza or spaghetti taste and get sweet?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

hello...i found this today and i remembered you posted a hamburger cake before:

love your blog :)

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercins

Hello! This is the creator of the CCC on Flickr. First of all I'm totally proud to be referenced on this site, even if it isn't in the best light, I'm fine with that! I'm actually starting culinary school (going for a degree in Professional Pastry & Baking) on Monday, so soon enough I WILL be a professional and you can comment on my wrecks any day! I'm usually pretty darn harsh on myself anyway.

Also, this site has officially given me the courage to go forth into cake decorating professionalism because if THESE people can sell their cakes, so can I! (I'm not sure if thats a good thing or not)

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

The Spaghetti cake was clearly for the celebration of one of the holy days celebrated by the Pastafarians, who believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster and His Noodle-y Goodness. Ra-men. (see

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually had a hamburger cake for my son's first birth day and it was, dare i say, cute! the bakery even went a step further and made a pickle smash cake!

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerm Papers

I think this is a very good and effective idea! Thanks for posting your ideas and thoughts about bad food! I hope to find more interesting topics in your blog that could be helpful for" rel="nofollow">writing service. I will surely recommend my friends to try out s

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwriting service

Crafting a triangle-shaped slice of pizza from round-shaped cupcakes? Yeah, that's a good call. And why is the "crust" made from poo swirls?" rel="nofollow">tava tea

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdavidbieber80

Wow, that is an ugly cake.

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergregsdad

I can see that you are putting a lot of time and effort into your blog and detailed articles! I am deeply in love with every single piece of information you post here.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChhipa

They are veird to say the list. As if they have not had enough eating these unhealty staff everyday they want a cake looks like it? Only Mr McDonald would want a burger cake.

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercompa

Actually, am I the only person to whom the spaghetti-cake looks like a cake version of the german "spaghetti ice?" Yummm.... The spaghetti ice, I mean...

-Μαρία Βάγκνερ

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm so sorry, but this sentence must go on the internet somewhere, and my browser is already open here.

From a student paper: "Salt, I shall have till death do us part."

I wish context could help.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I have made a spaghetti CCC, but it wasn't bad. Most of my friends say it was amazing.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLily D

OMG some of those r soooo realistic, and others... not so much

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi D.

Unlike most commenters, the spaghetti cake does not shock me the least bit at all - where my family comes from, spaghetti ice cream is served at every single ice café. I mean, really. They always have it. So go to south-west Germany sometime to try it.

Here's a picture:

I never thought of it as weird at all, until I went to germany with my boyfriend.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChoc

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>