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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

The Presidential Sweet

This is a day for the history books, folks! Yep, that's right: today I opened a fresh tin of Godiva dark-chocolate-covered pretzels, and only ate two. I know: impressive, right?

Oh, and Barack Obama is being inaugurated as President of the United States. That, too.

Naturally, I want to join in all the patriotic fervor the best way I know how, so allow me to dredge up a mistake from the not-so-distant past:


This election-night Wreck's irony is twofold: 1) it's from a bakery in Chicago, and 2) the wreckerator responsible made a point of telling Chelsea M. what a big Obama supporter she was.

[looking at cake again] Yeeaah. Kinda makes you wonder what it would have looked like if she didn't like him.

Of course, bakeries across Washington and the U.S. are pulling out all the stops in honor of today's festivities, so we have more current Wrecks, too. Here's one Greg P. spied:

"Change we can belive in!"

And another from Meghan G.:

Feeling a little seasick, Mr. President? Or perhaps you've spied my Godiva pretzels and are simply green with envy? [waggling eyebrows]

Some places are doing a better job, though: here's what the posh Willard Room Restaurant in D.C. has on display:

[tilting head] Huh. You know, Zach S., from where I sit it looks like the White House is leaning a little to the left.

[cymbal crash]

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week.

Oh, and here's a great example of American ingenuity: this is what Cate E. came up with when she needed to sell an overstock of Yule Log cakes left over from the holidays:

Obama logs! Or as she dubbed them, "Presidential InLOGuration Cakes". Heheheh.

And lastly, I'll leave you with Sierra Rein's find:

First thought: "Wow! So pretty!"

Second thought: "Whoah, is he... I mean, does it look like...Uhh...Yeah, maybe I better zoom in..."

"Oh, phew! Never mind!"

3rd thought: "Why am I suddenly reminded of Howdy Doody?"

4th thought: "Sheesh, this is a long post. I think I need a few more Godiva pretzels now." [wanders off in search of sweets]

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Reader Comments (104)

You just cannot do better than a grand White House cake with a bobble-head Obama waiting on the front lawn. Except maybe for the last one that looks like an SNL Wrap Party cake with a gum paste figurine of Fred Armisen sitting on top.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I'm so overwhelmed by media coverage of today's Inauguration I might just limit my intake to this post. (I have immense respect for President Obama, but I also have a very strong need to be entertained with human ineptness. :))

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Love, love, love your writing...absolutely hilarious way to begin my day. Thanks.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Um,who is OBMOA? A Hawaiian president?????

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This post reminds me that, no matter what our differences may be, we can all come together and laugh at some goofy-looking cakes. On the screenprint cake (yellow cake!), at least they didn't have two pictures!

~Katie W

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep I'm all ready to watch the web cast of Mr. Obmoa's inauguration. Hey why are you guys looking at me like I'm ignorant...the cake TOLD me it was spelled that way and CAKE DOESN'T LIE!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Hey, if I were a guy and becoming President, I'd have a pretty patriotic boner popping too. No wonder he's covering his lap.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrodoMcCracken

Go Obmoa!

Angie (from over at

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

last pic isn't so bad...but why is Obama sticking out his tongue? or should I say "Obmoa" jeesh. Some people...

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Obama is such a diiiiifficult name to write .

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

Although it is the wrong arm, my first thought when I saw the last cake was "Heil Hitler." (Make that my second thought. My first thought was the same as your second thought...

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yea, that last one almost made it to the finish line without turning into a wreck, but it seems to have tripped over its big clown shoes at the last minute.

President Barack "Stretch" Obmoa seems to be enjoying himself on that cake.

And thanks for this. I'm enjoying today entirely too much already, but I was really looking forward to what you had to post today. :) You rock my socks!

WV: abblammi (no, really!)
"And the fireworks were amazingly loud! 'ABBLAMMI! ABBLAMMI!'"

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdomino_dreams

That first one...oh dear, oh dear. Obmoa? And what, praytell, are those blue blobs around the edge? If I squint and cock my head to the side, I think they might be balloons...

And that last cake, with all the red white and blue, is amazing...except for Mr. Obama. Yikes...

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

He looks like Chico Marx.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Till I looked at a close up, I thought I was being flipped off in that last picture!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

On the last cake, does it have a cigarette in his hand?

I also thought the same thing for his other hand.

And on the Obmoa cake--the one person said the cake doesn't lie--so I say to that person "the cake is a lie"

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I can't get over the length of the legs in the last pic. He'd be about 15 feet tall!

Great post to celebrate the day!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Your commentary on the fourth cake is SUPER funny!! "The White House is leaning a little to the left" I almost fell out of my chair!!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

Forget the economy, the military, healthcare...what have you. President Obmoa needs to figure out a way to stop these Cake Wreck offenders. Now THAT'S change I can "belive" in.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Looking at the frame in the background of the White House cake, it seems to me that it's the picture/camera angle that's tilted, rather than the cake itself. (I can't quite tell if the frame is a window, picture, mirror...) Granted, the architecture may not be quite square even if the picture was straightened up

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue M.

Are those...errr....what I think they are on the first 'Obmoa' cake? Cause I'm seeing little squiggly tails on all the blue blobs. Guess that might explain that last cake....

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Hey I noticed your badge on the side that said you won the 2008 best food blog, must have pulled it out there in the end to come a head, huh? ;)

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lewis Family

Can I have a pretzel too?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

I belive these are the wreckiest Obmoa cakes I have ever mean SEEN! Great job today!!

Boy he sure does look REALLY happy on that last cake, doesn't he?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Is Mr. President hailing Hitler in that last one?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

The first thing that came to mind when I saw that last cake was Michael Jackson grabbing his crotch and going "heeheeeee". It just doesn't look right when you try to spell it out does it?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Soo funny!! I'm reading this as I'm watching the inauguration so it's very appropriate. :)

If the first cake's decorator DIDN'T like him? Oh, I don't know. Maybe "OBUMMER" might have been the inscription?




The Wacky Conservative

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wacky Conservative

Maybe the first cake was going for "amoeba". That's certainly what those blobs look like.

WV: feddlexu, from which my brain extracted the very odd phrase "fed'll ex you", whatever that means.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

You're hilarious.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I like that third one. It does however make me think we shouldn't make President Obama angry...

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslythwolf

Nice! I would have maybe had his hand MUCH farther away from the presidential jewels.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrossettelewis

"Leaning a little to the left" Bwahahahahaa.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

"Obmoa"??? Also, it's 2009! Lord have mercy.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I love your site, but do you think you may be going a bit overboard with the ads? I'm sure they make you a few extra bucks, but can you consider your readers and maybe tone it down a little?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

This is awesome!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReagan

Is anyone really shocked that Obama cornered the illiterate vote?

Props to the last wreckerator for capturing his true *ahem* essence.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter45.7% of America

Heidi, you are soooooooo sick! hee hee hee (devilish grin). I TOLD you he reminded me of Clinton but nooooo, no one listens to me!

wink wink

The Wacky Conservative

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wacky Conservative

Laughing my butt off and loving it! This on top of the crowd booing Rom Emanuel is just too much! :)

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

I thought the first cake was surrounded with rats hiding under round blue throw pillows (you can see their little tails.)

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

He kinda looks like he's doing the Heil Hitler

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn K.

5th thought: What's with the "Heil Hitler" arm pose? I think the rest of the cake is great, though.

Thanks again for your fun blog!

~ Andrea" REL="nofollow">For the Tennessee Walking Horse" REL="nofollow">When the Rain Horse Comes" REL="nofollow">The Murder of the English Language

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatphoti

I see I'm not the only one who thinks it looks like our President is grabbing his crotch while saluting Hitler. Just a little inappropriate. And yes, Howdy Doody came to my mind as well. Come on people, show some respect. We've finally got someone in who isn't a "wreck". Let's do him proud! (especially in cake 'cause it's just so good)

Debra S.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Sullivan Marcus

today I opened a fresh tin of Godiva dark-chocolate-covered pretzels, and only ate two. I know: impressive, right?

Someone once said: "Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces...and eat only one of the pieces." not strong.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry D. Harris

The Obama Log cake actually looks really yummy, I want one. The first one looks yummy too.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Was I the only one who thought "Frankenstein Obama" when I saw that photo cake?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJagyularr

On the last cake I was reminded of the scene in Dr. Strangelove when Major "King" Kong rode a hydrogen bomb down to the Ruskie missile base.

One can only imagine the target of that particular cake.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerod Poore

My first thought was that he really had to pee and was trying to hold it in until he could get off the cake.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Didn't Hanson have a song called "Obmoa" years ago?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

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