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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.

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- Jen

Breaking News: Head-Swelling Bakery Incident Goes Horribly Awry

You know how local morning shows always have chefs or bakers on to do little demonstrations and whatnot? And how those visiting guests always bring a little treat for the hosts and crew? Well, here's what one such visiting bakery brought to the station where Wreckporter Hayley E. works:

It's like a mixed media collage of cakedom! Seriously, this cake has it all: fun-house-mirror photos, airbrushing, fondant "hair" (don't miss the guy's!), a buttercream border, and sufficient excuse to call the show hosts "fat heads" for at least a week or so. (Oh, did I mention those are the hosts?)

Of course, it could also be used as the poster-cake for the call to ban edible image printing. Really, who thought technology that allows you to eat people's photos was a good idea? It always ends up looking rather creepy.

Or, in this case, gross:

Mmmm, now there's an appetizing composition. I bet all of Karissa's relatives were SO proud. And full. As in, "no-really-I-couldn't-eat-another-bite" full.

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Reader Comments (110)

The toilet one gives new meaning to the phrase "tasteless" doesn't it!
I just hope that that wasn't chocolate mud cake.

I will never eat mud cake again!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

I know that girl on the Potty's Momma is real proud.

(WV:Muffle what you do when you are reading Cakewrecks at work.)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Sure hope the grad cake didn't include a request for fudge filling.

WV: Cheri. Karissa with a cheri on top, ftw!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

This is like rubber-necking at an accident on the freeway. You know you shouldn't look , but, you...just...can'

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

The Karissa cake has to be the most redneck, backwards, tacky cake I have EVER seen! Who would really think that was funny or cute? Stupid parents
(ask me how I really feel about it)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First Karissa has to endure getting that cake at her party. I bet she thought it was sort of funny. With her family & friends. I wonder how funny she thinks it is now that it's all over the Internet? Because now, we all know what a big freak Karissa is. And we have the toilet picture AND the cake to prove it. But hey- at least she's got that diploma! Congrats Karissa!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey maybe the Frolicking Fraulein is onto something here.
"So what picture do you want on your graduation cake Karissa?"
"Oh how about the picture from my MySpace profile!"

I've definitely seen this bad and worse on people's social networking pages. I just never thought I'd see it on a cake. *scratches her head* And I agree with Neil too...from the look on her face she needs to lay off eating whole blocks of cheese in one sitting.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I can't help but wonder whether Karissa was in on the joke. There are lots of people out there who have such a lowbrow sense of humor. (As an example, I sometimes refer to myself as a "young fart", as opposed to all those old farts out there.)

At least, I certainly hope she was in on the joke.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTed S. (Just a Cineast)

I can just hear the 5 years olds now.... "I want the butt! I want the butt!"


January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

That graduation cake is just wrong on so many levels. Wow!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The first cake is bizarre. Having once worked in radio and seen firstshand what a "fan" does in frosting to represent a deejay, I feel the pain there.

The second cake. Holy crap. And I mean that literally. Talk about a "dump" cake! And dang, the diploma does look like a Tampex.

It seems after all the ahem, goofy pictures of teens that have shown up on the internet would make people think twice about posing for this kind of picture. Evidently not ... I fear for humanity's future ...

Word verification: unottl. Unottl better ever try to make ME one of those wrecks.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

stopping by to say congrats on your Weblog nom!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter♥georgie♥

Holy. Yikes. That is all.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoodleBunz/DB Impressions

FOMCALMAO (Falling Off My Chair, etc)
Oh, my god! LOL
I could just see the daughter looking at her mother a the while saying "Why, mother, Why?

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

To the Frolicking Fraulein:

Unfortunately comparing bad to to even worse taste does not negate or void the original bad taste!

WV - fieles -what the dyslexic thinks this cake will attract.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I hope its not Chocolate

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake defines trailer-trash-mentality. Only an utterly classless parent would think that's a terrific idea for a graduation cake, complete with expletive spelled out in blue frosting.

This country is DOOMED.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpudenda shenanigans

OMG does not even begin to describe it. Those booby heads are weird. But I am so jealous! When will I have my inflatable ego put on a cake for all to admire!
On Karissa's cake though, why does everyone assume it was her family? That looks like the work of very dear and near friends to me!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbassenav

They'll put a picture of an adult woman on a toilet on a cake, but not the little boy named Adolf's name?


January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I absolutely adore the clothes on the first cake!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna T

Hookay, I'd pitch a fit to rival the Spartans in 300, if that second cake ever happened to me. THere are just some things that are too sick to laugh at.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I laughed when I realized you blocked out the 4 letter word, but had no problem posting a picture of a girl on the toilet with her pants around her ankles. Such standards! :)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

OK, when I first opened this page I got a bad glare from the window, and I seriously thought the male anchor was supposed to be Kevin from the US version of The Office, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out who on the show the woman was. I was having a really hard time figuring out how you would tie this to the "I Want Sprinkles" cake that quoted Angela from that very same series.
Then I read the actually commentary on the blog.
And then I read the comments.
It's even funnier and stranger than I originally imagined.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake #1 is disturbing and scary.

Cake #2 is disturbing and nasty.

WV: Shlyot These cake wreckorators oughta by shlyot.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Man, you guys are all WAY too uptight. That graduation cake is just funny! It's quirky humour that some people don't get, but others (myself included) do. Just because we find that funny doesn't mean we're dumb, or trailer trash, or anything else like that. We just appreciate the weird side of life.

I'm the type that likes Monty Python, though, so that might explain it a bit. :)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Quite honestly - if I can get my youngest son through HS to graduation, I'm thinking a cake along those lines would be perfect. I'll bet his principal would help me pay for it too, since I'm sure he'll feel the same 'holy s***' way as the rest of us!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Those are just ick and wrong!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergorgon

That second cake - class. Pure class.

I bet poor Karissa was truly pissed off by that one.

What kind of boneheads think taking pictures of people on toilets is funny? With family like that, it's no wonder they are amazed she graduated.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*LOL* I guess embarrassing your kids rally is a full time job...hehe! I dont know though, I probably won't do any toilet shots of my kids on the toilet for graduation!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistedSerenity

I think that the graduation cake is pretty funny.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKore

The toilet cake is great. But you cant eat a cake where someone is taking a dump!!!!!!!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheManOfNotts

I'm just glad that the writing and borders on the Karissa cake isn't brown.

Word Verification: Ofibli - Obmoa's second cousin

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

That is horrible! I love how one picture doesn't even cover the mound o' cake!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLazy Mom Leslie

I'd've killed whoever took a picture of me on the pot. Photo would've been destroyed so putting it on a cake wouldn't have even been an issue.

Oh yeah, and also, I can't think of anyone in my life who'd think to put such a picture on a CAKE of all things.

Hell's bells!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

The first time I viewed this post, the ad at the bottom said "diaper cakes" and I thought it was part of the post!
Absolutely adore this blog, by the way.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpripyet

That second cake is absolutely hysterical! Wish I'd have thought of it!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

Is.. anyone else getting the "Diaper Cake" ad? I burst out laughing over it, but.. then I realized it was real...

Cake Wrecks, where even the ads fail.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrinora

Wow, that first cake is downright SCARY! And the 2nd, that's just nasty!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitti

ummm... Seriously some one needs to out law edible photo on cakes.

When people request a photo on a cake the men is white coats need to swoop in and take them to a padded cell where they can rethink the whole thing.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

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I can't believe so many people don't realize that the toilet picture is completely posed and voluntary. No one busted in on her in the bathroom actually using it. She probably came up with the idea herself.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Am I the only person who thought the second cake was hilarious?? :)

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSalvo

And my husband wonders why I lock the bathroom door....

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

That's just wrong.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeye Benita

LOL, I recognized the last photo immediately! A friend of mine took it years ago (before cakewrecks existed!) at the bakery she works for, and said that whoever ordered it never came back to claim it. I'm glad she found the photo, we were just saying it'd make a good submission.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScythemantis

You really have to wonder about the relationship Karissa has with a person who would a) take a picture of her on the toilet, and b)put said picture on a graduation cake (or any cake for that matter). I wonder how that relationship held up after this incident?

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Sherwood

God I hope that's not a chocolate cake! :)

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

Nothing like being caught with your pants down. LOL

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterneedlewings

I'm surprises that the bakery accepted this photo for putting on a cake. There should be a way for bakeries to decline photos they deem obscene--such as this one. Bodily functions don't belong in public, least of all on edibles.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlackSea

for all of the people whose minds have been absolutely shattered over the second cake, who's to say that the honoree didn't love it, or even plan it? Or that the people eating the cake didn't totally get the joke and not have any problem at all eating a cake with edible ink that happens to be sprinkled in a pattern to resemble a photograph? Because that's really all it is... little dots of edible ink. It apparently WAS a good idea to the people who ordered and enjoyed it.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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