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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

Why So Serious?

Superheroes have it rough, too. I mean, there's the tights, the endless amount of bullets ricocheting off their rock-hard pectoral muscles, and of course all the women throwing themselves in their paths. (Obviously I'm talking about guy superheroes here, but if you'd prefer to think of Wonder Woman with rock-hard pectoral muscles, more power to ya.)

What, that doesn't sound so bad? Then allow me to introduce a new Wreck series: Caped Catastrophes. Today's first lucky victim? The Bat Man himself.

Here Bat Boy rides out of a plastic drain-pipe on a magma slick in glorious celebration of "Brian Day". Um, are those things on the side supposed to be bats, Clarissa D.?

Then there's the continuing drama between Batman and the Batmobile:

"Wait - come back! I didn't mean it! I DON'T miss that new-car smell, honest!"

I agree that the door in the brick wall is a little odd, Ashley W., but what I really want to know is how the Batmobile can leave a cloud of snow-white exhaust shaped like a hibiscus flower. These Bat gadgets - they just get cooler every year, don't they?

Fortunately Judith C. reports that 'man and 'mobile appear to have made up here:

"Blasted Baked Balls of Blue! I can't...quite...reach you!"

Christal W. found the best toy-to-cake ratio out there:

I'm not sure if "River" is the birthday person's name, or if - in the tradition of Wreckerators everywhere - the decorator just labeled the cake what it's supposed to look like. If that's the case, then s/he must have meant "cascading river of blood, cement, and mold". But, you know, that probably wouldn't have fit.

([sigh] Again, yes, it's "professional". I checked the site and everything. C'mon, a little credit here?)

Now remember, kids: crime doesn't pay. Right, Batman?

But you know, all these cakes are totally cheating: they each use plastic Batman figurines! Why aren't decorators actually drawing the caped crusader?

Oh. That's why. Thanks, Nicc.

[shifty eyes] Um, and can I just say that that's an unfortunately appropriate placement of the "pp"?

Aaaand I'm done.

Have a superhero Wreck you've been meaning to send me? Then send it in soon; I'll be continuing the Caped Catastrophes theme over the next few weeks.

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Reader Comments (112)

SWEET! Brian day, yet another day in which I have an excuse to eat cake!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTable for Seven

It looks like Batman is trying to hold his pants up in that last one. Maybe his Utility Belt isn't working?

Ooorrr maybe he is pulling his pants up because he just went... peepee?

Did I seriously type that?

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCallisto

I think the Batmobile lost a LOT more than a wheel here...

The Joker should be THANKFUL he got away.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreezair

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for your comments....It's Monday and I'm hitting the afternoon blues portion of the first day of the week....and the commentary on these gems just completely revived me!

My fav is the cake with Batman trying to convince the Batmobile to return...and the hibiscus smoke...

Wreck on Caped Catastrophes!

Bonnie B

PS...MalMal...'pp' is referring to the placement of the two p's in 'Happy'....which is why Hyena Overlord said that they should be back to back...hehehehe ;)

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Wow, my 10 year old nephew summed it up best regarding the first cake: "It looks like a cheese oil slick!"


January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ummm why is Batman fighting a dragon and you're right about the mold!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lmfao human shrinky dink! I love it!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie M.

That first cake? Yeah, that's an actual kit. You can thank Bakery Crafts for that one...half bats and squished "flames" and all.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJossie

What is Brian Day? Do you have to be named Brian to celebrate?

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPirate Alice

*lmao!* Im really! ha ha!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistedSerenity

Brian Day?? Where have you people been?

Brian Day is that beloved holiday which we celebrate by dressing up as leprauchauns while hopping around the Christmas tree. When the wreckorated cake is lit in the town square by the town cupid, it's time to retire for the evening. The Easter Bunny will leave quarters under you pillow while you sleep.

It's a wonderful holiday. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who celebrates it.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Ooooh.. thanks. Apparently I expect everything to be a blog acronym. I kept thinking "pp..pp.. piping? piss poor piping? No, that's three p's...."

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

PLEASE tell me you're going to do a Sunday Sweets Superhero post?! I'm planning my 25th birthday party this year, and the theme is Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and I have no idea what to do for a cake, and these so called professional attempts are very disheartening!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

I'm impressed that "Happy Brian Day" didn't come out as "Happy Brain Day". Well, OK, maybe I'm actually a bit disappointed.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariaTeresa

I read all the commentary and captions, and finally cracked at "why is Batman fighting a dragon?", I spat cocoa all over my keyboard! I'm definately making a shirt with "Blasted baked balls of blue" on, its just too good!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm glad I wasn't drinking or eating. I think I'd owe the cafe owner a new keyboard. Still giggling at " Blasted baked balls of blue".

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I throw my vote behind "CHASING Crime" for the intended spelling.

But seriously, what's up with the river cake? Is it some sort of unholy compromise? Maybe the kid wanted Batman and the parents had already planned a Renaissance Faire-themed party? With a name like River, I wouldn't doubt it.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereureeka

I too DEMAND to know why Batman is reclining recklessly on cake #5???
(VERY unprofessional of a superhero to be napping while in uniform!!!)
It looks like he slipped on the smooth surface of the way-out-of- proportion buildings (?) and got stuck.
Cake #3 looks as if the Batmobile had been spinning doughnuts in a parking lot made of blue & yellow frosting, while Batman surfs the rippling waves on his mini surfboard.
No telling WHAT shenanigans these two will be up to in the next episode! Stay tuned!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

This post is one of my favorites! Batman pleading for the Batmobile to come back is just plain awesome, and the whole PP thing...priceless.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterevil cake lady

I just love how even though they have plastic batman pieces to use, they still manage to screw it up by writing "cashing crime" on the side. LOVE it.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin avitar has never been so perfect. I can't wait for the Wonder Woman wrecks! As far as Batman's "pp" I didn't even notice...thanks for bringing it to my attention.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdizzy mom

I LOVE this blog! You crack me up every day with these cakes! I follow it in my Google Reader and although I've never left a comment before, I'm leaving one now to let you know that I'm giving you a Blog Luv Award! You can check it out here:

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMisty Dawn Photography

For the record, copyrighted characters are technically not supposed to be drawn on professional cakes without crazy amounts of permissions... not that that stops the smaller bakeries, generally... But anyway, that's why so many plastic figurines.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeg

Bat-Mobile lost its wheels and the joker got away!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHall Monitor

Oh my heck! The comments about the "pp" hilarious. Love your blog.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

MariaTeresa said... I'm impressed that "Happy Brian Day" didn't come out as "Happy Brain Day". Well, OK, maybe I'm actually a bit disappointed.

Or maybe it was supposed to say "happy brain day" and they got it wrong. It makes about as much sense as "happy Brian day".

On a side note, I have a cousin named Brian who was born when I was just learning to write and spell. He got a lot of hand-made cards addressed to "Brain" from me as a baby.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I can here it now, "Yo, Wonder Woman! Fly yo little fine self on over here and have a look at my super canole. Yeah girl, that's right." Somebody get me a barf bag QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

WV: micracke Mi cracke up at these cakes girl!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMONKEYBIZ23

I think the third one is paying homage to Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Just a guess though.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK

Why is Jimmy's name in pink? Manly Batman cake accented by a pink border?

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

That pp was totally planned. Unlike the rest of the cake.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

Batman #3 must be into hip-hop, judging by his saggy tights.


January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVED this today. Poor Batman.

Here's a link for "useless superpowers" that I found the other day... Hilarious.

Goes with the whole super-hero theme. :)

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT.


On an unrelated note, I was wondering if you're planning to go to the ICES convention in IL this year. I think any of your readers who go should get together and have a meet and greet!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

In that first wreck it looks like Batman is driving out of a colon... I'm just sayin'.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chic Cakery

Where I work, we have to use the plastic figures because of copyright laws. We're not allowed to draw ANYTHING copyrighted, or we could lose our job and get fined.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

"But you know, all these cakes are totally cheating: they each use plastic Batman figurines! Why aren't decorators actually drawing the caped crusader?"

Unfortunately, us decorators are not allowed to draw any licensed material, no matter how much a customer begs, pleads and gets pissed off because they already bought all the "stuff" for the theme. Those gray blobs on the blue Batcycle cake are supposed to be round rocks, not spikes! Geesh..

love your commentary as usual!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Can I just say, I love this blog. I read it when I need a good hearty guffaw. It's cleverly written. Major props to y'all.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAzucar

Phew. The Batman cakes are a stitch — just horrible execution!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEDP

As a craft-store Wilton alumnus (and my mom before me), that last cake brings back memories. Poor guy; he looks more like The Tick than Batman. Not saying I could do much better but still. Poor guy. The eyes freak me out.

"Cashing Crime." Was this made for a bank? And if so, I don't know if that's an occasion for celebration...

River cake...Oh, boy. No words. They tried so hard...well, I hope it at least tasted good.

Okay, must stop laughing...people are beginning to wonder what I'm doing over here. *snicker*

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Oh man...I wonder how JIMMY felt having all that PINK piping on his cake...

Donna in Mid Michigan...freezing...

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterklasieprof

i'm pretty sure it's supposed to say "crushing crime," not "cashing crime."

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I like glam-rock batman there. what a luxurious head of golden locks.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexlady

I'd like these cakes more than any professional-made stuff. Shows people really do care.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 5 yo son looked at cake #2 and said -- it's got a wall! It's not a cake, it has levers! What happens when you pull them?

He's got a point. What are those things?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrpk

maybe they found that cake in the "river"?

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersolvency ii

But...but... I sent you a "why so serious" superhero cake gone wrong pic over a month ago, and you didn't post it! :*(

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ Mikhaylov

Looks like "Batman Chasing the Batmobile" is a common theme in cakes:

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Long time lurker, first time commenting here.

I no longer feel guilty about the Buddy Christ dashboard graven image I have on my Freightliner anymore.

The word verification is "sainti"?!?

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i like chock let cake

January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaulik Panchal

I have nothing important to say - but this just DESERVES to get to a hundred comments !!! ;¬)

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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