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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

A Real Stretch

A "professionally made" giraffe cake:

I kid you not.

Kelly B. paid a whopping $4 for this, folks, JUST so she could share it with all of you. Now that's loyalty.

I find it fascinating that someone can know how to spell "giraffe" without having any idea what one looks like, don't you?

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Reader Comments (124)

I wonder if it had "giraffe" on it from the start, or if they added it later after people kept asking?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichi

I bet the decorator ran out of time and let her kids help. Yup.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Mordecai

I think it's cute... it would be cuter if it were better done, though. :)

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

$4 for two cupcakes? that's scarier than the decorating!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

That looks like a smiley face on top of the body of a spider. It may haunt my hopes and dreams

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuvvie (aka Queen IG)

WV... mokas..

The decorator mokas some good weed if she thinks her end result looks anything like a giraffe.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm in the minority that thinks it's pretty cute. :) Kinda like something I might make (no, I'm not very artistically talented)....I might use two cupcakes for the body, but that's just me :)

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegan

You know what I see here?

I see the next design that should appear on the newest "Wreckwear" clothing!

Can anybody else see this on a baby's onesie or a toddler/kid's T-shirt? LOL.

I know I've seen kids' clothing with a random zoo animal & the name of the animal on it. I think it'd be a cute- no....Wrecktastic take on your kid's wardrobe ;) I'd buy one, and I don't even have a kid!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWoofless

Hmmm... I have to admit I actually DO LIKE IT. It has a certain naïve quality to it that makes it... cute (?)

Don't get me wrong, it is totally a wreck, but a cute one nevertheless. I would personally gladly pay up to $10 for this thing... and treasure it for years to come.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter(.q3c..)

sometimes life doesn't make sense?

Like I have to actually have to know what I'm doing to keep my job, but this decorator just gets to produce this??

I mean WOW!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennyKitten

It looks like something my six year old would create: a cratered planet engulfed in sulfurous gas, orbited by a sun exploding (see the cloud of black smoke pluming towards the planet?) But to make the planet not feel so bad about its fate...the sun puts on a smile. Maybe he could start charging $4 a pop too.

I'm with D.B. Echo. The cake could have been recreated from a kid's drawing which makes it kind of endearing.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotorcycle Grandma

if this wasnt professional it would be great if only a 3 year old designed it and decorated it. but professional, come on, that person should be fired.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

Kaylee: It's a [giraffe]. I like it.
Inara: You do?
Kaylee: Looks like it was made with, you know, longing. Made by a person who really longed to see a [giraffe].
Inara: Perhaps because they'd only heard of them by rough description.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

If ever a ccc would have been slightly acceptable. This was the time.

Does anyone else feel like it's waving at you? That tail-thing. It's like a strange hand that's waving at you saying, "Hi, I'm a giraffe. In case you couldn't tell."

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRDgirl

What's the problem? My giraffe looks just like that.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

Huh. I've yet to see a yellow and black giraffe. I think our local zoo must be spray painting our tan and brown variety. And since when is it kosher to frost the cake board instead of the cake??

wv= shrowe, as in when I shrowe this to my kids they laugh harder than I do!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I hope it was tasty, Kelly...because it sure isn't cute!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

Actually purchasing it is only encouraging them. What if the bakery manager gave this 'designer' one last chance to prove him/herself?

"Do your best, try your hardest, and we'll see if anyone buys it. If it sells you can keep your job. If not, don't let the door hit your bum on the way out."

The following day:

Designer: "It sold! It sold!"

Manager: "Ah, crap! Welcome to the team."

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercherylzyx

Okay, I looked at it, and I looked again, and I looked yet again, and I thought, "Maybe it's just the medication I'm on ..."

But apparently, yeah, that's supposed to be a giraffe.

*eyeroll* Reminds me of the fireplace cake, only with WAY less icing.

By the way, have you noticed if you read the word giraffe several times, it begins to look as if it's misspelled?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

My two-year-old saw this and immediately shouted "Spider! Talking on the phone!"

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa in TX

It is kinda cute...but let's hope the concept of the 2-cupcake CCC doesn't catch on.

How could you not buy this?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

i think it's kinda cute!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

"A real stretch." Snork. What a terrible pun. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It always bugs me when the write on the cardboard.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBailey's Leaf

i was thinking weird yellow poodle at first. yeesh...

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

OMG! I actually think this thing is sort of cute! Giraffes are my favourite animal, and I collect giraffe-related items.

I also find it amusing that they had to write "giraffe" on it. Otherwise it just looks like... well.... I don't know.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

Am I the only one who can't view this cake? I get a Google error message. :-(

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraccidental altruist

i also got the google error message! - anyway you could repost the picture?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 4 year old daughter had no idea what the cake was, and she is imaginative.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Add me to the list of people who think it's kind of cute... in a weird, twisted way. Must be the giant happy face that's as big as its body. C'mon, how can you not love that goofy grin, just a little bit?

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If they were trying to appeal to children they missed the mark. As I was reading the post my 3 year old came over and asked what I was looking at. I responded by telling him it was a giraffe and asked if he thought it looked like one. He answered with a no and then added that he thought it looked stupid.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatti Jo

Ummm is it legal for Kindergarten students to work in a bakery? I thought we had labor laws.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

WOW... two cupscakes and a frosting neck... totally worth $4.00..., NOT!!!!!!!!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the parade float idea and the kids' t-shirt idea, and a day with a "Firefly" reference is always a good day.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoan

You know the sad thing is the person who made this HORRIBLE cake actually thinks it looks good.. WTH?? I would love to know where she bought this..$4- how many cupcakes was there??

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrying4two99

Pre-zactually.... This giraffe was pre-zactually what I was thinking about....


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrying4two99

Looks like something my little daughter would have made.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sugar Fairy

That is one "happy" giraffe.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama

wow. sometimes when i'm forced to draw something, i label help my audience, right? but i don't draw poorly on a cake and then ask someone to pay me for it.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

neck brace.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I hope the 4 dollar cupcakes tasted good at least underneath all that frosting. What a horrible CCC!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen


January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For a second there, I thought my six year old daughter got loose in a bakery somewhere. I bet if I asked her to draw a giraffe for me, that it would look like that merchandised baked good.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

It looks like that old Tupperware giraffe toy from the 70's!!!!!

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Foster

When I paid for this "Cake" the cashier looked at me like I was nuts. So I explained to her why and she looked very relieved. My 5 year old thought it was a dog. I absolutley love this site and would pay 4.00 for this cake anyday if it gave you all a chuckle. We kept it for awhile and then just fed it to the dog. Keep on wreck'n...Kelly B

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKellyB

Craig's "C'est ne pas un giraffe" sounds like a t shirt to me...... :D

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I (sadly and wasting some talent) still work in the Walmart bakery. I tried the whole giraffe things based on a picture from our "Cake Style Guide" Mine's a little better then this, but still prob cake wreck worthy.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdreamday cakes

I actually...rather like it. It's not terribly well executed, certainly, or worth £2.61 ($4) to me, but I find that expression of inane optimism rather delightfully cheering. :-D

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolfie

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