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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

Teasers for the Coming Seasons

There's nothing like the holiday season to put bakers in "the mood" - uh, to decorate cakes, of course. ;)

Why, last year we had so much fabulous Wreckage submitted from October through January that I couldn't get them posted fast enough! So here's a little sneak peek at what Wreckerators may have in store for you the next few months.

Halloween has its "monsters":

Gee, Frankenstein certainly looks hard up.

Thanksgiving has its "turkeys":

Outlines: making the vaguely suggestive so much more specifically nutty.

And "Winter" things:

"Bat those baby blues at me all you want: I will NOT turn the photo around!"

Jill P., Anony M., & Barbara R., I would salute you, but these Wrecks beat me to it.

- Related Wreckage: Seasonal Non Sequiturs

Note from John: Wondering where yesterday's post went? Check out today's comments section.

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Reader Comments (197)

Sometimes I find it sad that the swastika is poorly represented. The Nazis stole that symbol (and reversed it). In the non-reversed form the Navajo tribe used it, it's on a Buddhist statue in the Ling Yin Temple in China and so on. It actually meant peace and harmonious thinking.

I get grumpy at people who are ignorant of historical references and just assume that people are racist if they see that symbol. Anyone sending that poor baker hate mail is lacking in good judgment.

Even so, thanks for knowing when to draw the line. It makes me so much more willing to keep coming to your site daily and reading.

Oh btw - did you know that Cake Wreaks made the Yahoo news yesterday? (not for the swastika cake)

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That turkey cake makes me think of the scene in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" where they get the guy to shout "Eko tre orxidia!"

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Go ON! Looking at these holiday cakes, I'm getting so excited! Wow! Usually I sort of dread the holidays and all the associated stress, but whooooooooooooeeeeee I see I've been missing out on a lot of the fun. I hope Santa brings me something that measures up to these teasers! hooray! Lily

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If the bakery was getting hate mail, you absolutely did the right thing by removing the post. I never thought the baker was actually a Nazi and did it on purpose, I just thought he/she was sadly oblivious.

If you are reading this, bakery owner, best of wishes to you to recover from what must be very scary.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I am convinced some of these are done by people just to see if they can get away with it. Of course, if you point it out, they feign innocence and YOU look like the pervert...

Either way, I laughed most heartily :)

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I think you did the right thing. I had figured as much when the post disappeared. It is really a sad commentary on some people when they feel the need to harass someone over the poor execution of a decorated cake. Some people can't play nice and take things way too far. I think you will keep your integrity and your readers, too.

Blog on!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gee, that your nose or are you just happy to see me?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter5thsister

I think the title of the post cracked me up more than anything!! LOL!!!

Is the last one supposed to be a REINDEER?? OMG.

I busted out laughing at the turkey. That's phallic perfection.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I vaguely remember somewhere in a Star Trek book (non-canon, of course) a mention of Klingons having three testicles. Perhaps a Klingon decorated the turkey cake?

Why, yes, I am a nerd. And I like it that way.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Oo-er Missus!! The Incredible Hulk appears to have left something behind on that cake...

Totally agree with the decision to remove yesterday's post - people had begun to get unnecessarily steamed up over what was essentially just a cake.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

wow---thanks to your most observant commenters, I was curious that I had missed something about the monster and the turkey. Then, I was relieved to learn that I was not the only one who missed the first two, uh, double meanings... oh. dear. deer.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

John, personally, I agree with the people who have suggested you post the baker's side of the story. Many of us visit the site soon after new posts are up and don't come back until the next day. All I saw was the post, as well as the Mother of the Bride's site. I think it would be beneficial to the baker to post her side of it, since many of us just heard one side of things. I did not have the most positive view of either party, but I would like to know how she defended herself, and I think she deserves for that to remain posted for everyone to see.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica C.

That turkey! Wow. My exact thought was: "Aw, for a CCC that's kinda c- WHOA!"
- Leigh

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

John and Jen,

First of all--how wonderful it is to see you posting John. Hope you are feeling much, much better.

Second, you did exactly the right thing. It was absolutely hilarious when it was just a wink, nudge kind of thing. And I'm sure that the baker would have thought so too, except that people always take things too far and make something innocent and funny into something ugly. I hope that she/he knows that we never thought this an anti-semitic cake, just a small mistake on an otherwise beautiful cake.

Third. OMG that reindeer. And that Frankenstein. And that... Oh man. I'll be laughing over those for days to come. As always, thanks! I needed that today. I'm supposed to be on vacation and couldn't go because of too much work to do. (sigh)

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJani

The Turkey CCC: what we have here is a failure to communi-cake.

Did you know that Cake Wrecks is mentioned in the newly released book "Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader?"
pp 134-135.

WV: dessiste. The haters and name callers need to dessiste.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

todays post is great! SO funny. As far as yesterdays, you made the right choice to pull it since the baker was getting hate mail. BUT WTF to the people who sent the hate mail? Why does everyone get so offended by everything?!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlondeShot Creative

Re: yesterday's post- I saw the comment that said that you lost credibility by taking down pics at the baker's request, I disagree completely. This site is about laughing at the cakes, not the person. Although we may wonder what they were thinking, I'd like to think they are laughing at it too going "yeah not really sure what happened there!" When it's personal, it's not funny anymore.

Your removal of yesterday's post only PROVES your integrity not only personally, but professionally for keeping this blog what you want it to be.

Re: Today's post- What were they thinking?! ;-)

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica W

Man, these are just dong.

I mean, wrong. These are just wrong.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Frankensteins nose does look very un-nose-y

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

If you google for the post, the bakery's reviews on Yelp come up, on which the baker has posted her response.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfaunablues

Seriously, that cake from yesterday was a true wreck. Even without the symbol in question it looked as though my first grade students decorated it, not a professional baker.
Today's posts however, WOWZA! Thanks for the laughs and for being so darn wreck-tastic!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Wow - I thought that first one was Big City Engine from "Thomas the Tank Engine" (he's very cranky). But Frankenstein makes more sense...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

The phallic noses are too hysterical. It is amazing to me that the material for this blog is never ending... I'm not complaining, mind you!! I love it.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I also would like to hear the baker's side of yesterday's post (I didn't get to see it). Is there any way you can post it in the comments?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmélie

I actually wouldn't have noticed the turkey if you hadn't pointed him out. He's kind of cute...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

So the backwards swastika is in actuality a buddhist symbol? I remember a few years ago when all the little ceramic buddhas on the shelves of Jo-Ann Fabrics had to be recalled due to the offensive emblems on their bellies.
Anyway, shame on all the folks who sent the baker hate-mail and congratulations to you for taking down the controversial post. You always blog in good taste (pun intended) IMHO.
Blogless Mary Lou

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Cake Wrecks:
Keep up the good work, fellows! I'm so sorry I missed your post yesterday (different time-zones, bad timing), but I feel you did the right thing! I'd definitely like to have seen that cake, though...

@ Martin:
It's "Exo tria arxidia", my friend. LOL :-)
Well done.

Greets from Greece!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaigon & Baygon Inc.

The baker of the ninja cake posted her side here:

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I clearly need some coffee this morning, because I totally missed Frankenstein's schnoz until after I started reading the comments. And now I can't stop laughing. Thanks for always starting my day off on the right foot.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLv2danz

Yes, please post the baker's side of the story. You have no idea how many bride and mom "zillas" have emailed or called in an order to my bakery expecting us to match the cake vision in their heads without supplying us with actual information that's usable. One lady picked up a 3 tiered cake for her son's 1st bday and she complained because the outlines on the baby block design weren't symmetrical enough for her and this color wasn't quite the blue that she wanted.
Of course, she couldn't be bothered to come in and actually talk to us about the cake she wanted to order or give us some color samples, she just called in and said that she wanted x,y, and z and "whatever we think looks best would be perfect." So while I think the baker should have been a bit more careful in the use of design, we definitely should get to hear her side of things because there are a ton of people who complain to everyone at a drop of the hat but very few who actually will take the time to say "Thank you". She deserves to have her side presented and we shall find the truth somewhere in the middle of both versions.
Also, glad you are feeling better.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Hey Bill, the order for the cake of that bachelorette party is canceled."

"But I already started working on it."

"Well don't throw it away."

"Alright. Well Halloween is coming up..."

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScottA

I have to say I thought the Cakewrecks fans and readers were above hate mail. The cake was a poor example of the bakery and a very sad story but I would still not hesitate to order from them; with an early pick up time and photos or drawings of exactly what I wanted. Aztek, Ninja... well, if you want it to be right (and it was a great idea, sounded very cute) you really have to be clear. I never would have known it until Cakewrecks. Thanks for educating the cake buying public!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi in Louisiana

That turkey is Wrong? Too darn funny? All of the above?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Another Day Today

maybe the baker was feeling inadequate that day?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Frosting frosting everywhere and not a penis to be found... Oh well, a gal can dream... *LOL*

RE: yesterday's post - good call, no loss of integrity in my eyes, in fact taking the stand gives y'all points :-)

So glad we're back to laughing!

Surviving breast cancer...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

You guys are seriously classy. For what it's worth I not only support but admire your decision to pull yesterday's post. I'm a big believer in saying "enough is enough" when the situation calls for it, and think in general there should be way more of that. And after all, as you said, CW is a humor site. Rock on!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

I'd hate to see where Dr. Frankenstein put the nose.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

Brings whole new meaning to "gobble, gobble, gobble!"

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

I read the baker's side of the story, found here:

Quite honestly, I can come up with several reasons why this cake was decorated the way it was. I just doubt that any of them were good reasons.

I believe the baker was providing exactly what the customer wanted, and I question the customer in the contraversy. Was the baker tricked? We may never know. The answer may lie with the person who submitted the photo.

I hope that better judgement is used from now on when it comes to making light of such hurtful imagary. Kudos for taking down the post. I am a longtime fan of this site. You manage to make me smile everyday.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJarrett

hee hee

wrecky phalluses

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

RE: yesterday's post

I had no idea until looking at the posting of the baker's side of the story that they are in fact one of my favorite neighborhood bakeries. They make the most amazing French pastry! I was also taking pastry classes at the same time they were utilizing the school kitchen to get their business started. These are very nice, conscientious people. Not oblivious at all. The bride got *exactly* what she requested. I think the bride's mother over-reacted and should have backed off. The baker is Jewish, for crying out loud, and grew up in Israel! The bride herself apparently didn't even see anything wrong with the symbol, otherwise don't you think she would have said, "all these symbols, but not THAT one"?

CW was absolutely right in taking down the post. It was not funny. It was just simply unfortunate.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

holy cow, the ONE day I miss visiting Cake Wrecks, and I miss this cake controversy, hot dang.

but these disgusting viagra induced confections make up for it, so thanks!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables


Those are just friggen WRONG!!!!

hahaha...word verification: beddist
The wreckerators tried to do their BEDdist work on these cakes, and succeeded actually!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara_in_WA

I'm sharpening my 'cake' slicing knife right now. :D

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

A Young Frankenstein reference AND a Star Trek reference? I love Cakewrecks!
And I think you guys made the right call regarding yesterday's post. I mean, hate mail because of a cake? Really?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

I can't stop giggling! Love your site!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

You know what? Its your blog, do as you please. I agree with what you said, and the pulling of the post. I researched it last night (since i checked CW after it had already been pulled.)and I think its just a horrible situation, and will probably get worse between the Mother and the Baker. Its best to get yourself out of the mix. Plus you always said you would pull posts if requested.

It was also bad timing that this happened on the day you were all over the news. That brought a lot of new (and aparently malicious) readers in at the wrong time.

So now its behind us, lets keep wrecking forward :-)

WV: Dippi.....another work for the hidden "message" in those cakes!

Darn it. I messed up the WV and it gave me another. Now its 'redida' as in I just redida that!!!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

So, you cakewrecks folks are funny and talented and kind, too? I am all for taking down a post that hurts someone's feelings - even if it means I have to go a day without a new cakewreck to laugh about. Candragulalions on your integrity. It is greatly appreciated.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdventure Girls

Oh baby baby.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrookely90

Jen & John:
Thank you for sticking to your values. I love a good blog that doesn't sell out.

Even though I realize the power/sadness/hate that belonged in such a symbol, it had other uses before it became a sign of hate.

In Buddhism, it's sacred. Check it out:

I hope that the baker of the cake feels better than yesterday. I hope she knows that in other parts of the world the symbol she put on the cake was holy not just hateful.

Glad you're feeling better John(:

All my love,
A Fan

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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