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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

When Wreckerators Take the Fall

I may be sitting here with the A/C cranked in the southern swamp affectionately known as "Florida", but I have a feeling that Fall will be here soon. And lest we have any doubts, some bakeries have taken to posting helpful weather updates on their cakes:

Next week they're debuting "Bring a jacket; you'll catch your death in this chill."

I can't really tell if that's a threat or a promise, though. Sure, the pumpkins and cherries look happy, but those tree claws seem rather ominous. [shiver]

Fall, of course, is known for its colorful foliage.

We don't have any of that in Florida. (Pine cone pile, anyone?)

That's ok, though; with cakes like these, I don't think I'm missing all that "mulch":

Ah, you don't often see this level of technique used! You see, dragging a knife through icing takes confidence, a steady hand, and the kind of technical know-how that knows exactly which end is the pointy one. [nodding seriously]

Still, no matter how you slice it, those skills pale in comparison to this...

...feather? Spear?Long-necked snail? Worm in a hat? Worm in a skirt? Garden trowel? Underside of a snorkeler's leg?

Hey, I could go on all day. I suspect, however, that Zoey K., Hap C., & Brady want me to make like a tree, and get out of here.

- Related Wreckage: Fall Fumbles

(Note: If you now have Biff on the brain, congratulations! You're a geek! Now go watch this funny song he sings as a reward.)

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Reader Comments (112)

it's amazing how much icing they can pile on top of cupcakes.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermommymichael

I totally nailed that Biff quote! and what a reward! lol!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The last one looks like Adam's fig leaf isn't quite doing the trick.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree. The last cake looks like a geoduck clam.

In case you need reference. :)

-Kat (LA)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Agree with E. Thta totally looks like a geoduck.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

I may be geeking myself out further than the obvious Back to the Future reference, but if anyone rememebers Babylon 5, the last cake looks like Londo's extra "appendage."

C'mon, you know, the one he uses to cheat at poker and while he's, er, with the ladies!

(Head down in shame for that being the first place my brain went to upon seeing this cake :( )

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCory

Love Back to the Future and have happily passed my geekiness on to my two boys 'cuz they can watch it over and over again too. It is their "DENSITY" to become geeks. =D

Thanks for the vid.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLv2danz

How do you think I feel out here in the desert in az?? I'm still wearing spaghetti straps and we broke a record last week for the highest temp in October of 104!!! I miss fall :( anyone else see a creepy eye on the left side of the last cake?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

People have already beaten me to "geoduck" on the last picture, so I'm going to have to go with tube worm. Highly diseased tube worm.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yay for anonymous, it's not just me that thinks that last one has a certain .. maleness quality to it.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura, Ben, and family

Uh, call me crazy (thank you), but that first one is not a cake! It's just cardboard with frosting on it.
What a complete and utter waste of frosting!!

That is the ultimate wreck!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Glad I wasn't the only one who saw something dirty in the last cake. :P

I think the creepy poo claws on the first cake are reaching up because they "want sprinkles."

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

LOL! You'll never believe it but my husband and I were just talking about Biff this morning! Thanks for a great laugh!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoris Sudduth

Too funny and no our fall in Florida is lacking in color for sure!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

Oh! The Biff video made my day. Thank you from a fellow Back to the Future fangirl. :)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly H

You are ALWAYS good for a laugh! Thank you so much X-D

Last one is definitely a geoduck!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Thanks for today's Biff reference!!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I think the Fall Will Be Here Soon could be a less ominous version of - Winter is Coming - from the Song of Fire and Ice series.

ooooh almost spooky!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fall will be here *soon*? its already here and almost gone in my corner of Massachustts

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second cake looks more like a really awkward bunch of carrots than a leaf. Are carrots considered a fall vegetable?


October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

In all those suggestions of what that last cake could be, I can't believe that the term "poo" wasn't used, 'cause oh ma gawd.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

Forget the hilarity that is the entire post.

Skip to the parting shot.

"Make like a tree...and get outta here"

and can I just say, that I have used that line since the movie came out in the 80's, and still my husband looks at me like I'm rediculous. As in, he still doesn't get it. He just thinks I'm screwing up an already bad joke.

Bwah hahaha

OH! My sides...Biff Tannen...I heart you big time!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

Cake geeks unite! Love the Biff reference (and totally missed him on last weeks Psych).
Fall has arrived here in Seattle so to me that first cake is a cheerfully haunting reminder to clean out the gutters.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

So on the 3rd cake, I immediately thought "Adam is dangling beyond his fig leaf's protection." Hey, my mind's always in the gutter, sorry. Then I noticed the eye and thought "God is watching...and judging...always judging."
Keep up the great work.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow. A three pronged carrot huh? How very, Autumn.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

I think it's a snail......

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I had no idea what a geoduck was until I realized it was pronounced gooey-duck. OoOOooh. Mike Rowe has taught me well. Oh cable how I miss thee.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.M. Green

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE your blog, did I say LOVE? Yup, I meant LOVE !!! I have told everyone I know about Cake Wrecks. I come in here and laugh my fanny off if i've had a challanging day. So I just dropped in to say - Cake Wrecks ROCKS!! (I thought I'd better say it, as I wondered if my message was hard to understand - you know, because I was so subtle in expressing my LOVE for your blog!!) Have a great day and thanks for making all of us laugh so hard!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

Ha ha, I immediately thought of Biff too.

"It's LEAVE, you idiot... make like a tree and LEAVE."

I still love that movie, even after seeing probably 250 times on TBS in the past...oh, man...wait... has it seriously been 20 years?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

About that first cake: I realize that "the walls have ears" but the forest? not to mention the creepiness factor -- very Wicked Witch of the West. All it needs is some flying monkeys in little bellhop costumes.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarlene

As much as the last one does look like a geoduck, my 3 year old came to see what I was laughing at and asked "what is that thing that looks like a dirty snake?"

I'm still giggling.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

I got the Back to the Future reference immediately. *proud geek*

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

i didn't know that leaves flew up as opposed to falling down. And, those leaf sprinkles proportinatley are really, really, really tiny for the branches....just thinkin buds that never grew and then changed colors? gotta love sprinkles

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercookie_monster

Last one: what my cat leaves on the carpet after eating grass.

wv: imobte
Imobte HERE in bad jokes, so I'll make like a tree and split.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWATERBABY CHRISTINE

I can't believe I just found this site! I laugh out loud quite a lot when I read your stuff. Pure genius! I think I'll have to carry my camera wherever I go, just in case! Thanks for bringing such levity to my otherwise hum-drum day.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

Looks just like a multicolored geoduck. Here's a pic for anyone not from WA state.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You blew the last joke, though.....
I suspect you meant: "...make like a tree and LEAF!"

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

And if anyone wonders why I laugh out loud when I read Cake Wrecks, I can just say "...feather? Spear? Long-necked snail? Worm in a hat? Worm in a skirt? Garden trowel? Underside of a snorkeler's leg?" and show them that photo. You rock as always, Jen.

Hey, my WV is whingy--I get all whingy when my cake doesn't look like the photo I showed the baker.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Oh my gosh, as soon as I read that I instantly thought: Biff.
Guess my geekiness isn't a surprise though, this just confirms it. :P

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaelen

Star said...

I went through long-necked snail and also long-necked turtle, but I finally settled on Plesiosaur. Or the Loch Ness Monster. Which may or may not be the same thing.

I'll shut up now.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdulcinea

aww, I thought the "fall will be here soon" cake was cute!

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Since when is a knot hole pink?

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteragent babcock

The last one, looks like a geoduck.:(

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHavoc

I think that last one is supposed to be a Gooey Duck Clam:


October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Ice Cream Diary

I love the claws on that fall cake. They really are one step away from the cold death cake. :)

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

The fall cake actually looks pretty good, its just that the message is a little silly. And YAY, Back to the Future references ftw :D that trilogy is my favourite of all time!

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I've been lurking this blog for years and I had no idea you were here in wrecktastic Florida - where it's bikini season from February till November. No wonder you post so many unappetizing deserts!

I did myself serious nasal-cranial damage snorting with laughter at the garden trowel/scuba leg. Good stuff.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Jackson

I think the first cake is cute.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillyD

Regarding the last photo: What the....? I'm more convinced than ever that some of these must be inside jokes.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

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