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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

I'll Have Whatever They're Having

Sometimes I can't help but envy the Wreckerator.

I mean, imagine going through your day in a world where this makes sense:

(I don't know why, but I keep seeing a sad bat here.)

Yep, that's gotta be a happy place.

Plus, imagine that flavor sensation: chocolate-chip cookie, icing, and life savers. Mmmm. Crunchy! And gooey. And chocolate-y. And - hey, is that dirt? - grainy. Yeah.

Or how about this one?

What is it? I have no freaking idea - but I bet Dr. Seuss would be proud.

Here's one that's kinda cheerful:

And by "cheerful" I mean "borderline nauseating." It's like a clown's version of a mushroom cloud. "Happy Nuclear Holocaust! Nyuck nyuck nyuck!"

And then there's this:

Face it: that wee lil' intestinal section is totally smiling at you.

Dawn G., Patrick T., Andrea B., Krista S., remember the good ol' days of bad balloons and tons of icing roses?

- Related Wreckage: National Cupcake Day

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Reader Comments (142)

I think the first one is supposed to be a sunset at the beach, but no guarantees.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

I'm allowing myself to imagine that those are "cakewreck awareness" ribbons on the last one.

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October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Zikmund-Fisher

I think that first one is supposed to be EPCOT!

(Sorry, that joke goes back a few months.)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

My first thought when I looked at the first one was Tornado and yeah I guess the sunset beach scene would make for a more logical choice on a cake, but I still see tornado and debris and dirt.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm seeing an erupting volcano on the first one. The lava oozing down the hillside and the "dirt" being ash. But beach scene makes way more sense...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJedi Knight Ivyan

#1 Is a sun setting on the ocean, with a black beach (why black I don't know). The white bits are clouds. The lifesavers confuse me? Mars and Venus?

#2 If its supposed to be candles what's with the red life savers? Is it supposed to be fire? Wouldn't yellow or orange be better? I don't have a better theory.

#3 I thought it was a beach ball but it could be an umbrella I suppose?

#4 the name of the photo indicates its rupert the bear, can't you see the resemblance:

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

The ONLY one I can figure out is the first one. I think if you kinda squint at it & tilt your head to the side, you can see it's an ocean with a sunset (reflecting in the water, hence the orange smear), the dirt is supposed to be sand & the squiggly things are clouds. I have NO IDEA what the Life Savers are supposed to represent though. Guess I need more drugs for that. :)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I keep trying to blur my eyes and reveal the picture...

No luck, but I think the sad bat could actually be a sunset on the beach... Squint, and then tilt your head... you'll see it.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Wife/Bookaholic

Well, I see the sunset/sunrise on the first one (after a minute)...though I have no idea about the LifeSavers...0_o

The rest...I got nothin'. Except maybe someone better lay off the 'special' brownies.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

That first one? I'm sure it's supposed to be a sunset at the beach, with a few clouds. But really? It looks like grubs, above ground, thinking about tunneling to the center of the earth...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpdxknitterati/MicheleLB

Yuck. Icing overload!
~Amy B

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I definitely saw a tornado in the first one. Not that it really makes a difference, but I think those are gummy lifesavers.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Molly

Could the second one be an "E" turned sideways?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheKateNextDoor

1- I agree with the sunset on a beach. I see it, sort of, if I turn my head like this....

2- ???

3- gross melted umbrella??

4- I really think the last one might be a really, really, really, bad Hello Kitty- but if it is, I do not get the support our troops ribbons

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Casey said I'm with Kelly on this one... drug screening might be smart. But, then, would we still have cake wrecks??

Of course we would. Now once they start screening for basic literacy, we'll be in trouble.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

The lifesavers weren't supposed to be there in the first one. See, the wreckorator was eating lifesavers while leaning over her work and when she exclaimed, "It's beautiful!", one of them fell out of her mouth. She tried again with the same results. Easy.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

i have no words. except, wow!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

I feel like the mysterious lifesavers and the odd support our troops ribbons are kind of like the first scene in Big Trouble in Little China, added because the producers didn't get the joke.

But if these cakes are a joke, I don't get the punchline.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

I have to agree with Mudslicker about the pupae skies. The sun looks like it's throwing up. The last cake with the tapeworm smile? What the heck?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStella

i keep seeing the lifesavers as eyes. eyes of what... i dunno

i like the Dr. Seuss Cake. If it's supposed to be anything else, then fail.

and for the 3rd one, i'm gonna go with umbrella

the 4th one is too painful to look at. i am eating lunch here

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertygrr

The first thing I thought of when I saw the second one was the kanji for "mountain" - 山.

I don't think that's what they were going for though...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarasu

I think that Dr. Seuss cake might be a cake with sprinkles and 3 candles on top. Maybe?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

The first cake is depicting super slugs soaring over the Columbia River at sunset. It's quite breathtaking really.

Glad you're on the mend and soldiering on.

Viva La Cake Wrecks!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

This may be affected by my watching Monsters Inc recently.

in # one I see a monster snarling.

in # two I see a Dr. Suess hillside.

in # 3 I see tree with a Dr Suess critter sittingin it

and # 4 looks a whole lot like Mike's Teddy's face from Monster Inc

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

That MUST be some really strong stuff they're on. Wow. Like Kool-aid flavoured crack.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri

My guesses-
#1- sunset on the beach
#2- stairways to heaven
#3- my three yr old's umbrella
#4- a tripping teddy bear who supports the troops

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

since it's probably a beach scene, maybe -- just maybe-- the life savers are there to "represent" life guards on the beach???

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I only have a guess on the first one and I have no idea if I'm even close. But I'm thinking a sunset reflecting over the ocean & the beach. And maybe clouds?

And the Lifesavers are CLEARLY people in the ocean throwing their "lifesavers" up in the air... in celebration?? OR you can't see the people because they're drowning and the lifesavers are being thrown down from a rescue copter ?????

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoody Mac

#3 seems to be one of those art deco lady figures, wearing a butterfly cape, and gracefully bowing, whilst standing in the clouds.

Isn't that obvious??

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kelly said...

Drug screening by bakeries might be a good idea!
But then there would be no cakewrecks, we'd have to find something else to laugh at. :-)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorri S

OK, I'm just throwing this out there, but wreck #4 is apparently Rupert the Bear (an English character). September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which would explain the gold ribbons, since that's the ribbon color for childhood cancer. If some kid is that sick, haven't they suffered enough without this bizarre CCC???

The mind boggles.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne S

The second one is quite clearly a "clown bar graph." Yes, Bozo is presenting to the board of directors. And as you can see, Q2 was quite profitable!

BTW, do any other Canadian Cake Wrecks fans scratch their heads when they see these CCCs (ptewie)? I've never seen a cupcake cake here. Is it an American thing?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce Grant

I am so glad to hear that John is doing better! What a scare that must have been...

Good luck on the rest of the tour!

LOL!! Hilarious! That is all I can say. :-)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris & Ann

For some reason, when I look at the first one I'm seeing Mayor McCheese. Or maybe it's Chief Big Mac.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That's a SUNSET? Really???

I saw "cake with three candles" right away (though "Seussian trees" is a reasonable interpretation!) and "beach umbrella" was fairly obvious. And while I've never heard of Rupert the Bear before, at least you can tell it's a face. But I still don't see anything at all coherent in #1. A sunset, huh? [head tilt, squint] No. Still don't see it.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

Somebody ordered a cake with candles... Isn't there something we can use to make a cake and candles in this bakery? Hey! I've got it! FROSTING!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorien

Amazingly bad. I thought the first one was a sunset on the beach, but can't explain the life savers.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Dayton

Drug screening? No, I think we have to give them MORE drugs. Anti psychotic ones.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRox

I love love love this website! It really makes my day, everyday. Glad everyone is on the mend, and really with you were coming to Vegas. Your witty commentary makes me smile and please don't ever stop. Thanks Much!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMollie Sekikawa

"I mean, imagine going through your day in a world where this makes sense... Yep, that's gotta be a happy place."

Or a world filled with good drugs.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrachmouse

I think it's totally obvious:
#1 is an hommage to The Beatles! Specifically, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. With the Life Savers for diamonds.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudith

Okay, I know I'm weird, but I totally saw a uterus when I saw that first one.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I second Jo's assumption that the CCC (patooey!) is SUPPOSED to be, ironically, a cake with candles on top.

Let me say that again, to myself. The CUPCAKE cake (phhht!) is supposed to be a CAKE.

It's like an insult to the cake batter in a grown-up pan world.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.M. Green

I'm seeing a bowing ballerina in the child's version of a nuclear holocaust. If you walk away from the computer screen a few feet, you might be able to see it.

Kathryn L

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I think the Dr Seuss looking this a CCC cake made to represent a birthday cake (a side view). The tall long things are candles.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

I find the last one most disturbing. The features line up so that the sprinkles look like rosy cheeks on either side of a red nose... with no eyes. Aaaaahh!

WV: sailanfa - I wish I had a boat so I could be sailanfa away from the creepy, blind smiley face.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

My wee 'lil intestinal system is smiling because you are both feeling better and back on the book trail!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga

I think the 3rd one is a beach umbrella, but that ccc is..I don't know. I got nothing.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercakelady72


October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

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