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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)

The second one looks like it's supposed to be the top of a cake with stripey candles on it. Which is deeply ironic - a cupcake cake depicting (or failing to depict) an actual cake?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

I see the sunset but I don't get the life savers. Why not put them in the "water"? And those are the "dirt" looks way too real for me.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I'm a co-worker of the woman that made the last CCC, she told us after she had made that thing that it was Rupert. The bear, Rupert. The one in the red sweater and yellow pants.

When asked about the ribbons, she said they looked nice.



October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlast CCC's co-worker

Oh my God...I actually figured the first one out! That somewhat scares me. Though why there are floating lifesavers in a beach scene I don't know.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuno

I believe the first one is supposed ot be a sunset at a beach. That explains pretty much everything, well... except for the life savers. lol

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinkfreak131

I think that first one looks like a tornado over a lake with caterpillar clouds... very inspired! And I agree with hamburke that the "cheerful mushroom cloud" is probably an umbrella.... I say probably....

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know what the first one is supposed to be!! Its a sunset at the beach! The clouds, and dirt..the water! and the life-savers...uh..yeah.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Wynn

Yeah, that second one definitely looks Dr. Seuss-ish. I have no idea what it's supposed to be though (same goes for the first and third ones).

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

That first "sad bat" wreck? My 5 year old daughter saw it and asked if they were Puss Caterpillars made out of frosting. She was recently stung by one of these venomous caterpillars and seeing what she thought was a frosting representation of them... well, we were all busting up laughing. If you Google Puss Caterpillar you'll see it really does look like they tried to make them there!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthepaperbluebird

1. Silly Jen, it's upside down. Flip it over and it's clearly a . . . uh . . . potato plant! Yeah, that's it -- the "clouds" are the potatoes, the lifesavers are stones, etc. (OK, really, after the early comment I will always see the unzipped pants now.)

2. I really thought it was a colorful cactus, which is sort of cute.

3. beach umbrella

4. Square-headed teddy bear. See, the top two corners are clearly ears.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I think the "I have no freaking idea" CCC is supposed to be a tragicaly squashed cake with gigantic stripey candles on top.
The clown's mushroom cloud - beach ball umbrella? - looks like it has silly putty at the bottom...perhaps an extra gift with purchase?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Break out the temperas
And besmock the preschoolers -
It's Cake Decor Time!

wv: lersnorrt

How le French le laugh.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Yay! Any chance you'll swing by Cleveland? Just checking...

Loved the Mushroom Cloud Clown "Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck." :)

Word Verification "pethe"- It's a pethe these wreckerators don't run out of icing.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah22277

This post made me laugh so hard I was wheezing. My boyfriend had to yell, "Breathe, Honey!" Thanks, I needed that.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"...all the leaves are browwwn and the sky is graay..."

"duuude there's another order! hand me more iging and another magic mushroom"

btw...should I be worried that the first cake actually makes sense to me? it's clearly a sunset! see? there's the sea, the orange glitter, the sun, the round worm-clouds and the err...flying saucers =D!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ehh... I think the 2nd one's supposed to be candles on the top icing of a birthday cake... Otherwise I have no idea....

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnony Mice

The second one is clearly a menorah. That's missing six branches.

I couldn't look at the third one for more than a few seconds. It, no exaggeration, made my eyes sting.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

Okay. The first is a beach sunset without - and this is important - the wreckerator remembering to draw in the sun. The third is upside down here, it's pretty clearly an 8 year old's crayon drawing of an erupting volcano if you flip it right-side up.

The second and fourth? No freaking clue.

Get well soon!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I think the "sad bat" is actually a sunset over the water, and the orange blobs are clouds. I have no idea what the lifesavers are supposed to represent; maybe actual lifesavers?

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the second one has some resemblance to ice-cream piles....? See the cherries on top?! The wreckerator was leaving a clue!!!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney C.

@Joyce, Yes, we have the dreaded CCC's in Canada. My Mother-in-law picked one up at Safeway for $5 (originally $24.99!!). It was a bad BEE Movie CCC with the thick icing diguise and really bad bright yellow airbrushing. I cringed when I seen it and went, "Boy, that's a pretty wrecky CCC." I got blank stares and a couple of "huh?'s" from the kids.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStella

The top one is clearly, "Happy death anniversary to the victims of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption!"

The scary part is I saw that the second cake resembled a three-candled birthday cake the moment I saw it. I think I've visited your page too often! :)

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've stared and stared, and I still can't figure out what on earth those are supposed to be.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sure someone's already said it, but that first cake is a sun setting over the ocean.

Live in Florida all your life, and you'll see enough cheaply painted tourist brick-a-brack that you can spot a blobby sunset anywhere!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Jackson

the first one is a sunset, and i'm pretty sure that your "mushroom cloud" is a brightly colored umbrella.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, I like the first one. It's obviously a sunset at sea. So what if it's not perfect?

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillyD

The first one: a sunset on the ocean. With the light reflecting on the water. Badly. In a orange-floating-yellow brick road to the sun kind of way.
The second one: Ice cream? In towers? On top of an ice cream ocean?
The third one: a beach umbrella, in sand, with water behind it?
The fourth one: What???

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey that's not intestine - it's a slug. You can see the little horns on its head.

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaxon

i think the second one is supposed to be the top of a cake and candles. i think...

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Man thank goodness you guys cleared up that sunset on the beach thing for #1, all I was thinking was "penis, butt, poop, turds, lifesavers" it wasn't good. I felt like a 14 year old boy.

PS Sprinkles for eyes? Awesome.

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Potato

It's quite obvious:
These cakes have been made especially for one reason:
the recipient is supposed not to realize that he is going through a Rorschach test! So... kind of therapy, you know?
I mean... you can see that in the answers here what people see in the pictures *ggg*

oh, btw: I linked your blog to my blog, because I have not found a blog like this for years... thanks for sharing these great cakes :)

Greetings from good ol' Germany,

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabriele

I took the picture of the CCC (#2). It's from a Walmart in Palm Desert, CA. I snapped pictures of a couple "cakes" that day, but this one was by far the most bizarre. I stared at it for 10 minutes and still couldn't figure out what is was supposed to be. The various theories posted here all make more sense than anything I could come up with. I'll have to go back soon and see what else they've created for us.

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat T

I actually like the no freaking idea cake. Someone gave making a cake out of cupcakes their best shot. A for effort.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Anne

You just don't understand modern art.

I thought that #2 depicted those swirly poles in Venice.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

The mushroom cloud is actually a scene from the comedy version of "Children of the Corn"

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

The more I look at that first one the harder I laugh. Thanks. . .

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

I have no idea what the other ones are, but #3 looks like a parrot. A hideously deformed parrot made by a 3 year old, but still a parrot.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

#4 is so like Marshie, a character on It's all in the cake shape, and smile.

- Lizzie

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the first one is supposed to be a sunset...

I wonder if the Dr. Suess one is upside-down or sideways...

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the top picture is obviously a sunset over the ocean.

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Wait, is that bad that I instantly recognized a sunset (albeit a poorly done one) in the first picture?

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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