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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 Turkey

What they ordered...

What they got...

Boy, Juli N., it's a good thing they put that electrical wire in there to hold the legs on.

- Related wreckage: Well, I'm Stumped

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Reader Comments (146)

The "what they wanted" picture was frightening enough. Ew.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM'Lynn

The original is ugly!! The wreck is hideous. I can't imagine why anyone would want a turkey cake.

WV...mince. How appropriate!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThat Mama

...and your next task, to fashion your actual turkey into a cake for the ultimate gross-out dinner party.


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

The ineptitude on display with the second cake is fairly staggering, but I'm tempted to say that anyone who would think the "Turkey Cake" in the first picture looks good, deserves the second cake.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I guess you could serve this with Jones Soda's flavors for Thanksgiving, featuring "Green Bean Casserole" and "Mashed Potato and Butter." With a bowl of Pepto for dessert, please.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So let me get this straight: is the first on the Turkey as it was presented on the table to begin with and the second one the Turkey after it was discovered to be rabid? I don't understand...

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJani

You know the funny thing is the fact the wrecked cake actually looks more like a real turkey than the well-polished one they were suppose to get, an undercooked, vehemently gross turkey, but a turkey nonetheless. lol

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDinaHaansley

Am I the only one who thought the original 'what they wanted' cake actually looks kinda awesome? Kinda like a caramel apple, but with ice-cream...

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Even the original looks disgusting. Why would anyone want a cake disguised as a turkey??

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

I'm happy that we've already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada. Seeing that at the table would have ruined my appetite for the whole weekend.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaRa

Eww, I agree with the others. Both are wrecks. Yuck.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I'm with the rest of you. I think the whole concept was a wreck. Even perfectly executed that turkey is a...well, turkey.


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIslandPearl

Eww! I can't imagine an occasion where a turkey cake is ever appropriate.

On further consideration, this makes me think back to the baby cakes. Time for analogies!

One looks at a turkey cake and assumes it tastes like: Turkey.

One looks at a baby cake and assumes it tastes like: ???

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

barf! Even the original photo is pretty gross looking...

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

YUM!!!!!! This looks like when we had our vegan friends over for Thanksgiving one year and they brought a Tofurky shaped into a turkey mold. They could not understand why I politely declined (over and over) in favor of the real thing.

thta "cake" looks like a real turkey. and an ugly one!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia Winter

So... shiny.... Hurts... eyes....

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

LOL as a vegetarian I don't know if I would feel at ease eating that cake....that looks realer than any Tofurky I've ever seen

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCherieBerrie

I see I'm not the only one to think even the first one doesn't exactly look appetizing!

Word verification:unictim
"Look at the turkey's legs! Unictim!"

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

I think I just became a vegetarian.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn

even the original looks disgusting! that could be a wreck in itself!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebby

I don't know about the rest of you, but I [b]always[/b] have a little femoral artery with my turkey flavored ice cream.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

You know, I was at Baskin Robbins the other night and I saw the 'turkey' cake and thought "You know, that could be SOOOOO incredibly wrecky!" (it's not very appetizing IMO when it's done right)

This...this is even wreckier than I could imagine. The atrocities committed on innocent ice cream and cake!

WV: Piterics--the study of what makes us go "Ptooey!" this wreck!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Who orders a turkey cake? That's just wrong.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

The "legs" still look quite raw, and it seems the bird's pooping yellow and Grass?

~Amy B-H

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Hey Jen & John!

We really enjoyed meeting you both in Atlanta last night! You are both as awesome in person as you are in blog form!

Another awesome wrecktastic cake! Wreck on!


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

What does the Bionic Man eat at Thanksgiving? Why, the Bionic Turkey of course! Looks like the Bionic Dog got ahold of that leg first.

wv: odidy
Thanks, CW, for yet another edible odidy.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWATERBABY CHRISTINE

The original cake is gross! I don't know why anyone would want to make a replica. Shiny gravey looking icing? Yum!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Why would anyone order a turkey cake in the first place? The shiny brown surface looks scary.


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Who in God's name even orders a turkey cake that looks like it's been shellacked??

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTyphoid Ashley

Tofurkey...and now this. Stop messing with the bird!!!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStef

I'm not sure why there's so much blame-the-victim stuff about ordering the cake in the first place...maybe they thought it was funny, maybe they wanted it to sit beside a real turkey to amuse others, who knows. I don't like lots of potential cake themes but that doesn't mean the concept of having one is invalid if it suits someone else's interests.

I've been snarked for making an eyeball cake and some of my other horror/RPG cakes, but they amused me and my friends so feh to anyone who has a problem with's not like anyone else is being forced to eat it.

That being said, the actual cake as made is truly disgusting, and I'm sure not even up to health code with that wire in there. It looks like the turkey was tortured before being killed and cooked. Egads, it's awful.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I picture that cake tasting like gravy. Cake is NOT supposed to look like it tastes like gravy!!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

lol i'm more amused at ppl who write that they barfed or tasted their breakfast. ppl really? its just a picture.

and stop asking "who would want such a cake?" if it was available to be bought that meant a number off ppl wanted a frozen ice cream cake shaped like a turkey. geez.

wv: reillye. how apt.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkooky

Mmmm... gravy. That's what they get for ordering a cake in the shape of a turkey, geez.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWkSocMom

Maybe i'm in the minority here, but I think the original is pretty sweet (no pun intended..)! I would definitely get something like that for my dinner.

The wreck is just awful though. Never before has a turkey looked so unappetizing....

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterObsidienne

Okay, more than a little disturbing there. Seriously.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSues2u2

Now, is that Frankenturkey or Turkenstein?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

but why would you order that in the first place?! the first picture is actually less appetizing than the wreck because it's so freakin' glossy! food shouldn't be that shiny.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaya


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie (Nerd Goddess)

oh, heavens no... this is as gag inducing as the tofurky on Everybody Loves Raymond

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Ewww...cake pretending to be meat is always can't possible taste see turkey (sort of) but taste cakey goodness? And in this case COLD cakey goodness...It's like thinking you're about to drink Coke and end up with iced tea. Ptooie...

It was great meeting you two last night here in Atlanta...I've looked through the book several times now, showing it to coworkers and such, and I keep finding new things to crack up over. It's like you said...sometimes you've just got to let the wrecky details sink in...

~Bonnie B :)

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Why... is it so SHINY? Even a real juicy turkey isn't that glossy. It's like it was shellacked. And the wrecktastic version is even worse!

WV: cubra -- a cobra that speaks really fast Spanish?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ha. I saw that ad for a turkey ice cream cake at Baskin Robins. Love the wreck.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Gross. Both cakes are barftastic.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Ew! The original isn't very nom-worthy either. It's shiny. It looks like someone iced it with spit. :(

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSurfie


Both the before AND after cakes are repulsive! Why oh why would anyone want a shiny turkey cake??! Blurgh!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Schwerin

But why would you order a turkey cake in the first place?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKar

As someone who would want cakes in the shape of organs, steak, or any other unsavory, wtf styles, this creeps me out. There's something about it that makes me squiggle. I wouldn't want either cake D:
As someone mentioned, I think its because both are SHINY. VERY SHINY. Why so shiny? It's like as though you basted your turkey in disgusting corny syrupy fake turkey taste. I can understand that they make want to make it brown, but why not chocolate icing? What's wrong with that?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

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