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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.

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- 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.

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Reader Comments (146)

Think of all the people who had to say, "Yeah, that's a good idea!" for that inspiration cake to even be an option for a customer!

WV: quity
You thinkin' about orderin' a turkey cake?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


*Wipes mouth* Sorry about that guys...

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well it's brown

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

They got what they deserved... No sane person would order that cake. EWWW

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSal :-)

Ugh, this one is messing with my mind.

I believe there's a David Sedaris essay on foods that seem mispackaged in other countries-- like mayo that comes in a tube, or peanut butter in a can (as though you'd eat it all in one sitting).

Unfortunately, this time, we're the ones not getting it right. Still, if you've got the disposable income in this economy, more power to you. I'll just be at my house with the real thing!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you disgusted as a cake lover? Check.
Are you disgusted as a vegetarian? Double check.
Is it sick freaking nasty? Check!

Disagnosis: Wrecktastic!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Why did they want a turkey cake? That's the real story!!!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStamp4hobby

Sevenmarie gives an admirably clear explanation of why this cake is actually quite hard to make. But she still doesn't explain why anybody would want one.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I think both cakes look nasty. Ish.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe three amigos

Didn't get a chance to look at Cake Wrecks before going to bed last night (I live on the other side of the world). Looking at it at 6:55 a.m.

Big. Mistake.

Both turkey cakes are nauseatingly gross. ::sound of retching::

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Horrific, in concept and execution.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Who would order that in the first place. EWWWWW.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternelsonturf

That has got to be the most disgusting idea ever for a cake EW!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuff On My Blog

What in the world is that glazed with?

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Haha...I think the turkey cake that was made is actually more realistic than the one ordered. The whole thing was a bad idea, perhaps, but at least the baker was faithful to real life. :P

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

and to one of the anonymous...oh god! I've had that Jones soda before--just a tiny sip of the brussels sprouts made me think I was gonna throw up. Cranberry sauce was the only passable one. Baaaad idea, people...totally not aloud. But at least our real dessert was suite! O.o

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

I'm a newcomer to Cake Wrecks, but I've found one of your youngest fans. Last night my 21-month-old was next to me as I perused past posts. Today he saw me open my laptop and he ran over eagerly, saying, "Take! Take, peas," which translates "Cake! Cake, please."

I found the desired blog and enjoyed his enthusiam for the Sesame Street sweets and the wrecks that followed. He is particularly found of the turkey cake, which he insists is a "duct take."

I'm sure I'll be checking in regularly if Mikey has anything to say about it. Thanks for the laughs and the mama-son bonding opportunity.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

That is just the worst thing I've ever seen here, and that is really saying something!

WHY? I think the wanted one is gross too.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

That's so sad!! There's no wire in it, we had one last year since none of us really like a big giant Turkey for thanksgiving. It's not actually Gravy, it's a mix of chocolate and caramel sauces.
It's pretty delicious!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKisa

The first one looks pretty gross to me. The second one pretty much does look like the first, except it looks like someone got excited and tried to pull off a drumstick. But really, it's not that bad.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

Is this supposed to keep me from overdoing it this Thanksgiving? Because if I keep these cakes in mind, mission: accomplished! Consider my appetite suppressed.

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

Oh what happen?! lol =D

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November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

If it weren't so tragically mangled, I'd be tempted to serve this up alongside a turkey flavored "meat cake" and watch the facial expressions...

WV: Proli. I'd proli see some good ones, too.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Wreck aside...who on EARTH want's a turkey cake?? The original looked pretty scary as well!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusannie

if they wanted a turkey, why'd they go to the bakery? silly people.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Loughlin

Ewwwww... both cakes look disgusting. Yes, I'd still eat them.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

disgusting!!! If cakes are sweet, why make them look like salty food?

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna Carol Rocha

the original looks almost as bad as the wreck

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually did get the turkey cake one year for my springtime birthday, simply to confuse people. Thankfully, mine looked more like the first cake.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtaven

Years ago I found a prepackaged, imported cake called "Mr. Turkey" at an Italian bakery and believe it or not it was a huge hit. It wasn't glazed or frosted, which probably had bits of orange in it, and powdered sugar to sprinkle on top. It also came with those ruffly drumstick ends (made of sugar) to stick on before serving. Every year since then I've tried to find it again to no avail.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

Yeah . . . we all thought my sister was crazy when she asked for a turkey cake this year for her birthday, but it actually was pretty fun :). I'm no professional, but I still think mine looked better, and with cookie "stuffing" I can almost bet it tasted better!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTX Lottery Gal

ew...shiny food...

wv: yocapods: what you'll get living in your intestianal tract from eating shiny food. What do you think caused the French Revolution? All that freakin Aspic!

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHavoc

I'm still trying to figure out why you would want a shiny turkey shaped cake to begin with.

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhotographer Leia

My stomach caved in...I'm serious.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri

Gah, that looks like a horned turd.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

LOL!!! I can't believe someone ordered this cake! At my store we will NOT be doing this cake for anyone. It is hard to keep the caramel (yes that shiny stuff is caramel) on the ice cream is a b****!!!!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrys

I'm sure this cake was not inexpensive -- why would you buy it and then complain? Just say, "no".

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Surprisingly, I work at one of these stores and, while we didn't sell any last year, the year before we sold a ton. They look better, more matte, before the caramel gets put on it. Even in person they look disgusting, yet people have bought them right out of our case.

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter[rachel]

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit....


February 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdreadkitty

What's the story on the offering in the background? 'Apple pie a la mode' as some kind of all-in-one concoction (could be okay), covered in frosting (diet aid). Is that a pie-cake? Nothing is what it seems!

May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To be fair, I work at the establishment that offers this cake (I see you have cleverly obscured the logo... very sneaky) and this cake is VERY hard to make. It involves putting melted caramel on top of frozen ice cream in a weird shape. Not sure if you've tried it, but it isn't surprising that the decorators had a hard time.

June 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To Anonymous who said;

'and this cake is VERY hard to make. It involves putting melted caramel on top of frozen ice cream in a weird shape. Not sure if you've tried it, but it isn't surprising that the decorators had a hard time.'

So that excuses them for getting money for shoddy work? Does this excuse shoddy work in other places? 'Oh wah wah it's to hard to make this *thing here*' or 'wah it's to hard to do *thing*' how about I half ass it, it doesn't matter, who cares!

Yeah, how about you go eat this disgusting fail of an ice cream cake.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You have to admire the hi-gloss finish on the original cake. It looks like it was polished by a fanatical car owner - heavy on the Turtle Wax and/or shellac.

I wonder if s/he used a power buffer?

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermorriganscrow

I think a turkey cake is hilarious! Everyone seems to be taking this seriously but I think it's supposed to be a funny thing. As for the replica, I do not believe this actually came from Baskin Robins because the turkey legs are extended out past the board which means it didn't get put in a box. How would they have gotten this home without a box. It is definately a bad replica. I guess a BR employee could hve taken this pic at the store but to say it came from B.R. doesn't seem fair.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterR

I work for Baskin Robbins and all I have to say us I HATE that cake. . . we dont even do the caramel glaze because it NEVER works!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I work for them and these cakes are really hard to make but this year they solved this problem by icing it in butter cream first and then the caramel on top it turns out like the picture. this is really funny though. I really hoped someone didn't have to pay for that.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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