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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

Foiled Foliage

"Hello, Miss? I wish to make a complaint about this cake I purchased not half an hour ago from this very bakery."

[looking cake over] "Oh, yes, that's our Norwegian Leaves design. What's wrong with it?"

"I'll tell you what's wrong with it: these are real leaves, that's what's wrong with it."

"No, of course not! Those are just icing. Look!" [shuffling leaves]

"Look, Miss, I know real dead leaves when I see them, and I'm looking at some right now."

"No, they're icing. Remarkable leaves, the Norwegian ones, aren't they? Beautiful foliage."

"The foliage don't enter into it! You put real leaves on my cake!"

"No, they're not real, they're just shining in accords."

"Shining in accords? What does that even mean?"

"I dunno; I'm just trying to stick to this Monty Python sketch as closely as possible."

Emily E., it's like a pun. Or a, what you call it, palindrome. Yeah.

NOTE: Yes, folks, they really are real leaves. Kinda gives a new meaning to "all natural ingredients," doesn't it?

- Related Wreckage: The Word "Holy" DID Come to Mind...

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Reader Comments (127)

there have to be better ways to get fiber

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I hoped they washed those things.
I don't want LEAVES on my cake
Though I like them.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChromesthesia

I don't know if I would be annoyed with the way they answer your questions. They are real leaves and they are not pretty. It is very obvious in the picture.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbaby cribs

I hope they at least rinsed any potential bugs off of it first. At least they didn't nail them to the cake to get them to stay on...

Also, I just saw a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake commercial that looked like 3D wrecks dancing on top of cakes. At least it did to me. I blame your site. In a good way.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Maybe it's a cake for (Lord) Byron and (John) Milton.

Maybe there's a hidden code in their most famous writings.

Maybe the leaves are part of an initiation into some secret society.

Maybe I need to stop reading my Dan Brown book for a little while.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

Frankly, the leaves are the most visually appealing part of the cake. Hope they were washed thoroughly, though.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

They should have at least put a rake on the cake.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

This is an ex parrot...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

If you were going to stick dead, dirty leaves all over the cake, wouldn't you at least try to at least find pretty leaves?

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBubbleknight

Those leaves wouldn't voom if you shot 4,000 volts through them.

Love love love it! (Well, except for the aforementioned dead leaves.)

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan


Mmmmmm, Yummers! I'd go check the bakery parking lot right now for dog poo, 'cause that's surely where these came from.
Oh, sorry; not putting anybody off their lunch, am I?

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMother (Re)produces.

it would be ok if it was nicely done(japanese sweets makers use mapple leaves to decorate sometimes)...but they should choose carefuly the leaves,and not just drop them and make them look like some old leaves some people walked on XD

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth Neveux

I was hearing the parrot sketch in my head before I'd read through the post, hearing those voices talking about cake...
WV imate... I'm not saying anything, we're supposed to keep this clean, right?

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, and there is the little matter of saying "Happy Birthday" with dead fall leaves, to two gentmen aged 77 and 80.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSAVanVleck

He's kicked the bucket! He's shuffled off his mortal coil! This! Is an EX-! PARROT!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

bahaha! Oh man. Nothing like crowning a wreck with Monty Python!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

You're luck to have leaves! I used to have to get up at 3 in the morning, eat a cake topped with hot gravel, and go work at the mill for 29 hours!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWildaBeast

There's method actors and now, we know there are method bakers out there. I think having misshapen icing leaves would have been better (and more tasty too).

I also have to mention that as I'm typing this comment, my word verification is senil. As in, I hope Bryan and Milton are senil enough not to realize there are dead leaves on their cake.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

*screams* AAAAHHHHH!!!!

I LOVE that you punned the Parrot sketch! YESSSSS!

I knew I loved you!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I think I just peed my pants!!! LOL
That was AWESOME!!!! What a great way to put a MP reference inyo your blog. Ok Jen your now my new best friend.
"It wouldn't zing if you put 4 million volts through it!!"

Love IT!!!!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I wouldn't want a slice of that cake. Not even if it was "Waffer Theen!"

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReo

@Diana--interesting twist! Instead of jumping OUT of a cake (which could get expensive, requiring lots of cake and bakery architecture skills I imagine. Just get a cheap sheetcake, throw leaves on it, and jump INTO the cake. whee! Great way to wreck a wreck!

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

Would've been awesome if you made a "Norwegian Wood" reference. Nasty cake all around, though.

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What kind of ripping-up-all-night party is it where you go to celebrate Byron and Milton?
Together? With real leaves?
At first I thought we were on the outside of an enormous 'in joke', but... I don't think we are.
I think the baker is as lost as us on this puzzle.

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I'm over half a year late to this party, but I feel I should point out - the fact that they're Norwegian leaves made me laugh particularly because there *are* fjords in Norway.
But they couldn't be pinin', I suppose, because they're deciduous leaves, not needles.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I. love. MONTY PYTHON!!!!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCelia Bowen

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