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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

Cue Cards, Please?

Last week we looked at cakes that took labeling a bit too far. Today, let's look at the other side of the coin: when cakes really need to give us that hint.

See, once you read the text, and figure out that this has something to do with some sort of ski, it suddenly all makes sense! (Sort of.)

[smacking forehead] Oh, of course! It's TNT! How could I have missed that?

Now, if you're going to give us hints, Wreckerators, it helps if they're at least somewhat legible:

Do you KNOW how long I squinted at this thing, trying to figure out why there were black jellyfish on it? Well, do you?!?

(No, I am not going to tell you what it is. I squinted hard for that knowledge, peeps.)

It also helps if the hints are spelled correctly:

So, we've got a fat anthropomorphic top lip with arms, and it says "Gone Crabiy." Oh kaaaay.
(Well, I guess the word "crab" IS in there...)

Then there are the more cryptic hints:

"Cakes" like this (and I say "cakes" because, as you all know, cupcake cakes are NOT real cakes) can help us brush up on our deductive reasoning skills. Observe:

1. There is a number on the shape, and the cake board reads "Win! Win!"
2. Numbers and winning are often associated with sports.
3. Therefore, the "cake" is a stretched out, radioactive uterus.

Meg, Paula B., Robbie, Kaycee M., & Julie M., with that 8 on there the temptation to make some kind of OctoMom crack is rather strong - but I resisted, just for you.

You're welcome.

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Reader Comments (180)

okok i see it. the ski one is supposed to be WATER skiing. the second one looks like french fries if you ask me. and now i feel very smart. i know what it says i know what it says {singsong voice}. yep i do. GRAVEYARD!!!! hehe thanks jen, you made me feel like i learned something today.

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermllymoo22

It's a very sad depiction of a graveyard, with tombstones that say, "RIP."

And "splorin Wolfies", if you REALLY REALLY did read this entire blog from beginning to end, you must be very sore from extended sitting time!! I started reading this thing about a month ago, and still don't think I've read it all!! (and you can ask my family-who may consider me estranged now-I have spend MUCH time reading it! ha ha!)

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

"black Jellyfish" = sentinels from The Matrix perhaps?

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterariella

Well, the first one looks like, maybe, a speedboat, and perhaps they're talking about water-skiing?

Why would anyone have a cake that said "Graveyard" btw? What would that be for? A funeral cake? A really uninspired Halloween cake?

And the last one... looks like a sad attempt at a Texas Longhorn.

WV - colsa: sugar free coleslaw

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaupai

I was looking at the blog and my 8 year old was walking by and said, "Hey, that's a grave yard." "How do you know that," I said. "Because it says RIP." how hard was that?


November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Okay, There are too many comments... did anyone guess "Orangemen" for the last one? Syracuse university football team.

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

THANK YOU to everyone who figured out that word on the jellyfish mess. I stared at that for way longer than I should have. :)

I kept thinking that cake looked like something a high school student would bring to biology as a representation of a cell. The "jellyfish" looked like a bunch of mitochondrion and endoplasmic reticulum to me! :D

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMockingbird

I think that last one is clearly the Mega Man villain "Yellow Devil"

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I agree(sadly) that the last one must be the UT-TN power T. The color is wrong for tx and right for TN. And the first one has to be a jet ski.

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

apparently I live with too many lefties, Graveyard was dead easy for me to read!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertooznie

Ooh, spooky gravuyard. Least of all the colour of your gums after eating that icing.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I think the last one is supposed to be a numbered sports jersey.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosalie

Not that it corrects the spelling, but I am pretty sure that the one with the crab should say, "Gone Crabbing."

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Calico Cat

That graveyard/RIP jelly baby one is a real mess !

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonna Beach

Oh my GOD, I lost my mind with that last cake! I was laughing so hard, my husband thought I was going crazy!

"A stretched out, radioactive uterus"

ROFL! Just ROFL!!!!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Now I kind of want my gravestone to look like a jellyfish... Who do I go to for that, I wonder...

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i have no idea! tell me!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercatholicgirl247

I think that orange CCC is one of the robots from the Berzerk video game. Maybe it's meant to pep up the team before the big game. "Go Robots! Beat Human! Yaaaay team!"

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

A ski slope ending in a sea of blood? WTF?

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdavrieb

The last cake is definitely Denver Broncos. #8 for quarterback Kyle Orton, bright orange was the primary color on their old uniforms (which denver natives still prefer) and blue icing around the cupcakes (again, same shade of blue that was on their old uniforms).

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlilith

Upsilon? That's the only thing I can think of.
Also, enjoy your crabs.

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne R. Collins

I am so smart! ... Okay maybe not but it took me 3 seconds to realize that the jellyfish cake was really tombstones that said RIP and that the illegible writing said graveyard. I think I get these things easier since I am dyslexic... Is it okay that I blame it on my dyslexia?

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first one is a jet ski, not a snow ski, hence the ski mention.

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchronicbliss

If you tilt your head, squint your left eye, and dust off your imagination it looks like a cake wreck graveyard of the future...
and WHY is there a road (I think it's a road) going through the middle

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

The text on the third cake actually looks pretty clear to me. It says "Graveyard."

Envy my young, perfect eyes, Jen.

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last one has something to do with the "Octo-Mom."

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSavta Deby

Perhaps the 'TNT' on the second 'cake' indicates where the actual TNT is to be placed. Only because it is a CCC, don't ya know.

Once I figured out (don't ask me how) that the third one is a Halloween item, I was able to decode the word 'graveyard'. After that, everything else fell into place, so to speak. The 'jellyfish' are open graves and the green squiggles say 'RIP'.

In #4, I was able to determine that so much orange icing had gone into making the crab (note in passing that the shell only turns red after cooking) that nothing was left to close the g on the mystery word. Meanwhile, space limitations (or perhaps limitations of another sort) prevented inclusion of the second b in... crabbing.

I also thought 'uterus' on #5, but I missed the radioactive angle. What do the numeral 8 and 'Win! Win!' have to do with a uterus? I'm not even gonna go there. Perhaps the mystery object is a school logo. Could be a medical school. I'll stop now.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'd say, the "Win, Win" "cake" looks more like an IUD!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrederica

I would say that the "Win, Win" "cake" looks more like an IUD!

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrederica

Looked at it for approximately 3.5 seconds, figured out it was a wonky graveyard. I'm proud of myself; apparently sifting through pages and pages of unmitigated baking disasters has honed my wreckterpretation skills to a fine point. ;)

March 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

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