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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

Time to Talk Turkey

It's the time of year again, folks: The time when we gather with loved ones, eat some great food, and, of course, count down The Top 20 Ways to Wreck a Turkey Cake.

Let's get to it!

1. By confusing turkeys with swans:

B. By confusing turkeys with turtles... authentic Argentinian garb.

C. By running out of orange icing:

5. By doing this:

G. By angering the Tiki gods:

F. By using a big piece of plastic:

"So you're telling me all I have to do is arrange these cupcakes so the plastic thing covers them? And there's no way I can screw it up? Hmm. That sounds like a challenge."

VII: By using Alien Autopsy for inspiration:

At least he looks happy. Must be that shag rug they laid him on.

10. By letting a former taxidermist "decorate":

Tune in tomorrow for the next top "10"!

Thanks to Mariah Z., Brody, Amber B., Howard G., Mike T., Judy G., Aaron L., and Anne V. You guys are number G!

- Related Wreckage: And Now, A Word From Your Thanksgiving Turkey Cakes

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Reader Comments (155)

Dance of the Cucumber reference makes me happy on the Monday after vacation. Thank you!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

"C" looks like a worm with a chef's hat doing a dance in the jungle. Ha. Cha.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

The taxidermy cake would be right at home with last week's tornadoes of turds cake.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

turkey turtle looks more like chicken little got hit with a big piece of something.

Love the tiki turkey

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

1, B, C, 5, G, F.... One way to get confused real fast.

And I believe the Tiki Gods are quite upset. Haha!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDevon R. Edwards

What is all this about Veggie Tales?

ees plain to seeeeee! (I see!) your brains are very small to sink walking, will be knocking down our wall!


November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

LOVE the Veggietales reference. I'll be singing all day! :)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

It just always makes me sad to realize that somebody was probably really proud of the work they did on these wrecks. Or that they hate their job that much...

Some of these remind me of 'un chango pelon'

WV: uniqes - What the wreckerators were going for. Unfortunately they got it just right.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

Why is the alien-abducted turkey wearing an old indian headdress?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for the Silly Songs with Larry reference, truly made my day!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Until I realized you were misnumbering on purpose, I thought I was going crazy.

Then I realized it was the turkeys. And I understood.

retric - What people say who are in defense of these kinds of cakes.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbookbug

sorry, but i don't understand the authentic argentinian garb joke???

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If a turkey doesn't look like one thing, apparently it's going to look like another...and neither one of those things is a turkey, but both are always big favorites here! *snicker*

wv: inelyzed-- by the time you figure out what this word is so you can type it, well, you must be pretty determined to leave a comment.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

I wish they'd label these "Thanksgiving cake," instead of "turkey cake." It would also help if they would settle on icing that wasn't the color of meaty baby food.

("Here you go, sweetie, a spoonful of turkey, and now a spoonful of cake!" *urp.*)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOh, Mandy

I used to just think brown icing was the one to look out for, but now I am reconsidering my feelings about orange, and sometimes green as well.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

@Jackie-- I thought of artichokes too. Or else unhealthy oysters on the half shell. Blech.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, I love all of the geeky references, and the Veggie Tales one made my morning.


WV: einemene -minie-mo, which is the wreckiest of them all?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Loved it!

"Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?" - Woody Allen

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Alien Autopsy dude looks like the gleeful worm on the movie Labrynth

"care for some tea?, come inside, meet the mrs"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

posts like this remind me of why in the book (which I just bought :) ) I was a little disappointed in the "holiday horrors" chapter. I think it only referenced xmas wrecks. But there is such a dirth of Halloween and Thanksgiving wrecks out there that are HILARIOUS! not to mention Easter and the slaughtered lambs....

wv: minex--"And in minex act, I'm going to conjure up some poo tornadoes and slather them on cake!"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I loved the Veggie Tale reference!!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too funny! Great humor for a stressful time. Will be back tomorrow!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMica

How soon before we see someone trace her/his hand with icing?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Looking forward to the next set of cakes, numbers j through 17.

Also, I hope there are no more beaks in the upcoming group like the first example. That thing's weirding me out. (Did I just say "upcoming?")

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My two year old daughter was sitting on my lap when I looked at today's post and to stop her from squirming I said, "Hey Sophia, look at all these turkeys!" She looked for a minute, cocked her head to the side and said "I don't see any turkeys, momma."

Exaaaaactly my dear.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

In "true" cake wrecks style I LOVE your numbering! Hahahaha A-F, then roman numeral nine and finally 10. For some reason that little detail cracked me up more than the cakes! The cakes were just ummm... disturbing!

Thanks for the giggles!
Jenn (In Ohio)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUs3JKJ

There's a new icing color to worry about--baby poo brown. Is turtle turkey even iced?

at least swanturkey got sprinkles. very few, and why green, and why on the bottom? (and mostly on the cake board. tsk tsk.)Is it supposed to be "grass" as if this turkey is peacefully lounging waiting for that big neck to be chopped off from behind?

maybe it's a chicken on a nest.

C is just scary. no beak? oozing blood? green feathers that look like a palm frond? and a WHITE body? what the heck? this does not qualify as a turkey! more like a worm crawling out from under an egg on a palm frond.

#5 is scary, though the eyelashes are a nice touch on ol' One Eye.

#10--a glove holding a bleeding worm stabbed by a kernel of corn.

Tiki Turkey is wrong on so many levels. the color of the cake background looks like woodgrain. is it a panic stricken face on a cutting board? are the technicolor worms rays of panic or are they worms rushing to Captain Psycho Eyes? the no beak and trail of blood are really disturbing.

Alien turkey is so happily on fire! or on a flower shaped shag rug. again, smiley face does not go when there's supposed to be a BEAK.

It looks like a happy turd with an orphan Annie red fro (and an undigested corn kernel) wearing a brown Rennaissance collar and mating with a fat red dragonfly with spotted wings. Yeeah.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Delightfully Wrecky!

Amy B-H

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

F may in fact be the biggest turkey turd I have ever seen...that's not to say that I've actually seen that many turkey turds, but still, look at that thing!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCisa

Oh dear, Jen...I think the combo of the holidays and excessive turkey wreckage has affected you more deeply than you realize--your numbering system has baffled even my deranged mind. I'm particularly fond of 5 and G, though this may be the result of indulging excessively in turducken last night...

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

The only one that was mildly okay was "by doing THIS". The face was actually rather cute and the swirled frosting, while reminding me of an afghan we had in our living room during the 1970s, actually requires a bit of skill.

The others would make anyone develop a fear of Thanksgiving (or at least turkeys). Yeee-ikes!

WV: Hyress--We need to hyress a good decorator for our Thanksgiving dessert...not a wreckorator!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Miren el pepino!!!! Oh I needed that this morning. You know - that's the only Veggie Tales song I know...and it's SUCH a good one.

You're killing me - I need to WAIT for the rest!?!


Pobre tomate :-(

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina


Also, number "5" is so confused there's a ? in the frosting!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUlrike

Cake Wrecks was mentioned in PC Mag's list of 50 best blogs of the year:,1205,l%253D246136%2526a%253D246101%2526po%253D13,00.asp

Congrats! :)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaze

@ Fanboy Wife-- Bwahahaha!

That's all that's left to want for! Maybe tomorrow?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love all your veggietale shout outs!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterABA2009

Oh Jen,
You made my day!
I did not catch the Veggie Tales reference right away, but for some reason I was reading your comments in Larry's voice. Ahhhhh, this is true happiness.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAutumnJade

I actually thought VII was adorable. It's like the alien equivalent of a puppy going "Play wif me! Pweeeeease? Tummy rub? Hugs? Play wif me!"

Word Verification: crksc "The nearest phonetic equivalent to the name of this alien pet, which cannot be properly pronounced using the human vocal system."

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphantomcranefly

The Pilgrims are rolling in their graves.... I just know it.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

hehehe, love the veggie tales reference!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

My nine year old says:

Uhhh...Mom...are those supposed to be...TURKEYS?

Yes, darling. That is what they are supposed to be.

Well, that was a fail.

*chuckle* Yes, dear. It certainly was.

wv: in, unnedu learn how to make turkey cakes.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

"Saaay Peas!" "PEEEEEEEEEEEEEAS!!" Miren el turkey-o!

I love the fact that you have thrown yet another Veggie reference in!!!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

hahaha - still laughing about the "authentic Argentinian garb" - love me some veggie tales ;)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT

Awwww. I love VII!!!!! He's so cute! I want to take him home with me.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't get over that fact that people actually pay for these horrid cakes and serve them to guests !

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonna Beach

that is a weird and wonderful numbering system you have going there.

And I was doing fairly well till i hit number 5 - yes "that". Everything after "that" just set me off again. Putting the tiki one just afterwards was cruel - its HARD to hold in laughter at work and thats a 1-2 combo if i ever saw one. =P

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

These are hillarious... like all the stuff you guys always post but... I didn't get "the authentic argentinian garb" joke either... but thanks to google I found out.. it's a song about a cucumber wearing a mexican sombrero and dancing an argentinian ballad (
How come I never heard about it? :/

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeliBusla

Do these people not realize that the hand-traced turkey is not a realistic turkey model?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I always do love your Veggie Tales references :)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Lots of Publix cakes today.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

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