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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)

Is it just me or does B look like it was originally a taco?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelaney

That was 8.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hahaha! I can't help thinking that VII is really cute!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

wow, you count like my 2 year old. :o)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I see the poo swirls are back! Yumm....

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I propose that any future comments containing the gratuitous "poo" reference be penalized 25 points. Including this one.

wv: Sterrh: How you combine the ingredients when making haggis. (that's close to another -25)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim

*and* you want me to pay $25 for #1? That plays with my melon in horrible ways!

Seriously, what's up with these people? I made a turkey cake as a total untrained amateur as one of my first cakes. Could even say I "winged it". Hahahaha...


Wilton ball pan, fast feathers layered on (so you don't even have to do a good job with fondant!), made a neck and tail that dried overnight and then attached. NOT THAT HARD. Geez.

I am starting to think that some people go into cake decorating because "random toothpaste tube squeezer" is not an actual paid job.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Something about number F is making me gag!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

G looks like a uterus!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Blackheart

Do we have any Thanksgiving wrecks that aren't CCCs? ;)

(Says someone who just sent you a CCC photo)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Sick and wrong! There are a few that look like the turkey is doing it's, ahemmm... business behind it's tail feathers. Yikes! Who'd eat that?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

I think I'd call "numbers" F and 10 turdkeys.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

I love your allusion to VeggieTales "Authentic Argenteian Garb" (Junior says that in "The Dance of the Cucumber") You are awesome and the cakes you post are hilarious. Your friend from PA, Steph LuAnne B.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

LOL I would totally buy the Tiki Turkey!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

LOVE the veggie tales reference! hehe

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't lie! You know that first one was a Phoenix!!!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Renee

Add me to the group who loves the VeggieTales references. :-) As someone whose Facebook quote is, "Was the canoe wood, or aluminum?" I love that you love them, too.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB65

Glad I was not the only one who caught the VeggieTales refrence! that made me smile...and now I've got spanish dancing cukes in my head! I'd rather have a dancing cuke over these cakes, though.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercookie_monster

Yay! Veggie Tales! That's one of my favourite Silly Songs with Larry ever. Apart from pirates who don't do anything, but that's sort of a given

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I kind of like the vast expanse of frosting on number 10. It's like a canvas for my Thanksgiving dreams.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

I saw two of these in a local grocery store, and immediately thought "Cake Wrecks!" so I'm glad they made it it =)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The cake wrecks were good.

The best part of the post wasn't about the cakes, though. It was 1,B, VII. I do that sometimes when I blog, too, and no one comments on it. That's why I must commend you on that!

Awesome dry sense of humor! That just adds so much to the blog!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

About VII's commentary...innuendo much?? I want what happens behind the bakery counter to STAY behind the bakery counter!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hope no Veggies were injured in the making of that Turkey-Taco thing.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the "Flaming Poo Elmo".

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarry F

wow 24.99 for that mess?!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lol these were great

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Blue

It's that rarest of mythological creatures: The Turkey-Phoenix! Once a year it climbs into the roaster on its own and lies in the flames until it's crispy, and golden brown...

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Umm, gobble gobble? :)

Thanks for the Thanksgiving turkeys. Just wondering--for a future Sunday Sweets--could you do a tribute to The Office? I'm woefully single but would love to see some dream cakes! Thanks.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

The first one looks like a phoenix

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I submitted a Turkey CakeWreck and am crossing my fingers I see it tomorrow!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArbolita

Are you sure that some of these aren't baseball gloves?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw, I saw the turtle-turkey at my store today, and I must respectfully disagree. I was perusing the cake table for wrecks and was pleased to find them all cute and well-done.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershawne

thanks for the veggie tales made my night!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Veggie Tales

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

LOL! Lot of turkeys made into something weird! Really made me laugh!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbaby cribs

Awesome wreckiness made all the better for introducing me to the Veggie Tales and the Dance of the Cucumber. Thanks fellow readers!!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTammi

yay for the veggietales reference...."Say Peas!"

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolin

Yay for the Veggie Tales reference - "Say Peas!"

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolin

gross! i think that i am going to be sick!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercatholicgirl247

Authentic Argentinian garb...hee! Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

i love that you love Veggie Tales... really a lot.

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby&theJets

thanks for the random holla to Larry the cucumber! Love him!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReesePie

#G looks like a Louis Wain in the final stages of his insanity, if he'd done turkeys instead of cats.

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn & Jennifer Savage

nice list numbers, jen

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And who, I asked you, would pay $24.99 for those Thanksgiving cupcakes?


November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 6 year old walked up and saw the first cake and said "oh a pot of gold". And I said, no it's supposed to be a turkey cake, and he said "but it's cupcakes!" Even he knows that you shouldn't use cupcakes to try and make a real cake!

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Our sheep have a problem. They tip over." I would too after seeing these wrecks

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh Cakewrecks, I am so thankful for you!!!!

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

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