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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

Sporty Spice Cakes

Here at Anything Goes Bakery, we specialize in cakes that have all of the appeal of your favorite sports activities.


It's a mitt, of course. I don't see WHY people keep asking that.



As you can see, our decorators really put their hearts in their work.

Weight lifting:


Whatever this is:

And of course, Epcot:


Nicole N., Rachel L., Maryann G., Charlene, Dyanna, & Sarah C., it's almost like I don't know Spaceship Earth when I see it, huh?

- Related Wreckage: Introducing a Good Sport

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Reader Comments (226)

The broom wouldn't have to be for curling. A broom also symbolizes sweeping a series, usually in baseball.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercsf05b

Does anyone else see "Go Penis" on the broom one?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLutherLiz

Stray apostrophe
Strikes again! THIS is why I
slave at the whiteboard . . .

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I may as well chime in with the chorus:
That broom cake could be for a curling team, and it looks like it says "Go Penis."
(Tee hee hee.)
"Our decorators put their hearts into their work" (snicker).

The fact that balls are round was one of the first facts I can remember learning about geography, but this idea does not seem to be very widespread in the cake-decorating community.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The broom cake either has a renegade apostrophe or may be a badly piped "penis".
Harry F

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guess (since it says Go Pens) would be that the broom cake is for "sweeping" the hockey playoff series (not curling).

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The broom one does seem to be curling, but those scores (are they scores? up on the handle?) are not curling scores. Unless it was the highest scoring bonspiel ever recorded.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

While it is obvious that the broom cake is not a curling cake, how awesome would a curling cake be?!!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

"... The fact that balls are round was one of the first facts I can remember learning about geography ..."

Oh, no, I typed geography! I meant geometry! geometry!
There goes my witty remark.
Drat, now I'm probably going to be on "Comment Wrecks."

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I'm thinking the "broom/curling/whatever" cake is a very interesting version of the Stanley Cup... the Pens did win that last year. Wow. Kind of an insult to them.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjess

I actually really like the scroll work around the boxing cake. It doesn't look bad. Now the picture in the middle...yeaaaa.

The broom cake has "Go Pen's" but that ' looks like a suggestively placed dot for an I that isn't there. Hmmmm.

And I wouldn't buy the Epcot cake simply because I don't want someone ELSE'S fingers being stuck in my cake. Or my cupcake.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeaches1111_00

Oh the broom one I swear I thought it said "Go Penis"
and it wasn't until someone called them dimples on the last cake that I realized it was a golf ball...

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

The "Good Catch" cake could be an X-ray of a fielder's hand after he's stopped a few thousand too many line drives.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Are we sure the "Epcot" cake isn't a head of cauliflower? Maybe it's just me eating too many vegetables and not enough cake.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjhames

THANK YOU, Tina! You just saved me a lot of typing lol.

It should also be known that the possibility of the Pens sweeping the series was a HUUUGE deal here in Pittsburgh. They were the worst team in the NHL in the beginning, fired their coach, got a new one, and slowly but surely clawed their way back to the top to make it all the way to the Cup playoffs. The idea that after all of that not only was there a chance to win, but a chance to sweep, was like nominating the city for an Oscar or something to us. People carried brooms around, tied them to their cars, put them in their windows at home, etc.

So, yes- it makes perfect sense in a colloquial manner, therefore is not a wreck because of the picture or idea, but the oh so unfortunate punctuation and general fugliness of the "broom".

[sorry- hops off soapbox lol]

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

My favorite part is the stray exclamation point on the bowling pin/ball cake. Have Fun! Dad. Maybe it's supposed to be a quote from Dad?

Punctuation marks are our friends.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLesley and Zachary

What do you MEAN 'whatever this is?' Clearly it is a toilet brush and the Zoloft guy [] with vertigo (hence the scribbly lines)

The question you need to be asking is how much fun is Dad really going to have cleaning toilets, taking Zoloft and experiencing vertigo? I could think of a few better ways to spend my time...though maybe having cake would help.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

i gotta go a long with everyone pointing out that the broom is for sweeping a series not for curling. (i would've never known that if it weren't for the fact that at cubs games people bring brooms and display brooms with cubs flags on them on their front porch)

also if you look close you'll notice the little plastic hockey jerseys on the cake.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessX

Maybe the the "broom" is a cricket bat...for an "alternative" league?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Are those imprints in the Golf Ball CCC FINGER Prints? Ugh!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Annika: The brown cake is meant to look like weights, so the text is "York Olympic" (which is a brand of weights," rel="nofollow">pictured here) and the weight in kilograms.

I have to say, though the lettering's not great, I like the weight cake. And the soccer cake is pretty good as CCCs go (though why you wouldn't just get a round cake if you want to depict a BALL, I don't understand).

I also vote that the broom is for sweeping a series.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

A hockey score of 55 to 28?? Riiight. It has to be some other sport, where the teams are named after inappropriate body parts and that "glove" in the first picture would be part of the uniform...

The scared little bowling ball is kinda cute. =)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

I find it VERY humorous that people are actually trying to help you with what the golf ball and bowling cakes really are... Jen is very smart and knows what they are. :-) She is just poking fun at the hilarity of those frosting concoctions.

And yes, like most people,I read "penis" also.... *shaking head*

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercelestejohnson

How in God's name is that a MITT?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatballs

I seriously LIKE the wieght lifting cake!

1. I lift wieghts

2. It looks easy enough for me to make

3. It is chocolate -CHOCOLATE!

4. You have to lift approximately that amount of weight for a few hours after you eat it to burn it off.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Um, did they just stick a thumprint all over that golf-ball-that-looks-like-a-daisy-without-a-center in the grass? ewww.

The broom is for curling? What the heck is curling? Maybe it's a brush? Olympic hairstyling? Isn't curling a weightlifting term? I'm so confused.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

The clean sweep could be for curling or it could be to indicate a "sweep" in any sport... when a team wins every game in a series, tournament, play-off, etc.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Competitive sweeping! TOOOOOO FUNNY! And Epcot! Epic! Thanks again for the hearty laughs, Jen!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

Where is Sporty Spice these days, anyway?
She's a Spice Girl you never hear about any more.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought the curling cake said "Go Penis!" Ugh.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDecrepit Telephone

Sweeping is when you sweep a playoff series. Each hockey playoff series is the best of 7 & sweeping is when one team wins the first 4... unfortunatly The Carolina Hurricanes were victims to the Penguins sweep last playoffs.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimP

i saw penis!
and when did bowling pins get square?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelliKat

OMG! I'm on Cake Wrecks! Hahaha.

I took the unfortunate broom/Penis cake photo.

A couple people figured it out, it's from when the Pittsburgh Penguins (sometimes called the Pens, no apostrophe!) were competing for the Stanley Cup last year. I sent it in because I thought it was hilarious that a hockey cake didn't really say anything about hockey on it, and it was such a terrible broom/CCC. I didn't even notice the "GO PENIS" thing. Haha.

Also, the bowling ball looks remarkably like Strong Sad.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDyanna

I'd just like to clarify becuase I got distracted while writing my last comment "ooh, shiny...."

THe numbers on the Sweeping cake are the jersey numbers of some of the Pens star players. I recognize a few of them, sadly, since the Caps played them in the playoffs last year.

SEe you all tonight. I'm excited to finally meet the Husband of Jen (oh, and her too I guess.... :) )

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

The numbers on the the broomstick are the jersey numbers of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 87 is Sidney Crosby; 71 is Evgeni Malkin; 55 is Sergei Gonchar; 28 is Eric Godard; 14 is Chris Kunitz. I can't remember who 18 is though.


November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

"Clean Sweep...Go Penis"? Did I read that right? Or "Go Pens"? Either way, it's um....confusing.

My guess is it's either to commemorate shuffleboard or curling.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Yay! My wreck made it in! The bowling one is mine! I think it's supposed to be a Father's Day cake- but it's so funny!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

A broom on a cake. Should I search for bad Harry Potter cakes? I can't think of any other justification for trying to do that one. And thankfully, I don't see any sugary dust bunnies piped onto the bristles (no real ones, either, come to think of it). :P

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe the baker misheard "groom" cake. How unfortunate, but we've heard the story a thousand times...

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

it does say "go penis." That is the whole reason I am commenting for the first time ever. Am relieved to see that it isn't just me.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily


How is this stuff "professional"? Why are all the sports balls broken out in hives?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

If it was a curling cake it would have a stone not a broom people! ;)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

broom cake = first ever quidditch cake?

although i hardly think 11-17 year old wizard and witches would name their team "penis."

(note i could have spelled quidditch wrong. it's not exactly in google spell check.)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeffer

Um wow...have fun moderating comments today! :) Did you know those were really supposed to be a bowling pin shucks, I can't even do it to you in jest.


November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The errant dot in Pittsburgh Pens led me to read it as Penis.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Is that first one really a mit? I truly thought it was coral. Like wouldn't that make a nice under the sea themed cake for an Enchantment Under the Sea Dance?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

Yes, the broom one definitely says Penis. Yeah. And the first one just looks like donuts. A new abomination: the DC! (donut cake) Eww.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Oh man. The Spaceship Earth comment was the best one yet. (So glad I've been following thie blog for so long AND read the comments. heh!) You're too funny!!!!!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

That mitt, or should I say alleged mitt, is not one I would have ever gotten without some explanation. Good thing they labeled it for us... Just goes to show the inadequacies of CCC. Blech.

And I'm pretty sure that's drunk bowling. Vodka (or tequila) and a day-glo ball. Sweet.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

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