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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)

I'm encouraged to find so many other Penguins hockey fans on this site!
The broom is to indicate a "sweep" of the series. People brought brooms to games.
The numbers are the shirt numbers of famous Penguins hockey players.
And yes, it's Pens, not Pen's.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's not a curling broom, not even an "old fashioned" one, they are thinner and have two layers of bristles.

WV: sallygo

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermystic_eye_cda

The broom cake is for the Quidditch team, of course!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

Don't know about that weight cake. Maybe if the icing were...gray? :/

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cookie cake is clearly competitive drinking. Vodka bottle and martini olive. Where do I sign up?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrinity

I am so going to have to make a go penis cake for hubby. :)


November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn Nicholas

Love the spaceship earth comment.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, this blog makes my day. I've never seen a bowling ball look so much like a surprised version of the Walmart smiley face.

Cake Wrecks inspired many of my snarky comments regarding graphic design in my blog post today :-)" rel="nofollow">No More HomeMade Flyers!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCate

Someone might have said this already...

The broom cake is from the past NHL playoffs, where someone was rooting for the Pens (not penis, although it DOES look like it!) to "sweep" the series, that is, win it in four games. The thing that tipped me off were the way too small Pens jerseys and the numbers on the "handle" of the six big players. On the right hand side, it says, "Clean Sweep."

It's really a horrible cake though!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Oh boy! There's nothing I want to do more than gobble up a scrumptious, um, "golf ball" with someone else's finger prints all over it! Only God knows where those fingers have been prior to "decorating" this CCC. Hoo boy.

WV: beabousl - I'd beabousl if I ate that cake!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

I thought the one with the white shape and the yellow circle (probably meant for the bowling pin and ball) looked more like a vodka bottle and a drunk happy face. See how he can't smile and is just getting ready to worship the porcelain goddess?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay Penguins are now becoming a cleaning team as well as a hockey team?? I'll have them clean for me any day!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Does that say Pens, I thought it said penis, that apostrophe threw me!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Does anyone else see "Go Penis!" on the Pittsburgh cake?? Or has Cake Wrecks taught me to look for it in EVERY CAKE ever made? : ) You've taught me well!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby&theJets

OK is it just me or does the "Broom Sweep" one have an extra dot and it looks like it says Pen*s.?

And the golf ball dents look like thumb prints?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

Hey, Jen @ John.

I'm a Texan living abroad - moved here less than 2 weeks ago. One of the first things I saw this morning was the news about the shooting at Fort Hood. After that, CakeWrecks gave me a brief but much-needed laugh.

Thank you.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

The broom cake totally looks like it says "Go penis!"

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

haha I do believe I used to train at the place the boxing glove cake is from!!

Totally asking the owner of the company about that!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercasey

i'm pretty sure #5 is susposed to be the stanley cup & the numbers on the top are some of the player's numbers

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I liked #4. Not brilliantly done, but cute.

# 6 is something in a liquor bottle, being looked at by a sad tennis ball. I'm not sure whether the something is a mushroom cloud or a brain.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittle gator

The Clean Sweep thing is for the Pittsburgh Penguins. I think that that thing is supposed to be the Stanley Cup - though WHY it's yellow I wouldn't know.

Yay Pittsburgh!!


~Jen from Pittsburgh

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabbajen

am I the only one who saw a hidden mickey in the Bowling cake?

(And for the penguins fans out here ... Chris Kunitz is a hack. That is all)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSyracuseWolvrine

Epcot.... HA! Thanks for my daily snort while trying to eat something moment. We adore ya'll!!!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNightingale

The weight lifting cake COULD have been fantastic.

Emphasis on the could.

And I totally thought the fifth cake said "go penis!" Oh, how the apostrophe get's abused these day's. ;P

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

#5 looks like "Go Penis!" and in #6 it looks like dad is already having fun ;)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Ah! The Broom cake is for the Pittsburgh Penguins (aka Go Pens) they put an apostrophe where they shouldn't have *sigh*.

The numbers on the handle are players numbers

87 - Sidney Crosby
71 - Evgeni Malkin (sorry if I spelled Gino's name wrong)

I can't be bothered to find the other numbers out right now cause the Pens are playing.


(cake was probably to celebrate the sweeping of the one team last year right before the stanley cup finals...we swept the conference finals).

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNokomis

Hi! I just wanted to say that we had a GREAT time with you guys in Bethesda and thanks so much for coming!!
Sara and Ashley (the last two people there)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara and Ashley

I am envisioning the "Clean Sweep" cake as a message from some poor guy's doctor: "Let's have a clean sweep now-- these numbers here are your test result levels, and here's your penicillin prescription. Good luck, be more careful in the future, and Go Penis!"

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did you know that is it actually called Spaceship Earth?

He he he he. I loved the Epcot controversy reference!

Wait I mean the Epcot Center reference. ;-)

Ha ha ha. Thanks for the laughs!

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

it's most certainy epcot...

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The broom cake cakeboard looks like it says "Go Penis!" because of the poorly placed apostrophe. I had to read it twice.

That is all.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i for one feel like the apostrophe was correct grammar, just poorly done. because when you omit letters or pluralize something that is a singular phrase there is always an apostrophe. geez you know-it-all's! there are''s when you say ya' know, or an' for and, or y'all... go pen's. even hockey fans know that lol

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiss leigh

What does it say on the "bowling Pin"? I can see the word "best" but I can't read the rest of it. And why would a bowling pin be wearing a necklace?
I wish people knew how to use apostrophes....
thanks for the laughs -- I'm wiping away the tears.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkimc

Ih! The boxing cake looks like it has to human hearts hanging from a thread.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusannie

I feel the need to share that I used to live in York, home of the York Barbell Company (also, formerly, of the York Peppermint Pattie). When you drive by the factory, you get to see a giant, revolving statue of a man with skin the color of silly putty, wearing a blue singlet, lifting a barbell over his head. I'm just sayin', they would probably find that cake beautiful.

And the broom on the "go pens" cake doesn't look like a curling broom...but how awesome would a cake shaped like a stone be? The handle could be molded out of fondant.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

The sweep was probably due to the Pittsburgh Penguins sweeping Ottawa in the first round of the NHL playoffs in 2008.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenna

I figured out it was a bowling pin on the cake almost immediately, but I was fixated on that yellow orb and commented to myself, "That has got to be the saddest happy face ever."

It took me a couple more minutes to figure out it was a bowling ball. I guess that will happen when the pin is about seven times bigger than the ball trying to knock it down.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Is it just me or does the broom cake say Penis next to it?

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The apostrophe totally makes "Pens" (I can't bring myself to misuse punctuation) look like "penis." Oops.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought the broom cake read "Go Penis" (Then again, maybe that's not really a broom)

WV: phetti....if you are against sprinkles, you are con-phetti

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

LOL!! Thanks for the reminder of the awesome comments on Earth Day. (Isn't that a golf ball? :) )

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Bennett

I was going to say broom is for curling and that is OBVIOUSLY wine bowling. Which is just a waste of wine.Unless you drink the wine and then set the bottles up as pins, in which case that sounds like an excellent idea.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

miss leigh...

I am very much against the improper use of apostrophes, but I agree with the hockey fans that it should just be "Pens." For example, my local football team is the Jacksonville Jaguars, and we shorten the name to "Jags" not "Jag's." The 's' in both "Pens" and "Jags" indicates that it's a plural, and adding an apostrophe makes it incorrectly look like a possessive.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToni

"Pens" is a nickname for the Pittsburgh Penguins, this years NHL hockey champions. A sweep is winning a playoff series in which the losing team did not win a single game.

That said, the sweeping cake isn't too bad.

I rather like the weight lifting cake, too.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

I'm guessing the Broom Cake is really just a terrible representation of the Stanley Cup. (Since the Pittsburgh Penguins won it last year.)

Also, Pretty bummed that I missed you in Bethesda last night. I was at home sick with the flu!!!

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDazey2

Yeah the 5th looks like it could say "Go Penis!" to me too.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt B

Glad I'm ot the only one who read "go penis".

Uh huh
YAY - Go Penis!!!
I'm likin it :-D

Surviving breast cancer...

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

I grew up with golfers -there are hundreds of old Golf Balls in bags in the cellar- but I thought 'Epcot' was an Hydrangea!

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Re: that "mitt", if those are the damned cupcakes-used-instead-of-real-cake, does that mean the writing is on the mat???

"What respectable ball player DOESN'T sprinkle glittery fairy dust on his mitt before a big game? "



November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the weightlifting one, it's a pretty good representation of stack of weights; the broom one I think is for the Pittsburgh Penguins hoping they will "sweep" the season, but I must admit the way it is written looks somewhat fishy...!


November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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