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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

Bird is the Word

Poor Big Bird. He's a beloved childhood icon, he's turning 40 next week, and he gets no respect in the baking world.

It's one thing to rip the poor guy's beak off, but then to sign your name (illegibly) in its place? For shame, Halko! Or maybe Nillo...Mouo? Dang, this Wreckerator must have written code for the NSA in a former life; I have no idea what that says.

Guys, it's a sad, sad day on Cake Wrecks when a dreaded CCC is the "best" of the bunch:

Although I don't recall his beak being quite that...Popsicle-y. Hang on, lemme go grab a reference photo. [furious clickety-clicking]

Ah, here we go:

Yeah, not so much a Popsicle as a banana bicycle seat. (Anyone remember those?) this Big Bird, or a blonde Elmo? I'm confused.

From the look of that beak/mouth combo, though, at least I know I'm not the only one.

And lastly, if you've ever wondered what would happen if Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird had a lovechild...

Wonder no more.

Hey Monique R., Donald L., & Todd T., did you know that Big Bird is a lark? It's true. Honest.

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Reader Comments (123)

I think the name on that first cake is Holly!
At least that is what I am seeing! LOL

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That "Elmo" one looks like he had a bad sneeze and no one had a tissue. EWWWWWWW

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertottergirl

My daughter (she's 2) recognized the first cake as big bird. Then as I scrolled down she saw the blonde elmo and said "Elmo cake mommy! Elmo!" hehe

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethany M

Having seen the truly amazing Big Bird cake that Mike McCarey (of the appropriately named "Mike's Amazing Cakes") made on food network's "challenge" only makes these wrecks all the more wreck-y. That yellow Elmo cake also only furthers my belief that there should be some kind of test before bakers are allowed to buy cake kits.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Is it just me, or did the last one remind anyone of the talking garbage pile from Fraggle Rock too?

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

I like the third one amazing I wish I could make these kinda cakes on my birthdays :)

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWeb designer

Yuck, the yellow color on that last big bird!

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Bwah, ha, ha, ha! That last one is GREAT! Love child indeed!

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

My 3 year old saw the first 2 and excitedly said, "Mom, it's Sponge Bob Square Dance!" I told her it was supposed to be Big Bird and she just shook her head.
My 6 year old said that the 3rd one is Elmo, but I think the plastic mouth looks like Cookie Monster's.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlawnajo

Excellent revenge for people who were always a little put off by the bird.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGropius

#2 looks like he has a brightly colored speculum for a nose...

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

So sometimes I read things wrong. And sometimes what I THOUGHT it said is fairly amusing.

At the end, I thought you said "...if Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird had a loveshit."

So there you go.

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

it is pretty sad when my 10 year old has to ask who that is.

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Just to prove your 3-year-old was viewing these with me and made some great comments.

1st cake: "SCARY!!!"
2nd cake: "What's that?!"
3rd cake: "Elmo?"

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the third one is Big Bird and Elmo's love child!

November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Sadie

Is that frosting or mini-cobs that the legs are made from?

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

On the last picture my 2 year old sees the picture and goes "oh that's big bird" (he is scowling) then he says "That's Yuck"

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpluloacle

I had to come back to this post to let you know that when I had my 4-year-old daughter in the cake supply shop the other day, she saw bags of the Elmo faces on the wall and immediately knew that it was Elmo.

Let me make this very clear: she saw just the plastic bits of the eyes/nose and the mouth with no red icing or other identifying marks, and in fact they were all sideways in the baggies, and she knew it was Elmo.

So wtf was the decorator smoking when they thought an Elmo face could pass for Big Bird? PUT THE GUMPASTE CRACKPIPE DOWN!

wv: potins

As in, when you smoke tins of fondant instead of pot and get so wrongly baked that you think Elmo looks like Big Bird.

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Oh man! These parents that lovingly tried to make these cakes for their children are such idiots for failing so miserably! Why didn't they just pay some superstar cakemaker an exorbitant amount of money to do it? Geeze -- if you can't do something better for your spoiled two-year old who doesn't know the difference anyway, then why even bother trying to show your love? I mean, don't these people who tried to make someone else happy (but failed miserably, obviously) know that their neighbors, friends, and families are laughing at their earnest efforts? And don't they know that they should have been trying to impress their peers rather than make their child happy?
Some parents...really.

November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlue

Hey Blue,

I feel like you're being sarcastic...

The cakes on Cake Wrecks are all made by professional cake decorators. We try very hard to never post a picture that was done by a non professional as that wouldn't be fair. If you know that one of the cakes in this post wasn't made by a professional or a bakery, please let us know so we can remove it.

Just so we're clear, no one is making fun of mothers making cakes for their kids. If, however, one does this for a living and still manages to churn out these poorly made confections, then we believe their creations are fair game.

Cool beans?


November 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I can sympathize...I tried making a "Clifford the Big Red Dog" cake and it turned out pink (red is quite tough to get) and look more like a bunny than a dog.

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat

It's Broucho the Lovechild!!!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

1st cake: why does big bird ahve a moustache?

last cake: thank goodness that will never happen!!!!!!!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1nes

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