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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

It's a Form of Flattery. Honest.

Happy Presidents' Day, y'all! To help you get in the President-celebrating mood, I rounded up every presidential cake-specimen I could find. Consequently, this will be a pretty short post.

First, since Lincoln's birthday is part of the celebration, we've got to start with this lovely example sent in by Michael N.:

Love the Lincoln Memorial on top.

Then there's this rather less lovely Reagan cake:

That nose is going to haunt my dreams, I just know it.

(Note: This one's been floating around the interwebs for a while, so my apologies if it's not actually a pro job. In my defense, most of the pro cakes I see look a lot worse than this.)

Now remember, Grace D.: if someone makes a cake bust in your likeness, it's a compliment...

...Not that they want to knife you in the head.

I already featured a bunch of Obama cakes after the election, but be sure to check out the giant 5,900 cupcake mosaic of him and Lincoln from Friday's post, too.

And lastly, naturally this post wouldn't be complete without a George Washington cake.

Erm..... [frantically searching the 'net]

Ah, how 'bout this?

Ok, so it's perfectly centered, spelled correctly, and otherwise rather wreckless - sorry. Oh! But look! The balloons on the bottom are upside down! Eh? Eh? That counts, right?

Hey, I spent at least 15 whole minutes searching for a better Washington cake, alright? This is the best I got. Honestly, you'd think bakers out there would see today as an opportunity to get in touch with their creative, powdered-wig-wearing side. But no-ooo. Hmph. Downright inconsiderate, is what that is.

All that to say: if you have something better, send it soon and maybe I'll post it.

And stay tuned for more Valentine's Wrecks.

UPDATE: Well, you guys certainly are sending in some...interesting...Washington items. So far I've gotten a pie made in George, Washington, a hilarious but not post-able Washington Monument cake (no, you can't see it; it's not professionally made), what I suspect is more of a Georgette Washington cake spotted at the fair, and my current favorite:

George Washington Carver.

Sure, M.Zak, that's close enough.

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Reader Comments (59)

Quick question.... has anyone else noticed that on the Ronald Reagan cake, the American Flag was BACKWARDS???? Yeeeaaaahhh.... just a minor detail, that.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I should soooooo have a Richard Nixon cake at my birthday. That would be really badass.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie R

It's a picture of him standing in front of an actual physical flag, which has no idea of "backwards", it's just a question of which side you're on. See what was probably the reference pic here:

If you're making a one-sided flag print of some sort, then the blue field goes in the upper left, but even then there are exceptions, for instance on the starboard side of a vessel or the right sleeve of a uniform.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Uh oh! you're treading on sacred ground with the post of the Bill Clinton looking cake...That is Colette Peters' work...see for yourself on her website. Given Colette's reputation, I think this is forgivable.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

hey, i know this is a few days late, but i took a photo of a bill clinton cake at the Demel Konditorei in 2006, the photo is at

it's pretty hilarious.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthat jojo kid.

very original. Fred Smilek is the acting president of the Society to Save Endangered Species. It was founded two years ago by Fred Smilek along with his two best friends Charles and Jonathan.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

'twas half of a heart. The sweet half.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would like that Abe Lincoln cake to be my birthday cake! it's awesome

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrystal

The Ronald Regan thats a wreck ;)xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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