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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

Willy & Wally, the Cake Wreckers

"Say Wally, what did you do to this cake? The airbrushing looks horrible!"

"Really? Rats. Sorry, Willy. I was going for a 'spacey' look."

"'Spacey'? Two big red asterisks on a blue background?"

"Uh, they're supposed to be stars. You know, for Star Wars? See, the mom brought in this Darth Vader plate for reference."

[looking from plate to cake] "Well, we can't give them this - it looks more like a Spider Man or Superman cake."

"Yeah, I guess you're right. So what should I do? The airbrushing seeped into most of the icing, so I can't scrape it off."

"Hmmmm. Lemme see that plate again...and fetch me the scissors, will ya?"

"Oooh, that's MUCH better. Thanks, Willy."

"No problem, Wally. You see, with a little ingenuity, you really can save almost anything."

"You think they'll be Ok with the candles?"

"Of course! They add up to 13, right?"

"Well, yeeesss..."

"Then quit whining! Unless YOU want to go buy more '3's."

Monique R., clearly you already know the powers of the Wrecky side. Good work.

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Reader Comments (71)

It's waaaay early in the morning and I only have one eye open, but it doesn't look too bad.
Not too good either... but I DID like the candle idea.

It gives me ideas for using a couple of zeros for my birthday cake this year... perhaps they could represent my boobs or something?? At least they would be standing up again.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

Too much of everything on this cake: Candles , airbrushig and strange icing . The unholy cake trifecta

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

My birthday cakes always have add up candles on them...I have the whole run of them for the kids...and I just pick and choose at random on my own. However, it IS a teachable moment then! :)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Maybe this cake is for three siblings who are turning 4, 8 and 1 respectively?

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I wish I knew where to find the "darth vader baby cake".

But the candles cracked me up! That's a first for this site.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

LOVE IT!!!!! Way to age the poor kid!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.G. the Foodie

hm..... MacGyver arts and craft time?

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

I laughed the hardest at what I thought was your joke about adding the candles. I'm very surprised to learn that people really do that.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Wow that is soo sad.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfalcon

Just thought I'd let you know that Cake Wrecks was mentioned in the New Zealand Herald recently! It's good to see the press finally catch up!

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiesl Kruger

Holy crap! Not only did the decorator airbrush it after they applied the border (dumb) it also looks like the side got damaged and they tried to fix it..the border looks like its falling off at the front.
I do think the wreck purchaser put those candles on it themselves. Most bakeries don't sell used candles..LOL

Continuing to LOVE this blog! :-)

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

i actually didn't think the cake or the plastic "star wars" addition was that bad. i did, however, pause at the 4-8-1 candles.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBusiness on TV

you HAVE to be kidding me with this thing.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Irene

They probably did the numbers like that because "13" is an unlucky number, but it would have been even worse to simply SKIP it like they do on high rises (you know, go straight from 12 to 14). And you can't just put in "Happy Euclid" as if you were on (what should be) 13th St in Santa Monica, CA. 4, 8, and 1 are nice, non-unlucky numbers. Good job!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterariel

481?? Well, I guess it was a long, long time ago ...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlways Eating

My daughter told me that Randy must have been a member of the 481st Storm Trooper Brigade; an ancient and honorable(well, maybe not) organization with Darth Vader at its head. She knows lots of guys that role play as Storm Troopers and would love to have the DV cake.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie in Arllington

I just couldn't stop laughing! =D

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anna Broadhead

Your site is hilarious!! I love your comments you are a pure comedienne. I am actually crying after looking at this cake. I am now going to make a cake for my 8 year old son just like this my husband will probably divorce me for ruining star wars but hey its ingenius.

July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

My daughter just called me in a fit of laughter over this cake. Not only because it is terrible and hilarious, but because this is a cake I had made for my husband's birthday in Feb. 2007. I had been meaning to send in pics of it, but someone beat me too it. It was made at a bakery in Marianna, Fl. They had made my son and daughter in laws wedding cake and it was fine. I had also seen other cakes from this bakery at different events. Surely they could make a simple Star Wars themed birthday cake, right? So, I was supposed to pick up the cake at 1:00. I didn't get there until 3:00. The cake was just coming out of the oven. I was told to come back later. When I went back this is what I was presented with. And this is not the best of it. Just wait until you see what we found under that paper plate. I was so shocked I actually paid for the cake and left all the while intermittently laughing hysterically and saying WTF? And for all of those who guessed that those numbers add up to 13. You are wrong. He was 49. 48+1

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoMo

Okay, I've been starting at the beginning and going back through all the posts and even though its months late I HAD to comment on this... my mom totally does this. When I turned 20 my candles were 277 because 7-7 is 0. If she doesn't have the candle, she'll figure out how to make our ages come out with what she has. Thanks for a good, relateable laugh. :)


November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ahaha please tell me that wasn't meant to represent 13. Cheap Class!
Oh dear. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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