My Other Blog

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

Carrot Jockeys Make Excellent Ground Troops

I make no bones about my bid for Wrecky World Domination, and I think you'll all agree that Cake Wrecks is an excellent model for government. [insert joke about Wrecky administrations here]

Anyway, I can tell my evil plan is working, in part, by the number of Carrot Jockeys successfully infiltrating society at large. Here are just a few of the NMBCJ sitings I've had reported:

Here they are flying/gallivanting in classic carrot formation through Mallory H.'s home...

Spreading spelling errors in Ann S.'s...

Terrorizing Jennifer and Krista in their "stealth CCC" mode...

Circling up for a little Jockey powwow over at Maggie H.'s...

And even easing the pain of "workforce reduction" over at Ryan J.'s.*

You know how ELSE I can tell my bid for Wrecky World Domination is working? By winning all three Bloggies Cake Wrecks was nominated for at the Ninth Annual Weblog Awards on Monday. That's right, my loyal wrecky henchpersons, thanks to you Cake Wrecks is "officially" the Best New Blog, Best Writing of a Blog, and Best Food Blog** of 2008. Woot woot!

Next stop: Disneyland. That's right; I shall not rest until I've ridden the Matterhorn enough times to make myself physically ill. And that, my friends, is a campaign promise. [nodding seriously]

*In case you're wondering what that is, Ryan explains "We had trouble finding anything like the babies from the infamous cake screw-up, so we used a rubber fetus we had laying around. Don't ask me why we have a rubber fetus hanging around." Roger on that, Ryan; I won't ask.

** As sweet as victory is, the fact is I've never considered CW a "Food Blog", and feel undeserving each time an award site places it in that category. So allow me to to give a shout-out to the other, more appropriate, nominees in that category. If you like to cook, or even to just read about people who do, check them out:

Chocolate & Zucchini

The Pioneer Woman Cooks (Also the winner of Best Blog of the Year. If you haven't already, go see what all the buzz is about. )

Smitten Kitchen

Bakerella (The one, the only.)

« They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haa! | Main | Funny »

Reader Comments (105)

I must be missing the whole carrot/baby connection. That's just weird.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Milfords

Alright, congratulations on the triple-win! =D

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

i wrote "birfday" on my dad's cake. as i write it on my brother's cakes as well, it's an inside joke.

so i don't think it was spelled wrong.

sometimes it's not the decorator, i think it's just weird things that customers ask for, if you can believe it.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, count me in with those other posters who have no idea where the HELL the tiny-plastic-baby-riding-a-carrot "concept" CAME FROM.
I'm not even sure if I want to know...but what the heck; I'm game (mildly curious), if anyone wants to clue me/us in.
If you have the inclination.
Take all the time you need--it's not urgent. At all.
Muchas grassyass!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Congratulations on the Bloggies! You beat DOOCE, which is a huuuuuuuuuge accomplishment right there. (I read and love Dooce but am well aware of her enourmous following, so kudos.)

Oh yeah, cute cakes!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterp jane

How about "Baby carrot jockeys in a foaming hot tub with walnut paneling?"

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cakistocracy---I vote for a corner piece with a rose on it!!!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#4 reminds me of one of those Esther Williams movies with synchronized swimmers. The babies and carrots look like they're in a hot tub getting ready to do a series of showgirl kicks.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Am I missing something? Is there a "thing" with babies sitting on carrot cakes?


March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergayle

Oh, and another thing: IF we simply must associate babies with a vegetable, I say we go with cabbages. After all, babies born in cabbage patches are a way more common occurrence, and easily referenced.
The common carrot just doesn't have the same mystique...

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I have just lost my taste for chili rellenos. Thanks a lot! ;)

(I shouldn't be eating them anyway. Too fattening, expecially since I slather them with sour cream.)

Word verification: siolat. I sure siolat a bunch of carrot-jockey babies today.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Where can I buy little carrot jockeys??? My sis-in-law just loves carrot cake... :) Seriously, could someone give me a lead? Thanks!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli B.

First off, CONGRATS!

2nd: Re: the 'Birfday' cake...
It looks like it says "Happy 4Dth Birfday" rather than "Happy 40th".
This is doubly funny to me as 4D would suggest, to me, 4th dimension...and since Einstein put it out there that time (or the space-time continuum) is the 4th Dimension, I just have to say: WELL DUH!
How could you have a birthday without the 4th dimension. But kudos to the decorator for bringing the passage of time into sharper relief for the birthday boy (or girl.) :-)

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZwee

Congrats! That's pretty cool!

The NMBCJs are kind of creepy on their own but WHY would anyone put them on a 40th birthday cake? Just wrong!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadWoman

I love Pioneer Woman. Your blog and her blog are the only ones I read besides close friends and family! And her recipes are to die for and the photographs make my stomach growl...

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercindy

Dear Ryan:

The author of this blog may not ask but curious minds want (make that need) to know: Why do you have a rubber fetus?!?

-- Loyal Cake Wreck Lover

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would love to know where one can buy the kind of babies that are used in the first picture or second picture. Does anyone know? can you tell me?

This is my favourite cake wreck ever and i would love to have this for a party, but i don't know where to find the babies!

I've looked across the internet through so many "miniature plastic babies pages" but haven't found anything like them! there is just something special about these babies.

I would appreciate the help!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ValGal: I, too, felt gypped (oh, wait, wasn't there an argument over that word in the comments here one day...?)... Errr... I felt *very disappointed* in the lack of mohawk-age of the nekkid carrot jockeys.

And LOL @ kayaking fetus.

Love the CCC tribute to Jen.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

congratulations! and good luck riding the matterhorn. every time i'm at disney, it's closed.... looking forward to each scary new wreck and splendid sunday features!

(and why-oh-WHY does someone have a rubber fetus? why do they even make a rubber fetus? where do you get one? yuck, i SO don't want to know...)

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermp.

I'm not getting the reference (if there is one)... But congrats nonetheless!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFleetingeyes

Congradulations! :)

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghanJG

Yesterday at work, someone brought in a carrot cake and there were (duh?) icing carrots on it. As I cut my slice, all I could think about were the carrot jockies.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhoppytoad79

Jenn here! My creative roommate Krista made the CCC, and it was the funniest birthday present I've ever received. The best part? The arms were should see the picture with flaming arms!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjencook

congrats on your win!
i have to ask, what is it about putting those icky plastic dolls on carrots? i mean, did it suddenly become popular because it was on your site? maybe you're the trend setter. what's next? wedding wrecks on purpose?

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdykewife

Ok...first, I'm so happy for you on the awards. I love this site so much, it isn't funny. Or is it? Anytheway, I'm not normally a commenter type person, but I had to say, "penis sprouting from a chile relleno" may be the funniest thing I've ever read. I literally laughed out loud. Awesome.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtain

...I actually have a few rubber fetuses lying around. Someone must be a pro-lifer since that's who hands them out. Never thought to use them on a cake though.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Catholic kid

It's not a prescription bottle, it's orange icing dye! I too was unable to find babies with Mohawks, but if you look close, you'll see that I sharpied some on!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMallory H.

The infiltration of the naked baby carrot jockeys into pop culture is a true testament to your influence!

Congrats and best wishes.


March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecks

The infiltration of the naked baby carrot jockeys is a true testament to your influence on pop culture.


Thank you for the smiles!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecks

Where do people get those babies for the jockeys? I need some! :P

Congrats on the awards!!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura/Notepad

What if it was a baby shaped cake with a mohawked carrot gallivanting on top of it? Would the world end?

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Congrats on your awards! That is outstanding!!!! Go Disney! (yeah, I'm sooo into the "!" sorry *grin*)

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Plastic baby supplies : you can get them at good craft shops (the look so cute, six at a time in a little hang-sell bag). Cake decorating shops sometimes have them. They are fun to add to all kinds of art works!

I keep a supply of plastic babies on my desk, along with the buttons, beads and sequins...

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

I have to say, all the baby carrot jockeys in the first image look like miniature naked Butt-head clones (where's Beavis? :( )

Congrats on the well-deserved awards! :)

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDIvyblaze

I love the original NMBCJs and these cakes are a wonderful tribute. The baby on the CCC looks a lot like Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo after he's been out in the sun for too long, and that fetus in the last cake looks like a penis to me too. Especially funny, considering its juxtaposition to the word "laid" :P

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

Don't assume that Birfday is a misspelled word. I loved having birthdays so much that one of the first words I learned to say was birthday, but it came out birfday.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Scorpio

Shocked! Shocked am I to find a misspelling by our beloved author! "Sitings," indeed... I think she's testing us. ;o)

WV: grethn
The involuntary sound I made in my throat (like Gollum) the first time I saw the NMBCJ cake.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

The first one just looks.....YUCK!... the decorator must have learned how to make carrots but has absolutely NO other cake decorating skills what so ever! What a mucky mess.....eeeeewww!!!!

WV: Ptiatio - said by a 2 year old

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Congrads! What are you doing with your winnings?

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

Exit, pursued by a Bear:

I think the Americans among the readers of this blog are just as confused. It's not an American thing... At least, it's not one I'm familiar with. I've seen carrot cakes with icing carrots. The jockeys are a new twist. I'm wondering what's up with them, as well.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

Haha, they're everywhere! I'm waiting for an occasion where I can work a few in myself.

I love the round cake where they're all sitting in a circle, like evil baby geniuses planning world domination in a carroty hot tub.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

You know, it occurred to me last night that the CCC baby looks like it was made of tuna salad with peas for eyes.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie H

The cupee dolls on the cake are terrifying!

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrusty

Congrats on the bloggies!
On the fetus, you probably got it from a booth at the local fair. I know the ones I've gone to always had the "Right to Life" people handing those out to show how babies already have all their parts formed at a certain gestation.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Birfday is almost definitely an intentional misspelling. One my friends and I have been using for years now, WAY before the way LOLCATZ thing.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenice

Congrats, Jen. You are AWESOME!

I want the fetus piece, please.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchefgrace

I think "Birfday" is an intentional misspelling for a couple reasons.

1) clearly some people here do it, probably as a "childish" way of saying "birthday"

and 2) There are certain accents (I'm thinking of some London accents when I say this, but I'm sure there are more) that "th" often sounds like "f". So the person sounds like they're saying "Fank you" and "Birfday" and so on. It's always possible this person had that sort of accent among people who DON'T, and is being summarily teased.

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe

Maybe the first was was for Octomom!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

at first I thought the "CCC" "masterpiece" was the rubber fetus cover in frosting... its by far the most disturbing... and hilariously crafted...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelvin

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>