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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

Have a Ball!

It's your birthday! Have a ball!

No, seriously. Have a ball:

"Look at all the extra care the baker took in crafting this lovely...round...spherical...ball-like thing for your birthday! That random capitalization and uncrossed 't' really add to the post-modernistic feel, too, don't you think?

"Plus, the pink dots add [jazz hands] pizazz!"

Angie C, you spin me right 'round.

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Reader Comments (71)

This is astounding. There's so many things that are magical about the surrounding area (ashtrays, random hand in the top left, torn box) that the cake has to really work to not get lost in the clutter. Luckily it's, um, unique enough to stand out.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

OK, apparently, we've all missed the great cultural signifigance of this cake. It's not a half-basketball nor is it an aborted attempt at a boob cake. It's OBVIOUSLY a celebration of the great 5th grade igloo-building project. You know, with sugar cubes and stuff. And that's not tissue paper surrounding the cake. It's powdered sugar mounds, representing the 4 entrances of the um, igloo, and the er, 4 elements of earth and wind and...

Not buying it? Me neither. It just seemed a little less sad than a boob-shaped birlday cake.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissy Carvin

Check out the smokes...must be a bowling ball! They could have used the pink dot things to make the finger holes....

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Maybe you're supposed to look into it and see your future.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

A bombe that is a bomb? XD

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I so wish I had your focus. Lots of those cakes look YUMMY.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTarra Slovan

Jenn, I L.O.V.E. this blog- whenever I get frustrated or stressed about something, I click on your page and voila- I feel so much better! :) Even when I start out in a good mood, seeing atrocious cakes makes me even happier! You rock! ;) Keep it up!

~Serena :)

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersmiles :)

Wow. It could be a big ball of happiness... but maybe it should hold a cleaning fairy. Those ashtrays are gross! Cake no longer appealing!

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i read you every day and today happened to be my birthday... it was like you and your happy birlday ball-cake was talking to me! :)

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjess

Maybe it'll hatch and a happy Birl will pop out?

Gotta get me one of those happy Birls.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Upon returning to read comments and looking at it again, it makes me crave a Hostess Sno-ball.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

mmmm pink smarties

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

At least it's not a pregnant lady's stomach.... *shiver up spine*.

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I see this, I think it's a gag cake... you know, one of those ones with the balloon in the middle of it, and covered over with whipped creme so that when the birthday boy goes to cut the cake, the knife hits the balloon and it explodes and puts icing all over him.

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha ha ha ha ha.... are those really "camels" in the background? Oh that's *classy*....

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Foster

Do you think they have enough ashtrays?

March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol- I made a cake for my son that looked kinda' like that when he was 8 and in the throws of Pokemon fever. He wanted a Pokeball cake. I baked it in two parts in a steel mixing bowl and put the two halves together. As I recall he wanted green frosting. I skipped the writing, and it was a crazy mess (sans cigarettes) but it made him happy. Sorry I don't have a wrecky photo to share.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommentervivaELvino

how did you do it>>?? The Society to Save Endangered Species was formed by Fred Smilek and two of his colleagues; Charlie Mack & Jonathan Korny. Fred Smilek stays active in raising awareness for this cause. []

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it's the wilton cupcake pan gone very wrong. i don't know why it's surrounded by tissue paper though. maybe they hid more camels in the cake box as a "surprise gift".

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterverybluejenny

What do you do when you show up at the bakery and the cake looks like this? Demand a refund and return home with cake? No cake isn't really an option...

Anyway. If you do have a bad luck story involving a cake, enter it at" REL="nofollow"> for a chance to win a free vacation. I entered, but I can't win since I work there... but wish I could. Who wouldn't want a free 1 week vacation?!

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

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