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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

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Sometimes we look so hard for Wrecks we fail to see the forest for the trees, as it were. After all, it doesn't take crazy sculpted nonsense or illiterate scrawlings to make a Wreck; sometimes all you need is a healthy dose of what I like to call "the fugly":

For a baby shower, no less.

Green streaked nastiness AND a cupcake cake. Wow, Heather, you scored big.

Die, tie-dye! Die!
(You know, I bet a lot of you are going to like this one. Well, rest assured I won't be calling you a tasteless hippie if you do; I'll just give you one of my patented sardonic looks. Like this: [sardonic look]. Crippling, isn't it?)

I actually made something like this once. Of course, it was with finger paints, and I was three at the time, but still...

Amanda, Anne M., Elizabeth C., & Miranda C., I'm sure these cakes are all beautiful on the inside.

Ok, that's a lie. But I'd still eat them.

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Reader Comments (152)

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March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lady Cakes

I like the idea of a tie-dye but not the execution. I'm going to see if I can find it done better.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

tie dye cakes are sooo easy to do!! And if done right they can come out so cute.

word verification: sumlan: "These cakes are only considered pretty in sumlan far far away."

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Yeah, I have to admit I like the tie-dye cake.

Are those things around the edge of the first cake supposed to be little babies/children? Or baby heads? That's what they look like to me, and if true, I don't think it was a good idea...

wv is flatomb. Seems quite fitting with the Over the Hill cake.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspacedcowgirl

They are all gross. But I am wondering... What is the thought process that leads to MAKING a tie-dye cake???

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

first cake - baby cake? looks like what you would find inside the baby's diaper! eek!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

I believe the first words out of my mouth at the sight of the first cake was "WHA?" It made me speechless. That never happens! Never!

The tie-dyed one was disturbing to me because I wanted to like it but couldn't. I agree with Maria, I like the idea of the cake.

I so love this site, just so you know.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreenduckiesgirl

I have seen a good tie dye cake. However, that has to be the UGLIEST cake I have ever seen!!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfalcon

Actually, yes, I do like the tie-dye one!! :-D

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Love your blog! It's nice to know that even good cooks can have a bad cake day!
A fellow blogger,

You should do a post dedicated to well-done tie-dye....of which that is not one.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

that last one had a very slight monet quality to it, don't you think? i mean, i didn't hate it...

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeauxjeaux

Sugarapple had it, the tie-dye cake is actually spin art. It's not totally horrible compared to the other two!

My favorite WV ever yet: wabizit Frequently said by those viewing cake wrecks? "Hey, wabizit that cake is supposed to look like?"

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

My husband liked the tie-dye cake, and I thought it was ugly. I doubt he'll be crippled by your sardonic looks, though, I've given him enough of those that he's a bit immune to it now.

All I can say about those cakes is that OH man, some people really really REALLY should not be decorating cakes. It's just sad.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The tie dye cake reminds me of those spin art pictures that kids used to be able to make at fairs etc. The paper spins around and you squirt paint at it.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I actually saw that "over the hill" cake design in the special order book at my local bakery tonight.

It's not a great design to begin with, but damn. Also, it's meant for a sheet cake, not a CCC.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL. R. Jonté

Those ARE fugly! I literally made the D-: face at the first one! Or maybe more like :-P only grossed out instead of playful.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

The tie-dye cake is a bit of an eye sore, but at the same time it looks damned delicious.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterakukoomori

My comment is so low it probably wont reach anyone.. But as a cake decorator that works primarily with Bakery Crafts and Decopac designs.... Sad to say, that Grim Reaper design is right on mark. Thats the way the demo page in the cake book looks. Or, at least, thats the way last years design looked. The new version is somewhat better.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManiah

the Tie-Dye looks a little like a Spin-Art cake! :)

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I like the tie-dye one because it looks like an explosion and explosions are cool. Mmm... cake explosiony goodness...

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSal

No, No! Not Tie Dye! Spin Art!

But still seriously wreckitudinous.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSioux B

Modern art!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Yeah. So I think the idea of the a tie dye cake could be cute. But I feel like it requires limiting yourself to 2 colors and leaving copious amounts of plain vanilla buttercream so that the streaking/"tie dyeing" comes out like on a real shirt rather than like a hallucination of epic proportions.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlunamorgan

Ok, I like the tie dye one. I'd be happy with one like that for my b'day. But they call me a hippie at work anyway.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

My five year old son looked at the last one and said, "There's shrimp on it!" Looking at it more closely, he added " and lettuce and mashed up beans!"
After he pointed that out, I did notice a Swanson TV dinner vibe about it.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

The first cake is obviously the post apocalyptic sky. The moon is sad because she is facing a celestial lifetime with her nuclear winter lover earth. The white blobs are fading mushroom clouds. It is a deep, philosophical commentary on the lonliness and despair of coming into the world in these times. Very appropriate for a baby shower cake. Welcome to the world, baby!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

in defense of two of those cakes, it's very hard to get a good smooth "fade" color on frosting when you're using frosting dye because your bosses are too cheap to get an airbrush machine. (can you tell it is my woe?)

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteryotan

I can take the sardonic look like a man (even though I'm female) I actually like the tie dye cake.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep, I like the tye dye cake. Sorry!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

I do love the "tie die" one! But it reminds me more of those kids paint spinners.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Spin art..remember that? You put the piece of paper in the machine, spin it and pour paint on it. That's the tie dyed cake.

They're all examples of bad decorating compounded by more bad decorating.

wv. auddise. I have a friend who lives in's on the only #1 highway to Windsor.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I was thinking spin art too. decorators do have turntables...

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Even the little moon on the 'baby shower' cake seems to be begging to be saved!!!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's not a tie-dye cake - its a spin-art cake!!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

That tie dye cake is making my eyes hurt. Make it go away! Wait, what's this? A red x in the corner? :-D

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

I'm glad there will be new posts. That first one just about made me gag.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to say I actually like the tie-dye cake. :)


April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

O Cake wrecks, I love you.

I must say, though, the colors on the baby shower cake almost match what comes out of the diaper in the first few months of life...

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

i think i just overdosed on food coloring by looking at those cakes. *blech*.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

I'd like the tie dye cake if the base trim was the same nice blue/teal as the upper trim...

I mean, it actually doesn't look like a horrid representation of tie dye and didn't come out a sludgy brown mess... why the radioactive base trim though? Bit too loud and OTT there.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhite-tean

Re: the last cake.

There' actually a perfectly valid reason to make a cake orange, black, yellow and green: the Oregon State/University of Oregon football game (aka The Civil War).

It's badly done (and a CCC), but the color concept isn't a total wreck.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteroregonian

i can't imagine a tasteful tie-dyed cake, but at least it took some obvious skill.
i'm pretty sure this will be my death: to have a heart attack while laughing at this blog.

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the tie-dye cake, it'd be fun for a kids party or something similar. i mean, can you imagine how hard it was to freakin make that!?

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

do you guys seriously believe that first one is a baby cake? Does anyone besides my sister and me see the skulls lining the sides? and I'm with wendy, those white bits are certainly left over from when some one pulled the bats off the cake. I mean really, pumpkins moon, bat bits, and skulls. For a baby shower?!?! either some wreckporter wanted extra wreckie credit, or some baker needs a hearing aid. Admittedly, the moon could be scarier, and the pumpkins need some work, but they're not very good flowers either. Sitll a terrible cake though. I love your blog!

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreya

ha ha!!!! On the second one i couldn't quite work out what the word says after "lies". does anyone know?

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

The tie dyed one looks great! I love it! The first cake makes me vomit a little.

June 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the tie-die, reminds me of the 60s, I'd buy it in a heartbeat..

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So the first one is for a baby shower. Rosemary's Baby, perchance?

I first thought the next one said, "Here lies Sarah & Heather's Yorkie," but that couldn't possibly be right, even here. "Here lies Sarah & Heather's Youth" seems a kind sentiment by comparison. Gets ya right here (points to solar plexus).

Now to ponder why Sarah & Heather's youth required three graves...

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The tie-dye cake....nah, its a mess. Whats to like? xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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