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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
Friday
Apr102009

Easter Potpourri

Easter sure has an interesting assortment of holiday icons, doesn't it? I mean, have you ever stopped to wonder why it's perfectly normal at this time of year to have a big cross combined with a rabbit holding an egg?

What, too philosophical? Ok, then what's with the sweet pastels combined with that eye-wrenching red and yellow combo? Dude, someone thought those bunny picks were actually helping.

You know what screams "Easter" to me? A couple of red, white and blue doughnuts. No, really. Look:

The Christmas-y red and green ones would have been too much of stretch, though. [nodding] Totally.

Here we have the inspiring tale of The Chick Who Took Down Four Bunny Bullies:

"Who's the chicken now, carrot-brains? Huh? Huh?!?"

(I was about to start singing "Be kind to your web-footed friends" but then I realized chickens don't have webbed feet. Drat. Well, moving on...)

Humpty Dumpty was evidently going through his "punk" phase when he fell.

You know how you often hear about folks with amazing hidden talents working mundane jobs, like that cell phone salesman who sings opera? Yeah?

Uh, well, maybe this decorator sings opera.

And finally, this Easter Egg is brought to you by the letters W, T, and F:

Yes, I'm told that's an egg, although it looks more like a yellow volcano covered with green curly shoe laces. It also appears that a small tree fell on it. Uh, guys? Can we get some of those plastic bunny picks over here? We need to "Easter" this sucker up.

Thanks to Wreckporters Katrina S., Cynthia F., Jonah, Jennessa R., Michele E., & Camilla C.!

Psst, hey. You. Yeah, you. Seen a GOOD Easter cake? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. And do it fast, or else I might get, shall we say, disappointed. You wouldn't want that, now would you?

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Reader Comments (100)

Yikes! The color scheme on the first offends all of the sensibilities my artistic genes can muster (and I actually have some).

The punk-ty Humpty Dumpty is hilarious.

And please tell me I'm not the only one who initially read the decorated-by-an-opera-singer cookie cake as "Merry Easter."

P.S. I'd send you some good Easter cakes, but my local grocery store's bakery is serving up domes slathered in pastel frosting with bunny ears stuck in them. They're almost bad enough to be Wrecks but certainly not good enough to be Sunday Sweets.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last egg cake looks kinda like it's from a dinosaur or something. Maybe it's to remind us of Easter from "The Land of The Lost" (Growl!)

-Matt S.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteller

That last "egg" cake... it's an egg alright. A DINOSAUR egg! Did they have Easter back then? They ate tbe bunnies!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Ye gad what terrible colours... terrible! And for Jesus's Funeral and everything...

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Are you sure those are bunnies? I see black and white flip-flops. o.O


The last 'cake' is either an alien pod or a barbecued cabbage:
http://www.bbqsource-forums.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=2806

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Maybe it's me, but the one with the cross and the surreal opera singer one look like giant cookies to me, not cakes and not even CCCs. Or is it the camera angle?

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHuda

i watched the opera singer clip, very cool. why am i so out of touch that i never see these things?

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

/facepalm

omg..I didn't even see it until now. The flipflops are rabbit feet, the black patches with a dollop on them are bunny butts.

I looked at those black cupcakes and thought they were patches of bare ground like a rabbit burrow or something.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Oh My! That last one looks more like a Dinasour egg!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow, those aren't even edible!! :)

I think the last one is supposed to be a house. See the icing for the edges of the roof and a door? Maybe the Easter bunny is supposed to live there. I can't explain the spring of evergreen/holly leaves though. Maybe they thought, "WTF, it's a religious holiday too," and used up some old supplies.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuetois

Dive in CC holes,
monochromatic hop-hops!
Easter chicks can kill!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Holy Sugar Rush Batman! Are cake decorators really so swamped at Easter (or any time, really) that they can't even take the time to put on their glasses before glopping all that icing on to their "creations?"

This just reminds me of the I Love Lucy episode where she and Ethel were working in the candy factory and the conveyor belt kept wizzing by. It looks like Lucy and Ethel made these cakes.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

sorry--we could search high and low and I am afraid we'd never spot a good Easter cake...

but, we will try...

I'd like to see an empty tomb cake, but I don't know that I'd want to eat and empty tomb cake because that would mean I was eating cake and icing that looked like rocks.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Who'd a thunk it that a symbol of the sacrfice of Jesus would end up on a chocolate chip cookie flanked by pastel bunnies.

I'm quite sure that's not what He had in mind.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

Bunnies?! I thought the black and white "paws and tails" were supposed to be panda bear parts and you were going to explain that the baker was REALLY confused...

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCally

The last one... that's a yellow house that was in the Arkansas tornado...hence the downed tree branches. Do you not read CNN?

Because of you I check the bakery every time I shop.:)

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrossettelewis

"Brought to you by the letters W, T, and F" I totally cracked up reading that. Hilarious!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhoo-D

OMG. Thank you so much for the daily laughs. (tears streaming down my face)

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

The big yellow egg looks more like an easter bonnet or a Derby hat.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTreehouse Chef

A bunch of hot messes. Wow.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I wasn't going to comment, because these cakes are just so ... weird... odd... unsettling... funny... ,
but the wv was tweepo, which kind of says it all.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

I always wondered why Easter went from Christ’s resurrection to bunnies and eggs. I have thoughts on this but I won’t clutter your comment page with them. I wonder what the egg volcano will erupt with? And also: My eyes! Too much garish color! It burns!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Well since these cakes are all truly horrible, I just HAVE to pick a favorite. I have 2 of them, actually.

First is the big yellow volcano/"egg." What's with all the big nasty vegetation strewn all around it? Makes me think of the jungle.

And my second favorite is the tough chick/dead bunnies cake. I mean, the bunny bums is hilarious in its own right, but that's not even the worst part of that cake. What the AYCH did the whole mess take place on? It's so...busy. So much going on on that cake it literally hurts my eyeballs.

This is all.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

The top one reminds me of Eddie Izzard's take on Easter and the convenient placement of holidays. "Yes the brown of the chocolate bunny, the brown of the cross...which was made of wood. No! It's a fertility celebration and everybody knows bunnies are for shagging."

Number 5 reminds me vaguely of the evil rabbit from Donnie Darko. And the last one...well I'm not sure what type of egg that is but I bet Hagrid would like it. :-P

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Belt an aria,
or Elvis tune? That yellow
bunny's a hound dog.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Yes I read "Merry Easter" too.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory

I'd lost my confidence and wasn't going to bake cakes this Easter till I saw today's blog. On my way to get supplies - if they can sell this crap then the cheery little cakes my friends get are just magnificent! That green thing is actually rather disgusting or maybe just the thought of little kids with dark green................oh never mind. More black coffee please?

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElfie

About that pink egg one.... it looked like they "whipped" that "topping" to death. :P

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Just wanted to comment on the whole "why are bunnies and eggs for Easter?" thing. Easter was originally the spring equinox (Pagan holiday of Ostara) that the Christians took over (kind of like Christmas) in order to convert people easier. Ostara is all about re-birth and renewal of the earth, thus, eggs, and bunnies :P

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

The last one is freaky! I feel like grabbing my son's plastic dinosaurs and smashing the volcano with them! LOL :)
tina

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks

oh! oh! I think the last one is covered in palm fronds! It's a religious thing! I get it!

-karen

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreer

oh, before anyone else spots it: a typo! i believe you want to say it "perfectLY"!

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha ha! All the questionable symbols and such reminds me of the Jim Gaffigan bit.

"What are we going to do for Easter?"
"How about eggs?"
"But what does that have to do with Easter?"
"All right, we'll hide 'em."
"But I still don't get what that has to do with Jesus!"
"Don't worry, there's a bunny."

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

I think that first one is supposed to be a Communist Easter cake. That's the only excuse I can come up with for those hideous colors.

Oh, I also see your first commenter wasn't the first one to read "Merry Easter". You know your penmanship's bad when "Merry" and "Happy" look the same.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

Okay, as a cake decorator that actually sings opera (at least that's what my degree says) I have to say that I would NEVER do that to a cake! My DH can do better than these and has no training at all! Most of us singers have more sense, and artistic talent, than to put something like that out on display.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

Those are such a scream. As for the bunny and the cross, I have my own explanation:

http://bettysnzblog.blogspot.com/

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbettyl

The last one looks like an old moldy sombrero... or maybe the yellow hat from Curious George? I definitely see a hat hidden in some kind of vegetation.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

eegh.

but I do believe it's "be kind to your fine-feathered friends"... which would work for a chick.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Umm, read a lot of the comments about that lamb smoking cakes... May I remind people that Easter and Passover are from two separate religions and so a cake with a "Happy Easter" sign is not likely to be in celebration of Passover? Unless that was part of the Wreckiness...

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't quite explain it, but the Opera Singer Bunny Wreck just has this feel to it like a child's drawing of rudie bits they've only seen in other people's cartoons of rudie bits.

Like, Ew, and bless you for your total biological ineptitude.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

You mean that last one isn't a pineapple?

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie R

hahahaha! Nothing says Easter like an ugly cake!

www.actionshotrevolution.blogspot.com

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicci

Hey, look at that...I laughed so hard at your commentary, I laid an egg.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Surely that last one is in honor of some paleontologist's birthday. I'm pretty sure it's a replica of a fossilized dinosaur egg. Good golly.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

The fifth one is so messy that it could just as easily say "merry" as "happy". In fact, at first I thought it said "Merry Easter".

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelydia

Since nobody else has, I guess I'll have to complete the lyric:
"...'cause that duck might be somebody's brooooooother!"

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

Why is that green CCC arranged into the shape of a four-leaf clover? *rubs her eyes* Maybe I'm seeing things.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPink

The-Chick-Who-Took-Down-Four-Bunny-Bullies Cake looks like a reworked shamrock cake.

A green cake in the shape of a four-leafed clover is a pretty cool idea. Reworking it into an Easter cake ... not so much.

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid B

Humpty Dumpty looks like he was supposed to be a watermelon! LOL

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Scarf Girl

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