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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

More Sponge Cake!

In our continuation of Spongebob Wreckage, let's take a look at some more "artistic" interpretations of good ol' Spo (aka "Uncle Blue?" If you say so, Rufus.):

There's the "Cheater's Cubist Movement":

Talk about trying to fit a square sponge into a round hole - er, I mean cake.

Which has a "Minimalist" offshoot:

Two bits of flotsam and one thumbprint is all it takes!


Or is this "neoplasticism"? I'm always getting those two mixed up.

And the more homespun "Folk Art":

"Shock Art" tends to live up to its name:

How rude.

While "Fluxus" - so named because the sense of proportion is kept in a constant state of flux - is my personal favorite:

You guys know what this reminds me of, don't you? Big head, little arms! Aw yeeeah.

And lastly, there's the genre-spanning "Lowbrow Dali Deconstructivism":


Thanks to Renee, Becca S., Kim S., Allie L., Diana D., Katie H., & Bridget F. for today's movements.

Note: No, I didn't make those art terms up; you can read the [ahem] "real" definitions here. And my apologies to artists everywhere. ;)

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Reader Comments (121)

Is it bad that I really... like really, really... like the last one?? Like, I wish I could have that cake to greet me every morning, and not just for a birthday? Just sayin'.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh geez. Big head and little arms made me snort a little. Probably because it's so freakin' cute and I'm trying to hide my laughture from The Bobs across the hall.

For the record, I believe the correct nickname for Spo' is just "Sponge".

There should be a shout out for Sponges' pet snail Gary. He meows. Yes, like a cat. So stupid and yet so cute!

TV rots my brain. Yes'm.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am offended at your blatant misuse of these art terms. I don't know if I'll ever be able to read your blog again with any dignity.

lol great work, even though I intensely dislike sponge bob.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

Where to start?

I'm a bit saddened that a 22 year old would want a Spo cake. Although, techincally, isn't Spo supposed to be yellow and...I dunno...NOT like that? Anyway, what's the person's name supposed to be? From what I can tell it says, "Happy 22nd Birthday Louvia" Huh.

Aaaand I'm not about to lie; the HUGE Spo cake with the tiny legs sticking out the bottom is HILARIOUS! I actually don't hate Spo so much as that cake...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

They all looked pretty decent except for the folk art and the hippie/"Lowbrow Dali Deconstructivism" ones...especially after the disasters of the last week! =)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

PS Forgot to mention how NASTY the last cake looks. Eeeew! Spo's got open wounds!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

What is it with Americans/Canadians with putting plastic on cakes? It seems to me to be a total waste and nowhere near as fun as doing/eating the icing

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorthern_Eagle

Well, at least the second and second-to-last ones are actually square. :/

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrawr

LoL...I rather like the last one - the 'Keep on Truckin'" Spongebob with an acne problem.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Ya know, the last one really isn't that bad; nice writing, nice colors...It's an overall pretty good job, except for the rather sloshed looking Spongebob...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

You didn't even mention that the legs on the Cheater's Cubist Movement cake were on backwards. Come on, Jen! Still loving your posts - I read every day! Even though you've never posted any pics I've sent of wrecks or sweets. :)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfriedrichfamily

that last one makes me feel like i'm on a bad drug trip!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh my!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter

Aside from being ugly. Poor spongebobs legs are on wrong on the first cake.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I absolutely love the utter difference between them all AND how they do not seem to result in a great cake. I may like the fluxus one the best. I don't know... The more I look at one, to more it seems the worst.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

Dali-Spo has to be my favorite. And I detest Spo...

Are there any Dora & Diego wrecks out there?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I'm sure they put on poor ol' sponge bob legs on wrong on that first cake, it does give him a look like hes cheering?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoffee with a Barista

I would say that last one belongs to the Psychedelic genre. It looks like Spongebob's been eating peyote or something.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

I think this picture is very appropraite to this post:

av: stici. What's brown and stici? A stic...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

Is it wrong that I think the last one is all (freaky) shades of gorgeous?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterserellie

The last one reminds me of the Lost episode walking loop. You can see it on youtube!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElyse

The Dali-esque cake is super!
Though I still don't like Spo. :op
~Amy B.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

You are awesome. I love that you worked in real art movements. you make my day.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Is it me, or are the feet backwards on the first one?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

The blue one is actually really quite good. I like the detail in the background.

The last one is rather artistic, but a little scary. Someone ignored the warning label on the can against huffing PAM...0_o

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

The last one is actually a pretty creative decorating job if you can get past the fact that Spo' looks like a pervert.

And the "Shock Art" one with the doily better watch out, because it looks like Spiderman is about to ambush him from behind!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Given Spongebob's morphing ability, none of those cake images are really too far off-model.

Which makes me wonder: are there Meatwad cakes out there? That would be hilarious and repulsive at the same time.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

The Toyism one doesn't seem too bad, other than the overly long arms. The others...oye. It's a toss-up between Doper!Spongebob and the cookie cake for worst cake.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhoppytoad79

erm... the last one looks like his zipper's undone. and he only has one pant leg. and his pants don't quite reach... to the back...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On that "folk art" cookie/cake, it looks like Sponge Bob is naked, and wearing a barrel to cover up his parts....

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTed S. (Just a Cineast)

The last cake looked more appropriate for "H.R. Pufnstuf" than it did for Spongebob.

Does Liam have trippy parents?

The others ... just bad, just so bad.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

That last one looks like it might be filled with LSD.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

cake 5 really looks like embroidery to me. like, a lot. i am not convinced it is a cake.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the doily, it really gives it that SOMETHING special.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I think I must be a reincarnated hippie who died of a drug overdose because the last cake rocks my socks.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreen

I have the pieces (minus the face) for the first one. I wonder how my kids would react to a misshapen Spongebob.

I must admit that I love the last one. That cake is trippily wrecklicious!

WV: mustsh - At least none of these have the seaweed mustsh from the movie...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterroachc420

OK, I have to pipe in and tout my" REL="nofollow">own version of this cake, which thankfully looks better than all these wrecks.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

@ D.B. Echo - I haven't seen a Meatwad cake yet (that'd be so easy) but do you watch Ace of Cakes? For Duff's birthday they made him a meat cake. It was neat and gross all at the same time.

The one where Sponge is flippin the bird, at first I thought it was from the episode "Tea at Treedome" where he walks around with his pinky way up high because he's "puttin on airs" but then I noticed there was another finger curled back after the one that's extended... that's just wrong!

And yes I am 31 years old and I love the Sponge! Although I think the earlier episodes were better than the ones they're putting out now.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Whoa! I'm thinking that last one is Sponge Bob meets Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

(*singing*)Lucy in the Sky-y-y-y with Di-a-monds. Ahhhhhh......Ahhhhh.....

Okay that's gunna be stuck in my head all day now.

WV: astalli - Arnie voice just as the remote control clicks him off before hearing "astilavista Baby!" for the umpteeth time.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Wow, that makes mine:

Seem really great! LOL

Was from a few years ago....and it never made it to the kiddo, b/c my DOGS ATE MOST OF IT! :/ They thought it was okay his blue was the wrong blue! LOL

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

Pretty sure that last one is ment to be a Spengbab cake: (Link is NSFW, notch)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first cake has the legs on backwards, just to add to it;s wreck-iness!!!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteph

I so did not get the "shock art" one at first. Had to examine it closer to catch that sweet ol' SB was giving in me finger. sheesh. sweet. yellow. spongy. wreckiness!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hate me if you want, but I love the "Lowbrow Dali Deconstructivism" cake.


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On that first cake, I TOTALLY recognize the arms, legs, hat, and pants as pieces off of the Sponge Bob soft sided lunch box. My husband had one and the appendages fell off one by one. We finally threw it away when Sponge Bob was just a torso. Wonder if those cake accessories came from our lunch box?? EEEW. Gross!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Another "great" SpongeBob here...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that "shocking" cake is actually jellyfish since Spongebob is always trying to collect jellyfish...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie in Shanghai

its possible this has already been stated what with the 95 comments im too lazy to read, however, dali-bob looks a bit like spongebob's zit covered teen-cousin that's been partying maybe a little too hard to impress some cute cheerleader sponge

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Where the heck do you get all these cake pictures? These are great!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Of Relationships

"Cheater's Cubist Movement" put the plastic legs backwards (reversing left and right), too. :-P

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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