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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

These Cakes Are Not Wrecks (But They Play Them on TV)

So I had an "industry insider*" send me a bunch of photos a while ago from various TV shows celebrating their 100th episode or whatnot. Sadly, there's not much Wreckage here to report (although the Charmed & Boston Legal ones are a little rough), but I thought you might find them interesting anyway. Of course, I have been known to be wrong before...

Those letters are actually 3D. Kinda cool.

This one came with a side of famous feet.

The power of...faded flames?

If you look closely, you'll see there's a glass of scotch on the first tier. Hm. Perhaps the decorator was banking on the age-old adage "Everything looks better through wine-colored glasses."

I like all the medical implements placed around the cake - particularly the little metal tray thingie. I remember throwing up into a larger version of one of those after getting my tonsils removed as a child. [gazing off wistfully] Ah, memories. 'Course, I never thought I'd associate that particular memory with cake, though.

Many thanks to my anonymous industry insider!

*And let me tell ya: I've always wanted one of those.

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Reader Comments (79)

As a long time fan of Boston Legal, I have to say that this cake is perfect. The bottom tier is the logo of the legal firm Crane, Poole, and Schmidt. The scotch glasses and cigars are a part of every show as are the two chairs on the middle tier. They look exactly like the ones in the show. And the Boston skyline is also always featured in the show. Whoever designed this cake was certainly a fan. I think this is cake is a great tribute to the show.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeatrice

I like the idea behind the Boston Legal cake (show is great) but the execution was sloppy.

You gotta remember, though, the network is necessarily the one paying for these cakes. There are two entities involved in these shows, the network and the people who actually make the show.

The people who make the show don't necessarily have the money. But it looks like the bigger shows might have gotten network support. It's sort of a testament to how well a show is doing to how good the cake is.

House is pretty decent. CSI: Miami is O.K. Family Guy is, well, c'mon, it's family guy.

Boston Legal isn't necessarily a network favorite. Charmed didn't do so hot there at the end (pun?).

So it's sort of a reflection on how much the network loves the show as to how much money they offer to make the 100th episode cake! I mean, look at Lost, for Christ Sakes!

p.s. I have now officially read all of your blogspot cake wrecks. Stalker? No. Efficient.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreen

I TOTALLY ate some of that Family Guy Cake! LOL... As you can see, it was enormous and there were left overs that found their way to my mouth.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Being an instrument tech, I can tell you what a few of those implements laying around the cake are.

From the left, it looks like part of a Tuffier rib spreader, a couple of tissue forceps, and then some gyne stuff. That appears to be a punch used for taking large uterine tissue samples and a vaginal packing forcep.

On the other side is one half of a set of Simpson forceps, an emesis basin (the thing you threw up in). Behind that is a deep balfour retractor, which is used on belly cases and in the front are some various hemostatic clamps, probably sponge tips and allises.

I can not see clearly what is laying in front of the cake, but it may be a traumatic amp. knife.

Yum! Let's eat!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwundermary

It's enough to make you sadly wonder what form a Firefly 100th episode cake would have looked like.

I think a cake formed to look like the control panel of Serenity, complete with little toy dinosaurs and a plaque saying, "This Land," would have been cool.

*sigh* D*mn you, FOX network. D*mn you to he!!.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

You're hating on House...seriously? And Family Guy, who doesn't like Family Guy...?!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anonymous said...

"House cake:

Speculum. . .near something edible. . .{gag)"

Okay, good. So it wasn't just me thinking that. Then I though, NAH, there's no way...

wundermary, thanks for confirming the GYN stuff (although it wasn't the instrument I was thinking of)...

I think I could handle surgical tools and still eat the cake, but GYN stuff near the cake?? I LOVE cake, but not that much. I'll pass.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

that boston legal cake is awesome - who knew that show had the most money for a cake!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered

The CSI:Miami cake almost looks like it says 150 Episoder and Counting... Odor is not something I look for in a cake, but then that show really stinks.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShari

I'll take the piece of cake with the glass of Scotch on it.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBad Momma

That DWTS CCC is just... bad. What's with those freaky 1970's looking ribbons in the corners? My eyes nearly were blinded by all that purple as well. The others are just, well... meh.


Not only is the Dancing With the Stars a CCC, but the cupcakes have NO ICING!!! A travisty....

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

interesting that the CSI miami cake tried to write miami in the (i believe) trademarked font of the university of miami... :-)

(i only notice since i'm alumni)

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterunmatched_fabulous

Is it me, or does the guy who is about to cut Lois Griffin in half seem just a little too gleeful? hmmmmm.....

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

:D Tell me the title to this post is a Stargate reference??
Because I'll love your blog forever and ever if you do.
Actually I'll love your blog forever in anycase...but this would be the proverbial icing...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanita

Marq - I think that's supposed to say "Freaking" because Family Guy put out a "Freaking Sweet Collection" of episodes.

Julie -
No, the guy cutting the cake (Seth MacFarlane) is the voice of Stewie (and Peter and Brian and Quagmire and I'm sure others).

I know entirely too much.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (from Idaho)

It is VERY cool that you have an industry insider! p.s., that thing you threw up into is called an emesis basin. you're welcome. :)

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8


I can't answer for Jen, but I read that title as a reference to an old commercial which had some (soap opera?) actor plugging some over-the-counter medicine. As his "credentials" for being the spokesman for the product, he said, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV," as though those watching would see Dr. So-and-So and think, "Well, if he says it works, it must."

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love to see a South Park celebratory cake.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Ooooo yeah! Give me a BIG slice of cigar and ashtray. ::gag::

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I am with Wendy. Those cigars just make me want to gag, but more power to the person who went through all the effort to show all the symbolism of the show. I especially liked seeing the cake with all the cartoon characters on it.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcMGrad89

Why Seth McFarlane isn't cutting into Meg's character is beyond me...

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeline

The "Boston Legal" cake also contains an ASHTRAY with CIGARS. Just looking at it makes my stomach turn. Thank goodness they left out the ashes. *rolls eyes*

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterallergicone

hehehe, industry insider...yea that's me buddy!
I never knew you'd make it public...thanks for givin me the due!
Jokes apart...this post is a wonderful one...really awesome!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToaster Recipes

I was going to mention that at the end of each episode of Boston Legal two of the main characters smoke cigars and drink scotch, but Valerie said...
"Haven't you ever seen Boston Legal? Two of the main characters always end the episode having a glass of scotch and a cigar. I bet there's a cigar on that cake somewhere too."

If looked at closely, there are a pair of cigars and what might be a chair, what might be an ashtray. ;3

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

I like the House cake. The Family Guy cake looks standard (especially for a "Simpsons" knock-off show that lasted longer than 6 to 13 episodes and is starting to overshadow The Simpsons), but I'd eat it.

I'm surprised you didn't mention this. When Peyton Manning hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2007, it was on the day of his birthday, so during the goodnights (the part at the very end where the guest host thanks the cast, the writers, Lorne Michaels, etc for being on the show), Peyton's family (who was in the audience) wheel out this cake that has Peyton in football gear on the monologue stage. If I can find a pic of it, can I send it to you so you can see whether or not it's a cake wreck?

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.L. Young

Did anyone notice the dancing with the stars cake is actually a cupcake cake? Love a good cupcake I do. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I think it's interesting that you've never associated cake with getting your tonsils removed. There is a whole book on it!

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeaCWork

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