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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
Thursday
Apr232009

Wrecks Rerun

NOTE: Today's original post of horse cakes has been pulled due to some horrendously bad timing on the part of the universe. (I was out of the country until yesterday, and so only learned of the tragic polo horse deaths this morning.) Rest assured that I'm not that intentionally insensitive, and I certainly meant no offense to horses or horse-lovers. I'll run the original post again in a few weeks, but for today, enjoy this classic Wreck rerun from the CW archives.


The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Quick, someone make a cake!

Yes, there's nothing quite like plummeting balloons and unconscious clowns to celebrate your own personal apocalypse. Anyone have some radiation-free milk to go with?

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Reader Comments (93)

Awwww, you're so sweet! Even as a horse lover, I would have understood that you meant no harm in your horse posts, but I think it's awfully nice of you to be sensitive to us!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

I just got here, so I'm reading a mostly odd bunch of replies to something I haven't even seen regarding polo horses. I'll check the news, even though I know I'll wish that I hadn't.
Now, about the cake I CAN see: What's the problem?
All I see is a couple of clowns taking a NAP! For crying out loud--they've probably been cavorting around on that cake all day, doing their little clowny tricks and being amusingly plastic and all that. Don't they deserve a break?
Look at the lighting in that setting--it's like late afternoon, judging by the soft, golden glow; they look exhausted! Oh, but NOOOOO...everybody wants to accuse them of perverted acts and degrade them, and even call them scary! I can't believe how JADED some people have become. It's a sad commentary on our society when respectable cake decorations cannot do their jobs and expect a little common decency in return.
For shame. This wouldn't be happening if these things would get together and unionize!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow, I didn't even make that connection. It was a good post and I look forward to seeing it again in a few weeks!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I wasn't out of the country, and I hadn't heard of the polo horse deaths. I read that article you linked to, and it's incredibly sad what happened all those horses (and I also feel for the people who loved and cared for them).

I would never have put together your horse post with the polo horse thing.

But, nice of you to pull it, just in case it was interpreted the wrong way.

I can't wait to see it next week.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I thought it was a slightly early derby post, too. Ah, well. Poor horsies.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know about people being "offended" by the post, but I can understand if it made some people upset. Just like after that kennel blew up and killed Martha Stewart's puppy (among many others), it would have been in bad taste to make a post of deceased-looking doggies so close to the tragedy.

And Derby is next weekend...I was going to say that a horse post would be good for then but in light of last year's tragic death of Eight Belles I'm no longer so sure. Ah, well. It's always something...

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhello jessi!

Is the horse blog entry going to be reposted anytime soon? I'm not easily offended, so go for it! Love the site.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJared

This looks like the "Let's rid the world of clowns party" being held at a secret location. The hapless clowns are all trussed up and the ceremony is about to begin. They will be ceremonially scrubbed of makeup, their rubber noses will be burned, and they will be forced to put on normal clothes. It really is for the best.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

I've actually been following that story pretty closely and it didn't even register with me.

Sheesh.

I should pay more attention.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXOXO

I run a horse rescue & did not even make the connection. I am kinda sorry you pulled it I was thinking of giving it to the committee planning our next fund raising dinner. No, not really.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermb.

Darn I wish I had seen the horse post but I look forward to it. I can fully understand why you took it down.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy

Well, that went over like a 'lead balloon'!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I think it isn't "tragic". Poor ponies died, sure. But the earthquake in Italy was tragic. Children in our very own country without food is tragic.

Poisoned ponies? They aren't beloved pets, they were sports horses.

Sad maybe, but certainly not tragic.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

I heard that they suspect it might be tainted steroids, which really shouldn't be used on horses in the first place. Meh, anyone who got butthurt over a horse cake post was being a tool, in my opinion.
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April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterberkey

This looks like a page from the "I Spy" children's books, where they have tons of objects on each page that one is supposed to visibly search through looking for specific objects.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

Not gonna lie, it was kinda funny in a "SuperWreck" kind of way. No offense to horse lovers, but you had to admit the irony. Especially the dead horse on a pillow cake.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlly in Wonderland

It wouldn't have been steroids, I don't understand where that rumor started. If you use steroids (don't), you inject them days before an event, not hours.

The polo team's pharmacy just admitted it was a badly mixed supplement,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/23/AR2009042303210.html?hpid=moreheadlines
Common vitamins can be deadly if you get way too much, sad but true.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I did see the horse post this morning and have to admit I thought it a strange coincidence that it came so closely to the news about the horses. It was all over the national news here, so even though I'm not a horse person, I'm an animal lover and had been following it. But, I look at Cakewrecks every day and I knew that it couldn't have been intentional. I've seen enough of your work that I knew it had to be some kind of bad timing thing. I respect your decision for pulling it. (although it was quite funny!)

I've never posted here, but this time wanted to. I LOVE your site!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdhcoop

What's ragis about the horsies is that they died because of human error. Someone wrote someting down wrong, and 21 ponies drop dead. I heard the plyers and a few people were crying. ...I'm halfway around the world, and I feel like cryin too.

Thanks for witholding the horse cake wrecks, tho. I would have never known about the deaths had you not mentined it, but it's nice that you've chosen to be sensitive about it.

Poor horsies. :(

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

It kinda looks like they used too much helium for themselves and fell over, thus never getting around to getting those suckers up in the air!

But they look mighty happy!
That's got to count for something, right?

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, I was IN the country and only heard about the horses yesterday! I didn't see it but man, is my interest peaked now!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*~*Zann*~*

"Didn't I tell bondage was fun, BoBo?"

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wasn't offended by the horse cakes, but I did find it really disturbing even though I suspected it wasn't intentional. I'm glad she took it down and look forward to seeing it again when the polo horse incident has some time on it.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hate clowns. Tie the clown cake to the train tracks. Let a Cake Wrecks train cake run them over.

I hate clowns.

Any one offended by the horse cake wrecks is stirring up a tempest in a bundt pan.

I googled the latest update on the polo ponies is that someone mixed up a supplement and it all went very wrong.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I agree with many of the others - crazy coincidence...But, it's very kind of you to think of the horse lovers out there. But, from what I was reading earlier, it sounded like a formulation error made in compounding drugs that aren't even approved for use on horses in the US...hmmm...

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Have you seen these cakes?! I like the one with the couple in the bed!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEugenie

Oh my... I don't think I'd want to eat that!

Anna Marie

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Friends

I took the Wilton Course I (Beginners cake decorating class) and a woman in my class made something really similar to this. I couldn't think of a polite way to snag a picture of it, but it remains in my memory forever.

One of the classic "beginner" cakes is one with piped frosting clowns. You use a big star tip to pipe the body and limbs, a round tip for feet and buttons, and add the plastic heads.

The other woman in my class eschewed the official class recipe for frosting and used her own, which was made of butter instead of shortening. Butter that melts in your hands as you try to pipe the clowns.

Her frosting was too soft to make sitting clowns, so hers were reclining on her cake. She didn't think to cutely position their limbs; instead, she created them spread eagled, facing the heavens.

The Dead Clown Cake was the creepiest and funniest thing ever.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJorie

I knew about the horses dying but didn't even think about it when I read that post. I didn't get offended at all.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecs

I cringed for a minute at the timimng of the post, but didn't think for a minute it was intentional!

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat S

I didn't put the two together even though I have read the stories. But thanks for being sensitive to those readers who are affected by it.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I in no way thought you insensative. I didn't even connect your post with the news. If any one did complain they need to relax a bit. It is obvious you were not refrencing the news.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather B

With all due respect...Why would you allow someone to write that Canadians and Mexican are killing hundreds of American horses. That's complete crap! I find that offensive. I saw yesterdays post, thought it was funny, I didn't connect the two either but I don't think a "minutewoman" should get away with xenophobic statements.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeili

I sort of love this clown cake and its surreal elements. I think the lighting helps a lot.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

The polo horses was a tragedy, and I think it was very sensitive of you to think of that when you pulled the post.

And for anyone saying that people affected by that should get a life: you're really insensitive. Twenty one horses dropped dead. In the course of several hours. That's kind of shocking, and you should get your heart strings checked if you don't care. It's a shame, and the pharmacy that screwed up the vitamins should get their systems checked. It's terrifying to think that that could happen to my horses.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Am I the only one who thinks it's equally bizarre that the last name of the announcer for the International Polo Club is Coppola?? Between that, the dead horse cakes and the actual dead horses, this whole story is just a bit too weird...

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Ceili, I hate to say it but the earlier statement is true. I don't think they were saying it to be mean or are xenophobic, but since the recent ban in the U.S. against slaughtering horses for food they really are being shipped over the borders for slaughter. The U.S. also had slaughtering plants for horses until just a few of years ago, so the U.S. has been just as guilty. I'm not saying its morally right and I don't condone it at all, but it was a factual statement.

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April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the horse cakes would have been fine for 98% of your audience, many of whom were completely unaware of the polo pony deaths, but I appreciate that you chose to take the feelings of the other 2% into consideration. If you're delaying the post because you feel it's the right thing to do, then good for you.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterprofessional daydreamer

I remember seeing those clown heads on cupcakes when I was a kid...and if I remember correctly, thinking they looked weird even then.

Cakewrecks: Celebrating 20-something years of stoned-looking clowns.

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoonfall86

Hmmm I think I love under a rock. I haven't heard a thing about any horse tragedy. *scratches head*. To be fair my days are mostly filled with Curious George though.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElephantKisses

(((HUGS))) I wouldn't think it was intentional, Jen!!! But dangit, the clowns AGAIN?? Clowns freak me OUT, dude!

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Hey, I figured out what happened to the clowns - they inhaled too much helium from the balloons and collapsed; the balloons, having no helium left in them, also collapsed...and the cake, decorated like a horror movie, made US collapse in horror!

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWrecker Detector

LOl talk about bad timing. ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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