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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

Happy Day, Earth!

Yeah, yeah, so I missed Earth Day. I promise I did my best to drastically curtail my usual polluting practices for the occasion though: I waited until the next day to chuck all those batteries into the lake.*

Anyhoo, I promised you lovely twits on Twitter that we would extend the celebration here on Wrecks and have a whole Earth Week. So that's what we're doing. [putting on green & purple party hat & blowing on noise maker] Yay, Earth!

Now, where's the cake?

What? I was supposed to bring it? Oh, I see how it is: I've got to do everything around here, don't I? [rummaging through photos] Fine. I'm sure I can find an Earth cake in here somewhere...

Ah! Here we go:

Umm, no, wait... Sorry, that's apparently an attempt at a Spaceship Earth cake. Or a big fuzzy golf ball. Totally different.

UPDATE: To the scores of you telling me this is supposed to be Disney's Epcot Center: Um, yeah, I know. See, the ball at Epcot is called Spaceship Earth, NOT Epcot. Give a Diz Geek a little credit, eh?

[returns to rummaging] Let's see...Earth cakes...Earth cakes...

Well, that's more of an earthquake. Although it's nice how the Wreckerator added that bridge in to span the gap. In fact, I think it fits right in with the triple-cloned Mickey, Pocahontas, matchbox cars, roses and palm trees, don't you?

Moving on...How about some earth movers?

See, since "earth" is also another word for "dirt", this actually makes perfect sense.

Although I must say, they're getting quite generous with the cake toys these days, aren't they? Just look at the size of those things! Pretty soon they're going to start slapping Big Wheels on cakes and calling it a day. (No, I don't know why they'll call Big Wheels on cakes "a day", but trust me, they will.)

Here's my favorite - and probably the most appropriate - Earth Day confection, though:

The message couldn't be more clear: Recycle, or die in a fiery mushroom cloud. Now that's how you teach the younger generations, my friends.

Glitter, Katie T., & Quenby S., have you hugged a tree yet today? And if not, may I recommend this one?

*This joke (and yes, it is a joke) was shamelessly ripped off of Matt Barnette. Thanks, Matt!)

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Reader Comments (275)

let me guess , Jeff plays golf ?
At lest that's what I make out of the first cake , a golf ball

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

Sadly, it looks like the "Earthquake" cake is a display in some sad bakery's window. Didn't they get the memo, they should display something that shows their skill and creativity, and perhaps even something one might actually want to buy?


April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Pretty obvious that no one else reads the comments first before they comment. So for the 37th time, hey, I think the first one is supposed to be Spaceship Earth! It isn't Epcot, Epcot is the whole park but I'll stop being a Disney nerd now.

Wait, one last thing. To whoever said "Epcot center, now owned by Disney" It's uhhh....always been owned by Disney.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDivine Madness

I got one of the "Construction" cakes (not Earth Day) for my son's 3rd Birthday. Got it from the Superstore (grocery store in Canada) bakery. The actually make really awesome cakes...pound cake and butter cream icing. My son's cake didn't look quite that bad and he licked the icing off every piece of machinery! (Yuck?)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

What is up with the earthquake cake? Did the wreckerator just find some random scraps on the floor? "What have we got laying around? A palm tree, Mickey Mouse, a car...we need the bridge obviously, another Mickey Mouse...because everybody loves Mickey...just like I love gin. Why not three Mickeys?"

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAudreee

I love the truck idea. Just make a horrible looking cake, give it a few backhoes and call it a construction site. Sweet!

Angie (from over at

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

What is an Epcot, and - does it hurt?

As a Disneyless one, I think it is hilarious.

The others remind me of mud, not a mudpies, just mud - Soggy Earth!

(Hey, its been raining here all day for several days)

and word veri is "gazingsh"...sigh

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMickle in NZ

I'm not sure why all the corrections are coming in, because the first cake was correctly identified as Spaceship Earth. Spaceship Earth is what the "big EPCOT ball" is actually called.

I actually think that it's a really well-done cake and it represents Spaceship Earth really well.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

My son would have loved the earthquake cake when he was little. At that time no cake was complete until it had "coconut trees" stuck in the frosting on the top of the cake!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlorelai

For all those saying that the first one is supposed to be Epcot, "Spaceship Earth" is the ride inside it, so Jen has it right :)

I like the earth mover's cake, despite its overcrowdedness, hehe.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara Bergin

How many people have to point out that the first cake is probably Epcot?

It fits in with the jokes, so I say roll with it.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Erm, the first one is the Epcot Center. And honestly, not a bad one either.

The rest are pretty wrecky.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaisana

I guess since EVERYONE is informing you that the first one is Epcot, that they do not realize that it is actually the home of Disney's SPACESHIP EARTH ride, hence the SPACESHIP EARTH reference....goodness...

Sorry, I just had to defend you here!!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie S.

*jumping up and down*
Spaceship Earth!!! Spaceship Earth!!!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

The last one is my favorite. Although I believe the "mushroom cloud" is supposed to be a tree, I totally see how people could mistake that for an atomic bomb.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

Thank you, Kristen and Tara Bergin, for stating that the iconic sculpture at Epcot Center IS CALLED SPACESHIP EARTH. My brain was really hurting reading all the "corrections." Also, Epcot has ALWAYS been part of Disney World. Also, I like that cake-- it may be colorless, but it really does look like Spaceship Earth, which does in fact resemble a giant golf ball.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

The first one could also very well be science world in Vancouver

the first one is Epcot! Did you know it's Epcot? I can't believe no one told you it's Epcot! Didn't you see that lettering? It's the Disney lettering!

(ha, sorry...50 comments saying the same thing makes me giggle, I mean no harm to other commentators :))

Though even knowing that I still don't think it's THAT great. I mean it's recognizable, but it still looks rather fuzzy. If it was purple though I think it'd be a GREAT representation of these!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

That last one looks not so much like a mushroom cloud, but more like vomit. Kinda brings a whole new meaning to "recycle" as it pertains to cakes...

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing quite like a wreck inviting you to recycle, individually packaged in a non-degradable plastic box.

It's like having a 'Go Vegan!' cake made out of lard.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Well, the Spaceship Earth ride is kind of an outdated wreck inside. Maybe that's what Jen's getting at. (I love EPCOT in phones just aren't exactly "futuristic" anymore.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

I think the EPCOT Spaceship Earth cake was done quite well, actually.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

There wasn't anything wrong with the first cake. It was done very well, considering its supposed to be Epcot from Disney world, not a "fuzzy golf ball".

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Awesome that you all realized the first one is Epcot. I guess I won't point it out for the 72nd time.

Yeah, I agree. The rest suck.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindieInAtlanta

Spaceship Earth is my favorite ride EVER !!!!

As for the rest... I'm just...speechless.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

The Spaceship Earth Cake is awesome! I want one! I love Epcot!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

We go on Spaceship Earth at Epcot because the ride usually has a zero minute wait.

Spaceship's a ride, at Epcot...that looks like a big ball.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariaSoleil

The "earthquake" cake reminds me of the book in the Sleepover Friends series (one of the early ones... #5 or #6 maybe?) where they make a cake for Patti's brother's birthday and it ends up with a big crack in it. The SF's go with it and decorate it earthquake-style, which ends up being a big hit. This baker should have learned from them.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbibberly


The Spaceship Earth ride has been updated. It now features you in the future. They take a picture of you and the person you ride with and make a video of it and you can choose where you want to live and how. It's pretty freaking awesome!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

Whoa! THREE MICKEYS!? The world is doomed! Thankfully we have race cars to escape :P

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Aw man, that last one is from Central Market. Shameful. I guess that just goes to show that no one and no place is immune to wreckerators.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk.

Hm... should I tell those 70 kind people that the first cake is not, in fact, Epcot, but is actually Spaceship Earth (as Jen said), found IN Epcot?

I do actually really like that cake, though. I'd get it for myself. But I'm also that weird kid who inexplicably loves that ride.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Sleepover Friends reference! Love it!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

I just love that there's an Earth Day Cake where they're ripping up the Earth... and probably going to put in a parking lot. Hooray!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

At first glance, the first cake looked like a brain to me. LOL
~Amy B.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The first one reminds me of Snowball Earth, a theory that involves climatic instability which could drive the earth to freeze over as the ice reflects more and more of the suns energy. (My wife's studying climate change here in Sydney and my job is now surveyor of interwebs)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKava

I like the Spaceship Earth cake. Grey frosting is not that appetizing, but I think it really does look like what it's supposed to look like.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hey, isnt that first cake supposed to be Epcot??!?!/!?

ha! kidding. :)

love the last mushroom cloud one.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAime

I'm shocked how many people didn't catch the Spaceship Earth connection, lol. Hell, I'm a child of the 80s, Spaceship Earth and more importantly, Figment, were HUGE Disney attractions when I was a kid!

WF: Foulable: Wrong, or full of fail. As in, having 50 comments stating the exact same thing, lol.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I saw right away what you were doing there with the first cake, and actually, to me it looked like the Death Star. Mmm, fuzzy Death Star cake.

(And luckily no contractors to worry about when you eat it.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lunar Fox

Since so many of you have defended the Epcot/Spaceship Earth cake as a NON-Wreck, I'm going to let you in on a little secret here in the comments: John and I made it. I wasn't going to mention it because I still think it looks like a big fuzzy golf ball (and I only posted it for the joke anyway), but I appreciate all the compliments regardless.

So there's some insider knowledge for you select few who've actually read all the comments down this far. See why it's so frustrating that so many accused me of not knowing what it was? :)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

First of all, I just want to say - reading is good for your health. Secondly, hey, did you know that first cake is that Epcot Ball Thingy? Like, how can you totally not notice that? It's really well done and has the Disney lettering and EVERYTHING!

(sorry, i know, I just HAD to.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

But its an -awesome- fuzzy golf ball. :( I have to agree with another comment I read around've been holding out on us with your cakey skills~

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLumineaux

Gawd...reading that word soooo many times...kind of turns into hearing it in your head... over and over, louder and louder-- like a form of torture!
Can't we just name it "HAIRBALL" and call it a day?
Because... well, l@@k at it.
We have cats, and I swear that they've tossed actual hairballs that were prettier than that piece of work.
What I love about the last cake is that it tells you what to DO with it. First thing!
Right from the bakery to the bin!
Save the planet, indeed.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

For the one tearing up the earth...doesn't it say "Happy Earch Day?....and is that hair in the back of the dump truck? ew
Also, today it was like an echo in my brain to read the comments! I'm going to be repeating all day...epcot, epcot, epcot....
Anyway, really love your site!

wv-dismen I read the word epcot dismen-y times

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My first thought, upon seeing the Spaceship Earth cake, was also of Snowball Earth. I'm also a bit disturbed by the number of people able to identify Disney font! I think the Recycle cake is a recycled St. Patrick's Day cake. The mushroom cloud is likely covering up a shamrock. I like the concept of an earthquake cake, but I doubt that is for what the decorator was originally going.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariaTeresa

Ah crap,
Jen. I think the big silver ball is that doohicky from Epcot. I can't believe we didn't notice that!
Better take the post down.


April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn(the hubby of Jen)

JEN....Kudos on the "the big golf ball" Like I said, more power to ya for piping all those little stars (they were stars right???)

And just to get on the bandwagon(has anyone ever really been on one and was the band loud?) LOL---PSST...Epcot hasn't been called EPCOT Center for a while now.
Both the ball and the ride are called Spaceship Earth. Sorry, Disney fanatic speaking..LOL

***1 million points to whoever can say what EPCOT stands for? GRIN!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVIX

*Sigh* I've never been so glad I've haven't been to Epcot/Starship Earth.

As for the "Recycle" cake, I also envisioned a mushroom cloud. If that's a tree, it's a sad, brown-leafed dying one. Not the best image on a cake. Almost looks like a herbicide logo... *shiver*

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

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