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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)

the last one looks like a recycled st patty's day cake!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraus_chick

AWWW Figment!!! I forgot about him.... "imaaaaaagination, imaaaagination" I loved that song.. ahem.

Spaceship Earth rocks and touch screens are the wave of the future along with upside down plant growing. Ok I haven't been there in 20 years but I have fond memories.

I also agree with the tree/mushroom cloud

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

EPCOT==Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

The 'Spaceship Earth' cake is intriguing, and the best use of the Wilton 'cover it with star tips' method I've seen to date. Too bad it's an unappealing, add a bit of silver lustre dust and it might be all right...No, on second thought, that would make it look like a crumpled ball of tinfoil, so nevermind.

The Dump Truck cake is cute--for a five year old's birthday. It suggests celebrating dirt rather than the earth (something that five year olds do indeed enjoy!). Oh well, I guess "Happy Dirt Day" doesn't have the same ring...

And is that 'recycle' a direction? As in "Don't eat this but just recycle it" or "you're gonna be recycling this cake soon after you eat it!" (brilliant green icing, bleh!) I saw a tree at first but I gave a "Ha!" at the mushroom cloud comment. I wonder if the wreckorator stepped back and thought, "Oh dear...Oh well, SOMEONE will buy it."

...I have the strange feeling I have just hit upon the central idea behind a cake wreck. It might be awful, but SOMEONE is bound to buy it. 0_o

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Gotta love folks who don't know what Spaceship Earth is trying to educate Jen ;)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Nothing says earth Day like a strip mining cake!

And hey, isn't that Epcot? (ducks and runs)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

That's a really good Spaceship Earth. Though it would have been better in gleaming white! How long do you think it took to apply that icing?

The "Recycle" cake would have been bettwr if it included reused plastic decorations from Halloween, Thanksgivibg, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day...

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

Experimental Prototypical Community of Tomorrow ! ! !
Peggy, RN

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm really surprised there aren't a lot of "Comment Deleted By Author" lines on here =)
Awesome cake Jenn!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Let's see? Roses? Palm trees? Mickey Mouse? Customized cars? Offset freeway bridges? Huge freaking fault lines?

Yeah, sounds like southern California!

Now I have to wonder if the earthquake cake actually /is/ a celebration of the Golden State supposedly tumbling into the ocean, with Pocahontas there representing the North American Plate. Or something. (More likely, I am giving the wreckerator too much credit.)

(Also, I am now tempted, as a student of earthquake physics, to make some sort of actual conscious effort at a quake cake. Please, someone hit me in the head before I think about this any further.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

I love the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow! (WOO! 1 million points to me!!) LOL @ everyone pointing out it's the "EPCOT Center/Ball/Globe/Dome/thing" I LOVE Spaceship Earth. Specifically, the smell when Rome burns. It's the ONLY thing I remember from my Dad. He died when I was 4, but we went to Disney World when I was about 3 and I remember that smell vividly.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMisha

Oh, now I feel bad. I'm sorry, Jen and John! (The safari cakes were beautiful.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

VIX - Epcot stands for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. And an extra Disney nerd tidbit: Walt Disney never intended for Epcot to be anything like the park is today. He actually wanted it to be a self contained community where people would live and work. He planned for it to have it's own police force and everything.

Reading all the 'that ball is Epcot' comments made my head hurt!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmurfette

I am always amazed how no one seems to read previous comments before posting their own. Today just really drives that point home.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan


April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

no need to be rude about people not knowing what spaceship earth is's an honest mistake. everyone was just trying to help the author out. plus comments have to be approved, so a lot of people probably didn't see the other comments saying the exact same thing. chill.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I got the Spaceship Earth joke, Jen ;)

I would be ticked if that was my cake though...there is simply not enough of it there. haha.

I love this blog.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Elizabeth

Smurfette, I agree with you. :)

And so you all know, that 'globe thingy from Epcot center' is called *Spaceship Earth*, so Jen was right on the money.

Jen, I <3 this site. Thank you for the daily laugh in the morning!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZee

Jen, as much as I love your blog, the comments section leaves a lot to be desired. It's the moderation of ALL comments that is killing the fun. Fifty identical comments pile up in the review queue, and nobody has any idea that 49 people ahead of them have made the exact same comment.

It's really tiresome, and it's the reason I stopped reading your comments a while back (only looked again today because of the Spaceship Earth/Epcot nontroversy).

Can't you allow registered users to comment with the hand-holding? Goodness.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The comments up to now have been pretty thorough, but I have a few things I'd like to add:

1. Isn't EPCOT a separate park from Disneyworld? EPCOT is a Disney park, but I'm pretty sure it's not part of Disneyworld.

2. I like to think that someone specifically ordered the bulldozer cake for Earth Day in irony. It's still a wreck, but at least it's an ironic wreck.

3. That earthquake cake looks like it started life as some kind of budget alternative to a tiered wedding cake. Perhaps the cake reflects the outcome of the wedding: it all fell apart, and now the poor cake is doing the best it can with what it's got.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337


Can't you allow registered users to comment withOUT the hand-holding? Goodness.

(Comment editing would be a nice feature, too.) ;-)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually like the spaceship earth cake. I knew right away what it represents, and it doesn't really feel like wreck to me.

Julian said Also, I am now tempted, as a student of earthquake physics, to make some sort of actual conscious effort at a quake cake. Please, someone hit me in the head before I think about this any further.I saw some National Geographic documentary where geologists were using the most psychedelic layer cake I've ever seen to demonstrate some concept in geophysics. I don't remember what it was supposed to illustrate. I only remember the cake wreck that ensued. Beware of geologists with cake!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Ok, for all of you who posted that the "ball is Epcot" repeat after me - Epcot is a theme park, not a single attraction or building.

It's almost as annoying as people who think the Magic Kingdom is Disney World.

Epcot stands for - Every Person Comes Out Tired. : )

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE how everyone takes the time to LINK to Epcot things, but doesn't take the time to READ their own links.

The PARK is called EPCOT CENTER. The round ball building is called Spaceship Earth.

That's why it was picked up in a search of "earth" cakes.

Read links before you post them, DUH.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi y’all – I just stopped by and I haven’t had a chance to read all of the other replies, but I really need to point out that the first cake is definitely the big spaceship ride thingy at Epcot.

(Runs and hides underneath swarm of thrown, dismembered cupcake cakes.) Kidding! I’m kidding!


April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

Jen, you made that Spaceship Earth? I really like it! I think it's ballsy personally, to try to make something soft and squishy (cake) in to a shape it's not going to happily hold (sphere) and make it work. And all those STARS!? I don't have the patience to pipe a zillion little stars. I like can make ME one, and I won't complain! We'll eat it together, just you and me and a pair of forks. :)

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
Every Person Comes Out Tired
Every Pocketbook Comes Out Thinner
Every Parent Carries Out a Toddler

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

To all the "that's Epcot" comments:

Epcot is a theme park. Spaceship Earth is PART of Epcot. Yes, it is iconic and the "symbolic" ride of Epcot, but it is NOT EPCOT. This would be like saying the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom IS Animal Kingdom. Maybe before you offer "corrections," you should make sure that you are correct.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha Ha EPCOT!! I'm so old I watched em build that sucker! No really, I lived there and it was totally AMAZING to watch it go together. When you cut into the cake does it have all kinds of cool stuff inside it? I cannot even imagine making a cake like that - it would be all woggly and lopsided. I'll do the flat ones :)


WV brityp = writing pen with glow in the dark tip.-

Jen, that further shows what talent you have that you submitted the Spaceship Earth cake as an earth day wreck.. and everyone defended it not knowing it was yours.

I'd like to see more of your and John's work in the future! Hopefully not as a wreck though ;)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

The only thing better than reading today's post? The comments for it. Wow! Spaceship Earth? Hello? Besides, it's Jen! She's referenced so many things prior to this post that even on the off-chance she DIDN'T know what it was supposed to be, she would have figured it out from the Disney font like everyone else. Apparently we have 50+ special snowflakes here.

I lied, the best part about the post was after those comments knowing that Jen and her husband MADE the cake. That's the beauty of it! Also, I agree it's a non-wreck. Great job, guys!

(Note: Someone said it should have been silver, but if you watch the show Ace of Cakes in one episode even Duff and his team had a hard time creating a true silver icing which they finally achieved through some trial and error.)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShana

Crud! I feel like a real BUM calling the Epcot Center a hairball--now that I know my HEROES made it!!! (NOW ya tell us.)
Talk about "open mouth, insert both feet"!
It's just that it's so... GRAY, and all...which is unappetizing.
To me.
You know, the BUM.
Guess I'll shut up while I'm behind...................

Hey, is it too late to say that I LOVE it?
*Ducks away from flying shoes*

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I can't believe this many people recognized the fact that cake 1 was FROM Epcot, yet didn't know it was called Spaceship That's sad.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Recycle, or die in a fiery mushroom cloudHahahahahaha!!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates


EPCOT is a park in Disney World. DW is made up of four parks (again, EPCOT is one of them). Because SPACESHIP EARTH is so large, it has become the main identifying feature of EPCOT, just as the Tree of Life is for Animal Kingdom, Cinderella's Castle is for Magic Kingdom, and the giant Sorcerer's Hat is at Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM). EPCOT was always a part of DW, and it was one of Walt Disney's last great ideas. Unfortunately he never lived to see it become a reality. In short, the first cake is a bit of a joke, as it represents Spaceship Earth (no one in their right mind thinks the actual earth looks like that. There is no cake wreck that bad).

I would bet money that tomorrow when I check Cake Wrecks there will be new comments saying "hate to point it out, but that's Epcot! The Disney writing gives it away! :D"

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Let it be known that I would spasm with glee if I had a Spaceship Earth cake for my birthday. I think it looks fantastic! I want the "planeterium" slice off the top!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Beasley

I once baked a sheet cake for a friend, and it broke down the middle as I was frosting it in white.

After much hand-wringing, I filled the breach with light-blue icing, slapped on a little bridge and piped "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on the cake.

My friend was a major Simon and Garfunkel fan, and she loved it.

I never told her it was a mistake.

So maybe I can give a LITTLE leeway to the cracked cake. A little. Not much.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

I can't believe how many of you didn't know that it's called Spaceship Earth, not the Epcot Globe, the Epcot Center, etc. SPACESHIP EARTH!! :)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Since finding out that Jen and John made the 'Spaceship Earth' cake, I will humbly eat my words.

They taste like cake! =) OM NOM NOM

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Looking at the Recycle cookie, I immediately through there was some yucky point being made here about what happens to cookies after you eat them. As in ... eventually it might help fertilize a tree?

Is this just me hanging around too much with a 6-year-old boy?

Or maybe the suspiciously poo-colored "tree"??

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercivilwargal


Oh wait, EPCOT is a place that contains a building called "Spaceship Earth"? And you totally knew this, because you made the cake yourself? And can I also assume that you understood the Disney connection since you MADE THE DISNEY FONT CARD YOURSELF?

Reading is essential, folks.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

I can't believe how many people on here think that spaceship earth is called "epcot center." Now that is pretty wrecky. ha.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Gobs of black icing yesterday, grey icing today.....delicious. And I especially like the San Andreas Fault Tribute cake. There's nothing like a natural disaster wrought into a dessert!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

I'm sorry, but that last cake doesn't look like a tree or an atomic bomb to me... It looks like, um, recycled food... ie: poo.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

Sorry, but that tree you suggested people hug, was destroyed in February's "Black Saturday" bushfires in Australia. It was at Bruno Torfs' Art & Sculpture garden (not Bruno Turfs as the URL says)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVireya

I love the Spaceship Earth cake! I knew what it was before I even scrolled down and saw the Disney lettering. Definitely not a wreck, just not "the Earth". You were just making a joke with that, right?

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Epcot epcot epcot ella ella ella hey hey hey....

(What? Too far?)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAyanna

Gorgeous job on Spaceship Earth, Jen!

(and I, too, got the references even without recognizing the font at first)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstacymckenna

So, here is the deal: YOU HAVE A BUTT-LOAD OF COMMENTS!! Which means TONS of views. Yay!

That is your Silver Lining in the EPCOT/Spaceship Earth.

Tragically, most of the people don't know how to scroll, so be sure to place ads near the top!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPearl Berries

Thanks so much for letting everyone know that Epcot is the park, not a ride. Spaceship Earth is awesome...not so sure I like the rehab tho!

Also, I'm loving the comment about how "Disney now owns Epcot." Teehee. ;)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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