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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)

*dies laughing because only 392420398243 have mentioned EPCOT*, people.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

I too got the construction cake for My son's bob the builder party. The brown icing wasn't right.. looked very unappetizing.. He cried and hid under the table during the birthday song. Wrecks will do that.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

@ sendingtheclowns,

Please, no worries, my friend! I happen to agree that it's a big gray fuzzball - that's why I posted it! Heh. At the time I was just looking for an excuse to try out my Wilton ball pan, and it really was a fun experiment.

See, it's actually a complete sphere: John made the legs to support it, so the cake was set up off the base entirely. We were psyched that it stayed together even after a car ride to Jeff's house! Of course, *cutting* it was kind of tricky...

Ok, geek-out time over. Suffice to say, I'm not in the least bit offended by anything said here today, so don't worry on my account.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

The best part about the whole post was the fact that everyone kept saying "Epcot Center," something that does not even exists! Yes, that is Spaceship Earth, but the theme park is called Epcot. It's not even an abbreviation now. There just is no Epcot Center. Trust me--I used to work there. :) Anyway, it just makes me giggle that people were trying to correct you, Jen, and they were waaaay off base. Yay for you!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Whoever eats the cookie will eventually *um* recycle it anyhow, so by golly, at least they were told to do it!


April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBailey's Leaf

This blog has me laughing every day! Thank you!

First, I'm laughing because of the Recycle cake--in an aluminum pan that recyclers around here won't take unless you've (wasted water to) scrub it completely clean of all food particles and covered with a plastic lid that is not considered a recyclable plastic, at least not by our local service.

Second, I'm laughing because I checked all the 136 (as of right now) posts before posting mine, because I didn't want to repeat something that had already been said...and all the people who didn't do that!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT'Ilia

The earthquake one is my favorite. LOL!

I also got the construction cake for my son's 4th birthday and it turned out real cute - much better than that one!

I still cant figure out the mickey/bridge/earthquake one though.... hmmmm....

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Aw, Jen--you have GOT to be the sweetest person EVER!
I really felt bad, and now I feel better! Thanks.
A spherical cake really IS an amazing feat, now that I actually ponder it; being able to frost one all the way around seems to almost defy gravity. If *I* were to try that, it'd come out looking like the Moon--probably plastered quite messily with finger-shaped frosting craters!
I'm thinking one way to slice it just might be with a nice thin wire, maybe through the middle horizontally, then into wedges, but-???-things in my head rarely come out resembling reality.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

In memory of all of the IDF soldiers and victims of terror (Yom Hazikaron Israeli memorial day)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSolider girl

OMG I totally got the biggest laugh out of the post about how Disney now owns Epcot! I work for Disney and I don't think I realized that many people don't know what Spaceship Earth is! Then again I used to work at Magic Kingdom and have people ask me where the castle was, or Spiderman...
What I love most is that the cake is for Jeff and that is my fiance's name and his birthday was two weeks ago. I think I may have let him down in not making him that cake, maybe next year.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRed

Wow, the "earthquake cake" reminded me of in 4th grade, when our teacher taught us about the different types of earthquakes by having us split into groups and decorate cakes with frosting and little plastic figures, and then simulating the earthquake. I couldn't name any of the types of earthquakes now, but I remember the cake, so hey, at least I learned something that year, right?

And also, I find it a bit funny that the first half of comments is saying that the cake is the epcot center, and then the second half is saying how everyone who said it was the epcot center is so dumb that they didn't understand that the epcot center was the same as spaceship earth. But hey, great minds think alike or whatever, right?

(sorry about the super-long comment)

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I am from Orlando. I lived there for 15 years. I now live in Gainesville, only two hours away. My father is a 20-year Disney employee and I am a 6-year Universal employee.

Someone make an educated guess at how much my head hurts after reading all these comments.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

In the interest of fairness, calling the park Epcot Center is not as off the mark as calling Spaceship Earth itself Epcot or saying that Epcot is not part of Disney World or was at one time part of Disney World. The ball has always been called Spaceship Earth and the park has always been part of Disney World, but Epcot was called Epcot Center until just fifteen years ago.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

the triple cloned Mickey Mouse one just about made me die laughing. oh Jen, your commentary is the cherry on top (of a tasty cake masterpiece, of course).

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersuzy

At first I thought the "Recycle" cake was a recycled St. Patrick's Day cake!


April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Or EPCOT (according to cast members *ahem*) could stand for Employee Paychecks Come On Thursdays.
Can I have 2 million points just for that?

I'm sorry everyone commented the crud out of this. It's very simple, and a lot of people have already made the right corrections. So, I guess all that's left to say is... Happy belated Earth Day!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamatha

I think the first cake is the Epcot center from Disneyworld - basing that off of what the Epcot center looks like plus the fact that the script below is Disney font.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Wow. Epic-Epcot-Comments.

There needs to be a new meme for this - to Epicotment, which refers to when a gazillion people post the same, mistaken response.

Anyway, I support your use of comment approval. I can't imagine that you'd give yourself the headache unless you were filtering out spam and filth. Plus at least we know you read (sorta) our comments.

It's your blog, and plenty people still love it.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Thanks for clearing that up, Jennifer (April 29, 2009 1:38 AM). Wow.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

These comments are pretty funny. Spaceship earth is the RIDE inside of Epcot. Just like Cinderella's Castle is INSIDE The Magic Kingdom. Tree of Life is inside Animal Kingdom and so on... oh nevermind.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I'm from Canada and never been very far in the States, but we have an environment museum in Montreal called la Biosphere that looks a bit like it :

Still doesn't look like a cake I would like to eat. Too gray for me!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE how there are almost 200 people who don't think you KNOW that the first cake is the Epcot. OF COURSE IT'S THE EPCOT! People either can't take a joke or are really that dumb.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~* N *~

I really cannot believe the number of morons that felt the need to correct your "Spaceship Earth" comment. So quick to judge without all the information. Dear readers...that huge globe at EPCOT is called Spaceship Earth.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG

I am feeling superior to the majority of your readers who commented here because I knew that the first thing was Spaceship Earth, which resides in Epcot Center. :)

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I guess no one understood your humor on the first cake....

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You are all wrong on the first cake. It is clearly white fothergilla in bloom. Sheesh.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Mars

That first cake is definitely Space Ship Earth from Epcot Center. Ignore those silly commenters who don't know it's proper name!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

*snicker* I like how so many comments give the link to the Wikipedia Epcot page, where the caption on the sphere picture is "Spaceship Earth is the icon of Epcot."

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitty Mommy

So many people feel strongly about the Disney cake yet they are so uninformed. The Theme park is Epcot and has not been called Epcot Center for several years. The ball is Spaceship Earth and is an attraction at Epcot. Google your facts before you post like a know-it-all. Cake Wrecks Rules!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelissa492

I am so glad to find out you made the Spaceship Earth cake, because I just couldn't see why you were considering it a wreck! Way to go; it's lovely. Tasty-looking, too.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissyjreed

Look, I can understand your frustration but in the interest of charity here, I'd like to point out a few things.

1. Obviously there are many people who are not "Diz Geeks" and don't know that thing is called Spaceship Earth and have never heard of Spaceship Earth, only EPCOT Center. So, when you interpret your witticism in that light, it sounded like you were saying it looked like a spaceship shaped like the Earth which implied (to us) that you didn't know what it really was.

2. Since your comments are moderated, we have no idea how many people have already commented or what they have said which is why you get 50+ people all saying the same thing. Apparently there were A LOT of us who didn't know that it was called Spaceship Earth but WE didn't know that.

3. And this one might be a little redundant... the only reason we didn't get your joke was because WE didn't know what that big golf ball thing is called other than EPCOT which means that even though we wrongly assumed you didn't know what it was, apparently many people DON"T know what it's called. Nobody was accusing you of being addle brained. Can you cut us a little slack for not being Disney freaks and how about a slice of cake while you're at it?

Now, finding out that you and your husband made it and that you knew exactly what it was all along makes us feel a little foolish (especially since it is nowhere near a wreck and you know it) but I am happy to swallow my pride and say "Oops! Sorry! Silly me!"

Hope that and the Chunky Monkey helps get you back to the keyboard!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte (Matilda)

I wanted to let you know that I completely support your use of comment moderation. We used to have an open forum on a site where I work and it had to be taken down because of what was being said. My daughter reads this and it makes me happy that I don't have to worry about what she might see.

For the person that called Spaceship Earth (which is always closed when I'm there and I've never got to ride)a pentakis dodecahedron, it's not. It is a geodesic sphere, the first (and maybe only?) one ever constructed.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh my goodness, this is ridiculous. All these people, up in arms over something so silly. Ignore all these haters who have no sense of humor - I think they are all wreckerators who are either jealous of your skillz (the Spaceship Earth cake is awesome. And the font! So perfect!) or have had their cakes featured in the past and are therefore cranky. We (my husband, sister and I) did not know that the globe dealio AT Epcot was called Spaceship Earth, but we still thought the post was funny. Thanks for teaching us some new Disney trivia, and for the humor, as always. Happy Irthday!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I'm late in posting -- and only read a few comments -- but had to tell you that you rock for knowing that Spaceship Earth is not Epcot.

There is sooo much in epcot. It's amazing at how that one things is so iconic and people are getting it totally wrong.

On the other hand --

That mushroom cloud joke had me LOL'ing. That was too funny. Because when I saw the brown and the word recycle -- I thought it was going to be poop.


April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

I can't believe you didn't recognize the LAST cake (that you called a "mushroom cloud") is clearly The Beast, from Disney's "Beauty And The Beast." Sheesh. The font gives it away.
Seriously, though, let me just express my utter hatred for the millions of writers and their Epcot self-righteous ignorance.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Just wanted to add to the voices acknowledging that your "Spaceship Earth" reference indicated to me that you did, indeed, know that the first cake was supposed to be the giant golf ball building at Epcot. And you should get props for knowing the proper name of the attraction!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmie

Jen, I am sure at this point you probably don't want to hear any posts, but... I really feel for you. I can't imagine how bad your hand hurt after piping all the stars on Spaceship Earth. I once did a fuzzy bumble bee and had a claw for a week.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

You rock, Jen. Thanks for the continued laughs.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Aw, Tamatha stole my thunder! When I did the Walt Disney College Program, we used to say "Every Paycheck Comes on Thursday" but it's close enough to Tamatha's phrase.

BTW, peeps...Epcot is no longer capitalized. They stopped doing that in the late 80s, I believe.

And Jen, I literally LOL'd when I read your post. I totally got the Spaceship Earth reference (being a former cast member, and all).

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSecondCitySoireeJen

Charlotte, as a "Diz Geek" myself, I can understand what you mean when you say there are many people who don't know the name of the attraction. HOWEVER, that's the time when the not-as-knowledgeable-in-WDW-attractions people need to refrain from trying to correct someone on something they know nothing about. And if it's going to be met with a post of "well WE didn't know!" then I have to wonder why so many people were acting as if they did. So much backpedaling.

Hey Jen - I understand your frustration. I used to work at the Disney Store and it never ceased to boggle our minds the number of guests we had that would try and correct our information on Disney. They ranged from being convinced that the Magic Kingdom was the only park in Disney World to the belief that Universal Studios was part of Disney and we just refused to sell them tickets. Amazing.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I didn't know you could make cake into a sphere. You are amazing.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

In all charity and kindness, you totally missed my point. Try to look at this situation from an non Diz Geek perspective; someone who is familiar enough with the iconic symbol of Epcot center (which should still be capitalized if it is an abbreviation but whatever!) but not knowledgeable about the specifics of the subject. Since I really can't speak for everyone else here who commented, I can only say that for myself, I interpreted Jen's comment in light of my own (lack of) understanding and offered her information that I thought I had that I perceived that she didn't. I was not correcting her or slamming her or accusing her or schooling her. Simply offering information. I can't know what I don't know. It was an honest mistake and I would feel awful if I thought it contributed to any kind of real angst on Jen's part. I can't imagine that anyone here was trying to slap her down. I enjoy her blog very much but then, I don't read blogs that I don't enjoy and maybe some people do. Like I said, I am only speaking for myself. Have a great day.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte (Matilda)

Thanks Jen for throwing your own cake in for the sake of a joke. Hil-a-rious!
I think the mushroom cloud might have been a recycled leftover from left over St. Patrick's Day wrecks. Yay recycling!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteracademic poser

No wonder Jen had a nervous breakdown. Listen people and be educated. Spaceship Earth is th NAME of the large geodesic dome INSIDE Disney's Epcot center. Jen is entirely correct. Thank you! Hope you can recover quickly. I read the blog religiously

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A cake that says "recycle". Ugh. We all know what happens when we recycle cake. Not so much recycling as it is, well, poop.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

10 trazillion billion points to EVERYBODY! I am feeling "JEN"erous today...(I am also feeling punny apparently
LOL--forgot about the paycheck one, the tired one is usually me. LOL

Jen--wanna share the B & J's? I will even loan you my bunny slippers if you let me borrow some tylenol. My head hurts from seeing the "E" word so much. LOL

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVIX


Spaceship Earth is indeed a geodesic sphere, however geometrically, it is also a pentakis dodecahedron, with each of the 60 isosceles triangle faces divided into 16 smaller equilateral triangles (with a bit of fudging to make it rounder)

Montreal Biosphere is also a geodesic sphere. It's pretty cool.

Boy this thread has been a real derailment...

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I love how nobody reads the previous (incorrect) comments before leaving the same (incorrect) comment themself.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarin Huber

Epcot is what the park is called, "Spaceship Earth" is the big shiny ball that is the major visual of that park. Kinda like all the other parks. You wouldn't refer to the Tree of Life as "Animal Kingdom" or Cinderella's Castle as "Disney World" so, Jen is right and drop it!

Love the blog, Jen! =)

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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