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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

Fear Factor, CW Style

Eons ago when the show Fear Factor first came out, I discovered something about myself: I have an extremely sympathetic gag reflex. Yep. Show me a video of someone eating yak brains, and I want to...well, yak.

Imagine how much better the show would have been, though, if they'd substituted the following cakes for the gross foods challenge. It wouldn't have been that much easier on the contestants, and seeing their expressions when they got a pleasant surprise as opposed to a sticky/wriggly one would have been awesome.

Oh, and in case this intro hasn't been warning enough, guys, here's a tip: PUT THE FOOD DOWN. AND THE COFFEE. AND THAT PRICELESS MING DYNASTY VASE. (Dude, what are you doing carrying that around, anyway?)

First up, here's looking at ewe, kid.

Step right up! No need to be sheepish; this cake is a shear delight!

Eva G., for some reason the phrase "bubblegum tongue" from that John Mayer song keeps coming to mind. (And now every time you hear that song, you will think of this cake. That is my gift to you. [bowing])

Or if you'd prefer to live high on the hog, you can always pig out on this guy:

Looks like someone brought home the bacon. Hey Cattie P., way to ham it up!

Hey, where are you all going? I'm not done yet! Ok, ok, no more puns - promise.

This one looks kinda crunchy:

Stephanie N., I don't care how artistically done this sucker is - I'd still stomp on him in a pinch. (Assuming he was less than an inch long, of course. Otherwise, Jooooohhn!!!)

And lastly, let's finish up with a little seafood. (Although for some of you, this will mean seeing all the food you ate for breakfast.)

[lower lip trembling] Must. Keep. Swallowing.

From the short bursts of eye contact I was able to make with this guy before the dry heaving began, I think I decided it was a catfish. And as for those green things - well, it helps me to keep the bile at bay if I tell myself they're grapes. So we're going with that, ok, Joanna B.? Don't bother telling me they're fish eggs, or catfish brains, or the prepubescent larvae of a water-dwelling grindylow: honestly, I don't want to hear it.

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Reader Comments (165)

Personally, I love the catfish cake! What a pretty purpley grey. Down here in Florida we like our fingerlings fried and our cake, well... shaped in honor of our fingerlings.

Rock on catfish cake.

Word Verification: "reeko" as in what Racheal Ray might say about these cakes. What does SHE know.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

The eyes on the first one are kind of creepy. I'd still eat it, though.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScientific Chick

None of these are wrecks! They're amazing.

And don't you think it's rather philanthropic that someone is using his artistic skills to make a cake sheep's head instead of making his guests eat the actual sheep's head that Scots actually eat?

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Japannie

I am trully stunned by what some people come up with! I would not only pass on eating the cake at these parties, I don't think I would trust any of the food being served! Gross!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProudfeet

I'm another one who isn't grossed out by these. The sheep is hilarious, the piggy looks good and is perfect for a luau/Hawaii theme party, and the catfish is just silly, but cute.

The scorpion is amazing and hardly what I'd call a wreck! I'm an arachnophobe (spiders and scorps freak me out big time) but I would totally have a piece of that cake.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawnspring

Oh, and in response to one of the commentors, yes, scorpions are edible. You can buy scorpion lolipops and candy at gift stores here in AZ.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdawnspring

Luckily, I'll never think of that cake because I won't force myself to listen to John Mayer.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAedail

To all you gaggers... OH DEAR GOD! It's just cake! :) Artistic and well done sculpted cakes. If you're gagging, it's cus the artists are awesome.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, sheep's head is a delicacy in the western parts of Norway. Imagine the horror of finding them vacuum packed in the supermarket...

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBj�rnsdatter

Ha! I don't know who Cattie P. is, but hey, if she's going to send you a flickr pic, might as well send you a pix of the whole cake as well (just for some context)...

Cake was done for a friend's birthday after a BBQ meat-fest. It was funny to have more "meat" for dessert after the real meat we already chowed down on. For the final presentation, the tomatoe was removed and the piggy was surrounded with strawberries.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterschmish

grindylow. Ha! I love HP!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I'm guessing that the scorpion cake is for a Scorpio. Or someone who really likes them for some other reason. Wow, though. Still made my skin crawl.

And according to the fish-cake site, they aren't grapes -- but don't panic! It's another edible item, green tea tapioca pearls. (They're like gummy candy, and quite good.)

WV: mingthe - what I said when I dropped that priceless Ming vase....what? I was just looking at it for a second...

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrubian77

Speaking of gross cakes, here's the one I made my boyfriend for his birthday just last week (warning - incredibly gross):" REL="nofollow">carcass cake

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrisse

Hehe, the cake selection begs for Andrew Zimmern! But seriously, somehow I didn't get too grossed out by any of these cakes. Even the pig - well, wouldn't be my choice of a cake, it's kind of ugly, but artistically ugly. The really creepy thing was the deadly pale sheep staring at me with its black alien eyes.

Yay to all the Scorpios, wouldn't it be fun to get a cake like that for our birthdays? Yes, we're weird like that!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Wow, none of those grossed me out that much. Maybe because I remember how gross the ribcage with bleeding organs cake looked or something...

I think the last one should've used glace cherries rather than grapes, that'd be more realistic.

And the strawberry instead of the apple - who knows, obviously commonsense isn't so common anymore.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProcrastinateher

Ew. The last one is the worst.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think taxidermy is really creepy, so that sheep is high on the "NO" list.

Well, all of them are, really. Although the scorpion one is rather exquisite. It reminds me of "The Scorpion King." =)

Catfish=NO. I HATE tapioca pudding (my mom calls it 'fish-eye pudding', blargh!) but I like boba (bubble) tea with those huge tapioca pearls. Maybe because boba reminds me of mochi, a Japanese treat--a sweet gelatinous cake made with rice flour. Almost like a non-sugary version of Turkish favorite is 'an mochi', filled with sweet red bean paste. Mmmmmmm...

However I think it's the clammy purple look to the fish that makes me want to gag. And I thought its tail looked like a chicken too!! 0_0

WV: Matip. Matip for the day: Don't eat taxidermy cakes!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I actually did a full body shudder for the cake one.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrits

The sheep's head is awesome! Even the catfish one isn't too bad.
I'd probably have a much easier time eating that than the nose cakes from yesterday. They made me want to vomit.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

"From the short bursts of eye contact I was able to make with this guy before the dry heaving began"

That is so right on. I didn't start dry-heaving, though. I started convulsing.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

When I was a kid, I found a small skull in the cow pasture that we kids hiked around in. I wondered what it had been in. Cow? Deer?
That sheep cake reminded me of that! Somehow! =^??^=
And, I made me sort of wonder what the fondant had been draped OVER to give the head such a realistic look of having, well, a bone structure!
I wish the creature had realistic eyes, too, as others have said. Goat and sheep eyes are so fascinating, don't you think? Slitty, horizontal rectangles that look like little mail
I don't feel repelled by these--besides, I'm assuming that they smell and taste like cakes, and not like fish or sheep or scorpions (if scorpions have a smell...and a taste...which they must, but...eewww).

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

THOSE LAST TWO ARE CAKES? They are very convincing.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, I've been reading Cake Wrecks for months now. The crazy baby shower cakes didn't bother me. The morgue cake didn't bother me. The cakes that were covered in icing resembling slime or bodily excretions didn't bother me. The nose cakes yesterday? No biggie.


I almost threw my laptop. Ergh. :/

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManda

At first, I thought that hog was supposed to be Admiral Akbar from Star Wars.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

...and another thing:
That pig looks entirely too happy for something lying there beheaded. Look at that grin, and the mirthful, squinty-looking eyes. Something's essentially wrong with that. He looks more like the third pig of "The Three Little-" fame --the one who made his house out of bricks. HE had something to be happy about.
This one?
Head cut off, baked, and on a serving platter. Doesn't sound like a Kodak Moment to me.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

You mam, are the worst arachnophobic i know. You would crush even a cake of a scorpion? No way.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScorpio

sick and demented

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

All these cakes still look better than all the nose cakes and body part cakes.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really like(d) that John Mayer song! Now I really will think of that stupid sheep head and it's crazy tongue when I hear that song.

Thanks. :P

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

bubblegum tongue... love it, will forever think of Jennifer Love and sheepy here everytime I hear that song ;)

I may never eat green grapes again btw

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrie

gosh this is why i am a vegetarian, even with cakes!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh god lol this made me snort with laughter and delight. Haha. And yes the grindylow comment was a total win. The sheep head was honestly scary.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLooking Glass

I'd always thought that John Mayer song was really creepy, and that sheep only confirms it. It also makes me think of "Silence of the Lambs" and the horse head in the "Godfather".

I actually like the scorpion and catfish ones, but judging from all the other comments I've read, I'm in the minority. (I should mention also that I'm a student who's had to open up rats in lab in order to get their organs, so my tolerance threshold for biologic parts is pretty high.)


April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen - you are awesome! I'm so thoroughly grossed out that I might just have to throw out all the food in my fridge because there's no way I'm going to cook any of it before it goes bad. Talk about an instant diet. You know, maybe you could patent it and sell it to the Hollywood set.... [thinks for a bit] oh, maybe not, I don't think most of them eat anyway. [shrugs] oh well, it was worth a shot....

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDW

From the page describing the creation of the catfish cake:
"I originally wanted to make the eyes out of hard candy, but I settled for some taxidermy fish eyes I had laying around the studio."

Because who doesn't have some taxidermy fish eyes lying around? :)

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

any cake in a ruminant's head shape is gross. I'm LOLling at "prepubescent larvae of a water-dwelling grindylow". Oversized eggs.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermizzy N

Thanks for the warning to put down the coffee. And food. I read this blog while eating my breakfast.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Beth

The crustacean seems to have a lobster body and a scorpion tail. . . so it's both eerily accurate (as cake goes)and monstrous.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Thank you Jen, for giving me even more reason to hate John Mayer... I don't like him much anyways, so having a sheeps head as my visual when I hear him singing is great!!!

He makes my skin crawl and so do these cakes!

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Gahh!!! The scorpion cake!!

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReese

"My 10-year-old would give up a major internal organ for the scorpion cake, so I guess I can see that *someone* would order it (and it's gorgeous from an artistic standpoint..but a scorpion?)."

being a 21 year old nerd who has been known as "The 6 foot 12 year old", I can relate, I thought the scorpion cake was great.

I think the sticks around it, by the way, are candles. And it seemed to be holding the number "60", so it seems it's a birthday cake, for a 60 year old.

that's my kind of geezer.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterakukoomori

okay, the fish is so much worse than the foot fungus one that i thought was the most disgusting thing in the world

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClair

ugh!!!!!! i was thinking "oh those are grapes" then someone behind me goes..."ewww fish eggs!" that was rather disturbing. and just how lifelike the scorpion was, ew, i wouldn't let my mouth NEAR that even if you PAID me. oh, and the chocolate-glazed pig was rather off-putting as well.....

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheesy Ninja

Haha, letting my own nerdy HP side out

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfalcon

So, I went to the fishy website... yes, i'm that stupid.

And then i really lost my dinner... she made it have innards!

And then there are pictures of it sliced!

EEEEWWWWWWWW doesn't even begin to cover it.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpony

i went on the website and looked at the making of the catfish cake and the piggy cakes, and i guess i have a stronger stomach than i thought, because i wasn't all that grossed out by it. the pig cakes were actually kinda cool, the catfish, ok, that was a bit odd, but not THAT gross. the only thing that i fond unappealing was the chocolate pudding pig liver, the raspberry kidneys, and the jell-o heart of the pig. but even that didn't bug me horribly. huh. :)

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheesy Ninja

Scorpions are ornate, beautiful animals (a lot smoother, sleeker and prettier than their cake version seems to make them out to be) and only a couple of species are at all dangerous. Only terrible people stomp arthropods of any sort.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScythemantis

the cakes are disgusting yet masterfully done, imho. life sure is a rich pageant.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeauxjeaux

That scorpion cake seemed familiar. I looked through my cake links and realized I knew it from this:

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

After living in Arizona for 7 years, I just had my first scorpion in my new house and FREAKED - this scorpion cake is seriously and personally disturbing!! WHO would want a cake like that? (even if my boys wanted something like that I would NEVER order something edible in the shape of a scorpion, cockroach or anything of that type. I'm sure in the AZ desert i can find plenty of the real thing to send to them and then maybe, just MAYBE they will stay out of my house!!

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah W.

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