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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

When the World Is Not Enough...

Just cram some more crap on there.

You know those picture books, where you have to find all the hidden objects? I think this cake is kind of like that. So tell me, can you find:

- 6 Styrofoam lollipops
- a picket fence
- a red-eyed demon child riding its trusty star steed
- a gold coin
- enough ribbon to choke half a dozen children
- a dozen roses
- a big thumb print
- what is either a bottle cap or a foil-wrapped candy
- a red jelly bean
- what I hope is an Oreo cookie, and not a rusted metal disc
- tulle, tulle, and more tulle

And in case you didn't spy it, this photo also has an added bonus! See, right here:

(buh dum bump!)

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. (And the week after that, and the week after that...)

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Reader Comments (114)

Not to mention the beer toting person in the background. No better way to celebrate a child's christening then with booze.

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

i think that IS a "rusted metal disc". it actually looks like an old coin. is there something about coins and christenings? i dont know...

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Jameson

Oh my goodness! I'm Filipina and I can't help but smile--that ghastly thing brought back good memories of childhood birthdays! A birthday cake like that was one of the highlights of any kiddie birthday party. Ü

Someone above mentioned that this a typical Filipino birthday cake--yep, that's right: the chocolate coins, the styrofoam rainbow at the back, the ribbons and tulle. I'm surprised that this didn't have icing flowers on it (the one that comes on a toothpick/stick).

Filipinos are known for horror vacui (fear of space), which in visual art means filling every bit of space with detail. Just take a look at our jeepney, our main form of public transportation.

That being said, this cake is one ugly cake. I love it!

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGuwapa

As someone also from the Philippines (as many of the people who commented), I was undeniably amused by this post.

YES, this is actually a typical birthday cake here. I remember mine had a working(!) plastic mini-ferris wheel, lollipop fence posts, a porcelain clown topper, the gold-covered choco coins and other bits of flotsam and I LOVED IT. XD

Personally, the only thing that offends me is the use of styro lollipops (wtf?!?)and trees. And the fact that the baby's name was haphazardly written on the side.

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is so, so very late but I just wanted to say that the random BONUS thing in the background is actually just a HUGE gallon of glue. (I have the exact same one in school. Ugh.)

Why they ever needed that near a cake, I won't even ask. :/

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

She don´t understand Less is more !

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLove_...

I think it makes more sense to assume that it's one of those Bonus packs of plastic cups. For the Pop Cola or whatever cost saving measure they got for soda.

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrei

"This is so, so very late but I just wanted to say that the random BONUS thing in the background is actually just a HUGE gallon of glue. (I have the exact same one in school. Ugh.)"

-- sorry, but the mystery "BONUS" product is pack of plastic disposable cups.

I am a Filipino, and I am NOT proud of these cakes. They are hideous. Almost half of it is garbage you can't eat, and the other half is dry cake smothered with tasteless frosting (which you can hardly eat either).

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayson Austria

I have a picture of my first birthday where I have a cake that had several of those styro balloons. I had a huge smile plastered all over my face in that photo. I must have loved it.

Yes, this is one ugly cake but as in any country, there are people who make these sorts of cakes and there are true cake artisans. We also have our share of the latter in the Philippines.

What other posters said about the beer in Christenings is so true. Any occasion is really just an excuse to drink beer, get wasted, and annoy the entire neighborhood with videoke singing. Tons of fun, I tell ya. ;-)

May 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yes, it does say "Welcome to the Christian World", which, here in the Philippines, is what most people also write on their gifts to the newly baptized baby :)

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December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter123 123

This is overkill... LESS IS MORE sometimes! Geez....

May 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I feel obligated to point out that the star-riding baby looks like he/she is also strangling a cat. Wow.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMallie

I don't know how I had missed this one, but now that I've seen it, all I can say is:

it's a world of laughter, a world or tears
its a world of hopes, its a world of fear
theres so much that we share
that its time we're aware
its a small world after all

its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small, small world

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone.
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small small world

its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small world after all
its a small, small world

--(insert evil laugh) now that I've gotten that one stuck in your head LOL!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Nick

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