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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

Ponder If You Will...

Sometimes, looking at all the photos you guys send in, I'm presented with one of life's little mysteries.

For example, how is it that we live in a world where these are supposed to be guitars...

(Love the random tree. Because when you think "electric guitar",
naturally you think "nature.")

(Thank goodness Wreckerators are starting to put miniature plastic versions of what
the CCC* is supposed to be
on the CCC*. It's quite sporting of them to give us
a hint.)

(Here, there, and everywhere: hip, hip, it's hip to be square!)

...but this is not?

Hey, kudos to the decorator for trying to get some more mileage out of his or her guitar-shaped cake pan, but really...Really? A beer bottle? Really?

Freya F., Jill B., & Joe C., really.

* Patooey! (Just a friendly reminder to always cleanse your palate after uttering the foul name of the dreaded cupcake-cake.)

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Reader Comments (108)

The first one looks like a whale.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCallisto

I really thought that that first cake said "Yo, Happy Birthday!" for a second.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFiggylicious

Hey, isn't that pink ccc a guitar that Prince used back in the day?

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

That last one looks more like a maraca than a guitar or a beer bottle.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

nah. take it from me, that's neither a guitar nor a beer bottle. it's a cello case.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Leastlikely

Maybe it is what a beer bottle looks like after emptying too many of them?

Not that I would know :)


May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lewis Family

I dunno, the first one looks more like an upside down vomiting amoeba --- or dirty ghost.... eh.


May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQtswede

The guitar cake pan being used for a beer bottle reminds me of the many different ways Carvel Ice Cream shops reuse that goofy Fudgie the Whale mold. And in both cases, the cake artiste is sure no one will ever notice....

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Jen, you should post Pyraterose's cake as a positive role model for these Wrecks. it's pretty cute and has correct guitar anatomy!

wv: ousiz
Ousiz dese cakez ar awfulls.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura R

Really, it's sad. I know I've been assimilated by this blg when I think of that Miley Cyrus pink CCC monstrosity as "not bad" because at least the shape is *kind of* guitar-like, and the cupcakes seem to be largely individually frosted. YIKES!

And yet my gut KNOWS it's still a wreck.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The last one... never underestimate a decorator's... erm... creativity?

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I think the first one looks like an impaled Epcot

just saying

ok I'm stealing someone else's joke... still funny

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisalead

Anyone else questioning the extra purple cupcake sitting off to the side on the Hannah Montana CCC? Is it there to draw your eyes away? Is it a guitar pick? Did it get lost on it's way to a Barney CCC?

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

Well, I flunked the cake test--I thought the gray thing was a dead saguaro cactus, sort of symbolizing dead and the living tree symbolizing...Well, anyway Happy Birthday to Matt.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

I have NO idea what the others are, but I am very sure that a gaggle of squealing girls will descend upon the pink HM ccc (patooey!) like a school of piranhas.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I don't know this for an absolute certainty, but I'm guessing that the first cake was for Matt of The Whomping Willows (Freya, if you're reading this, correct me if I'm wrong).

The Whomping Willows is a botanical wizard rock band based on the Harry Potter series. Hence, the tree.

Matt is awesome, btw, and I bet he got a huge kick out of his wrecky birthday cake!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKassy

Number 1: Underside of a sting ray, projectile vomiting.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

@kid-lit-fan and Figgylicious, I too thought there was a "yo" at the top of that first one, but I thought it said, "Yo crappy birthday Matt." No lie. Look at it again!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJude

I was frightened I'd be the first person to mention the Bo Diddley resemblance until I got through about 2/3 of the comments. Phew!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

sweet! I'm so psyched about the beer bottle idea with the guitar cake pan. A little trim here and there, and it might have worked!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

Nice! Love the guitars!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNate Fakes

"Festive" gray "guitar."
Here's hoping you like tree halves.
Happle irthday, Matt!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Violet cupcake,
Rejected by cool cuppies,
Turns to the shadows.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Looky it, mama!
Made my own shoebox guitar!
Listen! Strum strum nom . . .

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

You mean it's hip to be square unless you are a sponge? It doesn't work for me with guitars either!

WV: bruum--the first strum of the fake guitar

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Well, The first one I thought could have been an upside down nose that's nasal leakage defies the laws of gravity.

Anything with Hannah Montana on it should be considered a wreck

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Patooey! *L*

impaled dead ghost for the first one has my vote.

All except the beertar look like deep sea creatures brought to the surface too quickly.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord kiddin.."is the sound made when cleansing ones palate after saying CCC."

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

@ Ajhorse21
It's Hannah Montana :)

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

@Kassy: You are correct, and Matt and I both got a giant kick out of this cake (I believe there are pics of his reaction on Facebook). It was wreckier than anyone could have hoped for.

We really thought the guitar looked like a squid. I'm glad that others have weighed in with other marine life ideas as well, though the Lost theme is my favorite.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfreya

What's sad is that a guitar cake *can* be beautifully done--and it's just not that freepin' hard, y'know?

One of our church ladies made one for my former boss's birthday (as he is, among other things, an amazing guitarist, singer, and songwriter). It was superb, and although she was a professional cook, she wasn't at all a pro cake decorator--yet it beat every one of these with a stick!

Oh, I wish I had a photo of it. :(

wv: qualti. None of these qrecks are of good qualti!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

Ok, I'm having trouble finding the Yo Happy Birthday.

Nonetheless I'm tipping my hat to all those who found the impaled ghost, the UFO, the stingray, Jesus, the amoeba, the dripping nose. :-)

My attention was immediately drawn to the tree that seems to be sporting a cluster of wadded up kleenexes where the leaves normally grow.

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You would think one wouldn't need to clarify as to what a Hannah Montanna guitar looks like... but sometimes they really should... I once got" REL="nofollow">the most oddly shaped gummies. Could it be that wreckiness extends beyond cakes? Oy vey...

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGilsner

The first one looks like a stingray.
Mmmmmmmm stingray cake.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCristine

Red strings on a blue "guitar"... which look like melting rivers of BLOOD!
I'm a bit disturbed by that CCC (bit disturbed by all of them, actually).

Word Verification: Blyclogi: the sound you make when you see what the decorator expects you to pay for.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpripyet

wow mong cakes ... but mong cakes say 'i love you' ... I made a great cake the other day then iced it with happy birthday etc. ... looked like a junkie with mild hypothermia had iced it!! he loved the caked though

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterREread

I think I got it figured out. The first one is a spaceship crashing; the second is a butterfly with elephantitis on one wing; and then of course third we have the breaker box CCC.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

The first one looks like how I draw guitars :P

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrain Picker

As the first cake was loading I thought it was a road-killed elephant! Now granted I am looking at this on my phone so the pics are pretty small, but still...

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

MY dear it is very nice and interesting blog .best wishes.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOm reem

That first one looks more like a stingray!

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan


I noticed that too! Its been annoying the heck out of me because I know, in my heart, that there is MORE of the wreck that I can not see, and the glutton for punishment in me would really like to see it! Unless... mayve there is just one very special purple cupcake that didn't quite make the cut, but they decided to throw it in there anyway. And that IS the whole story. But I think there's more to it.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

HA! These are baaaaad. Especially the first one, which looks rather like a dead fish, and the second one, which is a pink blob with a plastic hannah montana guitar. * shudders* My older sister is a rocker type, so I say to her,"Ellie, you've gotta come see the newest cake wrecks, it's guitar cakes!" And so my mom says, " Oh, I've GOT to see this one" and so then followed my dad and older brother, it was kind of like a family gathering for cake wrecks. Just goes to show you how great this website is!

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheesy Ninja

Uh oh. Lack of apostrophe alert. And it's not the cake. Jen, when talking about CCC, you wrote the following:

(Thank goodness Wreckerators are starting to put miniature plastic versions of what
the CCC* is supposed to be on the CCC*. Its quite sporting of them to give us
a hint.)

You know very well that there should be an apostrophe in "Its." It is it's.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are hilarious! Wow that first one is way off.

I thought I'd post a non-wrecky life size guitar cake. Made by 2 of my friends...

They own "Simply Sweet"

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~* N *~

Anonymous said...
Uh oh. Lack of apostrophe alert...
You know very well that there should be an apostrophe in "Its." It is it's.

Uh oh!! Lack-of-capitalization alert, "Anonymous"!
You wrote: "It is it's."
You should have written: "It is It's."

It's okay--we're only human.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Don't worry Jen I had you covered when I put in an extra apostrophe in my last comment....Did it get lost on it's way to a Barney CCC?...

I know!! Man where is Paul Harvey with the rest of the story when you need him. I am going to have sleepless nights thinking about that extra purple cupcake.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Thanks.
Same Anonymous

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first "guitar" is clearly an octopus diving down while squirting ink. Through tree-infested waters...


May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Subliminal Lizard says: "Methinks the idea of using a guitar as an actual axe takes the meaning of figurative to a new, wrecky extreme."

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndyMHA

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