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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

Dora the "Cascajo"

(Before we bring on today's Wreckage, let us pause to pray to the literary powers-that-be that the English-to-Spanish translation site I just used isn't some frat-boy prank, and that "cascajo" doesn't actually mean something like "beaver toe." [closing eyes] Pleasepleasepleaseplease.)

As a refresher, here's what Dora the Explorer, the spunky Spanish-teaching cartoon character, usually looks like:

And here she is looking at you, kid.

Or she might be looking at the person next to you, or someone behind's kind of hard to say, really.

Here she's lost a nose but gained a lovely tan:

And speaking of gaining...
Dang, it looks like Dora's been hitting the cupcakes pretty hard. (And considering she's made of cake here, is that ever ironic.)

Lastly, though, is a truly "special" Dora. A Dora that stands out in the crowd. A Dora that says, "my baker sees the world a little differently." A "manager's special" Dora, if you will:

Karin D., Jenn E., Derek C., por favor manténganse se alejado de las puertas.
(That's the extent of my Spanish, courtesy of the Walt Disney World monorail. Like it?)

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Reader Comments (144)

lol I loved the overweight Dora.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterasha

... the first one.. o.O;;
why are backpack and boots looking fine but Dora is a total mess?? o.O

and how funny is this?! The day after my youngest two's birthday where I made them a Dora cake..
I have to say.. even in my somewhat biased opinion.. that the cake I did was better.. and I'm far from Pro :P

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKisa

If you ignore the eyes and the pale skin tone, the first cake is pretty well-done, in my opinion.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCedar

Is the last one "Goth Dora"?

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG those Dora's are horrible!

I will be laughing about that Chubby Dora for day. :) That's really hilarious.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDigiDandyDesigns

All I can remember from my high school Spanish is "Donde esta el bano, voy a vomitar." [Where is the bathroom, I'm going to throw up.]

But...given the color of the hair on the last's strangely appropriate here.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hey I just googled the word "Cascajo" and you know what came up number 3rd on the list? Cake Wrecks! pretty cool

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Oh wow...that is hilarious! I just linked up to your post from Jennifer over at Musings of a Blonde Mom and I can see why you were in her top blogs. I will definitely be back!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

Hey, that's the only Spanish I know too, and from the same place.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

When did Dora become an elephant?

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Oh my! I actually laughed out loud at the first one! too funny....and I'm still laughing!!!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervanfox23

Disney has the monorail spiel on a shirt! It is my favorite T shirt!
(And that is about all the Spanish I speak well...) :-P

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersuperbass

That last one looks like she's trying to steal my soul. NO Dora! I won't let you! Seriously, that one looks like a true horror story.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I totally LOVE Chubby Dora! Not only does she look like enough cake to offer everyone seconds but, she's also promoting a positive self image to children everywhere! Awesome!

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterH-S-W

Jen, once again you have made me laugh out loud. Your cake commentary is brilliant! Keep up the good work.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow,such a nice and fun cakes..I love Dora too..Thanks for sharing this,hope to see more from you.Have a nice day ahead.=)" REL="nofollow">A Writers Den" REL="nofollow">The Brown Mestizo

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer


If you want your kids to stop watching TV, that Manager's Special is definitely the cake to give them!

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeganosaurus

Haha, Jen, my Spanish is a lot worse than yours. 'Cause my spanish turned out to be french. :( So, uhm, I didn't understand any of the spanish you just said. Bahahah.

I'm lovin' fat Dora. XD

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Dora the explorer..;D Looks yummy,so colorful.;D" REL="nofollow">Travel and Living

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSolo

Is the last one Dora the Geisha?

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersailordada

After seeing the large Dora I realized I must have missed the episode where Dora spent a lot of time exploring the Little Debbie factory.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Lewis

I really don't think the first one is that bad-- the eyes are a little off, but so what. I find it stranger how pale she is in that one-- she looks kind of white-washed to me. The second one makes up for the blanching, though. Perhaps those two should have had their frosting blended? Between the two of them, they have the right amount of melanin.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterorangeophelia

The first cake looks like Dora's been doing tequila poppers.

I like the chubby Dora

the others are just icky.

wv: gocar...go dog go..go car go...

I don't have much imagination before 12.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Hahahaha Jen, I thought I was the only person on earth who still (like 10 years later) has that little Spanish monorail speech memorized! That is pretty much the only thing I know how to say in Spanish too. Made me laugh right out loud.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

I forgot to post this earlier:

cross-eyed is BIZCA (female) in spanish


May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangieruns

Cascajo is like gravel or debris - what were you trying to say? Wreck? Desastre would be better.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElena

That first Dora cake is just creepy.

I didn't know Dora had let herself get so out of shape! LOL

~Amy B

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

LOL at the monorail - my DH goes around saying that to his students when he opens the door at school - we even have shirts from Disney that say that on it because he says it so much!

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

The cross eyed Dora cake is not that bad really. The "fat Dora" cake is just hilarious!

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just died laughing, Dora packing on the lbs. :)

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChic Runner

Your last line is the exact extent of MY Spanish for the same reason!!!! Go repetitive Disney monorail! I learned it...18 or so years ago and I still remember it!!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I believe the last one is supposed to be from the show "My Life as a Teenage Robot"

-Cristina H.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dora the Exploder!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethel

wow, surprisingly they look like the real one. =) or at least the first one does.. maybe not the eyes?

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I... laughed so hard I cried. And I can only assume that the one "special" Dora cake was made a Manager's Special because it was so - let me see, what is the word - special.
That is the sort of cake people get when they are having a craving for cake and don't care what it looks like, or about the funky bitter black icing.
It's also the sort of cake that when a child gets it, they cry (but not from amusement).

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Maybe it's just me, but Chubby Dora's face looks uncannily like something out of the anime Azumanga Daioh.

No, really. She bears a striking resemblance to" REL="nofollow">Chiyo-Dad.

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercodeman38

I have tears in my eyes from Fat Dora and Wu-Tang Dora.

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermavila

THANK YOU FOR CAKEWRECKS!!! :) I love this so much!! :) You always make me laugh, long live cake decorators :)

May 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

my kids laughed so hard at these cakes. They're five and four and even they can recognize a crappy Dora.

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Aww. 1st cake Dora has strabismus like me. (I think she's cute anyway).

"...Speaking of gaining" hahaha. I love your blog!

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm...looks delicious

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAzim

Woah Dora! Time to slow down on those doughnuts!!

And is the manager sure the last cake is Dora...?

January 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1nes

"Cascajo" means "gravel."
I think the translation site was, in fact, a prank.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

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