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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

How Bizarre

I'm feeling a bit random today. So expect...the unexpected. [waggling eyebrows in a hopefully dramatic fashion]


How about a construction worker merman?

I'm sure there must be an absolutely fascinating back story to this, but I don't have it. It reminds me of that time eons ago when Christopher Lowell dressed up as a mermaid on his show, though - anyone remember that? (Wait, what am I saying? How could you forget something like that?)

Here's one for those of you celebrating the torrid love affair between your pet lobster and rubber ducky:

I would pick on the redundancy of "12 month anniversary", but frankly I'm more concerned over this being a stock design. Just how many people out there are encouraging relationships between their seafood and bath toys, anyway?

Or how about this gem from last St. Patrick's Day?

You're really giving me some mixed signals here, Mr. Rich Irish Carrot. I mean, first you offer me monetary incentive to kiss you, but then you go and look all horrified by my appearance. Ok, so maybe I don't look my best right now, but it's still kind of rude to shield your sensitive regions* with that coin. Now pucker up, blue-eyes, or I'll sic my Carrot Jockeys on you.

Anne J., Meaghan L., and Rabi W. & Thomas M., I'll give you a nickel if you write "Kiss Me, I'm a Cake Wrecks fan" on your forehead and photograph yourself in public. (Our advertising budget is up from "nonexistent" to "Whatever I've got in my pocket." So I could also offer you a half-used tube of Blistex. Any takers?)

*Wait a minute - this is a carrot. Isn't the whole thing a "sensitive region"?

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Reader Comments (96)

Is it possible that the construction worker merman is a reference to Zoolander?

Love this blog by the way.

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you know where I can get one of those Irish carrot cakes? It would actually be perfect for husband's upcoming graduation from air conditioning repair school... he's a redhead.

Let me know...


May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh and my e-mail is if you know where I can get that carrot cake for the graduation and if you know if they can do it for a babby shower too because its on the same day im pregnate

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

anyone else thinking about zoolander right now? anyone?

maybe the 2nd cake's recipient's use the pet names "ducky" and "lobster" for one another.

and wouldn't the last one make a little more sense if it was a potato? i've never heard of irish carrots. irish potatoes, though, now that would make some good cake!

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

ahhhhhh.. christopher lowell. i loved that show back in the day. he has a new show on somewhere.... still with the uplights don't know if he still wants you to paint your kitchen counters to look like marble.....

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisafarry


The Carrot Cake is so cute.!!!!

Thanks you for sharing.


May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreen

You do realize that the "Kis Me Carrot" HAS to be the next Wreckwear design don't you?

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Greggs

Wait, there's a Chris Lowell who isn't" REL="nofollow">this guy?

It's also confusing that the "Irish" carrot is holding a coin bearing what looks like... the seal of the President of the United States? This is terribly confusing. I am in Ireland at the moment, and I can vouch that their coins do not, in fact, look like that. Nor do their carrots have bug-eyes.

This whole post makes my brain hurt.

Also, I think the mating-for-life explanation is correct on the second cake - it immediately made me think of a long-running joke on Friends where Phoebe always wanted to find her "lobster", because lobsters stayed together forever. It was very sweet, really.

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I thought that Merbehr was something to do with the Bear type homosexual male that is known for being hairy and macho....

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

My guess on the first one, as others' have said, is that its for a bear who likes to drag in mer-costume. Or is humorously being portrayed as a mermaid. It's a very popular combo here in New Orleans during Southern Decadence and Mardi Gras.

The carrot and the duckie lobster I cannot help with.

wv: get that carrot some anxiety medssm, quick!

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I'm surprised that no one by now twigged to the real identity of the merman- that has to be Captain Lou Albano, the 80's wrestler who used to glue rubber bands to his face.

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLadyRhian

Merman with a beer gut and a mullet. Lobster with a rubber duck fetish and sensitive carrots. Actually, in the right context the carrots would be cute.

wv...octry...where Country and Western Octopus fans go to hear music, the Grand Ole Octry.

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

all three: perfection.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhessica

Oh gosh I am blind. Well no, but I may have nightmares.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Here is my theory. It is mine and I made it:
The duck/lobster cake is the result of somebody going to the bakery (or in this case, ice cream cakery) at the last minute. The duck, heart, and lobster are all separate stock cake decals (they all look like that edible printed stuff). Not finding any suitable stock cake designs, the purchaser picked two semi-random, although possibly personally significant images, put a heart between them, and called it an anniversary cake. Also, the "aussie vanilla" and the $40 price tag lead me to believe that this ice cream cakery may be in Australia.

My thoughts on the carrot cakes are that perhaps carrot cakes are their best sellers, and they didn't want to make a bunch of generic "yellow" holiday cakes that wouldn't sell, so they just decorated the carrot cakes. I like to imagine it was intended to be humorous, kind of like when we left the plastic rat Halloween decoration on our windowsill all the way until Christmas, and just put a tiny santa hat on it (my family is weird).

I've got nothing for the rest of the cakes, though.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Gladys said "I mean," he said, "it's like...If you saw a guy running down the street, naked, on fire, with a turtle hanging off his backside...What would be your first question??? Because you just KNOW there's a story there. SEVERAL stories, in fact---but which one do you ask him about first??"

This sounds like the next Internet personality test meme. Somebody make it into an interactive quiz! Personally, I'd be most curious about the turtle. Naked and on fire are not quite SO bizarre. but the turtle really puts it over the top.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

At the risk of repeating genius that may already exist...
Mermen at Work? Eh? Eh? :)

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCiera

As the Wreckporter of the duck and lobster cake, I can shed a little light on it (well, not the lobster and duck). It's an icecream cake I found at an outlet of Cold Rock Ice Creamery. I don't know if the franchise exists outside of Australia, but they specialise in mixing bits of chocolate etc with ice cream on a cold rock. This cake was a display sample that had me and my boyfriend WTFing for a while, so we went back for a picture to send in to Jen. From what I can remember of this particular cake, it had about 3 kinds of chocolate and assorted lollies mixed in and was supposed to illustrate that you could have your own images- in relately high definition- on Cold Rock's cakes. I took the picture back in January of February and we never did work out the duck and lobster.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

Mountain Mama, that's what I thought about the carrot cake, too. I never really understood that anyway, being that the tops of carrots are green.

On the bright side, at least they chose "carrot top" as the theme and not "ginger balls".

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

Actually, in the right context the carrots would be cute.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeautiful World

I kinda dig Merbehr. Not that he's hot or anything like that. Of course not.

Maybe the 12 month celebrators have nicknames for each other and the bakery stock images were simply very apt. Or maybe it's a weird fetish. Or maybe it just means to say that interspecies love is beautiful.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

I want the carrot on a t-shirt. LOL

Fabulous... absolutely fabulous.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

"Kiss Me, I'm a Cake Wrecks fan"
would make a great T-shirt.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlawnajo

My fiancée is bummed, because she sent in a pic of a shocked carrot and didn't even get a half-mention. :(

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpacky

What the photo of the Irish carrot doesn't show is that you can see the thumbprint of the decorator in the mouth of the carrot.

Really. I hope they washed their hands before making that gaping carrot maw.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpacky

I'm sensing that the duck & lobster cake is an inside joke. I actually know a girl whose nickname is Lobster. She used to date a girl who's nickname is Squirrel. Perhaps the Lobster I know found love w/ a girl whose nickname is Duck? Can't help you on the 12 month anniversary, though.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

JEN! I sent you a picture of the same carrot but decked out for a birthday... check it out! it's got a pretty frightening tongue added too!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Kiss Me, I'm a Cake Wrecks fan could be the best new Cake Wrecks t-shirt. Especially with the psycho carrot guy on it.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

That is definitely a Zoolander reference. Merman! Merman!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I read the comments and didn't see this insight, so thought I'd post. I don't think the Merbehr is wearing a construction hard hat. Rather, I think it is a fisherman's yellow rain hat, that would match the yellow wet gear fishermen wear. Google "souwester rain hat" to see pictures of a real one ... ("souwester" for a fierce Atlantic storm).

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteresqgirl

There seems to be a strange sub culture of mermaid hybrids. I found this thing while on the jersey shore. It was so strange I had to take a" rel="nofollow">picture

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne

I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake. How adorable for child's party!!

June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Brennan

Okay, let me say that I absolutely LOVE this site.
Now, on to the matter at hand. I think that I may have an explanation for the carrot St. Paddy's Day cake. At St. Patrick's Day parades (or at the ones I attended in New Orleans) they throw cabbages, carrots and potatoes to the people watching.
This does not, however, excuse the baker from using such an off the wall symbol for a cake!

WOW. My friend made the MerBehr cake. Merbehr is a fat hairy gay merman that brings joy to the world! Some of my friends are obsessed with him. How did you find that photo?

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

bwahaha it makes sense that the merman would end up on here. our Merbear (cake people misspelled it) can only be described as a deity sent to us to help us become more comfortable with ourselves, among other things. he is very sensual creature; grab a patch of back hair and sink into the depths with him, for he will show you many wonders that were hidden inside you all is a magic helmet he wears, he is a wet-nurse for seahorses, and he lactates sweet dr. pepper. many christmas ornaments, glass pieces, and food items have borne his likeness. i hope this helps lift the shroud of mystery a bit...

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I wanted to laugh so hard at these, but I couldn't because it is late at night and i don't want to wake the house, seeing as I'm the last one up. So I make do with falling off my chair while trying to hold it in. (recovered composure)

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy S.

That construction worker-merman cake is my all time favorite cake on this site! It just doesn't get more absurd than that!

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

the carrot with its sensitive regions covered reminded me of" rel="nofollow">this photo i took years ago (totally not a cake, sorry) of a rather malformed carrot with a bit of an upgrade performed by a former co-worker.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaka

LOL at the anniversary cake... If you look at it's tin-thing it says its made by Cold Rock :O

As for the merman... *love* ^_^

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Imao. That carrot is so hilarious and cute. Love it. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Actually, I think that construction worker is supposed to be a fisherman in one of those yellow fisherman hats. At least, I hope it is!

October 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know this is an extremely old post, but the merman cake? I'm pretty sure it's in reference to these: ornaments. My sister gives me one of these ornaments every year for Christmas. It started as a joke, but ended up being a tradition. I actually have a construction merman.... hanging on my tree right now.

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I knowim a little late on this one but

its Chicks Love Lobster

its an anniversary hint for guys

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it me, or does the first cake look like the merman version of Devo meets Jesus? As cakes are mean to reveal a creative side, often you really have to ask yourself or them, what were they thinking?!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTherapist Beverly Hills

"...but frankly I'm more concerned over this being a stock design. Just how many people out there are encouraging relationships between their seafood and bath toys, anyway?"

I laughed so hard I cried. It just makes no sense. And the carrot? What the!!!!!!!! Maybe a potato for the Irish but a carrot????? With a gaping maw for a mouth? Who made that and what drugs where they on?

WV: Powresso - When you're arrested by the whopping "POW" one of these cakes lets fly when it punches you right between the eyes!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

"Now pucker up, blue-eyes, or I'll sic my Carrot Jockeys on you."

You made me laugh so hard I almost dropped my laptop! I LOVE this website!

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercakesculptor

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