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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.

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- Jen

How to Liven Up Mother's Day

You can't blame these decorators, really; flowery cakes for Mother's Day can get a little boring.

I would say this baker got down to the heart of the matter, but that would be hitting above the belt. [smirk]

Oh, dear. You know, I've never watched the movie, but from the tiny bit I saw here I'm starting to wonder if this is really the best choice for a cake, on Mother's Day or ANY day.* Yikes. And why "Mommies"? Do two Moms get to share this psychotic little treat?

Here's a bakery that really knows the best way to honor Mom: by eating her face!

At least they provide lots of options to choose from, though, thereby increasing your odds of finding a Mommy Head that "looks just like her!" Woo woo!

Alison J. and Kelly D., I think for fun I'm going to get a head that looks as UNlike Mom as possible. Then I'll tell her I brought in a picture of her for the bakery to match, and act like I think they did a fab job. :)

*Actually, I looked it up, and this is listed as a "christening cake". Wow. Somehow, I think that makes it worse...

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Reader Comments (209)

Uh...I don't think the "wire hanger" is simply an ode to the movie.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I have to admit, I'm slightly afraid to see the "Fathers Day" cake.....

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth

Oh. My. God.

I thought that coathanger baby cake was a "Thank you for not aborting me" thing.

Deliciously tasteless!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpants

On the first cake, are the eggs chocolate???

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralohagirl444

To the people complaining about people seeing the "thanks for not aborting me" message in the 2nd cake... Yes, we *know* it's not about abortion. We *know* it's about the movie Mommie Dearest. The point is, the illustration leaves itself open to the obvious allusion to abortion, thus making the cake a totally tasteless wreck on multiple levels.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpants

I never imagined something made of sugar could be so...tasteless.

Actually folks, it's a pro-legal abortion symbol (worth adding: it's based on perjured court testimony, the premise of which has been debunked by at least two high-ranking insiders). I imagine the person the cake was intended for got the reference, but anywhere else this would be a pretty major gaffe.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShort Round

The uterus cake seems more appropriate for a mother to give her child/ren. Instead of I <3 you, it says I uterus you... like I conceived you, gestated you and gave birth to you and if that doesn't say love, I don't know what does.

But it doesn't really work for adopted children.

And there has to be a cake for moms with their tubes tied and some blank ones for moms who have had a hysterectomy.

Or maybe a uterus with a big red circle around it and a line through it... that would work for adoptive mothers AND mothers who have had hysterectomies!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersommer

That first one!!!!! I don't even know what to think!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkle

Those first two wrecks are just horrible. Who, in their right mind, would buy a cake like that, let alone give it to their mother. So children of mine who read this BLOG beware, no uterine cakes for this mother, okay?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Hahn

What's the meaning behind the baby on the luggage ? Babies are stashed with your bags and not suitable passengers

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

I agree with the comment suggesting the second cake is missing an apostrophe - as in "mommie's dearest" things are her baby and her designer purse. The coat hanger is a tacky tie in to the play on words of the movie title. Tacky all around!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Clearly, they decided to write "Mommies Dearest" on the cake and then, in an attempt to be funny, they added the "no wire hangers" thing from the movie. But it's still weird, creepy, tasteless, etc., and could be misunderstood very easily...That's why it's a Cake Wreck, folks!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't comprehend why people would make cakes like this. Though my mom IS an OBGYN, so I suppose I could maybe, maybe, get away with the first one. But I wouldn't want to take my chances.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Joan Crawford would beat her daughter if she hung her clothes on wire hangers, screaming "No Wire Hangers." So the phrase has come to be synonymous with mean Mommie Dearest, which is what Joan insisted Christina call her. And I find the use of the term "anti-choice" very interesting. If aborted, the baby obviously has no choice in the matter..........I find anti-life much more accurate.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Tracy O said...
"That reproductive system cake is a RIOT!! It's actually accurate enough to use to have "the talk" with my 9 year old daughter..."

Have fun with that!
I can see it /hear it now (as the girl half-listens while her eyes wander hungrily over the cake):
"Uterus thing, tubes things--Yeah, Mom. OKAY, Mom. I GET it, Mom!
Now, can I PLEASE have an ovary???"

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendinthenewclowns

If the second cake is for a same sex couple, it could conceivably be referring to adoption, what with that bag?

I saw the movie and read the book and I still thought "abortion." Having the movie reference back in my brain isn't changing that. I'm seeing it as an intricate twist USING the movie line to make an anti abortion statement...

(To other posters who noted this: yeah, an apostrophe in "mommie's" would make it cleverer, I think.)

Whatevs, I'm still cringing.

(I've no real objections to cakes 1 and 2. But they do make me laugh.)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnthrophile

OMG. No WIRE HANGERS EVER. And "Mommie Dearest" on the cake. It's referencing the movie Mommie Dearest about Joan Crawford. Not abortion. Good golly. Maybe it's a generational thing, I don't know. But I'm always amazed at the number of people who don't get cultural references (The Godfather, Mommie Dearest....)

My mom would totally crack up at that cake. I've been known to call her 'Mommie Dearest' when doing work for her, albeit in a funny way. She knows I'm joking, just like when I call her the Anal Retentive Chef (old Phil Hartman/SNL character people). But then again, she has a sense of humor.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly


The first cake reminded me of the Chicago Bulls logo until I realized that it wasn't.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy (nanflan)

The horrible mother - the one who would scream at a child about using the wrong hangers - made the choice not to keep the child. Instead of aborting the baby, she delivered her (in a LV bag, no less) to a lovely lesbian couple, who adopted her. And now they celebrate with cake.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I will admit that the day before my scheduled hysterectomy I had an uterus shaped cake and a "coming out" party.

it was the best thing to liven up the spirits.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaralina

Seeing the female reproductive system cake reminds me of Sheena Easton's" REL="nofollow">Sugar Walls

I did not get that the first cake was the female reproduction system. I thought it was a bull's head. Maybe Ferdinand, because he liked flowers so he would wear pink. Seriously.

And no, I don't know what a bull's head would have to do with Mother's Day.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Jen -

I love Cake Wrecks. I love your witty writing and even your silly puns. I used to even love reading the comments which were usually very funny as well.

But the comments lately, well...
{shaking head} I just can't stand it. I'm not trying to mean-spirited, but please go away stupid people who don't get it!

I will still check out your blog every day, but NO MORE COMMENTS!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

After Mother's Day is over, I see a potential market for all of the ugly head cakes that didn't sell (of which there could be many)!
They can put them out for those who like to celebrate the French Revolution.
Vive la France!
(Or, rather, "Off with their heads!")

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendinthenewclowns

this one just cracked me up

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Wow. Cringeworthy cakes. You know they're bad when you bypass the laugh altogether and just go straight to shocked disgust.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Oh my goodness...the first two are just...WRONG. Technically, both are well done...but just wrong. Ick.

The mommy heads...kinda cute in a weird way. Better those than the first two, any day!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedraven

Woah -- the first one is half woman's reproductive organs, half Texan Longhorn logo; the second one is not only offensive, but who tf would want to eat that? I am glad the kid knew well enough that it wasn't aborted and could thank its multiple mommies for the favor.

Ai yae yi.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBead Up

Uterus cake - I'd buy one... under the right circumstances and all. :P

It's just like my sister's urology clinic baby blankets she makes for co workers...there is a need!

What if this was celebrating a hysterectomy...cutting it apart, taking it out?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrossettelewis

Anyone else see the P.A.G.A.N. goat head from the movie Dragnet in the uterus cake?

No one?

Okay, then.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I got angina looking at that first cake.


May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You guys.

"Mommie Dearest" came out in 1981.

Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

The red slash/wire hanger symbol was used as a powerful "never again" symbol of back-alley abortions during the fight for reproductive freedom.

I see that the symbol is now printed on T-shirts along with the famous movie line, but its first and most important use was during the fight for choice.

(Man, I feel old now.)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSatchel

Cake 1 is making me have a flashback to Blossom! Witness the cake decorating, period explaining Phylicia Rashad

It starts around 1:00 in

As for cake 2, the less I think it about, the better.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I would like to hereby state that I am more than just a uterus. And that my duties to my daughter actually truly began when she was born. And if she gets me a uterus cake, I may throw it at her. Especially with the sprinkles acting like...something.

As for cake #2. It could be either Mommies or Mommie's. And while the coat hanger, either way it was meant, is just ridiculous, it's the bag that gets me. Huh? Is it supposed to actually read :I love Mommie's Darlings? What. I got nothing here.

And I, too, found my beloved mother's head. And I am simply never, ever going to eat it. 'Cause, ew. Just...ew.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They were apparently trying to tie in with the "Mommie Dearest" legend by having a "no wire hangers ever" symbol, but the first thing I thought of-- and you all agree, too-- was a coat hanger abortion, which is a totally disturbing and inappropriate image for a baby cake.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Lockwood

The coat hanger thing makes a tad more sense after watching the youtube vid that Jen linked to.

But I must admit that at first glance I thought it was some sort of sick abortion reference on a cake! Ewwwwwww.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the second cake. It's a little Wildean, don't you think? A "HANDBAG?!?!?!" accompanied by a little bit of dark, biting humour. Wonderful! :3

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWeez


That first cake made me giggle.

And the cake with the face? Yikes. I don't eat things with creepy faces.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhisperingWriter

I LOVE the last one. the cake heads are adorable.
where can I find one?!!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dude, at first I thought the first one was a really fancy bull's head! D'oh.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

UGH. That uterus looks like a maxi pad! It's awful.

I love it.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

There's nothing more touching than saying "thanks for not aborting me" for Mother's Day.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Um, wow. Y'know I'm all for anatomy in the school cirriculum, but I'd really rather not see it on my Mother's day cake...LOL. Scary... and that comes from a former pre-med major.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArtzyjen

Nancy, I too thought it was a Chicago Bulls logo. So you were clearly not the only one....Now, the notion of ovaries on a bull just makes me think of one of my co-workers, to whom we refer as "t-ts on a bull" for his general level of usefulness.

Leaving aside the politics of the 2nd cake, the bit that blew my mind was the freakin' HANDBAG. Is this a stork reference--and what self-respecting stork can afford to deliver babies in Louis Vuitton bags?

The burns.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Am I the only one who saw Mommie Dearest that is what the "no more wire hangers" baby cake is refering to!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A uterus with sparkly sprinkles. Hmmm.
I did not notice the coat hanger reference on cake #2 because I was busy trying to figure out the handles on that bag: some kind of freaky tail? a bizarre arm? When I did finally notice it was a bag, I wasn't done figuring: Why is the baby ON TOP of the bag, not in it? Why is the bag there at all?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrsBean

Anti-abortion, a movie reference, Luis Vuitton, and lesbian parents all in one cake? I have to say, they do get points for creativity.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdogface

#1 - Even though I'm a proud owner of a set of them, I always thought ovaries and fallopian tubes look like monster/alien hands grabbing at things.

#2 - I totally took it as thanks for not aborting me in a back alley with a rusty hanger, Mom! I guess from a group of people? Or a two mom family?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbleu

Anon @ 6:07 pm,

I sent Jen pics of the same design of cakes from our local Acme food store. They are part of the Albertson's food store chain.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNear Philly

Hilarious! I received an email today of a cake that is fitting for your post. You can view it at and laugh your bootie off like I did!!

Enjoy your blog! Thanks for the giggles!!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess MAR

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