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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)

I love the uterus cake! Don't they say that ovaries look like almonds? That could be an, wait, I think ovaries are the size of almonds.

I want to make a series of cakes out all the" REL="nofollow">stages of gestation!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterman-nurse

Long time lurker, first time commenter. Those cakes are hideous. OMG. How could you give your mother a cake like that? That's so weird.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

waitaminute... is that first one actually a cake, or a decorated slab of foam rubber?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Gjertsen

My mom would always call me "Christina darling" when I was little. Then this movie came out when I was seven years old. Since then she's never called me that except when she's being snarky.

...I really hate that movie. The cake just gives me a whole new mental scar that's never gonna heal! *I need brain bleach!*

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawnspring

Wow. I should have had that first cake to celebrate my hysterectomy.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Wow.. Am I the only one seeing this?
The "baby" looks likes like its pregnant..

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh dear GOD.


Just NO.

Now how am I going to get these wrecktastic images out of my brain now? LOL

Uterus cake for the WIN!


May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBITTER OLD BITCH

the 'no wire hangers' is too funny.
Whenever my friends and I joke about parenting, we always bring up the wire hangers from Mommy Dearest. That movie is, I think, an anti-Mother's Day movie lol

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:Candice:

The wire hanger has been associated with PRO-CHOICE, and not anti-abortion. The symbol means to keep abortion legal so women don't resort to a hanger.

But, I like the Mommie Dearest reference. Mommie Dearest was a classic!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, as an infertile, I really like that first cake. It's just the kind of sarcasm I'd have appreciated before we had the kids!

I assumed that the coat hanger thing was a reference to Mommy Dearest, not abortion? Just a guess. And why can't "mommies" be lesbians? That seems obvious to me...after all, otherwise wouldn't it say "we"? Also, it could be birthmommy and mommy. I'm the first to jump to that conclusion, though I'm not sure the whole cake screams that as a likely possibility.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess


And I don't think I could actually eat a cake with ovaries...

<3 Jessica from

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjmladow

Love the first one! Yes, it looks like a steer's head; gives it a friendly appearance. Y'know, home on the uterine range and all... What I like the best about it is how the sprinkles make those ovaries look all sparkly.

THe evil baby-in-a-purse is so weird it made me laugh.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

what got me on the "mommies dearest" cake was the coat hanger thing on the weird!!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdykewife


Ah, and the irony is that the very best uterus cakes are the CCCs which are meant to look like an elephant/ballerina/shamrock/car.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I think the second one is thanking 1) birth mother for not aborting AND 2) non-birth-mother for adopting. Though why they would be together on Mother's Day to receive the cake, I have no idea.

You should do a wrecks post on bag cakes. I've seen some hideous ones, like the Louis Vuitton in that cake.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Good heavens! The "no-coat-hanger" as a pro-choice symbol? That's genius.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzbomb

I would actually get the Mommie Dearest cake for my mother (who'd probably love it - although she'd want to correct the extraneous 's'). XD She and I both love that movie, and make a lot of joking references to it that are doubtless in terrible taste but that's the fun of then.

And of course on my next birthday she'd retaliate with a The Bad Seed cake... maybe the little blond girl sitting on a pink electric chair?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Even if the second cake is supposed to be a reference to that movie, the wire hangers emblem is really misleading.. I used to have a pro-choice button that looked identical to that (a hanger crossed out) so people can be forgiven for mistaking it for an abortion reference. Wouldn't there be a better way to reference the movie without making an ambiguous abortion statement?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe new world

Also -- to all the commenters -- why don't you actually read Jen's posts and click on the links she includes with the posts? She already knows about the Mommie Dearest reference; that's why she LINKED to it IN THE POST. Sorry to yell, but so many of you are saying "Hmm, I wonder if Jen knows that's a reference to Mommie Dearest?" and "Thanks to the commenters for explaining the second cake to me!"

I don't read the comments to every post, but it seems like this is Epcot all over again... Is the comments section always so oblivious to what Jen actually wrote? She's pretty smart; I'm guessing she gets the references in 99.9% of the cakes she writes about, and if there's a reference she doesn't recognize, there's this thing called Google that I'm sure she uses regularly. I don't know why people automatically assume she's totally clueless about everything.

(/getting down off soapbox)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe new world

I get that it's supposed to be a "Mommy Dearest" reference, but the anti-abortion statement is and unfortunate, and rather glaring coincidence. How could the decorator miss that?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

sendinthenewclowns said Soooo... 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.
Let them eat cake heads?

WV: caliced. Caliced the cake beautifully, but the wreckorator still messed up the inscription.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I admit the first cake made me laugh - maybe not to eveyone's taste, but if it was a mothers day cake presumably whoever ordered it knew their mother would be entertained!

The second one - I've never seen Mommie dearest so didn't get that reference - I thought of Lady Bracknell and 'A HAAAAAANDBAG'..

having seen the link for the movie I'm now guessing this was a tongue-in-cheek thing - some in-joke for the people concerned.

I actually find the severed heads most disturbing..

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarjorie

Okay, I'm going to say this: I would rather have an overiced, crappy cupcake cake than a cake with a full female reproductive system on it. Yargh!!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

Isn't the second one a "thanks for not aborting me, then hiding me in a suitcase and dumping me somewhere" cake?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am grealy disappointed that you posted the "Mommies Dearest" cake with the coat hanger symbol on it. It was in very, very poor taste that it was made to begin with, and it certainly wasn't anything that I wanted to see on your site. I look here every day for a laugh, and that certainly is not remotely entertaining.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlbgriffin

SICK!! I love it! We've used that line for years every time our pants get wrinkled while hanging in the closet. Wonder if that baker does Father's Day cakes .... or even better yet, Grandparents Day! Now there's fodder for deep seated psychoses!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Apparently I'm not the only person who thought the "no hangers" cake had another, more grim interpretation. How does a wreckerator miss that, exactly? Yikes.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterun-bride

If a uterine cake is what MOM gets, what does Dad get??

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLapis Kelinia

Makes me wonder about how Father's day will turn out on here?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophia Nightengale

OMG the Mommy Dearest cake! In the movie Mommy Dearest used a wire hanger to beat her daughter hence the no wire hangers sign on the baby's shirt on the cake. WOW.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAunt of 14

im speechless :)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertracy

Hee- I've got my mom sold on a uterus cake for mothers day... also? Mommie dearest cake was in sorta poor taste, but I get the joke. (Then again, I also got Joan Crawford movies for my on mom for her birthday. The tag said... "To Mommie Dearest." We laughed our arses off.)

Then again, we are a little strange...

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpecial Sauce

Down with coat hangers!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinty


"Let them eat cake heads?"

Works for me! >^~~^<

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendinthenewclowns


Since when were two mother families worth mocking? Nice to know that when I eventually adopt kids with another woman it's worthy of adding to the 'wreck' label.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just what I'd love for Mom's Day! A uteris cake! Ewww...

Those Mom Head cakes are kinda frightening. If your Mom looks REALLY tense and either scared and/or constipated, these cakes are for you!!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Ohhhhh the wire coat hangers=Mommie Dearest! I love that movie, but totally missed the No More Wire Hangers reference...I too thought it was first glance I thought it was the Ghostbusters ghost wearing a NO symbol, then I thought it was a no smoking symbol, then I thought it was a choking hazard symbol so baby can't get strangled by a hanger.

As for "Mommies"Dearest, maybe they are a gay couple? I dunno.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

I love the uterus cake! It could be worse... maybe an endometriosis cake, or a ovarian cyst cake, or a hysterectomy cake (well, that one would probably look the same, but with a circle and a slash). Maybe we'll get a diagram of the male (internal) sexual anatomy. A piece of vas deferens for everyone!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfaunablues

Nothing says I love you like a uterus....

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I swore off reading comments after the Epcot controversy (which was entertaining yet tiresome), but I was hoping someone would have an answer about why the hanger baby is in a handbag. Instead, it's Pop Culture Knowledge Wars Part II in here! I guess I'll jump into the fray: I agree the cake is most likely referring to the movie, but without the text there is more evidence for it to point to a statement about abortion. Either way, it's as spectacularly wrecky and tasteless as you can possibly get!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yanno, the more I think about it, the more weird that 'christening cake' gets. Here we are to dedicate this child to God, to make them a member of the church...and mom's LV handbag ranks right up there next to the infant???? Is that materialistic or what? That would bother me far more (as a statement about me) than would the uterine cake.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Oh good God Almighty! It's enough to make me wish I were an orphan!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProfessor Chaos

It took me a minute to figure out that first one, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
I actually kind of like the head cakes. I would be kind of happy if someone gave me a cake of my face. is that weird?

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVita

Seriously, WHO could EVER eat a uterus cake??? OMGoodness!

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Mommy

That first cake is seriously disturbing.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCory

Maybe the baby in the Louis Vuitton bag was from an adopted kid to BOTH his moms - the one who gave him up and the one who raised him?? The no hanger sign is a super classy touch, though...

And um - can I have the piece with the ovary "dust" on it???? PLEASE????

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

And yes - we get that in the movie, Mommy Dearest, she doesn't want her to have wire hangers - BUT - it's an a bag....and it DOES say momMIES....plural....I still say it's even funnier as an adoptive kid thanking his birth and adoptive moms...

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Re: Cake #2I can actually see this cake being both a reference to Mommie Dearest and to abortion (whether pro-choice or anti-choice, I honestly can't tell). Is there some rule that states that the two references can't be incorporated together in pastry form? I see pro-choice T-shirts with the iconic quote "No More Wire Hangers," so obviously SOMEBODY is tying the two together.

It's the Louis Vuitton bag that's totally throwing me, though.

@Angela:Might I offer some advice to you? If you think the commenters here are so stupid, perhaps you should not read the comments. Just an idea, of course.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney G

OMGOSH! I love the 'no wire hangars' cake. Too funny! I *loved* that movie when I was a little girl. However, even to this day, when I hang my husbands pants on wire hangars, I always think "NO WIRE HANGARS... EVER!"

FTR, I have 5 kids, soon to be 6 - and I've never abused any of them.... and to my knowledge, even the older ones have not seen that movie.

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhanna

These are classic....too funny!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRechelle

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