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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

Multiple Choices for Mom

Ok, guys, decision time. How are you going to make Mom feel special on Sunday?

With a simple misspelling?

A grandiose promotion?

Or do you want to give her a little pep talk?

Granted, I'm not sure what Mom will be fighting per se... perhaps her disbelief over receiving such a Wreck?

Maybe your Mom is a fan of reeeeally long sweat socks. Or albino snakes. Or long, free-floating bear arms. Or whatever the heck these are:

Isn't it nice how bakeries are abandoning even a semblance of reason with CCCs these days? They're all, meh, screw it: it's a coupla scarves. Blowing in the wind. Around some roses. Yeah. Totally.

Or maybe your mother's always wanted one of those cool purse cakes:

And, you know, you hate her.

(Whoah, is that the super deluxe pipe-cleaner handle I see? Score!!)

If you really can't decide, though, "patently bizarre" is always a sure-fire crowd pleaser:

Although this would probably get you one of those patronizing cheek pats and a "Aw, you always did have such imagination, dear."

Or maybe you want to get something for both your grandmother and your spouse's grandmother, like Michelle P.'s friend Jim did. He asked for it to say "Love to two grandmothers."

Instead, they got something both "hilarious and mortifying":

Well, I'm sure it was memorable.

Robyn O., Chris K., Tracy C., Katrina M., Lisa F., & Iny, you have some tough choices ahead of you. Now go out there and make me proud! (Oh, and be sure to send pics.)

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Reader Comments (109)

i was excited to see that crazy crunchy purse cake featured amongst such wreckiness today! had to blog about it:

and i enjoy the haiku commentary!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersambycat

I SO want that 'Mother of the Universe' cake for Mother's Day!! Hopefully my husband or son are reading... hahaha... get me that cake! I mean, just lookit all that nasty airbrushing rainbow puke with matching sprinkles!! That makes me so happy! LOL!!! But I wonder if it'd be safe to eat that when pregnant???? errrr!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTlou

Please please please do a Mother of the Universe Apron!!!!
Mama Michelle

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


maybe we can get a letter writing campaign to outlaw the cup cake cake!!!! Years ago they passed a law to make it illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.. CCC are far more dangerous than concealed ice cream!!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That CCC is horrific!
And Two old mothers cake has made me smile!

WV: lostive - The state of being for the maker of the CCC.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Okay, I take back what I said about disliking airbrushed cakes. That rainbow one is awesome!

The rest are...Well, at least a mom would like them. Because moms are good like that.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Isn't it especially fun when "decorators" take creative liberty in what the cake should SAY? CLassy, really.

Oh. And I'm super glad you told me that the purse is a purse; I scratched my head in wonder for a while there...of COURSE it's a purse...

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Anyone else seeing the Lip Plumper ad next to the "muppet" cake???

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bet the cookie wreck was supposed to be for a sports event of some type, but it was a last minute purchase, so they just wrote "Mom" on the cheerleader.

That's what I'm hoping, anyhow.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Not only does that weird face not have a nose, its lips are upside down!

Wow! Lookit the sprinkles on that purse cake. I can just hear someone yelling "I've run out of sprinkles! Someone crack open another bulk sprinkle bucket!" And is that really a pipe-cleaner handle? Really? ahahahaha

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

I'd say that CCC looks more like a couple of tape worms... eeewww!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommentermGk

The purse looks like one of those posters where you have to cross your eyes to see the 3-d image pop out.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPerkinsClan

Hilarious, as usual! TFS!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJusti

My assumption on the x-long tube socks is that they tried to do banners like on tattoos or perhaps something classier. But nonetheless, resembles giant tapeworms.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

the "albino snakes" are clearly tapeworms. duh!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraig

The scarf one could also be tissue paper with fancy icing ribbon at the end? Yes?

Oh... no :(

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBead Up

Anther is another name for a stamen (or rather part of it). If you think of it that way, it's sort of an insult. Stamens are sort of the guy part of flowers.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

Hee. Thanks for the credit (blame?), Nakia. Haha.
I had tried to comment quickly to point out the typo before too many saw it.
It drives me crazy when people are all snotty about Jen making a typo. We all make mistakes, even wonderful proofreading husbands!
Sorry you had to take the fall for me, Haiku Joy! I also love reading your posts. Very nice. I had taken a break from reading comments when they went through a clueless pahse a while back. So your contributuons were a nice surprise and I look forward to them.

Back to the cakes! Omg. That universe one would make a funky t-shirt, but I wouldn't want to eat it.
The scarves and the muppet bird lips leave me speechless!!


May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay. I can shed some light on the weird "sweatsock" cakes.

Those are hugs. What you do to send a hug to someone who you can't hug right NOW is to lie down on a piece of long paper, and trace around your arms, drawing your hands at the ends, and joining it up in the middle (where your body would be.)

You cut this out and send it to them, with the instruction to wrap it around themselves for a hug from you, or to keep it for the same reason. They'll always have a hug from you, sort of thing. It's a sappy child thing.

So these cakes are 'hugs' from someone to someone else. Even though you can't wrap them around yourself, the thought it there.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

::slaps forehead:: wow

and my word verification is: retaro

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:Candice:

I love the two old mother's cake. I lol-ed!! Bwahaahaa!

That rainbow nightmare cake is giving me a splitting headache...ugh!

I personally think that CCC (patooey!!) is the biggest wreck yet!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

These are hilarious!

Am I the only one that thought of Senor Wences instead of a muppet cake?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan H

That was a shock cut, scrolling down from flowery-written-on wrecks to the "patently bizarre" birdie-faced-upside-down-lips cake. The shock cut worked.

[Stops. *Snort.* Laughs so hard that eyes close & she can't see the keyboard] Ahem, the objects on the old mother cake at first glance appeared to be upside-down bunches of grapes, but I figured it out: they're squiggles.

-- La

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that rainbow cake so much! Mostly because the bright (psychedelic) colors and mention of the universe makes me think of Katamary Damacy.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteeple333

The second to last one makes me think of those puppets (or whatever you call it) you make with your hand where the thumb is the bottom lip and you make lips & eyes with a marker...Senor Wences-style.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinoleum

Love that the first one is from Kroger! Go Cincinnati! Wait a minute....

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Succulent Muppet!
Perhaps a World of Goo girl
in covert cake form?

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I thought of that "hug" thing when I saw the Giant Banner Tapeworm Sweatsock Bear-Arms--but they weren't connected, and furthermore who on earth could hug themselves with cake? (Unless they owned a dry-cleaning business...)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Ya know that "purse" cake is pretty bad BUT I would gladly scrap all the sprinkles off the icing and just eat that ;)

Ya can't go wrong with being heavy handed with the sprinkles!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlovetheliz

You all can't recognize a "Jimmie Chew" purse when you see it??

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh Alex, it was said with perhaps a hint of blame to it ;). But I see you meant it in a lighthearted way and not a snotty one. I too have been frustrated by comments lately. But there are still plenty great ones who make it worth wading through the aggravating stuff :D.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

That "purse" cake, or whatever it was supposed to be, was an atrocity!

Oh, how I love cakewrecks! You make my days better...every day!

<3 Jessica

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjmladow

I'm pretty sure that a sandwich with a few blue roses plopped on top is the centerpiece of that CCC. Mmmmmm... smelly socks and sandwiches. That's appropriate for a mom, for sure.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermel

First time poster...the "two old mother" made me damage my keyboard with diet coke (it also went up my nose!) Never again will I open Cakewrecks while drinking.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNini

Why exactly do Mom's look forward to Mother's Day? Anyone receiving these cakes will probably be using correction fluid to obliterate Mother's Day of calendars in the house.

wv..hofsxyma....another misspelling suitable for topping a Mother's Day cake.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Go Fight Win! == Edna Mode.

The dress colors seem to be reversed though...

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one who thinks the CCC is funereal? It reminds me of those memorial floral wreath arrangements with big imprinted ribbons across them.

It's, you know, poorly executed. But that IS what it looks like.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

I'm really disturbed, frightened, even of the sprinkle-overload on the purse cake. Like it is going to sprout pipecleaner legs and start coming for me *shudder*.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaysha

I wonder if those sprinkles represent the millions of people you can call on the verizon network for free? or the thousands of cake wreck readers? hmm....

W.V. Ateleur
E.G. The word verifications give me ateleur to use them in real sentences

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

The cake that says, "Go! Fight! Win!" is actually a quote from The Incredibles. Great idea, but poorly done! :-)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I didn't know what to get my mom for Mother's Day until I saw that CCC. A Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man is just the thing!

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertinysagittarian

I had a wreck "featured" a while back and in my flurry of finals and school I didn't realize it had gone up. So commenting on a post dated back in December ( wouldn't get me anywhere, so I thought I'd just explain a bit about the wreck here.

I'm "Claire G." so the middle cake is "mine". Firstly, it was a bridal shower cake, not a wedding cake (so no, no shotgun wedding because you saw paper napkins). My best friends new initials were to be M.K.S. so that was the point of the cake for the shower (so no, I didn't put Martha Stewart's initials on a cake, and no neither I nor the cake are fake). The middle initial was indeed supposed to be larger because its a last name.

ALSO, I could not have been more detailed in my e-mails back and forth with the baker. I asked over and over if she could replicate this. Over and over her reply was "of course". I was planning a shower from 1200 miles away so seeing her portfolio was out of the question. Her online work wasn't bad, but I thought what I was asking for was so simple (I even linked her to the directions for that cake!)that there could be no issues.

I was too busy to pick up the cake myself so I sent my grandparents the night before with a check. They didn't tell me this until I unpacked the leaning tower of pisa the next morning, but when my grandpa got to the bakers house she had them come late at night and wouldn't let them into house even to see it. Thank God I didn't go, because we would have had a disaster of an argument on our hands.

Of course my check was cashed by her IMMEDIATELY. I figured what was done was done and even though I only wanted a beautiful, unique cake for my best friend, sometimes the best of intentions aren't good enough realized.

The upside was it was a very good tasting cake. It was lemon which was not asked for or even mentioned in our convos, but hey, I don't hate lemon and neither did most of our guests.

I was searching for a deal, and yeah, I guess I "got what I paid for". But I really did try.

(sorry to place this in a totally unrelated post, but hey, I had to say something somewhere. forgive me)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaire Marie

I totally came to comment that it is the World of Goo girl, and I see that someone else agrees! She's just a little flattened.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeki

Sometimes I know exactly how the decorators must feel. You get this great idea in your head, know just how you want it to look - 'Yeah, a centerpiece of roses with some softly waving scrolls framing it' - and you go for it. Only the execution doesn't work like you saw it in your head....but now you've gotta put it out there on the shelves because you need t fill them.

I've had a few things turn out like that. Our senior year Homecoming float is one of the biggies.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

These cakes make me glad Mom can't deal with that much sugar these days.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergamingkitty

No words for the purse cake.

I checked online, and it would appear that those scarf-y, snake-y things are indeed Fallopian Tube socks for Mother's Day. Glad to help.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Wow, the face cake looks JUST LIKE my mom!! What artistry!!

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

The bizarre CCC - I think it's supposed to resemble one of those "MOM" tattoos... even the most well-intentioned CCCs are still doomed to failure I suppose.

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Hawkins

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