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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

Panic at the Disco

Ashley R. is the one who makes all the "cool" cakes for her friends' birthdays, so when it came time for her own birthday her friend Kat decided to order her a "super spectacular" professional cake. Kat gave the baker this photo of Ashley's favorite band, Panic at the Disco:

...and she asked that the cake look like lead singer Brendon Urie (2nd from left).

Now, this can't be the best photo of Urie out there - I mean, he's gnawing on a bunch of flowers - so you have to pity the baker a little.

Well, until you see this, that is:

Now you're just pitying Ashley, right?

If you're like me, you're not going to be able to tear your eyes away from this thing for a while. That's Ok, though; I'll wait.


Poor Kat had the cake delivered right to Ashley's door, so she didn't see it herself until after she arrived at the party to find everyone backed wide-eyed against the walls in a defensive line. Then, when they tried to cut the thing, they found it was covered with rock-hard rice krispy treats and tasted bad to boot. Still, all was not lost: Upon discovering that the mouth and nostrils were hollow, the party-goers amused themselves by sticking stuff in them.

Ah, Ashley, it's nice to hear your friends are my kind of friends. I'd have some red licorice strips up those nostrils faster than you can say "deranged man found beaten to death by his own hand".

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Reader Comments (128)

Oh that poor girl. . .

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

This cake is all kinds of awesome.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

wow, it looks like some grown up version of Chuckie *shudder*

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennyKitten76

I have to go with a lot of commenters... Not that bad! A terrible idea, a terrible band, sure, but I think executed as best as possible. How rock hard rice krispie treats made the cake easier to make is beyond me though. Wouldn't they just make for an uneven texture? I want to see what the cake looked like cut up.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Just did a spit-take all over my monitor. Thanks Jen for always making my day!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

The likeness is uncanny.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkingmonkey

Hey Jen,

YOu should like to your interview on the WE tv site. It is there under the Amazing Wedding Cakes info.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I find it interesting that only one other person mentioned that gosh awful eyeball! That's just scary.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree that, while scary, it's a damn good cartoon likeness!
The thing that gets me is, hello? Inedible???
Geez- you just know she paid a bundle for that thing, and for ANY baker to sacrifice "cake" for "looks" is just....wrong!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

That's...that's, uh...


June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Is it just me or does it look like John Belushi???? LOL!!! Thanks for the laugh...I needed it... :-)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhelpsgurl

LOL! It looks just like Sloth!!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Yeah I'm on team baker here too, that was a REALLY bad photo choice on the part of the friend... Like come on! The baker did a good job capturing the demented eating flowers face... Using rice crispies however, was an epic fail.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay B.

While, yes, that's not the easiest photo, I'm fairly certain they could have at least gotten the hand's positioning correctly. Perhaps anatomy classes?

The positioning (again) for the candles is still a little awkward. Either you stick them in his head, nose, hand... There's no good place for the candles!

While shotty anatomy may be an OK excuse, bad cake is not. After all, that's the whole point, even IF the cake looks horrible, taste is ever more important. If you fail at one, you better get the second great!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

Wow, I don't think I'd eat that if you PAID me!

Anna Marie

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

The cake - hilarious, but I'm here to thank you for the Goonies reference. Because that's exactly where my mind went when I first saw it.


June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbpddjeoomon

I choked on my coffee on this one!

Sweet baby Jesus what are these bakers thinking?????????????

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I seriously can't stop laughing! Sure, the decorator didn't have much to go on and the choice of picture may very well have the fault here, but it still looks hilarious beyond belief!

I'm laughing myself silly and I really needed that today!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

I think he's trying to do that trick where you say..."I bet ya I can put my whole fist in my mouth".

(After a few beers of course.)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindalou

I think that—given the horrid choice of photo—the cake is near perfect. It looks like the guy in the photo does. If she wanted a better cake, she should have chosen a better picture!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlyson

I thought that was really funny! That totally just made my day!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHighland Court

I pity the baker, Kat and Ashley.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm with the baker. The baker did her/his best with what s/he was given.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRay-Ray

Does that thing have a TOUPEE on? That hair is just a tad too realistic for me. *URP*

But... I don't blame the baker at all, since it couldn't have been an easy request in the first place.
It's pretty good, considering...right?
And hey... what's not to like about a cake with it's own built-in ashtray?

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

Not to mention all the copyright/trademark laws being broken by using a celebrity image... If you're not making money off of it, then they tend to be more lenient, but this decorator charged money for this, she could be in line for a hefty fine.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterplastiqueponi

I'm confused by the "backwards had" comments - in the picture, it's the guy's left hand. On the cake, it's his left hand...seeing as there's no thumb on the left side of the cake...

Slightly out of proportion? Sure. But not backwards...

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I'm sorry, but based on THAT picture? I think the baker did a pretty good job.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaaike

I'm with everybody who says, uh, what the hell is with that picture? I mean, the cake isn't great, but the PICTURE?? Why in the hell would you choose that one?

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCanaduck

It could have been worse, but it came out pretty goofy and didn't exactly capture the appearance of the picture. Someone who was really skilled at this could have done a far better job, not to mention made a cake that was more appetizing.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

um, yeah...i gotta stick up for the baker on this one. first, i never would have taken that job, because i KNOW mine would never turn out half as good as the bakers. but for all of you who are trashing the baker, i'd LOVE to see you take on the same challenge and see how well yours turns out. it doesn't look EXACTLY like the picture, but i think they did a great job pulling off something that detailed. ANYBODY want to take the challenge? i'm sure there are those of you out there who may do a better job, but if you know you can't, please don't be the ones to trash the baker.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i need to add to my post below...about the cake challenge...i DO want to say it is a shame it was all rice krispy treat. that really is too bad.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Team "sympathy only for the victim, namely the birthday girl" here.

Lousy picture (fail by orderer) + inedible excuse for cake (MAJOR fail by wreckerator) = ruined birthday party + major disappointment for birthday girl.

Wonder if she's ever going to bother making nice cakes for the offending friend again.

I do hope the orderer at least got a refund for the thing being inedible (ugly cakes can still be eaten if they're actually, you know, food quality).

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Frankly, I think they did a great job on the hair... in a Jim Bakker kind of way... which is neither here nor there because probably no one remembers old Jimbo but me. He was always good for a laugh, and we didn't have Cake Wrecks in those days.
They do have those eyebrows DOWN, man. Just think about what they had to WORK with-- who can complain if a guy who looks like he's trying to EAT a plant comes out (in cake) looking rather like a guy who's being eaten BY a plant? Very subtle differences there.
I'm considering what the likelihood would be of an average eye consuming a THIRD of a person's facewidth. I'm no anatomy expert. Dang, though-looking at this cake makes me think of a dollar bill, in some odd way...

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Hahaha! It's going to eat us all! (Since when did this become Soviet Russia?)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

There is no way I would eat that cake! :)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks

There obviously was a lack of communication here. Kat should have been more specific about what she wanted and the decorator should have explained to the girl what she was going to get.
Both of them wrecked this.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I so get the reference to Goonies!!!! I am always saying this around my friends and no one gets it!!! Hilarious!!!!!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg. i love your great references to awesome (& totally under-rated) 80s CLASSIC movies... oh Goonies.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwiggles and Trunks

It looks like he is making himself throw up. Great, a bulimic cake ;)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

He looks like he's trying to throw himself up. Sad.

Oh cool show...Cake Boss. Screaming and cake, beautiful.

wv...ingbundz. is Swedish Chef for the cake is in the bundt pan.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

It DOES kinda look like Tom Jones though...

I disagree with those who say the "friend" is to blame. This is all on the baker. If they couldn't handle the job, they should've been honest and asked for a different picture or something. They should not have sent that thing. The singer appears to be gnawing off his own hand! Not to mention the face shape is all wrong. Nice wreck and commentary as always, Jen!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I have a friend who is friends with Brendan Urie. She'll get a kick out of this. So will he when she forwards it to him.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Oh god, no! I love Panic! At the Disco and that cake is just... horrifying! Poor Kat, poor Ashley, and poor Brendan!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterseddah

I was really laughing out loud when i saw this cake..=D Thanks for sharing it.You made my day.Hope to see more from you friend.=)" REL="nofollow">A Writers Den" REL="nofollow">The Brown Mestizo

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

yes i agree.... not the best photo of Brendon Urie in the entire world. But props to the baker...... at least the band logo looks decent!! perhaps the whole cake should just be the logo... much easier for the baker, and WAY less room for disaster.... should be looked into in future

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPudding And Pie

Am I the only one here old enough to remember that the "hey you guys!" line is originally from the opening sequence of" REL="nofollow">The Electric Company?

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Oh dear!! This is just a fail on all sides. I agree with previous commenters that the cake isn't THAT terrible, considering the reference photo, but it's still quite creepy in its own right. I love Brendon and his band and I must say that he's a good-looking dude - a much better photo could have been chosen! Like this, perhaps:

Ah well. Nice thought, terrible execution! I must admit I'm very amused to see Panic on this blog though :D

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

i empathize with the baker as well. it was a horrible idea and stupid picture. the friend is the only one who should be blamed for her poor design decisions. after all, who wants to eat a cake of someone's head anyhow? heaven knows you've made fun of that enough on this blog. i'm kind of disappointed in you for going after the baker on this one.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well that's what she gets for liking Panic at the Disco. Eeesh. I pity the baker here.

I mean, really. Shiz looks like Brian Bell got caught in a funhouse mirror.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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