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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)

Panic at the birthday party!

I think I would just get some sugar paper and a kopykake thing to make a picture of the guy to put on the cake.

so yeah I can see how trying to make a sculpture of a person would suck. What I don't get is why the cake actually tasted bad. This should not happen!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

wv: cryon

I'm cryon with laughter over here.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie in Ontario

hey, that's one of my favorite pictures of brendon, so I don't know what you guys are talking about. pssh unattractive? brendon could never be unattractive.

well, unless he's in sloth-style cake form, that is. I mean, it's just a picture, if the baker can do a picture that's just someone standing there, then they should be able to do a dude biting a flower.

seems this baker couldn't do either.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCami

The cake decorator made it look like the picture. What do you expect from them? They probably had no idea who Panic at the Disco is and they used the terrible picture they were given. It's not their job to google image a picture to use when they already have one.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What did they expect the baker to do with such a bizarre picture? O_o In this case I'm calling foul. They were setting themselves uop for trouble in this case and the baker was caught in the middle of it.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVelasa

Goonies! I love that movie! I read "Hey you guys!" and fell over in my chair, laughing! Awesomeness!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

In the context of a cake, it looks like the singer is choking or something... hehe

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric



WHy didn't they use a DIFFERENT picture of HIM and why didn't they use that transfer paper cake thingie?? LMAO

omg that's GOLD!!!!!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

panic(!)at the disco (:
there are soo many better pictures of brendon out there, so i feel sorry for the baker, but still
quite a wreck x)

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermariahconley


This is horrible looking.

But hilariously funny.

There are WAY better pictures of Brendon out there. Sure, he likes to make faces, but there ARE some semi-normal looking ones.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

it looks like someone who got hit by birthday candles shot at him, so now he's cringing in pain with the candles stuck in his shoulder.

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterannet

Maybe he just got his wisdom teeth pulled!

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermargie

Lolol. Oh the memories come rushing back. I will say that I do agree with a lot of you. The cake wasn't that bad per the reference shot. But it was terrifying. And according to Kat, she provided a lot of different reference shots as well. But alas, the worse part is we couldn't eat the thing. It was the wrong flavor and there wasnt much actual cake in it.

It will forever live as one of my best birthday memories though :)

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshey R,

HI! I am actually the KAT in the story!

LOL! I am so glad that this got on here!!!!! LOLOL!

And for the record, I sent her LOTS of pictures and just told her that picture was my friend's fave picture. I even told her that it didn't have to be THAT exact picture if she couldn't make it work. I was expecting some cartoonish cute rendition... but.. not that. LOL


June 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterawaitingtheophany

Hollow nostrils?

and they didn't take any photos of the fun?.. :-(


June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lynne

The candles look like spears sticking out of his chest.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdguzman

Oh - well, if the baker had more pictures, then it's on them....LMAO!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

DUDE! This totally looks like Isaac from Children of the Corn. All angry and creepy, eating corn...just sayin'.


June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn C

Ehhh...besides the general inedibility of the cake, I'd say this one is on the person who gave them the picture. They might have been able to find other images, but I wonder if the person said they didn't want an exact likeness from that photo.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

That's pretty awful. Especialy because they're my favorite band too. Also, I just tweeted this at brendon (brendonuriesays) and hopefully he'll see it.

June 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunflower

Funny, but the Goonies reference was the clincher. Odd when the rest of the world and their sense of humor catches up to things from my own generation. Fab. Thanks.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Martiele

JUST the laugh I needed on this Monday afternoon. TOO funny!!!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHi! I'm Kirsten...

Most of these cakes, even the Sunday Sweets, are going to taste bad. They have been covered in fondant and manhandled to death. Ace of Cakes, although I love the show, uses styrofoam to shape a good many of their "cakes." These may be pretty but they probably taste like sugary cardboard.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does this cake remind anyone else of the fake heads Frank Lee Morris made so he and his buddies could escape from Alcatraz? That's all I can see when I look at it.

Go google it.

See what I mean?! Those heads were possibly more edible & less frightening. heh.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


i have literally never seen aything funnier in my entire life. i've been to your website a few times before but tonight i've been on for hours. i don't know that i can look at any more tonight, though. your description combined with this cake leave me fearing that my stomach will literally rip apart from laughter if i look any more.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

Okay, no, that isn't good. I understand the baker didn't have a lot to go on- it's a picture of Bden eating flowers, I mean, seriously, the girl definitely should have picked a better picture-but it DOES NOT look anything like him and what it does look like is rather frightening. And apparently it was gross-tasting and partially made of rice crispies, too, so how can you call this okay?
And I kind of adore P!ATD and Brendon himself, so this is just lulztastic. Poor Bden.

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSia

he looks like he's vomiting.... and the "flower stem" looks like.....


January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1nes

This is quite disturbing....haha, i feel bad for the baker...this was some weird work of art!

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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