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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

Wreckie Grad Shows Us How It's Done

Allison must have the best sister ever. Just look at what she made for Allison's graduation party:

Awwww yeeeeeaaaah. Now THAT is a graduation cake, my friends.

Allison writes,

"Most of the partygoers didn't get why I was dying of laughter when I saw it. It was the best cake anyone has ever given me, and was well worth three years of graduate school just for the cake! The best part was waking up the next day to the dozens of naked baby graduates she had hidden all over my house: in my shower, on my pillow, on my computer, in the kitchen cupboards, and wherever else I haven't found yet."

That cake plus a Carrot Jockey Hunt? Wow. You lucked out in the sibling department there, Allison.

Now, those of you graduating soon, I think you know what to do.

Call Allison's sister.

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Reader Comments (73)

Know what? This "Allison's SISTER" stuff is giving me ~~scary~~ flashbacks to that cake a while back...REMEMBER?
The one with ONE cake for both So & So AND So & So's UNNAMED sister???
And I was only just starting to get over that...
so I'm going to call Allison's sister "Gwendolyn"... just on general principle.
All in favor say "Aye."

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow. That's all I can say. Wow!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

Congratulations to Allison on graduating and having an awesome sister.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGirl With Curious Hair

Done the masters, years ago. Is it too late to start a PhD after 40?

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

AWESOME. Love that, and the naked baby hunt the next day totally got me. You have a great sister, Allison!

What I want to know is, when I finish my Master's, will she come to my house and do the same for me?

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

@ Cara- your little poem made me laugh. Great job!

@ ara133photography- on the main page of Cake Wrecks go to Reader Favorites on the right hand side and click on Naked Mohawk-Baby Carrot Jockeys for the original story. Enjoy!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw this, and my mouth dropped open from amazement. Allison has the best sister ever.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

Those babies actually had me thinking of "fetuses" right away!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

sendingtheclowns, rest easy... she just posted and her name is Dana.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

@sendingtheclowns -
Dana. Her name is not Gwendolyn but Dana: she said so 20 minutes before your post. Good point, though, and I imagine Dana's hadn't got through moderation when you wrote it.

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCath


The naked babies are made for king cakes...As a New Orleanian, you eat them every mardi gras's basically sweet bread (almost like a cinnamon roll) with sugar and icing on top, with a baby (Jesus, the "king", hence the name "king cake") hidden in the middle. The cake is in a ring shape. The tradition is that whomever gets the piece with the baby buys the cake the next year (of course I forgot to mention that there are countless parties before and after parades during mardi gras, which is when all of this cake is eaten). Why the baby is naked, i'm not sure...didn't know what a child of that time period would have worn?

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want one!

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

@ Karen and Kath:

Yeah...I SO totally SAW Dana's post--after I had already sent mine along...*blushes* (Hi, Dana!)
So, in the immortal words of Rosanne Roseannadanna (from the original SNL, for the oldsters out there):
"NeVER mind!"

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Nothing to do with cake, but here's a "weekend update," because I am getting *forgetful* (senile):
It wasn't Rosanne Rosannadanna who said "Never mind" all the time.
It was the little, old, crotchety Emily Litella. Same person, though--the great Gilda Radner.
And I don't care if I am practically a fossil--that there's some funny stuff. *crosses arms defiantly*
Carry on!

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Awesome to the nth power!

And I bought a package full of naked babies at Hobby Lobby recently — naked mohawk-wearing babies, no less!!

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

I love it! If I'd known about Cake Wrecks when I graduated college, that's the kind of cake I'd have wanted. Lucky, lucky Allison.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

@sending the clowns:
Just for the record, Roseanne Roseannadanna's lines were "I thought I was gonna die!" and "It's always something!"

wv: spoton
Allison's cake is a spoton reenactment of carrot jockey deliciousness!

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Anonymous said...
Great cake, great sister.

But what's next? Naked brides and grooms on a wedding cake? (shudders!)

June 13, 2009 10:20 AM

Actually when Scary Spice got married that is exactly what was on top of her wedding cake.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAurora B.

OKAY! Awesome! My mom has requested a carrot jockey cake for her graduation!! I need tips! Does anyone know how the caps & diplomas were done? And WHERE on earth do the jockeys come from!? I thought about kings cake babies but those don't look right. HELP! She really would just love a carrot jockey cake and I would loe to make her one.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley Renee

That sounds like the exact thing my sister would do. She is always taking private jokes to the next level and hiding things around my house!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeans

That sounds like the exact thing my sister would do. She is always taking private jokes to the next level and hiding things around my house!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeans

Ok, I am JEALOUS. I did grad school for 5 YEARS. AND I only got a Master's. (Was supposed to be a PhD, but I couldn't cut the mustard. Partly cuz I realized that I don't have the personality required to work long hours in a lab surrounded by a sea of people all working on their own projects and bitterly fighting to beat each other to publication. But I digress.) AND NO CAKE!!! :-(

So, anyway, wish I had family like Allison's. Glad you guys care so much - there needs to be more love in this world. More power to ya and I hope Allison returns the favor to her sis @ her next big event. Go Allison's sister!!! :-)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Working my way through CW archives still. In case Dana and Allison still check the comments on this post, I thought this was hilarious. Dana, it was very thoughtful of you and must have been time-consuming sticking little mortarboards and diplomas on each baby carrot jockey. Allison, thanks very much for sharing it. I started laughing as soon as I saw the picture of the cake, even before reading anything. Well done and slow clap for both of you.

February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVon

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