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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

Dastardly Dad Designs

I guess I have to call this a tie:

Yep - tied for worst icing cohesion and worst neckwear representation. Unless that's supposed to be an alien joystick, of course. In which case, someone needs a checkup. Ew.

How about some tasty powdered hot dogs on the grill?

Mmm. Powdery.

And for the discriminating Dad, there's always this classic WTF design:

Jeremiah L. submitted this beauty over 10 months ago, and I still have no idea what it's supposed to be. A car? A grill? A set of weights? A toolbox? A lunchbox? Elmo? Herbie the Love Bug? A picnic basket? Bertie Bott's fizzing whizbees? Phil Spector? Seriously, WHAT IS THIS?!?

Stephanie H. & Phyllis L., I think I need to lie down for a bit. That white spot on the bottom chocolate cupcake is making me question my own sanity.

- Related Wreckage: Face Time on CW

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Reader Comments (190)

"But sheesh, who has a RED grill?"

I have a red grill. :( It doesn't look anything like THAT, though.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTindy

"It a gril!"

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAliana

Glad to see I wasn't the only one to see Chef from South Park in that red "cake".

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is clearly a very overweight man in a red shirt, sitting on a white headstone. He is wearing a mask that says "Happy Father! Day" because he is embarrassed to show his face after two beavers died in his lap. Apparently he bent over, suffocating them, and their flattened bodies and paddle-like tails became his belt.

His pudgy legs have overgrown his knees. One ankle requires support in the form of a large white pin while the other is supported by plastic tableware.

I'm surprised you all didn't recognize this. :)

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKnitty

That last one looks like the" rel="nofollow">typewriter guy from Sesame Street..

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

That letter "D" is trying to escape because it's too embarrassed to be associated with that "tie"!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep, I think it's one of those red grills too. Maybe they were just trying to be 'artistic'. Actually I am hoping to find a cake wreck for Father's Day. My dad has a great sense of humor and not doubt would love a wrecked cake!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAly

I kept staring at that thing under the 'tie'... I just couldnt figure out what it was... I hadnt read the yet, but after I did I thought 'where's the D?' Oh there it is! hehehe

And those burgers on the grill look mighty green yum

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I think that it's a person, abstract as it is. :o)

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersleeplessnights04

I love all of the interpretations of the CCC. It certainly is wrecksational.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I think these Wreckorators are making completely ridiculous CCC's just to spite you, now.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I think the D is so embarrassed/ terrified that it's trying to make a break for it!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

I asked my 6 year old what it is. He said, "Maybe a Turkey?"

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I too think the red blob is supposed to be a grill- but from the side, rather than top down. The charred hamburger/hotdog combo is actually the lid handle, the white thing is the propane, the brown sticks are the stand and wheels.

Talk about your non-Euclidean geometry.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That has got to be the worst representation of a grill I've ever seen! It looks like something you'd see on a bad acid trip.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Aliana: I laughed. A lot.

It *is* a gril!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTortie

If that's Chef, his hat fell off.

The second one almost works. I think with different color choices -- and hot dogs free of mold -- it would have worked.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those hamburgers look a bit green. Ewww.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterydontusteponit

I guess I'm having a pregnancy craving because I still want to eat them... all them : )

Raychel -

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

I would have never guessed that CCC was supposed to be a grill.

The last one is obviously a Rohrshach Cake - just what DO you see?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

That hot dog isn't "powdered." It's the one that slipped through the grill into the ash-coverd coals. Then Dad said "carbon is good for the digestion" as he fished the dog out of the coals and put it back on the grill to finish burning.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadcraftwoman

My first thought about the "tie" cake was that it was a board game spinner which was pointing in the general direction of the missing "D" from "Day" which slid to the bottom. LOL! I had to see the word "tie" to even SEE the tie!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVindiciti

Abstract wreck at its finest!
~Amy B.
wv: loggin: what the lumberjacks do.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

uhm... I knew it was a tie, but it was still very distressing.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse

I seem to see a headrest at the top, and the brown circles at the bottom could be legs. Is it a chair? Like, Dad's chair?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh I think its a grill, but your original title for it made me cry laughing. Man I love your blog!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

These are absolutely disgusting. . . seriously, some of these cakes really make me wonder about the mental well being of the decorator.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

If that red thing is supposed to be a BBQ grill with the lid down, then that baker/decorator should be roasted on one!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

HA! Yes, I'm almost positive that last one is supposed to be a grill ("supposed to" being the operative words) but I think Phil Spector is a good second guess ;)

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

How sweet that professional decorators are bringing in children to decorate cakes for their dads!!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEternal Lizdom

Assuming the knife and fork are ON the cake, the bottom looks like a place setting to me (upside-down) with the white spot being a cup next to a napkin on the right?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I'd have to go with gas grill. Pretty blobby, though.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Powdery hot dogs and moldy hamburgers...yummy, yum, yum... Nothing says Happy Father's Day like a daily dose of penicillin...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphelpsgurl

I actually think the last "un-cake" looks like Typewriter Guy from Seasame Street:

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphelpsgurl

the last one kinda reminds me of the kool-aid guy

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteaky88

Drawn to Caricature said I think the last one might be a taxi or car created by someone with "Constructional dyspraxia" (the inability to relate parts to a whole).

I wonder if that's how cubism came to exist. That CCC strikes me as a very creative attempt to convey some very deep symbolism, but unfortunately none of us earthlings can understand its meaning.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I love these creative little assignments, and I love the responses just as much!

I'm going with the "it a gril" crowd (Aliana ftw). But, if I try really hard and squint my eyes, it kinda looks a little like the Jetson's robot Rosie...only the Dad version also cuts the lawn, chars up some dusty 'dogs, and brings you a beer, all while holding you in the perfectly reclined position for watching sports or "resting your eyes."

Phew, that took some doing. But Dad's worth it.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I thought I was looking at the backside of Mario working on plumbing with the third picture.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris Z.

they did a good job on the knife and fork though. whoa... almost real.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergorillabiscuits

Also, Knitty is my new hero.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

My daughter suggested that the last cake was the father's head but was needing eyes. Maybe?

Jami H. :)

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJami

I thought it was supposed to be "Further".

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

Clearly the last one is a Transformer. Happy Fathers Oy everyone!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfinewinendine

I think the last cake is supposed to be a grill.... good try!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterilene

lol, I think that last one is a George Foreman grill or something, wow that's ugly.

And that Alien "Joystick", gross!!


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

My money's on Phil Spector for pic #3. Nothing else looks that weird.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterun-bride

The third one is blowing my mind. I can see that it MIGHT be a gas grill ...

... except I think the person who designed and decorated it might have been huffing the propane.

Gad. My head hurts.

Word verification: graticke. Gratitude that you didn't get an icke CCC.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Yikes! It's like Elmo roadkill slapped on a gas grill covered in ketchup. Wretched.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

not to mention that on the first one that somehow the D from Day got put way down at the bottom.............

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBec

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