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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)

Is that bacon hanging out of both sides of the last cake? At least it has one redeeming quality.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLes DuLunch

Oh dear me. I hope that second one really isn't covered in CHEESE!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRona Dolvi

Cool! That first cake is written in Pig Latin.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Nevermind the powdery hot dogs... what about the grey-green, sickly, "this meat has been sitting out in the sun too long" hamburgers???

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

That last cake is definitely a barbecue grill. The white thing? A propane tank. The cupcakes? Wheels. The thing on the front? A handle.

It's sad that I can tell what it is supposed to be because I think I SHOULDN'T be able to tell.

The handle looks more like two hamburger patties falling off onto the front of the barbecue - which, is close, so it makes no sense. Or, perhaps it's a horrible mangled car. It's an autoNObile? Get it? Get it? (Told ya I was a bit of a punner myself!)


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Delaney

My first thought was chef from South Park, but apparently he's wearing a phone for a belt and had his breakfast surgically implanted into his legs.

I hate to say this, O my how I hate to say this, but it's a car. A red car with brown (!) headlights. See the four wheels beneath it?

Now I have to go put a fork in my eyes.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChakolate

I think the last one is a literal mix between a car and grill. It's one of those eye-teasers, where it could be two things, depending on your interpretation. I think it was originally, possibly, a car, and then they were like 'This doesn't look like a car!' so added on a napkin and a fork and knife. Now it's both.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

I think you have yet to notice... that cake of... of... something... is a (dramatic tan-tan-tun music) cupcake cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaquel

Anybody notice that the grill in Wreck #2 could not have made the grill marks on those particular hotdogs?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme


Look like a red grills . but who knows.

Have a great Day ~~~

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered

The hot dogs on the first "grill" were apparently pre-cooked on a DIFFERENT grill, because the spacing of the hot dog's burn-lines are too close together for them to have been cooked on the grill they are lounging on--which also, by the way, has NO heat source anyway. Seemingly, someone left the grill out in the rain...(at MacArthur Park?)

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

if that's supposed to be a grill, why is there a fork and knife in there? Don't they know the utensils would melt if put on the grill?

And on the hotdog cake, are those butterflies around the edge? My dad would NOT appreciate a Father's Day cake with butterflies on it.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPirate Alice

Oh, no...All I can ask is:
Do people really pay for these awful cakes ? How can the bakery dept. manager let things like that leave the store ? Just a couple more mysteries of the universe...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I'm seeing Fat Albert.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Heaven (or more likely, Hell) only knows the "raison d'etre" for the Big Red Question of the Century cake.
Sometimes, things are best just left alone...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

It's the typewriter from Sesame Street!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterghoti

I think what kills me the most is that the first cake is clearly a display one, not one set out for sale. So someone actually made the decision that a cookie cake with an alien joystick "tie," where the green icing from the "tie" is creeping out from under the black outline to form a haphazard smudge of green and the D is making a run from it to save its dignity was something they should set out on display to entice customers to order their Fathers' ay cookie cakes. Because when you see that mess as the display, and you assume that it represents their best (or at least better) work, as a display should, you're going to be all about having them decorate a cake for your special occasion.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A+ Harry Potter reference!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

How the heck do these people get hired to do cakes? *Shakes head* Love the "Italian Joystick." Lol.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

Happy Father's day to all the dads. These cakes make me feel better about what I got for my dad. It sure isn't a cake wreck!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlpha Chick

I also think it is a red grill with a white propane tank. It is horrible!!!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel Keller

The last wreck is clearly a grill to me, the knife and fork hanging down are obviously supposed to be grill tools hanging off the handle. With this superior level of artistry, you wouldn't want to wreck the interpretation by trying to draw such tools, when the plastic cutlery make such a statement!

WV: curioni -- The curious readers of this blog; i.e., That last wreck prompted multiple interpretations by the curioni.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacq Cooks

Oh my goodness....that last one although there are many me it just looks like a mess of cupcakes thrown together with a free set of plastic silverware...just terrible!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterH-S-W

5 or 6 more botarquies with rum and i could figure it out...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergiantspeckledchihuahua

I call 'planarian worm' on the first one.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKangarara

You are seriously disturbed. Or on drugs. Can I have some?!

As for the rest of you who recognized the red blob as a grill--kudos to you. Though Typewriter Man was a good guess.

That first cake was almost pornographic...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorningNY

It's a grill... the red is the grill drum, the horribly cross-hatched brown is a wooden handle, and the white is a propane tank! and the white dot in the bottom right is the wheel axle.
it's just...


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

flip it over.

it's a crab, one from whose legs have already been removed & probably boiled [for &/or by the father in question]. but its learning to find joy in life again——thats a radio it has up against its brightly opened eyestalk.

& notice the firm & serious set of the mouth. thats cos it is protesting against the further mutilation/ingestion of members of its species, its protest sign being shaped like a knife & fork & held against the closed eye of its left eyestalk, symbolizing the closed mind of the crustacean-eater.

someone clearly just put the inscription on upside down, thats all.

[ps. yes, i am a vegetarian. & you may thank this vegetarian for the certainly & absolutely proper interpretation of this profound cake.]

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter::poltergasm::

I definitely saw Chef from South Park in the third cake, although I'm 90% certain that it's a grill with the lid down.

The second one... oh gosh.... I was more put off by the cheese than the grey detail on the hot dog.

The first one made me laugh so hard, my tea almost wound up all over my keyboard. It looks as if the decorator changed his/her mind as to where the word 'day' should go.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I think it's a coleman grill....RoadTrip Pro SS Grill. if you google image it, there are some with white hubcaps.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

These comments are the best yet. Cracking me up!
The post was good too, Jen. Ha!
My husband asked me if I was laughing or crying in here.

WV: Vivesse
If your alien joystick is not up to par, try Vivesse, available at a CVS in your quadrant of the galaxy.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, what oddly ironic timing that you have an add for condoms in your sidebar right now. Eew.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

As soon as I saw the last cake, I knew it was Fat Albert:

"Hey, Hey. Hey! Have a Happy Fathead's, er, Father's Day!"

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

My vote on the red cake is also Fat Albert. Perhaps Fat Albert as interpreted by an enthusiastic scholar of cubism.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Re: the first one, I was so confused by the whatsit-tie that I didn't even notice that the 'D' in 'Day' was trying to make an escape.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Did anyone else see Chef from South Park in that last cake?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oops that's why you should read the comments before you make one... i see i'm not alone in my chef thought

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My friend photographed that grill Father's Day '06 and went back and asked the decorator the next day when they couldn't figure out what the cake was depicting. They had a whole set of Father's Day themed cakes including football, fish and tents. The utensils are supposed to be large grilling tools and the white is a propane tank.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah L

My friend took that grill photo around Father's Day '06 and went back the next day to ask the decorator what the cake was depicting. There was a whole set of Father's Day cakes with tents, fish, footballs etc. The knife and fork are supposed to be the large grilling tools and that is in fact a propane tank.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah L

"Bertie Bott's Fizzing Whizbee's"


June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn

I concur. That red monstrosity is Fat Albert. That was what immediately sprang to my mind and it was then followed by the thought that he was exposed to high levels of radituon and was now a melty mutant but Fat Albert none the less.
That first one is totally a penis in the guise of a tie.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElke Hollic =^..^=

I agree the closest thing it could be is a grill. Hideous cake!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfisheggs

My guess is that the red thing is a George Foreman grill and the other items are food (sitting on the counter top of course ::shudder::) waiting to be Foremanized.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM. Biddle

The cookie cake is obviously made by a Canadian imposter. "Happy Father's, ay" A TRUE Canadian knows it is spelled "eh" not "ay".

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM. Biddle

My daughter says the last one looks like Santa Claus' butt.
~Amy B.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

people really need to think these cake designs through first.


June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBald Outing

I have been staring at that red thing for a while... I think its a grill.... maybe..... er... crap.... brain cells dying. Why?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBexay

Is "alien joystick" a euphemism for penis that I been heretofore unaware of?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblissfully caffeinated

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