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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

Celebrating the "Yes" with a bunch of "No"s

There are usually a lot of weddings in June, so I know you're getting sick of all those perfectly lovely wedding and engagement cakes by now, aren't you? [patting your hand] Well don't you worry, dear; that's what I'm here for.

First, fellas, take note: This is NOT how you do it.

"So I was picking up some salami, right? And I see this cupcake thing. Anyway, long story short, I figure, hey, it's cheaper than a real one, and I could go for some nosh right now anyway..."

Once the engagement is set, some couples like to celebrate by getting something big, shiny, and misspelled:

While others like adopting fun new aliases...

Some couples like to keep the guests guessing:

"So did they get their degree, or are they getting married?"
(Answer: getting married. Yes, really.)

Or freaking out the family with something that looks like it should come with a ransom note:


"Pay up, Bub, or your fiance loses her other hand."

Hey, Paula T., Anony, Veronica, Amanda G., & Anony 2, [pointing with two fingers] engage.

(I've always wanted to do that.)

- Related Wreckage: Hey Nurse, Slip Me Some Tongue!

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Reader Comments (134)

That disembodied hand is a little off. Er, alot off.


June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlufy Cow

The hand cake! Argh. Though it is a well-done severed limb.

I so saw a cake for you yestertday. A badly done grill with plastic shish kabobs. If only I'd had my camera.

Angie (from over at

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen


June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertracyvanhorne

Holy crap. I vote no more engagement cakes. Ever.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJor'dan

I'm the first commenter...yippee!! The hand one is definitely freaky....don't think I'd want to eat that. I LOVE your makes me smile daily!!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTsquared417

Bwaaahahaha! That creepy hand cake made me laugh out loud! As for that green cake - well, it's gobsmackingly awful. A most unappetizing colour.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

holy crap that is creepy...

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLivingDeadNurse

Marry Me or Else????

WV: kedge (v); to frost to a depth of 1 inch or more.
"Madge, be sure to kedge around the side of that CCC. We don't want them to know we built this from cupcakes."

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

That last cake looks like the future Mrs. Thing decided to take a page out of Chidi Ogbuta's bridezilla handbook.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know what would make that hand oh so slightly less creepy?
Nail varnish.

Actually, thinking about it, NOTHING would make that hand less creepy!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

The last picture of the severed hand is one of the worst ideas I think I have ever seen. It's right up there with the pregnant and real baby cakes. Thanks for the daily laughter, I love your posts!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVR

that last one is actually pretty good...if your into horror and dismemberment

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are some short and stubby fingers on the hand cake. You'd have to chop my fingers off at the first knuckle to get those proportions.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

No matter how bad my day is going or how tired I may be, your comments to all this stuff makes it that much better. I usually end up laughing out loud at some of the things that you write, my coworkers think I'm crazy. Thanks for being that small amount of joy in my day. It really means a lot to me. :)

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHouse

Is it just me or are the fingers oddly short on that dismembered hand? And did they drain it of blood like Dexter's brother did to his victims in season 1? That just makes me think that she is dead, not just missing a hand. But then the fingernails would each be painted a different color.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Severed hand accompanied by "Your Day Has Arrived"...


The "alias" cake should be cross-posted over on The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdmontag

Not only is the severed hand fascinatingly horrific but the disproportionally small fingers really added to its pizzazz!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

That severed hand is just ridiculously creepy!

wow, that last one is a doozy! thanks for providing me with daily belly laughs that i have to disguise from my coworkers.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Hmm. I thought the chocolate one said "Congratulations OR your engagement..." Which will it be?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that hand is extra creepy!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Ah! The hand is straight from the Addams Family!

And would I be a wreck myself to say I actually liked the cake with the big gem (minus the incorrect spelling and messy handwriting).

Oh, and the quotes around the name were perfect.

fun stuff,

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

As a shower treat, my mother-in-law, picked up a "royal" ice cream cake. I'd send you the photo, but it was only a wreck to us. The decorator managed to spell both of our names wrong. You'd think as mother-of-the-groom, she'd be able to tell the store what to write.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Oh my gosh! That hand! Is that Thing from The Addams Family??? Creeeepy! And that green mess of misspelled wreckage...sad. just. sad. don't they do some form of screening when they hire bakery workers? And look for things like...oh i don't know...a high school diploma? they should require spelling exams in the application. lame.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramo (amanda)

First, ACK to that had....then....

I bought a cake wreck for Father's day (on purpose). I shared it on my blog, if you want to check it out. (don't worry I sent them this way!)

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

Hey, did anyone tell you? You got URL-checked in the July WIRED (pg 64) alongside which I think is fantastically appropriate. Congrats!

Allison (@whenwill_love)

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HILARIOUS!! the "ransom" one was priceless.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriris

With this ring, I'm asking you to become Mrs. Stubbyfingers.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillDarryl

OMG, The 'hand' cake is just so perfectly horrible...I mean it is really, really horrible.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjess

"Your Day Has Arrived"... for what? For a hand transplant? Is that supposed to be the donor hand? Ewwwwwwwww!! What a creepy cake!!!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, my, I may have nightmares about the hand cake. It's really a pity about the pink and green one, though. It's almost a sweet, except for the ridiculous misspelling. I don't mind so much when a grocery store cake with that nearly inedible icing has a misspelling, but a really pretty cake like that just breaks my heart.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

I say we hunt down the person who started these CCC's (Pitooey)and storm their house with pitchforks and torches. Okay town, are you with me?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

You just know that people were lining up asking for their favorite digit with that severed hand cake.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The CCC ring get even wreckier for me when I start wondering if they really needed that many cupcakes. Who's supposed to eat them all? I suppose this is for a bridal shower, but with The Question it seems like the wannabe groom feels like he needs to stuff cupcakes down his intended fiancee's throat in order for her to say Yes. On second thought, I'd say yes to a man who feels the need to overindulge in cake (although a little more thought into the cake wouldn't hurt ;)).

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mmmm, that strawberry one looks yummo!
The green one looks gross, and the hand is frightening!!!


June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That hand will haunt my dreams. (extra creepy since it looks like gauze @ the wrist)

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMunkeyhed


Whoa girl, ease up on the mother-in-law. You've got her for life now too you know. You're going to have to learn to play nice in that sandbox.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Nothing says "We're so happy for you" like a bloodless, severed hand and an ominous warning. Maybe she's marrying into the Mafia?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorningNY

The dismembered hobbit hand is too disturbing. "Bobby, would you like a finger or a thumb?"

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing says "Congraduations" as well as a corpse-like severed hand atop the cake.
They got that dead look down perfectly, too.

~Amy B.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

But... it's green. I know it is spelled wrong. But.... it's green. Ewwww.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

omg the dismembered hand! I love how the cuff looks a bit like a gauze wrap and the hand appears to be drained of all it's life. Must have sounded like a much better idea than it turned out to be.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBatbrat

You know, it really is a shame about that second cake with the big gem. I agree that it was actually a very pretty cake until someone ruined it with horrible writing. There is no excuse for that green monstrosity. And the hand cake? (Shivers) It really does look like gauze at the wrist.

I am so happy to say that I've never seen CCCs at any of the bakeries around here. Must be a regional thing.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

Do you think they saved the middle finger from the hand cake for someone special, like the mother-in-law to be?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The hand cake reminds me of a fish wrapped in newspaper being sent in "The Godfather" to announce a violent demise of someone...a commentary on marriage perhaps ?

Wonder what the bride-to-be thought of it ? And if she was not amused, what happened to the persons who made ordered and made it ?

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Love that last one, but in regards to wanting to say "Engage" at someone aloud...your nerd is showing! But don't worry, you're in good company because you can bet your triquarter that I said "Engage" out loud in a flawless Piccard lilt... and did the point.

Love the site - thanks for the daily laugh!

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercuregirl0421

I especially like the n's on the chocolate explosion cake, written so they look like r's

Congratulations....OR your engagement. YOU ONLY GET ONE, you "fake people"

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

Jen, when you made the Picard joke, I think I fell in love with you a little bit.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC. Beth

Proposal by cupcake cake? No thanks. I was old fashioned and used the "squish bugs" method. (I started to get down on one knee but had to move positions so as not to go down in the middle of a swarm of ants! ;-) )

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechyDad

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