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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

This One's For The Ladies

(NOTE: For the ladies, not the kiddies. Still SFW, though.)

NASA wanted to do something special for all the lady astronauts of the world:

And by "special", I mean something big, flaccid, curving to the right, poised to explode into the dark recesses that are out of this world, and that says "Women in Space: We've Come A Long Way".

[biting lip] Wow. So many innuendo-laced jokes, so little time. And if my mom didn't read this blog (Hi, Mom!), you can bet I'd be saying something about the fallacy that men can't organize - much less erect - a project of this size. Or how nice it is to see NASA giving women the upper hand in the space program, so that they, too, can get ahead. In fact, I'd probably wonder aloud if it wasn't rather cold in the exhibit hall, if that wouldn't put too fine a point on it.

However, since my mom *does* read this blog (Hi, Mom!), all I'm going to say is this, and to the cake creator: don't take my good-natured ribbing too hard. The fact that you got a government agency to pay for your services makes you a Wreck star.

And for you deprived souls who didn't get the FotC reference, watch this:

- Related Wreckage: Dirty-Minded Decorators

UPDATE: For you doubting Thomases calling "photoshop" and getting John all aggravated, here's another photo of the same cake:

John is so ridiculously happy about the discovery of this second photo that he's currently singing "Don't Worry, There's Another Shuttle Photo, Be Happy" while I'm typing.

Clearly, I need to get him out of the house more.

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Reader Comments (237)

flight of the conchords.. yes. that reference made me love you even more than i already do, jenn

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

I just love the guy standing to the right of it casually checking his iphone and not paying a bit of attention to what is looming next to him. TOO FUNNY!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJR*Sikorski

I'd love to get my chops around that!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiggy

John...I'm gonna pass on clicking the picture to make it bigger. Really. Why you'd even suggest that, I can't imagine. can't do that.



Awesome post!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

I guess I would never have noticed the similarities if they hadn't been pointed out. It doesn't really look that much like a you-know-what to me at all. And yes, I do know what a you-know-what looks like. I guess I just don't see giant male reproductive organs everywhere I look...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This entire post was greatness, the penis, the commentary, the saying on the cake. Greatness.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

any day that flight of the conchords can make a guest appearance is a good day in my book. NASA fail.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermisha

Someone was really thinking with their (other) head when they "erected" this phallic beauty! ("beauty" is sarcasm).

I hope they used protection when creating this um..thing. (Gloves! I meant gloves!! LOL)

~Amy B.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Thank you. I know have Flight of the Conchords stuck in my head...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

What in the flaming hell? Aside from the rocket ships, can anyone give me an explaination of what that big, red, you-know-what-lookin' object is??

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercdmarine

How did we not mention the "We've 'come' a long way" sign?


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

Okay, time for the T-shirt!!! Rocket booster ready for for take-off!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…and one GIGANTIC tank for women everywhere!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to share this picture with soooo many people! TOO FUNNY!!!

Thank you so much for the FotC reference. This blog gets better every day!!! (Bret is so cute! ^^)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

LOL @ the "irth" sign in the mind just keeps adding a "G" to the beginning making that photo even more funny to me...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh Jenn, you are too freakin' funny! Those puns were the best! Hi Jenn's Mom!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Houston, we have a problem...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetNoir

Let's keep it clean, Jen. :^)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

FotC + Cake Wrecks = LOVE.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBead Up

Diana Gallagher did a song called "A Reconsideration of Anatomical Docking Maneuvers in A Zero G Environment" years ago as noted in the following Wiki article -

Words to the song can be found here -


Lady QKat

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladyqkat

There are no words.

Really. No words.

(except maybe "WHAT were they THINKING??" 0_o )

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

that was perfect!!!!!
i was sooo glad i went to the bathroom before checking the blog.
i would have peed myself for sure!!
the video was awsome!!!
im gona show it to my dad and die laughing at the look on his face!!
what a way to go!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterloraven888

Unfortunately, I work for NASA. *Sigh* I can't imagine why neither a secretary or the individual who ordered the cake checked to make it it looked right. If I attended the event, I would hang my head in shame and cry out, "Who in the world ordered this!" I guess it's a good thing I was not invited.
Also, Love the site. I check it every morning to have my chuckles for the day. I even share it with others. See! I spread the joy around.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

This is just too funny! I second (or third, etc) the call for a shirt. Just the cake and the word Shuttlecock.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Dang. That's a "wtf?!?" if ever I've seen one.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Should say, 'We've Come a Schlong Way.'

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkgirl

Wow, that really is a giant orange penis. A friend of mine had a NASA cake at her wedding because she and her husband met at Space Camp (seriously), and it was not a wreck. It was definitely one of the best weddings I've ever been to.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

It's actually probably not photoshopped. Here's what it's based on. That big red thing is the "external tank", a legitimate piece of NASA hardware. Any phallic resemblances are in the mind of the beholder. :D

Here's what the whole assembly looks like from above.

Wiki article on the external tank.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

seriously? this cannot be real. skyrockets in flight . . . .

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa D.


Im going to be scarred for life o_O

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaykay

Thank you. I am more likely than EVER to stick to my diet and NOT eat cake this weekend.....

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I love your blog, but can you not post things upfront that aren't family friendly

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia

I recently found your blog and love this recent post! It was hilarious!! Thank you for "outing" all the mistakes on cakes.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kathleen


Do a close-up (click on the picture) and examine the area to the top left of the, uh, top. There's a thin line of background that has a little wobble in it, like when you're fixing points in Photoshop and you change directions.

Bummer, because this is hysterical. (Pun intended.)

- Nonny

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. I love your site!
2. I love the FotC!
3. Shades of Zap Brannigan. Leila would be SO annoyed!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Great cake!
Great puns!
Great FOTC reference!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstep0nmi2

AWESOME is all I can say. Just "Fruedien" awesome.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

1,000,000 points if you ever post a FOTC cake, especially if it's one of Alby, the racist dragon

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMY HEAD'S ON FIRE

I daresay this should be on a T-shirt with the quote 'Huston, we have a problem."

You mike get sued by NASA, though.

In that case, you shouldn't have too hard a time finding someone to defend you pro bono.


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac the K

If you look at the windows on the front of the shuttle, it looks like it's smiling.

Just sayin'...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Photoshopped? As if. This is approximately 200 lbs of unadulterated wreckiness. Cake Wrecks in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaace. inner rapi pie wants me to make a real rapi pie.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

The only thing missing are two LOX tanks at the bottom, those are usually round...

Tanks for the photo! I nearly coughed up my lunch when I saw it!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

Ew. That cake gives me the willies. Ha! I made my own pun. But you are the pun queen, Jen!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

It's oddly mesmerizing, isn't it.

Or, clearly I need a date.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the little white "growth" at the top is also an added bonus.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

So many innuendos in one post . . . you're the best, Jen! But then to at a Flight of the Conchords vid, that just puts this post in my top 5!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh my god, it's the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon! It's perfect!

/anime nerd joke

(But seriously, ack.)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWintersweet

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