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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)

Those who are the most shocked/offended by this fairly realistic fuel tank are those with the dirtiest minds! ahahahahahaha!!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Oh Baby...let's get it on! I'll get the tablecloth, dishes and bring the shuttle cake...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque


I admit it. It was actually a twelve foot penis cake and I photoshopped it to look like a space shuttle. I'm sorry. Please forgive me.

Seriously guys why, after seeing hundreds of poorly made cakes on this sight, do you find it necessary to call photoshop on this one. It's a big fondant covered cake that has sagged due to heat, mishandling or it's own weight. It looked like that before it got eaten. Hoomp. Day it is.


That's some solid rocket booster.

Oh my......the color!!! The shape!!! This is TOO MUCH.

- Suzanne

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

The FotC reference was way funnier before you explained it for everyone else. :-P

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToiling Ant

What's really funny is that woman in the back ground looks like she getting ready to hang herself.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergroovyghosthunter

Holy buckets folks, how are you offended by a rocket ship?!?!?

I realize what it resembles could be seen as offensive, but *this* particular photo is of a rocket ship cake.


wv: rocks - This blog, and this post especially, ROCKS!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is Awesome!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But John, those didn't look Photoshopped. This one does.... it's not that I can't imagine a cake looking like a giant whatsit, it's just that this one looks like a cake that originally looked like a giant whatsit, and somebody decided to make it look a little MORE like a giant whatsit before they submitted it.

If someone played with it, they only messed with the upper third of the booster tank. But those borders definitely look hinky to me.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wouldn't exactly call it flaccid...

At least not in that position.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPink

I agree with Miranda.. "Thou doth protest too much". Just WHAT are these people thinking, anyway? :)

You might lose a few fans, but heck.. for those of us who don't mind a little adult humor, bring it on. It's not like it's the first time that it's happened (ie "alien joy sticks".. the fireman.. the, um, 'balloons' on a kid's cake, etc). Not sure why someone thinks that this should be a kid-friendly website anyway.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoBlue562

Priceless! I'm a female astronomer at NASA and I'd totally buy a t-shirt with that photo and "Houston, we have a problem" below. It would make a killing in the gift shop. But NASA Headquarters has no sense of humor.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

egads!! That's quite some rocket!

Thanks so much for the FotC reference - made my day! Also loved seeing all the comments from "All the ladies in the world" too, who evidently also love my homeboys from here in New Zealand - us Kiwis are super-proud of those guys - they're carving up!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiana

The guy with the phone is calling a 1-800 lawyer to see what kind of legal action he can get going on.

Love that cake. So innocent and such and accident! :)

It is a family friendly pic though. A four yeear old is going to see a rocket ship. A dirty-old-adult is going to see something much different.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At least it's only a temporary error. The land where I come from (Alberta, Canada) has a multitude of "world's largest" objects residing in small towns, one of which happens to be the Mundare Ukrainian Sausage: or a big photo:

When one looks at it straight-on, in line with the sausage, the heart-shaped interpretive sign only adds to the, uh, sausage-fest-ness of the sausage statue. Only a small town, boasting huge pride in their history of meat processing would miss the VERY ENORMOUS double entendre. Why they chose a heart for the interpretive sign, one will never know, but it sure does add to the laughs when you go for a visit.

Adding to the innuendoes, keep up the great wreckyness. I love visiting this website, and have passed it on to many a friend in need of a laugh.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wang cake, innuendo, and FoTC? CakeWrecks (Jen) has risen to new heights...incredibly amusing heights!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ok. you have NO idea how badly i needed that today. lmfao.

thank you. thank you thank you.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertonyia

I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing at work. Bad Jen! Bad!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

That's bad, really, really bad!!

I like the woman in the background...maybe all she is doing is cleaning her glasses, but I like to think she *got* it and laughed so hard she had to take off her glasses and wipe the laughter tears out of her eyes :)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjess

If NASA has a don't ask don't tell policy, then this does not necessarily have to be a cake for the ladies. We need to think in more inclusive terms sometimes, yes? Anyhow thanks for the laugh. Photo shopped or not.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlzabees

Your FOtC reference made me love you even more if that were possible.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

That cake is an fail, but the FOTC is an epic win!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

The comments on this cake are astonishing!
1. For the people who keep bleating on about possible photoshopping: Get a grip! These cake decorators don't need any help; they wreck unassisted!
2. To the person who complained about the non-family-friendly nature of the picture: I'd hope that young children wouldn't have had sufficient experience to make the connection between the cake and the-thing-that-shall-not-be-named.
3. To the person who does not go around seeing the-thing-that-shall-not-be-named everywhere: Perhaps you should try harder. It's quite entertaining :)
As a proud Kiwi, am very pleased to see that you guys appreciate FoTC (esp. in concert!)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

john (hubby of jen), your most recent comment is hilarious!!!

not only is this one of the best posts EVER, but also one of the best comments EVER to a best post EVER. seriously, all you commenters rock too.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterevil cake lady

Hmm...the base of the "fuel cell" looks a bit rumpled.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

*rolls eyes at the "it's photoshopped - you can tell by the pixels" comments.

wv: consia
I consia reason why anyone would turn down a piece of that. Cake.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrrum

When I clicked on the image to make it larger I couldn't believe that it was actually made for the women in space! Notice how the people in the picture are looking down or hiding their eyes? Tell me why! Why would they make something like this?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMicheleinCA

I think I know why the orbiter is smiling . . .

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Do you think that little lady was wearing a diaper?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeam McNamara

*giggling with my inner-12 year old*

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Love the Flight of the Concords reference!! Hilarious! I definitely sing that song on a regular basis. (not kidding haha) Thank you for making my day!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my word!! Jen and John, you have definitely outdone yourselves. This post is one of the best ever. Thank you so much for having your minds in the gutter along with mine!!


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

John (husband of Jen) said: "sagged due to heat, mishandling or it's own weight."

Snorks up a Mae West cake laughing,,,sagged...mishandling...weight*L*L

wv: grannit...we shouldn't take wreckiness for grannit.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Are those supposed to be roses on the table?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Anonymous (1:52PM)said...

"...Any phallic resemblances are in the mind of the beholder. :D"
Yessss....and there are no doubt some minds around here that are QUITE "beholding" to Jen for giving us--those of us with a funny bone, anyway--a HUGE laugh!

Thanks for all the links to various Relevant And Informative Data. I'll make a note of them and check them out sometime when I'm in the mood.
Hubby might get a rise out of it, too! ;}
Right now, though, I have more cracking up to attend to...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Cake Wrecks + Flight of the Conchords = pure awesomeness!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

To anonymous @ 4:56
(who said: "A four year old is going to see a rocket ship. A dirty-old-adult is going to see something much different."):

You are absolutely RIGHT. Please, would you go and find a 4-year-old to look at it for ME?
I can't stay here all day!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Ew. I need a shower after that cake.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

OMG! I'm THE BIGGEST FotC fan! I recognized the reference as soon as I opened the site. I love you even more now that I know you're a fellow fan, and I didn't think it was possible to love you any more! You, my wrecky friend, ROCK THE PARTY!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRudeGirl

Is it just me, or is the shuttle smiling?

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Basso

Darn, it's too late for me to change my dissertation field to women's studies. This could be a gold mine!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, this is from a place that actually has an educational video talking about how they had to create special "exploding nuts" for the launching mechanism.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.Bouchard

It's just plain nasty! How could the baker/decorator even present this, and still get paid?! Couldn't they have used a different color other than red?! OMGosh!

Oh come on..."for the ladies"?! What about gay men? We want a piece of that cake too! Or at least a picture with it that we could post on Facebook!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

omg. bret. jemaine. AND A WRECK?!?!
day made.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe flour child

"I got your space shuttle right here." or "Is that a fuel tank in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Greggs

wow. I love reading your blog!
But your reference to Fotc has proved to me that this is the greatest blog of all time!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous



June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Ummmm... WOW.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

Oh, I also wanted to say, considering that other parts of the cake are sagging as well, the wrinkly fuel tank ;) seems to be consistent with the rest of the cake.

I can't stop giggling.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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