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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
Thursday
Jul022009

Taking Liberties

As we gear up for the fourth of July, it's nice to see bakeries celebrating the freedom our brave men and women in the armed forces have afforded them.

Namely, the freedom to unleash Wreckage of this caliber on the unsuspecting populace:

'Cuz if you've got it, flaunt it, right?

The star of Irving, David's rarely-mentioned younger brother.

I think this is either an umbrella or a pair of scissors. John sees a hand making the peace sign. And to be honest, the fact that all of those are options is oddly impressive.

This last one looks like one of those cartoon steam whistles, like in Steamboat Willy:

Since whistles don't usually say "Bang!", though, I guess I have to agree with Tara M. that this is a firecracker. Which makes about as much sense as a steam whistle saying "Bang!", come to think of it.

Shelley B., David K., Kelly B., did you notice that ALL of today's Wrecks are cupcake cakes?

NOTE: Thank you all for the many kind comments and e-mails yesterday. I'm in surgery today at 1PM EST, but should be back tweeting and snarking away by this evening. You've reminded me once again that I have the best readers any blogger could ever hope for, so thanks again.

UPDATE: The surgery went great! And y'all weren't kidding about the drugs...I almost wish I needed to take more, but I'm feeling surprisingly little pain. Your well-wishes and prayers were very much appreciated and felt, so thank you all again!

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Reader Comments (179)

First comment! On the third photo of undetermined subject matter, I see one of those ribbons like for cancer awareness, etc.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterctdeyo

The star!!!! *Giggling hysterically*

Thank you! Just... thank you.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

i thought the first one said USA NEVER. which maybe woulda been better as an anti-american ccc.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

Good luck with your surgery, Jen! Even though I'm Canadian, I love seeing continual 4th of July wrecks, because:
a) They're funny
b) They're much more plentiful
c) It reminds me why we should pass a law against Cupcake Cakes (Patooey!)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gotta go with John on the Peace sign one...very observant!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You said "cupcake cake" without spitting!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNish

I have to agree that the cake does look like a hand giving the peace sign.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

WOW these are BOLD!!!!!!!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Remind me next time to go potty BEFORE I read your post first thing in the morning...mmmk?? ;-)

Sending some prayers your way today.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

That's right, you tell Sir Clumps-a-lot who's boss! Good luck.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittleravenshop

"The star of Irving, David's rarely-mentioned younger brother" is one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. I snorted loudly. Ow.

Still scratching my head over the blue Bang, however. Maybe that's the Big Bang's runt of the litter cousin.

Best wishes for your surgery today.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

That's it. My next birthday cake is just going to say "Bang!" All that blue frosting too... bleagh!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

after staring in bewilderment at the flag-possibly scissors-CCC, i'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a hand giving the peace sign. anyone else see that? it's like a rorschach test with frosting! :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Praying for you in your surgery. I hope it's nothing too serious. God Bless!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I know what the flag cake is! It's Holland! If you turn it so that its left side is at the bottom, you get the country's outine. The blue part of the flag is even directly where the Ijsselmeer (huuuge lake) is. :D

This must be a secret message that the USA is about to invade my country.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaartje

My eyes! My eyes! All that frosting, wasted in the hands of over-eager "decorators", and I use that term loosely...

Too funny today! Good luck, not that you'll need it with all these fans pulling for you! Tell Sir-Clumps-Alot who's boss!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I figured the last one was California falling off into the ocean...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjacobithegreat

I have no words. But I have been singing "Oh Canada" since yesterday :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Of all the things to make by shoving cupcakes together and slapping some frosting on it, a flag *should* be the easiest. Heck, you would even be able to make a cupcake collage and not offend the world with your CCC. But alas, instead we got that thing. Thanks dude.
However, now that it has been pointed out, I can sort of see the peace sign....but one should not have to work that hard to figure out a cake.

The star is just hilarious and sad. Really, really sad.

I wish you well today at the doctor.

Becky

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Star of Irving" absolutely made me laugh out loud. Fabulous.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

I just want to thank you for being so funny! I really enjoy this blog - you make me laugh every day! Hugs and best wishes on your surgery.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I thought the peace sign/umbrella/scissors was an upside-down outline of the continental US. (A terrible one, of course.)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure sure the 3rd cake is an "R" for Republican. Or maybe for Really bad cake.... It's like one of those ink blot psych tests!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa

Star of Irving...you rule, Jen. Good luck today.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi all! I'm pretty sure that the scissors cake is actually one of those ribbons too. Like the ones for cancer, troop support, etc? But, I like the idea of a peace sign too! And, I love the star one- I almost spit my drink out!

Many prayers and well wishes for you Jen!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranniebanaie

WHY don't you like cupcake cakes again?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I see a hand giving a peace sign in the third one...but I also see a duck. So. Yeah. ._.;

If these are being posted already, I can't wait to see what you'll post for July 4th itself! xD

Sending some extra good wishes your way for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Oooooh. It's a FIRECRACKER.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I stared and stared at the "Star of Irving" cake before I read on and realized it was a star, well supposed to be a star. Wow...my brain hurts!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiana

Surely I'm not the only person who thinks that the "peace sign" looks like the playboy bunny symbol?

And star of irving-- that's good stuff. :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertogetherforgood

I also loved the Star of Irving remark. That peace CCC is so great!

Thanks!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

The first thing I thought of when I saw #3 was Alaska. Doesn't it look kind of like Alaska?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Star of Irving. Oh, thanks, now I've got that song, "Big Irving" running through my head. Good thing I'm a Dementite.

"He came from the old Bar Mitzvah spread with a 10-gallon yalmulka on his head. He always followed his mother's wishes -- even on the range he used two sets of dishes. Irving. Big Irving. The 42nd Fastest Gun in The West."

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

On the "Bang" cake my 7 year old asked "What is that? Is that Wisconsin?" Could be my son, could be.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Best of luck with your surgery! I wish you a fast (nearly typed 'fat' - wouldn't wish THAT on anyone) recovery!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The third one down is definitely the state of Texas upside down! But the fact that it can go from scissors to ribbon to peace sign to upside down Texas makes me sit in even more awe.

You'll do great in surgery today - sending prayers of comfort and fast healing!
Fran

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFran

No, togetherforgood, you're not the only one... that's definitely the first thing I thought of... Hef has gone all patriotic.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTig

Effing brilliant as always. Many thanks. P.S. I hope your procedure works wonders for you.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHope

Hmmm, the peace sign hand one looks oddly delicious. For a ccc. Patooie!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

The star of Irving...priceless! I'm not sure about the last one-maybe a muppet got shot?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkittykill

On that first one it looks like the words say "USA NEVER".

It also looks like it was supposed to be a butterfly before someone changed thier mind and threw on that ribbon and "patriotic inscription".

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

CCC's are getting out of control!! Hope your surgery goes well and that you'll be back soon posting your awesome commentary Jen.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Last week, I saw an absolutely fantastic mini-CCC that was made to look like buttered corn-on-the-cob in a basket, complete with checkered napkin - and by fantastic, I mean immediately recognizable, but vomitous, because of the sheer amount of yellow jellybeans that they used to signify "butter" and the fact that they used real pepper to signify pepper. BLECH. I would've snapped a picture, but there was an unfriendly bakery lady babysitting it :-(

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I had to read and reread the Star of Irving caption until I got it. Well worth the ah-ha!
Cake Wrecks makes me happy!!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I saw the scissor/flag/ccc (patooie) I thought it was an attempt at a patriotic playboy bunny head. Please don't tell my mom that was my first thought.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that last one looks kind of like Sacramento exploding... these things sure do make good Rorschachs...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAcer macrophyllum

all I could think of with CW2 is that it's supposed to be a firecracker explosion, but I like "Star of Irving" better. :)

Thinking of you today...feel good. XO.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

The third one does look like a ribbon.

I thought the last one looked like a map of Iraq, with the BANG pointing (kind of) to Baghdad.

(My mind usually isn't this warped, it was probably because you mentioned the armed forces in the beginning.)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChatterley

The last kind of looks like the demise of New Jersey.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

That last one looks like California ripping in half. Wow, these are ugly.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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