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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)

The "bang" one is The Shot Heard 'Round the World! It's historically educational! And it's a map of Massachusetts...ok, maybe not.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReverend Shari

*peers suspiciously at the blue cake*

Is this a message from terrorists threatening to blow up..uhm..New Jersey? Indiana?

Quick, grab me a one of those old colorful globes they used to use in school and tell me which states are blue!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Anyone else notice that the "flag" in the peace-sign/playboy bunny/scissors cake is...um...backwards?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw a hand giving a peace sign too....and then i saw a very patriotic bunny head...maybe even a patriotic playboy bunny head...lol

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought the Star of Irving was supposed to be a patriotic fox. I blame the point of view. And the wreckerator.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

Wow...those are awful.
Funny thing happened when I looked at the "firecracker" CCC though.
See, I'm a horse person, and when I see a poor, mangy, beat up or otherwise ugly horse with a face not even a mother could love, I take pity on it and think to myself, "someone should give that poor thing a good home."

I just thought the same thing with that firecracker monstrosity.

I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing... O_o

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarguerite

I totally agree that #3 could be the playboy bunny OR a hand making the peace sign. But without these suggestions, I would have just assumed it was a flag with legs.

I'm now tempted to go make a horrendous CCC on purpose and then delight in ruining it (i.e. stuffing my face)...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

You've got a new fan - my 8 year old was reading over my shoulder and is now cackling away begging to see more cakes!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStylishHeather

good grief, why do some people even attempt creativity?

hope all goes well for you today...come back soon!

andy

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Andy

Was it just me or did anyone else see the word bong instead of bang on the last one?

Best of luck on your procedure today!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

My mouth is hanging open in utter disbelief at the...uh... amazing amount of patriotism these cakes show. Yah, that's it. Patriotism.

The only thing I can think of as I look at these cakes is "What the hell ARE those?

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

I definitely thought the peace sign/umbrella/scissors was a Playboy bunny. I thought the last one was a blue blob. Honestly, I never would have gotten "firecracker" out of that. Ever. And I've seen a lot of firecrackers!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen T.

The 3rd pic looks like a patriotic playboy symbol.
Hurray for America.....and scantily clad womens!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Jim

Is the little cupcake at the top of the last one supposed to clarify matters?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

After seeing your socks, had to see what your site was about! I'm so glad i did. I love it. Really enjoyed looking at the "wrecked cakes"!!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie W

These are all pretty obvious to me: The first one is clearly a beautiful, American Butterfly, who also happens to support our troops (right on, Butterfly!). The second one is a fat person doing a headstand. The third one is an R ... R for ameRRRRica. And of course, the last one is an exploding slinky. I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to watch out next time I send mine down the stairs!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had no idea what the last one was even supposed to be until you said something about a firecracker.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Star of Irving!!! LOVE IT!!

Good luck today in surgery!

The third one - the CCC - kind of looks like it could be Texas if you rotated it to the left. Kndof sorta.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhirlwind

The last cake looks like a smurf that got creamed trying to cross the hi-way.

~Amy B.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The star is so funny! And the blue frosting on the last one looks like it's made of play-do!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie H

First I saw scissors, now I see a backwards United States.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I agree that the last one seems to be California falling into the ocean after some seismic activity (finally!)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterardie

perhaps the Star of Irving is upside down? I know it doesn't help it any, but at least it would be more star-ish.

Best wishes today in your battle with Sir Clumps-a-lot!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

"The Star of Irving"!!!! OMG!!! I can't stop laughing!!!! "David's rarely-mentioned younger brother"!!!! ROFLMAO!!!! Brilliant!!! Just Brilliant!!

Thank you, Jen!!! You're amazing!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Usually I just chuckle at the wreckiness but today I said "Oh, EWW!!"

re: Star of Irving--LOL!! I'm going to forward that to a friend who recently married into a Jewish family. "Did you know...?" XD

America: The land of the free...and the home of the wrecky! XD

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Not entirely related to todays post, but someone sent my husband a "joke" email to get him to laugh. It was a picture of "The Cake That Started It All". =) He forwarded it to me and I sent her the link to your site =)

Good luck today!! Best wishes from the West Coast!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

the star of irvin is wonderful, now i need to go look up to see if david had a brother by that name or if you are just that creative. and best wishes today on your procedure, can't wait for some day after surgery commentary and wondering if the gas they give ya will hinder or help.

boots

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the cupcakes that could be a hand giving a peace sign is actually the formation of West Virginia.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

I love/hate that they were all CCCs. Awful. Seriously awful.

Best wishes for skilled doctors, a quick procedure, and a painless recovery. When you're done, go ahead and enjoy a piece of cake. And make it a sweet one, because your lady parts are probably wrecked enough!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

No comments on the cakes... none necessary! Just wanted to send some well wishes for you and your surgeon today! Hope it's okay, but I'll be praying for you.

WV- Copes. Jen copes amazingly well in anticipation of her surgery, continuing to post wrecks despite her nerves, and never disappointing her Wreck-readers or forcing us to miss a day of wreckiness! Thanks Jen, you're awesome!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBec

Run! CCCs have taken over! Heh. Love 'em all, especially the flag one. I agree with it possibly looking like Texas. If you allow for a skinny panhandle and a wonky place of where El Paso would be, it might work.

You're in my prayers, Jen. :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

"Star of Irving....David's rarely mentioned younger brother"... it's been said over and over by now... but I'm still giggling and will be for some time over that.... thanks for that one in particular! Hope you're feeling great when you read these!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The Star of Irving - Best. Comment. Ever!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The mysterious cupcake arrangement looks a little like Virginia on a stick.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I hope the surgery goes well and you're feeling better fast!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Star of Irving!! Genius!
I love this blog so much!!
I hope everything goes smoothly! Feel better soon!! I don't know if I could get through my work day without my hit of cake wrecks!!!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

the umbrellla, peace sign thingy looks like a patriotic playboy cake... would go over well here at my house surrounded by hungry soldiers but... ew.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBexay

The 3rd one looks like a machine gun to me.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Just gotta check in and say Star of Irving FTW. You're awesome and hope your surgery went well.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Tha last one looks like the map of Iraq, with a bang in Baghdad. Check it out:
http://www.mapsofworld.com/iraq/iraq-map.jpg

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterana

My husband thinks the umbrella/scissors could also be a playboy bunny. :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I love the star of Irving! And I can actually see each of the things you mentioned in the umbrella/scissors/peace sign cake. Although if it was an umbrella, they might have curved the end. Then again, this is a Wreck and a CCC to boot. Who says anything is out of the realm of possibility?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshleigh

thanks again for providing so many laughs! I look forward to the post-recovery-hopped-up-on-meds snark.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinnea

Third one down - First thing I saw was a Playboy Bunny.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDlinthe

Rock on. Thanks for making me smile every day and especially while I can going through similar problems. Speedy recovery wishes.

Oh, I see a cannon in the last cake. It's got a cannonball flying out the end, and if you play the 1812 Overture while you stare at it, you'll get the full effect.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilhelmina

I am so happy to see that I was not the only one that thought it was a playboy bunny. I mean nothing says america like the bunny.... wow um ya.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

I love reading your site everyday! Your comments are HILARIOUS! I loved the star comment today and forwarding to my hubby who always needs a laugh.

Best of luck today with your surgery! Hope you have a quick recovery.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

The third photo, the CCC thing, looks like a guitar to me. It's like looking at clouds - we all see something different.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeetha

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