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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)

the 2nd cake looked more like the Playboy bunny being attacked by the American flag. Sexxyyyy

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriris

Happy Independance Day! good luck with the surgery!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlpha Chick

"Star of Irving"! THAT'S funny.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You're blog makes me laugh on a daily basis! Thank you! I hope you recover quickly!
Heather

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you've got to squint your eyes and tilt your head this way ... no that way ... and still can't figure it out, I know I'll find it on cakewrecks! Thanks for another great laugh and best wishes for you today!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila M.

Star of Irving. Jen, you slay me, woman.

And speaking of being one outrageously amazing woman, how'd that procedure go today? It's now 4:25pm and you were probably going all "over the rainbow" at 12:30.

So it's all in your rearview mirror now, right? Time to break out the Four C's (champagne and cupcake cakes)?

Love you. Hope all went well.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

the star of Irving looks like Sponge Bob after a 4th of July hazing.

Aren't cupcake cakes (patooey) an act of treason in the U.S.A.? They should be.

Good luck with your surgery.

wv: fematize...to mesmerize something with femininity. something...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I notice that a certain blogger we all know and love seems to be leading the "funniest blog" race by a long haul!

Wootwoot!

-Fan & Voter :-P

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachele

In the undetermined third photo, I thought it was supposed to be the shape of the U.S.! and how terrible is it that I thought the last photo was one of the twin towers?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The last one kinda looks like new jersey.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakeKitten

Jen,
I had the laser ablation done, and no pun intended, it was a piece of cake. Wish I'd done it sooner, hope your results are as wonderful as mine~
Kat

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

I see a playboy bunny head in the third picture!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

I agree with Iris. the first thing I saw on the peace sign cake was a Plaboy bunny.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

I think the scissors cake is America (warped) and backwards. The flag is backwards, so I think it's supposed to be the country, but backwards. Maybe they were going for a political message?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRememberMe

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

Strangely enough, it actually isn't. Army uniforms display the flag in the same position.
"When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. "

I would like to give the CCC (patoeey!) maker the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is why they chose that position for the flag. Alas, it is a longshot.

WV: iment
"Honestly, iment it to be that way!"

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Just found your blog...don't know how I missed it. Those cakes look like some I have made in the past..too funny.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

The flag umbrella/scissors is so annoying. Why make a ccc when a sheet cake is the perfect shape!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarahB

I thought "arrow" and "lake" for the third and fourth ones, respectively. Hope all went well with the surgery.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

I also thought that the scissor cake was America, warped and backwards. B/c the flag itself is backwards -- if you held it up to a mirror, the flag would be forwards and it would look like a (bad) America.

But I agree with your Mister -- it is probably supposed to be a peace sign.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRay-Ray

What the (wr)heck are those things?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

Best of luck for your surgery today Jen! Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The peace sign/scissors thing can't be one of those support ribbons. It doesn't have a hole in the top where the ribbon loops over. It's clearly a hand giving the peace sign.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah. Found it. "Ballad of Irving" by Frank Gallop

http://www.lyricsdownload.com/frank-gallop-ballad-of-irving-lyrics.html

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I hope your surgery went well! I underwent tubal ligation ten days ago. Still healing but definitely worth it!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenda

Yes, cup cakes seem to be the in thing at the moment with less than sterling results.

Hope someone has planned a spectacular post surgery cake for you?
Best wishes

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

omg....star of Irving....I was dyin'!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterummpumpkinseed

I have that song stuck in my head after this post too.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That one where you see scissors or an umbrella and John sees a peace sign on a hand, I can also see the peace sign, but I also see a bonnet - the blue and "stars" would go at the back of the skull/head and the read and white stripes down would be the ties on the bonnet.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Delaney

I'm thinking it is a patriotic playboy bunny.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

Star of Irving! >water shoots out of my mouth as I laugh hysterically<

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersugarcube

Ahh. I love it.

Good luck with the surgery, and have a happy holiday weekend.

GH
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July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

Jen, I hope your surgery went well and you have a speedy recovery.

I almost lost it with your "Star of Irving" description. Brilliant!

Hugs from Indiana.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscrappinfox

I don't think its a peace sign...I think it a Playboy Bunny icon that's been recycled into a peace sign

JW

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

American flag stingray!
-Julie

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hope your surgery went well enough to warrant a congratulatory cake of its own.

Thanks for recognizing us Canucks (that's Canadian for, well, Canadians). Happy 4th!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGimme a sign

I loved the Star of Irving. Simply marvelous.

Oh, and I thought the last one was California exploding from that earthquake they're always predicting. My mistake.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The third one looks like a bunny to me!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I say the last one looks like Michigan. If you squint a little.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Whatever the mysterious blue thing is supposed to be, I read the caption on it as 'boing!', which just makes it weirder.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaeraresh

As funny as the cakes are, your comments make me snort and choke. Star of Irving? Love.it.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDysFUNctional Mom

I thought the flag one may have been a map of the USA.... mirrored.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterit'sjustme

I think the 3rd one is a poorly done state of Texas. Same colors and all. But it's poor form to do stripes on a Texas flag, so who knows...

It's definitely a hand giving the peace sign. My work carries a bunch of crazy hats and we used to have one (peace sign hand for a hat). The pattern on the hat is exactly the same as on the cake.
The *nice* thing about the cake though is it's alot harder to bend the index finger than on the hat (which Every teenager who came in did).

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkittening

The Star of Irving picture & commentary is one of the funniest things I have ever read.
Can we have a whole post devoted to unrecognizable geometric shapes??

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Just a simple comment that we do not celebrate the 4th of July. Rather we celebrate Independence Day (we don't celebrate Feb. 14, but Valentines or December 25, but Christmas or November 11, but Veteran's Day).

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErinB

...is it weird that I read that as "BONG!"? And I love Irving. :-D

Anyway, good luck with your surgery! You're in our prayers!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteragentsara

Congrats on your progressing recovery! My mom just had a cauterization done a couple months ago, so I know she feels your pain. I've gotta say, tho, her describing the procedure to a pregnant woman would have gone over a lot better if she had prefaced it with "by the way, I WILL be put under for this procedure." Good God Almighty!!! But again, I'm pregnant and my brain - particularly the common sense vector - isn't quite up to snuff these days.

About these cakes....... I'll echo PeeWee. I thought the first cake said "usa never" at first glance, which made the whole thing that much more disturbing. Yeesh!!

2 baby showers coming up this month. Cross your fingers for a really good wreck!!!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVisione Bella

Star of Irving. OMG, you're the best.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVoix

I actually like the peace sign one. At least it's not frosted down the sides or anything, and it's actually pretty well done. Not that it's not evil, but it's probably the lessmost of most of the evil CCCs. And I have a patch that looks like that, so it's even awesomer.

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Enjoyed reading your blog tonight...had some time to do some blog hopping...Have a Happy 4th!

What a great blog

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