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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)

At least these people/bakers tried to make a cake with patriotic thoughts in mind. For that, I feel they shouldn't be made fun of.

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Ross

I know what it is! I know, I know!
IT's California exploding!

I live in CA an can testify; yes, the state is exploding.

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

We saw a great one at our local grocery store yesterday. sadly i forgot my cell (w/cam) but was a winning 'cup-cake-cake' made to look like a flag.

thank you for the great posts! My husband and I read together a few times a week! We can't get enough!

~Erin

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Okay. I've been following this blog awhile.. I think this is my first time remarking.

These cakes are seriously bad, but I don't think the peace hand sign CCC would have been nearly as bad if it had an outline of some sort. I've been run through the grocery store cycle myself (ah, youth), and I'm actually pretty good at CCCs (though everyone should be, they require about no skill or trying most of the time). I don't get a lot of requests for odd shaped things, but cupcakes arranged in the shape of a numbers. So you're 100% against CCCs? I need to send you some pictures of mine sometime to redeem the CCC somewhat.

I love the comments. Star of Irving.. hilarious. <3 Get well soon.

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertasteofpassion

So seeing this post makes me incredibly worried! I am supposed to be starting a cake decorator job at a major chain within the week and am just now realizing that probably entails CCCs.... I am proud to say out of the many cakes I have decorated not one has been a CCC! ...until now. Let the monstrosities begin!

-Shame be my Name

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteri take the cake

I'm thinking cake #3 isn't necessarily a pair of sheers in as much as it's suppose to be one of those magnetic red, white & blue car magnets.

I enjoy reading your blog.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolinagirl

I also saw the first one as a butterfly saying "USA NEVER"... also, why yellow for the ribbon? It just looks like superman colors now.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaylee

I think that the one that looks like it is giving a peace sign just might be a Playboy bunny cake that has been recovered.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoglinko

On the third photo, I think it is a hand peace sign painted as the American flag.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad the surgery went well.

Oh my God, though, I nearly died when I read the star of Irving comment. AMAZING.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentera pleased jew

Third cake looks like the Playboy Bunny to me. I'm betting some worker made one and the manager said "That's inappropriate; you'll land us on cakewrecks. Just do something patriotic like everyone else." before they frosted it ;)

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRegina M.

the star of Irving -- I haven't laughed out loud like that in a while!! thanks!

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I can't see the umbrella.

July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNulono

How silly! That last one is certainly NOT a firecracker!

It's Marge Simpson's head exploding.

July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I'm going to skip reading the 7 million comments to see if someone said this already so sorry if I'm repeating - but that flag is DEFINITELY a ribbon. If it were a peace sign the flag would be upside down (gasp!). If you look at the flag right side up you can see it's a ribbon.

No idea on the "bang" cake...

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkate

The third cake looks like the outline of the State of WV. You have to turn it around to see it though.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My daughter thought the Bang cake was a large ocean, with a wee ship sending a distress call of "Bang"!

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenumbra

Obviously there are not enough Sixties-Survivor Old Farts reading here . . . yes, that's definitely the Peace symbol/Stars and Stripes hand, which I seem to recall is Chicago convention vintage (or perhaps as late as Woodstock), and the decorator is a youngster who didn't know that the star field is supposed to go on the extended fingers, while the stripes cover the palm and folded fingers.

Oh, and the whole damn thing's turned sideways too. Flip it ninety to the right to get it turned right way round.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarchbanks

It's one of those "Support our troops" Magnets that you slap on the back of your car.

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertherabbitpantry

I can't see the "peace sign/scissors" cake as anything but a "let your fingers do the walking" yellow pages logo. (Which, I realize, is basically an upside-down peace sign.)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeigh

Re: the Star of Irving,
If you turn it 90 degrees counter-clockwise (a little more actually), it looks like a lopsided, overly-pointy map of France. That would fit with the Blue, White and Red vertical stripes. Bastille Day is on the 14th of July, after all.

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrocher

I think the "peace sign" cake is actually a donkey head that was meant to symbolize the democratic party. Possibly made around presidential election time? by Jeannie

October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't really think the CCC peace-Sign one is a Wreck. I actually think it's kind of clever, original and well-executed.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

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

I see that! Patriotic Playboy! (thought it was a peace sign at first)

And Angela and Sharon, Thanks a lot! I live near that *bleep*ing "bang!" darn blue state...

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

star of Irving! RFLMAO

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjo

hmmmm, so I got to this one a lil late...but clearly the "peacemaking hand" is a patriotic playboy bunny?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second to last cake could be a patriotic duck. Just sayin'...

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I lost my shit at "The Star of Irving." This blog is fantastic.

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Eating fire crackers
appeals to daredevils when
pop-rocks are old hat.

wv: nubeguar

Inexperiance gelatin.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

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