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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

CW's Biggest Fans?

If you want me to get a huge goofy grin on my face, just send me a picture like this:

Amy P. made this hilarious - and yet absolutely adorable - Wreckplica (see the original here) for a friend's baby shower. I think she greatly improved upon the design, don't you?

I love how they just moved the limbs in towards the center as they served it, too:


I also got an e-mail from Rose this week. Rose tells me that she and her hubby Paul are CW's #1 fans, and so for their wedding reception they teamed up with another CW fan, Stacie - who happens to be a professional baker - and designed THIS beauty:

Don't miss the little carrots on the sides- those are Rose's favorite part. The "Rise n Pail" is a thoroughly butchered version of their names, by the way, and "Happy Weeding" is an homage to this classic Wreck. And, of course, there's the bizarre photo montage - that's a work of art in itself.

And while I'm at it, I can't believe I never got around to posting what Wreck's reader Mary Beth made:

How's that for loyalty - she even listed the site address!! Mary Beth, you are a Wreck star, no doubt about it. (For the Wreck, go here.)

I have lots more fan-made goodies stashed away, but here are just a few more favorites:

Kristi B. made this during a cake class. The only thing better than a Wreckplica is a little Wrecky lingo! (Next stop: Webster's.)

And finally, with a CW homage cake to end all CW homage cakes, we have Katy N.'s submission:

A little context: there are apparently a lot of Wreckies at Katy's workplace, so when the time came to throw a party for four ladies who were getting married, they decided to incorporate as many of their favorite Wrecks into one cake as possible (plus a 4-headed bride). They printed out all the relevant blog entries and found a willing (and surprisingly skilled) decorator at a local bakery.

So, how many Wrecks do YOU recognize?

(Hint: he's on a bear skin rug. Bigger hint: go here.)

Remember the infamous Fireman cake?

And - could it be? Yes, yes it could! - the Cake Head Diet Aid!!

(That's a picture of one of the grooms.)

And don't forget Darth Vader, the "At least you're pretty" line, and all the "lovely" airbrushing. Wow. You guys really outdid yourselves, Katy - and kudos to the decorator for playing along so well!

- Related Wreckage: Carrot Jockeys Make Excellent Ground Troops

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Reader Comments (92)

I'm thinking of starting a support group for all of us who were forced to make creepy clown cakes in our Wilton classes! (And I LOVE that everyone everywhere has officially named it the "Creepy Clown Cake". Awesome.) -Cynthia

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Loved those wrecks. lol

I was soo planning on doing the "it's wrecktastic" part on my cake tomorrow @ my Wilton's class.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

My first time here - I LOVE your site! I have cake accidents. I feel right at home here.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Gianulis

The only way that "Happy Weeding" could be any wreckier would be to put a naked mohawk-baby carrot jockey on top as well, am I right?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

hmmm... now we're ordering wrecks on purpose... you've created a monster

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

You have awesome fans!! The last cake is just WOW!

wait wait did someone kill a cabbage patch kid?!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

What do Jesus, pokemon, Shaq, and unicorns have in common?

airbrushed picture cake, of course!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Your blog oozes awesomeness (and frosting). I always know I'm in for a treat when I stop by. Thanks so much!

By the way, my confirmation word is facuslym. I appreciate you thinking I look slim today (I've actually been feeling a bit puffy), so I'll ignore the facu part.

Much love!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Cyndi - I think you're right, that does look like Shaq (now that I've remembered to click on the image so I could view it in all of its glory). Not that Mr. T would have been any less awesome.

And I just noticed the howling wolf and Indian chief in the upper left corner. Brilliant.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinessa

These are awesome! Hats of to the Wrekkies who commissioned these!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissie

These are the BEST! I introduced CW to all my friends, and one of them laughs about it at work enough that her work friends made her a wreck on purpose for her birthday. I think she should send it to you. I don't know if it's as brilliant as these Wrecklipas, but still.

Good job, Wrekkies!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

The scales on the bride's gown are magnificently done. If I were ever to order a cakey human to devour, I'd want her dress to be so skillfully rendered. What a fabulous decorator they found for that wreck!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy McKenna

I can't believe it--(!!)--the Hunk-O-Manly-Man-On-A-Dead-Giant-Sloth! I've soooo missed him!
Looks like he's slightly miffed at being taken down in such an undignified way (note the bulging neck tendons and the bared teeth); but we all know how very dignified he is, what with his pro-wrestler boots, his He-Man-white wristbands, and *especially* his solid gold jock strap. Also consider the fact that he's been lying on top of this dead giant sloth for all these many weeks/months since he first "landed" on the scene.
That's stamina. That's fortitude. That's...that's
...still pret-tee darn wreckatastrophic.
And, I just love how they show an open package of paper napkins...
it SO lends an air of actual edibility to the cake!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

OH LORD, IM ON CAKE WRECKS!!! Life now complete.

By the way, it's Shaq! I put the original photo on my low-rent blog for clearer viewing here:

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I wish I'd thought of the "It a Gril" t-shirt when I was pregnant with my daughter! That's fantastic!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

I spy a "Last Unicorn" picture in the Happy Weeding cake montage. That's my all-time favorite book. And I really think it goes well with Mr. T.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney G

All these cakes rock. I'm sure the decorators of the second and last cake had a ball making those. I hope they did anyway!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

The second cake is EPIC.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrain Picker

HAHAHA.... my friend made it on cakewrecks as the It a Gril Tshirt wearer! Mary Beth happens to be her sister.

You have no idea how much that just made my day. :)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Bless you and all those CW reader's out there who celebrate CW style! Very long day for me and my feet hurt and I think I'm coming down with something, but as soon as I read this, the pain went away. I'll go to bed with a smile. Thanks!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlalock

I am cracking up at the clown cake-I took the Wilton decorating course and this was one of the cakes they made us do. I did cupcakes because I couldn't bear the thought of ruining the whole cake with those horrid clowns, which remind me of the movie Poltergeist...and I recently started selling Pampered Chef and crack up everytime I use my "batter bowl" because I think of the party where one guest told the host she needed a batter bowl (which is dome-shaped and can be put in the oven) that she needed one so she could make her daughter a Barbie cake. Imagine my horror when it actually happened. If she weren't my friend, I'd send you the picture....

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I just want a poster of that cut baby cake. Makes me giggle just thinking about it, never mind looking at it.

Shame I'm having no more babies to make such a cake for. Ahhh, but the neighbour is....

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAriane

has no one else noticed how the creepy cabbage patch looking baby seems to be bursting out of a pregnant belly? think aliens... maybe it's just me, but i think it makes it so much better!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The TRULY sad thing is it looks like Rose and Paul made the photo montage THEMSELVES. Woo Hoo! Nothing says "class" like Unicorns and Jesus! Plus, lets take it all the way to Ultra class with numeragrammer! 4Eva, baby!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


If you mean how do you keep the legs from melting while you bake the baby... You wrap them in tin foil. No, really, you don't bake the les on the baby cake.
The cake is baked, then frosted, THEN the legs are stuck on.
If that is what you are asking about.


July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake is the most fantastic wreck I've ever seen! -Although I'm almost equally as grossed out by the "wedding cake" of Rise and Pail...

heh heh...

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Re the line below the"At least you're pretty" cake: Shouldn't that be, "how many Wrecks do you Wreckognize?"

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreygarious

I have to be honest with you, "What Would Jesus Do" will never be the same again for me.

And is that a unicorn-milk mustache I see on Paul and Rose?

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTags

If you could see the shame in my eyes, you'd know how much I regret what I'm about to say, it just me, or do the insides of that baby look completely delicious?

(WV: requist-Only a truly talented cake requist could make an edible child look so appetizing.)

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCicely

I love, love LOVE the wedding cake. I mean, TWO unicorns? Double awesome.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHibryd

That last cake is a thing of beauty!!! Absolutely brilliant. Why can't I work with cool people who come up with ideas like that?

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan T-O

Aw. these are great! My thoughts:

1. One of the reasons this baby cake works and the other doesn't is that this one is deliberately goofy, down to the crazed expression on obviously fake bebeh's face. The other one looked more like a real, dead, dismembered bebeh.

2. That clown cake is actually pretty cute!

3. Should't that be, "How many Wrecks do you Wreck-ognize?"

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

My birthday was last week, and I got a rainbow-sprinkled-and-ballooned number to celebrate. Written on it:
... in red-and-black swirl ink. It was perfect.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarlyn

i also really want the t-shirt. small man size please, with the 3D flowers of course. brilliant.

clowns should have a warning at the top of the post though, terrifying creatures that they are *shudder*

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbryn

Awww, they missed the chance to misspell "you're."

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

Hey, Rise n Pail, where's the apostrophes, eh? You'r'e' ju'st not' 'trying'.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

I love that shirt. I belly laughed for a good 5 minutes on that one. I'm having a boy myself and thought about having an "It's A Bot" shirt made.

I type medical reports for a living and whenever I type deliveries, I have been known to accidentally mistype boy as bot on many occasions.

Even typists screw up.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Coppee

I made that same clown cake in my cake class last week. Only our teacher had us put drop flowers and roses on it, AND my clown was headless bc I didn't want to buy those creepy plastic heads.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The baby cakes always remind me of the scene in one of Beverly Cleary's Ramona books (I want to say it's the first one) where Ramona bakes a baby doll into a cake. Totally epic. :)

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I never really realized that they actually dismemebered the baby doll and stuck its parts into a cake. Apparently, I thought that baking the doll directly into the cake somehow made more sense. In Bizarro World, at least.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrista

Lol This. Is. Awesome. So Funny. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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