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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

A Womb with a View

Sure, torso cakes are kind of freaky, and eating cake babies can be off-putting, but what else is there for the baby shower hostess who wants to creep out her guests under the guise of serving a scrumptious treat? Is there nothing new under the Wrecky sun?

(Hah, like you don't know the answer to that.)

Presenting...the sonogram cake!

Thank you, edible image printing and 3D ultrasound imaging! Who knew two technologies could come together to create something so deliciously horrifying?

Now, don't get me wrong: I appreciate that sonograms allow moms to get an advance viewing of their little bun in the oven - I do. And most of these cakes are actually really well made, too. But let's face it: these new 3D sonograms look like they were directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Look into the hollow eye sockets of this shadowy visage and tell me the truth...

...are you feeling hungry?

And check out the contrast on this one: it's all sweet pastel ribbons & bows, but with a doorway into the Twilight Zone:

That bear's face says it all: "What kind of filling did you use?!?"

Compared to these, the more traditional sonograms look positively cuddly. They still make for some Wrecktastic cakes, though:

Hmm. What do you suppose it really is, Hannah M.?

And if you think that airbrushing is bad, check this out:

I think that's supposed to be a side view of the mom's torso, which makes her...a headless nudist with a skin condition? Mmm, tasty.

And you know it didn't take long for someone to combine these two ideas:

"Hey, y'all! Come check out this black & white TV lodged in my belly!"

Thanks to Wreckporters Kathleen E., Connie P., Thomas S., & Summer R.!

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Reader Comments (209)

I must say those cakes would certainly help my diet along nicely. Hmmm... would I like a slice of breast or a baby head? I think I'll pass on both thanks. And if they showed the cake before lunch, bonus points for lack of calories because I'd be skipping lunch too!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen in Canada

That is absolutely DISGUSTING!....and I ain't easily grossed out.


July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter'Cuz I Felt Like It!

"Baby, the other, other white meat." So ick.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Duuuuuuuude. That's just....NARSTY. (My preggo semi-roomie, the other night, took a not-quite-normal joy in showing me her also-expecting friend's Myspace page, upon which she had posted the latest ultrasound results, because "Look! You can totally see the penis! I mean...this kid is gonna be HUNG!" (In fairness, if it WAS in fact the organ she claimed it to be, there DID seem to be a certain...disproportion, which raises two questions: for the mother-to-be, "Why would anyone want to thoroughly embarrass their child before it was even born?" And for my roomie: Why--for the love of all things--would this be the sort of thing you would think I, especially, would need or wish to see? This incident and its attendant conversation finally, at last, cemented in my mind the certainty: pregnancy has clearly driven this girl around the bend, which was a short trip in any case.)

That last cake made me giggle, although I was hoping to be the first one to come up with a Teletubby reference. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, Po, and Oops! (as in Oops, wasn't expecting THAT pregnancy!) Alas, I was beaten to the punch by several fine Wreckers. Ah, well, at least I didn't say anything about Space Station Whatever-it-Was, right? :)

(WV: derfulla. "If they think I'm gonna eat sliced-up sonogram bits, derfulla beans!!"

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

The last one looks like Flat Stanley finally met someone. Good for him!

The one with the bears...I see a rocking chair on a stage; see the curtains on the left?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I have been having fun sending "suggestions" for baby shower cakes to my neice : ) , who will be having a baby. I thought the baby baked into the cake was the greatest--till I saw these today. YOWZA!!!!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercewmont

Wow. Super horrifying. Love that "windown into the Twilight Zone".

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Ok, I like it. I also love looking at sonograms. So, there you go.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am genuinely nauseated now. Ugh. People are weird.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you want to show off the ultrasounds, a scrapbook, photo album or frame is the way to go, not on the cake. If you want an interesting baby shower cake, stick with the carrot jockeys.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Oh, and a sidenote: I have a 4-D sonogram image of my baby framed. Also, over the months of waiting for baby I would look through the album I had of 4-D images and sigh with adoration of my baby's beauty.
(This is not a joke)

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just went to a cousin's baby shower last week, and she had one of these. Of course, I ended up with a sonogram piece of cake. I couldn't eat it. I don't gross out easily, but damn. That was disgusting.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthefeministtexican

All we need is some fetus cookies to serve up on the side.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJael

That last one is over-the-top enough to make me think that they KNOW it's cheesy. The others, though...I'm afraid they were taking themselves seriously.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Those 3-d sonogram cakes are,, ugh I don't even have the proper phrasing to comment on these monstrosities. Those pictures remind me of the horrible anti-abortion pictures that they used to scare us with in Catholic school. It takes a lot for me to pass up cake; but there's no way I'd eat that

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Finally, I can merge my two favorite reading topics: The unborn and the undead.

These cakes would go well with the new zombie/pregnancy books:

"What to Expect When You're Expecting (a Zombie Apocalypse)."


"Pregnancy for Dummies: The Infected One You're Carrying"

So that's what a pregnant Teletubby looks like!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you so much for helping decide to get back on the low-cal wagon. With sweets like these, I'll take the carrot sticks and hummus, please!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Wow, just horrible!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

That last one is reminds me of a Teletubby. The Night Gallery version of a Teletubby.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Oh MAN! Those cakes are just creepy. I appreciate the idea and the guts to try something different but, I'm just not big on the idea of biteing into a baby in utero! Yuck!

The commentary is hilarious btw!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can i get a piece with an ear on it!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! These are beyond creepy cakes!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNico

Excuse me, I feel a little sick to my stomach.

Those cakes are creepifying.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

make it stop.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamazini

You know, when I had the first sonagram of my son, *I* could hardly tell it was a baby! Why in the world would you want to put a little alien on a cake to celebrate having a baby?

To all future moms out there: hide the sonagram pictures so no one can pull this one on you as a surprise!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

creepy and weird when put in cake form.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHagelrat

All I can say is YIKES!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPerkinsClan

Sheesh...and just when you think there is nothing much new for CW's...

WV: derstri...dersti new ideas at least

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWM

tinky winky... dispy... la-la... Mom?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Uhhh...yeah...thank goodness I am past my pregnancy years! If I see this type of cake at any of the baby showers I'm attending, I am so out of there- and taking my gift with me. Bring back the carrot jockeys- please!!!

Although, great way to really put your kids into therapy when you pull out their baby book.

Word ver.: dishydra- "Dis hydra (sonogram cakes) needs to be stopped!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerrib

Does it bother anyone else that ALL of these images also include...(drum roll, please)...a woman's UTERUS!!! "Yep, that's where all the magic happened. Too bad they couldn't include the fallopian tubes in this one. Hand me a fork." And we're supposed to eat that!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry
July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermjolnir.babe

No thanks, i only eat my own young...

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


wv: comenep

I can feel my lunch comenep looking at these wrecks.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

SUPER BAD idea for a cake.
Just ... Wrong.
On SO Many Levels!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine


July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

oh these are horrible!! I would feel like I was eating my child!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Well, everyone has said what I came to say. I am pretty squicked out, really.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLessa

The first cake is amazing! But that last cake? Ahem.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

My honest first thought upon seeing that first photo?

"An abortion-protest cake? Really?!"

(Then I read the text. Sorry moms! :D )

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

That one with the little traditional wedge sonogram is cute, but the 3D ones are creepy.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJami

The airbrushed cake with the cracked icing looks like stretch marks...what every emotionally turbulent mom-to-be (not to mention the guests) wants to see in the midst of a gathering of friends, family or, God-forbid, co-workers...EEEK!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why why why do you want to eat your unborn child? Those 3D ultrasounds look like poop on paper, and to put it on a cake?! Insane!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamiekins

I heart Jonathon Coulton!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

I am crying because I'm laughing so hard. That last one is the greatest cake ever!

HA! Now I really, really want to find a sonogram of something gross like a tumor, and have it put on a cake. Because seriously, sonograms don't look like ANYTHING. Especially not anything I'd want to be overjoyed about.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergirlrat


I'm running out of adjectives.
~Amy B.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

These are so wrong. I would not be able to hide my horror if someone brought a cake like this to the table...

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

love these cakes! i just cannot believe that people actually order these. and the bakers MAKE them! do you think some of them are filled with raspberry to replicate placenta? or cream AND raspberry? ok. i'm grossing myself out here. i also love that the ad at the top of this post is for Babies R Us!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathie

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