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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

Freud Would Be Proud

If it's the thought that counts, then some of these bakers may need a cold shower.

How are you with word searches, Rose A.?

(Copycat Wreckplicas to hit bridal showers everywhere in 3...2...1...)

For this next one the birthday girl was turning 26, so Esther S. ordered a cake that said "The Big Two-Six". Instead they got...

'Course, the best part is that the decorator felt a clown was the most appropriate decoration.

This next one is more of a stretch if you're looking for something suggestive:

...but the contrast between "Welcome Home" and "Well, come home" is too good to pass up.

And finally, the piece de resistance:

Oh yes, they did.

Mai An, you're right: that is one epic first-year anniversary cake. Wowza.

- Related Wreckage: Don't Do It, Billy!

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Reader Comments (71)

Plastic clown head + icing clown body = creepy nightmare cake clown. And the fact that the cake has the "s" word on it. Yikes. Worst nightmares I'll ever have.

What are those blue and yellow flowers made of????

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory

Word Search! LOLOLOL!

How could anyone miss that one? I mean, maybe if you didn't have a completely messed up dirty mind, but no one reading Cake Wrecks would qualify.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

"To the fist of many to come"


July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

okay, call me a cynical fan, but something tells me that CWs 1 and 2 were least cw2.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Okay, the words "the big 2 sex" just made that terribly badly piped clown look extra creepy.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Oh, MAN! That last one would've been the perfect accompaniment to the do-it-yourself will kit I gave my husband on our first anniversary...

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitwit

Off topic:

I've heard that at the Johnson County Fair in Iowa today, there is in fact an "ugly cake contest". Entries must be submitted by 10am today, so a bit too late to contribute, but if any wreckporters are in town, this sounds like the sort of event that needs coverage! I'm out of town this week, unfortunately, so I can't go. I also wonder how many entries will have some Cake Wrecks inspiration...

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

ahahahahah the happenis! ahahahah

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterItalo I'm actually inspired to order cakes with subliminal messages in them now. I am so ordering a "happeniss" cake for my friend's bachelorette party!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I actually did not get the first cake till I read someone's!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterummpumpkinseed

The first cake had me laughing so hard this morning! Thanks for making my day!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkittykill

Jen, some days all I can say is, "Thank you."

These are classic adult wrecks. So glad you're out there working hard to gather these together for us!

Happeniss, indeed. hee hee hee...

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I like the random border around the "Well Come Home" cake. It's like it's trying to be artistic but ends up just looking silly.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

I had to read that first one a few times before I found the word in question. Thanks for my monday morning laugh :)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Naughty cake wrecks!
~Amy B

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

With the "big two sex" I think it's a pronunciation thing. The word "six" as pronounced in some parts of California sounds like "sex" in most other parts of the county. It's just like the "don't be a betch" imitation of a California girl saying "bitch".

... which doesn't take anything away from the awesome wreckitude.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDuck

have you heard of "divorce cakes"? i just read about them today on someone elses blog.

ps - i read your blog all the time and LOOOOOOVE it! keep the wrecks coming!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMich

First time visit to your blog. It gave me a hoot and a big belly laugh! I decorate cakes for fun and personal events. The Forth of July cake always gets adorned with sparklers and torched as the kids sing Happy Birthday to America. My son and I discussed maybe making a fake cake next year to blow up.Could be a real party shocker. Have a fun day.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNezzy

It's such a shame to see cakes like the last one, or that "Luck Good" cake, that are really nice looking cakes that are ruined by some dumbass person that wrote the inscription. (inscription? is that what it would be called?)

WV: drandr - a two physician practice

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarybindc

Well, I'll bet Megan enjoys the "the happenis". Not so sure about Rob, though.
Maybe he can be the "Big 2 Sex".

Blue Jean

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhh...the awkward lies that happen when the kids hear me laughing at inappropriate wrecks. Great job, Jen!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Let's get it on baby.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

Laughing uncontrollably on the last one. Hee, hee, ha, ha, ho, ho.... I hope "the fist" is the sanctioned gift for an anniversary I've already past.

Was that last cake for Norman Lamont?

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I think my head exploded on that last one.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDreamer

Did you notice that Happeniss is spelled wrong on the first cake? Just making sure.


Love your blog!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh wow, can anyone say "awkward"?

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

WV: Ranshes -- what you get after having a couple of clowns


July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

At first glance, the "Well Come Home" cake looks like "Hell Come Home." Which is also oddly appropriate, I think.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Dear god, these made my head hurt in their stupidness.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Loves Cake

Now, I'm hungry (for more than cake!)

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

Hahahahaha I cannot stop laughing about "the big 2 SEX." Hilarious.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

What may perhaps cement my heterosexuality forever:

You can't spell happiness without "penis," and you can't spell over-reacting without "ovary."

OK, maybe you can, but you definitely can't SAY those words without them... :D

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The BIG 2 SEX... just what every girl wants on her bday cake. Special special with the creepy clown.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant
July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

At least the last one has pretty flowers...

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Oh gad ... sex and clowns.

Welcome to my nightmares.


Word verification: minedid. I'm not even going to go there.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy


July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

@marybindc: I think the correct word would be "wreckscription."

wv: renesse - I would be renesse if I didn't admit that these cakes made me want to scrub the decorators' brains with soap.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

"Apenis is hard to find!"

C'mon, somebody tell me you remember that classic line spoken by Lea Thompson in the movie "The Beverly Hillbillies"?

The "Big 2 Sex" cake had me laughing so hard, tears were coming out of my eyes!

WV: orrigh - What's that? It's spelled "Happiness", not "Happeniss"? Orrigh!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

That clown cake, and many others like it on the site (like the stump cake with the cardboard rounds still in it) have made me realize how many "professional decorators" are just people who took a Wilton course or two at their local Jo-Ann. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Wilton, and there's DEFINITELY nothing wrong with being self-taught, but if you're still at the stage where you're putting clowns on everything you can get your hands on you might want to test out some new techniques before you start charging people money.

wv: dissist - You there with the piping bag and the clown head! Cease and dissist!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri the joke about the guy with the French accent?

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

fist, showers, sex, peniss and plastic clowns? WTF?

wv: stingle...well what do you expect to have when you play with all of the above.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

La de da de daaa ...strolling casually through the bakery department...
Suddenly--AAIIEEAA!! Someone has shot the clown!! A bad person (albeit one with good taste) has splattered his colorful frosting brains all over the inside of the cake box!!!!
Call an ambulance! Call the cops! At least call the janitor!
And FINGERPRINT those suspects there (with their hands on the box)! Nobody leaves this room!
I actually think, though, that the inscription was SUPPOSED to read, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BIG 2 SEXY" in (HIT IT, boys!) "I'M... too SEXY for my shirt, too sexy for your PARTY, too sexy for this CAKE..."

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

"To the fist of many to come"

I thought the traditional first-year gift was paper? Wow, times change . . .


July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really hope the 2-Sex cake was an intentional wreck. I think the clown on it bothers me more than the inscription.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

The Big 2-Sex...still technically true in Latin!

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

I submitted the "happeniss" cake! I'm so excited to see it -- I kind of forgot about it. The best part about this cake was that my Girl Scout troop was having a shower for the other leader. One of the girls (13 at the time) bought the cake, and told the decorator right away about the misspelling. The decorator basically told her she was a stupid kid and to go away -- of course it was spelled correctly! I'm a teacher, so naturally I brought the picture into work to show everyone...which is when the school nurse (of course!) pointed out the subliminal message and we all had a good laugh.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose A.

Sex=Six in Swedish. Swedish baker, maybe? Very funny.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

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