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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

Reality Bit

NOTE: This post was written several days ago, and was not intended to be a commentary on any breaking news events. My sincere apologies to any who may find it offensive.

Cake artists, can we talk? I feel like we need to have a little heart-to-heart.

Ok, here's the deal: I know that you guys are talented - I do! - and I get that you like to showcase your talent with the cakes you make.

The only problem is, when you make something like this:

Photo removed at baker's request


Well, no one wants to eat it.

Not to mention it's depressing; could that look any more funereal?


Look at it from the cake consumer's perspective: would you want to slice into a sleeping baby?


"I call butt!"



Or worse, have a toddler's eyeball staring up at you from your plate?


Yeah, I didn't think so.

So cake sculptors, please, stop making us choose between cake deprivation and feeling like a cannibal. If you must make a baby cake, make it nice and cartoony - preferably with no basis in reality whatsoever.

You know, like this:


Three arms, a gravity defying diaper, and crazy sunglasses? Yep, I'd eat that.



Heather S., Steven K., Michelle G., & Liz J., does that kid really have a 3rd arm sprouting from his chest? Why...I think he does. Pass the milk!


Update: Tons of you are saying that's a butt crack, not an arm. (The rest claim it's Epcot.) I can almost see that, but I still think it looks more like an arm. ;)

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Reader Comments (296)

I really only see two I crazy?

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll take the lower right hand corner of the first cake, please.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Loves Cake

It's not 3's a butt on the side of its body. Even ickier!!

That toddler one is extra creepy. I'm glad there isn't a better photo!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

and sleeping babies on tummy means much higher risk of cot death!!so a cake like the second one is really a bad idea all round

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I don't see 3 arms...I see 2 arms and a butt crack

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I don't think that baby has three arms. I think it has two badly placed arms and a butt hanging out of the diaper that doesn't correspond at all to the placement of the torso or legs.

I mean, these things are rorschach tests, so who knows, but that's what i see.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Ok...I only see 2 arms and a butt crack on that last cake. The baby has it's back facing us. I agree's kind of gross thinking of part of a realistic baby sitting on your plate. THANK YOU! I never understood wanting to eat someone's face or a body part.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

*shudder* In the last one I think it was an attempt at a side view, and what looks like an arm behind his back is actually... butt crack? It's wrecktastic no matter what.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

The pirate kiwi baby scares me. Is there some significance to the gelatinous fruit?

I shall refrain from commenting about the others... everything I want to say comes out bad. Very bad.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm pretty sure that "arm" on the right is his um.. how do I put it? Butt crack lol.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

I'm afraid that the "digging' arm might actually represent a "crack". Everything is much more in your face now.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first 2 are beautifule but I agree; not something I would want to eat!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

I originally thought that was a third arm also but now I'm thinking the one on the right is actually butt crack. Yum!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoMMY

actually... i think that "arm" on the right is his baby butt crack.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

on the bottom, rather than having a 3rd arm, I think the right (as you are looking at the cake)side is supposed to be his bum. Admittedly I had to look at it for about 4 minutes before that became apparent.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMistress Casual Raider

I had to cross and uncross my eyes several times before I could see that the 3rd arm inside the diaper is actually his little butt crack. OW, my head hurts!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

To 'defend' the cakemakers, I thnik the second arm is really the baby's backward cleavage. OK, now the baby has a serious hip condition

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteravocadohead

I thought it was a third arm, too, but it's right arm, left/chest arm and then there's the arm that looks like the baby has a hand stuck in the diaper. That one is actually a butt cheek. Bizarre.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndree

i don't think it has 3 arms, i think it's butt is in the front!!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's not a third arm -- it's a butt cheek! Which means that we can add to the list of oddities the fact that this is a contortionist (or exorcist!) baby!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenhappy

It's not an arm it's his butt

But yea.... I do not feel like eating a baby too

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhea

I'm not seeing three arms. One pointing at the mouth, one sprouting from the chest and pointing at the diaper pin. That's it.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Not the mama! Not the mama!" - the third cake.

It's not a three armed baby. What you see as the center arm is actuall the child's right arm. What you see as a the right-most arm with a hand down the diaper, is the butt crack. It's hideous just the same.

I agree on the cannibalistic cakes. Ewww, just ewww.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill's Bayou

I don't see the third arm. I see a diaper falling down to expose the baby's butt. Am I missing something?

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I saw a third arm at first glance also, however I think one of those are is his butt. I would awfully tempted to make a baby cake also, so cute... but yeah no eating it which of course defeats the purpose of being a cake.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that what looks like an arm on the right hand side is actually a buttcrack, but I'm not certain. The cake is strange all the same.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

If what I think you're referring to as the third arm is what I think it is, I believe it's supposed to be his bum crack. But that just raises more questions about that right arm.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Getts

I'm looking and looking and I can't spot the 3rd arm. Is it hiding or right in front of me? Awesome/ugly cake.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdelaina

oh my GOODNESS!! You're so right. I wouldn't want to eat or slice any part of a sleeping baby.

Who does this? Who orders them and really... who eats them?
shuddering and thinking... this is kinda creepy too.... well the three armed bandit baby... just bad. ( and not the good kind of bad)

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

I'm not seeing the three arms thing at all. I do see a whole lot of baby butt crack though. Someone needs to spackle that thing! Maybe a little Boudreaux's Butt Paste will do the trick.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadd

I think he's actually turned sideways and has his butt hanging out of his third arm, just poor perspective on the decorator's part.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTauney

I think that is butt crack on the right side. He's looking over his shoulder.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My six year old looked at the last photo and told me the arm on the right is actually his "butt cheek".

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think that's 3 arms.
I think that's supposed to be baby buttcrack on a severely twisted child.
Scoliosis cake anyone?

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Jim

that's supposed to be the baby's arse on the right, and his two arms on the left. but the decorator didn't make the legs right, so it looks like there are extra arms. i never understood what is so cute about a baby's diaper falling off.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetta

No no no, the cartoony baby only has two arms; the one sticking out of his "chest" is his left arm, and the one in his mouth is his right arm... The "armpit" towards the right edge of the cake is actually his butt crack (and not an arm digging around in his diaper)! We're seeing him from behind, with his head turned towards us...

Of course, he's still a bit anatomically off, but at least he's not a

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I think the "3rd arm" on the back is his butt crack. Possible over the shoulder coy baby? Which really does not help the creepy factor in anyway.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManda

The feet are facing away from you, with the body twisted to face toward the (viewer's) left. What seems at first glance to be a third arm, off to the viewer's right, is actually the baby's right buttock - exposed by the drooping diaper.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter360_gandering

that's not a third arm. what you think is his left arm is actually his buttcheek. (unless im crazy and missing an actual third arm...)

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermary

I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be the baby's butt crack, not a third arm. I just can't decide if that's better or worse.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

I just want to know what that last one is digging for. More chocolate filling, anyone?

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

It's not a third arm. The thing you think is his left arm (right of image) is actually his left butt-cheek.

But what you said is funnier. And it really is hard to interpret that pose in the way the wreckorator imagined it.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoward Tayler

Is the airbrushed kid scratching his butt??? Definatley looks that way from this angle! :o

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Where is the third arm? I only see two. One from the chest and one where it should be. Please help.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErinB

not to mention a slight case of eczema

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersophanne

Dare I say it?

The fondant on the sleeping baby cake is as smooth as a baby's bottom!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

I think that arm on the right is actually his butt/crack. So just two arms!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMC

The "in the buff" sleeping baby is adorable, but would I want to cut into it? NO WAY!!!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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