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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

Copyright Unfringement

Technically, you know, if you want to get all law-abiding about it, you have to have permission to use copyrighted characters on cakes.

Or, you can try one of these techniques:

1. The Alter-Ego:

Of course it's not Thomas the Train. It's Loco Larry, the Mentally Unstable Locomotive.

2. The Unibrow:

Is that a seagull on your face, or are you a licensed Disney character? (Seagull. Duh.)

3. The Brother By a Different Mother:

"Okay Super...uh...Sam?...just keep your hands where I can see them!"

4. The Foreign Equivalent:

"Que Pasa, El Lightningo?"
"Hola, Senior Rustico."
"Isn't it nice how we are completely original foreign creations in no way affiliated with Disney or its subsidiary companies?"

Tracy L., Ed S., Erin M., & Emily S., er, none of you are lawyers, right?

- Related Wreckage: Guess Who!

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Reader Comments (104)


I guess I never realized this was an issue at the time. Well, please allow me to explain the Superman comments. The first comment was reflecting what I had thought was a common term when two brothers looked different. Nothing inherently wrong with that. It is an interesting point though. Would it be racist to point out a difference in color if say, Michael Jordan was portrayed as white?

The second comment was aimed at the fact that this particular Superman cake template seems to show him with his hands down the front of his pants. That's all.

I am truly sorry that you were offended by something that was not meant to be.

Have a fantastic day!


I'm going to ask again what was never answered- How are those cars Spanish in any way? I'm just not seeing it. They just look poorly done.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To the previous poster:

I think the point is not that they are obviously Spanish in some way, but that if we can pretend they aren't the original Pixar characters--but rather some foreign completely-original creation!--we can escape legal problems re: licensing. Jen could have just as easily turned them into French-speaking or Japanese-speaking. Or Australian-speaking, but then the point might have been even harder for some to get!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loco Larry mad.
Why Loco Larry mad, Mom?
Loco rimmed in pink.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

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