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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

"I'd Like a 3D Ocean Cake, Please."

Give it a moment. Let it alllll sink in.

Sondra D., if you want to give yourself a brain-ache, try making sense of those decorations.

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Reader Comments (124)

This could be my favorite. Ever.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedheaded Wonder

Yes, yes, the flock of birds really do make the cake.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenheadjen

I like the people who have mentioned that every piece is a corner piece. Good point!

This one is amazing. It does look like an algae-filled ocean. Yummy!

WV: tersing - the sight of this nauseating cake has me tersing in displeasure

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know whats more hilarious/sad - the cake, or how long it took me to figure it out! AMAZING!!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm sort of with the cake decorator here. What the hell else would you expect if you asked for a 3-D ocean cake? It seems blindingly obvious to me that this is what they asked for.

If they wanted something else (and I can't see what else could possibly mean this), why didn't they take a photo in so the decorator could figure out what they meant?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Love the 3d cake......and the cake witht the chocalates...ah hell i love cake...zman sends

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteve

This looks soooo unappetizing! What is it supposed to be?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

Wow- it's almost like an uncomfortable interpretive dance... but with cake.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraftyashley


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara_in_WA

I rather like the colors, though my mind boggles at the literalness of it. I would love to know the story behind this one; it almost seems too good to not be deliberate. But it's still hilarious!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Did they literally ask for a 3-D cake or is that a botched "30" I see?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

It took me a while, but then - LOL!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndy

I actually googled for "3d ocean", expecting to find a new movie or a cultural reference of some kind (being non-American, non-European humour goes a little over my head sometimes).
So, this guy comes in and asks for a 3D ocean cake; and what does he get? A ocean-themed 3D cake. Duh.
I'd've done the same, me. Yep.

word verification: subjecti.
OK, subject this wreckerator!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbiggo

You're all forgetting the important part here: Every slice is an edge peice. More frosting for everybody! :D

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames


Ok, I never do this, but THIS one it perfect:

WV: trabl - as in: I bet the baker was in HUGE trabl for this wreck.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

That is too funny!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For real?!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHope

Haha! That's funny! At least the baker didn't make 3 letter D cakes...

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ermm, Ummm... well.. At least it's not a CCC!?

Hee.. Word verification "Escul"
This would be a new breed of Seagull?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLadyfox

It gets wreckier with each comment from someone who doesn't "get" this cake. I got it right away but stared at it for quite a while because the giggling was growing with each second that passed.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarbed

Okay, first off, I wouldn't order anything as detailed as a '3D Ocean cake' from any bakery unless they showed me a sketch of how they would make it first.

Secondly, as has already been noted, there is a genius to this cake, as every peice is an edge/corner peice. Thow some roses on top, and you have frosting heaven!

Thirdly, er, well, I don't have a thirdly, but you can't end a post on secondly, now can you?

wv: anterit:
I ordered a 3-D ocean cake, but what I got anterit.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

Ya know, I get that they were pretty stupid with the 3D, but ignoring that it's beautifully done. I like it.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarita

I think my brain has locked up attempting to figure this one out.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDouble N

A-HAHAHAHAHA. Seriously, this is the greatest wreck of literal proportions. Made my afternoon.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusie

I love this one! Looks like they got exactly what they asked for here.

Honestly, *every* cake is in 3 dimensions. If the person who ordered this wanted a sculptured cake rather than a flat one, they really ought to have been specific.


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackieG

Well, really, now.
What cake ISN'T three dimensional, huh?
The only alternative is a PICTURE of a cake.
So what I see is a one-dimensional image of a 3D cake.
!!But WAIT-there's MORE!!
There is the FOURTH dimension, which, according to Wikipedia, is this:
"In the spatial sense, the fourth dimension is a space with literally 4 spatial dimensions, or four mutually orthogonal directions of movement. This space, known as 4-dimensional Euclidean space, is the space used by mathematicians when studying geometric objects such as 4-dimensional polytopes. It is not to be confused with Minkowski space, where time is the fourth dimension, but the space is not a metric space."

Got it?
What could be easier.
THAT is where the baker/decorator is from.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

WOW! Just WOW!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Do I see a penguin, a koala, and a tiger??????

Ow, my head.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachele

What type of occasion did they order this cake for? It doesn't make any sense that the only instruction would "3-D ocean cake." Was it supposed to say "Happy Birthday" or something? I must know!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, we're back to the wreck territory where we can hardly believe it's real.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMuum

Lovely cakes - silly decorator.

I love it, a 3 D ocean cake. I LOVE it! I never would have thought of that. Which of course is what makes it so wrecktastic!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeki

Just the fact that it looks like it says 3-D (as in 3 dimensional) but is a sheet cake is pretty interesting as well.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Hmmm... *peer* I guess that is a penguin. I thought it was a sailboat on waves. Uh oh.

At least they didn't try to create a cake to be be viewed with 3-D glasses.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Nice moldy hairbrushing!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL'Hélène

what a wonderfully wreckaliscious cake.....cause DAMN!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

unbelievable :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterashleyalvina

I *love* it. I would totally be happy if I got that mistake.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaaren

Oh wow... I've been known to take things literally, but that's ridiculous. Very funny, though. And I'm sure it tasted good. It just... looks really funny.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

At first I thought you were serious, Charlene. XD

I was about to explain how 3D means dimensional. Sculptural. As opposed to a flat sheet cake. Then I realized you're pulling our legs.

I did imagine the confused wreckerator asking: "3D ocean cake? What do you mean by 3D?" and the customer explaining: "You know, cake sculpted into 3D shapes." Then the wreckerator's reply: "Oh, sure. I can do that."


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

That is my all time favorite so far!!!!

I'm going to ask for a 3D TeePee cake for my next birthday. Send me the name of the bakery please!!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga

On the plus side, everyone gets an end piece. More frosting for all!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMM

This just makes me want to cry for humanity.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterardie

There is a video game called "Sea3D" based on the game Settles of Catan. Is this cake a reference to that?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

oh lord have mercy! i LITERALLY laughed out loud at this one!! BRILLIANT.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith W.

I can tell my brain is fried tonight. I had to have my 13 yo daughter explain this one too me. LOL.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Yost

*smiles and nods* Of course. It was only a matter of time until this happened.... :P

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte


Nah. Can't be. I mean.....
Really now. Seriously????

Nobody's that....ARE they? Is that even POSSIBLE? Like, if they were that dumb wouldn't they just forget to BREATHE,and thus be unable to do things like this??

No, I mean it. Really. Honest to g-d SERIOUSLY???

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

Wow. Just WOW.

Maybe Amelia Bedelia made this cake. She took everything literally.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

I'm thinking this is on purpose. This can't be that awful of a mistake... it just can't. My faith in humanity is waivering again. lol

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis Ceule

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