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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 Day in the Life

...of a Wreckerator.


1. Practice handwriting/piping skills

...a lot.

2. Finally beat the deli guy at Pictionary

3. Mark down the moldy "green velvet" cakes

Or maybe just put the same price on them, only in a big red sticker.

4. Get in touch with inner child. (Something artsy?)

5. Find out what this "Cake Wrecks" thing everyone keeps talking about is.

Fawn, Danielle B., Beth O., and Alix H., now you can check "become official Wreckporter" off your lists.

- Related Wreckage: It's a Wreck Off!

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Reader Comments (85)

naturally since our camera's died i keep spotting truly disgusting cake wrecks. it's killing me that i can't capture them!

wv: bousheru- derisive appellation for baker with sub-par skill set

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLola R

My guesses for Pictionary would be (from top left, clockwise):

High voltage towers
The creepy video from "The Ring"
Pink spaceship
A scene where the Road Runner just ran out of the frame.


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh (the DMT)

Oh my goodness, what is going on in that second cake? Is the lower left corner supposed to be the Eiffel Tower?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggles

Oooh, I love the Pictionary cake. It leaves EVERYTHING to interpretation, doesn't it?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO

Wow. . .on cookies. . .huh?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

The green cake made me want to not eat breakfast. :(

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that the last one so obviously looks like that decorator dragged her fingers through the icing ;-P

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I love that the Pictionary cake could really mean anything: Wedding, birthday, National Crayon Day...the list just goes on and on.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInventing Weddings

Oh come ON! What is WRONG with these people???

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Jen, your commentary just makes my day!!
WV: scommin: Jen, are you scommin us? Are these for real?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

I was very confused about the second one, until I saw the Happy Birthday pick, that clears everything up! And really the last one isn't so bad, as long as that groovy design was not created by draging a finger through the icing.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I want to know what was going through their mind, of both the decorator and the person who ordered #2. XD

And NO at moldy cake. No no no ew.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKira Zobel

i'm not even sure where to begin with these wrecks.

it's all so v. confusing. writing on cookies? whaa?!

do i see a "happy birthday" on that bizarre upside down "marble" cake?!?! WTH?!

on closer inspection, i'm relieved to see that the moldy mess is actually an "emerald isle" cake. of course! it's for a st. patty's day celebration!!

wait. the sell by date is 2/08/09. not anywhere near st. patty's day. worrisome.

and finally, are my 40-something eyes deceiving me?! they don't really want $24.48 for that piece of finger painted crap, do they?!

that is all.

terry lee

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I think that third wreck needs a bigger sticker! :p

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

The pictionary one gave me a total e-wreck-tion (that complete WTF moment where nothing in the world makes sense for a few seconds and you need a cigerette afterwards). What the hell is going on there?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarkshines

So glad to finally become an official wreckporter! These cakes are just sad.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Uh, what, or who, uh...the second cake. Does anyone have any idea what that represents? Anyone? Bueller?

WV: lifin- The wreckorators must have been lifin some good stuff at the in-store pharmacy, if they thought those were good.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

this is one of the best post in a while

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No no no--those small things are SUPPOSED to be green, so let's be "fair".
Look at the label; it reads: "EMERALD ISLE VLVT CK" which means that it has SOMETHING to do with theoretical Ireland. And we all know that green is a major Irish...thing... okay?
It would've been a bigger sell if they'd popped 'em out there for St. Patrick's Day, though--instead of at the beginning of February.
Maybe worth the $1.99-- who am I to say.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Those first 3 ... Wha???

Is the green on pine flavored? Ugggh.

I do like the arsty sunburst though. Not $25 worth though.


WV: Codstib - ? Maybe that's what the pictionary cake is dipicting.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's rather upsetting to a Wreck-reporter wannabe. The local store-that-shall-not-be-named has had a decent decorator for awhile now. Not only do her roses actually look like roses, but she makes pretty carnations, daisies, mums and assorted other very identifiable flowers. She has mad edging skills, ie: ribbons, rosettes, flounces, piping and all the rest. I rarely see airbrushing. And every cake I've ordered has come with pretty and correctly spelled inscriptions. sigh....

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

okay, I think the pictionary cake is representing some of those little steel ball games. You know the ones you had to tilt and move the little ball around to go through a maze. At least that's what the top two squares look like they might be. Problem is, it looks like it was drawn by a 2 year old.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

The "green velvet" cake is moritfying...

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

the date on the emerald isle cake is 02/08/09 So it's either February 8th or August 2nd. If it was made for St. Patricks day it was either a month old by St. Patricks day or 5 months old after St. Patricks day. Either way...Eeeeeeeew!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Pictionary squares: upper left corner--telephone poles on steroids / train tracks on speed
upper right: (with any hope) a portal to another dimension, far, far away...
lower left: a buoy, floating on water, of course. It's so obvious.
lower right: boredom, personified
@ darkshines:
Copy THAT. Got a light?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

They've moved on to cookies thinking we won't notice???

Morons! If it comes out of the bakery and has frosting on it, it's fair game.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

WTH is that 2nd cake?! Someone was having loads of fun making that cake.

The last one looks like a reproduction of a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I kinda really like the third one. Its so, well moderne (pronounce it "mo-DARE-n") and really quite nice.

I would do that for an art studio party, or an art class party.

The first cake is sort of what a kid would do when left alone in a room with a box of cookies and a tube of frosting.

Greeny? Well, heck I bet you could put that cake in the lunchroom fridge safe in the knowledge that the office food stealers (you people know who you are, gimme back my brownie! And my BLT1) wouldn't touch it.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I love the pictionary cake!

Upper left: Telephone poles
Upper right: Time warp
Lower Left: Eiffel tower
Lower right: wind

Put it all together, and you get: A time traveler miscalculates his landing place, falls past some phone poles on his way to being impaled on the Eiffel tower on a windy day!

The Keesler Kids

wv:factumb-a ferry dumb fact

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeesler Chaos

I think the second cake (the Pictionary one) is some sort of perverted take on Snake or Chu-Chu Rocket.

To paraphrase the Talmud: "Anyone who has not seen" rel="nofollow">the Japanese advertisement for Chu-Chu Rocket has not experienced true joy in his life."

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

The last one looks to have the logo from Looney Tunes in the background.
This particular "cartoon" could be titled: "Tie-Dye Creature from the Blecchh Lagoon."
(That'llbe that'llbe that'llbe-$24.48!! --THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!)


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Oh-so-ugly really fits here!

Moldered cake--Penicillin, anyone? Ugh.

~Amy B

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I would feel bad taking the first cookie and ruining the beautiful piping!

I think that pictionary cake is possibly part of some psychological evaluation for wreckcreators. I do kinda like the psychedelic sun all we need is a little Bob Marley.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrimperspective

Wow. I don't remember seeing any thing that looked as bad as the green cake. And I have seen 20 year old building cakes that looked more appetizing. The last cake reminds me of the creations at our local super-Target. They are always meh, and super overpriced.

WV: Sharps

Them wreckerators shur are sharps to come up with them designs.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

oh my!
who would buy a moldy (looking) cake?!?!?! not me!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Is that really mold??!!!

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

"I do not like them,
I do not like
green eggs and ham."

...or green cake for that matter.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Little Red Hen


Broken TV

Also, icing onto a box of cookies? Yup, that's a great way to celebrate the holidays.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterros

Wow. I'd like to know who thought a "green" velvet cake was a good idea ...

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Really? really? Why? How?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNevan

I'm thinking the pictionary cake is trying to be clever and make "Happy Birthday" in pics. I think the round green thing is a pea, and the lower left is a buoy, but I have no idea what makes square #1=hap and #4=day.

There are no words for the green velvet cake other than... hell no.

The last one... makes me want to fingerpaint. But not something edible.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Ugh...the green cake makes me want to puke. Ewwwwww.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMitzi

You know, I usually don't mind strangely-colored food. Doesn't bother me. But the green cake really turned my stomach! (I think I'll go take a pg test). That shade of green was a poor choice.

WV: "skupet" as in skupet off into the trash please!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLesa

NO WAY. Tell me no! those were seriously not real cakes (and cookies) for sale.. no-no-no! shaking my head in total dismay.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercewmont

Sorry, I kinda like the finger-painting one. It makes me think of craft time with my kid. :)

Then there's the other 3, where I will totally refrain from commenting. My mommy said "If you can't say anything nice... comment anonymously".

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNearlydawn

I like the sunburst one, too.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillyD

I can't understand the pictionary one. I don't see it.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe Provident Woman

Who writes on cookies anyhow??


Up for another" rel="nofollow">GifAway?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

The Pictionary cake looks like the result of bring your child to work day. "Okay, son. Here is some icing and a cake you can decorate. Now keep quiet while daddy gets some work done."

On the starburst cake, they probably messed up just as they were about to finish the design so to salvage it they did a little finger painting and called it "art".

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenestria

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