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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)

But I thought child labor was illegal. Surely no adult did these?

VW: clusifu

Wow, what a clusifu the bakery must have been! (cluster-f***) lol

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I kind of like the color sunburst one.

The "green velvet" is probably one of my pet peeves where someone took the cake and didn't want it so left it out by the pickles and someone else brought it back so it was subjected to alien molds!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

bad psychadelic cake trip on the last cake. Real bad.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhomeschool mamma

I think that the Pictionary cake is supposed to be the view from a window. The birthday person must be at camp and sees (clockwise, from upper left) pine trees (I don't draw them like that, but I've seen people who do.), the sun, a calm lake, and a tent (or maybe a fire tower).

By the way, this cake is clearly worth the $14.97; look at all the fun we are having with it.


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The one with the price tag just looks like a big brick of mold... What a steal at $1.99

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNintendo Floosie

Ooo my. Definitely needs some work.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

Green velvet cake... mmmmm. Must be leftover from St. Patrick's Day.s

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Too bad the plastic box in the first one is too small to hold the towel that was thrown in.

On the last one... can we get confirmation that one's not actually made of stained glass? I've seen that in the back of a church building, I'm telling you.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

I can't believe they're charging +$26 for that last one. Sheesh! What nerve.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

My nephew is allergic to red dye, so my aunt made a green velvet cake at Christmas...once. No one like it and swore it didn't taste as good. I think it was purely visual.--jules

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Moldy cake??? YUCK!!

Great post!!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy

Glad I'm not the only one who thought the last cake resembled a Chihuly sculpture. ;-) As for the pictionary one, I had a mind to think that it was a "practice" cake for a new decorator trying out different tips and colors, which was accidentally put on the shelf. I like this reality better than the alternative. ;-)

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

Anon, re the red dye allergy -all the red velvet cakes I've had have been made with beets, not food coloring. Getting past the 'ick' factor of beets in cake, you do *not* taste 'em and they make the cake so deliciously moist that it's just scrumptious. And it looks a heck of a lot better than green cake.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

The green cake...xp Nausea-inducing. The others are just really, really bad. Seriously, do they have no standards when it comes to who they hire to decorate cakes?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Your explanation of the pictionary one made me hyperventilate from laughter.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

What a cool unique blog concept.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Winner-or-Whiner

I kinda like the finger-painting one. Yum.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

Oh. My. God.

Just wow.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

The green cake looks for all the world like it's frosted floral foam. Y'know, the kind you just can't resist sinking your fingers into, 'cause it has that weird spongy-yet-crunchy give? Mmmm....tasty.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

So, there is always some totally lame comments on how the cake isn't a wreck or some nonsense. Today, I was actually looking for that annoying comment because I really want to know what that pictionary cake is supposed to be. No convincing guesses - can it be?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaine

you know, once you take away one of those cookies from the first picture, the message is useless. not that it was very impressive to begin with. haha.

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I do believe that the pictionary cake might, MIGHT actually be Avatar : The last Airbender related.
If you look closely the pictures vaguely resemble the four elements. Water, Earth, Fire and Air...

THen again, I could be wrong

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNami

What happen to the second cake? =d but i think i enjoy them a lot. =D More...xD

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August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

OMG tell me they are NOT trying so sell squares covered with a layer of green mold!!!

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

Come on, people! The last cake is quite *clearly* the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I can't get over the PRICE that they want for these wrecks!!

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicky


Unfortunately, it's National Soft Ice Cream Day. Cupcake day is Dec. 18th...

-Michelle B

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Booker

Ah, silly people, the first picture is not cookies with icing, it is a cake SHAPED and DECORATED to LOOK like a standard grocery store box of cookies. Very clever, no?

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

What the hell is ... you know what? That's fine, I'm good. I don't need to know. Thanks.

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaxon

I think #4 is a Battlestar Gallactica reference ala "Kara Thrace is the harbinger of the apocalypse".

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamm

I actually made a cake with moldy green frosting when I was a kid experimenting with colors - just add some of this,a dash of that, a sprinkle of that one, and voila, super ugly "Happy Anniversary" cake for my parents.

Alas, they divorced the last year. I refuse to take responsibility!

August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Knight

#4 actually HURT my BRAIN. I'm still struggling to process it. I keep looking at the center...and then my peripheral vision picks up the blue background...and then the white edging...but refuses to accept that they are all in the same space. I think I need an aspirin...

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Martiele

am i the only person just commenting on the title? haha, that song is stuck in my head now, and i'm pretty sure its going to stay there for a while. ;)

November 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the person that said, "Annette said...

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.
" was on to something...

If the first picture is of pogo sticks then it would represent the word "Hop" then "Pea", then "Bouy" but I still can't get day out of the last section.

April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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