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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

9 Out of 10 Child Psychologists Agree:

These cakes will keep them in business for a loooong time.

"Come closer, children. We only want to wish you a happy birthday. Hehehehe. Thaaat's right, just a littttle closer...."

[insane giggling]

"What? Haven't you ever seen a partially melted M&M before? I may only have a hand stump, but I can still clean your clock, buster. Just ask the last guy."

"Mmmphm eeeph mmife!"

Lisa F., Teresa F., Michelle T., & Nana T., these cakes could be a powerful parenting tool. "Behave, kids, or I'll take you to the bakery again!"

- Related Wreckage: Nah, These Won't Traumatize the Kids at ALL

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Reader Comments (97)

The last one: The Chocolate Chip Mafia sends Cookie Monster's family a strong message.

Oh, these are SOO wrong!!! The M is slightly reminiscent of the kool-aid dude. A very wonky, angry Kool-aid dude.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

The soul-less of the yarn dog cakes, the ultra-attentive eyes of the hamburger, and the demented eyes of Sponge Bob all seem to me following me.

Protect me, angry M & M!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

Wow. These cakes are amazing! The M&M one is my favorite! All legs! I also like the last one. It looks like cookie monster with a cookie stuck in his mouth.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

That top cake cost $23.99? Wow. I really gotta start charging more for my cakes!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPerkinsClan

So, what is Cookie Monster really trying to say? "STOP STICKING CANDLES IN MY FACE!"

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

0_o good grief

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervb

That last one looks like the opener for "Dateline: When Cookies Attack".

WV: haster. She haster read CakeWrecks every day.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSouthern Sugar

The M&M's right arm is attached to its leg, rather than the leg being attached to the body. Not that I think cupcake cakes are EVER made right, but this one has extra wrong :(

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

Cookie Monster has a wicked bald spot. Man he is getting old.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

A partially melted M&M with a Rockette's legs. Odd. Very odd.

Angie (from over at

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I remember the good old days when we were misbehaving, my mother would threaten to take us to the oprhanage, not the bakery as punishment. I guess times really have changed.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, the first one really isn't THAT bad. A little odd, but not too wrekcy. The second one, well, yeah, he does look slighly derranged, doens't he?

But the rest?! Oh geez! Those, THOSE are the cakes that I come to CW for! In the last one, it appears that Cookie Monster (I think) has learned what happens when you cross Cosa Nostra

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

No, cookie monster is saying 'help! my head is melting!"

(maybe his hair caught on fire?)

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

That is genius the way they combined two candies for the one cake: an M&M body and Circus Peanut legs!

birater: Oops, someone dropped the SpongeBob SquarePants cake in the birater! Maybe nobody will notice...

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFamous Hat

Wow, I thought the hamburger cake was the worst until I saw the "M&M" (if that is what it's supposed to be!). What is with the super long legs and t-rex arm?

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M.

The Sponge Bob cake made my sides hurt.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTilley's Mum

I find the hamburger with eyes the creepiest. Yikes!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

That "Spongebob" cake is so creepy. I think it is the eyes that do it. Can you imagine ANY child wanting this as their birthday cake??

My son would have nightmares!!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiracle

Should i even be surprised that the person that BOUGHT the blue cookie-moster-ish cake is serving it right in the supermarket bag it presumably came home in?? It's all about presentation people...

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my... those are, umm, disturbing... O_O

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I really, really like that the last cake is almost off of it's cakeboard circle, is obviously damaged, is STILL in the shopping bag... AND!... AND!... it is LIT!!!!!!! OMG!!!

Who serves cake that way?!?!?!

I'm just guessing here, but the person serving that cake is probably not your wreckporter...

Either that, or they are a stressed out Momma that, in a rush to finish last minute shopping, 1/2 dropped the cake and just wants to serve the damn thing to get the stupid party over with already.

I'm very willing to accept either answer. :)

Sometimes I would SOOOO love to hear the full back-story on these gems.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNearlydawn

That's the Cookie Monster? I thought it was the last guy Mrs M&M got hold of...

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPippa

It looks like Spongebob is in a straight jacket.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilo

the sponegbob one looks like they dropped acid while watching an episode-yikes!!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Ode To Cake Wrecks.

When I am sad and blue
I think of you.
frosting,gobs of goo.
fondant mysteries.
all them make me love you.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I am so glad you told me that red thing was an M&M. I thought it was a tomato with legs, which was creepy enough. Then I looked closer and saw the M on the hat band and couldn't think why a tomato would start with M. ("Just call me Mateo"?)

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

my immediate response to that sponge bob cake was that it was supposed to be a cake featuring Eugene Levy AS Sponge Bob. maybe it's the eyebrow/lashes....

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMess Maker

I don't know which would haunt me more...the ghost-puppies or the zombieburger.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

What happened to cookie monster's forehead?

Or Spongebobs face?

Wow those are pretty amazing.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

@Mess Maker...
That does look like Eugene Levy as SpongeBob!

You think he'll get a call when they start casting for a SpongeBob live-action movie?

Just because you jam a cookie into a blue blob, it does NOT make it Cookie Monster!!!!

And can you believe that they are trying to sell those first cakes for $23.99!?!?! Highway wreckory!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

oh lord. oh dear lord.

well, i will say this about the cookie monster cake:

anyone with a four year old knows exactly what happened to that missing icing. check the kid's teeth. bet they're blue.

also, i wouldn't be too quick to criticize the poor mama or whomever is serving that sad wreck. i doubt the 4 year old even noticed (or cared) it was still in the bag.

i'm just sayin'.

terry lee
(a v. tired mother of three)

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I... misread the word "clock" at first. D:

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The thing to remember when looking at the red M&M guy: the red coloring for M&Ms is made from Carmine (Cochnineal). His skin is made from crushed insects.


August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Howard

A) why would a hamburger have eyes?

B) why would they be bloodshot?

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren from Mentor

I think the Cookie Monster cake is a cautionary tale about cookie addiction. Sort of like those meth commercials. Not even once, kids. Spongebob looks like he's been hittin' the meth himself...

wv: colonse. I wonder what blue frosting does to them....

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

The SpongeBob cake may give me nightmares. That's horrible.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhotpants™

Always my last stop after surfing the web. You put a smile on my face every day!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Just call me Mateo"


August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladykay

Yikes! I need therapy just looking at the photos. I can't imagine the children who received such madness.

The M&M looks like they were trying to make the seductive legs (like they show on the green girl M in the commercials) but WAY worse!

Spongebob is wacky enough on his own, much less wreckified!

And the poor cookie cake. I'd watch who you mess with for torture like that!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

All of these make me squeak: "Mommy!"

@Taylor--That's EXACTLY what I thought!! chocolate chip mafia...XD

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

The real problem isn't terrifying cakes that drive children to the school counselor. The real problem is that CW doesn't have a tour stop in north Atlanta.

We're a very important city, dangit! And we have excellent bakeries!

I totally thought that M&M ccc was Meatwad from Aqua Teen.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the apparently high hamburger cake. Or maybe it's hungover?

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I cannot decide yet, which part of the first sample is creepier." rel="nofollow">Cannibal cake's evil brother with his bloodshoted eyes or his two undead melting zombie-puppy-sidekicks. With their hollow eyes O_O

But I know for sure they are here to partyyyy!!! Like their dear friends Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, Micheal Myers, this guy with the chainsaw....

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Otterstätter

My tot just said, "'s like poop."

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Scared straight for delinquent cupcakes.

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

OMG! Those made me laugh! So, so, SO wrong! Great post, Jen. Classic wrecks!

wv: atila
"Mommy, why are we going to the bakery?"
"Atila later, dearies..."

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

that last one. . . . and that sponge bob. ah!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

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