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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

Butterfly Misses

[singing] "There's two things I know for sure:

"These Wrecks number seven..." (okay, six)

"And they'll make you want to hurl!"

Sorry for inflicting you with that song. Heh. Ok, now let's see how else bakeries destroy the seemingly simple butterfly, shall we?

First, every Wreckerator knows you have to make butterflies out of cupcakes. Otherwise, you run the risk of them looking like...well, butterflies.

And we can't have that, now, can we?

But malformed, lumpy wings just aren't enough. Sometimes a wacky mustache is needed:

"Oui oui, I believe I have, how you say, wee wee'd mehself! Hon hon hon!"

Or maybe a turd-errific, camo-riddled model:

Uh, guys? Exactly which demographic are you going for here? I mean, I don't think little boys are wild about butterflies, and little girls don't usually like camo OR poop.

Luckily, though, some butterflies still get a happy ending.

Charlotte F., Raven, Rachael, Rebecca R., Jessica A., & Bijan P., stop looking at me like that; I was merely referring to his smiley face. Really.

- Related Wreckage: It's a Wreck Off!

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Reader Comments (174)

i had to double check with a co-worker to make sure the last one was what i thought it was. hahaha i was a bit worried i was seeing things, but good news! im not :P

and then of course my "verification word" to post this is 'stscles'

coincidence? i think not :P

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

I think that last one warrants a related wreckage link to the fireman cake. Its pretty much the same thing. lol

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

I love the one with the tasche SO HARD. He is amazing!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarkshines

I know it's not as obviously horrible as the slimy slug on the bottom right, but the "butterfly" in the upper right corner of the 2nd CCC is bringing tears of hilarity to my eyes! It's laying there, spread-eagle, looking so defeated! Where's a dissection kit when you need one?

Dang, I love this blog...

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Kristina wondered if #5 was a turtle, so I looked again. Oh no! It IS a turtle, that someone has been wearing as underpants! Apparently whatever medication one takes for wearing turtles as underpants has an unfortunate side effect...

wv: tings (that's a gimme)

These tings belong in the dumpster, not at a little girl's birthday party!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

i'm pretty sure that last butterfly is actually a penis with wings...

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhighonfumes

I took the "camo butterfly" picture. I wasn't sure at first if it was a butterfly or turtle roadkill, but after looking carefully, it is definitely a butterfly. The camo might be because it was on sale at a military commissary.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica A

Are you sure that the camo one is a butterfly? It looks more like an amoeba. I'm positive! I studied them in biology last year. *Squinting* Yep. Definitely an amoeba.
Anna Marie

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

Did anyone else think of the 'Nannerpuss' from the Denny's Super Bowl ad when they saw the mustachioed butterfly?

For those who haven't seen it:

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

FLMAO!!!! you cracked me up with the last one HAHAHAhahAHA!!!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

I like the design of butterfly cake... I love it!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I think that last cake is a homage to an ancient Greek symbol- the flying phallus.

The phallic bird was used in Ancient Greece for fertility rituals, and dionisiac processions where participants carried phallic poles. The unveiling of the phallus constituted an important rite of Dionysiac celebrations. The phallus was a popular symbol of fertility. Phallic imagery in public monuments and in ordinary domestic and commercial plaques can be found at different times and places throughout the Greek world. Phallic icons were often placed outside houses,in doorways, walls, boundaries, graves, etc. It was often used as a symbol of protection and warding off evil. The phallus not only decorated and protected houses but also individuals. Amulets of bronze, brass, coral, bone or gold in the shape of a phallus were often worn as rings or pendants by both children and adults to ward off evil. Phallic artifacts includes amulets, lamps, votives, figurines, boundary markers, ornaments, tintinnabula and pottery.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

hon hon hon LOLOLOLOL

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I'm speechless. |I'm in the US on vacation and I didn't visit any bakeries. Sorry.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

CUPCAKES!! HAHA hilarious! I would love to see some done well... though I think the pink butterfly was pretty cute :-)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakin' It Up

CW #2: Mmm, winged leeches...

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggiethecat

LMFAO! I think you'd have to save the middle piece for Mommy and her girlfriends. Cuz I'm sure Daddy and his friends wouldn't want to eat it, lol.

I like the idea of it as a bachelorette cake! LMFAO! Could be very symbolic that way, lol!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

My three-year-old doesn't exactly have high standards. She looked at this post with me and said, with increasing excitement, "A butterfly cake. ANOTHER butterfly cake..."

And then we got to the mustache one. "What's that?" she asked.

Enough said.

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSadia

It's a pity about the last one... the wings look awesome!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommentercolBoh

that butterfly looks like a certain Phallic something...

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh good greif! the last butterfly i too funny. if it isnt bad enough that its a winged penis, its also glaring at me with its freaky wing eyes!!

December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My God, that last one...scarred. For. Life.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*Is carefully taking deep, deep, breaths*
Just...don', god, I looked.

How can the decorators not realize this stuff? Do they gloat and giggle behind our backs? Do they congratulate each other on each 'cake' sold?
I can imagine it now....

"Dude! That sucker just bought the...'butterfly' cake!"
"No way, man, I wanna see!!"
"Yeah...that lady in orange right there. See? Right...there!"
"Oh, yeah! Are you serious? She didn't...tee-hee-hee!"
"She said it was for her daughter's birthday. I told her it's more of a little boy's cake. She gave me a weird look. Dude, funniest thing EVER!"
"HAHAHAHA! Dude, I didn't think even you could pull that one off!"

It's a conspiracy!!
...Okay, I'm done.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The butterfly is X your heart out. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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