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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

Wrong Bumblebee

"Hi there! I'd like to order a Transformers cake. I really like this one...

"...but do you think you could put Bumblebee on it instead of Optimus Prime? You can? Great! Thanks."


Mary S., maybe the Wreckerator was going for the world's best Decepticon. Eh?


- Related Wreckage: Going Down in Flames

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Reader Comments (76)

This is hilarious XD

This design's been discontinued at my workplace bakery. The new Transformers cake is uuuugly, but it does have a tiny Bumblebee figure on it.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is so horrible! I love it!!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse

I'm guessing the cakemaker is not a transformers fan. (My son would want bumblebee too...but not the bzzzz kind).

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGale

Several houses down the street, the family of little Miranda stood, perplexed, and tried to figure out what, exactly, had gone wrong with their garden-themed, "Everybody's BUZZING About Your Birthday!" cake.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

Poor, poor Cole. Hopefully someone can buy a Bumblebee transformer character toy and just stick it on top of the bee, squishing it... now it's an action shot of Bumblebee!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRio Runs

I think you meant predacon....

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKorbl Klimecki

My Transformer obsessed son would be crushed if I showed up with that wreck.

My condolences to Cole and a big martini to the poor Mom who has to deal with the aftermath.

- housewitch

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah that bumble bee would be like taking your kid to a burned down building and telling him that Disneyland burned to the ground...

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterseo springfield missouri

NOOOOO! How sad is that?! What a classic wreck. Crappy flames, crooked border, and the bumblebee mix-up! That's why you NEVER stray from the picture when ordering those cakes from the book at the bakery, which I've done several times. They'll ask if I want anything changed, like colors, and I say, No, I want it JUST like in the picture!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wish to order the same transformers cake................

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmar

lol Terri perfect! Inepticon rofl!

Do these ppl not have teh intarwebs wif teh google? To scope this stuff out before scribbling bugs on a transfomers cake? UBER SAD.

Jerry, can you spare a tab?

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda



September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri

The bee looks like it's shooting flames out it's bum. Haha

Amy B.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I clicked the blog title expecting to see a cake with a tuna can on it. I wouldn't have known what Bumblebee was either.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

This is my kids cake. I called the bakery to find out wth happened. it was the same lady that I ordered the cake from and she said that that was the best they could do since they didn't have a bumblebee transformer toy (she told me the day before that they did and it was no problem to switch it out). I could have cried! Cole was really great about the whole thing (it was his 5th birthday). I don't really think he even noticed it wasn't right at all. The moral of the cake is never order over the phone for something like this and NEVER order from a grocery store bakery.. Next time will go to a real baker to get the cake for my other son's birthday..

There is no martini large enough to help the pain of this disaster. Thanks for all the comments!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Aw, you guys are so harsh.
I'd least give the baker a "B" for effort!
*dodges tomatoes"

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Haha, the title says it all... though to be fair, not being familiar with Transformers myself (I know, shame on me), I could very well have made the same mistake. Still, it's funny. :P

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

"Wazzpinator even get slagged on cake. Why universe hate Wazzpinator?"

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

would you believe I had to read this three times (on three separate days, no less) before I understood that there's a *transformer* named "Bumblebee"??? My initial reaction to this CW was, "they said bumblebee...." I suppose the onus is on the customer to explain every little thing: "Bumblebee, the Transformer, he's kinda yellow? And here's a picture..." etc.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

My 4 yr old thought this was so funny!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEpperson Family

@Faith: Thanks for the background! I think that story makes what the decorater did so much worse. I mean, it's one thing for her to hear "bumblebee" and fail to realize that it's pretty weird for the customer to want to replace the robot with a bug. It's much worse, however, for the decorator to understand that Bumblebee is a Transformer, to have actually held a Bumblebee toy in her hand, and then decide that the insect is an acceptable substitute.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremilymichelle

Bummer for that poor kid...they just love all those junky toys on top of cakes !

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I posted a comment earlier expressing my sympathies to you.

I have an almost five-year-old, and I can't imagine the scene. I am laughing to tears with your pain.

The last few birthdays, I have taken to making my own cakes and sticking toys on them.

Same effect. Much cheaper. Tastes better, too.

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana42

This is one of my favorite wrecks.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

You know, last year my nephew wanted a Transformers cake for his birthday. I offered to make it, but his mother said something about her bf not liking the Spiderman cake I'd made and decorated the year before (yellow cake, strawberry jam filling, and a very carefully piped web of red and blue gel, and probably a bullshit excuse). I was particularly incensed because she picked this particular cake when I had a much better design in mind.

Needless to say, the decorator botched the flames, as always seems to happen with this design, and the cake was twice as big as it needed to be. If he wants a Transformers cake again, I'm doing it. I already have Optimus Prime for the top.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianX

I think that bumblebee was bad. This cake is clearly a depiction of the bee's flight into hell.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess Piehl

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