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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

What's THAT Supposed to Mean?

To their credit, the folks where Monica's husband purchased this tried to talk him out of it...

...but apparently, "He just wouldn't listen." So here's Monica smiling in a way that says - through gritted teeth - "Take the picture already...and then get that camera and other breakables as far away from your face as possible."

I don't have the story on this next one, but the underline is six kinds of ominous, don't you think?

Well, when you combine it with the whole coffin thing, that is.

And here's my favorite:

"Come back tomorrow, and we'll celebrate our second."

Personally I find this hilarious - but then I also think it's fun to introduce John at parties as "My first husband, John." Keeps him on his toes.*

Photography Tip of the Day: Unless you want people to think you topped your cake with stewed prunes, you might want to rethink photographing those glazed strawberries in black and white. Unless of course they ARE stewed prunes, at which point photography should be the least of your concerns. [shudder]

Today's Wrecks brought to you by: Monica B., Meghan R., & Anony M.. Thanks, guys!

*Love you, Sweetie!

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Reader Comments (142)

I love introducing my wife with, "This is my first wife, Katie."

It's a family tradition.

My guess is that the person ordering the first one is a fan of the comedian Patton Oswald. Listen to his piece on Carvel Ice Cream cakes and you'll get it. I adore him, and if my husband had gotten me that cake, I would not have been able to stop laughing.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband wanted to be a Dentist when we were in college, and I had a friend's mom tell me "It's great to be the first wife of a Doctor"...what an assumption!!

WV: ullyzerv. As the first wife of a doctor, ullyzerv all the alimony he can afford.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I didn't realize that the last one was a black & white photo until I read the comments. I was sitting here trying to figure out how they got the strawberries black! Duh!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

Thanks for asking my question of whether that last cake was photographed in black and white. I was getting worried... And yes, the "your" underlining on that coffin pic is, erm, concerning...I would have that cake tested first.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hopefully that second cake was for someone starting a career in undertaking or opening a new funeral home?? Hopefully :)

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Thanks for the photography tip, because I DID think those were prunes adorning that cake.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Why do I have the impression Monica's husband is going to be sleeping on the couch for a while? ;)

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Is that whale cake supposed to be a copy of Fudgie the Whale from Carvel Ice Cream Stores? Or does Carvel still exist and it's the real thing? Kate

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hee hee..
stewed prunes!

hee hee
first husband!

awesome post.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Oh. Strawberries. Is THAT what they are? Thanks for clearing that up.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Ironically enough- my dad could use that third cake. He remarried his first wife, and they did celebrate their "first" marriage with an engagement party for their "second" marriage. *gag*

WV: ephie- I think this whole marriage thing is kind of ephie...

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The whale of a wife cake is great-direct homage to the Simpsons! I would have loved to get a cake like that!!!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdee

The whale cake is from The Simpsons, Homer got it for Marge when they had their wedding. And I can't believe I remember that.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not to be picky, but if you're going to call your wife a whale on a cake, at least make it a big cake and make it look edible... the bushy eyebrows are unappetizing, and the whale is so small it's almost saying "you wish you were a whale but you're just a fish pretending to be a whale, wife"


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Firt Comment! :)

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First one's a Simpsons reference.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Weiland

I'm pretty sure that "To A Whale of a Wife" is a reference to the wedding cake Homer got a pregnant Marge on The Simpsons.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFloor

OK, so, to be fair to the husband in the first one, that's a Carvel Fudgy the Whale cake, and they used to have an ad campaign for Father's Day that said, "A Whale of a Cake for a Whale of a Dad."

Which, come to think of it, wasn't exactly complimentary to Dad.


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMMCQuarterback

Ha. That's funny that you put in the comment about the b&w photography. I didn't even think of that. I was thinking it was sad that their first marriage (anniversary?) cake was iced in the death colors of black and gray.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

ha ha I always joke about my husband being a "GREAT first husband." Great minds!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNinotchka

Lol, your first husband, John. I love it!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

OK, on the whale cake, my theory is that they are both Simpson fans, and this is a little inside joke (possibly others before me have spotted it already, so apologies if this is repetitive), and about the second, I'll say Mandy's just landed a job at a funeral parlor... at least that's what I want to think. Actually, I'm weird and twisted enough that I'd be delighted to get a coffin cake from somebody who knows me well.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggiethecat

Well, the first one could be a reference to the Simpsons; I believe Homer and Marge's wedding cake looked just like that. If that was the case, I would have to refrain from committing violence upon my boyfriend's person if he gave me that cake. Otherwise.....Shred him.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The Whale of a Wife thing is a reference to a Simpson's episode, so it was probably meant as a joke.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you think they served that coffin cake laughing maniacally, or they got Vincent Price to appear at the party?

WV- shabilly The coffin cake, however inappropriate to us, was not shabilly done.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

I had a friend who always introduced "my first wife, Betty Lou." She remained is first wife for over 60 years, until his death, and still likes to refer to herself that way sometimes.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterc3

Now, we have Fudgie the Whale as a constant birthday treat at our house, but I think if anyone gave me a Fudgie cake with THAT inscription on it, they would get their face slapped clean off their head.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpuppatoons

Many years ago I specifically asked my husband to get me a Fudgie the Whale cake with that same inscription..."To a Whale of a Wife." The Carvel guy tried to talk him out of it. I thought it was hilarious. That was my first husband, by the way, but the cake had nothing to do with the divorce!

WV: PsOMadge--My friend Madge who has psoriasis, not my friend Madge who doesn't

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottie Park


That's awesome. I hope I can be Jen's first husband for 60 years but I'd probably have to give up steak burritos*. MMMMMMM

john (the hubby of Jen)

* Ya know. 'Cause my arteries are gonna slam shut and I would die.

This has been a translation for the comment impaired. In case of an actual emergency, someone would slap you, shake you vigorously by the shoulders and sarcastically scream at you "REALLY!?!?!"

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

The whale cake is in reference to the Simpson's episode where Marge and Homer get married. That is the cake that Homer gets for Marge who is by the way, pregnant.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Is the first cake a wreck considering the bakery tried to talk the husband out of buying it?

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guess for the coffin cake is that Mandy just finished her degree in mortuary science.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it seems to me that the coffin cake might be for someone who just became certified as an undertaker

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertjhen77

That coffin cake is a first...(and maybe a "last" for person/persons)...

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I didn't realise that cake was photographed in B&W XD But it gave me a great idea for a greyscale cake!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My mom used to date a guy who introduced her as his future ex-wife. He's the same guy who sent her flowers at work - COD.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShylah

Hilarious! But what's wrong with stewed prunes on a cake? Am I the only one to actually like the things?

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha Ha Ha! That was hilarious!!!! At first I didn’t realize the picture was in black and white but than when you said something I started cracking up!
Ha Ha Ha!


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanny

i dont care if the whale cake was a joke about the simpsons or not; if my husband gave that to me hed be sleeping on the couch for a week!!
can you tell i just woke up though, i realy thought that the first marrige cake was black roses and gray icing.
like a goth wedding or something.
oh well..

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol :P Pretty awesome cakes.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

I'm guessing that coffin one is for someone who just opened a funeral home or maybe just became an undertaker?

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

As for the second cake, I sincerely hope that Mandy is going into the casket-making business or just became a mortician. Please let it be that!!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFoodieCrystal

So funny! I like to allude to all of my future husbands. I hope to be like Elizabeth Taylor!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaine

I'm guessing I'm the only one who thought that the "First Marraige" sounded rather presidential. ;p

WV: antis-the antis on the last post, not this one.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

If someone got me a Fudgie the Whale cake, I wouldn't care what was written on it. Those cakes are delicious. : D

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

The coffin one actually makes sense for me as a French native: what y'all call a Hen's nigtht (party for the future bride and her friends) is here "l'enterrement de vie de jeune fille" (burial of the life as a maiden).

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

The whale cake also appears to be a Fudgie the Whale cake, where they are commonly advertised as Father's Day cakes with the inscription "To a Whale of a Dad". "Whale of a wife" may play off of that, even from the Simpsons.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda L. Woade

That coffin lid is all wrong... should be the same shape as the top of the coffin.


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertencats

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