My Other Blog

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!

- Related Wreckage: Mixed Signals

« Rooby Dooby DOOO!!! | Main | Oh, Bugger »

Reader Comments (142)

Love your site...
When we were younger and misbehaved my mother would always explain that we were her husband's children from his first marriage. She would refrain from saying that she was his first wife.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBurwell's Bits

In Shakespeare's time "stewed prune" could also mean "whore". So yeah, whole new level there.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh. I thought those were prunes. Ick.

The guy who bought the whale cake outta be beat. LOL


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Oh, oh, oh!!! I love the "this is Phil, my first husband!" Going to copy that!!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Where is the test taster for the coffin cake? I'd be worried about poison.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

To funny!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia Winter

I used to send flowers to my husband at work on VAlentine's Day and sign it Your Other Wife.
It drove the staff there crazy.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

I just thought it was a sad cake with grey frosting script and lumps o' coal as decoration, since it sounded like they might be looking forward to their 2nd or 3rd...marriage instead.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hahaha! Way to go, Monica's husband. *lol*

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I was trying to figure out what those nasty black blobs were. Thanks for clearing that up.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

i thought the strawberries were perhaps lumps of coal

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Leastlikely

My husband bought me the Fudgie the Whale Cake for a birthday (at my request) and was too embarrassed to have them write "to a whale of a wife" on it, so he did it himself. And yes, I asked for that too because of the Simpson episode. Because I thought it was hilarious. One of my favorite b-day cakes!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I know a couple that's been married 40 years and she always introduces him as her "First Husband"!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

thanks lisadh and julie! very funny now that i know what people are doing.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhit

"To A Whale of a Wife" is the cake that Homer got Marge on "The Simpsons" in a flashback to their shotgun 'Elvis chapel' wedding while she was heavily pregnant.

WV: paniz - as in, "paniz what I would use to hit my fiance on the head if he ever got me that cake while not pregnant"

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

These are hilarious. They're an excellent example of wrecks that are otherwise quite well done, but make you wonder what on earth the person who ordered them was thinking.

Also, I never would have known those were strawberries (or that it was a black and white photo) if you hadn't told me. I was wondering if they were supposed to be lumps of coal or something.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Anonymous @1:11 PM said I'm pretty sure that first cake is supposed to be Epcot.

No, it's Epcot Center. Jeez, don't you people know anything?! :P

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Stewed prunes...CLASSIC!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

The first cake is a Simpson's allusion, I believe. Still...funny!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Elena

I had a friend who was really struggling with a big scary birthday (the kind that ends in "0"). His sense of humor was such that it was easier on him to have friends mourn the end of his youth--complete with black suits, flower arrangements, and a coffin-shaped cake and beer cooler--than a more conventional birthday party.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kate -

That was a Fudgie the Whale cake. He drove an hour each way to get it.

For the record, I thought it was hilarious. The year he gave it to me, I had lost over 50 lbs. Had he given it to me the previous year though...

Monica B.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

The Simpsons episode actually aired 4 years after that picture was taken. Maybe I deserve royalties!

Actually the whole thing started with Carvel. It was traditionally a Father's Day cake that said, "To a Whale of a Dad."

Monica B.

PS That whale meat was delicious!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

The whale cake gives a whole new meaning to "fail whale". - Lauren

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmm, what if those really are stewed prunes? If the wedding was celebrated at a nursing home, then the cake is utterly hilarious.

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

To A Whale of a Wife
is actually a Simpsons joke. It's the wedding cake Homer bought for Marge for their roadside wedding reception.
Why do I know this?
I am not a busy girl.

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the "To A Whale of a Wife" sentiment is an ode to "The Simpsons" Homer got Marge the same cake on the night of their wedding. Also, That is a Fudgie the Whale and carvel stores do still exist

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Isn't that the same whale from the "Syphilis Blows" cake on the "Story of Amber" post?

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I always see that Fudgy the Whale cake from Carvel and make fun of it, so we got it for my dad for his birthday and had them write "To a whale of a dad" as a joke.

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalie

I had a great-uncle who always introduced his wife as "my current wife." They were married 55 years and she was always his "current" wife.

Love that.

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennyF

Oh my gosh, that is awesome!! I am so going to introduce my husband that way now! Makes up for the gazillion times my husband has said "Melody is my 2nd wife. I thank God everyday my first marriage didn't work out." Makes me feel like a homewrecker (I wasn't).

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

That first cake reminds me of the time when my husband got me a cake with a dead pig on it. What was really funny was his trying to talk the decorators into actually MAKING the dead pig cake.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbubbasmom

My parents could use the "First Marriage" cake. They married and divorced (and Mom left the country). They eventually got back together and then I showed up.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would SO accept the "Whale of a Wife" cake because it's from one of my favorite Simpsons episodes! And I will say that the wreck in question is a pretty dead-on recreation of the cake in the episode...the only thing that's off is the color (it should be blue).

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Black

Mandy must be a Twilight fan. Some poor sucker (heh heh) covered in glittery white pancake makeup is about to jump out of that cake.

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthebooleyhouse

The coffin cake could be congratulating someone on the recent graduation from mortuary school.

September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPattiCake

I made this for my friend who specifically requested it, with cheezy writing too...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrhea


October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The first one may or may not play off of the Simpsons or a Carvel commercial, but Monica's expression belies such theories.

"I'm a whale, am I?! Chow down, dude -- this one's all for you!"

Her husband was seen a short time later, wearing a whale cake on his face and muttering, "Why didn't I listen to the decorator? Why??"

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Jeeze people!
To a whale of a wife is a Simpsons reference! That cake is pure win! That's the cake Homer got Marge when they eloped because it's all they had, except the one on the show was blue.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitty_Kitsch

CatTrampoline said...

the date on this is 2009. It is 2011 and Carvel Ice Cream is STILL selling these things. They sent out advertising coupons for "Whale of a Dad" Father's Day cakes. In Texas, many men are plus-sized and we were all laughing and suggesting sending that one in to Cakewrecks.

June 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ripley says:

I thought that the person with the coffin cae waas being congratulated for completing mortuary school!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love it. When I am cross with my father I introduce him as 'my mother's husband' ... Quite funny really

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAustralian woman

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>