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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

Not-So-Passive Aggressive Cakes

You know that feeling you get sometimes, where you think everyone hates you and is secretly plotting your demise? (No? Just me?)

Usually that's called "paranoia." Unless, of course, you're in one of these bakeries:

Then it's called "reading the room."

Betcha never knew someone could give you the finger while wearing a baseball mitt, now, did you?

They're watching. Alllllways waaaatching.

Of course, some decorators can be pretty subtle:

"Why did he have to roam alone? WHY?!?"

While others just let it all hang out:


At least some places still offer truth in advertising, though:

The lawyers insisted.

Magic Girl, Julie D., Alanna F., Terra B., Rhoni L., & Bonbon, these "cakes" make me think we should be nicer to decorators. They could snap at any moment.

- Related Wreckage: Passive Aggressive Cakes

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Reader Comments (88)

Haha! "Cakes" is exactly what I would call these. Great sign!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I wonder if they also have "pies" and "doughnuts". Those are scarier than the creepy crawlies (if that's possible).

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen


Nice...wonder what they really mean.

Dean J.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That one with the toadstools would be pretty darn cute, if there were only a fairy or an elf or something to explain the footprints...

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That first one is that girl from Heroes whose eyes bleed black stuff and she kills everybody around her by making their heads asplode. But at least she's smiling now.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor (My Older Brothers)

This is one of my favorite categories. You can just feel the mood of those decorators. But what's with the boobies with the go-go fringe?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Hmmm, I don't think I'll be ordering any "cakes" from that company. Wonder what they are really selling?

Love this blog! It makes my morning every day!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhartman

I love the fact that my 11 year old daughter laughs hysterically at the "cakes" sign. An 11 year old gets why it's wrong, but a grown-up store employee can't? At least there's hope for future generations.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

Yeah nothing like a unibrow on a cookie sandwich! Mean cookies are not tasty.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

WTF hahahaha look at the big cookie one... *This* you call decorating, people? That looks like it belongs on Homestar Runner or something, getting sold by Bubs at his concession stand!

And that little landscape clearly says "go jump in a lake". Ahemhem. We are on to you guys!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

LOL LOL!!! THese are wonderful!

My favorite is the baseball mitt, emerging like the lotus-glove-of-Zenlike-mindfulness, and the baseball bursting forth in the middle of it like some mandala.

I am still alguhing about it.
:-D THANKS. Great way to begin the day. Lily

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake 1 - Alice Cooper lives
Cake 3 - Geico!

Let's hope these taste better than they look.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

OK, who else did see naughty cakes in the third picture?
(Hiding in shame)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

OK, who else did see a naughty cakes in the third picture???

(Hiding in shame)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

i HATE the random use of quotation marks!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth M

Aww... I thought the third one(s) were cute.

But what were they thinking with the fifth? Or was it just late on Friday and they had a bag of icing left over?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Wow. Quotation mark "Cakes" ? Love the baseball glove.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

oh my, that "grrr" one... what was the decorator thinking?!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolly

Why did he roam alone? Because of those shrooms! :-D

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie GIrl

WAIT! The one with footprints? What's with the giant mushrooms? They're like trees for something that makes such little footprints.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterqandlequeen

Loved this post! I actually liked the "go jump in a lake" cake. Or maybe I should say "cake."

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Is that last one from a bakery in Milwaukee?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaigealicious!

Anyone else notice that the 2nd cake is also labeled as a Rotissarie Chicken? It must be from the same place that makes "cakes"

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarley Quinn

OMG, I love the Gnome Death Cake. Awesome.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrishki

What is the bakery called again? Anger Issues Bakers Inc?

~Amy B

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

okay, now i'm paranoid. are y'all making fun of my comment yesterday when i said "cakes"?!?!

breathe. breathe. sorry. not only am i slightly paranoid, i'm a middle child. 'nuff said.

i actually like the pink and green floral trim on the first cake. too bad about the bleeding eyes. she should have that looked at.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

The top one looks like Coraline's "other" birthday cake.

Oh, silly us, that's not a baseball mit and ball at IS a rotisserie chicken with the giant egg it laid.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermudslicker

What's with the blueberry-tipped boobs in #3?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

I think maybe the second to last cake is supposed to be a roller coaster. I wonder how many people will have said this already by the time the comments get moderated!

I agree Kashmir, Geico! Totally.

Hey Pagealicious, what's with the slam against Milwaukee? Milwaukeeans represent. East side till I die.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Dude, no slam against Milwaukee...I agree, Milwaukeeans (East Side!) represent! I'm just pretty sure I saw that sign (or one just like it) in a bakery window on the East Side...

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaigealicious!

oh, that second one!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

I accidentally forgot the "s" in blogspot and I ended up on a bible college's creepy! Why would they have the name cakewrecks?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Wow, first "Suicide Encouragement" cake I've ever seen!!

"Hey, see that body of water over there? Next to the deformed mushrooms? Go drown in it!"

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Flying Spaghetti Monster! May you be touched by his noodly appendage! I'm talking about the googly-eyed cupcakes.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlegalsmeagol

The creepy little dudes with the big eyes that are allllways watching remind me of The Fry Kids from McDonalds... creepy indeed.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Leggett

I see the smurf village but where are the smurfs? Oh wait, now I see...the footprints...follow them and ye shall find... :)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeAnne

I would have to say that this is one the funniest posts here on cake wrecks,ever!. I love it!!. Also thank you for providing me with a laugh to start my day, every day.


September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRy and Kris Jones

OMG, the footprints one made me laugh out loud in my living room. Who thought up that design?? And how wrong is it that I want one too?

You're the best Jen!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

The baseball mitt made me look twice - I thought maybe they had put a CCC on TOP of a cookie cake. The misshapen outline was very reminiscent of a dreaded CCC.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanyelle

Not to go all serious on everyone, but those mushrooms really look like the poisonous Amanitas! Maybe that's why the footprints lead to the lake! So the people giving the cake were not only saying go jump in the lake, they were saying if you don't, we'll give you giant poisonous mushrooms to eat!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The one with the footprints is my favorite, lol. National Missing Children's Day, perhaps?

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvey

Oh, man...that "cakes" one really reminds me of one of my old jobs. I used to work at an Old Time Photography studio, and the owners put quotes around everything that they wanted to emphasize in their ads and price sheets. They didn't understand that it looked sarcastic. (ex: now "only" $25! it's a "deal"!)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

That sign is amazing. Not only for the quotation marks, but check out that font and perspective. How creative! If you stare at it, it looks like a giant ship determined to run you over." rel="nofollow">
Taking aim at lousy advertising

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdnoxious

Regarding Michelles find. Yikes! There is a religious site that is !!!

Why the heck call it cake wreck? and ya gotta wonder what "Blog-pot" might mean? LOL

Anger cakes, Grrrrrrrrr!


September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoof

i love the gnome one! omg! great meatloaf! =)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie Fish

I also saw that the unfortunate baseball cake had been placed into a rotisserie pan. That's the second one on this site! Kind of makes you wonder about what goes on in the back rooms of the grocery stores.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Maybe the last bakery specializes in CCCs and has finally recognized the fact that they're not actually real cakes.

Maybe I'm giving them too much credit.

Word verification: abitrin, a new pain reliever designed expressly to relieve headaches brought on by poor icing and misused quotation marks

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

My 4 year old say the cupcakes with eyes and I qoute "that is SOOOOOOO scary." The footprint cake is "weird" and the last cookie drunken nose thing, is an elephant cookie. I was amused by her assesments of the cakes.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercindy

I was having a crappy day until I got my copy of CakeWrecks in the mall! I read it from cover to cover while my daughter napped. So hilarious. Thanks Jen!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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