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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

I Call Fowl

I dunno, would you say some hen-pecked Wreckerator just winged this one?

I mean, I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but this isn't exactly poultry in motion.

Now this, on the other hand...

Yep, that's a dead ringer.

Hey Dana S. & Elin A., you know the expression "running around like a chicken with its head cut off"? Well, apparently, if they keep their heads, they just lay there niiiice and still-like.

- Related Wreckage: Creations That Might Possibly Be Representations of Turkeys

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Reader Comments (65)

There must be a pretty specific market for a plucked fetal position chicken cake. Maybe a PETA protest party?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

Oh my word! Is that going to be "birds of a feather flock together?" Oh, wait . . . the second one doesn't have any feathers! (Who would want to eat cake shaped like a plucked, raw chicken? Ewwwwwwww!)

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Uh, why would anyone even want a cake that looked like a plucked chicken???

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband thinks the first one must be an impressionist chicken. You don't know what the wreckerator was feeling when s/he made it - maybe they were just trying to express their inner angst about missing the farm where they grew up.

Right. Anyway, it sure beats the second one.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I quite like that first one.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterros

I can't explain why, but I really like the first cake. It really does look like poultry in motion, its feathers look like they're moving. I also like the green color. It's a very soothing cake to me. I like it!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Whoever ordered the first one is certainly in for a Pullet Surprise!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I hope that last cake is pink on the inside. Wouldn't that be great?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

To me, that first chicken is definitely pointing left and saying
'He went thataway!'

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Ew at the pink on the inside comment. Ew, ew.

Slice of cold, dead bird anyone? With ice cream on top?

I quite like the first one too. It's pretty. Sketchy.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiecey

Aw, I actually think the first one is adorable! But the second one is bizarre and mildly terrifying.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

"Poultry in motion"! Jen, you never cease to make me laugh!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I'm seeing the cakes here, but not the wrecks. The first one is a nice picture, not photorealistic, but then they weren't trying for that anyway. The second one is hilarious, on purpose! No wrecks.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Westgard


September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

The Salt Lake Trib posted a short review of your book today.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSlave Driver

Yum, salmonella cake.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

There's a bakery that donates cakes and pies to my parents church for the Thanksgiving charity dinners there, and some of the cakes are made to look like the turkey roast ready for the table, with the booties and greenery and everything! They're quite well done (ha!) and the people who come in for food get quite a kick out of them.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

I'd say the first chicken is Cthulhu's 4H chicken

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

That 2nd cake looks exactly like pak cham kai (literally means white chopped chicken but is a whole chicken boiled in water, salt, ginger and spring onions). A very popular dish in South East Asia among the Chinese. Serve it with rice cooked in chicken stock and oil and you have Hainanese Chicken Rice!

And yes it's usual to serve the chicken like this. Well actually no, we chop the chicken up into smaller pieces, but at chicken rice stalls, the stallholder does hang up whole chickens to entice the customers!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereve+line

the first one is strangely interesting.

the second one makes me want to back away and wash my hands. guess i'm just a little chicken when it comes to raw poultry.

bock bock.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Eww. Just, eww. Never wanting to eat chicken. Ever. Again.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Ummm. What's going on in the middle of the second one? Is an alien about to burst out of it?

Also, how come it has no drumsticks?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me or does the first cake actually contain no cake? just a lump of frosting? and the second one can we ever forget.... Cake or Death?! now you can have both!! It's perfect!

W.V dykql... I think the bakers overdosed on dykql. Now they're seeing pretty colors...

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Oh, wait. Maybe it's not an alien. Maybe that's just its head folded down onto its chest? But if so, it's even MORE wrong that it doesn't have any legs.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes are FOWL!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Veggie T,

I thought the same thing when I proofread the post this morning. I was wondering if anyone else would think that.


September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

The first one looks like he could be in the background of a Van Gogh piece, and seriously where are the second chicken's legs??

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjustme

All I can say about the plucked chicken cake is O.M.G.!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrysTros

OMG, the puns! I am sitting here giggling.
I hope that dead chicken is strawberry on the inside to give it that real botulism feel.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenisewalks

I like the first one, It has an childlike art-y quality. The second one...don't be close-minded now. I can think of an time when cake decorated in the form of raw meat might be appropriate. How about a butcher's convention? a meat-packer's conference? In that case, you'd need a beef carcass cake in addition to raw drumstick cupcakes, and, uh, wait. I'm feeling sick right now and won't look at meat or cake again the same way.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Actually, the second one is a dead winger not ringer. You gotta love that the decorater tried to make it the color of chicken skin.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeachGirl

Why does the second chicken still have its neck?

Who would ask for a flabby raw chicken, let alone in CAKE FORM?

wv eutche- I just threw up a little in the back of my mouth. Eutche.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

LOL all that effort and the wings are on backwards.

It's not only creepy, it's a mutant!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

LOL@ Paul and "Pullet Surprise"

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMags


I just want to know...(or maybe I don't...) Who in the heck wants a cake made like a chicken? Especially a RAW chicken?

Maybe someone at a poultry processing plant was having a birthday? That's the only reason I can think of...*scratches head*

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Ah, shucks. I was looking forward to seeing some wrecks today. These two are just neat!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

*raises eyebrow* serious?? whatev. oh i'd never eat a dead chicken cake...

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! Love the posts today. Great puns! And don't forget our favorite chicken:

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Please tell me that the "niice and stiiiill liiike" is a reference to "The Frighteners". Love that underrated little movie!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Peel

Yeah, that first cake definitely looks like it's only a giant blob of frosting on a cake board. No real cake in there, folks...

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

I'm also fairly sure that first one has no cake underneath the enourmous pile of icing....grody.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergategeek

just curious but does the first cake actually contain any cake or is it just icing on a cardboard tray?

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhamburke

My husband upon being shown the "plucked poultry cake" said: "That's supposed to be a wreck? That's awesome!"

He is officially *not* allowed to ever buy me a cake.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlindie

That roasted (I hope) chicken cake is fabulous! What would even possess someone to do that? It gives a whole new meaning to "Let them eat cake".

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

These are super-wrecks if they actually TASTE like chicken.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdnoxious

Did any other RSS readers get this from CakeWrecks through their feed this morning?

"FOX Sports NFL Teams App
by wrecksistant" (all a link that takes you nowhere)

And nothing on the home page here. :-/

Anyway, hilarious stuff today! :D The second one is like a rubber chicken.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh, this is weird. Yesterday I I thought I was visiting Cake Wrecks, but I was actually at

The first picture for September 28 was 2 plucked chickens, and I thought "those are strange cakes," then I realized that they weren't cakes. Now the next day I'm actually looking at Cake Wrecks and there is a plucked chicken!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarm2008

ewww - it looks like they took an actual frozen chicken and covered it with icing. So not appetizing!

Before eating, I'd make sure that it was cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF, or at least make sure the juices run clear. ick.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Oh, gross.

wv: copla - These are a copla disgusting cakes.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkadyb

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