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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

Multiple Choice Wrecks

The great thing about modern art is that the subject matter is often left open to interpretation. So for these cakey specimens, I figured I'd give you a few options:

a) a hairy alien hand, complete with '33' tattoo
b) minnows attacking a log in a mud puddle
c) a cactus, to show how "cuddly" Mandy is

a) a post-modern pear
b) My 2nd-grade art project
c) an African "beer basket"

a) a diagram of a frog's reproductive system
b) a wishbone jumping rope
c) a T-bone steak

(Ok, that one was too easy; the inscription gave it away.)

a) salt and pepper shakers
b) dumbbells in front of a giant graffiti-ed pickle
c) a skateboard

a) a gladiator sandal with extra arch support
b) Something the under-14 set really shouldn't be looking at
c) a corset? Er, I mean, a corset. Yeah.

Matthias, Anony, Teresa, Angela M., & Sydney W., here's a hint: The answer is always "c".

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Reader Comments (113)

Wow, you guys weren't kidding about the beer basket wreckerator website! It's a treasure trove of wreckiness! Everything is tilting to the right, sweaty and shiny, and just a little blurry around the edges. I'm especially partial to the pregnant Dora the Explorer. Although, I have to say, my son would kill for that Yugi-oh cake, no matter how wrecky it is.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

The steak one reminded me of the doctor's illustration of my IUD. Lovely. Just what I want on a cake.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Joan: "I thought the T-bone cake was the state of South Carolina seceding from itself."

LMAO...perfect caption. :)

Happy to hear so many other people saw an IUD in the T-Bone cake.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenyonJen

Okay, I think that website ( is a cruel lie. I refuse to believe anyone who could make that divine Strawberry Shortcake house could also make that monstrosity of a Shrek cake.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, so I was cruising around on the internet today for local bakers for my mom's wedding cake. Lo and behold I stumbled across the "African beer basket" photo on a local bakery's website. I screeched in terror/delight/hilarity and immediately turned around the laptop so my sister could see it (she visits this blog as well). Let's just say that their body of work is fully represented by that specimen. "Professional" bakers people! Professional!

September 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

WoW!!! I checked out the web-site that "Beer Basket came from, and some of those cakes are AMAZING!! (ans some are such awful crap!) How can there be such a difference in the cakes? Are some done while on a bender? BAFFLING!!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterannacakes79

YOu know. when i first saw the first one....thats going to get confusing. Okay. When I initially viewed the first picture, I thought it was a voodoo doll hand with red pins stuck in. Then I looked again and I though it was actually SUPPOSED to look like a and goin through sparse acupuncture. Then I read the available possibilities I thought they were a joke, because o COuRSE it was an acupunctured hand.....though out of those I would say minnows attacking a log. :)

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah Turner :)

I laughed til I cried over the wishbone jumping rope comment. Perfect!!

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Mandy-one says 'Hiep Hoera' which is Dutch for Hip Hooray.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe that the inscription on the first one reads "Hiep Hoera". It's a dutch expression related to the English "Hip Hooray," commonly associated with birthdays. The first letter is just some strange cursive form of an "H."

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRamen Noodles

For all of those on the Mandy cake: It's Dutch for Hip Hurray, Hiep Hoera. Now, at least that problem solved, the thing that needs a wax job stil leaves us guessing...

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaudy

"A wishbone jumping rope"! Too funny! Thanks for the good laugh.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

#1 A moldy piece of green bread being eaten by a bunch off vicious flys.

#2 The Holy Hand grenade of Antioch from MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Funniest movie ever!

#3 A t-bone steak. The inscription totally gave it away.

#4 REALLY small snow men in front of a snow board.

#5 A weird tree trunk with a flowery bouquet of leaves on top, and a flowery bush at the bottom.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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