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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

The Elephant In The Room

Did you know that "seeing pink elephants" is a euphemism for drunken hallucinations?

By that logic, I guess seeing dead pink elephants is a euphemism for "the hangover to end all hangovers."

Anyone else think those were open graves at first? (Or the first 10 times you looked at it?)

Of course, there are degrees of hangovers, as anyone who's woken up next to a minstrel monkey in Prague can attest. Here I've compiled a handy reference guide to help you decipher what might have happened last night.

If you see this:

Then you may have had one too may shots of "worm-in" tequila.

If you see this:

Then I'd blame the lethal combination of purple people eaters and pork rinds while watching Pinocchio. (Seriously, this is not a good idea.)

If you see this:

Then you must know my friend Chris! Yeah. Next time, skip the green stuff.

And finally, if you see this:

Then I'm afraid what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. Mazel Tov!

Well, happy New Year, Wreckies! Or failing that, at least have some "Nappy New Yeas"

Yea, yea!

Jessica, Georgia F., Emily H., Candace & Travis, Victoria, James E., & Yvonne W., here's to a sweetly "wreck-less" new year.

- Related Wreckage: Wasted Cakes

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Reader Comments (79)

If the purple six legged things in #3 are supposed to be Octoroks from the Legend of Zelda series, they're a pretty good rendition. Somehow I don't think that's what they were going for tho.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Zippers and Woody must really know how to party!

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

Oh my gosh. After you all said it, I finally see it - 50! There were pink elephants carousing on giant cookies at my local grocery store on New Year's Eve. I had no idea why. Thanks, Cake Wrecks, for helping me understand that pink elephants on baked goods are not an isolated incident.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlibrarylea

Nappy New Yeas, Cake Wrecks!
I must admit, I just saw varying shades of parts of the anatomy best left covered.
The first one a 50? Thanks commenter 1:)

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fun Fact: One of the oldest gay bars in Dallas is called "Zippers" which made the first cake even MORE hilarious.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

On the last cake, it doesn't say "yeas". It says Happy New Year. It is just a fancy 'r'. In fact, it is the same way I make my cursive 'r'.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

Two questions:

1. Are those purple ticks?

2. Does that clock have two 6's?

WV: juedgt. If you ate one of those cakes, juedget indigestion.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRed Wolf

Methinks Sixxlet protests too much.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oh and P.S. I definitely think the clock maker got confused after the 7 and started counting down for a minute there... "five, six, seven, SIX, uh... NINE!"

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

So... in the first cake... those aren't open graves then? What are they???

Oh! I see... I had to read in the comments and someone posted the cake is a big number! Now I see it! Who would spend flour, eggs, sugar, etc... to make such horrible cakes??

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoffee Lovers

I think someone named Woody should always try to be best friends with someone named Zippers.

Those open graves look like empty, for those not in the know, sardine cans. Kipper snacks cans for those of us in the know on the Atlantic Coast.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHavoc

Did anyone else notice that on the first cake it says "from Zippers"?

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes are great!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Happy New Years!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Oh yay, just what I needed for my hangover! lol

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Did anyone notice there are two sixes on the clock cake?

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What on EARTH is that orange thing? I keep coming up with different theories - and none of them are G-rated. :(

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersudaki

I laughed so hard at these. Thanks! I needed that!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

"Happy New Yeas"--A 'Sopranos' New Year's cake? 0_o (j/k)

Wow, these frighten me. Especially the one with the 'graves' (I've looked at it more than 10 times and I still can't figure it out). 0_0 Pink elephants also for some reason remind me of "heffalumps and woozles'--scary stuff!!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Jay Leno seems to be a fan, he was showing some wrecks which I first saw here. Congrats on being so influential.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Um, so it's now January 5th, well 6th. I'm going back through as I usually do when I am waiting for the baby to fall asleep, and I just now noticed the the first elephant cake was on a big #50. There was just too much else going on there. I just had to share.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Um, that cake has two 6s on it...

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I stared and stared and wondered why no one mentioned the obvious graves cheerfully decorated for those poor little pink elephants to fall into their demise. Then I saw the giant 50 materialize from amid the clutter of silly string.

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonemouce

is it just me or does it say 5, 6, 7, 6, 9, 10?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica


January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would be embarrassed to admit this, but I'm willing to bet other people made the same mistake.

The first aproximate fifteen times I looked at the first picture, I saw a bunch of dead pink elephants lying on weird colored ground near a few open graves. What I didn't see until way, way later was that it's a bunch of dead pink elephants lying on a colorful giant 50. I would say I need new glasses, but oddly, I doubt it.

So, does anyone else think Dumbo has gotten full and total revenge? (You know, for what the pink elephants did when he was hallucinating?)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

THe orange phallic symbol has a handlebar mustache!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCChris

It's pretty bad when the only recognizable elephants are the drunk ones.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann

Thanks much for the Wrecky Replay. I had not seen these, and yes, I am crying from laughing so hard at the commentary and comments.

I needed this!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

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