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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

She's Got Leeeegs...

[singing] And she knows how to use them!

This was in the display window of a bakery in Austria.
Which is interesting, since I had no idea Austrians were INSANE.

Still, my knee-jerk reaction? This hip fondant feat kicks butt! Yep, those limber "pedals" should "garter" serious props from the ankle-biters.

Now, who wants to see Footlight Parade?

(Count the puns, my friends. COUNT 'EM.)

Trish B., I bet this cake costs an arm and a... aw, you know.

- Related Wreckage: A "Cake" With More Sole

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Reader Comments (140)

love how they all lead up to a rose...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe 'splorin' Wolfies

in my effort to write something that hasn't already been said, i will say this:

the front and bottom-most leg, upon closer inspection (i clicky clicked on the picture) appears to have some unsightly cellulite on the back of the thigh.

yeah. that's all i got.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Reminds me of Silent Hill for some reason... *squick!*

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

9 Puns? Dang, that's some serious work to come up with that many in that short of an entry! Skills!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Creepy AND really well made! What are the chances of that happening? (again)

The legs are gorgeous, really. Creepy as all get out since there are so many and they're not attached to anybody, but still... really well made. I can't even begin to fathom what kind of order came in to produce such a thing.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

All I'm saying is that Hitler was an Austrian.

Think about it.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrae

Talk about suffering from foot in mouth...... I thought I was bad with my TWO left feet.....

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boy, I thought I was bad with my TWO left feet... talk about suffering from foot in mouth...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ugh! Okay, what did they do with the rest of the Rockettes?
But aside from the dismemberment it's a lovely little cake.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

Strange but really, beautifull done.

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January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

gives new meaning to the question, "Who wants a leg?" formerly attributed to serving turkey.

what's the occasion for this thing? valentine's day? (red roses, etc.) or maybe they misunderstand our Christmas movies over there in Europe and they think it's a way to celebrate the holiday based on the "Major Award" leg lamp in "A Christmas Story"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

What the crap???

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I see I'm not the only person who immediately thought of the "major award" from Christmas Story. :D

WV: nopine, as in, This leg is made of only the most modern materials, and no pine!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

wow. I'm impressed with you people. This cake is like a Rorshach ink blot to the psyche.

Some see serial killer victims (trophies), some see can-can dancers, some see strippers, other see flags for Broadway shows or the Isle of Man (I'm getting quite an education, here!), others see the major award leg lamp, others see mutilated Barbie dolls (these people have probably had therapy from the teasing of older brothers), still others see it a a celebratory cake for someone getting a prosthetic limb...

"So tell me," *tapping notepad with pen* "What does this cake mean to you?"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So what is this? A bachelor party cake? Rite of Passage cake? Major Award cake? Groom's cake?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlea

and still others are obsessed with the one leg facing the wrong way... Obsessive compulsives, please stand up!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake reminds me of the June Taylor Dancers from the Jackie Gleason Show. Anyone else here that old? Anyone? Anyone?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You didn't know Austrian were insane? That's where Freud comes from. And you can just imagine what he would make of that rose!

This is definitely for the Christmas Story lover in the family. "Its a Major Award!"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

Good to see I'm not the only one who thought of the mannequins from Silent Hill...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Nona Mausi, the triskellion is not Welsh, as indeed the link you gave makes clear. It's the symbol of the Isle of Man.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterros

I got eight puns, myself.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren from the Cape

This cake is perfect for a bachelor party or a dance line team it has its place

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This may be a pun on the town of Fuessen, which is 5 km from the Austrian border, and whose shield is 3 legs. (A pun on the German word for "feet".)

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpj

It reminds me of Dexter, too. When the Icetruck Killer put the dismembered Barbie with each doll part tied with a red ribbon in Dexter's fridge.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Does this post make anyone else think of the Big Lebowski? That's what comes to mind for me...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommentertheRachel

maybe they saw "a christmas story" too many times??

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this!
Make it for a viewing of "Moulin Rouge"! Serve absinthe alongside, and you just know someone's going to be propositioning the pastry...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the leg -- you know, the one facing the wrong way -- maybe it dances to its own tune? marches to a different drummer? makes total sense!

if it is an accident, though...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervb

I love this cake - it's sooooooo sexy!!!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

That cake creeps me out a little because it reminds me of the mannequin monsters from Silent Hill, but prettier. Maybe it's less freaky if pretty mannequins try to kill you in dark alleys..

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's the birthplace of Hitler and Bruno! This is to be expected.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReuven

There is a space creature on the old Muppet Show with legs that run in circles, sort of like they're pivoting and/or on a wheel. But it had fuzzy, Muppety legs, so this is just the regular kind of freaky, I guess, and not of the Jim Henson-sponsored variety.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"...since I had no idea Austrians were INSANE." Cracked me up. I love the delivery.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Oh, I can definitely see this as the new accessory in the CW jewelry line, next to the carrot jockey necklace....awww yeeeaah!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryanne

Will it come in a box that says "fragile" (sounds Italian.) Maybe I will get THAT for my hubby's birthday. lol

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I've read this story - it ends badly for everyone.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Cathey

You didn't feel like a heel making all those puns? (Sorry, I couldn't pass up the chance to add another pun to the total)

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

ROFL! That's all, just ROFL!


January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Baker to self "What do I do with all these left over legs from the dolls I have been putting into cakes?"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten


January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Groan... you are on a serious roll with those puns today!
Not that I'm complaining, mind you. ;)

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I actually kinda like this cake. The legs are actually made very good. Kinda weird, but if you just had your legs amputated for some reason would be an interesting cake to get. *yes, I know I'm sick*

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

That Footlight Parade poster is absolutely scandalous! Much more so than the creepy cake. Some weird leg holiday?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs.Dr.Shot

I'm counting around ten puns... or maybe nine. Well, ten if you count the Footlight Parade, I guess. :P

The feet are kinda scary... but yes, the legs are very well done. :D

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteririshelflinwe

Anyone notice that the leg to the right is the only one facing right?? All the others are going left in a circle..... um...I wonder

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

It must be a major award!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTbelle

she's also got cankles...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanuvasaCasa

I thought it kind of looked like some sort of complicated synchronized swimming pose, except that would necessitate blue frosting...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

so it's not chicken... but I'd take a leg. Wonder if it taste anything like lady fingers??

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCher' Shots

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