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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)

This cake makes me smile! It's pretty, fun , bizarre and a tribute to Busby all in one!

Nice Roses!
Great Gams!

#1; Did it TASTE good?
bet it did..

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Reminds me of Sicily. Hmmmm.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToasty

Hitler was born in Austria. So at least some of them are insane...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnn

I...I...I don't understand this cake. This confounds me more than those supermarket messes.

I think I need to lie down now.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Maybe the bakery was just trying to see cake decoration from a different ankle... heh.

WV: thery - Freud had a thery that sometimes a leg is just a leg.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpretzelogic / Philly, PA

This reminds me of A Christmas Story: Must be Italian. . .It says, "fragile."

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

amazing cake

Awesome cake!

And thanks for the mention of "Footlight Parade." It's no "Golddiggers of 1933," but our favourite juvenile lead Dick Powell is in it so that makes me happy.

What were we talking about? Cake or something?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheIntrepidPie

I also counted 7.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The thing that bothers me most about this one . . . I actually think it's pretty, actually . . . is that one is going the WRONG WAY.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I'm fairly certain MJC is my soul mate (or, should that be "sole mate").

My first reaction wasn't that it was an odd cake and I didn't question the subject matter. The first thing I noticed was why in the world would someone not make sure all the feet were pointing in the same direction? That's just messed up.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJune Cleaver

I've had a pretty terrible day and was just about to go to bed when I remembered I hadn't gotten my daily dose of wreckage. So, I wandered on over hoping for a laugh, and was definitely rewarded for the trouble :) Thanks for all the punny, wrecktastic times Jen and John!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervmdesign

It's definitely not appetizing, that's for sure. But well made, nonetheless. No wonder so many are so confused about life...which came first: the confusion or the leg cake? Thus we have: confused people baking cakes = wreckatators galore.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjune2

reminds me of the creepy barbie jewelry.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteracademic poser

One of those legs is back to front. Unless it's facing the right way and all the others are wrong?

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRiver

What's the occasion? Bachelorette party???? 6th time around for a murderer?? wheel of torture?

That's what i want to know. but other than that, amazing design and craftsmanship!!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1nes

Just for a moment, consider this:
WHAT IF...that leg is the only one going the RIGHT way....?

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

How... very odd! Is it weird that the first thing I thought (well, after 'that's weird') was how much I'd love a pretty red bow garter like those? LOL!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Many years ago, I received one of those wierd black and white birthday cards, which had a group of pigs in birthday hats and the words "nothing says happy birthday quite like a cake in the shape of your nose!" However, I think that could be changed to "legs"!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrism

Eeeek! Why did I read this while eating breakfast? Lol, though this is definitely not as bad as some of the other unmentionables Ive seen!
Anna Marie

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

You guys do the best puns!

All I could think of seeing this was "A Christmas Story."

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

Glad to see that I am not the only one suffering Dexter (Ice Truck Killer!) flashbacks with this cake!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammi

My first thoughts on this cake were 'push me pull you', but that doesn't work out evenly.
Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir? That is about all I got left for this one.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

Epic pun win! I think you set a record, Jen! I applaud thee. And thanks for the laughs :)

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDodger

what is really really bothering me with this cake is that one of the legs is facing the the oposite way of the rest of them. WHHHYYYYY????

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bet this cake helped them get a "leg-up" on the other bakeries in the area and really "kick-started" their business. At the very least, it must have helped them get their "foot in the door" of a highly competitive Austrian cake-wreck market.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Yay! Thank you for mentioning Footlight Parade! My favorite movie!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It reminds me of synchronized swimming for some reason.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

Fuggling hilarious! You've got mad skillz in the pun department this week! Hope you didn't step on any toes with this one! (sorry)

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I'm torn between being extremely disturbed at the disembodied legs, and the fact that I think its a really cool looking cake.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Wow...didn't Alice Cooper have an album about this a couple of years ago? The subject of the album was, ahem, collecting victims to build a life-sized 'spider', or something like that?

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercygirlkat

Jen, I love you. Thanks for everything.


January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am loving the biker babies! But wait.... Are those carrots?! Oh well, they ARE only babies... I just loved reading your book "Cake Wrecks" and I wanted to find your blog... My mom and I love that book! The whole family thought it was hilarious! Jeez, pretty mucha great blogging inspiration!

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like one veeery sexy starfish.
I'm so lonely!


January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was about to say something about Hitler, but then it seems that at least 3 people beat me to it.

The cake is pretty though, despite being... um... freakish. (is that even a word?)


January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've seen this design a lot. It is from the musical "Cabaret", which is about WWII and is probably more well-known in Austria.

It is a fantastically done cake, and very nerdy for those who are into musicals as much as I am.

The legs in a circle comes from one of the dance scenes in the musical.


January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDissasociative Dreams

I followed that link to Footlight Parade and lost an entire day to Wiki-surfing.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~* Aria *~

Tthis cake belonged in "A Christmas Story" for sure! - Definitely xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I do! I do! I love James Cagney! :-)

February 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGumFuzzlr

I wonder who had to foot the bill for this cake. And did they respond to the price with a thigh? Maybe the baker is a leg-end in his own mind. Isn't that just toe-tally awesome?

(Probably should serve it with some de-calf coffee).

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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