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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

Going Through a Rough Patch

It's the quintessential symbol of Halloween: the Jack-O-Lantern. Fortunately, it's also one of the easiest designs for a baker to make. Just take one round cake, ice it in orange, add a cartoony face, and...voilá!


Er. Heh, sorry. Let's try that again.


That's...not a cake.

[rolling up sleeves] Voila!

Is that...plastic?



A Pumpkin Poo-nicorn. Well. That's a first.

[through gritted teeth] Voi-la.

What the...what IS that? Come on, seriously, there's no way you could make this thing look less like a pumpkin!

Allow me to retract that last statement.

Knock, knock.

Well? Orange you glad I didn't say "voila?"

Hm. Maybe the problem lies in trying to make the whole cake look like a pumpkin. Maybe if the baker just drew a pumpkin ON the cake...



[more blinking]


Dorota, Carra M., Melody N., Shanna T., Andrew M., Ted, Donny & Amanda, Kaitlin K., & T.A., don't ask me; I'm going with "abstract jack-o-lantern."

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Reader Comments (125)

It never ceases to amaze me how a humble cupcake can be made into something so hideous. It must take practice :)

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

That last one is just.... whaaaaaat?

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

First off, I think the first cake is cute. Secondly, LOLed at the "pumpkin poo-nicorn." And lastly, maybe that one pumpkin is scowling because of the crack in the icing?

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Momma

Ok.. I am laughing so hard that tears are running down my cheek.. you comments are hilarious

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarilole

This is the best post ever! Thank you!

As far as I know, the word is spelled "voilĂ ". :-)

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Hilarious post!

I kinda like Mr. Grumpy. He looks fun.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Popcorn?? *whew!* I though it was a dome of ham salad with slices of hard-boiled eggs for eyes.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfieldguidetohummingbirds


I'm pretty sure we used those line diagrams on that last cake to label gynecological parts on my Anatomy final exam a couple of years ago!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

Love that second one - I so want one!!!!!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one that thinks the cake with the crack and the grumpy face might actually be a pumpkin PIE with a face drawn on it? Just wondering....

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

The first pumpkin is kinda awesome. Kisstacular! And I likes Frowny McFrownface. But the rest of them, especially that last one,'re on your own. Good luck. (flees for her own mental health)

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

Baby poo cupcakes

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDirk

I actually think that first pumpkin cake is...kinda awesome.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

Am I the only one to see the Nazi "SS Lightning" in the plastic eye-pick things on #3? Honestly, it's unnerving me a little!

WV: losins: Those bakers are losins their minds if they thought any of these would pass muster!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAquilaLorelei

well, sorry for the disagreement, but I don't see why the pumpkin pie third from the bottom is a wreck? I think it's quite well done and pretty cute. Especially given the expression on a PUMPKIN pie...wouldn't you too be frustrated with the tortuous grinding and scalding - er, I mean blending and baking in an oven - if you were a pumpkin being turned into a pie? How very undignified an end to its happy days growing in a pumpkin field...sure tastes good though!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ohhhh my *wipes tears of mirth from eyes*

#7 is "The grumpiest orange in all the land"

If you don't get the joke, there is a Halloween song called "The meanest pumpkin in all the land"

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobinSara

I'm a new reader to this blog, and I have to say that I NEVER stop laughing. Not only are the cakes, CCC, cookies, pies, etc. hysterical, but the comments are spot on! Poo-nicorns. OMG! *headdesk* How can people be don't know. Someone help me. When I am reading this site, my hubby wants to know what I'm smoking! Keep up the good work!

wv-dectrani--We need some dectrani to learn how to do our jobs!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

i thought the first pumpkin wasnt so bad :) just...... weird looking.

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaitie

Okay, I'll say the first one isn't bad. it's actually kinda scary.

The rest? Blech...

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a decorator for a major grocery chain, I sadly recognize many of these cakes. They're very poor renditions of the pictures the company sends us. This is (almost) what they're supposed to look like. When I get these pictures, I just throw them out. The last pumpkins were supposed to look modern and "stenciled". Bleh!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Now that was funny! Good commentary. I think the first one was actually kind of good, the rest, LOL!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

The 3rd from bottom looks like an angry meatwad from ATHF.

November 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That last cake, made me think, "Um, peaches?"

November 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Delaney

the third from the bottom one? that's totally meatwad from the cartoon aquateen hunger force! seriously...look at it! it's meaty!

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually REALLY REALLY like the first one....and the second one.....and the seventh one.....

*runs from stone wielding Wreckies*

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRorator

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