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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

Training Day

"Oy! Sherry! Get over here and teach this new-hire how to make roses."

"But, boss, you told us yesterday we could only make Halloween cakes this month."


[sigh] "Ok. We'll figure something out."

"Oh, and when you're done, have Newbie make a batch with all those skull photo transfers. We need to use those up."

"What skull photo transfers?"

"These ones. They'll go great with the skull glitter rings we just got in."

"But those aren't...[sigh]...Ok, boss. Whatever you say."

Look out, Nikki A. & Meredith, it's a TiRCk!!!

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Reader Comments (54)


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Didn't you know realize yet, piping roses on a cake can make ANYTHING better! =)

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*staring silently with wide eyes at the computer, thinking 'What the?'*

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy know what? I find that first cake strangely awesome.

Must've broke my brain looking at these.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkogarashi

"Tirck or Treat" makes me happy.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEG

she forgot to teach the newbie how to *spell!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Roses for eyes? Come on, people! If you told them, "I want rose-colored glasses", they'd probably pipe roses on on a pair of glasses too.

Alien was done surprisingly well. Now if they just had a spaceship crashing in to the botched spelling, that would have been perfect!

We know our aliens....I only live a few miles from Roswell, NM.

Sharon's Edible Art

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Cake 1 gives new meaning to “rose”-colored glasses (I know there’s no glasses, just go with me). And what is up with the mouth on that pumpkin - looks like fur. Or a toupee. Ewww.

Cake 2. TiRCk or TReat. Well, I can only guess that might be the way an alien would say it.

wv - perdba: Sorry trainee, perdba store manager, we have to put roses somewhere on this pumpkin cake.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No words. But I do kind of like that first cake. I'd eat it.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

After lo these many months of witnessing the horror that is a Cake Wrecker's Spelling (In)Abilities, you would THINK that "Tirck or Treat" wouldn't terrify me so. But it did.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennl777

Is it just me or does the pumpkin cake have a piece of a shag carpet for a beard?

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Rosey the Jack o'lantern is aweful, just aweful.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy also in SoFla

On wreck #1, is that a chenille stem they've used for the mouth? It looks... fuzzy.

WV: aupscl - Those cakes look perfectly aupscl, even for Halloween!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Alien head and skulls.


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

is the mouth on the pumpkin even icing? it looks like one of those novelty moustaches you buy at the dollar store!
So, even though that pumpkin was wearing "Rose" colored glasses (hah), he was still so ashamed of how he looked, even HE wanted to go incognito!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCDSquared

That pumpkin so David Bowie with it's two colored eyes.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey@StuffbyStace

how bad is it that I like that first cake? I dunno why, it's strangely compelling...

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

I find it odd that the first cake is sold by the pound (!) and is going for the overpriced amount of $7.99/lb for mostly icing. No wonder the boss wants roses put on cakes. And don't even get me started on the alien-glitter-skull-ring-tirck cake. I love Halloween (it's one of the wreckiest times of the year!).


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I seeing things, or is the mouth on the first cake made from fake fur? I'm hoping that's just the black frosting bleeding into the orange, but it looks like fake fur.

I think I'll make all the little kids say Tirck or Treat if they want candy.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthesacredandtheprofane

Well, at least the first one was very nicely done, even if a bit strange. And since rose "eyes" are more sweet than spooky, this must be the cake for those who find Hallowe'en movies far too scary :)

The second one... well, I guess that must be the skull's Hallowe'en costume?

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

why does that pumpkin have a mustache? 0.o???

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkittymidori

Did anyone else watch Top Chef: Just Desserts yesterday? It was the classic relay quickfire, in which teams compete to complete basic skills. Yep, one of them was making roses. Watching the show first makes this post even funnier, somehow.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

I like the first one, too. It's sort of goth-fantasy-rock'n'roll-ish.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

They could've used some Flotsam Bugs.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercamcraftymom

How sad is it I'm slightly disappointed they didn't go for the full Monty and misspell "Treat" as well?

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Thanks for the good laugh. The rose eyed pumpkin totally cracked me up!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetal_up_my_butt

Fresh bakery -- now there's an idea. Roses for eyes and (lint / iron filings / a caterpillar) for a mouth. Those are fresh ideas, alright. Oy, indeed.

I like how 'TiRCK or TReat' uses the space allocated. One would never guess it was done at 30 seconds to closing.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Dear God, what on earth is that black furry thing on the pumpkin?

Wait. I don't want to know.


October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

The sweet roses on pumpkin #1 are off set by the scary giant caterpillar of doom that has taken the place of the pumpkin's mouth.

WV: skican -- what you get when the state of California gets under you skin?? what you get when you cross a wiccan and at ski bum???
NO? Well I'm out of ideas.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

I love the wreckiness of this time of year! Can't wait for Thanksgiving. Oy!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

OY is right! ROFLMAO!!!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So if kids come up and say "Tirck or Treat" and I say "Tirck", what do I end up with?

And we all know that aliens are the ultimate symbol for Halloween! :P

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Halloween cake horror story:

My friend worked at an ice cream shop where his boss had him turn a leftover Halloween cake into an Easter cake with just some extra layers of ice cream and frosting. Isn't that a neat "tirck"?

Clearly, on Wreck #2, the lettering is the trick, and the cake is the treat. Let's just hope they can bake better than they can spell.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Bwa Haa!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

If you'll note the label on the pumpkin cake lid says "Rose," so, maybe they figured that since they had already stuck a label on the lid, they'd just work in some roses on the cake in order to avoid, you know, wasting the label. 'Cause no one wants that.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoupAddict Karen

NOW I get it... That "Happy FaulkerSatherhood" stuff was just someone's idea of a TIRCK. Thanks for clearing that up!!
:) Mags

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Cake #2: I guess that's what all the young tircks are saying this Halloween.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBoy George

That first cake is the kind of creepy-strange that is exactly suited to Halloween. After looking at it a couple of times, I kind of like it :)

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole


(controlled by the evil rose-bud eyed sponge cake woman from the planet cakewercks)

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's not a tirck... IT'S A TARP!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUma tal de Patrícia

It's a TiRCk, get an axe!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily the Strange

I quite like the first one.... I think I need to lie down.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

You know that some where out there there is some person who would buy this....

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Umm - that alien has zits. Must be a young'un.

WV - expla
good thing we have Jen to expla the wrecks!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterilze

what the .....

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*Shakes* head. Sigh. Why even put skeleton rings on that thing? Or roses for that matter on the first one. I just will sit here in the dark and glare until I get a headache trying to figure out what the wreckerators thought they were doing. Then I will go eat cake lol.

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I enlarged the first one, hoping to clarify the mystery of the mouth. No such luck -- all I can tell is that the black-into-orange bleed theory (which I was rooting for) is not right. I see definite signs of fur. "Better... get... a bucket..."

Why are they pricing it by the pound -- is it pound cake? Looks like a pound of frosting, for sure. Frosting, fur and (perhaps) cake -- glad to see they included all the food groups.

wv: hygrampi. "Hygrampi -- we found your fake mustache!"

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I think my favorite part of this one is actually the giant, furry black moustache standing in for the rosy-eyed jack-o-lantern's mouth. That thing could put Tom Selleck to shame.

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarrisky

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