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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

No Offense

Since our posts here on CW invariably manage to offend someone - carrot lovers, grammar Nazis, Canadians - we've decided that *today's* commentary won't be offensive to anyone. Literally. In fact, it's going to be SO inoffensive that I'm trying not to fall asleep as I type thikjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

Huh? What? Where am I? Oh, yeah, non-offensive.

I forgot to mention that I'll be randomly choosing cakes from our archives, so there's really no telling what cakes we'll end up with. Rest assured that the commentary will be completely inoffensive, though. Promise.

Okay, here goes. Our first cake is #4,312:

"Hey-o! Are those supposed to be balloons, or, like, what?"

Huh, this inoffensive stuff is easy! Nothing to it.

Okay, next we have cake #245...

Hm. Inoffensive. Okay. "Boy, oh boy! What a fine, upstanding reputable bird that is! I salute pay respect to the baker who came up with imagined this design! That's not a peacock, is it?"

Alright, so this is kind of hard difficult. I'm sure I'll do better on the next one, though.

Cake #8,062:

[biting lip] Uh. Hang on.

[looks up e-mail]

Well, according to Stetson here, this is actually a bakery display in Colombia. [drumming fingers] Hm. Oh! I know: "Hey, was this decorated by gorillas or something?"

Yeah, I think I'm hitting my stride again. No *way* I'm going to offend anyone with that.


Cake #4,207:

[crickets chirping]




Okay, last one. [Shaking digital dice] C'mon, inoffensive!

Cake #2,093:

I give up.

Denise, Lisa M., Stetson J., Brindy W., Karin D., & Megan C., if you're still reading this, thanks. I think.

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Reader Comments (163)

The last one is clearly kids dressing up for Halloween as ghosts.
And the one before that has the counterclockwise version (sewastika) not the offensive (to non-East-Indians) swastika. So both are blatantly inoffensive.
Harmod Jorgensson

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The baby is Baby New Year. I didn't read all the comments so I don't know if anyone figured that one out. In Texas, at least, people shoot off their guns at midnight on Jan 1st, and I assume the empty beer bottles are a nod to the hangover most folks have on the New Years Day. I'm a cake decorator (most fun job ever!), so I spend a lot of time trying to decifer weird ideas, symbols wanted, and terrible sketches from customers. I think the Swastika was reversed as a protest that will undoubtably go right over the customer's head.

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

Tasty, tasty propaganda..


Kim in ID
200 miles south of Canada and totally not offended in the least. ;)

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not surprisingly, the swastika cake was made by an ignorant decorator... it is drawn backwards (the arms should face right). I only know this from having to do a lengthy paper on use of symbols during wartime efforts and a quick wikipedia check.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! That is so non-offensive! Haha! I love your blog!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheCakeChick

Perhaps cake #1 is for a fertility lab tech...after does look like a festive take on little swimmers under a microscope. It should read...
Happy Birthday...good job getting so many women pregnant!

And with the "turkey" cake...All I saw at first was the huge knockers on that was only after looking at the caption that I realized it was standing at attention...and those were a more southern set of twins :-)

wv: aphose...At first sight I thought it was a peacock...but it turned out to be a phose.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorri Anne

Ghosts--- ghosts-- maybe they're ghosts?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Vinaigrette Girl here.

Cake number one is surely a neurological mapping cake, designed to encourage someone revising for HumBio 3A, and as such should be encouraged. (I refer you to "It's Too Late To Apoptize" and other smash bio-hits for further clarity...)

Or maybe it's Oliver Sacks's birthday cake. Either way.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A Nazi cake, wonder what the filling was?! Infact i dont want to know. Some people. ;0 x

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

What are the odds that the swastika cake is kosher?

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlinkcorreon

They're... ghosts... of... well, no, not CHRISTMAS past per se, but.... :s

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "swastika" is actually the indian symbol for rolling waters. With the border on the cake I'm thinking maybe that was what they wanted and didn't intend to have a Nazi celebration. Just my $.02 worth.

November 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

You lost "in-offensive" at "Grammar Nazis". LOLXDROFLWTIME!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRomeo

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