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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

Clean Out Your Fridge Day

Today is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day! I know, I'm excited, too... mostly because the only things in my fridge are a box of old butter and a half-eaten tube of cookie dough. Still, for those of you who only wish they were so lucky, here are a few handy guidelines:

You might need to clean out your fridge if:'re staring at your leftovers and they start staring back.

...last week's pizza is flakier than your Aunt Milda's scalp.

...your lemons and limes are "spreading their seeds."

...last week's spaghetti and meatballs remind you to get your prostate checked.

...your squeaky-clean crisper gets more squeaky than clean.

...the top shelf items band together to form a new life form.

And the kids want to keep it.

And, lastly, if you see this in your fridge:

You should probably move.

Myra T., Eric B., Hillary G., Laura P., Leah C., Rachel P., Sibel D., & Candi S., call me if you find any pudding cups back there. I'll send you my address.

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Reader Comments (85)

thanks... I nearly lost my cookies.... err I mean cake while reading this post - it was the pizza.. .the flakes... I want to go take another shower, scrub my mouth out w/ detergent and clean out my fridge asap.... and yet I also strangely have a craving for Pizza Schmizza.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Oh. That was nasty. Just nasty.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Just came back from the grocery I'm gonna haul all the groceries out of the frig and give it a good scrub down. Where's my bottle of Lysol?

And the roach cake? Gak- just Gak!

wv: bidiala "I'll be bidiala you nasty food goodbye!"

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercraftinqueen


If even the internet reminds me that I need to clean my fridge... Okay, I'll do it today. Just because your post was awesome and any new life forms there won't pay their share of the rent.

And... cockroach cake? So, so very wrong. Ang google proves there's more than one. Why? Why?

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm...we cleaned our fridge yesterday...after it broke...The new one is super neat and tidy, though!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaunted Mansion Geek

I like the "Ookpik" on LSD. Is anyone else old enough to remember Ookpik?

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

@mocha monster... we've got a health-nut in our office. i could see someone ordering a salad cake for her :) Of course, none of THESE cakes are appetizing enough to entice her to eat "unhealthily".

@Craig... well said.

I'm one of those who thinks Top Shelf is kind of cute, and is utterly mystified as to the appeal of a cockroach cake. And as for the pizza cake, there are so many recipes and instructions out there for delicious AND attractive pizza cakes that there's no excuse for that one. Oh, right, CW wouldn't exist if wreckerators knew shame...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

I'm home sick today and the pics reminded me of what i threw up this morning. On the bright side your commentary cheered me up a bit!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDestinie

Well, that last one is literally the stuff of my nightmares. Horrible phobia meets favorite dessert, and I can't unsee it. WHY CAN'T I UNSEE IT?

*curls up in the corner and weeps.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Douglas

LOL! I didn't know it was clean-the-fridge day. I try to do it every Monday on general principle (and don't beat my head into the wall if I skip one out of lack of time or pure laziness). I did do it this morning. I didn't find any of those things, thankfully! The worst I found was some month-old cilantro...

Here's something all you wreckies should try. Go read archives under the covers of your bed (iPod or iPhone or similar gadget required) when you are supposed to be sleeping, and try not to laugh and wake your spouse up. I tried it. You know how they talk about "shaking with silent laughter"? It's impossible not to shake! And I never could suppress all the noises, either, though I tried to turn them into coughs... Love this site! Only trouble is, I can't see the kapcha on my iPod...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

"and the kid want to keep it." omg

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cake with the mice on it is kinda cute.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Thank you for reminding me of this Tom Smith song:

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWeetzie

Craig, I have been following CW since day one and have seen every post--and this is the first one that I WISHED had a warning--because, cake and descriptions both--they made me gag! The pizza, the prostate checking, the scalp flakes, whatever--and who makes a cake of mice eating corn? What?


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCloudy

Hi, I was actually sitting down to eat a meal at 5pm when I said, I think I'll take a look at Cake Wrecks. And sure enough, I had to very carefully eat, checking to make sure that it was safe.- Julie from Louisiana

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want a plushy of number six!!! Is that wrong?

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 3 year old daughter said, of the spaghetti cake. "It looks like someone pooped on that orange cake." Too true.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

This reminds me of an old Garfield comic
"The bacon is grazing on the lettuce and he asks if he should clean out the fridge"

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBoo


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe

So awesome. I too love the top shelf creature.

In other news . . . what *is* that "parmesan" made of? Powdered sugar and food coloring?

And since I'm rambling, I'm also surprised at the strong negative reactions here. Seriously, lots of baby cakes have been way more gross than any of these.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did anyone ever watch the tv show Dinosaurs? This totally reminds me of the 'When good food goes bad' episode.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to thank Cake Wrecks for putting a smile on my face when I most need it. I always check this site out when I have had a bad day. Keep up the good work. You are saving the world from grumpy frowns and tears!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No joking I had no idea today was clean out your fridge day and I cleaned mine out yesterday!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

The cockroach-ewww The new life form cake WTF???? DX

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, the last one? What the F*&# is that???

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Miller

I literally almost threw up when I saw some of these cakes. Probably didn't help that I had just eaten dinner.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJadzeaDax84

I want to thank you for fair warning. When I saw the title "Clean out your fridge day", i knew the worst was yet to come.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterilze

Never make me read this while I'm eating my oatmeal for breakfast! I had to put it down twice I was so grossed out!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Who wants to bet the roach cake is red velvet with custard filling?

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

and recyeling day

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Maybe the roach cake was a celebration for finishing Kafka's short story "The Metamorphosis." Or a gift for the T.A. that taught the Literature 101 class.

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 2 1/2 year old son identified the hamburger cake as a monster cake, this is not all that surprising. I was surprised that he realized it was a cake in the first place.

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

raises hand: ohh, ohh, I want a self cleaning fridge, too!!

re: possible pet
I shall name him George and I will hug him and pet him...

-Barbara Anne

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Apparently, the lemon and lime are trying to make the very first "lime-on"!

Word verification: buggelly! No, I'm not kidding!
"Man, that last cake is just plain buggelly!"

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAA

Is the last one a scolopendra? WHY?????????????

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdolphin

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