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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

Turkey Terror

GUYS! Do you know what time it is?

"Uh...lemme guess.

"Is it...

"National Imitation Crab Month?"


"Whirlpool Awareness Week?"


"Oh! Is it football season?"

Close, but no.
Here, I'll give you my "breast" hint:

Soon, you may be feeling a bit...STUFFED.

[gasp] " isn't! It's..."

"Turkey Cake Time! AAAAAAAA...


*gasp, gasp, gasp*



Thanks to Barbra G., Tamara O., Kati K., Carol G., Anna S., Jen, Amanda S., Meghann P., & Kristine C., who think these fowl cakes are really for the birds.

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Reader Comments (149)

Holy flaming poo!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too funny!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To me that last one looks like an artist's conception of what it would look like if Rudolph wound up in Hell.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Oooh! This is my favorite time of year! Turkey cake wrecks are awesome. You'd think with the number of them you posted last year, the wreckerators would swear off making these, but "thankfully" for us, they don't.
Bring 'em on, Jen!

wv: axessom
"I'ma gonna go axessom turkey cake!"

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Um, was this a Calvin and Hobbes reference, or was that just a coincidence?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFomerDominator

That third one reminded me I'm due a hysterectomy next week.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW it all the bakeries blind!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNona

i'm astounded that year after year they just seem to get worse..i'm in Canada, and I've never seen a turkey cake here..but then our Thanksgiving is earlier than yours..maybe the decorators haven't yet imbibed if...

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

Poor Alek!

Yup, that's right. Give thanks that your birthday even gets a mention on this year's Thanksgiving imitation crab cake.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSun

Let me continue that for you...

"AAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEE!!" :D Just to let you know... :D

That was hilarious!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

What's crazy, is that my name is Alex, and today (Nov 17) is my birthday. Wow, coincidence much?

I don't know if that's a turkey or not... but its just...special...

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Does anyone else think the last one might be Hedgehog Flambe?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Bradean

Whirlpool Awareness Week is awesome! Going around and around and around and....uh oh *reaches the middle and goes under*

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

The last one looks like a squirrel with its tail on fire!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmmaLu

The stuffed turkey with the... bananas? Are those supposed to be bananas garnishing that roast turkey cake? Anyway, looking at the "stuffing" for too long made me gag. I may just sit very quietly in a corner with a plate of carrot sticks this Thanksgiving.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPD

Cake #7) If Don King was a turkey...
or The Bride of Turkey-stein.

The last one.. all I could think was "Ruh-roh"


November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, at least they don't all look like penises this year.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Don't know whatmade me laugh harder... the cakes, Kelly's new (and improved song lyrics), or Keeley's Flying Four-Fingered Flaming Hand of Death comment..

Carry on Commentors.... carry on!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercraftinqueen

The last one looks like poo on fire, rofl!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichira-70

That fifth cake looked more like an alien throwing up than a turkey - is it really a turkey? Are you ...sure?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkwishee

That first CCC is probably the nicest CCC I've ever seen. Which is like saying: This is the best tasting dirt I've every eaten, or that's the nicest pile of dog poop I've had to pick up this week.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Whirlpool Awareness Week" LOL!

poor pilgrim--she's goin' down....

meanwhile, re: the last cake:

Poop! poop! your poop is on fire!!

(is this related to hemhorroids?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do the leaves on the 2nd photo look like bacon to anyone else?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I kinda like the first one, especially compared to the other ones! And that last one looks like a messed up Scooby Doo running from a fire...

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Note to self: When faced with the Thanksgiving turkey, try NOT to remember the turkey cakes posted here. Laughing hysterically will not be readily understood by my family.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

"Whirlpool Awareness Week" LOL!

poor pilgrim--she's goin' down....

meanwhile, re: the last cake:

Poop! poop! your poop is on fire!!

(is this related to hemhorroids?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake #1: Needs a warning....that's all I've got to say about that.

Cake #2: Looks like they tried to make fall-colored leaves. FAIL.

Cake #3: [John Wayne voice] You'd better get yourself outta there pilgrim!

Cake #4: A fookey? A foorkey? A footkey? A Turball? I give up. Look at all the flotsam. Why is there a little chocolate bar there?

Cake #5: I'm with Gary - no cake meat and no meat cakes. That stuffing is gross.

Cake #6: Gasp is right!

Cake #7: Nice afroturkey.

Cake #8: Ugh. A CCC (patooie) made to look like the "hand" turkeys we used to draw/color as kiddies. Sad.

Cake #9: At the risk of being Epcot-ish, I first thought Scooby-Doo engulfed in flames. Then I saw another Warning (yes, my mind is in the gutter). I also see poo.

wv: pacesses: If these cakes pacesses as turkeys, then heaven help us!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

That last one can't really be a turkey!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKP

#1 icing covered toilet paper with red ladyfingers and a limbless gingerbread torso. who looks scared, like he's being tortured. is that red curling ribbon hanging down from his face??? did someone stuff a stick of dynamite in his mouth, poor little guy (ribbon= burning fuse)

#2 Mm..raw bacon...

#3 what a happy little pilgrim about to meet her lord in the swirling cool whip whirlpool of doom! with sprinkles. (or at least, colored sugar)

#4 is that a candy bar in frankenturkey's box? and what's with the paper cutouts of pilgirms and Indians jammed into its body? have we run out of plastic flotsam? or are those "claim picks"--the feast attenders' attempts to stake their claim on breasts and thighs (um, turkey meat) The brown mass on the left worries me. so do the pumpkin flowers.

#5 I don't really think that's a turkey. It's staring at me. It looks like a giant dung beetle with yellow horny things. eating dung. and a flower. or it could be some other type of creature, with blueberry toes (or teeth) and banana tusks. see? this is art. when we can debate what these things REALLY look like

#6 is that a long eared vampire dog fearing the rising of the sun? or is he on stage in front of a a sunny backdrop and suffering from stage fright? or is he being sucked into the black hole of hell? surely nothing to be thankful for...including the radish nose.

#7 a bushy bearded dude with a rainbow wig? what are we celebrating here?

#8 still trying to figure that one out. it does appear to have wings. and funky headdress.

#9 now that y'all mention it, he does look like Scooby Doo. a very scared, about to be incinerated Doo. And I do mean doo in every sense. How ironic!

to quoth the Princess Bride: "Dear God, what IS that THING?"

which applies to every cake in today's post. *curtsey*

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My son wanted to know if the last one was supposed to be Scooby Doo in a turkey costume...

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW. They all are like bobs of poo, concealed by pretty fall colors, or strangeness.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaos6267

I looked at cake #5 just a second too long and subconsciously crossed my legs. Gross.

WV: kilid
These cakes kilid my appetite for cake on T-Day. Thank goodness for pumpkin pie.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoupAddict

This is a great post! My only question is, why is Scooby Doo on fire??

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenphalian

Is it me or does the last one look like Scooby Doo on fire?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Great pics.. I come here for a mood boost. Does it every time.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Bento

Seriously? The "cooked" turkey below the NFL Hall of Shame cake is horrid. It looks like you could attach jumper cables to it! Tune in Tokyo!


November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Oh God, the last one...could it be a poocock?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I saw the outstretched "wings" on Cake #8, the first thought through my mind was, " God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!" Thank you, WKRP, for the best Thanksgiving show ever! And thank you, Jen and John, for giving my mind a Happy Place to go to after seeing these wrecks.

Merry at Annie's Book Stop

WV: peore. Someone oughta put these poor bird cakes out of our misery!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HOLY DEFECATION DEMON, BATMAN!!! Oh Batman, we may really be in for it this time.

please lord don't let that last one show up on my table. unless it's to claim grandma.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEugeneTeam


That last one looks like a *cough* poo, wearing a rainbow afro wig. Oh my! Who even looks at that and thinks, "Yup, perfect turkey cake. Lets pop that on display"...........

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissRon

Is it just me, or does that last cake look like a scared dog on fire?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber T

the second cake sorta makes me think leaves made of bacon... darn now i want bacon

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one looks like a flaming piece of poo.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M.

who crapped in cake #5?

I think I'm required by Epcot law to say Hey, doesn't that last cake look like Scooby Do on Fire?

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIHeartBeer

OMG!!! I love the flaming poo turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAAAAAAAAA

The last one looks like a turd with a face and it's on fire. :)

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 2 year old claims the last one is a "halloween squirrel"

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercharli

Wow, I have to give the last wreckerator credit for creating the "flaming piece of poo" cake.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am sad to say this, but working in a certain red shirt khaki pants retail store's bakery....Unfortunately the photos we have to copy are these terrifying turkeys for turkey cakes. It kills me every single time I make one.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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