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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

Rockin' Wrectators

Today's readers all qualify for Evil Wrecky Henchpersons of the Month. Check it out:

First up, my apologies to Steph H. for not posting her awesomely hilarious Halloween costume sooner:

As you can see, Steph here is decked out in the ultimate CW homage costume! (Plus she matches the couch - so, you know, bonus points there.)

The back:
And the shoes!

Steph even started her own CW-inspired site called Tomb Wrecks. Now that's the level of devotion I expect from you Wreckies. Excellent work, Steph!

Next up, Manda K. has gone a little carrot jockey crazy:

...and I approve.

Oh, and for you non-tweeting types who missed it, here's David & his jockey tie causing some familial consternation:

Love it.

Many of you send in your intentional Wrecks - some homemade, some ordered, all hilarious. Here are a few of my recent favs:

Shauna W. did her own version of Cannibal Cake (aka Cakey):

Trish invented a mom version of "Happy Falker Satherhood" for her friend Nicole's baby shower:

"Happy Motnicovicterhood!"
Nice touch with the improper spacing, too.

This was the groom's cake at Carrie D.'s wedding, made by her friend and fellow Wreckie Sara T.:
(Check back tomorrow for the wedding cake - it's as pretty as this is Wrecky. Heh.)

And Max of Freed's Bakery sent me this hilarious homage specially requested by one of their customers:

I love these combo Wrecks. Can you spot them all? Don't miss the open book with "The End" behind the baby. (Don't remember that one? It's in the book.)

And finally, some of you may remember Breanna K., who won Best in Show at the AZ cake show last year while wearing a CW shirt. Well, Breanna's back, and she won again! This time, she wore a different CW shirt, too:

This cake took 1st in semi-pro, people's choice, and decorators' choice. Be sure to check out Breanna's Cakes for more of her award-winning work!

Breanna, I think I speak for us all when I say it's a crying shame you haven't started your own cake business yet. Wowza.

And to the rest of you: rest assured I read and enjoy your every e-mail, but there are simply too many for me to post all of your pics. Therefore only the most creative/amazing/funny stuff will get on the blog.

And yes, that IS a challenge. ;)

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Reader Comments (41)

Even Jesus looks concerned about that tie!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Look! It's me and my carrot jockey sumo wrestler christmas cookie! What a great Saturday morning surprise! I'm glad you found my email so amazing/creative and or funny!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandaK

I love how Jesus is looking disapprovingly at David and his jockey tie.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Oh my gosh. Those shoes! I couldn't even concentrate on the rest of the post after seeing them.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Wrecky Henchpersons, you are all fabulous beyond words!

Steph, can I go trick-or-treating with you this year?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Aigh! Tell Steph she has GOTTA put full-sized pics up on the web somewhere and TELL US WHERE!

And I agree with tBN: The boots are the best part, and that's saying a lot.


February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

Wow. Brenna is *good*.

The cannibal cake is adorable!

And Steph H. rocks my socks. I'm checking out Tomb Wrecks now. :-)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I wonder just how long it will be before there's a "bricks and morter" Cake Wrecks bakery, where people can go and purposely order their very own cake wrecks.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDorci


February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

I love the Freed's Bakery's shattered label-- nice touch!

And if the Jesus portrait at David's house ISN'T usually under a wash of light.... is this the first CW miracle we're witnessing? Or does Jesus just wish he had a cool tie like that?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just checked out tombwrecks-- my first thought was, I hope no one gives her a bunch of flak like they hand Jen all the time-- and that's just over CAKE. Then I realized, how could they possibly?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whoo hoo!! A Saturday post!!
Is it wrong that I think the weeding cake needs some raspberry blood dripping from it?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Yay Cannibul Cake!

Steph H., incredibly well done! Love it--and like the others, I agree that you deserve special kudos for the shoes. Too great.

And I also find Jesus' look of consternation pretty funny. Unfortunate though...I personally think Jesus has enough perspective that He could appreciate the absurdity and humor of naked mohawk baby carrot jockeys.


February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love how the apostophe on the groom's cake also serves as a comma for the word "on."


February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

I also love how Jesus is seemingly disapproving of David's tie. And I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed that!

And Breanna's cake is awesome!! It's adorable and looks so yummy.

WV: Ovenat. I wish I had a better ovenat at my house because I'm inspired to bake a cake!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVE Breena's cake!! Wow! :)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

This post encapsulates absolutely everything I love about this site.

Wreckies really are a special kind of person... in absolutely the best possible way. Wreck on!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Where can I buy a Disapproving Jesus portrait? That is awesome.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStuart Anderson

The best part of the tie picture is the stern Jesus painting glowering in the background.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Re: Halloween Costume... It's a wreck of its own. I believe the front of the T-Shirt is supposed to read "You're" (You are) as opposed to "Your" (possessive). Pet peeve of mine.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Those are awesome! I told my friends I wanted a Wreck for my birthday, so they ordered me a cake that said "Happy Birhtday?"
The decorator looked at us like we were drunk. To be fair, it was a college town on Homecoming Friday, so they probably do get a lot of drunk people in the grocery store.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! My wedding wreck made it! Kerri, I didn't even notice the thing about the apostrophe being a comma as well - nice catch!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDement1a

Eh... I can't say I like the tomb wrecks site at all. interesting idea, but i can't help but feel sorry for the families, especially knowing that people make fun of what they chose to put on their loved one's tombstone.

The grammar mistakes are one thing, but if someone choses to put a car, a soccer ball, and a cross country emblem on their 20 year old son's tombstone, who are we to laugh at that? It's what they remember their son by.

Not to be a debbie downer or anything... and if you enjoy it, then by all means, i won't try to stop you. It's just not for me.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Does anyone know what they do with all that cake after a big contest? Is it eaten by the people attending the contest or donated?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoew


Sorry, but you can't be a human Cake Wreck while using proper grammar...unless, of course, YOU are also intending to be funny now, as Steph was with that shirt. In that case, my bad.


February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The disapproving Jesus simply MAKES that picture of David's carrot jockey tie.
I must know: was it a prop? Huh? Huh? WAS IT?

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChef, Interrupted

VERY unimpressed by Tomb Wrecks. So far below the level of humor here, in fact, more often than not, quite offensive. Making fun of the tombstones of five-year-olds, for instance, is not my cup of tea, and I must say that I'm surprised it is yours.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think you quite got it that Steph's costume was a tribute to Cake Wrecks.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterqueenscook

I love the "Happy Motnicovicterhood" cake. Especially the garden gnomes. The wheelbarrow gnome looks like he's getting ready to ram into the gnome sitting on the right.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

I came over from Aion's site.
I love, love pics and cake!
Have a wonderful weekend!

What happened to you taking Saturdays off? Go get some rest!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrsTiara

I have that same portrait on my wall (looking at it right now, actually) and I don't think it looks disapproving in real life - just something about the context. :D

But, if you want your very own, it is by artist Del Parson. :D

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Watson

I´m with carolyn on the tomb wrecks...very bad taste and not funny at all.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja

I love all the comments about the Jesus picture. Isn't it a Mormon picture of Jesus? Ha...

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Now, now... I personally think Jesus is doing that look to provide the perfect "srs bzns" counterpart to silly David and son.

Also, with the bright lamp highlighting his picture, he's totally photobombing them. It's a twofer!

Which just proves Jesus' divine sense of humor. Well, that and the fact that He loves me! ^__~

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterG'Cat

Oh my word! Amazing Cake Wrecks costume! Hmmmm...costume contest next Halloween?

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

@ Carolyn

Well said, I couldn't have put it better if I tried!

I think it is in bad taste too, for the same reasons!

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. That tomb wreck site is in awful taste. These people are gone and what we might find funny or stupid, they might have meaning to friends or family. And I don't care what it looks like- Kids tombstones should be off limits. How can you find anything remotely funny about a marker of a 6 year old?

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

That Groom's cake is a wreck for a wedding, but less of a wreck for librarians (weeding is the removal of out of date books or books in poor physical condition).

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Julie

He's wearing a suit and tie to church, whadda want?!? No one said anything about not having naked babies on carrots on it. I like it.

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich

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