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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

World's Worst Pictionary Players

Seriously - don't let any of these Wreckerators on your team.

On the one hand, I know this is probably supposed to be a car.

On the other hand... are you frickin' kidding me?

You know that control panel on Darth Vader's chest plate - the thing with all the boxes and lights? Yeah, that. Well, imagine that mashed up with a guitar, only they're both made out of balloons. Or maybe jelly beans. Got it? Can you see it? Good.

Now, tell me...does the thing you're imagining...look something like this?

Yes? No?
A-hah! Dang, I'm good.

Ok, here's where things get interesting: Go grab your friends/co-workers/family members, and see who can correctly identify these objects the fastest (if at all). Answers are at the bottom.




Time's up!

How'd you do? Here are your answers:

1) A hand mixer. Or possibly a hair dryer. But probably a hand mixer.

2) Ballet slippers

3) A helicopter

4) I have no idea. Really. Your guess is as good as mine. (Ugly little bugger, though, isn't it?)

Heather E., Anne D., Lisa O., Leah C., Tessa, & Jenny, if you're lucky enough to live near Austin, Texas, you simply MUST go to the That Takes The Cake show this weekend. Their theme this year is Science Fiction & Fantasy, people. I hear someone is making a gumpaste Zaphod Beeblebrox. I mean, come ON. Could that BE any cooler?

- Related Wreckage: Cue Cards, Please?

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Reader Comments (341)

hand mixer, fish, an oar in a life raft, and not a clue :o( too funny; ballet slippers, please!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersleeplessnights04

As I am reading through the comments:

Bwahahahaaa!! Abby Normal guessed "Epcot" for #4!!!

DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! :)

Still giggling...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I thought #3 was a jackhammer resting on a man hole cover. Maybe the polka dots on the hand-mixer cake are cookies - maybe Jodee and Ian like to bake cookies.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought for sure that #2 was a fish and #3 was a record player. A record player didn't make a lot of sense for a "classic white picnic cake" but I guess a helicopter doesn't really make sense either.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#2 was ballet slippers?? I tought it was the big plant from Little shop of horrors, in drag.

Helicopter? I thoughtit was cement poo, with blood. A cake to celebrate the end of constipation!

Maybe the ink blot test should be replaced with cake wreck test?!?!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOnyx

That first cake was my submission! I found it in our local grocery store.

Thanks for posting it! This was a great post...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Woops. My guesses were:

A fog machine with polka dots
A ladypart post-brazilian
Wet cement with litter on it
Two or three hits of acid.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

1. Deformed Hand Mixer
2. Lips or heart
3. Martini or Banjo
4. ???????

Abby Normal FTW!!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCakey Goodness

WOW, I got #3 right! I must be getting more senile that I thought. And of course I *know* what #4 is but don't want to ruin the fun for everyone else.

4 i think is some sort of vehicle. Im thinking cinderalla's carriage maybe. I think thats a steering wheel at the end of the yellow window....

i got the hand mixer

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That was easy:

1. Farting cabin
2. pink clam
3. moon poop
4. love bug.


February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

1. hand mixer
2. a corset turned sideways
3. a pain and shovel with cement in it.
4. That's a luv-bug. (A volkswagon beetle with the flowers on it - there's even a slash in place for the steering wheel.)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJosin L. McQuein

-Hand mixer, check (not sure why it's polka dotted)
-Ballet slippers, check (read the word dance and guessed)
-raft w/ an oar (I work for Whole Foods as a cake decorator and that's just embarrassing. I'm not sure how they made grey icing either. as far as I know there isn't a natural black color)
- that last one looks like they had left over colors in the airbrush and just went to town.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakelady72

Helicopter looks more like a spatula on a bbq grill.

If anybody goes to the cake show in Austin, you MUST post a picture of the gumpaste Zaphod!'s required! LOL

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Helicopter? Seriously?

I think the last one is a turtle.

A smudgy, floral, colorful turtle.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

My guesses...
1. Hand mixer (I have one like that but this one happens to be upside-down.)

2. a pink, princess-eating piranha

3. grey poo and a red oar so the recipient, while up a certain creek, will have a paddle!

4. I had no idea. Upon further inspection I think that's the back of Cinder-smella's carriage as she drives away alone because Prince Charming left her at the altar after she fell out of the ugly tree. (note the singular silhouette(black splotch) in the (yellow) window)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkarina

I scull (row) as a hobby and #3 looks like an attempt at an oar making a puddle in the water (although it looks more like a canoe paddle than a sculling oar).

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

4) The Scooby Do Mystery Van!!!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda L

Are thos ballet slippers for an elephant? How ridiculous!

That is so not a helicopter. I don't know what it is, but it's not a helicopter. LOL

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

#4 - Mystery Machine! My 2 year old watches Scooby Doo...A LOT...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoftangelkisses

I figured 1) hand-mixer, 2)Ballet slippers (but only since they wrote "Dance" on it), 3)at first I thought that it was an oar and raft (on grey choppy seas), but then the sticker said picnic, so I changed it to bbq with drumstick., Are we sure it is a helicopter?? 4) I had no idea, it looked liked some weird post-modern art project.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

The hand mixer looks pretty good, minus the brown mini poo dots.

I am guessing the last one was supposed to be a car.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

1) A hair dryer (you sure that's not what it was? ;p )

2) The time when Pac-Man went further than simply a bow in his crossdressing.

3) A really nasty internal parasite being passed. (seriously, it actually made me push the rest of my dinner away)

4) Volkswagen Van.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMinnieMyself

I think #3 was supposed to be a paddle in an inflatable raft on a choppy sea.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

If you turn the first one upside down, and use your imagination to add a few noodly appendages, it is another miraculous appearance of the Flying Pasta Monster!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I'm totally with all of you who think that #4 is a VW bug or van right up to the extra black cupcake tacked onto the right. Why would there be a 3rd wheel hanging out in midair on the side of the car?

(FWIW, I saw a broken heart for #2 and just sort of lost interest while trying to figure out #3)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

The "helicopter" (okayyyy) cake is marked "classic white cake". I think cracked me up the most.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

The last cake on the list looks, well...kinda like a school bus from the back, if you were hittin' the mushrooms on the way home from...?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

#4 is a canoe paddle on top of a coil of rope. The rope, or more properly "line" is flemished.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaede

RosieLB said...

Are you frickin' kidding me? A helicopter? What was the wreckerator smoking (and where can I get some)?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a life-long Scooby fan, I simply REFUSE to believe that's the Mystery Machine. Partridge Family bus? Maybe.

"Hello, World, there's a song that we're singin'..."

Naw, I wouldn't do that to them, either.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1) A hand Mixer
2) Amber's bustier
3) A bad hallucination
4) The mystery machine from Scooby Doo.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElancer Belgian Sheepdogs


"A fog machine with polka dots
A ladypart post-brazilian
Wet cement with litter on it
Two or three hits of acid."

I am laughing so hard I'm afraid I might burst something.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

1) Mixer - got it!
2) Amber's bustier
3) A glowing ember on a pile of ash. Perhaps magma coming out of a volcano?
4) The mystery machine from Scooby-Doo.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElancer Belgian Sheepdogs

Definitely is a VW bus -- a view from the front, like you're looking into the front window. But it is UGLY indeed, oh god, and to think hippie vans are my favorite car!! :'C

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm not buying it - I think #3 is a life raft with a paddle (in the middle of the grayest sea ever).

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaylin

Gosh, I never heard the term "hand mixer" before. I've always called them eggbeaters.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

My answers:
1) A hand mixer
2) pink fish and i thought it said Eunice..
3) I actually saw a helicopter in that mess.
4) Is it supposed to be something?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStarfyre1

I honestly thought the pink thing was something to do with the Super bowl in pink. Do you see the XXII?
And the first one looks like a Champion Juicer.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie of Blue Gables

....had to go back & look to see if 2) really did look like vagina! Caitlin must know something I don't.......

My guesses:

1) a hand mixer or a futuristic ray gun

2) lips

3) grey spiraled poop with overlaid used tampon (what could be a more perfect theme for a cake?)

4) a hippy's coffin

.....still can't see the ballet slippers or helicopter tho'

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guesses were: 1: hand mixer, 2: lips, 3: paddle and raft, 4: hippie bus.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTSMPhotography

Ok - I swear, that was

1) Hand mixer
2) pink lady bug
3) a spatula (think Rachael Ray orange)
4) No friggin clue

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

Helicopter? I thought it was a record player?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

This post was extra fun with the "guess what this is" component. I got 1 and 3 right, but I thought 2 was some type of corset. I guessed 4 was some kind of abstract art, so I suppose that's right too?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like that the "White Picnic Cake" is gray.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I identified the hand mixer but am left wondering what its meaning is. Bake-off winners, maybe?

The helicopter, now that I know what it is, actually kind of looks like one would if you were standing under it and looking up at it -- though that's kind of a hard perspective to grasp when you're actually looking down at the cake.

wv: morphis -- That image kind of morphis into a helicopter if you suspend the cake over your head.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkayak

My guess for #4 is a very craptacular turtle.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTalon

The "guitar" looks an awful lot a scoop of ice cream on a bone to me...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA J

1.) hand mixer 2.) a tropical fish 3.) a dingy with a paddle 4.) Hippie VW bug

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwo Pugs in a Pod

Number 3's not a turntable? Never would have guessed helicopter in a million years.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaje

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