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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)

A helicopter??? I thought it was a record player. And grey frosting? Ug!!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I thought the third one was a record player...the swirl is the rocord...the cake is the base and that's the arm going

of course, I thought #2 was a decapitated lady bug, so...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather

My guesses were a hand mixer, a fish lol, grey poop blob with a guitar on it and a bus????

HORRIBLE cakes btw. lol


February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was thinking hair dryer, but I can see the mixer. #2 I saw lips, #3 - an oar on a life raft, #4 I still have no freakin' idea, even after reading the comments.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDolly Domestic

My guesses were 1) a hand mixer, 2) a swirly deformed vagina, 3) a slightly deformed pizza cutter floating in a puddle, and 4) A radioactive mutant clown car covered in cotton candy.

Helicopter, though? serious?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfluid_static

That guitar one is obviously a pacifier with a bone coming out of it.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlewatts

Wow, I thought I had the I.D. game beat, but helicopter? I guessed "Starship Enterprise." I thought the ballet shoes were a laced-up corset left over from Valentine's day! Perhaps #4 is creative license on the Scooby Doo "Mystery Machine." At least the mystery part fits.


February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.R.

I would never have guessed #3! My answers:
1. Hand mixer
2. 2 pink conjoined rugby balls
3. A space turd and oar
4. Psychadelic minivan.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky C.

I definitely got the first 2 right (though the second took a serious leftward head twist). The third one looked like a grey life raft in a grey sea, with a weird oar. For the 4th one...I just figured it was a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds sort of thing...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

The last one is a turtle, yes?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last one is supposed to be for a wedding. A rear view image of a car decorated with roses and a heart in the rear view mirror.

LOL so far I'm the only one who sees this... I feel very unique.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen in Canada

My guesses were:
1) mixer
2) a fish
3) a dart thrown into a dart board
4) some psychodelic nightmare

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

My answers:
1. Cannon
2. Fish
3. An oar over a gray inflatable survivor raft

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nice one, Whole Foods! Is that an organic poop-mixer?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllTheBS

Oh man. Wah. I guessed:

1) Uh.
2) Um.
3) Hmm.
4) AGH!

What? I got it wrong?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

1) a hand mixer -- this one was easy.

2) No freakin idea. Ballet slippers, really?

3) A (grey) vinyl disk on a turntable (Why not?)

4) No idea. Something psychedelic.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentera l'ouest

I know #4! It's a Furby! An evil furby....

I thought #4 was a poo hair dryer, #2 was lips, #3 was a...lolipop?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkateheney

My guesses were as follows :
1. electric hand mixer
2. a fishie
3. a gray raft with a paddle (when viewed from the top by the way)
4. A cute VW bettle (that didn't turn out so cute)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I thought the "guitar" was a female ET with enormous hooters and an unusually small head.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergs

#4 is clearly cinderella's pumpkin carriage, modified for a power puff girl.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I actually got the helicopter, but it was the perfect storm:

a) I hadn't had enough caffeine yet, and thought I must be sort of dreaming.
b) I used to work around that kind of thing.
c) It wasn't a good job experience.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1) Hand mixer (really, in comparison to the other, that one's a give-away!)
2) lips??
3) plastic bucket and shovel squashed into the sand? Alternately, roll of duct tape with a scary red squiggle worm?
4) really, does it matter? It's a ccc!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

I thought the very first cake (supposed to be a car) was Dumb Donald from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoons. :D

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. funky hand mixer
2. Botox lips
3. Raid or OFF bug coil, the ones you burn to keep bugs away, no idea why someone would want it in on cake, but hey, each to their own.
4. VW decorated after ingestion of Scoobie snacks with Shaggy & Scoobie.

These adventures into surrealist baking are fun! Aw gee mom can I have the Salvidor Dali cupcake, I'll take the little clocks out of it before I eat it. Next week let's do something with a Hieronymus Bosch theme! :)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCan't See Sheep

I thought the very first cake (supposed to be a car) was Dumb Donald from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoons. :D

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

MY seven year old just asked me if the guitar one was a Rocking chicken bone?!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Helicopter? Seriously? I don't see it....
However I do think the last one is a LSD induced car from the 60's

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissiebear

My guesses were:

1. Hair dryer (though a bizarre one)
2. Fish
3. Record player?
4. Hippy bus with a tail, lol!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Kauz

I thought the first one was one of those full body MRI scanners. I was 0 for 4.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven and Chelsea

I thought the second one was lips. You know, like a REALLY stale Valentine's day cake (from the 1980's, obviously)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie (prisms)

A helicopter? A HELICOPTER?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerry

The last one's a puppy. He's leaning on a fence, hence his little black paws. He lost an eye, though, peeping over he wrong fence once. He has flowers in his ears and a blue bow. Also, an unfortunate black growth on the side of his head, poor thing.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaaren

The last one has to be a butterfly. Look carefully - there are antennae!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guesses:

1) mixer
2) lips
3) "EPCOT" (S.E. XD) with a giant oar on it
4) Puke?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpurplewowies

My Guesses:

1) Hand mixer
2) Fish
3) Rubber raft and paddle
4) Car

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspottheblogger

HAHAHA! Caitlin said a vagina for #2!!!! HAHAHA!!!
And I have to vote "NO" on the gumpaste Zaphod--he's different to everyone! That's the beauty of a book! Everyone has a personalized mental image! Although I was first in line the day Hitchhikers was released in the theater...but I didn't like that whole flipping-head thing Zaphod did...okay, that's a big enough comment.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe momma

that helicopter is SO a record player! and the last wreck is an oncoming VW bus with one side mirror and some cop lights on top.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommentersaraH

I haven't read anyone else's comments yet, but I'm going to say what I thought they were...

1. I got that right, hand mixer
2. fish
3. guitar
4. a baby carriage!

I give myself a 50% for getting 1 & 4 right (what? of course #4 is right!) and 40 bonus points for effort... whew-hoo! That's a whopping 90%. I am awesome.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermykidsmomx4

1 - mixer
2 - venus fly trap
3 - bacon on a stove-top grill
4 - vw bus. on acid.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersluj

I got the first one right. I said the second one was a fish..the third one some sort of alien thing..and the fourth I did a 'what the hell?'...
seriously...people are getting a PAY CHECK for this crud???? I need a new job!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaye

#4 I think is the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. Or at least it's supposed to be. Maybe.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscrappinfox

The hand mixer is almost cute in a elegant-girly-cartoony sort of way. I like the way they did the beaters. I can see what they were trying to do, but they didn't quite pull it off. My mixer doesn't have giant chocolate chicken pox.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I guessed the following:

A> A canon.

B> Lips

C> ....I struggled with this one and eventually settled on "...frying pan?"

D> Volkswagon Beetle from the 60's

I'm sad to say none of my guessed matched yours, but at least you're not entirely confident either. Lol.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

the last one has got to be the "mystery machine" only this time the scooby gang didn't find the bad guy in time to stop him spiking the water...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertangeria

I do believe the third one is actually a round gray life raft with a melted oar. The sticker says it is a "classic summer picnic cake". and the last one is a VW Beetle if you were on drugs.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterauntnursecathy

the 4th one is a turtle!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNona


February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the ballet slipper look like a lady bug with its head cut off!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I got the first two but thought the third was one of the stones they use in curling. Maybe I've just been watching too much Olympics.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamegranate

Tammy G

1. I totally thought the mixers on the hand blender were sperm and the polka dot structure was well.....some kind of metaphor.

2. I saw a fish

3. At a total loss but thought baseball bat on a washed out/snowey pitch

4. And the last one, I can't help but think it might be the big comfy couch??

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermemaby

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