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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
Thursday
Feb252010

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.

Ready?

And...

Go!




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 (340)

No way...helicopter?? I could have sworn it was an abstract fire hose.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

My guesses: 1 - hand mixer, 2 - some sort of pink fish, 3 - a grey life raft with an oar in a grey ocean and 4 totally escapes me!! Wow!! And I thought I was a bad artist!!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLysh

coming in after 200 other comments, someone probably already said this, but i believe the 'helicopter' is actually a record player. and the last one is likely a frontal view of a car of some sort?
i just can't get over some of these things...do they actually SELL? i can't imagine picking it up and PAYING for it...and offering it to ANYONE!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Um why is there an elephant with chicken pox singing on that cookie cake?

Wow those last cakes are just awful, I thought the ballet slippers were a pink fortune cookie (at least that's my PG impression) and I'm still playing Magic Eye with that last one:-P

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

Hey, I totally got the hand mixer and the ballet slippers (although to be honest, my thought process was...fish? no, corset...no, BALLET SLIPPERS!), but the helicopter totally fooled me into thinking it was a shovel on top of some cement feces.

And in trying to make sense of the last one, I was thinking maybe a pin, if the bar part is where it's pinned, and there's a little purple wannabe heart dangling from it...eh?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersjjannen

oh, and I like how the user apparently spattered cookie dough ALL OVER the hand mixer, but in a series of perfect circles in a fairly uniform pattern. Even I'm not that messy--or precise(?).

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersjjannen

I thought #3 might be a curling stone. It looks more like that than a helicopter, that's for sure.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought the helicopter looked like a curling stone.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 3 year old said:

1. A shooter (gun)
2. A diaper
3. A guitar
4. Curlies

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRainyday

I got them all wrong! my guesses were:

A) wind tunnel
B) ladybug of some deformed sort
C) snake that just made a giant stone poop
D) turtle

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVilma

1) hand mixer
2) lungs (sooo off!)
3) a paddle left floating up the creek
4) ???
I'm not sure what they're on, but I'll have a little of whatever it is please and thank you!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnners

1) mixer
2) fish
3) Starship Enterprise-yeah J. R.!
4) Love Bug

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette L

I guessed: 1) hand mixer with chicken pox; 2) lips? 3) an oar floating on top of a whirlpool where the canoe has presumably sunk; 4) Pablo Picasso took acid and threw up.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

God help me, I got the helicopter. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I'm a little scared.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoodyRedHead

Haha, I thought the "helicopter" was a record player. And the "ballet slippers" were some sort of fish-lips hybrid. D:

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I thought #4 was a 70s VW bug.av

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonicael

I didn't get any of the others, but I KNOW what number 4 is!!
Its the middle bit of the Ninky Nonk - no seriously, its a kind of train thingy on a BBC television programme called In the Night Garden.
I only know because I have an 18 month old granddaughter...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Okay here are my guesses. Sorry they're so late, but that's what I get for living in Australia and being asleep when you post.

1. A hand mixer that's been left sitting dirty for so long that it has developed globules of mold, which have spread out and started taking over the rest of the cake. Yummy.

2. Two pink footballs stuck together. Seriously, can people only see one?

3. A horrid red and grey gloopy record player. I eventually saw the helicopter after much looking, but to me it looks like it's upside down and about to crash into the moon.

4. Teenage mutant hippie turtle. Also with mold. Yeah groovy baby cowabunga dude.

wv: gonal. Oh dear, I'd better not go there.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

my 3 year old son called the first one a house.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangie and tyler

I'm with the consensus on the mixer (you'd think someone who worked in a cake shop would know what a mixeer looked like though?), tailless fish, and hippy bus (a bus with only one wing mirror and the nose of a dog, but a bus all the same), but I thought 3 was a horribly murdered snail. I couldn't for the life of me think of an occasion where anyone would want a horribly murdered snail on their cake, but then I couldn't think of a reason why anyone would want a cake that looked like that whatever it was...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuniper

The top one looks like the Canadian Maple Leaf

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArcturian1

My guesses were:
1. a hand mixer (are those Nilla wafers on it?)
2. Hmmm...maybe lips? a pink helmet?
3. A record player (see the arm over the record?)
4. A turtle with a caterpillar on it's back (my children just laughed at me)

These decorators need serious mental health insurance.

WV = doses (I can only handle small doses of this web site without hurting myself with laughter!)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

1) yeah, I got mixer. Ugly mixer.
2) I puzzled over why the pink fish has no tail.
2)Why it's a Classic White Picnic Cake, or course!
3) It's vehicular. I think.

That shiny icing on the picnic cake. Eew.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

1) some weird kind of air cannon mounted on a pair of square frames

2)mutant tulip

3) distracted by the grayness of the "white" cake, but then the beginning of a clay coil pot with a child's plastic toy shovel, possibly for molding use

4) Monet's interpretation of a couch (that works when I take of my glasses)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Periodically, I draw to entertain my nephew. I can't draw, but he's only five and very forgiving. That cupcake car looks exactly like how I draw a car. I can also do a passable kitty. Clearly I have a big future as a wreckerator.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMira

It's a shame about the Darth Guitar cake, because the handwriting and musical notes were quite nice.

As for the unknowns, I guessed
1. hand mixer
2. a lopsided heart
3. target with arrow
4. alien life form

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

So I went with 1) hair dryer or spilled coffee cup 2)football bustier
3)Star Trek poo 4) ????

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

#4 is a turtle? Right?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Culpepper

1) hand mixer
2) butterfly (no one else saw that?)
3) spatula on a pan
4) This is my Wreck!! It was found on New Year's Eve, if that's a clue? I thought it was a sheep, but that makes two of us...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I totally thought the hand mixer was some weird cigarette things (that or a cannon)

I thought the slippers were a corset of some sort...

And the helicopter.... I figured it was a unicycle ><!

I'm no good at these guessing games haha

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKasha

my guesses were
1) hair dryer (half yay!)
2) slippers (90% yay!)
3) curling stone (maybe just because the olympics has been showing curling like 24/7)
4) vw 60s hippie van (seems to be the general consensus)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

#1-no idea

#2-a pair of lungs with horribly broken/misshapen ribs

#3-not a clue

#4-what Van Gogh's "Starry Night" would have looked like if he was using LSD

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

if that's a helicopter, it's upside down plunging into the ocean...
what a horrific way for your horrific death to be memorialized...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!! This is what passes for cake decorating. Oh my God. There's no way that was a pair of ballet slippers. I saw a deformed fish. You know, one that was too close to the nuclear bombs at the bottom of the ocean. But not a pair of ballet slippers.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was thinking that #3 was a coiled fire hose, with the nozzle on top.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 2nd cake looks like a penis on a stick.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

My guesses were:

1. Hand mixer
2. A very odd looking butterfly
3. A sandbox with appropriate tools for digging
4. Bwuh?!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

1. hand mixer
2. fish
3. disembowled snail? DX
4. the rear view of a VW bug with lots of flower decals...maybe

Oh, you MUST post a picture of Zaphod!cake on Sunday. I need to see this so badly.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterartemisrampant

#4 has got to be a VW van... kind of has a "Mystery Machine" vibe if you squint your eyes... lol

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are the best Wrecks ever! That Darth Vader jellybean guitar definitely reminded me of a chicken thigh...

My guesses...
1: WTF?!?!
2: ballet slippers
3: raft with oar
4: Scooby's Mystery Machine

I died when I read the answers though; this was SO good!!!!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

1) Canon shooting out canon balls

2) Butterfly (for some reason)

3) ... grey poo anyone? ANYONE?!

4) No idea, at all

Good pics to use for those mental IQ questions :D

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdy

I thought #3 looked like an oar in a life raft...

#2 was ballet slippers - really??? it looks kinda like a corset gone wrong to me!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolin

Ballet slippers? Yeah...right.

Helicopter??? :O I'm still trying to see it.

Final picture? No idea. So artistic. :O

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMs M

NO WAY thats a helicopter!! Who told you that? they LIED!! Love your blog, keep on keepin on.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We do have the coolest cake show on the planet. Someone else I know is making Golem. I can't wait to see all our entries. I hope you can make it next year. Our them will be comic books! How cool is that?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKyla

Okay, I never would have guessed ballet slippers...I thought: lungs with corset strings...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The third one is an inner tube with a paddle, I think. Not seeing any helicopters.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My guesses:
1) a sewing machine
2)the word "DANCE" gave it away
3) record player
4) a taxi

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer

Lynnette sez:

1. My sister-in-law plays pictionary like this.

2. That's totally a chicken leg in pic 2.

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlenny

1. handmixer
2. lips
3. record player
4. no idea!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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