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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

To Be Read By Rod Serling


You unlock this bakery with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension.

A dimension of icing.

A dimension of piping bags.

A dimension of wreckitude.

You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of bad taste and even worse skill. You just crossed over into...

The Twilight Zone.


Picture, if you will... a monkey. This monkey:

I know, creepy right? [shivering] Brrrrrr. Totally.

[resuming serious announcer voice] Ahem. Now picture, if you will, five ravenous-yet-dim-witted Shih Tzu dogs:

[sternly] Let's call them Muffy, Boopsie, Precious, Buttercup and Mr. Snuggles.

Now picture, if you will, a face of terror that watches in malignant silence far beyond your present capacity to understand. A face enigmatically bizarre in terms of time and space. A face...

...of a tweety bird.

Now picture, if you will, Meerkat Zombies...raising the roof.

"What up, playah?"

This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination, the ingredients... of the Twilight Zone.


Jennifer P., Matt N., Christine S., and Melanie L., picture, if you will... a dolphin eating a Snickers bar in flip-flops and a cardigan. Then tell me what that looks like. I've always wondered.

- Related Wreckage: A Cake Wrecks Salute

Note: A couple of people suggested the pictures should be in black and white which was an awesome idea. So we changed them. I think it adds to the ambiance, don't you? For those who really want to see the full color versions, click here.

UPDATE! LeAnna and Woobie took up the dolphin challenge and sent in their ideas.

First LeAnna's:

AWESOME! Check out the flip flop thongs on his flippers.

And next we have Woobie's
See, the snickers bar is wearing the cardigan and flip flops because I apparently have no grasp of sentence structure. ?thought Who would have


One more!
This one's from Vanilla Smoke. Awesome!

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Reader Comments (168)

Oh my gosh. The Shih Tzus are hilarious.

And I laughed aloud at the Meerkat zombies raising the roof.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Whatever icing tip it is they use to make the poo swirls needs to be banned. Immediately. Nothing good has ever come from that icing tip. Unless of course they planned for the meerkats to look like they're standing in big piles of poo. In which case, see the "nothing good" comment. And what's up with the display case that Tweety monstrosity is in?

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

OMG! You kill me Jen!! I love the little pause from the Rod Sterling-esque voice over to comment on Monkey Face's creepiness!!

Excellent Twilight Zone set up...I could actually HEAR the music in your "SQUEEDLE DEEEE!" I love that I can count on you for geekiness as well as laughs!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBakingdom

Oops. Okay... "OMG! John, you crack me up!!" And so on and so forth!


March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBakingdom

OMG, the monkey's watching me!

wv: pinge- the pre-cringing sensation you feel just as you are logging into what you know will be another great cake wrecks day.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh really can't make this stuff up.

And why do all the dog cupcakes look like something is being shoved up their bums? I mean, look at their eyes.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeaches1111_00

aw, but aren't those bows up the pups just "precious?" (are those blueberry facial features??)

scary tweety with the toilet paper shaped head behind a "rain streaked" window. very effective.

WHAT are those scary swirly blobs in front of the meerkat twins? the remains of other meerkats? meerkat poop? rocks? do we want to know?

love the execution of today's theme. great commentary!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Huh? I have no clue as to what your last line was about . . . Snickers eating dolphin?

What was the question?

Oh, wait, nahhh, I still don't get it.

I don't "get" those cakes either. Shiver indeed (and not because it's 15 degrees outside . . . Fahrenheit . . . but at least it is supposed to get up to 68 tomorrow. Only a 53 degree difference!)

WV: trayett. If at first you don't succeed, trayett again and again and again until you finally get it right. Especially if you are a wreckerator!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I wouldn't so much call the monkey cake a wreck. Its really well done. You can't really help what somebody orders.

Meerkats are creepy and I won't defend them ever, though.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

What in the world is that in front of the meerkats? Entrails? Poop? *shuddering*

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakeburnette

Are those meerkats hanging out in their own piles of doo-doo? Yuck!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermydogumentary

Do you suppose Tweety had to pay extra for the sauna treatment? and what in heaven's name are those meercats sitting in?!

wv-okedd- Which bakery supervisor okedd these creations?

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank the Lord I work at home because I busted out laughing at the Meercats "raising the roof".

Those dogs and Tweety would tramatize me though. Normally I hate to cut into nicely made cakes. These would have me hacking into them the second I got home.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I missing something? What's wrong with the monkey cake? I see that the others are a bit.. weird.. looking. But the monkey face cake looks like a monkey's face..

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Am I missing something? What's wrong with the first cake? I mean I see that all the others are a bit... weird. But the first one looks great to me!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

The Meerkats and all their poop is the most disturbing thing this Seattle girl has ever seen.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Eeek! Meerkat poo!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhh. the meerkat zombies, dancing in the entrails of their victims. (Braaaaaaaaaaaains.)

How delicious.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSugarPunk

The monkey seems to have a beard...

First prize to the meerkats, though. The wreck is bad enough, but the commentary just about floored me. You've outdone yourself, Jen!

And I'll be honest, I thought the Shih Tzus were cute. Clearly, I have no taste. ;)

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hello people! The monkey cake doesn't have to be poorly made to be a Cake Wreck, it just has to make us giggle. However well done it is, it still looks a little creepy!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, Tweety has a little friend with him, a little penguin, which doesn't make any sense!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Creepy Cake Wrecks narrated a la Twilight Zone? You just made my morning.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterem

creepy creepy cakewrecks today. love the TZ theme/commentary!

'cept when we were kids, we sang the intro song as: nee nee nee nee, nee nee nee nee.

potato, potato.

great post!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

All bizarre and funny--except for the monkey face...which is just downright creepy.

Can you imagine cutting into it and EATING IT? With it LOOKING at YOU?

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

I'd have to agree with others comments....What's wrong with the monkey cake? Looks like a monkey to me! Maybe I'm missing something???

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg what the crap is this crap? Why are the meerkats standing in a nasty manure pile? *gags*

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

The meerkats look like naked mole rats sitting in a field of moldy poo.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCakelady72

If that fist cake is suppose to be a Chimp, then it's not a monkey, it's an ape. Monekyes and Chimps are two different animals

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

While the last three are more wrecky, the monkey face actually creeps me out the most. There's just something really off about it.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterderomanticize



Yes. The monkey cake looks like a monkey.

A creepy,



Who's judging me...

like you people...

Alright, comments yesterday were hard enough, I'm not doing them today. Anne-Marie? They're all yours.


March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

You know, the first one really isn't that bad, IMO.

but the Zombie Meerkat's? Priceless!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

So is that a baby meerkat massacre at the bottom or just meerkat doodoo??? Love this site. Forwarded to a cousin who is a cake decorator, she checks it every day after work.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

What are the Zombie Meerkats standing in? It looks like a lawn filled with...I dunno. The corpses of slugs, maybe?


March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

I could hear rod in my head!!!! deedeedeedeedeedeedeedeedeedee... just sayin'

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I agree that the Monkey cake is creepy.

I also loved this post! I could totally hear Rod Serling narrating it.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Smart Cookie Bakery

OH TERRORS!!..I am so afraid of monkeys and that one is, EWWWWWWWW!!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

The Musical score that accompanied this post was the best part. Thanks for the morning laugh. :)

Ha! I almost wet my jockeys at the meerkat "What's up playah!" I chuckle almost everyday at these materpieces, but this one made me laugh outloud. Thanks for the entertainment!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClevegal42

The meerkat zombies appear to be sitting in piles of bird poop. Or are they merely the remains of the brains that the meerkat zombies have eaten? We shall never know....

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuenevere

Monkey cake rocks! No knocking the monkey cake!

The doggies are sooooooo cute!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

I kind of like those cupcakes! :D

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

It was nice of the Meerkats to leave behind (or from their behinds) Meerkat presents on the cake....

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it me or is there an awful lot of ghost poo in that last cake?

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Read

As ever, your (John & Jen, collectively) awesomeness shall reign supreme. LOVE the Tweety. The set ups alone make me laugh out loud, and then we get to the money shot. THANK YOU!!!!

WV: cableeri - That Tweety was cableering at me.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

Maybe this has been pointed out before, but upon reading this: "dolphin eating a Snickers bar in flip-flops and a cardigan" ... I just had to wonder, does that mean that the Snickers bar is wearing flop-flops and the cardigan???

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

OMG the meerkats just kill me! It looks like they left a "scent" trail across the cake! Yuck!!!!
I do love this blog.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCher' Shots

Wonderful Twilight Zone, John!

And Tweety is REALLY disturbing... he looks "vewy, vewy angwy"....

I'm going to hide now.

Love you guys!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Shouldn't these pictures be in black and white?

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRod Serling

I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of in love with the meerkats...

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I love the Twilight Zone narrator voice. John and Jen, you honestly make my life better with this blog. <3

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

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