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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

Guess That Cake

It's time again for your favorite Wreckie game-show: "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!"

[cue applause]

Welcome to Guess That Cake, where your most delicious desserts are decorated and designed, deconstructed and defined. I'm your host, Kay Krex. Let's start the show!

[cue applause]

Now folks, if you're just tuning in, you're just in time for the rules. We'll show you a cake that was prepared by professional bakers at an actual cake store. All you have to do is GUESS... THAT... CAKE!!

Here we go. Let's start off easy with a cake sent all the way across the interwebs from Bridget H.:

Is birthday boy Shaun a fan of:

A) The Fireys from Labyrinth (attacking a B for Bowie, of course)
B) Colorful Rorschach inkblot tests
C) Budweiser

And the answer goes to....

C. Budweiser! Gosh, it seems so obvious now, doesn't it? I was sure it was a trick question. I mean, who'da thunk those little firey heads weren't trying to eat that letter "B"?

The stakes are raised on this second cake, a CCC, sent in from Jenny H. Let's take a look:


Is Jenny's cake supposed to be:


A) A horseshoe commemorating the Kentucky Derby
B) California holding a sledgehammer
C) The Virginia Tech logo


Drumroll please.....

Ooooh, so sorry to the contestants that did not choose "C." We realize it was the least obvious choice, as that cake absolutely does not resemble the Virginia Tech logo, especially considering the missing parts of the letter "V" and the general lack of enthusiasm put into the "go team."

Moving on to our final round where the points that we've neglected to mention until now are DOUBLED, let's take a look at this masterpiece sent in by Jasmine:


Can you tell us if that little guy on the bottom is supposed to be:

A) A broken vase
B) A bullhorn with a stick through its eye
C) A fish with legs wearing sunglasses and a beret and carrying a paintbrush

Survey says...

Eeeeesh- tough one. Tough one. I'm sure most of you were so distracted by the haphazard confetti sprinkles and day-glo lettering that you missed this little camp logo altogether. Spitting image, really. What a shame.


Better luck to you cake-lovers and wrecktators out there on the next episode of "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!" G'night, everyone!

[cue applause]
{off air}

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Reader Comments (91)

I love this. Being a professional decorator myself, I'd be ashamed to let something so hideous leave my back room. However, it is incredibly entertaining for the rest of us...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZodiac

I like the stencil idea anonymous had. Then you just frost the cupcakes individually in red, and put a line of white around them to tie it together. Make them one cupcake thick all the way around, too.

I like how they made the left part of the V two cupcakes thick, but then made the top of the T (that doesn't have a leg) THREE cupcakes thick. That is just weird, and I think the California holding a sledgehammer thing was GENIOUS.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess R.

Ok, guys...let's not be too hard on the wreckreator who made the VT cake. It's hard enough to put those cupcakes in a line without the poo frosting getting out of hand.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I dunno about the last one, as the description actually fits pretty well, and the logo itself kind of needed explanation in the first place. I don't think you can blame someone for going their own way on that one. The whole thing's a mess just the same, though, under any circumstances.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Excellent job, #1! "Kay Krex" is inspired, really. LOL!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

The orange icing on the VT cake had me fooled. I thought it was a UT cake until I read the choices. Kinda sad when you can't even get the school colors right.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

I've been reading this blog entirely too long when not only did I know that was a VT logo, I also didn't think it was all that bad.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

In defense of some of these cake wrecks, I've been in their shoes, and a customer will come up and just tell you, I want a fish carrying a paintbrush wearing a beret and not give ya any idea what the logo or whatever is supposed to be. And to the lady that said you need an art degree to do cakes? LOL.. that's too funny... I got paid maybe 25 cents above minimum wage to do cakes for a store. (That's what I did while going through college.) I took a cake decorating course at the local community college, and loved it, and ended up getting a part time job doing it. These stores also expect you to only put in 10-15 minutes to ice and decorate most cakes. Some of these were still REALLY sad.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat

VT logo did pop into my head but not before trying to figure out how it might be the TN Vols. That's REALLY sad, since out of all the CCC designs, a VT logo REALLY shouldn't have been that difficult.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I really though the VT logo was a putt-putt course--they have putt-putt teams right?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey Poulin

I know what's wrong with the last one: they forgot the little beret. WTH is wrong with people? Even if this is the 21st century, it sure seems hard to find someone in a grocery store willing to put your total nonsense artist-fish logo on baked goods. *sheesh*

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kay Krex---too funny! Can't wait to put that on an " name is" sticker. or sign her up for some list...

you have the smartest commenters!

I snicker every time I walk by the cakes at Tom Thumb wishin' I had a camera on my phone.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Well, I guess if I fail at my chosen profession, I can always get a job as a cake decorator.
Great post! LOLOLOL!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

Does anyone else see a little yellow bunny caught in a forest fire in the first cake? Or is it just me?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja

Is it a just a coincidence that all of the answers were C? They spell out the evil CCC! (*patooey*)

:) Sara

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dang - I could have sworn the last one had something do with Darwin! The others are just pathetic.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered


Is that... the Art + Fun Summer Camp logo?

I don't quite know the story behind the fish (if it is) but the fact that we're on a tropical-ish island and use fish in a lot of logos probably has something to do with it. Don't ask me why it has legs though.

And if my guess is correct, would the submitter please, PLEASE reveal which bakery is responsible for that thing? For the safety of local cake-buyers? Even just a hint would help....

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this site and HAD to comment today on how hilarious the post was! Oh my gosh! I'm still wiping the water off my keyboard from when I squirted it out of my mouth while I was laughing. Great website!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh no! I'm a VA Tech alum, and as soon as I saw it, I knew deep down in the pits of my stomach that's what it was supposed to be. And I said a little prayer that it wasn't...which was quickly unanswered. Just wow...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHokie

The first cake: None of the above. That is absolutely a combination of Barbie and Hot Wheels logos. (It's a ubiquitous combination, trust me -- every time you see a toy, kids' bedding, etc. where the same thing is offered in both "girl" and "boy" variations.)

California with a sledgehammer. LOL. That even makes sense. We Californians have an attitude, you know.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

The middle one was the worst!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Wah...!? I got the fish one right. Does that mean I get a cookie, or something? :)

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

ok, but - do they TASTE good???? Kay, your name ROX!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercutelilsnot

anyone else think the last one was a darwin fish with a machette?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Katja--I see a bunny stuck in the flames too! That was my first reaction, then i tried to figure out what could be on the other side and gave up :P

"California holding a sledgehammer" also creased me.

And the last one definitely looked like a strange Darwin fish (mutated, of course, from the weird chemicals to be found in the colouring :P)

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Virginia Tech logo, complete lack of geometry skills there. Not to mention even my three year old knows what a V and a T look like, and could probably line up cupcakes in some semblance of the correct shape.

This site never fails to blow my mind!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterdsgnGrl7576

Wow, I thought the second cake was supposed to be a J... though the fact that the submitter's name was Jenny probably primed my brain for that somewhat.

In retrospect, it's clearly the Japanese character ク turned on its side. Clearly.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercodeman38

Is that last logo really a fish with legs wearing sunglasses (which is what it looks like) or a big-headed camp girl with a ponytail?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol I loved today's post! That fish logo with legs looked more like an impaled darwin fish than the logo it was supposed to be. Scary how none of the cakes matched the logos especially the Virginia Tech one..couldn't stop laughing.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

You're so awesome. Kay Krex!

And yeah... some of these decorators are just a liiiiittle too optimistic. I say work within your means and abilities...

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That thing on the last cake looks like something I have to defeat in Pikmin 2.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrilink

How could they forget the little crown on the Budweiser B? Budweiser is the king of beers, after all!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

I loved "California holding a sledge hammer" --that's exactly what it looked like!

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I love you just for the Labyrinth reference <3.

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi Jen,

Did you mean "bullfrog" instead of "bullhorn" on the last cake?

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A fish with legs wearing sunglasses and a beret and carrying a paintbrush. Seriously?
Funny as always!

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

*face-palm* It's times like these where a PhotoCake machine needs to be involved... Or DON'T take the cake order if you know the decorator CAN'T free-hand, it's that simple.

*shakes head*

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen N.

GO HOKIES! Totally showing the husband.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjena

Just curious. What happened to the first twenty-nine Shawns? Were they not so happy?

June 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I'm pretty sure the cupcake cake is from Walmart. The decorators can only use 24 cupcakes in the design (no more, no less), so what was a customer even thinking asking Walmart to create a sports logo out of 24 cupcakes? Walmart is cheap for a reason. You can't get fabulous for pennies.

August 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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