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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

Wreck Spotting

Here at Cake Wrecks we tend to cycle through cakes pretty fast. In fact, if Jen's aunt hadn't been visiting and putting a cramp in her style, I wouldn't have had to wait to post today's Wreck for...uh, nearly a month.

So first, I want you to note that today's Wreck is, and I quote, a "Custom Decoration."

See? Told you.

I would also like you to note that Tres Leches is a milk cake. No fruit, no filling, just milk, cake, and icing.

And that's why this Wreck is a Wreck for women of all ages...


Alyce C., don't pad the truth, now: Does this bakery's Tres Leches give you wings?

- Related Wreckage: This Is What Happy Tastes Like

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Reader Comments (158)

I don't think I've ever had a Tres Leches cake without a fruit filling or one with icing instead of a light whipped cream. If a gringo was responsible for this, then I can laugh it off, but if a fellow Latino made this... O_O

And don't get me started on the red spot. The poor baker must have been out of panty liners that day.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmm... My women's group decided to do things to celebrate our cycles, things like wearing red jewelry or clothing during that time of the month, to celebrate who we are rather than hide in shame.

But I would be ashamed of this cake! Ew.

WV: kallycou - Maybe they were trying to make a red & white kallycou kitty cake?

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama

Seriously some of your best pun work yet.

Nasty cake. Brilliant post. :)

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann

I don't know what was worse - the cake, or the fact that I read the post, looked at the cake, gagged, read the comments, walked away for half the day, came back, read more comments, read the post again, and ONLY THEN did I get the puns.

Never mind, the cake is much worse.

WV: frascest - I don't care that it's the frascest cake ,it's gross!!!!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

You are funny; this one made me laugh almost literally out loud (I laughed out loud in my head).

Can we pretend it's the flag of Japan?

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpam Names

Images of the public bathroom at the mall that I'd sooner forget. Ewwwww!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaryjo

Normally I just lurk but the ingredients list on that cake is actually less appealing than the wreck - cakes should not have that many chemicals in them. Ewww.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAinomaria

Are they kidding?

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Perhaps it's one of those cakes to celebrate the immaculateness of the bride, sacredly kept until the wedding night? And then the proof is errrr shown publicly?

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my goodness. That is so wrong on so many levels!! So Sad!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli & Joel

I came back to red comments and I googled Tres Leches and noticed that a number of cakes that came up in image search had a maraschino cherry on top. Maybe that red blot was suppose to represent a cherry?

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Seriously? SERIOUSLY??? This one had me comment something not so nice out loud and shaking my head in disbelief. SERIOUSLY?!!??!?! What the heck are they thinking?

DK @

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Chris said "That cake looks like it's been shot!"


Maybe there was a strawberry on it but someone picked it off.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Celebrate your teenage daughter's first day of puberty!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCranky

Sick! Sick, I tell you! You've outdone yourself, John.

I made a tres leches cake recently. It was delicious. And looked nothing like that.

Incidentally, it IS recommended to top each PIECE with a marashino cherry. But, uh. Not that.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

How crazy is it that my time of the month started today on this period post? Crazy coincedence!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, I guess that would have to be a "custom decoration", as I could never imagine this to be mass produced--although maybe the cake underneath is (who wants propylene glycol in their cake???). Thank goodness it's one of a kind!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it is just me, but I think something has dried to the lid, rather than dripped on to the cake- food coloring or something that landed on the lid and the decorator was too lazy to go in the back and grab another.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzoreta

Yikes!! Something about the combo of the texture and the color just left me saying ewww, yuck....gave me thoughts of things like my fibroid surgery and other assorted unpleasantries around that lovely aspect of womanhood. Ditto to what Diana said! Love the play on words in the title, though...that was funny as heck!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermedrecgal

I love the idea of using this as a "Congrats! You're not pregnant!" cake.
That, or to celebrate the summer solstice...

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbats :[

@Angela said...
"I'm with Gary on this one. Here in Texas tres leches often have whipped topping on it."

Yeah, strawberries, too. It's supposed to be a very moist (read: "wet") cake from the Mexican/Hispanic tradition.

OTOH, making it look like an oozing tumor or a panty-stain is NOT going to persuade anyone to pick it up for his best little princess' quinceanera.

BTW: I live in Cajun Texas. Could you and Jen put up a King Cake sometime? There's no greater wreck than what amounts to a misshapen challah covered in gold, purple (almost black) and green icing, flattened into a flimsy cardboard container and shipped to your house shmooshed with a choking hazard thrown in as a surprise. Yay! Go baby Jesus!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhelenabucket

One word:


March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

Often this traditionally Hispanic cake is layered with fruit, strawberries, mangoes. So Tres Leches cakes do have fruit in them...sorry to burst the er, bubble here. But, it's true. This is dreadful looking.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that cake needs one of these:

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea


March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I love this site, it´s so funny...
It´s a very popular cake in MÉXICO, usually, only have white butter frosting, it´s a vanilla cake, with a mix of 3 different milks, regular, condensated and evaporated.
Great taste!!!... but the decoration of this one... no comments.. JAJAJA

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYoyitaPsy

We had tres leches for our wedding cake, but we actually ordered it with a strawberry filling. (Delicious!) The "decoration" is clearly a mistake, but the filling probably wasn't. (Except that it leaked out.)

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusanlee

Quick! someone call Steve Jobs! They need to order this for the release of the iPad.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS

Ok, I have never actually commented on these, not in the forums anyways, I comment on them but to my husband in the other room as I desperately gasp for air....LOL...but WOW, THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST YET!!! Your commentary just makes my day!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegWeber

I actually feel sick!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like the cherry was old, burst, oozed and sank.

I'm sorry. That sounds so gross. It's not a pun. I really think that's what happened.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok now I have seen everything. Lovely reminding us of that happy time of the month.. If I didn't love cake so much that just might have turned me off forever, not quite yet though unless something worse out there is waiting to get me. Lol glad my hubby didn't see this cake.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Has anyone else noticed the little yellow label? "Hazardous moving parts. Do not operate unit with guard or panel removed".

The mind boggles! Mind you, I know some ladies who would DEFINITELY qualify for that warning once a month!

MC from NZ

wv: stalnu: That long list of chemicals is just stalnu from really appreciating the horror!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I find that more and more often, I come here and pictures just don't load. IT MAKES ME TRES SAD!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercassievalentine

I think I just threw up in my mouth! Ewwww!!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Anybody else seen "Dexter"? The red spot looks like the blood on his slide collection.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy gross.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

thanks for that needed laugh !!!! you and your puns can make my day.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Wow, this cake should have been shaped as - just guess...

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

oh thanks for making me laugh. I needed to

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlessandra

I'm part Cuban so traditional Tres Leches is very near and dear to my heart, and's...been...RUINED! Forever ruined! I will never be bale to go to a family reunion without simultaneously snorting with laughter and gagging! Thanks, Jen. :P

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

I wonder if it was a Twilight or Vampire inspired cake bitten by a one toothed vamp? Something like these cupcakes...

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSirona

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-breath-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! O_O

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMer

Actually tres leches cakes CAN contain fruit filling (my favorite is strawberry). And frosting on top. So it's not improbable that it came from leaky fruity filling.

Still, that doesn't lessen the hilarity of the visual in this picture.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelly


March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Dayton

What looks like happened to this cake--in the bigger, expanded version--is that the fruit filling (yes, tres leches often have FRUIT fillings like strawberries, etc) somehow bubbled up from inside the cake. Could be from sitting out too long and/or temperature change? Either way, the cake should've been pulled.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Okay guys,

You're killing me here. I've had several hundred servings of Tres Leches from many, many restaurants and it is always the same. It is a light cake soaked in three different milks. There is no fruit in the cake. I have never even seen it offered in the most authentic restaurants in Miami. In fact, I don't even know how you would go about putting a fruit filling in a soggy cake. The milk would be pink and it would probably taste disgusting. That said, if you have actually seen a real Tres Leches cake with fruit filling, I invite you to cut into it, take a picture and send it to me. Consider it a challenge.


Help!!! I can't breath I'm laughing so hard. OMG!!!

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

SERIOUS ISSUE ON THE LANGUAGE!! My bi-lingual 12 year old daughter lost her head from laughing so hard. Tres Leches Cake means "Very licked cake." No milk. Just lots of licking.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

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