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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

Getting a Bad Vibe Here...

Attn Parents: This post is not appropriate for young children. Or adults, really, but I won't tell if you won't.

Since I know you're curious about the behind-the-scenes workings here at Cake Wrecks, I thought I'd provide you with the actual dialogue between me and John while discussing a cake.

This cake:

Ready? Here goes.

Me: [calling to other room] "Hey, you don't know any vibrator puns, do you?"

John: [crossing the distance in approximately .7 seconds] "What are you working on?"

Me: "Oh, it's this one. I've got the 'bad vibe' thing going for the title, but now I'm at a loss. What else do you call these things? Do you know any euphemisms?"

John: [staring] "What's it supposed to be?"

Me: "Beats me. It just looks like a giant pink finger."

[both of us pause]

Me: "Hey, I bet that's one."

John: [unable to speak due to laughter]

John: [getting his breath back] "You HAVE to write this down."

Annnnd that's about it. By the way, I feel this is an excellent time to mention that, yes indeedy, we actually get paid now to do this. Living' the dream, people. We're livin' the dream.

Oh, and neither Lis B. nor I have any idea what that cake is supposed to be. However, since it was in the "kids cakes" gallery on the bakery's website I'm guessing it's probably some perfectly innocent character from a cartoon or something. No doubt many of you are preparing to point this out in the comments, too, so that the rest of us look like pervy malcontents. So, you know, I've got that to look forward to.

Livin' the dream, man. Livin'. The. Dream.

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Reader Comments (345)

My first thought was a decorated tongue depressor LOL but I love your "pink finger" brain!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershellemom27

Bwahahahahaha...thank you for giving me a chance to totally gross out my 13 yr old.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

@Karate Mom....that is a great approach to "womanhood" - do you think it is a red velvet cake inside?

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillypepper

It's GOTTA be Numberjack 1. Look! Here's another one:

Whatt'ya think?

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

I hope it has raspberry filling.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Westgard

It's either a Hattifattener (
a smiling spring-fresh tampon, or a happy maggot. Yay!! dig in folks!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Jamie

Well, the person who made the cake obviously has some talent. They just failed miserably at making it look like a particular item...

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Thank you @ Wolvie Girl for the nice coffee au lait sinus rinse this morning..."Pinkbob Nopants"...I'll be laughing all day.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGourmet Kelly

My first thought was that it was Mailbox from Blue's Clues. But, this ( looks nothing like that.

WV: kingfula - the king's fula thought he was buying the perfect celebration cake.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershobelle

You have GOT to share the website where you found this!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel H.

My hubby just said that this looks like something out of PeeWee Herman's worst LSD Hallucination. You know like what Charry the chair would have as a toy.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerrie

I thought it looked like the stick from the Lik-m-Ade stuff.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDidda

Perhaps it was supposed to be a glow worm?

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

looks like a happy "tampon applicator-shaped" cake. I never thought about getting a cake to celebrate a daughter's menses.

Because it's a well-intended, but bad idea.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Trevor - you mean you could've "finger" it out?

and just wanted to mention that I shouldn't be answering phones at work while reading your blog - but at least I have a smile on my face!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My initial reaction was, "WTF!" That is still my reaction. Seriously. WTF is it supposed to be?

My word verification, btw, is 'insight.'

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJelliDonut

Whatever she is, she appears to be blushing.....

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

My first thought was it's a very happy Tounge Depressor! Saw AAAHHHH!!!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKisha

That's it, Damn tampons coming with faces on them. Theres environmentally "friendly" and ....well there are just no words...

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather

It looks like a menstrual pad, if lady gaga designed it.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I just love you. You have to know that.... because now I'm singing "Good Vibrations" and wondering why my mom never had cake to talk about "life".


My WV is imniti. Which i read as "I'm naughty" - because I want a vibrator....because obviously - this one is happy.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

I have a 4 year old and I have no idea, either. Personally, I saw a pregnancy stick.

It may be a blersha. It's my wv today and I think it fits.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuly19

My Five year old = The girl
Me = Me

Me: Hey honey, what do you think this is?

The Girl: I don't know... what is it?

Me: I have no idea.

The girl: It looks like a Popsicle stick that is smiling and is decorated for spring.... Oh maybe its one of those spring sticks.

Me: Spring sticks?

The Girl: with the ribbons that you run in circles around?

Me: A may pole?

The Girl: Yeah! but it has no ribbons... I don't know.

So we are also ignorant in this home, But The Husband also agrees with the vibe idea, though it say its a "freaky" one.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM. Mcgough

Another commenter mentioned a latex gloved finger, and now I am thinking maybe it is Patty Prostate Checker, friend to all men over 50.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

all I could think, when I saw the cake, was "Have a Happy Period".

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B. Haven

Looks way more like the NumberJack 1 than a Barbapapas character.

I had totally forgotten about Barbapapas, though, until this post! I LOVED those books as a kid!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Dee - After looking at this a looooonnnggg time, I finally asked my 4 yr. old her thoughts on this. She first told me she thought it was an angel (she still has that sweet innocence)then she said she thought it was a baby. Yes, I could see this in an odd demented way, a baby shower cake. Ok, so you would have to be really odd and demented to get that but I get it!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdwalter64

I'm pretty sure that's Humpty Dumpty's (nude and floral decorated) wife.


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey

I think it is supposed to be Mrs. Puff from Spongebob OR a Thomas the Train character.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

That is totally a finger cot cake for a proctologist convention.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobynMM

I really, really, really need to see the bottom of the cake. Is it pointed, like the cardboard shape underneath or is it all rounded and oval-ly like the "head" of the thing.....

Soooo much to mull over!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

I know!!! Kotex commissioned this cake, right? All it's missing is: "Have a happy period!" written on it to be complete.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPartain Family

I'd agree with the Barbapapa/Barbabelle guess. Especially once you see" rel="nofollow">this pic

However, just to further complicate the issues there's also this" rel="nofollow">Vibrator Barbabelle
which came up on the same image search. Hmmm. You're both right!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCady

It needs a plus sign on it (perhaps that's just not in the screen shot) to announce a happy pregnancy. It looks a bit like a home pregnancy test - albeit a happy one - to me.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRooh

My first thought when you said it was in the kid's cakes section was "Tongue Depressor" for a kid who's getting over having their tonsils taken out.

It's uh...really weird, though. I think I'd rather go with a cake that looks like a bowl of ice cream...and some real ice cream, of course.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess R.

This has GOT to be a maxi-pad. It looks distinctly the shape of one, might have slightly ruffled edges?, and appears to exude that lovely, fresh scented-feeling... LOL!

However, the "pink finger" had me rolling. Great find.

- Layla

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLayla G. Arnold

Underneath the icing, I bet it's one big spongy ladyfinger soaked in...espresso...uh, yeah.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it's a pregnancy test stick. So, the kid's category is totally appropriate, LOL.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Clayton

Though it may seem boring after all the much more interesting and exciting responses, I looked up some images of Numberjacks 1 and am 99% sure that is what the cake is supposed to be. Good news though is that if you Google image 'numberjacks 1' you will get to see another cake someone made of the same character.

I still much prefer the idea of it being a giant vibrator though!)

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To correct..

Hattifatteners do not smile. They freaked me as kid, because all they did was hunted thunderstorms and got zapped. :P

If it is Barbabelle, it should be deeper purple: (His father being roundy and looking nothing like stick.)

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkokonatsu

Doesn't anyone else find this one a little creepy, in a VC Andrews/Stephen King way? Like something hidden for years in the lake is rising covered in purple ooze and is going to terrorize the unsuspecting family that recently moved in nearby without knowing the sinister events of that terrible spring day long ago when the cute birthday cake poisoned the whole party.

Oh wait. I haven't had my coffee yet.

WV: drogents -- Police officer: "What was the name of those people that lived here? They moved away after the investigation. Um, Drummond? No, Drogent! The Drogents! Nobody knows what happened to them..."

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustALittleBit_Me

That's the prototype for the iPad. Duh.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfancy spatula

Especially given the flowers and such, I thought it was one of the females from the "Changes" animation...

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermoxie

Hmm..I also thought pregnancy test.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I thought your own comments were funny enough, but many of the comments from your readers were just as funny today. Wolvie Girl's comment about "Pinkbob Nopants" made me laugh out loud.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really have no idea what it is. It looks like many things, but hey, at least it's smiling!!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

At first I thought it may have been a cheerful pregnancy test. Hmmm. I can see it being an index finger for a one for a first birthday. *tilts head* at least I HOPE that's an INDEX finger.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

This worries me.


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

I think it's Epcot.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRememberMe

Ooh! It's definitely Abby Stance, the new character on Sesame Street who teaches young girls ways to "last" while holding out til marriage.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWinter Moon Jewelry

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