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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

Lamb Fleeces

It's time once again to look at that most Wrecky of cake traditions: the lamb cake. This cake seems to be dependent on either shredded coconut and jelly beans:

This face may haunt my dreams.

...or an assortment of flotsam just baffling enough to distract you from the fact that there's a pipe cleaner glued on for its nose:

If the pipe cleaner doesn't work for you, there's also some handy curling ribbon dental floss. And tulips. Growing out of the lamb's back. You know, just 'cuz.

Here's one inspired by Sesame Street:

And then one by Elm Street:

This silent menace poses the question: do you eat it, or does it eat you?

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Yeah, like that.

Now, [singing] awwww...freak out!!

Whoah, Nellie! What's worse: the clumpy yellow and pink sponges, the oddly finger-like "legs" jammed in the icing, or the fact that *I* don't have crazy window displays like these in my town?

Natalie S., Angela R., Melissa M., JB., Amanda M., & Kyra S., I think we all know the answer to that.

- Related Wreckage: Chick Chicky Boom

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Reader Comments (122)

That last one is weird enough for me to want one of my own. Wow!

... In what town was that picture taken, anyway?

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I actually don't think the first 2 are that bad. and the "Elm Street" one wouldn't be that bad if it had eyes...

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth Marie

If I ever need a sacrificial lamb, now I know where to find one.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

OMG The Elm Street Lamb looks like it has little white ferret poops all over it! lol

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrighte

The last one is the most pious looking lamb I have ever seen. It's like he is looking down at us with his little cakey nose in the air.
I love the disproportionately tiny fence surrounding him!

The Elm Street one looks like Predator wearing a white fluffy hood, which is both scary and funny.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPikachu

The Sesame Street one looks like Groucho Marx.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M.

I just did a post about lamb cakes this week!

I'm so glad you did too, people don't seem to know what these are outside the Midwest, or at least that's been my impression.

So this year I'm making my own.

Wish me luck!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercuregirl0421

I was having a pretty crappy lunch and you just made my day, Jen. The "Yeah, like that" just made me laugh! Hilarious cake and perfect commentary.

Have a great weekend!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

The third one looks like a bus ran over his face!

HILARIOUS as always, thanx!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

What do you mean it's from elm street?" That is from bleeding heart bakery in chicago.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My mom brought a lamb cake last weekend when she visited, and it's so realistic I can't eat it. It's just sitting on the counter, creeping me out.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNani

Wow... I thought the FIRST one was bad...then they just got worse and scarier as they went along! Yay kids, we're having nightmares for Easter!!!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe!

Ha ha ha! I love the "The Stuff" reference! One of my favorite movies of all time, and I rarely hear of anyone else who has seen it.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarlena

I could just hug that brown scared one. He looks so cuddly! A cuddly cake. {Messy!}

Number Two just came from the parlour. He's nicely coiffed.

Elm Street looks like he is packaged for shipping!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anne

My two-year-old took a look at the last one and said "Sheep!" I replied, "yeah, kind of . . . " It was the only thing I could think to say. I love the scared chocolate lamb the best. It has the most appropriate expression for a cake that is about to be eaten.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This blog should come with a warning: Never, ever, EVER read while eating lunch at work. I have to go clean my monitor now, thank you very much!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

Have to admit, I kinda like the "elm street" lamb. However, I still would feel weird about cutting it up to eat it. Ewwww.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

The brown lamb looks just like my puppy. She is always terrified.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

My 3 year-old is pointing to the screen and saying "monkey!" "another monkey!"


April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Isn't the terrified one a Chihuahua?

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorri Anne

Tortellini lamb?

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohannah

Oh my gosh. I read your headline and thought it said Lamb Feces.

Scared me.

Happy Easter

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Awww, I actually love the Elm St one! I think the tortellini-like frosting does a much better job looking like the curly wool than any of the others. It's adorable AND creepy!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdana

The scared one makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it!!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterctucker11

That last cake is so wrong! Who decided on colored sponges?? "I know what's missing from this pastoral scene - colored sponges!" And why has no one else noticed how the face on that thing looks half human?! Is it just me?! hahaha! Doesn't it look like some sort of messed up, lonely-farmer-offspring, lambman cake?!?

WV: inatinga - I'mma gonna putta me some colored esponges by the lamb cake. You know, inatinga.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forget the pipe cleaner nose on the second one-- are they using CLOVES for the eyes? I'd hate to be the person who bites into that piece!

The fourth one is creepy and it looks like it is covered with macaroni spirals like some preschooler's art project reject.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRed Wolf

Is the fifth one supposed to be Rowlf from The Muppet Show? o_O

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

That stuff you say was clumpy yellow sponge? No no no no no. It is something out of the bottom of a bucket of X-TRA CRISPY lamb tenders! It's a warning! See what can happen to the naughty ones? They end up DEEP FRIED and served on a platter wedged into the side of their favored sibling who has been honorarily stabbed with a "holy" picture, and bedecked in loose candy flotsam, ribbons, rings and things and buttons and bows. Or something.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just came here to say that I thought "Lamb Fleeces" said "Lamb Feces" at first glance.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I changed my mind again... The "Elm Street" lamb is way cooler and more menacing that that silly old Satanic Lamb. I want the "Elm Street" lamb as my Groom's cake. Hey, I'm a girl. It's my perogative to change my mind, dammit. So there.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

I happened to be peeking at the blog today and my 6 year old son walks up behind me. He looks over my shoulder, sees Lamb Cake #2 and says ... "That lamb looks disgusting, too many decorations."

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

The first one kinda reminds me of the purple and pink unicorns from Charlie the Unicorn.

It's the blank eyes and smile.

I've just discovered you and you've made my Easter! You take pride of place on my food blog bloglist. Will try to search out some New Zealand wrecks for you!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnneE

Ahh. The fabulous lamb cake. I work for a large regional grocery store. Each year, we are told that we will be selling lamb cakes. Fortunately...they are never shipped to our store. However, I and one of my cake decorators offered to make some free style ones with left over red velvet cake. My offer wasn't accepted.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i gotta say, the elm street one has some pretty fantastic fleece! lamb cakes, in general, have always freaked me out. small wonder i'm a vegetarian?

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterethel_aldehyde

Flotsampipecleanercloveeyes lamb appears to have a cross jammed in its back. Maybe it's vampire, or a lambpire?

Word verification: vultence - an ancient family of Italian lambpires who rule over all the others, kind of like the Volturi but with wool.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

um, surely the brown one is some type of dog, right? I hope so.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Hilarious blog. The elm street lamb does have nice curls though.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1 Among Millions

Truly, I have no words...

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I actually MADE the Elm Street one while working for BHB!! While eyes would have been nice, that was how I was instructed to make it! I actually think they were cute. Then again, that may be because I was making them all day every day for a week and it was just pounded into my brain. ;)

ps-They're a pain in the butt, because they fall over if you even LOOK at them wrong.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternoon

That Elm Street lamb has no face! I couldn't see one at any rate and was afraid to look closer as the white poo frosting made me cringe. As for that last one my goodness if I saw that in a window display I would walk quickly away laughing. Ugh lamb cakes are a scary thing.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Its half one in the morning here and everyone is asleep and im laughing so hard at the chocolate be afraid, be very afraid.....

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterahahah

Anyone else see Marilyn Manson's face stuck on a lamb in the first one? No? Just me? Ok...

...and I really need to stop looking at "cakes" before going to bed. The nightmares are killing me this week!

WV = hullessh = these are some hullessh examples of lamb cakes!

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

I'd never seen a lamb cake. And now I really, really want one.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermyimaginaryblog

Chocolate lamb looks like it's one of those crochet critters your aunt makes and tries to sell at county fairs.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

What no lamb CCCs? C'mon!

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcake Vigilante

So, if we just change the mouth on the first cake to a big "O." and slap a little bright yellow icing on top of the head...
(Oh, no!) MR. BILL!
Yeah? Yeah?
I am neverENDingly aghast that these places have the balls to put these abominations on ACTUAL display--let alone charge ACTUAL money (!!!) for them.
I can only imagine the mass lambicide on the Monday after Easter.
Unless they just scrape all the crap off of them and recycle them for Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day (4/26)

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Those are pathetic! The only time I tried to do a stand-up lamb for an Easter brunch, the icing made the head so heavy it fell off, making it look like he had been guillotined! Not even massive skewers could reattach the head to the body!

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I like Elm street one, face should be more beautyful tough.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercake boards

Elm street: The scariest black, soulless demon lamb with a body comprised entirely of white bat guano that I've seen since this time last year!


April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

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