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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

Hats Off for Graduates!

Ok, enough misspellings.

Let's see what happens when Wreckerators unleash their artistic sides.

A road sign being licked by a yellow frog?
A graduation cap.
Yeah, and John says *I* don't keep things in perspective.

(And don't think we don't see that "class" screw-up, Mr. Wreckator, 'cuz we do.)

Just to give you an idea, here's a good drawing of a grad cap:

And now back to the Wrecked versions:

In this context, "graduate" = "butthead."

(And you're not imagining it; I did feature this same "design" last year.)

Do you suppose if you turn the crank the dragonfly takes off?
(Give it a minute. You'll see 'em.)

Apparently this Wreckerator mixed up graduation cap with graduation hood:

That, or maybe s/he's a Star Wars fan?

Hey, I'm sure the Senate Guard have graduation ceremonies, too.

I never knew grad caps came with ear flaps:

Must be a Canadian thing.

Here's a good reminder to always use protection:

So be smart, kids. Always use a towel to catch those crumbs.

(Brought to you by Towel Day: Do you know where your towel is?)

Christine M., Jyap, Reena B., Jared C., Ashlee A., & Emily L., way to use your heads.

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Reader Comments (53)

Is the last one a pink Mayan temple graduation cake? That seems like a pretty specific request.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I'm kind of sad I didn't get a cake for my recent graduation. That would've been fun.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

If they don't sell those cupcake cakes by Friday, they can always scrape off the writing and turn them into baseball diamonds for Little League practice Saturday. See, they are thinking ahead.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Apparently the towel is protecting the 's' from making it's way on to the cake.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStudyaid

Why is there a gigantic blue nose on one cake?
Is it Dali-esque?
I agree with Taylor on the pink number.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Must be a Canadian thing" LOL
as always, too clever!

It's almost like that cap has been personified with little arms.

Meanwhile, the Butthead cookie is too funny. Notice how the "d" in
"graduate" is so perfectly aligned to suggest a butt-crack.

That cracks me up! poor graduate. To be the butt of so many jokes.

(but those cookies are delish!)

Maybe the hood cake was supposed to be cap AND gown. they got confused.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

you just HAD to drag the Canadians into it didn't you? Don't blame US for random cake wreckiness, we do just fine with our own wrecks! :)

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaye

why is there a ring with strings on a pink tiered graduation cake? very girly Mayan temple indeed.

wv: dotsha. A type of wreckerator punctuation mark.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, were you talking about the cloth under that cake??
*I* assumed your statement was referring to the handy-dandy condom on TOP of the cake.
It's a tradition -somewhere--maybe---to send the grad off with a few of those.
("Congratulations!Have FUN!!! But be CAREFUL!")

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I notice that the condom on top of the pink cake seems to be leaking in several places. Not good. Not good at all.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Zikmund-Fisher

"Don't Panic"! I know where my towel is... :)

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

That butt has some severe acne problems. Maybe from sitting too much studying for finals?

Canadian ear flap CCC FTW! Who says you can never wear your graduation cap again? Come September, that thing will be handy.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Happy Towel Day, you Hoopy Froods!

Very interesting interpretations of Grad caps! Hah!

The first one is actually a red superbowl trophy.

I think making a CCC requires that you relinquish any sense of dimension.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrumnate

Wow, I didn't know today was "Towel Day"! I know where mine is, and I'll make sure to celebrate.

Thanks, I now have "Pop Goes the Weasel" in my head from looking at the crank for that dragonfly.

AND I can really see the yellow frog licking that horrible red thing. WHY it would want to is another matter.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

I don't get the last one. What is it supposed to be? A Barbie patio?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

The Towel Day website lists happenings around the world but one in the US caught my a tribute donate a towel to a homeless shelter. What a great idea!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, I do love the cheapo grad-cap/valentine heart cookie reuse thing. Reminds me of the old Tom Carvel ice cream shop ads in which clearly Fudgy the Whale was repurposed as Santa Claus at Christmastime (Santa wore a bifurcated hat to make use of the whale's tail). Like we're not going to notice.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoggypie

It is important to always know where your towel is... They are just using the cake to hold it in one place...

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

The earflap cake made me think of Margie, from "Fargo."

Because of the earflaps.

"There's something wrong, here. Don't you think they're asking just a teensy BIT too much ($15.98) for a cake that's a year old? Yah?
Well, I do. Yah."



May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Has no one else noticed that the butthead graduation cookie actually say's congratulations 'draduate'? It said 'draduate' in the post a year ago too.. presumably wrecked by the same person.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

Actually, on that third cake, if you turn the crank, the whale smacks his tail against the water and makes a huge splash, washing the "2009" out of the way. Sort of a design fluke, if you ask me.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElkman

I guess my standards have dropped, because I'm just proud that they all spelled Congratulations correctly. Way to go, bakers!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's with these designs?! The caps are so bad, I don't think the designer's ever seen one. The whale tail/dragon fly is a mystery to me. The butt cookie defies logic. And as for the pink protection cake-- I don't see the link to graduation, unless it's a special school for a colleague of Amber's??

At least the bakery staff can actually spell "congratulations graduate". They should be promoted to designers since clearly the wrong person got that job!

As for the Canadian ear flaps: must've been a winter graduation! FYI for those who think we're still wintry in June, Ottawa's currently warmer than Florida - low 90s. Just sayin' ).

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Crystal, you did OK in school, but not enough to warrant more than one congratulation. better luck in grad school!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteacher lady

Rochelle, that's how many of us were taught to make a capital cursive G. Would have been a very funny wreck, though.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm always amazed at what passes for professional cakes, and that people will actually pay for them.

The pink, one... seriously ... I read it as Congratulation .. Cry Street Alabama. ??? Ok, yes, later realized that it was 'Crystal', but spacing leads one astray.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why are people so overly ambitious?! Can't they just pipe on a small grad cap instead of trying to make an ENTIRE CAKE resemple one? Geez

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May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

I think the first one is supposed to be the back of a redneck's head--the hat part on top and the red neck below. Isn't it?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Sue

Is there a comma in the ear-flap cap? Class of 2,009?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKell-Dawg

Ok I thought the one cap was a boat with oars. Ans lastly cant you tell that's the rising sun!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscrap happy girl

"Let's see what happens when Wreckerators unleash their artistic sides."

Still WAITING....


May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That's a dragonfly? I thought it was a whale's tail. Oh, well, either way, what does either have to do with graduation?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGraceful Moments

The first one looked like graduation cap for traffic cones, the second one looked like it was mooning me, the third one looked like it had a dolphin tail holding the yellow scroll thingy together, the fourth one looked like grandfather clock, the fifth one looked somewhat like a futuristic space ship, and the last one was weirdly specific and looked like it was made out of drywall and cardboard.

I'd totally get a Senate Guard cake!!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Oh, Jen, thank you for the Towel Day nod!!! I came her crossin' my fingers, and you came through. I am sitting here, laughing at wrecks, with my towel. One lady asked me this morning if I was going swimming later--I forgot I was wearing it when I went to he front desk.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCloudy

The "road sign" and "hood" CCCs are meant to be cap AND gown, as they look when not being worn (no perspective = they're just laying there).

"Ear flaps" might have been going for the same thing, but if so it failed.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

You should make your own cake for Towel Day! :o

'Or I shall rend thee...see if I don't!'

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshira deSembre

I like the pink Mayan cake. There's a stack of matching napkins right on top. Or maybe those are soaking up the 's'.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecBec

What you called a yellow frog on the first one - I saw an egg that had squirted. Kinda gross.

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I completely missed the towel! Read about PROTECTION and I zeroed in on what appears to be a PINK CONDOM on top!


May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennieB

the Wreckorator on the last cake looks to be desperate for a triple yatzee score based on the word placement. me so tired..up since four am
thanks for another bright moment guys!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercaferacers66

Yes! A Hitchhiker's Guide reference!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

And here I thought the wreck was that its 2010, not 2009.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Towel Day :)

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLupin

The only good thing about these cakes is they spelled congratulations correctly. That butt shaped cake I would really wonder about the sanity of whoever ordered it unless they think their kid is a butthead. Lol. That first CCC is trying desperately to pretend we won't notice it no matter how big they made the cap.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Poor Crystal only gets one "congratulation" for graduating. She'll be scarred for life! At least her tummy will be happy after eating some of the pepto-bismol cake.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDW

The butthead seems to have a fuse attached. Is it explosive?
The 'graduate' also to me looks more like Dracluate. Maybe it was originally intended to read 'Draculaette'. That could explain the dominant black.

Harmod Jørgenson

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i worked at mrs. fields for 3 years...and that heart cookie cake? in the order book. yup. people actually ordered it. i don't know if corporate noticed it looks like a butt...but yeah. it's pretty bad.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan

confused on why there are no 2010 cakes? Did no one graduate this year? It is 2010 right.....???

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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