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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

Evolution of a Wreck

First, there was the football helmet CCC:

Although you'll have to take my word for it on the whole "helmet" part.

Over the years, Wreckerators struggled to make the helmet CCC recognizable...

...with limited success.

Ok, extremely limited.

You know what, just forget the "success" part.

Anyway, one day someone realized that the answer was a specially shaped baking pan.

And a while later, someone else figured maybe that specially shaped baking pan should be helmet-shaped.

And all was well.


You know how Wreckerators are always using shaped pans for ridiculous and completely unrelated designs? Like upside-down heart grad cakes, and guitar-shaped beer bottles? Yeah? Well, what would you imagine a determined Wreckerator could make out of a football helmet shape? Hmm?

Think carefully, now.

Any ideas?


Give up?

Ok. Keep scrolling.

Jennifer D., Shellie M., Holli M., Chris B., Melissa G., Adam S., & Drew, it's like you could almost reach out and touch it, huh? Really ground-breaking use of technology. Although, I must say, now I feel oddly depressed....

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Reader Comments (77)

Number one wasn't a wreck! It's simply James William Bottomtooth's helmet from college!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHailey


I need to know how to bake a cake that is to be covered with not-frosting, but the other stuff . Here in germany it's called fondant. We have a whole different baking tradition but I want to become a wreckie, too! Any suggestions? As creamy as possible, please!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I am not surprised-an avatar wrck was inevitable

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Go Steelers!! (Sorry, it's a reflex, even when the Steelers-related item is barely recognizable...)

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaughtersheart

Well then, I've never really seen anything like the 3rd one. A blue nail polished clawed 6-handed snowflake wearing black eyeliner with a football goal thingy iced into it's face with a whistle (or pacifier) shoved into it's mouth. I smell wooonderfuuuulll!!! :D

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dusty Victorian

I was absolutely unprepared for that last cake. I'm so very happy I swallowed my coke before scrolling down.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDuessa

I haven't seen the movie and really know nothing about it except that there are blue creatures and it has been called "Dances with Wolves . . . in Space" by those who think there are no new ideas in film. I assume not having seen the movie is what's keeping me from understanding why it's a wreck. From an outsider's perspective, it's a fine cake compared to the typical mess featured here. The airbrushing is used to create dimension, the eye has nice detail, and the name is spelled correctly. I find it to be a clever alternate use for the helmet pan. Should I also add I'm pretty high on painkillers right now? Maybe tomorrow my back will feel better and I'll look at it and think it's really awful, but right now it's lovely. Everything is lovely. I love you all. :)

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterloopy joojoo

I think on that last one you could make it an ear cake. Though why anyone would ever want and ear cake...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGossamer

Fancy Dancing MOSES! That is amazingly horrific.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I have to say, this is one case where I think air brushing is an improvement...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Jen, you and your Avatar/Football Helmet cake just washed away my seemingly-terminal PMS crankiness with a tidal wave of laughter. THANK YOU (from me AND everyone in my immediate sphere)!!! :-)

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShalmeno

The Avatar cake: Jen, no way--that's not real. That was photo-shopped, or something...

No, I know it's real--just kind of wish I didn't have to admit that to myself...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, that is awesome! I didn't see that coming either. Very creative and very hilarious.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

That second "helmet" cake looked like Pac-Man broke his jaw trying to get the ghosts. These cakes are so far from helmets they may as well be called whatchamacallits. Lol honestly did they think we would be fooled?

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

OMG I wanna eat the lips off that Avatar cake!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

OK, #3 cake? Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter mask. (Just sorta JUMPED OUT AT ME AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess Parsons

Joeygoat said.....I had a hard time scrolling up and down the page on older cake wrecks. Could just be my cruddy pc, but just wanted to let you know.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just wanted to let you know that your post hit my inbox this morning in perfect condition and I have had no problems moving around the website. Just letting you know, per your request.
I am running FireFox w/McAfee virus software and receive my email via GMail. No problems, business as usual.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHopeRumpca

That helmet pan would be *perfect* for making a jellyfish cake.

LOL the comments and commentary, as usual. Love you too, loopyjoojoo ;-) - (hope your back's better tomorrow).

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkar131313

Nosferatu has turned blue!
Would be appropriate since Frankenstein's monster wore green makeup.

Harmod Jørgenson

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Avatar cake is.....aaaaggh. I think the "Picasso version" sums it up best. And nicest i was thinking more "chin deformity, gloppy eyes, squiggly face, and blatant copyright violations."

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrazytrekkie

well, i'm from europe and football players over here don't wear helmets at all. also, i'm not a sports fan.
so, it took me a lot of time to decipher what i was looking at. in fact, i had no clue of any kind - but once i got it, i scrolled back and laughed at the post all they way.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSzélsőFa

While it is a pretty unusual shape, the work on the avatar really isn't that bad, and kind of impressive for a wreck.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gasp!That poor, poor cake. What'd it do to deserve this?

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Really want to post my Avatar cake, but not brave enough yet. Am getting a new challenge every year from my twins on their birthday.

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

What the...

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXion

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