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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

Rear View Wreckage

Loyal henchpersons, I won't lie to you: today's post scares the bejeepers out of me.

You see, if ever a Wreck was cursed on this blog, it is the Baby Butt Cake:

I first posted one waaaay back in the infant days of Wrecks, but I soon had to pull the photo when I learned the baker was not a pro. So, I replaced it with a different butt cake. This time the baker was a pro, but was also none too pleased at having her creation be the butt of my butt jokes. So, I pulled THAT photo. (To date, I've only had about 8 or 9 bakers ever ask me to remove a photo. Not a bad record, for all that.)

At that point I decided the post was cursed, and left it.

However, today, dear readers, I face my fears. You see, the butt cake phenomenon has been growing unchecked, and is now threatening to overrun the world's baby showers. My friends, we cannot let this happen. Even if the cakes are well-executed,* I ask you: where is the sense? Where is the "cute?"

[*Heh. "Well-executed." Heh.] the other half of this baby?

Aha! You see, most pro-butt bakers won't show you *this* angle.

Instead, they prefer to showcase their creations by the light of the full moon:

For many of these designs, the angle is such that it appears the baby is stuck head-down inside the cake - thereby answering the "where's the rest of him?" question, but raising several more of the "who buries a baby in a cake?" variety.

Other bakers unashamedly go with the Bisected Baby approach, figuring that a little fondant draping over that waist jutting off the side somehow makes the whole thing "work."

And since we're obviously not letting a trifling thing like anatomy get in the way, why NOT have Gumby knees?


This one almost looks like a head and hands popping up:

While this one makes me really....uncomfortable.

[looking left and right] Um...

Ok. Yeah. I'm just going to go ahead and say it:

The "Barely There Censor Bear" is really earning his money today.

And finally, let's end with something so hilarious that I have no choice but(t) to believe the baker is mocking the entire Baby Butt genre:

If you must have a butt cake, then this is the one to have.
(Always go for comedy over cute with body part cakes. It's safer that way.)

Thanks to Tina, Anony M., Carolina, Jamie, Marilyn W., Angie & Kim, Ashley D., Lisa E., & Jillayne, who are all bottom-feeders. In a good way. (Kind of.)

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Reader Comments (114)

The 'censor bear' cake makes me wonder if it's supposed to be depicting some kind of breach birth. And the cake is the mother.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am SO glad to see the return of the baby butt cake. It's the one that made me a Cake Wrecks fan in the first place! Brava!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just too ugly when there are sooo many nicer options... I hate the idea of cutting the cake when there's a baby on it...

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCake Artisan

I don't know about you, but I dont see a baby's butt and legs as the ideal dessert for my future baby shower or whatever. It's simply not appetizing to look at... certainly not these anyway! lol

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June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

For all that we wonder who would ever decorate a cake with a baby behind, I wonder just who is planning their shower cake and thinks, "You know what would make this perfect? BIG OL' BABY BUTT. And no head. Mitzy's gonna love it!"

I mean, we rag on the decorators, and they deserve it, because the cakes are ugly to the extreme, but someone, somewhere, decided that what they needed in their lives was a baby stuck in a cake. Whyfor, customers? Whyfor art thou wanting baby butts?

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthisamericantourist

I didn't really need another reason not to reproduce, but these baby shower cakes do make a good one.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

All of them look as if they're barfing into the toilet, except for the 2nd one--that looks like the woman only had half a baby!

I do like the last one though. It reminds me of my own little stinker trying to do a headstand XD

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous



thank god I have never seen one of these in person, and I will make damned sure that nothing like that will be served at any shower I'm throwing!!!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to know why the last one has belly buttons on the knees!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I love the last one - it's hilarious. To me it looks like a bit of foreshadowing - Nathaniel as a toddler getting into trouble for diving into the cake.
As an aside - my 7 year old loves to look at Cake Wrecks with me. After she saw your post on the baby cake with the linked pictures where they cut it, she HAS to have a butt cake for her birthday this year because it was so gross. She wants red frosting inside and raspberry syrup so when you cut it, it oozes. I'm steering her toward something non-human and having this cake only as a family cake. She would love Joyce's comment about chocolate cake in the diaper. I hope she grows out of this stage soon.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm just glad they haven't started doing cakes of the baby crowning.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it's like the stripper coming out of the cake, only in reverse (reserve as in top half vs. bottom half AND baby vs. stripper). yikes

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternicole

Hah! That last one is funny. My second son is named Nathaniel, and he actually was born butt first. It would have been awesome to have a cake like that.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I'm with Fluffy Cow, I think they look like infanticide scenes, after the authorities show up.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

You know, I think it'd be better if they were all poorly done. Why waste such obvious talent on baby butts?!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaycie

Baby butts are adorable...on babies!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

I own a small bakery, and over the last few weeks we’ve had several discussions about how to slow this baby butt movement... It’s seemingly unstoppable.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrosted Bakery

I don't have words to describe my feelings on this one but being pregnant, I am requesting NO cakes like these!!!! But to be honest a couple of these cakes are kind of cute...if you can get past the fact that they are only half of a baby.....

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Love it, love your cakes you are very talented

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen of the Rant

um, @ anon @'s a censored cake wreck. beyond the crown...:

from 2 yrs ago. Jen, was there ever one of the actual crowning???

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't understand...

[walks away in complete befuddlement]

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

all this talk of eating babies reminds me of the scene in Nanny McPhee when the kids scare off a nanny by pretending to eat their baby sister.

though, rather in cake, they hid her in a stockpot and gnamed on some turkey legs with baby booties.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How and why did this trend start? And how are people able to plunge a knife and then a fork into that?

And one more burning question- Does cake #5 have Twinkies for feet?

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

I went to a cousin's baby shower last weekend. She's having a girl, and her cake was a lovely standard sheet cake that had baby blocks on one side, balloons on the left and it said welcome with the baby's name on it. No butts or legs poking out. Although I do like the Nathaniel one, because there's humor involved.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

The Gumby knees baby definitely looks like it has a bad case of Rickets!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

OMG this is as bad as that disgusting game where someone melts different kinds of candy bars into diapers and passes them around so you can "identify" them. Really? Really? All I can say is THAT combined with THESE make GREAT birth control for those of us sans children!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeechur

Maybe the babies all went diving into the cake because it was so tasty looking?

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Wait a minute!!! Both of my sons were born with club feet... making their little legs looks suspiciously like that "Gumby Baby Butt Cake!" Are they mocking me...???

:) Mags, Ohio

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

For what it's worth, what I had in mind was something like either the classic "saw the woman in half" magic trick with the two boxes separated, or a "portal" with the baby half way through...

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

GAH what the what what? I'm so glad no one got me one of these for my baby shower!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth in SF

I can't believe a baker would ask you to remove a photo, especially of a butt cake!!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

all I can say is WTF?!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think most of those cakes are actually really cute and well done.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStevens Family

Te seventh cake really got me, talk about flat feet!...

Now I can easily imagine some female relatives of mine admiring a newborn and saying something to the effect of "Oh, you're soooo cute I could just eat you up!", but when you see one offered on a cake...

Here ya go, Aunt Sophie... dig in!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

Most of these are the kind of thing that you go "OH that's cute" at.

UNTIL you have to cut it. Then it becomes something out of a horror movie.

No cake for me, thanks!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

This must be an American thing. I don't think it's hit Australia yet. Let's hope it gets nipped in the butt before it gets here. Or something.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ RRSAHM

I can't WAIT to see the "Barely There Censor Bear" T-shirts! Sign me up!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with whether the cake is well done or not, what a disturbing thing to try and pull off. I've never understood the notion of eating a baby shaped cake at all, no matter what "end" of the baby the cake is supposed to look like!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaber

Oh my.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindy Leigh

Get Outta There, Nathaniel!

I am now Oh So glad that I didn't have time to come check out todays wrecks this morning when I had my coffee. I thank the... whatever's up there... that I had company overnight and that I had to fix a nice breakfast for them. My computer would be a worthless heap of sizzling hardware if I had actually made it over here. Coffee would be everywhere. This was an excellent post!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

cakes delivering breach babies?

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB. Perky

Ok that next to last baby butt cake is creepy beyond words.. needing that bear as a censor what on earth are these people thinking?? Baby butts are bad enough but nude ones? Lol I can only hope when I one day have a baby no one thinks of giving me one of those. Otherwise there may be trouble at that baby shower. :)

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Were these cakes sold for half off?
(rim shot)

The last one does seem to offer the child in question a leg up on the world...

If the idea 'behind' these is to save money on the shower by getting people to leave quickly / without eating, I'd say they're likely to succeed beyond all 'expectations'.

A good reason for remaining childless? Try a good reason for remaining sleepless -- for about a week.

How to slow down the trend? Just Say No. Develop a book full of alternatives and offer a 'good taste' discount to anyone who changes their mind.

Little by little, we can expand the area of sanity...

wv: vermh. These cakes make me say, 'vermh!'

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The 7th one with the white icing and the pink polka dot blanket threw me off for a minute. When I first saw it, my mind went "white hamburger and sewing machine pedals". Even knowing the theme du jour, it didn't register as "south half of a north-facing baby". Maybe that would make it easier to eat.

wv: chorm
Duff's bakery competition

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Glanced at the first cake all shiny and thought "poached egg", er nope.

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

My husband works for a prostate cancer non-profit and I suggested that they use this cake idea for their next office party. Of course then it would be an old guys butt , so much less disturbing. HA! Just kidding.

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterinspiredpointsofview

OMG, Jenn! The "censor bear" was over the top funny!!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina

@ inspiredpointsofview said...
"My husband works for a prostate cancer non-profit and I suggested that they use this cake idea for their next office party. Of course then it would be an old guys butt , so much less disturbing. HA! Just kidding."

"I want Sprinkles!" (hairy butt)

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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