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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

Wreckies Of The Month

Every month we get literally hundreds of thousands* of e-mails from people who have made cool Cake Wrecks tribute cakes, and once in a while (i.e. when Jen makes me) we like to post a few.

(*Ok, that's kind of a guesstimate. [On a side note, my spell checker didn't flag the word "guesstimate," which clearly means that the English language is doomed. DOOMED!])


Jessie M.'s sisters combined her two favorite things here: Napoleon Dynamite ("Decroded") and CW ("Falker Satherhood"). The best part, though, is the bakery decided to "fix" the Satherhood spelling to the far more appropriate "Satherloud." Fabulous. It's like a nesting wreck.

And lastly, Sonya D. took a cue from our April Fool's post and pulled a fun prank at her hubby's birthday party:

Those little egg salad sandwiches are actually cake filled with cream cheese icing and marshmallows. Pretty convincing, huh? Oh, and of course that means the birthday "cake" is...


And finally, I thought we'd end with the mother lode of Wrecks tributes. Check this out:

Awwww yeah. Can you name all the Wrecks here?

Megan M. writes:

"My friend and co-worker Killian was getting married, and the only way she would agree to having a party at work was if we would create a Cake Wreck for her. Considering we're a team of copy editors, we probably had a little too much fun with this."

My favorite angle:


And lastly, most of your e-mails make us smile, snort, or guffaw. This one did all three:

Sara writes:

"So I'm not a professional, but I was informed by my older children today that instead of the bubble cake I was trying to make, I made boobies instead. My mother took one look at it and said, "Send this booby cake to cake wrecks."

Gee, I love my mother."

And finally, Sharon Evans from Sharon's Edible Art decided that there weren't enough Cake Wrecks tribute songs in the world, so she wrote a few of her own. This one's my favorite.

[to the tune of "We are the champions" by Queen]

We Are Cake Wreckers

I've paid my dues,
time after time.
I've piped my worst,
but committed no crime.
And bad mistakes,
I've made a few.
I've had my share of cakes smashed in my face,
but I've come through.

Under neat, I want, I want, I want sprinkles!

We are cake wreckers, my friends.
And we'll keep on wrecking to the end.
We are cake wreckers,
We are cake wreckers.
No time for Spell Check,
'cause we are cake wreckers
of the world.

I've swapped the vowels,
from the telephone call,
I've brought you creepy, bizarre, and everything that goes with it,
I've wrecked it all.

But it's been no bed of roses,
just swirls of poo.
I consider it a challenge,
how do you spell that?
I have no clue!

Congratu, gradu, radu lations!

We are cake wreckers, my friends.
And we'll keep on wrecking to the end.
Flotsam and Star Trek,
Barbie and green Shrek.
No time for grammar,
'cause we are cake wreckers
of the world.

We are cake wreckers, my friends.
And we'll keep on wrecking to the end.
Grooms cakes and Epcot,
Is that Chewy? Great Scott!
No time to fix it,
'cause we are cake wreckers.

We're looking for a Queen cover band to sing this for us. Know any? We can't actually "pay" you with "money" but there just might be some "cake" in it for you. [winkwink] [finger gun]

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Reader Comments (53)

Awesomness! I hope someday I'll have friends who would actually make a cake wreck just for me! :D

Insane but smart prank! xD

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

"No bed of roses/just swirls of poo...."
That, my dear, is your finest line ever.....
Ah! :)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

John, John, JOHN...!!

Not to be nit-picky, but ...well...
Yeah. I'm sure (really!) that you totally MEANT to call the second entry "lastly."
Just as I'm also sure that you meant to call the third entry "finally," --right before you labeled the very next (4th) entry: "lastly."

The 5th and ACTUAL last entry is so aptly labelled, "finally."
Did you get much sleep last night, dear?


June 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

:( My first thought with the sandwich/cake swap is that I hope there were no vegetarians at her party. She took two veggie-friendly foods and make them both inedible!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fail fail! It should read "At least YOUR pretty" ;)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterManggy

Folks, if you haven't clicked on the chocolate sheet cake, do so. Only then can you see the flamingos are with dinosaurs, Tigger is riding a swan, and the tiny naked mohawk baby carrot jockeys. That cake needs its own page with close-up photos! Can't tell if that's a bride next to Tigger or Princess Leia.

(Note to self: Think I'll make the pound cake sandwiches next time I'm "refreshment lady" at church.)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Haha... these are fantastic. And actually, yes. I do know a Queen cover band. Lol.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

*tears* can't... type... shaking too hard... from laughter... PAIN....

*wiping face* Ahhh.. I needed that.

Love the wreckerator's fix of the 'pretend' wreck, making it a 'true' wreck.

I love the bait and switch on the cake/sandwiches. True genius and church coffee hour worthy!


June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too Funny!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita

I have to make a wreck one day.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Love the song! Love the wrecks!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are great! (I thought the last cake was a booty cake, but it's still funny.)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

These cakes are amazing!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersandra

-sigh- Just shows how much more I should be doing. A BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrie

<< Contented happy sigh >> I have coffee, I have a new washing machine being delivered and I have an hysterical Saturday bonus Cake Wrecks. I have hit the mother lode!!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

deliberate wrecks don't work for me, sorry, but I do like the unintentional blue boob cake wreck

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Psst... "Mother load" should actually be spelled "mother lode."

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My dog, the Queen lyrics are genius!
"I've brought you creepy, bizarre, and everything that goes with it,
I've wrecked it all."


June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeisha_Girl

Anon @ 11:54,

What are you a miner? Who knows these things? You're right, of course, but I'm attempting to make myself feel better about my lack of obscure knowledge.

Fine! I'll change it.



Hey, thanks for posting my submission!

If anyone wants to see more up-close photos of the wedding shower wreck, I have them in a flickr set" rel="nofollow">here.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Well, who'da thunk? "Guesstimate" actually IS in the dictionary, so your spell check was correct. This from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: guess·ti·mate
Pronunciation: \ˈges-tə-mət\
Function: noun
Etymology: blend of guess and estimate
Date: 1923

: an estimate usually made without adequate information

— guess·ti·mate \-ˌmāt\ transitive verb

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoblue562

Thank you, Megan, for the link to the close-ups of the chocolate cake. Fabulous!! Debating whether that is a generic bride or one of the Disney princesses, but disappointed that it wasn't Princess Leia.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

That Cake Wreck song is a thing of wonder.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRedHead

Considering I just sat here and sung that entire song in a whisper I'd consider sending a sound clip of full volume, but your ears are probably a fair amount more precious to you than that.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreen

I love the boobie cake.....classic!

Sara,don't feel too bad. I did basically the same thing for my daughter's Sweet 16 cake. We were having an ice cream theme so I cut a giant cone from a half sheet pan.
I used a ball pan for the ice cream scoops. They weren't wide enough for the cone so I put them side by side. Yeah, they looked like boobies and it didn't help when my brother in law put a marichino cherry in the middle of each one. When I saw the "pumpkin fun" cake in the CakeWrecks book, it reminded me of the cake too.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette L.

I think you should know that I used some of your cakes in my safe sex project for health class.The caption is, "You could end up like this"

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

OMG I LOVE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!! that totally just made my day :)

anywho...... all the lastly's and finally's made me giggley..... didn't know you could have a last of anything that many times (unless you've seen the "Last Cigarette" episode of How I Met Your Mother..... hahahahaha! cause it's none of their's last, even though that vowed it would be.... bwahahahahhaahahhahahahahaa...... i'm going back to bed now.... too little sleep.......

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeep!

I am going to remember the meatloaf cake/sandwich cake prank for the next potluck I get invited to - that is AWESOME!

The song is also awesome :)

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStefRobrts

I took my son shopping for a Father's Day card the other day, and as I was browing through the selection I was so wishing that there had been a Happy Falker Satherhood card! Hallmark needs to get right on that.

Wreck on, Jen and John! Maybe I'll get to come out and see you on Monday!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

Sharon Evans, you're my kind of person! I'll bet we could have pee-your-pants fun writing song parodies. In high school, my sister and I wrote one to Suzanne Vega's "Luka" called "Puka."

Love the meatloaf "cake," but I have to wonder how they kept the meatloaf and mashed potatoes warm.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

The truly sad part is, I thought the "bubble cake" was a very large rear end... just an extremely round one like the one Sir Mix-a-Lot is standing on in the "Baby Got Back" video. The blue icing didn't help, either... it just made it look like the cake was somehow wearing a pair of daisy dukes!

Lola S.

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLola Sunshine

Um, am I the only one that thinks of something besides boobs when they see two blue ball-shaped objects side by side?

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLenora

There is an amazing queen cover band called Almost Queen. I've seen them several times. I wonder if they know of this site and would make a youtube video or something.....hmmmmm maybe someone wants to contact them

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

That song is totally awesome.

wv: boope: how a wreckerator would misspell Betty Boop

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

The song is fabulous!

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

XD XD this made me laugh so much

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was thinking, you should do a Sunday Sweets of really awesome non-pro cakes. Kind of as the opposite of the tribute cakes (which I love!).

Okay, maybe I'm only thinking that because my two best friends have been having a lot of fun making and decorating cakes and they've all been AWESOME.

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridgete

Queen is my favorite band EVER & I just sung the entire song - just loud enough that DH couldn't hear me or understand why I kept snickering... dude, I would pay to download that song if you got a cover band to record it!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

The song is brilliant!
I love that before each cake a crafty 'lastly' or 'finally' was strategically placed to make me greive the post end. Then, hoisting my spirits like a flag pole wedgie, came the realization that it wasn't the 'last' or 'final' cake. You have taken me on an emotional roller coaster of cake and awesomeness. Well done

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Awesome song!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally agree, it needs to be "at least your pretty."

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boobies? my husband balls?

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmerald76

Gosh, I'm kind of disappointed that the cap on the first cake actually LOOKS like a cap and tassle....drat! Then it would have been utter perfection!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Oh my goodness, I've enjoyed reading the comments about my "booby cake" My oldest thought it was a butt, my middle child and mother thought they looked like boobies. Never thought about the blue balls... I really laughed at that.

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Apparently I am weird, I thought the "boob" cake was an ass and the number 2 was a poop joke.

Umm, ok, I'll be over here hanging my head in shame, someone please join me?

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermystic_eye_cda

HalloQUEEN is your cover band from Seattle! I know Sean who sings and I'll have to send this his way...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

We all salute Cake Wrecks!! LOL!

Super song!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

These are horribly great!

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June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

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