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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

Go Figure!

Today, class, we're going to learn the fine art of figure drawing.

First, decide if you want your figure to be male or female.

Both will only confuse people.

Next, arrange the limbs in a natural, comfortable-looking manner...

...always remembering that there are some things the human body simply cannot do.

Special circumstances, such as pregnancy, may be approached with a certain amount of artistic license. If the mom-to-be is self-conscious, feel free to make her stomach just a bit smaller than in reality.

The head should be connected with a graceful, appropriately proportioned neck:

If, however, you find that your head and body do not match up, simply employ the "hand out of nowhere" technique:

If anyone asks, it's doing a shadow puppet.

Or, if you find that hands are too difficult, simply leave them off:

Or for that matter, just omit all of the limbs and the head. After all, a well-drawn torso is more than capable of communicating the innate vitality and smooth, vivaciousness of youth:

Mmmm. Smooooth.

Thanks, Jessica G., Amy K., Misty S., Lynne T., Jessica S., Julie B., Bianca L., & Brinn M.! Win or lose, these Wrecks are quite the draw.

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Reader Comments (71)

Dear God, the lady torso looks like she just got finished with either having octuplets, or liposuction. Or maybe she's married to Stretch Armstrong.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid Potter

O_o Wow, those are odd. I can only imagine the cupcakes are meant to be a male torso. A male with man-boobs that are proportionately large compared to his bony ribcage-poking-out midsection. The last one also creeps me out. It looks like the front on top and the back on the bottom. Neither done well, of course. Grandma, never wear a bikini again!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Uh, so the second one is celebrating having your arm stuck in your dress? :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

What do you suppose was the occasion calling for a mannequin-head-in-a-camoflage-turtleneck-sweater cake?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

After watching the "Solid Potato Salad" video (It's safe for work, but... odd) I don't think there's anything the human body can't do.

wv:dipui These wrecks are dipuiest.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

On the army head cake, is that one of those make up Barbie heads?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

My 4 year old said, upon viewing the pregnancy cake, "Why is that a mushroom with legs?"

I couldn't really explain why!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

Oh noes! That one extended neck cake reminds be of Mr. Marbles from the "Kenny Rogers Roasters" episode of Seinfeld. It's freakin' me out!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

The bikini cake looks like tons of cellulite!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one I could almost see owls looking back at me. I agree there is a gender problem there.

The army cake: The head has a shiny spot under the eye which makes it appear as if it is appropriately crying.

Hard man is good to find: Wonder if this wreck picture was cropped on purpose? I don't think I want to know what's below....

It's a boy: Seriously, I could understand if this was attempted on a CCC, but a regular sheet cake?

The torso: The top part of the chest is smooth, but the rest of the body has cellulite or elephantitis! Did the wreckerator just get tired of smoothing half way through? The curves were too difficult to travel a spatula through?

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July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

the last one gave me a baaaad Mental image!!! bleh!!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristine (:

Smooth vivaciousness of youth. Gross.

That muscly- CCC is the grossest thing I have ever seen. Ever.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I *love* the second cake!! It just makes me happy.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama

Uh... Does that stickfigure one say "happy birthing"? I've never seen a Christmas tree give birth before, but I guess I'm not opposed to it.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Phair

Ahahaha - I love that the last body is a scarecrow in a bikini. You have to love the straw look!

Oh. my. There are no words...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Some of these made me gasp aloud.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

These bother me LOL

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Borquez

I am sadly finding it more and more difficult to believe that these are actually created by professional decorators.



July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"kayk said...
What do you suppose was the occasion calling for a mannequin-head-in-a-camoflage-turtleneck-sweater cake?"

Obviously, its a "coming out" cake.

Blue umbrella lady cake is extremely terrifying. Those things on the umbrella look like ants or similar attacking her. Maybe they started with her skirt.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

The poor bikini cake...jaundiced AND wrinkly...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

androgeny is a good thing.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon'tDissAndrogeny

The torso cupcakes made me think that perhaps the decorations were supposed to be trilobites!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoggypie

How did they get a picture of me in my bikini? How embarrassing!

That last one reminds me of the song from "One".... Not sure if I should type the T & A song (will you censor that?)

Anyway, why does this person have boobs and booty on the same side of their body? And are we celebrating massive weightloss??

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Hey! The gymnastics cake is totally true! Anyone can do that move! (well... once, at least... ) :)

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Jay

Hey! The third cake isn't wrong! Anyone can do that! (well.... once, at least)...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilly Jay

#5... Uhhh, ahhh, uhhh... I just have no words.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladykay

Something tells me that Angelo and Abby are big fans of vogueing. Voguing? Voging? Crap! All three of those are underlined in red! How the cuss do you spell vogue with an 'ing' ending?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDD

OOOOOHHHHHH I hope the recipient of the last one doesn't actually have stretch marks like that... Gackkkkkkk ackkkk barfffff =P
I can't believe people actually pay for these disasters?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

Geeugh, the CCC man-torso and the last cake actually made me sick to my stomach. I will never despise my own thighs again!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenita

Some of the cupcakes in the first one look like ET! Some don't...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

This post makes me go 0_0 do many of them. However, this one is especially 0_0 worthy.

*looks again* 0_0 Wow.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

My daughter can actually touch her foot to her heard like that, albeit not while balancing on a balance beam. But from what I've seen of gymnasts, I have no doubt there are some who can!

And that's what I'm going to focus on, b/c contemplating some of these other cake monstrosities just hurts my brain.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

'It's a Boy!' It IS?? Well, I guess that's as plausible as anything else, really.

WV: mencoto - For the love of Pete, someone put some mencotos on those cakewreckos!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNetteNet99

Turn the gymnastics one on end and she's pole dancing. I'm just saying.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

The last one looks pretty realistic, I mean, considering most ladies are not equally proportioned on the top. ;P

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeannamorauski

Hey, I just thought you ought to know your first comment for the wonky torso cupcakes is really, really offensive to transgender, genderqueer, and intersexed people. Come on, I don't want cisprivelige in my cakewrecks. :( I want carrot jockeys and horrible misspellings.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterocto


I'm sorry that you were offended. I assure you no offense was meant.



Why is the second cake 'woman' wearing a dress of peas?

That mannequin head in a camouflage sweater is enough to give anyone the screaming abdabs!

I have never seen an inverted pregnant tummy before.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a post-op trans man, I just wanted to say that I laughed at the first wreck and its caption. Lighten up already Octo, and don't speak for all of us.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrask

I'd like to assure you that I and two of my transgendered friends are laughing at you.
You sound like you go searching for things to offend you.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake looks like an ode to the downside of stomach stapling... Geesh...

WV: flukshot... The wreckorator on that cake should be taken out back and flukshot.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

The last one looks like uncooked spaghetti wearing a bikini...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBabs

I'm surprised you didn't point out that the handless muscle guy is a CCC.

The poor bikini lady has the nice, smooth declote of a 25 year old but the wrinkles of a 95 year old below that.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Mr. Cupcake, stuff of nightmares.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Two things...
First, #5 looks suspiciously like the manequins that my step-mother's students use at the beauty school. Cake + hair trimmings + the chemical smells = YUCK!
Second, sheesh, Octo, get real. If you haven't figured out by now that the name of this website is NOT "PC Cakes", then you have not been around very long. Come on, take a look at those CC's. Don't they look a little wonky, even to you?? Are they supposed to be man boobs - or a woman with serious wrinkles beneath the girls? Maybe it's an advertisement for a plastic surgeon??

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Not everyone wants to pick a gender--confusion can be fun/enlightening!

That said, not sure the wrecker's intent was confusion...

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'm reasonably sure the first pictures are meant to be male Centauri.

The sides are way to prominent to just be ribs.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

I'm finding it rather scary that the last cake is for Trigg, and the only one I've ever heard of lives in Alaska.....

wv - achbili -- Ach,bili,,, I've seen better cakes for our beer parties.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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