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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

Here's Your Sprinkles


Doin' it wrong:

"Wow, that's a lot of sprinkles."

Doin' it wronger:

"Wow, that's a lot of...

"Waaait a minute.

"Is that... paper?"

It IS!!

Not cool, man. Not. Cool.

Sorry, Anne-Marie and Katie W.; I guess one of you still can't have any.

Update: If you can't tell, the bottom cake is an edible photocopy of sprinkles. Yupperdoodles.

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Reader Comments (160)

Hey, looks like my six year old got that decorating job he wanted! He loves sprinkles! (and he would considor the second cake a HUGE rip-off)

WV: Maman - yup, I'm his mama in french, too.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wrong. Just so very wrong.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Ya know, some people like to save their sprinkles.. it's not like you can just go anywhere and get them!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelley

Oddly I went back to a childhood memory of an old Warner Brothers cartoon of the cat and the dog in "don't forget the gravy". Only this is, "This time I didn't forget the sprinkles."
I have no words for the sprinkle paper. Esh.

WV: Preptida - prepared for the tide of sprinkles.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergingerzing1967

That second cake is genius! Sheer, cheeky brilliance! I am going to have to request one for my next birthday.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I would love to dive into cake #1. Cake #2? Not so much. Pity.

For your amusement:
wv: gofixa


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Can I please have some cake with my sprinkles? Thank you!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

you can tell, because it looks awfully straight. they should have put some real sprinkles (even more?) on the side to make it more "natural" looking...

word verification: slingstr: what you call the guy that 'slings' those sprinkles on :)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChava Malka Cooper

I had no idea that my children had gotten a job decorating cakes!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tame One

I had no idea that my children had gotten a job decorating cakes. If I had known that all I had to do was print something on the printer and slap it on a cake, I could have been rich!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tame One

A picture of sprinkles! Hahaha....that's like that engineered wood flooring....compressed sawdust with a picture of nicely grained hardwood glued to it!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anne

My kids have made a few cakes covered in sprinkles just like that first cake. Absolutely precious when kids make it. Not so much coming from a bakery.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Neilson


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermorriganscrow

I'm just impressed that *someone* has an edible ink printer that isn't off color balance, missing a color, or with plugged print nozzles...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

Hahahaha!! Especially the last cake with the *picture* of sprinkles! It's all just too much!! *:)*

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffiny Felix

I would totally eat those. More sprinkles = more fun. (#_#)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnowFoxCreations

"Boss, the lady wants the top of the cake covered in Sprinkles!"

"What does she think? Sprinkles grow on trees?"

"And there's no way I have enough time to shake them on. Hasn't she heard of lead-time?"

"Ok, here's what we do--look for a downloadable image of sprinkles on-line, blow it up on adobe, and print it off on some edible paper. That paper will go down in one swift move. Time and resources saved."

"That's why you're the boss, man!"

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMina

Lol i read "paper" as "pepper" and was thoroughly confused.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, no, no, people, it's "JIMMIES"!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercschoen

The newer version of this post is more clear. The arrows have been moved over - so it might not have just been a Livejournal thing. This is definitely a re-edited picture, not the same as was up here this morning.

Like another commenter mentioned, I was just so absorbed staring at the specific sprinkles seemed to be pointing at, that I didn't notice the straight edge.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermotherbynature

A PICTURE of Sprinkles?

Good God, how do you spell "lazy"?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cschoen, come on now! 'Jimmies' are the chocolate ones. 'Sprinkles' are the colored ones!

I think it's a New England thing...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wrecksistant

HAHAHHAHAHAHAH fake sprinkles!!! Soon it'll just be an edible paper cake!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

First, the great minds of the food world invented artificial blueberries to go in our muffins.

Then, they invented "crab with a K", that lovely white fish with a red stripe of food coloring.

Then, what I thought was the worst food invention of all time, artificial carrot bits for carrot cake. Good God, people, carrots are about the cheapest thing on the planet, and you have to invent artificial ones?

And now, photos of sprinkles. My mind can not comprehend this. Surely the colored ink for the printer costs more than a bucket of sprinkles. However, clean up is considerably easier. What is this called? Sprynkles? Sprinklez? Zprynklz?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

So the one with the actual seems to have Christmas trees, fall leaves (red, green and brown maple leaves), teddy bears, and orange things--hearts maybe? That's quite the picnic.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jane

Do you think eating sprinkle paper will give you green poops like the ones on the sides of the cake?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ One Shiny Star

The Recession is hitting everyone hard! Sprinkle cutbacks suck.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

Is it possible that the picture of sprinkles isn't a wreck at all? Edible paper isn't as cheap as actual sprinkles, the printing was perfect-- and it seems to be an *awfully* good way to tweak CW about the "I want sprinkles" in-joke.

I do like the lines of other commentators though about a photo of a cake, and a picture of the money...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

I would have called them awesome and awesomer. Good times.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that for people who are allergic to sprinkles?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 2nd cake actually wasn't looking too shabby... until I saw the edges... ((gives great big disappointed sigh)) lol.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoIris

Crunch, crunch, crunch...

Paper!? Seriously, custom margins please.

wv..chipem...don't crunch all those sprinkles with your teeth you'll chipem.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHavoc

I agree with Stephanie. I was going to say the exact same thing. A cake topped with a photo of sprinkles is genius. I get the joke and I love a cake with a sense of humor. I wish I had thought of it.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Yupperdoodles :D lol

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, people?!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Wow! Pretty! Pretty overdone, but pretty... except for the paper. Whatever happened to good old colored icing to decorate your cake? Sprinkles go on ice-cream or as a light decorative motif, but otherwise, just no.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

Did you notice the date on Cake #1? "Sell by 1-2-2010." Maybe they had to use up 2009's sprinkle remainders before they started fresh for the new year. Hence the shamrocks, etc.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A photo of sprinkles? Now I've seen everything.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

One of my friends actually made a cake like the first one for another friend of her's. I was like, "Um, that cake is gonna be kind of crunchy..." She said, "But it's pretty!" Yeah... pretty. Sure.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Who on earth would make edible paper of sprinkles and put it on a cake instead of the dog gone sprinkles??? They cheat! If I want sprinkles I want real ones lol and yes I will throw a tantrum til I get my way or blame it on pms and make them give em to me either way.. sprinkles. Must be real or the wreckerator should run for the hills.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

i figured out the arrows were pointing to an edible image.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

i like how sprinkles look, but they do not have a taste!!!

i think its a funny idea and less messy

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elphant

Amazing. They did more work and somehow ended up being lazier!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

O...M...G! Seriously? That's sort of funny!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhimsical Cake Studio

That's just evil.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fake sprinkles. That's just not right. Truth in advertising!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

The edible paper should be attached to the inside of the cover, print side facing out. Wait for it...

Notice the other sprinklecake behind the first one. What's the story on that bakery?

"Appalling. What's for afters?" "Well, there's sprinkle cake, sprinkle tart, sprinkle sorbet..." "I'll have a slice of sprinkle cake without so many sprinkles on it."

Yes, there's nothing like a cake that has a nice, satisfying crunch to it. Though I did just eat a birthday cake (well, you know what I mean: several slices over a few days) that had the sides covered in sprinkles. And chocolate buttercream. That should be in it's own food group.

wv: alicut. What you get on your tongue if you aren't careful eating edible paper.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I was going to say the exact same thing that the first commenter did--isn't it more expensive, more trouble, and less fun to do the edible picture of sprinkles than to put on actual sprinkles?

wv: nessie -- ! the Loch Ness monster loves sprinkles. (Real ones.)

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Who puts a picture of sprinkles on a cake???

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Oh my sweet grasshoppers... just when I think that wreckerators might be running out of ways to wreck cakes in new ways and resorting to reinterpretations of the classics (misspellings, mangling instructions, unintentional phalli)... they do something like this... and totally redeem themselves! I'm just in awe over this one. Instant classic.

I want (a picture of) sprinkles.


P.S. Had to look up "phallus" in Merriam Webster online in order to see what the plural form is. So proud that is now in my search history. Thanks cakewrecks!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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