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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

Fit To Be Tied

Tied, dyed, and uglified:

Ready to be clued in?

It's supposed to be a shirt.

See, you can tell by the...uh...well, by asking the Wreckerator.

Thanks to Mary M., who blames hippies with lava lamps in the 60's.

Personally, I think it was Lucy. In the sky. With diamonds.

Anyone want to check the envelope?

(P.S. If you got that, I love you. And if you didn't, just consider this post script a red herring.)

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Reader Comments (65)

LOVE Clue, the cake... not so much.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You were right! The cards in the envelope were Lucy, with the diamonds in the sky. WOOHOO! You win!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

It's like communism that way.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertubathespian

Ha ha! I love this! And I really am enjoying these little tidbits of fun throughout the day! ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91
September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

wow, I asked for three posts at 12:15 and got it! Can I ask for a puppy too? Luv you!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Red Herring to me. I don't get the last line! Awesome cake!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Maybe the stamps, if not the envelope? You know, the ones with a smiley face on them?

This looks more like a rocket ship that returned from one of the many Futurama galaxies. Perhaps Hippie-65?

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

It’s supposed to be a shirt? I just thought it was a lumpy sheet cake.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Barf. Literally.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

ps red herring *snort*

This wreckerator should have cheated and used the Wilton t-shirt pan. The tie dye was at least effective in that it gave me a headache.


September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I still prefer Col. Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick, but I'm just old fashioned like that.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterroyalnytmare

So, I love the mini posts. Then when I get bored at work and check again, there is something new there! :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Actually I recognized as a "tie dyed" t-shirt before reading the caption.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Uh-oh...I think my inner Wreckerator is about to come out. Because that totally looks like a shirt to me. It's just sideways.

Then again, it looks pretty homemade, too. Sometimes I see these wrecks, and I'm all "Hey! It's not that bad!" And then I remember, "Hey! I'm a COMPLETE amateur and it looks like I made it! Should I be offended right now?"

And then, I'm all "Oh, riiiiight. It's supposed to be a Pro Job. Therefor, better than what I could do." ;-)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAunt LoLo

(Please oh please be a "Clue" reference!) :D

Carmen, the Un-Stalker

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Alphabet Gang

Oh, yeah... I can see the shirt, but I admit I'm on some medication that makes things look the way they are supposed to. :-)
Dawnetta P.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This... is what you see when you rub your eyes too hard. Yuk.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ. R. W.


...At least, I do believe that is what you're referring to.

Also, that is one ugly shirt, if you can even call it that.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

How silly of me for not knowing that Lucy killed Mr. Boddy. Now I know.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris F

Oh come on... it wasn't that bad... for a CCC that was supposed to be shirt... I guess... well, maybe it is that bad. After all it's a CCC (has anyone else noticed more and more of them and cookies showing up on here? or is it just me?)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

I asked my wife what she thought this cake (actually a CCC is you look closely at the edges) is, and she said, "That's a tie-dyed shirt. Or a turtle. But probably a shirt."


And I agree with Jennifer - a reference to the stamps would have been more fitting for a "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" reference, even if the meaning behind the name is an urban legend. (The title comes from the name of a picture that Julian Lennon drew of his teacher when he was very little.)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex T. Valencic

Or "Fit to be dyed"

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

its a t shirt, made of cupcakes...

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

At first I was like "OMG, did I somehow miss THREE WHOLE days of CW?!?" Then I read the multiple posting thing and sighed. I thought maybe I blacked out for two days. Haha... Love it. Keep 'em comin'!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

Blast it.. I thought the "envelope" mention was a reference to PCP-laced stamps or something. :(

Also, that tie-dye job is kind of amazing, IMHO, if only it were t-shirt-shaped and without the white "outline". And not on cupcakes.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylph

Got the tie dye, no problem, but it looked more like one of those fish that are mostly head with small inadequate-looking fins than a cake, especially considering the neck and sleeves.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, Jen, Jen, Jen. Have you not been to Oregon lately?
It's not tie-dye, it's Eugene camouflage.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Weird, they did an amazing job on the tie-die part (difficult) but then they couldn't handle a shirt shape (I'm no graphic artist, but I could cut a T-shirt shape without benefit of a special pan) and then they threw on weird ugly piping just for grins.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterserns

The tiedye cake would have been perfect for peace day tom ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I got the clue.

The wreck looks like Jerry Garcia became roadkill.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenyx

Yes I did it. I wrecked this cake. I hated It-it-it-it flamed - flames on the sides of my face. Heaving, breathl...heaving breaths. Heaving...

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeoffwah

That "shirt" looks more like a slice of white bread with an assortment of mold growing on it. See my kitchen for details.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The Amazing Karnak?!
The answer is:
3 things, no 4, related to John
1. Elton John (LSD - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)
2. Johnny Carson's Karnak envelope clues
3. John Vreeke's Red Herring

And finally,
4. The author of this post

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

And monkey's brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.C.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

The tie dye effect is actually kinda cool. The shape, though... wut? They should have just stuck with a regular rectangular cake, tie-dyed.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandy

nope, sorry..... the envelope was actually "i am his, you are his, you are me, and we are all together"...... which actually does mention lucy in the sky...... so, hey! you do win!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerrrs-uh

Well I was really trying today to "get it" and I was sure the tie dye cake was a distorted map of the US with maybe a white fence around it for the illegal aliens - or any other aliens that might go wacko by eating all that food dye. Sorry, I tried. I'll just watch and snort and chuckle on my own from now on. Norine

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I was a teenager I once tie dyed a t-shirt in a hotel toilet. Don't ask. Anyway, my toilet tie dye job turned out much better than this cake. I suspect it might have tasted better as well.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

I gotta tell ya -- I like the longer, single entry better. There's no continuity within the shorter entries. It's like a sitcom with stand-alone episodes -- it's never going to earn the accolades of the hour-long drama.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it might have been all the acid the decorator did back in the 60's or 70's.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

Looks like one of those things where you spin it and put different colors on it to get a picture.. Ah the fun I had with those just not on CCC..bleh!

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

It's SO bad it almost makes me long for the Haight and real tie dye circa 1969

WV: ovenst= the baker must have had the ovenst for disaster instead of 350.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentery

1 + 1 + 2 + 1-! Now, I'm going home to sleep with my wife.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Green

Dear Cake Wrecks,

I came to your site just now and saw a short post and was sorta bummed. Then I scrolled down and was like WOOOOO. Then I kept scrolling down and it was like Christmas.

That is all.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a CCC (patooie!) that looks like it could be used as a biological weapon, which is almost redundant. What else do I need to know?

I like the new format. As J&J note, there will still be the 'marathon' posts from time to time.

Interesting that those in the 'like' column are more likely to have names / handles...

wv: micese. What Mickey & Minnie speak in private.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I'd say it was good if it turned out looking the way I'm sure they dreamed it to.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

So completely didn't get the envelope reference....
When I was younger I thought the lyrics were
"Lucy's in a fight with Linus" hehehe

As a note, I don't like the short posts as much as the long ones.
Like another poster said "no real continuity"
Multiple postings are fine sometimes, just not all the time please.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherH

I'm thinking that if people don't get the references, they will be of a sort that have no idea what a red herring is anyway and will ask if it is served pickled or dilled.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Obviously, the cake looks correct if you've had a dose of 'shrooms.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

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