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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


You know, when I see something like this I can't help but wonder:

Exactly which part do they consider the "surprise?"

The candy wrappers smashed into the icing on the cupcakes?

The cupcakes smashed into the icing on the cupcakes?

Or could it be the fact that someone managed to write $18.99 without a giant "LOL - j/k!" after it?

Thanks to AmyLynn, who knows some three-year-olds who do this for free. No matter how hard their parents try to stop them.

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Reader Comments (72)


I'm trying, honestly, I'm trying to come up with something witty to say. Dear God, this is bad.

I think the surprise is when you bite down on a piece of plastic floatsom.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

A new twist on Cupcake Cake. Even comes with candles. A-Mazing!

Sharon's Edible Art

wv: gettere = Get 'er Done!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

wow.... just, wow.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArtemis

Maybe the surprise is it's acutal existance. Who would have tought.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

CCCs brought into another dimension. Great, just when it looked like the economy might recover, the snowstorms abated, and Congress was holding hands and singing kumbaya.

As Linus would say, "We're DOOMED!"

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Surprise! It isn't cake!


January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRufus Opus

Really? Really? A pile of cupcakes (p-tooey) and you call it a cake?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

I think the surprise is that it came out of the dumpster!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Surprise! Your kids will want more sugar after consuming the cupcakes and frosting! Surprise, they will be bouncing off the walls!
Or is it Surprise! See what color your poop is tomorrow because of these cupcakes!

WV: Creevies: A combination of being creeped out bu something and wanting it. These cupcakes, because I can see that they are chocolate, give me the creevies!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great, now it is going to become a trend to do multi-layered cupcake cakes and then they are going to start covering the whole thing with a MOUND of frosting.
Just what we need!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just the dye from the psychedelic icing will drive the kids crazy. ugh. a ccc surprise.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Anonymous stole my poo idea... lmao off... I would never pay 18.99 for that NEVER!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~flying gurl~

Maybe the surprise part is the candy attached...

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

wv: "doat" - Smushing cupcakes into cupcakes? Don't do-at!

How can I resist?

Merry at Annie's Book Stop

And, just to make it funnier, the wv didn't register properly, and I got a new one: "table"! An actual word! Good grief.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, here's what happened: There was a little accident in the back room of the grocer's. The cupcakes collided with the unsold Halloween candy and it kind of exploded into a big mess but then the BOSS came in and said, "Holy Crap, that's almost $20 in ruined goods. Find a way to fix this!"

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Carline

I'm pretty sure that the way the cupcakes are stacked leaves a hole in the center of the bottom layer, and there's a "surprise" in that hole.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJC Dill

The real surprise is that under all the smashed cupcakes, under all the icing-coated candy wrappers, and under that gold cardboard panel...there's a smashed cake struggling to be seen as its on smashed identity.


January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I bet there's a squirrel in there somewhere.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermidnightferret

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bakery (department): It's CCC3D! Taking wreckage to a whole new dimension! Coming soon to a display case near you. Voidwhereprohibitedbylaw.

How it likely came about: [Manager on phone] "Did you take that pile of expired candy and unsold cupcakes to the dumpster as I intended, Bevis? It's in the display case. (*facepalm*) Lovely. At least you didn't eat it -- that's something. What price did you put on it? HOW much? I'll be surprised if anyone buys it, but ok." (To self: "I had the opportunity to go to Florida and assemble the world's first feline football team, but nooo! I had to manage a bakery, instead!")

wv: merge. Really.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

"Honey, look at this wicked cool cake I got for the party with your boss and all your coleagues!"

"Uh... That's great, dear... How much did you pay for that?"

"Twenty bucks. SURPRISE!!!!"

WV: Calispo - Calispo, the mercurial, unreliable, tasteless goddess of CCC wreckerators.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

The surpise is what's in the middle of the abomination...we've been assuming it's a pile of cupcakes...but, what's really in the center of that pile? Probably a beautifully decorative cake elaborate piping and gold dust.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeannette

the surprise will be if someone actually shells out the 18.99 to purchase the cake.... Now that's what you call a cake wreck.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNo Cake Fo' YOU

I'm gonna go with the $18.99 as the surprise, because that's what I find most surprising (really? REALLY? $18.99?). The rest I just find... sad.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie

i think the surprise is that there will be someone who actually buys this and thus perpetuates the thought that this is a GOOD idea. we need more cake education out there people!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereugeneteam

Well I'd be surprised if someone bought that for $18.99! o.O

wv: flize: Don't be surprised when your kid gets a sugar high and flize off the handle.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

ha!! I like Rufus's explanation.

p.s. Can I also just say it has taken me MONTHS to figure out what that "wv" followed by a nonsense word was all about in people's comments. MONTHS. I had no idea why people were mentioning West Virginia so often nor what strange dialect was spoken there.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Perhaps the staff were surprised (#1) when a tray tipped, all the cupcakes tumbled over and landed on top of each other in the Great Cupcake Catastrophe of 2010. Then they decided to sell it rather than write the mess off -- and see if a customer would pay that much (surprise #2).

What surprises (#3) me is that, if it was a back-room mishap, they didn't just divvy up the ruined cupcakes between the staff to take home. Which says a lot about how they must taste... (surprise #4!)

for others who are mystified by the wv, it's the word verification, which sometimes is amusing

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

If you squint really hard and cock your head to the side, it still doesn't look like a cake. Sorry.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

HaHaHa! @ Rachel. It took me a while to catch on, too. I think I finally got it after my first post...!

Surprise! It's the LTCCC - Leaning Tower of Cupcakes Cake!(Warhol style, of course) Next week: The Eiffel Tower CCC!

Couldn't they at least have taken the wrappers off of all that candy?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


wv: dritypen - er, what!?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the surprise is that after eating all that colorful icing and candy you'll be pooping rainbows for a week.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

This is a perfect Cake Wreck post especially on my birthday. I love cupcakes even ones with candy wrapper still on them. LOL

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Surprise! Diabetes!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhillyGrrl

I'm surprised that anyone classified it as a cake at all.....

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Maybe there's something... under all the cupcakes. You know, in the middle? Maybe? No?

Hmmm. Maybe it's because they're always surprised when someone actually buys one...and pays that much for it. That sure would shock the hell outta me.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

It'll be a surprise if anyone pays money for it.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

SURPRISE: One of these cupcakes is poison.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristi T.

...maybe the "surprise" is hidden in the middle of the mound of cupcakes?

yeah, seeing the chocolate mixed with the ccc ... creevies is a perfect description.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoris Sudduth


An attorney is suing the store for intentional infliction of flotsam in the gullet and color-blinding distress...

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryogagal

Will someone *PLEASE* explain to me what "wv" stands for??? Or do I have to know the super secret password first?

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The one and only redeeming factor to a CCC (ptoooey), I would assume (I'm glad to say I've never been served from one), is that, if one is very, very careful about the globs of icing on the top, individual cupcakes can be pulled free, with a nice clean cupcake paper underneath.

This . . . thing . . .has eliminated even that.

Icing on the bottoms of cupcake papers, icing on candy wrappers.

Just awful on so many levels (you should pardon the expression).

wv: smagis.

Smagis -- a "surprise" cake iced with sheep organs and oatmeal.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

If you squint really hard and cock your head to the side, it sort of looks like a sunburned Cookie Monster.

WV: bionaff- Dem kids'll bionaff soo-prise cake like white on rice!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy McGill

I don't know how I came upon your blog, but I'm sure glad I did! All those cakes so grotesquely - and inappropriately - decorated, combined with your comments ... comedy gold!
Thank you so much, you've really made my day!
Sarah :)

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I... I... huh.


January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

That is so funny that you said "j/k"! As a teenager, I have this urge to correct you that is probably equal to the urge that grammar freaks have to correct inproper grammer. It's "jk" or, if you must, "j.k.", but NO slash.
Love your blog!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolatier

This BIG surprise is that someone PROBABLY bought it because they actually LIKED it....

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Pee-wee Herman posted this to his facebook and twitter. I love you guys now, this site has me in stitches! ^^

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertakineko

not by any stretch of the imagination is that pile of....cake worth that much.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel


Pee-Wee Herman just tweeted with a link of this. Prepare to be EVEN MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU WERE BEFORE.

Freaking love cakewrecks.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspud

Wow! What a fantastic mess! I for one love sweet tarts but I definitely don't think they are a suitable topping for cupcakes with or without the wrapper.!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

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