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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)

Woo hoo! Pee Wee Herman himself linked to this post!!! The word of the day is "surprise"....aaaaaaaah!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

a tiered CCC? O.O

the sole redeeming factor is the lack of a 2 inch thick icing pavement on top...

am I the only one who wants to make Ice Road Trucker jokes about the ones with a hundred pounds of frosting on top? "is it thick enough to drive an 18 wheeler on it? no? add more!"


ahhh, just me, then...

-Barbara Anne

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There are no words that can describe how scary that CCC is.. Maybe the surprise is they hid the candy in the cupcake and surprise if you don't choke to death..evil wreckerators.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The "surprise" is how many people handled that candy without washing their hands.

Oh, I guess that's more of a "secret" than a "surprise." At least until the diarrhea begins.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNahhh

The surprise would be me bursting into tears if I was given it.....

Ahhh, Heather, wv just means the little group of letters you have to type in the box before submitting your comment - sometimes they are really funny. Mine today is 'cloto' in 'don't be such a cloto, just eat your risotto'. No secret password required!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Oh dear god, the colours!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereve

The surprise in the center must be frosting-coated marshmallows.

Another IRT fan! Way to go, @Barbara Anne!

@Heather, 'wv' is the word verification that must be entered in order to post. Along with diligent moderating, it helps keep this a Spam-free zone, for which we all are grateful to infinity and beyond.

Some people have taken to assigning meanings to the often-nonsensical 'word' that is automatically generated, adding yet another dimension of humor (as if another one were needed).

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The surprise is that it isn't a cake.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermalkatz

EEK. I think a 3 year old could do better.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvie

Who would pay 20 bucks for that D:

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just wanted to let you know that your book had a starring role on the Graham Norton Show (v. popular chat show in England), it made Kate Hudson laugh very much. Hooray for Cake Wrecks!!!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Hey, you were on British TV last night. The Graham Norton show had a little section featuring baby cakes from the book including the naked mohawk carrot jockey babies!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterros

The only surprise I can think of is that someone had the gall to ask for $18.99 for that, that,... well, for that.

WV: shlog. "Blog, shlog, abi gezint!"

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey

Thanks! Now for my kid's next birthday, I can just take some cheap cupcakes and candy and throw it all in a pile. When he gripes, I can show him this and say it was professionally decorated, so shut up.

WV: aunticiz

The status of something after my aunt is done with it:

Aunt Molly, bless her heart, she can't decorate a cake worth a flip, but she keeps trying. That pile of cupcakes and candy over there? Yep, that's Molly's work. That stuff's been "aunticized," all right!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

This reminds me of the "cake" that my old tech support team put together to surprise our supervisor for his 21st birthday.

Except ours had less smashed frosting.

We were going for something gloriously horrible. The random-looking pile was in fact carefully engineered for maximum random and horror ..." rel="nofollow">Haphazard pile of Hostess cakes.

... while containing and disguising the true terror inside, candy corn. (He used to rant at length about the horrors of candy corn, so we had to.)" rel="nofollow">Partially demolished pile of cakes, showing candy corn spilling out, and an alarming number of sprinkles.

Someone suggested putting some of the pumpkin-shaped candy corns on the snowball cakes, but they were voted down on the grounds that this would be a little too tasteless.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterazurelunatic

I'm not paying $19.95 for that cake.


January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

So, you instructed me to cooment HERE on the blogspot to get a chance to win a Zooborns book!
Let me win please, this comment box took a llooooonnggggg time to load ;)

Lynda A., chillin' in WI

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I used to work in a grocery store bakery (didn't work out, I was too slow and neat with my work).
I'm guessing, from past experience, the surprise is:
"Surprise! You just got promoted to head decorator for the great new idea of how to re-package old cupcakes!"

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDena

I think the "surprise" would be if you could taste any cupcake through the frosting.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

I think the surprise is, you pretty much have to eat the top two cupcakes before you can get to the bottom cupcakes...oh and you just gained fifty pounds SUPRISE!!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Deep within the tiers,
a Barbie struggles vainly
to pop out of cake.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

$18.99. Yikes. Maybe the decimal point is supposed to be after the 1, and it's $1.899. Not sure how you can have $0.009, but that baker is clearly deranged anyway.

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWreckophile #1

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