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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


Ahh, M&Ms. Am I right? Except the green ones really have no effect on me, so that's totally false advertising right there. Well, unless bloating counts. (No? Then, no.)

So anyway, what could be better than M&Ms on cake? And it's so easy! Just sprinkle a few tastefully here and there, and...


Yeah, well. I'd still eat it.

Or, if you're really ambitious, you could just cover the whole cake with 'em:

You missed a few spots.

Or, let's say you want the cake to scream "M&Ms!" only without using any:

"Rawr! We are the dread pirate M&Ms!"

Red: "Really? I thought we were zombie dinosaurs."

Blue: "Ug. Judging by this thing on my head I'd say we're pigeon targets."

And for you master bakers, why not try a beautifully sculpted, full size M&M guy?

Maybe try a recipe with a little less collagen, though.

And finally, your moment of migraine-inducing zen:

Can't read it?

The trick is to half cross your eyes, tilt your head at a precise 42 degree angle to the right, and then have a friend hit you soundly across the face with a stapler.

Or just keep staring. You'll feel the same either way in about five minutes.

Kerum S., Janet, Marcus J., John D., & Jessica S., not that stapler. That's my stapler. Don't touch my stapler.

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Reader Comments (125)

The sculpture's arms are up at his eyes!! Poor M&M guy. I wonder if they had peanut and chocolate flavoring in the cake. That would be kind of awesome.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I think, but I'm not sure, the last one says "Baby in the USA". It makes as little sense as the cake's design...

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaantje

I think that last cake says Baby in the USA. What that heck that is about, unless it was supposed to be Party in the USA(A song I wish I had never heard), I have no idea.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChucklesMO

That last one looks like it says "Baby in the USA". I guess it doesn't have to make sense if you can't read it anyway.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! Office Space reference!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

bonus points for Office Space reference. from the 'Burgh, yinz guys ROCK!!!!

wv: daect - all those m&m's made my tummy say daect.. (lower voice to sinister level and try it)

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the last one says "Baby in the USA." Unfortunately, it makes less sense knowing what it says than it did before....

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

So that's what you get when you cross Angelina Jolie with an M&M... or maybe that's some kind of flounder/M&M mutant. Feeling a little duhhhh because I still can't read the second word, Baby ___, perhaps??? Anybody? Help?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

Clearly the last one says Baruugasnouf. Also, staplers hurt. I'm gonna take a nap now...*Thud*

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Does that last one say "Baby"?


January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, this totally made me not want to eat M&Ms for a while! hah! And for my guess on the last cake: Baby Jobe??! Or Jake? GAH. I need to go get my stapler.....

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNyckie

OMG, that first cake is gross!! but then again, I'm pregnant, so my food-sense is off. I mean, srsly, I couldn't even eat my chocolate-fudge ice cream

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKonen

I can't even begin to understand cake #1...does it involve cardboard some how?

The dread pirate M&Ms made me giggle and my husband had to look over here inquiringly--it was worth it!

The last one, oh the last one. I now have a headache from trying to read it and from trying to understand what "baby in the USA" even means

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy's Cooking Adventures

"Baby in the USA"?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

What the heck does that cake say? Baby Osis?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

wow. The yellow guy is so close if only they'd got the mouth better, and the shape a little more round at the bottom. At least it's recognizable. :-/

As for the rest...oh my. i just don't think there's any hope for an m&m cake...

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I think it's Baby Fish Mouth. Pretty sad that those cakes might actually make me stop liking M&M's. Nope, still like 'em.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

The m&m guy was "almost" there.

I think it says Baby To Be :/ umm yah that's it.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmbitious Blonde

If you stare at the last one long enough, you can almost see a 3D picture.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Personally, I think that the 3rd one is a PSA warning against steroid use. Yikes.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I'd like to know what the first one is SUPPOSE to be. With it's shape, to me, it looks like a toilet exploding. The day AFTER New Year's perhaps?

Epcot on Baby in the USA. I couldn't read anything but Baby. Yuk to eating it!

Peanut M & M....flat on the bottom? Could have used a little more sculpting on the bottom and a little less on the lips.

Sharon's Edible Art

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I once had the bottom layer of a cake come out very unevenly so I filled the gap with m&m's before icing it. In my defense, I was 10 and the person who got the slice full of m&m's was VERY happy!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Beth

My son, after the Baby in the USA epcot, determined it said Baby is doodie. Which works just as well.

What did M&Ms ever do to those wreckerators?

wv: comen... the M&Ms are comen to get you...

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimiheart

I thought it said BABY JOBS!

I think that last cake might say Baby Icuba... Or maybe it's supposed to be that Baby in the USA everyone else sees. Or maybe it's "Born in the USA", like the Bruce Springsteen song! Thanks to my parents for teaching me that one...

For all I know it might just say "Dumb Wreckerator"

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first bakery must have a thing about piling a buncha crap on top of their desserts: M&Ms, fruit, bonbons...

"If you move me again, I'll burn this place to the ground."

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

If you enlarge the picture of the first cake it looks like they melted candle wax on the sides.

And, I agree that the last one says "baby in the usa".

WV: "poostac" I've seen some poo-stack cakes on CWs.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

By the way, LOVE the sign on the first one: "Gourmet Cake" for $22.99. If that is what's passing for gourmet these days, I pass on a slice of it, thank you!

Sharon's Edible Art

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I read the comments to see what I missed when I viewed the post ;-Þ
All I got was "baby" and since one of the kids didn't put the stapler back where it belongs, I had to check the comments for enlightenment

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Valinda

Dinosaur zombies~ Graarr braains!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterimspiffier

It's cake covered in M&M's - who cares what it looks like, just gimme a slice!

That last one - I didn't know Jackson Pollock decorated cakes too...

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

The last one says "I hate colour-blind people".

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRogerBW

Hard to believe #1 and #5 are commercially-made cakes. Shudder! It inspires me to buy some M & M's and try my hand at it! What color goes best with German Chocolate?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

I think with that last one, if you stare real hard, you'll see a 3D image. I've always bad at that, but I bet it's a boat.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lunar Fox

The last one looks like those word verification boxes you get on some websites where the deformed letters are on a spotted background. Usually have to ask for a new word several times before I can see it. All I can make out on the cake is "Baby". Refresh. Refresh.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Probably a schooner, right Lunar Fox?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth C.

Baby in the USA?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Loved the Princess Bride reference...immediately followed by a peanut (M&M that is)....

The first cake made me want to spew though...$22.99 seriously???? YUCK

wv: biodoo - pretty sure they meant cake #1

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Is it just me, or does the "Gourmet Cake" in the background of the first photo look like the lair of some poor misbegotten spider-skeleton hybrid?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy McGill

Cake #1: Clearly, the bakery does not know the meaning of "gourmet"! The other cakes look reasonable (although the one in the back is very odd). A fancily decorated wall, a half-egg spewing an M&M river, multicoloured messy squirts, all on a white ground (although the label says "chocolate frosting"!) with a cup of white frosting and a pen in front?! But, at least the M&Ms will be good!

2nd one: hey, it's better than most of the cake decorations we see here... and this is one frosting that's actually delicious

"pigeon targets" -- LMAO What's with their chunky arms and skinny bodies?

Peanut's at least recognizable. Too bad they messed up the lips, since they were so close.

Hard to believe Baby cake's a professionally done one. I've seen grade-schoolers do better.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

The one covered in M&Ms would totally be my soon to be 3yr old's dream bday cake.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I would totally dive into that cake that looks like it was rolled in m&ms.


January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S

I agree with the comment that the Baby in the USA looks like the stupid word verification boxes... thank goodness the WV on this blog are actually legible! I had to stare at that stupid cake for a good minute before getting anything past Baby. I got USA next and then just stared at the middle... confused...

WV: retop - if you don't like how your cake turned out, just retop it with M&M's!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I'm pretty sure the last one says "Brain Ooze". Which is what happened to me when I tried to read it.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

Princess Bride and Office Space references in the same post! You're awesome.

Also, the "Baby in the USA?" cake leaves my brow quizzical, but I'm more curious about the object at the bottom left of the peanut M&M sculpture. Is that a FISH TAIL? I don't understand.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLise

The first time I read the last cake (small pic on itouch) I saw Burn Out,

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

I think the last cake says "BABY I O U" and then a picture of baby booties. Or bumblebees, I'm not sure.

Either way, what?

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


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January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

Wow, some of these are wild! Thanks for sharing. Does the the last one say Baby Cora? Lol, I guess it doesn't matter, it's just too funny!

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen Green

If these cakes are "gourmet" (quotation marks definately appropriate here) then I need to charge more.

And can we please burn that last cake to the ground? Pretty please with... well, no more sprinkles on the top?

WV: bitri That many M&M's leave a bitri taste in my mouth.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercq75

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