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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

Author's Log 10242011

It's been one week since we left home on our five week voyage, and so far, morale remains high.

We experienced some troublesome maintenance issues our first two nights, first with malfunctioning sound dampeners next to the station's galley, and then with a poisoned air filter that left us with a nasty case of Betelguisian lung rot.

Or maybe that was an allergic reaction to the port's complimentary flip-flops.

Anyway, once we moved on to our next station the living quarters were up to optimal levels, and we were able to get some much needed rest.

Our first mission was to the Atlantans, a friendly people who presented us with bizarre tributes:

This one contained a yellow gelatinous substance marked "E. Spengler." We gave it a wide berth.

However, the local fare was undeniably delicious:

By Feast Catering

The natives themselves proved most agreeable under the placating effects of the baked goods, and fortunately our mission passed without incident.

From there we moved on to the region of Concord, home of excessively large shopping malls and confusing ground traffic. Here the tributes seemed to take an insidious turn:

Though thankfully the natives remained peaceful, no doubt due in large part to the addictive qualities of their peculiar edible totem:

By Emily & the BPA Club

In the region of Richmond, we discovered a new local custom:


Some of the natives dressed to match their edible gifts:

Right down to the fingernails!

It was unsettling, to be sure, but we put on a brave face and were careful to make no sudden movements.

Others there presented us with ghoulish visages, perhaps as some kind of colloquial good luck charm?

Certainly their tribute totem was terrifying enough to ward off any evil spirits:

By A Cake to Remember & Sugarbuzz Cakes

We did our best to show the proper respect, but despite our efforts the First Mate and I kept laughing. I blame the addictive nature of these insidious treats, but more "research" is needed.


In Baltimore we were given our most bizarre tribute yet:

By Charm City Cakes

An edible effigy of yours truly!

The individual tributes also flatly defied description:

Why is the deer so tiny?


Here, at least, they were able to vent their cannibalistic hostilities on my effigy...

...and we were able to escape unscathed during the melee.

The First Mate and I are continuing on to our next stop today, and we can only hope that it, too, will prove to be a piece of cake.

Yates out.


You can see all of the photos from our various shows on the Cake Wrecks Facebook page.

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Reader Comments (37)

Ya know, the Great Tower of Greatest Wrecks is one of the most clever ideas I've seen - bravo to the two bakers!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

yayy!! So excited to see Heather's blowfish/porcupine on your site!! I feel like we are famous now!! :)

...and a link to the original cakewreck entry it pays homage to...

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmethyst

Wow! Charm city made a cake of you! That in and of itself is somewhat squee worthy..or would be for me. Conga- rats!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Cellophane

How hard did Charm City Cakes have to work to create an actual wreck? Their cakes are always so gorgeous.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Nony

Those tributes and SO great!!! Wreck on!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

That last picture proves that some people will do anything to get a head...

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Love the log format of today's post. ^_^

All of the tributes are so much fun! Everyone is doing a fantastic job of recreating Wrecks!

Safe travels, you two! Can't wait to see you in Chicago(ish)!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarla | Bakingdom

I'm assuming the first "0 Outbreaks" cake is an update on the status of John's health.

So, Yay!

I love the "DOA" cake by A Cake to Remember & Sugarbuzz Cakes. Lookit all the little wrecks!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This made me laugh so hard! I pre-ordered the book and was so thrilled to have received it! I have to admit the first thing I did was take off the sticker on the front so it said "Prefessional!"

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterindimew

I still wish Ace of Cakes was on the air. Then maybe we could've seen the gang from Charm City Cakes make your cake.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpooky

I was a bit hesitant to read a post with the word "log" in the title!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherron make my geeky heart feel warm and fuzzy with glee! :) SO, so awesome.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I've just pick up both of your books from Chapters, can't wait to sit down with them and a coffee in my beautiful new cookie monster coffee mug. And then I can't wait to see you on Tuesday in TO :) (please forgive me if I've made some mistakes - I'm still learning Engilsh :] )

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermadziaro

The fact that Charm City cakes made a cake is just too awesome for words!!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterev

Shut UP!! Charm City Cakes MADE YOU A CAKE!!
(Catching my breath)
That is ALMOST as amazing as Brent Spiner wearing a carrot jockey necklace.
Go Jen! :o)

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimmy

You are way cuter than that cake makes you look, Jen... but I guess that's part of the "charm"!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm so excited by the Charm City Cakes-wreck. That is beyond cool, and vaguely nauseating with all that air brushing.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Not to be a downer at all-- I was equally impressed that Charm City made the cake for Baltimore (to be honest I was hoping they would). And having the chance to met Elena (as well as Jen and John) was great! But honestly guys, the Charm City cake was just cake... Decorating aside (which was awesome) it wasn't even one of the top cakes I've ever had... It was just cake. :(

*this just one person's opinion of course*

Loved this post-- hope you plan to do more during your travels...

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

I think the little chocolate cupcake face with the white icing smile is ADORABLE. :)

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

Wow love this post :D

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Holland Baby Cake cosplay FTW!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertardis_stowaway

Had to do a double take and google Egon's last name. Awww yeaahhh Ghostbuster's joke. :p

And I am so sad! I didn't know you were in Baltimore. Gah, this is what I get for taking a break from reading blogs!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAddy DelaMorte

LOVE the Charm City Cake. I was particularly amused by the misspelling of your (you're) considering how pedantic Mary Alice is about such things :)

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakeRoyale

The "edible totem" cake had me in stitches! This is the loveliest, wreckiest post. Cake Wrecks in-jokes are awesome, although either people are creating new memes or there are some I have missed although how, I honestly couldn't tell you.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatDeborahGirl

"Poisoned air filter" huh? Are you sure the First Mate wasn't blaming it on that since the cats weren't handy? ;-)
Wish we could have come to see you, but it was just too far. We're an hour on the other side of Philly from where you were. Maybe next time!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

OMG this post was HYSTERICAL XD XD love the tribute cakes :D

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMINDY1

Absolutely hilarious. I'm now totally afraid of Dora!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Given how awesome their cakes are, I wonder if it was hilarious or painful for Charm City to make that totally wrecky cake?

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

Oh how I wish that "Ace of Cakes" was still filming new episode. How I'd love to watch them make the "edible effigy..." also am I the only one with a slight sense of "closure" now that the Holland belly cake now has a face?????????

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

That Dora cake totally looks like the sister on Davey & Goliath!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterveg-o-matic

Lots of awesome all around! The wreckplicas are so detailed! So much talent!

I just got your book today and squealed (loudly) when I saw my wreckporting had made the cut! I now consider myself something of a celebrity (even though my name is never mentioned and you did all the hard work writing the aMAZing commentary, but a girl can dream, right?)

Again, looking forward to the Austin stop! Cheers!

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

I must admit, I squealed the geek-girl squeal of delight when I saw my wreck tribute made the blog. Out of two Baltimore wrecks, mine made it on! Eeeeeeee!

And as fun as the Charm City Cake was, and as awesome to have Elena there in the house, I am jealous of the other stops’ professional cakes. The time and energy that were put into them just look amazing! Not to take anything away from the Charm City Cake. You’ve got to admit they didn’t really need the extra exposure.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrystyna

How did the "ready or not here I come" cake taste?

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBea

That birth cake (2nd to last) is certainly interesting because the brown globs that look like poo are actually representing poo. Yech!

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Can I just point out that the tribute cake com Concord was made by Baking and Pastry Students from the local Community College? I was totally impressed with their work! To make a professional looking cake with so many nods to actual wrecks was great. But my favorite thing was the baby on the carrot as a topper! Well done.

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

The problem with the Charm City Cake is that if you say, "Look at what Charm City Cakes made for me!" and show that picture, the response is bound to be something along the lines of, "Of course they made you a cake." in the tone of voice normally used on those with brain damage.

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLim

Cosplaying as cakes... what will they think of next?

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDylan R.

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