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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

Flying the Hungry Skies

"Excuse me, Ma'am, is this your cake?"


"Well, I'm going to have to confiscate it."

"What? Why?"

"This so-called 'frosting' is clearly a 'gel' and therefore threatens national security. Move along.

"But, but..."


"Whoah, whoah, whoah. Sir, I'm going to have to take that mean, that dangerous looking Santa cake.

"It looks suspicious."

"But food is allowed through security!"

"Yes, but this obviously isn't 'food.' It's some kind of weapon. And I'm hungry.

"Oh, did I say that last bit out loud? Haha, silly me. NEXT.

[munching] "So, what have we here?"

"Just a little gift for the family back home."

"I'm sorry, but there's no way for me to know that's really a cake and not some kind of zombie snowman capable of terrorizing your fellow passengers. I'll have to take it off your hands."

"No, look! I can take a bite! See? Yummy cake!"

"Nice try, terrorist. Now we'll have to extract that. Sergeant? Take him away. (But leave the cake.) NEXT.


"No, no, I'm sorry, animals aren't allowed."

"It's a reindeer CAKE."

"We can't be too careful.


"Hold up there, Miss. Do you have a permit R2D2C3PO for that item?"

"There's no such thing!"

"Of course there is, Miss, and I'm the official gingerbread cake confiscator." [flashing badge]

"Did you...did you just flash a Subway rewards card at me?"


"Yes, you did!"

"No, I didn't. Gimmie the cake."


"So I guess you'll be taking my cake, too, then?"

"Nope, that one looks perfectly harmless. Have a nice flight!"


Thanks to Mark & CJ, Naureen, Kelly D., Brooke F., Kittie L., Sandy K., and the TSA, who really have started confiscating cupcakes because the frosting is a "gel." Enjoy those flights, everyone.

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Reader Comments (41)

OMG that last cake D: as for the other ones hehehe.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Sweet! And the gingerbread man is a re-tooled Easter Bunny!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Gave me a good usual!! love this site!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

If you buy these cakes, the terrorists win...

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

That last cake has me singing, "Do You See What I See?" :-)

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Much as I hate to suggest it, let's approach these from the TSA's point of view. I mean, look at these specimans:

1. That black stuff is clearly gunpowder.
2. Ninja Santa Cake. Everyone knows they're full of throwing stars.
3. Frosty has most definitely swallowed a bomb.
4. That reindeer is wrapped in wires. Yes, reindeer profiling is wrong, but this guy's clearly up to no good.
5. OK, so TSA may have blown this one out of proportion -- there's definitely something wrong with proportion here.
6. Tragically, the weary traveller who brought this cake probably wanted it to be confiscated. Wouldn't you?

Now, were can I get on of those cupcakes-in-a-jar? (Don't worry. We're staying home for Christmas, so you're all safe.)

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

R2D2CP30 Form bwahahaha I love it!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNGHJ

the bottom part of the first snowman is a hidden mickey! it probably still threatens national security though.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpoptartyogini

LOL...great story line, Jen! Thank goodness I'm not traveling any time soon.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

2 funny! I can only say it again: WTF (what the frosting)! And I loved the article about the cupcake and the TSA! my sister, Redacted, (no, that's her name....) works at the local airport, and I have been worried sick about this very issue! I am so relieve to know that our government is on the ball...and...on the cupcake.

ps -- you still have a Subway rewards card....? Lucky...stopped those here years ago.....

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Those are hilarious.

As I won't be on for the actual day, Have a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, Yule, Solstice, or any other I have missed.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArleneM

Those security attendants should take a Rorshach test. I don't think they should be working such a job like that.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

@mel: "What the frosting" is my new favorite phrase.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I believe that the #3 cake looks more like a Zombie CHICKEN Snowman...What the Frosting indeed!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlabgoddess

Is it just me, or does that last cake look like Waldorf (or would that be Statler)?

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelej

Once again, "Handy" the snowman (cake #3) defeats "Floppy" the reindeer (cake #4) in the annual Feats of Strength. During the Airing of Grievances, Santa (cake #6) felt that he received more than his fair share of criticism.
Happy Festivus everyone!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

What do you get when you cross a gingie with a T-rex?
Apparently cake #5.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelticat

AHAHAHAHA!! Do you have a Permit R2D2C3P0?!

Thanks for the laughs! I loved this one ...of course, I love all of your posts!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

The TSA is inconsistent, which I think is the whole purpose. Though the "zombie" cake might have a few hidden baseballs in there ... won't get through Atlanta if they're known signatures [son had a signed ball that we had to argue to keep; I think the agent was a Cardnials fan!]

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD

That happened in Denver this week. Lady brought jelly or jam through security and they stopped her! Article in the Denver post (and if I wasn't writing on a phone I would link for you).

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Yay! The Kr*ger Gingerleg Man I found made it up and got a SW reference! My Xmas wishes have all come true! Now to apply to be a TSA food tester... i mean security agent...

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittieLynz

cake #2 is a cake i emailed ! the picture i took was at COSTCO !!! can you believe that!!!! i had to take a pic and send it!!!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternaureen

Happy Festivus!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTC

I'm going to create "permit R2D2C3PO," sell it on the internet, make mega bucks and then lose them all when the Great Lucas sues my hot patootie for infringement. :) A girl needs a plan, even if it stinks.

P.S. the Santa Ninja is not an employee of the DOC.

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

#6 (the last one) SAW mask

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

By far the best posts!LMBO

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya M

Happy Festivus!

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTC

That last cake looks like it saw the ghosts of many Christmases past and decided to throw in the towel lol. Wow to the scary pregnant looking snowman with turkey legs for hands. What on earth are these wreckerators drinking while making these??

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

They ought to confiscate CCCs on general principles.

If I need to be x-rayed, poked, prodded, chopped, flaked and formed, I'll go to the doctor's office, not the airport.

@Barbara Anne, good catch on the ninja Santa, but he wasn't carrying a piping bag. I've seen lots of guys carrying piping bags at Highland games, but that's a whole other story, dinna ye ken.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I should have known that you were on top of all things cake related! I mean, that news story came out yesterday morning and less than 24 hours later you have a post on it! You know you are amazing, right?

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley in Southern Illinois

R2D2C3PO form! LOVED it!!!!

Merry Christmas, ya'll!

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

What is up with the saggy gingerbread boob cake? it looks like old-lady porn + cake + wrecktastic decorating meets poo.... outlined in white icing.

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I couldn't believe when I saw the Fox news article, today:

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

That last cake looks like Zoidberg in a Santa hat. Hurray, a Zoidberg cake!

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I introduced my cousin's kid to CakeWrecks at the family Holiday party. He was looking at it on his phone and flinched a little. His sister looked at him funny and his response was, "Sorry, just saw a cake of Jack Nicholson dressed as Santa." I think he was referring to #6.

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelticat

The gel frosting thing really happened!

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

So, my two year old is watching Sesame Street videos on one half of the screen while I skim through pages. She looked over at the last Santa cupcake and went "Oooooh, want that Mama!"

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRCote

I had that happen to me as well! I was coming back from a year in New Zealand, and had a 10in tall solid chocolate egg in my bag. They confiscated it when I got to security! And then I saw them take it into the next room (with a WINDOW into it!) and start cuting off pieces and eating it! Needless to say, they got a very angry letter, though they never gave me a new chocolate egg like I asked.

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKali

To whoever was asking, the one that was confiscated was from a place in MA called Wicked Good Cupcakes.

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathyFitz

Interesting thing. I was listening to the news last night, and they mentioned the confiscated cupcake story. It only took them 4 days to find out about it.

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelticat

Why?!???? Why? Why???????? -sob- when will it end!?!? (But in the meantime I will laugh my guts out at Jens storyline that she so kindly provided for our amusement.)

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJ7

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