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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

Your Turn!

I've been letting your fan-made wreck-creations build up again in the inbox, guys, so let's get right to some of my favorite submissions from the past month or two:

First, the world-famous Carrot Jockeys continue in their quest for world domination:

From Katie B.

From Janet C.

From Teri B.

And here Julie K. commissioned the prettiest jockey cake EVER from High Tea Bakery:

A more adorable vegetable rodeo has never been had.

(Psst. Guys. You're going backwards.)

Steven B.'s special order made me laugh:

As did Cat T.'s bee-YOO-tiful 3D Fireman of "Good Luck in China" fame:

This next one is left over from the holidays, but I had to show you Aimee M.'s great Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake experiment:

She made it, appropriately enough, as the Feat of Strength for her Festivus celebration. I think two people had to keep eating it until one gagged. Or something. Heh.

On a happier - if still visually disturbing - note:

This, my friends, is a fan-made wreck-creation of one of my all time favorite engagement wrecks. It's also how Jen L.'s boyfriend proposed to her. All together now: Awwwww!

But wait - what's this? My wrecky senses are tingling... I feel like someone else is using the severed hand cake to propose. Who is it? WHO?

(Made by Cakes by Karen)

Mark H., you sly dog, you. Who could say no to a carrot jockey cupid?

Hopefully not you, Wendy Lu.

{UPDATE: Yes, she said yes!}

[sniff] My little wreckies are all growing up and getting married and stuff! [wiping tear] I'm just proud. Love, sprinkles, and "congralatulatons" to you all. And be sure to send pics of the wedding cakes. [evil grin]

So, punk, you think your tribute Wreck is good enough? Huh? Then send it in, and let me be the judge of that.

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Reader Comments (52)

Wreck on!!!!
These are awesome!!!
I hope the "Will you marry me?" one worked!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is Mark H.! She Did say yes!!!! She is very excited to see her cake on Cakewrecks!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Awwwwwww! Cake Wrecks + engaement = Epic win

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterana lisette

Did you also notice on the last cake, that the word sprinkles is also on the four different colors...that made me giggle... :D

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! I love the 'sprinkles' all around the border of the last cake! Priceless!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Congralaladuations, Mark - Best. Proposal. Ever.

WV: glaril - We would all meet a girl who said "no" to that with scathing glarils.

Ahahaha that Kwanzaa cake is just... XD

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Nah. MY fave is the fact that ALL of the Carrot Jockeys in the circle of CJs were ALL BACKWARDS !!! XD

:thumbs up:

:) :) :)

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthe uniblogger

OMG. I'm a married woman and I SO WANT a Cakewrecks proposal cake.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermagnificentminimalist

Best. Proposals. EVER! I was showing my friends this post and all three of us went "awwwww!" at the same time and continued reading silently. XD

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last picture is a 'double rainbow' of a cake wreck. Not only a severed hand, but a baby fairy/angel riding a carrot. #FTW

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

are those corn nuts on the Kwanzaa cake?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommentersaraH

I don't know why "Psst. Guys. You're going backwards." made me laugh SO hard.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNetanya Hoffman

the very first thing I noticed on the professional one (cake # 4) was that they were riding backwards. LMAO

But, are they blonde or wearing construction helmets??

-Barbara Anne

P.S. Congrats, Mark!

wv: dries
it just dries my tears of glee to see such wrecks

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are those CORN-NUTS on the Kwanzaa cake?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The carrot jockeys actually look better being ridden "backwards"...

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Ha! I have actually had birthday cakes made at Cakes by Karen! HOW COOL that they did a proposal wreck! Congrats to all the happy couples. :)

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Wonderful proposal! :D Now do we get to see cake-wrecky hen's night cake, wedding cake, baby shower cakes... can't wait! :D

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterS

That nice Baby Carrot Jockey cake should be a Sunday Sweet!

Okay, I hate to be "that" poster, but am I the only one who thought the fireman cake had racist undertones? All I could think was "Chinese fire drill." Am I missing something or am I reading something into it that isn't there (probably)?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Aimee M's reason for making that Kwanzaa cake made me laugh myself into a coughing frenzy. So awesome!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZia Madeira

So many layers (get it -- layers?) of humor, sweetness (sweetness -- get it -- oh, never mind) and wrecky tradition.

I love it.

Wishing all of the engaged couples happy lives together, and cakes that are only wrecked if they want 'em that way.

wv - blers

A tear blers my vision when I look at these sentimental, silly cakes.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Swaree. Love the French. -Ellen

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What do you think the odds are that "swaree" will become the next EPCOT with people lining up to point out that "soiree" is spelled wrong? (Preventing another EPCOT to point out I knew there are accent marks in both words, but I don't have the keyboard skills to ferret them out).

Congratulations, Mark! Excellent, dude, excellent.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda in Louisville

I love these! I need to make one sometime.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Girl

These cakes are entirely too cute!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

pikkewyntjie - in regards to the fireman cake, there's a really good story behind it that's hilarious in how innocent it started. I can see where you get the idea, but it really isn't the intent behind the cake.

You can see the original wreck (and story) here:

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRogue Artist

Hey guys! I was watching the Graham Norton Show last night here in Oz & he featured your book! Did you know about this? Am I all excited over something you already know? If not, guess what? He gave his copy to Kate Hudson! She thought it was hilarious!
Love your work guys! XXxx.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy and Mei

AW! Wendy and Mark- Gratulmations. Congradumalations. ConGradulamations.

Uh... Good luck and stuff. Marriage is a good thing, and I like mine a lot (14 years so far!) and stuff. And anybody who strts thier marriage with a high tolerance for both sprinkles AND Winged Carrot Jockeys of Love, along with a beringed desicated hand, has GOT to have enough courage (facing carrot jockeys in the AM1) and sense of humor (obviously.) to have a great married life together!! YAY!!

Is this the first offical CAke Wrecks proposal? We'll have to throw them a online party of picture of HORRIBLE wedding showercakes, right?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina Nightingale

@pikkewyntjie: yes, you are. Read the story of the 'Fireman Cake' (worth it for laughs as well as information), and you will see that a 'fireman' and 'China' being on the same cake wasn't planned.

If it is any comfort, another commenter read the same 'undertone' into the original cake (it wasn't there, either).

The Kwanzaa cake is a Feat of Strength, alright (yes, those are Corn Nuts -- or 'acorns' per Sandra Lee's imagination); knowing what is inside, it requires strength just to look at it. I say that solely because of the cake itself, not the associated observance.

"Please try not to jump to offense, it's exhausting."

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

pikkewyntjie - clearly a "newbie"! you need to check out your cake wreck history to see the original "good luck in China" cake! trust me, nothing racist happening here

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranna

saraH, Anonymous at 3:43, and pikkewyntjie, be sure to click the links in the post to see the originals; these cakes make a lot more sense that way. (At least, as much sense as you can get when cake wrecks are involved.)

Yes, those are corn nuts on the Kwanzaa cake, and please do watch the video where Sandra Lee makes the cake, because it's AMAZING.

The original China cake was for someone going to China, and they chose a fireman decoration because...well, it'll probably make more sense if you just check out the original post.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nice article, thanks.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrental elf

Whoa! At first glance, I thought it said Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake excrement!! Well, that fits, too. N'est-ce pas?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuperDaisy

Ok now, can anyone tell me where I can buy the mohawk baby? I've searched up and down and can't find it.
Thanks guys

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterACW

. . . and from mid-Missouri -- just saw "Cake Wrecks" discussion on Graham Norton's show


February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes! that Graham Norton episode is on here in the US tonight! very cool.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

So adorable and funny at the same time. Love it :) :)

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I went back and read the "Good Luck in China" post which I'd never seen before. I laughed till I cried and my stomach muscles were sore.

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

"Cake wrecks" has been on The Graham Norton Show twice!!! the 2nd time was the most recent episode with Kate Hudson. when are you going to England ?

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "Happy Birthday Mike" cake is pretty creative

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Restaurant Manager

These are great.But off the topic... I saw your book on The Graham Norton Show today.How cool for you.All the way over in England they love you,too.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermousee23

Those proposal cakes are surprisingly sweet for being so wrecky. But that's probably just because they're ugly cute. And proposals.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdorajicha

These are hilarious!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I thought swaree was intentionally misspelled, seeing as this is a fan-wreck cake.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

"Swaree" Hehehe. You see, this is why the French don't like us, we completely butcher their language.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie (Kali)

Mohawks! I want mohawks on all my naked baby carrot jockeys!

Other than that, well done, wrecky henchpersons! Mark H. even put "sprinkles" on his.

And congratulations to all those whose intendeds said "yes." To the rest of you, I hope we have some delightful breakup cakes in the near future.

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The hand one sort of reminded me of the 'Thing" from The Adamm's Family show! Great! Now all I can hear in my head is the song from that show....da da dum, da da dum....snap,snap! Thanks a lot!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first thing I noticed about that last carrot jockey cake was that they were going backwards. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Oh gawd. I... I just can't wrap my head around "30nd".

Help me. Please !

P.S. do you have a link to the original wreck ? I need. Closure. Yes. That's what I need. And some brandy, too.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaphael

That last cake made me do the old fashioned neck clutch, fan the tears, OMG pose. That is so beautiful!

Mark is a keeper!

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatDeborahGirl

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