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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

Wreck Reaction

Guys, I think the Wreckerators are on to us.

Yep, while we've been focusing on all the actual *cake* wrecks, bakers have been industriously wrecking just about every other item in the bakery, and then some.

How else can you explain "The Brownie Ball?"

It's a giant ball of icing with brownies stuck in it.

I kid thee not.

Now, do I want to eat this?
Of course I do.
Does that make it excusable?
No, it does not.

Hey, just because *I* don't have any self-respect doesn't mean bakers shouldn't.

Or, if you prefer your giant ball of icing rolled in sprinkles and served on a cookie platter:

Perfect for the children of someone you hate.

It's not all sugar and sprinkles, though. Hoooo no. See, unfortunately, the deli guys decided to get in on the "decorating" action, too.


Billy Bear Bologna:

And you thought nothing could make chicken mcnuggets look healthy.

The world's cheesiest gingerbread man:

"Oh noooo!"

Yes, that's really a cheese "ball." Decorated with icing.
Because cheddar & buttercream = Gouda upchuckin' fun!

And finally, for that perfect Beetlejuice-inspired treat...

Pineapple upside down shrimp "cake:"


Hey Amanda, Erin M., Zoe R., Nicole B., & Brittany B., daylight come and me wan' go home.

[Update: the final "cake" has sparked a lively debate in the comments, so perhaps this video instructional on making a "Smörgåscake" (submitted by Marcus B.) will help.

Just kidding; it won't. But if you want to see a guy yelling instructions in "Swenglish" and violently throwing ingredients around, then it's pretty funny.]

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Reader Comments (192)

I am now nauseous!!!! Wow!!!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMcConnehey

C.M.W. beat me to it. Can you please put a pregnant-lady warning on some of these posts? I need more Zofran...

WV: sessesse - Some bakers should be issued a sessesse and dessississt order.

The brownie ball made me want to sneak out and eat one in secret - so delicious but so bad, on so many different levels... But then I saw that shrimp "cake", and I may never eat again...

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Oh yum; positively revolting!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

DAY-O! DaaaAAAaaaay-O! Daylight come and I wanna go home...

..Just sayin'...

WV - sperud: 'Tis a sad, sad day when even meat and dairy products are no longer sperud from the Wreckerators' "ingenuity".

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Just want to prove that a cheese ball with cream cheese "icing" can be done well. This link shows a cheese ball made by a lady at my church. We love it!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Most of these just seemed made of scary.

But the first one... well it seemed made of scary too. Delicious scary. Of course it looked like a hot brownie mess, but I kind of wanted one ;)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

Here's the bread to go with that bologna -- Panda Bread.

wv: thsari. One thesaurus plus one thesaurus equals two thsari. Alternatley, did you see thsari-looking cakes posted on this site?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk


I think I'll check back in with Cake Wrecks when I'm NOT experiencing morning (all day) sickness anymore!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

"I cant believe anyone thought the last was was really a "cake" with shrimp on it. It only looks like a cake so she included it as a joke."

Oh, I've seen this weird, knee-jerk hate towards sandwich cakes (and any cake-looking object made of cheese) here before. I love the site, but a lot of people here seem to be totally unable to accept that something that looks vaguely like a cake does not have to be a sweet dessert.

As people have mentioned above, sandwich cakes are perfectly normal in the Nordic countries. They are basically huge and a bit elaborate sandwiches that you cut with a cake knife and eat with knife and fork. It's usually very tasty and an easy dish to prepare for large gatherings.

Nothing strange about it, in my book, but as soon as something savory is even close to the word "cake" or the shape of a cake, people here start up with the "gaah, that picture makes me vomit in my mouth" comments :) I dare you to look at the comments for posts with cheesecakes that are actual wheels of cheese. The outrage is quite funny.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZabinatrix

That "brownie ball" just made my blood sugar go through the roof! lol

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

Is that a pineapple upside down cake with shrimp on top? Then I think I might just join the rest of the commenters who find this less than appetizing. Or is is some sort of shrimp/seafood thing that's just decorated with a pineapple ring and cherry? If it's the latter, I could probably take off the fruit.

Now where can I get one of those brownie balls?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanus

That deli is clearly managed by one guy: the Swedish chef. Boylununburrrnun de sushen.

Honestly, I think the cheeseball gingerbread guy is the worst. The only way to make is worse is using pickles for his gumdrop buttons.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Jen---thank you, bless you for the gift of laughter this a.m. Some day CW is a pleasant diversion and somedays it's a lifesaver. I REALLY, REALLY needed the laugh today and the link to Beetlejuice---yes,I'm gonna say it--was just icing on the cake. Thanks,

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

The cookies looked like powdered donuts on top! I don't know which is worse, a ball of icing or a powdered donut with sprinkles on top of a chocolate chip cookie!

And that shrimp cake? Horrifying! I think the picture alone may have caused my allergic reaction to kick in.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdpotsy

That shrimp cake is just gross!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInaya

can you please put an update on the smörgåstårta? it's a very traditional food in sweden.

seeing as how i live in sweden i'm gonna have to go with all the other swedes (and finns etc) on this one. SMÖRGÅSTÅRTA is not an actual "cake", it's just a large sandwich in the shape of a cake. people take slices of it, so don't even think that someone eats the whole "sandwich" by themselves.


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sorry but those "shrimp" look more like garden grubs. So disgusting! And what the heck is up with that bear sausage? I mean, how do they DO that? Strategically-placed food coloring? Excuse me while I go gag for a while now.

wv: staep (pronounced stop)- these wreckerators need to STAEP!!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

Had to look up need to dedicate a whole post to these Swedish Birthday Cakes!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKari

I could totally use the ball of icing on a cookie right now. It's been one of those days...

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

I just know someone looked at that shrimp cake and thought "This is a GREAT idea, I'm glad I thought of it." The question is, what were they thinking??

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHorserider

I think that brownie cake would be great at a toddler party (outside). Just let them have at it and take lots of pictures ;)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Oh geez, now I picture the Swedish Chef making smörgåstårta - Börk! Börk! Börk!


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

I am deeply, deeply disturbed by some of those. Most notably the bear faced balogna. *Shiver* I don't even want to know how they get the color differences. And the shrimp cake, is that more meat under the shrimp?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel H.

I love your blog every day, but today's is especially fabulous!

Thank you.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoses

I'm with Trevor; call me a blasphemer, but I prefer my brownies unfrosted, so brownies jammed in a giant ball of frosting does not look very good to me. But ice cream. Yes.

I also never though I would see the Stinky Cheese Man reimagined in the real world. Even the original Stinky Cheese Man didn't have frosting...

Is it weird that the Smörgåstårta actually looks like it might be tasty, given the description that some commenters have kindly provided?

"Perfect for the children of someone you hate" made me almost fall out of my chair laughing. ^__^ Thank you.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

This post is really working for me. I started a diet today and I now have no desire to eat.


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I'm pregnant... I thought maybe it was just pregnancy that made me ACTUALLY throw up on the shrimp cake. Apparently, no I'm in good company. Glad to know its not just me. BUt a shrimp cake is... horrible.

WV - Slyso - giving those kids of your frenemy a slice of the brownie/icing cake just to make them hyper.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want sprinkles. This was probably not the intended effect of this post. Nevertheless...

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Ok, the non-sugar stuff looks nasty (although the bologna was beautifully executed)! But I would give anything for one of those cookies right now!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Miss "E"

Oh nooooo! *gasp* was that a Mr. Bill reference? (*double gasp* and nobody else noticed it yet?)

Oh Jen. Oh John. You were already my favorite bloggers in the universe. I don't know how to even define how cool you are to me right at this moment.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBekah


February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Ausman

I was doing ok until I saw the shrimp cake. Bye bye dinner.....

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoli

sick! shrimp cake: quite possibly the nastiest thing i have ever seen presented as food.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

A friend of mine posted a picture of sock monkey bologna on her FB page. I'm guessing it's popular in the UK (the prices in the photo were in pounds and the writing was English.) Not sure I want my meat to smile back at me.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOld Lady on the Blog

That Baby really wants me to go get a brownie ball. Really, really bad. :) He does not, however, want me to get a shrimp cake.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThat Mama

The brownie cake reminds me of The Simpsons, when Homer tried to put his own "sprinkles" on a donut and Apu goes "a Jolly Ranger is NOT a sprinkle. A Twizzler is NOT a sprinkle. Maybe in Shangri-la they are, but not here."

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaty England

I think the bologna looks cute. And it's probably (hopefully?) plain cream cheese or mayo on the cheeserbread man.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#1 Where's the wreck? Looks yummy. Ok, maybe 'looks' is the wrong word; the presentation does need lots of remedial help. But still... brownies & frosting: what's not to like?

#2 For a second, I thought those might be donuts. Extreme, but ok. Then I realized there wasn't really a hole, and the caption was proved... Yes, these are ideal for *those* children. Serve with espresso, just before a puppy raffle. Mwahahahaha!

#3 "If you like sausage (or lunch meat), don't watch it being made." I'm sure I don't want to know how the shading is achieved, but I can't help being (morbidly) curious.

#4 Ah, the gingercheese man. You don't even have to wonder how it will look when you see it again -- how thoughtful! Please tell me those aren't chocolate chips.

#5 I see the EPCOT is well under way, so here goes:

Smorga-starting to feel seasick, now... Unlike a lot of readers, I'm ok with the basic concept -- it sounds rather good, actually. But pineapple and a cherry? Seriously?

"Shrimp -- it's what's for dessert." You know, when you're tired of having all those pesky 'guests' hanging around and want to be alone.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I threw up a little in my mouth after seeing that shrimp cake. Oh my gosh. Worst cake cake!!! And there's been some pretty gross ones on here.... Btw I would totally buy the browine ball and give it to my nieces and nephews. :D

Word Verification:stirt: the gag reflex after seeing that shrimp cake

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

I love the shrimp cake - it's straight from Parappa the Rapper which might be my favorite video game. Crack crack crack the egg into the bowl... Here!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmandaRuth

Billy Bear Bologna has been HUGE in Ireland since I was a kid at least. I remember my mum buying it for us 25 years ago. You can also get dinosaur ones

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclairewriteswords

Smörgåstårta is DELICIOUS. It's not a wreck at all!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so glad you said you wanted to try the brownie ball as well. My first thought looking at it was 'that's disgusting!' then, 'I think I want it in my mouth.' lol!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

For the record, I'd eat the sandwich "cake". No problem. That Billy Bear stuff reminds me way too much of head cheese though. No way. I don't want my sandwich meat looking at me. ;-)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

ok - the shrimp cakes sitting side-by-side like that look like zombie boobs. (not that I've actually seen them, but actual zombie boobs can't be any worse, can they?)

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarkil37

A cheeseball with icing... uhm.. sure? Maybe they were thinking.. cheesecake?

Ohmygod. OHMYGOD! Is that raw bacon hanging down the side of the pineapple shrimp cake? IS IT?!


wv: ouzess. Ouzess it's gotta be a *cake* to crap it up with icing?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkwishee

Near-vomit on the shrimp cake and the rubber, blubber, bear bolongna!!

PS - Finally bought your book yesterday - and got to introduce my husband to your wacky world of cakewrecks!!

:) Mags

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

I don't really understand what is so awful about the shrimp cake? Is it just the fact that it looks like a normal cake and people are bothered by the juxtaposition between the sweet cake-like appearance and the savory/seafoodness of the shrimp? Other than that, this is really not much different than a shrimp cocktail platter or something.

I'm not a big shrimp person by any means, but this image didn't really turn my stomach. I have to admit that the pineapples are a bit bothersome..but whatever.

Also, everyone does realize that there isn't an actual *cake* under the shrimp, right? I took the liberty of looking up "smorgastorta" and turns out there is what's similar to a multilayered sandwich underneath. Layers of bread and filling. Meh.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter★JENN★

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