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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

The WHAT of the Irish?

St. Patrick's Day is coming, and you know what that means, right?

Yeah, well, neither do these wreckerators.

"Ok, team, time to show our Irish spirit!

"Now, quick, make a bunch of dead leprechauns!"

I like it.

"Now the Geico Cavemen!"

Balancing eight apples on your head: so easy, a wreckerator can do it.

"Now the banana split!!"

Uh, boss? Don't you think these designs are getting a little str...




You guys enjoy your St. Patrick's day, hear?

Thanks to wreckporters Mimi C., Lisa P., April A., Sara F., & Melissa B., who don't think the Irish seem quite so lucky anymore.

Update from john: Some of you have sweetly pointed out ("...and you call yourself a geek?!?") that today is Pi Day. Sadly, we have nearly 14,000 cakes in our archives but very few explore the mathematical joy that is "Pi." However, that's not to say we don't have any Pi Wrecks:

You're welcome.

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Reader Comments (142)

After staring at the last picture for a few seconds, i had a lightbulb moment and my "HA!" scared the cat right off the couch. Love it when that happens.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnalise

*snicker* He said, "Pi Wrecks"! GOAL!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

Sooo that pig is really for frosting your own cake with these convenient blobs of frosting, right?!?!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I'd already had my fix this morning, but I just somehow knew I needed to check back in to CW! Thanks for the snappy Pi Wreck addition John. You rock!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdustin

I love the pyrex = pi wrecks.Thank you for that laugh!


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I made a chocolate cream pie with PI on top of it once, for a book club meeting about the Life of Pi, but I didn't get a picture of it. :(

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

That last one. Uh, Piglet with a third (green) nipple? I dunno.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM

Love your Pi Wrecks!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchocolateknits

Pyrex... ROTFLMAO. Seriously. I fell out of my chair. Not sure if it was that good a pun, or I just desperately needed a good laugh. Either way - thanks!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternaadhira

My favorite thing about the pi wreck is that at first glance, John appears to be offering up a few Vienna sausages, which after a moment do look like fingers, after all.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you so much for that, John!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Oldish Lady and anyone else talking about the pig:

The pig is a good luck sign in German culture. It means prosperity and wealth, more so around new years though. Giving someone a little candy pig with a shamrock is wishing them good luck and much prosperity for the coming year. May your proverbial pig get fat and you remain secure.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatjaMouse

Pi Wrecks...Pi Wrecks...OH, PYREX! Bwahahaha!!!

Thanks, I really needed that one today!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKEI

Hyena Overlord here. Can't remember my login.

The Yuck of the Irish is right!

wv: megato: The name of the new pig/leprechaun pokeman character unveiled in cookie form here on CW.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Pi Wrecks!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! John, I love you, man.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Julian XIII

You excavated a Pi Rex egg? What a great arcakeological find!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

The leprechaun isn't dead--He's drunk!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

uhm... so... a gingerbread pig with a giant, misshapen, gangrenous uhm.. "unit"? How is that Irish, exactly? Just wondering.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkwishee

What? People actually expected PIE to show up on a cake blog?

That would be completely inappropriate!

Anon @ 1:46
I cook quite a bit, and I must say NONE of my Pyrex glass cookware is green or brown. My mom has some of the brown Pyrex though. I've seen blue and red Pyrex in the local stores in the baking supplies aisle.

And with that I am off to check on the chicken I am cooking for the chicken pie I plan to serve for supper.


The hilarious entics of the wreckerators never fail to make us laugh.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

Oh took me WAY too long to "get" that last joke. Aha ha ha. Good one.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Also, I am wearing this little necklace today for Pi/Pie Day. Made it a couple of years ago but I think it's fun!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatjaMouse

*groans loudly*

I had to say "Pi Wrecks" out loud to myself several times before I got that. And now I cannot stop laughing.

I think the cakes cracked me just a wee bit.

Or maybe I was cracked anyway. *lol*

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

#2...definitelt insulting...looks like a DRUNK Leprechaun to me...My oh my! LOL!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

FYI - for anyone interested in ACTUAL pies for Pi Day - there is a baking contest running until Match 20 over here:

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I like the update of the pie wreck! LOVE you guys for keeping up on funny posts... even if some people don't get that it's a joke and take things WAY to seriously.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I teach online college classes and I had a student who said she learns about other cultures by watching movies, such as the fact that Ireland has Leper Cons! [I'll let that sink in a moment.]
Really? I'd like to see the film about Irish convicts afflicted with Hansen's disease, because I totally missed that one! Must have been an indy film. Maybe that's what the second cake is about. His fingers look kinda stubby and he was probably shot by prison guards while attempting to escape. Totally makes sense now!

Do Leper Cons use Pi Wrecks?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I hope this doesn't end up being an epcot comment, or triggering a facepalm (or an eyetwitch) because I missed the joke, but...

There's only 7 cupcakes on the "cavceman" cakes.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for the giggles. Much needed.

Can I just say I've never understood the green beer phenomenon for this holiday . Huh? GREEN beer?

Well, goes with these cakes.


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

That green monstrosity up top is NOT a cake, it is a recurring monster in the closet type nightmare. Whoosh! -Mrs. R.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

oh, you mean the irish aren't known for their banana cream pi...?

wv: appers. my favorite pie is appers - a la mode.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My daughter's birthday is St. Patricks Day, if her cake turns out anything like these, I'm going to jail for murder.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdutchkiwi

Thank you. *snorfle* Pyrex. Love it.

Merry from Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your Pyrex joke made me laugh the most. Good work. :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Okay, I totally missed the pi wrecks joke. I'm ashamed.
But the leprechauns wearing apples made me think of a favorite book of my children: "Apples, apples, up on top! We are so good we will not stop!"
Oh, and @Anon: I have a Pyrex dish exactly like that, as far as I can tell from the picture, and it is, indeed, Pyrex. I just checked.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Heee! We should celebrate Pi wrecks every year now! :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiwi

Oh dear... I just laughed so hard I think a bit of wee came out...
Well, maybe not but you get the idea.
Hehe pi wrecks...
And anon- our Pyrex is brown too. Lol @ your wrongness!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita

Call me stupid, dense, whatever you want: I do NOT get the pi joke. Why is that picture so bad?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolatier

*groans at the Pi Wrecks*

(But good one!)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Every day I love you more and more. Pi-wrecks... genuis.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBigTerKC

Pyrex, PI Wrecks! Made my day!
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March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Okay...I now have "The Pi of the Irish" (Eye of the Tiger) stuck in my head. Thanks for that.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercq75

PYREX is an oven-safe glassware made by Corning. It is pronounced like PI WRECKS, hence the joke. PI is the part of the equation to get the circumference of the circle: PI times the radius squared. PI equals 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651... and the fraction can be continued on infinitely. Today is March 14th, or 3.14, which is what most people remember for PI.
Today, 3.14 is a PI day! There are several jokes inside this joke.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

GOOD LORD, THE DEAD LEPRECHAUN! It's like he's dancing and so deeply focused on his little magic dance, because he just can't believe how lucky he is.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aaahahaha. That first one looks like Cousin [Paddy] It.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFragrant Liar

Remember the saying, "As Irish as Paddy's pig?" Well, that was the pig.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

pi wrecks? PI WRECKS?

ok, you win teh interwebz.

thanks for the best laugh I've had today :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe

It took me a minute...but I got it :)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTori

Holy cow! That last pic is the best!! As someone who ADORES puns and is a big cooking/baking geek, this was amazing. Although it did earn me a verrry strange look from my husband when I burst out laughing and almost was in tears from how hysterical this was to me.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

There is another holiday that is celebrated today. It involves steaks... but you'll have to google the rest. Try Urban Dictionary for March 14. I don't think it involves cakes though. hmmm, I'm sure it could involve lots of wrecks.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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