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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)

hahaha nice Pi wreck:)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I confess I had to say Pie Wreck out loud before getting the pun, but I definitely groaned out loud at it. Your purple Pyrex sure is purty, though - I've never seen that color! P.S. The wrecks were funny too! What on earth is that first one supposed to be?!?!?!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

About the pig, as far as anatomy is concerned, there are supposed to be only two globs of icing above the green "stem" if you so call it.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternathan

I love the Pi Wrecks! LOL!

The first one is totally a green Tribble that is finishing eating the leprechaun.

wv: dried - I have dried and dried and dried, and this is the first time I've ever had a real word for my wv.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRogue Artist

Yikes, that first one made me jump!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

I have to disagree with Anon @ 2:39, my first thought was carrots arranged carefully in the bottom of the covered bowl. I couldn't figure out how that related to dead leprechauns or bananas with hats.

Oh and speaking of bananas in hats, can someone explain what makes them critters? Or can someone explain to the bakery why they are not critters?

wv - ovabind: Bakeries ovabind perfectly good cupcakes with too much frosting to try to pass them off as cake.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelecblueis


that hurts.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpam

Ah... Pi Wrecks. BWAHAHAHA!!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Parker Chandler

Thank you for the best really bad pun I have "seen" in a long time. Still howling. May the Pi be with you.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamichic

I am lol-ing my pants off right now.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManda


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is always worth checking Cake Wrecks more than once a day!

Love the pun, and I have that "pi wrecks" dish in pink, brown and blue!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

John, I must applaud your choice of Pi. Or Pi Wrecks, as the case may be.

Best pun I've seen in WEEKS.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie J

Pi Wrecks...that is Gold! Made me laugh more than anything else and I was already laughing at the Irish piggy of doom. Thanks for making my evening more mirthful!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

I have to admit, I didn't get the Pi Wrecks joke. It just wasn't funny. That is, until I went to pull my pies out of the oven and grabbed the handles of my new Pyrex pie plates.

Ha. Ha ha ha.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Omg the bananas...the piggy with the frosting what?? N the pi wrecks....thanks for tha laugh!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No need to be cake fussy on St.Paddy's day. As long as it's a green enough cake deco and served with plenty of proof, it'll do...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

Pi Wrecks - hee hee!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Aieeeeeeeeee that first one looks like a melting Oscar the Grouch! And lol at the pi wrecks..lovely dish hehe. Also I fear the pigheaded uh green poo creature. I think I would run away if presented with it lol.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

freakin' read the update THREE times, John, before Pi wrecks clicked!! stupid daylight savings time be messin' with the pun lobe of my cerebral cortex.

(that's my story & I'm sticking to it)

As for the cakes: WOW (Way Out Wrecks)

the 1th one is a reject from the movie Critters

-Barbara Anne

@BADKarma!You are awesome

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, at least there are no clovers today. I'm so glad that got cleared up -- people who come to 'Cake Wrecks' to do scholarly research on symbolism could be irreparably confused.

#1 Another vote for broccoli, in its ever-unpopular (and redundant) closet monster guise.

#2 Poor fellow was caught out in the open, and is hoping to escape another EPCOT.

#3 Speaking of which, the eighth (apple, cc, whatever) is under the buckle, @Anonymous @ 4:04. Nice try.

#4 Exactly what sort of 'critter' is this -- a rare Irish Mastodon in need of some tusk whitening? A Bammat, perhaps? (A little Manly Wade Wellman reference, there.)

#5 Ok, points for the cross-cultural luck-wishing, but that 'shamrock'... I'm glad it isn't a side view.

#6 And finally, Pyrex! It comes in *lots* of colors. I have several official Pyrex pieces that are white (not greenish-white) and some that are clear. I even have a Pyrex measuring cup that says 'Pyrex' right on it. I may even have a red casserole dish or pie thingy, or whatever it is called. Just in case anyone cares.

BTW, July 22 is also a pi day, but only in places that put the day first when writing the date: (22/7). Yes, I know it equals 3.1428..., not 3.14159...

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

*snickering* You have acheived a new level of aweso-Hey....Where's the Boob Nazi?

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

the last one looked like a big giant green you know what, lmfao

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

Pi Day isn't until 22 July, so you have plenty of time to find a pie wreck. 22/7 is a far better approximation of pi than 3.14

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToria

Thanks for the attempt at a π wreck!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just wanted to let you guys know that no matter what you are posting (and it is all good!) this blog (and the other one!) are part of my morning routine :) Thanks for helping me get started in a good mood!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

What exactly do two bananas and a very uncomfortable looking bra have to do with St. Patty's Day???

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Making puns with geek material?!? How uber-geek is that! Pi wrecks cracked us up! Too funny!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pi Wrecks. HAHA! I love you guys.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love Pyrex, have loads of lovely Autumn Gold pattern and use it every day, plates.casserole dishes lovely!
By the way as USA insit on putting dates the wrong way i understand why you have this idea that March 14th is mathmatically meaningful but over here not a lot.We have 14/03/11
and did that person read all my stuff about welsh americans her comment really annoyed me!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz


Pi wrecks.... and the colored kind, too!!


March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anything that uses the word DOOOOM! is an automatic win, well done!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I'm dubbing the first cake Fuzzthulhu.

Now, okay, weird and misplaced shamrock on gingerbread, I can understand that, but the pig? What's a pig got to do with anything?

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Okay, I'm going to be "that" guy.

πr² is the formula for area.
Circumference is 2πr (or πd).

And because I know you're wondering*,

Area of sphere: 4πr²
Volume of sphere: 4/3 πr³

I hope no one will suggest that π is "exactly" 22/7, because it's not. Pi (π) is irrational, which aside from being like a wreckerator with PMS, means that is cannot be expressed as a ratio of two integers.

I guess this is where I say "ahem ".

*Actually, you're probably wondering how to type symbols in standard text. Hold the ALT key and type on the numeric keypad (the numbers above the letters don't work--don't ask why, they're just different). And, use of preceding zero matters, too.
π = ALT+227
² = ALT+0178

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

As a math teacher, I respectfully disagree with Karen (3/14 5:53pm)who said: "PI is the part of the equation to get the circumference of the circle: PI times the radius squared. PI equals "

The circumference of the circle is pi times the diameter or 2 times the radius times pi. Pi times the radius squared is the formula to find the area of the circle. And since I'm being picky, Pi does not EQUAL anything, it's an irrational number, so it is only approximate, not exact.

We celebrated pi day in class yesterday by eating pie (after calculating the area and circumference first!)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The pi wrecks pic was the best.
(Actually, what was the best was that my husband didn't get it and I had to explain it to him.)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppygirl

Just catching up on the last couple days posts... have to say, kudos for the pi wrecks! Took about 20 seconds for it to register then had that "Oh!! Ahahaha!!!" moment... too funny and very well played!

"pi wrecks" - I'll be giggling about that one for days! Thanks! :D

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jane

Well at least the pig looks happy about it. ;)

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBigMomma

The banana split - does anyone else think that someone drew that design intending for those 'bananas' to be rainbows? You know, leading from the leprechauns (or their hats, at least) to the gold? And they handed it to someone else to color and failed to explain properly?

Eh, who knows. It's a theory. ^_^

pikkewyntjie, the Leper Cons thing cracked me up. (Are you sure you teach college, not third grade?) But I'm sure she meant leper conventions. You know, so all the Irish folk with Hansen's disease can get together and watch presentations about new developments in treatment and new convenient tools to help you live with your limbs falling off.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

Is it just me or does #2 look like he's having an attack of explosive shamrock diarrhea?

ouresco: Hopefully a better decorator will come to ouresco.

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Pi Wrecks? Ummmm......that statement just sparked a thought, Pi catagory, new theme, recipes based on Pie are Squared! Oh my, I could go on!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPsicomom

I had been staring at the "Pi Day" picture for 5 minutes...& I JUST NOW GOT IT(The Joke/Pun/Whatever)!!! YEAH!!!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

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