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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

Paper View

Edible paper. Edible paper. EDIBLE PAPER!! Amaze your friends! Astound your coworkers! All you need is...EDIBLE PAPER!!!

(The following message is brought to you by the National Board of Edible Paper and Non-edible Babies.)

Hey there, baker! Lonely sheet cakes got ya down?



[defeated trombone slide]

No worries. Now you can turn this:

"Boo! That's so BORING and PHOTOLESS!"

...Into THIS!

"Wow! Is that paper? That you can EAT??"

Yes, it is! And now your bakery can make literally trillions of dollars with a little help from this fabulous product, known as...


With Edible Paper (and our conveniently included vehicle clip-art starter pack), you can...



Cut costs!

---What better, more cost effective way is there to celebrate a bride-to-be's journey than with...



...recreational vehicle clip-art?

With a few roses and a stick figure bride, this shower cake is ready to roll!



Save time!

---Why waste precious hours fumbling with piping bags when it takes only a second to hit "Print?"

And it's still just as meaningful.


It's EASY!

---No artistic talent? No problem!! Hearts are difficult to draw, but an edible hearse is just a keystroke away!


Death becomes it!


Yes, with Edible Paper, you are only limited by your Imagination*!


*Imagination clip-art packs sold separately.
Now, don't put away that "Eternal Rest" photo pack just yet; when a customer asks you to "just make it nice ," it's really your time to shine!
You can rest in peace knowing your customer is happy.



Do you love fried chicken? I mean, LOVE love it? But not so much that you want to eat anything that actually tastes like fried chicken? Then you're in luck!

It's finger lickin' great!


Edible Paper!

Edible Paper. Transforming your baby shower cakes from this...

Into this:

You're welcome.


Thanks to Susan H., Liana E., Nathan S., Dana H., Taryn, Kerry M., Adam D., Wendy M., Mollie B., who think these cakes look pretty tearable.


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Reader Comments (91)

maybe Karla and the future Mr. Karla are going to be living in a mobile home?

But the coffin cake? Happy Birthday? and 6 candles" trying to put those 3, it either has to be a joke for a milestone birthday (30, 40...). If not, the other possibilities make me worry for our society.

wv: guess (no, seriously, it IS). sums up cake wrecks and their wreckerators perfectly

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue ZQ

Edibile paper? Ew. Just ew.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Rice

Even big-time cake decorating companies like Wilton are getting in on the "edible paper" trend. Check out their newest product--the Punch, Cut, Decorate!
All I can say is TACKY!!! I thought Wilton was supposed to help people decorate cakes, not scrapbook on a cake. Yuck!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon and Angela

My Daughter Taryn is going to lve that hearse cake !!!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjazkat11

all I can think is with friends and family who think up these cakes who need enemies?

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The only thing worse that random clip art on a cake is an actual photo of a person, especially a child. The first time I ever saw a photo cake was at a child's birthday party and they were getting close to cutting into her face. I was horrified.

And let me join in wishing Taryn the best of luck in the afterlife! If ancient Egyptians had hearses and edible paper, cakes like that would be found in tombs of pharaohs!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I am an artist and I am thrilled with this new medium. I cannot wait to explore its tenacity and abundance!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh. My. Gosh.

The "Good Luck Taryn" cake has me in awe.

My daughter's name is Taryn. And she's graduating high school next month!

Think she'd let me put a hearse on her grad cake? ;-)

-signed, ShellMG
aka "Taryn's Evil Mother"

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShellMG

Poor Hampton. Six years old and he's got a casket on his cake.

My all-time fave is the cake in the first picture with the rainbow image where you can see the paper peeling up at the corners. Now THAT'S class! Or not. You decide.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOFB

Taryn going to hearse driving school? If Taryn doesn't have good luck at they will be the only one hurt in the car

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBethie

that banquet cake is so funny hahah

Maybe little Hampton likes horses and the wreckerator couldn't read the writing?

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, the one with the hearse on it--what exactly are they wishing Taryn good luck in? Her death? (In which case, that is so not cool--she can't even enjoy the death cake.) Maybe she's starting a new career as a hearse driver or funeral director? Hmm...

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I think this might be the first post without any spelling mistakes (on the cakes, I mean)

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Maybe it's the sixth birthday of Hampton Funeral Home? Anniversary would make more sense, but a casket on a person's birthday cake doesn't make any sense anyway.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaephene

Am I the only one thinking about Michael Keaton's character in "Night Shift"?

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

*blinks* Okaaaayyy. This is sad. Sadder then usual, I mean. ;P

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLey Firewalker

me, personally, I dont think the edible sugar sheets are so hideous, all depends in how you use them. (made a "stack of hundred dollar bills" cake using an enlarged picture of a bill on a sugar sheet) It's how you overuse or abuse the medium that makes it hideous. Ive seen some horribly tacky things done with gum paste and fondant, and I personally hate the overly sweet playdough taste of fondant, doesn't mean that I think no one should use it.

I really want to know the story behind Taryn's cake.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Luxuries

@ Sue ZQ et al, I would think it's MORE cruel and tactless to put a coffin on a 60 year old's birthday cake than a 6 year old's because the 60 year old is a lot closer to the coffin.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You should hire this guy to do the commercial:
I seriously don't understand why more people aren't making use of edible paper in their everyday lives... Just think: Students printing their school projects on it could leave it around for their pets and then truly say "the dog ate my homework". Easy peasy!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

As a cake decorator for a grocery store that uses an edible image machine, it's not as easy as print most of the time. The edible ink gets clogged and it can literally take an hour to finally print a good edible image of the customers cat. LOL!!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

I guess the pictures on these cakes are exactly what the customers wanted to have printed on there. What else are the bakers supposed to do?

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefan

Paper view -- heheheh.

I can't help myself -- I have "everything's a song cue" syndrome.

To the tune of Paper Moon:

Oh, it’s only a paper top
That’s stuck over a big sheet cake.
But it’s something that Sandra Lee
Would really love to make!

Oh, it’s only a casket pic,
Why would that make a person stare?
And I wonder if Karla plans
To marry Yogi Bear!

Without much taste,
Must be seen to be believed -
An ultra sound
That looks much like the act when the kid was conceived!

It’s a Hewlett and Packard cake,
Just as inky as Brenda Starr.
Hope that eating it won’t earn me
A ride in Taryn’s car!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

oh, sweet honey mustard!! we go from cakes shaped and decorated like babies to actual fetus photos??

"yes, honey, we were so excited you were going to be born that we ATE you in effigy."

(horrified crying)

-Barbara Anne

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw an awesome South Park cake at a show once and was astounded by the intricate and exact detail of the characters until I looked closer and could detect the printer lines. I was then utterly disappointed. It felt like cheating, especially in a competition. I don't begrudge businesses edible images or Cricut stuff because it's fast and sells, but in a competition I find both highly off-putting.

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I must admit I am guilty of buying a cake that had an edible Star Wars design on it lol. It was pretty good..if you pretend the paper is just thick frosting. That sonogram cake would make me run screaming from the room.. cause who would want to eat a picture of their baby lol.

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Oh goodness! The ultrasound cake looks like a hot mess. The one with the truck is kind of ridiculous too. Oh and the one with the chicken on!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacinda Green

I'm speechless. Just...speechless. Were *any* of these cakes requested with those printed images? (and you're not the only one hearing "wacky, waving, inflatable arm, flailing tube man!" when you read this, thesacredandtheprofane!)

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

bad taste from birth to grave

wv: ellytoi...yes, I'll eat...OY!

unfortunately there was an error

wv: exter...I'll be exter careful this time

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I totally read that post with the Power thirst guy's voice yelling at me...

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Reading the narration, all I could think of was the movie "UHF". Spatula City...SPATULA CITY! Where we sell spatulas...and that's all! Guess it's appropriate for a blog about cakes...

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Ellen, you are simply awesome.

tips hat

-Barbara Anne

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Barbara Anne:

Thanks! :::curtsies:::

I will never be as funny as the Cake Wrecks crew, but I have my moments!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I laughed so hard that snot came out of my nose. Wow. I love this blog.

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

I would be the type to asks for a Banquet fried chicken cake. Awesome!

I wonder if you have thought about doing a Sunday Sweets of edible paper? There have to be some people that know how to do it right.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreenwick Press

Ugh, my family freaking loves these cakes. Eww

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana

edible paper.. but is the ink edible? really?

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

You get what you pay for. All of those cakes were probably under 20 dollars. Furthermore, it's not the decorators fault that customers order picture cakes. For instance? The one with the Semi? I have no doubt in my mind the person who took that picture picked the design out of a book, and they got what they ordered! After saying that.. a lot of these are just ugly! That is the decorators fault, lol.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are we sure the TV dinner one is edible paper? I think it looks like the actual cardboard box.

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann

Nice to know that other people are as horrified by sonogram cakes as I am. Those unsettle me.
Though for some things edible images (which is thin sheets of rice or tapioca. ) is a better way to go about things. Plus with management cutting hours, not everyone has the time to pipe everything that we need to. Unfortunately. I like piping.

September 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

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