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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

What Would Your Mother Say?

Because brunch isn't over 'til Mom asks, "What's that supposed to mean?"

Hideous butterfly cake: $9.99
Download of Christina Aguilera's single, "Beautiful": $1.29
Convincing mom you weren't being sarcastic: Dinner at Red Lobster and three years of guilt.

So which is it? "I'm Love you Mom," or "I'm Love Mom?"

I like to think this one was inspired by Isaac Asimov:

The first law of moms: A mom may not injure her child or, through inaction, allow her child to come to harm. No matter how many times said child asks to go to the bathroom.

(And if you got that joke, you may now award yourself 15 geek points.)

Like they always say, "If Mather ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy."

Bringing all of her concentration and communication skills to bear, Jean was finally able to place the apostrophe correctly.

So, hey, that's something.

One thing you can always count on: moms will always love their kid's artwork. Always.

Ok, so maybe this one could use a few more plastic butterflies.

And finally, while I appreciate a good multi-use cake pan as much as the next dessert addict, I'm not sure it sends the most appropriate message on Mom's special day to give her the finger:

The string is to remind you of your proctologist's appointment later this week.

'Cuz, hey, even #1 Moms have to go #2!

Thanks to wreckporters Jody G., Meg G., Adriel H., Suzanna P., Laura H., & Anony M., who think that last cake is a real nail-biter.

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Reader Comments (101)

No, I'M Love Mom! You are an impostor!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLove Mom

Hooray for geek points! I'll take 'em where I can get 'em.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfobofobiac

My mother always said that no child was worth going to jail over- but that's partially because I was a handful. I'll have to pass that joke along to her, because I didn't get it :(

I got the geek points--yay, me! But I don't need to be told I am a geek mom, I KNOW. Why, just this morning I was telling my young'un that science is cool and all the things she likes were made by geeks--computers, video games, her robot penguin "Penbo", and yes, even Disneyland. I love the smell of geekiness in the morning!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Donna-- you could further personalize the iMom with "decade apps" like: "No, you can't wear a peasant skirt made from a bedspread, love beads, and bare feet to your cousin's formal wedding....AND, oh my gracious, Where. Is.Your. Bra. ?!?!?!"

Love my wv: ecrousta. What does a wreck grow (or already have?)

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

Squeee!!! I get geek points!!
I've been catching up on my wreckie reading -- and oh, my goodness, I think I hurt myself.

This whole last week was filled with awesomeness.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

Donna M., I love your comment. Sending my geek points your way.

vw: fishbo. Donna can keep her geek points in this fishbo and go to Epbot for tutorials on how to make it even better.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Multi use? What kind of shape would the original one be for the last one?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I feel so special! Thanks for the nice comments on my comment :)

In appreciation for all the lovely comments, everybody will receive a free upgrade to their iMoms, now including "Because I said so" and "Just wait until your father gets home"

Do I get cake now? :)

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

First, I'd like to claim my +15 geek points :)

Second, Jen missed a wreck! We were so focused on the "Mather's" wreck, we missed the one behind it! Zoom in on the picture and you'll see "Love you MooM" or "Love you Moo!!"... not sure which...

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaimilyn

Thank you for the laughs, and the geek points (like I needed more!).

"Happy" was Jerry Mather's nickname. Only LITB insiders know that.


Of course, that still doesn't solve the mystery of what possession of his is being discussed.

Donna M, and anyone who followed up with what their iMom would say -- fabulous comments!

Mine would spend its first few years with me saying "Aren't you cold?" then finally give up, and realize I am fine in a short-sleeved shirt while it is wearing four little padded iMom pouches.

Mel, I agree about the Grouchofly. I can just hear it saying "If I hold you any closer I'll be in back of you!"

wv - reagl

These cakes are not reagl enough for my queenly Mom!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I didn't know Stevie Nicks had a child.

Definitely deviled eggs. (Welcome back, previous meal -- it's good to see you again!) Were these part of a series? "That message still doesn't look right -- better try again. I need more eggs!"

I got the Asimov reference, then went on to Bradbury's story, "I Sing The Body Electric!".


I guess Jerry deserves a day, but two things occur to me:
a.) The apostrophe is then in fact misplaced (should be Mathers' or perhaps Mathers's).

b.) The wreckerator might have been attempting to circumvent the pun control laws (aka the 'Alan Brady Bill') with 'Happy Mother's [Mather's] Daisies'.

Next, I was trying to make sense of what appeared to be white powder (sugar -- yeah, just what every cake needs!), then I realized that moisture is soaking through what may not be edible paper. Which document subsequently had to be placed in a vacuum-sealed display case, following the Great Ant Invasion of 2011.

Finally, I can see a harpsichord decorated by someone who hates music (and musicians).

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That Idaho cake? Personally I saw a headless pregnant lady. The pink flower-smattered bump looked like a maternity dress to me.

So it COULD mean, just thinking out loud here, "Thanks for being the #1 Pregnant Mom...but not enough thanks that I will not render you decapitated."

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbyGMomof3

Looks to me like they didn't even bother with the edible paper for the artwork cake...ugh.

After those wonderfully refreshing beautiful cakes on Mother's Day, these past two days' cakes are just awful.

Maybe the iMom can help get the kids out of the house to school in the morning without my constant yelling at them to get ready faster, can help referee the latest argument, can keep track of whose turn it's supposed to be or who started it or how much each has had so that it is fair...

WV: cruenged--I just cruenged at the sight of the wreckerator's Mother's Day cake.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that SAND on the second to last cake?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

So, how many geek points do I get for actually having read the entire anthology in which the story resides? Just curious.

... And those cakes... OH THE HUMANITY!!!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Is it just me or does anyone else see something that isn't a butterfly or a finger with George Bush ears in that first cake?

I mean....ew...

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Thanks for the laughs! I needed them today :)

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Donna M FTW today....FTW! Best comment ever. I'm with John....wish we had a like button on Blogger!!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

The last cake reminds me of something Fred Flintstone might eat (leg of Brontosaurus perhaps) or something he might hit that annoying Gazoo with.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoonieroonie

Lol. My typos drive my mom fact,it was she that corrected my only cookie mispelling....and I get prompt emails about blog typos, lol. No mispelled cookies for her!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweetSugarBelle

Well it could be a reference to not only I, Robot but we can pretend it's referencing the TNG episode, I Borg too!

Do I get double points?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I'm going to make eveyone I know read today's post and comments. Donna M, I want to be your friend! You crack me up.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Yay, more geek points for me.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do I still get geek points if I only saw the movie?
Sorry, it's on my list!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannaSolo

That last cake looks rather suspiciously like my home state, too. If you wrapped it in pink flowery wallpaper from hell. And hey, Delaware's one of the only states that's small enough to feasibly do that!

*takes my geek points and runs*

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

The last one is nice. What better way to show your mom love than to remind her that she still needs to see her gynocologist even after menopause. But there should also be a squished boob cake to remind her to get her annual mammogram.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I do believe we have found a rare DOUBLE WRECK! In the background of the "Happy Mather's" cake, there's a cake that says "Love you Moom!" Plus, I got Geek Points. I think I have 35 so far...

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! I got geek points!!


May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I can't get over the one with the children's artwork on it. It would be cute if a kid actually did it themselves and gave it to their mom but that was just awful!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacinda G.

My one of my sons likes to call my Mather when He is being cheeky with me, so I thought of him and loled. Thanks

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

"M" is for the messy blobs of icing,
"A" is for apostrophes galore,
"T" is for the too tremendous pricing,
"H" is “Hell, these cakes are looking poor!”
"E" is for my eyes, which now need bleaching,
"R" means retch, what these cakes get from me.
Put them all together, they spell "MATHER,"
A word that means a kid from old TV!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

"I MOM"? Shouldn't that be, "I,MOM"?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChakolate

Did Steve Jobs buy the iMom cake?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Donna M wins the interwebs!!

-Barbara Anne
(who has way more than 15 geek points)

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, Can I cash in my geek points?
I feel Especially geeky being only 15 and knowing what I Robot is and Isaac Asimov's rules of robotics...
My mother must be SO proud of me.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

At least that last one wasn't the middle finger then someone would be in big trouble with mom. Lol the first one wasn't so bad compared to whatever the heck was drawn on that "artwork" cake. And alas no geek points for me :(.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The 'artwork' cake.. What the heck was the decorator thinking? You don't put an edible image over choc. frosting to begin with, and you've got to cut it to size.. holy crapoli.. I was decorating today thinking 'I hope I never see one of my cakes on cakewrecks'.. lol..

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Next year (please oh please) - CCCs buried under pink swirls bearing the words: ["Happ^" Mather's day 2 "my" #1 Moom With Sprinkles]

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRev W

I think that the zeroth law would have to be amended somewhat, because it is a rare mother who will put the needs of all children over the needs of her own...

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@drumnate 10:39am
You beat me to the Beaver reference. How dare you!

What oh What is the meaning of the 5th cake? Why is there a piece of paper with writing and pictures covered with sand? Is the sand supposed to be a playground reference? Goodness, I sure hope the sand isn't real. But what, then, could it possibly be?

Donna, you rock!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

Laughing so much - thanks for the iMom, Donna M, but even more thanks to Sharyn for letting me know that my iMom is not the only one who goes to great lengths to ensure I remember someone I'd forgotten, just so she can say they're now dead.

WV: aneted, as in "All geek points have been fully compiled and aneted."

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoupie

Could the last cake be for Moms of Idaho?

Just wondering.....

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After so many tough days, or the beginnings of them, I truly find solace and laughter on Cake Wrecks. Here is the link to my shout our to Cake Wrecks! You guys keep on going, keeping the world informed of one new disease after another!!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaKoponick

Yay, I got 15 geek points!

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMythopoeia

What? No one corrected you to say that Spatial Awareness is a REAL disorder and you shouldn't make fun of them? No one was deeply chagrined that their favorite country/race/holiday/King's cake/Disney edifice was lampooned? And we even got treated to delightful wit such as Donna M.'s? Oh my, what is this world coming to? LOVE IT!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

Jen, I <3 your cents of youmr. Can I mary it?

@elissa--fringbum is my new cuss word, preceded by my own wv, chrolish.
("Why, you Chrolish Fringbum!")


May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPapi and Wee Granny

15 points to us =D

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait

The first one looks like a caterpillar ingested someone's head except for the ears!

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolbysmycat

ha ha ha ha! OMG i'm 95% sure that iMOM cake came from the store i work at! i remember laughing at it with my co-worker and saying "wow we habe a great bakery plant". dont worry this cake came in pre-decorated. i follow this blog and was wondering when i would see something from our bakery plant! now please excuse me as i have to go compose myself from laughing so hard i think i may have wet myself!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBran...

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