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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

Picture This

Sometimes you want your cake to match your party invitations. Hey, no biggie, right? I mean, bakers do this all the time! So, just bring in the invite...

[Picture removed]

...and then watch the magic happen.

(Photo removed at the request of the baker. Please enjoy this lovely picture of Epcot)

Mmmm. Magic.

And you must admit: no body makes it better.

Or say you have a specific item you want replicated in cake.

You know, like a camcorder.


(Oh. Ok. Really.)

Well, no problem. They can do that, too!

That's one for the record books.

And with all the company picnics out there, you know bakers can freehand logos like nobody's business:

See? Just like nobody's business!

Or how about trying an entire building?

It's all in the airbrush.

Enough business, though. What do you say we loosen things up with something a little... sexy?



Well, on the bright side, at least the baker was generous with the serving sizes!

Because anything less would have been a waist.

Thanks to Anony M., Hannah I., Emily C., Bridey, & another Anony. And hey, you know what they say! "A moment with these hips on your lips, and your hips...I mean, your Wait. Look. There's an old saying in Tennessee. Or was it Taiwan? Anyway. Fool me once, shame on..uh...look, you can't get fooled again, is what I'm saying. Sooo. Yeah.

[dramatic eyebrow lift]


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Reader Comments (95)

Aww I wanna see the wreck that baker made of the invite lol. Maybe I don't if I wanna sleep again though. Ah well. I just wonder what the person who ordered the camcorder thought when they saw that thing. Sheesh.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I don't know if you are aware, but that isn't Epcot, it's Spaceship Earth, AT Epcot. Just FYI. Don't worry, people confuse it all the time.

wv: bunsin - These bakers are going to go out of bunsin with these wrecks!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanellionaire

In the interest of accuracy, someone really should point out: That isn't 'EPCOT', it is Spaceship... well, you know.

That Soviet-era camcorder (cake) is interesting. It probably weighed a ton, though.

wv: dings

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

See, now, that last one looks exactly like me! Those of us that were slightly less than blessed with a long waist can relate. One poster asked if they had ever seen a real woman. YES! They saw me! lol

I am also really bummed that I didn't get to see the first cake. I'm trying to piece together what it might have looked like by reading everybody else's comments. It sounds kind of scary. And green. With frog appendages.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie in AK

I am so happy that I got the see the "pearl in the making" cake before it was removed x3

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmyOfSweden


So,wait--was that YOUR cake??("I was pleased with the cake...")

If so, then I can understand your feeling so defensive.
But we mean no (real) harm, here...
WE didn't create the material-we're just lucky that John & Jen find it!

Anyway, "malicious and petty" makes the world go around!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

WOW... "Baby Got Back" on that last cake!

Bummed to miss out on the first one - Baker needs to just step up and OWN their wreck! *shakes head*

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

LUCKILY Google archives the photos posted on the blogs for a while. SO it's still there on the www for all to see if you just google "Cake" +"pearl in the making" and hit images. Thar she blows!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

I think I'd have more respect for the wreckerator if they just said, I can't take the humiliation please take the picture down, but oh no they have to slam you and your readers right out of the gate. I did manage to see the cake before it got the Epcot treatment. I had felt sorry for the baker at first because the invitation they had to go from was kind of creepy and I assumed that the nasty belly bump out was requested. Now that I see they have no sense of humor about it, I am less gracious.
The first step to getting help is admitting you have a problem. The baker needs to consider this a wreck intervention and seek help. Not to mention, a funny bone.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Love the Epcot stand-in photo! You're awesome and I love that you're accomodating when someone asks for their cake photo to be removed. No hard feelings, just Disney love.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy K.

Gone on Google Images, too, darn it. I think I would be embarrassed at first, but also I'd be secretly pleased someone cared enough to add a creation of mine to Cake Wrecks. I only wish you could have seen the Knight's Helmet Pound Cake I made for a boy scout cake auction (at my then 7-yr-old son's request). It was so hideous I insisted my husband buy it back. Anyway, if her client was happy, she should be happy. Though her client may have submitted it....

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroanhorse

Glad I got to see that first cake before you removed it. But yeah good thing it got removed it was a bit scary. Love your site. Always gives me something to laugh at on a bad day. Sundays ROCK. Love some real talent.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRegina White

I didn't think that green one was so bad the baker would want to remove it. All they forgot was the pink stuff. Weird invitation anyway. Pregnant cakes are sort of gross, like you are cutting the baby out!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's a great picture of Spaceship Earth. :)

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Rage, the suggestion that you're being racially insensitive, name calling...

This is shaping up nicely!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAi

@KA and all the other friends of the baker:
If you knew anything about Cakewrecks, you'd realize NOTHING is sacred and we make fun of CAKES. NOT peoples' beliefs.
And if you are assuming that only non African American people look at and comment on Cakewrecks, well, then, you'd be wrong.
We wreckies don't really care if you say "u people" either. Cuz....uh...we aren't ignorant. So you weren't really talking to us anyway.

WV: ephit
She posted in ephit of rage when she saw the cake on CW.

Peace Yall.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Who here thinks captivating and KA are the same person? And also the baker?

wv: faker

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oops. people's, not peoples'.
That, ladies and germs, is why I am not a professional baker.

WV: ementa
Ementa write correctly, but I didn't.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

The image of the first cake is still on search for cakewreck "pearl in the making" then click "cached" after the link to the blog

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

12:24 PM said:

"Who here thinks captivating and KA are the same person? And also the baker?"

WOW, this is getting reeeaaally deep! You might be ON to something.
Maybe we should call in the FBI, and the CIA, and CSI, aaand...Wait--there's no law against having NO sense of humor. ((SIGH))

Let them eat (bad) cake!



May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Please, please, please, the curiousity is killing me. I really want to see a picture of the first cake and the search is only showing me Epcot even when I click on the cached link.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrista

What a beautiful picture of Epcot!!!! ;)

Shelley in Southern Illinois

WV: That is a great elampliz of Epcot!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, people with no sense of humor--making Cake Wrecks funnier since...forever. That said, Epcot looks lovely as ever.

ps--Just because pink and green are the official colors of an organization doesn't mean everyone thinks it's a great color combo. Everyone's entitled to an opinion! Sheesh!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg


Sit down, dear. Calm down. Breathe....
You really didn't miss much... Now, let's try this visual exercise:
Look at the lovely picture of Epcot/Spaceship Earth. Concentrate. Picture Spaceship Earth green. Really, reeaally green. Kermit green. Also smoother, with no pointy, angled bumps. It has breasts, but there is no head. Nor legs.

Picture a pair of hands creeping around the mound, grabbing it from both sides. Black-gloved hands... And think to yourself, "There's a BABY in there..."

Okay, I guess you did miss something.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Just to rebut the individual insinuating that the creators and participants on this blog are racist...

I looked very closely at all of my human friends today...and they do NOT have green webbed hands. Nor do any people of ANY local on the planet. I just wanted to state that for the WRECK-ord. (Nor do any of my human friends have squiggly tentacle arms...a few guys in my past may have come close...but not quite.)

Now, I didn't think the invite was that bad, to each their own. However, that cake was not a fair representation of the invite - which is why the cake was featured here.

To make such crass and harsh attacks on those finding the fun in life regarding cake-tastrophies, is simply an example of silliness to the extreme. :P

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

You left off that the arms were jelly-like green globs of icing and that it also had no neck.

Wv: Joyind: Clearly the baker and her defendants have no joyind life.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth C.

Captivating1908 and KA,

Hi! I'm the moderator. I'd like to mention just a couple of things if I may:

1. The reason the cake was on the blog is that it didn't match the invite. It was submitted by someone who claimed it was supposed to.

2. This blog doesn't bring up issues like race, politics or religion. We write about funny cakes.

3. We never mentioned the baker, the recipient, the submitter or any website associated with it.

4. We took down the cake at your request even though we had no evidence that you were the baker or that you owned the photo. That's just the way we roll.

Try and have a better day today and lighten up a bit. It really is just cake.



@Sendingtheclowns - AWESOME response (the last one, although I reread all of yours and they were great!)! Truly hysterical! Thanks for the mighty "Laugh Out Louds"!

wv: wakiests (seriously? make it harder then that, come on!) - Some people have the wakiests ideas about acceptable humor!

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

You know, KA, it is better to only be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

As my MaDear would say (yes, I AM African-American, and have been reading this blog for a while, and that cake was HORRIBLE), sit down, shut up, and stop showing your...well, you should know the rest.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Wow, that last one is particularly embarrassing. Marleen doesn't look like a MarLEAN now, does she? Those hamhock thighs look suspicious similar to mine, though, so I really can't joke about it too much.

This blog never ceases to crack me up. Thanks so much for making me smile time and time again.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaneneMurphy

I saw the originial picture, and really, that cake was a wreck (given that people on this site aren't keen about the 3-D preggo designs) but at least a well-executed wreck. Clearly the baker has no sense of humour to have taken such offence. (And given the appalling grammar, we should look out for another example of their work. Can't wait!).

As to KA @ 1:31 AM who posted the explanation of the artwork and the Pearl idea, thank you, that's appreciated. You could have done it much more graciously, though-- fans of this blog are from all over the world, and are thus a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds. We love learning about different traditions (check out some of the archives and you'll see that). But, for obvious reasons, we aren't familiar with all cultures so may interpret something incorrectly. And that's where readers in the know come in handy! There's no need to insult us for something that, without appropriate context, can be interpreted negatively. (I had the wrong interpretation of pearl, too, but because of my heritage, it was a charming one).

As for the cakes... teenceleb101@12:35-- LOVE your explanation for the building. And Leslie in AK, your explanation for the torso amputation was very amusing too :)

I'm not sure if I should congratulate ("congraduate"?) the food back for distributing so much food to needy families, or comment on my dismay that 39m pounds of food was needed. Which distracts me from the mangling of their (rather apt and lovely) logo.

And yes, I see a tank in that camcorder too. Crouching like a cat about to attack...

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

@KA at 1:37am
Your points about people making fun of the invitation design or the inscription that was requested should be well taken. It is not nice nor called for to say mean things about what the customer had intended. There is usually a good reason for why they ordered the cake they did. (I love the story of the meaning of "pearl" and "pearl in the making."

Having said that, in reading Jen's commentary, it was obviously not Jen's intention to make fun of the invitation, which was really quite lovely. It was simply to show how badly the baker executed the order. (Imagine how lovely the cake would have been if the baker had simply made a rectangular cake with a beautiful drawing that replicated the invitation.)

It must also be noted that submissions to Cake Wrecks that show what the customer ordered v.s. the wreck that the baker made, are generally submitted either by the customer (who in this case liked what she got) or else by someone who attended the function and thought that the final result was a mess. (It appears that they often submit anonymously so that the guest of honor and/or the person who ordered and liked the cake, won't be mad at them.)

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

KA, perhaps you should be a lot less ruder when explaining---and also perhaps include some punctuation and grammar as well.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Ooh, Jen--you probably already know this, but the 'Picture This' prego full frontal cake photo still shows in the thumbnail when you look at other posts. I know you do try to honor the requests of these, shall we say 'camera shy' bakers who ask you to remove stuff, so I thought you'd want to know it can still be seen.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, all controversies aside, I did see the bumpy green baby belly, and it was not what one might call "appealing" nor the least bit appetizing. It was creepy. Baby belly cakes generally ARE creepy. Who wants to really have a shower cake that so closely resembles a vivisection? Full frontal shot or side profile, it was disturbing. Would've been fine with the colors & general theme on the cake minus the creepy bump. Someone (baker?) said it was from two years ago, so that's all fine. Maybe they've honed their skills since then and would love to post something amazingly picturesque on here sometime. This is not just a place to showcase wrecks, but a great place to showcase some seriously baketastic talents.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You should stop taking down pictures when the bakers don't want them seen on your site.

Do you call up your publisher and have them tear out pages from your book when the bakers don't want to have their cakes seen in a CakeWreck book? I don't think so.

It detracts from your site to have an unrelated picture on a post.

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChad


1,200 posts.
4,000+ pictures.
9 pictures taken down.

Honestly, it's worth having one incomplete post to gain the trust and good will of the baking community. We're not out to ruin anybody's day, including those whose cakes we feature.


Last one wasn't to to bad. *sings* Fat bottomed girls you make the baking world go rouuunnd! :D

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I'm sure the model in the last one was really thrilled with the result :/

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait

"Fool me once... errr..."
Oh lol indeed. XD

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza A.

As a costumer, I have to point out that that's pretty much how that "Marleen" dress would look in real life . . . if you made it to fit a human being but then had two heart-shaped cakes model it.

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Boooo Hissssss to the baker that requested their image off. Hey, if you can't own it online, DON'T MAKE IT.

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrisFleuron

I just wanted to say I'm very impressed at how John and Jen handled the request to remove the photo. I'm sorry I missed it, but cheers to you guys for being responsible and not furthering the drama that was threatening to unfold. I do enjoy "snark" sites like this but only when they don't get out of hand and cross over into out-and-out schoolyard mean-ness. Those blogs seem to eventually become more about the drama they've managed to stir up, rather than the actual content. I stop reading those blogs.

So kudos to you for being professionals and taking the higher road. That's what keeps me reading and keeps me a fan.

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWayfarer

KA, I assume your references to the sorority are meant to imply you went to college and was/are a member of said sorority. If those assumptions are true, I am shocked by the quality of education you received, specifically in written English. You really should consider trying to get a refund from your place of higher learning. And use it to buy a sense of humor.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJLB

I can't believe I am about to admit this: So, I randomly came across this post yesterday, and I figured it wouldn't take long using expert search tactics to find the fabled cake online. Fast forward about 3 hours... no such luck (although I did locate the invitation). Little did I know that my "reward" would come a day later during my daily blog roll. Lo and behold, a thumbnail preview caught my eye, and although the link went to the Disney stand-in, it was enough to quench my curiosity. Jen was right... they are vastly different (no comment on the cake).

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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