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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

Happy Towel Day!

Hey, hoopy froods, it's Towel Day! This is the day when we celebrate hitchhiking the galaxy, Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, and, of course, potted petunias.

I wonder if they'll be friends with me?

So, grab your towel...

Hey, even the terrible ones have fringe benefits.

...and sit back and relax while I serve up something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a teapot.


This hypnotized bunny rabbit is mostly harmless.

He may also be a teapot:

But that's pretty improbable.

Besides, it could always be worse.

Like so:

My, mister teapot, what an unfortunately colored spout you have.

Hey, here's a tip:

So, in conclusion:


Oh, and:

"Want to see my spaceship?"

Thanks to Cassandra, Tracy B., Amanda Q., Leigh J., Kendra H., and Margaret C., my plastic pals who're fun to be with!


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Reader Comments (141)

Zaphod for President! I need a pangalactic gargle blaster after those cakes. I think they were made using the Infinate Improbability drive.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiriD

"Hello, I'm the main dish of the day. Would you be interested in parts of my body?"
(something like that) Hitchiker's Guide references= WIN

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There is an art or, rather, a knack to cake wreckerating.
The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the instructions and miss.

Pick a nice day, and try it.

The first part is easy.
All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself into the project with all your might, and the willingness not to mind that you're going to screw it up. That is, you're going to screw it up if you fail to follow the directions. If you are really trying properly, the likelihood is that you will fail to follow the directions fairly hilariously.

One problem is that you have to screw up accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to be disasteriously funny because you won't be. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else when you're halfway done decorating, so that you are no longer thinking about the spelling, or the suggestive shape of brown logs, or about how much it's going to embarrass you when it's posted on this blog.

It is notoriously difficult to prise your attention away from these three things during the hours you have at your disposal. Hence most people's successful cakes, and their eventual disillusionment with this exhilarating and spectacular sport of wreckerating.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

OK, so when my husband was a boy his family used the euphemism "spout" for , well... you know. So when he learned that song in school it seemed strange to him! I'm sure it was mostly harmless.
ps is it really towel day? I had no idea!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I needed a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster today. Thanks!!!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

MOSTLY harmless teapots. And how did I miss that Zaphod had breast implants?

w/v unspott- maybe my next cat will be named unspott

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

Oh, no, not again.

You think you've got problems? What're you supposed to do if you ARE a manically depressed robot?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

You are one hoopy frood! Thanks for celebrating Towel Day! I was honestly a little disappointed to see no Towel Day doodle on Google, but this makes up for that entirely! <3

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had a baaaad feeling when I saw the first "teapot", like I could see where this was going...and then to see that there wasn't just one, or two, but THREE phallic-spouted teapots, I couldn't help but let out a "NOOOOOOOOOO!" inside my noggin.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

Erin B., thanks for remembering the Glorious 25th of May! :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheWantonSeedStitch

Oh my gosh! What is the deal with the stinking ugly teapots? Those are kinda scary...

I never considered having a pink penis on my teapot, but apparently it's pretty standard.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I did not see a hypnotized bunny in that one cake, but those teapots did indeed look happy to see everyone. Especially that last one. Do these bakers not stop to admire their finished cakes? I suppose it would be worse if they do and either don't see the problem, or they're quite pleased with it.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie M

That last teapot cake looks- well, like an innuendo. And that towel looks like it needs to throw in the rag; no wonder it's terrible!


May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAuto Title Loans

Erin, thanks for reminding me about the 25th of May!
Altogether now:
"All the little angels".......

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Stephanie...I think they admire their work!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would think that, with all the messed-up cakes out there, one might slightly resemble Agrajag, all deformed and ticked off. I'm very tempted to make an Agrajag cake now... should be easy since I have no cake decorating talent whatsoever :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaMamaJama

I'm shocked that, what with all the completely hideous cakes out there, one did not resemble Agrajag. I'm very tempted to make an Agrajag cake now - should be easy, given that I have NO cake decorating talent whatsoever

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaMamaJama

Is it possible for me to be BOTH an HHGG fan and ALSO a Pittsburgh Steelers fan? I hope nothing implodes today. I have my Terrible Towel right here! (And yes, it looks nothing like the one in the picture - it actually looks like a towel....)
WV: stabe - I hope that teapot "spout" doesn't stabe me... :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

Sorry, who is Agrajag?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a pity you can only get this lovely cakes at the Bakery at the End of the Universe.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrillian

but where are all the fjords?! i love all the little fiddly bits...

wv the world would be very bleake without the hitchhiker's guide

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertangeria

Jenn, you are amazing. I think we might be twins, separated at birth! I am slightly disappointed there was no Vogon poetry!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Ok, teapot maker needs to get some and stop making penis lookin' spouts :D They are pretty darn funny though "here's a tip" hahhahahahahahaha :D

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane

Time is an illusion. Caketime doubly so. :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLove For Obento

I didn't think I could love you any more....then today happened. I was so busy reading the HH references, I forgot to actually look at the cakes until I got to Zaphod. Thank you, you totally made my day!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loving all the references to Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy!!!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I LOVE YOU. Just when I think Cake Wrecks can't get any better or funnier... you top yourselves again and again. ~happy sigh~

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

I have NEVER posted a response before.... but the Hitchhiker's Guide will get me every time! Especially when you paraphrase my FAVORITE line ever.... "A substance almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Jen

Where's the small piece of fairy cake? How am I suppose to extrapolate reality without a small piece of fairy cake?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

There should have been three arms on the Zaphod cake.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanus

So who has a teapot with a different color spout in the first place? Make the white, and they wouldn't look phallic at all.

Also, how on earth do you pick a favorite HGG quote? You could just type in nearly any line. How about:

"Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMina

Oh mah gawd that teapot! XD

I have my towel right here! I'm a hoopy frood!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you think the wreckerators engaged the Infinite Improbability drive?

BTW You should listen to the BBC radio broadcasts!

Happy Towel Day!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

Favorite H2G2 line:

"We've met, haven't we, Zaphod? Or should I say PHIL?"

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanus

Wonder what kind of cake decoration an infinite number of monkeys would come up with.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

boo pittsburg and their terrible towels, really what kind of support is that showing? GO BROWNS! :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

no towel with me, but i have a fish in my ear. does that count?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm thinking that blogger needs to add a like button for each comment.

Favorite Adams quote? -

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

If I ever meet myself, I'm going to punch myself so hard in the face I won't know what hit me!

wv: gummaken- what some of these wreckorators should do instead of cake making.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Julian XIII

I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed after seeing those - ahem- "teapots."

Thanks for all the Hitchhiker's references. You definitely made my day!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

There are currently 40 comments. I wonder if I can time this right, and be 42. :)
Those teapots... my my, warn a girl will ya'? I think I'll be sticking with coffee today.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBubbles

Oh dear for a minute I was completely dumbfounded by the teapot-I couldn't guite figure out why they would have....oh it's a spout...oh for a teapot. Oh, that is so much better then my little gutter mind was thinking at first.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharity-crafter

I'm surprised no one has brought up the fact that the terrible towel started as an homage to the Slovak ladies who were Pittsburgh sports fans. In the 30s, 40s and 50s, the Slovak ladies would go the Pittsburgh Pirates games, and would use their babushkas to wave and cheer on their boys. This was later translated to dish towels they brought with them, and then to the official "Terrible Towel" for the Pittsburgh sports teams.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

oh, hurrah for today's H2G2arama...

I am inspired to reread my Douglas Adams collection over half term

the cakes ming mind - really very bad! The wreckorators prove that Wonko the Sane had it right

vw: 'oblye me, these cakes are Terrible! I wish I knew where my towels was so I could hide my eyes!'

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anon #1, wiki "towel day" because I too, did not get it. Now I dooooo!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OH! Lilac Day! How could I have forgotten. Gotta to make a soft-boiled egg then.

Vogon Poetry
easy, just string those WV things together. What? You didn't know Vogons were in charge of WV sourcing?

wv: scursess : Scursess, we have been found out

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchaitea

Yikes....Looks like another long night of eye bleaching again... that's just disturbing... blinded by the (b)light... thanks Jen - anything I bake HAS to be better than that. It gives me hope! lol. Lori

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoriwas

I hate it when I don't get it either!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

Just because i think its tragic no one knows this, today is "Nerd Pride Day". Now, there has to be at least 1 guy living in his basement who was aware of this, but thats just sad, so HAPPY NERD PRIDE DAY!!!!!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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