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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

Father's Day Pictionary

Looking for a fun bonding experience with Dad this weekend? Then how about a little cake Pictionary? It's easy! Here, I'll get you started.

Is this:

A) A sofa

B) A ball cap


C) Worth $3.99

The answer, of course, is D.

See? Easy!

Ok, your turn.

Is this:

A) An exploding cup of hot chocolate

B) A golf bag


C) An appropriate use of an ellipsis

("Aaand the results are in! Happy Father's Day... Bobby! That means Carlos, Jimmy, Leon, Billy, Brad and Tony are NOT the fathers!"



Okay, now here's a tough one. Prepare for multiple multiple choices!

Is this:

A) A chubby bearded pirate with a missing foot sitting on a stack of marshmallows

B) Santa's love handles

C) The Hamburgler, turned inside out

D) Pretty much anything except a grill


E) Still more appetizing than this:

Ok, so maybe that wasn't so hard, after all.

Thanks to Sarah J., Amnesty, Kimberly M., & Rachel M. for playing!


Please tell me in the comments, because I have no friggin' idea.

Thank you.

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Reader Comments (111)

I LOVE Fluffy Cow's responses! LOL


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercourtney

@BB, Miami @12:33


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

#1 is an easy chair --- a big, over stuffed chair. A blue one. #2 is a golf bag, no doubt about it. #3 still has be a bit confused, I don't see a BBQ grill, but when in doubt, call it a grill. #4 is tools --- that fire hydrant thingy is a double ended wrench with a bolt in the end --- the other end is hidden by the reflection.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

1) Even though it's probably supposed to be a hat, I like Fluffy Cow's "mooning Smurf".

2) I initially saw a mug of beer/hot co-co/latte. I'm sure they're supposed to be golf clubs, my dad wouldn't use clubs like that....

3) An angry bottle of Pepto Bismol.

4) LOL at mary b.! I wouldn't use tools like that...don't know where they've been!

wv: poustint: What happens to #2 when you eat lots of blue frosting.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Before I read the choice of hat for the first one, I definitely saw a tombstone for Dad and thought maybe it was one of those over the hill cakes in a cheery blue blob.

The third one was just about everything suggested BUT a grill. I was thinking maybe an arm chair with a white book nearby or maybe a hamburger-person where the big part is the hamburger torso, and there is the hamburger head with a hat and little hamburger legs...

wv: extuti
My daughter was all dressed for her dance class, but now that she has changed, she is extuti.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Seriously?? Can none of you see it??? It is so OBviously a beer stein wearing a cooler shaped like a German Beer Wench's lederhosen corset!

What else could it be???

wv - "inaph" as in "inaph already with the wrecks! Find me a REAL decorator!"

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervertizoo

Can't believe you are making fun of people who have so many partners they don't know who the father of their child is! So insensitive! I'm never reading Cake Wrecks again... until tomorrow. ;)

wv: sille "I Love to start my day with a little sille, so I always visit Cake Wrecks first thing!"

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*waves hand wildly* OOOHHOOOH!!! Pick me! I know! It's the exploding mug of hot chocolate, for sure!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBP

ball cap, golf bag, easy chair, and a saw, a ruler and several other things i don't recognize

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And so, after reading all the comments it is sad to report that I must be the only dirty minded creature out here! In picture number four I see a tool, but it is not meant for cutting wood per se. It sorta looks like some poor man who has... I'll let the rest of you take over that one! Hahahaha oh, and check out the proper use of the ellipsis in my comment!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Dang, I must have missed Mary b's comment!!! Glad to know I am not the only dirty minded in the bunch!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

WOW! I now understand why you hate CCCs.

First one is a very lumpy baseball cap.

2nd one is a very poorly drawn golf bag.

3rd one I had no idea until I saw your multiple choices, but one of my thoughts was a hamburger sundae.

4th isn't bad for trying to make tools out of cupcakes, but looks like something out of a toddler doodle.


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have no idea what the first one is. But, I've figured out what the second one is! It is definitely an art deco locomotive being attacked by a giant skunk! Now, what that has to do with Father's Day is beyond me. But it is a striking work of art, is it not?

The third one is obviously Dad's head, with a mustache stylized to look like two hamburgers, marshmallows caught in his strange beard, and a chocolate bow in his sparse hair.

The last one might be a toolkit. Or it might be a bone, a ruler, a stylized phallus, and a pair of gunmetal-blue doughnuts. Not sure which is more horrifying.

wv: fored, adj, what you call someone who just got hit by dad's stray golfball

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I asked my kids to play cake pictionary with me. I didn't show them your multiple choice; I only showed them the pictures and let them guess.

1. flower
2. cup of coffee
3. a man
4. dog toys

Then my son asked me, are these REALLY made by professional bakeries? I have never bought them a bakery cake. We make and decorate our own cakes at home.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. A recliner
2. A golf bag
3. Testicle pie?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvin

The second one = brown corset with Dad exploding out of it. No wonder they've fallen out of style.

and the third one = dude with some 'rolls' sitting on a too-small toilet. Now that's appetizing!

Happy Father's Day!?


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaidofclay

The last one is most definitely an Inuksuk. An Inuit landmark. Why someone would give it to a dad is beyond me, maybe they are from the north? lol

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCeili

OMG you people are hilarious. Loving these comments--creative stuff!

meanwhile, if that's a grill, the white thingis the propane tank. I don't know why it's wearing a hat/has a chimney

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WARNING: this post may upset sensitive viewers and may or may not be pornographic)

These are clearly the previously unpublished collection of victims of Jeffry Dahmer's CCC murder rampage.

A. Decapitated Smurf torso CCC (aged 5)

B. Innocent skunk murderd by drowning in cleverly disguised beer mug leather gimp suit (age 9)

C. Road kill armadillo (murder weapon: rollerskates. Age unknown)

D. Collection of murdered Smurf 'body parts', nuts, toolsetc'. Complete with tool measuring equipment. (Aged 5-19)

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come now, number two is obviously a skunk in a saddlebag, celebrating the manly outdoorsy-ness that makes a father a MAN.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayto

That last one....phallus with a measuring tape underneat that.

(you see what I did there?)

wv: ishaedal. Foghorn Leghorn is about to make a pronouncement:

I shaed, I shaed, I these cakey things....I shaed they were good if you don't look at'em.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

#1 D: None of the above. Manager: "I'm about to run out of these 'special' stickers -- when I do, you will have run out of time to learn how to decorate."

#2 Having read the 'Horta' comment, I can't not see that. In a golf bag.

"A Horta! Mister Spock, we need that retardation mechanism." By the looks of things, I'd say that could be found in a number of bakeries. BTW, the first letter looks like a 'J'.

#3 A really bad (and damaged) armchair, propped up with a computer case. "There, that'll fix it!" Even as a loyal reader of CW, I cannot see a grill.

#4 Counter-clockwise, from upper left: A saw, a ruler, a globe (what toolbox isn't complete with one of those?), a 'wrench' (he said, invoking the unwilling suspension of disbelief) and two circular things.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I just assumed Sendingtheclowns' use of "blantant" meant it was their wv word. In which case, I was thinking, good usage! Now the illusion is shattered!

I can't give any insight into most of those, but one is very much full of phallic references. Makes me wonder about the state of mind of the baker.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

I guess I have been reading Regretsy too long, because all I saw in the last one was an unfortunate array of sex toys.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

#1 is a Blue Smurf Sumo Wrestler. Totally. I don't know how you didn't see that.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I get it! Reading upside down, the Easter grass is really a plaque, complete with sprinkled frame, proclaiming "Happy Father's Day."

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat Carlson

Oh dear! I too first saw #1 as a tombstone in the clouds. #2 was a stein of radioactive beer. #3 was an armchair leaking poo - sorry, no amount of squinting and twisting my head sideways will make that be a grill. Nope! #4 is ...well, to be honest, I first saw an array of phalluses (phalli?) with a ruler. But, sure, we can call them a "tool kit" if you insist.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAron

I love the fact that people assume everything posted here are custom orders. My local grocery stores' bakeries can crank out some wrecky stuff on their very own, with no customer input. There are some optimistic wreckerators out there who do nothing but dream of the joy their attempts at whatever will bring, for the mere price of $3.99. Alas, I must confess I have helped them persist in this delusion, as I have relieved them of a few wrecks to photograph for submission here, after which I put them out of their misery.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

I thought the first one might have been Skull the troll from PVP...

I went from steaming coffee to corset on the second, but I like 'dying horta' much better.

Sometimes I can squint and look at the cake, then the options, and go, yeah, I can see that. Kinda. I really really can't on the third one. It's not a grill. I thought maybe armchair on stilts.

But now I'm just going to have to go with 'Jabba the Hutt in a coconut bra on his pedestal'. The thing on the right could totally be Salacious B Crumb's seating area, or the snack holder.

You're welcome.

WV: thlem. I think these cakes are made of thlem. Which is totally like made of win, but not.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Pretty sure the second one is an accordion in a wig.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I really the only one who sees Fat Albert in the third picture, or am I just the only one who will admit it?

Hey hey HEY!!! Have a haaaaapy Father's Day!!!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I see the plaque in #4. As for the ellipsis in #2, that can also mean 'message continues', which gives one pause to wonder what the rest of the message might be. Maybe a spoken "just kidding." Followed by concerned looks and helpful instructions, such as, "sit down here and have a corset-covered mug of Horta. That should revive you."

But hey, it's the thought that counts, right? (Note to self: just keep thinking, 'I want to be a dad -- it will be worth it.')

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

sofa chair
tool-saw, ruler,spanner nut/bolts

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

O_o can't...comprehend

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wrench, saw, ruler, bolts? Those are my guesses for the last cake.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I asked my 5-year-old because I had no idea. According to him, they are:
1. a dress
2. part of a guitar with waves coming out
3. a girl person
4. a ruler, mallet, dog bone, Earth and donuts

Sure, why not??

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1) It's a NoneoftheAbove!
2) A face corset with streak & spike failure hair.
3)Love child of wheelchair and pink beanbag chair. Hi Dad!
4) Tools for dyslexic dads (see ruler).

wv: imbless these not mine

Rev W

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. Baseball cap.
2. golf bag
3. chair and remote control
4. ruler, wrench, bolts, hammer, and what I'm guessing is a tape measure

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is clearly a skunk hiding in the golf bag...duh!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Definitely exploding hot chocolate.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one looks like a ruler, an attempt at a hammer, a cake and while I am dumbfounded by the object on the right, my daughter sees a wrench and some bolts.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterji11

Oh my, that blue one looks like a bone with an anus. 0_o

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I could kind of see all(after you somewhat mentioned them) except for the second to last. What IS that? Was that seriously supposed to be a grill? I would love to hear the explanation from the decorator. I say decorator and NOT baker because who ever did this could NEVER figure out how to make a cupcake.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeajay23

Oh my.. I prefer the exploding hot cocoa to that last looks like a variety of dirty things I shall not name lol. So that exploding hot cocoa one is decent compared to the others. Poor poor dad.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

7 separate blue cupcakes are probably worth $3.99. Does jamming them together lessen their value?

It's sad that we've learned to recognize that as a grill by identifying the cupcake with the spot on it as a wheel.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

A hammer, wrench, ruler, and don't know what the thing is in the corner!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

1) a rear view of Blue from Blue's Clues
2) a badger trying to put on a corset
3) Iron Man's ancestor, Regency Furniture Man
4) a tragic dismembermental accident involving some of the Mister Men

there's something to be said for celebrating Father's Day with, perhaps, lasagna...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCT

Is #3 Santa in an electric chair?? No, wait, can't be. I must need more coffee (up too late celebrating the Bruins). Sleep-deprivation + cake wrecks = one surreal start to a day.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

I believe the last one is supposed to be tools?? I see an almost ruler ( so my first thought was school supplies) but then I realized that there may be a hammer in there, and perhaps a tape measure. You really have to apply some abstract thinking here!!....??? ( I LOVE puncuation)


June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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