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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

Wreckies of the Month

Every week we're delighted to receive plenty of your cakey homages, wreck-creations, and fan art. And, from time to time, I like to both encourage this behavior and share the giggles by spotlighting a few personal favorites. So let's get right to it, shall we?

First, a nod to Katherine S. for her version of the world's best baby shower cake:

Let us all pause in appreciation of proper parenting, shall we?

Carmel C. went the extra mile with her Carrot Jockey homage and eschewed the plastic jockeys for handmade ones:

And somehow that is much, MUCH more disturbing.

I think I like it.

Amber A. celebrated her three-year-old daughter's birthday the old-school way:

With Dino Jockeys!

Usually I only showcase cakey homages to this blog, but Sarah Jane J.'s recreation of the famous cake from Hyperbole and a Half was simply too good not to share:

And for those of you unfamiliar with Allie of Hyperbole and a Half - first, shame on you! - and secondly, here's the cake we're talking about:

Next, from our very own J Rose - the genius who brought you that playable dress-a-wreck program - here is yours truly, dressed as a Hogwarts student, and getting a Howler from an irate wizard for making fun of cauldron cakes:

(Ten geek points if you spotted the hidden Mickey before reading this sentence. Five after.)

And because I like to remind the world that I am, in fact, a stellar role model for children, here's a sampling of artwork made entirely with child labor:

First, 12-year-old Chloe made this birthday card for her mom, Regina:

The bottom reads, "We dyed our mohawks green in honor of your birthday!" and the inside read, "Hope your birthday isn't a wreck!"

Someone get this girl to design us a greeting card line, STAT.

Next, a fine art piece brought home from school by 5-year-old Claudia S., and sent in by her mom, Susan:

Thinking of little Claudia's teacher's reaction to this masterpiece makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Now, you may be thinking that a five-year-old must surely - SURELY - be my youngest fan.

Au contraire, my misinformed friend!


My friends, this nameless girl baby is YOUR NEW MASTER. Bow down in fealty!!

Or maybe just say how cute she is in the comments.

That works, too.

And for those of you desperate for back story, Colleen T. says,

"Ever since my mother-in-law pointed out that my baby has a natural Mohawk, I’ve been dying to strip her down and sit her on a carrot. The other day, I got my wish!"

Your wish, and a billion others, Colleen. Well done.

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Reader Comments (78)

Live Action Carrot Jockey is full of win. And D-AAAAWWWWWWW!!!!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

I have to admit that Allie of Hyperbole and a Half in that story is completely me. On my last birthday. On the last birthday that I was invited to. On that day that I bought a half-sheet cake at a local grocery store that was reduced to $5-- well, because it was a $40 cake on sale for $5. I'm with Allie. Even locking that cake in a room and locking me out of the building would not have kept me from it.
I'm going to totally request that cake for my next sugar-coma- inducing birthday.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppygirl

All hail the natural mohawk.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I for one welcome our new Naked Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey Overlords.


July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuju

For a brief and unforgivable moment I thought Dino Jockeys may just kick the Carrot Jockeys dimpled butts, but then I saw that baby. God forgive me. Carrot Jockeys Rule!

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After the horror of those baby shower cakes the other day, my head nearly exploded from the cuteness of that adorable real-live carrot jockey!!!

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefRobrts

The real-life baby carrot jockey = WIN.
That is all. :D

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Thank you everyone for the kind words! I will be saving this post along with all the comments in RLCJ's baby book. :) I also think Craig's idea of including the picture in her high school yearbook is a great one!

Norine: My husband, James, took the picture in a makeshift studio he set up in our living room. Photography is one of his hobbies.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen T.

I don't get the whole baby carrot jockey "thing", but the DINO jockeys Well done, my friends, well done.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPickyknitter

All of these kids have freakin' AWESOME parents!!

@LatinMama- "100 points from Slytherin, just because I hate snakes." You rock, lady!!

@Craig: good ones, sir, good ones!

@Anon July 17, 2011 1:01 AM- I, too, thought the dinos deserved a place alongside the naked babies until I saw the live action version.

-Barbara Anne

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can't..stop...laughing XD XD love fan reactions

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These young fans make me think there is still hope for the next generation after all!

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlma

I see a new fad in baby photography props arising.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGale

Thank you soooo much!!!! Ella saw her Dino birthday cake and said "THATS MY CAKE?!?!?!?" My hubby says he can die a happy man since he now has a cake on CW!!!!!!!!!!

Amber A.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrazy2boot

My baby had a natural mohawk like that for her first year!

And yes, I agree that the handmade, non-plastic baby jockeys are much more disturbing!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought the Dino Jockeys might be the best thing ever.

Then I saw Claudia's Live-Action Carrot Jockey.

Best. Thing. Ever.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

Oh, my gosh! Colleen's baby is SO CUTE!! I *love* that picture! And I love the superhero pose. Da-da-na-NAAAA

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama

OMG!!! That is our Hyperbole cake!!! We (My sister & I) are so honored that it made Cakewrecks. The friend we made it for was the one who introduced us to both Hyperbole and Cakewrecks. So it's only fitting that we make the famous GOD OF CAKE for her birthday. =)

FYI-For those who will attempt to recreate Allie's cake, toothpicks...lots and lots of toothpicks.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergurl957

OMG!!! That is our Hyperbole cake!!! We (My sister & I) are so honored that it made Cakewrecks. The friend we made it for was the one who introduced us to both Hyperbole and Cakewrecks. So it's only fitting that we make the famous GOD OF CAKE for her birthday. =)

FYI-For those who will attempt to recreate Allie's cake, toothpicks...lots and lots of toothpicks.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrystle S.

I LOVE! You have to check out the pain scale (I work in a hospital and showed the ER nurses). And Simple Dog is soooo stupid! LOL!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For the record, I uploaded the original Naked Mohawk-Baby Carrot Jockey cake to my FB page back in September of last year, begging one of my friends, any one of them, to dress their baby like that for Halloween. No one did.

So...yeah. Wish come true. My allegiance is yours, nameless baby girl carrot jockey.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

Words cannot express how freaking cute that baby-on-a-carrot is. I gasped and silently squeed for about five seconds before I could do anything else.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

How did I not think of doing that when my baby had her own natural Mohawk?! I will now hang my head in shame?

That Mickey looked like a button hole until I zoomed it.

July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL White

My life is complete!

No, wait. I NEED to know how did they get the carrot prop.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLen

I give up on finding hidden mickey, no points for me :(

July 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRCG

I normally find babies to be kind of gross and therefore avoid even looking at them. That said, this carrot jockey baby is hilarious, awesome, and adorable. Higher praise cannot be had from me, regarding babies.

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

O-M-G, that real baby carrot jockey is awesome!

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

10 points
(I found out there was a hidden mickey in the comments :p. )

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

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