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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

Available Exclusively at the Geiger Counter!

When it comes to powerfully good cake, the choice is (nu)clear:

And here's some fuel for thought: this wasn't a special order. It was just out in the display case, on the off chance someone was having a nuclear power plant themed occasion worth celebrating.


Thanks to Clare M. for the rad wreckporting.

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Reader Comments (117)

That is one sweet love factory!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeccA's Buzz

Reminds me of Celestina Warbeck's A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love, except nuclear style.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBakingdom

An homage to CW! It's the "I *HEART* Big Piles O'Poo" cake! Awwww! Such dedicated fans out there, even in the wrecky industry!

wv: mockin
Don't be a mockin if the cake's a little shockin!

I am also hearing Huey Lewis in my head, but envision him singing in the middle of a pig farm in China where they use the poop as power. Go poo power!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSlartibarfast42

It looks like a less explodey, less exciting, more floaty version of this.

Hm. The mind boggles.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Baker

Just wondering if you saw the Hell's Kitchen Cake Wreck? If not, you can watch it on HULU, in the current season it is the episode where 12 chefs compete--the cake was atrocious!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

It's a well-done, if bizarre cake. Perhaps someone ordered it and changed their mind?

I like all the guesses, tales and puns! Very entertaining.

The only thing I can think of is perhaps the nuclear power industry is celebrating itself? And the hearts symbolize that air above the plants is clean, unlike coal plants.

BTW @Tina, it's the butane in the lighter that's the problem.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Mount Wanna-hawk-a-loogie (Finding Nemo)?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrekGirl

Maybe it's in Springfield and it's Mr. Burns' birthday?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Anonymous said...
"So cute. I wonder if its yellow cake."

Now THAT is funny!!!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Strange strange strange design to NOT be a special order.

wv: retsunn. That stuff that they always said was in "Certs".

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBtbsgal

Champagne bottles with bubbles rising from the top? Brown, stripey champagne bottles? With really big bubbles? Maybe?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentericklepay

Bee hives, perchance?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Maybe it wasn't finished?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

Yep, my immediate thought was "3 Mile Island" before I even read the description.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the baker just heard the grade school joke: "What did the boy volcano say to the girl volcano?"

"I lava you!"

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This looks like a Hello Kitty version of the Japan nuclear disaster... which would be such a japanese thing to do.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpricolatino

I initially saw two volcanoes spewing hearts... but you're right, it does look more like a pair of cooling towers or whatever. I'd still eat it. :-)

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRed

They look like vases to me. But apparently I'm the only one who sees that....

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC. Beth

Ha, Mel, you said it so much better than I could. I was just going to call them Chiminea of Doom

wv: ronne. Ronne for your lives -- it's the Chiminea of Doom!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue ZQ

OK, first, Mel and the anonymous "yellow cake" suggestion win the thread as of this moment.

Second, I think it's cute! I grew up near Ft. Calhoun in Nebraska and then lived near a major nuclear weapons research center, and still have a relative who works with medical radiation stuff. I'd buy the cake in a heartbeat!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is the best variety of comments & descriptions ever - clam necks, sea anemones, chocolate milk bottles, kilns... You all rock. You know you do.

@mel - clearly, you are a graduate student ;-)
Anon @ 11:29 - +5 nerd-points to you!
@Slartibarfast42 - love, love, love

I'm thinking that they are deep ocean hydrothermal vents. Of love!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercommon toast

Alyssa said:
'Clearly, they're the tops of coke bottles. Diet Coke is doing a program called "Heart Truth" that raises awareness for women's heart health.'

Good answer! Good answer! Either that or beehives. I live near a newcleyar cooling tower and it looks nothing like that!

WV: credgew----I'm incredgewlous at some of these answers, lol! But LOVE the yellow cake comment, right on. :)


August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdnana

I think April Lewie had the best explanation- it's a love factory!

Also, Sharyn's comment wins today :D

Finally, I feel lame, but I don't get the "is it yellow cake" joke :/ Can someone explain it pleeease?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

I read all the comments hoping for some light to be shed upon this cake, but to no avail. So I shall offer my 2 cents.

Geoducks in love.

Hey, it could be!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I think they started out to do one thing and changed their minds halfway through, so now we don't know what they were supposed to be making.

Also, what would be so special here about "yellow cake"?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey all,

Yellowcake uranium is used in the preparation of nuclear fuel rods.

It also has something to do with bad guys.


August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Sad to say that would be something my dad would pick out for their anniversary, he's special like that. And he's worked at the nuclear plants most of my life.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjava diva

hah, "rad" reporting. I see what you did there :D

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Maybe it is just smoke signals from two mesas. There can be love in the Wild, Wild West.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrendaB

It's bizarre, but neatly executed and actually rather pretty

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stott

Two geoducks, spawning?

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEtoyoc Rebmos

Mel, that is the best interpretation of a cake I've ever read--awesome!
Why was the blonde bad at archaeology? She didn't know a sipapu from a hole in the ground.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSipapu

I also thought cooling towers.

But could the hearts be going INTO the tops? We're sending love to Fukushima? (and Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, etc., etc.) As in, memorial/thank you cake for the valiant souls who worked hard to contain the mess?

The other ideas are great, and @Mel, you either have way too much time on your hands, or you have done in-depth study others never will. I'm hoping for the latter. ;)

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Sharyn said...

Looks like the baker was fission for compliments. Why don't we just salute (C)hernobyl effort.

BRAVO!!! (or is that BRAVA??)

Mel, I love you but in a non-stalker, freakazoid kind of way.

TY to everyone who got here before me and asked about yellow cake since I didn't get it, either. :)

I thought tube worms, if anyone's interested and glad someone else did, too. Either that or upside down poo fezes. Fezes are cool.

-Barbara Anne

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

OK, I followed Alyssa's link and went to the Diet Coke web site and found nothing that resembles the design on this cake. Did anyone else find what she was referring to? I don't think the cake has anything to do with the Diet Coke promotion.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMsMargaret

I think it's pretty cute, actually.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

In my dad's hometown in Pennsylvania they have a nuclear plant with two smoke stacks just like this. It's sorta like their local landmark. I've even seen postcards featuring the stacks sold in town. Maybe that's what they are trying to do? I would be interested to find out where this was taken.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHippieRachie

@MsMargaret - I didn't say that's what they were for certain, that's just what I thought of first when I saw the cake. I provided that link merely to illustrate the heart+Coke bottle connection. It makes more sense than hearts coming out of cooling towers, that's for dang sure.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I think it's Coke... "open happiness" It's a summer theme cake. Obviously.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJujuBrie

This cake reminds me of a music video called, "God is not a white man" by Gungor. There is a factory and little paper cut-out hearts, some guns that turn into kittens and ice cream cones. My 5 year old makes me ( gives me an excuse to) watch it repeatedly. ;)

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Of course it's nuclear - look at how the trim around the top of the cake mutates.

Justin Credible

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Barbara Anne,

If you want to start a "Mel's Non-Stalker Freakazoid Fan Club" I'll join! Our logo could be a stalk of celery under one of those universal "NO" symbols.


August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Perhaps they were thinking of this?

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it looks kinda cute lol. To me it looks like two happy volcanoes but what do I know? Love the cute little hearts. A rather nice wreck in my opinion.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

We could actually use that at hubby's office. Mind you, Nuke plants are part of the job.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterev

A work inspired cake. Well, work for my husband's office anyway.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterev

@Sharyn and Barbara Anne: You're both funny, and too kind...thanks...

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

This is what happens when Cupid crashes into Three Mile Island.......

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMindyYoung

The sad part is that the border on the top of the cake is actually nicely done.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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