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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


But probably not anytime soon.


Last month the BBC reported on a new chocolate 3D printer, which is being called "a step towards manufacturing a device able to print flawless 3D objects that taste good."

Now, if you're concerned that this might adversely affect the wreckage, don't be. From the looks of their press release photos, I think we're going to be juuuuuust fine:

(You can read more about the chocolate printer here.)

Not to mention there's already talk of "3D faces." Oh yeah. This is gonna be goooood.

Next, according to Tasteologie, this baking robot is "a little heavy-handed with the spatula."

According to the commenters on Youtube, we will soon all be spatula'd to death. (But 'til then, I'll keep snort-giggling at 0:37 and 1:40)


Thanks to Ananda S. and @glennztees for the snazzy wreckporting. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to learn the binary rap in The Humans are Dead. You know, just in case.

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Reader Comments (77)

Dear Mr. Freaky Robot Swedish Chef Baker,

You have some crud on your pincer, hoof, claw, hand, mind.

I am thinking that as soon as the camera cut, the robot backhanded the apron dude and took off with his poo cake.

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlatinmamasita

A couple of days ago, CNN posted a link to a video of two artificial intelligence computers, called chatbots, they put together for a conversation - the results were hilarious.

I don't fear for humanity. Not yet, anyway...

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelej

note to self: never buy from a bakery that uses a robot to do the cooking! I was SURE it was going to dump the batter on the floor! lol

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSueP

We must terminate the

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

The robot just cracks me up! I never thought that a rubber spatula could be a weapon, but this sure proves me wrong hahaha!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

More on "CHOCALM" here...including a small but full picture of the chocolate writing above. It does say "CHOCALM".

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Lol I can't stop laughing at that robot with the spatula. I am also scared of the 3D chocolate poo pile in the first pic that I think is a heart but to me doesn't look good at all. I fear the 3D monster lol.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Chocolate printer... DO WANT.

I can definitely see soemthing like that being used in the high-end bakeries in the years to come.

As for the robot...


September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

"Well. 'The astounding thing about a waltzing bear is not how gracefully it waltzes but that it waltzes at all.' Not me, some other bloke; I'm quoting." - Lazarus Long in Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love

I boggled at the robot's grace and style. And have no desire to taste its creation. :p

At the same time I was struck by how complex living arms and hands must really be. Most of us take them for granted and yet I'm sure it was a lot of work to get the robot to do even that much. Maybe it's the programming of the human brain I should be impressed with.

Cake Wrecks: never boring. Ever. Even the comments are awesome (the Shields and Yarnell bit is genius).

(Oh, and zoomom? You rock.)

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Hahaha.... Spell check... Sigh- a new era of properly spelled, misused words- though at least you can eat your mistakes a little easier!
Can't wait to see the video!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

My 6 yo was watching this with me and asked what the robot was making then said "mud"! Also notice that several of the segments are speeded up 8x, that robot moves sllloooowwwww.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Zoomom, you rock! That was hilarious. I had to read it out loud, with proper accents in proper places, for the full effect.

Thanks for the laugh!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

I had to go read the article for my brain to comprehend that it said chocalate.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

After watching the robot clips and reading the comments I am wiping away tears of hysterical laughter. What I would like to see the baking robot tackle next is a cake with eggs!

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermjcoll

Psst... "Chocalate" is the British spelling, and it's being developed in the UK, so perhaps it is a little less misspelled than we think.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKella

I can totally appreciate what the developers are trying to do with the Cookienator. Making a mechanical hand that responds to resistance is an amazing accomplishment. After all, being able to know precisely when something is whipped fluffy or blended til smooth is probably the most important part of baking.

BUT....what's up with the attachments? For pete's sake, developers, get your butts over to the KitchenAid store and buy the right flippin' attachments.

Also, if Cookienator wants a job in MY kitchen, she better have an integrated Roomba built into her base to get the flour up off the floor.

September 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpike

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVico

Choke-a-lot printer comes to mind...
Another opportunity for wreckarators to go industrial.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRolf Marquardt

ROFLAMO at the Flight of the Conchords reference! And at the Princess Bride paraphrasing, brilliant!

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

If Cookie-bot actually moves 1/8 as fast as shown, the main challenge would be to get the finished product baked before the ingredients hit their respective expiration dates. I don't think any human bakers need to be losing sleep just yet.

As for the 3-D printers, they just give wreckerators a new set of excuses to use: "You can't have your cake yet; the computer is down."

At least machines will never replace Jen, John and Number One. Right, guys? Guys?

"John, there seems to be a problem with the AE-35 unit. Why don't you go outside and check on it? I can handle things in here. After all, I have the greatest enthusiasm for the mission."
"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do..."

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I always love when you throw in a Conchords reference. A nerd after my own heart. Now, if you'll excuse, I'm off to have a sleep.

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSallyJFox

I *totally* believe the tasting guy at the end though. Mmmmm, yummy. Good job, cakebot. No, really. High five.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

@ZooMom, Princess Bride reference FTW! That robot reminds me of baking with my kids. :D

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorilee

I just now watched this and wow! Too funny. I also snort when I laugh so people at work are starting to stare! Especially when we work in "cube land"!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

All I could think watching that was SMACK every time he used the freaky spatula hand.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

@Isabella - nicely done, nicely done! :-)

@zoomom - what everyone else said - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

@Isolder74 - very, *very* apropos! XD

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

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