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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

Listen! Do You Smell That?

Yesterday I read an article about "swallowable perfume," a new form of perfume that comes in capsules. That you swallow. Ergo, "swallowable perfume."

Look, I couldn't make this stuff up, guys.

Anyway, it got me to thinking: how long before this is incorporated into food? You know, like cake? And what would an ingestible perfume cake look like, anyway? Would decorators try to reflect the scent in the cake's design?

These are all important questions, which I think deserve answers. You know, for science. And laughs. But mostly science.

So, as a public service, here are a few suggestions for some classic perfume scents:



This would have to be a revamped formula, of course, with top notes of blood, wet dog, and a little patchouli.



Lucky for me, I've developed an immunity to iocane powder.


I'm sure you've heard of Chanel #5, but here's one for its lesser-known predecessor, Chanel #2:

Q: Why did Tigger have his head in the river?

A: He was looking for Pooh! Because Poo smells grrrrreat!


White Shoulders


I bet you never realized how weird that perfume name was until right now.



Something here doesn't add up.



Even the balloons are defying the laws of gravity!


Lucky You


Say, here's a tip:





Ah. Never mind; false alarm.



Thanks to Sarah P., Crazy Z., Michelle S., Caren, Celeste G., Amy C., & Colleen W. Smell you later, guys!

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Reader Comments (83)

I was wondering when the Winnie the Pooh cake would make this website. I saw one a few weeks ago in the store. Let's just say now I know why they call him Pooh....

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

That is a lot of candles for a circumcision cake. The boy in the photo-on-a-stick looks to be somewhat more than eight days old, and possibly making a rude (but situation-appropriate) hand gesture.

Happy Taxi Season!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I love the "Sweet 16(?) Birthday Bash" cake. It is so bad it's good.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

A friend and I were just talking about Triscuit crackers, and I believe that second cake has a cocoa-dusted Triscuit on it. No, I'm not tempted to try that.

Here's a tip?! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Also, a friend of mine used to think patchouli was just the smell people emitted when they had dropped acid. It made sense to him, since he only smelled that scent at Grateful Dead shows, where people were tripping. That swallowable perfume article reminded me of that.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Um...if I was getting circumcised (not that the conventional process is medically possible, given that I'm possessing of two X chromosomes...but still...) I think cake would be the last thing on my mind. Narcotic painkillers, maybe...but not cake.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenita TwoDragons

Is Tigger humping Pooh?

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

So I'm just going to tell myself that Chanel #2 is supposed to be rocks and not really think about it too hard. I do wonder if that's a sperm whale on Lucky You though. (badum tish)

...I'll stop.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiddy


September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCC

I love the Princess Bride reference!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlkoeltsch

As always, truly snort-worthy. You make my day every day.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

The White Shoulders are very fit on that cake!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDara

"Lucky for me, I've developed an immunity to iocane powder." Hee, hee . . . Best caption ever!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne M.

Am I the only one who thinks that the Tigger and Pooh looked a little...wrong? Maybe it's my dirty mind.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterazureshadowhunter

Your comment on the last one was terrible. And I LOVED it!

Also, wow, I cannot stop staring at that Miracle Cake.

(Apologies if this posts more than once. My internet is being wonky.)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTsunoba

That last cake... Oh. Wow. Can't. Stop. Laughing.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermcranny

Um, what exactly is Tigger doing to Pooh? That pose is, um, okay, I guess I need to get my mind out of the gutter.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I'm still wondering just what Tigger is doing to Pooh in that very visual piece of plastic flotsam!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

The first rule is this: Never get in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well-known is this one: never go against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! HA HA HA HA--thud.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

There's a picture on the circumcision cake! And it looks like a grownup! Who would want that association on their cake!!!!?????

Why not just a big picture of Mr.(headless) Wiggles???

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRick

The vampire heart is cute. That's about all I can say.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCAM

Wow uhm...Tigger and Pooh seem to be getting extremely "friendly" on top of that cake. With Piglet watching. I think I just felt my childhood shatter into a million little pieces.

I just need to keep telling myself "It's only plastic flotsam. It's only plastic flotsam..."

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I usually don't have so many questions, but:
Does the "Obsession" cake say "I Fun With Vamps?" I headache with cake.

What's that sticking out of the hole between the two birds on the circumcision cake?

Oh, and the "Chanel #2" cake just looks so wrong on so many levels, but I'm afraid it might just be me so I won't say any more.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Is that a sperm whale???

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCAM

What in the name of the sweet baby Jesus is on the lower left of that circumcision cake??? And what Tigger is doing to Pooh looks slightly obscene, or is it just my twisted mind? Must go have more coffee now. Thanks for the always awesome posts!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAudreyT

I absolutely lost it at Chanel #2. If I had been drinking something, my iPad would be currently drenched! :)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I had no idea Tigger was so kinky. Getting it on with Pooh? Awesome.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

I don't care what you write on it, brown will never be red.

What is the possible reason for edible perfume...gas? Because I don't think it will help, no matter how much flotsom one places on the food.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky


I think that first cake says "I run with vampires"....

On the circumcision cake, I believe that is a post with a photo attached to it. It was hard for me to make it out at first too.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimTee

Wow, edible perfume! That's incredible..

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki Nikita

I've spent the past few years building up an immunity to iocaine.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

I love the Ghostbusters reference in the title!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersundevils95

What? You don't recognize a "little black raincloud" when you see one? Oh, wait, I don't see one either. Just Poo(h).

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

@Dara -- yes, the White Shoulders are very fit. It distracts from the lopsided breasts.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Iocane powder FTW!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

OMG! Hilarious!
Who looks at these & thinks "Oh wow, I did a great job" lol
Oh & the circumcision cake first of all I agree that pic does not look like a baby & second why would you want a cake to remember that anyway.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Did anyone else actually watch the video on the swallowable parfum site? It makes something questionable seem downright disgusting. Ick.

LOL at the person who couldn't stop staring at the Miracle cake. ME NEITHER.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

That is one unfortunately shaped whale on the circumcision cake. It almost distracts me from the question of why there is a whale on a circumcision cake.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

All of you looking askance at the Chanel #2 cake: it is NOT just you. I'm not sure whether it's good or bad that so many of us had the same thought at first glance, though...

My daughter and I frequently giggle over the cookbook, "Cooking with Pooh." We freely admit that it's a juvenile thing to do, but here's proof that at least one baker took it to heart. Or something.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

In defense the "Poison" cake is a machine produced wreck. They are massed produced for Walmart and shipped in like that.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLillic

Why oh why is there a whale on the circumcision cake?
That makes no sense.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGween

I honestly find the wedding dress/bust/limbless-headless bride cake to be the most awful one of the bunch. Sans-shoulders? Eep!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Almost laughed out loud at work at that circumcision cake. Thanks for making my day. :)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I am just not getting the whale reference on the circumcision cake. What - do they think he isn't going to spout anymore and this is his last HOOHA??

And that POOH cake - oh my. Winnie DID the poo - and it looks like Tigger is doing Winnie. Whats up with that?? I nearly sprayed my Chanel Number 2 all over the screen.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Baahhahaa.....iocaine powder. Who doesn't know and love The Princess Bride. Keep'em coming whitty girl, you are an amusing breath of fresh air!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

I just got past that part in The Princess Bride when I read that comment. I think for my birthday I want a I <3 Rodents of Unusual size cake.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I love the princess bride! As a matter of fact it's the only movie I brought to college!!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I really don't understand why? Why on the Pooh and Tigger cake. lol And thanks for the Princess Bride quote!

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel H.

several years ago, i worked in a shop in australia & was intrigued by the Musk Lifesavers candies we sold. that whole area of the candy counter smelled like an old lady, can't imagine why someone would want to actually pop that in their mouth...until now. i'd sooner suck on a perfumed candy than eat some of those cakes above. if their decor looks like that, who knows WHAT the ingredients are??

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralli

Whale? Whale? I was seeing giant moray eel. Which seemed pretty darned nasty in conjunction with circumcision.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

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