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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

Head Scratchers

Fellow wreckies, you will never in a million years believe what this cake is supposed to be: 

Go on. Try to guess. I'll wait.





Did you guess a buck-toothed snake?

Did ya? Did ya didyadidyahuh?

'Cuz that's not it.


Here, I'll give you a hint. It's the same thing THESE are supposed to be:

(Pay no attention to my snazzy photoshopping; I had to take out a piece of flotsam that might give it away.)

So now you're wondering what a buck-toothed eel has to do with a leprechaun's pots of gold.

Good question.

Ah - but the plot is about to thicken!

Much like these mashed potatoes.

And yes, this is also the same thing those other things are supposed to be.


Ok, if you haven't figured it out by now, here's the clincher:

All clear now?


Ok, ok, then THIS one will do it for sure:

Or maybe I'm just messing with your head.








(So that's, you know, coming along.  I've been working with a vocal coach. Which, come to think of it, doesn't make much sense when I TYPE everything...)


Thanks to Zack Z., Jayme H., Jason C., Colin G., & Melissa K. for the boot to the heads.


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Reader Comments (204)

Ow, my brain!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMid Mod TomM

I know what they are... but can't stop giggling over the snake and the mashed potatoes. I think a few people forgot their medication.

*Go Steelers*!
(happily ignoring the obvious)

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm thinking maybe football helmets??? Maybe? Not??

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Football helmets! Really?!?!?! I think the pink one is a shoe, but who knows. It just goes to show that teaching how to draw using perspective to render three dimensional objects in a two dimensional plane is a valuable skill. It still doesn't explain the little pots of gold though...

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

god help me, I guessed what it was from the first cake. This does not bode well for me.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Since the Superbowl is this weekend I figured out that all but the last one are supposed to be football helmets. I have no idea about the pink object, though. Perhaps a new species of gourd....

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Oh, is that photoshopping? At first glance, I thought there was a really pretty fancy orchid on that wreck. OK, so it's early.
So, was the flotsam you photoshopped out a plastic rendition of something ordinarily made of pigskin, by any chance?
I have no idea what that thing on the pink cake at the end is supposed to be.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say foot ball helmets....MAYBE? If I am right, who the heck would finish those cakes and think "there...those look like great helmets!"? AHHHHHHHHHH The lack of burns my eyes.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDNAMom

Football helmets?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCyberjar88

Obvious, the first one is a football helmet for the team, the Bucktooth Eels!
The rest are for their various rivals. Jeesh!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Wood-Noone

If that's what the wreckerators think a helmet looks like, we should all be glad they didn't attempt to do jockstraps! O.O

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I got they were football helmets from the first post!

At least, I hope they're football helmets.... :O

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

from the first one and the last one, I'm guessing hockey stick.
those in the middle. I'm not so sure ??

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterd

So, I get the football helmets, and perhaps suspect that one on top is a particular team logo, but I suck at names, but the one at the bottom? I seriously thought, "jock strap?" . . . until I noticed the pink stars, and thought, "Ahhh, max-ipad. Well, more girls *ARE* playing football these days."

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmethyst

Please don't tell me those are all supposed to be football helmets (and hopefully NOT the last one!)

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Football helmets?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRena

football helmets as seen from the side or front

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Football helmets?! If that's not it, I have no idea...and I'm only getting to that guess because of the upcoming Superbowl!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Okay -- I can get as far as a football theme (?) -- the 2nd one is supposed to be Packers helmets -- the 3rd one is supposed to be the head of a football player (oh, the humanity) -- the 4th one started out as a goalpost and went...somewhere else...

But the first one and the last one? I got nothin'.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Nymous

ummm- hockey sticks in the first and last? Football gnomes? Lacrosse? Jai Alai? But what do they have to do with each other!?!?!?!?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

First and last cakes are... Hockey sticks? The thing with the eyes is looking at my soul and I dont like it MAKE IT GO AWAY MAMMAAAAA. The yellow things are bodyless hockey helmets on an icering? The white and blue (ew) Mash potatoes are also looking at me and planning their carb attack I am OUTA HERE NOW.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScifimom

as an English woman living in England, i'm guessing it has something to do with Superbowl. But since i couldn't even tell you whether superbowl is baseball or ice hockey, i'm pretty much clueless.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrish

Are they football helmets? The green... lump... was my only real clue.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAubri

Them there's the best gosh darn football helmets! Y'all Amur-cans is so dang creative!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Okay, I know what all the other ones are supposed to be.

But PLEASE tell me that last one is supposed to be a house slipper or something totally innocuous, because it looks something totally NOT innocuous, something that makes me want to break out the brain bleach..... :-O

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Those second two look like pumpkins with the green swirls on the top.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I immediately thought "Football Helmet" when I saw that first photo. As drawn by Salvador Dali of "The Persistence of Memory" fame.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLadyRhian

At first I thought Duck then I looked at the others. Are they supposed to be football helmets????? Really?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTraci

1) a faucet with a smudge of dirt?
2) bespectacled yellow tomatoes? or pumpkins?
3) a snowman that had a porta potty dumped over it's head?
4) the winword paperclip lying on the grass after a bad accident with an elephant?
5) one half of a rattle with it's content spilled out besides it?

am i close? please tell me i'm close!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLcP

Okay bakers. Please listen closely. If you attempt to make a football helmet and it appears to be a yellow pumpkin, a deformed iceberg, Oscar the Grouch behind bars OR a personal massager, you've done something wrong! The first one is't even close and resembles a stylized cane with an eyeball (wow that's not creepy at all!). These people definitely need to consider a new line of work.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrnEyes6

At first I was thinking football helmet, football helmet, and then you lost me. Does it go frostbite mummy, decaying-green-zombie-gladiator-helmet, and then deflated beachball?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCristi

Are they football helmets? because that is what they DO NOT look like!!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

Years of being a wreckorator myself lead me to believe these are supposed to be football helmets.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Clearly I have been reading this site for too long, because I figured it out from the very first picture. *sigh*

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

ARRRRGH!!! That's what the helmet-shaped pan is supposed to be for!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stott

Are these supposed to be helmets??? I figured out the second and one of the other ones. But that first???? Can't possibly be a helmet.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C in So Fla

Bottom line, if the cake and icing tastes good who cares what it looks like! :-)

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Mary

Football helmets! Even though the first one looks like someone put a muzzle on a swan to me

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

What are they supposed to be?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

Um, football helmets?
Then I got nuthin'.

Jen, the cake world is a mess, but you always manage to rule it!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGunsnrosie

Wow. I believe the entire cake industry has become an inside-joke conspiracy where bakers compete to make it onto cake wrecks. There is no other explanation.

I did figure out what it is supposed to be by the second picture, but that's only because I've been reading this blog every day for the past few years. With patience and years of training, anyone can look at an amorphous blob of pumpkin colored icing and yell, "Helmet!" in triumph.

I thought the first one was supposed to be a BAD HORSE! Mwwaaah Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

1. Swan in a muzzle -- they're vicious. (I have actually been chased by a swan.)
2. Pumpkins with a bad fungal infection, probably caused by that maurauding band of green slugs marching through the field. The brown fencing did nothing to keep the slugs out.
3. A hostess snowball that is VERY ANGRY because of a bad dye job.
4. REM -- the Egyptian god of insomnia (hence the dark under-eye circles)
5. Uh, the "personal entertainment device" some people who are disinterested in football will turn to for entertainment during the big game, especially if they have a rabid football fan of a spouse.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Are they helmets?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I thought the first cake was supposed to be a hockey stick that was upside down. It wasn't until the second cake that I realized what all these wrecks were supposed to be.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpacemonkey43

Doesn't everyone see a hocky mask immediately??? Maybe I should start decorating cakes.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermla314

Oh oh oh! I know! I know! But I won't give it away, it's more fun this way. Let's imagine that the first one is an extra-challenging bowling alley; the second one is, ah... um... two wounded pumpkins watching a family of slugs out for their morning constitutional; the third one, I don't know but it's frowning at me; the fourth is the Muppet you never met, Dejected Dan; and cake number five depicts one of the prototypes for Hello Kitty's new line of "adult" toys.
Thanks for the fun game! (Because it's my birthday today!)

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom Yeah, I'm going to go with "I have no idea!" Help!!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMcKaPet

So we've got a tube sock, some pumpkins with braces, a Goomba, a sentient Stonehenge, and a *cough* "personal massager."

Time to sit down in our thinking chair and think... think... thiiiiiiiiiiiink.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Wilde

Oh wow, I actually guessed correctly from the very first cake. :/ I'm pretty sure that's just because I know what's coming up this weekend. If you had posted that buck-toothed snake during the summer, I would have had no clue!

However, I am completely failing at seeing a football helmet in the mashed potatoes. The pink shoe... maybe... in the style of Picasso.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I am also guessing football helmets. Although just typing that gives me a headache.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace @ What Grace Cooked

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