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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
Monday
Oct222012

Read 'Em And Weep

 Since half the fun of raising kids is messing with their heads (just a little), Cake Wrecks is proud to present:

 A Handy Guide to

Slightly Alternative Children's Literature!

  Glow, Dogs, Glow

 

 Thomas, the Half-Engine

 

The Velveeta Rabbit

 

Wonky Willies

 

Goodnight, Half-Moon

 

The Lizards of Odd

 

And that perennial favorite

Hairy Polyps and The Deathly Swallows

 

(Spoiler Alert:  Wooldemort did it.)

 

Thanks to Amber L., Anony, Kelly M., Anon, Sarah Lee T., Kate S., and Kristin P., for helping me look at kids' books in a whole new way.

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Reader Comments (73)

I too kind of liked the doggies until I realized they were cupcakes. That's a LOT of frosting.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

The Hairy Polyps and the Deathly Swallows are kinda cute, really....

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaggi

I believe the neon doggies of doom are a two cupcake thing. They do a similar item at the grocery store I work at. I guess that kind of makes them a mini CCC? While they are kind of cute, I'd prefer a more natural color, and I think the only way I could eat them is with another person, two forks and a gallon or two of milk to wash down all that frosting!

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

Mel- that was brilliant, just brilliant. I'm still laughing! Nyperold- great job figuring out the authors, hee hee hee!

I, too, thought the dog ones were cute although yeah have to agree- where is the cupcake. I'm a sugar fiend and icing addict as much as anyone, but even I have my limits O.o

The last one - if it was for Halloween, it's not bad. Otherwise... euuugh.

Not so successful,
this merging of icing and
favorite children's books

(but boy did it make for a funny blogpost and feedback lol!)

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

Velveeta Rabitt. Willy's Wonkas. ROTFL!

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

@SaraCVT I still read my Calvin & Hobbes books. Remember the explanation of how bridges get their max weight? They drive a series of heavy trucks over them and weigh the one that breaks the bridge- then they rebuild it.

Dearest Sharyn, now my Velveteen Rabbit? A little piece of my soul died (I refer to that cheese substitute as the "V Stuff" as it is the Petroleum-Product-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named). Of course, the Willie Wonkies TOTALLY made up for it!!

@mel it's a really, really bad thing for my keyboard for me to giggle/snort with a cold. eyewwwwww The parental advisory was a scream! :)

psst: HaikuJoy- glad to see you!

re: Neon Doggies of Doom- as a band name it doesn't beat Meat Baby and that frosting ratio looks just about right to me.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Did anyone else read "The Lizards of Ood?"

Hairy Polyps made me choke on my laughter...☺

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindarella

Welcome back, Haiku Joy!

mel -- that was stunning

Nyperold -- excellent choices

Keks -- they ARE supposed to be jelly fishes

Barbara Anne -- sorry about the Rabbit... My husband refuses to eat anything labeled "Cheese food". If they have to tell us it's food, he won't eat it.

SaraCVT: I was thinking of the one where he told Calvin the sun was the size of a quarter...

SaraCVT and Barbara Anne -- Remember when Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County AND The Far Side were all being published? Those were the days...

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

The "Velveeta Rabbit" is real. http://tsa.transform.to/misc/velveetarabbit.html My sorority used "The Velveteen Rabbit" in its rush program back in the day, so that story has always been special to me. When I encountered the cheesy version, I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry, so I did both.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

@Andrea, millbrit, lisadh, akathleen ... thank you,
@Jodee in WA...thanks, and glad you're OK...,
@Barbara Anne...when reading the Cake Wrecks post and comments with a cold you just never know what's going to come out -- sometimes it's laughter...sometimes it'snot...
@Haiku Joy...welcome back; good to have you on the playground again,
@Nyperold...well done!
@Sharyn...you continue to hold us in awe.....

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

At least those neon bright dogs look like dogs. Though the sugar high trying to find the cupcake somewhere under all that frosting might be amusing to see lol. Wow. Poor Thomas. Guess he lost his wheels going up hill. As for the half moon and wonky willies.. shouldn't a doctor check on that lol.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

SO. MUCH. WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I think this is my most favorite post ever!!! :D

HaikuJoy made me snort, but mel had me laughing till the tears came!!!!! :"D

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranony mouse

I didn't recognize the Velveeta Rabbit...I thought it was the 'Cheez'ter Bunny.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershand

Oddly enough, I actually love the colours of the Glow Dogs Glow, although I do have to wonder where on earth the cupcake is...

Also, with the Wonky Willies - the sticker looks like they're from Niederegger, a speciality Konditorei in North Germany. But they're more famous for Marzipan crafting than cakes, arguably, so I do wonder if these are in fact pieces of crafted Marzipan. Not that makes them any less silly to look at of course!

Love the blog, a daily look-in for me :)

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBook Caterpiller

@Sharyn...in the light of day my late night kudos to you seem backwards....what it means is that you keep us captured in a state of awe (soon, I understand, to be the 51st state, in your honor) of your talent and not that you are in awe of us....let this be a cautionary tale of late-night commenting....

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

I hate to think I was the only one who read "The Lizards of Ood".

Love the authors for these revised edition books, Nyperold.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDi

I love this blog.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

@anony mouse: thank you...I'm glad you enjoyed it...

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

@Robyn: I thought of Spirited Away too!

Although I don't remember if those things ever had mouths shown.

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Wait.... Is the Velveeta Rabbit supposed to be Big Bunny from the web caartoon? The name could be just coincidence.

In case anyone doesn't know the reference, here's a link http://big-bunny.com/

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHalfsh0t

The last ones are sheep, right?

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieVS

It's a bust of Thomas.

October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim C

This is the first time that I am disagreeing with CakeWrecks because I LOVE the dayglow puppy dog cupcakes! For $3.99, I could order a whole flock (scientific term for a group of frosted puppies) and they would be cute party decor AND dessert. Just scrape the 10 pounds of frosting off the cupcake when you are ready to eat them and they might even be tasty.
Also looking into the blue mushrooms for my next Bachelorette party. HA!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

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