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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


"There! On the horizon! Is it some foul messenger of Emperor Zurg, here to destroy all life in this galaxy??"





Thanks to Rachel M., who adds, "This was the second attempt and the cake maker was shocked I was not happy. The manager, however, had to hold back his laughter and started calling all the employees over!"

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Reader Comments (91)

@Andrea, Frank Costanza claims credit for inventing 'stopping short'.

@Cakeninja -- another Mystie! Cool!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The baker was "SHOCKED" that she wasn't happy? That makes sense. Bakers are some of the most egotistical people on the planet. This is just one more case in point.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReason4Happenings

Gives me a George Washington vibe!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila


February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbra

I showed the cake to my husband and asked him what character he thought it was. He said "It must be Mr. Potato head." He was a bit taken aback when I said it was supposed to be buzz.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie H

Ummm. Wow. I have no words. Just none

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD

I don't think they were trying for Buzz Lightyear. Clearly, there was no tell-tale chin swirl. Maybe this looked EXACTLY like what the baker was trying to make...

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterse-she

Makes you wonder what the first attempt looked like.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertracy

This is exactly why the bakery should simply explain that they cannot legally make this cake -- no need to admit to incompetence, just blame the lawyers. :) And results like this are a big part of WHY Disney pretty much never grants the licenses to make these cakes!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEighmeagh

It's always so embarrassing when I burst into loud laughter in public places. You'd think I'd learn not to look at Cakewrecks outside of my home office. The cats are used to me.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFM

Oh well, we tried. :)

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTexhattan

Nothing like a cake so ugly it will make all the kids at the party cry!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

This is what Buzz might have looked like after sucking down darjeeling with Marie Antoinette and her little sister.

More tea, Mrs. Nesbit?

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNo Capes


I never thought of that...but you're right. I even went back and looked and, SONTAR-HA!

Now just remains the question of when you would possibly need a Sontaran cake. But at least I know where to go.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

It looks like Buzz and Mrs. Potato Head had a child...

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Who is the guy wearing the white Louis XIV wig?

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Looks like Ernie made Bert go off his diet. This is just WRONG!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Can't sleep. Quaker Oats man will eat me.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

and to think I am a still unemployed cake decorator....

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

well, (reaching hard for the bright side) the decorator did get the "swirl" on the face but it ended up being the eyes instead of the chin. reminds me of Kaa, the snake, in "the Jungle Book" (Disney version).

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Bug...with teeth.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz

It looks like Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Potato Head had an illicit love child. And then fed it steroids D:

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy&Viki

Two things. One, where is a picture of the first try??! Wanna see!!!

Second, are those snowflakes inside his helmet? I think the creator mistook a space helmet for a snow globe...

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Looks like Mr. Potato Head wearing Buzz's helmet.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Oh I really hope they had to redo this cake. I would hate for the poor kid to have nightmares over their mangled Buzz cake. How could the wreckerator be shocked? It doesn't look human let alone like a toy lol. Unless they are aiming for an early Halloween cake.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

This person may have talent. That talent does not extend to reproducing human-like images in the combined media of frosting and air brushing.

Step one, start with a smooth surface.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

I just called my nine-year-old son in (Toy Story afficionado) and showed him just the wreck and had him guess who it was. "George Washington? A robot? Ben Franklin!" When I showed him the picture of Buzz, he would have fit in nicely with the group pic at the bottom. He's still giggling in the other room.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Those buttons remind me of the ones on the popemobile-box Jeffrey Hunter rode around in ( "The Menagerie") to make use of his pilot footage in the original Star Trek.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamster

@Pamster- freakin' awesome! I knew it looked like something in space but not Buzz (I was thinking the console of Pigs in Space but knew that wasn't right).

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

If I were Ezrah, I'd be piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Omg it looks like Ratcliffe from Pocahontas!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Thanks for the knowledge.

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJianna Gonzalez

This was an absolutely awesome photo selection. I had to call my husband over so he could appreciate it, too.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I think we must lodge a complaint with star command!

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharo

What I want to know is, if the manager was calling all of the employees over to see how horrendously bad this cake is, what happened to the person who made it? Was he/she fired? Was the baker kept on for comic relief? Was the canoe wood, or aluminum?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

Okay, this cake was terrifying. But I HAVE to be fair -- as an artist and a Disney fan, any character by Pixar is incredibly hard to draw. Because on screen they're 3D and on paper (or in icing), you have to adjust them to a recognizable, 2D version, and this isn't easy. The eyes especially are hard to get right because the large, rounded bug-eyed style they give the toys just doesn't translate well to a flat medium.

This baker was trying. S/he at least recognized the basic shapes of the character...but oi. I would never ask your run-of-the-mill supermarket bakery to give me a Buzz Lightyear cake. I'm not sure I'd even ask a really pro company for him.

That said, if I were the baker I wouldn't have any qualms going "Sorry. There's no way in the nine hells I can make that cake" either.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenna

I would not have been able to give that cake to my child. He would have ran away crying. That does not even remotely look like buzz. lol But you have to hand it to the people who try.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

My 5 year old just saw the buzz cake, and announced, "Mommy, that is Buzz Lightyear, after a grasshopper ate him, and a car smashed him", couldn't have said it better myself.

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoor

It looks like the teeth are made of press-on nails. Not gonna even surmise if they are the finger or toe kind!!

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternanciejeanne

If only I had words to describe the awfulness of this and my expression when I saw it

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Just showed this to my son (age 10), and he thinks it looks like George Washington (anyone else see, if the helmet was white hair?)

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGale

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