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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

Eh, You Get the Idea

Oh, dear.


He's a real salt-of-the-earth kinda guy.

Technically it was his cake, but Art's a little confused.


They were trying to get right to the heart of the matter.

 (Whaddaya mean, you don't like my puns? Why, aorta...!)


But it's her second Ivy one.


Say again?


And finally, I have no punny one-liner for this, but it's still my favorite:



Thanks to Shawn W., Silex, Christin D., Shauna M., Christina S., Carolyn, & Vickie H. for these shing examples of wreckery.

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Reader Comments (59)

You know what's bad - though the cake also wasn't pretty to begin with - the writer of "Holly Communion" made a wreck that was completely unnecessary to begin with...

It's just First Communion.

Didn't need the Holy in front of it at all.

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel


I've heard this silly Powers-That-Be mandate, too. So now students can have their self-esteem bruised by other colors. Pretty soon, they won't be able to eat a bag of Skittles without weeping over "that time the teacher told me I didn't have a thesis statement."

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I wonder if Shauna's friends couldn't remember if she told them she was going to Oregon State (black and orange) or the University of Oregon (green and yellow), so they hedged their bets by putting flowers from both schools on the cake?

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteronehsancare

Onehsancare, I didn't know that about Oregon universities. Guess I'll have a slice with the other roses so nobody feels left out. Burp.

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBea

This is a great site. Love the epic fails on these cakes. How do you get all these pictures?

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterB Society

"Art histort" = a clever portmanteau referring to the growing field of art law?

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTorie

Oh my gosh, Sunshine Mary, you make my day every time I read one of your comments! Your obstinate grumpy-cheerfulness is so hilarious. This one here really made me happy, because I've been drilling my composition students to avoid vague words like "somebody" or "anybody" or "stuff" or "things" in favor of specific, vivid words: firefighters, the matriarchs in my family, blue mugs, hot cross buns, and so forth. So I read your stout affirmation that "Somebody certainly loves somebody to give him or her a cake" and I couldn't help but laugh because immediately my mind began writing critique, just like I've been doing on student margins for weeks now.

Also, I recently bought a display case wreck on purpose for Mr. Haiku's birthday. I even scouted all the local grocery marts, specifically shopping for the *ugliest* cake there was, and then ordered a difficult inscription for it. (I'm both pleased and disappointed to say that the cake inscriber did an excellent job). So part of how I showed love to my somebody was to give him a wreck!

I look forward to your comments almost every day, Sunshine. Thank you again!

March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

i laughed SO hard at the "say again?" line

one day i hope to achieve the pun-fu level you've reached. until then, i'll just keep reading :)

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranalise

I work on a transplant service and thought for a second they were being completely serious with the "organ" cake, lol. Makes me want to put something like that in the break room as a joke!

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterukkiosan

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