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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

Open Mouth, Insert Catastrophic Failure

Wreckerators, I've been watching you mutilate a beachy pair of flip-flops for years now. YEARS.


First, you made them extra lumpy:

Then you turned them into a pair of giant amoebas:

Next you went through your "spotted pickles" phase:

... or, depending on your color scheme, maybe diseased kidneys:

Then you really started exploring the studio space:

[Gold-plated diapers not included. I hope.]

But now - NOW - you've gone and outdone yourselves, wreckerators. 


I feel I should remind you that THIS is approximately what a pair of flip-flops looks like:


And this... [biting lip]

...THIS is what... !!

No, I can't do it. 


I can't even dignify this last wreck with an intro, wreckerators. I'm just going to sit over here with my eyes narrowed and shake my head at you. 




Because nothing can prepare one...








Shaking my head in shame... FOREVER.

Thanks to Brittany H., Casey, Lisa C., Nathaly W., Rebecca K., & Danielle H. for making us laugh 'til we cry for our future.

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Reader Comments (78)

That last one is for the (and I cant believe you missed it Jen) Seriously Pigeon-Toed!...LOL..

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNetasha

Aren't you always the one sharing other cake ideas you can do with shaped cake pans?!? Because it looks like the last set of "flip-flops" used a candy cane and #7 pans!! Frankly though I think the 'other' pan shape so commonly reused would have made more sense!! ;)

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey

@SaraCVT: I TOLD you that I'm not on anything! (But, like you, perhaps I'd reconsider if Mel would share...)
Ah, to have one's own personal playground in one's head....!! (I wanna come over & play!) =^~.-^=

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Look, it's a pair-a-mecium! (I'm sorry, the amoebas... I just couldn't resist.)

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

17? I'm just trying to figure out if they intentionally created a backwards "1" on purpose or are they dyslexic?

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess S.

In the immortal words of Frank Caliendo, in his immortal words as Charles Barkley ......


September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

**head tilt**

Beach-themed candy canes, perhaps?

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Maybe the last one is a J and a 7. Someone whose name begins with J is 7 today.

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAIsha

Ha! I just barely noticed the little, lone votive candle that's standing guard between the two "flip-flops". It looks lonely/wistful/ ridiculous- the dang little thang. Somebody blow it out! It's been there all day, and has MORE than served its purpose! (Man, the stuff one notices when one has waay too much time on her hands...y'know?) =^~.-^=

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Cupcake cakes really are evil incarnations of actual cake, aren't they? One of my friends loves them and suggested I have one done for a recent event. I was aghast. I will NEVER EVER EVER submit anyone to one of those monstrosities.

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

@Jodee (who said: "When I grow up I want to work for Mr. Potato, Head Counsel "):

You go right ahead and do that--but when/if *I* grow up, I wanna BE Mr.Potato, head Counsel! LOL...(Or at least a potato chip off the old block! ) =^~.-^=

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@zoomom: you have a funny mind…I like that in a person….
@Ela: thanks! And, I hope you and your league are doing well!
@Jodee: ha! TT&T is always looking for someone who knows something about the law…(even if they have to make it up…not sayin’ we do that, however….). And, I appreciate your comment!
@Julie A. – nope, never been a jungle cruise skipper…and, speaking of puns, most people don’t know this, but the word “pun” is derived from the Italian phrase ”parta universala natura,” (later shortened to P.U.N., and then just pun) which, loosely translated, means “part of universal nature,” or inherent in one’s being. That is, the urge to make puns is carried within our DNA – it’s in our genes (unless you have stone-washed genes, in which case it was beaten out). In fact, recent studies have shown that even animals have the urge to make puns – ask a dog what’s on a house and he’ll go “roof.” So, we all carry the inherent ability to pun!
@SaraCTV: hahaha…I had an overactive Muse today….
@Nagzilla: thanks! We’re all just here havin’ fun!
@Just Andrea: thanks, and good pun on your part…yup, I was on a roll, and I could barley contain myself….
@TLC: Thanks, and ouch! I’ve snorted coffee, but never a Subway sandwich! (You may have a new record….) I think we all here just try to have fun and bring a little levity in our lives. Glad you enjoy it! (And I think they should post this on this site: The first rule of Cake Wrecks is do not read while eating or drinking…)
@lisadh: giggles and fits – sounds like a law firm! Glad you enjoyed the posts. The trigger for all this is, of course, the wild, wonderful, and occasionally wacky humor of Jen and john (thoj), who start it off, coupled with their gracious willingness to allow us all to run border-line amuck on their site. This is the world’s best playground, and it is a privilege to be able to play here.
@Kim-Marie: “snaughed” – love it! And, great puns! Thanks for joining in and playing!
@sendingtheclowns: here’s the truth: I just am so pleased that I get to release my inner silliness here that sometimes I get a little carried away. This is the go-to spot for laugh-out-loud humor, word play and puns – an absolute heaven for us logophiles with a sense of humor!
@Alison: well done, well done!

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Mel, you are one of my favorite invisible people!

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I have no words for the last one. Just... no words. (shudder)

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCourt J.

They are Sock puppets!

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThecommentfairy

Maybe the last two are supposed to be the summer version of candy canes???

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMom

@mel~ Welll...okay, as long as you don't get carried TOO FAR away, because I (and everyone else, as well) would have to send out a search party, or a tea party, or a political party--or SOMETHING- to haul you back in here! I don't need no stinkin' cake--I come here for the laughs! =^-.-^=

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Summer Candy Canes

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Here in Australia we call flip flops "thongs". As kids we had "fling a thong" contests. (Try saying that 7 times fast). Anyhoo.... I never would have guessed that's what these were meant to be without reading your post. Why CCC? Why?

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSam

@SuBee: why, thank you! (blush) But you are also special to me, for if I've got it right, you were the first person ever to comment on a post I made. (There's a cautionary lesson there...see what a little encouragement can unleash....) And I'm sorry I'm an invisible person -- my Cake Wreck fantasy is that the whole bunch of us -- staff and commenters -- all get together for cake and laughter.

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Mel, you win the Internet today!

Watch for low-flying puns.

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

The accurate picture of flip flops had my jaw on the floor. Those cakes were flip flop designs??? NO WAY!

Sad to think that the lowly cupcake is now dictating the shape of . . . everything!

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRadiofiesta

Phew! For a moment I thought you were going to show a pair of Thongs (Which is what we aussies call them...) I'd really die if I saw Cake Wrecked Thongs. Btw I live in New Zealand, and they call them Jandals over here.

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda George

Oh, mel--that would be a trip and a half, wouldn't it? Especially if the cake were a wreck!! I should say "cakes," because with all of us together, we'd definitely need more than one! (FOOD FIGHT!!!!)

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I can't even figure out how you figured out some of those were flip flops. Knowing what they were supposed to be, I was still confused!

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley_M

The neon-pink stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
(well, not a lot of care; they're upside down...and disturbingly lumpy...and I get the uncomfortable feeling they're staring at each
...but Santa was too wise to show up there.

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

@mel - whatevery one else said. Good to hear from Mr. Potato again. :-)

@Shinnewn - heeheehee...good one! I thought there was nuthin' left! I must be getting old!!! :-(

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

This one solicits a hearty DAHECK???

September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkie Pie

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