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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.

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- Jen

THAT...Doesn't Look Like Dirt

Brain matter?
Squiggly pile of earthworms?
I could see it.
DIRT?!? Heck no!

Unless we're looking at the earthly remains of Edward (eeewwwww), then I'm afraid I just don't get it. And Beth H., that spider is totally freaking me out.

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Reader Comments (104)

Actually it looks like what comes out of my dog when someone STUPIDLY sneaks her table food!!

Plus, that spider looks angry. And scarey. And mean.


How about giant pile of poo?

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersoundsliketomatoes

If they had only crushed up some Oreos and tossed it over that "dirt". :)

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi a whole new meaning to "no one loves me, everybody hates me, I guess I'll go eat worms"

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

Thanks; now I'll have "the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out..." song stuck in my head all day.

Poor Edward...he's a pretty good guy for the shape he's in.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

It looks more like a big pile of crap to me.

Anyway, if you want to make dirt, everyone knows you use crushed oreoes. :P

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

EWWWWWWW! Eww! Eww! Eww! Ewww!! I do research in digestive diseases and at first glance (even before reading your comments) I said - why are there intestines on that cake?


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

"Older than kidney beans," maybe?

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I'm definitely going with brain matter.

Unless it's intestines.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

There are some other things that resembles... all of them not dirt, but most of them dirty.

I guess nobody thought to use Oreo crumbles? Would have been much cooler, especially if it included some Gummi worms... mmmmmm....

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

I also don't get the dark brown shadow over the "dirt". What is that?
The spider addition is just cruel! :]

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna McCarthy

Maybe it's supposed to be a refrence to zombies and Edward is really gonna want some brains and intestines after he turns into an undead.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlablover5

Gag. Intestines is right. I've never seen dirt like that.
~Amy B

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

Ya know, I was just innocently eating my breakfast and looking forward to my daily CakeWrecks read....

Now I may forgo lunch!



October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Well, I actually think the idea of the cake, and the handwriting is cute- I love the way she used brown & black icing, it gives a little extra. But how exactly DO you make icing look like dirt? I think I would have been thinking more out of the box and dusted over my icing "dirt" with crushed cookies or graham crackers- but then again, I am no professional cake decorator.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love frosting more than anyone one I know. but that cake has turned my stomach. The dirt looks like ... like...poop! And not from a healthy person or animal. Oh god and the SPIDER. I have arachnophobia. There is no way I would ever eat that cake. This is about as disgusting at that foot cake! * rocks self in a corner while crying *

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfrostingluver

Does the person who bought that cake love Edward or not?
I had a hard time thinking that someone order a cake to look like that on purpose. Especially someone who loves a family member.

I mean the joke is funny but the delivery (in bad cake form), needs work.

Looks like a combo of brains and intestines to me, Jen.


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

Yeah, I thought it was poo at first. Who wants to eat poo? Well, besides my dog who eats her own....yuck!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I'm a cake-a-holic, and I would have to swear it off if that were set in front of me! UGH!!! It looks completely unappetizing and creepy! blech!!


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Kinda looks like lots of little kidneys!

Loving the site!!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Wait. 50 is older than dirt? I thought 50 was the new 40.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeam Serrins Springfield

And why oh why are there green flames coming out of the intestine looking, brain matter, not dirt?

It takes some sort of awesome chemical reaction to create green flames using copper sulphate.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Good God I love your blog!
If I need a good laugh - which is multiple times a day - your blog never fails me! Thanks." REL="nofollow">
I'll tell you later Betty


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Ewwwwww. I vote for intestines. Or poo. Or poo in intestines. Either way, not apetizing!

Actually, it looks like earthworm poo to me!

And what is that dark brown shadow that looks like it's rising behind the "dirt"?...

Happy Birthday, Edward, here's a steaming pile of sh*t!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFunnelcloud Rachel

Looks like somebody ruined the cake with baked beans...eew.

I'd have to agree with others who've said something about cookie/cracker crumbs.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdebbiearnn

@team serrins springfield: Yeah, I kinda took offense at the reference of 50 being 'older than dirt' than I did at the brainpooguts all over the cake itself! It is intensely ugly, though. (I say here as I am eating a slice of coconut layer cake...which is yummy!)

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

I'm frightened.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

I mean really, when there's a big pile of doo-doo on your cake, why bother piping so nicely in white along the bottom edge of the cake? And frankly, why bother centering the name on the cake either? At least this decorator realized the second of these two.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Whoever made that "dirt" was pooping it out pretty consistently, at least. Look at that lovely uniform line at the bottom. Mind you the two grass-tufts on either side give it rather an aquarium-feel, which would mean the dirt could be some squirmy sea-life. It's such a happy cake though with that blue sky. The spider is a nice touch - a bit of early Hallowe'en?


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

My first thought was intestines also!!! YUCK!!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Barnes Crew

I think it's more along the lines of an overflowing septic tank. And What is going on with the word spacing? A shame because the writing itself isn't all bad.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I'm thinking that it looks like a corpse covered in stones... which is no more pleasant than intestines or dog poop.

I might've tried brown sugar for the dirt. That is, if i had to make this cake at all, which i would've given anything to avoid. ;)

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommentermMm

My daughter looked at this cake and said "Wow, that spider has laid a lot of eggs!"

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

It looks kind of... fungal. Maybe the dark brown airbrushed shadow is the dirt, and the light brown stuff is some kind of forest fungus growing on it. Mmm, mushroom flavored cake!

At least the writing is nice!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKansas girl


Would the poor old dear be able to eat it, or would he die of a heart-attack or something?

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Shaivya

Yeah, I thought perhaps a hill of beans (still done badly, though).

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridget Delaney

How depressing. You're "old" AND there's a spider in your cake.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Definitely intestines. No doubt about it.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

clearly it's pinto beans, and the caption should say "Edward: 50 and still full of beans."

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJordanBaker

I thought it was going to be a post about an intestine cake when I saw the pic without reading anything. YUCK!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I'm w/ the looks like poop crowd! Could be intestines although they are actually a little pinker (or at least healthy ones are!) than that.

Also w/ the crushes oreos crowd. Would have made a world of difference!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Gosh, dirt could have been so more easily done with crushed chocolate cookies than with icing entrails!

Even chocolate smudges and a few candy rocks would have been better!


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I'm going to have to go with kidney beans on this one, just because the more accurate descriptions are making me not want my breakfast anymore.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Ugh. It looks like what happens when someone gets food poisoning. Pick an end, any end, it looks the same >_<

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

"Would anyone like a piece of poo...I mean cake? Anyone? Anyone?"

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterawriterswindow

turds or brains either way nothing like dirt... GAG YACK GROSS.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

Yeah at least it didn't say "You're UNDER the dirt!" I was thinking a big pile of baked beans.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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