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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

Ghosts with the Most

The most wreckiness, that is.

The label says "The 'Boo' Cake", but it looks more like a "boo-hoo" cake - that, or "when ghosts scream". I guess this is why ghosts shouldn't wear mascara, huh? (Get it? Ma-SCARE-a?)

Some say 'carpe diem' (seize the day) and others say 'carpe jugular' (seize the throat). I'm guessing these cupcakes are more the latter:

Huh - I've never seen ghosts with claws before.

The ghost on the left looks like a cheerleader with pom-poms. The ghost on the right looks...uh...[noting kids in the room] ....cheerful. Yeah. Like, giving you his full attention kind of cheerful.

These teeny-tiny "cupcake" creations are almost as bad as Cupcake Cakes. Not only do the bakeries leave the paper wrapper on the cupcake, but they also pile on enough icing to make even the most die-hard sugar addict develop a facial tic.

As for this particular Wreck, I have just three words: "albino squid mouth". And "ick". Ok, so maybe four words.

Thanks to Barbara A., Susan G., Heather A., and Punketta D.

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Reader Comments (85)

That first ghost is a little off but I still think he is cute in a depressed kind of way.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first cake needs a Xanax.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

What is it with bakers and phalluses???

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Carpe Jugulum...A Disc World reference?

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterQuartermaster

Oh my the first one looks like a bird pooped on a white tablecloth! The others are more sad than scary.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacki

Picture #3: Is that a ghost on your cake, or are you just happy to see me???

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I, I think, well, O just forget it, I got nothin.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertaco jim

Maybe some of these decorators suffer from penis-envy?

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

i almost like the claw ghosts.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kolleen

The ghosts in the second picture look like they're being sucked into cupcake quicksand and are screaming for help. Kinda freaky...

And the first ghost is just crying tears of joy that he made it onto a famous blog like Cake Wrecks. :D

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

Oh my. I was just considering making some fun ghost cupcakes with my daughter but these truly scared me. The first one looks like someone stomped on it! and i agree. I'm not sure i would want my 5 yo seeing those oh so very happy "ghosts" on that cake.

Thanks for the continued Halloween frights . . .

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaire

I'd just like to say that "Albino Squid Mouth" would be a great name for a rock band.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori

oh my... I choked on my coffee at "Like, giving you his full attention kind of cheerful." lol! you need to come with a warning!

What *is* the idea with that last one? yikes.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Those aren't claws...they're little quotation marks.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

... jugulum?

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, I just laughed out loud at the ghost which is a little too 'excited'. My boss is giving me very strange looks.

Note to self, do not surf cake wrecks at work unless you are alone.


October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura and Tom

Wow! I guess I just have never considered how hard it is to make a ghost!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

They leave the paper on????

That's just wrong.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Okay, even my four year old (who knows I look at funny cakes, but usually doesn't understand why they're funny) goes "What's that black stuff on the cake?" at the first one. "Ghost" didn't even come to mind, and he's Halloweened to the max right now.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTobias

Why the heck would they leave the paper on the cupcake? That is so stupid...

I don't know what to say about the penis ghosts...

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah+2girls

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're going to do more than frost the top of a cupcake, TAKE OFF THE DANG PAPER.

I sort of like the claw ghosts too.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKansas girl

OK, someone back me up here. In the claws one, after looking really hard and trying to figure out what the decorator was aiming for, I think each cupcake is supposed to be 3 ghosts. A mama ghost and two babies...? Just a guess, because claws are a little odd for the traditional ghost. But then again, a ghost with claws would scare me a bit more I guess.

That first one was oh so close to not being a wreck. It just looks so runny!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I...Well, I especially like the little curlicue of, at the ... base of the ..."happy ghost".

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeyinawhitecoat

Anonymous -- Carpe Jugulum ("seize the jugular") is the title of a Terry Pratchett novel in the Discworld series. If you enjoy fantasy or satire (or both), the series is a must-read.

Huh -- ROFL.

The thing about the Albino Squid Mouth that gets me is that they leave the paper on. Miss Emily Post herself could not dig through that much frosting without making a mess, and I hate to think what a toddler would do with it. You'd be cleaning the kid, and the kitchen, for hours.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGM

Some bakers should just skip Hallowe'en altogether.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLose That Girl

Yeah, the first one looks more like a "Poo", not a "Boo" cake to me...

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternycbride

Leeches. The first one's being attacked by leeches. See? It *is* scary!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYarnhog

Some ghosts have claws. Ghost wolverines. Ghost mountain lions. Ghost badgers.

Take the mouth of the last cake and the right ghost on the second to last cake and you've got yourself a little erotic icing-ghost on icing-ghost action.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The ghost cupcakes are making "scare quotes" with their fingers.

Get it? SCARE quotes?!?

HOO HA! I kill myself.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Oh dearie me...One of the ghosts got a little excited.

Word verification: arditic.
That almost sounds like an actual word! :O

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm glad I read through these comments first - Jennifer said exactly what I was thinking!

What does it say about me that I looked at that first cake and didn't think "squid", but rather "female anatomy"?

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJRM

Some of these bakers really need a crash course in how to design a Ghost.. A Ghost does not look like a over drawn penis! lol

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertrying4two99

I've never seen a ghost that even resembles these...hahahaha
~Amy B.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ghost #1 looks like shoe size 5.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy

I'm with you on that cupcake thing - it just looks like a mound of icing!

I know you shouldn't make fun of the dead..............but is that first one the ghost of Tammy Faye Baker??

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Cake Wrecks has changed my life.

I never used to go into the backery section at all but now, now I browse through looking carefully at each creation just hoping beyond all hope to run across a wreck!!!!

Thank you Cake Wrecks!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrrr

So what gives w/ all of the, hmmm (kids in my room too!) "happy" cakes? Do you think maybe the decorators are thinking things? Maybe they've just gotten their prescriptions for Viagra renewed!?!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

2d props to huh! haha

maybe the 1st is an "alli" cake (think weight-loss pill) - complete w/ side effect warnings of "loose stool"


October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, here is my opinion on the number two cake... I think it is supposed to show three ghosts coming at you but the smaller ones are further away. That is my guess. Like out of a black hole or something.

As for cake #3. Surely there must be at least some internal debate over whether or not to leave such a phallic ghost there. I mean really!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

That 3rd one (the "cheerful" one) reminds me of the "ice cream cone" my 4-yr-old stepson drew on a birthday card for my mother this weekend! I could have cried, I was trying SOOOO hard not to laugh at his art!!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

hee hee... wiener ghost! The ghost of my last husband! Just kidding... I'm still married to my last husband. :)

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Griffin - Artist

Oookay. Apparently, the filter on my work computer thinks all but the cheerleader/happy ghost cake are pornographic and won't let me see the photos. Which, naturally, makes me even more curious. Now I have to wait until I get home to view. :o\

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those little ghost cupcakes with the claws look very yummy actually! The claws are silly, but they still look good!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

that last one.. i was thinking a bell pepper gone bad!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmydeanne

Jen you are too too funny. Thanks for the laughs today.

I have to say, that first one really looks like someone started icing out a pattern of dance steps.

Only one person was an amputee.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Man, Freud would have a field day with some of these cakes.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

That first ghost looks like the ghost of a panda bear.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

Is there any cake under that last cupcake? I'd argue that it's just a glop of frosting.

Then again, around in these parts, some bakeries sell one ounce "frosting shots" of delicious buttercream or any other flavor, just in case you don't want to bother with the whole cake part of the cupcake.
50 cents a sugar hit.

The weeping ghost made me laugh. Awh, a boo-hoo cake!

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika

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