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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

Cake Wrecks the Game Show?

Some cakes are like those ink blot tests you saw in grade school: baffling blobs of color open to interpretation. Well, not exactly; cakes are usually supposed to look like something in particular. Sometimes they taste better, too.

Anyway, since I've gotten a few of these "ink blot" type cakes submitted, I thought it'd be fun to add a little suspense to your daily dose of Wreckage. That's right, boys and girls, now it's time to play...

"Guess That Wreck!"

Everyone ready? Ok, clear your mind of all thoughts. Now, scroll down and tell me what you see:

"What's that? Ah, you see the moon cooking on the grill in a paper bag? [scribbling on notepad] Interesting, veeery interesting... [looking over glasses] And tell me, how IS your relationship with your mother?"

Check back tomorrow for the "answer": I'll post a picture of what the cake was supposed to look like. In the mean time, let's see who can come up with the most outrageous explanation. I may even post the top 3 guesses here, so bring on the funny, folks; fame and fortune await!*

Thanks to Dana W. for inspiring a brand new category! Oh, and Dana? Don't go giving away the answer just yet, k?

*By "fame" I mean a shout-out to your posting name, and "fortune" is used more in the "destiny" sense of the word than the "wealth or riches" sense. So in other words, no, you won't be getting any money*. Unless someone sends it to you, of course. But that someone would not be me. So probably not.

* Or begetting any money, either; 'cuz that'd just be weird. And wrong. But mostly weird.

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Reader Comments (575)

it looks like a bad hot dog explosion, but i am guessing it is a football stadium for the Saints (?).

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

This is the Superdome in NOLA, right?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralf

It's a giant piece of French tuna sushi roasting on a tombstone held by the Football Team of the Damned. Right?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdelilah

Is it supposed to be the Superdome? Those little numbered things could be football helmets, and it does have a fleur de lis...

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristy C.

that's the New Orleans Superdome with the Saint's logo and helmets.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

is that supposed to be a football stadium? the black thing i hink is a team ing and the gold things at the bottom have to be helmets.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I think it is either a hamburger but it's trying to escape so all the little football helmets are keeping it in place.


Some kind of sports stadium.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dutchess of Kickball

Judging by the logo and the tiny football helmets, I'm guessing that's supposed to be the Superdome. But in this post-Katrina world, shouldn't there be some refugees present?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfeitclub

Definitely Darth Vader with Jordie LaForge's tye-dyed eye wear.

Your site is awesome. :)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

I can only guess it has something to do with football with all the little helmets along the side.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabethC

I can't remember the name of that symbol but it's a popular one in most seek N find type games on the net and it's french. So maybe a couch potato from france who happens to like football? I think those little guys holding up the cake are football players...Notre Dame maybe?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake specially made for a surf and turf themed football party??

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Is it the Superdome in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina fame??


October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like a toque, surrounded by football helmets. An Alouettes fan, perhaps? ^^

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

It's... a really ugly couch surrounded by giant bugs?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ellen

I think it has something to do with the New Orleans Saints, but I can't begin to imagine what...

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

I'm guessing the Saint's Superdome. Watch, tomorrow it will come out it's a bidet or something.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEnna

Are those little football helmets and numbers around it??

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

oh oh I know what it is! Like for real, it is pretty terrible though. I won't ruin the fun in the first comment.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVance

After careful scrunity, my guess is...a football stadium? With those little brown spheres around the edge being football helmets?


The problem with this contest is, even if you guess right, you still look like a total weirdo for being able to 'see' what the cake decorator 'saw'.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I'm going to say that's supposed to be Saints Stadium in New Orleans. I was only tipped off that it might have something to do with football when I saw the little footballs being crushed by the stadium. Because if those footballs were in that position, they would not really be recognizable as footballs. Of course, recognizability wasn't tops on this cake decorator's list was it? I like the use of the fleur de lis to give it that bit of French Cajun flavor. Now if only there were some crawfish on the cake as well. (What, like that would be the thing that would make the cake horrible, not the weird poop colored bottom of the cake?)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Leigh

Um, is that the Superdome? What an abomination. I can't even decide what it make me think of. It's just creepy. It looks vaguely like an insect. ugh.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

Real answer: It has something to do with The New Orleans Saints, right?

What I think it looks like: It seriously looks like Little Shop of Horrors' Audrey to me. Audrey with a prison tattoo on her mouth.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEunice

I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that it is supposed to be the Superdome.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Love the new category! I love guessing games. Judging by the little helmets around the perimeter, it looks like it's supposed to be the N.O. saints...but what the heck is the rest of the cake? It does look like they threw their logo onto a grill.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Gorgeous cake. I don't think I've ever seen a cake depicting a pair of chapped lips, with a "soul patch" goatee beneath. I hope he enjoyed his delicious meal of black bird pie, too, but he needs to slurp up that remaining feather.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterC. Beth

What we have here is a bunch of Japanese beetles (standing on numbers...which might be my fave part of the wreck) after stealing the fireplace of the Sisters of Bon Secour (whose symbol is the fleur de lis...don's ask how i know that)

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

I was definitely leaning towards "grill," but those numbers at the bottom make it seem like a Vegas reference. So I'm going to go with "some form of gambling apparatus."

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Wait, those aren't footballs, those are helmets with the player's numbers under them. Man, this is a great example of wreckitude.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Leigh

Well, that looks like a Boyscout logo...only in I'm going to guess that it's a bag of boy scout popcorn popping over hot coals or something.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

It's supposed to be a football arena.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

It's a striped orange-y couch, perched on a large rock, with an ottoman made of grilled steak, and decorated not only with a fleur-de-lis, but also with assorted football helmets.


October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

I love your blog!

Was I supposed to make up a guess or try to guess what it really is?

I think it's the Super Dome. I lived in NO for 6 years so I had to look at it every day.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Obviously, it is a bunch of scarab beetles (like the ones deified in acnient Egypt) carrying their offering of fire to the French moon goddess. Unfortunately, some are getting crushed under the weight, hence the bits of red blood you can see squishing out from under them.

-Missy C.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMissy Carvin

Oh wait, no it's a steak and two salmon filets on a campfire grill. The grey thing in the back is supposed to be part of the rock ring around the campfire.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

It was probably supposed to be a New Orleans Saints Arena... fun fact found the candles along the edge here:

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK0MMIE

It's got to be a funky colored couch sitting in the mud. There are squashed little football men sinking into the mud. The black thing is a "tac" know, like the devil would sit on? This one "takes the cake"!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it's a stadium? A sad, sad stadium?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

I see a fireplace. The emblem looks like the one on my fireplace poker...

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCassykins

Ok, I'm guessing a very strangely colored football field. It's football season, I'm allowed to think about football right?

Vanessa G.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Let's see...

For my guess as to what it was supposed to be, I say it's a football stadium.

But on the other hand it really looks like an abstract bit of modern art designed to symbolize the English coffee industry.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNissa

It's a Football field! A terribly disappointing one....

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Ok, this has got to be a couch...a really ugly one, sitting in the mud. Below the couch, there are tiny football guys sinking into the mud. The black thing on the couch is a "tac", you know, like "if the devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tac"??

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

I think it's supposed to be the Superdome, but I ask you: Haven't Saints fans suffered enough??

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Ok, I figured out what it was supposed to be after a few minutes of true bafflement, and then a few more minutes of second-guessing, but I won't be a spoiler.

I will tell you that to me it looks like an army of beetles are eating poor Dartagnan - of Three Musketeers fame- and the only thing left is the smock with the fleur-de-lis.

Poor Dartagnan. I loved thee.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeThisWay

Doc, I'm seeing the wringer mechanism from one of those old-style clothes washing machines which are popularly referred to as wringer-washers; and, it's in mid-wring of a garment with a French Fleur de Lys pattern.

Oh, and, Doc, I don't really much care about the fame and fortune. I just want the PAIN to GO AWAY! Please, can you help me, Doc?

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

I have no idea what this looks like, but based on visual evidence I believe it is supposed to be a football.


October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

well i'm guessing from the helmets and the fleur de lis that it's supposed to be an homage to LSU football? and the field grass is brown b/c they play by scorched earth policy, and the bleachers are orange and yellow because the fans are on fire, and the big gray thing is a throwback to when LSU was the Agricultural and Mechanical College and so which means it's a big stone wheel (mechanical and also agricultural, you know, for grinding the wheat they grew and stuff). or it's brown and gray and ablaze b/c the school was burned down in the civil war. ??? yay!!

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercharra

God help us, it's the Superdome.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBaltimoreGal

My guess is a sewer grate after Mardi Gras or a Saints games. That's really all I have. That truly is a special, special cake.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

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