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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

Game Show Results

Judging from your overwhelming response to yesterday's post, I'm sure it will surprise none of you to learn that the Guess-a-Wreck was indeed supposed to resemble the Super Dome in New Orleans. Here's what that looks like:

And the cake again:
Now the to the fun part.

Most of you either saw a couch, grilling steak/lobster/sushi, a Boyscout campfire, a French bed, or a coffin carried by beetles. There were also conjectures including demonic pianos, misshapen torsos, and tombstones. A few of you even reported favorable relationships with your mothers, which was nice to hear.

With over 500 comments posted, it was hard for me to choose just 3 "winners". However, here are three rather creative answers that made me chuckle:

metalnoir wrote:

"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?"

Metalnoir, I advise vast amounts of sugar consumption. That'll be $125, please.

Here's Leslie's $.02:

"Of course it's not the Superdome. What we have here is a re-enactment of the Great Beetle Linen Theft of 1658.
Unbeknownst to most historians, it wasn't Louis the 14th's dicey wedding plans that led to tense relations with Spain, but rather the King of Spain sending his hoardes of racing beetles (depicted here with their little racing numbers) to steal Louis the 14th's favorite sheets (which in this cakey re-creation had just been neatly folded after being laundered).
As we all know, most men are cranky when they don't sleep well and therefore skirmishes broke out shortly after the incident.
*nods earnestly*"

Fascinating. Thanks for giving us the low down, Les!

And Tanya Brown's explanation was short but sensible:

"It's Gulliver's sleeping bag, and he's just killed the entire football-playing population of Lilliputia."

Ah, of course! How could I not have seen it?

And these readers get honorable mentions:

"The football team got teleported to the Land of OZ (note the yellow brick road) by a large grey rock where a giant couch (complete with fleu-de-lis decorative cusion) and coffee table were dropped on them. That dark reddish brown piping at the bottom is depicting the gory nastyness."


"Clearly, this is France's revenge for our calling french fries "freedom fries". They have sent a mutated, grilled baked potato to wreak havoc on our country, it's deadly fleur-de-lis ready to eviscerate any slow-moving american in its path (and as many fr9ies as many of us have eaten, we are slow-moving indeed.)

Why did they take so long to attack? They didn't. The spud of doom is propelled by classic French escargot (snails to us Americans.) It just takes them a while to get where they are going."


"...a Cajun leprechaun's pot of stone soup that he's serving at his Monday Night football party."

- Karin

Thanks, everyone! Rest assured there will be more Guess-a-Wrecks coming your way soon!

Note: If any of you "winners" would like your name linked to your blog or website, please leave a comment on this post to let me know. Thanks!

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Reader Comments (49)

I like the guessing game, but I was also hoping for a new cake today in addition to the answer for yesterday's...

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Huh. What amazes me is that those candles range anywhere from $5-$11 for a set of two, and there are 14 of those suckers surrounding that cake.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

This is how you do a superdome cake

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhope

Awesome! Good idea for a game! I loved what everyone had to say!
And I still don't see how it could be the superdome...

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

The superdome? Really?

Wouldn't it have made more sense to just do a cake with a rounded top instead of trying to portray something that's essentially cake-shaped from the side?

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I just feel bad you had to wade through 503 comments!!!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Where is the orange from the original picture??

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

You have got to be kidding! I do not see no orange on the photo!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Ahh that was friends have been telling me for months that quitting caffeine has made me say strange things and apparently they were right.
Can we play again soon? Pleeeeeease? :-D
(oh and no link for me...I'm one of the last losers on the planet that doesn't have a blog because I can't think of a good topic)

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Well I feel silly. I totally missed that those were helmets and never even saw the numbers under until I squinted at the thing for a few minutes.

I think I'm glad my internet was acting up and saved me the embarrassment of admitting that I thought it was a pirate's chest. What? I was going for a kinda but only in a if you say so kind of way.

Yup, not feeling stupid at all.

I will admit I still don't see it, but at least I see the helmets and numbers now!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaite

Wow. Just wow. It must be an interpretation of the Superdome on fire in some sort of Sci-Fi fantasy.

Never in a million years would I have guessed Superdome.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I did not post previously because I did recognize it as the superdome, but I am wondering about all the decapitated football players around the edge. There is even red icing inside the helmets - which is very disturbing to me. Perhaps this cake was for a fan of the opposing team?


October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraceiatx

If you google a pic of the superdome at night, you can see where the orange comes from.

I didn't post yesterday, but I still see, steak, salmon, and a rock surrounded by football helmets.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjlygrnmigt

That was fun! I loved reading what everyone had written. Yes, I knew from most of the guesses what it was supposed to be but the "odd ball" guesses were the best!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

What was the occasion for the cake? Happy Katrina Day?

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMella

So the orange glow is from the gloaming, when the sunset hits the mirrored surface? The brown lined part at the bottom the...parking lot? And it's all being carried away by the little helmets (as in O'Connor's the "Violent Bear it Away")?

Ah, must be made by an existentialist cake decorator familiar with Southern literary tropes.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha, I thought this little 'game show' post was great. I laughed at all the responses. If I'd have known that I might strive for fame and recognition yesterday, I would've responded too!
(I was thinking some sort of fireplace).

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Still not seeing stadium anywhere, but I can certainly get behind the Spanish racing beatles, As a history major I have long been aware of their importance in spanish politics, though I was unaware of their foray into french intriuge.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTemperance

For those wondering....the orange/yellow comes from pics of the Superdome when it's lit up at night.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpednurse

That was a cupcake cake, wasn't it?

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

Please keep them coming. They are adding more thrill to my boring job.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

I missed this yesterday (damn!, damn!, damn!). I have no words. Sorry.

I will say that your first commenter today must be a drill- sergeant with the U.S. Marines

What is wrong with you, Jen? Get on the floor and give him/her/it 50! Do you hear me?

What are you standing around for? Get baking or something! We want wrecks! Pronto! Cakes with battle scenes preferably - with lots of blood.


October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat
October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Guess-a-Wrecks are awesome. But I agree with the first anonymous poster. Guess-a-Wreck answers plus new wrecks would be even more awesome.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

My two year old girl took one look and said, "airplane."

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUtok

I still say it's a grilled salmon. I'm just not seeing this superdome. But that was fun!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTinaM

Okay, I understand the orange now, but why the Fleur de Lys?

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

OMG i totally thought it was supposed to be a fire place or someting.... wow!!!!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's the Superdome? Well......OK, but I still say it looks nothing like the real thing.

I had to go back and read the all the comments to yesterday's post. And now I'm crying and gasping in pain from laughing so much.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

You would think a round cake would be so much easier and more effective in executing the design.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Jennifer, the fleur de lys is the Saints' logo. Still a strange design for a cake...

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

To Jennifer: It's the symbol of the New Orleans Saints.

Go Saints!

Went to New Orleans in the Summer of 2000. (Yeah, what was I thinking!?)

Giants weren't winning and I feel in love.

Too bad the Cake decorator isn't a football fan.


This is what happens when I miss a post. Almost being buried by all the enthusiasic commentors.
Hey I know what would make up for it, a free 'Wreaktastic' calendar! ;) cui.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

You don't even want to know how long it took me to figure out those are helmets and not olives with royal icing piped on top!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Knowing what it's supposed to be makes me cry because someone wanted it to be a fabulous tribute to the Superdome (I admit, living in another country and being uninterested in/ignorant of football, I never would have guessed what it was). And it turned out like this, accused of being grilled salmon or a couch or something squashed by a UFO. :(

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

I still think that its an exploding couch

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazie Weezle

I can't wait for the Crisco Princess and the Frog cake wrecks. You promised us, Jen! :(

And yeah, I was hoping for another wreck to accompany today's post... A wreck a day keeps the (psychiatrist) doctor away!!!! Crap joke, what do you want. >:P


The cake doesn't look anything at all like the Super Dome. The colour's all wrong...

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

I showed this to my husband and I pointed out the footballs. Immediately he said something about New Orleans. BUT when I asked him, "But what IS it? All of that around the emblem? What is that supposed to be?" he had no idea.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Hey! I posted one of the "chosen" comments! Thanks, Queen of the Wrecks!

Honestly--I had (1) no clue that it was a sports arena and (2) absolutely did not identify those surrounding ornaments as miniature football helmets. Had I done that, I might have made the connection.

However, in keeping with the original task of the "contest" being more akin to a rorschach test than a "can you tell what this is" guessing game, I really didn't attempt to figure out what the cake was.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

So I'm the only one here who looked at that cake and saw a re-enactment of undersea prehistoric life? Nice to know I'm unique. :)

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Edwards

I didn't even venture a guess, I'm not even going to say what I thought the helmets were at first. Now that the answer is up I'm still not seeing it. I realize the people were taking artistic license with the colors but I still don't see how it resembles the superdome. That is quite possibly the oddest cake I have ever seen.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercraftygeekmama

No way ! A stadium?? Yikes. So, the little brown things with the white stripe are footballs?? Amazing. That has to be the ugliest cake ever. ever.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I am wondering WHO the heck came up with this blog I mean, this blog has got to be famous because the next post has 568 posts. POST RECORD!

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCurt the Cute

Okay, mine doesn't count, because I saw the results post before the original one. I showed it to my husband though, and even though he correctly identified the football helmets, his first guess was a coffin and his second was a really messed-up football field.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbionelly

WOW! I live in New Orleans and knew it had something to do with the Saints but the 'dome NEVER registered, lol.

October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Beetles. I see beetles everywhere!

October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Mix

"A coffin carried by beetles". That one made me laugh out loud (not that easy to do).
You have a great site - keep 'em coming!!!!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMickey S

...Seriously? D: XD

I'm terribly myopic, but even when I remove my glasses, those two things still appear glaringly different to me.

For better or for worse, the solution to this mystery doesn't cause you to say, "OHHHH!!! NOWWW I see it! Oh I feel so dumb!"

So, I do love the Guess-a-Wreck concept! It's fun all around: the mysterious cake... the hilarious and creative guesses... the anticipation of finding out what the thing is supposed to be... the bewilderment even after the inspiration for the cake is revealed!

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

"The football team got teleported to the Land of OZ (note the yellow brick road) by a large grey rock where a giant couch (complete with fleu-de-lis decorative cusion) and coffee table were dropped on them. That dark reddish brown piping at the bottom is depicting the gory nastyness." :-) I agree.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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