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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

And For That Crowning Touch...

So Shawn sent in this "specialty" cake:

Which might lead one to question what their "specialty" is. Hmm. Things from Down Under, perhaps? [smirk]

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Gee, Jen, I wish I could see that from another angle and with more color saturation," aren't you? Aha! I knew it. Well, luckily for you, Formica D. also sent in a photo of the exact same cake:

Wow. I don't know about you guys, but seeing that top "pile" in all its glistening glory is greatly grossing me out. Ick.

By the way, given that the displayed goods next to the cake went from ghostly strawberries to turkey cupcakes, just how long do you suppose it's been sitting there? Long enough to attract flies, perhaps?

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Reader Comments (114)

I don't know what's more distracting: the, ahem, stem or the oddly colored flowers (which seem more appropriate for yesterday's fireworks explosion cake). Or the strawberries (it took me a minute to realize those were the strawberries to which you were referring). Ack! I need to go stare at a blank wall to give my eyes a chance to recover.

Word verification: promo. These are all holiday promos that misses the mark...

(Apologies if you get duplicates of this; the ol' wireless is acting up this morning.)

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They could've been a little more subtle with that "stem". Imagine what a cornucopia could look like in the same decorator's hands!

Angie (from over at

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

I WAS planning to eat breakfast now, but I now I feel a little sick...

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, it's a cornucopia of Thanksgiving fun! Or it's a frosting ploop...eeewwwww. It makes my teeth hurt!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

What is it supposed to *be*, anyway? A cornucopia? Isn't it kind of, well, pointing the wrong direction?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Okay, so is that supposed to be a pumpkin, and that gross thing sticking out of the top is the stem? That's the only thing I can figure. Love your BLOG, look at it every day.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Hahn

It's really a shame they had to put a pile of doo-doo on top of this cake, because otherwise, I kind of dig it. I like the technicolor dahlias on the the side.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Amazing, they managed to capture that pumpkin at the exact moment the firecrackers inside exploded!!!

And for added effect, when somebody said "oh sh**", they decided to put that on the cake too!

Now we know why you never carry a pumpkin by the stem.

Word Verification: unticked...I think that's what I just did to my cat, I un-ticked her.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Us poor Australians are always the butt of poo jokes. So to speak.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

That was very appetizing on this Saturday morning! icky.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

duh--during the Halloween Season, it was a giant slug and now during Thanksgiving time, it's obviously a cornucopia overturned by a precocious boy...the little rapscallion!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSixth Street Preschool it possible that this cake was available at more than one store?

and as far as that stem...who says you can't polish a turd?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

This is awesome, it like a huge orange marshmallow with a big pile of poop on top and yes its been sitting so long its growing colored fungus off to the side, oh wait it that a pumpkin growing flowers... oh woops... hehe i thought it was, ahhh never mind its all the naughty talk that really gets my mind thinking.... lol

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpitchersbakery

EEEeeewwwwuuuu Glad I ate breakfast already. That is gross. It glistens.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I'm guessing that is supposed to be a pumpkin due to what look to be ghosts surrounding it.

Needs to be a few flies buzzing around it and voila!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Either that cake has been sitting there for so long that the season has changed. Or, they actually sold the first one and made another one.

I'm not sure which one is worse.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim


I stared at the two cakes for a while cause I thought the same thing. I mean who leaves a cake in a window long enough to completely redecorate around it. Then I noticed the icing ridge next to the flower and the peak"icing" on the "stem" and grasped the truth of it. It's the same.

Maybe they can put some hearts on it for Valentines day.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)


And let me just say, that cake is sitting in a window with a bunch of other edible items, which leads me to believe that the cake is real and not a styrofoam display.

How unfortunate was the person who bought that? Yeesh!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)

That poor cake never stood as chance...

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Are you sure that it's not the battery cable still attached to the automatic cake froster & it got buried in the cake?

I'm just sayin!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Before I would even think about serving that cake to anyone, I would have to go get one of those little doggie baggies and scoop up that...pumpkin handle.

Afterthought: the flowers should go in there, too.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

As I am studying bowel elimination in nursing school right now, all I can see is a large colon on top of the cake, not so much the fecal matter that everyone else sees.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrnwannabe

Alright. That's it. First thing on my list tomorrow is a canvas of local grocery cakes. Here in regional Australia, I've seen some real "winners" and I keep forgetting my camera. Since neither Halloween or Thanksgiving are holidays here (though both are catching on, the former because grocery stores are figuring out that Halloween is a great money-maker and the latter because we can't live without pumpkin pie and turkey), we ALREADY have Christmas cakes! That's right! I thought Christmas came earlier every year in the US and then I moved here and Christmas decorations go up in stores at the end of freakin' October! (The toy catalogs actually come out in July so that parents can put things on lay-away!) Our local grocery store bakeries also love their clear gel icing, which is ok in it's place but not when you plan on tipping one cake for display. Then it looks like the inscription is crying. I can't wait to go on Wreck-hunt!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

What is so funny is that I was so grossed out that it took me a good minute to determine that was supposed to be a stem. Um, yuck!!!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Ah....FINALLY a cake worth a stinkin' Jackson. I mean, just the icing alone.

(Word verification "oration" and, ironically,I kept my comment on the short side for once.)

Alixandra Hice

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix


November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReese

THAT'S a stem???? Yikes!!!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie6726

What is it SUPPOSED to be? A pumpkin? But why would flowers be growing on the side of a pumpkin?
A trophy for a girls' basketball team?
A sofa cushion with a spring growing out of it?
A statement against the genetic engineering of vegetables?
Or is it just a flowered ball with dog poop on it?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

That cake seriously makes me GAG when I look at it!! Besides frosting should never ever be that color!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Talk about a huge fial. Oops fail.

I want to know how many in the Cake Wreck Nation now pack their digie cameras and do a stealthy stroll by the bakery display cases every trip to the grocery store now!

I, for one, am guilty as charged.. :o)

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

The cake decorator obviously doesn't have a terribly juvenile sense of humor which, I think, is necessary to prevent a dookie cake fiasco.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterintothethickofit

OK - somebody has been into the stool softning gel tabs again.
Or - they own a rottweiler who poops on cakes!

Can someone send me the recipe?


November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteripa

Well...the most I can say least it looks um...shiny? (I was going to go with creamy, but didn't want to induce puking in hte comment section...oh wait...)

Word Vert was ingeni. Definitely not a descriptor for that wrecktastic pile.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Ack! A pumpkin stem? A cornucopia? A... big, thick, shiny brown spring? Heavenly days, WHAT IS THAT OFFENSIVE MASS?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

We lost our jobs, sold our home, and are traveling the country in an RV. We call it temporary retirement. As we travel the US, we pickup our food supplies and I run to the bakery, with camera in pocket, eager to snap a photo of the next wreck. Jen, you have so many wreckporters at your disposal. How's that for power?

Our travel MISadventures:

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret


November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I've heard of frost on the pumpkin ----- but never poop on the pumpkin!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did anybody else see the "flowers" as sea anemones? That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw them: a pumpkin encrusted with anemones, and maybe some kind of sea slug crawling on top of it.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

EWWWWW! No wonder nobody has purchased that cake -- I wouldn't eat it if you paid me to! X(

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

its POOOOOOP run for our lives!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!


November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

That is probably THE hardest I've laughed at a cake before actually reading your commentary.


My husband was lurking over my shoulder when the picture came up. He FINALLY gets my Cake Wrecks obsession!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I have cows, and I KNOW what is on top of that cake! Ewwwww.....

Kathy in SC

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is soooo awesome!!! I can almost see the steam piping off the first pic...the ghost on the left side in the background kinda looks afraid of it...or mebbe he's hiding because he let go of that motherlode, wait ghost poop is invisible, isn't it?!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

Personally, I think it's" REL="nofollow">Schlock

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Turd alert!!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Looks like a pile of doo doo on top... will someone please get a shovel and get that off of there.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blue Ridge Gal

Giant Maggot!! Aaagh!

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

That is DEFINITELY the same cake in both pictures...the same bent over -um- "stem"...the same three orange ridges to the right of the 2nd flower from the bottom.

Can we pretend that one photo was taken on Halloween and the other on Nov 1st--let's just say this bakery is really on top of their Thanksgiving decorations--just to make me feel's really grossin' me out. UGH!

word verification: obtnessi--what I'm going to obtnessi my lunch if I look at those photos again.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterour3qtgirlz

Did anyone else notice that the price card appears to be jammed into the stem?

Even if the rest of it wasn't as unfortunate as it is, that would still slow sales, I have no doubt.

Who wants to buy a cake with a slice taken out of the massive shiny colon turd on top?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

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