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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


With Thanksgiving approaching, bakeries across the nation are churning out turkeys just as fast as they can.

Er, turkey cakes, I mean. Yeah.

I'm not sure who is more confused: me or the decorator who made this:

First I see a weird smiley face whose hair is on fire. Then I see... no, wait - sorry, that's all I see.

Despite the fact that these look like electrified squirrels with blazing tails, they're actually sort of cute. In a frantic, somebody-get-me-a-bucket-of-water kind of way, I mean.

Of course, then there's the turkey who's already been extinguished [smirk]:

(That's a brownie, not a cake. Pretty soon bakeries are going to start "decorating" our loaves of bread, if we're not careful.)

Unless you're eating at a restaurant at the end of the universe, I'm pretty sure your food should never talk to you - much less advocate your imbibing its flesh. Yech.

Then again:

Maybe it's worse when the thing is pleading with you NOT to eat it.

"Thing" being the operative word here, since this looks like the result of craft time at the local preschool. All it's missing is a construction paper hand-tracing for a tail, and maybe a bunch of glitter.

(Hey, now, put that glitter down, Wreckerators; I didn't mean to give you any ideas!)

Thanks to Jessi W., Jocelyn M., Delielah R., and Bonnie B.!

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Reader Comments (143)

That looks like a flaming turd with legs.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Apparently the Wreckerators have decided to try to outdo their pumpkins....

Tracy O

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

When are cake decorators going to learn that big brown blobs of icing just end up looking like poo?

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Ramilton

awe I think that first one is kinda cute! LOL

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

What's with all the use of brown icing? Do we really need cakes to look like pooo?

Get someone else to gobble-gobble those cakes - I ain't touching them.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterad

That last one looks like a turkey camoflaging itself as a pile of leaves. Not bad, Turkey. Not bad.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterquinn

A turkey cake?? Yuck. Let's see---after filling my face with turkey and all the fixings, I am hungry for cake? NO! Pumpkin pie goes with Thanksgiving. Not cake. Well, maybe some rum cake...

I agree, it is creepy for a cake to tell me to eat it or to plead with me to not eat it.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

The last comment was even funnier because I had been temporarily distracted by a DeLafee ad on the left sidebar. It made me LOL!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrysta

I was thinking "squirrels" too! They don't look in the least bit like turkeys, that's for sure.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Okay...electrified squirrels TOTALLY made me burst out laughing...

what have I learned? No Cake Wrecks Blog in Anthro 100.......ends awkwardly....

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlitzava

"Eat me?" I'm surprised you didn't censor that Jen. Don't start going all lax on us girlfriend. Hide that badness from us innocents.

Alixandra Hice

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Thanks for my daily laugh! My 5 yr old is asking why the first turkey's mouth is so low and not on his beak. He does like the googly eyes and wants to shake it up.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I'm pretty sure that brownies encouraging me to eat them would only drive me to order a green salad (but ultimately I'd end up with soup, I guess).

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

I need to get back to our Walmart. They had a turkey that looked like a turd on cardboard. I *think* it was supposed to be 2 cupcakes with the tail behind them. It ended up looking more like Mr. Hanky.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I never knew that a turkey's beak was actually just it's nose, and it has a giant yellow smile! I've been wrong for YEARS.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

Well, the brownie one is kind of cute, I think. I mean, they did a pretty good job on the wattle and the little paper frills. It's cute!...apart from the smoke-lines... and the fact that the turkey's body looks like a pile of... ok, I retract my statement.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oh my! I love the electrified squirrels! The things people will make AND then think they look good. At least I would have enough sense to just eat the whole thing my self or throw it in the trash. Too funny!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Frederick

Ah, a Douglas Adams reference! Although I should have known if you were a "Doctor Who" fan then you would also be a Douglas Adams fan... the two seem to go hand in hand.

In regards to that last "cake" -- yes, it does remind me of making 'turkeys' in grade school arts and crafts using pine cones for the bodies, felt 'feathers' and pipe cleaners for the legs and heads.


November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second one looks like a basketball on a pedestal!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Whoever made the first cake really should be embarrassed. 5th graders could have done better.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

And that second cake is why squirrels should NEVER be allowed to play near light sockets. Poor flaming tails.
As for the extinguished turkey, I thought less of steam lines and more of stink lines. Or maybe I'm just remembering the year we bought a bad turkey.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Holly crap! I mean that! Honestly some of those cakes look a little well, poopy. Not meaning any disrespect. Or anything.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

The first one looks a bit better if you think of the smile as a wing. Not great, mind you, but a tiny bit better.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

To me, the first one looks like a very confused bean. It is part mexican jumping bean hence the legs. However, it is embracing it's inner Native American hence the head-dress! I am just worried about that mass on his face I think for a bean that might be a melanoma. VEry sad really!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

I think the first one looks like not just a smiley face, but a dang smiley baked potato on fire.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Love the Douglas Adams reference! :)

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

The Groucho Marx nose, er, beak on the first one is killing me.

Apparently turkey feathers are the invitation to use the craziest icing techniques, hence the fuzzy appearances of the second and fourth ones. I understand feathers are hard to replicate in something with a completely different texture, but I'm not sure those techniques mitigated that difficulty. Somehow the word verification, hanci, seems to apply here.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ooh oh! I'm first!

The first one kinda looks like somebody had fun with a Mr. Potatoe head toy... Maybe it's a "rockstar" Mr. Potatoe head with the crazy hair?

I'm not seeing a turkey though...

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheadle Chick

I actually love the brownie "cake." Hilarious!!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If the last cake doesn't want to be eaten, he/she needs to have the flatulence hash marks like the previous cake. That should do it.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

The "eat me" one looks like a pile of poo someone put icing on to make a face.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinz

That top one looks like a baked potato that cought on fire, woah!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

Isn't a real turkey good enough... why do we need cake turkey's too? Especially when they look like.........

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLes@SpillingBuckets

I was thinking that the third one would be kind of cute if it didn't look like a steaming pile.

Then I realized that even if it didn't, having a cooked turkey that was still looking at me would be really creepy.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiopsideanddiamonds

"May I offer you some of my shoulder?" *Cow from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe*

Hehehe, love that reference!!!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Did the first person not know they were supposed to be making a turkey? Or maybe someone did ask for a brown smiley face in a pile of leaves.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Okay, is the "Eat Me" cake hiding an innuendo of sorts?
~Amy B

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm pretty sure that first one kinda looks like a potato...

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

I don't often say something would look better headless, but maybe if the Eat Me turkey didn't have a head and resembled a turkey that ends up on the table it might be better...Maybe?

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hooray! I'm not the only one! I also say Mr. Potato Head dressing up for Thanksgiving for the first one. And then I second Stressfactor... Pie goes with Thanksgiving... not cake.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I love the brownie one... it's cute. Why does the one with the rabid squirells have french fries between the layers.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeide

Oh my, they just get worse and worse. Dreadful!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

In the first cake, did the King of All Cosmos get a new hairdo?

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

It looks like my dog made the third brownie cake if you know what I mean...

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTruthbomber...

Douglas Adams is the greatest!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one is so dorky I actually like it.

The last two are just macabre.

Angie (from over at

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

DNA ref FTW!

That last one, is that one of those things that's a single cupcake under two cups of icing?

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKansas girl

wow, i clicked on the last turkey to enlarge it...and yeah, "big" mistake...(bahahaha had to throw that in there)

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclkight

"Pretty soon bakeries are going to start "decorating" our loaves of bread, if we're not careful."

This has already started to happen Jen! The grocery store bakery I used to work at made Italian bread in the shape of pumpkins (with orange and green coloring and all!). They were actually pretty cute...when they turned out right.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I caught your innuendo on that first cake, but my first thought was that it could also be a baked potato, which would be fitting for a holiday of eating :).

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdl

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