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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


I must admit, I've been dreaming of the day when I could name a Cake Wreck "Cake Rex" for a looong time now. Heck, we're talking prime potential-mascot material here, folks! So will today be the day? Will it?

Well, let's see:

Uh, this looks like someone was going for a dinosaur-skin rug, but forgot to skin the dino first. He's kind of straddling the lines between alligator, lizard, and dinosaur, too. And what's going on with the back end?

Yikes! Are we sure there's actually a cupcake in there, Ian T.?

Next there's Jacqueline S.'s Nessie:

Actually, since there's two of them, maybe it should be Nestor & Nessie. Looove the shoestring necks and Nessie's pig snout, but those candles are just cruel. Not sure I want to get into the debate over whether the Loch Ness Monster is a dinosaur, either. Next!

Hey, look: someone decorated a block of floral foam with an "after-the-meteor-hit" vignette! The petrified dinosaur skeletons and the still-burning remains of the local vegetation are spot-on. We may not know the occasion, Gwen F., but at least Greg - whoever he is - is being greeted really enthusiastically. (Which is kind of ironic, given the whole death-and-destruction theme.)

So anyway, those are the remains of dinosaurs - do we have any with their skin still on?

What the heck... is that someone's small intestine draped over the side?!? And how much of that is actually cake, Shani H.? It looks like solid plastic.

Um, I don't think this is worthy of being called Cake Rex, either, but get a load of the itty bitty dino-arms sticking out next to the head. Kinda reminds me of my all-time favorite Dinosaur clip:

I've watched that about 8 times in a row now, and that arm-waving action still cracks me up.

Well, that concludes today's search for the ultimate Cake Rex. I'll just keep looking, then, shall I?

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Reader Comments (105)

I LOVE that clip about the little arms :o) It's nice to know that I am not the only person who giggles every time I see the clip...

But, that green dino-thing is quite scary - it made my teeth ache just looking at all of that frosting!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Nelson

I sent you a half dead dino with it's tongue out on 12/3...he's for sure worthy of being a cake wreck

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenniac

I was about to comment on how the first cake so closely resembles a pile of green poo, but in that back end shot I see the poo is actually off to the left there. (what else could that glob of icing be?)
They obviously missed the previously mentioned "how NOT to make icing look like poo" class.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Oh, that first one looks like it's covered with green witch fingers! And that frosting will definitely be nasty on it's way out, if ya know what I mean! ;)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZitny Clan

That was nice of them to at least include the dinosaur-skin rug's knocked out teeth next to his face.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

The first dinobyte today....I am not sure the decorator has ever heard of frosting the cake as opposed to covering it with green for lack of a better term turds. This is especially true on the back end.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

The first is an armadillo. A very sick armadillo...

The video clip is exactly how my brother describes me: A big head and tiny arms!

The rest are... um. Yeah.

WV- reacno. A non-reaction.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Despite the misplaced pooper, I kind of like that first one.

Angie (from over at

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Leslie, I was basically going to say the same thing you did, but then I got to thinking...maybe that's actually what they were going for??? That's what the big hole on the back of the dino and a strategically placed pile of poo-esque icing tells me. Plus, the look on his face is what my puppy looks like after he's had an accident.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

The little guy is cute in the first photo, but: green poo. Poo, poo, poo.

When I first looked at the destructo cake, I thought, "Wow, they're going for detailed realism. They've got some herbivores dining on... orange and red peppers." Then I noticed the herbivores were actually just skeletal remains. That one makes me laugh.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

In the last pic... does anyone know what the little yellow sign says on the right side of the cake?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Maybe Greg! is a big ol' Ross Gellar...and he really like dino skeletor...maybe...

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

Intestines, bwahahahahaaa

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShay

Love the gallery, Jen. But the first dino is actually an asparagus monster. It's obvious hon. Get with it.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

The second one is kind of cute in a way. But still... what situation calls for a cross-eyed dinosaur cake? The mind! It boggles!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermiss boo

The first cake is supposed to be a Fat Buddy. Mike Terry created those (and even showed them off at the ICES convention this past year). I'll try to find a picture in my files of the real one so you have a "missed mark" to compare it to.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Ummm....I really have no comment. Just a horror-struck expression as I shake my head over these wrecks.
Amy B

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

the green it foam around his mouth or knocked out teeth? that is truly monsterous...I think he might be as close Rex-worthy as you're going to get. Shiny rows of green poo? Priceless...

~Bonnie B~

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

For the first one my son said that it's a "Munion Spider" (whatever that is). After looking at several pictures he said, "Why did they do that?"
I didn't have an answer for him

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMilitary Crunchy Mama

At least that last one says "For Display Only"----no one will suffer for the eating of it! LOL

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpednurse

Everytime I see that swirly frosting made from the huge circle tip I don't know the number of, I want to throw up in my mouth a little. It just seems it can't look like anything BUT what it looks like! And as I type this, I must add the irony of the "word verification" which is showing, "HEINI". There you have it.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

That first one looks like a drunken 'baker' tried to make something out of Dr. Seuss! Thanks for posting, you're really helping my diet : )

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Awesome! That green "cake" is particularly horrifying! I'm all for icing, but it looks like nothing but icing. Please tell me that no one ate it! They'll have green teeth for a week!

I believe that would be the large intestine, or colon, actually. Not that that really improves the situation.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The plastic-looking dino - there is a sign at the lower right of the cake that says "for display only." ??

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Y'all don't think that first one looks like a green armadillo?

And the T Rex looked more like "T Rex head on a platter" to me.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReam O Rama

Yes, the pile of poo in the first pic is amazing. And is that milk in a Corona bottle?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBet

HAHA my mom and I went to see Meet the Robinsons JUST for that dino!!! :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhots4hobbits

the last guy looks like he's being sucked into the primordial ooze... yuck!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

The first two were actually very adorable. The last couple were just plain SCARY! Why were the dino's dead?... On a cake? Creepy!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTranquility

That is the BEST clip ever!! That first "cake"... oooh the green poo... And check the weird lizard 'tocks on that thing!!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"What the heck... is that someone's small intestine draped over the side?!?"

Thank you for putting Monday back on better ground--I laughed out loud (loudly and for a long time) at this question.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I don't know, that green glob of a cake up top is the worst thing I've seen in a while.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is the rest of that plastic dinosaur IN the cake? Disturbing.

Oh, and I love the "little arms" clip too!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

That first cake looks like an" REL="nofollow">Armadillo to me. Well, you know, if Armadillos were green :D.

I love too that the cake decorators have just given up on decorating and just chucked inedible plastic on the cakes instead :).

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvie

love the video clip I had to buy the movie after seeing it on the comercials and it is hysterical...

that first wreck reminds me of ... do you recall that tube of stinky plastic stuff with the straw that you globbed it on the straw then were to blow it up like a balloon? well it looks alot like it... or a really sick critter laid some nastys... EWWWWWWWWWWW

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

The one with the head sticking out makes me think of the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios... anyone been there? It's fairly fun, but there's one part where you are on the boat going under a pipe, and all of a sudden the pipe bursts open above you and the massive dinosaur head comes down on top of you.

I love the pun possibilities. Totally Rex-tastic. :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermilkyway

I think that first one would be a great mascot! Hooray for Rex! :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Staley

Love the video clip!! But I feel sorry for ALL the cake recipients of today's posts.

Word verification: scropow - the noise a punch makes in a graphic novel scene.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

Oh good I'm not the only adult that laughs my head off at that clip no matter how many times I see it.

I think the green poo-somewhat-resembling-a-flattened-dino cake is definitely a Cake Rex.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I think I'm going to poo green just from looking at that thing.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Courteous know you're right. I don't know how I missed the gaping sphincter staring me in the face.
I never thought I'd use those words when referring to a cake though. I think a little piece of my childlike innocence just died.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Earlier this year I was at a party with one of that last cake. The ratio of frosting to cake on that thing is so dangerously close to 1:1 that you might as well think of it as a giant CCC.
For those playing the home game, only the middle of the top is plastic and motion-sensor-activated dinosaur.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt C.

are you sure the yellow sign says, "for display only" or
"to display UGLY"?

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblade girl

You can include me in both the group that thinks the first dino design is a little scatological and the group that cracks up at the tiny arms clip.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That is my absolute favorite clip from the entire movie. The movie is awesome enough but that makes me giggle all the time. Plus the "I'm just not sure this plan was well thought out." Hee!

I love your blog and sent yesterday's link to a friend who loves Coach purses. She thanks you profusely for finding it.


December 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergreenduckiesgirl

I don't want to know how my uhm toilette left overs look after having eaten the green one

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMella

Maybe it isn't an enthusiastic greeting. Maybe Greg is responsible for the mayhem we see.

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonkeyPunk

I've been a lurker for a while and never posted, but now I must. That first green... dinosaur... thing looks like it was made out of asparagus. Dinosparagus. Bleh. Bleh! BLEH!


December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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