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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

Why You Don't Raid Other People's Refrigerators

[opening fridge] "Hey Sarah, you got any bee...AAAAUUGGHHH!!!!"

For those of you who would otherwise insist on knowing the whys and wherefores of this photo, here's what submitter Sarah M. had to say for herself (yes, she's the baker):

Subject: I swear I do get paid for making cakes

"The attached however was for a friend's surprise birthday party at a Chinese restaurant and since the birthday girl was born in the year of the rat, well I thought a giant rat cake would be appropriate."

Good thinking. Rats as a whole get far too little face time in the world of cakes.

"However my air conditioning failed halfway through the process and the butter cream icing began to destabilize and well all I could save was the head with the light up eyes."

Yep, see that tin foil "tail"? It's electric!

"The recipient of the cake claimed to my face it was the best d**n thing she had ever received.

- Sarah (I have more talent than this) M."

Sarah, I think I speak for everyone here when I say: you really need to buy better beer. Is that Miller Lite I spy in the door? Tsk, tsk. Oh, and also: we should all be so lucky to have friends make us electrified rodent heads for our birthday celebrations. Right, guys?

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Reader Comments (118)

Wow!!!!! I was born in 84, the year of the rat and.. I don't know if I'd like that as a cake, though it would be very funny!!

And that is indeed Miller Lite, quite a craptastic beer.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

I would be honored if I received a rodent head for my birthday. One with light-up eyes! Wrecktastic!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Hey, she *does* have some Sierra Nevada Celebration in there... and some others that I can't quite make out...

I'm sure the Miller Lite was for a visiting friend with bad taste. I have one of those!!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The only thing that would make this better....if the cake were red velvet!! Is it? It would sooo bring me back to the Steel Magnolias sceen of the armadillo cake!! How do you make grey icing???

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would love a light up cake for my birthday! Go Sarah!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGracefulFire Girl

First post here.

I love this site, I got a digital camera for Christmas, and I am on the hunt for wrecks.

BTW, that's Sierra Nevada underneat those Miller Lite cans. Good beer.

Yes, I mis-spelt underneat on purpose. And spelt.

:) Patrick

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

What's wrong with Miller Lite? Go Milwaukee!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

I'm wondering if the rat ate the rest of the food in the fridge...guessing it doesn't like beer...or at least not Miller Lite. ;-)

Cool idea by the way, creepy, but cool!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Yes. You have lucky friends, Sarah. I would be ecstatic with a phone call. BTW, was the cake taken to the restaurant? What did they think?!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberpeas

Well, she does have Sierra Nevada in there as well, so that helps somewhat.....

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

HA HA HA HA - that's pretty darn awesome (knowing it's a gift...that your friend made for you). And yes, by all means, by better beer! Life is too short to drink cheap wine or beer!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

Definitely creepy, but I think it's awesome!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

It's like some perverse reverse version of Room 101 from 1984, where there is a rat whose greatest fear is lite beer...

Cakecrime does not entail death. Cakecrime IS death.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Points for having Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in the fridge though!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

I do believe that's Sierra Nevada. An excellent choice! I hear it goes great with rat...

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

There's also some tasty Sierra Nevada's in there. I assume the Miller Lite cans are for the guests.


December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There's something to say about rats and Chinese restaurants...

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterasillylittlegirl

Rat cake- It's electric!

So hysterical, that head just sitting there!!

WV- unpol- make sure you unpol the rat head... don't want to waste electricity.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I just like the whole rat in a Chinese restaurant concept. Not exactly unsual, but bold nonetheless. And yes... please do something about the beer. There's only so much we can forgive.

Happy New Year y'all from Casa Hice

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Love this! I wish I could get a pig head for my birthday, being born in the year of the boar... Very cool.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Well despite the subject matter, it's actually quite a cute cake, imo.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

She does have better beer...I see some Sierra Nevada in there!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeacherCarrie

If i get a piece of it... will i be sick?

Is there crunchy and soft filling in the cake?


That shocks me this morning! >_< Thanks for the waking-up-help!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDjibey

Hey, she's got some more sophisticated beers in there. I'm spying some Sierra Nevada pale ale bottles.

I do laugh that she put the rat head in the beer fridge.

But all I can think of is the crazy armadillo groom's cake off Steel Magnolias.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I like it.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Was it red velvet?

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Man, just wish I could have seen the whole cake. . .

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCranky Amy

Omg, yes. If it's a red velvet cake, perfect (I read some comments before I posted this time! LOL)
It already looks like it's sitting in a vat of blood although I'm not quite sure why.
And Miller Lite definitely for those friends with less umm...refined tastes!
I would say a good stiff dark lager to go with this. :op

~Amy B

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Seems to me if you're eating electrified rat's head cake, you shouldn't give a rat's @$$ what the beer is!
(oh dear, was that profanity?)

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

It's really well made, but I don't want her making my birthday cake. I'm year of the monkey. A decapitated monkey head would just be too traumatic. :<

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Hey man, I'm all about trying different beer, and I like pretty much everything. Having said that, there is almost always some Miller Lite in my fridge! I guess being a beer snob is cool for some people...

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I now know what my next birthday cake will be. Thanks!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I think it's very cute.

I also spy a can of Bud Light sitting next to the Miller lite, so I'm good with that, but be careful, Miller lite doesn't play well with others.

I have been searching for wrecks at the new grocery store by my house to no avail, she is actually really good. *sigh*

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBudgyrl

First they light up mums at Homecoming, then they light up shirts for Christmas, and pjs for action heros, and little kids shoes--I guess it was just a matter of time before we light up cakes, eh?

But, a rat's head? Creepy. And it looks like a guy frig

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce
December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNymphadora

I also see Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in there... at least better than Miller Lite...

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If nothing else, that would be an *awesome* Halloween cake. Not the cutsey kind, mind you, but the kind that would horrify everyone.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNipponElla

Hilarious. Points to the baker for being a great sport.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

do I spy a rat head in a mini-fridge? I'd love to see that trap that caught that thing! ugh...nasty

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

"the butter cream icing began to destabilize and well all I could save was the head with the light up eyes."
So how big was the entire cake then? Lol, I love it!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

YIKES! R.O.U.S! R.O.U.S! How scary is that?!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I used to have several pet rats (a total of 15 over a few years), and I think that this is awesome, in a totally non-wrecktastic way. I would love a cake like that!

(Rats are the sweetest little animals, by the way. I miss mine terribly.)

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Oh I love it!!!!! I had several posts to catch up on and today's and yesterday's posts are fabulous!!!!

R.O.U.S's indeed!!!! That is fantastic Sarah! What a creative thing to do for your friend...and I do hope it was red velvet...PUH-LEASE tell me it was red velvet!!!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

If that had been a real rat, the beer would have been HISTORY.

(Yep, I own two rats. Sweet little gluttons, they are.)

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

It's an R.O.U.S.! (for Princess Bride fans,anyway)

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

You're right Gina... DEFINITELY a R.O.U.S.!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterURAn4ssHat

That's brilliant. I too was born in the year of the rat and they are my favourite animals.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I think I'd prefer an ox!

Angie (from over at

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

That is so funny! I don't know if I would want one myself, but it's still funny!

That is brilliant ... How exactly does one go about making electric eyes for a cake? Is the tail a plug? Are there electric rat cake eyes for sale somewhere??

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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