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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 was at a loss for words to describe this cake, so I plugged in the word "hideous" to my trusty thesaurus. I still didn't find any silver bullets, but here's my best shot:

This cake is appallingly distasteful.


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Reader Comments (64)

What does it say?

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCowboyDawn

As far as I can make out, it says:
"Colourful is... Happy Birthday Cyoon Wei". Erm. Perhaps an Asian name?

May 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter.

I think it's a magic eye puzzle.

July 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

mummy my eyes taste like burning...

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlibertinewoman

Colourful is...
Happy Birthday
Cupon Wel

Maybe they had to use a coupon to get this...?

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe it's supposed to say "Colourful 18"

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I give them credit for utilizing a unique font for the writing instead of your typical Parkinson's Diseased script icing.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I first saw it, I swear to God, I thought it was written in Cyrillic or Arabic or some alphabet other than the English one. Also, my eyes hurt!

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Purple and orange were the colors for the late and lamented Bay Area/San Jose CyberRays of WUSA. Maybe this person was a fan?

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPizza Guy

I think "revolting" about sums it up, personally.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake looks like it took a trip to Mardi Gras and came back really hung over just in time to be served.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I definitely got:

As lounpul is...
Happy Buppoy
Cupon Wii

My eyes. They hurt.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

The colours and the "font" used reminded me of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from the Muppet Show (

Had it been a Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem cake, then it would have been totally acceptable. Sadly for Cupon/Cyoon, it probably wasn't.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHello Pineapples!

Perhaps their birthday was on Halloween?

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAckSed

See, now I would totally buy that cake. Though the roses are a bit much...

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbloodanna

Well, it is colourful....

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdie Frau

I beg to differ with everyone! I think this cake is awesome. I mean, look at it, it was obviously designed by someone who had taken far too many psychedelics. And it's fascinating. I mean, you can be assured that no one else will have a cake like this.

As well as the fact that with all that dye, you'll probably be having bowl movements of various amazing colors for days afterward.

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHally

Okay this has to be the funniest thing I've found in a long time! The cake are a mess and I've been rolling in the floor between co-workers walking in! Thanks for the laughs!

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertracey

The red roses look like two big eyes to me...

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele R

We play a game with the kids at church called "color confusion." For some reasons this cake reminded me of it.

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRonnica

Honestly, I really like this cake. I'm tired of every cake not having it's own spirit and style. No bland frosting or boring old-school anything. (and the font is totally cool)

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthegreatkitts

Um, Clemson Tigers fan?

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

This cake nearly gave me an asthma attack!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

This is clearly a Halloween cake that someone slapped roses on and tried to (unsuccessfully) pretty up.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLoxley

Brilliant! My daughter had a great idea... this may be a "sampler" cake from class that they have to try all their tricks at once and new fonts!!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't really mind the cake so much, except for the roses. They really don't belong. The cake sort of hurts my eyes but I like the design. However, the roses are a bit perplexing.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

This is a great halloween cake. I actually like it, for a halloween party! Except for the random red roses and pink rosebuds. Shouldn't they be black or something?

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGenoa

Can anyone read that?

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I suspect this cake comes from either Singapore or Malaysia. I think it says "Happy Birthday Choon Wei" - Choon Wei being a male name in that part of the world.

Incidentally, I am from that part of the world, so I can confirm that a) Choon Wei is a male name there, and that b) cakes like that can be bought there.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I get that it's Choon Wei's birthday and that the cake is really original...what's up with the "Colourful is" though?

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna McCarthy

upon closer examination, I think "colourful is" is actually "colourful 18".

Which makes it even more unfortunate that Choon Wei is old enough to appreciate the ugliness.

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I feel like I'm going to have a seizure just looking at it.

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

its not a bad cake, I've never had one as good (unless you count the chocolate chip/brownie cake creation...) Maybe I'm just a guy, but I thought the colors were good and with further inspection even the roses kinda fit. At least it was made with skill and doesn't look like someone hit it with a sledge hammer like some of the other cakes on the site.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHoodMod

So, this kind of looks like something you'd see on the "Flavor of Love." Flav's definitely got a thing for purple, and the pimp-your-car inspired scrawl across the top drives this design home!

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I don't mind the colors as much as the lettering. It looks like globs of glitter paint.

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

The orange leaves look like kraft dinner noodles that have been strung together in some nefarious way..

November 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Maybe I'm weird, but I kinda love this. It's like the 70s projectile vomited on it. Awesome.

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

"It's like the 70's projectile vomited on it."
Possibly the best comment on any blog, ever!

I love Cake Wrecks. I wish I had a picture of my graduation cake from 1981--a stupendous wreck.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoan

Aside from the roses and some of the texture choices, I think it's a pretty cool cake. But I do have a soft spot for tacky things.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeaux Meaux

Just reading back in the blog and looking at old posts...

I think I shouldn't do that at work anymore (even while on a break) because the Electric Mayhem comment nearly did me in. I was sitting here shaking silently with tears pouring down my face...

Your blog is awesome. I am enjoying it greatly! I am thinking of going to some local bakeries with my camera. :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

That's so bad it makes my pockets hurt.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFurbish the Gweed

I think since it says "colorful 18, happy birthday [whoever]" that the cake was supposed to be solid, and the number 18 was supposed to be colorful.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra


June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElkian Lionblood


September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To quote a friend of mine, "I'm not sayin' it's wrong, but it's not what I would do."

This cake appears to be decorated with shrimp, drops of blood, and orange tape worms.... and oh yah, plastic roses!

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That font is so very Lord of the Rings!

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

all i can say is.....owwww

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolfGal

all i can say is...owwww

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolfGal


January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This looks like a cake that the customer may have chosen all the colors/decoration on. This color for the border in this style, etc.

Sadly, I've been forced to make worse. I wish people would listen when they're told things just won't look good.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFelis

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