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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 think this needs a whole new category...

Nothing tells Dad you love him quite like a slab of cake that looks like bloody meat. Yeesh. However, since it was executed well (get it? "executed"? I kill myself. Get it? I "kill" myself? I'm slaying you in the aisles, I know. Get it?) I've had to invent a whole new cake category:

[Drum roll, please]

The new category IS...
"Close-Your-Eyes Cakes"

[cymbal crash]

Because while we can appreciate the talent required to make a cake that looks like, for example, a bloody steak (I mean, just look at that fat casing!), we don't really relish the thought of eating it with our eyes open. We're pretty sure we'd be half-cringing up until the last second, praying all that "blood" really is icing.

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Reader Comments (25)

I keep checking in just to see what you come up with! This one is unreal..would someone really pay money for this? Poor Dad! This would be one time where he probably wishes he got the tie instead.

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

The late George Carlin surely saw this when coming up with his "meatcake" routine. Could be meat? Could be cake? What is it? I dunno, maybe it's Meatcake!

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The USDA sticker is especially well done.

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think this cake is brilliant! Especially if the cake itself is red velvet.

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh cool, my dad is a butcher, this cake would be perfect for him!!

Or for my friend's birthday who has been trying for years to get me to be a Vegan.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

mmm... beefcake... ::: gurgle :::

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHomer Simpson

I have to say that I love this cake!

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz!

It is a cake worthy of being on one James Lileks' "Meat!" pages, truly.

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

I've actually seen a similar cake from "Mike's Amazing Cakes" - though with much better execution. I seem to recall reading it was made for a vegetarian birthday party as well!

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this site! Love what you do! But I gotta say, I love this cake! I would be proud to receive a cake like this! :-)

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercybret

Honestly? I think this one is *brilliant*.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbadfae

You should look into meat cakes. They're made from meatloaf, but then frosted with mashed potatoes and decorated to look like meat again.
It's a whole genre of creepy cakes that this one may just fall into.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSasha Kovich

As a girl wearing a steak necklace and who has steak earrings and hair clips, this is the coolest damn cake ever.

I want this for my birthday, and it's gotta be red velvet cake OMG yes!!!! best cake ever.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennalee

I Love the idea of the cake being red velvet. Genius.

I'm so glad others posted about meatloaf meat cake too.

Here is a link:


July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterILoveMNStateFair

@ the "anonymous" whose comment I had to delete:

Just wanted you to know your comment was not published due to your use of profanity, not due to your criticism of me and my writing style. I don't claim to enjoy reading stuff like that, but I still try to be fair in publishing everyone's opinions.

So next time, just nix the four-letter-words, k?

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Aw I just made a steak cake for a birthday, and it was a thrilling challenge! Yeah, yeah, I'm a dork. (I did Red Velvet for extra gross effect and cream cheese icing made a perfect bone color...and they loved it.)

Love this blog, btw!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

As a dad who loves his steak, I would be honored and awed to receive a cake like this for Father's Day.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCullen

this is actually not bad. actually, it's freaking brilliant -especially the realistic skin and that usda stamp.

the only complaint i could possibly lodge is that the meat isn't marbled -but then i'd be a dick :p

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I showed this to my husband and he immediately asked for one for Father's Day. Ew. :P

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

See i want to make a meat cake because im strange and work as a butcher :P

But i want to make a cake out of actual meat not just a cake that looks like meat although im seriously impressed by it :D

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! Husband is a well known carnivore who hates veggies. He'd absolutely love this cake. And, yes, it'd have to be red velvet!

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a cake model of a piece of meat, its not bad. But why would you do this...or get this for someone?

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Ten bucks, no, twenty
says that the baker borrowed
the butcher's meat stamp.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

So even though I'm 4 years late on this post, I had to chuckle at your pun. But I thought the execution was also "well done"... or should I say medium rare?

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaemom

As a woman who loves a medium-rare steak and is thinking of trying plain rare next time, I will admit that I would happily eat this. However, I probably wouldn't request it or buy it because I would end up being the only one eating it (I really don't need to eat a whole cake while trying to lose weight!) and my husband or daughter might throw up. lol

March 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

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