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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

The First Censored Cake Wreck

Egads, people, what is going on at today's baby showers?!? First the boobie cake, then the edible baby, and now this!

Obviously, this is wrong on a level so VERY wrong that it doesn't really need elaboration. However, I feel compelled to point out that the, er, "mom" here has the face of a blow-up doll, is completely nekkid (is that a new trend in delivery rooms?), and is anatomically correct where you wouldn't expect her to be (ergo the censor bars - sorry, fellas!).

I'm picturing the games they played at this baby shower: "Pin the Epidural", "Catch the After-birth", and of course the ever popular "Guess Whose Hoo-Haw?". Yeesh - just what do you suppose the party favors were? No, wait, let's not go there...

(Liz P., thanks for sharing - I think.)

UPDATE: I am both surprised and amused at the number of you moms out there who have let it be known that not only is the whole "nekkid" delivery thing in vogue, but you have partaken of the activity yourself. A little TMI, yes, but I can honestly say I've learned something here. (Never post nekkid fondant figures again. Like, ever.)

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Reader Comments (123)

Although I cannot claim to be a professional, back in the day I was asked to make many a birthday cake for friend's and their kids. Then there was this one couple - it was his 30th Bday, and she had recently found out that she was not his "one and Only" - so after telling me the whole story, I agreed to help her "surprise" him at his birthday party. A long sheet cake, a round cake cut in half, one peice either side, realistic frosting - pointing directly at him. Anatomically correct for his gender, and describing his behaviour at the same time. LOLOLOL

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think most women don't want any clothes on when they give birth. If you are really giving birth, the openness and effort required are not consonant with feeling that you need to keep covered.

Obstetric comment on the cake; by the time the baby is out that far, there is no need to push.

I think the cake is funny and I would have appreciated it at a baby shower with like minded folk, say, midwives and other natural birth advocates. It wouldn't be appropriate at a shower where you ask your mother and his mother and the girls from the office.
Susan Peterson

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereulogos

Three words: that's not cool

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Arts

What is soooooooo gross and bad about childbirth that it has to be censoured??? Get a grip people, babies come out of VAGINAS!!!

OK so I don't reallllly see the need to put it on a cake, but each to their own!

August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

AAAhhhh...what is that? And more importantly...WTF??

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

I'm just glad she didn't have a c-section.

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I think the cake is absolutely hilarious. If anyone if offened by showing of candy and icing external genitalia and breasts (posed in way to depict chilbirth not sexually), then I think people need to lighten up a bit. Thats where babies came from and really what the anatamy was originally designed for. Anyway, I am going to try and get a similar made for my friends baby sore. She will have it after the baby is born so I think she will it as even more comical and I write congratulations on it or something

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlola

i think there are other ways to have a fun shower cake without being....that special. i am well aware where babies come from, but grandma and auntie sue do not need to be feasting on part of my breast while i open up packages of onies.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

i don't know if laugh or cry with this one. too much info....

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSavvy Mode SG



September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTheTurningWord

I keep thinking, WWDD - What Would Duff Do? Can you just imagine Charm City Cakes getting that phone call??

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The blue icing around the edges is really quite lovely. Excuse me, I have to go put on a bathrobe and a sweater and a snowsuit now.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But wait... who's gonna catch the baby?

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGemma

Well, she's going to catch, of course! ;)

LOVE IT! I bet my midwifery friends would get a HUGE kick out of it, too (and in fact, I'm going to email them all the link! :D)

Thanks for the blog. I laugh out loud every time!

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCNH

ROFL! I actually know who had this particular cake. And yes, it's from an L&D Nurse. We have a warped sense of humor!

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAtYourCervix

OMG, and you wondered who would want to eat the baby cake? Who would eat this???

Oh and btw, I was clothed when giving birth as much as I could be, even wore my bra! Some of us aren't into the every body sees everything bit~

November 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG! I used to think it was 'extreme' creating butt cakes, boob cakes and pe&is cakes, but this is too too much! Wow! I can't even imagine the sick bunch of people enjoying this cake??? I hope the cake is not split down the middle with some type of red fruit filling!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not every "normal" and "natural" event needs to be immortalized in fondant. I mean, there's nothing sexual or naughty about going to the bathroom, either, but I'm not ordering the Watch Me Defecate cake any time soon. Some people just have very Freudian senses of humor, I guess.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Okay so if I choose to get a colonoscopy in the nude, do ya'll want to see it on my Get Well cake? nekkid during childbirth but on a cake?

art? is anything a person does besides think in their head, art?

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermarathonmomma

at least the punctuation is right on!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake is hilarious.

I have to make a comment about child birth. I find it quite odd to be totally taken during child birth. I was only naked from the waste down, as that's all that's needed. Yeah I was hot, but didn't continue to shed all of my clothes. Odd .. and yes, I live in CA.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, at least correct punctuation was used in the message on the cake.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's seriously gross, but *almost* funny. I'd never be able to eat that cake, though.

BTW - I've had 3 babies and kept myself as covered as possible (with the hospital gown) the whole time. Giving birth did NOT take away my modesty at all. I also do not have a single friend who was naked during childbirth.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't find this offensive at all. But then, my second birth was naked, in a tub, at home, and was awesome!

Love this site! My husband and I have been laughing, laughing, laughing!

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Hogaboom

Nice cake. But what is the meaning of this pics on this cake ?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Lee Odd cake.

I've given birth to 3 kiddos that are still young and don't remember being naked or not. Must of been too busy to notice.

Funny stuff!

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, I find the encouraging message on this cake rather charming :]

And I always appreciate a confidently rendered fondant childbirth scene.

The thing that seems off to ME is the way "Olivia" is lying like a discarded barbie on a featureless expanse of floor, as though she just hit the deck and started squeezing out infants.

Love your blog <3.

March 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobbybox333

ive had 6 children and i can honestly say that i never once got the urge to was bad enough with all the medical students trying to watch "down there" as if it were cable tv or something! i had a gown on in the front, and in the back with a sheet over myself.

March 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter....

And she would have had to push REALLY hard because the baby is looking UP and not down...most babies are NOT born this way! Push! As a labor and delivery nurse, I think this is pretty darn funny!

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaradee

First, I love this site. This is my first visit and I can not stop looking, readig or laughing. Second, this cake is in extremely bad taste. I have a twisted sense of humor, but this is wrong. Who gets the piece with the vag on it? Third, I have given birth four times and NEVER felt the need to get naked. No whirlpool tubs, no drugs or epidurals (ever) and still kept the hospital gown on. There was enough of me hanging out already, I didn't need the girls making an appearance as well.


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I have to say - having worked in the medical field, I understand the sense of humor for labor & delivery nurses & this type of cake fits to a tee. Some are saying that kids are born face-down, yes, that is the normal - but both of mine were face up. This type of delivery involves low back pain rather than the spread-out frontal delivery pain. Believe me, it is extremely painful because ALL the pain is in the low back. By the way, I kept clothed for both deliveries Juls

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one who thinks that baby looks like an alien?

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had a hospital gown on when I gave birth. I didn't have any problems with it at all. I was also put on magnesium for pre-eclampsia which makes you feel HOT all over but I didn't need to take off the gown and it didn't even occur to me to do so at the time.

Childbirth is natural and beautiful, but not everyone is comfortable viewing it. The person who ordered the cake was a L&D nurse so she was probably completely used to this sorta thing. The woman on the cake looks like a barbie doll sorta, though. The legs disturb me somehow. Also the baby looks honkin' big!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMomo

I think this cake is actually kinda neat. I am a doula and dream of being a midwife in the next few years, so I think any type of celebration of birth is a good thing. I don't think i could eat it mind you, the idea of eating a birthing woman is kinda strange.

I had a homebirth last year and I couldn't stand the feeling of clothes on my skin. I laboured and birthed completely naked, but I also have at least one hour of naked time a day. I am comfortable in my own skin I guess.

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

Wow... I'm a little late since I just discovered this wonderful blog, but I just had to say, "good grief"! (Did you like the quotation marks? I'll throw in some more later and maybe I'll even misspell something.)

Anyhoo, I don't know where all these free loving hippie types are coming out of the woodwork to comment on this cake, but I have never been, or ever met, anyone who has been completely naked while giving birth.

I just had my third child last summer and wore a robe all the way to down "there". The only visible parts were the whowho (just barely) and my legs.

I definitely would not want anyone I don't know (nurses), or especially someone I do (my mother-in-law) to see me naked, much less have it replicated on a cake. Ew!!!!! At least put her in a hospital gown for the sake of those that are going to be eating it!

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennine

I don't care how "in vogue" nude labor is, I would sure hate to be the person who gets the puckered labia slice of cake.

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And for the birth of the next baby... we'll feature the afterbirth! You can only imagine the cake they had at the commemoration of the ...circumcision? First bath? Stopping nursing? First time on potty?

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Wow - that cake decorator must've been advanced in figure piping the Wilton way...

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

Wow, it's amazing how uptight and squeamish people are. I always considered myself to be squeemish, but around a cake? I know, the subject matter makes some people queasy, but despite being "anatomically correct," it is so in such a cartoon-like (non-realistic) way, for me it takes any potential grossness factor out of the picture. When you eat an animal cracker, do you really imagine yourself devouring that entire animal, head an all?

The other thing around the giving birth naked issue that some have alluded to indirectly is that there is no hospital gown in home births, nor in many birth-centers. You might bring your own robe or nightgown you are comfortable with, but one of the stages that most women experience during a natural birth is a loss of inhibition.

Now, sure, if this cake was brought into your standard office, it would be inappropriate, but if it's a group of close friends, even relatives, who are all women and actually meant as funny and yes a bit shocking, then how is it a wreck?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdvdmon

From a midwife and home birth perspective, this cake is totally cool...

And, um... yea... most of my clients are NAKED when they give birth!

Kim Mosny, CPM, LM
Home Birth Midwifery Service

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim Mosny

O.K., I have nothing against childbirth. I have nothing against childbirth naked even. But...

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYamin

Poor Olivia.Poor Olivia's child.

Why would someone want THAT on a cake? Boy, some people are WEIRD.

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

On the original site they didn't put any bars on!

Tee Hee!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is genius. From just having a baby 2.5 months ago, I remember how much I craved sweets, and I got to take the leftover cake home after my shower. What a great way to ensure that the guest of honor gets to take more cake home! LOL ;)

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLin

Also, on the original site, the 5th one....

Who would ask for THAT on a cake!?!?!
You can imagine what any little boys who saw THAT would be like:
"Mummy, why's that cake got.....?"

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have seen this cake and I stare at it every time. Seriously, W...T...F??

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tame One

Disturbing....why would you make this? Some sick brains out there! xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Hi, there! Love your blog!!

Yes, many women do give birth naked, myself included. Point #1 - Losing modesty is a symptom of normal labor, #2 - Laboring naked is more comfortable, especially if one is going to be in and out of a shower or labor pool, and #3 - Laboring unclothed is logistically easier, since your lower half has to be open anyway, and it is healthiest and safest for baby to be put immediately on the mother's bare chest after birth for warmth, breastfeeding and snuggling. In fact, I don't know many women who DON'T give birth naked.

While I might not want this for a church shower, I would find it hilarious among intimate friends or birth workers. However, I would object to this cake on the following points: (1) the baby is coming out malpositioned in an occiput posterior position, which makes for lots of uber-yucky back labor - NOT COOL, and (2) the cake just looks like poor quality. I wouldn't want a crummy-quality cake at my shower, regardless of the comment.

Love the blog!

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana J.

Oh... My....
I literally Lol'd so hard I fell out of my chair. My cousin and brother joined in.

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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