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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

Celebrity Wrecks

Sure, they're rich, famous, and always get to fly first-class. But guess what? They get Wrecks, too.

These "olives" (in honor of Kristin's character Olive on Pushing Daisies) aren't too bad, but the bakery decided to make a nicely symmetrical pair instead of the single olive requested. I simply cannot imagine why. [wink]

This was made for the 10th anniversary of P Diddy's record label Bad Boys. Given the caliber of that lil' homeboy elephant-baby on top, though, I could have sworn it was for a baby shower.

"This cost me how much?"

The Hulk's family recently celebrated how "greatful" they were for their son Nick.

And the "Unbelievably Insensitive" award goes to...

...whoever thought it was a good idea to remind 10-year-old Bindi that she doesn't have a father anymore. On her birthday. (The most un-funny Wreck I have ever witnessed, folks.)

And last but not least, guess whose sweet sixteen cake this was?

That's right: it was for our very own crotch-grabbing soprano himself, Michael Jackson. Because every 16-year-old boy dreams of having a giant wicker basket of roses on his birthday cake. [shaking head] I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to feel a whole new sympathy for MJ. I mean, who knows what kind of cake trauma was inflicted here?

So, dear readers, the next time you bring home your misspelled and/or tragically decorated Wreck, be comforted by the fact that even fame and riches would not have spared you. Cakey wreckitude truly does unite us all. :)

Thanks to Annika W., Emily R., Holly Z., Hel E. for the pics, and to the many readers who sent me the Hogan link.

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Reader Comments (111)

Oh, fail. Those are some weird-ass cakes, particularly MJ's one - you're right, who knows what cake-enduced trauma he's been enduring all these years? ;]

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwilver-and-ecru

Bindi looks thrilled!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Those green and red breastages go nicely with Kermie's va-jay-jay.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTheCourteousChihuahua

in Bindi's cake defense, perhaps SHE picked that picture...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Tia

Oh my goodness, the one for P. Diddy is simply scary to look at!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

As a former (rather decent) cake decorator - I LOVE this site! And ah... those cakes are sad.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArchive of Awesome

My problem with Bindi's cake isn't the picture choice, per se, but the fact that someone will be eating her dad. I mean, what will they do, serve up his face on a plate?

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Yeah, even P.Diddy looks appalled at his scary-ass cake! LMAO!!!

I want a green boob cake for MY next birthday! YAY!!!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Maybe it's just me, but don't those olives look like they aren't the same size? I mean, come ON, lopsided olives? It could just be the camera angle though.

And the P. Diddy cake? Wow, that's just, um, well, I did kind of expect some more bling on the cake. at least it was restrained in that sense.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I thought the same thing about Bindi's cake when I saw it in People...poor girl!
And the Michael Jackson cake explains o - so much.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

The Crocodile Hunter cake appears to be photoshopped

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Oh, they are so funny - except the Irwin one, which was just sick!

The Broken Man

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Broken Man

I thought the one which was supposed to say "Grateful" said "Guiltful", which is worse than "Greatful" ...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forget about just seeing a cake with your dead father's face on it, how about CUTTING INTO IT!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterG. I. Poo

and you completely forgot about the "new life," as opposed to the old life, apparently... (on the Hogan cake). Heh.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShelli

I think the pic of Bindi with her parents is kinda sweet. I'd be more concerned with the insensitivity of cutting through her dad's face with a giant knife!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for pointing out Bindi's cake. I thought that was just sick. "Happy 10th Birthday! You'll always live in the shadow of your dead father!"

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermhb

I never thought I would say this, but poor P. Diddy & MJ...Look at what these cakes have done to me!!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManders

I think the saddest cakes are those that are well done by someone with obvious decorating talent, but the subject matter leaves a lot to be desired. :)

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Oh my.

I am at a loss for words.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

hooray for green boobies!!!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGT

Awesome! Big green wachungas!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

hahah - The Puff Daddy one cracks me up! The other two are inappropriate (in 2 very different ways) but the P Diddy one is terrible! And is it just me or smack dab in the middle of the melting baby's lags is a photo of Puffy?? I bet he was looking around for Ashton Kutcher wondering if he was getting punked.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

Beg to disagree about Bindi's cake. She has a father and will always have a father, he's just not living anymore. Also, that might've been her favorite family photo and she may have asked for a cake with her father's picture on it. Not a cake wreck, IMO.

As for the rest of the cakes...*sigh*.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPlayin' Hookie

Bindi has a series on Discovery Kids called Bindi the Jungle Girl, in which she introduces clips of her dad doing his thing. I think his mom has made him an active part of their lives even though he's dead. I think different families deal with this sort of thing in different ways.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA

I recently found you and am really enjoying your blog. I'm a home baker/decorator of sorts who has worked in the grocery store bakery and this is so much fun to see.

I agree witht the pp... Bindi may have wanted it that way.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWay More Homemade

CHENO!!!! Wow...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergncurrier

Not to mention the picture of P-diddy placed strategically between the legs of the weird baby elephant person.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Ann

I agree on the Bindi pic...It doesn't look like she is bothered by it at all...Though, actually cutting into and eating the picture may have later caused a second thought....

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Ann


August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertanyetta

thecourteouschihuahua cracks me up!

Fame and fortune ain't everything and these "wrecks" explain a LOT!

LMAO as always!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

Oh Cheno. I know you love your boobs, but really.

And my god, Bindi's birthday cake. That is a little unnerving. Though if there was ever any child who was ridiculously cheerful about her dead father (I mean, a child who actually liked said father), it's her. She seriously seems to be dealing with it better than anyone. Hell, maybe she asked for a cake like that (though I still don't get the appeal of wanting to eat your own face.) She's such a sweet little girl. I hope she had a good birthday.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Ok....first I love this site. It's hilarious and I find myself checking it everyday.

As for the cakes, that P Diddy one is hideous! The MJ'm speechless. And the olive one, while funny, I'm more curious as to why they put number candles on the cake??? It was her 40th birthday. Why bother putting a 29 up there? Just leave the candles off, or put them on the sheet cake.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIrishgirl

I was feeling bad for myself and my cakeless birthday this year, but not after seeing these cakes. LOL!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Michael Jackson's sweet sixteen cake is really something else.

Mind you, I'd have loved that cake for my birthday when I was sixteen. However I am not a male.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

what, when someone dies you just pretend they never existed?

this blog is great for photos, but the text isn't funny some of the time. you're trying too hard.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And mom Irwin is staring at her own picture as if she's thinking, "Does this cake make my butt look fat?" ;)

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren (Pediascribe)

I got to your site from another's link and I'm so glad she mentioned it. You have made my day!!

I'm a 35 yr-old mom of 3 who is working on a degree and freaking out over assigments. I took a break to read blogs and after reading some of your posts, I've been laughing so hard. Thanks for sharing this stuff. My favorite is the pregnant belly with an interesting upper area! Yikes!

I still have plenty to catch up on and can't wait to share this site with my husband and sister. They will die!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bindi will be fine. My father died when I was 4, and everyone acted like he never existed. Much worse.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTisha

The P-Diddy cake is killing me! That strange mutant-homey looks like he's LITERALLY giving birth to Diddy.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband who is in Iraq just recently came across this blog and shared it with me. Thank you for making us both laugh during this year. Keep it up!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the P Diddy one is supposed to be a hippo (get it? Hip hop?) not an elephant (no trunk anyway) but his picture between it's knees is just too much!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your blog is really interesting! I'm only thirteen but have already taken some courses for cake decorating, and I have really enjoyed the run so far. I've made quite a few cakes myself that I've been told look really good(I really don't mean to sound full of myself), and I think your blog is just really fun to visit.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

P Diddy's cake - what??? I just don't get it. And nothing says "Happy Birthday" better than a pair of breasts masquerading as olives.

These are hilarious - what's even funnier is those celebrity cake disasters probably cost WAY more than the average cake.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramyd

I don't think that caused any trauma for Bindi. They talk about her dad often, watch videos, etc. I am willing to bet she picked the photo. She sure looks happy. People have different ways of mourning and remembering.

The olives are a hoot. I love that TV series and can't wait until it is back this Fall.

The PD cake was pretty bad though.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEco Girl

I too find the pic of Bindi laughing with Dad's face plastered on the cake a bit disturbing, but to each their own. If she is traumatized by people cutting into an eating the portion with Daddy's face on it, then her mother gets to deal with that too.

I am first time posting since finding this site from the Fugly Horse blog.

I enjoy the creepy bad humor some of these cakes present and have sent links to:

my sister- because her daughter is into decorating cakes,

my best friend- because she is an artist and can appreciate the humor of these things

and my Mom- so she can have a good clean laugh every day.

as well as a few others, just because.

Keep the great 'wrecks' coming. They are hilarious! But I don't want one for myself...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCutNJump

I find it strange that Kristin Chenoweth's cake has "29" in candles, when this year she turned 40. Perhaps it was a play on her age...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

LOL - that is great... I love the olives...

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMama Kalila

Ok, um - people are reading WAY WAY into the commentary on Bindi's cake! It's a joke, people! And honestly, I hate the eat-a-person's-real-photo cakes to begin with - but if it's a deceased loved one that I must now cut up? CREEPY. Some people feel that way - others do not. Don't beat up on the messenger if you disagree with the message, eh?

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

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