My Other Blog

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

Food that's Bad for You, Disguised as...Food that's Bad for You

Some of you will think these are Sunday-worthy, but I find the concept of cake-as-greasy-meat-products just a wee bit wrecky. (And yes, that does make me a hypocrite: I confess I've made a pizza cake before.)

Here we have a nicely rendered cake-that-looks-like-a-corndog, wishing itself (or perhaps another corndog not pictured) a happy birthday. Um, my brain hurts just a little, Nicole E.
(Check out the
source for some nifty giant cakes-that-look-like-donuts.)

A lot of you have submitted various versions of the burger n' fries model:

Most of these are pretty well-done [smirk], but Sara B. points out that the greasy shine and red icing "ketchup" are, shall we say, less than appetizing.

Plus, Thomas M. shows us that there can be such a thing as too much realism:

Those are REAL sesame seeds on the icing bun there. Here's hoping they didn't get carried away and salt the "fries", too.

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum is Emily B.'s find:

On the plus side, no one will mistake this for an actual burger. On the negative side, no one will mistake it for a cake, either.

Nancy was kind enough to share her "yellow cake chocolate pizza CCC" find:

Crafting a triangle-shaped slice of pizza from round-shaped cupcakes? Yeah, that's a good call. And why is the "crust" made from poo swirls?

Here Mrs. L. found the lazy version: it's a little sparse on toppings.

Of course, given that the "meatballs" are just mounds of solid icing, I guess we should be grateful there aren't more toppings. The crust looks better on this one, too.

Continuing in the Italian vein, spaghetti cakes are also pretty popular, and often disturbingly realistic. There's a great CCC example over on Flickr, but since I like to stick to pro creations (as opposed to procreations) here on Wrecks, I borrowed Melissa's of Wild Cakes to show you:

Ingenious food impersonation? Or nefarious sugary impostor? You decide!

(Melissa, you let me know if you've changed your mind about that whole "use anything you want from my site" thing, k? And thanks for being such a good sport.)

Speaking of grease and sugar, there's always the ultimate in wrecky flavor combos: the Pork n' Tomato Stuffed Chocolate Iced Donut from Bompass & Parr. If you're starting a diet for the new year, I highly recommend you check that out. Your waistline will thank me.

« Groom's Cake for a Cop | Main | Year of the Tongue? »

Reader Comments (92)

Somehow, the corndog cake reminds me of the Norman Rockwell self-portrait

Because I'm mean, I think I'll make one of these hamburger cakes for my vegetarian daughter's birthday.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

assuming that it was requested, the last one begs the question, is the customer really always right?

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

These actually make me feel sick! There is no way i could eat them.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

Oh my god... the spaghetti cake!

Jen, you dig up some pretty putrid stuff, but this takes it all to a new level. Congratulations.

Alixandra Hice

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

A couple of the meaty burger cakes leave me wondering "where's the beef". After the last one though, perhaps a meaty layer would be an overkill.

WV - wanatir. Reading Cakewrecks makes me wanatir up. Pass the kleenex.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

i actually had a hamburger cake for my son's first bday and it was, dare i say, cute! the bakery even went a step further and made a pickle smash cake!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

a spoon full of sugar helps the corn dog go doooowwwnnn. in the most delightful way.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Oh gross. Those remind me of the Jones sodas that are turkey and stuffing flavored. Blech!

Angie (from over at

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

This is like that time that my mom bought me chocolate pudding made by Hunt's and all I could think of was "ketchup". Ew.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered

I am so very very sorry I clicked the pork and tomato link this early in the morning. I may have to delay breakfast so my stomach can flip back over.....blech.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I have mixed feelings on cakes that look like food items, when the food actually looks like an appetizing version of the food it's impersonating I mean. Otherwise...yuck...

But you know that sense of disorientation you feel when you pick up a glass and take a drink expecting sweet tea, but get diet coke instead? Even if you like diet coke, it tastes disgusting because you were expecting sweet does something similar happen here? You take a bite, expecting cheeseburger, because you see cheeseburger, but get chocolate cake with buttercream instead...Even if it's the best cake in the world, wouldn't it take gross because it obviously isn't cheeseburger?

Am I thinking about this too hard? okay...back to avoiding doing any actual work...

~Bonnie B~

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

When I was a kid my mom made a hamburger cake for one of my birthdays. It was truly a work of art - think a Big Mac, made of cake and icing. It was beautiful. Truly, truly beautiful. I think it was three layers of round cakes under about a half ton of icing. It must have taken hours...

Unfortunately, all the frostings were different flavors, so it tasted wretched.

Amy @

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I am thinking the second triangular "pizza" slice may actually be a slice of cherry pie?! Either way it is no good!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I am inclined to think the second "pizza" is actually a pie. Which begs the question - why not just make a pie? It would surely be tastier than that frosting glop.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCut-Up Cakes for Grownups

That corndog cake just looks disgusting.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharmed

I think my biggest issue with all of them (well, at least the well-made ones) is the incredible sugar/icing overload. Erghhh.

On a plus side, Melissa's WonderPets cake (on her site) brightened my day. That was incredibly well-made.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

One word. If it is a word:

Amy B

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I guess that would be one way to really make yourself go on a diet... those were um, less than appetizing.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKahla

The third burger looks like the burger in the Double Dare obstacle course. I wonder if there is a neon orange flag hidden inside and what kind of prize you get if it is in your slice.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I have to admit that I would have never even thought to order a cake that look like food.

I like how the corndog cake has to tell you what it is....just in case you were wondering...

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I think the first two burger cakes look pretty cool, actually. The corn dog, not so much.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynettepleasant

The second slice of pizza isn't missing anything. It's obviously Chicago-style! Not that it makes that amount of icing any more acceptable.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiles to go

Those meatballs make me sick to my stomach...

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBreeAnn

Note to self: read cake wrecks every day as part of diet plan.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthreeundertwo

I think these are my favorite yet.
I am truly amazed at how real some of them look and it can just picture the faces of people that recieve them.
Too funny!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I totally bought a burger cake once. it was for a fourth of july cookout and it was a work of art that was also ridiculously delicious. the burger cake went over very well!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfading in the sun

Dear god..

I can understand the burger cakes.. I can even understand the corndog(which that was a pretty nice looking one I might add) but.. pizza and spaghetti? No. Those should stay as they are, not be made into sugary items! Granted, none of these foods should be thought to be sweet with delicious buttercream icing.. but those last two just made my stomach churn. Urgh..

Congrats on making me feel ill before noon.. and I was going to eat pizza today for lunch. Now I'm not so sure I'll be able too.. *eyes oven suspiciously*

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspyderpenguin

Do I see correctly that the hamburger with sesame seeds is banana flavored? Good God.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Folsom

I think they look awesome, well, with the exception of the pizza slice with the lines of "cheese."

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i think i've lost my appetite for ALL food...

(but never a good cake)

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

ewwww that one pizza one..ewww. The spaghetti one was so realistic! Really well done, but I'd have a hard time eating a spaghetti cake, I think. That second burger cake was really good too..the fries look so real!

We wanna see your pizza cake!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

These are the first cakes I've ever seen that actually make my stomach queasy. Must be the combo of grease and sugar that I imagine.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerrie

Ok, in my part of the world for the most part, these are custom order cakes, but it appears that these cakes are in a bakery somewhere. That, in itself, blows me away! Love this blog- keep up the good work. :)

Melissa @

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa aka Gabe's Gurl

Oh my God! So TOTALLY disgusting!
(hurls into nearest bucket) :<

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

OMG, I think I have to make either the spaghetti or the pizza cake for my husband's birthday. He will LOVE it.

I remember getting a hamburger cake for my 9th? birthday, as a kid I was wild over it.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for today's cakes. Looking at them will make it easier for me to get back to my more controlled post-holiday eating.

(Says she whose birthday is in January and who is looking forward to some gooshy icing.)

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

These cakes literally make me want to dry heave. It's about as bad as watching the Diet Dr. Pepper commercial when people are drinking cupcakes and other non-drinkable foods. ::shudders::

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEHoss

The spaghetti, though beautifully executed, was really scary! ICK.
Pizza/Pie cakes...really ICK.

I did like the giant donut cake least it is a bakery item. It must be tough to come up with new things to turn cakes into. There are some places you just shouldn't go...

Hysterical though.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

aaaaargh...OK, I am Italian. Every time I see a pizza or spaghetti cake, especially if it's done well, all I can imagine is this...

Me: Yum! Sketti!
*digs in*
*takes bite*

all that icing. omg.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

The burger cake!!! I remember wanting a hamburger cake so badly as a kid... I thought it was hilarious! Now... ugh. No way. And the addition of fries to it... Now, maybe if they had some cake and frosting cole slaw...

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

the spaghetti ccc on the flickr link looks like a star of david. maybe his birthday fell on a jewish holiday? oh and strawberry preserves for the meatballs? doesn't look right. ew.

i'm pretty much fine with cakes looking like non-sweet foods. as long as the cake is tasty and the look is properly executed.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatelyn

Burger cake #3 looks like somebody frosted the sides of a large round of cheddar cheese. (Shhh. Let's not give someone ideas.)

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuetois

Great, now I really want a corndog.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Those look like the real thing!!! I agree that I couldn't eat a cake that looked like a corn dog or hamburger, though... If it's supposed to be sweet, it needs to look sweet... I love your blog!

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama H

I love these types of cakes. I remember the episode of Ace of Cakes where they made a hamburger and french fries in a picnic basket cake for someone's birthday. They're fun.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Food cakes make me think of meat cake - the ones made of meatloaf with mashed potato frosting. I'm not sure what's worse - cake that looks like food but tastes like cake, or food that looks like cake but tastes like food.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichi

what you have failed to mention is the third burger cake submitted by me (emily b) is VEGAN. that was the whole point.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremmzies

What is the corndog's stick made out of, I wonder. It almost looks like the stem of an old corn cob pipe. Maybe the rest of the pipe is inside the corndog cake. Hey, that's not any grosser than the giant, sweet corndog concept, really.
What in blazes is up with that bright green stuff on the second cake? Is that supposed to be lettuce? Oh-radioactive lettuce, you say?
At least the kiddies will have fun after eating some of that; they'll get a big kick out of pooping in technicolor for a few days.

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I HAD to go over to "Wild Cakes" to see how she did the spaghetti cake.....I feel a lot better now knowing the "meatballs" are those Ferraro Rocher chocolates. It actually looks quite delicious now.
But the pizza and hamburger

January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>