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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

Breaking News: Head-Swelling Bakery Incident Goes Horribly Awry

You know how local morning shows always have chefs or bakers on to do little demonstrations and whatnot? And how those visiting guests always bring a little treat for the hosts and crew? Well, here's what one such visiting bakery brought to the station where Wreckporter Hayley E. works:

It's like a mixed media collage of cakedom! Seriously, this cake has it all: fun-house-mirror photos, airbrushing, fondant "hair" (don't miss the guy's!), a buttercream border, and sufficient excuse to call the show hosts "fat heads" for at least a week or so. (Oh, did I mention those are the hosts?)

Of course, it could also be used as the poster-cake for the call to ban edible image printing. Really, who thought technology that allows you to eat people's photos was a good idea? It always ends up looking rather creepy.

Or, in this case, gross:

Mmmm, now there's an appetizing composition. I bet all of Karissa's relatives were SO proud. And full. As in, "no-really-I-couldn't-eat-another-bite" full.

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Reader Comments (110)

I saw the cake a went "eew" out loud.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love his hair.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKy

I'm glad I already ate breakfast. I thought the top cake was disturbing but the one where the chick is on the toilet. Gaaaa!!
Seriously, why would someone think that would be a good idea?

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelly...

Not to mention that the photo looks like she actually IS trying to sh--!
(And not having an easy time if it.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeil J Murphy...

You don't even have to have a piece of this cake to know it has NO TASTE!!!! Reminds me of a phrase one of my high school teachers used, "Diahrrea of words and a constipation of thought." If you find yourself putting profanity AND a picture of someone on a toilet on a cake, just put the pastry bag down verrrry slowly and step away from the icing bowl.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are beyond terrible! I'm not sure I would bring them to a TV station...that may be tragic for my business.


WV: quiys....sometimes I'll answer but I'll never understand the quiys...

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

I hope that second cake wasn't chocolate.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the graduation cake is hilarious, actually. My mother totally would have had a cake like that made.

This is the woman who, for my 18th birthday, printed all the embarassing photos from my childhood and put them on the wall.


January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Like Bubbles

Oh my! That second cake...who could have possibly thought that was a good idea? At least I can hope the cake wasn't chocolate.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheron

further proof that edible photo + cake = disaster.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

So, the first one is so the fault of the bakery... Although I really love the little tie. The second? That's just bad taste.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Ohhhhhh my my my. Where to start?

First off, who has such a twisted sense of humor that they would take a picture of someone ... how shall I say it.. on the potty. And then- say "Hmmm this would make a great cake!"

No..she wont be scared for life at all!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

Karissa kind of looks like she's about to vomit.

Angie (from over at

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Well, you've done it again. I am horribly frightened and scarred for life due to you blog.

Congartluatins. or whatever.

...although, it does kinda give new meaning to "grabbin' a piece of a**"

(wonder how many times you'll hear THAT one today?!)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikki

Its not the fatheads that bother me, it's the mere idea that someone would put a pic of someone on the toilet, on a CAKE!!
That's wrong on so many levels.
~Amy B.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

WHO in the world would put a picture like that on a cake? Especially a graduation cake! I would be so upset at my family if they ever did that.

The top cake looks like one of those clown dolls that you can knock down but it comes right back up...with a creepy smile.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Your blog is turning out to be very good for my diet - another morning of not wanting to eat. . .

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oh my! Wow! Um, what?!?!? I'm at a complete loss!

Holy $#!t! What were they thinking????!!!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's hideous, yet I can't look away... OMG... I... I don't know what else to say

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

the first cake looks like someone photoshopped some faces onto her falsies. and the second? i don't like to think about excrement while i'm eating. gah.

What were they thinking??

hah! I actually like the second cake. She's obviously laughing hysterically about someone taking her photo on the toilet.

I would kill someone for doing that to me but I have a feeling this girl got a good laugh out of it.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I realize that the woman's hair on the first cake takes up some area, but they should have adjusted the guy's flesh colored mound so that he doesn't have a halo of nothingness around his head. Also, it's even more wrecky because the edible photos wrinkled as the baker smoothed them over the mounds.

I like the Karissa cake, I think it's funny!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

ok, so the first scared me but the second I thought was so horrible that it was funny! I would order a cake like that - you've got to have a sick sense of humor.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStinaRie

the second cake is hilarious! LOL

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe willards

"the first cake looks like someone photoshopped some faces onto her falsies."

HILARIOUS - had to go back for a 2nd look!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStinaRie

I just snorted over "I hope the cake isn't chocolate"!

On the newscasters....the intention was good...i think...I mean the little suit jacket and tie and the woman's blouse...and the hair...that part is's when they add the blown up faces that suddenly the cake zooms out of control...

the second one was out of control as soon as they took that picture...although if you take the rest of the cake...the penmanship on the words, the piping of everything...all that looks this one was not the fault of the baker, but the tastelessness of the customer. "I hope the cake isn't chocolate"! Still chuckling over that one!!!!!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

CW2 is just disgusting! I hope Karissa is no longer speaking to the twisted individual who presented this to her.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Yeah I certainly want a cake with a picture of a girl on the toilet and a white tube-like structure sitting on top of it--did she graduate or is that "time of the month"? Sheesh.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInsanity Kim

Thanks for ruining me perfectly good late lunch

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

What possesses people to take pictures of their friends on the toilet?

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

That's a boob cake from a novelty bakery. That's funny, and I'm still trying to figure out if it's intentional.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

That news anchor cake is GENIUS!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I guess my daughter better watch our or she might end up like know, all the "great" ideas I get from this wonderful blog!!!!! ;-)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Would that second cake be more disgusting if it were yellow cake or chocolate?

Eeeew--red velvet?

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder who ate Karissa's, er, piece.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

Note to self: Never have your photo taken on the biffy, not even as a joke, 'cause you never know when it's going to end up on a cake on somebody's hilarious blog, and be seen round the world...

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

The graduation cake...that is soooo wrong on so many different levels!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm praying that's a diploma on the second one and not a feminine hygiene product. CanNOT imagine it any situation where you would think it was ok to put that image on a cake. Hope mama remembers who's gonna pick the nursing home!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

This is the first I have heard of edible photos. And I wish I could still remain in ignorance. Some things are better left unknown.

The word verification for this comment was "hyaws" which describes my reaction to the cakes quite well.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOldMorgans

Let's just hope and pray that the last cake wasn't chocolate!!!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara MacDonald

We now know why Karissa needs was Suzy's day yesterday...not its poor Karissa's turn.

WV: Stringi: maybe this refers to the hair or perhaps this would have been really creepy if it appeared on the body part day.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Oh god. I assumed that the girl was just sitting on the toilet. But a second look revealed that the lid is up and her pants are down.



January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRana

l love the second cake. i think it shows that family has a great sense of humour. very funny!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobinMarie

I have always wanted to eat a cake of a girl going to the bathroom. Yummy. Just so long as it doesn't have that bathroomy taste, that'd be awkward.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam, The Nanti-SARRMM

I like the tie.

I'm waiting for the heads to explode.

Where is the last bastion to good taste? I think I need to go live there after seeing the second cake.

wvotd..lizoisig: pronounced lees wa sig; the inability to tell what is in good taste and what is not. This condition is accompanied by a lack of insight and the inabiity to learn from one's ventures into bad taste.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Someone needs to stop passing around the haterade.

Karissa's cake is GENIUS.

And anyone who thinks that it lacks taste has CLEARLY never inspected a Facebook or Myspace page, ever.

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Frolicking Fräulein

Reason number 4567838392 to close and LOCK the bathroom door...

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertantra flower

Wow. I thought yesterday's baby cake was scary ... those anchors on the first cake look they are about to pop. Back away from the cake, ladies and gentlemen, just back away from the cake ...

The second one does not even deserve a comment. I hope the decorator quit/was fired in shame after that one! No excuse!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

You always worry about awful photos of yourself ending up on the Internet. Poor Karissa! On a cake that ends up on the Internet!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

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