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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

Erring on the Side of Caution...Is Still Erring

I admit it: this may partially be my fault.

[wicked grin]

See, Wreckerators now have the following dilemma:

1. Actual cake "decorating" could land them here on Cake Wrecks, but

2. they still have to put something on their cakes, so...


Bada bing, bada boom.

"Yes sir, there's NO WAY this groom's cake will end up on Cake Wrecks now. Hah! Take THAT, Jen!"

Ah, thank goodness for technology. Who needs airbrushes, poo swirls, and plastic flotsam now?

FYI, Wreckerators: spell check is not missing-word check.

This bakery is covering all the bases:

Mmm. Papery.

Just don't try this at home, folks. Remember, these people are what we call "professionals."

"Is it edible? Well, sure, I suppose... Uh, do you need extra fiber?"

Sue P., Christine B., Liana E., & Beth E., Congratulation Your

- Related Wreckage: Cake Wreckin' Under-Achievers, Unite!

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Reader Comments (116)

Great images as always!
"Contragulations", Jen on making today's (10/13/09) online issue of the Daily Mail UK. Here's the link for you - just in case you haven't seen it:

Always looking forward to the next wreck!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrynwood Needleworks

Completely unappetizing. At least most other wrecks are in delicious, delicious icing.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

These remind me of the old school McDonald's birthday cakes.

Remember when you could have your birthday party at McDonald's? When I try to do that now people just call me a fatty.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

mmm paper!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

The scroll cake had me sliding sideways off my chair (exercise ball)
Centering may be over-rated but I was sure there must be a trail left by the sliding scroll...

WV: pingbo?!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Valinda

They do have rice paper edible images....and what about that photo paper edible stuff??


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

I'm guessing on that last one they asked the baker, "Can you put this on it?" (showing the piece of paper with the design) and the baker said "sure! we can do that it will be easy!"

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

I'm not a professional cake decorator but I'll admit that every time I slather frosting on a birthday cake or consider breaking out the piping bag I wonder "would Jen approve?"

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter-Sea Nymph-

Hey Jen, Did that top cake (groom's cake) come from Las Vegas by chance?

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJesstootall

I love paper, and I enjoy eating fortune cookies whole! These cakes must be for me...

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Hmm. I used to wonder how they got cakes into the computer printer for those photo-cakes.
Now I see you don't need to-- just print something out on regular paper (proofreading is for wussies, by the way), and slap the page on top of a cake. Saves you lots of time.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I'm glad someone is raising awareness of my "don't even make me think of paper being in my food or you'll be very, very sorry" disorder. We're not alone.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthisbagisnotatoy

Hehehe....Snicker, Snort. Paper on a cake.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

I loved the "hum, papery"!
Oh, and by the way, poor interns, even in their congratulations cakes they don't receive respect.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ.anquevitti

Wow, what copouts! And still they wreck onwards. Hurr Durr we don't have to decorate now! Just slap a piece of printer paper on there! Not that "sugar paper" is much better. Blecch!

And they expect people to pay for that? >:P

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I understand doing edibile images for photographs. I mean, that only makes sense. But these? These? UGH!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

@Amanda, you are right! Why should I pay for them to print a computer-generated decoration?! I can do that much! I also hate when they stick little plastic whatevers all over it and call it decorated. If I am paying for it I expect something I can't do.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCommoner1

Congratulations on making the third page of the Metro newspaper here in England!

I was thrilled to see a huge spread about one of my top blogs featured.

Why no post here about it? Be proud! Shout it loud!

If you need a copy, a copy can be sent....

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwith_apostrophe

Do you peel off the paper before you start cutting into the cake or give your guests slices of cakes with paper on them? o_0

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeray

Maybe wreckerators are just trying to help fight obesity. Add in some fiber with your sugar and carb laden cake, and voila! Instant health food.


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

At least they didn't pipe a frosting frame around the paper. You know that's next.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

paper: fiber from a naturally occuring wood source.

actually read the fiber part on a bag of bread, Roman meal, years ago before they knew we were bored and reading labels!

WV: ashngsts: I am against ash in my cake, too

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

The intern cake is the best. Nothing says "You're not real employees" or "We don't pay you" like a paper printout on top of a cake. Note the crease from the person assigned to print it folding it and stuffing it in folder.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristy D

Fabulous. Truly.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Ah, the fabulous life of an intern. They probably got sent to go pick up their own crappy cake.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdnoxious

Awesome pictures it's nice to know that certain disasters can be enjoyed by the masses. We don't laugh at them, we laugh with them.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey.Giesler

Dear Marketing Staff:

"Congratulation" on illustrating our point that yes, even you really do need editors.


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Peach

Next we're just going to have people projecting images onto cakes as if they're giant movie screens.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Aside from the slacker effort put forth into these, just the idea of a cake like these is BORING! If I'm ordering a cake, I want some serious frosting, nice decor, and SPRINKLES. There are no sprinkles to be found. How sad.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Not just the Daily Mail! Also printed in the Metro (a free UK daily paper, available at public transport stations and on buses)


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKati

edible paper! mmmmmmm!!!!!!! ;)

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

in this poor economy, perhaps these are the "deal of the week cakes"

save 15% for paper instead of frosting!! please recycle... in the TOILET!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Even the "edible" photo transfers taste like ass. At least if it's actual paper on top of the cake, no one will make the mistake of trying to eat it!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was looking at the second picture trying to determine what was wrong with it, all I saw were pretty cakes.
Until.....I saw the rainbow one on the left WITH THE CURLING PAPER!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wait, they actually put paper on the cake instead of actually decorating it? And people PAY for it? What am I doing wrong here?

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey@pickyeatings

Well, at least it can be said the wreckerators were paper trained.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Alli said...
I'm guessing on that last one they asked the baker, "Can you put this on it?" (showing the piece of paper with the design) and the baker said "sure! we can do that it will be easy!"

-that's exactly what I was thinking!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Is it just me, or is the scroll cake slipping to the right?

Just move that scroll over a bit, it seems to have moved while we drove the cake home! Yeh, just like that. Bad idea? Just leave it there then, don't make a mess. Damnit, the word "on" must have fallen off too. Just set the cake down and let's go!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

Next I suppose the tattoo industry will take hold of this idea.

Why bother actually drawing the complex design on a person when you can just tape on a piece of paper?

But use surgical tape so they know it's quality work.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

Plastic surgeons will just tape a picture of a better nose over yours.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

Personal trainers will just tape a picture of a skinny women with toned muscle over your whole body. (With a lot of border space.)

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

Nothing says "we care about you guys enough to get you a cake" like a big giant white cake with nothing on it but a piece of paper! bet they just couldn't even grasp all of the appreciation being show.... (facepalm!)

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney C.

Is that a crease down the center of the "interns" paper? Did someone pull this out of their pocket, unfold it, and slap it on the cake? Could they be reusing the same piece of paper for interns all year? What happens next year? IS THIS GOOD FOR THE COMPANY?

wv: hupri: wreckerator mangling of "hip hip hooray"

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlifeofleisa

I love paper, and I enjoy eating fortune cookies whole! These cakes must be for me.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Paper?! Really?!! Come the (explitive) on!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Mmmm papery is right!
Who doesn't want EXTRA fibre in their diet?
I'm sure with all that sugar that's on the cake they'll need to get it somewhere.
It kinda makes the cake a balanced diet. Like sticking fruit on. But instead of fruit... It's paper...
Okay, okay. I have NO idea why they would stick paper on it then send it out.
And congrats on a page 3 spread in the Metro paper in the UK.
You're now an official page 3 girl here :P

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShiny Volvo Owner

Wow, you made the New York Times in addition to all those British papers. Congratulations, and thanks for all the laughs.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOstrakos

Hey, I can frost cakes, and I have a printer! I too can be a cake decorator!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremilymichelle

Woo-Hoo!! You made the NY Times today, in the Dining & Wine section - truly all the news that's fit to print:

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

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