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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

Teasers for the Coming Seasons

There's nothing like the holiday season to put bakers in "the mood" - uh, to decorate cakes, of course. ;)

Why, last year we had so much fabulous Wreckage submitted from October through January that I couldn't get them posted fast enough! So here's a little sneak peek at what Wreckerators may have in store for you the next few months.

Halloween has its "monsters":

Gee, Frankenstein certainly looks hard up.

Thanksgiving has its "turkeys":

Outlines: making the vaguely suggestive so much more specifically nutty.

And "Winter" things:

"Bat those baby blues at me all you want: I will NOT turn the photo around!"

Jill P., Anony M., & Barbara R., I would salute you, but these Wrecks beat me to it.

- Related Wreckage: Seasonal Non Sequiturs

Note from John: Wondering where yesterday's post went? Check out today's comments section.

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Reader Comments (197)

You have to wonder if they are doing this on purpose. It's too weiner-riffic to be accidental.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Things like this have to make you wonder if they do it out of juvenile flashbacks, and just assume that no one will notice because they are "that good!"

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would sooner eat a realistic baby cake than these "things". As long as they don't combine both ideas into an anatomically incorrect realistic baby cake.

I'm really fighting off the urge to make horrible pun jokes. I'll just have to do it anonymously.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrother

oh my

I'll never be able to look at a turkey neck the same way again.

thank you for that.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Bakers are pervs

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK

Man, that Frankenstein's monster cake just has to have been on purpose. Really.

But very very very funny!
Shelley in Southern Illinois

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The decorator responsible for that Halloween cake could use some antidepressants. It's a scary holiday not a sad one.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Fronkensteen's nose goes way too well with those other two... instances of schwanzstucker.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJael

Bwwwwwwwaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! You said "hard up"!!!!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Momma

LOL too funny!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawklady

hilarious! obviously the wreckerators are so high on sugar and food dye that the don't see the suggestive content springing up before them. :~P

were you asked to take down the swastika cake?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterterri s

Not so subliminal.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I love it. Nothing like confectionary phallus to start the day!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

What happened to yesterday's post?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, the competition is getting pretty stiff for Best Wreckerator of the Year!


October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikeW

Thanks! Nothing like a few phallic symbols to get us 'in the mood' for the holidays!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

YIKES! Surely there are better ways to draw noses and the like. Especially without borrowing, ahem, other body parts! ::eyes rolling::

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I actually think the turkey cupcake cake is kinda cute...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

HAHAHAHAHA! OMG, those are hilarious! Ever tried to laugh silently at work? It doesn't really work and my sides are hurting from the effort!

How, HOW could the decorator NOT see this????

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So Igor not only retrieved an 'abby-normal' brain instead of the one he was supposed to get, but also got confused on what the good doctor meant when he asked for a "good sized schnoz," too?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjedijson

The turkey reminds me of a guy I met in college. We called him 3ball.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sometimes a turkey neck is just a...wait that didn't come out quite right.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIain

Had to see your blog after reading about you in the Times. What a hoot! Thanks so much for your efforts. And today's entry - wow! Freud would have a field day with these decorators. The subconscious can be a quirky and mysterious place, especially when revealed in frosting...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeith in Kansas

Today's post was hilarious, but I did notice that yesterday's disappeared. How disappointing. : (

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I don't see a word about yesterday's post!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjmberrygirl

Hey guys,

Since several of you have asked, yes, we took down yesterday's post. It all started in good fun and we linked to the Mother of the Bride's website for verification. The bad part was that on her site she named the baker and smeared her pretty severely. And it turns out there were two sides to the story.

Throughout the day, we got a few e-mails from the baker asking us to fairly represent her company which we did pretty early in the day. Unfortunately, as the day wore on, the baker began receiving racist hate mail and, I believe, threats. Now I'm not sure this post was ever really funny (more tragic) but at this point, all humor was gone. And since we are a humor site, we took it down. There comes a point when it's just not worth it.

So there you have it. Did we lose some kind of integrity because we chose to say enough is enough? Maybe. But we've always said that Cake Wrecks is not out to hurt bakers and that's what it did yesterday. Thanks in advance for your understanding and please feel free to e-mail me with any further questions.

Wreck On!


October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

'coming' seasons? LMAO

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh My Gawd! I am laughing so hard right now!!! THANK YOU.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Domino

Another Turkey story - my teenage friend took the turkey neck from a frozen bird and laid it over the side of the trash can in the men's room (as a joke), and went home for the day. Instead of laughs though they got tears, vomiting and a police report. Ooops

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are those pretzels on the Rudolph cake? Nothing goes better with cake than salty pieces of bread disguised as antlers right?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSE in NY

Maybe the bakers are "deeply religious"?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCinzia

That turkey looks a little "cocky".

Frankenstein? More like BeefFrank-enstein!

These cakes are "nuts"! And they give me the "willies"!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnutsymous

Mmm I just don`t want to point out the obvious!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaine B.

I think you did the right thing. It was definitely not all in good fun by the end of the day with the cake. Thanks for taking a stand and taking down the post.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Well today's Triple Testicle Turkey certainly made up for it, John. Good work on maturity, by the way. Thumbs up!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate in Italy

John & Jen: IMHO, you gained integrity for taking down yesterday's post. I went the the blog and was bothered by the story and it's presentation. You did the right thing and I admire you for it.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey John and Jen,

I think you did the absolutely RIGHT thing in removing yesterday's post. I didn't see the baker's side of the story because it's nighttime here when you put things on the site and I was probably already asleep when you printed her side.

Your FAQ says: "Now then, if you see your photo posted here and it ticks you off (some people actually don’t mind) then just contact me and let me know you’d like it removed. Please go easy on the name-calling and accusations of “stealing”, though; all photos are user-submitted, and believe it or not, I’m really not out to ruin your day."

Hats off to sticking to your values and for taking that necessary step to "stop the carnage!"


October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I think you did the right thing regarding yesterday's post... it's all fun and games until somebody gets hate mail!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercuregirl0421

I respect your reasons for taking the post down, but I was really irritated at the baker for using flickr grabs of cakes her business didn't make, to market her wares.

If you ever put out a guide to avoiding wreckage, one of the steps should be to make sure the baker has really made the example cake you want - and to independently google when in doubt.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarahW

Maybe you could feature yesterdays baker in the Sunday Sweets. Her cake was well done, just not what the bride was hoping for. And one guy mentioned that all symbols used on the cake were Native American symbols for good things (I don't remember what exactly).

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeserlee

I understand your reasons for removing yesterday's cake and comments, especially if the baker was starting to get hate mail and the like, but I regret that it came to that, because I thought the discussion it stimulated in the comments was quite interesting.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Thank you for taking that post down, then. I wouldn't enjoy something that actually hurt a baker. You made the right decision!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRiku

I think the turkey is actually modern art. I spot at least two sets of testicles.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pearce

I somehow missed Frankenstein's, um, nose, until I finished the whole post. Time for some caffeine, methinks, to wake up the ol' observation skills...

I'm sorry to hear what happened to yesterday's baker. Yes, the cake had some things wrong about it, but the mistakes seemed like honest ones produced by someone who dashed off a cake they shouldn't have dashed off. Nothing deserves hate mail and especially death threats, much less a cake. The bride's mother obviously had a bone to pick with the bakery, but that was *her* bone to pick with the bakery.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

As Freud might say, "Sometimes a turkey just a turkey cake. Except when it's not!"


WV: rerset. Good on ya for hitting the rerset button on yesterday's post when things went haywire.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

Darn it, I didn't go back later in the day to read the comments on yesterday's post.

In the interest of fairness, maybe you should post the other side, just in the comments here, because believe me, that post lives on in news readers. I get posts various blogs later take down, including a couple from here!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookmom

I thought yesterday's post was funny, but I also didn't see any of the backlash. You guys continue to be classy, tasteful, and, most importantly, nice so I'm pleased to see that you pulled a post that people had problems with. Which is why you will always be my favorite blog! And congratulations on the NYT's bestseller list!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged.

Inga: His veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould all have to be increased in size.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Exactly.

Inga: He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: That goes without saying.

Inga: Voof.

Igor: He's going to be very popular.

(sorry, couldn't resist)

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if there is anyway that you could post the baker's side of the story without it causing insanity? Just for those of us that missed it?

Or is the baker's side in the comments on the other site?

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

It is so sad that someone feels the need to send hate mail or threats over a cake. I think the people who actually paid for the cake have the right to complain, but not strangers who have nothing to do with it. It's REALLY sad people!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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