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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

Comic Issues

Technically, bakeries have to get permission from the copyright holders to use certain logos in their cake designs. But really, who has the time or energy for that?

Besides, why use this...

...when it's essentially just a red "S" on a yellow triangle anyway?

Totally the same, AND free for anyone to use.

Come to think of it, you really don't even need that triangle; a yellow background still gets the idea across, right?

A "super" cake, for a, er, "great" man!

It's interesting to see the lengths bakeries will go to to avoid using a licensed Batman kit, too:

This one could fool just about any lawyer: a playing card and a friendly Halloween bat? Nope, no Batman stuff here!

Plus, this could be just your average creepy clown cake:

A very "serioust" clown, that is.

Here's my favorite, though:

"Now, Pat, we've got to make sure that 'Bat' and 'Man' are two separate words, okay? And obviously no bats."

"Nooo problem, boss. How do you feel about seagulls?"

Jessica T., Eddie, Jill M., Aileen M., & Maria, "super" job!

- Related Wreckage: The Joker's Revenge

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Reader Comments (58)

First CW: Yum, SuperNacho!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggiethecat

I'd like to see their versions of "Barbie" cakes.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

i like the random capitilization on the bat man cake, along with the prissiest letter b ever seen on a grungy slab of granite colored cake. why cake gods...why?!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertangeria

I love Cake Wrecks! On a side note I just received my copy of the book and I couldn't stop laughing (or cringing).

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAberdonian

Ok seriously! The last one!!! Facepalm! They must've been smokin' some fondant to think that cake was even presentable to the public! Let alone a kid... "Gee, thanks mom, I love the color gray?" UGH!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney C.

I just loved that Joker cake.

There's no way in hell to know what it's supposed to be, unless you're given a clue. And then it's like a light bulb switching on in your head! AAAH, IT'S JOKER!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

I didn't snap a picture yesterday, but these remind me of the cake I saw with the blue Hulk. I could've sworn Hulk was green.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabsiegirl

That last one was my favorite. I wonder if they can do
Super Man too?

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Spelling aside, I secretly think the Joker cake is pretty sweet. Looks like (a crazyperson) he made it.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeans

Ok ok ok I snorted and starting giggling really hard at the "Serious? HA!" cake. What the H-E-double hockey stick? I also enjoy the seagulls on the Bat Man cake. I see some very angry children destroying that thing.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

At least the handwriting on the first Batman cake is okay..

That 'Joker' cake though is going to give me nightmares. And it's not because of the face, either. Euugh.. amount.. of... frosting for eyes...

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

OK, so I'll admit I haven't seen the recent Batman films, but I was the last one *really* something to show to a FOUR-YEAR-OLD?!

wv: seebran - strange, I thought you were supposed to eat it.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSili

The logos in the corner of the first one look good, though. And I never would have gotten the Joker cake without reading the comments.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKath

I'm mostly horrified that a kid getting a cake themed around The Dark Knight for his 4th birthday. That movie is in no way appropriate for a kid who was 3 when it came out!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNani

"Why so serious? Dominic is 4!"

well you know at that age the terrible twos are just winding to a close, and they're just gearing up for the serious 5's. So yeah this cake a no batman references what so ever.... HAHAHAHA, Well, hello beautiful, you look scared...

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

AAAAA! The terrifying V formation!

This is awesomely bad! I think the last one made me laugh the hardest but I think the bad photo shop-ed block in the first one is pretty win as well:D

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Yes, I'm with the folks who think that the Dark Knight's Joker is just a few decades too mature for a 4-year-old. Seriousness itself is too mature for a 4-year-old, let alone sarcastic use of the concept.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrethren Priestess

Super cakes, guys!


It was great to see you both in Chicago last night! I asked Jen to sign "HUGE ME" in my book!

Check out my post:


Either works.

Thanks, guys, for the fun!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

is ray 37? i used my super powers to deduce that he must be: a number 3 candle + 7 single candles = 37 years.

interesting (and kinda sweet) that a man pushing 40 wanted a superman cake. awwww.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

You want Superhero cake wrecks. Watch Superman 3 and stop the movie when they zoom in on the cake at Lana's Boy's birthday party. The cake is just a touch away from a wreck or one outright.

To be fair it is probably actually a block of shortening rather then an actual cake.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

It wasn't a Superman logo! Poor Sray, no one ever gets his name first thing.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

Did anyone else notice that on one cake there are 7 normal candles, and a big "5" candle next to it??

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheressa

You know, I just don't think I'd give a 4-year-old a Joker cake, especially with the caption "Why so serious?" Granted they won't understand but wheee that's just disturbing.

The last cake gets -10 points for the Bat....Man lettering, but the flock of bats reminds me of the very cool opening animation for "The Batman" animated show. Not too bad (at least not as bad as the others!).

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

wow, these are just so amazing and worthy of cake smashing... it seems someone needs some help of the superhero variety

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Awesome! Love the last one!

Who knew a large red letter S sitting by itself is all you need for a fabulous birthday cake?

"Why so serious Dominic is 4"? Is that what they ordered, or did they just want a batman cake?
I love how the card switches around the diamonds and the numbers.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just need to stare at the last one for a few more minutes to try to figure out WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON.

And the one with the playing card is like a game of Pictionary. Figure out what the cake is supposed to say with just THIS bat and THIS playing card!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Kath, good eye. How could they mess up the big one when there are proper S diamonds (plastic rings) on the corners?

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ.R. Herbaugh

Oh, yes. Seagulls get the point across only too well.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

Nope. No copy-right infringement worries here!
~Amy B

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Awwww, man! I wanted to be the first to notice the big 5 candle with the 7 little candles next to it. Is Ray 57? 5+7=12? What a sad birthday that nobody knows how old Ray really is.....

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

LMAO!!! These are hilarious!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I was thinking CW3 was, perhaps, just a bat who liked to play cards.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Holy Fondant Batman! It's hard to decide which of these "super" cakes is the LEAST appetizing!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrism

Yeah. We're pretty new to this whole Cake Wrecks phenomenon... and we've just gotta ask what in the holy living Hell were these people thinking? smoking?

Wow. Holy V, Bat Man.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdevochka

Hey Jen! Totally unrelated to today's cakes, but I did find the perfect house for you and john. Right here on

and thanks again for the laughs you are obviously "tonight's entertainment"

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Anyone else notice that Ray's "Superman" cake has a number 3, but then 7 candles off to the side. Hmm... I guess only a true Superman can be two ages at once!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAidan and Patrick

You guys are awesome!!!! I gave you an award.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScrapingirl

These are pretty funny. I got my book yesterday - love it!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

i don't get what that thrid one has to dod with superman.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

I think that they are perfectly decent get arounds!
(though wrecky).

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChiara

They just get progressively worse! The serioust cake is like some child's attempt at a demon cake... with demon eyes made of... swirl. And the "Bat Man" cake just is dumbfoudingly bad.

We love this blog, the way you love a bunch of pictures of deformities, but you don't feel bad for laughing.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

omg, the bat man cake is my favorite. so janky

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermandy moorehol

It is odd that they used the plastic shields on the first cake, er cookie, and they couldn't draw on the Superman logo right.

I mean the actual thing is right there how could they not use it? Since they are obviously already using licensed stuff on it I blanking on what the problem is here. That's the big irony of cake one. The messed up the Superman Logo while using the LOGO!!!!!!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

why is part of the superman cake blurred out?

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Man, I'd love more wrecky and non-wrecky Superman cakes. Or Batman. No, he's been getting all the glory.

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfaunablues

I guess for others this is not a big deal. as long as they are cakes and they are delicious and you are starving, nothing to worry!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbedroom dressers

wow, i feel good, how variable things are moving, informative

I would love to see what these Wreckerators would have done with a Two-Face cake.

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdorotha

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