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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

Oh, It Sends a Message Alright

The label on this says it's a "message cookie":

Now, I'm just ballparking here, but I think the message might be something along the lines of:

"When I think of you, I think of bug-infested poop. And football. Because I hate football."

Gee, at this point, why not just cut to the chase?

"The Message Cookie: When you hate enough to actually spend money on more clearly expressing your hatred."

Remember, E.M., if you're ever offered a poo-spotted football cake, the proper response is: "Thanks, but I think I'll pass."

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Reader Comments (77)

Or maybe the message is "Nothing beats playing football in a cow pattie field!"

Or maybe . . . not.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Down here in Tennessee Titans country, I'm sure this cake is a message about the season so far this year. 0-6. Poop cake is appropriate.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmyk

"No thanks, I'll pass." Nice work on the double pun.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

Turtle recall. Oh man, I'm still reeling on that one. Good times, good times.

Is it bad that even though today's wreck is horribly done I would still eat it because it's cookie cake?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

I think the message of the cookie is- "I think your football team is poop (or a more explicative four letter word)." For all the sorry and sucky football teams in the NFL right now...

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Marie

Is that a real football? Or is it made of footbally icing?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Laughing out loud!!! The only thing that would make this funnier is if it had a #%$@$*& DRAG RACER on it. And now I'm laughing again.... :) :) :)

Oh, Jen, there is not a day goes by that you don't add a giggle, a snicker, a great big ol' grin to it. Thank you, lady; what a treasure you are!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

Now, you mean pass the ball or pass a #2? Either way...I'm steering clear.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

I prefer to think of the message as a PSA - don't play football in land mine fields. I think it is a strong message that needs to get out there...

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShe-she

I think I need to find that cookie because there are so many people I dislike as much as football.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndreanna

Ha ha I was reading this post and my 18 month old son came over and pointed at the computer and said, "stinky"

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ew, I will never eat chocolate chips again.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I'll never look at chocolate donuts the same way again. Or dog poop.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

What is that ball made of? Is it a real rubber ball? a dog chew? (left by the producer of the dog poo?)

Also, what on earth is a cookie cake? I don't think we have them in the uk?

New to this blog and it's resopnsible for lots of procrastination at work now!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusanamio

I'm wondering... where do you put the message?

Maybe it's hidden under the plastic football?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

There are so many good ways to add extra chocolate to things...why do so many people fail so hard at doing it decently?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

this cookie cake is spot on with respect to my feelings about football in general.


October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

We went to a big chain bookstore last night and looked through a copy of your book. We just laughed and laughed. Instead of putting it back away, we left it on the table by the chairs hoping someone else would pick it up. Will definitely be buying a copy for our coffee table soon!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey G.

Justin's comment reminded me of that steer they use to poop on a grid. Maybe he is on to something.

And thanks for the heads up (via Tweet) on the cute nerdy TV show, The Big Bang Theory. My husband laughed and laughed. It was fun watching him.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I think it's just a very realistic cake. At my high school, the football field was home to about a hundred geese, and goose poop is not like other bird poop...

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Hello! My name is Becky and I'm addicted to Cake Wrecks. ;)

I wanted to say that I just found this site and am very sad I didn't find it sooner. I have not been able to pull myself away from the computer for the last few days. Your site is HILARIOUS!

I can't wait to be on the look out for Cake Wrecks of my own! (I have a feeling that one described to me for an upcoming Girl Scout event might just qualify.)

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I think I can clear this up...

In our school district, they have a fundraiser for the football team called the Cow Pattie Drop, during which they have a grid marked on the football field and they walk a very full cow (or steer or bull... who knows?) around on the field. Everyone has made bets to see which square on the grid the cow will "drop" his/her pattie(s). The winner gets a prize and the football team keeps the money, or something like that.

I am NOT making this up. See how it all ties in? Cow patties and football go hand-in-hand here in Texas.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

I think the message is: "Pick up after your dog so we can play football, you inconsiderate pet owner."

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

I think that cake was made for the Tennessee Titans who defiantly know how to "stink it up" on the field!!!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlair


~Amy B

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

At first glance, I looked at this and thought "Football in a messy desert? Or on a messy beach? Palam trees behind the football...Littered with bugs and camel poo..."

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookmom

Poo seems to be a frequent theme among the cake-decorating community. Is there a secret poo-perfecting guild of cake decorators nationwide, practicing their secret art of poo-piping?

It takes a special kind of customer to appreciate a cake with a scategorical theme.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

Look how much you can say without saying a word, and for only 8 bucks, too! Much cheaper to send this than, say, put a horse's head in someone's bed.

And once again, think twice on the brown icing, everyone. I'm starting to think that's pretty good advice for life.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

"No thanks, I think I'll pass"


October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Wow, I hope the receiver doesn't take offense...

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

Is that a real football, or is it a creation? Because, if the decorator created that, I can see why they had no creative energy left for the rest of the - er - cookie.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Watson, Writer

Ew. That looks like a real rubbery football. You can only hope it had been washed and is not spreading dirt/chemicals on the cake.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

1/4th Message Cake >.>

I shudder to think what the full message looked like.

Decorated by an angry football widow?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

shouldn't that read
"Thanks BUTT I'll pass"
And by adding commas the meaning can be REALLY enhanced

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

RE: "Also, what on earth is a cookie cake? I don't think we have them in the uk?"

It's a large, thick cookie made with little or no leavening, resulting in a dense and chewy texture.

Chocolate, er, chip by the look of it.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Or thanks butt I think I'll pass....;)

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

According to the label, this is only one-fourth of a "Message Cookie."
That must have been a really big cookie before they cut it up.
Maybe somewhere on the other three-fourths there's an explanation of what's supposed to be going on here.

... But why would you want a football, a real football, I mean (at least it looks real), on your cake? The piles of ... er ... stuff could have been meant to represent something else (no, I don't know what else), but that football looks completely intentional.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

That's disturbing

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

"No thanks, I think I'll pass." Appropriate indeed. ;)

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

The label says this is message cookie one of four (or maybe one quarter of a message cookie). I wonder what the other 3 messages (or 3/4th) would say? Dissing hockey, basketball and baseball maybe? Does one say "No chocolate sprinkles!"? We will never know...

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

Perhaps it *is* supposed to be poo...

My high school used to hold Cow Dumps, fundraisers where they'd let cows out on the football field and people would bet which yard line the cow would poop in.

:::sigh::: Sadly, I am not making this up.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I love this blog ! I found it today on the N.Y.Times on line, and it was a funny moment in my poop-job. Congratulations from Paris/France. Hanna.
J'adore ce blog ! je l'ai decouvert aujourd'hui sur le N.Y.Times en ligne, c'etait une vraie recreation dans ma journee de boulot. Felicitations parisiennes ! Hanna.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHanna lives in Paris

WTF??? Seriously I think this is the most baffling Wreck yet. What the heck are those circles supposed to even be? I would love to get into the minds of these folks and just find out the process.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

Um..."1/4" is just referring to its size--it's the size of a quarter sheet cake. Sorry to disillusion you. :)

@Hanna--I read your comment, and wondered why it said the same thing twice...until I realized that it was in English _and_ French. Guess my French is better than I thought! Vous avez decouvert le blog meilleur de l'Internet!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Playing football in a mine field?

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZusie

snap, that is a pile of crap.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermandy moorehol

That pun was bad on so many levels! :-)

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

I'm glad that someone else picked up on the "1/4 Message" too. I know that it means one fourth of a sheet cake...but you all had some pretty good ideas about what the 1/4 might mean instead. Personally, I thought that maybe, just maybe...the rest of the message was on the other 3/4 of the cookie cake.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

But what does it mean?!?!?

you guys might like the woot shirt today. maybe.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

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