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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

When Wreckerators Take the Fall

I may be sitting here with the A/C cranked in the southern swamp affectionately known as "Florida", but I have a feeling that Fall will be here soon. And lest we have any doubts, some bakeries have taken to posting helpful weather updates on their cakes:

Next week they're debuting "Bring a jacket; you'll catch your death in this chill."

I can't really tell if that's a threat or a promise, though. Sure, the pumpkins and cherries look happy, but those tree claws seem rather ominous. [shiver]

Fall, of course, is known for its colorful foliage.

We don't have any of that in Florida. (Pine cone pile, anyone?)

That's ok, though; with cakes like these, I don't think I'm missing all that "mulch":

Ah, you don't often see this level of technique used! You see, dragging a knife through icing takes confidence, a steady hand, and the kind of technical know-how that knows exactly which end is the pointy one. [nodding seriously]

Still, no matter how you slice it, those skills pale in comparison to this...

...feather? Spear?Long-necked snail? Worm in a hat? Worm in a skirt? Garden trowel? Underside of a snorkeler's leg?

Hey, I could go on all day. I suspect, however, that Zoey K., Hap C., & Brady want me to make like a tree, and get out of here.

- Related Wreckage: Fall Fumbles

(Note: If you now have Biff on the brain, congratulations! You're a geek! Now go watch this funny song he sings as a reward.)

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Reader Comments (112)

The last picture looks like a geoduck.


October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE

What makes me the saddest is that I already used that line earlier this morning as a joke. My geekiness has been confirmed.

WV: noide
I'm not a noide, I'm a geek!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I admit it! I'm a geek. Michael J. Fox was hot then and is hot now. "Back to the Future" ref is FTW!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy W

Cherries? My guess is that they're supposed to be apples. But who has apples and pumpkins the same size? And how much pseudophedrine do you have to give an apple and pumpkin to look that happy?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

That second cake! They nuked Oz!!! Oh, the Munchkinity! *Sob!*

The dancing cherries and pumpkins on the first cake are kinda cute but…where in the world do the cherries get as big as pumpkins?!?

The last one? That’s a turtle. Walking away from us. With, um…tummy trouble.


WV: spedsol. "*Sniffles!* I spedsol much dime on dis site, I'b dow behimb in by work. *Sneeze!*"

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

I love how you left the most obvious guess off that last cake....Geoduck!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Jen, You are hilarious
I can't wait to log in every morning to see the days wrecktastic wrecks.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobbie S.

You have to admit that the first cake was beautiful printed-AND spelled correctly!
...I'm having trouble (and am troubled) by the last cake..can we say octopus tentacles, anyone?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterteena


Man, I love those movies! I still want a Delorian with a flux capacitor.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

I think there is a fungus among us.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

LMAO...I totally thought of Biff. That song is hilarious- I didn't know he was doing comedy.

I have never been afraid of leaves, but after seeing these "cakes," I might be.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the tree claws have ears... Creepy.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSquidley

Ok, not only were the wrecks sublime today, but the bonus song was a total hoot!! I would say the red blobs were supposed to be apples, maybe? Eh, I'm not a cherry fan. And those tree claws give me the shivers too! (Apparently we don't get fall down here in S Texas either. Bummer.)

WV: learic: Those trees in the first cake make me learic of walking in the woods!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

make like a baby and head out?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralisaz

I think the last one looks like a geoduck!


October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, so the wrecks were funny today but that video of Biff made me laugh so hard I almost cried!!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

The first cake with the trees isn't so bad...except for that awkward text. Couldn't they just say "Happy Fall!" or something?

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK

That last one looks more like someone used a leaf as TP...

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe name is Carol/Mom

Why yes, I did immediately think of Biff. Scary.

I thought the last one looked like a snail that got stepped on and then went moldy.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoc

It took me a minute to realize that the pink thing on the right-side tree was supposed to be a knot-hole. I thought the decorator had dropped their gum.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTuli

What do you mean it's not fall in Florida? It's only 82 degrees at 10:00 this morning! (Which is way better than the 92 degrees it was 2 weeks ago!)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Love your blog...I just finished reading every post. Took me three days (while dealing with a bad cold, working, and taking care of my 5 month old and 2 yr/old)

Love those trees...remind me of a recurrent nightmare from childhood.. eek...

Definitely a long neck snail is the perfect description for # 3.

Keep up the great work/wrecks. I am going to have to look at the bakery section a lot more closely from now on...

Now I've got to find your book"

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Well, up here in the massive corn field affectionately known as "Indiana," these bakers are a step or two behind. Fall is already picking up her purse and waving hello to winter as he clocks in, baby.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamara Marnell

The third cake is clearly the elusive poo-necked turtle.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

LOVE the "Back to the Future" quote! :-)

On the first cake, my 8 year old daughter was standing next to me and kind of screamed from the way the trees looked and said, "They should have put an exclamation point." And I couldn't agree more. :-)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercelestejohnson

Those are some autumnal masterpieces right there. ::shudder::

I am in South Florida, hating that we dont have fall! :( But loving these ridic. cakes.. haha. Thanks for the AWESOME blog, read it every day!


October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Also melting in Florida, but add pouring Gulf Rain to the temps. Forget cake today ! I need AIR to breathe!

Welcome back from the land of the ill!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

Woohoo, another geek point! Three more and I’ll finally reach 12th level. That’s the one where I get the Esoteria Bibliocrypha feat, which allows me to name geek references by their episode, scene, or issue number.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

Also melting in Florida, but add pouring Gulf Rain to the temps. Forget cake today ! I need AIR to breathe!

Welcome back from the land of the ill!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

I'm pretty sure those are apples. Cherries are a summer fruit.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one is just plain UGLY!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie Girl Hair Do's

Cake #1, I see even Freddy Kruger takes a vacation.

Cake #3, interesting species of sea slug you got there, although it looks like someone ran over one end.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

nice 'back to the future' reference! those "fall" creations were hideous!! i think i'll stick to getting my weather updates via the internet :)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

I would just like to say, thanks for my reward! lol

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one isn't that bad other than the claws (and the cherries being the same size and pumpkins..I mean, even if they are supposed to be apples...). The second shows that one cannot even make a successful lumpy maple leaf with a cupcake cake. As to the third cake, I think you have said it all.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

Oh heck, I am utterly terrified of worms and slugs, and I cannot look at that last cake - it's freaking me out!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSelina

Maybe someone should have added red icing dripping from the menacing tree hands (?) and a red "not" in between "will" and "be"-ya know, to go along with the whole Halloween season...and maybe to explain why there were tomatoes (wtf?) on the cake. That definitely would have been an improvement and bonus hilarity.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAction Jackson

That last one is just so sad. So wrong, so..wrecky.

~Amy B-H

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"Underside of a snorkeler's leg" is a good interpretation for the last one.
It also reminds me of a geoduck (a clam with a huge "neck"):

I think another entry in the manual on how not to wreck cakes, though, would have to be "Always be very careful about making cylindrical objects with flesh-colored icing."

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

the tree hands are kinda scary, you sure it wasn't for Halloween? The last one is a fancy tree spatula...for scooping up nuts.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStella

"Biff" was on Psych last week.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie & Doug

Squigdly: That was totally my first thought! The claw trees of death can hear your every step!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

I agree, the tree claws look more like the kind of trees that reach out and grab unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. The pumpkins are kind of cute--maybe they're made to give a false sense of security? "Come iiiiin children...."

The leaf almost makes it. ALMOST. Get rid of the green blob and we might be in business.

The last one...nice colors but uugggh what is that tubular thing? (no on second thought I don't want to know)

Like the varied hues of fall foliage, fail comes in all sorts of degrees. Wreck on!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Drat, several people beat me to the geoduck comparison. At least that supports my assertion that that's what the last cake looks like.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

the last picture looks like some sort of fungi...

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentern i l e e y

ROFLAWM - That Maple Leaf CCC looks like a mutant carrot.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Quirky Confectioner

You should totally make a mole day post with chemistry/mole cakes!

(It's National Mole Day!!!)

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole N

OMG as if I didn't already love CakeWrecks enough, you go and post a BTTF reference! You're my hero!!!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Thank you very much for the Biff reference...LOVE those movies!!! In I have an overwhelming desire to share my geekiness with my kids (even more than I already have) and introduce them to Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3.....are 6 (almost 7), 9, and 10 too young for these movies.....hmmmmmmm.......

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

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