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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

I'll Have Whatever They're Having

Sometimes I can't help but envy the Wreckerator.

I mean, imagine going through your day in a world where this makes sense:

(I don't know why, but I keep seeing a sad bat here.)

Yep, that's gotta be a happy place.

Plus, imagine that flavor sensation: chocolate-chip cookie, icing, and life savers. Mmmm. Crunchy! And gooey. And chocolate-y. And - hey, is that dirt? - grainy. Yeah.

Or how about this one?

What is it? I have no freaking idea - but I bet Dr. Seuss would be proud.

Here's one that's kinda cheerful:

And by "cheerful" I mean "borderline nauseating." It's like a clown's version of a mushroom cloud. "Happy Nuclear Holocaust! Nyuck nyuck nyuck!"

And then there's this:

Face it: that wee lil' intestinal section is totally smiling at you.

Dawn G., Patrick T., Andrea B., Krista S., remember the good ol' days of bad balloons and tons of icing roses?

- Related Wreckage: National Cupcake Day

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Reader Comments (142)

Drug screening by bakeries might be a good idea!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

If Dr. Seuss was looking for a male enhancement product, maybe...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I think that the "cheerful mushroom cloud" is actually a melty umbrella like for a baby or wedding shower. I've seen similar (sadly w/o my camera) and was thrilled when the one ordered for my bff's wedding shower turned out nicely.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhamburke

That first one is either Moses parting the Red Sea or a butterfly and pupae.

I hate it when I don't know if I'm supposed to be scientific or religious.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermudslicker

Having looked at it for a minute, I now realize that #1 is supposed to be a sunset on the ocean. But at first glance, it looked like someone had unzipped their jeans and ... let it all hang out. Complete with swirls of body hair and gummy nipples. T_T

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the first one is *supposed* to be the sun setting on the ocean... with polluted clouds and... an ode to "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs" type story where suddenly it starts raining lifesavers?????
Wouldn't skittles have been more appropriate?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrie Williams

If you use your imagination, the first one looks like a poor attempt at a beach scene (the dirt) with the sun setting into the horizon while reflecting across the water. Of course, I have no idea what the lifesavers are suppose to be...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

I *think* that first one is supposed to be a sunset at the beach. The orange stuff is the sun just barely peeking above the water, with the reflection spread out over the water. The icing blobs are clouds.

But I got no clue on the freaky lifesavers candies!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Okay, the only good thing I can say about the last wreck is that at least that one I can eventually figure out what it is. The others? I have NO clue. Seriously. I keep staring and staring, and all I get is nauseated.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I think the CCC is supposed to be a 'cake' with 'candles' on top...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

My rorschach test: The first one is a sunset on the beach, and the third one is a colorful interpretation of the spiky caterpillar enemies in the desert Mario levels.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Cullen

I'm with Kelly on this one... drug screening might be smart. But, then, would we still have cake wrecks??

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Somehow I realized right away that it was a sunset/sunrise over some body of water, I think it was because I drew something similar with "my first pastels" kit when I was little.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKnubbsy-Wubbsy

I think the first one might be a tornado. However, as in other guesses, the life savers remain inexplicable. Well, except for the undone trousers guess, but let's hope that's not it.

For the first one, I thought Red Sea too until I read the comment about unzipped jeans. Now all I see is a belly with acne and yellow leeches.

wv: unclo
It is unclo what these wrecks are supposed to be.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Handcart

They make "in memory of" ribbons for wrecky cakes now?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

I agree with Jo - #2 is a CCC (patooey!) version of a cake with 3 candles. You know, because cupcakes are so much better for depicting straight lines than circular objects.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lili Effect

Well, my first thought about the first one was "sea slugs?" Nah, not in the right place. Then I kind of got the "sea" scene with reflection, sand, etc. I guess those sea slugs are actually clouds. Not sure about the lifesavers, though . . . incoming life rings for those "drowning in a school of thought over what this cake is supposed to be?"

I kind of liked the CCC . . . it didn't look like it had any pretense at being anything but a collection of cupcakes!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Perhaps with the inclusion of the last one's "support our troops" ribbons, it is meant to be some sort of message about drawing a line in the sandbox.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDies Irae

My guesses are:

1. "Twister" the movie, not the game.

2. Tetris, obviously.

3. Beach umbrella?

4. Stay-Puf marchmallow man, steamrolled.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSylver

Actually, I think it's a happy bat, because those things above it are *clearly* meant to be bugs...

Hope you're both feeling better!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoonreader

I bet that secondn is supposed to be a menorah. LOL Horrible.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSile

A handful of sprinkles for eyes? It's making my eyes water! Yikes!

Cool Mo D.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake with candles...Jo, I never would have figured that out! I did get the sunset and the umbrella, but that one and the last one...beyond me.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Hmmm, I can't stop staring at the first one. What in the???? Lifesavers? Really? Only two things come to mind, either the parting of the red sea or a tornado.

I think I'll go with tornado, see it's flinging debris into the air (thus the lifesavers?) and stirring up the dirt on the ground?

I just don't even know.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the Dr. Seuss cake is supposed to be an ice cream sundae...a really bad, completely unrealistic ice cream sundae. There are sprinkles on the bottom and cherries on the top.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaligirl This post cracked me up completely! I can kind of see the "sunset" now, if I squint and kind of tilt my head just right.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCammy

Minus the lifesavers and maybe the dirt, I kind of like the first one. It reminds me of a VanGogh - especially his last painting of the wheat field where the road ends in the middle of the field. Said field is where he then killed himself.

Hmmm...I hope the wreckerator wasn't crying out for help.

P.S. I love the logo for the next leg of the tour. Good to see you have your sense of humor about it. I'm glad that you guys are doing better.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

After seeing these cakes my ambitions have been fired up for making an attempt at something for the World Tour Cupcake Decorating contest. How could I do any worse!

Really was just commenting so I could mention WV--sonceste

Cake number 1 takes us please sing in harmony) "Beyond the sonceste". (Sorry, if you are younger than 35, you may not recognize the song. In that case you need not sing. Unless you are in a Song Wrecky mood.)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

It's not all that mysterious.
In the first one, the ladyfinger-type things are clouds, the lifesavers above them are the sun and the moon, the navy-blue is the water and the orange blob is the sun's reflection on the water, and the chocolate chips are stars, or maybe ash fallout from a nearby volcanic eruption, or crashing meteorites, or something like that, and the crumbs of whatever-that-is are sand on the beach. The purple-gray lifesavers are floaty toys that the children left on the beach when they went inside after the meteorite storm started. It also helps if you assume a color-blind cake decorator.

The second one was for somebody's third birthday, and it actually represents a big birthday cake with three candles on it. The cool thing here is that the picture of a big cake is actually made out of cupcakes. Very meta-textual, no?

The third one is a beach umbrella on a very small island. I don't really know why there are a green arch and a brown arch above the umbrella (an off-color rainbow?), but I'm trying here, OK.

The fourth one is the most brilliant of all. Obviously, it's a headless dachshund playing croquet on a snow-covered field. The tan gumdrops are croquet balls, the yellow loops are wickets, and the little piles of sprinkles are confetti thrown by excited sports fans.

It's that simple.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The CCC looks like something that would be in CandyLand.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMzHartz

Do you ever get the feeling that some wreckerators out there are TRYING to make it on your blog? I didn't think that until I saw today's post. Seriously. Those folks are just messing with you. They are deliberately trying to earn a spot on Cake Wrecks. There is no other explanation.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

For about a minute, I thought the first one was an underwater volcano eruption. Then I realized it was an ocean sunset. I like the first idea better.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaralenenok

Good heavens! I couldn't tell what ANY of them were supposed to be. Couldn't wait to get to the comments and find out, surely somebody has some idea...I also want some of what they're having, that makes those cakes seem reasonable. I'm sure it would put a nice spin on my morning. Lily

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ooh! ooh! on the #2, the one in the middle is a snowman made from THE YELLOW SNOW.

wait... it's cake "#2"... teeheehee!

(oh lordy sometimes i think my brain has been replaced by that of a ten year old boy.)

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

To me the second CCC kinda looks like they were going to a birthday cake with HUGE candles...maybe
The third makes me think of a multi-colored umbrella poking out of sand. At first I thought it was upside down, but it doesn't make any sense from any side.
The last one reminds me of Pillow People. I loved those. Most girls got the ballerina ones. For some reason my parents got me a basket ball player. Hmmm

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPilar

The top one has to be a beach, water, sunset shining on water, and sunset-y clouds. No clue what the Lifesavers are though!
New to your blog -- love it!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynnette


If you look closely, there is a purple one on the "beach" which is, I imagine, where the other two started out before they were slid about in all their crunchyness to where they now rest. I believe they are supposed to be LIFESAVERS as in the floaty kind, and therefore make sense.

EEEKKK I am understanding Wreckerator logic! OH NO!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

I saw this picture of a clown's mushroom cloud once:

It's really weird, but cool.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Maybe the person who ordered the last cake said that they wanted they got LSD eyes.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm guessing sunset for the first one, birthday "cake" for the second, beach umbrella for the third and smiling cyclops for the fourth. I'm only mildly certain about the first, though.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorinth

The first one is totally a beach with a sunset across the ocean, complete with colored clouds, sun and moon (totally what the life savers are supposed to be).

I'm actually kind of scared about how quickly I saw it...

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamaran

I think that first one is supposed to be the sun setting on the ocean, you know, where it gets all glittery on that line between the sun and the beach. See? it's got clouds, the blue part is ocean, and then the glittery sun spilling towards the beach............ I have no clue what the live savers are.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKalani

That first one is supposed to be a sunset shimmering over a beautiful ocean lined by a sandy've almost got to admire the way they tried to reflect the sun in the "clouds."

...I have no idea what the Lifesavers are supposed to represent, however.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Dude, that big surreal thing in the top photo totally looks like the backdrop from the last Allman Bros. show I went to. In memory of Elizabeth Reed's big-ass cookies or something. Rock on.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd

hmmm maybe they're like those magic eye pictures where you can only see the picture by crossing your eyes and staring for a long time....

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha and James Soesbe

I agree #2 is probably cake with candles, although I also like the sundae idea. You know those birthday candles that are available in just about every grocery store that have a spiral pattern to them, so they basically have white and pastel stripes spiraling up the candle? I immediately got kind of an impressionist picture of those, which I instantly forgot when I started thinking about the cake, because it doesn't *really* look like those candles. I had to really think hard to retrieve that original impression.

In other words, this cake design works, but only up until you actually engage higher brain functions.

#4, the URL for the photo contains the string "AAAAAAAAE." Says it all, really.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the yellow ribbon inserts on the last one. It really shows that even though you've had abdominal surgery and had your guts placed on a cake you truly care.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFiberQat

Whoa. First one seems, um, dirty in more way than one. Just gotta tell myself, "It's a sunset. Only a sunset on the beach." That last one, eeeek. It's *smiling* at me!

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

No no no, that CCC is obviously the Cyrillic letter Sha! Maybe it's a birthday cake for someone named Sharon?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

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