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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

Foiled Foliage

"Hello, Miss? I wish to make a complaint about this cake I purchased not half an hour ago from this very bakery."

[looking cake over] "Oh, yes, that's our Norwegian Leaves design. What's wrong with it?"

"I'll tell you what's wrong with it: these are real leaves, that's what's wrong with it."

"No, of course not! Those are just icing. Look!" [shuffling leaves]

"Look, Miss, I know real dead leaves when I see them, and I'm looking at some right now."

"No, they're icing. Remarkable leaves, the Norwegian ones, aren't they? Beautiful foliage."

"The foliage don't enter into it! You put real leaves on my cake!"

"No, they're not real, they're just shining in accords."

"Shining in accords? What does that even mean?"

"I dunno; I'm just trying to stick to this Monty Python sketch as closely as possible."

Emily E., it's like a pun. Or a, what you call it, palindrome. Yeah.

NOTE: Yes, folks, they really are real leaves. Kinda gives a new meaning to "all natural ingredients," doesn't it?

- Related Wreckage: The Word "Holy" DID Come to Mind...

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Reader Comments (127)

Kudos on the MP reference...FYI...John Cleese and Michael Palin totally just did today's CW commentary in my head! ::wipes tears from eyes::

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica Gamet

Um, I know that fiber in your diet is supposed to be good.. But um not when I'm eating cake..

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrotta

This must be from a bakery in Notlob, yes? But the real question, I suppose, is, "Does it talk?" 'Cause that'd just be freaky. ;-)

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDead Parrot!

::hearts you::

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Now that's recycling!

WV desesedd The leaves on that cake are desesedd.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

That. Is. Gross.

PS. Waiting for you to parody the Tobaccanist Sketch here next!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

old crusty leaves for old crusty dudes? Sorry Bryan and Milton. But the fiber might be helpful, too. although, the leaves might just be asleep...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaya


November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

AAAAAGGHHH!!!!! I love EVERYTHING about it! monty python forever.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternoodle

Ew. I can taste the dirt already...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M.

Poor, poor leaves... Pinin' for the fjords.
I cannot even imagine a scenario in which putting dead leaves on a cake could make sense. I would love a glimpse into this wreckreators head, just for a second!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How old was the decorator? Looking at the handwriting he couldn't be much younger than the two birthday "kids"...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTinti

(singing) Dead leaves on the dirty cake...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Yuck - maybe it comes with bonus bugs on it too. Also, what's with the icing being different colors? This is a true wreck!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They are leaves, and not even pretty leaves. I mean if they at least were pretty leaves it wouldnt be as bad.


Maybe if they were not thrown on the kake in an ugly pile they wouldnt be so bad?? Or...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

what is the concept? Just dump them in the middle? no pattern, no design? did they try to carry it uncovered and the leaves blew onto it?

is it a reference to the decay and wilting life of the old men? is it for roughage (they may need it)?

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsie

To be fair, by that age, Milton and Bryan probably could use that extra, er, "roughage." Although it's probably never before been worked into their diet this way.

Never thought I'd say this, but I think I'd rather eat Grape-Nuts on a cake. Or gravel. Wait- same difference.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here's hoping they washed them.

wv: dond: now we dond our autumnal apparel

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Did...did they WASH them?

I kind of thought those were birth years, not ages. Hm.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaladriel

Those would be "Ex-leaves".

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Any effort to further the cause of the "parrot sketch" is fine with me!
Not sure I want mouldy dead leaves on my cake though, yuk!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

For when you want your cake to be high in fiber!

WV: shondela - If Martin Short and Nelson Mandela were in a relationship, the media would call them 'Shondela'.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

Did one of these old guys tick someone off at the bakery? Too many Saturdays spent taking advantage of the free coffee refills, complaining loudly about their wives?

wv: degestso- Thattharcake lookshardta degestso Iwonteatit.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If the two birthday boys are as old as the cake would leave us to believe, perhaps they're too senile to notice.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*MagPie*

Let's burn 'em.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

WHAT THE HELL. A dog could have peed on those. AAAGGGHHHHH

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Not only is it bad that they put real leaves on the cake, but it's just UGLY. Yuck!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

For a future wreck, do you think you can conjure 'Eric the half bee'? That's one of my favorites and downright singable too!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir


Is that even legal? How unhygenic!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Wait....where's the palindrome?? O.o

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergategeek

Haha, I saw that first line, and smiled because the phrase "not half an hour ago" just reminded me of the Dead Parrot sketch for some reason.

And then you said "Norwegian Leaves," and I realized that thinking of the Dead Parrot sketch was not a coincidence.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercapri-chan

"Yeah, I wanna order either a pile of dead leaves, or else you can pipe on, 'The autumn of your life is over. Bwahahahaha.' But I think the leaves are more subtle. Either way, don't sugar-coat it."

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've eaten maple leaves at a Japanese party. They had been baked into the center of cookies... I gather they were to be considered a bit of a delicacy or maybe our hosts were pulling our leg, it's really hard to know but they tasted mostly of cookie.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartfruit

I hate not getting the reference! Can someone post a link to the skit?

I feel like an outsider, which is something I come to the blogosphere to avoid!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@myolderbrothers

Hooray for Monty Python!!! Love it, love it, love it!!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly H

A cake with DIRTY leaves and a modified Monty Python skit makes me love you even more.

Thanks for helping me start my day with some awesome. ♥

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

heh heh heh, beautiful foliage.

Very nice. :)


November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Ew. Not only is this cake extremely ugly, but it looks really lazily done, like someone slapped it together when they realized "Oops, we forgot to make this order!" Unless there's some kind of inside joke we don't know about, anyway.

WV: carless. When bakers keep delivering wrecks, they soon find themselves carless. And businessless.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea from CA

This could be a failed spin-off of carrot cake-- 'limp leafy salad greens cake.' They should put some jockeys on it.

But do you think it's vegan?

WV: 'antranit'-- The bedbug couldn't finish the race, so the antranit instead.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOh, Mandy

"It's not a palindrome. The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob!"

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkostia

I see what you did there... that was too good for words!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm not sure what makes me the bigger nerd, getting the Monty Python reference or recognizing that there were (most likely) Norway Maple leaves on the cake...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertjbmurph

Classic! Though I did wish you had seen the whole routine through to the end. Would've been so cool!

And another question: is this for one person or two persons? Because if it's just one, is he turning two ages at the same time? Quite a feat!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

To me, the true idiocy of this is that it probably took just as much time to go outside and collect the leaves (which, albeit not pretty, at least appear intact and not crumbled or bug-eaten)as it would have to roll out some fondant and cut with a leaf-shaped cutter... and THAT, at least, would have produced an edible cake.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreyfuzzy

It's not a pun, it's a PARROTY! Ahaha! What do I win?

Some leather goods, you say? A belt in the mouth and a boot in the...

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Everyone should start their day off here. Not during breakfast, tho; that can get dangerous, what with the spitting of beverages and/or upchucking of solid foods. ;-)
(Of course, now I'm going to waste a good chunk of time over at youtube watching MP skits.)

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

LOL - This post is funny on so many levels. One of your "best."

Perhaps the bakery thought that they meant "leaves" with four M's and a silent Q.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

They're not even ATTRACTIVELY ARRANGED! I have ceased my Walpoleing activities and went in search of tasty comestibles. Or something.

The best part of Monty Python were the skits that didn't make it to AMerican TV.

Maybe the recipient is meant to run and jump into the cake?

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I am not a Monty Python fan in the least, so I think I missed the in-jokes of the commentary, but as far as the cake goes... further proof that the United States is not a culture that values the elderly.

This would never have happened in Japan. :)


November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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