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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

Time to Talk Turkey

It's the time of year again, folks: The time when we gather with loved ones, eat some great food, and, of course, count down The Top 20 Ways to Wreck a Turkey Cake.

Let's get to it!

1. By confusing turkeys with swans:

B. By confusing turkeys with turtles... authentic Argentinian garb.

C. By running out of orange icing:

5. By doing this:

G. By angering the Tiki gods:

F. By using a big piece of plastic:

"So you're telling me all I have to do is arrange these cupcakes so the plastic thing covers them? And there's no way I can screw it up? Hmm. That sounds like a challenge."

VII: By using Alien Autopsy for inspiration:

At least he looks happy. Must be that shag rug they laid him on.

10. By letting a former taxidermist "decorate":

Tune in tomorrow for the next top "10"!

Thanks to Mariah Z., Brody, Amber B., Howard G., Mike T., Judy G., Aaron L., and Anne V. You guys are number G!

- Related Wreckage: And Now, A Word From Your Thanksgiving Turkey Cakes

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Reader Comments (155)

You forgot to add "a taxidermist who likes to decorate with coprolites"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

So, the crazy numbering and the fact that there are only 8 in your top 10 is on purpose, right?

WV: surlywh: emergency message sent by bloggers who get comments like this -- "surly woman, help!"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Zikmund-Fisher

Lol at your numbering style. XD

It was 'coutesti'.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

In authentic Argentinian garb! I love it! Miran al pepino...Thanks for the many laughs you bring. Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

$24.99 for that wreck?! Are they serious!!!!?????

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyacinth

Veggie tales referances make my morning.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreeblygreebly

Okay that post was loaded with a lot of poop... I know that's some peoples opinion of getting together with the family but really...

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We get 8 today and the top 10 tomorrow, but it's the top 20 ways to wreck a turkey.

Somethin's not adding up Jen.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

love love the alien autposy one!!! with the little smile haha

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

Even Bob and Larry would be hard pressed to forgive the wreckers of these "cakes." But they'd do it, 'cause that's how they roll. *singing* Veggie Taaales, Veggie Taaaales!

Andrea in Ohio

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ah, the real reason Canadian Thanksgiving is in October...

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertjbmurph

Why did you number them so weirdly? That was only 8. xD

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think (C) involved confusing turkeys with artichokes.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Yay for the VeggieTales reference!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter3T News and Reviews

Heard your interview on the Breakfast Show (in Toronto)...they did not do you justice!! They totally forgot to mention how funny and witty you are :-) Love your site - looking forward to getting the book too!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

My seven year old said, "Those cakes are a crime against nature." My five year old asked, "Mom, is that poop?" 'Nuff said.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabsiegirl

I freaking LOVE the reference to "authentic Argentinian garb"!

Miren el pepino....

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

This is why normal people eat pie at Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

i can't wait for more!
Happy thanksgiving!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia


November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Loved your "numbering" system.

"Argentinian garb" hahaha....where do you come up with this stuff??

I think I'm going to make the "Swanky" (the turkey-swan hybrid) for Thanksgiving this year. Liven things up a bit.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My almost 4 yr old's response to this post
1. a pirate, no a parrot!
B. What is that? A tree?
C. A peacock
5. Another peacock
G. What's that? I don’t know, aan animal with flowers and tongue?
F. a turkey!
VII. a scarecrow
10. uh, a turkey?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I heart the veggie tales reference!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNala

Tiki Turkey looks very psychedelic.

If you wanna take substances, take them at home, not at work! Good lord!

I also think some of these people have never seen a live turkey.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

So awesome. Do we get turkey wrecks all week? Can they possibly get worse than this?

Lechelle (Hoping to adopt)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLechelle

My daughter looked at cake #B and said, "it's a hamburger cake, that's funny!"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I think I see some unhappy peacocks in there, too.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Is it just me, or is C holding a red wang in it's mouth? Very eeww.

Great commentary!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Firstly, the first specimen is more expensive than a real turkey!

B. looks to have the perfect chicken hawk head.

Angering the Tiki Gods got a laugh out loud today. :)) I think it's also a bit reminiscent of South Park turkeys.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

Yay for Veggietales references!
As for the wrecks, well, I think you pretty much covered it in the commentary.
Oh, and the wonky numbering system was a nice touch. ;)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I used to justify my own baking by claiming that extra frosting could fix anything ... this post proves that statement to be false. Very very false.

JS @

1. I love your numbering.

B. I love how you were completely unable to find a way to describe how they wrecked 5 except for "doing this."

IV. Second-to-last one makes me think of a muppet for some reason. Probably the face.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercapri-chan

The Tiki gods are not amused. . . not amused at all.

Props for the Veggietales reference!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Anon....we sell "Swanky" where I work...however it's a purse pack of cute decorated tissues...for snot blowing...

Which is what these turkey cakes look like...blown snot in a Swanky *g*

wv: ulfrati "Don't serve those cakes, ulfrati the kids!"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

I thought the first one was a poor attempt at a phoenix. I didn't make the connection until you told me it was a turkey

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the Tiki god cake was trying to hypnotize me.

WV: tesest: When you find out that you're having a test you weren't expecting (compelling a stutter.) "We're having a tesest??"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

wv: Sweebim - See that turkey cake over there? Sweebim into the trash!

Could apply to any one of these wrecks!!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkadyb

Mmmm! Jen, NOT FAIR! It's too early in the morning for my mouth to be watering for poo covered CCCs. Deeee-lish!


November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

That swan wouldn't be half bad if it was supposed to be, well, a swan. As a turkey it looks like a swan that swam through radioactive waste.

The last one looks like a glove with a face.

The one with the plastic--how icky is that going to be when they peel it off to try to eat them CCs?

can't wait to show these to my kids.

prior WV: ressl--how my six year olds would probably spell "wrestle"

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

Marwolaeth ar gyfer dyrcwn i gyd!

Which is welsh for death to all turkeys! (cakes). Especially the plastic number. Plastic AND great globs of poo. YUM!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

You officially made my life by referencing Veggie Tales!! (Hey, have any VT cakes to post?)

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBekaJoy

WV - herjus - Just when you think things can't get any worse, "herjus" goes and proves you wrong.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Don't they have supervisors or something to maintain quality control?! I don't understand!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNads' Bakery

Love the Veggie Tales reference!-Mary

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJorgeG

#1 looks like it was made with, you know, longing. Like someone really longed to see a swan. Perhaps because they'd only heard about them by rough description... ;)

Hooray for Veggie Tales too!

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Stewart

Unbelievable! Oh! My!

Your book has a waiting list in my local library. :)

There is nifix for these horrors.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous im kinda thinking that the turkey that got confused with a turtle kinda also looks like a taco...a taco with sour cream that all the lettuce fell off of...hahahaha

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Angering not only the tiki gods but the estate of Edvard Munch is more like it (The Scream, turkey version).

Yay Veggie Tales! Any cebu cakes out there?

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

So, I had to take around two minutes to truly appreciate how absolutely horrible the swan-turkey cake is. Can anyone identify the green stuff on the bottom of it? It looks like it might be sprinkles, but I can't tell.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

LOL You have to wonder if some of these wreckorators have never seen a live turkey before.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRattlesnake

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