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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

This Is What Happy Tastes Like

Thank goodness we have the box to tell us so, Erin G.

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Reader Comments (57)

Happy? Eewww, no thanks. I'll have a double helping of unhappy, with a dollop of angry on the side please.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHermite

Happy is a turkey with a wattle piercing?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWild Cakes

I'm just wondering...what's up with the tribal piercing?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Happy has a taste? And that taste is a Mr. Potato Head with a yellow lips, funky highlights, and a neck piercing? Sounds... uh... tasty. :)

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh wow! HAHA. The box is hilarious!!!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLillian'sheart

I definitely didn't know "happy" was a flavor!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathryn

Is that a nipple ring or is there another body part of that turkey that is pierced?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I'm still preferable to "Fudgie the Whale". He would easily be just as happy tasting...

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

It looks like some angry affro bird that is mad at me with a strange piercing in its chin...

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzombies4pets

That's what happy looks like too - the expression on the cake face makes me smile out loud. Sometimes these cakes make me want to cringe, but not this baby...

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Internet Gypsy

At least you can identify what it's supposed to be! Although, when I think of "turkey"....the first thought that comes to my mind is NOT "happy".

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Is it just me, or does the wattle looke like tears of blood?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

I do not want to know what part of that poor turkey (?) is pierced. What would you call a Prince Albert on a turkey anyway?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Chickadee

What the heck? I agree - it's totally some sort of weird turkey piercing. Usually you can sort of guess what the decorator was trying to do, but I really have no idea!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Little Chickadee sez:
"What would you call a Prince Albert on a turkey anyway?"

A Prince Tom.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

i know i'm happy now.

happy happy joy joy!!

still feeling a little uneasy about that piercing.

gobble. gobble. ack!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Amen to all the above. Besides all those things pointed out, what is that holding his waddle? It looks like his beak has been broken.
Adam's Apple piercing. cringe

hey if you are looking for more wreckarators, check out this wedding wreck site.
maybe you already know about it, but there are some amazing pictures here, including some terrible cakes.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie of Blue Gables

What's with the bull ring stuck through it's neck? I'll bet it can't gobble anymore. Poor...whatever it is.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjedijson

That box is just as funny as the cake!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Is this "turkey" happy because he "just" has a cold, and not flu?
Maybe it's not. Ewwww.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For some reason I am reminded of a Discovery Channel nature documentary from about 12 years ago. I was trying to watch it in the common room of our house at college. When the narrator spoke the words "the male turkey has become aroused", my roommate insisted we change the channel.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

what is it anyways? a google-eyed-triangle-nosed-neck-pierced-stick-arm-ketchup-snot-nosed-clown-wig-wearing-balloon-head? idk.... if that's what happy is suppose to taste like, then i never want to taste happy lol

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSick on Thanksgiving

Yes...what IS that ring thingy?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Beauty and Beyond

I can't wrap my mind around this cake. Disproportionate beak, drip of blood/gobble, wattle piercing, and ridiculously small feet? it just doesn't add up.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

I thin I've worked it out. It's a bull, or something of that sort, which is the grey background and most of the black detail, and of course the nose ring. And then someone has turned it into a 'turkey' by decorating over the top with garish frosting.
So it's not even a turkey - it's a bullkey. A turbull.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFroth

Sounds like something that should be printed on an adult product.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Being that I'm lactose intolerant, I feel compelled to state that no ice cream cake will ever be "what happy tastes like" unless, of course, feeling ill as a result of dairy consumption suddenly becomes a happy occasion.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

that's one bad-ass turkey! what a menacing look! and fro! and--piercing???

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

I love the chin piercing and the blood running from its left eyeball...

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

That bird pierced it's wattle... or it's a chin penis.


November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Lyons

Turkey (?) is into bling. Wow. Professionals put these things out for sale?

wv: asimpri - Asimpri don't know what to make of some of these turkey cakes.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkadyb

How'd he get the bloody beak?

~Amy B-H

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Does anyone else see a problem with laying the head icing before you do the "tail feathers"? It makes the dimensions ALL WRONG. Several of these cakes would be at least 42.6% less horrendous if it didn't look like the feahters were eating the head.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin


Happy tastes like a clown turkey with a bloody nose and a navel piercing?

(shrug) I'll buy that.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

That's a Carvel ice cream cake! :)

The M&M one is kinda creepy too. They have one stock oval cake that always looks like an M&M, an egg for Easter, or a football around Superbowl time.

It IS what happy tastes like, if ice cream cake is your cuppa tea. The crunchy things in the middle of the layers is pretty yum-o.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura-Kathleen

a tasty turkey so happy it is crying blood. ugh.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersloth003

Why does the Happy Turkey have a wattle piercing? o.O

And yes, I did have to go to wikipedia to look that word up.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Jen, you are wonderful. Not only do you cause me to laugh till I cry nearly everyday but I also learn amazing new things on this site. Today I learned that a baby chick wearing a rainbow afro wig and a labret ring with blood running down its face pretending to be a turkey is what happy tastes like. Wow. Of all the things that happy could taste like I would have never thought of that. Thank you Jen for enlightening us. Wreck on!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

I just had to tell you that yesterday was my birthday and my wonderful hubby ordered a cake for me, which he's never done before. He asked for them to put a ladybug on it since I love them, and instead of a ladybug drawn on the cake, they made painted the rectangular cake to look like a ladybug! I about died laughing! And, on top of that, it said 'Happy 27th Karen' and you could tell that they had messed it up and rewritten the 7. Total Wreck! I forgot to take pics before we dove in, it was priceless!!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So happy tastes like a blob of tomato sauce on chocolate icing, does it? Interesting.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

Looks like he's pretty pissed about that chest ring!

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To me, he/it looks like Fat Freddy from the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Compare:

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa


Word Verification: sympow!-enthusiastic sympathy. ex: I have real sympow! for that turkey's piiiieeerrrccciiingg.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.M. Green

Dang, that looks like a punk turkey with a ring pierced through its neck. Or is the baker confusing it with a bull with a ring through the nose?

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That attempt at a wattle, seeing as it's a different kind of icing, looks kind of like the poor thing got shot through the head.

November 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkrillia

A punk rock turkey! Rock on oh pierced one!

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

i'm not even gonna lie, that's what all of the cakes at family gatherings have looked like. carvel is too good to pass up.

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Once upon a time Mr punk teenage turkey yelled at his Mom,and then ran off to get a neck piercing.

On the way home he got beat up by a gang (hence the bloody nose).

As he was slowly limping back to his home a cake wreck designer saw him, and immediately rushed to work, saying he had found the perfect new design for cakes!

The end!

And the motto of that story kids, is never get your neck pierced.

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaelen

I have expected some sort of homage to Black Friday.... although from the sleep deprivation I lack the creativity to say something witty, thus sparking your imagination... oh well

November 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

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