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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

Sporty Spice Cakes

Here at Anything Goes Bakery, we specialize in cakes that have all of the appeal of your favorite sports activities.


It's a mitt, of course. I don't see WHY people keep asking that.



As you can see, our decorators really put their hearts in their work.

Weight lifting:


Whatever this is:

And of course, Epcot:


Nicole N., Rachel L., Maryann G., Charlene, Dyanna, & Sarah C., it's almost like I don't know Spaceship Earth when I see it, huh?

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Reader Comments (226)

The "broom" would probably be for a curling team is my guess.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Packrat

Yay Pittsburgh Pens...uh...broom cake! :D:D

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTindy

Clean sweep = curling.
Though absolutely terrible.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I'm pretty sure that the "whatever THIS is" is bowling. But it took me awhile.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBallz

The bowling ball looks really concerned.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Are the dimples on the last photo actually thumb prints?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Um...does #5 actually say "Go Penis!" like I think it does? That is somewhat unfortunate...

WV: bepum. If the cupcakes of your cupcake cake are too far apart, just bepum closer together.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

Ugh, those are FINGERMARKS in "Epcot", aren't they? Doesn't look like it was done with a tool, but like someone just dabbed their finger all over the icing.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

Epcot! Jen, you are hilarious! But I think that's a golf ball (wink, wink).

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

That soccer cake looks like the" rel="nofollow">Atomium.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Ummm... does that "broom" cake say what I think it says?

P.S. Break a leg tonight (not literally! Just is against all I know to say "Good Luck") in Bethesda. Wish I could come!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first glance I thought the Sweeping cake (what is that?) read: Go Penis.


Clearly I need to drink some coffee before checking out Cake Wrecks in the morning.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertonkelu

2nd to last image:
Thought the white thing could possibly be a cricket bat BUT cricket balls tend to be red.
Anyway at closer scrutiny, perhaps the white thing is a bowling pin and the yellow ball with 3 holes is a bowling ball?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second to last one is a bowling pin and bowling ball

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I think the sweeping is supposed to be broomball, which is hockey with brooms and shoes instead of sticks and skates.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm betting the sweeping is meant to be for curling.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQuiltyGoodness

uh, are those thumb prints in the "epcot" photo? ewww..

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Wife/Bookaholic

How could you not recognize bowling and golf?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Next to last photo: it's a sad bowling ball, sad because the pin is a giant that it has no chance of knocking down...

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdragonet2

Broom = sweeping a series... but I'd still never buy that thing! LOL!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

you are probably going to get this 8 million times in the comments (none showing yet) but FYI, as a Canadian, i feel *compelled* to enlighten you that the "sweeping" cake is very probably supposed to be for curling...

but maybe there really is competitive sweeping: who am I to judge?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpsyche

Does the broom cake read, "Go Penis"? I know there's no line for the "i", but that dot is just there hanging out by itself. Maybe it's supposed to be an apostrophe and the word is "Pen's". Whatever. I'm still confused.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAction Jackson

It's a happy little onion rolling toward a bottle of vodka, of course. My personal, favorite sport.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

You forgot to mention on the broom cake that it says Go Penis on it....hmmmmm

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I did miss the baseball mitt entirely.

I think you got yourself a bowling pin and bowling ball there, and maybe a golf ball?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

the sad thing? I actually understand the competitve sweeping wreck. Someone wanted the Penguins to sweep in the Stanley Cup (I guess). Please note, I did, however, intitially read "Go Pens" as "Go Penis." Ooops.

Are you SURE that's a baseball mitt in the first picture though? I mean, really?

I always love the further proof of the evils of CCC. Just say no.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

The "competitive sweeping" would be curling.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole from Canada

Okay, it took a while, but John's pneumonia has reached the other side of the world and I am sick as a big dog right now. Fortunately, I don't have to be hospitalized (yet) and I can still read Cake Wrecks.

But I can't read good enough because I thought that Clean Sweep "Pens" Team was another sort of a team . . . [insert unmentionable body part].

Don't make me laugh . . . it makes me cough . . . which causes way too much pain!

(Thanks, though. I need the laughs!)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

LOL... I think the 2nd-to-last one was supposed to be bowling...

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeggie Quin

Are those thumbprints on Epcot? So that's how they did it at Disney!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

I acutally think the weight one is kind of cute. A cute idea anyway. The one after it has me totally stumped. And does it say "Go Penis"?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Does that broom cake say "Go Pens"? It's real unfortunate to have that odd dot out there above the word pens...

I think that unnamed one is supposed to be bowling! Maybe...

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSurfie

for the 'sweeping' cake, think curling. which is what my hair does at the sight of these...(grin)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

The what is it looks like an bottle of tequila with a Scorpion in in.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

Clean Sweeping? Maybe it's that Olympic ice event called curling(sp).

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me, or does that "broom" cake say, "Go Penis!"?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Clearly, it wasn't just me.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Have you never heard of Broom Ball?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatharine

Oooooo, I know, I know! That “whatever” cake? It’s an incontinent, phallic bowling pin! I’d have a worried expression on my cute little bowling ball face too, if I were about to make contact with that!

Oh, Jen? That last cake? It’s Epcot.


WV: caterr. "To caterr is human, to forgive is feline."

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

Are those just thumb prints on the last picture? classy.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Am I the only one reading the Go Pen's as Go Penis because of the inappropriate apostrophe?

And that bowling ball is definitely worried about something!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersharalyns

um, yeah. go Penis.

I was really relieved to see that roughly half the commenters so far saw that, too.

Well, nothing wrong with cheering on the males of the species, I guess. GO! Go team go! Lily

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On further review -

on "EPCOT" i think the dents are spoon prints - not thumb prints

I'm glad i'm not the only one who saw penis on the broom cake

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

The 3-tier weight lifting cake idea has potential, but it doesn't really shine through all that... brown. I can recognise the bowling cake ("Whatever this is"), but I wouldn't have come up with baseball if I saw the first cake without any explanation. Even now, I thought about a pile of balls before I read the mitt theory.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPasifika

OF COURSE you know Epcot when you see it, Mrs. Former Jungle Cruise Guide!

I read that Mental Floss article last week... glad you got a mention.

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Oh, dear, John and Jen. I see another "Epcot" day of comments headed your way! Thanks in advance for your patience through all the Captain Obvious comments!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

See, THIS is what happens when people can not tell the difference between possessive (uses the apostrophe) and plural (does not). We get "Go Pen's" instead of "Go Pens" and you end up with penis on your cake.

I've been warning people for years it would come to this...oh well...{throws up hands}

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

I have two questions:

1. what´s going on with the text on the brown cake and

2. (like others have asked) does cake number five (the sweeping one) say go penis?

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

Dear all Canadians claiming the "sweeping cake" is for Curling,
Please read up on your native sports. The Pen's are a HOCKEY team (Pittsburgh Penguins), and as Trevor said, it's in referal to "sweeping" the series in the Stanley Cup Finals. If they win all of the games in a series, it's called a "Clean Sweep". Hence, the game scores on the handle of the "broom." It's still a wretched cake, but come on Canada, you're best sport is hockey! You should know this stuff!!

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Agreed, a wished-for "sweep" of a playoff series by the Penguins is the probably meaning of the broom cake. Broomball is a possibility. That's the wrong kind of broom for curling, though.

And what's with that mushroom cloud on the bowling pin? (Next to the Day-Glo bowling ball.)

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDurable Goods

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