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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

A Healthy Appetite

"Some fresh black pepper, sir? We find it accentuates the taste of the carrots quite nicely."

"Uh, really? Well, in that case, let 'er rip!"

Jody celebrated his "biethday" in Turkey, which explains the adorable inscription. As for the rest - I have no idea. Maybe the locals were trying to make a point about American eating habits? Is this the Turkish equivalent of those V8 commercials? Or - OR - is it possible there's some sugary Turkish treat that looks exactly like carrot sticks? (I'm holding out hope for that one.)

Ok, Patreesha, your mission is to eat some carrots with chocolate icing and tell us what it tastes like. Quicky, now! The rest of us NEED this information.

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Reader Comments (95)

I hope those are actually orange icing squiggles. Carrots as cake sprinkles - hmmmm, I think I prefer my icing non-crunchy.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril


February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

Maybe she had confessed her love for carrot cake...and this is how it turned out. Pretty unfortunate though.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Are we sure those orange sticks aren't icing? Eeep.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

perhaps the "carrot cake" recipe was lost in translation.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrachel h

After yesterday's wreck, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to "stomach" any more wrecks for a while. *GAG*

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

so THIS is chocolate carrot cake!!!
What's with the medical instruments on the table???

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Happy Birtday Cusnalep from Ant Joe

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

If this was from a bakery from an English-speaking country, it might be funnier. I don't really think expecting foreign cake wreckers to spell in their non-native tongue is that fair. But it is a VERY ugly cake.

Also, my family is Turkish, and so far, I haven't encountered any Turkish desserts look quite like this.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAyse

Jody clearly likes carrot cakes. Delicious ;)

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTora

It's a pizza! Er, isn't it?

Angie (from over at

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Now that looks appetizing!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie and Michael Brown

Ug, cultural differences aside that cake looks terrible! No way I would eat that.

~Colleen (

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyberrblue (Colleen)

In Turkey (and most of the Middle East) carrots in rose water are a very common treat.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are those really carrots??? And those leaves are looking quite shiny and plastic...

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February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeywriter

It appears like orange-tinted white chocolate shavings. (Or at least I hope it is.) And are those lime wedges? Will probably come in handy after you take that tequila shot to help this cake go down smoothly.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT-Train

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February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

It's funny, because I have had some of the best desserts of my life in Turkey... apparently the Turks just aren't good at cake?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhit

I believe I can answer your question re: carrots & chocolate. When I was about 8, my dad got remarried. There was chocolate fondue with fruit and cake at the reception. Well, I'm a BIG chocolate fan, so I quickly decimated the dippers. But there was still a lot of fondue left. Oh, what to do, what to do? Then I spotted...the crudite tray. Carrots and chocolate aren't bad when you are 8. Not sure how I would feel about them now...

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Is it wrong that I don't think carrots dipped in chocolate frosting sounds that bad?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Flax

NASTYYYYYYY Thats so wrong in so many ways....i just cant say nasty enough... breakfast, uhhh no thanks...just one question, whats the red things around the edges? weird...

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpitchersbakery

What's with the yellow rose!?!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarioCgl

Yikes, on first glance I thought that was a meat loaf cake:

But looking at it again, it's scaring me even more to realize it's a traditional cake with extremely disgusting frosting.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCup O'Cake Designs

No, see, obviously what happened is they asked him what kind of cake he liked and he said "Carrot cake"

I'm imagining them scratching their heads thinking "Uhh...carrots on a cake? That sounds really disgusting...but maybe that's what they like in America? We wouldnt want to disappoint him..."

Hilarious cultural misunderstanding!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpiderBrigade

Mmmm carrots and chocolate icing.

Oh wait, that sounds disgusting.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking and Mistaking

Ugh... gross. That is all.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpunkinmama

maybe they heard about the popularity of carrot cake in the U.S. and came up with this? if only the carrot-riding babies could have made an appearance!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkara

Yummy, carrot & pepper cake! I usually put raisins in my carrot cake, but to each their own I guess LOL

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDinner/Dishes/Drinking

I think just about anything with chocolate icing would be good.

Wait a second... I take that back...

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

What's that green stuff along the border? Is that pickle relish?

--Blue Jean

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that cake makes me think of pimento loaf-which then makes me think of gagging!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrosie

Is that a pearl onion by the 2nd 'p' in "Happy"?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mmmm...charcoal slurry icing. Omg..that looks horrible. That's even uglier than yesterday's Dr. Pachman cake with the black edges and yellow-green airbrushing. Those really do appear to be raw carrots, unevenly sliced raw carrots, not icing. And I see seeds on it, too.. yellow-green seeds in the edging around the black, like the ones I find sometimes in trail mix, hulled pumpkin seeds.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

perhaps the bottle of beer (im assuming) next to the cake could add a little bit of explanation to the mishap

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandie

Well... Maybe it's a cake made of meat?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For some reason this cake reminds me of a raccoon - like it has a bandit mask across its face. Weird.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Okay, this is my first time on your site, and I have to say it is pretty damn funny. However, the REASON I am here is that one of my commenters suggested that a King Cake I decorated (none too professionally, I will admit) and posted about on my site today should be submitted here. Now, 1) I can't submit it because I didn't pay anyone for it, and 2) How should I feel that someone thinks my cake is that much of a wreck? I mean, it kind of is, but still.

Whatever, it still tastes good. And that's what really matters in a cake, right?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Ewwww, I thought it was a "biethday" pizza. Weird!!!!!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That looks a lot more like ground pistachio than ground pepper.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ

This cake is not my cup of tea, but after yesterday's footnote to cakery almost anything is an improvement, even carrots and chocolate. (Hmmm, hadn't thought of that combination. Well, maybe not this morning.)

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

oh dear!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTooTiredToRide

this is the first time I have ever wanted to vomit after seeing a cake. Even the feet cakes didn't phase me; although I probably could never bring myself to nibble on a toe.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Aside from the spelling/syntax problem, I was sort of leaning toward the pizza explanation, too--like those fruit pizzas that were popular about 15 years ago. The cake looks like a cookie anyhow, so maybe the orange things are supposed to be simulated cheese, but then there's that chocolate swatch with the flowers. Just not quite... .

:^) Jan the Gryphon

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergryphondear

I have nothing clever to say, but that doesn't mean I don't think this cake is fugly.

I'm also curious about the carrots on the cake. But not curious enough to try it. Obviously.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I know all the cakes on this site are professionally made, but I'm beginning to wonder if the definition of "professional" might be a little, for example, "this cake was made by a professional wrestler, in his spare time." It blows my mind that people actually earn a paycheck making some of these things! The misspelling is the least of this cake's problems.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpiecemeal people

I don't know about carrots and chocolate icing, but my dad seems to enjoy eating carrots and toblerone.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

People already asked if those are lime wedges accompanying the carrot sticks and butter (buttercream if we're lucky) rose...but what about the maraschino cherries and pistachio (?) garnishes? This is becoming a Mediterranean trail mix cake!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

my birthday is tomorrow and i would cry if that was my cake!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I like the way they stuck the candle in dead center of the cake - since it tells me that they are perfectionists.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I lived in Turkey for about 15 months while my husband was stationed there at Incirlik Air Base. I don't recall ever seeing any Turkish desserts looking like that. As a matter of fact, we would go eat at the local Hilton at their brunch buffet sometimes, and their desserts were absolutely beautiful! I wish I had a picture of some of them. And it was all Turkish locals that ran the hotel, not Americans.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG...just gross! Is it me, or are those green pepper "leaves" that accompany the yellow frosting flower? I'm gonna gag...hope it went down ok...

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthezeninyou

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