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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

It's a Form of Flattery. Honest.

Happy Presidents' Day, y'all! To help you get in the President-celebrating mood, I rounded up every presidential cake-specimen I could find. Consequently, this will be a pretty short post.

First, since Lincoln's birthday is part of the celebration, we've got to start with this lovely example sent in by Michael N.:

Love the Lincoln Memorial on top.

Then there's this rather less lovely Reagan cake:

That nose is going to haunt my dreams, I just know it.

(Note: This one's been floating around the interwebs for a while, so my apologies if it's not actually a pro job. In my defense, most of the pro cakes I see look a lot worse than this.)

Now remember, Grace D.: if someone makes a cake bust in your likeness, it's a compliment...

...Not that they want to knife you in the head.

I already featured a bunch of Obama cakes after the election, but be sure to check out the giant 5,900 cupcake mosaic of him and Lincoln from Friday's post, too.

And lastly, naturally this post wouldn't be complete without a George Washington cake.

Erm..... [frantically searching the 'net]

Ah, how 'bout this?

Ok, so it's perfectly centered, spelled correctly, and otherwise rather wreckless - sorry. Oh! But look! The balloons on the bottom are upside down! Eh? Eh? That counts, right?

Hey, I spent at least 15 whole minutes searching for a better Washington cake, alright? This is the best I got. Honestly, you'd think bakers out there would see today as an opportunity to get in touch with their creative, powdered-wig-wearing side. But no-ooo. Hmph. Downright inconsiderate, is what that is.

All that to say: if you have something better, send it soon and maybe I'll post it.

And stay tuned for more Valentine's Wrecks.

UPDATE: Well, you guys certainly are sending in some...interesting...Washington items. So far I've gotten a pie made in George, Washington, a hilarious but not post-able Washington Monument cake (no, you can't see it; it's not professionally made), what I suspect is more of a Georgette Washington cake spotted at the fair, and my current favorite:

George Washington Carver.

Sure, M.Zak, that's close enough.

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Reader Comments (59)

How the heck is there a Ronald Reagan cake but not a George Washington cake? *scratches her head* Must be those crazy air traffic controllers partying again.
A few years ago my friend sent me a picture of a Richard Nixon was in some sort of odd context, but I'll have to see if I can dig it up for you.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

The top border is so big! Ugh, don't they know the bottom, if anything, should be the big one? IMO :)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Why Ronnie, you're not looking so good these days....

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking and Mistaking

I thought that was Bill Clinton until I scrolled down.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

The Ronald Reagan cake reminds me of the "normal" people in the Eye of the Beholder episode of the Twilight Zone!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

oh this is my first post! Here's a kinda bad Obama cake

I'll keep looking...maybe?
Oh my name is Carla!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArtist @ Large

That bush cake is made by Helena Keeffe or at least it's copyrighted by her...


February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArtist @ Large

Thanks for posting the Lincoln Cake! It was done by Cake Girls in Chicago ( Here's a closeup of the memorial

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchicagononsense

I have to say - the George Washington cake actually looks pretty delicious!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen H

Wait, that's NOT Bill Clinton?

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLabyrinth Gal

That straight cheek wrinkle on Ron is really bothering me.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

for my birthday last year my friends got me a photo cake with teddy roosevelt and william taft on it. it was pretty awesome.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Is that a straight pin on Reagan's left cheek? Geez, when you want a wiggly line you get a straight one...when you want a straight line you get a crooked can't win in the Cake Wreck world! LOL

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennyMac

George Washington Carter's mustache scares it's some evil creature waiting to jump off and attack...

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToriisen

ha! Happy President's Day to you, George Washington cake or not!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrom Single to Married

The Bill Clinton cake looks like a cross between a TV evangelist and a used car salesman. How appropriate.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Hm, that George Washington cake is even a few years old - it says "273rd", which was 2005.

There does seem to be a shameful lack of George Washington cakes on the 'net.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

The George Washington Carver cake was my favorite out of the bunch. In elementary school, my brother did a report about George Washington Carver, and he got so enthusiastic about the topic. He was a constant stream of trivia about George Washington Carver for a while.

WV: tries, as in "how many tries does it take to find a George Washington cake?"

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

The Ronald Regan cake gave me a scary flashback of the Jelly Belly factory tour in Fairfield, CA. They have a similar jellybean mosaic of Ronnie, only it's 6' tall.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommentervivaELvino

I would like to know what flavor the George Washington Carver cake is... because it would still stand to lose major points if there isn't peanut butter involved. :-)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWil Roepke

The closest I could find to a George Washington Cake was when I Googled "Quarter Cake" and found some lovely profile-esque pics of our first president.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Office Scribe

The lack of Washington cakes is probably 'cause it's traditional to make cherry pie for Washington's birthday 'cause of the whole cherry thing. Isn't it? Or did my mom just like the excuse to make cherry pie?

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Carver's gonna get carved. :P

WVOTD: poorac -- Poor air conditioning is blamed for some cake wrecks.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Here's a black and white photo of a George Washington cake. No history, and I didn't find it in the Library of Congress photo collection." REL="nofollow">

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

I believe it's supposed to be Carly Fiorina (former head of HP) but it sure looks a lot more like Bill Clinton.... (except the earring)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteruser

I think it is hilarious that in the George Washington cake, they used two different kinds of E's...hmm idiosyncracies in handwriting- I'm no handwriting analyst.. but that has to mean something.. If you're Greek or you know Greek, it seems that there is a lower case E (epsilon) and at the end of "George" there is a capital epsilon... hmm peculiar... and who is Carly?

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura beth

Should we be celebrating the birthday or the deathday...always get that confused!

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February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

Hey, I've eaten pie at the Martha Inn in George, WA! It was actually a tradition in my family when I was a kid that you had to stop there on the way any time you drove through Eastern WA.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunter I'm con-fooosed??? I thought the CARLY cake was CLINTON, but now I'm not so sure(the earring thing?), except that I couldn't find any photos of her(Carly) with gray hair and Clinton does have gray hair but it's a little too bouffant for Clinton, but in the photos, Carly's hair is always combed much for brain to grasp...ARRGGHH

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom Pres. Carter's nose actually 3D? It's hard to tell. I never knew he was one of the uglier Presidents until I saw this I know.

I'm OH.SO.ESCITED for the upcoming Valentines Cakes.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Well, some good, some not so.
You win some, you loose some.;-)
~Amy B.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Seems I'm not the only one who didn't know that wasn't a weirdly effiminate Bill Clinton! *laugh*

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Magendie

The Iowa State Fair had a George Washington Carver bust carved out of butter this past summer! This cake looks better. (I thought peanut butter would have been more appropriate...)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersjohanna

Ok, so the Ronald Reagan (checks spelling, is British) cake actually looks so real I thought the poor man was having a stroke... am pleased to learn through Wiki that he didn't have one.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Georgette looks a little *too* happy to see the animals in DC. LOL. S/he scares me!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I found a few Washington things :)

And the monument

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Cake busts are new to me. I could not participate in one b/c

1. I cannot eat hair. Even if it is made of icing.
2. I cannot eat a nose. Period.
3. I furthermore cannot eat a mustache.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

That poor Bill Clinton looks like a washed out Don King!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

i want to see the non professional but hilarious one!!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlucymilly

is that bill? he's looking a little girly.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Life and My Loves

That 3D nose on Ronald Reagen's face is just creepy. And that one wrinkle is kinda freakin' me out. Sometimes you have to wonder.....


February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJumpyham

Let's notice on the Ronald Reagan cake, the flag is going in the wrong direction.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here is a George Washington Cake from a cookbook. Professional. Check it out.


February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought that was an amazing mix of Bill and Hillary together in a cake, but now I am completely confused.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwitchywoman

Love the Lincoln cake! I blogged about it, and credited you. Keep up the great work!

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterboliyou

I pretty much love the George Washington Carver cake!

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheFreelanceEditor

My favorite is George Washington Carver. He looks so surprised to be a cake!

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermariethea

"Who was George Washington Carver?"
"Um ... the guy who chopped up George Washington?"

I'm sure there's some kind of pun we can make about these cakes with that.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A little more eyebrow, and I would swear that the Reagan cake is actually an edible tribute to Boris Karloff.

February 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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