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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

Willy & Wally, the Cake Wreckers

"Say Wally, what did you do to this cake? The airbrushing looks horrible!"

"Really? Rats. Sorry, Willy. I was going for a 'spacey' look."

"'Spacey'? Two big red asterisks on a blue background?"

"Uh, they're supposed to be stars. You know, for Star Wars? See, the mom brought in this Darth Vader plate for reference."

[looking from plate to cake] "Well, we can't give them this - it looks more like a Spider Man or Superman cake."

"Yeah, I guess you're right. So what should I do? The airbrushing seeped into most of the icing, so I can't scrape it off."

"Hmmmm. Lemme see that plate again...and fetch me the scissors, will ya?"

"Oooh, that's MUCH better. Thanks, Willy."

"No problem, Wally. You see, with a little ingenuity, you really can save almost anything."

"You think they'll be Ok with the candles?"

"Of course! They add up to 13, right?"

"Well, yeeesss..."

"Then quit whining! Unless YOU want to go buy more '3's."

Monique R., clearly you already know the powers of the Wrecky side. Good work.

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Reader Comments (71)

Perhaps 481 is his 501st Legion TKID?

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

Usually you seem to show cakes that are actually pretty decent, they're simply of an un-cakey theme. But this is one of the truly heinous cake WRECKS.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Alberti

First thought: how old is this person?!?! It's too early for me to think of adding the candles together. And note the crumbling edging around the Darth cutout. This cake's got nothing on the Darth Vader baby cake. (I still love that one!)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

Darth Vader always liked to get tarted up in frilly white lace before destroying planets....right?
Very odd uses of frosting...I don't know what to say.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

oh my, i am speechless! That white frosting around the Darth Vader is absolutely horrendous!! .... but yeah, that is an ingenious use of the numbers. Why buy a new set every year, just reuse the ones you got!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

That's probably the most random cake I've ever seen.

The only candles we had for my husband's birthday were 1 & 6, from my daughter's 16th. She just switched them to 61 because she said that's what he was closer to being.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

that is so funny. You have to wonder what in the world made them think of adding those numbers?

well the lettering is pretty good ...

hey i like to look for the good in things!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTarri

I freaked out when I saw this cake. Why?

A. My name is Randy.
B. I totally did the exact same thing with the candles on my birthday. Check it out.

Not a fan of Star Wars though.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandy

I don't know whether I'm more confused, or frightened by this cake. I mean, part of me goes, good lord, what the HELL?

And then another large part of me realizes that somebody thought this cake was something that should leave the bakery in its current state - perhaps that they even thought this was a GOOD idea.

Oh, I weep for humanity after posts like this one.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfleeting

One word: Yuck!
Two Words: Throw up!

Final thought: Is that how old Darth Vader really is?!

(Can you tell I'm not really a Star Wars fan?)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Random assortments of innappropriate number candles with vague justifications are practically a family tradition for us.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

O M G ... that takes SOME cahounas (sp??) to present THIS to a paying customer ... i mean, it's one thing to be a bad icing artist (i know, it's not easy!) but if ya can't do it, then ... well, be a librarian or something!
GREAT cake wreck!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren ashley

Okay extra points for creativity though, right? right???? Sheeeeesh!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Wow. Nice.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie E

481!!! hee hee hee


February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

If only I could live to be 481 years old! Maybe I could get a cake as special as this one! I can only hope... *sigh!*


February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Maybe they converted from the age to dog years incorrectly?" REL="nofollow">Interesting Daily Gif Blog, 3 or 4 posts daily!


February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

I hope I'm lucky enough get an cardboard Vader cake for MY 481st birthday!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Oh my god please tell me that wasn't mean for a 13 year old's birthday.
Oh dear.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking and Mistaking

You crazy kids! This website just inspires me to go out and find cakewrecks!! (Consider it blog security)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah K

I think you're missing the subtle pun here. Obviously, this is one cake, that's going to be at a party with just four people. Therefore, four ate one cake.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLazlo

That is so very sad. It's 13 of course.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Ugh... the idea of the soggy cardboard plate bleeding into the frosting is not so appetizing.

I love the bewildering candles, though. I may have to steal Willy/Wally (and Randy/9:58's! how uncanny) idea and start using candles that add up to an age.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspacedcowgirl

Wow! Such pretty writing on such a heinous cake...

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCole

"When four hundred and eighty one years you reach, look this good you will not."

I just couldn't help myself.

*Hangs head in nerdy shame*

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrina

The candles! The candles!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpanda with cookie

Is this a 2-party wreck? The decorator had a ball with the airbrush, but isn't it usually the buyer of the cake who puts the candles on it at home? Props to Randy for turning 481 years old. I hope I can live even 25% as long has he has.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

481? Is the birthday boy a vampire?

Hey, at least the writing is decent and not misspelled. This is a milder wreck, if still hideous. lol

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Or that Methusela was affectionately referred to as "Randy" ;)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy



That is... something else

Maybe if I stare a while longer, I'll figure out what..


I've seen uglier cakes, both on Cake Wrecks and elsewhere, but somehow this one is just strikes me as being the wreckiest one yet.

I know if I lived to be 481, I'd expect a better looking cake. ;)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

In defense of the candles, I must say that on my 14th birthday, we did something similar. My dad's birthday is close to mine, and he turned 46 that year, so we just got one cake for the both of us, with the candles "146" on it.

I thought it was ingenious :-)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelly

The very sad thing about all these cakes, esp anything Star Wars or Spiderman..... my 4 1/2 year old son sees them and thinks they are the coolest cakes ever and wants me to get one for him. How bout NOT!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraftwithme

I have just discover your blog!!! Its great!!! Congratulations

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSPG

That's got to be one of the biggest wrecks ever. Poor Darth Vader, white lace was never the thing for him and now he's been forced to wear it!

wv: deckha - "If that git thinks this cake is brilliant, I'm gonna deckha right in front of the manager!"

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Ok, let's step outside of what looks like Darth Vader's feather boa and the lunatic candle assortment for a sec. They added the horrible airbrushing BEFORE they did the border piping. Who does that?

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Oops, screwed up that last comment. I meant they airbrushed it AFTER the piping, not before. Wow, maybe I could be a wreckerator.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Ow! Ow! Ow!

Brain hurt!

Ow! Ow! Ow!

Darth Vader in lacy white boa!

Ow! Ow! Ow!

MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

I could almost cope with the candles -- IF the 8 hadn't been used already. At least it looks like it in the picture.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I think the cake wreck recipient is responsible for the whole candle debacle but they just don't to admit it. Cuz the 4 and the 8 are pre-burned but the 1 is not. A bakery would not put pre-burned candles on a cake would they?

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

At least the candles weren't 420!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

@lauren ashley...
Willy and Wally would never make it as librarians -- too many of us read Cake Wrecks, and would recognize their handiwork from a mile away.

wv: walkse = Willy and Wally should go walkse out of the bakery before they inflict more damage.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAyanna

OMG that is freaking HILARIOUS!!!
I needed that laugh :D

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustKelly

Randy's parents spoil him by giving him a cake every week. He's just turned 481 weeks old, which is about nine years and three months.

(OK, I really have no idea. But that's the least bad idea I can think of.)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTed S. (Just a Cineast)

Maybe it's for Yoda's birthday. Yoda could be 481, right?

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

My family could have loaned Randy's a 3. My mom went through phases of going for the number candles (particularly as we got older - you know, the whole avoiding the fire hazard thing). Not sure why, but we always had a plethora of 3s but had to go out and buy 1s, which was strange with two teenagers and two 40-somethings in the house.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it's almost as if darth vader is trying to will himself OFF the cake!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertalda

Darn it!
I just ordered an intentional wreck for my husband's 40th birthday. But this would be so much more appropriate than what I ordered!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchefann

From Wikipedia: "Yoda dies in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when he is 900 years old."

Yoda was old when Vader turned to the dark side. So, this could very well have been Vaders birthday cake. Maybe his real friends call him "Randy". And maybe he is "randy". Who's to know? I'm sure Vader would have needed a tray.

wv..dersigu: I will dersigu to the utube site to watch pasta skits.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Your lack of sense is disturbing.

(Said to the wrecktators, of course, not to anyone here.)

Hey, is 481 an area code? Maybe DV was saying, "Call me!"

And Darth Vader with a white feather boa would make a heck of a Halloween costume.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

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