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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


I think Mandy said this was a sports logo of some sort:

Which the bakery in question did a fantastic job recreating in CCC form:



[derisively] Ahahahahahah!


[snorting hiccup-turned-choke]

[coughing fit]
Ack ack ack!

[sound of water glugging]


[setting glass down] Ahem. Wow, who knew sarcastic sounds of [cough, cough] contempt could be so dangerous? Whew! Gonna have to dial back the maniacal laughter in the future.


What's that? The Wreck? Oh, well, Mandy, I gotta tell ya: Transporter malfunctions like these are why I prefer to travel by shuttlecraft.

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Reader Comments (207)

At first I was like, oooh that is bad, and then I realized, THOSE ARE CUPCAKES! Nooooooo!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Was it commissioned by a rival team to demoralise them before a big game?

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLW

That is one angry looking CCC!


March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

There should be a law against trying to duplicate any kind of animal or logo as a CCC, it never works.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I always love the Star Trek references.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Looks like it got dropped on the floor.

~Amy B.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

It has 6 toes on the left side???

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo

WOW. That's bad. I'm speechless.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Was going to comment on mutant appendages but see many have beat me to it. Instead I'll just say "What the...?!?!"

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

This is my favorite wreck so far. And by favorite, I mean most awful. Well done!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob W.

Let me say it again. You have the best and most observant commenters. wow.

WV: phicsz---maybe pronounced fixes? Not much gonna phicsz that CCC

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

i'm actually rendered speechless.
it would definitely be up for 'best abstract interpretation of a mountain lion with blue suspenders'.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe flour child

As both a mother of twins and a UK alum, I am appalled by this cake. There does seem to be a lot of fellow wildcats leaving comments today. Did someone give this CCC to Gillispie?

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

I figured out what the biggest problem is--it started out vertical and they made it horizontal. There was never any chance that it would have worked.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I always appreciate an excuse to incorporate Star Trek references into your posts--wreck-y or otherwise!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

So glad I'm an alum of UofL. ;-D

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, my Alma Matter. SO SAD! UK fans are notorious for Wildcat grooms cakes -- and everyone I have seen has been beautiful! This CCC cake might as well represent our current basketball season.. booo!!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristyn

ok I gotta say, I blame whoever ordered this cake; CCCs are bad enough when there's a ready-made design- it's hard to create one from a picture, and I'm betting it was made from the exact number of cupcakes the customer wanted and no more- I'm not excusing the technique, but if the decorator in question had had more cupcakes to work with I bet it would have looked a lot more like the picture. I wonder if customers such as these intentionally order CCCs with intricate logos in hopes of being able to submit them to this site. poor decorator probably didn't even take the order!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Derisive laughter is indeed dangerous... I almost dropped my laptop when I scrolled down and cracked up at this hideous "likeness"!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I think that they hired some kindergardeners to do this cake.
^ ^

Everybody now!
(bad bad bad bad bad bad cake)

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJumpyham

Did anyone else notice that this cat seems to defy laws of gravity and nature? I mean, he either has two hands on one side of his body while both his feet are on the completely opposite side or he can walk and kick in pretty much a horizontal fashion without crashing.

Not that it doesn't look like he already had a ridiculous accident . . .

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaazju

I think it's rather charming in it's own way. It's so ugly, it's cute.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArc

Haven't you lot heard of abstract expressionism?

The baker is expressing his/her angst at the global financial crisis through his/her icing and the sheer terror of trying to cope on minimum wage through shape.

This masterpiece shouldn't be eaten, it should be in an art gallery,

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with Cara. I was JUST about to comment the exact same thing:

"Bahaha!! My favorite part is that one paw has 6 claws, and the other has 3!!! That's awesomeness."

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercgreyd

Oh, oh, that is hideous!

The "cat" -- if we can call it that -- looks like it's laying down and dying, not jumping out like on the logo.

What a CCC travesty.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB^2

I actually think this MUST be social commentary on the state of UK basketball - all coming apart and discombobulated and too many claws, I don't know, I'm making this up here. Because, I'm telling you, someone could get killed for that in normal times in cat country!

WV: defacurn - what may happen to that cake if any cat fans find themselves in that bakery

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

It looks like someone foolishly tried to put a blue sweater on a cat who is extremely pissed and trying to get out of it!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Dang, I the cake looks like it was decorated by a seven-year-old.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrown

I am with Rose and Jill on this one, I also have the misfortune of living in Lexington, KY.

I wish this same wreckmaker would make some Derby CCCs. I am sick to to tears of basketball and horses!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDIvyblaze

what the crap is CCC!? hahhaaahahha, still verrrry funny just out the loop on some things!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkey

It doesn't say of the submitter requested the team logo as a CCC. If that't the case, she totally got what she deserved. Then it's not really a wreck because she requested something beyond the aesthetic limits of a CCC. Why would you ever think that would come out looking good? If the wrecorator just decided to make that, then it's a true wreck.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Becher

UcK is right! It looks like roadkill.

wv...rondl...wheels on the bus go round and rondl?..Wait, did you hear something? I thing you hit something. Ewww there's ccc all over the road.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Note to self: Never, never, never ask for a team logo CCC.



March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

My 15 year old just asked me what the heck was so funny! WTH man! WTH!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

Awesome! So many great things going on here...six claws for five toes, two paws growing from the same spot on the right side, the weird mess that is the "face," and the inexplicably warped "U". Good stuff.

However, as someone else also pointed out, whoever requested something this complex as a CCC probably deserved all of this. That request probably scared the poor grocery store decorator to death. Still, I think there could have been some steps that he or she could have taken to prevent this tragic misfortune:

When facing down a customer who requests a complex design *and* an "easy-to-eat, super-fun, state-of-the-art cupcake cake!" (the fallacies of this viewpoint have already been dismantled elsewhere on this site), first gently suggest a nice sheet cake: "Gosh, crazy cupcake-obsessed lady! This is certainly a very cool logo! I think it would look much, much better on a nice, yellow sheet cake. I can make it a lot bigger that way." If the customer persists, I suppose the next best bet is to push the cupcakes into a square shape, apply frosting liberally, and then paint the logo and pretend it's on a sheet cake.

Then again, if you're paid in advance, why not test the limits of your CCC prowess?

P.S. Is it possibly a fan of a rival school of the University of Kentucky ordered this? "Yeah...make it look really, really ugly. Bonus points if it's barely recognizable."

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! There are SOOOO many things wrong with this, um, 'cake' - but whats really confusing is there is a huge wide open orange area there above the U thingy so why in the world didn't they at least make it look like a U?

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I stumbled upon your blog from, and I must say I'm happy I did. I'm in the middle of a hectic semester of college, and these posts are a welcome respite. Keep the wrecks coming!


March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love your site! Makes me laugh everyday!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

You know, for those of us who particularly cannot stand that school and everything that it stands for, that actually is a very nice, um, cake. Lol.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

I like the six (!) toes on the front paw most <3

it's lovely

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZeitwolf

"A" sports logo? It's THE sports logo. GO WILDCATS! =D

...and, that really is a horrifying cake... We can only hope that Duke gets caked by the same baker...

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnowFoxCreations

That hurts me. A lot. Go Wildcats!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

I especially like the polydactyl look of that giant paw.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpunxxi

I am wondering if this was ordered by fans of the opposing team!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

Aww...poor little guy. I shall call him Lumpy.

Never thought I'd see the day when UK stood for "Ugly Kitty". Go...Cats??

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBekka

I dunno... the face is sorta cute. :]

It looks nothing like the logo, but it's kinda cute in a misshapen, sad way.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I know a lot of people who would love to make a cake like this since they are big fans of UofK.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTreehouse Chef

I hope no money changed hands here, unless the baker paid the customer to take it away.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I live in Wildcat country and no one here would EVER claim that thing!!!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I have to know, how much of Star Trek have you seen? My husband and I started the original series about 3 years ago and we just started the last season of Voyager this week. We already watched Enterprise with Capt. Archer somewhere in the middle of all that. I love being able to catch onto all your Star Trek jokes!

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeloved30

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