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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

More Sponge Cake!

In our continuation of Spongebob Wreckage, let's take a look at some more "artistic" interpretations of good ol' Spo (aka "Uncle Blue?" If you say so, Rufus.):

There's the "Cheater's Cubist Movement":

Talk about trying to fit a square sponge into a round hole - er, I mean cake.

Which has a "Minimalist" offshoot:

Two bits of flotsam and one thumbprint is all it takes!


Or is this "neoplasticism"? I'm always getting those two mixed up.

And the more homespun "Folk Art":

"Shock Art" tends to live up to its name:

How rude.

While "Fluxus" - so named because the sense of proportion is kept in a constant state of flux - is my personal favorite:

You guys know what this reminds me of, don't you? Big head, little arms! Aw yeeeah.

And lastly, there's the genre-spanning "Lowbrow Dali Deconstructivism":


Thanks to Renee, Becca S., Kim S., Allie L., Diana D., Katie H., & Bridget F. for today's movements.

Note: No, I didn't make those art terms up; you can read the [ahem] "real" definitions here. And my apologies to artists everywhere. ;)

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Reader Comments (121)

Great post! Are you going to post amazing-looking Sponge Bob Cakes? They exist! :)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

The last one looks like the decorator was flashing back to 1967 while decorating. Man no illegal substances while in the bakery please!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLight Line Images

that last one is frightening.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

The homespun, while not the laziest, looks the worst IMO. Out of context, I wouldn't even be sure it was supposed to be SB. The last one is almost cool.

Had to look for a few seconds to see what was "rude."

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

that last one... i think it's kinda cool and well made, actually. i mean, not as it pertains to looking like SBSP or anything, but the general overall... cakiness of it.

or maybe it's the allergy meds i'm hopped up on.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I actually kind of like the last one, it has a groovy 1960-ish thing going on, Spo' Bob on acid maybe?? The rest are just horrible, & why are the feet backwards on the first one?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatmania

i just love the little paper lace doily around the one cake. is this cake for the retirement home?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterinalaska2

I love the fact the feet are stuck in backwards on your "Cheater's Cubist" cake. Everyone knows Spongebob is duck-footed, NOT pigeon-toed. :)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Oh my goodness, that last one looks like spongebob has some kind of skin infection.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLildonbro

Jen, you are a riot! LOL

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol! It's Hippy Spongebob! with uh, a very big tongue, either that or he's eating his tie... come to think of that I wondered where his tie went to...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

What? no comments yet?

Probly because we've all been blinded by that hast Dali-esque cake.

And how the heck names their kid Lowia?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

I thought Suntan Spongebob was disturbing until I saw the cold sores on Liam's Spongebob!! Yikes.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

The third cake, close up, looks like it has blue boils, not bubbles, all over it.

And I guess in the last cake Spongebob is showing off his newly purchased assless pants? Classy.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAyse

That is a most unfortunately placed thumbprint on the first 'cubist' cake.


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Since I know that SpongeBob SquarePants is evil, I have no problem with these cakes. Wreck on, evil little cartoon. Wreck on.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

I sorta like that last one in a crazy, Lisa Frank type of way. Actually, I think Spongebob would be better if he looked like that.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Whoa! What color would your tongue be after eating that last cake?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

I love it! Very nice... as a confirmed art lover AND Spongebob afficianado, this was right up my alley ;)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it wrong that I kind of love the last one?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

As an art history major, I shouldn't admit to finding this post as funny as I do. (But then I'm not in contemporary art and consider this payback for those who make fun of my period. ;))

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one looks like poor Spongebob has had one too many crabby patties. And they were laced with something.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

I got my boss a Spongebob Easter candy dispenser as a gag last year!

I actually don't see any way that Spongebob on a cake could be other than wrong. lol

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I dont think that a giant cookie should be considered a cake. at leas the ccc's are closer to cake than a cookie. just my 2-cents worth.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterokorolev

What is the deal with the lace surrounding cake #5? I mean, REALLY? And the last one - well, I really don't have any words for that weird brow and wriggly long odd legs....


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

That last one looks like ol' Spongebob dropped some acid.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

Okay, so not only does the last Spongebob appear to have the chicken pox, but the cake seems to have some kind of disease as well. I'm afraid I'd have to pass on that cake, no matter how delicious it might be.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

That "big head, little arms" Spongebob looks like they were trying to make Towlie from Southpark, and then changed him to Spongebob last-minute!


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Scarf Girl

Poor Liam.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

regarding the first cake: It's already a total cop out by just sticking plastic pieces into a regular cake, but then it really sails over the top by having the legs on the wrong sides. The last I checked, SB wasn' pigeon toed and bowlegged. Sheesh.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdonkeyinawhitecoat

The third cake employs the special technique: 'vicarious hypothermia'. Whereby the excessive use of blue in the icing will render all the persons 'cyanotic' upon ingestion - perhaps permanently.

This is just what would be observed if the revelers had been cavorting with our hero in bikini bottom. Kudos. Kudos. ;)

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrunogirl

On the "TOYISM" cake...this is EXACTLY the way they advertise it at the bakeries for a birthday cake. My daughter had one of these a year ago for her birthday.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ me ~

The Minimalist is absolutely creepy. All the others are just bad.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Carline

S.B.S.P. flippin the bird.

I have now seen it all.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustfrosting

Whose 22nd birthday was the rainbow-chip cookie-looking one for? Loivia? Lowra?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Alligator


I woke up to snowplows today (snowplows! in the middle of April!) so I needed the laugh.

The first one could be from the lesser-known show Spongebob Roundpants

The last one could be cute, you know, if it didn't completely disregard what Spongebob is supposed to look like.

Frankly, the most disturbing part of folk art cookie thing is that Loura (Lowia?)is 22 years old, and she is having a Spongbob themed birthday. And not even a good Spongebob themed birthday.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

The most amusing part of this blog is when the cake designs my bakery/chain store uses show up here. This is like the third time I've been able to recognise the deco pack the designer used as something we carry. I recognise "Toyism"...and I even KIND of understand the random crap they did in the background.

...and knowing our chain's standards and the staffing conditions we usually have...this is why you don't ask the baker to fill in for the cake decorator.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Quite the collection today! The second one even sounds delicious--"white bar cake." Yum. Way to sell it.

Are you completely sure that the "Folk Art" one is supposed to be SpongeBob? It looks strikingly like some sort of Polynesian totem. Perhaps there's some culture fusion going on there.

The last one--??? Wow. It's for a four year old, which means that it's probably not some sophisticated reference to surrealism for an Art History major with a thing for SpongeBob. So that's really too bad. "Mommy? What happened to SpongeBob's FACE!?!?"


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Also, it appears that the dreaded Teletubbie Poo has made another appearance on the last cake. Blobs of delightfulness, to be sure.


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yiiiiikes, something is SERIOUSLY wrong with that last Spongebob...

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTooTiredToRide

The second one is terrifying D: D: D:

Word verification: sange. Sangebob Squarepants; not quite Spongebob, but close enough.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really like the Toyism one... But it should be PATRICK!!!!!!!!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYarn Princess

Where did the rest of his pants go in the last one?!?!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD

that last spongebob looks like his pants are unzipped...even creepier

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Wow- who'd have thought I could get an art education on Cake Wrecks?? Fluxus? WOW, You go Girl!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGracefulFire Girl

and they don't go around his side...they're only on the front!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Hahahahaha!! The flotsam feet on that first masterpiece are on backwards, too!!!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

it makes me sad that most of these cakes seem to come from one store. XD i enjoy going to said store and laughing at their disasters.

hopefully most of these cakes are going towards child birthday parties so they will be too wound up to care their cake sucks.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

That last one looks like some kind of perverted spongebob, with the tongue all hanging out....and it looks like his zipper is undone and, well...just look at it!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

The first one has the legs on backwards. Brilliant!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCakey Goodness

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