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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

These Cakes Are Not Wrecks (But They Play Them on TV)

So I had an "industry insider*" send me a bunch of photos a while ago from various TV shows celebrating their 100th episode or whatnot. Sadly, there's not much Wreckage here to report (although the Charmed & Boston Legal ones are a little rough), but I thought you might find them interesting anyway. Of course, I have been known to be wrong before...

Those letters are actually 3D. Kinda cool.

This one came with a side of famous feet.

The power of...faded flames?

If you look closely, you'll see there's a glass of scotch on the first tier. Hm. Perhaps the decorator was banking on the age-old adage "Everything looks better through wine-colored glasses."

I like all the medical implements placed around the cake - particularly the little metal tray thingie. I remember throwing up into a larger version of one of those after getting my tonsils removed as a child. [gazing off wistfully] Ah, memories. 'Course, I never thought I'd associate that particular memory with cake, though.

Many thanks to my anonymous industry insider!

*And let me tell ya: I've always wanted one of those.

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Reader Comments (79)

Hey, am I the first comment? That NEVER happens to me!! How cool that you have an industry insider! ;0) I agree that the Boston Legal one is ... confusing? And so much more. I'm loving those 3-D letters on the CSI: Miami cake, though!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

CSI:Miami is a wreck , not the cake but the show

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

Little did they realize the House cake was not the REAL 100th episode House cake. The bakery sent two more incorrect cakes first after a series of tests and the REAL cake arrived in the last 10 minutes of the episode after Hugh Laurie did one of his amazing eyeball bulge realizations. :-D

And the CSI cake probably looks better with sunglasses on.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

"CSI: Miami" - mm, I've always dreamed of having sushi rolls on my sheet cake.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not much wreckage but VERY COOL just the same! LOVE THE HOUSE ONE!!!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Schmidt

Hmmm... I think the only one I'm digging is the family guy cake, and I don't even care for the show. I guess the CSI one is cool too, though I still don't like the show. The rest are either dull or ugly, IMO. I'd still eat them though :)

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Dotson-Thomson

I don't know. I'm pretty disappointed. You would think that the big networks could afford something a little more impressive. The family guy one was the best, I thought.

You know who I bet has awesome 100th episode cakes - food network! I think they should do a Challenge for that. Have each contestant do a different food network show. That would rock. I hope Bronwyn wins. Because I always hope Bronwyn wins.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

The flames on the Charmed one kind of look like they were done in colored pencil.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkarmapearl

How much time would that house cake have taken to make?

Lost had their 100th episode party recently. There's a pic of the cake here

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl

You know, these really aren't wrecky, but I AM disapointed in many of them. *I* could have done that House cake. The Family Guy cake is really well done though, and I am digging that one. The rest really leave me Blah. Okay, except for the Boston Legal cake. It's just ugly.

However, I think it's cool that you have an industry insider sending you cakes!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Is the other cake from "The Family Guy"? It's not labeled, but as best I can see, that's what's on the cake. It looks awesome.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Haven't you ever seen Boston Legal? Two of the main characters always end the episode having a glass of scotch and a cigar. I bet there's a cigar on that cake somewhere too.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I have to agree with Valerie here, the scotch glass is indeed very much a part of the show and the natural ending to every Boston Legal episode is drinking the scotch and smoking cigars on the balcony.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyberg

as a huge boston legal fan, their cake makes total sense to me. Allan and Denny Crane drink scotch together every night and smoke cigars out on denny's balcony. Thus the scotch, cigars, and patio furniture.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Not to be mean or anything, but for big Hollywood productions celebrating major milestones, these cakes all look pretty shoddy and "homemade" to me. The "Boston Legal" one is well-constructed, but the decorating is pure cheese. These cakes aren't WRECKS, just boring, amateurish cheese, made with three seconds of thought and possibly as many minutes of actual effort. The "Family Guy" one looks alright though.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermike.
April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I guess there's nothing to be said about the Family Guy cake, cus everyone knows they're Awesome!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree that one would think the networks would get cakes that were more professional looking. All of them had flaws, IMO, and just didn't look perfectly neat, smooth, and even. (With the possible exception of the Family guy cake, but it was hard to see at that angle.)

And can someone tell me what that implement is directly to the right forefront of the House cake pic? (You don't wanna know what it looked like to me at first glance..)

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

If you look closely at the DWTS cake, it's a CCC!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did anybody else notice that the Dancing With The Stars cake isn't a cake? There are CUPCAKES under that topper thingie.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

I love 'em. Except if you look closely at the Dancing With The Stars cake it looks like it's really a CCC. Argh! NO! Now that Hollywood is condoning it everyone will want one!! Somebody, put an end to this madness!

On the other hand, can you imagine all those celebrities walking around with icing on their fingers? Just for that image I think I could forgive it being a CCC.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLHSES

did anyone notice the dancing with the stars cake is actually a cupcake cake?

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspeckledpup

I'm digging the House cake, but that's just because I love the show. The medical instruments around it ARE pretty neat, though.
The Family Guy one wins, hands down. It's just the most well done. Though, I do NOT care for that show, at all.


April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah :)

Those look very good!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

The CSI is ok, but it's pretty simple. Anyone with a projector could've done it. The Dancing one looks fake; I don't think anything on it is edible! The Boston Legal is well done but ugly. The House cake is incredibly plain. I do like the Family Guy one though. Like everyone else, I expected more from hit TV shows. Thanks for the industry insight though!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie H.

What *is* Seth doing to that Family Guy cake? I shudder to think...

The Boston Legal cake looks like it took a lot of work. I wouldn't have wanted to cut it.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Check out this Family Guy Cake:

Awesome! Some of the cakes posted are pretty sloppy for professional cakes...

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Anyone who has every seen Boston Legal would understand the references on the cake. A lot of thought and effort was put into it, unlike some of the others that were pretty blah.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Jennifer said...
"...can someone tell me what that implement is directly to the right forefront of the House cake pic? (You don't wanna know what it looked like to me at first glance..)"
I think it is a very special knife that they used to cut the very special GIANT numbers out of balsa wood with.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The CSI, House and Charmed cakes were my favourites. So, the flames were a little pale on Charmed, it still looked cool.

Don't know about that tiered cake, though..looked like they had two rolls of toilet paper on top. LOL

~Amy B.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Usually I just ask for 'the corner piece.' NEVER in my life have I thought of asking for 'the piece with the glass of scotch on it.'

This cake has redefined my entire worldview.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

Looks like that CSI cake just...
*sunglasses* couldn't cut it.


April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrinian

Yeah, I'm not very impressed w/ these cakes. I would almost expect perfection (clean lines, EXACT logo recreations, flawless fondant, etc.) for a cake these shows probably spent big money on.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBellaLovesPink

I could completely be missing the point here, but...

the silver icing on the DWTS cake and the BL cake is freaking me out. Sure it's pretty, but it looks too much like murcury for me to want to eat it.

I have an image of professional dancers walking around licking poisoned frosting from the ccc off their fingers.

That being said, it's still one of the best ccc's I've ever seen. Meaning that the edible paper in the center is wrinkled and crooked.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

My, how extravagant...they really shouldn't have...!
To celebrate the 100th (!!!) episode of DWTS, they spared no expense!
Apparently they requisitioned a world-renowned artist to render their logo on the top; it is so realistic as to almost look like a photo, ISN'T it??
They have both chocolate AND vanilla cupcakes (never mind that that don't even appear to be frosted). Oops--I mean: (!!!)
And those curlicue, scrolly things along the sides? I'll bet they are 20 karat gold (!!!) tone styrene...imported from the Orient. Faaaancy...
Why wasn't all of this on World News Tonight?

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

House cake:

Speculum. . .near something edible. . .{gag}

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome cakes. I think it is a creative art all its I do not have. I took classes thinking that if I could paint, I do cakes! Oh how very wrong I was! But I love to see the art in them that others create. I have a friend that owns a bakery and I love to see what they also turn out....
Very neat

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I like the 3d letters on the CSI cake, but did you see all the orange spots on the yellow letters? Apparently the decorator couldn't keep the colors separate.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Is... is that a swear behind Seth's head? I think it is!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarq

If I could do a better job than these "professional" cakes, then they are officially wrecks. I shudder to think how much money was paid for these mediocre, simple cakes. Except the Boston Legal one, that actually took some effort. DWTS isn't even a cake, it's like a plastic lid over a bunch of unfrosted cupcakes.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the Family Guy cake! Hey, do you think the guy in the upper left hand corner of the pic is the guy who does Stewie's voice?? He looks like Stewie!


April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the guy on Boston Legal drinks a lot of scotch... William Shatner's character. Maybe that's what the glass was doing up there - he probably walked by and set it up there so he could go to the bathroom.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

I agree with the comment made by "mike." These cakes are not well done...but I'm sure they cost quite a bit of coin.
That Boston Legal thing looks horrid!!!!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

The Boston Legal one is rather overly-busy. Something simpler (or dividing it into several cakes) would've looked nicer. Not quite a wreck - each individual section is decent - but... kinda average.

Mind you, it might not necessarily be strictly professional - could've been made in-house by the studio café or something, in which case it'd be pretty good.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

By the way: I suspect, to some extent, it's the thought that counts with these - they're for major TV shows, but they weren't actually meant to be seen by anyone but the cast, and they probably just wanted something fairly nice that tasted good.

I actually rather like the Charmed one. Reminds me of mediaeval manuscripts.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

@Julie - Stewie is voiced by Seth MacFarlane (who also does Peter, Brian, etc.) I think it's funny and no accident that he's "killing lois" while cutting this cake.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not wrecks?! What about the one that says "CSI = Miami 100 episoder and counting" Haha!

Also, I was wondering if you would possibly consider hosting a Mr. Linky party where we could all make our own Cake Wreck posts. I think it would be great fun!!! And we could use nonprofessional cakes as to not eat up your material :-)

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Masked Mommy

Cool cakes, with some wreckiness too!!

I believe you like Stargate? Have you seen what was served at the Atlantis wrap party last year? It's not cake, it's made out of chocolate, but I think it's cool. Photos from Joe Mallozzi's blog ( - the 2nd pic has his writing partner, Paul Mullie, on it:

Now that almost makes me wish I liked chocolate!!


April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeesa Perrie

very nice cakes, very "ehh" cakes, but I'd say the wreck of the bunch was the "Dancing with the Stars" the color is very, um striking, the lettering appears to be printed on um a purple sheet. and I didn't even notice until reading the comments that it was CCC

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I like the House Cake...of course I loves me some Hugh Laurie and the show so...
The Family Guy show one is pretty cool too!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

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