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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

Magic Eye

Stare at this cake long enough, and a message will appear - like magic!

Helen P., I get the feeling that "mum" really minds her 'c's and 'u's.

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Reader Comments (48)

amature night at the bakery.....

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's like word search for dummies!!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Wow-you're right!
I stared at it long enough, and a message DID appear!
It read:
"For headache: 2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed."

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I like it.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whoa son!

That can't possibly be professional?! It makes me seasick.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPink

Looks like it said Happy Birth and then they smashed in Day allll teeny tiny.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOats

Not to mention the mold and mildew color scheme. Oh, look, the termites seem to be sending us a message in code.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZhoen

Cool! The Message appeared! It says "Happy Mum Birth dye! or maybe not....

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

What an odd cake. Poor mother... lol

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Is it just me or did they turn one of their "c"s into a D for birthday??

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory

sadly, this is what a lot of my doodles look like...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervery married

Here's a fun Activity to try:
Copy the picture, and then flip it upside-down.
NOW look at it.
Whole different ball game, that.
I see one of those flourescent ceiling light fixtures...and there are numerous dead bugs, and oddly, some pieces of green Twizzlers, or moldy Cheetos, stuck in it.
What do YOU see?

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Ironically, the happy is nicely done... too bad they wrecked everything else on the cake.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartfruit

Optical illusion on a cake? That would be cool, actually...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScientific Chick

I think it's cool.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Oy. Headache city with that one! Poor Mum.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

Seriously, my first thought was
"WTF??" and Green Icing?? I thought that only happened in peter pan....

In initials, of course, there are children present.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

Fortunately, the herd of green caterpillars are on the job, herding those pesky wild c's and u's onto the top of cake, lest they escape and take over the entire bakery.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

Mum must be on a diet. Hence the green cutworms forming the border. Yuck.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whoa thats just FUGLY

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

I can actually see, sort of, what they were going for here. I could, had it been done in a way that looked more profess, actually have liked it. Hmm....

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllokago

To the decorator's credit, this actually isn't a wreck.

This cake, quite unfortunately, contracted a nasty case of ringworm during its time roaming the forest the night before.

C? There's an explanation for everything.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreen

Poor Mum is apparently colorblind too as those colors are pretty fugly together.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenisewalks

Tragic for mum...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

That makes me dizzy.
Wow. Just, wow.
~Amy B.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I love how the message starts out fun and pretty:

"Happy B..."

then after realizing there was not enough room, had an obvious struggle with


By then it was too hell with the "MUM" part, which was scrawled carelessly. Then the whole mess had to be covered with camouflage.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbatbrat it's sorta Op Art without the vibrant color, or clever design, or...well, maybe not not

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

it's weird but i don't hate it :)

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Wait, does that object in the background read "Dud"? Best to avoid any bakery that actively promotes its wares as such, ya know.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know why, but looking at all that green icing, I kind of expect it to taste like spinach.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Just had to add my WV:

ratinis: this season's trendy cocktail (you don't want to know the ingredients).

Even after a few ratinis, this cake doesn't look edible.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

It looks like a "word verification" threw up on the cake.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

It allll could have been avoided had they simply turned the cake.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Perhaps she is an editor and its a slew of punctuation marks...wishing her happy birthday?

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I think the wreckorator was studying ancient cultures:

It's very Byzantine with all those stars and crescents on the border.

Cernonnus, the horned god, perhaps? I'm sure I can pick that name out. Very earthy colors too, very celticy. Except for those crescents and stars.

And the mad hoof-prints/worm castings all over the surface are just puzzling. I keep straining to see words there...ununun my head hurts!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPipkin

The border design looks kinda like a bunch of fermatas to me, but that's all I've got. Kind of a shame the middle bit's so bad, the edging's pretty nice!

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLissa

I'm glad I am not the only one with green twizzlers on the mind. but, do they make green twizzlers?

wv: askical: I'll ask and Jen and John's brilliant commenters will tell me.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Whoa. This reminds me of the time my sister caught a whole jarful of wee black tadpoles, and overnight a raccoon tipped them over onto the front steps. We woke up to find sad little commas all over the concrete.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

Another vote of confidence for the cake [waves hand]. I think it's cool. Yeah, the spacing on the words could be better, but who says every cake has to have 3.5 roses and be in only pastel colors with frou-frou patterns.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

joyce said...
" they make green twizzlers?"
Yes, in fact, they do! They are "sour green apple" in flavor. I haven't eaten any, though, as I prefer the black ones.
I've also seen orange, purple, and yellow ones, as well as the standard reds.
One could weave them all together and come up with plaid-ish, edible potholders.
Something to keep in mind when summer vacation things-to-do-with-the-kiddies ideas are running low...=^ee^=

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I actually think that cake is really cute. Look at the green border, it matches the "comma" markings on the white part of the cake-- I think this was an inside-joke more than a wreck! I will admit the border and color scheme is a little rough, but I like the effect. :)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Eyebrow piercings!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpolomex

Perhaps it's an attempt at cornelli work? Although pepole who do that badly usually do squiggles or Ms rather than Us.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Cute idea, despite the eyestrain, even (I guess Mum is a fan of wordsearch puzzles?). I'd say it's about a six out of ten.

But I agree--if this is a professional job, 0_o

WV: Relyosed: to have little hope of a good outcome. "Someone relyosed this cake up."

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I think it is fun. Cool cake.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

its like a fiddleheads birthday cake!!!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndréanne le

This cake looks actually nice, in an interestingly odd, almost artistic way. It has a certain Calligraffiti-esque je-ne-sais-quoi-lity, if you know what I mean.

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDhr. DeLuxe

I don't know what they must've been thinking, other than that I think they were slightly inspired by the "Falker Satherhood" video: "It's like a word journey!" XD

wv retstor: We need to retstor this cake, it's gotten moldy. XD

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictor G.-H.

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