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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

Wrecks Rerun

NOTE: Today's original post of horse cakes has been pulled due to some horrendously bad timing on the part of the universe. (I was out of the country until yesterday, and so only learned of the tragic polo horse deaths this morning.) Rest assured that I'm not that intentionally insensitive, and I certainly meant no offense to horses or horse-lovers. I'll run the original post again in a few weeks, but for today, enjoy this classic Wreck rerun from the CW archives.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Quick, someone make a cake!

Yes, there's nothing quite like plummeting balloons and unconscious clowns to celebrate your own personal apocalypse. Anyone have some radiation-free milk to go with?

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Reader Comments (93)

That is pretty bad!
I just figured you were running it for the derby this weekend...

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Dotson-Thomson

Oh noes! Where's chicken little to save us?

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Go with? Ha, you must be a fellow mid-westerner!
I remember having those very same clown heads on some cupcakes when I was a kid. How horrible that those molds still exist to churn out more of those awful things to scar yet another generation of children!
Yep, I hated clowns as a kid and still do. Is it showing?

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwundermary

There's a lot of horse lovers that follow CW. I'm sure no one thought you to be insensitive!


April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

It looks like a clown BDSM party gone horribly, horribly wrong!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I didn't know about that stuff either! I got to see the horse post, and I think it was funny. But I understand why you took it down :)

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

I can't help but there a way a clown BDSM party can go right? This one was definitely worth re-running. Sorry for the universe and all.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Wow, I didn't even put 2 & 2 together. I forgot all about the poor polo horses. I am sure no-one thought you were being intentionally insensitive.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

When I first looked at the cake, I saw that clown leg as a bolt, the leg behind it as a paint can opener, and the line under the next clown's legs as a screw...I was wondering what the multicolored blobs were when I realized it wasn't a toolbox cake after all. >.<

I think I'll go back to viewing it as nuts and screws.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon


I'm in full agreement with the clown BDSM party gone awry. I assume those are balloon strings subduing the two?

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresaHPIR

Didn't think you were insensitive, but the horsey people appreciate the thoughtfulness, I'm sure.

wundermary; you hate clowns? really? Naaaaaah, it doesn't show the least bit...

clowns are scary.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby


Why can't all examples of synchronicity be meaningful and good?

I thought the timing seemed so horrendously inappropriate that it must have been just a case of bad timing. You seem like such a nice girl...

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Roth

I honestly didn't even think anything of the horse post! I like the clowns though, too. Don't be so hard on yourself!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Um, what polo horse tragedy? Seriously, if people are that touchy, they may want to look into getting a life. Anyone who would consider you mean-spirited or crude over that is a big B-A-B-Y. It was an unfortunate coincidence, plain and simple (and I STILL don't know what polo horse tragedy you're talking about), but I respect your decision to pull the post for now. But I can't wait to see it again because that "Godfather" cake was GENIUS!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeurotic Atty

In your defense, unless you follow the world of polo, it isn't something you might have really seen. Just bad coincidence.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat Skyfire

I heard that they suspect it might be tainted steroids, which really shouldn't be used on horses in the first place. Meh, anyone who got butthurt over a horse cake post was being a tool, in my opinion.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraria60

that is some bad timing, unlucky!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

"Um, what polo horse tragedy? Seriously, if people are that touchy, they may want to look into getting a life."

Wow. That's kind of heartless isn't it? I'd suggest starting with this news story:

Even though you weren't involved or emotionally affected, maybe having some sympathy for people who were would be something you could consider.

Some people might not appreciate being told to "get a life" about something like this.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I also saw nothing to take offense at in your previous post, although I completely understand your reasons for removing it!

And...seems like actual horse lovers wouldn't be too keen on using horses for sport anyway!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you're afraid of clowns perhaps you'll enjoy cutting this cake into pieces... mwahahaha harm me now creepy dead things! :P (oh no! zombie clowns!)

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

if you can't make them stand up make them lie down.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermizzy N Naderiey

It looks like the bodies of those clowns were molded out of playdoh!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Honestly, if anyone was offended they need to calm themselves. 21 polo ponies died b/c of bad choices by trainers. EVERY day hundreds of American horses die in Canada and Mexico so no day would be good if someone is OVERSENSITIVE. A cake wreck is a cake wreck. friend is a clown and she is offended by todays rerun! LMBO

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

Clowns in bondage?

What sort of celebration would this be appropriate for?

I think it was thoughtful to take down the horse cake post, although not necessary. Now it can make me queasy in a few weeks too... Drat.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHollasa

Not only does it look like someone tied up those clowns (Superman? Snidely Whiplash?) and left them hopelessly mired in frosting, but the balloons around the side of the cake are horribly lacking in helium! Because, y'know, nothing says "happy birthday" like scary clowns and droopy balloons. =P

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Speaking as a vegan, I think horsey people are the ones MOST likely to agree that dead horse cakes are a guaranteed wreck.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwestrum

I find it completely out of line for anyone to relate your horse post of cakes to the deaths.

I LOVE horses and the fact that you had to take down the post because of the deaths makes me mad.

People need to realize the world does not revolve around them or a single tragedy.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaunee! I knew about the horse situation but never connected the need for the concern I think!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie P

Another thing... Comments are censored here?

What happened to "I may not agree with what you say but I will fight to death your right to say it"?

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaunee

Horsey people everywhere will be very thankful that you took the post down - you didn't have to and its very appreciated <3

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

As an avid horse-lover, volunteer and investigator with an equine rescue, I don't think anyone would assume you were referencing the tragic polo horse deaths, the mustangs in Nebraska or the 150+ racehorses in NY.

You were just reporting hysterically bad horse cakes, which I promptly forwarded to my horsey friends. Hopefully, they saw your post before it came down - otherwise, I'm sure they'll check back!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter2horseygirls

Neurotic Atty:

Here's one link to the polo horse story:" REL="nofollow">Too Bad the Horses Just Couldn't Say No!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter2horseygirls

Is it just me, or do those clown bodies look like they're made out of play-dough?
When all else fails, throw it all through a blender and make cake balls!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKira

Cat Skyfire, I saw it, and I certainly don't follow polo--it's been on the front page of Yahoo.

Jen, I'm sure no one thought you were a jerk. It's obviously not in the character of this blog (and therefore, seemingly not in your character) to do something like that. Don't beat yourself up over it.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

i don't know cat, it was front page news here in the bay area!

i wouldn't have been offended but i think it was classy of you to delay the post anyway.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteral

i wasn't quick enough to see the horsey post today, but I did see an item in the news about the horses. It was a sad and truly odd occurance. However, my life has already moved on from that and didn't connect them. Always good to err on the side of generosity and compassion, though.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Quentin Tarantino directed this cake.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

I never once thought of the polo horses when I read this morning's post...

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaryjack

Honestly Jen, I don't think anyone could have seen you as being insensitive to an unforeseen tragedy of that sort. And if so...I believe this is forgiveness for it.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I say put it back up..

It's about time we got over our politically correct selves and learned to laugh at ourselves.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

I'm a huge Fugly fan AND a huge Cakewrecks fan, and I didn't see anything wrong with your pony post. Don't feel bad!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheri'

" Neurotic Atty said...
Um, what polo horse tragedy? Seriously, if people are that touchy, they may want to look into getting a life. Anyone who would consider you mean-spirited or crude over that is a big B-A-B-Y. It was an unfortunate coincidence, plain and simple (and I STILL don't know what polo horse tragedy you're talking about), but I respect your decision to pull the post for now. But I can't wait to see it again because that "Godfather" cake was GENIUS!

April 23, 2009 12:35 PM"

The polo horse tragedy: 21 polo horses died a sudden, horrible death. Lungs filling with fluid, collapsing, ect. ON LOCATION of the match. Link here:

NTM the Mustang tragedy too; over 200 starved, roughly 60 of those to death:

So I understand pulling the post... although I can't imagine why anyone would ever think you did that intentionally. I think you have to be a horse person to follow those stories that closely. But, can't wait to see the horsie post in the near future! :)

ANYHOW, on topic now. That cake is scary! And no, I am not personally afraid of clowns... but dead clowns with limp balloons? Who orders that? (or EATS that)

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeepLee

It could have been worse timing... I fondly remember on The Price Is Right, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, one showcase was a trip to New Orleans... and a boat.

Hey, I was taught in journalism school to look for the worst possible outcome and edit everything with a dirty mind and even I missed the connection this morning. I think you did good pulling it for today - good on you.

Having said that, I laughed OUT LOUD in my office at each picture. That was some powerfully funny stuff! Can't wait to see it again!

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Long time reader, first time poster. LOVE Cake Wrecks!

I'm a horse lover, and have been on top of the polo horse tragedy ever since it occurred, and I'm just disappointed I missed the horse cakewreck post! That was thoughtful of you to think about it, though. When are you reposting it again? *she asks earnestly*

You didn't have to be a polo lover to know about it.. it even made the national news. A tremendous tragedy, with tremendous suffering on the part of the animals - and their associated humans.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterschammieschammie

Ok I thought the clowns were tied down to railroad ties by some evil villain. But I guess the ropes were actually the balloon strings. Huh. Too bad.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterturtlemomma

That's weird - the horsey stuff DID Show up on my Google Reader

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpiper

They still have those clown heads at chain craft stores. They're awful--is there really that big of a market for them?


April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey All,

Thanks for the support & feedback regarding the horse-post removal. And don't be too hard on those who may have been offended; as some of you said, it's better to err on the side of compassion, and it really didn't bother me to remove it.

That said, I'll probably re-post it in another week or 10 days.

And @Taunee - yep, comments are indeed censored here on Wrecks. As a reader, I prefer it when the nastiness & spam are weeded out, so I employ moderators to do the same for y'all here. Rest assured we don't remove comments based on whether the person likes the post or not, though - profanity, slurs, and what we determine to be hateful sentiments are removed. Unfortunately that means a lot of *positive* remarks are removed in addition to the negative; a surprising amount of folks use profanity to express their approval! Heheh.

Anyway, rest assured you're getting the vast majority of what is written in the comments, good and bad. It's just the ugly we take out. ;)

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

See, the problem here is that the cake is upside down. The clowns got tangled in the balloons, and were lifted skyward, until they hit... something.

The clown heads still have at least one market. The first Wilton course still teaches how to make clowns out of icing. Don't know who thought it would be a good idea to make the bodies out of fondant (or play-doh, as the case may be)

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt407

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