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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

When the World Is Not Enough...

Just cram some more crap on there.

You know those picture books, where you have to find all the hidden objects? I think this cake is kind of like that. So tell me, can you find:

- 6 Styrofoam lollipops
- a picket fence
- a red-eyed demon child riding its trusty star steed
- a gold coin
- enough ribbon to choke half a dozen children
- a dozen roses
- a big thumb print
- what is either a bottle cap or a foil-wrapped candy
- a red jelly bean
- what I hope is an Oreo cookie, and not a rusted metal disc
- tulle, tulle, and more tulle

And in case you didn't spy it, this photo also has an added bonus! See, right here:

(buh dum bump!)

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. (And the week after that, and the week after that...)

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Reader Comments (114)

WOW! Don't forget the rainbow, cross, and sugar cookie leaf/tree things...

My eyes hurt!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you sure that demon child isn't riding a carrot?

Angie (from over at

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Sad thing is, somebody probably ordered that and was THRILLED with the results.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

And don't forget the off-center writing! Yeesh! We really need a good shot of the top of the cake. Well, as good as it can be, under the circumstances, at any rate.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

This is a CHRISTENING cake? Hmm...

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Wow. Just wow.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

What sex was this child?
Overachieving cake can
gender-confuse, too.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

That reminds me of the cake my daughter made for my dad's birthday. It had every disney princess figurine she owned along with every color of sprinkles in the house. Quite a sight! Of course, she was 5 years old when she made the it was sweet - not pathetic.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterflourgirl a loss for words. No, wait, here are three...Less is more...or maybe More is bad...or More is horrific...

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan

Wow. That's just... wow. I don't think I've ever seen a more cluttered cake. I bet it took longer to un-decorate it, than to eat it.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I think the gentleman in the background holding the beer was the decorator, and he started drinking while working on the cake.

I so wish we could read the message on the cake.

Love it! How is it that you can take a cake so truly hideous and make it even funnier than it was when it was just ugly? :-)

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Masked Mommy

The only thing I can't find on the the thumb print.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertnew78

oh wow...that is crazy, who comes up with the idea of an unedible candy forest and a rainbow...for a christening? Really I mean come on!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

All that non-cake stuff is definitely making this the most non-appetizing cake I've ever seen.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercheryl.andrey

Oh that's a riot! It IS just like those books. I would not eat that cake ... not even a lick of icing. ICK!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

it's glorious! what a cake spectacular.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkaty

my favorite part is that beer bottle in the back ground.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

And beer is always appropriate for a baby's christening...

wv droodi... I am glad I wasn't the one that droodi name on this wreck...

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. Just. Wow. Am I making this up, or does this cake actually say "Welcome to the Christian World"???? Please tell me I'm wrong...

Oh, and while we're listing "I spys" you could add- two pine trees, freshly mown grass, and a church with a steeple. They're pretty obvious, but still very important parts of this beautiful design! -Becca

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. That's...Precious. If that's what it looks like to be welcomed to the "Christian World," like the cake says, I'd rather not be welcomed! j/k

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

People actually have cakes for christenings? "Welcome to the Christian world"?! Seriously?


May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan Andrea

What about the "Welcome to the Christian World?" proudly displayed on top in such large writing the baby's name had to go on the side of the cake?

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony and Cayla

Does it come with a trowel to scrape the detritus off before you serve?

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedgryphon

If that's the welcome you get to the Christain world, I'm glad I'm an atheist! Truly, truly hideous.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrudi

I found the others ... I think ... and I also spy - with my little eye - something that looks like a moldy carrot.

I don't get it.

And is the person behind the cake having a beer? Woot!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXOXO

But Oh! What does the cake have written upon it?
It's a Christening cake, and appears to read "Welcome to ...the?....Christdom?"

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After zooming in I have to say it's worse!
I love that the inscription says, "Welcome to the Christian World" (that's what I interpreted anyways).
If I got that for MY christening... I'd run the other way, lol.

wv = artai

This cake is not very artai.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

lol - also love the added bonus of the beer bottle. That says a lot. :)

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

A dozen roses? Darn it if I was never good at this!? Someone point out the obvious.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUark2003

Hah! I recognize that BONUS packaging-- this cake is from the Philippines. Few notes, though:
1. Soda is very commonly found in glass bottles, so that is a soda, not a beer (note the straw)
2. Baptism/Christening cakes are common (actually, some families would have a "reception", which is probably where this pic was taken)
3. Neither a rusty coin nor an oreo-- simply yet another gold foil-covered chocolate coin not reflecting the flash well :)

Anyway, even without the BONUS packaging I would recognize the nationality of such hideousness anywhere! :) (best reason to learn to bake at home!)

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManggy

A dozen roses? I've never been good at this game...someone help the "blonde" in the room. Where are those darn roses?

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUark2003

You left out hellfire, Christmas trees, and a teeny tiny cross to remind you this is a religious event.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Church with a steeple? Hmmm... I swear I thought that thing in the middle under the rainbow was the burning bush.

And if the cake doesn't just scream "classy", the guy in the background apparently drinking a beer through what looks like a straw certainly does.

Welcome to the Christian world! Let's get drunk and eat us some cake! Praise Jesus!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you, CW commenters, for deciphering the "Welcome to the Christian World!" I never would have guessed that.

Wouldn't you love to see this decorator's take on the non-Christian world? What would he/she possibly churn out for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? And woe to the child whose parents choose not to christen him/her.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, my better homes and gardens cookbook has a recipe for a 'busy day cake', but I don't think this is what they meant. :D

- Jenn

wv: labbil - I agree when Jen labbils this cake as a wreck :D

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenncgf

What about the Christmas trees?? I spy with my little eye TWO Christmas trees. Yikes.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

What the...? Is that baby wearing a bikini?

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMequet

What's with the tree-shaped air fresheners? I know babies are not always kissing sweet, but still...

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

And after all that, they STILL couldn't center the writing!!!!! Gotta love it.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrene


Awful. Tacky. Not even the cute kind of tacky.

And the whole star riding, La-la land, rainbows and sunshine theme is even worse when you consider the occasion: Welcome to the Christian World.

This is a hot mess.

VW: coduciz -- This cake is not coduciz to happiness.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

My eyes! My eyes! Someone get me some holy water!

WF- Unglyf: This cake is really unglyf.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

*sobs* The roses! I can't find the ROSES!!!

Oh, oh there they are, sorry 'bout that, I kinda lost my head there for a moment.

Ummm, those roses... kinda small aren't they?

Whew! Whatta wreck!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmBee

Does the inscription read "Welcome to the Christian World?" Cause, yeah, I think it does. It would only be better if it said "Welcome to Christain World." One of my favorite gruesome mithspellings.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Flax

First of all, I hereby nominate flourgirl for best food-related nickname ever.

Second, what is Bonus? My mind boggles as to what kind of product it could be and what it's doing so close to the cake.

WV: strypery - the only thing that could make this cake any more cluttered would be some more airbrushed strypery around the edges.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Thank you for making me laugh every single morning.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey and Jeannie

Maybe the bakery was having a "going out of business" thing going on....and they had to get rid of ALL of their inventory. And THIS cake was the LUCKY WINNER of all things hideous that were left in stock :/

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Hahaha - Where'd you find this picture? LOL

It's from the Philippines as someone already pointed out. The BONUS - its a budget label from a shopping store in the Philippines BTW - label didn't even need to be there for me to recognize the tacky meringue icing.

And yes, these type of cakes are ordered. They don't cost that much, a cake that big would hardly cost more than 10 USD, but don't get your hopes up, the cake is dry and the icing is hardly exhilarating - LOL.

I've had my share of eating these cakes, reminds me of my childhood. Still, its hideousness is indeed hard to deny, but for a lot of people, it's Aces - well, a lot of people in the Philippines anyway.

Hahaha - styrofoam balloons - Spare me. LOL

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCecily

...remember to tip your waiter - you've been a great audience!

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Hahahaha, this is awesome! Thanks for the little I-Spy game, too, it made it all the more fun.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Doane

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