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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.

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- Jen

How to Liven Up Mother's Day

You can't blame these decorators, really; flowery cakes for Mother's Day can get a little boring.

I would say this baker got down to the heart of the matter, but that would be hitting above the belt. [smirk]

Oh, dear. You know, I've never watched the movie, but from the tiny bit I saw here I'm starting to wonder if this is really the best choice for a cake, on Mother's Day or ANY day.* Yikes. And why "Mommies"? Do two Moms get to share this psychotic little treat?

Here's a bakery that really knows the best way to honor Mom: by eating her face!

At least they provide lots of options to choose from, though, thereby increasing your odds of finding a Mommy Head that "looks just like her!" Woo woo!

Alison J. and Kelly D., I think for fun I'm going to get a head that looks as UNlike Mom as possible. Then I'll tell her I brought in a picture of her for the bakery to match, and act like I think they did a fab job. :)

*Actually, I looked it up, and this is listed as a "christening cake". Wow. Somehow, I think that makes it worse...

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Reader Comments (209)

Just what I always dreamed of, a female anatomy cake! I would love to see the male version...

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosey Pollen

Am I the only one who saw the wire coat hanger and thought it was an anti-abortion cake?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 2nd cake is basically an anti-choice statement in pastry form. I assume it was a party for multiple moms/babies and that the person who ordered the cake thought that the most festive and important thing to say tp the mom was, "Thanks for not having an abortion."

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoriK

I don't get why the baby is on/in Louis Vuitton luggage? Is that part of the joke? Maybe aborted infants get a Chanel bag?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjamiesnyder

This has to be my favorite blog! I enjoy looking at all your cakes. So far my favorite is the a-bomb cake =)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermanisa-1

OMG! A cake of overies? Really?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Sweet chocolate uterus!

The coat hanger symbol is actually generally a pro-choice symbol (ie, allow safe abortions so no one has to resort to this)... still can't figure out what the hell the cake as a whole means though!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mmmmm. Uterus cake. Appetizing? Not likely!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"...increasing your odds of finding a Mommy Head that 'looks just like her!' Woo woo!"

Yeah, thank god my mom looks like Wilma Flintstone on Quaaludes, so the cake with the red hair and wide green eyes will work perfectly.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReverend Ramona

an ovaries cake, seriously? perhaps i shouldn't be surprised...

the mommies dearest cake is creepy to its very own degree.

as for the head cakes...i'm still laughing at the "dear caught in headlight" eyes. (not quite the same as "doe eyes" ya know?)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Second cake...classic line from a classic movie but oh my! In CAKE for any occassion?!?!?! I don't think a line of anger and abuse is exactly a line that should be on cake.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskinny minny

As a mom, I'm not sure how I'd feel if I had either of these presented for Mother's Day. I'd rather have the hairy earred Yoda.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I totally thought the Mommy Dearest cake was more of a "thanks for not aborting me with a coathanger!"

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I especially like the sprinkles on the uterus cake. I mean, a plain uterus is simply not festive enough!

And the posters who are misinterpreting the 2nd cake have obviously missed the pop culture reference of "NO WIRE HANGERS!!!!!" Coupled with the "Mommie(s) Dearest" reference its hard to miss if you know your Hollywood Legends.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterck

had to take my niece for her first "appointment" yesterday....could've got that first cake to celebrate..."Happy Pap Day!"

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterbigSIS

Oh, and I can see where folks might take the coat hanger cake as an anti-abortion cake, but I think it's a reference to "No wire hangers! EVER!" from the movie Mommie Dearest. Creepy cake, whatever the meaning, though.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReverend Ramona

I hope I get a female reproductive system cake for Mother's Day. Nothing says love like a sugary depiction of a uterus and ovaries.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Anon-- that was my first thought too, but then I remembered the "No wire hangers ever" scene in Mommy Dearest.
So now I'm extra confused.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

The first one made me howl in laughter.

But the second one...if I'd received that the buyer would have had a face full of cake *and* a face full of fist at the same time.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Cake #2 is not about abortion! The wire hanger scene is from Mommie Dearest, the movie (and maybe the book too, I haven't read it.)
Sometimes my mom and I joke about her being "Mommie Dearest" (she's no where near it, but has a good sense of humor,) but I don't think I'd ever get her that cake. I would, however, spring for the female anatomy cake. I love that!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Lots of people have 2 mommies. That means sharing a cake or getting 2 different ones for Mother's Day. Sometimes you might have a Mama and a Mommy, but Mommies is probably easiest.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the first cake. Hysterical. The 2nd cake is ignorant at best. Although I personally enjoy the irony of anti-choice-ers cutting up & eating a "baby".

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are some wrecks!

The anti-abortion cake... nice coat hanger. Really classy. For an anti-abortion cake. I've totally seen better anti-abortion cakes though.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Whoa, dude. That's some tasteless, tacky crap right there. Gross!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

My annoyance at a second cake is ABOUT it being about Mommie Dearest. Ha ha, child abuse. I would be really insulted.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Mommie Dearest or Anti-Abortion - either way, that's pretty f-ed up!!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jane

Why is the baby in a purse? Looks like she's going to carry her baby around in her purse like a chihuahua.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

are those ovaries producing... sprinkles?!?!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually pulled up CW to brighten my mood before a conference call. First words out of my mouth? "Oh, disgusting!"

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

I also thought the hanger cake had to do with abortions...the LV handbag the baby is laying on also threw me for a abortions = designer handbags???

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Let's not get this into a political or moral debate, here - that cake has NOTHING to do with abortion - check Jen's link to the movie - "no wire hangers, ever!" is a famous line from Mommie Dearest about how to hang up your clothes (designer bag tie-in here)! - and in saying that, the cake is creepy in its own right as the movie is about how the mentally deranged Mommie abused her adopted child so why make a cake about that? Abortion cake - not, child abuse cake - OK.
Soap box - off...

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

Anti-abortion or not... it's just a great work of art.

Bwah ha ha ha ha.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

There is no way I'd want the anatomy cake. My kids would fight ovey who got to eat the ovaries and who got to eat the uterus and all the fighting would ruin my whole mother's day.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersommer

Deeply creepy........

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

So, did anyone else see a steer's head in the first cake? it took me a minute to see it, ahem..properly. and then I couldn't believe that's what i was seeing and it took me a minute more to really believe my eyes. INTERNAL ANATOMY SHOULD NOT BE IN CAKE FORM! EVER!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin I haven't watched mommy dearest but I went and looked it up since it seems cake 2 is a reference to that and not some sort of abortion reference.

Either way it's too confusing. Are they saying keep abortion legal to avoid hangers but have the baby, see this one is cute?

or is it a ref to mommy dearest despite the baby being a BABY not a child and if you were going to make a ref to the movie scene, wouldn't you do better with a dress ON a wire hanger, not a no wire hangers sign ON a baby?

what on earth was this for?!?!?!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I, too, saw an abortion message instead of a Mommie Dearest reference in the 2nd cake. I'm sure it was unintentional, but it was poorly thought out. Really tasteless.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm curious if Jen actually knows is the coat hanger is a Mommie Dearest movie reference or a "thanks for not aborting me" reference. It could be either, honestly.

But, here's what I really don't get about the cake. The baby is in a Loius Vuitton bag. Why? Secondly, the graphic on the t-shirt looks HORRIBLE compared to the rest of the cake. It looks to me like someone went in after the fact maybe and added it.

The first cake? I'm not even going there. Hell, I'm so niave,I couldn't figure out what it was at first.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Uuummmmm - given my choice, I'd skip dessert.
These are just disturbing on waaaay too many levels to really comment.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

My jaw dropped when I saw the ovary cake! I can't believe it.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

NO, the hanger is NOT a reference to abortion! It's something from the movie "Mommie Dearest."

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mmmm, uterus + sprinkles = cakey goodness!
2nd cake? Speechless. brain

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Elmquist

I am cracking up at everyone misunderstanding the wire hanger reference. That's a CLASSIC movie line!

And I guess while they were all looking at the hanger, I was trying to figure out the alien arms around the baby... until I realized it was handles to the LV bag.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Ah, thank you Cake Wrecks commenters for solving the mystery (to me) of the wire hanger. The Mommie Dearest reference sounds correct, even if it still looks odd.

Anyone else have flashbacks to the U Texas Longhorns cake when he/she looked at the ovary cake? You know you've been reading CW too long when the first thing you think of when you look at a part of anatomy is, "Oh, remember that wrecked sports / school logo?"

And the mommy head cakes remind me of a traumatic experience as a tot trying to replace a doll I got for Christmas that broke upon opening the box (IIRC the head popped off). I threw a hissy fit until my poor mom found the last one that could kind of sort of look like me (yeah, I was quite the narcissist at age 3, but I'm over that now ;)). I'm willing to be she still remembers that and would enjoy giving me one of these cakes when/if I celebrate a Mother's Day of my own.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

when i first looked at the ovaries cake i thought it was a steer head...

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

Why have those cake boxes got stickers on saying "Yellow"???

the uterus cake has to be the most disgusting thing I ever saw.

Yikes. At first I thought that second cake was an anti-home-abortion cake.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What exactly is that 2nd cake saying anyway, Thanks for NOT beating your cute baby??? Really CREEPY!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGracefulFire Girl

That first one, um. Is that what I unfortunately imagined it to be as soon as I saw it?

I thought it was just "Mommie Dearest" (decorator, get the title right, would ya, sheesh) and Joan Crawford is Scary (Faye Dunaway did a good job if you ask me). Of course I said the famous line out loud as soon as I saw the pic: "No More Wire Hangers!!!!"

Run child RUN!

Wait, you noted that it's possibly a Christening Cake? No. Please. NO.

btw: LOVE YOUR BLOG! Love you more. Been reading past posts for like, um, days now??

And: word verification fun -->

uh, dios mio? very fitting
die o sia? what is that we see, death?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCALpumper

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