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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

Panic at the Disco

Ashley R. is the one who makes all the "cool" cakes for her friends' birthdays, so when it came time for her own birthday her friend Kat decided to order her a "super spectacular" professional cake. Kat gave the baker this photo of Ashley's favorite band, Panic at the Disco:

...and she asked that the cake look like lead singer Brendon Urie (2nd from left).

Now, this can't be the best photo of Urie out there - I mean, he's gnawing on a bunch of flowers - so you have to pity the baker a little.

Well, until you see this, that is:

Now you're just pitying Ashley, right?

If you're like me, you're not going to be able to tear your eyes away from this thing for a while. That's Ok, though; I'll wait.


Poor Kat had the cake delivered right to Ashley's door, so she didn't see it herself until after she arrived at the party to find everyone backed wide-eyed against the walls in a defensive line. Then, when they tried to cut the thing, they found it was covered with rock-hard rice krispy treats and tasted bad to boot. Still, all was not lost: Upon discovering that the mouth and nostrils were hollow, the party-goers amused themselves by sticking stuff in them.

Ah, Ashley, it's nice to hear your friends are my kind of friends. I'd have some red licorice strips up those nostrils faster than you can say "deranged man found beaten to death by his own hand".

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Reader Comments (128)

*falls over laughing* That's just hilarious!

Rule #1: Inspect the cake before sending it friend.

Rule #2: Find WAY better picture of singer for cake!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Sorry, gotta empathize with the baker here. How the *ell can you make a cake that looks like a man eating flowers? It's not so bad, really, considering what he/she was trying to match!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Frankly, I think that it was the assignment that was the wreck rather than the execution. The "friend" should not have come up with the idea of making a cake in the image of this singer any more than that Texas bride should have had the cake made in her own image.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, it isn't absolutely hideous. Right...?

It looks nothing like the request and it's inedible. That's pretty horrible, if you ask me.

It's pretty apt for a foot in mouth reference though!

WV: nonitypt -- the typing style of the anonymous.

Brianna M.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Hasn't the baker heard of Google Images?

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. Just... wow.

WF- wabiandi
How this photo was chosen as a reference is wabiandi me.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

That hair looks entirely too realistic for my taste. I'm gagging just thinking about it. YUCk! I hope that it was some other texture not easily conveyed by the photo.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

The cake TOTALLY looks like Sloth from Goonies with some new hair implants. Too funny. Thanks for brightening my day!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mouthy

It looks like he's been stabbed in the heart by those candles. That's why he's got that expression on his face!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterline_noise

I've been informed that I am no longer allowed to read the blog out loud to my partner while he's drinking coffee - apparently shooting hot coffee out your nose is a painful experience (it was the bit about the hollow nostrils that did it to him - ironically enough)

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

This post should be titled, "Panic at the Birthday Party"...yuk, yuk, yuk.

BWAHAHAHHAHA!!! Are you sure they didn't plan this to be a wreck the entire time??? That poor baker was just part of the "friends'" nefarious scheme!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

I haven't heard of Panic at the Disco, but I have heard the song by The Wombats called Backfire at the Disco. I think that's what you could call this cake.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to agree with the two anonymouses up there; This one isn't really the baker's fault. There's only so much one can do with material like that. Granted, it's not good that it was rock hard and yucky tasting, but the picture of Urie wasn't attractive to begin with, so there's no logic in expecting an attractive cake to emerge.

Sounds like they made the best of it, though!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

I have to say I pity the baker on this one- did the friend intend the baker to just do a more ordinary portrait, using the flower shot as a basis? If so, totally unfair. If the intent was to exactly recreate the flower image, then I have to say it is a fair job. Not good, just fair. And neither excuses a gross and inedible cake.

There is an application for those photo cakes, apparently!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I may be flamed for saying this, but it's actually not that bad! The hand is going the wrong direction, and yeah, it's a little creepy, but all things considered, the cake is kinda cool!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Sorry, I also sympathize with the baker (for the decorating, not the bad tasting cake). I think the requester blew it.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree - the baker didn't have much to go on - but then, that is one SCARY looking cake...and the fact that it was inedible? Cruel...

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Eww. Disturbing. And just...icky. What's wrong with a sheet cake with a picture on it??? Of course, that probably would not have made Cake Wrecks.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCurly

Those candles look like tranquilizer darts used to subdue the raging monster.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommentervivaELvino

I work for a psychologist and I almost busted out over this cake in front of a patient! Not a good thing! ;o) I do have to feel sorry for the baker though, that's a tough one! No WAY could you work with a picture like that...


June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

I'd have more sympathy for the baker if the hand being gnawed on wasn't backwards and the thing had actually been edible

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I'm with the majority. That cake looks like what the customer asked for. And comparing the cake to the pic, if the decorator was given a better pic the cake would have looked great.

I think the baker did a good job. It doesn't excuse not being able to eat the cake that is wrong. The friend should not give a photo that was horrible to said baker. If you show a baker this is what I want then usually that is what you get. Most bakers don't have a lot of free time to do research to make a person's cake so when the person ordering said cake gives a bad photo you blame them not the baker. But shame on the baker for a cake no one can eat!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelody

Too funny! I blame BOTH for this train-wreck of a cake! I think this is destined to be one of the "classics" on this website!


June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LMBO! I love this one! Really horrifically funny! And you're right...looks more like Sloth than anyone else!

Macho! Macho!...Cake...I wanna have some macho cake...

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

I am not completely disgusted here. I was actually expecting a super huge sheet cake with a teeny tiny little picture of Mr. Urie. But you were right, Jen, I wasn't able to scroll down for at least 15 minutes. Maybe it was closer to 2 minutes. I exaggerate.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

It does kind of look a lot like the picture, though. I think the baker did a great job with the picture given.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I totally blame BOTH the requestor and the baker for this wreck, even though the friend wanted to have an awesome cake made, they should have thought better than to have a cake made in the image of an actual PERSON! and then that photo! Come on now.... also the baker should have talked her out of it. I have had a few people request some pretty far out stuff because they dont know any better... my goodness what are they thinking!


June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterROYALTY

Why in the world would the baker do a cake w/rice crispy treats??
I do empathise with the baker, however. There had to have been a better pic out there somewhere.
~Amy B.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm guessing this wasn't a cheap cake, I agree with bad photo choice to give as reference...but inedible cake is a deal breaker! Even if it looked good....doesn't work if you can't EAT it!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake Believe

I'd be able to let the wreckage go if it wasn't also inedible.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Welch

The rice krispie treats though??? There's no excuse.

Angie (from over at

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Oh, poor Ashley! No matter how we assign the blame, the key thing is she's the real victim here: a creepy cake that was inedible (seriously, what part of "cake" translates to "rock hard rice krispy treats"?) by a medium she herself manipulates so well. And on her birthday. Thank goodness for the wreckerator's attention to details so she could at least enjoy stuffing things up its nose.

Word verification: bemash, what happens when you combine bemusement at a horrifying cake with a strong desire to smash said horrifying cake

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm with the others who sided with the baker. Giving that photo to the baker as what to go by was the work of someone intentionally cruel or insanely stupid.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

as someone who has a shameless fanboy crush on the man pictured, all i can say is OUCH.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthunder boy

I almost have to believe she was expecting a sheet cake with an edible picture over a 3-D rice krispie sculpture. Glad they were able to have fun with it, though. :)

WV: foryla - foryle love of all that's holy, that's an ugly cake!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to know what that hair is made of.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

OMG. HILARIOUS!! If my friend got that for me, I think I would DIE of laughing.
She could've used this picture of P!ATD:

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

I want "after" pics....with stuff sticking out of the nose and mouth!!!!!!!!!!! michelle

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's the cyclops eye that freaks me out. Watching me no matter if I walk to the right or the left....always watching......

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

Urie devours hand;
we clog his krispie nostrils.
Everybody wins!

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Replace the singer with a zombie and replace the flowers with blood and this would be cool.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthedeadcantdie

The cake itself was not that horibble looking (though it reminds one of Igor...)

The rice crispy treats are a crime against the art of pastry making though and the baker should probably be flogged for that.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did shooting the Cake Man with full of candles make him die? Is this in any way similar to trying to kill a zombie? Because I gotta say, that flesh tone looks totally undead to me.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

That is one scary cake, man. Wow. I thought she was just going to have it printed on the top, myself. But, it happens, I suppose

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse

Goin with the baker here... Did pretty well considering what he/she had to work with... an ugly pic of a not fabulously handsome guy.

WV:grani- His grani probably loved the cake, but nobody else did.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For those questioning the presence of Rice Krispy treats on the cake... If any have ever watched "Ace of Cakes" you will know that for some sculpted cakes if there are parts not easily sculpted from cake the designers will use Rice Krispy treats covered in fondant to make those portions.

However, the RKT's should NEVER be stale and "rock hard". Yick! Also, with this cake I just don't see that those parts couldn't have been sculpted out of cake. It looks like someone perhaps watched Duff and Co. and tried to emulate the technique without the talent.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStressfactor

The cake actually turned out quite well given the bizarre photo... seriously, what was the girl thinking? Totally the fault of the girl ordering the cake.

As for rice krispies... it would be pretty difficult to carve a nose out of cake and plenty of bakers use rice krispies for those kinds of details... I'm sure you've all seen food network cake challenges.

Ugly cake, but pretty fair considering the picture given.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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