My Other Blog

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

Dastardly Dad Designs

I guess I have to call this a tie:

Yep - tied for worst icing cohesion and worst neckwear representation. Unless that's supposed to be an alien joystick, of course. In which case, someone needs a checkup. Ew.

How about some tasty powdered hot dogs on the grill?

Mmm. Powdery.

And for the discriminating Dad, there's always this classic WTF design:

Jeremiah L. submitted this beauty over 10 months ago, and I still have no idea what it's supposed to be. A car? A grill? A set of weights? A toolbox? A lunchbox? Elmo? Herbie the Love Bug? A picnic basket? Bertie Bott's fizzing whizbees? Phil Spector? Seriously, WHAT IS THIS?!?

Stephanie H. & Phyllis L., I think I need to lie down for a bit. That white spot on the bottom chocolate cupcake is making me question my own sanity.

- Related Wreckage: Face Time on CW

« Keep It Stupid, Stupid | Main | Threadcakes Contest »

Reader Comments (190)

Wickedly horrible!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStalker v1.5

i think it's one of those round red grills. but it is very 'interpretive'.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeautifulmonday

I thing you guess right with gas grill--see the white thing on the side, that's the propane tank, and the brown swath across the front is the lid handle? But sheesh, who has a RED grill?

WV: harkin--I'm harkin' up a big PTOOOIEEEE for that CCC wreck!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

What about the "D" on that first pic? "Happy Father's ay? . . . . D"

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKellie


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreya

I think it is red grill with the lid down!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Was the "D" in the 1st one supposed to be falling or is that just an added extra?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I think the alien weenie is AWESOME!!!!! Maybe my dad would like that.. He is a fan of Star Trek! :P

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

I'm going with the red grill, but ONLY because of the white object on the side, which appears to be a propane tank.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

The first cake had me puzzled for ages! I seriously couldn't figure out what it said. At one point I thought it said Happy Fathore, oy! The worst thing is you never actually know with these cakes either.

I think I need someone to explain to me why the D has walked off on its own.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

Hard to tell by the position of the sticker, but the cupcake grill mess looks like it says, "Happy Father! Day"

Just me?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

on the second one my money is on phil spector!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Penny

Wow...I was going for "boombox" on that red one, but that was after staring at it for 10 minutes and getting a little dizzy. At least I know what to get my husband to make him laugh...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

It's a grill. The white spot on the bottom cupcake is supposed to make it look like a wheel.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspyderqueen

I think the last one might be a taxi or car created by someone with "Constructional dyspraxia" (the inability to relate parts to a whole). You seem to have several examples throughout you blog! If you look carefully, you have the wheels, the windscreen seems to have slid off to the right, the brown amorphic shape could be the grill and headlights. (Although they may also be confused by the 'grill' definition here)and...
OK, so now I'm clutching at straws!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

It's Stevie What's-Her-Name's interpretation of a Webber grill.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Second cake: that's what people get when trying for a dreaded CCC!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Alien Joystick- i see what you did there. :LOLOLOL:


"Phil Spector?"


wv: botarqui. It sounds like an exotic liqueur.

"bring me some more botarqui and rum. I still can't tell what that last cake's supposed t'be!"

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo Asakura

Sorry, my last comment should have read: the THIRD cake is what people get when they attempt the dreaded CCC!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

It's definitely a grill...notice how the plastic silverware looks like the grill tools? C'mon now!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrill girl

Okay my 3 year old walked up, pointed, and said it's Mickey Mouse's car.

How can you argue with that?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

That is so awful. But, yeah red grill like this -

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The question is... Are the knife and fork a part of the design, or were they thrown in as a nicety for that one super picky eater who always embarrasses you at dinner by sending back three dirty knives and using a fork to eat their french fries?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Knits!

Oh no, the poor "D" fell down, go boom! :*(

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Okay I've got it. I think the last one is a BBQ grill. The plastic utensils had me thrown but here goes.....It's one of those round topped grills. It has the meat fork and other tools that hanging from the grill on one side and a towel hanging on the other side and those are wheels on the bottom. Whew! Ow! I think my head hurts........

WV: blons - how a blond spells blonds

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

HA! That last thing is a riot! Ah, I love this blog...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertracyvanhorne

At first I thought "it" was "father". I can almost see a head (like beetlejuices), a large body, legs, hands holding silverwear. But, now I too think it is a red grill. a charcoal one with the lid down.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

My dad's aesthetic would just love those cakes...he's in it for the cake primarily after all...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

hahahahaha... at first I thought the red one was Chef from South Park...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthetoddlerwhisperer

Liked the way you snuck the Phil Spector comment in...where you thinking with the wig on or off?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

"Phil Spektor"? HA! I think I actually cackled. How embarrassing.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I think the one with the burgers and hot dogs actually looks pretty cool.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

I couldn't decide between the worst depiction of a La-Z-Boy chair or a grill. I think I'll go with the grill. I can't identify the chocolate cupcakes though - meat? grill legs? aliens?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYarnWrecks

It's totally Fat Albert.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTodd

Alien joy stick...bahahaha!

I now need a conversation in which to use that phrase!

ROTFL....Phil Spector..LOL...white spot....LOL....oh my..first good laugh I've had in days.

I looked at that last cake from all angles. I would say it's a car but the knife and fork definitely throw me off of that. I'll have to keep looking.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

The first thing I saw was a beheaded Santa. Yep, nothing says "I love you Dad" like a dismembered off-season CCC.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Guys. Obviously it's a sumo wrestler. Seen from behind. Who has broken his leg. And splinted it with cutlery. Duh.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Helpychalk

Are those real hotdogs on that cake?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie M

and real cheese on the "burgers"?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie M

Yep, that looks like the weird red grill (square?) my husband picked up at home depot last year. Maybe the wreckorator was drunk?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk.spear

That 3rd CCC (patooey!) is just wrong.


June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

I have to say that last one appears to be a very badly executed Weber grill, gas bottle and all. And the white spot is an axle hub I presume.

But "Happy Father's Day" to all the "ads" out there...

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't get past the green-tinted hamburgers on the second one. Ew.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhd

The third cake is the Typewriter from Sesame Street!

I can see why people might think it's a red Weber grill, aside from being a CCC (pah!), but it's not! It's the Typewriter. I recognised it immediately.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercluebyfourgirl

The red cake is like one of those pictures in a psychiatrist's office... "Now, tell me what you see..."

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

It's the Kool-Aid Man!

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpyrajane

Koolaid Man?

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersandy

That last one is Amy Winehouse, no one knows what she's supposed to be either.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Brady Family

That last cake is a glorious wreck! It is the Rorschach ink test of cupcake cakes -- what you see in that undulating mass of red and ambiguously incongruous details speaks volumes about what lies in your soul. As for me, I saw what the beloved cartoon character, Fat Albert, would look like after getting run over by a steamroller. R.I.P., Albert.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>