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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

This One's For The Ladies

(NOTE: For the ladies, not the kiddies. Still SFW, though.)

NASA wanted to do something special for all the lady astronauts of the world:

And by "special", I mean something big, flaccid, curving to the right, poised to explode into the dark recesses that are out of this world, and that says "Women in Space: We've Come A Long Way".

[biting lip] Wow. So many innuendo-laced jokes, so little time. And if my mom didn't read this blog (Hi, Mom!), you can bet I'd be saying something about the fallacy that men can't organize - much less erect - a project of this size. Or how nice it is to see NASA giving women the upper hand in the space program, so that they, too, can get ahead. In fact, I'd probably wonder aloud if it wasn't rather cold in the exhibit hall, if that wouldn't put too fine a point on it.

However, since my mom *does* read this blog (Hi, Mom!), all I'm going to say is this, and to the cake creator: don't take my good-natured ribbing too hard. The fact that you got a government agency to pay for your services makes you a Wreck star.

And for you deprived souls who didn't get the FotC reference, watch this:

- Related Wreckage: Dirty-Minded Decorators

UPDATE: For you doubting Thomases calling "photoshop" and getting John all aggravated, here's another photo of the same cake:

John is so ridiculously happy about the discovery of this second photo that he's currently singing "Don't Worry, There's Another Shuttle Photo, Be Happy" while I'm typing.

Clearly, I need to get him out of the house more.

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Reader Comments (237)

Best. Puns. Ever.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Ohmygoodness. I....but you.....uh, there just isn't a way to put how I am feeling right now. I have never been so embarassed to look at cake before.


wv: hedribro - I think this is what I would say if thing came at me in the middle of the night.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great post, but that pic really looks photoshopped to me... just sayin'....

Love this site!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrances


wv: mingstes
the round structures the hang below the giant, red, curved-to-the-right structure

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZitny Clan

Are you sure Zap Brannigan isn't somehow involved? (OK, please tell me I'm not the only Futurama fan who reads this blog - c'mon, geeks!)

Word verification: cunnene, as in Jen's cunnene use of puns helped us look at today's cake in a whole new, um, "man"ner

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne


I loved this cake, despite its, er, leanings.

To me, it looks more like a finely executed cake that got rumpled in transit rather than an uber-wreck.

I mean, the shuttle's external fuel tank *does* look like a Dr-Manhattan style man part. No bout a doubt it.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe musishian



How long have we been doing this? We don't put up shopped stuff unless it's intentional and then we tell you guys.

It helps if you click the picture and make it bigger. It's nastier when it's bigger.



oh, my.

That looks deeeelicious!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBatbrat

Goodness gracious...I'm feeling a little flustered AND in need of cold shower.

You, madam, are a pun-master and veritable comic genius.


June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you so much for the FOTC reference. That made the cake 1,000 times funnier!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

I would have hated to have been at the party and had to take the required pose with the cake photos. Either my face would have been really red or I would be smirking like mad tryig not to laugh out loud.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHat and Fappy!

Wow. I mean, just... wow.

I will never think of fondant the same way again.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Westgard

Oh my. I do love me some solid rocket booster!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I immediately got the FoTC reference and did a little giddy squeal. I loves me some Brett and Jemaine...and some Cake Wrecks! Hilarious post today, Jen!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Oh. My. What can one say except that it gives a new meaning to the word "shuttlecock."

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

wow ! when i was reading "something special..." i was had flight of the conchords going around and around in my head. i am so glad it wasn't just a coincidence :)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Linberg

Yeah, that lady on the left has to shield her eyes, she's so embarrassed! Hee Hee!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKCSB

I knew there was a reason I loved this site, aside from the hilarity and the Schadenfreude. Flight of the Conchords yay :D

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Red~

Why does the fuel tank look like it was sponge painted??? Not only leaning to the right, but a hint of skin disorder as well?!? LOL.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I cannot believe how many double entendres you worked in and most of the time fairly subtly . You are a true genius.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Uhm, it really doesn't help that it looks like the shuttle has a smiley face on it....

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrubian77

Seriously? Really? What the?

Your puns are Awesome.

But again, What? Really? Whoa. I's go now....

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCALpumper

In all fairness "all" rockets look phallic. This particular ET (external tank) looks looks particularly "manly" though.

If I had to complain it'd be about the scale though. (also the OMS pods are missing and the SRBs aren't marked.. sorry just nitpicking from a NASA buff) The little woman figurine should be quite a bit smaller. That or the whole cake should have been that much BIGGER!

And I gotta say that cake was quite LARGE in the first place ;)

Altogether now, 3, 2, 1, blastoff! :D

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDr Forrester

Hat and Fappy! said I would have hated to have been at the party and had to take the required pose with the cake photos. Either my face would have been really red or I would be smirking like mad tryig not to laugh out loud.

I think I would have deliberately gone for an obscene pose if I were there. :P

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Generally, I enjoy your blog simply as a lurker. But this...I mean...not one of the people working at the bakery stood back and said "You know...this is really starting to look...well..schlongish. Maybe we should adjust our approach".

As a cake decorator, I would have been ashamed to send it to a client.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGhoul Friday

You may want to replace the FOTC video with this one: (Song cuts off and it's really a crime.)

That cake... again, words fail me. Seems to be happening often.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Holy crap!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCecile

Awesome post! I have that FotC song on my ipod. I often hear it while I'm mowing the lawn. If I had been at that conference, I would have been giggling my head off.

Think I might have to link today's post to.... everything!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Hey Maria,

Yeah, but Jen likes them in concert better than the TV show. We actually saw them live and couldn't breathe from laughter for about two hours.

Good link though. I like that one better too.


Wow, I can see why that ship would be eager to launch.

Just had to let you know that this is being retweeted all over the young adult author Twitter circuit.

Which, coming from someone who is not allowed to drop fbombs in their novel, is slightly ironic.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie Stiefvater

Woooooowwwwww.... That is... I... um.... Whoa.

Hee hee!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

puns were hilarious and i *did* get the FOTC reference! cute! how can i get brett & jemaine to sing to *me*? sigh.

oh yeah, the cake was, um, funny. (can't come up with a pun.)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Saw them live? ; 3;
Lucky ducks!

I don't know which I would laugh at more..
seeing FotC live or this cake live.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsh-Lee

This is by far my favorite post! I love the puns you worked in. I think you have mom look away from the computer on special posts like these.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just to add some more NASA trivia, I know the gentleman who figured out that it was better not to paint the SWT, and leave it in it's "natural" state. (from a distance I suppose rust could resemble a flesh tone...)

In light of this cake-for-the-ladies, I'll shake his hand for you.

P.s. Seriously? No "too many d*** on the launchpad"? It was the perfect bookend.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

The shuttle looks to be happy to be riding that big ET (external tank). I hope it doesn't mind veering right to Venus.

The cake makers must have been roaring once they saw the completed piece!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anne

Does it really say "come" a "long" way on the base of the cake. OMG... I can't stop laughing!!! Oh it just keeps getting better and better...

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmyP

I think it was photoshopped, too. Take a look at the black platform the cake is sitting on. There isn't room on the platform for that 'big nasty thing' to sit on.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I've been toying with the idea of using this song for the garter toss at my wedding dance (this Sunday!), and it's been in my head for daaaaaaaaaays, so it's crazy to wake up and find it here. (I think we've decided to go with the Most Beautiful Girl in the Room instead, btw. :-)

And speaking of weddings, I think this cake is perhaps more appropriate for bachelorette party shenanigans than for NASA!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

It's not how far you get into space, it's how smoothly you get there.

"Scissors cuts paper... and rock crushes scissors... but Paper smothers rock!!! Kiff, we have a conundrum... Kiff search them for paper, and bring me a rock!"

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

oh. my. god.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

hubby in the air force - involved w/ space command. hilarious!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i was hoping that was an fotc reference!!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was very excited to have a FotC reference right off the bat. I almost thought it was too good to be true...until you had the video at the end! I think I love you even more now! Almost as much as I love Bret and Jemaine :)

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Love the Conchords reference!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeecoy

I had no idea what FOTC was until I Wiki'd it. Now I've reserved Season 1 in Netflix and am in line for Season 2. Sounds hilarious! Don't forget to vote today for Cake Wrecks!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

Terrible and Disgusting !

A new low in cakes...I'm hoping there will be no more posted like this one !

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

OMG! I am usually a lurker, but this one TOTALLY made me click through to comment! I just laughed so stinking hard I think my cornbread almost came out of my nose! THAT is freaking hilarious!

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJingle

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