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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

A Cake Wrecks Salute

Today we salute you, Mr. or Mrs. Patriotic Cake Wreckerator.

[singing] "Mr. or Mrs. Patriotic Cake WreckoRAAATor!"

Yes, in a sea of national complacency, you are the one shining beacon of truth, justice, and proper icing depictions of the American flag:

"Hey, Betsy Ross would be pro-oud!"

And when it comes to the star placement on those flags. you don't let petty things like "perspective" or "scale" get in your way:

"Ooooh, I think you need a few mo-ore!"

Yes, no other cake decorator loves this country quite the way you do, or has our sacred borders drawn on their hearts in quite the same way:

"At least you got Florida!"

So here's to you, Faithful Fan of the Frosted Flag. Because without you, tinsel and airbrushing and cliched eagle photos would never end up on Cake Wrecks, where we all know they belong:

"Mr. or Mrs. Patriotic Cake Wreckeraaaaa-tor!"

Thanks to Wreckporters Danae H., Kate B., Scott W., & Emily J., who are clearly more patriotic than you are.

- Related Wreckage: Somewhere in Kabul, there is an Italian bakery

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Reader Comments (125)

LOL! That was the best beer commercial - i mean Cake Wreck.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFalen

first of all - bless you for honoring the bud light song dudes! and I guess the patriots. And B - I really thought the one cookie cake with extra stars was a bikini at first...

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranawinston

Did I just sing my way (in my head) through that post? I sure did. Thank you for that, I shall now be singing that all day.

This is one of those times that a tribute turns slightly offensive. Those are just terrible, even though well ment. Seriously, the stars on the cookie and CCC AND trippy airbrushing, this is just too much! I think I will stick with red white and blue sprinkles!

Thanks for the morning giggle,

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one makes me want to move out of the country.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Happy Birthday, America! Sorry your cake is so lousy.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The second photo down looks like "God Bless Bacon".

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbarino

Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! Can you do Canadian flags tomorrow. Puulllleeeease! The maple leaf is so hard to draw freehand. I just know there must be some great wrecks out there.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I'm impressed by the ccc shaped like the USA. Good use of the cupcake shapes to make the borders.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommentervivaELvino

A freaking great post. It made my day :) Love those commercials!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Lord have mercy. do they not know what the flag even looks like?

VW: ovell.

Ovell...I guess they tried?

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Am I the only one who is impressed that someone made a CCC look almost like the USA? Anyone??

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

SO proud to be an American right now (not!).

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I could totally hear the song in my head. Awesome!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPilar

Hilarious - so funny. I had the song going the entire time in my head... ;)

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT

Is it just me, or does that second photo kind of look like a bra?

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLibrarianJessica

Got to love the "GODBLESS" on that second one!! Wow, those are bad...

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanella

"This is one of those times that a tribute turns slightly offensive." Yes, yes, yes.

But, um, Suzy B.? I can only think of Susan B. Anthony, and I don't get the connection. Help, please.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbzzzzgrrrl

Ah, the USA, where we have the freedom to wreck cakes, including cakes celebrating the freedom we have (to wreck cakes). Ironic. And I'm pretty sure you'd be imprisoned in North Korea for wrecking a patriotic cake as badly as that last one. Love your blog! - Robyn

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

*standing ovation!*

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I loved it, but having the options be Mr. or Mrs. did make me pause and say "wait, why does she have to be married"?

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersallythetimid

For a CCC, that America one is actually not ***that*** bad.

That last one is like a wonky magic eye poster.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

That ad campaign is one of my all time favorites. Thank you for including it here and for doing it very well, I might add.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

It seems there are more and more wrecks on those giant cookies. They are becoming almost as despicable as CCCs.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlawnajo

The simple fact you wrote that to the tune of those hilarious beer commercials totally made my day...

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Love that California is just absent on the outline cake.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I love those commercials! Although you said Wreckerator in the first, and the changed to Decorator in the second, at the ending.
Those are SCARY CAKES, though. Has the first one even /seen/ the flag? "Yeah, it totally has red and blue stripes. I KNOW MY FLAG."

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElena

i cannot believe that i'm the only one to have noted that mexico and florida form a sort of...ahem...crotchtacularness of tackitude there on the right hand side of the CCC....

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterluna

You know those Bud Light radio commercials where the guy sings "Reeeal American Heeeerooooooo"
Well, that's the tune I heard playing in my head as I read the photo captions. It makes it THAT much funnier!!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterj.cro

This might be my favorite post ever. Great job!

Keep up the great work.

rolling cooler cooler roller.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Awesome post!


June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

I don't know which is more sad...the wrong flag stripes or the sordid attempt to fit all those tiny stars into a ridiculous space? I'll let the terribly formed USA cake go this time and vote for the blue-and-red stripes. That's just sad.

I LOVE the site and have never been here before--got the link from

Do you run that one too? Awesome.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

On the third photo down, I think somewhere to the far upper-left there should be a freewheeling cupcake representing Alaska. Then it would be 'perfect'. :)

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrachelemiliejackson

Here is a link to the ads you were referencing, for further enjoyment!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE.E.King

Are you sure the last one isn't the opening of the Colbert Report? ;)

I like the second. Despite the fact that it's pretty easy to tell it's a 'D', when the words are smushed together like that I really want to read "Goobles" So....Goobles, America!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

so, at first I thought that cake 2 was trying to actually put 50 stars on the flag and assumed there were 13 stripes. nope. counted. 30-ish stars and at best 11 stripes. soooooo really. what's that about? plan plan plan people!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Those are just hilarious! And yes, now I will have that commercial in my head all day long!!! At least I know how NOT to decorate my cake if I make one this weekend! ;o)


June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Jen, you're a genius.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

A) I will have the Bud Light ad song in my head for the rest of the day. That's not all bad, I guess.

B) I'm fascinated by people criticizing things like the use of "Mr. or Mrs." (uh, I'm a "Miz" and I didn't even notice that... time to relax, folks - Cake Wrecks did not just decree that all female wreckerators must be married) and the use of both Wreckerator/Decorator. (you MUST CHOOSE ONLY ONE!)

C) I think the cookie-cake with the two misshapen flags may have been heart shapes before they became flags? Maybe? But why?

D) The last cake made my stomach hurt. For America.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermhb

My poor state of Michigan is gone fro the flag. Not even a hint of a lake either.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Since first cake (underneath dat) is from Canada and we celebrate tomorrow, where's ours? :)I'm going to have to hit the stores it seems!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

"Hey, Suzy B. would be pro-oud!" - don't you mean Betsy Ross? She's the one who sewed the first flag.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Sant

I just read this all in my head using the voices from the guys in the beer commercials.

This post was AWESOME.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Marsh

I think by Suzy B. you mean Betsy Ross.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTychaBrahe

Oh, those are awful!

~Amy B.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That's what I was thinking Luna. Florida looks a bit inappropriate.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMzHartz

WOW! Those are some of the worst cakes in awhile. That last one is HORRIBLE!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterctdeyo

Wow... I totally sung along to that whole post. I love those commercials! Great stuff! Had everyone in my office looking at me while I was giggling at my computer. Totally worth it!

Thanks for the mid morning laugh!


June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second one could kind of pass for a patriotic bikini top.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenisewalks

I've loved the site 'til now but this? This cements my girl-crush (in a non-sexual way of course) on you Jen.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am shocked the CCC of the US actually does somewhat resemble the actual shape...

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