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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

CW's Biggest Fans?

If you want me to get a huge goofy grin on my face, just send me a picture like this:

Amy P. made this hilarious - and yet absolutely adorable - Wreckplica (see the original here) for a friend's baby shower. I think she greatly improved upon the design, don't you?

I love how they just moved the limbs in towards the center as they served it, too:


I also got an e-mail from Rose this week. Rose tells me that she and her hubby Paul are CW's #1 fans, and so for their wedding reception they teamed up with another CW fan, Stacie - who happens to be a professional baker - and designed THIS beauty:

Don't miss the little carrots on the sides- those are Rose's favorite part. The "Rise n Pail" is a thoroughly butchered version of their names, by the way, and "Happy Weeding" is an homage to this classic Wreck. And, of course, there's the bizarre photo montage - that's a work of art in itself.

And while I'm at it, I can't believe I never got around to posting what Wreck's reader Mary Beth made:

How's that for loyalty - she even listed the site address!! Mary Beth, you are a Wreck star, no doubt about it. (For the Wreck, go here.)

I have lots more fan-made goodies stashed away, but here are just a few more favorites:

Kristi B. made this during a cake class. The only thing better than a Wreckplica is a little Wrecky lingo! (Next stop: Webster's.)

And finally, with a CW homage cake to end all CW homage cakes, we have Katy N.'s submission:

A little context: there are apparently a lot of Wreckies at Katy's workplace, so when the time came to throw a party for four ladies who were getting married, they decided to incorporate as many of their favorite Wrecks into one cake as possible (plus a 4-headed bride). They printed out all the relevant blog entries and found a willing (and surprisingly skilled) decorator at a local bakery.

So, how many Wrecks do YOU recognize?

(Hint: he's on a bear skin rug. Bigger hint: go here.)

Remember the infamous Fireman cake?

And - could it be? Yes, yes it could! - the Cake Head Diet Aid!!

(That's a picture of one of the grooms.)

And don't forget Darth Vader, the "At least you're pretty" line, and all the "lovely" airbrushing. Wow. You guys really outdid yourselves, Katy - and kudos to the decorator for playing along so well!

- Related Wreckage: Carrot Jockeys Make Excellent Ground Troops

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Reader Comments (92)

Is it sad that I want the "It's a Gril" t-shirt even though I'm a guy? I'd totally wear it too!

Wow, that last cast deserves.... well.... a cake! I hope the baker was tipped well... Makes me start to wonder what I should request for my birthday next year.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I. Love. This.

The fireman cake has always been my favorite. Anything referencing the fireman cake automatically gets a million points in my book.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

The only thing that would have made that last one more awesome would be if it was a ccc! HAHA!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrisha

Wrecking a cake on purpose is a true art form! These are Fabulous!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

I'm now wondering what I should do for my bday coming up... LOL!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I love this site, I really, really do. Thank you so much for putting a smile on my face every morning!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHope

Who's that peering over the heads of the photo montage cake? Might it be Isaac from the Love Boat?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillDarryl

"It a Gril" is still my favorite wreck ever. I laugh myself to tears every time I look at that cake.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternewsjunkie

I'm with Trisha - it should have been a CCC!

(last night at the store I saw CCC's shaped as....wait for it.... sheet cakes!)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

These are great cakes. I have been wondering what kind of Ice Cream are served with these cakes?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

I'm with trisha - should have been a CCC!

(last night at the store I saw two CCCs shaped as...wait for it...sheet cakes!)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The only things that would've made the last cake even better is if the side had read, "At least YOUR pretty" and, like one previous poster said, if it were a CCC (ptooie). Thanks Jen.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikkiMouse

Great Post! The mutant "baby" cake is a scream!!!!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimplySweeter

Kristi B., I recognize that Wilton class I creepy clown cake anywhere! Yours is much more interesting than mine, though. :) The question, though, is did the instructor appreciate it?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica C.

I absolutely love the first one - the original was creepy, this one is fun!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLon

So glad I put down the coffee before reading today's post. I especially loved the last one, and the wonderful representation of the infamous fireman.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

So if they recreated it, I have to ask, how DID they keep the doll from melting?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

Are the baby hands in the first cake throwing gang signs? lol

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTisha_

Wow---what a wonderful idea to show our love for Jen and John!! These are fantastic! Can't wait until a creative idea hits me. wow.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I love the new and improved baby cake! That photo montage was amazing too! There are some amazingly creative readers on this blog.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

one problem....with the clown one...she used her apostrophe appropriately...WRECKFAIL!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

F'ing hilarious! I love the baby cake's mobile limbs, the gorgeous photo montage featuring Jesus, and "at least YOUR pretty" will be my next pillow embroidery project.

I love this site, though I now live in fear of what my inlaws' upcoming 50th wedding anniversary cake will look like. If it's wrecked, I'll share it.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD

Now I love me some baby baked into a cake but what'took the cake' (I swear, I tried to avoid the pun!) was the foot protruding from its stomach.

Oh man, that almost made me laugh out loud at work :)

That last one is a work of art

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

WOW! (0.o) Truly WREAKTASTIC! See how you inspire others? What fun! -WM

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh man, the photo montage almost achieved greatness.

Unicorns? check.
Pikachu? Check.
Jesus? check

but, dude, you missed John Wayne and Elvis.

(WV: duckshi....all that sneaks out of your mouth when you trip over the dog in front of your 2-year-old.)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This. Is. Awesome. :D

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Inspired! Though it would be a bit cumbersome to have to explain the intentional wreckiness to your wedding guests. It'd probably be worth it.

Angie (from over at

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I agree with Cottagecheap. Has correct punctuation ever stood out so awkwardly? I know the "wreckspirational" cake got it right, but I would love to see this one with the message "At Least Your Pretty."

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBenjamin

These are really good.
My daughter was a little taken aback by the bride cake though. She said it was "mean" until I explained what this is about. LOL
She's 13, so give her some grace! Haha
Very good wrecktations.

~Amy B.
wv: priti "That bride on the last cake is not priti at all."

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

This is the!

Not only do I get the mutilated baby cake (think I can find one for my wife's bday on Sunday?) but I get links to all of the other 'winners'!

See? It doesn't take much to make me happy.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElliott

That blue clown head on the bride? OMG, nightmare material! Too freakin funny!

And the middle cake for the people weeding their garden with pails (lol) at least it has sprinkles!

The baby legs thing... ahahaha... this reminds me of when I made doll cakes for a little baby bat's birthday...I gothed em up real nice... and when she cut the cakes she didn't take the doll picks out. She just let them fall however they fell and laughed at how macabre it looked. And took photos.

I still can't make my icing roses work. RAGE. >:(

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Fabulous! Good work.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I had my baby shower this past weekend and I have to say I was secretly HOPING my cake would be a wreck (it, of course, wasn't)!! lol

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdpotsy

That unicorn/Jesus/Pikachu montage is one of the greatest things I've ever seen. But I've got to know, who's face is that on the top, smiling down over all this awesomeness? Is it Mr. T?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinessa

Imitation is
(a subgenre of Wrecky)
highest flattery!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I made the mistake (again) of trying to eat my lunch while reading, and very nearly choked when I noticed Jesus right there between the milk-mustachioed bride and groom. And Darth Vader. And a unicorn. It's just too good.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah k.

Oh crap, it wasn't Vader, and there are 2 amazing unicorns, but Picachu makes up for it, no?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah k.

The only thing that would have made the last one better would be to have a CCC! That's the best wedding shower cake ever!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Funny thing about the shirt is my aunt actually made me and my sister a sign that said that when my mom brought us home from the hospital.... we still have it, my mom refuses to give it away. And even now my aunt calls us "grils"
instead of "girls"

I would have loved to get that last cake! Also, I would have probably gotten a kick out of the baby cake... so ridiculous.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthriftylittleblog

Ahhh...such wonderful memories. These replica wrecks really brought them back. I actually didn't even remember the guy on the polar bear rug- had to click the link to see what the originals looked like. Too funny!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

Ahhhh my day just got even better. =) I particularly love how the guests at that baby shower just moved the appendages around. Too funny.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan, Corrie, and Max

I believe that's Shaq on the photo montage cake, right above the couple. Right?

Moving the baby leg had me about choking on my lunch! Bonus!!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

I cannot stop laughing. A real homage to cakewrecks.

Does this mean that a cake that isn't messed up is a Wrecked Cake Wreck? Like if you ordered a purposeful spelling mistake and they caught it and fixed it? Or if you ordered a "Cupcake Cake" and they made a giant cake in the shape of a cupcake?

That last one is my favorite cake ever pictured on Cake Wrecks!!! What an amazing combination of wrecks. I agree- someone now needs to do the same thing on a CCC!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

That last cake was all kinds of awesome.

I just love this blog. :)

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

But wait, where are the "extra unnecessary quotation marks"?

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

The only funnier than unintentional cake wrecks: intentional cake wrecks!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterun-bride

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