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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 Womb with a View

Sure, torso cakes are kind of freaky, and eating cake babies can be off-putting, but what else is there for the baby shower hostess who wants to creep out her guests under the guise of serving a scrumptious treat? Is there nothing new under the Wrecky sun?

(Hah, like you don't know the answer to that.)

Presenting...the sonogram cake!

Thank you, edible image printing and 3D ultrasound imaging! Who knew two technologies could come together to create something so deliciously horrifying?

Now, don't get me wrong: I appreciate that sonograms allow moms to get an advance viewing of their little bun in the oven - I do. And most of these cakes are actually really well made, too. But let's face it: these new 3D sonograms look like they were directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Look into the hollow eye sockets of this shadowy visage and tell me the truth...

...are you feeling hungry?

And check out the contrast on this one: it's all sweet pastel ribbons & bows, but with a doorway into the Twilight Zone:

That bear's face says it all: "What kind of filling did you use?!?"

Compared to these, the more traditional sonograms look positively cuddly. They still make for some Wrecktastic cakes, though:

Hmm. What do you suppose it really is, Hannah M.?

And if you think that airbrushing is bad, check this out:

I think that's supposed to be a side view of the mom's torso, which makes her...a headless nudist with a skin condition? Mmm, tasty.

And you know it didn't take long for someone to combine these two ideas:

"Hey, y'all! Come check out this black & white TV lodged in my belly!"

Thanks to Wreckporters Kathleen E., Connie P., Thomas S., & Summer R.!

- Related Wreckage: First Impressions

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Reader Comments (209)

Wow. Just... wow.

It's an interesting idea but I just can't think of a way that it would be really well executed...

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEternal Lizdom

The second one should have a question mark at the end of it.

And I was rolling with the "headless nudist with a skin condition" caption. That's hilarious.

Ugh, these things totally creep me out. My mother-in-law had one made for my sister-in-laws shower. With a non-3D sonogram. It just looked like an alien or something.

I did not have a piece of that cake. It was too weird.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrissykay99

Alright, I thought 3D images are creepy to begin with (and yes, including the one of my own son) but these are horrifying! Yikes!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one is hilarious! It does look like the mom has stretch-armstrong arms though.

The rest are super creepy.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Wow. Looking at your own baby is one thing, but it's nearly impossible to truly appreciate someone else's sonogram, especially the 3D ones.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

Actually? The last one is kinda cute. The others are sending me straight to therapy.

And the pregnant shadow silhouette in profile? That is oddly terrifying.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

The last picture reminds me of teletubbies...

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

I do a lot of showers... But Thank God I never have, nor will I Ever use that idea. ((Shudders))

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMisty K

Reminds me of my niece looking at the sonogram of her sister:
My sister: "Look Maddy, there's the baby!"
Maddy: "oh...yeah, I see the baby and Granny and Daddy and Opa and Mommy.."
Some kind of "Magic Mirror" sonogram, I guess.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

Okay, that last one reminded me of the cow fistula. Oh, you don't know what that is??? Check it out here:

or here:

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Did she have sex with a teletubby?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anyone else thinking "Teletubbies" with that last one?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

OMG! I wouldn't let anyone see the 3D images of my baby b/c I didn't want to hear anyone say "Whoa, it's an alien" or "So, it's an eyeless monster?" But these people put it on a cake?! Wrong, wrong, wrong.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLost

So that's where Teletubbies come from....

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As someone who has three children (now in their teens) PLEASE let me tell you, no one thinks your ultrasound (traditional or 3-D) is cute. Technologically fascinating, perhaps, but not cute. You can lead a full, happy mother- (and father) -hood without everyone in creation getting excited as you do over your children. That being said, these cakes are sooo wreckalicious!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous




Seriously, did a vast majority of the world have a brain tumor for breakfast? Did they wake up and think, "Hrm...what's tasty and visually horrifying that I can serve at a baby shower?"

I mourn the death of the petit four as the cake of choice for showers.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

These are EXCELLENT (in the wreckiest of ways). I'm pregnant with my first baby and now I'm crossing my fingers for a cake like one of these. Bring on the creepy celebration of new baby!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchicken lips


Honestly can say I don't feel like eating for the rest of the day.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

some things should be kept private, and NEVER repeat NEVER be allowed anywere near cake.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Oh my.... those are a whole new level of scary.

Sonograms are cool, but not on cake. Yuck. Why would you want to take a bite of baby face, anyways? How is that even remotely appetizing?


July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

In a sick and twisted way, I think I like the last one. *Hanging head in shame*

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.


July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!! My eyes!!!!!

Where'd that darn Unicorn Chaser get to???

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The last one: "Tele-tummy" ... LMAO These wrecks are absolutely disgusting and gross and I am going to publicly make fun of anyone who has anything like this at a baby shower. YECCH!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGradual Dazzle

If you relax your eyes, and stare long enough at that last one, the torso looks like a screeching monkey.

This all kind of harkens to mind that placenta-eating ritual some cultures (and Tom Cruise)have. *shivers*

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSallyJFox

The airbrushed headless side profile one looks like Marty McFly's family fading a little at a time while he was failing to hook his parents up in the 50s.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

These are absolute disasters. Give me Darth Vader cake!

I think 3D ultrasounds are creepy and not worth the money. I want to be surprised at how my kid looks.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Loves Cake

I had to laugh with one of your sidebar ads being for a company that does 3D ultrasounds, LOL. The image in their ad of a pregnant woman with a TV screen 3D baby on her torso looked too much like cake now...very wron to think about eating pregnant women...very wrong :)

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjess

Other than the sonogram, that one with the bears is adorable.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

Wow, I think those are the creepiest wrecks of all time.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

why would someone do that??? oh my goodness

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Eeep, that is strange. Really really strange.

My girls are 8 and *almost*6, I can sit and stare at their ultrasound pics for ages. I love them, but have never had the urge to eat them. To see these babies on cakes is very disturbing to me.

And the boobs on the last cake cracked me up!


wv: undeci - These cakes should be taken away for undeci exposure.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, ewww. eww. ewwww!!!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Lol. Yes. Yes I am hungry.

Headless Nudist with skin condition looks tasty... (I love babies)

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Creepy! What would make people think that a sonogram cake is a good idea?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Are the people who made/ordered these cakes friends of the mom? Because I am thinking they're more in the enemy category!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissie

These are wrong on so many levels. When my mother-in-law threw a shower during my first pregnancy, I flat refused to leave the house and brave the Florida in July heat for the party if there wasn't cake to eat. Had she given me that, I might have had a psychotic break.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaemi

That last cake took the er....CAKE.


July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Wow, Jen. It's really great to see that in the world of wrecks, there's always room for growth.

Wreck on!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Ewwwwwww comes to mind. Thanks to the commentary about the filling, another ewwwwww comes to mind. I have to wonder if the person you ordered the cake realized what the end product would look like and if they were happy with the results? Hopefully, when they picked up the cake they almost cried at the horrifying choices they made. If not, it gets another ewwwwwwww.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

Ah, the ritualistic eating of the little one before it arrives! How you revolt me, let me count the ways.

What in the name of all that's holy or un is wrong with a cake that just looks like a cake? Why do we keep trying to come up with ways to represent pregnancy and childbirth in increasingly graphic ways for baby showers? WHYYYYYYYY?????????????

On the upside, you can save a bundle, since so many people won't want a slice of that no matter how good it tastes.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Also, the last one's boobs are in an anatomically awkward position.

Almost makes the plastic limbs in round cake babies seem tasteful.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh ew. EW. EWWWW.

This is probably one of the creepiest cakes I've ever seen. Though now I kind of want to make a 3D version of one of those sonographs just to creep people out even more.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCats

So disturbing. And I think the fact that there are so many is even creepier!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

That second one looks delicious!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I like the ovaries and fallopian tubes on the purple it's a girl cake. Why not add some anatomical aspects to it. YUK

W.V. ingslyin- After all that tasty baby cake I'll need a second shot of "ingslyin".

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat79

Medical test results and frosting do not mix! I realize that there is a baby in the picture (at least I think that is what is looming in there) but doesn't anyone notice that blob next to the face is the interior of the mom's uterus.

People are wacky.

WV: ovemo- Please do not put your ovemo or any thing located near it on a cake.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

WOW is really all I can sum up at this point. Perhaps when the shock wears off. First I must clean the coffee off my table that burst forth from my mouth at seeing these "cakes".

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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