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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

Who Ordered the Poo Poo Platter?

Some Wrecks are misspelled,
Some use rapier wit.
Others are just ugly,

But these are full of...

uh, poo-like frosting clumps.

Can you handle the truth, Mandy F.?

Amy H. & Clinton C., who gets to dig the plastic plate out of all that frosting, and who gets to pinch off one of those "logs"?

Whatever you do, Jan A., do NOT zoom in on that mouse butt. Don't do it.

Ashley, as far as ads for fast-acting laxatives go, this one could be a tad more subtle.

And finally, Melissa H. found this perfect pile:
Yech. Let's just hope that "cowboy rope" has nothing to do with those nasty rumors about John Wayne's colon. Although, serving these kind of cupcakes certainly would make an impact, don't you think?

Related Wreckage: And For That Crowning Touch...

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Reader Comments (79)

Wow!! Thanks for the diet aid. I may not eat all day after seeing those wrecks.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I don't get do decorators NOT know that using a round tip with chocolate icing ALWAYS comes out looking like pooh! For gosh sakes a simple star tip would remedy these.

WV:unsivall - how these decorators would probably spell universal

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

the first one starts off looking great, pretty basket, pretty flowers.. then theres the handle. LOL.
the others... I'm speechless!


July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that fourth one could be worse - it could have said 'ready in seconds' which point it becomes a weapon of choice for collage dorm pranks.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As if the "pinch off one of these logs" comments wasn't enough ... then scroll down to "make it yours, ready in minutes" - ugh! (reading material not required, but suggested). I'm just glad there's not a sign on the display case that says "Fresh Hot Cakes Sold Here". Thanks for another great blog entry! You always make my day!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila M.

That first one actually could have been really really nice, the flowers are pretty and the weaving on the basket doesn't look like worms after a thunderstorm... Maybe the original decorator had to go to the bathroom and some well meaning newbie decided to finish it up?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCole

Awesome. You totally saved the best for last. I laughed out loud with the "ready in minutes 'cupcakes.'" And then I saw that last cake. And the laughter turned, quite unintentionally, into a dry heave. (Then the laughter picked up again.) Seriously, what's with that last cake? I had no idea it was supposed to be a ROPE until I read the caption. I thought the "decorator" wasn't even trying for subtlety. I'm sometimes wrong though...

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Mmm! Nothing like a candy coated frosted turd to get you ready for the lunch hour!

Irrelevant to this post, but when you say "Wreck on!" I imagine some sort of hand gesture, with the thumb, middle, and pinky extended on both hands, palms outward. It forms a W sign, and sort of looks like the "rock on" gesture...

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpheniscine

Ew. Just ew.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteredder

@Judy: Are we sure it's not a customer's fault for ordering as much?

I'm just as appalled at the urban legend about John Wayne. Who thinks of these things, and who thought it tasteful to, er, pass on?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Well, the basket on the first one is rather nice, as far as the body. The handle is where it gets, erm, questionable, shall we say?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

It appears there is only one cake and the rest are CCC's. I think this helps to explain the appearance of the handle on the first one.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan H

Yeah-that whole I can't be bothered to use a different decorating tip thing bugs me too.
I mean, even in different colors it still looks the same-just imagine the answer to the question "Do Care Bears poop in the woods?"

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

We got our son a Lightning McQueen cake for his birthday from Walmart sight unseen (I called it in) and were a bit surprised when we got it. It appeared that Lightning had a little accident right on the cake! I never did figure out what those piles were supposed to be!!
Here's a link to one of the pics:
Too funny!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer W.

Holy sh...stuff! How could anyone put that on a shelf and expect people to NOT make poo jokes?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

Um, wow, yeah that's it wow. I mean I've seen people who've requested cake to look like a steaming pile of poo, like that crazy bride who wanted two steaming piles for her and her husband to feed to each other...yeah, that was appetizing for the guests. But unintentional poo piles? Wrectastic! (Wrecktastic?)

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Is that first one a CCC? How on earth could they get the basket weave and flowers to look so pretty and drop the ball when they got to the handle?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

@deckardcanine - when you go to a mechanic you expect him to know how to work on a car and to give you advice on what can and cannot be done. Same goes for a cake decorator, when someone comes to me and says something like..."I want an angel food covered in fondant" the responsibility is on my shoulders to say that will not work. I am the professional. That's why they're paying me. And that's why I go to a mechanic and don't try to work on my car myself. I pay for them to have the professional knowledge of their craft. (*hopefully*)

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I think the "Make it yours, ready in minutes" should be a Cake Wrecks shirt!!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Disgusting. I no longer have an appetite.

I was seriously wondering what the John Wayne cake was supposed to be, but your description cleared it up. Rope? Who makes a rope cake?

I'm thinking brown should be a banned color of frosting.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

wait, what was the urban legend about John Wayne? What is provincial me missing?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

@ Spheniscine...great idea with the 'wreck on' gesture...I've been sitting here at my desk whispering "wreck on" and trying it my hands hurt, I'm going to have to work on finger flexibility...

Jen...great poost...i mean post...these are truly horribly hilarious.

Gotta go vote for the blog awards!

Bonnie B

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Wow! Those need to be flushed! Go-Lightly colon cleanse, anyone?
Amy B.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ya know, I actually think the flowers in the poop basket are very pretty.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarita

Well, those flowers in the basket are rather nice, but if you put the flowers and the poo together, it looks like my garden after the neighbors' cats have been around. Maybe that's the "realistic" affect the decorator had in mind??
As for the poo mice, I'm not too sure I'd want to eat that "cheese cake" even if the mice weren't so unappetizing. Yellowy-brown, pitted frosting isn't my favorite.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

My 3 year old was looking over my shoulder and said, "What's that? Poop?" So, if she thinks that is what it is, there is no better judge! We were looking at the Madagascar cake, too. Glad that wasn't her birthday cake!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

John Wayne was Jewish?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGus

Your ability to observe the scatological
in all things cake continues to astound.

I see the poo everywhere too!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga


Cakewrecks made the top five in the Blog Awards!

This blog makes my day!


July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I will never understand the need or desire to have -that much- frosting on a cupcake or any other form of cake. O.o Seriously, it weirds me out. Especially with the chocolate frosting, because having that much of it just makes the cake look...wrong.

WV: filogra - the (plural-formed) unit of measure bad decorators use for applying frosting to cupcakes.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Someone actually asked me to make a poo cake once, on purpose....

It decorated like green grass with a big pile of chocolate icing poo in the middle. No joke. Some kind of inside joke for the customer's friend...

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercelestialcakes

That last one actually made me gag.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

Basket: Pretty flowers, questionable handle.

I think those little shiny piles are supposed to be Sarah Bernhardt desserts (which I absolutely love) but now I might crack up laughing the next time I have one.

And I'm trying not to click the Snopes link but I might just do it anyway. Still, that's one wrecky cupcake there, pardner.

Slap Chop, reality TV and CCC's (patooi!)--the triple scourges of our nation. Someone ought to do a PSA on CCCs (patooi!). Really! =D

WV: Yalcc--what I said when I saw these poo cakes: "Yalcc!!"

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Is that last one supposed to be a rope? Seriously? It always amazes me that cake-makers actually put this crap (ba da bam!) on the shelf to sell! Don't they see that it looks like poo?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBead Up

Why are there mice on the moon?

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

OK, I just made the mistake of reading most of that link about John Wayne and Elvis. Gross. Must find another hilarious Cake Wreck immediately to distract me from nausea ...

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty N.

"Sh** cakes! I need sh** cakes!"
"Sheet cakes?"
"No. Sh** cakes! And Im in a hurry!!"
"I know just the place."

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ick. No more chocolate for me!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

Ohhh man, the last one is just hideous.

who gets to pinch off one of those "logs"? That made me LOL.

And I definitely agree with the first comment. If there were more poo cakes, eeople definitely wouldn't be a tad plump.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermochaxlight

Have you ever heard of "unchi kun"? It translates as "friendly poop". I learned about it back in the 1980's from a Japanese friend. If you GOOGLE it, (unchi kun) you will find it. That's what these wrecks remind me of.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Wtf is that last one supposed to be? Really?

I love chocolate as much as the next girl, but those poo splats would definitely not be difficult to turn away from. Yikes.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Thanks for the tip on the unchi Kun. Hilarious, my little poop buddy!

Here's the website if anyone else wants to look it up:

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

My homepage tuned into Cakewrecks // For my favorite sugary hits // But the cakes that were featured this morning // Were all little piles of ...

Shaving cream! Be nice and Clean!
Shave ever day and you'll always look keen!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Thanks for the funny post. I was uh... having a crappy day and you made me smile... : )

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnmarie Ortega eew.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertonyia

Neato, the flower basket handle looks like a large intestine!

My craving I had for chocolate a few minutes ago is now GONE....thanks.....i think..

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

aw, geez. wha... gah..?!

the john wayne one, in particular, just renders me...buh?

so unneccessarily bad...! so...nonsensically... poop-like!


July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Leastlikely

Holy crap*LOL*

wv: touching it...


One thing I intend to do is to take pics of the local bakery's obsession with filling ice cream cones full of icing and sticking them on the outside of cakes. Soon, real soon.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

@Msyendor- Your comment made me giggle hysterically. I love that song!

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

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