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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

Butterfly Misses

[singing] "There's two things I know for sure:

"These Wrecks number seven..." (okay, six)

"And they'll make you want to hurl!"

Sorry for inflicting you with that song. Heh. Ok, now let's see how else bakeries destroy the seemingly simple butterfly, shall we?

First, every Wreckerator knows you have to make butterflies out of cupcakes. Otherwise, you run the risk of them looking like...well, butterflies.

And we can't have that, now, can we?

But malformed, lumpy wings just aren't enough. Sometimes a wacky mustache is needed:

"Oui oui, I believe I have, how you say, wee wee'd mehself! Hon hon hon!"

Or maybe a turd-errific, camo-riddled model:

Uh, guys? Exactly which demographic are you going for here? I mean, I don't think little boys are wild about butterflies, and little girls don't usually like camo OR poop.

Luckily, though, some butterflies still get a happy ending.

Charlotte F., Raven, Rachael, Rebecca R., Jessica A., & Bijan P., stop looking at me like that; I was merely referring to his smiley face. Really.

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Reader Comments (174)

Are you sure the camo one isn't a turtle?

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

I saw that third one in middle school science class. That's a chromosome pair.

Oh no way! Those poor, poor butterflies!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to say, for a CCC (ptooey!), the wings on that last one are pretty good (if you think about what butterfly wings look like on some species). That is a rather unfortunate color for the um, center part, and the um, stripes don't help either....

wv: surame

It's a surame what those wreckorators did to those "butterflies".

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

Yikes. Big shiny slimy-looking black slugs with "wings." Mmmmm.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO

Seven? Am I missing something? Or is one of these so bad that it counts as two? Your call, gentle readers: where's the double wreck?

WV: trimpl. These cup"cakes" trimpl all over the bounds of good taste.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO

BWA HA HA HA HA HA @ Happy Ending!!!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

I am a little curious as to how those slugs grew wings. I am sure all the other slugs on the block are very jealous.

I am wondering if the moldy spotted one is a turtle. It sorta looks like it could be a turtle. Attached to his brother. And they never agree on where they are going.


August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I kinda like the last one.... it's cute.

The others should be burned.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Poor wonky butterflies!

WV-jught- A contraction of just and might. "Put one of them there moose-stashes on that there butterfly. There, that jught do it!"

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

That last one looks like a penis with wings. Just sayin'... :o

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

on the last CW, I thought you meant "happy ending" because it looked sort of okay, and then I looked longer (and harder) and saw the middle....and, oh, DISGUSTING.

why aren't CCCs banned? because then Jen would have nothing to post.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

The camo-poop butterfly is horrific. But the flesh colored, phallic looking butterfly about did me in.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder what they would come up with if someone ordered a butterfly BANDAGE cake. >.>

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Oh my gosh!

I don't think I've ever seen a malformed butterfly like them in my life...
And the camo and poop butterfly? I don't think even my brother would like that one

Another great post that had me in stitches yet again :P

And my verification word was Mothe... It's a sign lmao

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShiny Volvo Owner

an x rated butterfly cake... just when you thought you ahve seen it all.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

..."these wrecks number seven." I'm only counting six -- unless the final monstrosity and it's heaving member count as two! ; )

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are not the best butterflies I've ever seen, but what concerned me most was the big bleeding cockroach on the lower right on cake #2. Because if that's supposed to be a butterfly it's a little too obese to fly on those skinny wings.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

At first look, that last one, while terribly wonky, was still kind of pretty. But then I looked again and ... oh, oh my!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Wreckage know no end. Thankfully I have not had coffee yet... camo-fly would have done me (And my monitor) in.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Wow! That last one could have been nice if it wasn't for the unfortunate choice of worm color. Uh, do you think the decorator did that unintentionally, or is it from an "erotic cake" bakery?

Little girls don't usually like camo or poop. That is my new favorite saying!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LMAO @ at the happy ending butterfly. That's sick - yet very funny.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKore

I thought for sure that the camo entry was conjoined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle twins.


August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika

If that wretched song is in my head for the rest of the day, I'm going to shove you down some stairs. :-)

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

* ow * my eyes hurt!!!

i really should stop looking at your entries first thing in the morning (except sundays) -- i'm unable to function for an hour after that! (:D but what a fun way to get non-functional...)

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervb

I was thinking to myself, 'that last one is actually very pretty'... and then I saw it .... it was like the loss of my innocence all over again.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

You know, I kind of think the last butterfly is cute. A little girl would love that cake!

But seriously, what's with the green camo with poop on it? How can the baker/decorator NOT see the resemblance to... well... poop? Do they laugh when customers with no...ummm... taste buy them? Do they snigger in the back "We got someone to buy the poop butterfly! hur hur hur!"


August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermustangsabby

Oh, the poor, poor, maligned butterfly! Kinda makes you want to return to the cocoon, doesn't it?
I so want the frosting on the French butterfly. That looks like some YUM-MY buttercream. Let me at it!!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Is it just me or does that last one resemble a certain part of the male genitalia?



August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

That last one's shaped like something not-so kid friendly! :O

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

The top wings of the 4th one look like dog bones and I think that mustache is antannae gone wrong!
My girls would love the last one. It's very cute and girly despite being a little lopsided!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

Happy ending. HA!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh, mercy! Happy ending! lmao

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTonyia

Wow. Just . . . wow. (The awesomeness of today's commentary almost covers over the hurl-worthiness of the CCCs! Almost.)

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Qualls

O_O That last one seems to be a very happy... erm.. butterfly boy.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNimras

That last butterfly looks like a penis.


August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

Are butterfly cakes ALWAYS cupcake cakes?

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous A penis with wings. Wow!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Yack...Those are barf-tastic.

I find it oddly amusing that the majority of cakes that you do see are CCC. It's like "Are you REALLY going to try to make something look normally shaped out of round objects? Good luck..."

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyra Eden

That last one... No comment!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterR.

Oh, love the last one! I KNEW it could be done.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Wow, the last cake. Phallic.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramylizhubb

My 3 year old is looking over my shoulder and we got to the third one and he goes a BONE cake. I keep telling him its supposed to be a butterfly, but he insists its a bone.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermamalndy3

They put wings on panty liners so I guess putting wings on a penis wasn't that far a stretch. Good grief.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

I think I've seen that camo-turd-riffic cake before...eww. I didn't need to see it a second time.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

I dunno... is that a camo butterfly or a turtle wearing a belt?

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane E.

I think I saw the last one in San Fransico in the gay pride parade... Mr. Happy Penis ( a anti STD mascot) in a Las Vegas show girl's feathers.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The poop and camouflage one looked like a slimy slug crawling through toxic ooze to me.

And, dang it, I've been avoiding that stupid song even since my dad, in a moment of sentimentality, gave me the CD when I was, like twelve.

*vomits* *looks at vomit*

Hmm... Looks kind of like a butterfly.

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterc'est la vigne

oh no! i feel so bad for them!

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhodeyGirl

I'm thinkin' the camo one is a turtle with a lapband.

Angie (from over at

August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

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