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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

If You Want Something Done Right...

"Darling, I don't mean to criticize - because I appreciate your ordering the shower cake, I really do. It's just that...well...I asked you to get a baby basket."

"And I'm just not sure this is conveying the right message.

"No, dear, it will not be fine; now it looks like we're hosting a baby funeral!

"Hm? Well, what about your cupcakes? How are they supposed to help?"


"Well, what did you expect me to say?!? Yes, I think everyone will 'get the visual', dear. That's the problem.

"Because it's gross, that's why!

"Now look, I need you to go back to the bakery - are you listening to me? - I need you to go back to the bakery, and get another cake. And remember: We are preparing for a new life. Happy, cheerful, life. We are avoiding death, mmkay? Got that? Good. Now hurry up; the party starts in an hour."


Dylan B., Angie F., & Meghan E., I'm told that cupcake is vegan. Anyone else find that ironic?

And speaking of which, if you live in Utah and are imagining all the events you could liven up with some gourmet vegan fetus-cupcakes, then you can order them here. (Uh, I don't think they call them fetus-cupcakes, though. And please don't tell them I sent you. Heh.)

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Reader Comments (199)

Congiulitings? Am I reading that first one right?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO

I'm just not even sure what to think about those cakes. What were they celebrating in that last one?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the fetus cup cake shop failed to list "plastic naked babies" on their "Fillings" list...just saying

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Holy. Crap. And I barfed in my mouth at that middle one.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first cake makes me wonder why people at bakeries don't double check things like that. Just in case it might be the wrong order and horrify everybody who sees it.

The second cake looks like Neo took the red pill and got freed from the Matrix... as a baby.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor (My Older Brothers)

#1 seems like plain bad judgement

#2 cracks me up (love the little hand)

#3 is downright scary.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

OMG - all of these are horrific! I sincerely hope that the recipeint had a good sense of humor!

WV - nuumbe - After looking at today's wrecks, my mind will be nuumbe for the rest of the day

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatmania

That cupcake is um. . .interesting. I think I would have freaked out if I ate one of those! I hope no one choked on the little babies! OMG I hope the little babies aren't edibile!!!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

I will never be able to erase the vision of that baby cupcake from my memory. The horror. The horror....

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin


September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Responses in my head, in order of appearance:
1. Seriously? Frosting on a baby casket, seems morbid and unbalanced...oh, wait, it's a "cake."
2. Ew. Gross. Ew, ew, ew EW. (cheeks puff out, slight urping noise, taste of vomit in back of mouth) Eeewwwwwww.....
3. What the F---?!!! Why am I even surprised? Where's the coffee?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrimperspective

I can usually figure out what the "professional" baker is going for, no matter how poorly executed (pun intended), but I am at a loss this time! What could the first cake have been other than a casket? A headstone? Is that better?

The cupcake seems a bit morbid, but I worry more about the choking hazard...who expects plastic babies in a cupcake?

Is the third cake one cake!? Again, I am at a loss. I would love to hear the story behind these!

WV: somindi - As you care, so care I. As you mind, somindi.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I think that last cake is the scariest thing I've ever seen!

WV - lavisho - For the price people probably paid for those cakes, I'd expect them to be more lavisho and less scary-o!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Re the cupcake: I think that's a baby shower game (although a highly disturbing one). I want to say it's Creole in origin, but the internet isn't being helpful right now.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Wow...that cupcake may be the worst thing ever created. How absolutely disgusting!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that fetus made of plastic? What a party pleaser! They must be stealth weapons for radical pro-life rallies.

"We'll choke those damn pro-choice bastards one cupcake at a time!"

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo
No wait...they cant have a thought in their heads!
Product of the Dumb and even bl****! bakery.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Oh. my. gosh.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

wow..that cupcake is truly disturbing. blech.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my. So disturbing. I can see and appreciate lack of decorating talent and poor grammar, but just who on earth thought these were ok?!

WV: satint - I was looking for a cake to cheer me up this morning, but this satint.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Those are the worst!!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

verrrrrrry disturbing! yikes!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarey

I think this is the single most horrifying cakewrecks entry yet. I don't know if I'll ever be able to bite into a cup cake again without the fear that a bloody fetus might come spilling out of it.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Wreckorators of the world-
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. The first and third cakes...well, just oh dear.
What a terrible tribute to the miracle of birth. Those "afterbirth cupcakes" are foul. Seriously? Placenta?

WV-fessubb- Whoever made these wrecks, needs to fessubb.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

He he he ... I like then in a dark funny way he he...Thoose cupcakes are GREAT!!!!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuSuseriffic

Miscarriage cupcakes... that's sick!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I'm expecting my first child (due in Jan) and I love most of the creepy baby shower cakes you've featured....however, I have to say that the baby casket and the last "celebrating life...avoiding death" cake is a bit much. What was that baker thinking? " need to clarify, I'm sure this is what the hostess wanted". Yikes!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchicken lips

I find these very very disturbing.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

ooo I live in Utah, and I'm super excited about ordering some birth vegan cupcakes.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Ok, so the cupcake, I thought I had a twisted sense of humor, but that just brings it to new lows. To me it says: "Here, we're going to give you a glimpse of childbirth, in a cupcake, complete with realistic bloody goo". What is wrong with people??

And the 3rd one, I'm at a loss, I'm curious as to the intended purpose. Did someone have a combined baby shower/funeral?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Hot damn...That cupcake...I wouldn't eat that.

And what's the occasion for that last cake? So Morbid.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBri

The cupcake in this post is probably the most disgusting wreck to date...maybe I'm wrong, but I would rather eat one of the poop look alikes than least they're chocolate.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Headley-Morris

We have entered a truly bizarre dimension.

I am trying to wrap my mind around the cupcakes- do they bake a potentially lethal plastic in with the filling or are the baby and blood-like filling injected after baking? Either way- yuck.

And that last cake- I do not think there is an explanation that could cover that.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

all of those are horrific! However... those cupcakes would be pretty awesome for a halloween party!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura W <3

Sorry, but I'm gonna recycle a joke here....

"What should I do for the baby shower?"
"Definitely feed us cupcakes."
"Yeah, feed us cupcakes."
Hmm, fetus cupcakes. Weird, but if that's what they want.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I think the vegan fetus cupcake is probably the single most disgusting thing I've ever seen, and I watch those parasitology TV shows for fun! I went to that vegan baker's website and they have the audacity to say they use "butter cream frosting". HAHAHA! Seriously? Vegan butter cream? Talk about irony there, Jen!

WV: ungrat - onomatapeia for the sound I made when I saw that cupcake.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, that "fetus cake" is the first thing on cake wrecks I would never eat! Up until now I'd be able to eat the cakes but that cupcake just makes me feel sick!

The last one looks like it should be for Final Destination 2 when they manage to get the baby born.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluzz

by the head on the sono on the 3rd cake, it looks like the baby was not expected to live long after birth. if that makes a difference. but still...

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueraindrop

My brain refuses to accept that theses could be real. Oh, dear God...I think the worst part is people ordered these! The first one could be all the wreckorater's fault. But someone said "Hey, you know what would be great? Cupcakes that gave birth! Yum!" Oh, and the last one....I don't even have words. Wow...

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiana


It looks like the cupcakes could be a variation of the King's cake game, which I know is popular in New Orleans because of Mardi Gras. I know a fair amount of Greek and Serbian folks who make King's cake for Epiphany, too, so I don't think it's just a Creole or bayou thing.

A King's cake has an object baked into it, traditionally a bean, though I've also seen marshmallows, jellybeans, plastic babies, and small crosses used (depending on the baker's fondness for choking hazards). Whoever finds it in their slice is the king or queen of the festival (in my case, a church Epiphany potluck) and has to make next year's cake.

I've heard that the plastic baby represents Jesus (which makes sense for Epiphany but not Mardi Gras), but I've also heard that it started when a New Orleans bakery ran out of beans and started sticking tiny kewpie dolls in their King's cakes instead. I don't want to know why they had so many of those lying around they could start a whole freakin' tradition...

King's cupcakes do seem like a convenient update, but I think that if you insist on strawberry filling, opt for the bean.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCurses

I live in Utah - I can't wait to check this out!!! Although, their website doesn't list "babies" as one of their fillings...

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterminisuperbias

my god.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynds

Oh. My. God.

No. I don't even want to know the story behind the last one.

And I can't believe I'm about to say this, the words don't sound right in my head, but that is the most disgusting cupcake I've ever seen.


September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

I know that our local bakery tapes the tiny plastic baby to the side of the box of the king cake in order to avoid the choking lawsuit -you place it where you want in the cake before you serve it! Man is that scary.

Lori T.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertuddswife

I don't usually comment, but I have to say I literally gagged when I saw that cupcake. Melting plastic babies out of chunks of ice at receptions seems so much better now. That's so wrong.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCari

That cupcake is the most disgusting intended for consumption item I have ever seen. I could not believe that was ever created. Not even for Halloween.

I am going to go look at lolcats now.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

I suspect that last cake is meant to celebrate the fact that somebody decided not to abort the baby. Or maybe someone very old is having a baby?

I'm not sure what brand of my ire is most raised--political or tasteful.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleta

wow..ahhh, wow...i don't even know what to say those...

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichols


Pink baby coffin AND misspelling. GOLDEN.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe plummer

Oh dear! It always amazes me that the bakers dont ever double check the orders!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Princess

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