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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

She's Got Leeeegs...

[singing] And she knows how to use them!

This was in the display window of a bakery in Austria.
Which is interesting, since I had no idea Austrians were INSANE.

Still, my knee-jerk reaction? This hip fondant feat kicks butt! Yep, those limber "pedals" should "garter" serious props from the ankle-biters.

Now, who wants to see Footlight Parade?

(Count the puns, my friends. COUNT 'EM.)

Trish B., I bet this cake costs an arm and a... aw, you know.

- Related Wreckage: A "Cake" With More Sole

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Reader Comments (140)

I got 7 puns, don't think I missed one.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

This is like a cake representation of a female version of a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick. Make it a man's leg with a cowboy boot and jeans, and I would totally want that.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

oh my goodness, I LOVE that cake! I mean that. It is amazing. Leg cake. Everyone should get one.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That looks like a serial killer's trophy case!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermitushi

This is for sure one of the more entertaining wrecks that I have seen. So wreckish it is almost appealing. I can't really decide if I would buy this cake. I think I would.


January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Christmas Story leg lamp, anyone??

Can I just say, what bugs me most about this cake is not the freaky multiple-leg design (I'm used to freaky on cake wrecks) but the fact that ONE- just ONE - of the legs is going in the opposite direction of all the others. If you're going to go to the trouble to hand-mold a bunch of (fairly well done) fondant legs, wouldn't you make the effort to put them on the cake correctly?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJC

Reminds me of the lamp in A Christmas Story.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really like this cake!! The idea is odd, but the execution could've been waaaaay worse.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Great cake for wishing a loved one good luck on their first day as a Rockette... or at the strip club? Or maybe it's finally lil Ralphie's 21st birthday LOL

I have to say it's very pretty though and I'm loving the little bows at the top of the legs. I wonder if they're plastic or fondant as well (the legs I mean not the bows).

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

Wow! Although I often marvel at the "wonders" presented here at Cake Wrecks, I've never felt the need to post a comment before. I am simply awestruck at not only the hideousness of the cake and the frightening dismemberment but Jen's ability to find abominations from all corners of the globe for our entertainment. Bravo!!!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni Cascio

We have an Austrian cake wreck! I had nearly given up hope. And it looks nice, too, if you ignore the... well, the legs. But nice colours. And flowers. Hello from Vienna *waves*

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterschneefink

Nah, it's just an Austrian attempt at the Welsh triskelion. With roses.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa

The funny thing is that the actual artistry is beautiful. Smooth, delicate, nice colors.

If it were anything but dismembered stripper legs...

-- abadidea

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's . . . surprisingly well done, albeit freakishly so. Except the feet are too small. But - I might actually buy it!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mac

Reminds me of the movie "A Christmas Story" When the father gets a lamp in the shape of a womans leg and he is so proud of that ugly lamp.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandee

Now let's see some edible stilettos.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Can-Can-Can you do the Cakewreck?
(hi kicks)

Is there a holiday attached to this wreckage???

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Be nice to have at the midnight screening of "Rocky Horror Picture Show"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwackplayer

MJC, I'm with you! Why go through THAT much work, and make ONE leg go the wrong way? It feels like they're trying to make some kind of statement that I'm just not getting....

WV: sigher. Really doesn't NEED an explanation, does it?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanDyks

Perhaps this is in celebration of a new prosthesis? I'm having trouble thinking of another scenario where this cake would be at all appropriate LOL.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColette

wow, this cake belonged in "A Christmas Story" for sure!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Austrians? Insane? Do you not know who the governor of California is?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrumnate


Good puns!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What I'm confused about is why one leg is facing the wrong way?
Are they marzipan legs, or fondant? If they were marzipan I'd eat them all!

Another thing, "Footlight Parade", that poster is freaky looking! I don't think even the real dancers had legs that freakishly long!
I also would have been 'weirded out' by the fact that James Cagney was in it, until I saw a documentary on him recently and discovered he actually got his start as a dancer, not a gangster, in the movies!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

And, strangely enough, a guy in a Spidey suit bought this cake!


(Yes, I know there are only six legs on the cake, but work with me, people!)

WV: gunbolin. "Is that a gunbolin your pants, or are you just happy to see this cake?"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

I love the puns, Jen! You rock!

Listening to my husband, BIL and SILs, I can see this cake appearing as a "thanks for all that you left us of our barbie dolls back when we were kids!" as my husband and his brother did toss the girls' dolls up into the drop ceiling and they'd never return with all of their limbs. Yup... perfect cake for them!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue in N. Va

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the single leg placed facing the wrong direction.

Weirdness aside, the wreckerator did a pretty nice job on that cake.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

So many deflowering jokes ricocheting around in my head!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril

This makes me think of Dexter.... Don't know why...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorthoniel

Six legs, does that make it an insect?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Methinks someone is a little to ennamored with the Christmas Story leg lamp.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatboreal

I like this cake. I would make this cake. But with buttercream, not fondant (bluch).

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Whoa. Maybe it's a tribute to the three-legged emblem used by the Isle of Man and Sicily, but...more flamboyant, to salute the resilience of amputee showgirls? Whichever way you throw this cake, it stands!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

For someone with a foot fetish?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Not to be nitpicky, but one of the legs is facing the wrong way.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Yeah... I was gonna comment on the one reversed leg. But um... someone beat me to it so I really don't have a leg to stand on. Perhaps if I came here earlier, I'd have a leg up on the commenting.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm in the Odd Leg Out camp. What?? Also I am impressed with the soles on the shoes. they look at least as good a ballet slippers.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicky

I think this cake deserves A Major Award!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

It's looks like a girly version of the flag of the Isle of Man. With more legs. Hm.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Busby Berkeley? I'm going to concentrate really hard on production numbers best appreciated from above the stage, because all I see is a red cake covered in women's severed legs, and I wonder if there's a serial killer running a bakery in Vienna. Kind of like Sweeney Todd lived above the pie shop?


January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is totally an interpretation of the Polish poster for "Cabaret."

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like it, it's more quirky than wrecky IMO. Skilled decorator too.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrhonda

8 puns

W.V. Lesista, from a word in foreign language meaning "leg." this is the name of the cake you see above

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Incredibly distrubing. By the way, congrats on the writeup in FIRST for women for the February 8 edition!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGardenGirl31

Count me among those baffled by the Odd Leg Out. I mean, it looks as though a woman is face down in the cake, with other legs flailing about her...

Something is very wrong.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBek

The decorator spent waaay too many hours watching Yosemite Sam on WB cartoons. Sam had an obsession with can-can dancers.
/dada da-da da-da dada da-da da-da dada da-da da-da dahh.../

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergirlnblack77

Aren't rosehips an herbal suppliment?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

here's the real question... are they all left legs? If so, I refuse to dance with it.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKacey Kate

is there a "creepy" category. I think it's creepy. and weird. and definitely beyond bizarre. Any explanations from the Austrians yet?

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I'm just waiting for all those legs to coordinate their efforts and roll this cake right out of the window to make their escape . . .

Liz in Seattle

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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