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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

Clean Out Your Fridge Day

Today is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day! I know, I'm excited, too... mostly because the only things in my fridge are a box of old butter and a half-eaten tube of cookie dough. Still, for those of you who only wish they were so lucky, here are a few handy guidelines:

You might need to clean out your fridge if:'re staring at your leftovers and they start staring back.

...last week's pizza is flakier than your Aunt Milda's scalp.

...your lemons and limes are "spreading their seeds."

...last week's spaghetti and meatballs remind you to get your prostate checked.

...your squeaky-clean crisper gets more squeaky than clean.

...the top shelf items band together to form a new life form.

And the kids want to keep it.

And, lastly, if you see this in your fridge:

You should probably move.

Myra T., Eric B., Hillary G., Laura P., Leah C., Rachel P., Sibel D., & Candi S., call me if you find any pudding cups back there. I'll send you my address.

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Reader Comments (85)

if i didn't think it would stink to high heaven i'd want to keep the critter in the second last pic too.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Pretty sure that sixth one lives in my crisper or, as I call it, "where good food goes to die".

The last one would make me lose my appetite for cake. Glad I read CW in the morning and not just before bedtime.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Oh my. Top shelf leftovers critter is...

*blink blink*

...well, he's not ugly. But I'd neither want to eat that cake, or keep it for a pet.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBakingdom

Roach cake is scary. And wrong. And the most awful thing I have seen on this site.

Not joking.

I might have a slight fear of roaches.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimiheart

Wow, reminder to self - clean out the fridge. ~shudder~

Jen & John, I received my calendar today - thanks so much!! It's absolutely wonderful, and I think I need to order several for Christmas gifts. I didn't expect to see so many classic wrecks on a 12-month calendar!!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

"You might need to clean out your fridge if...last week's pizza is flakier than your Aunt Milda's scalp."

Gag me with a spoon. So gross!!


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterania

If we kept the next to the last one, I'd have to name him.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterev

This is the first post to really horrify me. EW!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMooseRepellant

This is the first post that has really horrified me. EW!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMooseRepellant

Add me to the list of people who think the second-to-last is kinda cute, although not something that would make me want to eat.

The spaghetti*meatballs one though, I think I need to throw up now.. yuck...

And the bug is just a bug. I'd eat it, so long as I didn't get the head part LOL.

w/v: undip - to want to eat these cakes, they all need to be "undip"ped from their disgusting icing covers

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSDL

These are disgusting. bleeech

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I ready Kay's post at 9:48 too fast (ok, I was skimming) and I thought it said self cleaning fridge! I want that. Can you see it? The door opening and a pusher just pushes all the shelves clean, right into the garbage! I think I have an invention here.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Y'know, I think I've had enough of cakes that look like some other food. If you want a pizza--flaky or otherwise--why not just eat a pizza?

Also, I want to know exactly how it is you know what's on the top shelf of my fridge. That's creepy, Jen.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I don't know why anyone would want to eat any of those cakes. Blurgh.

WV: swolin
I think that cake might be infected, it looks a bit swolin.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

Ok, this might be the first time the cakes *actually* made me nauseous!! Why would you make cake that looks like horrid...rancid....inedible food?!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

What kind of person in their right mind goes to a bakery and orders a salad cake?! Much less a roach cake?!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mocha Monster

Top-Shelf-Critter is kinda cute with that lopsided smile but I can see it turning nasty if it is not supplied with new and tasty top shelf items on a regular basis.

The spaghetti and pizza cakes are just evil.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

There's a Nietzsche quote somewhere in that first picture...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWild Runner

The roach cake is horrible. Especially as I had a roach like that crawling on my kitchen counter on Friday. (My kitchen is not dirty, by the way--I live in an old house in the south and the roaches just come inside, even if you spray.) The roach kindly committed suicide in a pot of soapy water in the sink. But I have no desire to bake a cake commemorating the event!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle


GIANT ROACH CAKE!! OMG, dude, run!!

If you need me, I'll be standing on my couch, pointing at the computer screen and screaming about the giant roach cake until my husband comes home and clicks the browser closed.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The first wreck reminds me of Mayor McCheese? Scary, just like the last wreck - any bug cake should not be allowed.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Clean Out Your Fridge - just *once* a year?! No wonder there are new life forms on the top shelf.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterViiriƤinen

I wanted to say I HOPE that pizza is actually a cake, but looking at it a second time...ummmm no I really dont hope it is. Either way I would trash it ASAP! Oh and the fridge creature would be secretly spirited away by my kids before I even noticed he had obtained life, lol. Though to be fair they would get tired of it in a week and I would find it at my feet begging to be fed.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMamakitty1978

I agree with horrifying --- those are truly awful. The top shelf leftovers cake,though... Yeah, I think I saw that in my refrigerator this morning...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

This post is a reminder of what my husband has been hounding me about for the past two weeks.

The roach cake makes me not want to eat cake, and I'm 9 months pregnant and will eat ANYTHING. But I wouldn't put that near my mouth if you paid me.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I'm changing religions... to anything that won't celebrate National Clean Out Your Fridge Day...

and a cockroach cake is just going a teensy bit too far...ew

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

Yikes. The last one made me flinch.

Why would someone do that to perfectly good cake and frosting?

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

Point the car toward Epcot, Mildred, we're all throwing up in here.

Seriously, this is the first CW post that has given me chills. Gack!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

no way, there's a Clean Out Fridge Day? what timing...

i spent half of yesterday doing just that. i pulled out the shelves and drawers and everything... [given there was only condiments, tortillas and kraft cheese in there.] then i pulled out the stove and scrubbed it in an out. and the microwave. and the washer and dryer.

it just so happened that i have run out my housemates... so i did some detailing yesterday. the house served as a bachelor pad for three years. imagine the ruin that took place. heh heh.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknine22

oh, and, ...the top shelf items band together to form a new life form.

LOL! brilliant!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknine22

Okay, what is the lemon/lime cake supposed to be? Seriously.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammie

I guess I'd better clean out my fridge then. Dang, thanks for telling me! Great post though.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S

I REALLY, really, really can't believe that some of these cakes are "professional." It just boggles the mind.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I wish I'd known today was clean our your fridge day. I cleaned mine out yesterday!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwalkingtalkingencyclopedia

How many roaches does it take to screw in a light bulb? Don't know - when the lights come on, they all scatter!

Speaking of, why didn't this one scatter? *shudder*

I'd name the top shelf cake Goobacca - Gooey for short. Who's a gooey slime? Whooooo's a good gooey slime? Yes you are! Yes, you're a gooey slime! Good boy!
O.o OK, I'm afraid for myself!

wv spitputs: Spitputs the lotion in the bucket.
A little hard work and spitputs a squeaky clean shine on those refrigerator shelves.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Quite a lot of 'firsts' in the comments ("...first post that has really horrified me," etc.) -- welcome to all those who just started viewing CW today or yesterday. ;-)

Now check out the archives. Heh heh heh...

wv: plessn. Plessn...dreams?

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Regarding Item 6, 1 question: what WAS it SUPPOSED to be? Perhaps it is an embodied koan - "if a cake looks like nothing on earth, is it still a cake?"

Will be thinking of this all day. Weird, but true.

Thanks for stretching my imagination. ;-D

hugs to you both,
Deborah in California

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah in California

Forget cake... forget food at this point! I used to think my fridge had some unidentifiable stuff. Not anymore.

The creature of the newly formed is quite ... creative.

Is it me, or does that pizza look like it was formed partially with bacon?

I have no idea why ANYone would want that last cake - special order for the MIB? Wow. Ick.

I don't think I'll finish my lunch now, thank you.


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous



I don't know what was worse - the cakes or the descriptions!!

I wish I had a small portion of your descriptiveness - Aunt Milda's scalp? Really?!? Awesome!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Aw, that next-to-last guy's pretty cute! And he even has his own chocolate tiara! (Wut?)

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

LOL LOL LOL! That last one was tooo funny!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

D: That roach cake...GROSS! DX

But that would be a good prank gift...

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVivi Bee

Seriously? Roach cake? Ugggggggg

There is a short story by Kafka in that last cake!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Beth S. said...
Like the rest of the bunch, the pizza and meatball cakes both made me gag. Glad I just ate lunch or I'd have lost my appetite. I just can't imagine, either, what you would be celebrating with a cake featuring mice nibbling on corn. Just plain weird.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. This is the the first post on Cake Wrecks that actually made me gag.


November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Who actually wrote this? The humour is so different...

"is flakier than your Aunt Milda's scalp"??

"your lemons and limes are spreading their seeds"??

Prostate exams?

No subtleties are missing.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

The lemon/lime spreading their seeds will be forever engraved in my mind.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Kids hell! I want to keep it! Maybe it's more trainable than the kids or the hubs.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

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