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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

Guess That Cake

It's time again for your favorite Wreckie game-show: "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!"

[cue applause]

Welcome to Guess That Cake, where your most delicious desserts are decorated and designed, deconstructed and defined. I'm your host, Kay Krex. Let's start the show!

[cue applause]

Now folks, if you're just tuning in, you're just in time for the rules. We'll show you a cake that was prepared by professional bakers at an actual cake store. All you have to do is GUESS... THAT... CAKE!!

Here we go. Let's start off easy with a cake sent all the way across the interwebs from Bridget H.:

Is birthday boy Shaun a fan of:

A) The Fireys from Labyrinth (attacking a B for Bowie, of course)
B) Colorful Rorschach inkblot tests
C) Budweiser

And the answer goes to....

C. Budweiser! Gosh, it seems so obvious now, doesn't it? I was sure it was a trick question. I mean, who'da thunk those little firey heads weren't trying to eat that letter "B"?

The stakes are raised on this second cake, a CCC, sent in from Jenny H. Let's take a look:


Is Jenny's cake supposed to be:


A) A horseshoe commemorating the Kentucky Derby
B) California holding a sledgehammer
C) The Virginia Tech logo


Drumroll please.....

Ooooh, so sorry to the contestants that did not choose "C." We realize it was the least obvious choice, as that cake absolutely does not resemble the Virginia Tech logo, especially considering the missing parts of the letter "V" and the general lack of enthusiasm put into the "go team."

Moving on to our final round where the points that we've neglected to mention until now are DOUBLED, let's take a look at this masterpiece sent in by Jasmine:


Can you tell us if that little guy on the bottom is supposed to be:

A) A broken vase
B) A bullhorn with a stick through its eye
C) A fish with legs wearing sunglasses and a beret and carrying a paintbrush

Survey says...

Eeeeesh- tough one. Tough one. I'm sure most of you were so distracted by the haphazard confetti sprinkles and day-glo lettering that you missed this little camp logo altogether. Spitting image, really. What a shame.


Better luck to you cake-lovers and wrecktators out there on the next episode of "GUESS... THAT... CAKE!" G'night, everyone!

[cue applause]
{off air}

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Reader Comments (91)

Today's post was a blast! Always SO funny!!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

It's a shame it wasn't a "P" on the first cake. Then it could be a "Happy STD" cake. Get it? Burning P?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay Krex

What IS that fish thing?!?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Fabulous show, Kay Krex. Hope they renew you for another season!!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Seriously...I don't get it...if you lack the skills to draw the logo yourself, why don't these people just cut out the logo and use it like a stencil. Obviously, they have plenty of sprinkly things they can use.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe they should make Cake baking/decorating an occupation you need an arts degree to have. At LEAST a sculpture or airbrushing class in a community college! Sheesh!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate in Italy

Oh, heavens, I got them all right. I guess that means I've been addicted to this site for way too long!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to admit, as the wife of a Virginia Tech alum, I identified that cake as the logo before I even saw the choices.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Aw man, I stink at this game!

How do some of these wreakarators get jobs decorating cakes? I suppose the employers just take their word for it when it comes to artistry instead of giving them a test run? Or are these cakes the test runs that failed but were put on sale anyway?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA. B. England

I love the "Kay Krex." Very clever...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Heh, Kay Krex, nice. Never would have guessed that bottom one... looked like a blob with a line next to it to me...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterellemck1

Thanks for making me laugh when my abs are already sore, Jen!

This reminds me of a local radio show I used to listen to on my way to school, called, "Just pick C!!!" I always wanted to be caller #12 or whatever, 'cause I always knew I could get the answer right .....

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

You know you've been visiting this blog a long time when you look at the second one and you know it isn't B because that's exactly what it does look like and you know it IS C because that's what it looks least like. Ironically or maybe saddly, the Virginia Tech logo has to be one of the easiest to pull off with a CCC.

cool game show, Kay Krex!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Shawn is clearly being haunted by Ghosts of Rorschachs Past.
[cue spooky sounds and ominous music]
He must have been a baaaaad psychiatrist in a previous life! ;^)

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

Kay Krex!!!!


March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I lost it when I read "California holding a sledgehammer." Fantastic!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

Those are just not right. Really.

Once again I request: Please tell me people didn't have to put down actual non-Monopoly money for those wrecks.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

...shaking head...
and the VT logo is one of the easiest to do- simple lines, etc
so sad...
must have been made by a bakery in Whoville (Charlottesville- home of the rival UVA cavaliers)
Go Hokies!
-goodfood4ursoul in VA

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kay Krex,

For my prize for getting all of these right, "I want sprinkles!"

Great post!

WV: conimp. Yup, that imp sure did con those buyers, making them conimps.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

When I read the caption under the second cake "California holding a sledge hammer" I laughed out loud and received odd looks from my coworkers

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Borquez

@Erin: I got it right away, too, and I have no affiliation with VT. That said, the cake's still a wreck.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

In defense of the first cake, I don't know that there is any way you can do those flames in that style unless you're really really good, and you're not working in a place with limited tools.

The Virginia Tech logo, there's just no excuse, the shape could have been pulled off as a CCC

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I was thinking more along the lines of a tadpole that had a vision impairment cooling off in front of a fan...

but your idea works, too.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

wv: when in doubt, always choose "c"
and that's a factoros

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

I was SO hoping it would be the Fireys, if only for nostalgic every-slumber-party-in-4th-grade reasons. ;-) Now I want to know what the freak of evolution on the last one is from...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

That was downright fun!!


March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBreath-e

Me, reading today's post:

"Kay Krex" - literal Laugh Out Loud! Love it! :)

Cake #1 - Fireys?!?!?!!!!?!?!!? AAAaaaaahhhhh! Run-away! Run-away!! *clop-clop, clop-clop*

Seriously though, I think it's letter C - the Budweiser thing.... *ding, ding, ding*

Cake #2 - *scrolling down - see the "go team" enthusiasm....* I'm going to guess "L. T." (LaDainian Tomlinson) of NFL fame. Dang! It's not even a choice! I'm from the Big 12, so VT never even crossed my mind...

Thank goodness this is a multiple guess gameshow!!

#3 - I actually got this one right, although I had to read the inscription 3 times to figure out what it said. I guessed a fish - but not all the walking and paintbrush stuff.... oh dear!

Great post! Love that Cake Wreck Team!!! "go team" :)

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I actually guessed the VT logo without seeing the choices. And I'll bet you anything the Wreckerator was a Hokie too (the place isn't exactly famous for their academic standards).

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

"California holding a sledgehammer"

Too funny! That's exactly what it looks like! I wonder what you would get if you ordered "California holding a sledgehammer" from that bakery...


P.S. That VT logo almost makes the Kentucky Wildcat CCC (one of my favorite wrecks) look spot on.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well OF COURSE it's a fish holding a paintbrush! It's so obvious!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

1) is that for a firefighting angel? an arsonist? a performance artist specializing in pyrotechnics? what, no border? *scroll down* Oh, we have choices here. I'm totally lost. *scroll down* Oh. um, they forgot the crown on the B. Looks like what should be emblazoned on a motorcycle.

2) No clue. Ick brown icing, lame orange border, no enthusiasm on Go Team. (must be an expected-to-lose team with obligatory cake. but what sport?? sledgehammering?)

*scroll down* B! B! California holding a sledgehammer! that's what it LOOKS like anyway. Are they going to pummel Nevada or something? *scroll down* oh boy. They don't even have the colors right on VT, as if that even looks like a V. and that's a topheavy T.

3) Music, golf and an evolution fish sprouting legs? *scroll down* Um, the fish? but the beret is missing. What kind of camp is this? Fishing and art? Jazz and Tee suggests music and golf to me, too.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

I just clicked on the Fireys link. I couldn't even watch it *shudder* reminds me how much I hated that movie. I forgot all about that scene. creepy Bowie, lackluster Connelly....*whimpers in a corner*

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I firmly believe that the little fish with the paint brush could have done a better decorating job than whoever/whatever made these cakes.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

That Virginia Tech cake immediately reminded me of the block test Raleigh St. Clair gives to Dudley in The Royal Tenenbaums. Not even close.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

The VT cake looks kinda hokie to me.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

I totally see California holding a sledge hammer! lol!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWideAwakeWife

This is a fabulous post, Jen! Kay Krex indeed!!!!!

For the second wreck I was thinking way too hard - elongated hockey stick and puck? Um, nope. But I guessed Virginia Tech correctly when I read the choices. That last one is very funky - can't say that I've ever seen a painting fish with legs and a beret before...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Woo Hoo! A Labyrinth (and Bowie) reference! But seriously kids, don't forget - you have the best chance for getting them right if you go for C!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSewCherie

That Virgina Tech one was just too bad. Before I saw the options I thought it was a "G" or "J". I get being bad at details, but they didn't even get the general shape right...

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZach

I looked at each before looking at the choices, and for the last I said to myself, "That's supposed to be a Darwin fish."

And frankly I think it's a better Darwin fish than whatever that other thing actually is.

Go Darwin go!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Personally, I thought it was sad how the person carrying the "Jazz and Tee" cake tripped and dropped it in the dirt.

Oh. OH. Those are sprinkles. My bad.


March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

For some reason, I find "Kay Krex" far more hilarious than I probably should. :-)

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

The first wreck made me wonder what happened to the first 29 Shauns.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

I won! I won!! Where do I collect my prize?

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparty_Cyclone

Kay Krex made me laugh so hard! Love it!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPinky

The first cake's flames look EXACTLY like an outline of the Falkland Islands.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is more Leningrad Tech than Virginia Tech. Definitely a hammer and sickle.

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUbermonkey

Yes, it's been said many times before, but....

"Kay Krex" - I LOVE IT!!!!!!

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

i thought the VT logo was a piece of bad

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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