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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

Five Awesome Things

[UPDATE: We have our winners! Grammy of Grammy's Garden and ZekesMom10 of Insane in the Mombrain, please e-mail me with your addresses. Thanks!]

Every now and then, we get comments from readers that go something like this:

"You know that cake you posted today? It wasn't that bad! Sure it was misspelled, and the icing looked like someone had spread it on with their tongue, and there was that feces border and thumb print - oh, and the dead bug was kinda gross. But did you see that rose?! Gorgeous!"


Well today, in honor of our friend Neil over at 1000 Awesome Things and the rest of you positive Pollyannas, we picked out a few Wrecks from our arsenal - and we're going to find something awesome to say about each and every one of them. Even if it kills us. Which, let's be honest, is entirely possible.


*pulling up happy pants*

Here we GOOOO!

Hey, it looks just like corn! And corn's a great source of fiber! Cleans you right out! And clean colons are awesome!

Look how artfully arranged the tablecloth is! The folds are so even! So regular! Being regular is also awesome.



I love noisemakers.

Not that you'd want to put these in your mouth, of course, considering where they've been...but, uh...yeah. Noisemakers are awesome.

Gee, that looks like a really sharp knife! It probably cut right through that hideous scarecrow thing, no sweat! In fact, I bet whoever cuts cheese with that knife doesn't have to strain at all.

Not straining while cutting the cheese? You guessed it: AWESOME.

Alright, now we're on the home stretch! [rubbing hands together] Bring on the final contender!

Oh, crap.

I mean, uh, oooo. Tough one.

Sure, there's a full load of things I could say here, but not many would be what you'd call "awesome." Hmm.




[back to thinking]

Ok, I think I got it:

You tell me.

That's right, tell me what's awesome about this Wreck in the comments. Why? Well, mostly for the glory. But also because you just might win Neil's book:

I've already read it, and believe me, it lives up to its name. And speaking of names, mine's on the back cover. So that's worth the purchase price right there. (Did I mention it's also half off on Amazon right now? Yeah. That helps.)

Now go forth, and comment! Whoever makes me laugh the hardest wins the glory, while two randomly selected commenters will actually win a personalized and signed copy of The Book of Awesome. I'll even have Neil do the personalizing and signing. [waggling eyebrows]

Oh, and Neil is willing to ship anywhere in the world. So Estonia, I'm looking at you.

Chloe, Tosha B., Anony M., Molly C., Jeff H., & Rachel V., go make me proud.

- Related Wreckage: The #2 Way to Ruin a Cake

[John's rule type stuff]
When you comment, be sure to put your name. If your name is something boring like John, be sure to follow it up with something creative like (the hubby of Jen). Or, ya know, your last name. And remember, we're picking two winners at random so if you happen to be painfully unfunny like me, you can still win. Winners will be announced at 2pm (Eastern) on Friday. Finally, if you don't win, you should still buy the book. We could all stand to focus a little more on the awesome in life. Good luck and Wreck On!

UPDATE: We have our winners! (See the top of this post.) Thanks, everyone; your comments have been the best free entertainment I've had all week. ;)

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Reader Comments (2218)

I feel sick after looking at some of those.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Marble Slab! The cake is on a marble slab and they make fantastic ice cream. That, fortunately, looks nothing like that cake.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelizza

At least they finished off that icing that was about to expire!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

I'm not so sure I want to eat another cake...ever!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

The icing is smooth and shiny! Must have been really easy to push out of the tube.....? Sincerely, Sara Michelle Weinman

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Michelle

The frosting is shiny.... shiny is good! - Lori S.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdesparatedeskclerk

A raccoon would love that last cake... They are the animal that loves all things shiny, right?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~ifer

It's a chocolate covered bee hive!

Lori K
the Krew

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

That's an "awesome" marble cutting board!!


April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKJ

It's so shiny! That's a good thing, right? Right!?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina B

Well, it was obviously put on while warm ... and it looks really shiny! Shiny is good! And warm icing never hurt anybody.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollieRMS

What a nice piece of marble tile! I bet it wasn't even on sale!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEK

The marble board would look empty without it

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Caked Crusader

Well, it looks like there is a lot of chocolate. I love chocolate, and lots of chocolate is Awesome.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuiltyGoodness

Hmmm, well... it's made with chocolate, I think, and my wife tells me that chocolate is awesome no matter what it looks like... I really hope it's chocolate.
(Michael from Lancaster, PA)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I still prefer a Feces-C to a CCC.

I don't mean to be anal or anything, but the uncovered spot at the bottom really chaps my....well, you know.
Rachel May

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

What a shiny glaze on the last cake. You know, it's very difficult to produce this type of result.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Hmmm, well... it's made with chocolate, I think, and my wife tells me that chocolate is awesome no matter what it looks like... I really hope it's chocolate.
(Michael from Lancaster, PA)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Awesome... that cake is awesomely shiny - and the marble cake board is pretty nice, too!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris

That marble slab is so clean! Wow it's really hard to keep the chocolate from oozing all over your plate/base. That took real skill.
Carol - looking on the bright side.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake would be GREAT for my diet. Hey...That's a positive right?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Spencer

One word: chocolate. Nothing could be more awesome.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Wow, look! There on the side! It must be the door to a mouse house. Having your house be made of cake would be AWESOME!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterepigirl

being able to make a cake for the 10th annual skat lovers convention & getting it perfect is awesome!


April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady Bright

Chocolate is always awesome

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanis Luzzo

It's so SHINY!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily J

What I really admire about this cake is that, tempted though the baker may have been to just stop, put her feet up, and, er, take a load off after dumping icing over the top, they instead actually took the time to smooth it out in places and arranged it with lighting to give it a special "glistening" effect. A for effort.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

You know what's awesome about that cake? It's chocolate. Mmm.
- Eleri C

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleri C

It must have been free, and free is AWESOME!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeccy

Well, it's just so very shiny. If only they had polished the marble to match...

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeghan

This entry reminds me when my brother's fiance' tried to make cupcakes and they looked alot like that last image there...delicious tho!

Flavia A-N

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust a Generous Thief

Look... It's Shinny!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine LeClair

Wow, the corn cake really works quickly, that's awesome!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen Williams

it looks fresh, moist with a nice gloss!when you live in South America that is a good thing to look for ...(and no worms)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrammy

whoever "made" this sure has great balance!! Not a plop out of place...

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Elliott

I love the Matterhorn, at Disney, and this cake is awesome because it is a chocolate replica of the Matterhorn, with a little door for the mouse that runs the ride. Awesome.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy in Nashville

That's the shiniest pooh I ever done seen!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisaSlater

That cake has the most awesome rich chocolate shiny icing eveh!
Mary Vogel

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

The assymetry! The sheen! And, really, nothing says "awesome" quite like assymetrical sheen. Awesome! (My name is Lynnette. Or you can refer to me as Cherish These Days, my blog title.)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynnette

It's shiny! That's awesome, right?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

"Bring me the semi-melted head of the nazi from Indiana Jones on a marble slab!"

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEileen Swiercz

See how nicely the dog kept his business on the marble tile? I mean, that's one well-trained pooch!
Torie P.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTorie

The way that icing glistens in the light is simply awesome!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashleyruthless

I think it is awesome that there is a little cave door into the chocolatey goodness...and a slight hint there may also bee honey in there. Totally awesome!

Jan Bost

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheHappyHomemaker

They way that icing glistens where it catches the AWESOME!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashleyruthless

Today I sit at my computer trying to be happy but I have dragon scales (Shingles). I have replaced every crumby thought with a sweet thought. Seeing the noise makers made me realize how successful I have been (Oh pooh). Thanks for your website. I need it today. Lorrie the porcupine

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie Munson

It shines in the light! Shiny things attract idiots and an idiot will eat the cake and it'll be gone. That's pretty awesome...
Donna D. Brown

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Without a doubt the most UGLY looking stuff I've seen in a loooong time! Yuck lol

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Borquez

Why would you mock such a touching tribute to the mud-pies of childhood? Needs some gummy worms though.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhoolooovoo

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