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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

Getting a Bad Vibe Here...

Attn Parents: This post is not appropriate for young children. Or adults, really, but I won't tell if you won't.

Since I know you're curious about the behind-the-scenes workings here at Cake Wrecks, I thought I'd provide you with the actual dialogue between me and John while discussing a cake.

This cake:

Ready? Here goes.

Me: [calling to other room] "Hey, you don't know any vibrator puns, do you?"

John: [crossing the distance in approximately .7 seconds] "What are you working on?"

Me: "Oh, it's this one. I've got the 'bad vibe' thing going for the title, but now I'm at a loss. What else do you call these things? Do you know any euphemisms?"

John: [staring] "What's it supposed to be?"

Me: "Beats me. It just looks like a giant pink finger."

[both of us pause]

Me: "Hey, I bet that's one."

John: [unable to speak due to laughter]

John: [getting his breath back] "You HAVE to write this down."

Annnnd that's about it. By the way, I feel this is an excellent time to mention that, yes indeedy, we actually get paid now to do this. Living' the dream, people. We're livin' the dream.

Oh, and neither Lis B. nor I have any idea what that cake is supposed to be. However, since it was in the "kids cakes" gallery on the bakery's website I'm guessing it's probably some perfectly innocent character from a cartoon or something. No doubt many of you are preparing to point this out in the comments, too, so that the rest of us look like pervy malcontents. So, you know, I've got that to look forward to.

Livin' the dream, man. Livin'. The. Dream.

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Reader Comments (345)

Well, I, for one, think that it's the perfect cake to accompany "The Talk" with your 10 to 13 year old daughter because it looks like a fancifully decorated maxi pad.
"Honey, we need to talk. But first, have some cake. You're going to be a woman soon, and...."


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarate Mom

It does, actually, look like a giant pink finger indeed. I don't the "vibe" that you got however. I have tried looking at this a variety of different ways, and I just don't get it. I can't figure it out.

Hmm I think it's a emousibe. that's what my wv was to post this. I think that's what I'll call it.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I have a 4 year old and have NO idea what this is suppose to be. But in your warnings, you might want to say Put Your Coffee Down Prior to Reading!

Looks like a giant pink finger *giggle*

Now I must go wash off the keyboard.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonni

I believe that is the most cherished of all children's characters, Maxi the Pad.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust Jim

Georgette Baxter, the larval stage

(MTM reference, for you youngsters)

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Erm.....maybe it's just me, but this reminds me of something that belongs in a commercial for a feminine hygiene product. Doesn't it just scream of "that fresh, clean feeling"?

wv: wooper. "That cake is a real wooper, alright."

Pam S.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

See, & here I thought it was a happy pink tombstone =)

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColette


I have kids and I have never seen THAT character...


=) Thanks for the giggle this morning.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa F

I have two kids who love to watch cartoons, and I have NO idea what that might be from! I much prefer your interpretation because it's going to have me snickering at odd moments for the rest of the day.

You are, indeed, livin' the dream.

wv: pressot I'm not even going there.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Maybe it's supposed to be My Pretty Bacterium?

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Pervy Malcontents FTW! Instead of candles, this one should come with an industrial pack of double A batteries. Just sayin'. Posts like this are why my morning's not complete without a CW visit.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne S.

Thomas the Tank Engine Meets Mardi Gras.


WV: sergent. "Sergent? Looks more like Lady Gent."

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

Given the flowers and butterflies I'm thinking maybe albino caterpillar or worm????

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie D. C.

Looks like a tombstone. Or Casper's girlfriend. Or a tampon. That would explain the happy expression on it's "face". - har har.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRustown Mom

I agree with several of your readers, this doesn't look like a vibrator. Don't ask me how I know, just trust me. It looks like a menstrual pad.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Watson, Writer

eautifully made, too. It looks like a flatworm.

wv: extaes: (female plural of extra)

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr K

I'm really puzzled ... I am curious if actually is a cartoon character though ... (I will check back later to see if someone can enlighten us) ... I honestly thought "Mr Happy" was a missus .... but then again my mind isn't quite working at this hour :P

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFignie

There used to be a cartoon character called Pinky but he was a mouse. Maybe this is Spongebob's somewhat disturbed sea cucumber friend, Pinkbob Nopants.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

i think it looks like a decorative cloth sanitary napkin. or a coffin draped in a really creepy blanket. my experience with my 7 year old OR 2 year old is no good when it comes to this disaster....

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNobody

Pretty sure it's" rel="nofollow">Barbapapa; used to watch those cartoons all the time growing up in Belgium. The" rel="nofollow">Pez dispenser version actually has the little flowers too. He's supposed to be more teardrop shaped than this.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAreia

I have kids who watch WAY too much TV and I have no idea who that is.

I agree though it does look like a Pad or a Tampon. And LMAO at Karate Mom. I think I may have to order this cake in 8 to 11 years when I have the talk with my daughter....

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

I dunno. To me, it looks like a big Twinkie covered in pink fondant. With a face. Freeeeeaky.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I'm guessing a butterfly without its wings.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJosin L. McQuein

Looks like a big pale tongue to me *shudder*

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

I actually thought it was the top handle part of a pregnancy test, and kept scrolling for the rest of the cake. As for vibrator euphemisms, the only one I know is BOB, "battery operated boyfriend."

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhj

Is it British? Because it could be Numberjack One, of the Numberjacks.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfemke

It's looks like [url=]Cassandra[/url] from Dr. Who. You know, the creepy stretched face thing. This time, she's just been stretched over a

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Willis

Geeze, I thought it was a pregnancy test - "It's a girl!"

Um, and I agree with Jonni - we need the "Put Your Coffee Down Prior to Reading!" WARNING.....or maybe, just "swallow"!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdi

It's the dreaded pink microbe. It just needs some fringe.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Darn those pharmaceutical companies and their marketting to kids! "My Pretty Prilosec"

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristianna

Band-Aid? Maxi-pad without wings? @Karate Mom: if it's for "the talk" should it come with jelly filling? Ewww, I grossed myself out there. No worse than a vibrator cake though.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Is it the fridge from Pee Wee's playhouse? It looks similar but I couldn't google any images. Anyone remember?


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It kinda looks like the stick part of a Fun Dips pack. Only, you know, ALIVE

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Like Femke, I thought perhaps it was number one in Numberjacks. Dressed up for a party.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered

well, the butterflies sure seem to like it...

wv: prosac
the butterflies are ladies and not prosac, so they delighted in this cake instead

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

My first thought upon seeing this cake?

"Wow. Apple took it up a notch and is selling a purple iPad? Who knew? And, more importantly, whod'a thunk CW would break the story first?"

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'm with Jen. This definitely looks like a personal finger massager.

Vibrators & cake. Good times.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

You take the good, you take the bad,
you take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.
There's a time you got to go and show
You're growin' now you know about
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.
When the world never seems
to be livin up to your dreams
And suddenly you're finding out
the Facts of Life are all about you, you.
It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning the Facts of Life. (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life (learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life.
ERRRMMMM... I thought of the Facts of Life theme sone when I saw this one. You know that special time in every girls' life when... well you know. I wonder if it has a diorama at the bottom as found in the tampon boxes?????


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have a kid, and was a preschool teacher for many many years...I have never seen a cartoon character like that! I *think* it's supposed to be a caterpillar though...that's my opinion. At any rate, it's a cute cake and if you hadn't pointed out that it looked like a vibrator I probably wouldn't have gone there!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

i think the face looks a bit too shocked, so y thought it was a latex gloved finger

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervampi

Colette's picture makes me think that maybe it's the cakey way to advertise your skills as a nail tech. "We can decorate your nails, cakes, pulsating friends, whatever! Give us a call!"

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

I'm pretty sure it's meant for a "It's a girl" celebration and that it is a baby girl in a crib, badly simplified.

When I first saw it, I was also thinking of less innocent things than newborn babies though.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

C'mon guys, Giant pink finger?
It's not the size that matters....

WV subpmen: this cake is a good sub4men

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin W.

I didn't mean to comment at all, for I have NO idea, nor any witty remark, but my WV is


April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterracheld

I think Areia up there is probably right about" rel="nofollow">Barbapapa -- if you read the wiki article linked there this might be Barbabelle, Barbapapa's purple daughter who is a "lover of beauty".

But it still looks like a feminine hygiene product. Or a little cheapie vibe.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfoxfyre

It actually does remind me a vibrator one of my friends bought many years ago. And I think it was even the same color!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My real guess would be a very unhairy caterpillar. But my actual first impression was an anthropomorphic tampon.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynnette

To me it looks like the "other" end of a pregnancy test... thanks for the laugh this morning!

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaggy

Now you could have put in something about it's name being "B.O.B" (for those of you not in the know, it stands for Battery Operated Boyfriend). A "spit or swallow" comment may have been a little low brow, but I would be willing to go there.

I personally think that the butterflies and flowers are there for "some added pleasure" :) I could go on, but I'm a little busy right now :) Pardon me while I enjoy my "cake" alone.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTashity-Tash

I actually had a vibrator that looked similar (sans face)...

Whatever it is - I hope it's delicious.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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