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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

More Monkey Business


I don't know where the monkey-themed CCC trend started, but we here at Cake Wrecks think it's just bananas.


I'm having a hard time figuring how those cupcake apendages are supposed to be legs. I mean, even the monkey looks confused. Not good.
Good grief! Well, you know those Hollywood monkey CCCs: Their faces just get more plastic every year.
This next little critter looks less like a monkey and more like my high school French teacher*:


"Monsieur Maurice! You and your poo belly are under arrest! Drop the mustard bottle and hand over the garden hose, s'il vous plait!"
*My high school French teacher was a woman. The resemblance is uncanny. I'm not kidding.
You know what they say: "If it's shaped like a star in a wheelbarrow, then it's just begging for a face and a tail."
I'm pretty sure that's an Irish proverb, Ashlee M., Malisa I., and Jenn & Tim M. Now, quit monkeying around and get back to work!

- Related wreckage: Monkey See, Monkey Doo-Doo


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Reader Comments (81)

Oh man, the third and fourth ones are TERRIBLE. The third looks like a huge pile o' poo.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I suppose it's possible, but I've never seen a monkey with a hare-lip.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H


Aside from the fact that I don't like monkeys, these CCC's have left me totally speechless.

Great job on the commentary, Number 1.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbraSue

How can we be so sure they were attempting a monkey on the last one?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Great Job number one. Loved the french teaching monkey with the mustard bottle.


WV:lessesse Iwould like to see even lessesse monkey cakes!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous if I tilt my head sideways, squint, tap my heels together three times...I can almost believe that the two lighter coloured cup-cakes on #1 are supposed to be the monkey's tummy...what are the two lighted coloured cupcakes supposed to be on the last one?
(I've been reading Cake Wrecks for too long...haven't I?...I wasn't always this way?)

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

"If it's shaped like a star in a wheelbarrow, then it's just begging for a face and a tail."

It is indeed an Irish proverb.

The Land of Saints and Scholars prides itself on its CCC-related wisdom.

Fantastic blog, as always. Did you know you have a huge fanbase in Ireland?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatiedickson

Oh my goodness! These are just "nasty!"

Gotta laugh at your French rendition:

Monsieur Maurice! You and your poo belly are under arrest! Drop the mustard bottle and hand over the garden hose, s'il vous plait!"

But shouldn't it read, "Monsier Maurice! Vous and zee poo belly are vunder arrest! Drop zee mustard bottle and hand over zee garden hose, s'il vous plait, pretty peas!"

At least, that's how *I* remember French!

WV: faste I think I shall faste from these cakes! I don't do poo!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I do believe the top and the bottom design are suppose to be the same.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaede

I know you live in the Orlando area. Pray tell, you didn't take French at Lake Mary High School, did you? That poo-belly monkey looks awfully familiar...

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBronwen

Yes, but you DO recognize them as monkeys, so there's *some* success there.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllen's Brain

wow that last "cake" has got to be the worst CCC ever... ya know that gives me an idea, jen maybe you should stage the "world's worst cake" competition. You could have real bakers wrecking for the prize, and online voting of all the cakes that you've posted...

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Et en vrais Francais (sort of, comme ci - comme ca) courtesy of Google translator (since my last French class was in 1973):

Maurice monsieur! Vous et votre ventre poo sont en état d'arrestation! Drop la bouteille de moutarde et de la main sur le tuyau d'arrosage, please vous plaît! "

wv: hadessin
I wish I never hadessin that pooh monkey CCC!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrick

I was thinking, 'It's more like monkey droppings,' the whole time. And I was ready to duck just in case one of those chimps decided to start throwing it.

wv: seenasi--I don't know about you, but I seenasi monkey poo all over this one.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD Dennis

I think we had the same French teacher in high school..... nightmares!!!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Mom

Hell is monkey poo...

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"My high school French teacher was a woman. The resemblance is uncanny. I'm not kidding."

I also happen to read Jen's blog. Sorry "Number 1," I’m afraid a review of your final exam reveals you in fact failed my class. As of this moment you are a credit short of the state requirements and your status as a high school graduate is suspended until you make it up. If you hurry you should be able to register in time for summer school. See you in June!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYour French Teacher

Those were monkeys?? I gotta get new glasses!
All they really needed to add was mohawk baby carrot jockeys.

Yeah! That's the ticket

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOnyx

Tragically, "Poo Monkey" leads the pack in terms of recognizable ape anatomy.

This trend of bakeries celebrating monkey deformity is deplorable. As is the fact that I can't say "monkey deformity" with a straight face.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterburton

So wrong, so very, very wrong. Bakeries would do well to print out some of these CWs (complete with comments) and create a book of what NOT to do. Every trainee must sit and look at the book for one entire day. The last page should read:

"Cupcake cakes are evil. Never make a cupcake cake. Never. Ever."

(Just finished icing two dozen cupcakes for meeting tonight. Plain cream cheese frosting, no sprinkles, no coconut, no flotsum, no dusting of anything. Thought of you, Jen, the whole time I was icing them. That's just sick.)

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

I kinda think the French Monkey is cute!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

Ah, it's good to be back at Cake Wrecks! My life got crazy as hell and I have been away since December. But yesterday and today I have been checking out the archives and reminding myself why I love your blog. Thank you thank you, with tears of joy in my eyes.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Monsieur Maurice looks like some bug with a belly stinger.
They're all horrors.

Maurice might be a bedica bug...

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one completely boggles my mind. How could anyone think that looks like a monkey? It looks like something under a microscope lens. A strange virus with a star-shaped, smiling amoeba nearby, perhaps, but a monkey?!? Seriously? I hope the baker labeled the box for people so they wouldn't have to guess.


April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh my gosh, we had the same french teacher!

aw "revoir"

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

The icing on the last one actually looks rich and chocolatey. Poor Chernobyl monkeys.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Piles of monkey-poo on cakes.
What next?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrek

Your french teacher was a woman named Monsieur Maurice?...explains a lot....

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks so much to whoever made the last monkey, for putting an extra line of poo icing over the individual poo swirls. That way, there is an indication they meant that big mess of cupcakes to be a tail. Otherwise, I never would have guessed.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjj

All monkeys are French, of course. (Anyone?)

Am I the only one who sees something obscene about those two tan cupcakes in the middle of the last one's body?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFabFrugalFood

um... ok, so that last one... are those two lighter brown cupcakes supposed to be a monkey BUTT?! Cuz that's sure what it looks like to me... (_)_) !!!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcake Vigilante

I would say that these bakeries should just give up, but then there's be no reason for me to snort my coffee from my nose each morning when I visit Cakewrecks.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

I hate those stoopid poo monkeys.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ummm, yeah. Of course those look like monkeys. Sure. Mmmmkay. 0_o

(I know the last one could be poo-riffic but that's the FIRST one that actually looks like tasty chocolate icing. The first out of HOW many?? Whereas M. Maurice looks like...a pile of poo. =P )

WV: quetsmon--"No questmon! Dat's no monkey, mon!"

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Wow. I miss normal looking cupcakes. What's wrong with just icing them and putting some sprinkles on them?

The monkeys are the final straw.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterara marie

There's no right way to eat a rhesus, is there?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervanessa

I have heard of monkey flinging poo, but never a poo belly. So wrong...

Erin N.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoey

Did anybody else notice that some of these cakes were laid in a very similar pose and yet look so different?

WV: quethip
That's what wreckers need for cleaning up their ears and listen closely to the customer's instructions!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Judging by the sorta stunned and loopy expression on its face, the only thing ("the ONLY," she says...HAH!!)
that first one needs are those little pictures of stars and squiggles spinning over its head (like in the cartoons, you know) to indicate that the stupid thing has been severly beaten up. That would make it PERFECT.
The second one should be labeled: Reduced CALORIE (and flavor) -90% recycled plastic.

I'm scaring myself thinking that these things were made by real monkeys.
(It's scary because they may not know the minimum wage laws.)

And @ Anon who said: "I hope the baker labeled the box for people so they wouldn't have to guess." Heh heh... you're funny. Labeling the box is the LEAST of THAT baker's problems...


April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

what I wanna know, has anyone ever actually bought and had the stomach to eat one of those "poo" looking cakes?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMalia

FabFrugalFood said...
All monkeys are French, of course. (Anyone?)


Ha! Le singe est dans l’arbre.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

in general, one should consider that any use of brown frosting swirled, stacked or larger than a quarter is going to look like poo.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie


C'est un gâteau à saveur de merde de singe enseignante de français

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! That last one is NOT EVEN CLOSE!! What are those two light-colored cupcakes in the middle supposed to be? Or do we not want to know?

Love the French monkey with the mustard bottle. You always make me smile (and laugh out loud)!

WV: wineren - You will not find a wineren this bunch of cakes.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

Oh my, those are horrifying poop monkeys, lol. For some reason I am getting a chewbacca feel from the first one.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

my 5 yr old just said, "What in the what?!" I had to tell him what the cakes were supposed to be.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

I *meant* "severely".
"Severly" would mean that its head- or something- was cut off.
Which is not a bad idea, though, is it?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I am many monkeys, but none of them have wings!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

"Macaques au merde"

Is it just me or that really sounds better than it is?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My question is, who would go in to the store and say, "Hey, what I am really looking for today is a cake shaped like a monkey"? What would be the correct occasion for a monkey cake?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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