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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

I Think the Baker Used Too Much Oil...

I hate to jump on the BP-bashing wagon - and I hope you'll forgive me for being crude - but this sarcastic eco-wreck cake was simply too slick to pass up.

Thanks to skooksie & craftylildevil for spilling the...beans. By the way, I hear cake goes great with Texas tea.

UPDATE! Today, we have a special treat for all our RSS readers: an ad wreck!

Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think?

At least they're not whispering it in your ear.

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Reader Comments (111)

I don't know, considering this isn't a wreck, or at least not presented as such, I don't see what you gained by turning your blog into a forum for political commentary, even if that commentary takes the form of cake. Anyone who uses oil-based products (and that would certainly include anyone who has access to a car, synthetic fiber, modern medicine, a computer, etc.) is a hypocrite for attacking oil companies. If you want to go live in a cave and hunt your own food, make clothes out of animal skins, etc. keep on with the "big oil" bashing. If you actually prefer modern life, understand that without oil companies, we wouldn't have modern lifestyles. I doubt you will post this, just make sure you read it....

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OUCH, I can feel my teeth rotting as I look at that cake.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuanhijo


It's not a political anything. It's a kinda tasteless, kinda funny cake dealing with current events. Jen and I both cringed when we saw it.

There it is,


That is brilliant and incredibly sad at the same time.

I'm so sorry for all the people and wildlife and above all the fragile ecosystem adversely affected by this horrific man made disaster.

Worldwide, we all need to find a way to live in harmony with nature so we do not destroy our beautiful planet.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, doesn't Transocean actually own all of the equipment that was involved? That makes this cake even more of a wreck!

WV: agulph (n): a body of water, a part of an ocean or sea extending into land i.e. Agulph of Mexico

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy McGill

Anonymous #1,

Since when does pointing out the shortcomings of something make you a hypocrite? It doesn't. It just means there's room for improvement.

Aside from that, if BP would have accepted responsibility from the beginning instead of shifting blame, lying, and trying to shaft the victims, I think people would have a little more tolerance.

Aside from that....get a sense of humor, dude!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEli

That is hilarious. And disgusting. I envision the entire cake eaten by hungry people except for that last two inches of black slop.

And gah, Anonymous #1, pull your panties out of your crack and breathe a little. What is it with these people who read political/social commentary into CAKES? If you read serious commentary into everything you see on the internet, you should probably step away from the computer and learn to enjoy life a little more.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlagne

I just want to know how they made that slick frosting. The blue even looks slightly translucent.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That does not look delicious. :X Slick black stuff. You see, I hate piping gel of all sorts because it looks like Nickelodeon slime rather than food!

Dear Anonymous: If you wanna post cake-unrelated criticism like that, have the balls to stick your name to it. Otherwise, tl;dr intarweb coward move on. :P

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I think you'd have your own "oil slick" the next day if you ate one of the pieces with black frosting...

wv: difying - some of the early commenters are difying the intent of this post

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHai Dee

Thought I'd put my 2 cents in. But BP shouldn't be getting the blame. The company the DWH was owned by should be. BP in not onboard as they contracted to Transocean.

Anyway. I have 4 friends/classmates (one of which is my fiance) who are there right now, working for BP, to fix this.

The focus should be on the lives lost and prayers for their families.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To Anonymous the first, if you read Jen's definition of a wreck, it doesn't have to be horribly executed, it only needs to be "unintentionally silly, sad or inappropriate". So regardless of political feelings or feelings toward dependency on oil, who decided a cake with an oil slick was a good idea?! It is undeniable that it will have an effect on people's livelihoods and the ecosystem of the Gulf and beyond. What are we going to see next? Cake celebrating the people who's homes were mowed down by tornadoes or hurricanes? I see cake as a celebratory thing, and an oil slick under any circumstances doesn't seem like something to celebrate.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Okay seriously, what is with Mr/Ms Anonymous chastising you for "turning your blog into a forum for political commentary." How in the world was that 3 sentence post a commentary on anything but the cake? What is with people?

The cake, in my opinion, is perfect in it's wreckiness. Who makes a cake (which happens to be hideous) to celebrate a horrific tragedy?

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkjl

[sarcasm] Black, shiny frosting--yum. Looks delicious, doesn't it? I definitely want one of those pieces! [/sarcasm]

Anonymous #1, work for an oil company, do you? Just because we use oil doesn't mean we don't have a right to be pissed about how this disaster has been handled. No matter what you think of BP, though, you've got to admit that oil-slick frosting looks repulsive.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Having seen the result of kids eating black icing from a "Cars" cake last weekend, I cringe at the visions of what this cake would do to them. Blech!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

Just noticed: "crude"! Ha ha!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Anonymous the third- exactly what I was getting at! Transocean is ultimately the responsible party, and not BP. BP is a bigger name, though, so they catch all the flak for it.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy McGill

This wreck is a study in irony. The wreck isnt the cake, the cake depicts the wreck.

Sometimes things are just so awful that you just have to laugh. I give thumbs up to this cake.

WV: obioth - So, Obioth went to the pointed forest with his dog Arrow to look for his point.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Finally, an appropriate use of black icing/frosting/gel.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

Holy crap, what a wreck! An excellent wreck, though!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSallyB

I love it when people say, "Anyone who does ______ is a _______." You sound like a chain email.

Nobody attacked an oil company. Somebody made a gross-looking cake that mocked a current event. Cake Wrecks posted it. The end.

It's 1/4 black sugary slop. Why would anyone think this *isn't* a wreck?! It's a wreck of a wreck.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I've been on this bandwagon already for a while. I live in the Florida Panhandle and everyone I know is walking around either angry as hell or in state of dread. Bash away!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRapunzel210

Points to the baker for having the guts to put this cake up.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

That just looks gross. Who wants a slice of oil-spill cake. Um, not I.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReading Rachel

I just think it is funny that someone saw a problem, it bothered them, and they thought, "Hey, I'll bake a cake about it." Write a poem, I get it. Have a demonstration, sure. Get a PhD and solve world issues, cool. Cake decorating takes this to a whole new level. (Or tier.)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a cake...get over it! It was made to bring out a smile out of this whole bad situation!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadreD2

Internet anonymity FTW!!!


Also, commentary or no, that's one ... erm ... special cake.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Heh + Eew = Hew

That is a cavalcade of wrongness.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Freewaydiva

See, I would consider it a wreck because I couldn't figure out whether this was actually applauding BP's efforts to fix the problem, OR if it is actually an attack. The ambiguity is what makes it funny, to me.
Also, I thought they had put plastic wrap over regular icing to make that sheen. You mean there is actually a substance that looks like that created for human consumption? That's scary.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Heh + Eew = Hew.

That is a cavalcade of wrongess.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Freewaydiva

Since when has a freaking ecological disaster been political "bashing"?? Ummmm- the answer to that, anonymous 1(too proud to own the comment I see), is isn't. Those that try and make it such are fools, ignorant, sad fools.

Now- on to the awesomeness of the cake. Wow, that is some thick, shiny frosting! It frightens me... Though now I am craving a big ol' hunk of cake!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Boo Hiss on the political whining on a site for funny cakes. Use a different site to grandstand about how great oil is and what a fab company BP is.

My husband and friends work for a company that was owned by AIG and when they were in the news I did not use inappropriate opportunities to get defensive and be a buzzkill for a site such as this.

Thanks for all the great posts and funny comments Jen! You Da Bomb!Find me an AIG cake and I will laugh along with you :o)

Kudos Jen for putting the wreck up, and the commentary-you walked the clever, fine line.
As a prize you receive a clown nose-dipped in black icing.
Keep up the good work.
...ummm a certain finger to the troll posters.


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Funniest of all: When I read this in Google Reader, the Ad that appeared was "Invest in a 300 Billion Dollar Industry" - with a picture of an oil well!

I always love a big slice of Irony with my morning coffee!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIMQTPI

I can't really call it a 'wreck' as it seriously flips BP the vee. Having said that, I'd not eat it either.

wv: nocker, as in 'they really nockered that one, didn't they?'

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGypsy

That was like the most subtle, yet hilarious, pun ever. Awesome!

Great Wreck!

Also, if Anon #1 pulled that giant stick out of their ass and put it in the pipeline, the oil would stop flowing and we could save the area. C'mon, Anon #1. Do your part.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShalene

Anon #1- how is this political commentary? Are you suggesting that one political party favors oil spills, and thus we should not be attacking this pro-oil-spill group?

Using oil certainly does not mean we should be sheep and allow oil companies to do whatever they please, allow as many workers to die, and pollute as much of our land as they like as long as they continue to provide us with oil. Do you honestly believe they shouldn't be held accountable? Are your own family members expendable, too, if they work for oil companies?

It's a shocking and weird cake, and I'm glad it was posted.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfrau van der cake

Um, what event is this cake for? Louisiana primaries?

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I like how Anonymous #1 actually says at the end of his post "I doubt you will post this, just make sure you read it..."

What a troll.

Anyway, like someone said earlier, it practically defines Irony, which is why I, for one, like it. And Jen all the more for being brave enough to post it :) You go girl.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess R.

And one other thought...maybe the baker was thinking "Well...if they can't get it out in real life...this will be like some kind of therapy for all of those who are angry about it"

Because you can cut the oil part off the cake and not eat it, right? :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess R.

To Anonymous #1 -

Whether or not we all enjoy modern living from oil, they should have had a plan in place in case of emergencies like that. There should have been several contingencies and multiple solutions. Lesser companies are held to more responsibility for smaller disasters.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

[Off-Topic]: Did ANYONE see 60 Minutes last Sunday?! If you missed it, PLEASE go back to the webpage and watch it. BP was DIRECTLY responsible for the disaster.

[On-Topic]: I firmly believe that if the food-dye manufacturers had seen the byproduct that black food dye creates, they'd stop manufacturing it. ;-p

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristie Walker

I still hate black icing of any sort. But at least it's not brown and shiny. If it makes you think twice about eating it due to the gross-out factor, it's a wreck. This definitely qualifies.

John and Jen, based on the forum commentary I think you've finally out-Epcotted yourselves.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

For Anonymous #1, if you are going to preach to someone from your soap box you should at least have the guts to use your name.

I do enjoy puns, even though I wish we didn't have to have oil spill puns right now.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Love the oil-soaker line. A crime scene chalk line and a reminder to eat more moral fiber.

WV: Pandle--don't pandl to the trolls, that's one species I could see extinct

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

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