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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

Evolution of a Wreck

First, there was the football helmet CCC:

Although you'll have to take my word for it on the whole "helmet" part.

Over the years, Wreckerators struggled to make the helmet CCC recognizable...

...with limited success.

Ok, extremely limited.

You know what, just forget the "success" part.

Anyway, one day someone realized that the answer was a specially shaped baking pan.

And a while later, someone else figured maybe that specially shaped baking pan should be helmet-shaped.

And all was well.


You know how Wreckerators are always using shaped pans for ridiculous and completely unrelated designs? Like upside-down heart grad cakes, and guitar-shaped beer bottles? Yeah? Well, what would you imagine a determined Wreckerator could make out of a football helmet shape? Hmm?

Think carefully, now.

Any ideas?


Give up?

Ok. Keep scrolling.

Jennifer D., Shellie M., Holli M., Chris B., Melissa G., Adam S., & Drew, it's like you could almost reach out and touch it, huh? Really ground-breaking use of technology. Although, I must say, now I feel oddly depressed....

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Reader Comments (77)

Alton Brown would be proud. He's always talking about kitchen items that are multi-taskers.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

That last cake must have come from the Pablo Picasso version of Avatar.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElkman

Wow, I did not see that last one coming. Wreckerators never cease to, um, surprise us, do they?

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Avatar cake is both a misappropriation of the baking pan and a copyright infringement all rolled into one!! Touchdow.....sorry. It seemed funny when I started typing it.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterburton

Lol, with an exterior shape so open to interpretation, I have no doubt the helmet cake will be used for countless unrelated designs. I mean, just look at how many different ways the heart-shaped pan is used. I see great things in the future of cake wreckorating.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The only reaction to the Avatar cake my body was capable of at the time was a severe eyebrow raise...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate in Italy

That Avatar cake... whaaat?

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

A helmet pan is like a cloud. Keep staring at the shape and it seems to change into different things.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I'm completely wowed by the Avatar cake. What a mastery of spatial relations that required! I never in a million years would have thought of that. Creative--I kinda like it.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

So since this was the "Evolution of a Wreck" are you going to post an "Intelligent Design of a Wreck" tomorrow?

Probably not.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I'm mellllting....!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Ahahahahahahahhahahahahaha! OMG, seriously? Seriously?!

But kudos to you for figuring out that all those early ones were helmets. I'd have been at a complete loss.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa

The Colts flotsam on the third cake is placed in such a way that it looks like a pacifier. And a football helmet with a pacifier sticking out? Awesomeness.

There were a few really ... um ... what's the word I'm looking for....Let's just say WRECKY... ways you could have gone with that. Thank you for picking Avatar.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I did NOT see the Avatar cake coming. I was totally expecting something dirty.

On a totally unrelated note, have you been by a Willams Sonoma recently? THey have Star Wars cookie cutters now.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

See now, I would have thought a skull would be the logical use, but Avatar? My jaw literally dropped and my scalp began itching. Sort of a Laurel & Hardy expression (I am only guessing since I have no mirror at my desk.) I do wonder, what do those creatures taste like? Is that a special color? Avatar-blue, perhaps??

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReceptionist Row

Almost all was well with the Colts helmet - the wreckerator put the horseshoe on the cake sideways - oops! Close, but yet so far...

I, too, would never have imagined the Avatar usage of the helmet cake pan. It was done quite lovely, however.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What ELSE could a helmet cake be used for? maybe we should run a contest for ideas. Everybody, put your wreckerator thinking caps on (I know, it's hard to think like them, but still....)

Meanwhile, cake #1 looks like it has a big scary toothy grin.

#3 looks like a ghost. a creepy, flower shaped with a three prong goal post and a pair of eyes on it ghost.

#4: UFO with a net trolling for specimens? or one of those automatic vaccums that go under the beds by themselves?

#5 the Picasso-esque heart shaped *faceslap* helmet reminds me of the cover of the box for the game Taboo.

The scary Avatar cake is sad. Makes me feel a little blue.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

LOL Tricia, I totally agree. Although when Alton uses kitchen items for multiple purposes, it actually works. Using a helmet shaped pan for Avatar? Not so much.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamesterCK

Great buildup. I like.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

And my mind is broken. I've stared at the screen for five minutes just laughing in silence. Nothing has screwed me up this much since Stevie's cake caught fire on Challenge.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterotherrobert


You say this as if you expect the wreckerators have intelligence.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

The third one totally looks like General Grievous to me!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonique B

I agree with Jo about #4 - my first thought was a UFO. But then the Avatar cake fits in with the alien theme, I suppose!

wv: sheeder. I sheeder to think someone was paid to make that cake!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I love how even when the wreckerators use a football helmet shaped baking pan to make a football helmet cake, they still manage to wreck it even with flotsam that shows how the wreck is supposed to look. Here's to you, the makers of that Colts helmet cake.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

To each their own. I think the Avatar cake shows at least as much creativity as the film did and may be somewhat more charming.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Upon seeing the helmet shaped helmet, my daughter exclaimed, "How dare they!!"

Then we scrolled to the last picture.



June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

My kids were looking at the cakes with me and one asked "what is that silly thing?" (said about more then one cake) and the other said "Look, a dinosaur cake" when she saw the last one.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris

A blue alien head. Oh, delish. *gags*

gross. Do Not Want.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

wow, that's has to be the best avatar cake I've ever seen. Oh I know it's still a wreck to the 2nd power, but it's still the best I've ever seen, way better than those cupcakes with the avatar picks in them, or the photo cake (although what better photo to use on a cake than one with blue skinned people...) Sorry I don't have pictures of those, but that what my grocery store had on the dvd release day...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

That Avatar cake will haunt my dreams.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatjaMouse




Yeah.... that about covers my reaction to the final cake. lol

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

The careful spacing at the end led to a magnificent reveal.

Also, it's a good thing there was no one around because I snorted pretty dang loud. I can still feel the vibrations in my skull.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLu

It's funny how in the last helmet cake they fail in the easiest thing... the C is in the wrong position!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Sheep

I thought it was unwise to smoke around all that sugar and butter, but how else could this have happened. Heh, heh, heh. Norine

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first one looks very creepily like a jawbone.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

There's nothing new about rotating the same oddly-shaped baking pan to create a variety of designs. Just look at Carvel's ice cream cakes! "Fudgie the Whale"'s tail could become the tassel on Santa Claus's hat every December.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas

I must say, the last one isn't as bad as an Avatar cake could be. Nonsequitur? Well, yeah. But if someone took a Na'avi, cut it down the center with a semi-sentient knife, and sprinkled some frosting and wrote "Avatar" on its face, then it would probably look like that.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Avatar cake is nearly as based in anything even vaguely resembling reality as the movie itself, so I call it a "win".

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

HAHAHA, Tricia L, I seriously did just "LOL" at that! How true, how true...however, I think even that has its limits!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Elizabeth

The 1st cake is obviously an albino alligator wearing a "Jets" eyepatch. I don't know how anyone could confuse that with a football helmet.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Martinez

I was so impressed with the Colts wreck in a helmet shape that I didn't notice until now that the horseshoe is sideways -- making it a 'C' for Colts, I guess.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrika

My children think the Avatar cake looks like "Bob" from Monsters vs. Aliens!!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBroot

The one with the uprights looked like it had eyes....and was staring at me. Creepy!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheesy Ninja

#1 looks like a bird head with big teeth in the bill.

#3 why does the ghost have a round tongue depressor in it's mouth and blue whiskers or claws around it's cloudlike blobby head?

#4: what team is this one supposed to be for? it does look like a UFO--the white icing looks like a beam of light. the yellow dot could be an eye if it were a rolling floor robot.

#5: in restaurants, 86 is the term the staff use when they've run out of something. (ex. "86 the salmon special!") These cakes should be 86ed.

I had such hope for the good looking Colts cake. I didn't even notice the C was wrong until someone pointed out the flotsam. If they didn't include the flotsam (whcih theyshould have skipped anyway), who would have known but true FB fans?

The Avatar cake is totally creepy. but if it's a cookie like the Colts' wreck I'd totally eat it. Those cookies are delish--minus poop-staining blue icing.

wv: thing. What is that thing? What we aske of these wrecks.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL @Mama Martinez. Eyepatch! definitely questionable as a helmet

wv: enaryo. something in Avatar language.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I was not expecting that! So horrible it's hilarious xD

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterimshort123

effing hilarious. i still say, when will the bakers that be realize that CCCs are NEVER a good idea?

And, for the first time ever, your photos of CCCs made me *crave* a cupcake. Urg. Here I go to the bakery...

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Excellent! They are quite inventive. Although, if my end results looked like theirs I could be inventive, too.

And props on the second CCC- I could actually tell what it was. That one at least deserves a free throw. Wait, that's basketball. Crap.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Bravo on the Avatar piece! I know many have said it and even more will say it, but I did NOT see that coming! Kudos to the creator! (applauds)

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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