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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

The Far Side of the Wreck

I grew up reading The Far Side. My folks owned several of the books, and I can remember many happy nights curled up with the dry wit and bizarre observations of Mr. Gary Larson. I have no doubt this affected my own somewhat twisted sense of humor, because sometimes - usually after seeing something just a bit off - I'll hear an unmistakably Larson-esque narration start in my head.

You know, kind of like this:


Alone and outnumbered, C3pO did his best to blend in.



After a spritz of soda and a quick scrubbing, no one would ever guess at the dark events that transpired that fateful, frosting-filled night.

"So I says to him, 'Hey, Rabbit, it's my house and I'll hang a singing fish if I want to. And if you don't like his politics, find yourself another honey pot!'"

Bob surveyed his handiwork with pride. If only the Society of Delicate Penmanship and Context-Appropriate Color Coordination could see him now!


Buck couldn't help it: he laughed.

Unfortunately, the hunter's hearing turned out to be much better than his eyesight.

Thanks, Leah W., Julie B., Jaclyn B., Deborah F., & Matt W. You guys are far out.


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Reader Comments (142)

That was amazing! My favorite was Bob gloating about his penmanship and color coordination.

Can you do one with captions inspired by Bloom County?

And then one with Calvin and Hobbes captions?

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

This has to be some of the best commentary EVER.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertogetherforgood

Bravo. Gary would be proud.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

LOVE The Far Side! Could you do this kind of post every week? It'd be like the opposite of Sundays! Please, please, please, please, please?!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

Sandymg said (after she managed to get back up on the chair) Baha ha ha ha hahaaa. Hee hee hee hee. Snort! Hee hee hee, ahee hee. ..... BAHA ha aha, titter snicker. Very enjoyable. Thanks for the laugh. Silly deer, hope they learned their lesson.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Funniest post you've done in a long time! Fantastic Far Side captions!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Zoutendams

I have been reading your posts every since I laughed myself stupid in the middle of Borders with your book, but this has got to be my Favorite. Post. EVER.
You nailed Gary Larson and The Far Side!! ♥ it, ♥ it ♥ IT!!!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

Oh! The Last one! Great caption, Jen!! Hahahahahahahaha

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that last cake kinda looked like it was a water skiier.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Upon further inspection, I'm quite sure the hunter has just shot & killed (felled) the tilted pine tree.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylph

For people looking for Far Side-like cartoons...check out Happy Simpleton.

And @ Tammy: "These are not the picks/rings you are looking for."


July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I have this thing with certain words- like loaf, or milk- that just bug me to say hear or read. Moist is one of those words.

That Stacey cake is outfrigginstanding.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

#5 "Be vewwy quiet -- I'm hunting fish! Hahahahaha!"

wv: dizatilb. A potent common-sense suppressant used by wreckerators everywhere.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

LOL! Love how some of the Wookie heads are upside down! That makes it even more wreckie!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

You really captured the spirit of "The Far Side".


July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEliza. A.

I laughed out loud when I saw the hunter cake, and my dog gave me a look that clearly said, "Mom! The hunter is just doing a head fake on the dog like you do every other time you throw the tennis ball. It's not funny." And then he went back to looking for his lost ball(s).

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

Love love love love love the Far Side! They're my favorite comics! It's nice to some people who appreciate Gary Larson's humor...

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

help, i'm choking on my lunch and I can't stop laughing.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter{Meghan}

i also grew up reading the farside. my mom said she was scared when her 6yr old actually got the jokes.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

OMG, LOVE the upside down chewy...

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRighteous Baker

You've got a good ear for how Far Sides sound.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I love the 2 upsidedown heads! lolol

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney C

I don't know about those first cupcakes--they look a bit chewy.


(did you notice that two of the chewy's are upside down?)

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I also grew up on the Far Side. Gary Larson would be proud :)

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime P

Wow! I grew up reading the far side too ... and your captions are just perfect! Great job on this post!

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I know it's been a while since you posted this one, but I landed on it again today and it made me chuckle. You captured Gary Larson well with your commentary! Thanks for making me laugh, I needed it.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennyF

what on earth is a fish doing on a cake with Pooh? amazing...

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueInteresante

Are you seriously telling me that the hunter cake was done by a professional???? This is probably the worst wreck ever. Bad frosting technique; incredibly horrible composition/layout; and, as you pointed out...the hunter isn't even facing the hunted!!!

WV "dicat" This plastic hunter is a real dicat hunting.

***profanity...couldn't resist!***

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBhakti

...That chocolate sheet cake says "moistest." Worst discriptive word ever.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Marta's Hot.

March 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the wet one has a sticker on it that says 'the moistest cake youve ever tasted!'

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

one of the chewbaca heads is upside down...

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Need something dampened?
Or made soggy? Your hero
cake has arrived: Moist!

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

does anyone else find it weird that the first cake's label says "without picks or rings"?
oh, grocery store bakers and their ineptness to decorate and label properly.

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I love that the label on the top one says "Cupcakes without picks or rings". So.... Not only do they look like crap, but they're free!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDayna

"the Moistest cake?" didn't even know that was a word. "oh we just dumped water on it the night before to lock in moisture"
I didn't know C3P0 was in planet of the apes???
Apparently the dog's eyesight isn't any better than that hunters "Er dere dawg! Bring me dere dat deer wit de bwanches on em!"

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter?

I am glad I am not the only one who's humor was shaped by The Far SIde! Calvin and Hobbs and Garfield had a hand in mine as well.

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertornadotess

Your comments about the soda spritzing and Bob's penmanship had me in stitches.... definitely Far Side-ish!

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDesilu

@ Kristen
Tom Lehrer's "Hunting Song" would have worked, too.

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

Lol. The hunter cake would be even better if it had, what, hunters or tourists or hunters or whatever in the way of the gun.

August 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe I missed this post! I love the Far Side! I had an Uncle introduce me to the books and my life was forever changed!

March 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieAnne

Hahahaha I just clicked on this link by chance and there is my son't 1st birthday cake! It's the Winnie the Pooh cake. I have never gotent a satisfactory answer as to why this was how it was decorated! Apart from the bad plastic pieces, the icing on the cake was that the icing on the cake was literally falling off.

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn

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