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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

A-ha! I Fixed It!

No one will ever know.


Boy, that was close. Can you imagine if the dad had gotten suspicious?

The good news: we got all the squirrel footprints off.

The bad news: we're gonna have to charge you extra. (Mr. Nutters is a real pain to bathe.)

See? I told you it wasn't "Baby Phower."

So appetizing, next time you'll be asking us to mess up on purpose.

Discount? Why would there be a discount? Why, this cake could work for ANY occasion that involves graduating in 2010.

Because nothing says "Baby Shower" quite like "BABY Baby Shower."

Many thanks to Erica H., Inigo M., Carol S., Amy Lee, Peter V., Milly I, Catherine A., Frosty, Allie J., Stephanie G., Albus D., and BABY period.

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Reader Comments (65)

"The moistest cake you've ever tasted!" just turns me off. I think it's because of the word moist. No matter how moist a cake is, I still don't want the word moist to describe it. I'm probably just weird like that though.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

That was originally Peter Venkman, wasn't it? :)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"See? I told you it wasn't "Baby Phower"--Is anyone else disturbed by the curly pink ribbon "noose" on the baby shower cake?

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 'Baby Baby Shower' cake isn't actually awful in my opinion; the white icing under the first 'Baby' almost looks planned. Still, I can't say I'd be pleased with it...

Also, I love the crossed out names at the end. Pretty sure I spotted 'Princess Bride', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Harry Potter' references there. Nice :)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

What puzzles me is why someone would just put "baby shower" on a cake anyway. Do people not realize they are AT a baby shower? Inquiring minds want to know!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I like the little ribbon noose on the 5th cake. 'Cause nothing says "Baby Shower" like a lynching, right?

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGDwarf

Looks like the squirrel rolled around on that graduation cake.

(Note to self: Do not read Cake Wrecks until the two bulging disks in my spine are back in place. Laughing is painful. Squirrel footprints are too funny.)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Baby Period...

I thought it was when your *period* goes missing, that's how you know you may be expecting a Baby.

These cakes would fit in just great with the "repairs" on There, I Fixed It!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

Okay, I'm sorry to post again, but I could not pass this up - the next word verification is classic.

wv: imusho

See, if imusho the icing around like this, we can write something else on it and sell it for full price. No one will ever know.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

The swirly white (albino?) poo on two of the baby shower cakes just did me in....

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

What is that thing supposed to be that's nestled in the "clouds" on 2 of the baby shower cakes? Anybody? Anybody?


February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that the wreckorators left the exclamation point on the graduation cake.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

It's a plastic stork that is on the clouds on the baby shower cakes....and the white banner that says BABY is part of the design though the word BABY on there twice is too much....

And the first cake is a Cinco de Mayo cake without the writing. The cake is supposed to look like that, kinda, just poor execution....

I think it's funny that I know these cake designs...and can recognize how badly they were!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

I love the seemingly forgotten exclamation point over by the flower on the graduation cake.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArtemis

The comb over on the skull and crossbones cake is so unappetizing.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is moistest a word?

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Perhaps the last cake was for a very small baby shower...

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Honestly, Alex the baby is yours! Really, sweetheart -- the wreckerator's hand strayed, but I haven't! Alex? Alex, sweety, come back!

Whenever I see "baby" repeated, my mind instantly goes here:

WV - exesh

Hey, am I drunk or ish there an exesh of "babiesh" on that cake? :::hic:::

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Hahaha -- squirrel feet!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy's Cooking Adventures


Loved the inclusion of Inigo Montoya, Albus Dumbledore and Peter Venkman.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

"Happy Baby Baby Shower!" Oh my goodness, these are all really fabulous.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

So what did the 2nd cake say before they "fixed" it with "Birtday"?

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWraith

The justaposition of little death-colored skulls and cheery wrapped presents is delightful, though inexplicable.

wv: rhoti. He rhoti the inscription rhongi.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I LOVE this blog!!! It's the little things (today it was the crossed out names at the end. I feel smart and geeky cool when I get those little jokes!!).

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

You know... the price label on cake #7 is actually right. It is only "1/2 decorated". I don't think I'd pay that much for it, tho.

The skull & crossbones flotsam really do go nicely with the pink poo lines.

wv: somitz. Somitz seriously wrong with these wreckerators.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

it's a shame about the last one, such lovely writing!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermybakingempire

Shouldn't the period be missing off of the Baby Baby Shower cake? hmmmm

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

speaking of discount cake. I saw a women take a cake from the day old bakery rack and tell the random stranger next to her that this was perfect for the birthday party she was having NEXT week. I was horrified. I bet the part goers were too.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyhMommy

Albus D. should be thanked daily. He makes the world go 'round. ;)
Thanks for Cake Wrecks - great to share and discuss!!! :)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.J.

So cute and clever. Thanks for sharing!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEftychia

Now I am really worried. The snow on my roof is covered with squirrel footprints. (It's a long story; my roof and oak tree are part of a giant Disney ride for the neighborhood squirrels.) Does this mean I will soon have tons of bright blue icing on my roof?

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

#1 Let's see... the cake is sealed inside approximately three times its own weight in frosting, so I suppose it could well be the 'moistest' cake ever.

#2 (Applies to most of these, really...) If you wreck a wreck, do you get a normal cake? Apparently not.

#3 "Hey, Sue -- Melissa just called again -- it's 'Alex' for sure." Sue: "I'll make sure no one can tell there was a change. Heh heh."

#4 Art is knowing when to stop making improvements. "'Congrats' looked fine when it was centered, honest!"

#5 Was originally 'Baby Chower' perhaps? Not proceeding one inch further down that line of inquiry.

#6 Manager: "You messed it up, you fix it." Wreckerator: "Ok, I'll fix it. By the way, this is my last day..."

#7 'Congratulation(s)...!' Who could tell anything had changed? Nice to know subtlety is not dead.

#8 "What?! I thought they had finally decided on 'Hortense'! If I just put a slab of fondant over it, everyone will know there was a boo-boo. I know -- just write 'Baby' over it! Just like correcting a typo. I deserve a raise for this kind of fast thinking."

Fondant, AKA 'edible (?) correction tape.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Regarding BABY Baby shower, what is that on the bottom? I think the blobs on the left are an albino butterfly, or some sort of snow moth. But what is the other thing? A kiwi catching a baseball? I've blown the photo up and still can't get a handle on it.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpmohanian


I was wondering what the flower-looking thing was too. I really had to look to figure it's a stork (no, not kidding). It's just a bad angle for both cakes.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUsagi

I've never understood why baby shower cakes say "baby shower" on them. It's not like people (well, most people anyway) write "birthday party" on birthday cakes.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Hahaha! Great post.

I actually gasped at the valentine one. I mean, really. The wreckerator couldn't throw a little icing on top to cover up the gouges? Is this a frozen cake? How do you even get gouges in icing?

I also love the stray exclamation point on the graduation cake. And, if you are going to "fix" the cake anyway, why not go ahead and take off the 2010? And again with the gouging....perhaps it is a symbolic reference to how much these wrecks cost!


February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, and the Baby Shower with a noose cake - I thought the original writing might have been Flower. Baby Flower - which made me think of Flower the skunk from Bambi. Which might explain the pink ribbon noose. Someone has a skunk problem at home and thought they would put out a cake to entice the critter and catch it in the noose. Or not.

Ah! I skipped the names at the bottom today! I had to go back and read them after seeing the comments. I should know better by now. :o)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm so glad I got curious about the crossed-out submitter names. :D

WV: ingestr

Once you ingestr that cake, the squirrl footprints won't mattr.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

Apparently, I'm the only one who thought the pink curly ribbon looked like a sperm. Dunno what that says about me though.

WV: Dessama: The act of gently 'wiping' a cake clean so no one will ever notice anything wrong with it.
See: Decimate.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

why are there colorful skulls in a garden of curly ribbon??

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On that second to last cake, "Congratulations," I originally thought the 2010 spelled out Zoro.

And the graduation cap reminded me of the hat with dingle-balls as seen in "Zorro the Gay Blade."

And trying to figure out if maybe this was a coming out party . . .

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReverend Ref +

Thanks for the laughs Jen! "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my cake. Prepare to die."

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You probably already know about this shirt, but just in case you don't:

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Does cake #6 with the skulls say, "1/4 SH|T UNFILLED YELLOW ICING.."???
Just curious...

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzuchinno

Regarding the first picture, I read "moistest" on the sticker as "moistiest". Mmmm... from now on, yucky cakes can be "moisty" in my head.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

On the first picture sticker, I read "moistest" as "moistiest". Now a yucky cake will be "moisty" to me from now on. Yum.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

The first cake isn't a mistake; it's just SO moist that an actual lake has formed on it!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Luxuries

So I assumed the third from last was a "day of the dead" cake, since it had randomly bright colors and skulls. Then I saw the sell-by as January 2011. Fail.

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

On the first one I see an Egyptian hieroglyphics-type eye in the bottom left corner and nothing’s as freaky as food looking at me looking at it. o.O

On the pink one I saw the ribbon rope on the bottom and thought “yuck” but didn’t notice the sperm/noose in the bottom right corner. Sperm/Noose – doesn’t that just about sum it up for how some men get trapped into a relationship??

-Barbara Anne

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Omg-and these people are pro's?????

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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