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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

Coming Up Roses

Like love and marriage - or a horse and carriage - icing roses and cakes just go together.

Perhaps I should rephrase that.

What I mean is the two are a really natural combination.

Am I having a seizure? I feel like I'm having a seizure.

A combination of grace, beauty...

...and, of course, cat poop:

And, since roses are one of the first things a baker learns to make - not to mention what they make the most often - you can always trust an icing rose to be the finest example of what a baker can do.

We're doomed.

No, no, I'm sorry; that came out wrong. What I mean is: uh, let's see how they do on rosebuds!

Ok. Yeah. Doomed.

Thanks to Angela G., Elizabeth W., Freidel I., Tiffanie, Christina C., & Ali S., who were hoping to see some icing sleds on that last cake, because they're intellectual like that.

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Reader Comments (65)

Them's some ugly cakes ya got there!

WV: distaneg - I think I have already adequately expressed my distaneg for today's cakes.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

The flowers on the 1st cake look like they're made of prunes. The pink flowers on the bottom of the 3rd cake look like cicadas. And the green leaves on the 4th cake look like peppers.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Blasé

That cat poop cake is revolting. Awful.

And the pink "roses" on the bottom of the anniversary cake look a bit like a certain femine hygeine product.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

JHill, I was thinking the same thing!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Blue rutabagas?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

I thought the "seizure" cake was actually kind of pretty. I don't want to eat it, understand, that much icing makes me want to gag, but pretty.

Or maybe I'm having a seizure...

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

I was recently outside of the aquariam looking at the harbor seals when one came right up to the glass and stared at me. Cute. Then I saw all these bubbles and realized he was, uh... digesting his lunch. The "cat tails" on Giovanna's cake look just like seal poo - color and all.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL, as always!

I guess that last cake thinks it would be fun to run a newspaper(and yes, I thought that before I clicked the link -- movie nerd).

Could be worse -- could have frozen peas on it:

Or Ritchie Petrie:

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Well, now, here's a post I can really get behind!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoses

I can see how they tried in Giovanna's cake to be artistic in their color choices. Unfortunately, the yellow airbrushed effect just adds to the cat poo look of the orange "roses." And the seal poo of the leaves. Blech.

wv: unatio - You can keep that poo rose cake. It looks unatio.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah B

I feel like there's some joke waiting to happen with the line "A rose by any other name...". But for the life of me I can't come up with it because I'm too sickened by the prune roses. Yechhhh!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

I like neon pink for certain small applications to make an element pop out.

However, that usage has popped my eyeballs out.

Egads, people, back away from the neon colours...

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

My five-year old daughter thinks that the one with all the pink and black roses is BEAUTIFUL. She says the black roses remind her of the black cat that used to live with us.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGaia Iulia

Cake #1, or should I say it looks like runny #2?

Cake #2, The roses were made well. And no one should fight over 'who gets the flower' piece. And they match the plates/napkins nicely. The leaves look gross though (but I think green leaves might have looked awkward).

Cake #3, Yucky blobby chocolate icing. Those look more like carnations than roses. Since when to flower stems look like balloon strings? O.o

Cake #4, What ugly colors! LOL Ms. Blase - I thought of Jalapeno on a Steeeek (Jeff Dunham).

Cake #5, Chwistina? I think the wreckerator has other worries than just roses!

Cake #6, yes, we are doomed.

wv: ptonbo: Dumbo's lesser-known brother.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

We are doomed! Everyone should experience a little cat poop on their cakes, at least once in their lives.

Dead flowers+poo blobs= D:

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I decided to give up cake and desserts for Lent. In addition to the usual laughs, Cake Wrecks has served as an excellent deterrant from desiring cake of any type.

Way to find a cat poop cake to help motivate me to stay on track - that is a seriously grody cake!


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The roses on the seizure cake are quite beautifully close and yet so far....

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

At least Giovanna got some decent-looking jalapenos on her cake.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbreckenridge3

Yes, I think I'm having a seizure too and while I'm convulsing uncontrollably can someone stick a sharp object in one hand so I can gauge my eyes out? GAG

Nope, you're right Jen, we're doomed.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrnEyes

I admit it: I looked for a sled on that last one.

Maybe the next-to-last one was supposed to have plums on it...

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

When I read "We're doomed," I died.

You guys are so funny.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

Hey, brown, gelatinous roses do happen... It's the result of a fungus infection. Now that said, I'm entirely uncertain as to why anyone would wish to reproduce the effect on a cake...

Now as for the "cat turd cake"... Just... Ew.

Wv: Fleudge - Just eat it, honey, it's fleudge. No, really, it tastes like choecholeate!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

The last cake is a tray of precut, iced brownies.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth C.

You just put me off tan-coloured icing forever...

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tiny Ninja

The second cake is actually pretty well-done. I'm guessing someone requested the obnoxious colors without thinking about how much color overload it'd be.

The third just reminds me of those "Miracle of Life" videos we used to have to watch in health class.

The fourth cake is a Dali nightmare. Something with the droopy cat-poop leaves and bleeding/swirled colors.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKG

These cakes remind me of a birthday cake I made about 50 years ago for my little brother's birthday (long before themed cakes were the norm). His birthday is July 4, we lived in un-air conditioned Iowa so the humidity equaled the temperature. Butter cream roses are not up to the task. But at least they were a pretty rose-like color.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Did Giovanna get green peppers or *ack* green carrots?

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please show us some pretty roses. Those images are burned into my brainnnn.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber R

Are you *sure* these are done by professionals? Because then you have to ask yourself, professional what, exactly?

wv: "splinic" - I think that "rose" looks more like a splinic rupture.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkwishee

When, oh when, will I learn not to read this blog during my lunch break?!? I about lost it when I saw the cat poop! So gross! How do the wreckerators not realize what they have done? *Shudder*

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

Okay, on the seizure cake, the roses might be well-formed, but what are those gray blobs next to them? Slugs? Nothing says yum like black, gray, pink on a cake.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoupAddict

#1 "We stewed up" some prunes and put them on a cake...

#2 Let us pause a moment to remember 'subtlety', which passed into history with the making of this cake.

#3 Because all lines on a cake must be squiggly -- and all chocolate frosting must be applied with a hose.

#4 "Cat *tails* -- I said, cat *tails*." Wreckerators: when 'close' just isn't close enough.

#5 Ah, poor 'Chwistino'. Not really *digging* the overhand grip used to place it on the countertop, either (see upper right hand corner). If we don't know how to make flowers, couldn't we just have used some flotsam?

#6 "C.F. Kane, here -- I want you to make me a cake. It must have one very important element on it, but I can't yet tell you what it is." It's ok, Charlie; we can't tell what it is, either.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

WHAT are those cat turds supposed to be???

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Cake 1 totally looks like a diaper exploded.

And yes, we are all doomed...DOOMED...tis the season of Yoth! I fear the end is nigh!

wv: fastri - The fastri decorate de cake, the fastri can get back to cleaning those litter boxes!!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

The "roses" in the top left of Chwistina's cake look more like vomiting fish.

wv: shines -- After a morning of CW, my face shines.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReverend Ref +

Sled... rosebud... *snort*... I get it!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTuesday's Child

Yanno, I actually like the one with the hot pink & black roses... My favorite colors.

And as long as they're cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake I could totally handle eating that much frosting... Ah the joys of pregnancy cravings...

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I'm an amateur cake decorator, and have often been embarrassed that doing roses is difficult for me. After seeing these, however, I feel a lot better!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

Three things:
A. There must be some sort of nuclear reaction to create that shade of pink. Ick.
B. Not only did the cat mistake Giovanna's cake for the litter box, but someone decided to dig up great aunt hilda's lace collar to display the cake on. Gak.
C. if those are actually eggplants instead of roses, the cake might actually work. Hmmm...
wv: regdi - too easy, I'm regdi to hurl after this post

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If good presentation is half the battle....
These cakes surrendered without a fight.

Poor poor daisies.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercq75

The roses on the seizure cake are well-done, and the colours are nice, but there needs to be a LOT MORE CAKE to support THAT MANY ROSES.

I learned as a decorator that your frosting has to be fairly stiff to make a decent rose; if it's too soft, you get poo-roses. :(

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

Yeck... my four year old's comment... "eeww dirt!" to the first pic and the second to last one "oh I like blue food, like blueberries."

If it can make my 4 yr old sceptical then why did it get put on the sale shelf??? LOL!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather D and 4yr old

my 6 yo son looked at the blue "roses" and said, "those look like blueberries and radishes mixed together!!"

and i threw up in my mouth a little bit with the cat poop cake. i have 3 cats, so... yeah... oh! here it comes again!

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

the hot pink, black, and white roses look like a psycho's funeral cake ewwwwww

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March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

Actually... the neon rose cake would work as a passive agressive cake pretty well.

"Hey, here's your cake!"

"Gahh! my eyes!"

... ok so maybe its not quite a passive aggressive cake. =P

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Glad I'm not the only one who say tampons. Gross.

And as for the cat poop peppers. Come on. When the icing you've mixed up looks the color of feces have some decency and don't use it.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAi

The black icing roses and trim look like the tar they're cleaning up from the BP oil spill. It's nice to know someone found a use for that stuff.

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March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Not all the roses on Cake #2 (seizure cake)are lovely--does anyone else see the dead mice lined up along the front row? They were, of course, placed there by the cat who made the lovely contribution to Cake #4.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCloudy

"Happy Birthday Cmistina" looks more like purple radishes.

March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

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