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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 WHAT of the Irish?

St. Patrick's Day is coming, and you know what that means, right?

Yeah, well, neither do these wreckerators.

"Ok, team, time to show our Irish spirit!

"Now, quick, make a bunch of dead leprechauns!"

I like it.

"Now the Geico Cavemen!"

Balancing eight apples on your head: so easy, a wreckerator can do it.

"Now the banana split!!"

Uh, boss? Don't you think these designs are getting a little str...




You guys enjoy your St. Patrick's day, hear?

Thanks to wreckporters Mimi C., Lisa P., April A., Sara F., & Melissa B., who don't think the Irish seem quite so lucky anymore.

Update from john: Some of you have sweetly pointed out ("...and you call yourself a geek?!?") that today is Pi Day. Sadly, we have nearly 14,000 cakes in our archives but very few explore the mathematical joy that is "Pi." However, that's not to say we don't have any Pi Wrecks:

You're welcome.

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Reader Comments (142)

Ahh!!! Donkey Kong ate the leprechauns!! What did they ever do to him?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

That last one is a little odd! A pig on a gingerbread cookie, and a shamrock? Wow.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterloborthel

That first one's kind of a hideous sort of way, I mean...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I love how all wreckerators seem to think it's okay to use the gingerbread man cookie cutter willy-nilly through the year. Just because you slapped a huge, honkin' "shamrock" on it doesn't make it a St. Patrick's Day cookie. It makes it a gingerbread man with a huge, honkin'--dare I say--misshapen "shamrock" on it.
Merry St. Patmas, everyone!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That last one is I have no words. I have never laughed like I did with that one. I actually laughed out a "ho ho ho, ha, ha, ha". I know, I even scared myself!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeg

Gasp! No pies? Yeah, I know, it's Cake Wrecks, not Pie Wrecks, but it's Pi Day! Come on! (mutter, mutter)...and you call yourself a geek...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa in TX

ROTFLOL! Those were funny!

Cake 1: Looks like a McDonald's Fry Guy. With no legs.

Cake 2: He's not dead, he's just sleeping! I think passed out from the Irish Whiskey.

Cake 3: *giggle* @ Geico cavemen! Nice cauliflower ears.

Cake 4: Cupcake critters? There's 2 cupcakes under that mess? Ah Shamus, that be a banana in ye pocket o' ye just glad tah see me?

Cake 5: Um. Well, uh, I guess all I can say that boar hog may actually be useful. O.o

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Despite having read every Cake Wrecks post, I still can be amazed at the fact that someone will put things like this out and expect people to pay for them!

That last one -- wow, that's one happy shamrock!


I've herdmeni laughs come out of my mouth while reading Cake Wrecks.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

awwwww!! The green Tribble is deh cutes!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I forgot my word verification...hymbil.

These wreckerators should eat hymbil Pi.

Pi-R-squared? No, pies are round!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

I can't help but think the leprechaun is running away from those awful cc's or that last uhm, cake...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

The last one, dear God, what is that...thing?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

Um, that last one? Wow! I was literally saying "WTH?" It's awesome in it's tragicness.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Lisa, I'm glad someone else noticed the lack of pies! Since Pi day is also my birthday I haven't gotten cake in years but I'm sure there are at least a few math cakewrecks out there

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPellaBoo

Hey! I've been to Scotland, which everyone knows is almost the same as Ireland, and that qualifies me to be mortally offended by the assault on the very noble and dignified tradition of eating leprechauns for St. Patrick's day. They're delicious!


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

The wheeled shamrock piggie of doom is VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU. VERY. HAPPY.

Be afraid.

WV - strems: It's amazing the strems the truly talent-free will go to in making a "holiday" cake...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

#1 - Oh, yum, broccoli. I used to stare at my veggies and now it's returning the favor.

Dead leprechaun - I hope there are cupcakes on top of that cake, otherwise that's two solid inches of icing.

The faces of the Geico cavemen are well done. If they had just left it at that.

Two hats and two, um, er, yes, bananas.

Another example of solid icing. *smiles innocently*

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one looks like it's from a production of Salomé, with Oscar the Grouch as John the Baptist.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I believe the dead leprechaun is actually squeezing his eyes shut and shielding them against the horror. As are we all.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

I was going to say that 4th one looks like the melted Wicked Witch - just hat & shoes - but there are two hats there! Looks like a boob cake gone bad!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama that last one is The Gingerbread Man incognito as one of the Three Little Pigs wearing a "shamrock" right? Oh, I knew that his $500-a-day frosting habit would lead to a life of bank robbing crime in the wilds of South Boston!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

What, nothing for pi day?

Than again, I suppose π cakes are hard to come by...

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNimras

Great post, but I think you are forgetting a different holiday that should be commemorated on this day. I know you are a cake site, but what about Pi day?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYottabyte

On that last one, see the Celts venerated the boar. And a boar is really just a wild pig. And boars were considered a fertility symbol, so the--uh--happy shamrock is--well symbolical.

And the wheels are some sort of sun thing for the return of spring.

Either I've been reading too much Celtic mythology lately, which is entirely possible, or I've been taking CW too seriously.

I'm going to go sleep for a while.

WV: drazones. "Then the drazones attacked."

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

When I think of st patty's day...I think of bananas?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Where's the PI day cakes??? Or, at least PI day pies??? With all your sci-fi and geek references, I expected more from you, Jen (shakes head).

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Ah poor little leprechaun, and he looked like he was in the middle of doing "Riverdance" too!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrnEyes

I cannot believe that today's post was about St. Patrick's Day. Today is PI DAY, people! It's 3/14! You guys needed to post about Pi. I'm sure there are some horribly mishapen pi cakes out there. Go and find them!
Happy Pi Day everyone!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPotato

Cake #1 looks like the "Cousin Itt" version of a leprechaun!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoy George

We unexpectedly came across a huge pre-St.Patrick's Day march & gathering in London yesterday (those Irish know how to celebrate....) and while we saw all sorts of green headgear, face paintings, pipes, and many other green/Irish objects, there weren't any bananas wearing hats.......

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

At first I thought the leprechauns had rollers/curlers in their hair.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterH, R, E, and C

Pyrex - love it!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For those of you looking for Pi cake...

Of course the only wrecky thing about it is that there is math all over it.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTravlnbard

pyrex! lulz.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

The decorators who would recognize pi day as the celebration that it is are able to calculate how to properly execute their designs. The sin(e) of pi is 0.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Two hats+two long things = major wreckage

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear John,

Thank you for the Pi Wrecks joke. It made my day. Seriously. It's been a while since I've heard a good pun and that was pretty awesome.


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Love the pi wrecks visual pun! :-)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNydia

As an Irish ginger, I had to comment. I'm ashamed of these wreckerators, destroying my heritage. Ashamed!!
Love the blog (and Epbot) and am grateful you brighten up my day with the hilarity. :-)

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It took me 10 full seconds to get the Pyrex one, but then I thoroughly enjoyed it.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Pi Wrecks!!!! Love it!!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I tried soooooo hard not to laugh at the Pi wrecks, but I'm ashamed to say that 5 minutes later I'm still giggling.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Pie Wrecks. Groan!

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Hey guys, John is going to approximate Pi Day later this year, on 22/7.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I'm just thankful the "shamrock" on the pig wasn't upside down.

wv: inalos
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated inalos of places around the world.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Thank you for making my day. You really did. I was having "that" kind of day, and this just totally changed it. THANK YOU!!

PS My dog is looking at me funny because I'm still chortling over that Pi Wrecks joke. :-D

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbi

Would it be correct to call the pig-faced thing a leper-con?

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

@Anon: It looks more like Corning Visions glass ceramic...Pyrex cookware is (if European) clear borosilicate glass or (if in North America) greenish soda-lime glass--the main difference between the Pyrexes is the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). The brownish color of Visions is from the phase-separated ceramic. The type of glass is important when it comes to baking, since the CTE (and therefore susceptibility to thermal shock) determines whether the glass will break upon cooling or heating. The scientists designing the glass must have had some understanding of pi to design the glass. It is a pie pan made using pi, which relates to St. Patrick's day because food could be cooked in it. Let's hope the bakers understood the difference between these types of glass or they could create a dangerous wreck.

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, didn't get the Pi Wreck one until I read the comments. Sigh.

I actually did make a math cake last summer! My significant other is a physicist, so I wrote out "Happy Birthday (his name)!" in mathematical symbols that roughly looked like the letters. I don't think it's a wreck though! He really liked it. And since I'm fully a humanities person who barely understands basic algebra, it was quite an undertaking for me.

So yeah. There's one math cake in the world. And it was red velvet.


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anon @ 1:46,

Actually, it says "Pyrex" on the bottom.


March 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

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