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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

Sign of the Times

After yesterday's tiger-blood fiasco, I thought it might be a good idea to bring things down a notch. Maybe light a campfire. Grab my trusty Uke.*

*That's slang for "Ukulele". Trust me. I'm a musician.**

** Never trust a musician.

Then I thought we'd play a little "Somewhere over the rainbow" and bask in the warm, fuzzy glow of some peace sign cakes. Can you dig it, man? Groovy.

Let's start by taking a nice deep breath. (Don't mind the smell; that's just my "glaucoma medication.") Deeper. Now... hold it in and look at this cake:

It's like, totally cute as a button.

This one's like a birds eye view of a lazy river in a Japanese water park:

Plus it's so peaceful, you don't even care that the peace sign is wrong.

Now let's sing. "Some...WHEEERE...ooover the raaaainbow..."

The one reminds us how beautiful incorrectly drawn peace symbols are - on the inside.

And we're breathing IN the good, and OUT the bad...

Because nothing says "peace and happiness" quite like camo.

"Where happy little blue birds fly..."

Whoa. You know, I'm still feeling peaceful and all, but for some reason now I also want a Mercedes.

Hey, I've been thinking: Since no one seems to know how to draw a peace symbol anymore, maybe the bakers should, like, just use plastic ones instead.

Oh. Never mind.

And one more deep breath. Hold it... Hoooold it...


Now that is making peace with one's baker, right there.

Thanks to Melinda C., Lynette, Melanie W., Sarah I., Ashton G., Marisa I., & Sarah J., who think this post was a total peace of cake.

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I missed yesterday's fiasco! Now I have two posts to read this morning. Yeesss

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

The sticker on the camo "cake" says "Special Order 24 Count Licensed Variety Pullapart Cupcakes." Um, ok. Does that imply that this cake was specially ordered? And I'm really curious what they think is the "Licensed Variety" portion of this cake. It's so mystifying, which I guess fits with the theme of today's post.

The peace Valentine cupcake also cracked me up for some reason. Hearts really are so trite--it's so much more meaningful if the holiday can really stand for something, you know?


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i lost it at the japanese water park comment. Just because its so true... and if anything the cake needs more 'people' on it.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Maybe they're meant to be Mercedes Benz logos.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Blasé

I'm convinced the second one is supposed to be a bicycle helmet.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Making peace with one's baker - That's your new t-shirt line. I'll buy one, or two or twelve.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

When I was in jr high, about 15 years ago, there was this whole fiasco among the very religious that peace signs were "broken crosses" and therefore the devil's business. So we drew them without the middle line. Or we used all three lines and turned them upside down. Maybe that's what all these bakers were going for. Ridiculous either way.

WV: porame as in "Porame, having been raised in the world of religious fanatics."

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusanlee

Can't help it...first cake looks like a mutant pig nose - and that pig needs some antibiotic.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingmom

Okay, I knew right away that first one was a very sad peace sign. But the wreckorator could not have been sober making that one. Must have prepared for the mood to get ready, to be able to feeeeel the peace....

These cakes and CCC are outright buzz kills.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C also in SoFla

y'know, the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" was my favorite version of that song (Sorry Judy Garland!), and now I'll never be able to listen to it again the same way :(

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSyracuseWolvrine

Wow, some true cake wrecks here! Where do you find all these?

I think that 3rd one down is done wrong because they couldn't wedge another cupcake in there for the last line.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

WHOA!! Double peace sign! What is happening???

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For like half a second I was scared that some how you had a picture of the peace sign cake I helped my little brother make in cubscouts. But it was correct and involved rainbow sprinkles and therefore was better than any of these.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Peace sign cakes that make the buyer homicidal. What more could you ask for?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn in Superior

Ewwwkay those make total sense O_o

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A peace sign made of camo.

I'm thinking peace through strength.

That's what they were going for.

That and 70s LSD flashbacks.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Seriously, am I the only one who sees a penis strapped into a ring in the second picture? :D Sorry if I have a weird fantasy :D:D:D

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

My mind also immediately screamed "Mercedes" when I saw that cake as well. Let's go shopping!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Is it just me, or does anyone else see four crystals stuck into that first cake?? If not, what ARE those four lumps?

Not that it really matters -- that is one darn UGLY cake!!!


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea K.

Hooray for Nuclear Disarmament Logos!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I had no clue what the first cake was. Are you sure that is purposeful and not some type of fungus growing on top of the original icing? As for the last one, I never knew peace signs could mutate and sprout legs :O

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL.A.C.E.

What? not "Kumbaya"?

I think the first cake is actually a peace-sign-camo mashup, like they couldn't decide which one to do so they did both. sorta.


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Is the camo cake supposed to be shaped like Texas, or am I hallucinating due to the Glaucoma medication?

wv: impandi

Some of these cakes should be impandi by the Cake Police.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Andrea at 11:20, those are actually holes in the cake. I know, I had to look at it a few times too. In fact, I couldn't even tell that it was a peace sign until a scrolled down to the other cakes. Those trippy colours make for a bonus optical illusion, which I think is pretty fitting all things considered.

wv: sandam: Those are sandam ugly cakes!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh mannnnnmn. Flashbacks. Givin' corporate types and state militia guys the peace sign. But I'm with Nancy, the soundtrack is nice and fits your tale--but is not genuine vintage/retro/historical/whatever. For that we need "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" or the ever-sturdy-but-pro-peace "If I Had a Hammer."

I'd also throw in "Leavin' On a Jet Plane" because that's what I'd do if anyone gave me one of these cakes.

Terrell, a former flower child

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

Am I the only one to see Flux Capacitors in the pictures 2-5?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

The two peace cake: when one peace is not enough.

Warning: may contain addictive substances.

Cue hippie music and Marie Antoinette saying, "Let them eat cake."

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Blessed are the peacebakers

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbreckenridge3

Well, at least now we know what bakers' favorite car manufacturer is.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

OOOOH! Double peace sign, all the way!! What does it mean????

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

What fiasco? When I think fiasco, I think "Spaceship Earth." I just read through all of yesterday's comments and there were only a couple that didn't like the post. Did I miss something?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatstina

I will never understand why so many people mistake the peace symbol for the Mercedes-Benz symbol.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

I think the fifth one down (the plain white) is supposed to be a pie chart. Looks like about 40% are 2 for $6.00, 32% are thanked for shopping and 38% are undecided.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a decorated cake?
My friends are all on Cake Wrecks, how much can I take?
Worked hard all my lifetime, now I can't stand to bake,
So Lord, won't you buy me a decorated cake?

- Janis Joplin

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

That second peace sign, if that's what you want to call it looks like a pretzel.... and too many sprinkles scare me and make my teeth hurt!

Happy Friday CW!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNo Cake Fo' You!

That fifth one isn't supposed to be a peace sign - it's all about a pie graph! It says 2/$6.00, and that's like 2/6, which is 1/3, which is each section of the graph! Yay math cakes!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

#1 There are crystals of some kind / something embedded in the frosting. Rock candy -- yeah, that's it. Nothing suspicious here.

#2 A giant frosted pretzel, with the appetizing factor further boosted by the blue / gray / purple color scheme. Reduced price, too -- gee, I wonder why.

#3 I was wondering who 'Habbie' might be, until I realized that it's 'Hallie'. Surely Habbie / Hallie deserves a real cake...?

#4 A CCC (patooie!) cry for help. Can't we stop picking on these poor wreckerators? Do we have to hear about their struggles every. single. day?! (Yes, we do!)

#5 Was $3, now 2 for $6! I'm glad someone passed basic math. Mad promotional skills, too. Of course, the 'special' pricing implies there is more than one of these...

#6 That cupcake is so plain looking. Couldn't they have dressed it up? I mean, three pieces of flotsam and a pound of sprinkles is all they could come up with -- that's pathetic. Obviously a beginning wreckerator.

#7 Is that -- a *double* peace sign?! It is! (sob) [recovering composure] Better than half a peace sign, I suppose.

wv: jurgl. What I heard from the stomach region when I viewed the second wreck.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Oddly, I own a camo fedora with a rhinestone peace sign on it. I bought it specifically because I found the juxtaposition funny.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAcey

I totally had a Mercedes cake for my 14th birthday! It was well done, just covered in tiny mushrooms & Mercedes logos.

word thingy: unwersfr- I was unwersfr the experience.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B.

Am I the only one who thought the "Japanese Water Park" cake looked like a uterus in a circle?

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Qualls

My gawd, what in the world was the decorator of #1 trying to do? If it weren't for the airbrushing, there is no way at all I could have guessed it was supposed to be a peace sign; it looks more like a mutant jack-o'-lantern. Helena, no, you weren't the only one who saw something entirely different in cake #2! And lastly, what's up with so many Mercedes-Benz cakes???

wv: mingster (someone born in China between 1368 and 1644?)

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoy George

Gotta love that "glaucoma medication." >GRIN<

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

My glaucoma meds must not be kicking in, I can't see the peace sign in cake one. Maybe time to more to California for a new prescription.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I work for one of the chain groceries that is usually so badly represented on this site. If you think some of these are bad, you should check out the display cases on a daily basis. Horrid hot messes.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do a lot of typing about cars. My autocorrect for Mercedes is merc which is common enough for mercenary (no, I'm not slamming merc owners), so in my mind the camo mercs are very appropos.

wv: harefi = however, incandescent, dayglo camo does harefi me

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

OMG the Japanese waterpark comment is HILARIOUS! <--wave pool video at Japanese waterpark. It's tantamount to swimming in a pool of human sweat. ::GAGGING::

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

Way back in the '70's (If I'm that old am I 'vintage' or 'retro'?) the peace signs without the bottom middle lines were called "love signs" and you would see both Peace and Love signs quite often. None of them looked like the cakes above, however.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Um... why do almost all of them look like something someone sneezed out? Peace...booger...peace...booger... I don't get the connection.

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHoundmom

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