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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

Fooled You!

If you're still trying to find that pesky paperclip in the photocopier, odds are you've forgotten today is April Fools' Day. Yep, this patron holiday of practical jokers everywhere can sometimes get a bad rap, which is why we've decided to focus on the good gags: the cakes you'd never guess were cake.


Wow. Alfredo noodles and pink icing have never looked more pizza-like. NEVER.
Prepare to purse your lips... amazement. Leggo my LEGO!

'Cuz that's what this is: LEGO. Not that I have to tell you that, of course. I mean, it's so obvious.

We should break out the champagne for this next one:

'Cuz that bottle of vino is smokin'! Kind of like a cigar would smoke. If it weren't actually a bottle of wine. Let's give a well-deserved tip of the hat to this groom's cake:

So realistic, it's like magic. Yessir, that cake is TOPS. Something something white rabbit.
(Did you get it yet? I'm running out of hints.)
And finally, there's a story that Giotto proved his skill to the Pope by painting a single perfect circle.
This is kind of like that. In a more base manner.
I'm sure Wreckporters Kimberly C., Sondra D., Fabiola G., Lu, Georgia F., Miles J., and Katherine L. would like to join me in saying: Happy Birthday, Ben! Because I never pass up an opportunity to tell the world that my big brother was born on April Fools' Day.

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Reader Comments (56)

My big brother was born on April !st as well, I love that we have that to share :) My mom was born on Christmas.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

C'mon! You can't even call that last "cake" a cake! It should be defined as a lazy, pathetic mess.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Blasé

I looked at the champagne-cigar and thought it looked like a personal satisfaction aid. Everytime I see a vaguely elongated cake I picture a personal satisfaction aid. This never happened before reading this blog. NEVER.
I think I need therapy now.

And perhaps a personal satisfaction aid.

Or a cold shower.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

My birthday is tomorrow :) And I sort of like the cake wreck a cake wrecky sort of way, once I knew it was a Lego that is. LOL

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The REAL April Fool's joke is they're all Sacher Tortes.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn in Superior

The shell tip seemed like the best choice for the trim on the purse? Really?

wv = choeb, as in "That purse looks a little choeb-y. What are you carrying in it?"

- DB

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh come on that leggo one would be really clever if someone's Mom had thought of turning a cupcake pan up side down. Maybe not so much if you paid a professional.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I was born on April Fool's Day too! Happy birthday to your brother!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Even with the word "purse" above the purse cake, I had to look at it for, well, waaay too long to realize it was supposed to be a purse.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

The trick is people paid for those things O_o

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My son Ewan was born on April 1st, played the biggest joke of all on me since he was 2 weeks early!
Happy Birthday to your brother :-)

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Since the comment posting ridiculousness a few weeks ago, I've gone from checking into and laughing at the blog daily to reading the comments as well. They're almost as entertaining & hilarious. I read through "liking" comments in my head as I go along.

@Sharyn in Superior - hilarious.

And anybody have any clue what the name on the first cake was? Which unfortunate soul received that birthday cake?

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKSLS Rocks

Come on, that last one? OBVIOUSLY supposed to be Epcot.

WV: Quiti. I was going to make another joke, but I should quiti while I'm ahead.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

My baby was supposed to be born on April first. Her in-utero practical joke was to be 10 days late. :-\

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL SuBee!!! My laugh for the day!

And here I thought the "champagne" cake was a rocket ship. Silly me.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

LOL @ the jokes. We already got our boss this morning, heh heh heh. ]:-D

I read one for the Google page, if you go to languages, and scroll down, you can change the language to Elmer Fudd, pirate, Klingon, Swedish Chef (Bork, Bork Bork) and of course German, French, Chinese, etc. (Google in English changes it back)

April Fool's Day for wreckerators? I think they do a good job of looking foolish everyday!

wv: dereeda: Dereeda bloga de Cake-a Wrecks-a for de funny bork bork bork!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

"Purse your lips" - nice. :P

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh, so the "top hat" cake is one of those kind that fold flat? and it's supposed to be a folded black top hat on a cracked grey pedestal?? no? umm...huh.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterruththereader

As wrecks go, the Lego wasn't too bad, actually.

And wait, you and your brother are "Ben and Jen"? Did your parents do that on purpose? I once knew a family who had parents named Mary and Larry. Their kids were Barry, Carey and Derrick. They either didn't like the third kid or didn't like the names "Gary" or "Harry".

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of our library clerks has made cakes on the order of the pizza for us for the last few years--but his are much more realistic--both as other food and as cakes.

WV ingbatic Such a mystery--these cakes are real ingbatic.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

The LEGO cake wouldn't be so bad if not for the differently colored sides and border. And if it looked more like two conjoined squares.

Does the first cake say, "Happy Birthday Riz"?

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I think my son would LOVE the Lego Cake!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKD Jewelry

Wow! I must have gotten the Cake Wrecks Sunday "best" cakes edition early!!!!! These are AWESOME!

wv - satere: what's really written on the cake from March 30th....

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

The lego one isn't that bad. Maybe not for a pro, but for home made it would be pretty good.


April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFuchsia

My husbands birthday is April 1st too! But I can't play any pranks on him this year cause he's deployed. But maybe I'll get him a "yummy" looking pizza cake when he comes home. Lol

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril L

Thanks for the April Foolery!

Those purses look like the ones designed to carry tiny dogs. So, it could be worse -- the dogs from yesterday's table cake could be peeking out from them!

wv - copproid

Condition suffered by police officers who are sent on too many stakeouts that involve sitting for a long time.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

A Lego cake! Why didn't I think of that? My son has a birthday last month and he loves Legos. We even went to the Lego store. I could have made a cake that good.

I think the "pizza" cupcake would have turned out pretty good if they hadn't used pink icing for the sauce.

WV: subie. Apparently, word verification just takes other people's names and misspells them. Never noticed that before. So whoever gets my scrambled name, sorry about that.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

The purse cake seems to be mooning everyone. The magician's hat is truly horrifying. It's made of cardboard and crepe paper, right?

Sharyn in Superior -- too funny

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

I'm working on a baseball stadium cake now and was worried that it wasn't relistic enough. Compared to these I'm not worried anymore.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKara

It looks like you're paying tribute to opening day, too. The first one actually kind of resembles pizza, but the others are just a disaster. Especially the champagne, where it looks more like a frat paddle then a champagne bottle...

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuay Thai Los Angeles

Oh, I so needed those laughs today. Thank you!!

Count me as another who likes the lego cake. That purse took me for-freakin-ever to figure out, though!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

First time commenter, I like the Jefferson Airplane (White Rabbit) referance. I hope I wasn't the only one to catch that.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In order, they are:
1) An exceptional example of a King's Cake, the traditional Mardi Gras cake that awakes the fury of them dern Cajun Southerners so quickly;

2)Clearly a prime representative of the Dora the Explorer clothing and accesories line, created exclusively for little girls, and a fine example at that;

3) A Smeltzner Creme, a dessert staple at only the finest gourmet restaurants, such as the Restaurant at the End of the Universe;

4) A Sacher Torte; how could you possibly not know that? My experience in cake decorating and culinary training indicates that i must be correct;

5) EPCOT, duh;


6).... you got me there.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Tee-hee what a joke!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

LOVING the hat!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Monroe

Good calls, @Libby.

#1 The 'pizza' maker thoughtfully included a layer of Pepto so that partakers wouldn't have indigestion later.

#2 Instead of simply clearing away whatever falls off the cakes in a display case, couldn't we maybe fix them (or at least turn them around)?

#3 Are those giant marshmallows under that Sandra Lee blue frosting?

#4 Other interpretations having already been, er, interjected into the conversation, I'll go with Napa Valley's first effort in the space program.

#5 At last the story can be told: In 19**, a flying saucer crash landed on a black, pedestal-looking thing in ######, NM. The official explanation of 'a weather balloon filled with swamp gas' failed to explain the cracks. (No offense to New Mexico residents.)

#6 My first guess was 'an attempt to use up the last batch of white frosting before it expired', but that doesn't explain either the ball-and-glove pick jammed into it or the red lines. It's a mystery.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Loved it.

Love pizza.

Love legos.

Marry me.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was unaware that a baseball was square. Is this their idea of decorating a cupcake? How embarrassing!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManaged Hosting

I didn't even know that was a purse until I read teh comments.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lights! Camera! Fail! Are people actually proud of their works that look like this?

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasting Los Angeles

HELP! Someone is buried in icing in that last cake!! He's reaching up for help!!!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

I requested to be induced with my youngest boy on April Fool's Day! That's a lot of fun for his dad and I for a lot of years to come! Our oldest boy was born on Cinco de Mayo... that one is going to be fun for us! Happy Birthday to Jen's brother Ben and my son Chris!

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTodd

I totally thought that the purse was a mailbox...and it took me quite a while to realize it wasn't, lol.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

It's my 12 year old's birthday too, and I admit I kind of hoped when I ordered his cake it would turn out wreckie( a mom can dream). I also thought of having them put the wrong name on it and then getting another one that said Just Kidding..but yeah no I'm lame and didn't.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterworkingmomma247

Hmm fell for a couple of gags today. I am so easily fooled lol. But erm are we really sure those are cakes? That first one looks like someone mashed it to death.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

is that lego one a turned-up cupcake tin that's been iced???? srsly that's bad lmfao

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

.... I actually have a friend named Ben who was born on April 1st. I am fairly certain this isn't your brother..... but now I'm insanely curious....

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalfsh0t

I thought maybe someone had baked a cupcake pan into that lego cake.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGianna

Don't normally post, but I just finished reading SuBee's comment and noticed my wv: crotcho.

I just had to share. ;)

Love this blog!


April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that my square baseball contribution made it into Cake Wrecks on April Fools' AND Opening Day!

For those who don't mind a killjoy factual type, #6 was from my grocery store, who was forced to make a bunch of individual servings of cake for a company-wide sale over a few weeks. Some of them were perfectly acceptable, if not even nice, but toward the end at least one decorator seems to have lost the will to live or at least care.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine L

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