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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

Save The Cakes

Did you know that, every day, thousands of cakes go unpurchased?

It's true. These shunned desserts sit lonely and unloved on bakery shelves...

...only to eventually be shipped off to the day-old bread outlet.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

For a reduced price, you can help these poor, unwanted cakes find a place where they will be loved, cherished,

...and eaten.

That place being your belly.

Yes, your contribution can help provide loving tummies for rejected wrecks!

And just think: for the price of a candy bar, you can help turn these stale, unwanted, frosting-slathered sugar bombs...

...into a continuous sugar-high for someone else's hyperactive children.

And really, isn't that what we all want?

So please, visit your local bakery today, and save the cakes. For our future. For our children. And, for the love of Betty Crocker, tell them to stop making cupcake cakes while you're there.

I really can't take this kind of thing much longer.

Thank you.

Thanks to our "generous" "sponsors" Carly R., Garrett B., Jill B., Cheryl, Sabra L., Rasha H., and Dan & Christine M.

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Reader Comments (86)

OMG - that Poo Mesa with Pig is just WEIRD!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Living on a different hemisphere, I'm now totally excited about going to the USA – home of the wrecks (which I'm going to save loads of, I hope).

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPyg

is that last one supposed to be a horse? maybe?

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmiDawn

OK, at first I thought the last one was a cow. Now I think it's a horse. Still, it looks more like a dead calf that a living anything. All of those cakes make me NOT want cake!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

NO! I couldn't make myself eat one of those. Ever. I want my cake pretty. Is that too much to ask?

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy C

In the name of ANYTHING that’s holy- what is that thing?? #1 looks like a Tim Burton reject for an animated film (the colors are too cheerful).

#2= I’m going with a steroid laden chicken.

#3- Purple armadillo, pre-squash.

#4- Please, does anyone else see a pink pig?? I swear, I don’t drink!! (is that a little umbilical cord on its tummy? hurl)

#5- Demented monkey eyeing the pallet of bananas. From the flotsam and jetsam on the counter someone actually bought it and took it home. That’s the biggest WHY of the day.

#6- Gator, post-squash. Looks like radials to me and must’ve been a semi if it wasn’t a baby.

#7- Trojan horse. It comes in the guise of a serving-friendly CCC (patooey) yet makes an insane icing mess when it’s pulled apart (does it scream when you yank off its limbs & face? Shudder) I think it's giving me the stink eye.

Sorry, J & J, it's too cruel to save these monstrosities. We should let them gently expire and mourn their passing in quiet reflection.

-Barbara Anne

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Judy C: But if you eat it, you put both yourself and it out of your misery: It's no longer unhappy, and you don't have to look at it any more.


May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I gave at the office...

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershaz

Hehe. :)
I kind of dig the pig-in-the-mud cake. But, I grew up around a lot of pig farms. Also, I'm wondering if the cake is bacon flavored. It should be.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

I don't want to be responsible for putting that much sugar into anyone's stomach.

WV lightery I hope next time they go just a lightery on the icing.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

#2 looks like it's crying! D_8Somebody save it, please! (I mean somebody else save it, please!)

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL love the "save the children" spoof. those cakes did look so.sad. The happy baby devil really freaked me out. Or is it a pig in mud? (PINK, wreckerator, not Red. had to be a guy. they're color clueless.)

wv: surcepu: The question on every toddler's mind about the gastro-intestinal mysteries. What IS the surcepu?

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjo

When I saw the one with the "Yellow Cake" sticker, I read it as "Pastel Armadillo," and I thought that sounded really descriptive. And then I realized it was the Spanish translation of "yellow cake," pastel amarillo. That's much different. Nevermind.

wv: ingess - If you ingess these cakes, you might get ingigesstion.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Park

Aww those poor cakes :(

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the fuschia piggy and his little belly button. XD I'd adopt him in a heartbeat.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUsagi

Poor #2 cake has runny mascara. Looks as if it is begging for a reprieve from being humanely euthanized...Poor Poor whateveritis

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

With the first cake, I pictured an aerial view of the South Park characters devouring a snowman, zombie-style...
Maybe that says something about me...?

Wv: ocksi
That poo-pig rolling in poop makes me feel all ocksi.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrantz

That pink piggie cake looks more like a freshly extracted subcutaneous parasite than any other cake ever. I hear if you put a steak over the entry hole, they suffocate and have to come out...

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Jo

#2 is the Tammye Faye Bakker of the chicken-cake world.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mac

Um... What happened to the CCC pony's hind legs? And why is it baby-poo green? And do I really want the answer to either of the previous two questions?

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Oh, dear... Had to repost, just for the WV...

WV - Ovara: Hey, ugly as these all may be, at least none of them features a uteeroos or an ovara!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

I'm seeing today's blog in my head in flash with a Sara McLaughlin song playing behind it.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

I love the fact that the armadillo cake isn't even labeled right. Unless I can't read, that says "Pastel Amarillo" Double wreck!!!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

While these cakes do look like they need to be put out of their misery with a sympathy purchase, shouldn't we instead "vote with our $" and NOT buy them--for if we continue to line the coffers of these bakers' pockets when they put out these horrid pathetic creations, they will think "it's okay, someone will buy it!" ;-)

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cheers to the people who recognized the last one as a horse. I thought it was a velociraptor!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaantje

Awww, Wreck No. 2's mascara's running.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Howard

@ anonymous at 12:03 --

I love the "anti puppy mill/pet store" cake wrecks plea!

That pig in mud looks as happy as a demented demon -- er, freakish parasite -- um . . . pig in mud!

Great job at raising our gorge -- er, sympathies -- CW team!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I love the fact that we all misread "pastel amarillo" as "pastel armadillo." The idea that the wreckorator would make a pastel armadillo ON PURPOSE, and then proudly label it as such is so very plausible.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBB, Miami

Awww, the snowman and the chicken remind me of the ugly duckling. They know they are ugly and unwanted....but I don't think there is a happily ever after for them. *sniff*

Is it just me, or does that pig in a mud puddle look like he has an exo-skeleton? Or maybe he's just doing crunches.

I thought the last one was a giraffe.....or a spider?


May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha Kristers, I was hearing the exact same Sara McLaughlin song. I like this cakey version of that sad commercial much better. I think.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I promise you shall never see
an ugly cupcake cake made by me!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrownring

Ha ha! I've been reading your blog for ages but never commented before. But now I have to. The first two cakes' sad "faces" have upset me too much. As they don't really do cakes like that here (UK), I just had to eat an ordinary chocolate cake with no sad face in order to help.
I'm glad I don't live in the States. I'd be rescuing poor cakes all the time!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDit

Those first cakes look so sad. :(

I'm still never buying something with that much icing (or that generally frightening). My teeth hurt just thinking about it.

WV: Uniscary. Quit it with these cakes, uniscaring me!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok. :)
So call me crazy, but they all (except for the horse-dog-cow CCC) kinda sorta look...a little bit super adorable. In a creepy but cute baby alien sort of way. Not that you'd catch me EATING one, heavens no, but they just look so darn cute and hopeful! d'aaawww. Poor little things.

wv: coutesse- these are the coutesse wittle wrecks I've ever seen!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAna V.

Desperate times call for desperate measures....SO, I say we should all get together and do what the animal shelters do, when overcrowding is rampant, new offerings are coming in every day, and shelf space is at a premium:
Hold an EVENT!
Why not an Adoptathon? All cakes deemed romotely viable go for a small donation and signed form stating that whatever happens to them after they leave the store- we don't want to hear about it.
OR, put together a Walk For The Cakes Festival~~this could be real fun for the kiddies: Everyone dresses in costumes and parades through town collecting specimens, singing For Those About to Rot (We Refute You).
(PRIZES (!!!) for best costumes, and those who can refrain from throwing up.)
The festivities conclude with
the proper and respectful mass burials-at-sea, or toxic waste dumps. And fireworks.


May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

But why does that horse/goat/veloceraptor ccc say "Happy 20th Anniversary"? Do you HATE your spouse???

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlbriegel

Things that I have learned from Cake Wrecks:

1) If purchasing cupcakes for your cake...just get cupcakes....not the they all look ridiculous. (and we know that bad looking food tastes bad! :P)

b) For entertainment, go to your local grocery and search the cake display for that one special wreck - it is like 'where's waldo!' :D

4 - I mean 3) It is not common knowledge that the golf ball thing at Disney - is called spaceship earth - not Epcot.

I love learning. :D

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

They should have the children in the "Save the Children" TV ads posing with these cakes.
I bet many more people would sponsor them this way.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPilgrim

Well, well, what do you know - the Curly Bashkir Cupcake Cake Horse! An idea that should have stayed on the drawing-board ...


May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

Making the pig look like he was made out of cocktail wieners takes an enormous amount of talent. Glorious!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheesewench

Is that light pink one a roadkill-aardvark??

Those are hilarious!!
:) Mags

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

OK... the brown pile with the red on top looks like a pile of poo with a huge hemmarroid on top!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I guess I'm showing my age. I didn't think of Sara McLaughlin at first. When I was reading the narrative, I heard it in the voice of Sally Struthers.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I thought the label on the third one said "pastel armadillo." Wait, maybe it does. Love, love, love cake wrecks!!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaceyCakes

The best thing about the last one is that it's for someone's 20th anniversary. hahhaha.

@ Kristers and Heidi - I had the SAME thought about the Sarah McLachlan song, so I just re-read the post while listening to it :)

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I must have no scruples... I would totally eat that crocodile cake.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Hysterical! Can't stop giggling!

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Okay the pig is kinda cute despite the fact that he looks a little like he is made of radioactive hot dogs.

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDread Pirate

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