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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

Father's Day Pictionary

Looking for a fun bonding experience with Dad this weekend? Then how about a little cake Pictionary? It's easy! Here, I'll get you started.

Is this:

A) A sofa

B) A ball cap


C) Worth $3.99

The answer, of course, is D.

See? Easy!

Ok, your turn.

Is this:

A) An exploding cup of hot chocolate

B) A golf bag


C) An appropriate use of an ellipsis

("Aaand the results are in! Happy Father's Day... Bobby! That means Carlos, Jimmy, Leon, Billy, Brad and Tony are NOT the fathers!"



Okay, now here's a tough one. Prepare for multiple multiple choices!

Is this:

A) A chubby bearded pirate with a missing foot sitting on a stack of marshmallows

B) Santa's love handles

C) The Hamburgler, turned inside out

D) Pretty much anything except a grill


E) Still more appetizing than this:

Ok, so maybe that wasn't so hard, after all.

Thanks to Sarah J., Amnesty, Kimberly M., & Rachel M. for playing!


Please tell me in the comments, because I have no friggin' idea.

Thank you.

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Reader Comments (111)

What the... I have to confess, I am about to be zero help. I have no idea what these should be. Just... Wow. I am so stoked that we're setting the bar so low, though. That means that if I make a cake this Sunday, it doesn't have to resemble a dang thing. SWEET!

WV: Malion.
My cake this weekend: "Dad, you're one in a malion!"

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRocka

1) A mooning Smurf
2) Half calf mocha latte with a twist
3) A chair made of flesh
4) Several attempts of phalluses

*looks over answers*

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

The third one looks like the rock monster from GALAXY QUEST!

Pam Wheeler

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertheatrgrl

The second one is easy! It's a skunk stuffed into a hand-stitched shopping bag. No brainer!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

I dunno about the rest, but that last one appears to be a collage of a ruler, a doggie biscuit, a dog bowl and two donuts.

I have no idea why anyone would want a cake with those particular items, especially in those colors, but it's a free country and it's not illegal (probably.)

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

hat, golf bag, bbq grill, and tools. wow and yikes!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterS + J =B, D & P

An overweight baseball player sliding into first base!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna King

They are:

1: a blantant cry for help that is EXTREMELY not worth $3.99.

2: a blantant cry for help that is not worth the cardboard it was ellipted on.

3: a blantant cry for help that would garner much more enthusiasm on April Fool's day.

4: a blantant cry for help that was already bad enough without the plastic flotsam having been put on backwards...

There-that was easy!


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The last one reminded me of a robot, and tic toc from return to oz had that same mustache so I'm gonna have to saaaaayy WTF?!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

I too saw a coffee cup instead of the golf bag at first. The mystery CCC? Hmmmm.....wrench, saw (or a key), ruler, O-rings (or washers because it was easier to pipe than those bothersome corners on nuts). Looks like the wreckerator was going after a tool theme, but MAN that was bad!

WV: skinson = Lay me some skin, son! (shows what era I'm from)

Sharon's Edible Art

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Further proof that:

(a) Nothing good will come of a CCC

(b) No bakery that sells CCCs can come up with a competent design


(c) Anyone who orders a cake with a design from a regular (as opposed to super-fancy) bakery is planning to submit an entry to Cake Wrecks.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

About the last one, as one friend would say, "I don't even want to know."

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The last one is definitely a hammer, tape measure, wrench, bolts, and... an Easter basket?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

As far as the last cake goes, I don't think I'd be showing off a measurement of 4 inches. Just sayin.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary b

1) a baseball cap with ear flaps?
2) a frothy mug of root beer?
3) abstract "art"?
4) dog bone, peanut, poo, ruler and some o-rings?

really? I can't believe that among the unemployed there isn't one competent cake decorator that could replace these morons!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

The last one is of a ruler, saw or hammer, wrench and lug nuts? That's my guess.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

My 3 year old says the third one is a hippopotamus.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah McNair

I had to look up what an ellipsis was.

From Wikipedia -
"In reported speech, the ellipsis is sometimes used to represent an intentional silence, perhaps indicating irritation, dismay, shock or disgust. This definition is more known with younger, internet savvy generations."

Good to know that I'm now part of the younger, internet savvy generation. Once again, proof that Cakewreck rocks.

No idea what the pink one is. I'm thinking arm chair or pink robot wearing a brown belt. All dads like robots for father's day.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't of them looked a bit like a tankard of Guinness but that's all I could manage and maybe that was wishful thinking.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

I'm sorry Jen, but I have to correct your Redneck language. The line, "I luuuuv you, Jimmy!" should actually read: "Aaah luuuuuv yeeeeeew, Jimmeh!"

I understand that you, in Florida, might not have access to quite as many Rednecks as I would here in Texas and therefore, fewer opportunities to study their culture and language. You are forgiven. And lucky. I come from those people. There is no escape. *sob*

WV: begis.
Santa's love handles scared the begis outta me.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMay

I thought the first one was Blue's mutant cousin who never appeared on Blue's Clues.

The third one is a chair from Pee Wee's play house. The uneven legs and odd shape makes this chair Chairry's soul mate.

I want to say the last one is the Tardis repair kit.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFool in a Tree

According to my 3 year old:

1) a flower
2) a refrigerator
3) a chair
4) a hammer, a dog bone, a basket, and two donuts

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOggie

Okay--I just realised that the plastic crap on that last specimen isn't really backwards-it's just that the photo shows the cake upside-down. (!)
Ahhh, that makes such a difference, n'est pas?


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

other options besides those already presented:

1) a shirt? a pair of slippers?
2) a mug of beer over flowing with foam? a corset? (hey, you never know)
3) a robot? dad in his armchair watching the game next to a roll of paper towels (or tp?)
4) a round edged ruler, numbered backwards? the wreckerator must be left handed. nice....meanwhile those "tools" look like colored bones and what's with inflatable dish of Easter grass? and the Os?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Does that 2nd cake say 'fappy' Father's Day?... Ewww.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoAlli


I am SO glad you looked that up; I was going crazy. But, somehow for me, it still isn't quite clear, because of the beginning:

"In reported speech, the ellipsis is sometimes used to represent...(yadayada so on & so forth)"

What about what it means in UNreported speech? Further clarification seems warranted.
Don't look at me, though. I'm looking into what the word sispille means backwards.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Got the hat.

Got the golf bag after reading the choices and squinting really hard but like the skunk in a purse explanation better. Still not sure why the "H" on it drops below the baseline such as a lower case J or F would. Makes it look like Flappy Father's Day, which sounds like more fun.

Absolutely no frickin' clue.

Got the tools with the giant dog biscuit. It's nice they remembered the doggy fathers too.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

What have fathers around the world ever done to deserve such hideous cakes? Do these "bakers" just hate their dads and this is their means of self expression? Get some therapy people, don't take it out on the cakes! Incidentally, that pink one made me want to vomit and the brown one resembled a frankenstein toy. what is up with that?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrnEyes

1) A blue Waddle Dee from Kirby with a baseball cap over his head.
2) Maybe a root beer float in a very ornate mug?
3) Deformed, anthropomorphic rhinoceros. Easy.
4) The last thing a Wreckerator made before realizing how pathetic their life was, snapping and running out of the grocery store while screaming for revolution. Or maybe they're getting paid by CCC thing and enjoy watching shoppers stare in confusion.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One more question: what do you call that affliction that causes people to put letters into words where they don't belong??
I don't know either, but there should be a blatant call for the removal of non-words such as "blantant."


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The first is a hat, 2nd I thought a beer mug or ho chocolate bu it does indeed look like a golf bag, I thought the 3rd one was an arm chair but I guess grill would work too, I suppose the last one could be tools.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Anyone else see dad's tombstone in #1? Yup, a tombstone floating in the clouds. Happy Father's Day!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale


You're absolutely right. I'm changing it now.


B. A. and None of the Above (The 3rd one is a dancing robot).

Fortunately, Dads don't care about this kind of thing, as long as they get to eat the cake and put up their feed.

WV: carpreac. A startled koi, cut short (carp react).

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

1. Blue (from Blue's Clues)...after eating a wreck.
2. A rootbeer float (that you drink while eating wrecks)
3. what the average butt looks like...after eating wrecks.
4. the remnants of #3 after eating wrecks 1 & 2

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Anyone else get a huge boot out of those "MANAGER'S SPECIAL" stickers?
Y'know?...because if the actual MANAGER thinks this thing is a sacrifice at a $3.99, then HEY--it must be:
really special/extra tasty/have money hidden inside/worth $2.99.
Personally, I think it just means, "Getitthehellouttahere before it crawls out on its own."


June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Let the psychological tests begin....
#1 - the long lost cake from Picasso's Blue Period, with an experimental dip into what became, when fully developed, the DADA era
#2 -- looks vaguely pornagraphic
#3 -- an experiment that went horribly, horribly wrong -- just cover your eyes and think of rainbows and unicorns
#4 -- the obvious saw, ruler, wrench with nut, two spare nuts, and an old cupcake sprinkled with plastic grass left over from Easter(sometimes a cigar is just a cigar)

Addendum: the lettering on cake #2 reads "fappy Fathers Day..." so to all those fappy fathers, enjoy your day....

@sendingtheclowns 9:51 am: funny, and I feel your pain :-)

wv - atembin: to try, as in, "Next, I'll be atembin a flag cake!"

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

I thought the golf bag was a beer stein. And I was more concerned about the beer being poured incorrectly leading to weird looking foam than I was to the idea of a kid giving their dad an alcoholic looking cake for Father's Day. I come from a part of the country where we like ourselves the beer.

Also, the grill, I thought was a fire hydrant. But thanks to religious reading of cakewrecks, I quickly identified it as a grill. I remember a similar grill style cake that I spent forever on trying to figure out how in the world it was remotely a grill. It was kind of like those magiceye trick images. But thanks to cakewrecks I can now figure them out quickly :)

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1. The blue monster from Monsters, Inc walking away with his head down.

2. A skunk breaking into a garbage can.

3. A robot sitting on a white suitcase.

4. Doggy chew toys, well chewed.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBB, Miami

I have to say, when I saw the "Golf Bag" before reading the options, this is what went through my head..."Oh, come on. Give them a break. I can easily tell this is a beer mug with some foam on top." LOL Then I saw the options and um, well...yeah.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I'm pretty sure one of these was either:

a) a mug of beer, or
b) a corsette

(Sadly, golf bag wasn't even on my radar for that one. Thbbbt!)

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoses

I think it's supposed to be the contents of a tool box.

The brown and blue thing in the top left corner is a saw.

Below it is a ruler.

The blue "doggie bone" is a wrench. And I'm guessing the 2 circles are bolts.

But I don't know what the blue and green thing is in the bottom left corner

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pic #2 is clearly a posse of skunks thrown tails-up into a blender.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuli

It could not be more simple, Luanne. You want me to show this to the cat, and have the cat tell you what it is? 'Cause the cat's going to get it.

It's dignity! Gah! Don't you even know dignity when you see it?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

My three year old says

#1 a thinking chair
#2 A cup
#3 Another thinking chair
#4 A world, a bone, o's and a ruler

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKonica Croft

Here goes...

1. Sully from "Monsters, Inc." wearing a body-colored "Dad" backpack, dejectedly walking away from us (head bowed) because Boo just went back through her door.

2. A horta. The flowy stuff near the top is where it got shot by the phaser. (Really. When I look at that cake my first thought is "Pain. Pain. Cry for the children.")

3. A small intestine, dressed for success in a Jackie O. style suit, complete with a pillbox hat, sitting on a bus in the seat by the wheel well.

4. An enlarged view of the microscopic things that infest hotel linens. (I saw it on "Dateline.")

Of all the cakes, the second one makes me the most sad (and not just because I like hortas...) Look how much detail they used to make a cake that was completely unrecognizable. Someone took the time to do that.

WV: saccur -- What I exclaimed when I saw the first cake. "Saccur Bleu!"

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Sadly, since I have worked as a cake decorator...I can tell by the disasters what they are supposed to be on sight. But I still think they are cake wrecks. I HATED making CCC when I worked for a grocery store. Though, the idea of what people would order and have no idea of what they wanted the end result to be. Too many people treat cake decorating like it's just a job. Many of us are in it because we love to be creative. But creativity comes from having parameters. It breeds creativity, not stifles it. I am not defending these cakes by any stretch of the means, just asking that PLEASE, when you order a cake, have an idea what you want or what the person who is getting it wants. It is not a hallmark card you can just throw a few well wishes on and it can turn out perfect.

At the same time, cake decorators as a whole need to pay more attention. Then again, a lot of cake decorators have managers who put the decorators in charge of the entire bakery and expect them to do everything to keep it stocked as well as a full time job decorating...and still expect it to be done in under 8 a day.

That being said, I do love this website.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTK

These were easy:
1. Armchair
2. Golf Bag
3. Armchair with wooden arms and legs (not seeing the grill)
4. Various Tools

If only all pictionary games were this easy. I think I have the "challenged artist" eye. I wonder what Rorschach would think of my answers.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlilpea

Sometimes I think they are meant for people just looking for a sugar rush who do not care about what it looks like, maybe cakes for the blind.
That is the only thing that I can come up with, but they are meant to be served in a very dark room that way it might be edible, has anyone ever purchased an eaten one of these monstrosities does it even taste good or has it been in the case that it is as fresh as an old gym shoe left in the trunk of a hot car in Florida for a week.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNanette

It just hit me, the third one is Chairy from PeeWee's Playhouse!

Ok Kids, the magic word for today is "Wreck" Aaaaayayahahahayahajah!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

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