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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

Ties That Bind

Ah, neck ties. Those glorious, generic "Dad" gifts that men have enjoyed - nay, cherished! - since the invention of clothing. After all, what can make you feel more alive than a silk noose around your neck signifying lifelong membership in the greater corporate collective? Hmmm?

And, naturally, when it comes to getting dad a cake on his special day, bakers sure know how to please:

They, uh, also appear to have a rather low opinion of dads' fashion sense.

Or maybe they've read that a lot of men are at least partially colorblind, and decided Dad wouldn't notice:

I'm calling it: yellow and beige is the most disgusting color combination known to man.

Or maybe they think we were all raised in the circus.

"To Dad, Our Favorite Bozo."

Hey, remember that time Dad said his new tie from Aunt Edna looked like crap?

Well, they've got a cake for that, too!

The sprinkles really sell it.

Of course, then there are the bakers who've never actually seen a tie...

...but wouldn't think of letting that stop them.

But my friends, it doesn't have to be this way.

Just say "no" to tie cakes! Say "no" to boring clich├ęs! Instead, go with creativity! Go with quality! Go with...

...a flaming Quidditch Snitch riding a unicycle on a tank top cake!


You're welcome, fathers everywhere.

Many tanks to Anne J., Luli M., Vanessa B., Denise M., Zoe I., & Becky T. for getting all tied up on our behalf. [mrowr]

Oh, and a belated "epi briday" to Dorothy "big deal" M. Nappy blob blob, Dor!

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Reader Comments (69)

I don't want sprinkles anymore.

A martini on the other hand...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

For a minute, I thought they had put REAL ties on those cakes instead of plastic ones. Okay, maybe only a second, but still....

I should send you a picture of a cake Collette Peters has in one of her books for a sweater for dad. Its how a cake SHOULD be done.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

You know, I've been contemplating a tattoo for a while. I now know I want to go with flaming quiddich riding a unicycle. That totally captures my essence (well, once I add the lightning unicorn).

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKSLSRocks

I'm glad my dad doesn't wear ties often.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That 'flaming Quidditch Snitch riding a unicycle on a tank top cake' is surprisingly awesome. ...If you view it like that instead of whatever it was supposed to be. (which my mind now refuses to see beyond the flaming snitch)

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

My first thought when I saw that first cake was: why did they put a fish on shirt cake?

wv: reques - I know better than to reques a cake for my birthday, and will make my own, thanks.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Maybe the orange diamond-shaped thingy is a kite rather than a misshapen tie. Maybe it is conjuring up happy childhood memories of flying a kite with Dad. Or maybe not...

wv: pletand We can all pletand that these look like ties!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Hey, most of those look like shirts and ties from the 1970s so maybe the bakers are old farts...The poop on the other hand...well. And stop dissing the clowns, my cousin is an actual professional clown, attended a clown conference in Germany last year (those guys know how to party) - bet you he would love that cake and has an outfit to match! We're all crazy Canucks up here - but not in the hockey sense of the word...

Jen Zimmerman
The Lazy Cat bakery - Toronto, ON

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen Zimmerman

Is that first one a tie, o a trout?

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdoula_char

The first six have me remembering that famous line from childhood:
"Eat it, or wear it!"

The flaming quidditch on a unicycle has me.... um... WANT! (but I'll skip the tank top.) :-)

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermouse

That first one looks like it was made by a Ninevite... ;)

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

#1) love those pasted on stripes. with a fluffy green tie. yee-ah.

#2) Is that collar flotsam?? wait--*squints* *sees reflective glare on tie* it the tie/collar combo ALL flotsam? good grief. and that with the over sized, badly colored and striped cake makes Dad look like a dork. the tie is way too short! scale, people, scale! but hey, when it's flotsam and a standard cake size ordered, who's to blame?

#3)a CCC shirt? seriously? if a shirt is worn or folded, it's much closer to a rectangle than a wonky egg shape. sheesh! and again--color combo? that's football cake green there with a blue tie? and orange--my God--why orange? with a fluff of cotton sticking out of the pocket. srsly?

#4) ok, poo tie looks like a microphone strapped around dad's neck. is he a fan of karaoke? meanwhile, multi-colored polka dot sprinkles? it's supposed to be a shirt. for a man. they're not. even.trying.

#5) neither are they. Diamonds are a girl's best friend, not a man's. those ties actually look a little dangerous. unless it's a subliminal message--the point, like an arrow, is pointing down....
you know, to where the manhood might be if this was a full fledged torso cake. nvm.

#6) flaming snitch on a unicycle! yes! totally seeing it! but the dirty tank top--just so you know--is called a "wifebeater" in some rednecky parts. Just to add to the finesse of making it a dad's day shirt.

wv: odbityri. the first half of a description of this post--this flotsam is an "odbityri"ght here.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Before enlarging the picture, I could have sworn the tank top cake said "Happy Father's Gay". Wouldn't that be redundant?

WV: olohympa--The Hawaiian version of Mount Olympus.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy W.

The last one could be the new NMBCJ!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

I'm calling dibs on "The Flaming Snitches" for a band name!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMay

When I was a little girl I once gave my dad a tie made out of solid chocolate...and then wound up eating most of it myself.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I'm fit to be tied.

None of these are.

Does the pocket on the clown shirt remind anyone else of a Yip-yip alien?

WV: hutwarc -- The noise you make when you see these cakes and gag a little.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I have to agree about the yellow beige combination :D

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDora

Whoa! You've GOT to make a VROOM VROOM shirt. It would sell like crazy! Maybe for next Father's Day...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"flaming Quidditch Snitch riding a unicycle on a tank top cake"

Almost had me blowing coffee out of my nose. Almost...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

wondering if there are any sunday sweet-worthy tie cakes... maybe? it seems like it could be done.

WV "pacestin" copper is in the lead while mercury paces tin!

That plastic tie is too small for nearly any respectable cake. But maybe short ties are making a fashion statement?

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk


June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiscuss Zone

and following the receiving of one of these tie cakes is the urge to tie one on....the horror! the horror!

wv - aphyb: a small untruth, as in "Thanks, I really like this tie!"

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

oh, i thought you said, "ties that blind."

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think the 'crap tie' is really a crap tie. It looks like a dragonfly that's had it's wings pulled off.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Thank you for the 'flaming Quidditch Snitch riding a unicycle on a tank top cake'. My mascara is now a river of black flowing down my face...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLabgoddess

I think that red "never seen a tie" looks more like a kite. Perhaps it was supposed to be for an avid flyer?

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes were so horrible that I was inspired by it's the hippy undertones comment...

wondering if there are any sunday sweet-worthy tie cakes... maybe? it seems like it could be done.

to go looking for a "good" shirt and tie cake. I found this:

For the love of ants... what is this atrocity??? Someone please help me so I can avoid paying my therapist extra this week.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey! Cakewrecks was just mentioned on NPR!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do they even know what a tie looks like O_o

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you could get four of those tie cakes in one picture you'd have a barbershop quartet. Or just their headless torsos, neatly dressed.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Poo tie reminds me of the skinny ties from the 80's a bit, snork.

Also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flaming snitch!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

As a guy with a lot of ties (*cough* *cough*), I know I wouldn't want to wear any of these. Eat them? Maybe. Well, except for the "poo tie". That's just nasty.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTechyDad

The first shirt is very stylish, if you're a puppet named Ernie.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one is for the "Fish Slapper" Fathers out there.

WV: Shestic: Well, shestic that flotsom on there real good! (Use a baaaddd southern accent) ((I am from the south don't get mad at me))

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiriD

You made my stitches hurt. Awesome call on the flaming Quiddich snitch!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

@Jes, that's the one!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

The first one reminds me of Burt from Sesame Street!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The worst color combo is actually puke green and mustard you were half right.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblitherypoop

When I saw the first cake (before reading the explanation,) I thought it was a missile in front of some sort of flag.
And maybe that's what it supposed to be.
You know, for dads who are veterans.

And maybe those triangle things are supposed to represent silk neckerchiefs for dads who are trapped in 1967.

Sadly, there is no explanation for the poop tie.
It's just a poop tie

WV: lumpin- I wish people would stop lumpin perfectly nice missile cakes in with absolutely awful tie cakes.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Poor Dad(s)!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpel Chek

If anyone wants to know why most guys don't like ties, just send them to today's post. Apart from the whole 'choking / conformity' thing that Jen understood perfectly (with input from John?).

@Stephanie: A kudos to you for your Jonah reference.

General explanation for these: "When I faxed in my order, did I remember to put an 'r' in 'shirt cake'? Just wondering."

#1 Way to salvage a split pea soup spill! Way to lay down some serious frosting ribbons one minute before closing!

#2 Using the standard tie length to age correlation, I'm guessing 'Dad' is about five years old.

#3 Ditto. Inflation has hit wreck prices especially hard, it seems.

#4 Hey, #1DAD, it's Mr. Microphone!

#5 One way to subtly buck the trend is to wear a kite around your neck instead of a tie.

#6 I hope that isn't a real Flag being used as a tablecloth.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

"Of course, then there are the bakers who've never actually seen a tie..."
This line made me LOL... then I got to the flaming quiddich riding a unicycle - HILARIOUS!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimz

I'll take the snitch over the ties :p

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

Flaming Quiddich snitch sounds like an insult.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Re: the flaming Quiddich cake... Technically, there IS a back wheel, so it's really one of those bitchin' Huffy bikes with the monkey-hanger handlebars like I had as a kid.

Of course, the back wheel looks like a mutated, poop-coloured hammer-and-sickle, so I can see where you would have missed it...

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Oh good grief! What were they thinking of?!

The "tie" on the first cake looks like a hot water bottle. Why oh why?

Tracy 10:15am: I thought the last cake said Happy Father's Gay too. I just figured it might have been ordered by a son or daughter who's happy that his/her dad is gay.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

a lot of those actually look like hipster outfits i've seen around the "cool" parts of town.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremilyghearing

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