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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

The Far Side of the Bakery


During the traditional "Ongo Longo" dance, the natives express thanks for the year's crops, the tribe's health, and for the glandular defect running rampant in the island's pigs.




The scientists found that results were mixed. Some mice seemed to enjoy the whistling spleen, while others were petrified beyond all bowel control.

As the minutes ticked by, Elmo realized with dawning horror that this was one staring contest he might not win.



Batman would later have cause to regret his rather insensitive "manual control" quip.



Wall-E considered. On the one hand, he adored Eve and wanted to make her happy. But on the other, he was surrounded by mounds of crap.


Thanks to Susan S., Beth M., Kimmi D., Bianca S., & Karen P. for the wrecks, and to Gary Larson - once again - for allowing me to be raised on The Far Side.

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Reader Comments (60)

Poor Wall-E.

And I love the Far Side cakewrecks days. :D

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimi

I want to start a band just so we can call ourselves the "whistling spleen".

Another funny post. Thanks!

And the writing on the first cake is pretty. Too bad she/he forgot to cross the t.


June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally would listen to a band called "Whistling Spleen"! LMAO!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLabgoddess

mmm granular defect pig cake

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterninja dude 12

The whistling spleen...I can just hear it whistling that one song..."Don't happy...." LOL Almost cried reading this. TOO FUNNY

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBP

You did a great job on a Far Side take today. I'm impressed you came up with "spleen." I just looked at it and saw a giant pig nose.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Maybe it's just me, but isn't there a certain irony to making plastic flotsam (a.k.a. garbage)out of Wall-E characters?

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Oh dear.

Are you sure Gary Larson is still alive? Because I think he might be dead and you're channeling his ghost.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

I recently underwent a despleenification procedure (a splenectomy for the more pedestrian)and I had been wondering what they did with it.

Never imagined they would turn it into an ocarina on a cake.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

That's not a "whistling spleen"! It's an Ocaspleena! Get it straight!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

The Elmo wreck reminds me of one of my favorite YouTube clips:

P.S. Thanks for the daily laughs! =)

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda V.

What in the name of all that is right and holy is #2 supposed to be??? I mean, I at least get a SUGGESTION of the others, but... what??? WHAT???

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer in Houston

Poor Elmo. His eyes are bleeding.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

What...the. Can't comprehend O_o

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've been staring at the spleen for a bit now... and I am still without words. Or possibilities as to what it is supposed to be.

However, I may have developed feelings for said spleen.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Great post! We love farside sooo much! My sister and I have memorized dozens of them, and come up in conversations on a regular basis.:)

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacob H

why is are two year old twins celebrating their birthday with a luau and a pig roast? on second thought...that sounds like fun. how nice they didn't lay the pig in a bed of flames. he looks like he's resting.(nice penmanship, too)

poor, shocked mousie! his tail's even all coiled up! (but really--what is the design concept of this cake?)

poor Elmo, trying to win the staring contest. his eyes are starting to bleed!

I didn't know Batman's car was related to Kitt. Doesn't it know he's falling off the building to his doom? ("Wait u-u-u-u-u-up!") He looks like he's hailing a cab. upside down.

don't. understand. Wall-E. what's with the sea of blue v. the sea of yellow? is he in the ocean? the sky with stars? is that a toxic yellow beach full of melted tootsie roll toxic waste poop?

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

did anyone else think "moisturize me" when they saw the elmo cake? no? no? just me? :(

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrrs-uh

This is too funny! I am currently wading my way through "The Complete Far Side" (I'm up to 1983) and I find it hillarious that Gary Larson upset so many people in the '80's! O.K. so the people writting the letters were obviously enjoying a special kind of stupid, but still! The letter from the "scientist" who after looking at a *comic* called *"The Far Side"* gave Mr. Larson a dressing down because he should have more concern for "historical accuracy" is particularly endearing...or revolting...I always get those two mixed up. :0)
Rock on wreckies!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMei

Terrs-uh... we did, kinda. My husband said,"oh my god... Cassandra is red!" so you know, same idea :)

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Some superheroes
kersplatt nuclear goo, but
Batman gets cakeface.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

The Elmo one definitely nailed the Far Side tone perfectly!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Our twins loved the movie "Wall-E" so much that when we got a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV, they immediately dubbed it "Ev-uh", because she had a green sprouting leaf on her side, just like Wall-E's love.

@Terrrs-uh and @Rachael: I have to admit, I did not immediately see that in the (supposedly) Elmo cake, but now that you mentioned it, all I can see is Cassandra! And I feel like the last human....

WV: polist If these bakeries are not more careful with their cakes, customers might call the polist on them.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Gosh flamin' dang-it!
That's what I get, grading papers
while I haiku.

Should read:

Some superheroes
kersplatt in nuclear goo, but
Batman gets cakeface.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

wait a second..

Those are real rocks on the first cake?

Knowing how those "decorateurs" are soo careful and hygienic...


June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervinie

wv: ressa

I get the whole pig with a gland problem cake maybe, but the ressa them are pretty messed up. What on earth is that whistling spleen cake supposed to be, and I thought the crap Wall-E was surrounded by in the movie was garbage not feces...?

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Yikes!! I thought the Wall-E cake was an ode to Starry Night at first. Ick.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermzmclean

Thank you for reminding me how badly I miss the Far Side. I'm going to ask for Far Side books for my birthday next month!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

#1: Further irrefutable proof of the existence of Hogzilla!

#3: Poor Elmo. I didn't realized his meth addiction had got so bad.

I miss the Far Side.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Will someone please explain what the Wall-E cake is supposed to be about? My brain is hurting just trying to figure out what the decorator was envisioning- is there a purpose to the blue and yellow and poo? I suppose I should be concerned over the spleen, too.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBanana

wv: phyran

I must not be phyran on all 8 today, because I just don't get any of these.
And I'm a Far Side devotee.
Well, actually, I don't get two of them.
I feel like a salad...
--Blondie's Mom

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Banana

One side is WALL-E's junkyard he cleans up, the other is EVE flying through space.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Is anyone else reminded a bit of Lord of the Flies with #1? It's weird for a 2 year old

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Quinn

#1 a bit odd for a toddler's birthday, but there's worse.

#2 like the others, I'm stumped about what that could be about. however, your caption was pitch-perfect and absolutely hysterical. I've got the read-CW-at-work-silently down pat (finally), but that one, now way I could keep those giggles inaudible! Definitely one of your best quips.

#3 I'm kinda feeling sorry for the elmo cake...

#4 I like @Anonymous at 10:53's merging of your line with KITT.

#5 @mzmclean-- I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking that! But what on earth (or in galaxy?) was that design supposed to be?!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Okay, what is the second one supposed to be????

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I wasn't going to comment, but my WV is "ingests", and since anyone who ingests ANY of these wrecks is probably blind or starving, I figured I might as well say something after all.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

Am I the only one who thought that the "pig" was really pikachu lying on his back?

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha this made my day!Although the rat/mouse witch ever you want to say it is was cute to me.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Six hours later and I'm still laughing at the whistling spleen...OMG Jen, you have made my day!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLabgoddess

Usually, my Wednesdays are a bit icky, but this Far Side wreck made it less icky. I especially liked the whistling spleen.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFreddie

Why do two year olds have a 'pig roast' cake in the first place?

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMistressMissy

I keep staring at the rat cake trying to have it make sense. What giant pink thing with two holes and little tiny pink thingies next to it would a rat be staring at... with three tiny pink thingies next to him? Usually I can sort of figure out what the wreckerator was going for, but this one??? Not so much. I have a headache now.

Also, I totally thought the pig in #1 was Pikachu.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwafflegirl

Wha........??? I have stared at the spleen mouse cake without ANY clue for some time. Nonetheless, the whole post almost had me waking up my daughter laughing, and spewing my drink on my computer screen.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I think the spleen is meant to be a heart....yuck!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The whistling spleen made me think a PIG was trying to tunnel out of the cake, and WTH is the blue and yellow cupcake Wall*e cake supposed to be??!! Indigestion and nightmares abound!!!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprotojew62

#1 The inhabitants of this island are really clever geneticists. They not only bred a pig that can feed the entire population, but also dwarf palm trees that make coconut harvesting much easier. Not much shade, but ya can't have everything.

#2 Someone knows about this. They need to share, now. Why is the poor creature's tail coiled? Some diabolical mouse-telephone hybrid being exposed to the Whistling Spleen for some evil purpose, no doubt.

#3 Exploding Elmo is (deservedly) rare -- if you see one, grab it. Carefully.

#4 The grand tradition of Batman being ditched by his ride continues. "Taxi! Follow that car!" [SPLAT! BIFF! OW!]

#5 Aww. The touching scene from Wall-E where our hero falls into the junkyard outhouse and Eve declines to rescue him.

wv: poote. I am SO not making this up.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

My sister once had an guy who called himself "Whistling Ray" in her office selling his CDs...he must have had his spleen removed, but I'm not sure who came up with the idea to put it on a cake.

wv: authint--I hope that isn't an authint-ic spleen.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

wtf? on #2 I see a pig snout. it's quick-icing and he's going under??

could the twins on #1 be "22" vs. "2?" still icky but less o.O

Haiku Joy is my new hero.

-Barbara Anne

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the first's a POUS...didn't you hear? The islands are suddenly overrun with Pigs of Unusual's an epidemic...

'whistling spleen'?????? ROFLMAO...That is hilarious with a capital H!


June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterqueenb

You nailed a perfect Larson impersonation. Your next book should be filled with such captions for wrecks. You could call it "Distant Edge."

And to echo the other comments, thank you for having such a fantastically twisted mind to see not just a spleen, but a whistling spleen! Yes, indeed.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

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