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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

Wreckies of the Month

Every week we're delighted to receive plenty of your cakey homages, wreck-creations, and fan art. And, from time to time, I like to both encourage this behavior and share the giggles by spotlighting a few personal favorites. So let's get right to it, shall we?

First, a nod to Katherine S. for her version of the world's best baby shower cake:

Let us all pause in appreciation of proper parenting, shall we?

Carmel C. went the extra mile with her Carrot Jockey homage and eschewed the plastic jockeys for handmade ones:

And somehow that is much, MUCH more disturbing.

I think I like it.

Amber A. celebrated her three-year-old daughter's birthday the old-school way:

With Dino Jockeys!

Usually I only showcase cakey homages to this blog, but Sarah Jane J.'s recreation of the famous cake from Hyperbole and a Half was simply too good not to share:

And for those of you unfamiliar with Allie of Hyperbole and a Half - first, shame on you! - and secondly, here's the cake we're talking about:

Next, from our very own J Rose - the genius who brought you that playable dress-a-wreck program - here is yours truly, dressed as a Hogwarts student, and getting a Howler from an irate wizard for making fun of cauldron cakes:

(Ten geek points if you spotted the hidden Mickey before reading this sentence. Five after.)

And because I like to remind the world that I am, in fact, a stellar role model for children, here's a sampling of artwork made entirely with child labor:

First, 12-year-old Chloe made this birthday card for her mom, Regina:

The bottom reads, "We dyed our mohawks green in honor of your birthday!" and the inside read, "Hope your birthday isn't a wreck!"

Someone get this girl to design us a greeting card line, STAT.

Next, a fine art piece brought home from school by 5-year-old Claudia S., and sent in by her mom, Susan:

Thinking of little Claudia's teacher's reaction to this masterpiece makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Now, you may be thinking that a five-year-old must surely - SURELY - be my youngest fan.

Au contraire, my misinformed friend!


My friends, this nameless girl baby is YOUR NEW MASTER. Bow down in fealty!!

Or maybe just say how cute she is in the comments.

That works, too.

And for those of you desperate for back story, Colleen T. says,

"Ever since my mother-in-law pointed out that my baby has a natural Mohawk, I’ve been dying to strip her down and sit her on a carrot. The other day, I got my wish!"

Your wish, and a billion others, Colleen. Well done.

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Reader Comments (78)

Claudia's Carrot Jockey caused my first ever spit-take. Just finished wiping up the coffee.
I've been in the market for a new master, and this adorable nameless carrot jockey girl baby is just what I had in mind.
I will bow before her...
Oh look, coffee on the floor.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

One must assume that Claudia went to school one day, and the teacher said,
"Class, today I want you to draw a picture of THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER."
And Claudia did.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't find Carmel C.'s carrot jockeys disturbing at all. They all look so happy!

WV: Gauteroo(adj.) - Used to describe a tacky item from Australia. That ten tier flaming fountain wedding cake is a bit gauteroo, mate. All it needs are sprinkles.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nameless real baby carrot jockey, you are amazing, and we salute you!

The rest of these are all great, as well.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimi

The nameless baby girl carrot jockey NEEDS to be on a tshirt!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertjbmurph

Did you delete yesterday's post on "National Nudity Day"? I guess I was worried that someone gave you a hard time about it. I'm a pastor's wife and I thought it was cute. Now if there had been photos included, THAT would be creepy.:-)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"And for those of you unfamiliar with Allie of Hyperbole and a Half - first, shame on you!"

My shame is unfathomably deep. I shall now attempt to rectify the situation by reading the entire Hyperbole and a Half backlog-- pausing occasionally to catch my breath and wipe the coffee off my monitor.

wv: ricratin-- I love how all you talented people are ricratin famous wrecks!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Apparently I'm clueless. I do not see a hidden Mickey at all, even after thorough searching. :(

Love the homage cakes. Keep 'em coming!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Just scared the cat with my laughter/spitting cawfie because of the nameless baby carrot jockey...
***wipes off computer screen***

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Allgood-Smith

Anon @ 10:38,

Nope. It was on Thursday. You just have to hit the older posts button at the bottom of the page.

Wreck On!


tjbmurph is right! I see great sales potential for a T shirt with the baby girl. Would you have to pay her a modeling fee??? Let us know when they appear!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Seriously, i am tempted to print the photo of the baby on the carrot, frame it, and put it on my wall. Total awesomeness!!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookie

5 points for me.
Also, this is awesome.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Great baby. Great carrot. Great photography. This is a case of needing photo credits, too. I am smitten. Norine

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Colleen T., that is hilarious! Can you just see your daughter when she's around 15 or so looking at that and saying "!!!" lol

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Wacky. You guys are wacky. Your fans are wacky. The cakes are wonderfully wacky. I'm wacky for being addicted to this site. And... Hyperbole and a Half is one of the most awesomely funny blogs evah! I've read "The God of Cake" several times and recommended it to several friends. And of course I'm always telling people about THIS site. Well done, all you wacky people you.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

How on earth did I survive without "Hyperbole and a Half?" and do we have enough laundry clean so I can spend the next few days doing nothing but reading it? Well, and feeding the cats -- my family can fend for itself, but THE CATS MUST BE FED!!! ("Me-Now!")

Thanks for the special Saturday post -- I wish I was half as clever as all these featured wreckies.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Claudia's Carrot Jockey is my new hero! Love the blog, thanks for always making me laugh!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLIsa T

Darth Vader holding a baby + real live carrot jockey + a howler yelling at Jen + kid art cake wreck style = one of the awesomest, most brilliant posts evahhh!!!! Oh and 5 points for me and 100 points from Slytherin, just because I hate snakes.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLatinMama

I love all of the naked mohawk baby carrot jockey tributes, but can I just say that I love, love, love the dino carrot jockey cake? Fantastic!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

Well, no points for me today. I know hands are hard to draw, but the stumps are kind of freaking me out here.

I have only one criticism of Hyberole and a Half. She needs to write and draw more! I go through withdrawls in between posts.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrisFleuron

That Hyperbole cake is made of awesome! And oh, how I wish I'd thought of bringing in a giant carrot when my son was a baby...

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbc

Hidden Mickey Hint: Look closely at my sleeve.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Real. Live. Baby. With mohawk. On a CARROT. I think I broke a window with the squee. %)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Absolutely love the baby. Too cute!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVenus Flytrap, Inc.

I am not shamed at all--I know Allie and Hyberbole and A Half from way back; in fact my husband hates that I love it so much because I'm always reading her hilarious stuff to him. I knew which cake you meant immediately--the one from "The God Of Cake", but I must confess it had never occurred to me to reproduce it before. My eyes have been opened.

And Lindsey, don't feel bad--I couldn't see the Mickey either. And I literally just got home from Disneyland; I've had LOTS of practice seeing that mouse everywhere.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

The real carrot jockey baby!!!! Oh my gosh! I wish my kids were still babies just so I could do this photo and put it on my Christmas card. I LOVE IT.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

The live-action carrot jockey IS. THE. AWESOMENESS!! this made post-surgery recovery sooooo much better!

wv: ausso. That adorable carrot-jockey baby girl is ausso cute!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenita TwoDragons

I LOVE the nameless baby girl jockey. I also bow down before her.
I just wish I had had the foresight to do this with my mini mowhaker 6 years ago.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoli

I love that the real baby girl has her fist raised in a little salute :o)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I love the anonymous baby. Too Cute For WORRRRDS!!!

WV: Medinkie (collective noun) Obnoxious collection of children's toys. "My husband just shoved the whole medinkie under bed to deal with on another day, but now Sam swears his favorite dump truck was in that mess".

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjesterqueen1

Absolutely beautiful live carrot jockey! I bow to her beauty and how well she looks sitting on the carrot as a jockey. Mom - give her a hug and a kiss from this fan of Cake Wrecks and carrot jockeys!

Kudos to Mom Colleen for getting the idea and picture!!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That live naked mohawk baby carrot jockey? I can totally do that as I happen to have a mohawked baby of my own! Thanks for the inspiration Colleen (it's ok to call blatant plagiarism "inspiration" right?)!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobynR

Love the H&1/2 cake!!! Hyperbole and a Half is the blog that led me to Cake Wrecks, and I'm so thankful it did cuz I love both blogs SOOOOO much! I do have to confess that I missed the hidden Mickey until I read the comment. It's Saturday, I'm still tired from the midnight release of HP7pt2 on Thursday night. That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnna

The Real Live Carrot Jockey picture should a.) be printed on a cake, and b.) totally go in the subject's high school yearbook. Because an opportunity to mortify one's teenage child is a terrible thing to waste.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Dang it, I forgot: RLCJ looks like the Gerber baby. Or is it Gerbera?

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I bow to you, oh great Carrot Jockey girl leader.


July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Drink Ladies

Colleen - you are the Best. Mom. Ever. That photo is amazing. Someday, she will thank you for that photo ( or send you n expensive therapy bill. It's a toss up.)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKolchak Puggle

That baby is too much! It's like the baby's thinking, 'Okay, me, this is your shot for the big times. If you just nail this pose, you'll be a staaar! *baby variant of jazz hands*"

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhownottogame

Conversation with my 3 year old just the other day:

"Mama, are those babies?" "Yep." "On carrots?" "Yep." "Okay."

Because why wouldn't babies be riding carrots? Just look at the pictures! Too frickin' adorable for words. Now if only my own wee babe had enough hair to pull it off... *sigh*

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNyl

You really should be selling those carrot pillows on your site.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD

Awesome. This is officially my favorite Wreckies post. And not just because of the real life carrot jockey or the Harry Potter drawing. (It was the Hyperbole and a Half cake that made me love it, actually.)

One of these days I'll make my own version of that cake...

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDancer

THE GERBERA IS NOT A BABY!! It is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family.It was named in honour of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber, andis, therefore, correctly pronounced (/ˈɡɜrbərə/) It's really flowery and not at all babyish.


July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

OMG! Real baby carrot jockey is SOOOO cute!!!!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana (From Texas)

Okay, Colleen T. is now officially the coolest geek ever. I love that she was dying to strip her baby down and plunk her on a carrot! *high five* I happily bow down to her baby girl. :)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica T.

Lindsey, look at the button on the arm of Hogwarts Jen's shirt.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica T.

Love the cute baby girl on the carrot! If I ever have a child the photographer will definitely be borrowing that idea.:-)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

To those of you trying to find the Hidden Mickey: Hidden Mickey is hard to see unless you enlarge the photo.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Lol! The baby is, of course, adorable. :)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I for one welcome our Nameless Girl Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey overlords.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel V.

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