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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







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Tune in tomorrow for complete coverage of this national tragedy.


Thanks to Lindsay J., our "man" on the scene.

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Reader Comments (48)

Go ahead and make jokes. I'm still trying to recover from hearing that I was caught in an earthquake I couldn't feel. Rrreally ffrightening.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Is that a fake cookie cake where the icing slid off? Or did this caketastrophe happen to a real cookie? I almost thought it was intentional...

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraezieLady

I do love up-to-the-minute timely reporting. :)

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSeanette

I'm in Richmond,Va, about 30 mintues from the epicenter. It was AWESOME!!! Glad no one was hurt, but it was amazing to have felt that.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

It does look intentional. If not, then wow...just, wow.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P.

Who you gonna call?

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Yeah, I think the cake looks too slanted on a really really bad, sharp slope. I guess the icings are getting down already and ahead of the birthday party....

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTikikala

LOL! It totally cracks me up that if an earthquake happens in Cali, everyone shrugs and goes on with their day. But if it happens of the east coast, it's the dawn of the apocalypse!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Well, that piece "missing" being such a perfect wedge with a fake frosting stripe between the "layers" should be the first clue that this isn't really a wreck.

But it's still funny

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue ZQ

Where were you when the earthquake hit? I was removing a 4 tier anniversary cake from my CAR!!! The car started rocking and I thought I had left it in Drive instead of park . Couldn't decide whether to leave the cake or snatch it out before the car took off!!! Wild!! The cake was delivered without damage:)

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatheryne Dishner

Is it me or does that cookie cake look like a Pac-Man trying to eat a 'day'?
Just me?
Alright then. Please return to your regularyly scheduled program full of Babylonian Gods and such.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGween

You spelled complete wrong :P

[Editor's note- Bwoops]

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Lee

Oh, that has to be a Pac-man, doesn't it? Surely? Right, Jen.....???

In any case, very very funny. I knew you'd come through! :)

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay Carrasco

All the earthquakes, tornadoes and alien spacecraft impacts in the world couldn't explain that extraneous "Ke". I keep looking around for an 'n' or an 'ith' or some other clue that could solve this mystery, yet there is none to be seen. While I'm aware that it might have been (read as: almost certainly was) made to look like someone took a slice out of it (thus explaining the missing 'n'/'ith'/whatever), I have never ever seen anyone cut anything in that manner, ever. So I'm not buying that.

Foul cookie cake! Why must you taunt me with your endless riddles!?

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Frog

I love me a cookie cake - my birthday cake! But those that they have in the case are so unappetizing... with or without earthquaked letters.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLemony

Heh. Any Ghostbusters reference makes everything OK. :D

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrqw1968

Almost positive this is a Great American Cookies cake. I work for the company and we've got one just like it. The cake itself is fake, but the icing on it is real. The cake was probably in the display so long the petrified icing just fell off. It happens sometimes.

Amusing, none the less.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookie Lady

I LOVE Tim Bedoer's Animal Conspiracy! Well done!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I don't think that's a cookie cake at all. It has shadows, and looks more like a chocolate chip chocolate mousse or something. Either way, it was definitely intentionally made to look like a slice had been taken out.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

@Lemony: I agree. Cookies -- especially chocolate chip cookies (there's a "CCC" I can love!) -- should be at least a bit lumpy/irregular; cutting them flat like most storebought cookie cakes kind of makes them look like a cicada-infested moonscape, IMHO.

('Course, I'd still eat 'em.)

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Frog

Haha! Love it! I'm sure you have a stash of falling-apart cakes that would be perfect to celebrate an east-coast quake with, right?

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Bizzare factoid: there was an earthquake in colorado today too! well, 11:46 pm last night. 5.something!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

"Dogs and Cats Living Together" *AHAHAH* I love that. I say that frequently when in mock horror, and people usually just look at me funny. So awesome.

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I think Cookie Lady's assessment is correct.

Just for fun, look at the full-size version and try to get your brain to interpret it as a fully three-dimensional object (be sure to look at all of the edges). It's Escher's cookie cake!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I live a short distance from the New Madrid Fault Line.... we tend to not notice quakes around here, really.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizard

East coasters: sorry, but to a native Californian, like me ( feel free to throw rotten eggs and fruit here) unless it's a 6.5, we don't even get out of bed. Otherwise, we roll over and say, "another bloody earthquake" and roll over and go back to sleep. Call ms when you get a real earthquake, and we will call you when we get winter and/or a hurricane.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Very Funny! I would love a cake made to look like this one.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Ugh how old is that cookie cake that all its decorations have started to fall off? I would hate to think lol. Then again that piece cut out makes it look a little like Pac-Man about to munch on the word day. I think the heat is getting to my brain lol.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

East coasters with a small earthquake are like Seattelites with two inches of snow: OMGWTFBBQ!!! Glad y'all are okay, but consider this revenge for all the times you laughed at our total lack of ability to drive in the snow.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnon y. Mouse

I am a California girl, and when we get 5.8 earthquakes, the east coast doesn't even mention it! Here, that size quake wouldn't even get me out of my bed. Evacuated buildings??? BIG BABIES!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDodger Girl

So funny! I was so glad that someone else thought it was necessary to call attention to the Ghostbusters reference. I use that all the time too and get funny looks...along with book-stacking references, etc. It's so nice to know that there are others out there who would get it if we happened to be standing near by. Ghostbuster Nerds...UNITE! And slime something!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy M.

inquiring minds want to know: who's fault?

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddy

I know the west coast is laughing at us running through the streets panicking at such a small quake. But let them suddenly get a blizzard and they'll know how weird and unnerving these unusual events can be. Though not as weird and unnerving as that cake/cookie/thing.

"Appy H Birth Keday" might be how people say "happy birthday" when in a earthquake.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJabby


CA gets snow and blizzards most winters. It's called the Sierra Nevadas. You know, those mountains that are bigger than yours. ^^

Now if the SF area or LA area gets a blizzard, then yes, we're screwed. But honestly, when that happens the world is ending. So look for signs next December. ^^

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarkmoon

Two giant cookies with an equal-thickness layer of frosting in between. (Ok, the example is fake, but the concept is what I'm exploring.) I don't know whether to be appetized or revolted. I would like to see two giant chocolate chip cookies with a layer of ice cream in between. No cake tie-in; I just think such a thing should exist. For as long as it takes to eat, that is.

Now two large, crisp, chocolate cookies with a layer of frosting in between would be like a giant Oreo. (Heads toward kitchen, stroking chin...)

Here on the Left Coast, I just wait to see if the shaking continues past 30 seconds. If not, no need to get up. If it does continue, nothing can safely be done until the shaking stops anyway, so still no need to get up. (I'm not a sloth -- the foregoing assumes a quake during normal sleeping hours, which is when they tend to strike, for some reason.)

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

you had me at MASS HYSTERIA. i need a bill murray fix now.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnubette

Destruction! Chaos! Mayhem! Maybe this could be the front of a best-seller murder mystery action adventure book to movie. Up to you.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershikiblade

To the CA people who are being earthquake snobs: do you live on an island covered in skyscrapers and/or are you surrounded by people who flashback to the 9/11 attacks? No? Then stop being so judgmental.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNora

What about the colorado earthquake?

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Wow an earthquake hits the DC area and everyone forgets about the one in Colorado just a short while before.

C'est la vie!

What is Pacman doing? Did he get tired of eating dots so moved on to random letters?

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

@ Robin

They can't throw their fruit at you, you Californians won't let the fruit into your state!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Its not that it was a HUGE earthquake...but when we havent had one that big in over 100 years...its kinda crazy. I wouldnt think Ca. people would make a big deal out of one that "small" but you get them all the time!! If one little tiny tornado rolled through Hollywood, I think you would all freak out too!

As for evacuations, yeah I think it was kinda silly seeing how it was the strong, but imagine your high rise building shaking like crazy, on the east coast, where your first thought is not "oh, just another earthquake".

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

What about the Twinkie?

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterawesomesaucinesss

GB quote FTW!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel

This is the Hth time this has happened to me.

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiff

As a resident of Christchurch,NZ, we've have had 17 earthquakes and aftershocks magnitude 5.3 and above since September 2010 and thousands upon thousands of smaller ones. I sympathise with anyone who experiences an earthquake. They can be scary! We know first hand that the magnitude isn't necessarily indicative of the effect - our 7.1 earthquake had no casualties, but a 6.3 one killed 181 people and flattened buildings :-( Note 6.3 isn't that much bigger than 5.8.

On a cake related note I catered cupcakes for a friend for a wedding and my goodness the 5.3 earthquake that hit us that day was extra scary when I imagined all my cupcakes shaking off their stand - thank goodness they were all fine!

Love the post Jen :-)

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

Hi, Lindsay, welcome to Cake Wrecks! Glad to have you here!

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan in AZ

.....Who is this "Ke" I ponder?

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

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