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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

Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

And this, my friends, is why your mom should never order your birthday cake.

"Oh, just make it that game box thing he's always playing. And what's that shooter game he wants? 'Hello'? Yeah, 'Hello 3'. Maybe we can look for that, too."


Thanks to Adam S., who can think of 360 reasons this is wrong, and to moms everywhere, for making us feel so gosh darn cool.

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Reader Comments (33)

My husband is a big NASCAR fan. One year for Christmas my mom got him this giant chocolate NASCAR (car) of Dale Jarret (UPS sponsor). My husband works for Fedex!!!! She said "Oh, it doesn't matter, it's chocolate!"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

In defense of clueless Moms everywhere, at least she tried.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I have no idea what that means. I think I am older than I thought.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

What's the problem? That totally looks like that game doohickey I saw at that store the other day. You know, the one in the commercial with that one guy. Not him, the other guy.

Does it say something that the recipient's name doesn't appear anywhere?

Of course, it is possible that the wreckerator has never seen a 'game box'. I know, but I thought I'd throw out the possibility.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The... what... why?

It looks like a thick foam-latex chair cushion, covered in chocolate ganache.

It looks like a Sega Genesis controller with the buttons moved to the front edge (perhaps to facilitate playing Sonic 2 with one's nose)-- in fact, the Dreamcast swirl in the upper right corner makes me think this is actually what they were going for.

It looks like a seaweed sandwich on pumpernickel with a large bite taken out of the bottom edge.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

fine. will someone please explain to this old broad what it's supposed to be?? hey, Epbot just got me to play Portal this weekend for the first time so the fact I don't know Playstation from Xbox (I know a Wii is white!!) from Sega from Atari shouldn't be a shocker. at least I know those names without looking them up :D

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Oooh, shiny. On behalf of Moms everywhere, let me just say:

"Be grateful I got you a cake at all, you little...!!! And pick up your room!"

So, tell me, do all "Game Boxes" come with that nice lettuce garnish? What a great idea -- yes, the kid is playing video games for 16 hours a day, but at least they provide a healthy snack.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Maybe they had to give it a different name and shape so that it doesn't infringe on any copyrights for names and designs.

So it wasn't wrecked - it was carefully created to look like....that.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

OK. I see a box of Wilton disposable pastry bags and the lid from a can of store-bought frosting. Surely the wreckerator didn't make the "ganache" by melting store chocolate frosting in the microwave????

Or perhaps I'm giving them too much credit...

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

As someone who only knows how to work the wii to be able to use Netflix, yum it looks like it's made of chocolate. Go clueless moms!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Should I burst Barbara Anne's bubble.... A standard Wii is indeed white. There is also a red one in honor of the 10th anniversary of Mario and a black one that I believe was released with extra sports games.
I believe from the way the silver is placed that this wreck is supposed to be one of the new XBox 360 slims.
I know, I have way too much game info.... hazards of working in a LAN center. (Local Area Network-for the tech impaired.) Loosely translated, people come to my work and play video games on computers and assorted game consoles.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheli

A 360 is also white (at least the "old" ones are). AND you can play both Portal games on it :) . Or... well... my husband can :) .

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki


Hello 3, death of Master Chef.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

This reminds me of my friend (a typical non gamer) who went out to get "Fallout: New Vegas" for her boyfriend and told the guy at the counter she was looking for "Fallout goes to Vegas" lol

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilas

Had to chuckle at Barbara Anne's notion that a Wii is white - I have a black one! ;) You know, just to make it even more complicated for moms to tell them apart...

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I am still scratching my head and saying, "Huh?"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShawnda

MAYBE it's what she would like to DO to his game... I'm just sayin

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandes

I'm bursting Cheli's bubble. Mario is 25....not 10. :)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

I think that actually might make my husband question my own geekyness if a cake like that arrived at the table for a birthday...

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDina

Maybe this cake is for a kid who ran over the Xbox while learning to drive?

My mom isn't that great with game terminology either. Sometimes I think she does it on purpose. She confused the Gamecube and Playstation and came up with "Gamestation."

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ok, is *nobody* going to mention the crappy writing. Oh shoot - I just did. Guess I'm a nobody.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

Honestly and sincerely: I have no idea what's wrong with that cake.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDD

Ha ha, this reminds me of the Christmas when my aunt tried to surprise my brother and me with the game system we had been saving up for...

"I'm sorry guys, I give up. I can't find that Game Q anywhere! You'll just have to buy it yourself and I'll give you money for games or something."

"...Er, Auntie, it's called a Game Cube..."

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRox

That looks like... well, kind of like one of these "POPstation" things I have heard about - you know, like Tiger electronics LCD games, only trying to look like a PS3 or PSP or so.

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDerKork

What the heck is that swirl on the top right corner?

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScorp

This reminds me of the time, back in high school, that my friend's mother was buying him a birthday gift and wanted to get him that album by that band he liked, so she went into the music store and asked for the album "You know, Deep Blue....Deep Blue....oh, Deep Blue something..."

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Eggs Box 360!! Reminds me of this hilarious BBC sketch from "One Ronnie"

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCakeObvious

LMAO- epic fail

apparently, Sam's doesn't carry the black nor red Wii and that's the only place I've seen them.


September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Game's all good. :D

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Not saying it wasn't professional, but that looks suspiciously like a Wilton box in the background....Mayhaps mom is more to blame than we think?

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrafty

it's a 17 magazine and it is for a girl. cause the freak'n cover says 17 on it!!!

October 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermiranda ferguson

Tell me again, cake.
How old am I? Seventeen?
I keep forgetting.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

They should design a game console after this cake. XD

The poorly written icing letters will be the setting buttons.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose

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