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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

I've Got Some Good News, and I've Got Some BAD News...

The good news is it's your birthday, and you get cake!


The plan was considered a success, until Dylan's parents remembered the four-year-old still hadn't learned to read.


Thanks to Anony M. for putting every horrible birthday ever into perspective.

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Reader Comments (63)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo! That's just so WRONG!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

My birthday is Sunday, I'm celebrating it at a dog show, and thank heavens I'm bringing the cake and it won't have any writing on it, so it shouldn't be a wreck. OTOH...might be fun to have something to send you, but not anything as awful as this cake!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

Sung to B-I-N-G-O

There was a family who had a dog
And Peanut was his name-o
Where did Peanut go?
Where did Peanut go?
Where did Peanut go?
Here, Dylan, have some cake-o.

...and don't ask about Grandma.

(Typing this, I can't help but wonder if I might be a horrible person...)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Fodder for future therapy sessions.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

:O What kind of parents think that it's a good thing to remind a 4-year-old on their birthday that their dog is dead! Poor Dylan!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoemama

And now let's cut up our dead dog's face and eat it ...

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiA

My birthday was on August 12th. We had to put my cat down (unexpectedly) on August 13th.
I could've used a cake that day (though, I don't think I would have wanted her picture on it...)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

I think some of these people escaped from a home, how else to explain some of these...

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

What a way to tell your four year old that the family pet is dead. Hopefullly the cake lessened the blow.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCC

Awww, that makes me sad, picturing little Dylan sobbing hysterically over Peanut's picture. (At least the cake itself wasn't a wreck.)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatimomkat

Knowing how people are these days, it could've been a birthday cake for the DOG and a RIP mention to the kid.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Wait--I'm confused...this was how they were going to TELL him?!? Way to go, Mom & Dad. Then again, we see their excellent judgment reflected in the name of the dog.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Who does this?? Oh, I forgot where I was for a second. It reminds me of the King of Queens when Doug found out his dog wasn't the origional. I can't believe he'd never done the math.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdoodlebug

I hope they ordered the cake BEFORE the dog died. Even so, I would NEVER give my kids a cake with a photo of their recently deceased pet! A birthday is their happy day, and that photo wouldn't be a happy reminder.
I suppose the child could have said he wanted Peanut on his cake though. And, a 4 year old doesn't quite get it, so go ahead... but, I would have skipped the RIP. That was probably for the adult's sake.
Poor Peanut.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Sharyn, yes you are a horrible person, and we love you for it XD XD XD

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Sharyn, if you're a horrible person for writing it, I'm one for laughing at it!

That's just so wrong to do a cake like that. That poor child!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

@Sharyn: I am laughing so hard I'm crying. Between your comment and MiA's, I am in absolute hysterics. Heehee!

This cake would be a sad way to tell Dylan his dog is dead, but what if he already knew? "Hey, Dylan, remember that dog we had that you loved so much? Remember that he is now DEAD?! Hahaha. Good times. Now stop crying so I can take a picture."

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Sharyn, you are a horrible person!
The kind of horrible person I'd like to go have drinks with and mock the two legged wildlife that wanders through the drinking establishment! :)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLo

It is my bday today! No one better lay a finger on my dog, and I'd like a non wrecked cake... We will see how it turns out later!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

@ Sharyn - You are SO not a horrible person! (Even tho as I type this I'm STILL humming yesterday's song in my head!) You have some seriously mad skillz lady!
As for today's wreck... A few years ago one of our cats died, on my daughter's 16th birthday. She would definately NOT appreciate being reminded of that in any way, especially with an edible image of her beloved pet. very wrong!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

Sharyn: No, you are NOT a horrible person for writing that. Just slightly twisted, with a little warp thrown in for fun. I'm with Lo: Time for drinks!

A photo of your deceased pet on your birthday cake. So you can cut it up and eat it. And serve it to all your 4-year-old friends! Shouldn't they be saving this for Halloween, so they can truly terrorize all the kids in the neighborhood? I can hear the shrieks now!

My birthday is tomorrow. We're having pizza. And rum. And lots of other drinks! Deceased pets are not on the menu.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

This could have been my 11th birthday cake. Our dog got hit by a car the day before... really puts a damper on your birthday, let me tell you.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShark Blank

Sharyn's song makes me think of the punchline to one of my favorite jokes:

"So, how's Grandma?"

"She's on the roof."

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Best joke ever! We quote it all the time at our house

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLolaGirl

Eeek! We would all be crying as we ate our dog's face...

Jessica recently posted...My Very Stupid Thing.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The 4 year old probably asked for this but yuck!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

@mindy1, Linda, Andrea, Lo, Jodee in WA, TLC -- Well, it's good to know, horrible person or not, I've got a lot of good company!

Fluffy Cow: I thought of that joke, too.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Our dog died on my daughter's 4th birthday this year. I can't imagine making a cake to remind her of it.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

This is just plain wrong! What's next - a fondant-covered cake of Grandma in her casket on his 5th birthday? (Please, please let the fondant be Wilton - the design of it is too horrible for even marshmallow fondant!)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertalfonso

Bad parents, the kid asked for a "Peanuts" cake...

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenternatFrankie

I'm kinda hoping maybe both Dylan AND Peanut are dogs. They could have been brothers from the same litter. Some people out there actually throw parties for their pets. Otherwise, this is just awful.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

When I first opened the page, I thought it was Cthulhu. I now wish it had been... O_O

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

My former in-laws had a dog that looked just like that, and was named Peanut, who passed away and had a collar exactly like the one in the picture..... they also have a boy in the family named Dylan, who recently turned 4... I'm investigating cause this would be one creepy coincidence.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

This is too freaky- my friend just emailed me this picture because I had a little weiner dog named Peanut and a cousin Dylan. We sent accusations to my aunt to see if she's the one who did this.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaryl

One time, my mom gave me my dead dog's ashes as a Christmas present. I was 20 years old, not 4, but still. At least it didn't ruin my birthday.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

My dog died on my birthday a few years ago; thank GOD no one did this! I would have been mortified!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I am a cake decorator. Once I was asked to make a surprise cake for a daughter's 21'st birthday by a mum, and she wanted a picture of her recently deceased husband (the girl's father) on the cake. I thought it weird and refused. She might have ordered from someone else, but I don't want to imagine the poor girl's reaction.....

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

That's a BAD cake!

I really wanted to say that since tomorrow - september 22 - is Bilbo and Frodo Baginses birthdays, is there any chance of seeing cakes with a LOTR theme in their honor?

Thank you! i love your blog :-)

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSian

Maybe Peanut went to his reward the same day and being thrifty folks they decided to kill one bird with one stone!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

@Lo, TLC: can I join you for the drinks with Sharyn? That sounds like a blast.

I'm just grateful they named the kid Dylan; given the tastelessness of the cake decorations, I would've expected Caleb*

* The name Caleb comes from the Hebrew Kelev, which means "dog". I've always wondered if the sisters of Caleb's I've met are named Portia (Shakespeare's made up name, derived from "pig").

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

This happened to me. It was my 18th birthday, though. And my father went to the trouble of actually making a cake in the shape of a Siamese cat. About two weeks after my cat, Hershey died. He was also 18, so he'd been there my whole life. So, I can vouch for the fact that it doesn't really matter how old one is... any birthday cake that references one's dead pet is a bad idea.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Straight out of the Kubler-Ross baking bible

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The cake is ... just... I don't even know. But the comments are hilarious! Thanks Andrea and MiA.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBets

Now we know what happened to the first cake, naughty peanut

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Okay, with all this talk about drinks I propose we create a CAKE WRECKS CON!!!!!!

Can you imagine the cosplay? The panels? That would ooze with awesome! Who's with me?!!

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September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim in ID

Next they will be putting grandma's face on a cake and saying "she fell off the roof"!

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNetasha

Wow. Just. Wow.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Oh my goodness! Poor Peanut... I mean Dylan! lol

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuckles

Oh, so that'a a picture of the dog? I thought it was the dog's head.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P

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