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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

Peace Out

Imagine these are peace signs

It's easy if you squint

No need to wonder
Look, here's another hint:

Imagine all the bakers
Failing in this way:


(Ow OW owww ow ow ow...)


Imagine education
It isn't hard to do
Hey, look, this is a peace sign:

Is that so hard for you?


Imagine all the people!
Asking, "what's with the Ys?"

(Why WHY why why whyyy?)


You may saaay I'm a screamer

(No, no, noooo!)


But that's not the only one

(Ah, ah, AAAAAAH)


I hope some day they'll wise up

(Theeey neverrrr wiiiilll)


But 'til theeeen
This piece is done!

Thanks to Amy K., Tracy S., Chris H., Lauri K., Angi, Lindsey S., Cheryl N., Kim Z., & Daisy, who think Mercedes should give me a kickback for this post. AND I AGREE.

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Reader Comments (63)

It's all about Mercedes.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKOJohnson

Aren't they flux capacitors?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

This day's offering should have been called "Piece Left Out".

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

It's okay, the plastic smiley faces really brighten up the inverted Y that has been stuffed into that heart. I mean they really pull the whole thing together. *head desk*

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Folly

Aaaaah aaah
Because it is a Y
It makes me sigh
Because it is a Y

Aaaaah aaah
Because the baker's blind
This blows my mind
Because the baker's blind

Peace is old, piece is new...

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

I want to think that they aren't supposed to be peace signs at all.
I want to think that all of them are part of a wide-spread, baked-good initiative generated by Mercedes-Benz.
Because, you know, *the economy* and all.....(dropping sales numbers...baking-supplies overstock...what- have-you. (Or "what-haven't-you".)
But mostly because the peace sign started like, what-50 years ago?-and you'd think that by NOW...
Or not.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

some bakers are always gonna be Y's guys....

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

I personally love the "piece" at the end!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

My sister had t-shirts printed up for her daughter's bat mitzvah, and she made her peace sign like that, and refused to believe me that it was supposed to have an additional spoke. So, I guess my hippy niece was really all about the Mercedes Benz.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Ask not why your cakes say "Y"...
Ask why you don't ask "Y not?"

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Pan-Wow! It's so Pan.
Like all the Pans in the world
peace-love-stuff. Groovy.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

So War of the Worlds Martian eyes are taking over as the sign of peace now? The red and yellow one looks almost like a failed attempt to make an X-Men symbol.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74


October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Love how the last cake says "piece" instead of "peace"

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

Guess it says something about my lifestyle, as I thought "... Mercedes should give me a kickback..." was referring to a baker or reader named Mercedes! Reading the comments helped straighten that out. Oops!

Lovely song, nice to be reminded of it again in these troubled times.

And everybody remember, Give Peas A Chance!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Mercedes and love, dude. It's all good.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Please tell me I'm not the only one who saw a uterus in the smiley-face cake?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Love the post!
@Sharyn... 1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts!! GREAT SCOTT!

@mel... I'd rather be a Y's-a$$ than a dumba$$

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershannon

Took me a little while but I figured out the song! Love it!

There were two lime green & purple cakes in this post. Is that a new color trend?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M.

Wonderful parody of John Lennon's immortal song. Thank you for showing how we have lost the symbol of all of us hippies. I see it made like that all the time, and people giving the British two-finger salute thinking it is the peace sign.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercatspaw66

They must have been channeling Janis:
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

bakers -- back up nine letters...all I am saying, is give P's a chance....

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Hey, at least The Bug Wheel In The Sky has the requisite number of limbs.

Just sayin'.

Piece (left) Out!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

There once was a symbol for peace
With legs going both west and eas(t).
What makes it absurd
Is that it needs a third
Or it's a Mercedes car's piece.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrgs4vr

The letter y, why
Unfinished peace possibly
Symbol for our time
Or maybe decorating
Skill deficit could be it

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTanka

I've actually seen more of the peace-sign-as-inverted-Y than the version with the extra stroke at the bottom. Maybe it's a regional variant.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAntigone

Awww...Haiku Joy took my PanWow comment.

But I totally read her poem in a stoner voice, duuuude....

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Sharyn, mel, haiku joy bwahahahaha :D :D some of those cakes would have been good, if only theyknew what a peace sign is

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Yes, they are terrible peace signs. But those are some pretty nice Ys in circles (except the third from the last... that one is so bad). Perhaps tomorrow we will work on the letter G?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabs

Had to google what a peace sign really looks like after this one- it scrambled my little brain!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

At the risk of offending many, I will openly admit: I dislike that song. Your version, however, is one I can admire. The cakes, on the other hand, not so admirable.
I like the flux capacitor idea--DeLoreans trump Mercedes any day--especially when they are also time machines.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterO. Laun

I might be high for saying this but I kind of like the green, pink, and purple cake. Now I have the urge to find my Y sign necklace so I can wear it proudly.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

The one with the happy faces could appply as well for the blog with "everything with a heart shaped mold" hahahahaha

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersilina

@Lisa M. - I'm glad you got it!
Sorry to everyone else; I forgot to mention that my little ditty there was to the tune of "Beause" by The Beatles.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

My computer ate my post. :-( Just shows you how the day is going around here. Guess I'll try again...

@mel ~ You have proven once again that it's not safe to drink coffee while reading this site.

@Sharyn ~ You've given me yet another reminder to try and find those movies so I can share them with my 13-year-old.

Oh lord, won't ya buy me a Mercedes Benz :-)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

I want to know why the VW Beetle is sitting on a cake signed by the Zodiac Killer. I mean really, using frosting to simulate the crosshairs of a rifle? On a poor innocent bug?? Who'd do such a thing?! They're for punching, not shooting!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

That second one looks like the Red John serial murderer's signature from "The Mentalist". A lot.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Oh, how I hate that song. The parody is a vast improvement.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Apparently it has been too long since I've seen a peace sign because it took me a minute (and the picture example) to realize what was wrong with them....something seemed off, but I couldn't tell what. LOL. However, if I was tasked with making a peace sign cake and wasn't quite sure I remembered what it looked like, there's sites like this - or a billion others on that thing called the Internet that I think could help me out ;)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley r

Ok, so maybe I'm turning into a 12-year-old boy or maybe I've just been following this site for too long, but the yellow smiley faces look like censor dots, which changes the whole tone of that cake!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess

On the other hand, I'd love to see a cake designed by AMG, Mercedes-Benz' performance division.

It'd be a six-tiered monster that makes noises like a chorus of V8s playing Ride of the Valkyries and has gaps in between each layer that spit out fire. And it'd be dark chocolate and espresso, frosted in German racing silver but the frosting is, like, colored in such a way that it's matte. It'd be served on a bespoke plate made of carbon ceramic that's actually just a hugenormous brake rotor, and the cake would be a lava cake just because, kept warm because the giant brake disc is constantly glowing orange, like you used it to go from 200 to zero in one long stop.

...AMG's a pretty testosterone-y division of the brand, I'm a gearhead and I like cake, is what I'm saying.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAirrider

"You may saaay I'm a screamer" sounds kinky to me.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNight Owl

Some of them are really well marked for cutting into thirds or sixths!

I've actually been playing Ys lately.

Fun fact: The "peace sign" is meant to represent the semaphore for "ND," a call for nuclear disarmament.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterr3test

Anyone else suddenly have the urge to redecorate their steering wheel to make it look like cake (or just icing)?

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

No, no, no. The Red/Blue/Heart-Shaped Thing is clearly a trachea with the right & left mainstem bronchi. Don't you guys know ANYTHING? Sheesh.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterabudoggie

The CCC (ptooie!) has the right number of "spokes," but the alignment is as bad as that of an old VW bug.

The PanWow cake reminds me of the Pope's hat (if it had smiley-face flotsam all over it).

I'm glad I wasn't the only one for whom this post channeled Janis.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

"Look, sir! It's a 'Y'!" "Yogurt. Yogurt! I HATE Yogurt! Even with strawberries..."

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

@Sharyn: that or frosting wishbones....
@zoomom: nicely done....
@Becky: :-)
@shannon: often, with very little effort, I am able to be a combination of both....
@Michele: ah, Janis, what a voice...and gone too soon....
@mindy1: :-)
@Jodee: sorry...(a lesson I myself learned the hard way....)

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Bit o' Trivia for those who are trying to make a Peace Sign:

Back in the day, they were known also as the "Crow's Foot" or "The Sign of the American Chicken."

So bakers, remember: the Peace Sign looks like a bird's foot in a circle.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaircair

This one time, I tried to see if I could draw a peace sign without lifting my fingers or going over any line twice, and came up with this sort of thing.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTurtle

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