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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

Be Afraid. Be VERY Afraid.

What's scarier than all the Miley Cyrus costumes we'll see this Halloween?


An entire post of Halloween puns.

That's right, my friends. Brace yourself... for the pain.



What do you call trendy ghost detectives?

"In" specters.


Why did the coven mess up the words to their potion?

They couldn't tell which witch was spelling which.


What do you call pink ghosts?



Why did the skeleton go to a BBQ restaurant?

For the spare ribs.


What do you get when you cross a werewolf with an eagle?

A real birdbrain who's all bark and no flight.


And now, your moment of Jen:

Despite everyone's efforts, nothing could lift Stanley's spirit.
He drifted through the day, a mere ghost of his former self.


Thanks to Anony M., Laury S., Sarah Beth, Joy S., Janice C., Lynn M., & Andrea T., who would like to point out that the ghost clan is not amused:

"We're watching you. Aaaaaalways waaaatching."

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Reader Comments (54)

I wish that skeleton would grow a backbone!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

YAY, first comment! Now to read the post!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapability Bowes

At least the pink ghosts don't have to worry about Pac Man right now. But I'm sure whoever eats the cookie needs to eat a power pellet first.

Are you implying that Pinky the ghost is a guy now?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Oh lord the spare ribs and ghost of his former self BWHAHAHAHAHA XD

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Awww! I love the little whatevers on the last cake. I guess they weren't quite sure whether they wanted to be snowy trees, or ghosts. ("Brrrr...oo?")

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

ROFL! Not amused ghosts!!!!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Boil, boil, toil and trouble.
To hell with Shakespeare. His rhymes and meter aren't as good as mine anyway. Here, have some cake.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The pink ghosts are "fab - boo - LESS"! Ha!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFranP

Poor Stanley...not able to get into the spirit of Halloween.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

On #3, are the other two ghosts smirking at the first one because it has no eyebrows and a very weird mustache?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJillM

This reminds me of Trick or Treating as a kid in St. Louis in the late 70s/early 80s. We would go to a house and yell, "TRICK OR TREAT!!" The homeowner would then ask, "What's your trick?" We would then have to tell a joke (usually as "pungent" as these!) or do a trick to get candy!
Once you reached a certain maturity level and could no longer remember any CLEAN jokes, you knew you were too old to Trick or Treat anymore!

I tell this to my friends in Illinois now and they look at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears! Apparently they had it easy and didn't have to EARN their candy.

Thanks for the flashback!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Hee Jen, very punnilicious! I kinda liked some of those til I got to the werewolf one. Then I had to stare at it awhile for my brain to figure out what was going on in the head area. I finally decided A) Jen is right -- looks like a cross between an eagle and a werewolf; and B) It also looks like it has mountain goat horns.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I like the last cake; I think it's cute and non-wrecky. Those wide-eyed merangue-like ghosts!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Raymond

Well, I was prepared for today. I'd already taken my Advil and muscle relaxers -- hurt my back really bad yesterday. So by the time I eased into my chair, I could handle it. Too bad I didn't have those meds before Friday's post. . . . .still recovering. . . . .

I guessed the second and fourth ones correctly!

That poor wolfleagle. He looks like he was halfway through his transition from human to werewolf and got stuck.

I want the ghosts in the donuts, even the deflated ones. Donuts and frosting and MORE frosting? BOO-tful!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

I don't know how you do it every day - but you always make me laugh! I love starting my day with cake wrecks and robot! Thank you!!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Are we completely sure the first ones are "ghosts".... They look a little suspect in the way they are swimming to the egg...errr...moon....

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

That skeleton cake is the greatest thing I have ever seen and I want to hang it on my wall.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Aww, that last one is kind of cute. One suspects the candy corn, pumpkins and color scheme will change in oh, about two months, and with less snow on the "trees".

And Ed, you weren't the only one who had to earn their candy. You should have seen what my mother put the other kids through. I'm surprised they kept coming back year after year.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdutchgirl

Perhaps the fa-boo-lous pink ghost sisters should pay poor Stanley a visit....

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Thank you for the Halloween puns, and for all your puns, really. The use of puns dates back to the dawn of time. A prehistoric cave painting, perhaps the first example of a pun, has recently been decoded. In it, one cave man asks another cave man why the Tyrannosaurus always destroys everything. The other caveman responds simply, “Tyrannosaurus wrecks.” (International Journal of Laughable Linguistics, Vol. XXC, Fall, 2013, “Earliest Use of Groan-Inducing Word Play?” by Tom Foolery)

As primitive as this may be, it clearly shows that humor – and puns – played an important role in the development if civilization. In fact, most people don’t know this, but the word “pun” is derived from the Italian phrase ”parta universala natura,” (later shortened to P.U.N., and then just pun) which, loosely translated, means “part of universal nature,” or inherent in one’s being. That is, the urge to make puns is carried within our DNA – it’s in our genes (unless you have stone-washed genes, in which case it was beaten out). In fact, recent studies have shown that even animals have the urge to make puns – ask a dog what’s on a house and he’ll go “roof.” So, we all carry the inherent ability to pun!

Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates a good pun (which, of course is redundant). We can only hope that medical science will soon find a cure for that. In the meantime, we’ll just have to humor them.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

thank you ladies

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Awwww..Stanley makes me sad.
And boil boil toil and trouble? Me thinks someone needs to go back a read The Scottish Play again.
As long as we're sharing, here's one of my favorite jokes in the whole wide world:
A skeleton walks into a bar.
He orders a pitcher of beer and a mop.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

If I return to earth as a ghost, please oh please oh please let me haunt a chocolate glazed chocolate doughnut!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

@Ed: This was true for me as a kid growing up in Wisconsin, too, in the '50's. Fortunately, my Dad had such a huge repertoire of puns and jokes that he told us (again and again) that we were well prepared. In my adult years, when kids came to the door and said Trick or Treat, once in a while I'd say, "I'll take a treat." Sometimes, after a moment of hesitation, the kids would reach into their bags and hand me candy.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

I think the coven is trying to cook Kermit and that's just not ok O.O
@Isolder74 ~ I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought of Pac Man!
@sending ~ "the little whatevers" made me giggle :-)

I want to take poor Stanley home and try to cheer him up. Maybe he could watch Christmas movies with me tomorrow night?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

They DO look rather like Roz, don't they?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

On that last one, is it just me or does that look like a border of sleeping swan necks?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Ya know, this post looks like it is in desperate need of one of Craig’s Lists. But Craig has been indisposed of late, so without further ado…
1. Cake (er, Cookie) #1 – Hmm…since when do ghosts go ghosting in daylight? And skinny knife-y, sickle-y ghosts @ that? Sprinkle content is sufficient but uneven, but the poo-fence leaves much to the imagination…are they in the desert? Home on the range, maybe?
2. Well, the purple border is a nice touch. The cloud is nicely puffy but it looks like someone plopped on a cosmetic cotton ball. And just what is that monster supposed to be?! Doing the backstroke in the cauldron? Heck, finish the cauldron. I didn’t even realize it was there in airbrushed form until I took a closer look… OK, bakers, listen up. If it ain’t showin’ up, at least OUTLINE IT so we know what’s there, K? THX. (And work on your flames while you’re at it. These look like Cheez-Whiz with pimentos…)
3. Hmmm…very plain, but at least it’s a chocolate chip cookie. Perhaps the pink means these ghosts also support the fight against breast cancer – both men and women can get it, which explains why the guy ghost on the left is wearing pink…or he just likes pink…whatever.
4. Yep, that skeleton needs some ribs. And bakers should not bake with cosmetic supplies like this Q-tip and the aforementioned cotton ball. Geez, leave those over in the beauty section next to the pharmacy where they belong. And that gray sky clashes with the orange border – check your color wheel before frosting, ok?
5. Cute idea, nicely applied frosting, but please practice your wolves. I’m a geneticist and I’m telling you – even the most ardent frankenfood/animal creator among us would never create this! It’s inhumane…
6. Poor little guy, I think he’s just lonely. All the other ghosts are hangin’ and ghostin’ and they’ve ostracized him. If I was there, I’d buy him & eat him so he’d feel better…HEY! Get your mind out of the gutter! It’s just a lousy doughnut! (Gosh, I miss doughnuts. Do you know how hard it is to find/make a good gluten-free/allergen-free doughnut?!)
7. The similarity between the ghosts’ eyes and the chocolate beads on the bottom makes that cake look like it sees all, ALL the time. Reminds me of a close up pic of a scallop’s mouth – its ‘eyes’ (visual sensors) are literally on the edge of its mouth (shells)! Creepy! But on the bright side, after Halloween, I think this baker will poop, er, pop out some nice Christmas tree cakes, yes?

(Yes, it is probably not up to Craig’s standards, but hey, I’m a martial artist, not the Craig-ster… ☺ )
Where is Craig, you ask? Well, he & Theardare have been spending looong hours in the Bunker’s basement. It seems that the Trolls have been more active lately and Theardare wants to ramp up Room 101. Thankfully, I have not been asked to assist. (Whew! I guess Theardare doesn’t trust me after catching me setting up those the horny toad experiments…) But both Un-See Machines (standard & portable) are available…though I probably should have reminded everyone of that before last Friday’s post. And with Craig busy, perhaps he won’t notice if I start collecting a small fee… ☺ KarateLady’s Daughter’s college fund can always use a few more donations. (I missed out on that Banksy deal in Central Park, darn it!)

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarate Lady

Thanks for the birthday smiles! I love Halloween and these spooky wrecks are perfect! :)

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I hope I am not the only one who saw a Doctor Who reference in that last line!! (That episode was just hilarious with Billie trying (and failing) to use a Scottish accent!)

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Hilarious Halloween posts! At least the pink ghosts don't have to worry about Pac Man.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Saxon

OMG, @Just Andrea, it does INDEED look like a sleeping swan neck border! And @TLC, I wanna come eat doughnuts and frosting and more frosting with you! Hope your back feels better soon. I had to take my best friend to the ER for the same reason this week. She said it was worse than labor pains. I think frosting definitely helps to cure that, don't you?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Is it just me or does the ghost in the background to the left of Stanley look a little like Ursula from the little mermaid?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

That guy to the back left of Stanley looks just so shocked!! And that chick next to him (I assume it's a female ghost, it appears there are eyelashes on the eyes) seems equally in awe with the wide-eyed stare. Perhaps Stanley has done something, well...shocking, and is now all forlorn over it. He is awfully far away from his friends there....awww, poor Stanley, now I'm feeling bad for him!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

This awesome post reminded me of a favorite (not-really-Halloweeny) joke:

What happened to the cannibal who came home late for dinner?
He got the cold shoulder.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Why are those overly flocked Christmas trees with left over Halloween decorations under them staring at me?

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Thanks, @Karate Lady. I couldn't figure out that second cookie cake at all. I didn't notice a cauldron until you pointed it out!

I'll gladly take that last cake though, even with the snowy tree ghosts, sine those candy pumpkins are one of my favorites.

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

Thanks for the smiles, I was in need of some happiness today! Have a great Halloween!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Ross

Brava, Jen! :D a post of puns was just what I needed.

@mel and KarateLady (standing ovation)

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Aww the poor skeleton lol. And that ghost wow poor flattened guy. I would however still eat the doughnut mwhahahahahhaa lol.

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Totally missed the cauldron until it was pointed out.

Stanley is beside the point: chocolate donut with chocolate glaze, yum!

@Nagzilla - good one. At least he cleans up his own messes. ;)

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Ok, I think I've got an explanation for the pink ghosts. Or their facial expressions anyway. They must be a family and the one with the eyebrow/mustache (eyestache?) actually drew it on playing with mommy's eyebrow pencil. Mommy just looks half bemused/half proud at Little's, erm, creativity, and Daddy, or maybe big brother, is smirking at how much Little is going to get laughed at.

Or did I put too much thought into that?

Here in Iowa kids are supposed to tell jokes before they can get their candy on Halloween (well, actually Beggar's Night, which is the night before Halloween...Yeah, I don't get it either...) I grew up in Minnesota where we had blizzards on Halloween and had to wear our costumes over our heavy winter coats and snowpants...Halloween 1991 anyone?

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

The saying is Trick OR Treat, not Trick FOR Treat. That is why your adult frieds saw lobsters.
Whoever asked for a trick first was, without intending to, asking for the usual tricks played on non-treaters, like toiletpapering the premises or shaving cream on the windows! Now that is nasty.

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

@Barbara Anne: thanks, and it's good to see you here again!!!! (standing, clapping, big smile)

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

@mel - Pun perfection. Thank you.

Jen - You are the wind beneath our wings. Great job!

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

thanks @Karate Lady for pointing out the cauldron. I thought cake 2 was a group of random objects -orange chrysanthemum, white powder puff, egg yolk and some weird creature whose face had melted into a puddle of chocolate pudding.

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersusie r

@lisadh: you're welcome...and thank you!

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

@Barbara Anne - Goodness! You think so?! Aww... Thank you! (And as mel said, good to see, uh, hear, no, READ you here again! ;-)

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarate Lady

Mah-velous, dah-ling. Simply mah-velous.

November 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVioletRose

My boyfriend is from St Louis and told me the same thing about having to tell jokes for candy! I'm from the Illinois side (no, not Chicago...there's more to IL than Chicago, people!) and had never heard of this tradition. Lol!

November 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershannon

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