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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






Thanks to Steven C., Elizabeth E., and Jennifer S. for remembering that it could always be worse.

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Reader Comments (50)

I can't decide if it looks more like worms on the cakes or spaghetti. Neither one is very appetizing.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

The Albino: [raspy voice] The Cakes of Despair! Don’t even think… [clears throat] … don’t even think about trying to re-bake!"

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

"Raspbry." You have to say it in a Maggie Smith / Dowager Countess accent.
C'mon, try it: Raspbry. Raspbry. Raspbry.
See? It really works.

Now dig in. It seems a pity to miss such a good pudding.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Why, them thar Victory-an lacy worm squiggles is thuh elegantust thaing ah ever dun seed.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Love a day that begins with The Princess Bride! :) (And for the record, I think Inigio is correct!)

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

Somewhere in England a group of Victorian tatters are sobbing into lace hankies.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

I broke out in giggles with the Princess Bride reference. and I agree with miss_paper - Inigio is totally spot on! not much elegant or lacey or whatever on these cakes.

Thanks for a morning smile.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

Do they even know what lace is???

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

We are gathered here
to demonstrate our skill set:
extrusions galore.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Shoelace, perhaps.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

I suddenly have this overwhelming desire for lace and meatballs in a nice tomato/basil sauce...and cake.....

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Nice job, bakers! That's using your noodle....

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSir Laffsalot


December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

I never thought of making a ramen themed cake before, but the first cake really has me thinking about my upcoming 30th birthday party!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! A Galaxy Quest title!! I love you even more now, haha!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

So Victorian Lace looks like an advanced case of Heartworms.

Wow. Who knew?

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

@Sharyn and Haiku Joy --- LOL!
LOVE the Princess Bride tie-in!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I think the decorator turned on the lace-pumping machine, and then left for their 15 minute break.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Hey...has anyone seen my Silly String....oh...never mind.....

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPassing By

@kayk - shoelace had me cackling out loud!! Good thing my door was closed!! O.O

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranony mouse

Some of those *lacy* designs looked really familiar to me. Then I remembered that when I was a kid, I had a Play-Doh Fun Factory. =^e.e^=

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Silly String-like icing doesn't equal lace or lacey. This or this is lacey icing.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAkgreentea

I'm so glad we went with lace rather than tapeworms.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

You give me spaghetti, Take from me my lace. . .

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Nothing like a couple of Princess Bride references to brighten up one's day... thanks, John! :)

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Can you hear the sound of ultimate suffering in cyberspace?

These cakes look like someone applied Cheez-Whiz during an earthquake.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Wendy - You win the Internet today.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Hmmm... {consults Cake Wrecks Thesaurus} whaddya know!
Lace = Silly String.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJadeybee

Sooo.... is this where the top ramen nobody can use goes?

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter-Unknown-

I think that they looked at the pictures of their spaghetti and meatballs cake and somehow the word "lace" came to mind. This is the product of that inspiration. $10 and coupon to Arbys to the first person who gets ahold of their book of pics and burns it.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Miller

So, I'm noodling around the interwebz, saddened by the death of that great states-manicotti, Mandala, looking for something to cheer me up. I finally get to Cake Wrecks, where I can't help but sagne, "What the fettuce?" Is that spaghetti, or vermincelli? It really just looks like a bigoli pile of crapellini. Probably some ziti-faced kid decorated those cakes. Those bakers must feel fusilli putting those out for sale. I mean, its farfalle-fetched to think that those look anything like lace. Especially since they cost such a pretty penne! I think I'll passatelli on the cakes, thank you very much. I spatzle at my screen. Then, I put on my bowtie, and with Barbina at my elbow, we left for our tripoline to Guilder, in search of some decent cannelloni.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

All hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster. May his noodley appendages touch and bless you.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaq

I too had the Play Doh Fun Factory. I also had the Mop Top Hair Shop and what is on these cakes looks like what my mom swept up from the floor when I was finished.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershannon

The first cake I remember is a wilton technique - called Sotas - they teach it! LOL


December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudi

PRINCE BRIDE QUOTE!!!!!! You can never go wrong with that!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJael

@jackwire: That was freaking AWESOME! Loved it!! The only thing I'd add is this: After eating all of that, I'd have to say, "Leave the gum; take the cannoli." =^~.-^=

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow I really needed a laugh today and everyone delivered. My favs are @Zippy (Victorian Tatters killed me) and Wendy (love Stevie Nicks). Thanks all!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Um ... no. Just no.

Though if you add raspberry jam and Ferro Roche to the top cake, you get fake spaghetti! (I did that with cupcakes once.)

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

@jackwire: well done, well, done.....I couldn't get pasta line or two without laughing....

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Reminds me of my 1st apt. and 1st ever dinner party. 8 people for a pasta dinner. Humm how much pasta?. 1 box per couple sounded about right so 4 boxes into the pot...came out looking like cake #1..I ate pasta for a month.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNetasha

Makes me wonder what wreckerators think lace is? Lol on second thought I probably don't want to even know what crosses in their minds for lace, snowflakes, or anything else hehe.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

It was bring your family to work day. The kids got to decorate with silly string and the husband got to decorate with his trusty caulk gun.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn in Tenn

Their way's not very sportsman-like [with those cakes]!

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Well placed Princess Bride reference, but I can't help but laugh at the aspiring wreckers in the peanut gallery who've misspelled "Iñigo".

Okay, so most people aren't nerdy enough to include the tilde, but you get the joke.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreenhouse

lace? more like spaghetti. or the stuff you make with play-doh when you squeeze it out through the "spaghetti" feature of that thing (i'm sure it has a name) that you push the play-doh through for different tube shapes.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Love the Princess Bride reference!
Watched it with my daughter recently, I'm ever so quietly trying to turn it into her favourite movie. Harry Potter is in the way, though.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNoëlle

"Are you referring to the worm or the spaghetti?"

'Cause I'm not sure which that is. The one thing it most definitely is not is lace.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

#1 looks like they dumped a bag of shredded mozzarella on it. lol

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

How bizarre, I used that exact quote this morning when the word "inconceivable" came up in a sentence. One can never have enough Princess Bride in one day.

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill

@Lady Crim: Fake spaghetti = "impasta"

(Not my original joke; there used to be a newspaper cartoon called "Graffiti".)

September 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

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