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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

No More Rhymes Now, I Mean It!

This Sunday is National Haiku Poetry Day, so I thought I'd share a few of my illustrated favorites:


Soft blue and brown swirls
somehow incomplete without
a beheaded deer.


Soft evening breezes
Radioactive tampons
Lighting my undies


Just clowning around
What a way to be headed


She drives me crazy
Like no one else (ooh. ooh.)
Someone check the oil.

Waves of well wishes
A sea of celebration
Happy...Stan? You ok?


Thanks to Grace R., Maria A., Kristina K., Samantha T., & Fay K., who know that haikus are easy, but sometimes they don't make sense.


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Reader Comments (52)

Bwahahaha :D

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Deer head tampons clown
Red racecar floating dead Stan
You're right. It's easy!

Happy Birthday, Joy! It is your birthday, right?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Wreckerator fail
I'm sure no one will notice
(Quick! Send Jen pictures!)

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

The clown body was not what I thought it was at first glance. Remember, it is early, I haven't finished my first Coke and I forgot to take my BC this morning, so I thought it was a certain portion of the female anatomy gone rogue. Torso=Uterus, Arms=Fallopians, Ruffle at the bottom=hair. Legs I will leave to your imagination. I really should finish my Coke before I come here.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracy W.

What were the radioactive tampons supposed to be? I don't even have a guess.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBB, Miami

Cake Wrecks and haiku
One is crumby, one is not.
But which one is which?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

You are such a genius.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

First cake: A 24-ct CCC, and only one buck? What a deal!
Last cake: Stan: "To B, or not to B...."

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

NHPD fell
on April seventeeth.
Is this a repeat?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Grue

Haiku Joy just got
an early Christmas present!
Is it a peanut?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlysafulb

That Stan cake is so well done! Presumably he's a keen swimmer, and no one looked at the cake when it was done and thought "Hang on a minute..."

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Anybody want a peanut?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

Anybody want a peanut?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

Holiday laughter
Brings us wreckies together
Merry Samtsithc all

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Princess Bride AND Fine Young Cannibals?!?!? This is going to be a great day!

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I'm not even sure what those Glowing Tampons are. Maybe Ghost Buster Traps? And why is there a Single B next to Stan's Body? Are they trying to have the cake read "B Stan?"

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Love the Haikus Jen!
Wreckerators never fail
To give me a laugh.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Jen -- you amaze me. Beautiful, talented, fantastic husband, funny, clever, intelligent ---- AND you do great haikus! So jealous.
My fave was the last one.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

a Japanese poem
haiku write one, but canoe?
(will he ever stop?)

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

I got about 2.5 hours of sleep last night, so I'm not even going to attempt a haiku. It would be worse than these wrecks.

Jen, once again, I am in awe of your talents. Please send a slice to wreckerator no. 2. Radioactive tampons? I would love to know what this is supposed to be!

And now, it's time for a nap. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Haha brilliant

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Oh, my eyes, my eyes!
These wrecks are just atrocious
Pass the brain bleach, please

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

glowing undies *snort*
tea hits my laptop screen *splat*
Cake Wrecks I love you

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandy

Maybe it's my science background talking, but those radioactive tampons look like flagellate bacteria to me. Some of them do glow under UV.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertehpet

Maybe the the clown just poofed away and left his suit laying there. That's why there are no hands or feet either.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrasawee

Pretty sure the tampons are supposed to be iPods.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love this so much
I want some neon tampons
but I don't know why

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

I'm wondering if the radioactive tampons are Ipods? maybe?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

The Clown Suit With Nobody Inside 'Em.

The was a dark place in bakery.
Where I would often meet things of weird fakery.
It was then when I met them
The Clown Suit With Nobody Inside 'Em.
I first saw them there,
Hovering about in the air.
So I ran as fast as I could bare.

Then it seemed that they always turned up.
In the bakery next to the cakes of the cup.
They hover right there,
As I would just sit and stare,
Trying to see what they were trying to share.

I never did come to like them.
The Clown Suit With Nobody Inside 'Em.

Dan B

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

what the hell is that tampon cake for hahahahaahahaha and is that supposed to be a uterus surrounding it lol

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaylene

Must be some of those Radiant tampons made by Tampax. I had a coupon for them and me and the CVS cashier had a fun time joking about radioactive tampons! :D

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

A flagellate bacteria cake? Oh, that is so much better than a radioactive tampons cake. Thank you so much tehpet for clearing up the mystery.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I needed a good laugh today. Still snorting about the radioactive tampons. Thanks, CakeWrecks!!!
These were all brilliant.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFM

My name is Mary and thanks to Jen I want radioactive tampons (aka iPods) lighting my undies!

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryc

I'll venture a guess
Radioactive Tampons:
Remotes for a Wii?

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeneric

Laughing I am now.
What are the tampons things for?
Those things frighten me.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

If I had to guess, the 'tampon' cake was actually for a microbiologist - and they're bacteria.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarwy

I think "radioactive tampons lighting my undies" might be one of my favorite things that I've ever read on this site. :)

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeal

I love this place.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Like mud after winter snow
The frosting puddles
On these bizarrely wreaked cakes.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Well those cakes sure made me never want to buy tampons or go near a decapitated clown lol. Radioactive tampons really is what that cake looked like. Scary wreckerators.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Wow, thank you. I had a pretty crappy start to my day (quite literally; I woke to discover my elderly Pug had not only crapped herself goofy in her sleep, she'd rolled around in it and ground it into the carpet) that just messed me up all day and into the wee hours, until I saw the Radioactive Tampons. Before I scrolled down all the way, I thought "WTF? Are those radioactive tampons or some junk?", then I read the caption and felt wonderfully clever and witty. First good laugh I've had all day, so thank you.

Happy happy to all and sundry,


December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

Where is Haiku Joy?
I would assume that she'd be
Commenting today.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Oh, please tell the story behind the Stan cake. "B Stan"...too good!

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Sadly, my friends, National Haiku Poetry Day has been permanently moved to April 17th. Although it only happened last year, so there are a lot of references out there still to December 21st.

(Although really, Haikus are so fantastic, we should celebrate them every darned day.)

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

The 'Stan-cake' is a Dutch cake, celebration Stan is a good swimmer! In Holland all children are following a swimming program. They start with a A exam, for B they have to swim a distance under water. Some kids are doing that in the way projected on the cake....

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

the headless clown - according to my 11 year old, is a THNEED, which as you know is a thing that EVERYONE needs. (Dr. Seuss - The Lorax)

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Ipods? Not so much
Glowing flagellates I see.
Peanuts all around.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

I like the first one--as long as that frosting is buttercream, of course. The cupcakes are swirled with frosting, not paved (echh), and it gives the impression of a watercolor painting of a deer peering out of the early morning fog on an autumn day.

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Islander

Im definitely hungry after reading this. Great work with the cakes by the way

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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