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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

Friday Favs: 11/7/14

Q: What did Sarah get when she ordered a newspaper cake like this for her Dad's birthday?

(by Jo's Cakes)


A: Something black and white and wrecked all over.

(On the plus side, at least it wasn't for a big milestone birthday or anyth... oh.)


I hear these guys are out standing in their field:



So do you think Kati needs help healing or falling?

Either way, at least we know what the baker could do better.


"Gimme an E!
"Gimme an R!
"What's that spell?"



And finally, how do I know this is supposed to be a car key?

Because I'm a sporty little number, and it's TURNING ME ON.


(Just kidding.)

(I'm not sporty.)


Thanks to Sarah R., Min, Kati, Edward P., & Jennifer T., who much prefers driving a hard... bargain.


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Reader Comments (35)

Hopefully Dad's eyesight is failing.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

You know, the optimist in me hopes that the happy birthday boy in the last cake received an Audi as his birthday present. Hopefully a well used one (cause no 18 year old deserves a $30,000 sports car, unless we can go back in time and give 18 year old ME one). If he didn't get a car, then way to waste a perfect tie in to a grand gift.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPamtha

Jen, you are on FIRE today!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Maybe the Marines are wearing those silly short pants...

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTiggy

I wonder if the bakery who made the Marine cake got a visit from a drill instructer ;) as for the newspaper cake that is an abomination D: and I hope she got a refund. The car key cake hurts to look at O_o and I refuse to believe that that is what is was supposed to be.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That 4th wreck... the "cornucopia", why am I seeing and upside down, exploding... um... yeah...

It could be an upside down ice cream cone of flowers?

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDelphine

I agree -- Jen you ARE on FIYAH today!

So, the ER cake would have been well done except for the idiot who piped on the text. Well, that and the cornpoopcopia.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Is it just me, or does that E.R. nurses' cake have some intestines - or worse - on it?!

The green circles on the key remind me of onion rings.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoonrabbit

That last cake...O_0

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

The Marine cake blew me away. I had to go get my husband and make him look at it just to see his face suddenly change. Hysterical, laughing with him and at the cake. He made a similar comment to mindi1. He says the writing on the cake probably only lasted until the gunny walked in and his face suddenly changed. (And not for the better) 0/o

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdo Annie

Remember the scene in The Godfather in which a vest (with a dead-fish "message" inside) is delivered to the Corleone/Cannelloni/whatever family? Well, that has nothing to do with this. But that first cake made me think of the possible, and amazing, ways one could hide a gun, or a file, or even a dessert fork inside of a cake, disguised as-get this: A NEWSPAPER. What do you think? This could open up a whole new line of--well, it was just an idea. Also: I remember Glenn Graffiti (on the cake) from the neighborhood. Nice boy. =^-.-^=

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Why does the U.S. have its marine crops in Tripoli? That doesn't seem like a very good place for us to be growing rice and seaweed.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoolia

A Day Filled with Strife (with apologies to the Beatles)

I read the news today, oh boy
About lucky Ray and his birthday
I thought his cake was rather sad
But I just had to laugh:
I saw the photograph

The next baker went too far
He doesn’t know Marines aren’t really crops?
It really goes against my grain
Never seen this before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the USA

I saw a cake today, oh boy
Poor Kati must have taken a bad fall
And not a person turned away
They just gave a cheer and this cookie here
Just to cheer her on….

Woke up, fell out of bed
Got a cut across my head
Looked in the mirror and said “What’s up?”
I needed stitches, not so great

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the ER in seconds flat
Found my way inside and grabbed a doc
Then I saw their cake and started to scream

I read the news today, Oh boy
About a birthday kid who got a car
Although his cake was quite a sight
The kid was quite confused
They told him it was a key to his new car and then he said
I’d love to turn it on

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

He's baaaaaaack...(straight from the Albert Hall)! Right-o, my good man!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

"Car key" was not the image that sprang to mind on the last one. I've been around here too long.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

As a scrapbooker, the Marine Corp cake would be a huge hit at a scrapbooking crop!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

I saw the last cake as a chainmail bicycle saddle.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

A fresh crop of recruits?

[Resisting urge to make horribly inappropriate "mowed down" joke.]

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

They say that no publicity is bad publicity...but the first cake might be an exception to the rule.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

mel, so glad to have you (and your brilliant parodies) back among us!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjuice318

Thanks for making my day better Jen and mel! Really needed to laugh today.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Pamtha: I see what you're saying but I wouldn't wish an old Audi (or Volkswagen) on anyone. Unless they wanted a lot of practice doing their own car repairs.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfacw

The Marine Corps one just showed up on my news feed. It was for a USMC NCO Ball in Okinawa. It was fixed before the party, done very well, I must say. If the cake was made off-base, it's not too shocking that 'Corps' was misspelled

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy--01

@mel, I think I need to send you the details of the car accident I had today. I'm OK but my car is probably totalled. But having you write a song about it would make it much better!

I am wondering: Are those popcorn shrimp in that cornucopia? Or are they ringworms?

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Anyone else notice that "impostor" is spelled wrong in the newspaper wreck? And what's a "mirrow"?

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Okay, it was a busy day so I am just now getting back to this, though I intended to do so sooner. (I just realized you have no idea when I'm posting this. Note to self: Talk to doctor about reducing dosage.)

ANYhoo, that key pattern is one of the options in the Wally World do-it-yourself key duplication machine, so this 18-year-old may be getting a HOUSE. I thought it was, but had to check it out before posting. Accuracy is important! Ask any cake decor...never mind.

PS: @Jodi disturbed minds think alike!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

For some reason that "car key" resembles a fancy scrub brush, more than anything else. But, yeah, I can see the bicycle seat, too.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

What is that thing wrapped in plastic that's on the "car key" cake? (I put "car key" in quotes because it's like no car key I ever saw.)

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

"Car key" needs some ointment. Cure that right up.

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKnitted boogies

@sendingtheclowns and @jiuce318: thanks...for the past week or so I have been battling with an intermittent and erratic internet connection, (and still haven't figured it out), which has made posting an impossible dream....
@LuLu: spending time with the CW main post and the comments makes everyone's day better -- hope tomorrow's even better for you!
@TLC: oh, no! I'm so sorry your car was totaled, but am ecstatic that you are OK! Let's see. how could we begin...."I totaled out my car today, oh boy"....but seriously, glad you're fine!

November 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

Oh man can't wait for more scary poo tornados to show up for Thanksgiving. Lol expecting tons of turdkeys too.

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

When you phone in an order for Marine Corps, CROPS is probably the best possible outcome. Marine Corpse. Marine Caw. Marine Call. Marine Corr. Marine Car. Marine Cow. It's all bad.

<standing ovation for Mel>

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I would be terrified of the repercussions for messing up a Marine Corp birthday cake. That many trained and angry (and drunk) Marines? Nope. Nope nope nope.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

@AA: thank you; I'm glad you enjoyed the parody!

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I didn't notice "crops" on the marine corps cake. I was too busy looking at the three arranged pentagrams that look like they came right out of the game "Doom."

May 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternobody

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