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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

Bird is the Word

Poor Big Bird. He's a beloved childhood icon, he just turned 45, and he gets no respect in the baking world.

It's one thing to rip the poor guy's beak off, but then to sign your name (illegibly) in its place? For shame, Halko! Or maybe Nillo...Mouo? Dang, this Wreckerator must have written code for the NSA in a former life; I have no idea what that says.


Guys, it's a sad, sad day on Cake Wrecks when a dreaded CCC is the "best" of the bunch:

Although I don't recall his beak being quite that...Popsicle-y. Hang on, lemme go grab a reference photo. [furious clickety-clicking]


Ah, here we go:

Yeah, not so much a Popsicle as a banana bicycle seat. (Anyone remember those?) this Big Bird, or a blonde Elmo? I'm confused.

From the look of that beak/mouth combo, though, at least I know I'm not the only one.


And lastly, if you've ever wondered what would happen if Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird had a lovechild...

Wonder no more.


Hey Monique R., Donald L., & Todd T., did you know that Big Bird is a lark? It's true. Honest.


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Reader Comments (36)

That last one D: I still cannot comprehend how these bakers have jobs....

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That CCC is brilliant... brilliant yellow.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBea


If I baked a nice cake now
Would you know it was from me
For my work is quite wrecky
'Cause the classes I took were all for free

Well I'm making Big Bird now
Gonna bake him in my range
He's one sick looking muppet
But this bird I cannot change
Big Bird's looking really strange
I think my cake's got the mange

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

From the looks of Cake #3, I'd guess that some reasonably talented but unfamiliar with the show tried to make a "Sesame Street" monster. Then a lesser talented mother came along and said, "There's no yellow monster on the show! Ah, well...we'll just make it into Big Bird. See? Add a beak, and it's all fixed."

(And yes, I did know that Big Bird was a lark. Never fully explained is why he's an 8-foot-tall lark. THAT I'd be interested to know.)

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I make cakes as a hobby, and they're pretty darn good.......but many years ago I tried to get a job in a bakery and they told me I wasn't qualified. So who the heck are these "bakers" and how are they getting hired...and not only are they keeping their jobs? I'm really upset about this. THIS is the downfall of our civilization.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Happy 2nd Birthday, John. This should send you screaming from the room every time you hear the theme song on TV.

And, yes, the CCC is the best of the lot.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Is the last one really that wrecky? what if it's not supposed to be Big Bird but just a large bird? it's kind of well done (& sort of cute) considering they seemed to have only used a star tip to decorate with & it seems pretty impressive that they've gotten him to sit up straight. Wonder if there's a cupcake or other cake structure underneath all those star-feathers...

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I think the first cake is supposed to be saying "hello" as Big Bird often does, but the possible cheeriness of the message is ruined by it being 1) illegible and 2) in the place where his beak should be. Big Bird also looks awfully pissed about the missing beak.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

My Big Bird cake was one of my most favorite cakes I've ever made....and also one of the most challenging. His face is so iconic, it can be difficult to get it just right. I feel bad for these bakers. But also wish they'd tried a little harder. ;)

Click for photo

All edible. Quite a challenge.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Happy Baker

Not that I'm one to drop names, but I'm hanging out with Big Bird all this week at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. I'll be sure to wish him a happy birthday.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Y'know, that last one is a failure as Big Bird, for sure. But I think it's pretty cute in its own right. Anyone recall the famous "Mad Bluebird" photo? Even the cutest feathery thing sometimes looks grumpy when viewed from the front. ;)

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterms_xeno

"LOVECHILD"?! HAH! That's a drunken-quickie-in-the-back-seat-dying-of-shame-in-the-morning child! But no need to guilt-trip the little b- er... basket of joy... =^-.-^=

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I cannot even comprehend the beak-mouth combo! Ha! Maybe it's a crazy mustache. Can't be any worse of an idea. Oh and I believe the first one says "Hello" if you were honestly wondering. Though how he says hello with half a beak is astounding!

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Hood

All caught up again! And I can take a breath because the boss is on vacation! WOOHOO!!!

That last umm...thing...scares me every time I see it. O.O

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

ptooie! you forgot to say ptooie!

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbecca knox

I hear that, Suzanne Dargie. I applied for a job as a professional cake decorator, after I took a course in it and everything, and I always get shot down. I come here to feel better, but somehow it never helps much...

Sorry folks.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Am I the only one who saw that the writing on the first cake is actually on the top half of the beak? Granted, the top of the beak is awfully flat, and it's terribly askew... Maybe Big Bird got run over?

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenna

I'm thinking the wreckers have possibly never seen Sesame Street.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

About the last cake, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch are both performed by Carol Spinney...

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I think Big Bird is saying Hello from his non-beak. ;)

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Jensen

Aren't Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch voiced by the same guy?

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

The second BB wreck kinda looks like Mordecai from "Regular Show". Maybe it's his great uncle! ...or great aunt since it looks like this birdy is rocking some heavy eyeliner.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

@Julie-Show him these cakes. I'd love to hear what he has to say!

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The last cake looks like it was iced with deviled egg filling. O_o

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Big Grouch or Oscar the Bird?

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Hmm... I did not know that Big Bird was a lark.

Maybe whoever created him was paying a tribute to the Harlem Globetrotters??

That's why he's so tall and...(wait for it)...a meadowlark, lemon!

(sorry, it popped into my head and then I just couldn't help myself!)

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkrunchifrog

I didn't know Big Bird was a lark, but maybe he's so tall and yellow because he's a Lemon Meadowlark! (Kids, ask your parents. Nah, just Google it.)

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Poor young John will be having nightmares for weeks. On a positive note, at least his parents can tell him that the scary thing on top is 'armless.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrumpyMum

About that last cake: I think someone's been eating corn on the cob. And possibly the cob.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

That last one looks more like Big Turd than Big Bird.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

No. 2 - eggs and olives for eyes and a carrot beak, all swimming in a sea of yellow mustard. Mmmmm.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Are you sure that third cake isn't a Sunday Sweet? I have never seen a better Big Bird cake.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I can't believe no one else has commented that the bird on the last cake is FASTENED TO THE FLOOR WITH HOOPS. I swear that's a straitjacket, too. What is going on here?

Happy Baker - great job.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

i wrote a letter to big bird when i was a kid and asked if it was a boy bird or a girl bird. he wrote back and told me he was a big bird. *hand to god* at like 5 years old i was very disappointed.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjamie lynn

Wow.. poor Big Bird. I wonder if any of these wreckerators even watch Sesame Street or are just guessing when they make these things lol.

December 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Are these really bad Big Bird cakes? Or really good cakes of Chica from Five Nights at Freddy's?

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPinkie Pie

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