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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

Comic Issues

Technically, bakeries have to get permission from the copyright holders to use certain logos in their cake designs. But really, who has the time or energy for that?

Besides, why use this...


...when it's essentially just a red "S" on a yellow triangle anyway?

Totally the same, AND free for anyone to use.


Come to think of it, you really don't even need that triangle; a yellow background still gets the idea across, right?

A "super" cake, for a, er, "great" man!


It's interesting to see the lengths bakeries will go to to avoid using a licensed Batman kit, too:

This one could fool just about any lawyer: a playing card and a friendly Halloween bat? Nope, no Batman stuff here!


Plus, this could be just your average creepy clown cake:

A very "serioust" clown, that is.


Here's my favorite, though:

"Now, Pat, we've got to make sure that 'Bat' and 'Man' are two separate words, okay? And obviously no bats."

"Nooo problem, boss. How do you feel about seagulls?"


Jessica T., Eddie, Jill M., Aileen M., & Maria, "super" job! Oh and happy Batman Day, everyone!


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Reader Comments (33)

I see that Ray's cake is really a cunning budget conscious attempt to save money and future frustration by have one cake cover any and all birthdayS that Ray may have.
Then there's the Bat Man cake with the radioactive icing. Those seagulls are in for a surprise when they fly through the death rays emanating from those glowing words.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Triangle S-Man
Doing what he does, hating
Flying Mammal Man

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

If you're Bat man and you know it raise your ha nd
Why doesn't anybody ever give a da mn
That puny bat just doesn't show
How far the man in black can go
Why don't anybody ever understand.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpointaken

What the heck is that "clown" supposed to be? It looks as if the baker had some leftover icing, just spread it around, and called it done.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Holy Flock of Seagulls, Bat Man, looks like they found us out! The fog cloaking device just wasn't enough to hide your neon name and the subterfuge of separating the words fooled no-one. Great flying formations, we're doomed...

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Ah, Haiku Joy -- I've missed you.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Nope. No bats on the last cake. And no men, either.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

Someone help me understand the clown cake.

Thank you.

Actually, that red S in the yellow triangle is how the logo looked the first few years of Superman's existence

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJRob

Dear Cake Wrecks:

I am Gotno Tipps, President of CloseEnuff Bakeries™, and I must take issue with your post today. For many years we have been purveyors of Incredibly Similar Cakes™ and have had a very successful business. So, frankly, I am at a loss as to why you chose to picture our products on a weekday and not showcase them on the Sunday Sweets page. We employ only decorators who are Past Their Prime certified. As you may know, the PTP certification is not easily obtained. A decorator must prepare a total of five (5) different cakes, and if any, and I stress any, of the fourteen judges recognize what’s on even one of them, the decorator fails. Few other industries have such high standards.

CloseEnuff Bakeries™ and its resulting best-selling product Incredibly Similar Cakes™ was developed after years of hearing customers say, “Well, just make it look like Batman,” or, “He wants something like Superman’s S.” We listened. And as a result we have a successful line of, well, Incredibly Similar Cakes™ available today. We have, for example, a purple dinosaur, “Barnee;” a big yellow bird, “Large Bird;” a large furry thing we call “Snuggleupwithus;” and, of course, “Bat Man.” And, since you can’t copyright letters of the alphabet or colors, we can make symbols anyway we want, like we’ve done with our popular red “s’s” on a yellow background. Because these are not actual reproductions of copyrighted figures, we pay no royalties and are able to pass those savings directly on to the customer. After all, these Incredibly Similar Cakes™ are usually going to kids who—let’s face it – would rather play with the box and wrapping than the toy. No kid has ever complained. And, our cakes are delicious! We use only the finest generic box mixes and commercial frosting that is absolutely no more than a week past its “use by date.”

So please, Cake Wrecks, reconsider today’s post.


Gotno Tipps, President
CloseEnuff Bakeries™
Home of Incredibly Similar Cakes™

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGotno Tipps

Cartoon Network has begun showing "Avengers Assemble!" just after school, and Youngest thinks it's "SOO-OO COOL!" I asked her which one was her favorite, and she replied "The Hulk. He gets to smash things and then say funny stuff." (I'm not sure I like that idea.)

Maybe I better make this cake myself. If we leave it up to these bakers, we could get a large man (no copyright issues there! Many men are large!) in neatly hemmed denim shorts looking sad and saying, "You won't me when I'm grouchy!" Close but not crossing the line!

Instead of Hulk Smash, we get Emo Hulk. I'm not explaining THAT to my daughter.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Bahahaha@haiku joy :D. Those cakes could lead to crying and other serious issues for the kids-pay up bakers.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I miss writing here - I've been reading but I frequently have spells near the end of the semester where all my energy goes to calming dedicated students who have no reason to be in hysterics and explaining to astonished students that there is no score on their final which will magically make up seven weeks of absences.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

The Joker cake (#4) was almost as scary as Joker in the movie. Speaking of which, has Dominic, who is turning 4, actually seen "The Dark Knight"? You're a braver man than I am, Dominic.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

There's many a span
'Twixt Bat and Man.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Is it me or does it look like one of those seagulls is taking a crap?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommentergayleD

@teresa from Portland: The clown cake emulates the late Heath Ledger's take on the Joker makeup. (He was also well-known for saying "Why so serious?", usually just before destroying something.)

And excuse me: Emo Hulk SHOULD be saying "You won't like me when I'm grouchy", in a close, but almost entirely unlike, approximation of his usual dark green.

SaraCVT from Vancouver, Washington (yes, there IS another one, and no, I don't have to hold dual citizenship)

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I thought maybe the second S was supposed to be a 5, but that looks like a plastic 3 from this angle. And yet there are seven candles. The heck?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Does anyone remember the cake that was featured in the birthday party in the movie Superman 3? While admittedly the cake wash;'t a total wreck but in the cut of the scene that ended up in the movie it is very obvious that the cake was very melty to put it best about ready to fall apart at worst.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Any Larry-Boy fans see Angry Eyebrows in that last cake? Anyone?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

The cake for Ray has a candle number 3 plus 7 more number 1 candles. So is Ray 3, 7 or 10? 37?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeadEyeDusty

Like clowns weren't scary enough?

@mel I less than 3 you in the most unstalkerish way possible ;-)

@Haiku Joy~ You, my friend, are AMAZING! We all miss you when you're not here and eagerly await the end of the semester. Remember to take care of yourself too!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Why does Ray...or S-Ray...have a candle of a 3 or 5, AND there are 7 single he 37 or 3 + 7 or is higher math (double digits?) just too much? And, is S-Ray anything like an X-Ray or a Z-Ray??? You have stumped me this time...wreckerator baker...I shall have my revenge wreckerator baker, I shall indeed...mmmuuuuuhahahahahahahhahaaaaaaaaaaa

Oh, erm, sorry. My inner villain got carried away.

Carry on Wreckers

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVaBeach alemaP

Am I the only one who saw "M" birds on that last wreck and thought of Bob Ross? No? Okay, carry on.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Yay, Tachybaptus!

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

These are my best guesses for Ray's cake:

1) With a cake that...ahem...super, you need FOUR to grow on; or

2) The three red(dish) ones are for him, and the blue ones are for the friends who turned up. Even at 3, Ray's mom was getting a reputation as a mom who threw cheap parties.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Hold on a second....either I am psychic or those brownies I just ate were more than chocolate, or on the third hand expired OJ is causing improved potency for powers of prophecy and portents OR, on the other side of an equation with so many sides already it belongs in a first grader's Common Core math workbook, this post is a repeat?

Did you guys go into syndication? ;p

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoi

@Jodee, Jodee, Jodee: you make me blush...and smile...(in the most unstalkerish way possible, of course....) (And I thought that that was an impenetrable alias today....) You are toooooo much! Thank you for the less than 3, and CW less than 3 to you, the most unstalkerish way....) :-)

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

mel, your style betrays you utterly.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Lmao at the funny comments. Oh man. As for these wrecks.. what on earth? I know insane clown cakes and avoid them like the plague but poor Heath Ledger's Joker lol. He deserves much better than that.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Those cakes are great (you know, cake wrecks great).

I feel like there's a flock of seagulls joke to be made for the last cake. I mean, I'm not saying the new wave band Flock of Seagulls and Bat Man are related, I'm just saying I've NEVER seen them in the same room together. Hmmmmm.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMystrana

Those are seagulls? I thought they were grass... though to be honest it's kind of hard to even guess what half this stuff is :)

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArianna M.

@Haiku Joy: drats...! and, glad to have you back! :-)

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

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