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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

Sunday Sweets For Dad

One of the job requirements for being a Dad is sharing all the things you love with your kids - no matter how outdated, embarrassing, or painfully uncool.


You know, like your favorite TV shows:

(Submitted by Angie Z. and made by CakeFX)


(By Mike's Amazing Cakes)


Or your favorite Jazz bands:

(By Cakes Du Soleil)


Maybe you insisted we learn an instrument:

(By Sugar Rush Cakes)


Or how to catch a ball:

(By Chattanooga Cakes)


You took us on our first road trips:

(By McGreevy Cakes)

And somehow we managed to get there without turning the car around.


Maybe you shared your prized comic book collection:

(By Custom Cakes by Kendra)


Or gave us your favorite childhood toy:

(By Avalon Cakes)


Maybe you took us to our first football game:

(By Cut The Cake)

... but understood when we were more interested in the marching band.


When we were older, maybe you kept singing silly songs like "On Top of Spaghetti," just to see us roll our eyes - before eventually joining in.

(By It's A Cake Thing)

On top of spa-GHET-iiii!
All covered with cheese
I lost my poor meeeeatball
When somebody sneezed!

Oh! And remember "Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts?"

[No cake here. You're WELCOME.]

And you know what, dads of the world? That stuff we didn't want to do, that stuff we moaned and groaned and rolled our eyes over? That's the stuff that makes us smile today, remembering how you loved us enough to share it with us.

Well, except maybe those Ella Fitzgerald albums blasting every Saturday morning. Sorry, Dad, but I do have my limits.


(By It's A Piece Of Cake)


Happy Father's Day, everyone!

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Reader Comments (34)


June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Happy Father's Day!! *humming On Top of Spaghetti*

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMalia

OMG the spaghetti cake and grilling cake :D and the t.v cake are all so awesome :D

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Nonna means grandmother, though she and Nonno were responsible for Dad being here.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjazzeau

thanks for the memories...and thanks, Dad, for sense of humor.....

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

Loved the cakes and the commentary today...but you left out one that I think perfectly illustrates how we all feel about our Dads:

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

Was there a Marx Brothers TV show I somehow missed?!? I need to look that up, i bet it was a scream!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Smith

I do believe that's the first grill cake that actually looks like a grill with food on it! Love the flames coming up between the grates! So it CAN be done! All these cakes are so fun; I especially enjoyed the I Love Lucy cake. And thanks to all those unsung hero Dads who break the stereotypes & help with the dishes, the laundry, the cooking, etc. who enjoy & participate in raising their kids! You've come a long way, baby! ;)

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMovieMom

Everybody sing with me now: "A-tisket, a-tasket, A brown and yellow basket...." The Queen of Jazz (and scat-singing), Jen -- what's not to love?! Let's dance! (And a shout-out to your Dad...!)

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteremmay

Aaaaaagh!!! I LOVE Ella Fitzgerald... if it wasn't for Dad I would never have learned about old time radio or the golden age of movies or fallen in love with all kinds of music...including oldies but moldies :)

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Look!!! Hot dogs that don't resemble poop!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEarkid

And what the smeg is wrong with Ella Fitzgerald? Okay, I get it, even the most classic of jazz albums turned up to 11 at seven o'clock on a weekend can be a bit annoying. But it's Dad's revenge for whatever awful music we blasted the other days of the week!
Consider yourself lucky. My dad listened to drum and bugle corps albums when I was growing up. I just didn't get it.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

Happy Falker Satherhood my peeps!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Cake #4 is particularly appropriate, as June is Accordion Awareness Month. Really. One of the best accordion players (and, seemingly EVERYTHING) in the world, Bob Hallett of Great Big Sea, told me so.

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

That accordion cake!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Is it just me, or is the sock monkey a bit creepy looking? (And appears to be fondling himself.) No? Just me? alrighty then! Soooooo...Hey, other than that the other cakes are wonderful! Love the road trip cake!!! And the comic book cake is SUPER sweet!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

JEN! You've made my day! You're the only other person I'm aware of that remembers "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts!" Do you know all the words? I can only remember part of them and have been wanting to the know the rest. I remember "Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, ------" ( and then I lose it, so I've inserted my own words which may or may not be correct) "---- dessicated doggy doo. Put them all in one big pot of stew. Then we'll all have lunch!" This would be a great theme song for Cake Wrecks, wouldn't it?

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBirdergirl

You've outdone yourself! Awesome collection. I Love Lucy is my favorite!

June 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercyndy bush

I am amazed to see a grill cake with foody looking food on it and cute little icing flames peeking through the grill. Absolutely amazed!

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJake and Me

It rolled off the taaaable,
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door

Thanks for the memories, Jen. I haven't thought of that song in years. And I join the chorus in saying what's wrong with Ella. I have an MP3 of her scatting "Blue Skies" that is just amazing.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoeMama

Speaking of Ella Fitzgerald, did anyone know Pat Boone recorded a hard rock/heavy metal album? "In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy," a 1997 album in which Boone covers hard rock and heavy metal songs in a jazz/big band style. Boone promoted the album by wearing leather clothing and a dog collar. "Metal Mood" was Boone's first hit album in 35 years! )

Another one for Dad to fire up on Saturday and Sunday mornings when all else fails to get them out of bed...

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Groucho had You Bet Your Life, but the Marx Bros. as a group (of varying numbers) started in vaudeville and transitioned to films. By the TV era they were well past their prime, though Groucho made a big comeback, really a whole second career, out of You Bet Your Life, on both radio and TV. The second time around the mustache was even real.

A recent Antiques Roadshow had one of two papier-mache duck props made to be lowered with the 'secret word'. It was only the backup duck so may have never been used, but it was still how impressively crude it was, like something schoolkids might have made. I guess on a grainy, black-and-white tv it looked just fine.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarkinSF

I thought I was the only one who ever sang Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, the kids I work with find it hilarious when I sing it!

Birdergirl - Here are the lyrics as I learned them:
Great big globs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat,
Little turdy birdy feet,
French fried eyeballs swimming in a pool of blood,
And I forgot my spoon - Oh darn!

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMushMo

Birdergirl, the words I was taught in Girl Scouts way back when are:

Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, little birdies' bloody feet, french-fried eyeballs wrapped in fingernails...and I forgot my spoon! Ain't that a shame?

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

Ok, we were taught:
boys are made of:
greasy grimy gopher guts,
marinated monkey meat,
dirty little birdies feet!
roasted eyeballs rolling down a toilet seat,
ain't I glad I forgot my spoon!

maybe that's the southern version? Groucho had a tv show, and Harpo was on it once to plug his book. other than that, they were only on the stage, film and radio together. but the cake is fantastic!

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Jo

It rolled down the garden
and under a bush
and now my poor meatball
is nothing but mush

Never, ever forgot the second verse, lol!! :D :D

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeesa

"It rolled down the sidewalk
And under a bush
By then my poor meatball
was nothing but mush"

I'm particularly impressed by the grill. After all the grill wrecks with "food" that was unrecognizible, if not unappetizing, it is amazing to see one that looks right.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermagicdomino

I'm proud to say I remember all the verses to "On Top of Spaghetti", and just sang it aloud to my son!

On the other hand, I'll just pretend you didn't mention that gopher guts song, which holds the dubious distinction of being my second-least-favorite children's song ever.

Love the cakes though - the car trip one is my favorite! I should share that picture with my dad, with whom I already share many fond travel memories. =-)

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird


The sock monkey definitely looks like he's "spanking" his namesake.

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

Really cute...only problem is tge spagehtti one...Nonna is GRANDMA in italian......awkward...

June 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercake watcher

Very detailed cakes.

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Saxon



I still remember every word. "On Top of Spaghetti" is a close second.

July 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

And this is my rendition of "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" the way my mom taught me.

Great green globs of
greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
little dirty birdy feet
French fried eyeballs
Ain't that a dainty treat
especially for you.

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Am I seriously the only person who see's that the "I love Lucy" cake says Tracy and not Lucy?????

October 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

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