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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

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Have you had your coffee yet?
Let's find out:


What's Wrong With These Pictures?




This next one's tough:


Here's a hint:






And my favorite, which has double the problems, double the fun(ny):


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john's helpful answer key

#1- Baby cake for a 3-year-old
#2- Somebody named their child "Colonel"
#3- Lipstick applied poorly
#4 & #5- Only 12 sprinkles on 5th cupcake
#6- Balloons filled with sulfur hexafluoride
#7- Minnie's pumps totally clash with Mickey's hat

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Reader Comments (58)

Next Halloween, I'm totally dressing as a three-handed one-eyed Mickey Mouse pirate witch.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeanG

A couple of those took a minute... but all WHY?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

Poor Snow, in #3. She's been living in that tiny cottage with a bunch of short people so long, she's developed a "widow's hump" that would put Richard III's scoliosis to shame.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

I think Mickey is confused...

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

I don't see what's wrong with the first cake other than a 3-year old is not a baby. What am I missing?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCC

I like the six-fingered Hulk goal tending!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKA

It was kind of them to prove those were two-bite cupcakes.
They took one bite and left the other one for the customer.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOhKarin

When the Hulk requested a child, the six-fingered man only dared say, "As you wish."

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Mickey the Pirate Witch???
One cupcake short of a dozen???
A "Baby" cake for a three year old????
That is soooooooo wrong in many ways
(Unless a "grazer" decided to sneak off with a cupcake without paying full price for the package!)

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Yep, some of those took me awhile too, especially #1.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Hmmm...a man with six fingers on his right hand.

"HELLO! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die!"

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

What's wrong with them? Just about every one of them is missing a comma, of course. (Why is it that the non-optional "direct address" comma is left out so often these days?)

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSean

@JeanG, I had the same thought. I'd actually pay extra for that cake because of all the work that went into it, especially Mickey's ghostly third hand. Hard placing all that plastic flotsam so artistically.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

Snow White and Hella Jeff, coming this fall on Adult Swim!

@Bigg3469: Not just one; look again.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPocket

Any chance you could do a Sunday Sweets tribute to Terry Pratchett and Discworld this week or next?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

What was the maker of the last one on, and where can I get it?????

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Nothing's wrong with any of them that a good, old-fashioned stampede of wild elephants through the bakery couldn't fix....and maybe the Mickey one needed a hand holding the lid up off the cake...obviously he had a hard time seeing clearly--look how he's dressed!
Oh, and the first one is missing the apron strings... =^-.-^=

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@CC: Isn't that enough?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Ed, you did well. I cannot believe Jen missed the Princess Bride reference! You really made me laugh!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrob333

I agree with Sean. The missing comma bothered me more than anything (except for the missing cupcake, of course). The other cakes are weird or poorly rendered, but it's really just the missing punctuation that makes them "wrong."

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

@ Steve

@CC: Isn't that enough?
March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Yes, it is. I was looking for a grammatical error or some other decorating horror.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCC

I bet #6 went over like a lead balloon. *rimshot*

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKing Ævil

In defense of the first cake: I had I combination baby shower/birthday party for my son. My due date was a few days after his birthday and I didnt have the energy for two parties. His cake said "Happy Birthday new Big Brother" though.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate

i don't understand what's wrong with the first one - can someone enlighten me? I know a 3 year old isn't a baby, but it's not bad.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Funny thing is I didn't even count the fingers on the Hulk hand. I was just wondering why it was trying to do a reverse dunk? As for the cupcakes, I noticed 2 missing!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

I am beginning to think that the ones who decorate these cakes are either uneducated or on drugs!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOcracoke Dreamer

Snow White looks like PBS's Arthur.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Snow White is a cautionary tale. Get your salt from the dwarfs' mine and you won't have enough iodine in your diet to prevent goiters. I've always wondered why so many wear hoodies. Now I know.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark in SF

As for the last cake, I think we have leftover flotsam from three different kits: the witch looks like she's wearing Daisy Duck's shoes (with both Daisy's hands on the broom, for safety, I guess), Mickey is clearly a pirate, with a disassociated hand, & the treasure chest I'm betting is from a Little Mermaid set (see the crab & water bubbles?).

That said, I have to admire the creativity of making all these leftover pieces (sorta) work together.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

@JeanG, my sister and I cannot stop laughing at your comment!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

OK, I've read all the comments hoping to find out what is wrong with cake #5, but no one seems to have commented. Please help, it is driving me bananas.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnonyMe

To Sean: Preach it!

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrammar Gracie

Well, I saw this cake, comin' outta the room,
It had a black eye patch, and a plastic broom,
I commenced to laughin' and I said "ptoo-ee"
It looks like a Halloween cakewreck to me!

It was a one-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
(One-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse)
A one-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
Sure looks wrecked to me! (One eye?)

Well he came to the beach, and he lit on the chest,
I said, Mr. Purple Pirate Mouse, you're not best
I heard him say in a voice so beat,
You'll still eat me cuz I'm so sweet!

It was a one-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
(One-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse)
A One-eyed, three-hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
Sure looks wrecked to me! (3 hands?)

I said, Mr. Purple Pirate Mouse, what's your line?
He said, trick-or-treatin' and I think that's fine!
But that's not the reason that I'm on this cake -
The baker didn't really wanna decorate!

Well, bless my heart, not quite art, flyin' purple pirate mouse
Spray-paint sand, extra hand, flyin' purple pirate mouse
(He's on cake wrecks!)
Flyin' purple pirate mouse,
Sure looks wrecked to me!

Well, he crashed to the beach and he lit on the sand,
He started to wreck, really wrecking it grand
He was a crazy Mickey with a swingin' broom
Sing a boop boop aboop lopa lum bam boom

Well, bless that crab, it's that bad, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
Flotsam bag, witch in drag, flyin' purple pirate mouse,
(We love cake wrecks!)
Flyin' purple pirate mouse,
Sure looks wrecked to me!

[piping bag solo]


March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Snow has one heck of a trapezius there. Must be in training as a shot-putter?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Just to add insult to injury, I'm pretty sure the Mickey cake is cupcakes...

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Am I correct in perceiving that Mickey the three-handed Pirate-Witch is perched on a thin smear of frosting on top of cardboard, with no actual cake anywhere to be seen? Or am I just hallucinating from the excess of cake related horror?

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLogicMouse

I thought 4 cupcakes were missing - one in each corner.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I'm wondering why there is a treasure chest from the game Squelchies on the Mickey cake. It's got the little gems and the lobster/crab at the bottom! So weird/desperate/demented.

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPicklehead

@AnonyMe - The balloons are upside down compared to the text. =-)

March 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Wow. Snow White looks really really happy to be there lol. Almost couldn't tell it was Snow for a minute. And why is a three year old considered a baby still? Only wreckerators will know I guess. The rest of these especially the cupcakes had me in tears I was laughing so hard.

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

@Seabird Thank you so much! They're balloons! Now my brain can rest. :-)

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDakiara

@ Seabird: [piping bag solo]

This about did me IN.

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I just absolutely love wrecked children's birthday cakes!!! They're even funnier than the wrecked wedding cakes and we just LMAO at those.

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Ok I know I can be a little dense but what is wrong with the first one? 3 years olds are'nt babies, what?

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMegam

You bakers have really outdone yourselves this time. You really have.

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I thought Snow White looked so much like Rachel Dratch that I did not even notice the hump.

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen B

Happy Pi Day, everyone! (March 14=3.14, this year it's even 3.14.15)

Suppose they have a cake for that ? =)

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

It looks to me like Snow White wandered into a random Doonesbury strip. Those eyes are so Treaduesque Truedeauean?

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpakajack

Reminded me of some classic dialogue:
Dr. Frankensteen: Perhaps I can help you with that hump?
Eyegore: ...What hump?

@Seabird: Happy Ultimate Pi Day to you, too!

A Pi Day joke (hint: say it out loud)

2πr > 1

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

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