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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

The Far Side of the Wreck

I grew up reading The Far Side. My folks owned several of the books, and I can remember many happy nights curled up with the dry wit and bizarre observations of Mr. Gary Larson. I have no doubt this affected my own somewhat twisted sense of humor, because sometimes - usually after seeing something just a bit off - I'll hear an unmistakably Larson-esque narration start in my head.

You know, kind of like this:

Alone and outnumbered, C3pO did his best to blend in.


After a spritz of soda and a quick scrubbing, no one would ever guess at the dark events that transpired that fateful, frosting-filled night.


"So I says to him, 'Hey, Rabbit, it's my house and I'll hang a singing fish if I want to. And if you don't like his politics, find yourself another honey pot!'"


Bob surveyed his handiwork with pride. If only the Society of Delicate Penmanship and Context-Appropriate Color Coordination could see him now!


Buck couldn't help it: he laughed.

Unfortunately, the hunter's hearing turned out to be much better than his eyesight.

Thanks, Leah W., Julie B., Jaclyn B., Deborah F., & Matt W. You guys are far out.


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Reader Comments (43)

Addition to #1; … but soon he realized 2 of the Gorillas were looking at him very strangely.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Ah, Jen, I also loved The Far Side. You've got his phrasing absolutely perfect!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

You think it's easy being a vegan hunter?

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

One of my favorite replays. 'Cause I love Larson so much. Thank you!
This time I noticed the, "The moistest cake you've ever tasted!" sign. They take moist seriously at that bakery.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCuriousT

GREAT post Jen, I LOVE it when you do the Far Side of's always a treat to see Gary Larson honored with an homage a la "wreckerator". I bet you ANYTHING if he knew he would totally laugh...

@ SuBee: ROFL!!!! THAT was priceless!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVaBeach alemaP

Being a huge fan of Gary Larson and the Far Side: Thank you :-)

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

Meanwhile, Chewbacca the ranch, I think they should call the golden-heads C2POs, because that's all there are of them. =^-.-^=

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

You'd think that moistness wouldn't be a selling point, given how unpopular the word "moist" is.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Those captions are so perfectly Far Side-y.

Although in fairness, cake #2 does say it's "The moistest cake you've ever tasted!" So of course there would be liquid on top.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

hahahaha! Now I really want to know what happened that "fateful, frosting-filled night."

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterstaying anon

Ha ha ha :D

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

All the captions were hilarious! Bravo!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I love the Far Side. These Far Side posts are some of my favorite. keep them coming! they're perfect!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Pooh and Eeyore stared. Suddenly, the fish knew he was out of his depth.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Is "moistest" even a word? Shouldn't it be "most moist?"

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Did u also notice some of the Chewbacca heads r upsidedown? Lol

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjwinc

Love love far side. One panel comics are the best Bizzaro is great too. These cakes are hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbijoux

why are some of the "Cheweys" upside down?

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Love the snarky narrative!

If you want to go way out past the Far Side, check out the British cartoonist Glen Baxter, master of the truly bizarre. I would love to see Cake Wrecks commentary in his style...though some of your entries already come pretty close.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Not only are those Gorilla heads instead of Chewbacca heads, but some of them are upside down!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSpirit22

Love the upside down Chewbaccas on the first one too.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNat

Yes but why was the hunter on a skateboard?

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

Think Stacy should sleep with one eye open. I'm pretty sure Bob is a serial killer.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Anyone notice the random Vader in front of C-3PO? I guess Vader sort of looks like a gorilla...

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzieQ

His Midvale School for the Gifted diploma firmly in hand, Billy anxiously awaited the interview for the decorator position.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Loved this post! My husband graduated from high school with a girl who married Gary Larson and he showed up at their 20 year reunion. We sat at the table with them. He was actually very quiet and just kind of watched everyone the whole evening. I couldn't help but think he was gathering fodder for his next book . :-/

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Today is the sweet grandbaby's 1 month birthday. I think he needs cake. Not one of these, however. They will likely make him cry.

Hey @Sharyn, is "moistest" really a word?

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

I love you. Buck and his laughter! and the fish - LOL!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Rabbit? That's Eeyore! He's a donkey, Rabbit is yellow.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJosh in Champaign

C3PO then realized with a shock that Darth Vader was right below him!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSparkle

Jen, I'm also a big fan of Gary Larson, and I greatly miss his cartoons. Love these posts (I know this one is a replay, but I'm sure we'd all enjoy a new one, too ;) )!

@Lulu: The "Midvale School" cartoon was one of my favorites, along with the Missile Factory and the Ball Bearings & Bananas Factory (look them up if you don't know what I'm talking about).

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

I too own several Far Side books. #4? Killed it!! Yes, we absolutely should be friends...see you in Sydney for a coffee!

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Pooh was speaking to Eeyore, *about* Rabbit. Easy, Theardare. Nice kitty...

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Never really got into the Far Side, personally. Don't get me wrong, I did appreciate a few of them, but to me it usually looked like he just chose stuff at random.

March 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Gary Larson went to Washington State University, on the far side of the state (my alma mater, too). I figure all those miles and miles of wheat fields surrounding the campus contributed to his quirky sense of humor. Midvale School for the Gifted is one of my favorites, too.

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Hi Josh in Champaign, I think you've misunderstood the caption under Pooh and Eeyore. Read it again and you will see that Pooh is reporting to Eeyore what he had previously said to Rabbit about having a singing fish. Rabbit does not have to be present for that conversation to take place. Of course we all know, including Jen, what Rabbit looks like.

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElla McDonald

Actuall there is another C3PO in the box, but who's counting...

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Anytime two of my favorite things collide (CakeWrecks and The Far Side), I am thrilled.

Thanks for always getting it so right, Jen!

You're awesome!

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKW

You can see from Eeyore's pose how interested he is in Pooh's rant ...

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

The first one makes me laugh because there are 9 gorillas (2 of which are upside down), 2 C3POs, and one lonely Darth Vadar lol

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheDoctorsNextCompanion

Bravo, Jen! You have distilled Larson's captioning style down to its essence and have applied it to perfection! After drawing the reader in, you give them that wonderful "surprise" amusement that The Far Side always does after one mentally puts all of the weirdly shaped puzzle pieces of art and text together.
Thanks for the Far-Sided start to my day!

p.s. My hubby and I visited Lake Eola park this past weekend on a leisurely trip to the airport after a family visit on the east coast. Love that World of Beer patio view ;)

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

@Anne-Marie Those are some of my favorites also!

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Cannot stop giggling. I love the Far Side and miss it dearly. These are hilarious.

March 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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