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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

Friday Favs 3/6/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


Briana S. asked the baker to make her cookie cake "look cute."



And when Lynnette's baker asked what color frosting she wanted, she said, "Whatever pops out of the icing tube; I don't care."

You should know better, Lynn.

Not gonna lie; given Spidey's positioning, my mind went somewhere else entirely with the whole "pops out" thing. (WHAT.)


You ever pick up a cake at the grocery store bakery, and it's so, SO bad, but you're too embarrassed to say anything, so you sneak over to the canned vegetable aisle and stick it on a shelf while no one's looking?



Jennifer B. found this here, and all I can say is: good call, shopper.

(I kind of love how the cake's announcing itself to the green beans, though.)


Isn't it cute when bakers are just learning to write their numbers?

I'm gonna guess Drew is somewhere between 5 and 6.

(I usually censor bakery names, btw, but would you LOOK at that cake board? Hey, if Price Chopper Bakery wants credit that badly, who am I to stand in their way?)


And finally, here's a sweet visage to whisk you off to dreamland tonight:



Thanks to Briana S., Lynnette M., Jennifer B., Lea A., & R.B. for reminding us there's more fish in sea - so I'm prolly never sleeping again.


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Reader Comments (40)

At work we lovingly call that spiderman kit "Come Hither Spiderman"

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngiTig

Hope that last cake doesn't haunt me! ( since this is my birth month )

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I feel sorry for the green if they're likely to get picked NOW, with an ugly-but-nevertheless-probably-at -least-sweet PASTRY sitting right beside them. =^-.-^= ("MOmmmmm...!You said if I was gooood!")

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Can't sleep cake will eat me D: but seriously WTF

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

all right, which person let the Joker design that last cake? I swear, that looks like a cake version of the Joker-Fish from Batman: The Animated Series


March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlittle mouse

The last guy is kind of cute, he reminds me of Glove from Yellow Submarine.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhikingrrrl

I'm totally seeing the second cake as Spidey having a tryst with Batman -- and it involves restraints. Just me? Anyone?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZeldabird

According to, a woman gave her brother a phallic cake for his 21st birthday. In response, he shot in her the butt with a BB gun. He claimed to mean it as a harmless joke, but he still faces aggressive battery charges.

Moral: Cake wrecks are dangerous!

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I actually kinda like the George cake. Reminds me of the clay platter I made in high school art class.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSM3

>hikingrrrl: I had to look it up, but Fish-Face kind of DOES resemble YS's "glove"--only it needs more "sneer".

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

You know, I've been following this blog religiously for a few years now, so I thought I'd become immune to being shocked. But this post, the first two in particular, actually made me audibly gasp. Didn't know you could still do that to me. Wow.

Well played, Jen. Well. Played.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

Also, I think mindy1's "Can't sleep, cake will eat me" needs to be a shirt.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

I must be getting jaded by this site because I decided that the fish cake wasn't that bad, except for the weird too-close-together mask eyes. Then I read @little mouse's post and love it -- it DOES look like a joker fish!

Today is my birthday and people keep threatening me with cake. One guy at work was designated to find out my favorite kind of cake. I told him, "Pie!" If I get cake, I hope it's a wreck! That would make my day!

Drew might also be 9.

And finally, I'm weirdly transfixed by the purple and blue fan hands on the "I'm here" cake.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Never seen a fish with braces before. That's what it looks like to me, anyway.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

what is the last one?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

If the last one was for a Tim Burton inspired Birthday, it would actually be pretty good! It could fit in with either Nightmare before Christmas or Beetlejuice

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

Am I the only one who thought Spidey was a new take on a birthing cake? Then I read the inscription. Kid gonna need therapy!

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStiria_the_fast_one

There are supposed to white "spider webs" shooting from Spiderman's wrists on this cake. That makes it look even worse! Tied up Spiderman anyone? I can't make this cake without going "there"!

I love the cake abandoned in the canned veggies aisle! Can't you just see it? Mom sends Dad or one of the lids to the store to get green beans and corn for her casserole, and they bring home this. "Well, it WAS with the green beans! Honest!"

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Hopi Buttday @JodI! :)

The fish will be featured in my nightmares tonight. Thanks Jen!

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

(Not trying to be annoying, honestly!) I just noticed, and REALLY want to wish to Jodi a Happy Birthday--

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I just moved to the midwest and there are a couple of Price Choppers near me. After looking at the cakes they have in their case, I don't think their decorators are really trained to do anything more than put border on a sheet cake. So... no surprise there.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

The fish made me think of Yellow Submarine too. Hmmm...I wonder what would happen if I requested a cake in the style of Peter Max?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

George is sleeping with the fishes tonight.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermagicdomino

Wow. I truly don't understand how the Spiderman cake ended up with that inscription. Even with the explanation.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

That 'number' cake looks to be a collection of cupcakes with...I don't know what on top. A thick layer of icing for cohesion?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

"Prolly"? Prolly?!!?! PROLLY?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?

Who are you and what have you done with Jen?!

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

Thanks @sendingtheclowns and @Jodee! I did get both cake AND pie, but no wreck.
Jodee, I hope that grandbaby is thriving!

@Roxy Random is right--looks like the fishy has braces.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

The George cake has got to be one of the Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine. The blue icing around it, mask, and the teeth? Hmmm....George Harrison?

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

I totally saw braces on the fish cake too - wouldn't surprise me. And the Spiderman cake HAS to become a new take on a baby shower cake! It's fantastic :-)

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

So I guess the first baker wasn't able to make the cookie look cute.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKnittedbooties

That damn fish is scary!

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

George's fish cake kind of grows on you. But what is that white powder spilled near the top? Maybe that's why fish face is grinning.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Oh man that last cake lmao. Must be a fish on steroids. Scary and very nightmare inducing. Even my husband couldn't believe the horror that is the fish cake lmao.

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Why does the fish have braces?

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann

Happy birtlestray Drew!!

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterA Ninny Mess

In other news, check out Awkward Family Photos for some wrecky wedding cake toppers:

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

4th cake looks like a stitched up tongue and 5th cake looks like some character from Yellow Submarine! BOTH will give nightmares.

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNorseArcher

I actually LOVE that fish cake at the bottom. With a little tightening up of the lines and some better colors, it could be a winner.

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Re: Drew's 5/6/9 cupcake cake -- what in the world are the yellow strings with teeth-like things in the middle of the stripe?

March 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBGooby

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