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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 6/26/15

Some of my favorite submissions this week:


They asked for mountains:

And never has "Good Luck" looked quite so sarcastic.


Tessa tells me this wedding cake was supposed to look like bark:

Bark, huh?

Well, it DOES look pretty "ruff."

Eh? EH?

Oh, who asked you.


Guess where they wanted the 10:

"What am I, a mind reader?"


Not since the fictional peanut butter truck collided with the fictional chocolate truck has such a brilliant combination been accidentally discovered!!!

Just kidding.

But let's be honest: Duck Dynasty Hunger Games? You'd watch it.


And finally, Kelley asked for this wedding cake design:

Except with red pearls and no flowers.


Unfortunately, her baker confused "pearls" with "Atomic Fireballs.*"

...and then apparently smoothed out the icing with a hairbrush.


*Anyone else remember Atomic Fireballs? Those spicy cinnamon jawbreakers?

I'm... I'm showing my age again, aren't I.



Thanks to Jessica G., Tessa R., Lauren R., Lisa W., Andrea L., & Kelley T. for the giggles.


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Reader Comments (41)

Just wait a mo ... is that cake iced to a dirty log (no pun intended)?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJBS

I love Fireballs!

And the hedgehog/dog cake is kinda cute, but why are they serving it off the floor?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCC

Yes I do remember Atomic Fire Balls one of my "Old School childhood comfort treats" both the small box and those "jawbreaker" size! But I don't know how a Atomic Fire Balls would taste on a cake.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Well, be fair, Atomic Fireballs came out in the 50s, but they do still sell them. Would you like me to go pick you up some at the Ferrara Pan factory outlet? (I am partial to Alexander the Grape/Grapeheads, myself.)

And who wouldn't want hot jawbreakers on their cake?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate W

Throw in Honey Boo Boo and some Duggers and you got yourself the next big summer blockbuster!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlackChocobo

Hey, may the odds be ever in your favor, Jack!
Real or Realtree?

But at least it was just a tray of individually decorated cupcakes, not the dreaded CCC.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

Mmmmm atomic fireballs! Ooooh and @Bigg3649, I'd forgotten about the giant jawbreakers! You made me nostalgic. Wish I had some of the small ones now -- might keep me awake while I try to write a brief -- my most hated activity in the world.

Andy's cake used to have mountains on it. It's just that Bigfoot smooshed them.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Remember what? Oh, so THAT'S what's in my mouth! Thanks!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

The first cake looks as if it's actually sitting on a piece of actual wood.... ...(looks again).... ....scratchy, picky, pokey, old-y (maybe-even-moldy), WOOD. Can we say "Yum!", boys and girls? =^o.o^=

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Atomic Fireballs
There is no treat quite as fine
Except on a cake

Actually I love Atomic Fireballs. My family and friends love Atomic Fireballs. They have become a theater tradition in my circle. I have eaten fireballs at the opera, so I have nothing against putting them on a cake. Now, could you post a Sunday Sweets for the Supreme Court this week?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

My first thought on the last cake was smoke bombs. Can you tell I have boys?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Ducks, mockingjays...they're all the same, right??

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRick

So, what's the problem with the bark cake? I barked at it...!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Did they confuse bark with barf? And I LOVE Atomic Fire Balls. Those things are awesome. I think I can still get them at Atwoods.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

It's already been said, but is that first cake iced straight onto that hunk of a real tree?!? And how did they carve the actual cake like that? What am I looking at?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHolly P.

Yee gods, I hope that the woman who requested the last cake got her money back O_o

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

First thought was it looked more like a dalek cake. Exterminate! Exterminate the cake since it looks awful!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Beard

Well Andy's cake has finally solved the case of the missing coproliths following last weekend's Natural History Museum heist.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaxie

Is getting your face on a cake pic a sign that you've "made it"? Why would anyone want that??

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

Mmmm Atomic Fireballs. Nothing is better for keeping people awake at multi-day meetings. I end up having to hold them in my teeth and pant to cool my mouth off on some of those layers. Cracker Barrel also sells them, in case you need another option than the outlet (which makes me jealous. I need to take a road trip)

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPamtha

I love atomic fireballs. I've always been a cinnamon candy fan.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo

Atomic Fireballs are the BEST!

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

As it plays out in my head: Large Marge takes one more drag off her 305 before flicking it into the parking lot and pulling the "EXIT" door open. The bell dings as LM enters Grampy's Bait and Bake Shoppe. Marge was just going to pick up some chubby nightcrawlers for her own true love Cletus's birthday when-Hold the phone! Are those Duck Dynasty cupcakes? Who'd a thought up something so perfect? Cletus will be so-o-o surprised! Digging deep into her 47F cup, LargeMarge finds just enough spare change to get the bait AND those bodacious cupcakes. And the rest is heehaw history.
I love me a happy ending.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Perhaps the jays are mocking the ducks?

(Sorry. Couldn't stop myself.)

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternanalettie

Why are there human livers on that first cake?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDances with Lasagna

I sincerely hope that wedding cake came with several bottles of Fireball Whiskey, because the bride will need every drop to fortify her through the awful cake cutting photos.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheOtherJen

Isn't that the mashed potato mountain from Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anne

Ummm--did they say bark of BARF?

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercherocat

OK, since nobody has asked this question yet ... what the heck kind of cake was beneath the "bark" cake's frosting? Doesn't look like cake to me. And the fact that some icing is left on the actual tree base leads me to believe that at least part of that cake is resting on "nature". I'm thinking ick.

But before I sign off--Kudos on the commentary. You really cracked me up! Thanks.

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Those red 'pearls' look like Jaffas - awesome Aussie orange flavoured red candy coated chocolate balls, which would have been yummy and would have even looked ok if they had stretched the budget to buy 2 packets and filled in the gaps...

June 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Lol wow. That wedding cake never even came close to the picture. Wonder what the bride thought when she saw it. Was that bark tree naked of frosting? It was hard to tell I was laughing so hard lol.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

And here I was thinking there was NO WAY to eff up Kelley's minimalist wedding cake design.

What are these people, all retarded or what???

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

It may not be a perfect rendition of the "what she wanted" cake, but the last one isn't too bad when compared to the barf/bark cake.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Okay, when I saw the first one, I thought somebody leaned their boobs into the cake.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah R.

Cake #5 kinda looks like my facebook feed right now. (If ya know whud I mean...)

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVelvita

I can tell that nobody here is in the wedding industry, LOL. Both papier mache stands made to look like slabs of tree trunk and real "reclaimed" slabs that have been well-cleaned and well SEALED are very popular right now. "Rustic" is in.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

First thoughts: I thought the mountain cake was a pair of lungs. And the red balls reminded me of Max Bunny's red Hot Marshmallow Squirters.

I don't want any second thoughts, thank you.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMuml

Atomic Fireballs: I guess they think the marriage will be hot!

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

Oh jeez, fireballs aren't that old, are they? I adored those things as a kid.

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLupisReapyr

Holly P. -- now that I look at the "bark" wedding cake again, it does indeed appear that they just slashed up a frosted cake. How very strange and unattractive (at least to me).

-- And it IS good to know that rustic is in, and that people are doing things to "sanitize" pieces of tree to be used for cake presentations. Who knew? Not I. And I'm knocking at the doors of the industry (finishing Associate's Degree, but picked a more traditional design for my final exam).

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

If I were that bride, I'd just cry. I really don't know how some bakers let their cakes into the public.

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShelli

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