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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

Trace Amounts Of Wreckage

Remember those old drawing contests they used to advertise in the backs of magazines? The ones with a picture of a turtle or a pirate you were supposed to copy?

Well, Melissa decided to try that route with her bakery. She gave them this picture of a frog and asked them to copy it:




Don't worry though, bakers; I still see artistic potential here. In fact, if you send me money every month I'll continue critiquing your work FOR FREE. Eh?


And if you believe that one, here's another:

Samira ordered this giant cupcake (made of smaller cupcakes and apparently photographed with a potato), and here's the crazy thing: she was told she would actually GET that cake.


I'm sorry. I shouldn't laugh. It's just, I've seen the next picture.




Seriously, minions, don't order cupcake cakes (patooie!) - and never EVER order a cupcake cupcake cake. I think it breaks the space time continuum.


And lastly, Kristy gave her bakery this napkin to match for a baby shower cake:

The bakery then did something I've never seen before.

That's right, you guys, this is a first!

The bakery started with an edible image - which looked fine - but then traced over the image with icing, resulting in the kind of nightmare fuel you don't generally see outside of Five Nights At Freddy's:

The longer you look, the scarier it gets.

Plus I like how the baker just stopped about 80% of the way through. Like, "WHELP THAT'S RUINED, guess I'll just leave the palm leaves and border and donkey face off now." o.0


Thanks to Melissa G., Sarah H.,& Kristy H. for reminding there is ALWAYS a new way to wreck it. Always.


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Reader Comments (26)

Donkey face? I think it is supposed to be a zebra in a one-sey. (African animal theme) Not a rabbit concocted from the zebra's ears, nostrils and mouth.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

I had to scroll back up to the last one - twice! Somehow, our noble bakers managed to turn a donkey into a rabbit. Pretty good magic trick.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Were you so blinded by the ugliness of that cupcake cupcake cake that you didn't notice the spelling of "birffday"? Yikes!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I like the way the zebra on the napkin evolved into a drunken bunny on the last cake.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Those poor animals! I had to check the original napkin again because I hadn't remembered seeing a rabbit crawling away from a beat-down, JarJar Binks wearing a crab crown or Cowardly Lion in drag with demon horns.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I'm confused. Is the cupcake cupcake cake (say that 5 times fast!) actually supposed to say "birffday"?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra S

"Happy Birffday"?!?!?!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Jgr

Hate to tell Julie the honest, ugly, painful truth about what happens when you turn 40. We all have images in our heads of how we will look that day (see inspiration), then we look in the mirror of reality and see . . . that hideous bloated toad of a wreck.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMoira


April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lowell

I can't see a thing in the world wrong with that last one. More icing ALWAYS = GOOD!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBea

So Melissa ordered a frog and got Jabba the Hutt?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Holy tadpoles, Frogman! Was Julie supposed to kiss that cake and turn it into a prince? Or, if it's a lady frog, it could use a bit of mascara (at the least)...
Someone give it a bell to ring! It's a Quasimodo cake!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

"Birffday" could have just been cutesy, but the last one? Was the wrecker confused, malicious, or just carried away?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Happy BIRFFDAY?! *head desk*

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

Do NONE of these bakers know the tricksy use of reverse buttercream transfer?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Do I hear, "Cupcake cupcake cupcake cake"???

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNellie

:D Good grief! Drunken rabbits and horrific things. Somehow the tie evolved into writhing intestines. Nope.
That's a mess of gooey icing, and blue and bright orange?! Can you imagine biting into that?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdeb in atlanta

1. Cupcake cakes are NOT THAT HARD! I"ve been doing them since 1999, starting with my daughter's preschool class. They CAN be made to look quite nice actually. This one? Were they drunk?

2. I LOVE matching the cake to the party ware. Makes everything so fluid in design. But I've never thought of piping over an edible image! BWAHAHAHAHA

3. As for the sweet little froggy? That design is so simple, it's criminal what they did to the poor guy!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

The frog in the first one looks like he/she ate too much cake and really really needs to start counting his/her WW points:) Ugh The last one is just petrifying

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary G

Sometimes you try to put lipstick on the pig to make it look prettier and instead they wonder 'wtf are you putting lipstick on a pig for?!?' That the case with the last cake why did they trace over the edible image with icing? Unnecessary...

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Sally, you hit the nail on the proverbial head. I was just saying to myself, that frog/toad being reminds me of somethin'...whaaa...Jabba the Hutt!! That was definitely snort-worthy!
Maybe we can create a new character: Cake the Wreck. If worse comes to worst, we can always try to turn it into a Beanie Baby, amiright?

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

The reason the decorator stopped when s/he did on the last cake is obvious. Her/his shift ended.

Good enough. Time to drink off the clock now.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJD

That last one -- so, so close.
The cupcake cupcake cake -- so, so far.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErica

The bakery that made the last cake can actually get into big legal trouble for making that cake. it is against copy right laws to copy invitations, napkins, etc for an edible image. It comes with a fine up to $20,000. Maybe they thought it would be safe if they made it unrecognizable. lol

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Look at it this least it wasn't "Happy Barffday!"

Also...I thought April-a showers bring May-a flowers, not May-a Rain...

The elephant in the bottom creation looks like it aged before our very eyes.

This post was a gift that just keeps on giving!! LOVE IT!

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

Not only did she not get the cupcake shaped cake she got a birffday to go along with it. As it gets closer to my birthday I fear cakes now lol.

April 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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