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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

To Be Blunt...

You're beautiful!


You're beautiful!


You're beautiful,

It's true.


I saw this cake,

On a tin foil plate


And I don't know what to do.



'Cuz I'm pretty sure that's poo.



Thanks to Elise W., Andy & Sarah, Lindsay B., Kenneth R., Tanya H., & Melissa L. for helping wipe away the tiers. (Better bring an extra dish towel, guys.)



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Reader Comments (9)

On Cake #5, you can just make out “ington DC tro-something” around the corner from “Wash Me”. Best guess is it was a cake made in celebration of Washington DC’s metro area (since it includes both subway lines and athletic team jerseys) with really unfortunate letter placement. Too bad, because it’s actually a pretty cake otherwise.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Thank you, SaraCVT for explaining the "wash me" thing. It is a well executed cake, aside from the "what-the-heck??!" factor.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSheriR

I think the wash me cake is a lot prettier than that scary poo thrown cake at the bottom lol. I don't know what I would do if I had a cake turn out that way other than cry and then not buy it.

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Even pathetically ugly cakes can taste delicious.

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

It's hard to believe the 'Wash Me' cake is accidental. Yes, it looks smart to do lettering like that (if it's done well), especially as 'Washington DC' is too long for one side, but breaking it just there? On the side with the jerseys?

Also, is that a hippo? If so, it's nothing like as well done as the architectural bits, but what else can it be, and what is it doing there? It doesn't appear to be the mascot of any Washington team.

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

The letter placement on cake 5 is pretty clearly deliberate. Everything about the cake is far too carefully crafted for me to believe that they just randomly stuck the letters up there. My guess is that it's an in-joke.

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Thanks for that explanation. Makes sense now!

December 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Another stellar post!
Cake #5 made me think of a "Far Side" picture. The parents and children are standing at a window and see slugs climbing on a birdbath (I think. It's been awhile). The father exclaims, "See kids, the slugs have returned!".

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJuin

George Washington University, whose colors are buff and blue, has a bronze hippo statue given by the university president to the class of 2000. The plaque tells of George and Martha watching hippos playing in the Potomac and ends...
"Art for wisdom,
Science for joy,
Politics for beauty,
And a Hippo for hope."
The hippopotamus is not native to North America, and the story was invented for fun.

I believe the wraparound text reads "Washington DC Metrorail" (notice the trains).

December 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEoin Riedy

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