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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

6 Cakes That Fail Hilariously At Looking Like The Things They're Supposed To Look Like, Vol 101

Let's hope these bakers are never on your Pictionary team.


A Barbie Princess Tiara:

All I see is a giant cat's paw. Does Barbie have a cat? Is this somehow related? Am I over-thinking this? Where are you all going?


A Bucket of Popcorn:

The "Movie Night" really sells it.


A Wine Glass:

If only we could all age like wine older, am I right?


A Mustache:

Looks like "Dad" has a hairy situation on his hands.

Kinda love the belligerent octopus cupcakes, though. They're all, "Put 'em up, put 'em uuup!"


A Fighter Jet:

I swear I'm not making this up.


And finally, a pair of lips:


Yeesh. You show a person a penis cake or fifty, and suddenly their mind is, like, ALWAYS in the gutter.


Thanks to Sharon E., Jessica R., Tiffany H., Jenna P., Wendi L., & Michelle R. for sealing this post with a miss.


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Reader Comments (51)

*Hanging head in shame*
I'm a sicko.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Now I feel bad about myself...

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

#1: Am I the only one who saw a deformed foot with polished nails and a tattoo?
#2: That does not look like any bowl of popcorn I've ever seen.
#3: Looks more like a beaker with some odd kind of top on it.
#4: Wasn't there something on the news about a new, highly dangerous black and yellow caterpillar this Fall? Why would you want one as cake?
#5: Maybe it's that new alien technology they are using to disguise the fighter jets to look like flowers. Or anchors. Or blobs.
#6: Um, yeah... that looks like, um... oh wait, look over there - a squirrel!

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKay

OH MY GOSH!!!! That last one!!!! Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Dang Jen you are hilarious. Thank you for once again starting my day with laughter.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Ok maybe I just had Barbie on the brain but the second one looks like Barbie from behind.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdianie

"Wine glass" or Snoopy with plunger attachment?
Is Snoopy a Dalek?

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I thought that "jet fighter" was a pathetic attempt at an anchor!

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisal

You'd have to be a mighty cheap "John" to buy those lips for $7.98!

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertlca

*hanging had in shame* I'm not a sicko. In my defense though, I'm actually sick so maybe that's why I was so slow on the uptake.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterirrational

...Me too. A poor sicko who needs help....

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Maybe #3 is Snoopy doing a headstand?

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I never knew Barbie was such a cougar.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

1.Oven mitt. With magnets in the fingertips! (Hey, I didn't invent the darn things. Science did.)
2. Meet Dawlly Part-On. Sweet, blond. bubbly...What more could you ask for in a sugar-delivery system?
3. Oh, no (o-o-o)!! Snoopy was jammed head-first into a flask! He's wearing a red turtleneck sweater. Not sure of the brand. Hurry. Save him...
4. Aw, what a nice Dad (!)...taking the little ones (quadruplets) out for a walk in the.....uh.....darn.
5. Fighter jet, my @$$. It was a clown who tried the "high dive-into-empty-swimming pool" stunt...unsuccessfully.
6. Pink clam. Yeah, that's it. A pink clam who had some *work done* on her lips. It appears that the methods used these days is economical ("cheaper by the dozen"); however, they sometimes charge extra for the filling...(Those ARE "teeth", right?) =^-.~^=

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

You TOLD me it was a bucket of popcorn and I still saw an ice cream cone. A bad ice cream cone, but definitely not a bucket of popcorn...

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura D

The popcorn cake needs two more pink cupcakes.

Good idea, actually! For a change of pace, I could enjoy a movie with cupcakes instead of popcorn (as long as the cupcakes have plenty of icing on them! :d )

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBea

@Kay: I saw one of those on the side of my house, earlier this year. I was fascinated by it, with its spiky black & white tufts, and fuzzy black and yellow bands. It's called a Spotted Tussock Moth (or Lophocampa maculata). I carefully moved it to a safer spot. It was small, and wouldn't have made much of a snack. =^-.-^=

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The bottle of wine is quite obviously the fist of boxer. :p

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAddy

#1 looked like a mitt to me too, for someone with a deformed hand.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauraB

I, like my friend Fluffy Cow, am also a sicko. *sigh*

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

If you had not told me what they were I never would have known O_o

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Some of these are what you get when you insist upon a CCC... I'm thinking the bakers did pretty well! 8-/

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Your penis cakes have nothing to do with it.
In fact, if it wasn't for the gutter, my mind would be homeless.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Grey

"belligerent octopus cupcakes"!

The red wise glass looks like a plunger.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Is number one a pink Care Bear's paw? Bears have five toes in a row. Cats don't, except for the huge polydactylous black feral cats here in London, which can have up to seven front and six hind toes.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Does that fighter jet have PAWS?

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbaz

On the topic of beligerant octopi, you know those simple double hooks that are on the back of bathroom stall doors, under bars for your purse, etc? I once heard those described as "drunk octopus wants to fight" and now I think of that and smile every time I see one.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

And the award for "Only Website ever to use the phrase, "belligerent octopus cupcakes" in a sentence goes to...." Actually, they were kinda cute.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

You had me at "lips".

*Winks and then walks away in shame*

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

If you turn the wine upside down it's like Snoopy in a roll neck sweater...

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDanni

I saw a cow udder with one too many teats for the Barbie cake. And I still only see an anchor for the "jet" cake.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJayme H.

Man, if that picture had not been labelled "Fighter Jet" I would have thought "Christmas trees are posing an unprecedented challenge to bakers this year, I guess".

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

Bwahaha!! @SaraCVT!! I see what you did there!!

The jet has a mousy set of whiskers, instead of that full-blown mustache above. :P

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranony mouse

"CCC" or ("C-Squared"?) is the term for all these over-frosted cupcake-mass monstrosities, right? Does this space have some kind of master posting which explains A) Who thought them up B) How long have they been inflicted on the world at large and C) When the blazes can we expect them to just go away?!?! [broken sob] Why why WHYYYY!!!!

Ahem. Sorry. It's been a long week. :o

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterms_xeno

The wine glass looks like snoopy upside down

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I think "Belligerent Octopus Cupcakes" would be a great name for a Prog rock band.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTeal

That first one... yeah, the "Barbie Tiara"????
It looks just EXACTLY like one of my feet when I was about 8 and a half months pregnant.... I ate a few too many tortilla chips... Don't judge me.

December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Oh, these are too funny!

I'm going with cat's paw, ice-cream, Snoopy's been exterminated, large mouth bass, squashed clown (thanks, @sendingtheclowns!), and, ah... actually, I'm not going there at all. *laughing* *laughing* *laughing*

I needed that laugh - my son literally pulled the classic "Oh, by the way, I need two dozen cookies for school tomorrow. I told my teacher I'd bring them." at 8:00 tonight, after I'd gotten home from the grocery store without buying the ingredients for cookies I didn't know I'd be baking... fortunately, I keep a backup bag of chocolate chips, and we managed to pull it off during the commercials in Peter Pan Live. =-)

And if the results aren't pretty, at least I can say they're better than the wrecks on here! (And I know they're tasty, too... I may have eaten just a bit too much sugar to sleep tonight... ah, well, what's life without a little cookie dough?)

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Props to Seabird for the cookies. I've been there, baked that. As for the wrecks, the wine glass decorator must have been imbibing while decorating.

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Lol.. well in my defense the wreckerators can't make lips look like anything but. So yep I am blaming the wreckerators for this craziness hehe.

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

1. Deformed foot with hideous nail polish and heart tattoo.
2. A yellow cupcake cake cupcake.
3. Ham bone, obviously.
4. Chuck, my woolly bear. Or an over-ripe banana.
5. Pangaea. Or maybe North and South Americas? Inverted, of course.
6. Um...

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The mustache cake looks a bit like an Angry Eyebrow from Larry Boy and the Angry Eyebrows. It makes me laugh even harder because of it!

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm a sicko, too. At least I'm in great company!
@Seabird ~ My daughter did that to me a few weeks ago. I ended up getting up at 5 to make them and it turned out she didn't even need them that day! Obviously, I wasn't happy!

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Maybe the first cake did look like a tiara until a cat sat on it?

December 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterselkie

Gee, the "wine glass" looks EXACTLY like Snoopy sticking his head out from his food bowl...

December 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNG

Belligerent Octopus is the name of my new Crabcore Reggae band.

December 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Was scrolling through with my 2 year old when we came across the "wine glass." All of a sudden she yelled, "SNOOPY!!!!" Turned my head to the side and yup...she's right.

December 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

Is it my imagination, or has there never been a lovely cupcake cake? They seem to be the most frequently ugly. Really, have you ever had a cupcake cake in your Sunday Sweets? Why don't bakers give up on this horrible plan for cakes? I have seen tiered cupcakes that are pretty, but the flat ones that are supposed to be something, ugh.

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I have to say, I always look forward to seeing your site. It TOTALLY makes my day. Keep em coming!

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Third one looks like a breaker topped with a plunger. A bunger... or a peaker?

April 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterYaira

That's not a belligerent octopus, it's an intoxicated cephalopod.

January 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMeshelly

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