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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

Sobering Celebrations

Choosing the right cake design to go with your message is key. After all, you wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong idea, now, would you?

Aw, now there's a warm welcome.

(And if you think an overly enthusiastic volunteer fire brigade might spell disaster, you're wrong. It spells "neiborhood.")


Baptism, baseball...they both involve dunking, right?

[UPDATE: I have just been informed that baseball does not, in fact, have dunking. Apparently that's hockey. My bad.]


Ah, Niko. That boy is creeping up on death like a herd of geriatric turtles. Why, it seems like only yesterday you were playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, huh, Niko? Maybe because it WAS only yesterday, but still.

(No, the 5 is not a typo; this really was for a fifth birthday party.)


Whoops, Karen T., Karen G., & Tammy C., apparently geriatric turtles come in flocks.


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Reader Comments (35)

The last cake may make sense if "Niko" is really "Nico" from the book series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." In the books, Nico is the demigod son of Hades, so . . . death-related best wishes may be just the thing!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary

What the flock? Of course I've herd of geriatric turtles! It's the neiborhood that's throwing me...

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm not sure about that first cake. Every reference to fire and firemen was obviously added after the original house and trees. It makes me wonder if someone decided to "spice things up" with the house on fire. On the other hand, in the last year the house across the street from me and the business to my left have both caught on fire so if someone moved into my neighborhood that cake might be appropriate.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

Gee, ever noticed how yellow writing never shows up on a yellow background. Oh, wait, no, you wouldn't.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

I sort of love that first cake. If I were the recipient, I would be thinking that I had just moved into an awesome neighborhood full of people with an amazing sense of humor (also a neighborhood potentially filled with arsonists, but humor beats arson any day).

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Don't Fear the Reaper

Bakers carry on
Wish these cakes were gone
Niko don’t fear the reaper
It’s these cakes that cause him pain
(We can be like Niko)

Come on wreckies
Wreckies take a stand
We’ll escape the wrecks
Niko, he’s our man… Or boy. I guess he’s really just a little boy.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Well, while I do think the cake for the 5-year-old is a bit grim, I have to say this: It's his party, and he'll die if he wants to! =^-.-^=

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Is the grim reaper surfing on a coffin? That's pretty awesome! As long as he doesn't wipe out on those big black floating buoys. (That's what they are, right?)

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

On the last cake. The kid must be a fan of "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy".

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I really need to know the story of these in order to put them in context O_o

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The second one down, I read as "Happy Erik", so I wondered: are people are now having cakes decorated to suit people's personalities? I wonder if we will see "Zany Jen", "Enthusiastic Annabelle" or, for the teenager in your life, "Angsty Debbie"? Because angsty is totally a word, yo.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

That housewarming cake looks vaguely familiar, like there should be a terrified deer running through the grass.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

The first cake could have been celebrating the opening of a new neighborhood fire station. Maybe?

I didn't see the word "Baptism" on the second cake at first either and thought, "Oh, baseball makes Erik happy. That's nice."

The best suggestion so far for the third one is that Niko is a "Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy fan" and I'm just gonna go with that.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Does it disturb anyone else that the word "baptism" is written just below the baseball player's crotch? Makes me shudder and wonder just what liquid is being used in that baptism ceremony...

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeepBunny

The second one down seemed really odd to me because it said "Happy Baptism Erik" and Baptism was between the baseball player's legs... What kind of church is this kid being baptised for anyways? Made me think of the song about "worshipping at the shrine of your life" LOL

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The Nico in question is obviously Nico DiAngelo, the son of Hades from the Percy Jackson series.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatie

Anyone else notice that "Baptism" is in yellow right below the baseball player's, um, personal parts? I've heard of men writing in the snow, but...

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKRandall

Would you consider the pitcher is not at a baseball game, but rather a dunking booth?? That might be the tie in.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin99

Maybe the people who got the first cake had to move to a new neighborhood because their house burned down. Why you would celebrate that with cake is another question.
That last cake???? I didn't even know who the grim reaper was when i was five and if I had, I'm pretty sure I would still be having nightmares had he appeared on my cake.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Omg! I just squealed! I sent in the first cake!!! It was for a new fire station that opened by my house. I thought it was funny when I saw it on a local site. Like "glad you're here- we burn houses down around here!"

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren T

there is no dunking in hockey either!! Basketball has dunking!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBecki

As a Halloween birthday kid, my 7th birthday cake was gray, with a graveyard theme with plastic tombstones and black frosting. It had a witch on it, not a reaper though.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Rachel - I saw "Happy Eric" at first, too! (I thought that was the wreck…)

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

I think there's a Monster Truck called The Grim Reaper. That would be more likely for a 5 year old.

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

As a fan of the Percy Jackson series, I could see that for the last (grim reaper) cake. But I don't know too many 5 year olds who can read well enough to want that cake (Kudos if mom or dad is reading it to him though!). I'm gonna go with monster truck grim reaper. But what on earth are the black blobs to the left of the cake? At first I thought they may be bowling balls, but that would just add a whole new level of creepy to it...

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKellieC

Maybe the new guy the first cake is for IS a fireman, or maybe there was a recent fire in the area, with not serious enough damage to make this cake in bad taste.

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Did anyone notice where the word "baptism" is?

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSara T

Maybe Niko is a child psychopath? Anyone notice the blotch of red under the giant black balls? Like something was smashed and killed. Niko is a very "special" child!

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P.

My son got the grim reaper cake for his 8th birthday! I got a lot of weird looks from the bakery, but my boy loved it and so did his friends :)

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBethany Colton

To think you moved to that 'neiborhood' based on school ratings!

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Less a "Baptism" and more a "Brrrrrraaaaptism," amirite?

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Wow for that fifth birthday cake. I really hope the kid wasn't freaked out by it. Getting old at five wow. I must be beyond ancient if that is the case lol.

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I think the Jenn poster has it right - the 5 year old cake is supposed to have a monster truck on it called the Grim Reaper. So it's a wreck of a wreck.

January 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Maybe Niko is a baby goth?

March 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess W.

Haha I didn't find the last one strange at all--kids LOVE that Grim Reaper cake. I've had more kids than adults order it by about four to one.

May 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

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