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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 9/4/15 

Some of my favorite new submissions this week.


They asked for, "Happy Birthday Sally/Mom," but I suspect they ordered it over the phone.

Give it a minute.



And here's a little hunting tip:



Bakers, you keep using that word:


I do not think it means what you think it means.

(And am I the only one who thinks it's wrong to put frosting on angel food cake?)


First, you will be mildly traumatized:

Then, you will have just one burning question:

Is that actual fur??


Thanks to Jeremy C., Brittany W., Adrienne P., Jen C., & Angela G. for the shiny pink... hunting hat? Yeah. Let's go with that.



I often joke that I don't know what a cake is supposed to be, but seriously, you guys: I have no idea what this is supposed to be:

Now taking suggestions in the comments.


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Reader Comments (129)

Please, please let that be plastic on the Minion cake!
As for the bonus cake.... I'm going to go with a trainee baker making something with the little bits left in all the pastry tubes that were filled with frosting, the cupcakes that didn't sell, and putting it together in an odd-shaped space on the counter.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

It's a fleur de lis combined with sergeant's stripes. 'Course, it looks like vomit, so, who would buy that?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa_in_NJ

Mystery cake: Winnie the Pooh in an over sized sweater with piglet's genitals

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Jen you and your hubby should be writing for a comedy sitcom, you're both spot on and hilarious. My guess for the mystery wreck: Road-kill CCC. The top layer are the tread marks from the tire tracks, albeit they are colorful. You can see the poor tiny creature's legs poking out from under the tire tread marks and his headless neck at the other end. I can't wait for the other wreckarator guesses!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

Bonus Answer:

A fish?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

The last cake...
1. a really bad attempt at a celebration cake for Marriage Equality???
2. X Rainbow or Rainbow X
3. Some Jap Anime show that you've never heard of...

Although I find 3 highly unlikely as you seem to be very firmly fixed in geek culture... yes I read EPBOT!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPenny M.

Angel food cake with frosting is so wrong I gagged a little.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKara

It's RAINBOW FISH after a few days in the bottom of the boat, because someone forgot to clean out the rowboat at the end of vacation.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

It's a rainbow trout!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Bonus Cake - I'm going with RAINBOW Trout!!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Jango Fett's severed head eating a Cheeto.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlackChocobo

It's a rainbow trout... ish? Or a humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJuls

Bonus guess: A Transformer?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterM

Rainbow trout.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCalvin

I also see a tropical fish. Though that's much less entertaining than other answers.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Angel food cake should be plain. No frosting, no mix-ins, just plain cake. Of course what you pile on top of it is a different story - strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate, the list goes on and on. But the cake itself should be unadorned.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKymster

Mystery wreck... I would say a rainbow trout!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSenateur Dupont

Bonus Mystery Wreck:

I think it was supposed to be an Indian arrowhead, but I'm really not sure.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

The Power Rangers at midnight, in the fog.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSam

The last Rorschach cake looks like a fish to me. That's been partially filleted.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGranny K

The Bonus Wreck is OBVIOUSLY a "surfer boy" torso cake wearing a multi-colored tank top; lying on its side....and it's naked from the waist down! DUH! (Square, pink penis!)

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKimbo123

Sadly, all I see is a headless mermaid corpse who's tail fin has been consumed by fin rot. That or it's a Popsicle with a bite out of it?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennyChickadee

Mystery cake looks like someone was making an arrowhead and made the "v's" backward. Or may a "feather"?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHope

My cupcakes think it is either a tropical fish or multi colored arrows pointing to an egg timer. Makes perfect sense 0.o

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMuml

angel food cake should NEVER be covered in frosting. Those cakes are crimes against the entire human race.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

Last one...I think that is what happens in the brain during an acid trip... O_o

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I've got a horrible feeling it's meant to be the album cover from Darkside of the Moon...

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Bonus? I see an attempt at the Chevron Gas station logo mixed with a game of Tangoes - the one with the flat geometric shapes that you assemble in different configurations to mimic specific silhouettes.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

I think the bonus one is trying to look like a feather perhaps?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCeCe

For long time fans, that last cake is Epcot.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

Bonus picture: Rotate it 90 degrees counter clockwise and it's a Gas Station Sign on psychedelic drugs.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

I'm gonna go with Boy Scouts' patch in Cake Wrecking.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Cake is plain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

Mystery Wreck: Inside-out Boy Scout Arrow of Light?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherJen

I have never, ever seen angel food cake with icing before, that defeats the purpose of a light fluffy cake. Even whip cream or whip topping would make sense, for lazy people who don't want to go to the effort of going to the dairy section. But why icing? It doesn't even look nice, and going to all of the effort of making swirls would take a lot more time than actually base-icing it and putting some trim on.

Also, I think the last cake is a very confused South African flag.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Zed

The mystery cake- The orange "tail" looks like it could be Florida. I'd say they were celebrating the Western migration, with the West pushing back. A little too much...

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Y'all see a fish in that mystery cake? I was thinking it was the Chevron oil company logo so maybe it's what the fish would look like after an oil spill?
I give up.

And you're right--NO icing on an angel food cake! What is this world coming to!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

OOOHHHHH, now I see it.... it's supposed to be a hat! a-HA!

the mystery cake? I'm thinking something from Minecraft.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeloise

You are not the only one.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCat

A Mondrian?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

A dead butterfly after a rain storm

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

New topic: Is the horrific minion wearing braces, or the sinewy threads of the poor creature he ate for breakfast?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou

Rainbow Fish, obviously.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

A v-neck sweater?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Looks like the little fish confronting the massive sharks! Someone's gonna get creamed, or should I say 'frosted!'

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Robarge

I think that is the result of a stroke happening to someone decorating with an airbrush.

I'm sorry, but nobody's gonna address that "hunting" cake? What the SERIOUS HECK is that thing supposed to be??? I mean, if it's not the thing it looks like, in which case I have a whole lot more questions....
Seriously!!! WHAT IS THAT?!?!?!?

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Hunting cake: what was that thing on top SUPPOSED to be?

Angel food cake: The only time I have liked frosting on angel food cake was when we served it at my sorority rush parties. They always had this thick pink icing that was absolutely wonderful! But otherwise, I think the cake should be naked so you can add chocolate sauce, whipped cream, fruit and other fun things.

Last cake: Beginner's Special/Mess???

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Juls, is my Disney Junior radar picking up a parent whose child loves The Octonauts as much as mine, or are you a marine biology buff? Haha I have to admit that I'm both, and I also saw a Humuhumunukunukuāpua'a!

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Somone obviously watched Ghostbusters before making that Slimer, I mean, minion cake. The bonus cake looks like a piece of the grafittied Berlin Wall. I mean, why wouldn't you celebrate 25 years (almost!) of German unity with a cake like that‽

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess

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