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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

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Reader Comments (25)

How funny and sad at the same time. Even the icing overload was overwhelmed at the magnitude of this failure.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebbaZoo

Depressing. Just... depressing. I have nothing more to say.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Oy! ::facepalm::

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Well, it really does solve the problem of unrecognizable characters. Just imagine yesterday's LSU "tiger" if the baker had simply slapped a photo on a sheet cake. Voila! A celebratory sport cake instead of a sock monkey that had been torn apart by real monkeys and used as a cake. Winnie the Pooh wouldn't look like fat, smiling Tasmanian Devil with a horrible birth defect, and a circus tent would still look like a circus tent instead of a bullet-proof garbage can. I think the photo slapping technique should be encouraged rather than criticized.
Thank you.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Do these people sit up nights thinking of ways to be obliviots? Or does it just come naturally to them? Was the icing messed up when the cake was handed over? That really IS the "icing on the cake"!
This is right up there with the famous Thumb Drive cake. (September 4, 2013)

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

That would explain soooo much XD

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1


November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiggs

The additional outrage is that it's not even centered. What is WRONG with people?

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLesley


November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica


November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Poor Pokemon... Stuck within an image on another image like that cake magically sucked him in. Reminds me of thos silly kids books like The Computer that Ate Me... And with the added indignity of being surrounded on all sides by smurf turds! The horror!

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

I think this baker gets at least one effort point, I mean the yellow border is remarkably close to the picture.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Leslie, I think it MAY be centered. The amount lettering on the side - "den" - looks as if it is equal to the falling off "Hap" on the left. (Does that make sense?)

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

This is so horrible and I'm not saying anything to defend this atrocity. However, why do people not realize that this is a copyright violation that can cost both the decorator and the customer several thousand dollars? For a crappy cake. I hope it was delicious at least.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterlaceofbase

Technically, this is illegal. Reproducing an image of a copyrighted brand could get the cake decorator AND the bakery a $10,000 fine, each. That is the whole reason that bakeries usually have packs of those images already printed -- or they own disks that can be used to reproduce the image themselves -- but they either paid for the pack or the disc, and thus, paid for the use of the license. By reproducing the image, they bypassed the licensing and profited from an illegal image.

Coming from a 10 yr bakery manager, cake decorator, and a food broker, you've just potentially opened up this bakery to fines. Not your fault, but the bakery/cake decorator's fault. If someone with Pokemon's parent company sees this and decides to press it, they have every right to. Disney used to send us an occasional reminder that they would be more than happy to sue us if we profited off their images without paying for the rights.

[Editor's note- Well we don't really know what happened in the bakery. Maybe they have the right to use the image and simply ran out so they made a copy and jammed it on there. As to opening the bakery to fines, the cake isn't labeled. If the Pokemon people happen to see this and happen to care and decide that this is worth their time and happen to email me, I'll politely tell them I don't know who made it. I just thought it was a funny cake. Have a fantastic night. -john]

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEx-cakedec

Edible printouts, there's such a thing I don't remember when it was introduced, at the very least the picture looks right.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Wow. I can honestly say that it never ceases to amaze me to see cakes like this. How do "decorators" mentally process requests in such a lazy, literal way? How is it that so many decorators keep doing this? It seems to take a special kind of person to be a Wreckorator (or maybe Wreckorators are just a special kind of people in of themselves).

And why did the customer keep the cake and actually serve it? (it's clearly been cut into on the far left side). No one should put up with that kind of lazy, thoughtless service when you're probably paying $40 or more for a product.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMSTeacher3K

To Quote Dexter: What's with all the Baalooons?

I must say that does have very nice work on the fluting on the edges including the extra ones around the picture. It seems they used the right ones to start to duplicate the cake but then gave up when it came to actually decorating the top.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

@Lady Anne, I'm stealing obliviots and making it my own.

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Cake-ception..a cake within a cake O_O

November 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Oh sure the blue balloons will make up for everything lmao. I really hope they did not buy that cake.

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

People who give their kids dumb names deserve bad cakes.

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I agree with Degera: Lady Anne, "obliviots" is my new favorite word!

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

Is this what they refer to as "meta?" john (thoJ), your stick posts are hilarious!

November 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

My nephew, a Pokemon fanatic, would be ecstatic w/ a Pikachu cake. Hopefully Hayden was too. :)

November 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie

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