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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

Hats Off To Betty Boop's Trunks

Minions, it thrills my geeky little heart to see you Agent Carter fans ordering her iconic red hat as a cake:

Ooooh. Aaaah.


But I must admit, it's also a thrill to pull a new pun out of my hat, so....

Looks like someone...
...busted a cap.

Thank you, thank you verramuch. And hey, that was just off the top of my head.

(Your groans are music to my ears, people.)


This sweet Bettie Boop miss practically writes itself:





It would probably be indelicate to mention how many times I've warned you all about the horrors of cupcake cakes (ptooie!), so I won't. Instead, I'll just let Mary's pictures tell the story:

It was supposed to be this.




So take a card from the sand-covered mutant elephant, my friends, and NEVER FORGET.


Thanks to Jessica S., Anita S., & Mary B. for mastering the elephant of surprise.


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Reader Comments (54)

The box on the last one makes me think that elephant is saying, "Help me! Somebody! I'm trapped!" LOL.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

That first elephant looks very nice, but is that a Tucks wipe used for its ear???

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Is that CCC Elephant that was "supposed-to-be" wearing a make up removal pad for an ear?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

I hope I am not the only one who saw painted fingernails on the Betty Boop wreck, but then realized there were too many fingers. Was that supposed to be some kind of decorative neckline trim?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonyMe

Why, that red hat on top is nice! Are you sure this wasn't a Sunday Sweet slipped in by mistake?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I have a big wreck for you, just you
And nobody else but you,
I have a big wreck for you, alone!

I have big mess for you, just you,
I tried but I missed for you
It still tastes like cake it's true, don't mo-o-oan

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

OMG. That "elephant" has me almost crying. It's like a wad of gum on the boardwalk near the beach... only happier... I don't even... trying so hard not to bust out laughing at my desk. Can't breathe... and neither can that squashed gum "elephant". because it has no nose. or face.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Why does that hat have a circular indentation? Did someone bop the wearer on the noggin? Reminds me of the Three Stooges more than Agent Carter.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

Elephant or a hammerhead sand shark? You be the judge!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMisti

I was just thinking the pink elephant cake, while not what she wanted, wasn't TOO bad...and then I saw the stupid smile.

When I got to the messed up Betty Boop I kept yelling in my mind, "WHY does she have so many fingernails!??" before I realized that's supposed to be her dress. Yikes!

Love love LOVE Agent Carter and am so bummed it got cancelled!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

It's Carmen Sandiego's hat!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBea

The red hat fail looks like Sylvester McCoy's hat, but red. (And all "fail", even in that context).

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

That last one looks like a pink hammerhead shark that is VERY happy to see us! And a bit surprised.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDominic

OMG! The ELEPHANT takes the... cake! I had to say it! Actually, the "sand" elephant looks like a smiling Sand Person from the FIRST Star Wars............. seriously. ROTFLMAO, as always!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Okay, I know this is going to be a controversial post but.. I don't hate that elephant. The first one, not that awful nightmare thing in the box. It's less a cup cake cake and more several cupcakes WITH A NORMAL AMOUNT OF FROSTING arranged in a elephant like way. I am ignoring the fact that it has a Stridex pad on it's head, however. Maybe I shouldn't be.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Oh. No. NoNoNoNoNO. That last one absolutely CAN NOT be an interpretation of the (dare I say) adorable elephant CCC(ptooie!) That's a butt-naked Bullwinkle or an amoeba with eyes but nonononotEVER the elephant. Oh the horror.
I was going to comment on Betty's bear claws but I'm actively trying to erase that image (But that "elephant" one? Oh, I'll never forget.)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Oh, the last one! When you realize that the key is in your pocket. =^-.-^=

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That last one really got me :) It looks like a pink hammerhead shark who's REALLY happy to see you! And he also has googly eyes, which is awesome :)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

That is *not* an elephant. That is the Inexplicably Happy Splitting Liver, abdominal neighbor to the Whistling Spleen.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChiaroScuro

Nancy, the first hat is the correctly-done original. You should look at all the pictures - or at least read the captions - BEFORE you post a comment, sweetie.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

The first elephant cake is what a CCC should look like, imo. Normally frosted cupcakes arranged in a shape, not a bunch of cakes glued together by tubs of frosting. I do wish I knew what that ear was made of, though.
Alas, bakers will never get the memo, and we will keep laughing at their failures...

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterA Non

@SuBee, APPLAUSE from my desk here at work. Laughing and moaning over hear, and all around me are wondering just what the hell I'm doing behind my cube wall. Let them wonder, more fun that way. I too thought at first Betty had too many fingers until I realized it was a very lame attempt at the dress design. Tucks or Stidex pad on the elephant CCC, um, can we all say ewwwe.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

Those "hats" look more like salsa bowls at the cheap Mexican restaurant. Got any chips to go with it?
Betty is frightening, but we all know it could be way worse.
Glad I'm not the only one who sees a vaguely phallic hammerhead shark in the last entry.

Those inspirations are so nice that I'm almost surprised the failures aren't more tragic and traumatic than they are.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

The last one reminds me of a heffalump. A bad heffalump, but still.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

Now that's what I call a... fedoral offense.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Poor Betty. Tell me, does this cake make my butt look big?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

At least it's a happy fella-phant. Phalla-phant?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

The hat wouldn't be THAT bad if it didn't look like someone's fat cat had sat on it. lmao. Also, who doesn't know how many fingers a person has on each hand???? Decorated by aliens?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

Am I the only one who sees Horton (Horton Hears a Who) in that last elephant?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCasi

Actually, I don't mind the pink boxed elephant. The elephant above it, while neatly arranged - with a potato chip? for an ear - looks like the icing has gone moldy.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg

I'm going with a ridged Pringles potato chip as the ear on that gray elephant, because the rest of it is just so adorable, and that changes with a Stridex or Tucks pad. (I wonder if Stridex vs. Tucks votes are age-correlated?)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

I think that lasr one was for shark week. Hammerhead.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWannek

Thanks, S. Marie! I was concerned that I was the only one seeing a naked Bullwinkle. Was about to double check my meds. Umm, nope, all taken. Another day made better by science & Cake Wrecks!

There was a pink pachyderm cake
A CCC Ptooie a fake
But it was made worse
By a wrecker perverse
With a smile on a Bullwinkle face.

Ok, didn't quite rhyme, but it's still classy poetry. ;-)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

Ok, that last one has me scratching my head. The original elephant CCC (really more of a cupcake "arrangement" rather than a frosting-smothered monolith) is such a simple, clean design. It's not like a detailed, multi-tiered wedding cake. I hate to be one of those people who says, "Even I could do better than that," but in this case... I like to think I could have produced something that looked more like a pachyderm and less like a sun-burned albino moose!
Oh, and I'm thinking the ear on the original might be a chevron-painted piece of fondant.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

the hat cakes are a prime example of bakers not realizing that you need to shape the cake beneath, not just the frosting!! Arrrgggghhhhh!!!! Why can't they see it!?! Whyyy??!?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPattyAD

I didn't even notice Betty Boop's butt because all I could see were Lee Press On Nails on her dress.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersopdox

@Jodi (and anyone else who's interested): Never fear, you are far from the only one bummed about Agent Carter getting cancelled. There's actually a petition to get Netflix to pick it up:
Shameless plug over (hope you don't mind, Jen and John!)....

As for today's wrecks, the phrase "epic fail" comes to mind, especially for the last one. In fact, aside from that one phrase, I have no words.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Did I miss the part where Betty Boop got taken hostage?! I can almost overlook the weird fingernail necklace and her ever widening curves but the terrified expression is something else! Looks like she's chained to a radiator or something! Poor Betty Blooper.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

:O how.....

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Late to the party, I know...
But that last one is a perfect example of how a man would get a mammogram.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

As an experienced, but average, cake decorator, it never ceases to amaze me that customers will bring in pictures of these obviously expensive cakes but don't want to pay anything near what I'm sure these cost.
I won't even attempt cakes like this because the customer would not want to pay for the time it takes to do it.
In most of these cases, I would bet the customers got what they paid for.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

That last cake isn't an elephant...

It's a Vermicious Knid, transforming to probably spell the "S" in "SCRAM".

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Cupcake decorator.
Cupcake decorator who?
PIng pong balls!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

Hunh...I notice the mutant elephant is pink...perhaps that speaks to the baker's state when he or she decorated it?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

What's would be great to see as a theme for Sunday Sweets would be cakes made to look like popular hats from fictional characters.

Carman Sandiego's Iconic Red hat, Indi's fedora, and so on.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

A number of years ago while riding the Bookmobile in rural Iowa on a very windy day, we came around a curve and a largish dog popped his head up out of the ditch--his ears were blowing and he was grinning just like that last cake. Now I know why I've had the image in my head all these years. No experience is ever wasted.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

I think that's a Pringle for the elephant's ear. The last one is obviously a moose. A very startled moose, but totally irrelevant to an elephant. Or something.

A hammerhead shark's eyes are on the end of the "stalks".

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I also thought Pringle, but I imagine it really is fondant and all I can ask is why??? That cup cake arrangement was just fine with NO ear.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Oh MY GOODNESS I'm dying at the Stridex pad remark! We may never know exactly which personal hygiene product makes up that elephant's ear.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa from Oregon

My hubby looked at the elephant and asked me if Bullwinkle got run over by a zamboni lol. Oh how hard I am still laughing cause the more I look at it the more I can see that. Oh how I love these wrecks.

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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