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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 10/16/15

Some of my favorite submissions this week.


On the plus side, it IS the right color:


I'm guessing whoever invented these "football sprinkles" never owned a pet hamster/rabbit/guinea pig/etc:

"Whooo waaants cake?... NO FLUFFY NOOOOO!"


For her class reunion cake Sara had a long group panorama shot, which she'd had to make with three separate photos. It was obvious how the three fit together, though, so Sara was CONFIDENT that nope can't even finish this sentence here just look:

This is a baker who really, really sucks at jigsaw puzzles.

And Sara still doesn't know what that little green square is.


The good news is Sara eventually got the cake she wanted... after going across town to a different bakery:

It CAN be done!


Sometimes bakeries will give you all the plastic flotsam bits separate from the cake, which means you can order this:


...and GET this:

We're gonna need more flotsam, people. STAT.


Lee's father was celebrating 50 years of running a Chevy dealership, so a local customer sent him a cake. Pretty sweet, right?

Except Lee reports the baker delivering said cake skedaddled with "surprising" haste - and you're about to see why:

♫ "Like a wreck. OOOOOO like a wreck!"♪

And just think: that's the FIXED version.

(No, I don't know what "Ally" is. Whatever it is, it belongs to Lee's friend.)

But wait! THERE'S MORE.

The same friend's "at Ally" ALSO sent along a commemorative flower arrangement. Trouble is, I guess they didn't specify what kind of event was being commemorated, so Lee's dad ended up with...

Funeral flowers.

Lee, I think I speak for us all when I say: you should take your dad out for ice cream.


Thanks to Polly S., Brittney W., Sara W., Christina P., & Lee L. for lightening up a grave situation.


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Reader Comments (39)

Cake two could be better if someone bunched all their finger tips together and stamped little footie-prints on the icing too. (tee hee)

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

My guess is that piece of green is the grass that was cut from the small section on the right to make room for the words.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterstef

Forget ice cream, I think Lee's dad might need a drop of the hard stuff to recover from those gifts!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

Guessing since the guy is working at a Chevy dealership, the cake senders may be Ally Financial, a lending institution that does a lot of auto loans financing through dealerships.

And thank you for the amazing laugh on the football sprinkle cake. My daughter has a hamster. I'll never look at his "sprinkles" the same.... LOL!!!

Thank you for another great start to my day!!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

I think that green square looks like they cut a bit of the grass off the bottom of the middle puzzle piece.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAx

Someone please find that baker and give this simple, instructional message: YOU CAN'T ERASE ICING!!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Bwah!!! The last wreckerator's cousin obviously owns a flower shop!

So, even in the fixed class reunion wreck, the poor guy in the middle with the navy shirt and khaki pants gets the shaft. On the wreck, he's sliced in half, but his face is okay. In the fix, he's missing a chunk of his right side instead!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

My guess would be that the "Ally" is supposed to be Allied Insurance. Probably he had fellow small business owner friends who owned an insurance company.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

As a cat person, I see the sprinkles as more like crunchy cat food.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Are those really football sprinkles? Not almonds? Maybe I need glasses.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMeowMixUp

There is so much wrong with that Chevy cake. The wreckerator must have been a Ford (wo)man. Why else would (s)he smear the blue all over the white in an attempt to "erase" a "mistake", and then use striped tooth paste to do the scalloped border?

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

A cakewreck AND a flowerwreck… poor client! I hope Lee's father has a sense of humor.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

I am losing it...absolutely LOSING IT... over that last cake and the flowers! Bwaahaahaahaa! Thank you for that morning laugh. And I have to agree with an earlier poster. Skip the ice cream. Go for the scrumpy.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

I wonder if the baker and florists are Ford fans?

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

I agree that Ally is probably the bank. They used to be GMAC, and are the primary lender for in-dealership GM financing.

The flowers...just...

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMs. D

I'm sorry Jen, but every once in a while you miss the mark. On the first cake, the simple omission of the preposition "OF" doesn't make this a wreck. It's a simple mistake on an otherwise very classy cake. This is obviously the dessert for the 2008 convention "Celebrating 100 Years of Green Writing." This convention celebrates great literature such as "Ann of Green Gables," "The Green Mile," and my favorite, "Green Eggs and Ham." This year I believe the featured color is blue. In order to preserve the congenial and uplifting spirit of this blog, I think that an apology is due.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

Don't you just love how, on the flower arrangement, the Chevy logo is backwards. At least I think that is what that cross thing is supposed to be, even though they forgot to cut the sides at an angle. And it looks like they cut it out of cardboard with a box cutter. I guess even florists can make a wreck.

That first cake, though, is just gorgeous -- too bad the decorator went above and beyond.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

Oh dear, that last pic shows he needs more than flowers for the photo cake it is something I would do because I stink at puzzles O_o

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I simply can't believe that these wrecks keep on coming! I can't believe this site hasn't put itself out of business by posting them. However, I'm giddily grateful that it hasn't.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeffssis

I've only had one sip of my coffee this late into the morning, so it is not surprising that I *just now* got that the first cake was supposed to say, "Celebrating 100 Years", written in green icing, not, "Celebrating 100 Years of Great Writing".

The Spiderman one makes me sad.

Poor Lee's Father. I am absolutely crying over here. Tee-hee!

@Jodi: *snort* Baker's cousin owns the flower shop! Hehehe!

@Jackwire: : - D

@Patti: I thought it was supposed to be a cross, at first. Then I realized it's actually the Chevy logo. Wow. So, so bad. The flowers are quite lovely, though.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

I believe "Ally" is a bank that provides car loans for the Chevy dealers customers. I think "Ally" should get their money back!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Messantonio

That last picture...wonder what was delivered to the funeral home?

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

On the cake celebrating 100 years of green writing - why are there green dots on the white icing swirls? Yuck. What are the 3 extra white swirls at the bottom for? Maybe the decorator realized there was just enough icing left in the piping bag and decided to add Just A Few More Swirls. I don't get the green terrace thing on the right-hand corner, either.

We're gonna need more than flotsam to fix the second Spidey cake.

And there is so much that's humorously wrong with the cake from Ally. The Chevrolet bowtie is off center and uneven. Why is the cake from our friend's (with emphasis on the apostrophe)? Our friend's what at Ally? It's obviously not from our friend's bakery, that's for sure. I'm with s.marie - You can't erase icing. YIKES!

I'm still sore today from laughing so hard over the posts from earlier in the week, Jen. You're the best!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

If I'm going to pay $10 for a decorated cookie, it had darn-well better have hamster doody on it!!

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

@jackwire--you are killing me!

@Chicago, thanks for expressing your puzzlement over the first cake ... I thought I was the only one to be thinking those things.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Lee's dad was singin'
Bye bye, Miss Bakery Wreck.
Bought a cake with a Chevy
But it just looked like heck.
Some big old flowers
From your friends at Ally
Looked like they were for the day someone died.
They were for the day someone died.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

I suppose we should just be grateful that the Chevy logo on the floral arrangement is only backwards. They could have put it in there sideways, thinking it was supposed to be a cross.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

@ Mary Kay: I'm killing you...Literately?

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

There used to be a Chevy dealership in Seattle called Alley Chevrolet. Maybe they effed that up too.

October 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDarthtod

Oh man the cake with seeds/ hamster poop has me in stitches. Lol wow.

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Hi guys, theres another hideous ad for Radox, it covers the whole screen this time :( it starts with some water graphics then fills the whole thing and the close button doesnt load until the whole ad loads. just thought id let ya know

(Editor's note- Hi Ella, Thanks for letting me know. Honestly, I'm not sure my ad person has much control over what happens overseas (I know it's stupid) but I asked her to look into it. In the meantime, you might want to download AdBlock for your browser. Sure, we won't make anything from your visit but at least you'll have a better experience. -john (the hubby of Jen)]

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElla

@ jackwire -- nope, still here (sorry aren't you?). LOL

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

I think I know what happened with the photo cake... I'm not sure if anyone else has pointed this out yet. In the first cake, the baker decorated the perimeter with thick gobs of dark yellow frosting BEFORE putting the photo paper on the cake. After that, there clearly wasn't enough space to reconstruct the photo correctly; the edges would have gone over the frosting frame. See how in the second cake, the baker left off the yellow edge frosting completely on the sides? That's how the photo fits the way it should.

As to why the first baker didn't just remove the side frosting.... the analysis kind of breaks down at that point. O.o.

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnise

Except of course the second panorama cake is *still* messed up (look carefully at the join, just below the D...)

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I don't want to be at the funeral where the widow is trying to explain to the deceased's sisters and brothers why the flowers are decorated with a ribbon that reads, "Congratulations on Fifty Years of Service."

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Ally is a bank.

October 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill

On the second cake, I am sure that is what most football teams want to see after loosing to the Packers.

December 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZarlog

Ally is Ally financial the finance company that works directly with Chevy dealers

December 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I think that sixth cake looks like a level in Super Mario 3D Land.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAva

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