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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.

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- Jen

Friday Favs 10/2/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week.


I don't know what it is, but I'm pretty sure it wants to hurt me:

"Yes, yesssss; bring that knife... CLOSER."


Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Finally captured on film!
The elusive Pepperoni Pizza Butter-Pie!

So cheesy, am I right?


In case you were wondering if those awful Frozen cake kits are still out there:




Believe it or not, this next photo was taken inside the bakery. See the shelf & cake behind it?

So someone bought this cake, brought it home, put custom candy letters AND a candle on it, cut into it, realized it was chocolate and not yellow like the label says, and then returned the cake.


So, uh... used sperm balloon cake, anyone?


I've seen a bunch of these dragon cupcake cakes (patooie!) now:

...and trust me, they NEVER look this nice in real life.


This one, however, wins the Brass Ring of "Look, Ma! NO HANDS!":

'Cuz I think he made it with his feet.


Thanks to Megan W., Norma E., Caite L., John B., & Leanne W. for dragon that in.


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Reader Comments (37)

Kudos to the Waste Management Program in Vicky's town. I think every city should implement a cake recycling program in order to cut down on waste.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Just an FYI, there is one of those auto play ads in the side bar, which makes the page jump around and you're not able to scroll away. I've never encountered one on CakeWrecks before, but maybe you've gotten new advertising?

[Editor's note- Thanks, Kelley. We work pretty hard to make sure these never happen on the site but once in a while, some random advertiser slips one past us. Sorry about that. And now I'm off to yell at our ad people. -john (the hater of auto play ads)]

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkkelley

The dragon CCC, that serves 25; try as I might, I can only count 23 cupcakes. Looks like 4 people are gonna have to share.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

Used cake, that is pathetic

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I laughed so hard at the first cake & comment I was little bit sick.
Think the baker wanted to try out all the icing/colour techniques on one cake.
It looks like a rabid strawberry. :o

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGina

The first one looks like a deranged version of Dr. Teeth from the Muppets.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M

I really rather like the first one! Good Halloween cake for October.
The last one is a happy Xmas worm.
When I got to the Frozen cake kit cake, I thought, "What's wrong with this one? It doesn't seem too bad." Then...I scrolled down further. "Oh. OH!!!" I think my favorite part is the green ribbon line of frosting that's supposed to represent trees!

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

That last one. I could only think...Lowly Worm, the shocking truth.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeloise

The last one is a Very Hungry Caterpillar that will eventually undergo metamorphosis into the Pepperoni Pizza Butter-Pie up above! And the circle of wrecks continues...

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulie


And still with the "yellow cake" label. Adding insult to the insult and injury.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

I think @Trista is right--now she has me obsessively counting cupcakes, too.
At first I was just obsessed because as a kid I would have really been upset if I had gotten one of the all white ones that didn't have a piece of dragon on it.
(OK, class, use that sentence as a story-starter for your essay . . .)

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

I asked my 3 year old what she thought cake #1 is....She peered at it and said, "funny".

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGina

That last on looks more like either a maned worm or a really bad version of the Pokemon Dratini.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

What kind of financing can you get me on that $19.99?
- Hey, you can always frost it a different color.

Pssst! Hey, buddy, over here, want to buy a birthday cake? We were catering a party and we have some left over. You have to help me out; if my boss finds out the people didn't eat it I'll be in trouble.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

I thought of the Fry Kids from '80s and '90s McDonald's ads. You know, the anthropomorphic pompoms.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

To Trista's post- I'm glad to not be the only one who counted the cupcakes! (I only counted 22)

First cake seems to be half a dome shape. The face side looks flat to me. I still can't figure out what it is the face of, though.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

The sign behind #1 says "Stacked Party Cake", For what type of event was this horror prepared? Red and green normally point to Christmas, but even the Grinch is cuter than this guy. Someone suggested Halloween, but there appears to be a butterfly stuck on his backside. So the Hungry Mohawk Caterpiller morphed into the Pepperoni Butter Pie, and then landed on the behind of Oscar the Grouch who just had an eyebrow waxing that went bad...really bad.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

At first I thought it said Happy Birthday Dicky. That is all.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLiesa

The first one.... the puffer fish from Nemo, right???? "Shark bait ooh ha ha!"

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNC

"Used sperm balloon".... Um, ew.
I can't believe they are trying to resell it!

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherV

Please tell me the "sperm balloon" cake says "Dicky" and not "Vicky"....pleeeease???

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Just when I think I cannot possibly be shocked anymore, Cakewrecks provides another fresh (and dumbfounding and jawdropping and hilarious) example of the creative lengths of wreckerator feats. That used cake... wow. Just wow. My jaw literally dropped at that one.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

Anyone else feel like the last one just needs a big beefy arm so he can burninate the countryside?

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterothy

I can laugh at the decorating wrecks, but that really, er, takes the cake with the recycled sperm balloon cake. And is Vicky allergic to chocolate? Otherwise, who takes cake from a one year old and returns it after they've cut it? If you were okay with the sperm balloons, I guess the flavor shouldn't matter so much, it's cake! Mmmm, cake.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

The last set of pics is like one of those dating apps. The first pic is what they posted on the site and the second is how they actually look when they meet. Maybe they just fell into some bad lighting???

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisaS

Props to whomever made the first cake for upcycling all the near- expired food in the fridge.... I see lettuce, spaghetti, what I hope is whip cream, and the center filling of several dozen deviled eggs. When food goes bad. Chilling.

A used cake?! Seriously?!

And finally what did that poor worm/caterpillar ever do to deserve being set on frosting fire??

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

We bought the dragon cupcake cake for my daughter's birthday at the neighborhood grocery store bakery a few weeks ago, and it looked EXACTLY like the picture. So terrified at what could have been! Guess I should count myself lucky that we have a talented cake decorator in town. A worm would not have been a good thing.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Please, please tell me where the used "Vicky" cake is. I need it! I have a cat with a hairball she can't yack up, and that looks like Just The Thing to fix her.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

Those Frozen cakes bring me back to when I worked in a Hannaford bakery ...

One time, this family ordered a full sheet cake from us and a co-worker ended up making it. It took her 45 minutes, way over the time you're supposed to take, but a full sheet is huge. In the end, they never showed up and didn't answer the phone when we called to say, "hey, where are you? You ordered a $50 cake, come get it." And that's how you get blacklisted from a grocery store bakery.

(The cake looked much better than this one.)

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCassidy

The first cake is a shining example that just knowing how to use different decorator tips does NOT make you a talented cake decorator. (Those leaf tip eyebrows!!)

@othy -- I think it would take more than a beefy arm to turn that sad little worm into Trogdor the Burninator!!

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

I think the first one kinda looks like a bedbug.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterelisssabeth

OK, it wasn't the best day because my Internet was down for the third time in four days. When you work at home as a web designer, this makes earning a living rather difficult and stressful.

So now that it's back up, I'm here for laughs. And since I needed entertainment, I checked the dragon CCC. @Trista, after playing with color levels and shadows, I think it DOES have 25 cupcakes, but it's tough to see them around the dragon's head because the pixels are blown out.

I am so terrified of that first cake that I would not cut it, even if someone promised me it was full of the truffles we found in Antwerp. I'm just not that brave or desperate.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

That's the sadest dragon i've seen in a long time !

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I'm with Gina-- the Rabid Strawberry made me laugh until I hurt. Sometimes, a wreck is so awful that it slides all the way around the scale and becomes a Win. In its own, other-worldly, wall-eyed, growly way. Especially when Jen writes a comment about it. And especially, ESPECIALLY, when it has a bad blonde dye job and a butterfly on its butt.

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

They cut into it then returned it. Well, that takes the cake.

But how did poor Vicky feel about losing her birthday cake?

October 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaskfan

Poor worm CCC lol. As for that cake they are trying to sell used and all.. ewwww who on earth does something like that? Horrid. I will go back to laughing at the worm cake lol.

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I work at the same franchise as the first cake. And these "little monsters" are a popular item. It's one of the few where the decorator can use there imagination and go wild. Ours tend to have licorice antennas or be color coordinated with the local football team. I love this one.

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeo

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