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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 11/20/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week.


Tonight we're gonna party like it is 1960's Hippie Party Theme!


"Ahola, Tim!"
"Ahol.. what?"

"That... doesn't really make sense."
"It makes aholatta sense, Tim. AHOLATTA."


Remember Clippy, that annoying Microsoft Word paperclip?

Apparently we all told him to leave one too many times:

Tree what I did there?

"It looks like you're buying a cake! I will make you regret ever opening this bakery window."


And finally, if you're looking to get an intentional Cake Wreck for a friend's birthday: BEWARE.

You'll probably still get a wreck, of course - just not the way you intended. (Sorry, Alyson.)


Thanks to Paige H., Amanda K., Carolyn L., & Alyson A. for the wreck-ception.


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Reader Comments (26)

It's a 2 thousand-teens blog post comment!: Poor Alyson should have known asking for a cake to be decorated like a "cake wreck cake" is like asking for a Christmas tree to be decorated like a Christmas tree tree. So many choices...

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Did you know Melinda Gates was on the team of people responsible for Mr Clippy? Before she met Bill. Ah, Mr Clippy, you were fun for about 2 minutes.
Love the puns, Jen!

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Ahola crap, that's some serious beach turdage!

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Just what does the delicious sliced fruit border have to do with a 1960s hippie themed cake? That was before my time, so I'll just assume that it was also before the time of the person selecting the cake. As for the writing, the wreckorator needs a remedial cursive lesson. That is NOT how a letter "p" is connected to the letter after it.

With apologies to the dyslexics in the world, they really should be supervised when putting lettering on cakes. If I were at a beach and saw those brown things, I would be on the look-out for Godzilla and whatever gas station sushi he had eaten.

Had you not said it was a tree, I would have taken it for an attempt at a CCC (blech) version of fall foliage. But you're the boss, applesauce, and if you say it's a tree, who am I to argue.

The best way to ensure receiving a wreck is to order a cake that you absolutely DO NOT want wrecked. We all know that when a wreck is ordered, it's a crap shoot as to whether it will be wrecked.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I tree what you did :P

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

So close! The Hawaiian word for butt is okole. Guess that's where all the turds came from.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

That last one is so meta...

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Is the first cake kind of wavy, or is that the "1960's Hippie Party Theme" kicking in?

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Can anyone figure out what the turds on the beach are supposed to be? Sometimes I'm just at a loss. I should probably stop trying to figure out what's going on in the minds of the wreckorators. It apparently requires different pharmaceuticals than I have access to.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

That might've been a-hole Tim lol

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

The A-hole Tim cake style is called Life Is Beachy. You can Google that and see the grocery chain that offers it. I'm not sure if they are supposed to rocks or rolling sand, but they aren't supposed to Deep Fecal Brown in color.

Whoever you are and wherever you've gone, you will always be our favorite A-Hole Tim.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEliza D

The turds on the beach are obviously (or not) supposed to be logs that have washed up onto the shore.

Since one slang term for "turd" is "log," the whole scene can be seen as a metaphor for "Ahola" Tim's toilet habits: Even when he's washed up, he's turdy. Or something. I'm now curious about what's hiding behind the "surf boards" that are obviously (or not) metaphors for something rigid and upright. Like, Maybe Tim's...parents.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

I was SURE you were going to say that we wanted Mr. Clippy to "make like a tree and leaf." BA HA HA HA

--Which would have been even funnier with a pine tree. Or whatever that is.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterB'More Jen

I am reveling in the meta-ness of it all. Allison must have been thrilled. The universe conspired to give her exactly what she wanted on so many levels. Bravo, Universe!

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCuriousT

The last one makes me think, what would the perfect cake wreck be?

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

OMG!! Welcome to dog turds!

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I actually think the cake wreck cake is brilliant.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFernanda

I submitted the tree cake. It is, in fact, a CCC.
Because of an above comment, my mind is now blown. What if it was never a tree? The conversation must have gone like this:
Bakery Manager: "WHAT is THAT supposed to be?"
Wrecker: "It's an oak tree leaf. In um, fall colors."
Bakery Manager: "That looks like a tree. Turn it upside down."
"Wrecker: "Ok, it's a tree then. A HAPPY LITTLE TREE."
Bakery Manager: Let's sell it for $17.99.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Poop on the beach - seashells? That's my best guess, anyway.

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuill7

I don't see what's wrong with Tim's cake. It's obviously slang. You've no doubt heard of "Spanglish", the Spanish/English mashup. Well this is a prime example of Spanaiian", the Spanish/Hawaiian mashup that's currently sweeping the young, hip, urban scene. This, specifically, is the mashup of aloha and hola, affording the user the ability to use two separate words for hello and goodbye but actually only needing to say one word. This is a relative of the lesser known "Yiddaiian" which is the Yiddish/Hawaiian mashup. It's best known for the mashup "poy!" which is an exclamation used over a taro root dish. Outside of New York City this variant is not well known. Ahola, Cakewrecks! I love you all!

November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoeMama

"it's a crap shoot..." @Moira, that certainly explains the Ahola cake!

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

Lol well what can I say that hasn't been said about the poop beach cake? Other than bleh! Lol wow I still can't believe wreckerators can't see that as poo.

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Any chance there's a hash brownie under that icing on the first one? I think the decorator may have been sampling beforehand.

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

I'd say Allison's cake is perfect! If it had had sprinkles, underlining, a poo-brown phallus, Spock holding hands with Han Solo (someone make this happen!) and in the shape of a creepy baby with a red velvet and raspberry jam interior, it would have been a cliche. This is subtle and understated and I REALLY hope that what the wreckorator's intent. If it wasn't, even better!

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyn

So Clippy is working as a feather duster now?

November 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I am certain Clippy is living in our phones as the Auto-correct feature that "fixes" our text messages into garbled nonsense.

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatTrampoline

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