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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

Road Wrecks

It's Drowsy Driving Awareness Week - which ironically is quite hard to say when you're tired - so we're here to do our part. Enjoy.












Prevent two kinds of wrecks, my friends: Don't drive drowsy.


Thanks to Deb C., Sarah B., Susan B., & Christina W. , who really just had wrecky bakers, but our way is a lot funnier. :)


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Reader Comments (30)

The hood ornament and the hula girl are sublime touches.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Prevent cruelty to plastic hula girls! Don't drive drowsy!

That last one…I can just hear the shhhwumpff noise as it disassembles itself.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDB

Let's look on the bright side: At least in this instance, drowsy driving only killed the cakes, rather than some poor schmuck in the other car. :/

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCallista

Does the 2nd cake look like a new type of minion or is it my imagination? The dots in the circles look a lot like eyes...and sleepy eyes at that! So glad to see John has yet another job, besides keeping up with Jen! Love the hood ornament.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

John...LOVED IT! Good way to Deliver an important message. You both never cease to make my day! Thank you. I hope your Birthday cake came with "John" written on it, instead of the baker putting an actual Commode on it, and it was wreck free on your special day!

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

Fantastic work, John, for the driving, er, I mean, drawing! By the way, sorry for being late, but happy birthday, and another year of icing wreckages!

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

That scenario would explain a lot of the wrecks you see......

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I'm pretty sure that second cake wasn't okay before the bad delivery.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoann

Let's face it: these were wrecked long before they got into a delivery vehicle.

Belated brithdey greatings to thoJ.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I love the hula girl. I have one on my dash board, LOL. I always worry something will happen to a cake I am delivering. I am a fairly aggressive driver normally, but when there is a cake in my truck I am driving slower than a turtle.. LOL

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Greatness, John!

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

This post reminds me of the Great British Bake Off #bingate episode where Iain chucked his ice cream cake into the bin. Perhaps these cakes should've ended up there as well.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

John, your drawings are such fun! I like the Hawaiian girl and I really like the special hood ornament! I hope you had a very happy birthday, too :-D

Second cake from the bottom, what's with the flesh-toned frosting? Yikes!

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Thanks! I am a night shift nurse ( and loyal wreckie) and do research and develop programs to help fatigued workers. Did you know that being awake for only 19 hours affects one's driving ability to the same degree as a BAC of 0.10?

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Carney

Can someone tell me what the two items beside the first cake were supposed to be?
Looking at the bottom of the one that fell over on the right, it looks like some sort of glass covered buttercream. Hm, for that matter, I can't really tell what the cake was supposed
to be, either. With the black and red top layer, it reminds me of Minnie Mouse, but not a
'good' Minnie Mouse.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

@Joyce, I think, those ugly things that have fallen on the side of the first cake might be the bakers attempt at the turrets from a castle. I agree not a good Minnie Mouse or turrets for that matter. But FUN for us wreckaholics!

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

I had to bring a champagne cake (with cream and jelly/jam layers) to and from a surprise party. Made it to (thankfully) but apparently after having been cut into, that jam/jelly was enough for the layers to slip off even taking turns at a crawl...pretty sure cake transportation is some sort of magic (and definitely requires lucidity).

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbb

@Mary Carney and John (thoJ), thanks for your service.

John, the hula girl was perfection. I do wonder how bakeries transport anything higher than sheet cakes to their destinations. @Joyce, I *hope* they were glass bottles, because on second (ok, third or fourth!) glance, they look like florist's styrofoam. I agree - what ARE they (cookiemama, thanks for the suggestion)?! The Minnie Mouse hat was the best part of the cake.

Actually, none of those cakes looked like any great loss (but our gain!).

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

My wedding cake slid. The decorater drove 4 blocks. (My mom picked her because she was so close). The decorater said that she once hit a deer in a snowy canyon delivering a cake. Nothing happened to the cake. Mine just wasn't meant to be.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSyndee

Not a single dowel was harmed (or used) in the stacking of these cakes.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I can't do long distance deliveries anymore. I did a four layer wedding cake delivery to Va from Pa. Un=assembled all in separate boxes during a major rain storm and through major flooding in October.NEVER again, the stress OY ! I've seen first hand these disasters and even had to fix a few. So much sadness.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

John (thoJ) I LOVE the drawings!! Evidence from the fourth drawing suggests that the Hula Girl experienced Excessive Head Tilt.

DB, I also heard the moist *plop* as that layer slid off and hit the table.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

That cake is what happens to your body when you turn 50! ROFL

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterC Chris

@ the people who said that their cakes slid apart at the layers--isn't it possible to secure the layers together more firmly, especially if one is using slippery layer filling like jam or fruit? Granted, I've never made a cake with more than one layer, but I'm imagining it's got to be possible. Like, maybe some kind of cake version of the toothpick you use to keep together an enormous sandwich.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCallista

Looking at the 50th birthday cake, i don't care if it was an accident, because if it was, that was happy one. I don't care what anyone says, that was downright clever thinking.

November 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJW

Lol so loved this post! And those cakes.. wow someone fell asleep on them from the looks of the poor things.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Callista, yes that's what one of the posters above was saying about dowels: they're used to hold the layers together. Obviously, they WEREN'T used in these! Lol!

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleadfootjen

My mother made my wedding cake, drove it 400 miles (disassembled) and it was PERFECT! She packed it in boxes lent to her by a friend who had made her own wedding cake, then transported it to the venue by TRAIN. (1950s, people.) That one was perfect, too.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

I'm shocked, shocked I say, that no one has suggested the obvious caption for the last one:
50 - it's all downhill from there.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

When I transport cakes, I always place them on large pieces cut from an egg crate mattress topper I bought just for this purpose. It provides good cushioning and keeps the cake from sliding. Just be sure to use it with the 'bumps' up and the flat side down. If you feel you need to, you can stack two or more pieces together to provide even more cushioning.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

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