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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

Mmmm, Crunchy!

Hey, kids! Do you know what day it is?!

It's Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

[Kermit flail]



Yep, today is the day when you can take anything and everything and cover it in CHOCOLATE!!!

And you thought chocolate-covered bacon was awesome.


Caught a fish on your camping trip?

Cover it in chocolate!


Wolf Spider crawling on you in the middle of the night?



There's literally no end to the things you can cover in chocolate!

Right, guys?



Hang on.

Dipped or sculpted?

[grabbing baker by lapels]



Well, whichever it is, you're going to larva this one:


 Okay, seriously. Japan? We need to talk.

[putting arm around Japan]

Look, I get it. You're fun! You're kooky! Hello Kitty and tentacles and all that. But chocolate covered beetles? Really? Is that even a thing?

It is?


Well, could you at least make them a little less creepy?

Apparently not.


Thanks to Kristina M., Cattie P., Jessica C., Amy M., & D.L., who will never look at that chocolate fountain in Golden Corral the same way again.


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Reader Comments (39)

I shall cover my eyes in chocolate and I will be at peace.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Not going to lie, I'd still eat whatever that first one is.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

I love chocolate but ewww Dx

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

What is the first something covered in chocolate? There are some ominous lumps on top of an otherwise delicious and well-made dessert.
Please someone explain what Japan is doing with the beetles. It surely has some cultural significance that we American's just don't understand and are too lazy to look into for ourselves.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I think the beetle cakes were started by Komatsuya Honten. If you google, CNN has an article.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLokispeaks

"Cover it in chocolate!" is the new "Put a bird on it!"

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I don't get the bug eating over there in Asia. That's so gross. Throwing chocolate on it doesn't make it any better.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo

John, thank you for reminding me that I once almost bought what I thought was a box of assorted chocolates at a fancy schmancy chocolate shop, until I was told to be sure and read the box more carefully. Yep, there is was in tiny print "Contains chocolate covered ants, baby bees and grasshoppers". No thank you! No more fancy schmancy chocolate shops for me, I'll stick to Hershey thank you. Talk about having a creepy crawly feeling after eating one of those choco-insect delights! ugh!

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

JoJo : apparently, insects are the future of food. Since our overconsummation of meat is endangering the environment, insects will eventually be a solution for getting proteins we need.
And since Japan is the vanguard of everything on this planet, they took a step ahead by covering them in chocolate. Bon appétit!

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

@Carrie, That would make a great "Portlandia" sketch. Gotta keep Portland weird.
@SueBee, That might just be my new motto :^ )

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSM3

Hmmm...much as I adore chocolate, I think today I will instead celebrate both Jane Austen and Beethoven's birthdays. And, I'm with @Moira -- what the heck is that first thing supposed to be?

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I'm with SuBee ^^

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I kinda like them...

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Beetle collecting is a very popular hobby in Japan (it's what inspired Pokémon) so that's probably why the beetle cakes are a thing.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersairentohiru

I am reminded of the chocolate covered cotton in "Catch-22".

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

The beetle one with the larva and tag that says "Merry Christmas" was very well done. Sculpted insects, I'm fine with. The fish and the pig's head, however, are straight to Nopeville. The pig head is very well sculpted, to be sure, it's just a situation where one thing should not be connected to the other.

And the fish? Nightmare fuel. It looks like they dragged a legit fish through Hershey's chocolate syrup and put it on foam. Nope nope nope.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMLS

Ha--"Kermit flail" Love it.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarthaD

One word: urp.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy B

Your photo comments just crack me up! Thanks for the laugh!

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

"You're going to larva" bahah, I died when I read that!

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Wow. I had no idea what that second one was, and even the mention of bacon didn't make it any clearer. It wasn't until I read the comments that I realized it's a pig head. Now I see it, and it's really quite obvious. Before, I was focusing on the nostrils, thinking they were some kind of evil-looking eyes, and the ears looked like some kind of weird wings. I thought it might be some kind of deformed, evil bird.

Either way, I wouldn't want to eat it.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuill7

Those beetles are sculpted. Elephant beetles (the one with horn a could be a horn beetle) I believe poisonous and others (jen's "dipped or sculpted) I think are representative of dung beetles. (I say this because they DO design such cakes...)

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

Perhaps someday I shall be forced to voluntarily consume creepy-crawlies, or go hungry. Before that day, I will be desperately trying to grow pinto beans, and begging my chicken-keeping friends for eggs. Long, long, LONG before I eat a beetle, and I hope to heaven IT"S NOT A DUNG BEETLE!! *hurk*

@Athena: I saw that Ted Talks too. I may overconsume meat, scarf down a steak, or chomp some chicken. However, I will not overconsummate meat. I love it, but not in *that* way.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Slimey yet satisfying!

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherJenn

Mmm. Nothing says "Christmas" like chocolate beetles and larvae.

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin Yvette

So I saw "chocolate" and "Kermit" and my brain went straight to "Crunchy Frog". :-P

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterL

AnotherJenn, I caught the Lion King reference. Love it.

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

The first one looks to me like Kirk Douglas playing a Cyclops.

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Stag beetles are a good luck symbol in Germany, used on Christmas cards and decorations. I think the Japanese baker is German-inspired.

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary

The Japanese beetle thing is because they actually keep beetles as pets. Stag beetles and similar ones are hugely popular as a pet for little kids and are frequently even classroom pets in kindergarten and elementary school, like hamsters or gerbils are in the U.S. I used to teach over there, so I got to do a lot of "admiring" of my kids' pets.

Worst part, the beetles eat this jelly thing that is packaged exactly like some other jelly candies intended for human consumption. It's even sold in grocery stores. I was very very glad I was able to read Japanese BEFORE I moved there!!

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCeiros

I can honestly say chocolate does NOT go with everything. I wouldn't go near those creepy things even for a million bucks lol. Eww

December 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

@ JMixx -- I LOVE a careful reader (missed that).

December 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

to be fair I LOVED the first cake and I love chocolate heehee.

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Oh, how horrifying!
Here in Switzerland, we get chocolate beetles in spring. They're called Maikaefer (May Beetle), but they're made from molds, so they're hollow. They're delicately decorated and look nothing like real beetles. Here though, I'm not so sure of that.

BTW, adore the blog!

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNicole B.

"Japan? We have to talk..."

Several guffaws. Thnx

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa

Maybe it's a (s)carob beetle? Mwaahaha! *hangs head* Sorry.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKismet

Having spent weeks of classes trying to learn to temper chocolate properly, I have a newfound admiration for the two very shiny beetles in the last two pictures. Admiration, not desire to possess, however.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

The first actually looks pretty tasty.

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDatadoggieEin

LOL!! "Overconsummation". I don't think that word means what you think it means.

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

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