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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

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Ah, where WOULD we be without those helpful hints from our friendly wreckerators?

"WHAT IN HOLY...oh. It says, 'Meow!'

"So it must be something that can imitate a cat."


Sometimes the hints are fairly subtle:

Pssst. You misspelled "Poopy."


While wiser wreckerators go for slightly more direct labeling:

Finally answering the question, "Can I get a what-what?"








Now you're just screwing with us.


And finally, my favorite, no doubt written after someone was asked just a few times too many:


Thanks to Sara A., Julia L., Stephanie L., Sadie P., Rose B., Anne B., Elizabeth S., & Erin F., who are all going, "OoooOOooh, NOW I see it!"


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Reader Comments (42)

I was scrolling slowly, and was so proud to have come up with "poopy love", but then saw that you already said it. Maybe I can make a funny comment some other time (it's on my bucket list).

Thanks for the laughs ... these cakes are truly remarkable, but somehow, I have no words!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

I think the last one was just the angle :/

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermiss paper

Nope, still can't see it....need an eye doctor appointment

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Strawberry pizza?!?
And the first one was some "ugmo" cat!!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I can't help but think the What What cake is referencing a certain YouTube video by Samwell. Not linking because NSFW, though that didn't stop my friends from inflicting it upon our gaming group a few years back, but the brave are welcome to search it out

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

1) A cat? Really? Salvador Dali would see it; the rest of us? Not even squinting while on (self)medication.
2)Why do cake dogs ALWAYS look like their poo?
3) "What What"? Why? WHY, for the love of Marzipan, WHY?
4) That "strawberry" will haunt me to the grave! Of course, it is the dreadful CCC(ptoooie!) so expectations were already appropriately lowered to subterranean. Which is where we find the evil genius behind these wrecks wreaking mirth among us so thank you, Satan!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Yet another use for the dreaded upside-down heart ... ow, my eyes!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

One more thought about the "What-What" - yet another use for the Pan-Wow!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Did nobody else hear Admiral Akbar say "It's a mask!" lol

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

#1:Photo credit: "scarykittyerthertherther" so: "There, there...! And my, what big claws you have!" (Big, but not nearly enough to defend yourself from the wreckorator, I see.)
#2-LITERALLY. Throw in a free roll of toilet paper, and we'll talk...
#3:The ever-amazing PAN WHAT.
#s 4 through the bitter end: I'd really love to stay and visit, but I'm going to be sick--I mean, I have an appointment.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The rainbow cake reminds me of that famous Greek myth with the Yellow Treestump of the Sun, and when it got cut down the goddesses went to war, and their weapons were cake wrecks. (See, myths help us understand the unexplainable things in the world.)

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Fun Fact: Those first two were the original idea for Disney's Lion King, Timon, the smearcat, and Poopa. After s/he was fired, that imaginear was able to find work as a wreckerator. (The preceding is not a real fact, is not affiliated with Disney, Disneyland, The Lion KIng, nor any entities in this reality)

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

#1 I think someone ordered a "Krazy Kat" cake & the baker, being unfamiliar with George Herriman's character, misinterpreted the request as a "Crazed Cat" cake. Yeah, that's got to be it.

#2 I'm confused, why is there a poop-snake on a cookie that says "puppy love"?

#3 I think it's supposed to be a "what what, in the butt" reference. I wish that bakers would stop putting "thongs" on their upside-down-heart-butt-cakes. Actually I wish that bakers would just stop making upside-down-heart-butt-cakes.

#4 Painbow? Yes! Taste the painbow!

#5 70 years after the first nuclear test at White Sands, a desert cactus has mutated into a quasi-sentient being & invaded a supermarket to reap Mother Nature's revenge upon the human race!

#5 Looks like they used a "newspaper" squeaky-toy from the pet department as a reference.

#6 Popcoan? Is that a new imitation food product? Like "Cheez" or "Butter it's not"?**

#7 Hey, they used the correct form of "it's", that deserves some credit!

**Seriously, my local supermarket has an "I can't believe it's not butter" knock-off that's actually called "Butter it's not".

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

"Excuse me Ma'am, but your unicorn just pooped a rainbow on my cake."

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Remove the "diploma" tag and the mortar board embellishment, and you'd have a pretty cool 'gift of a thigh bone' Halloween cake.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeren

Oh dear. The Strawberry Ebolia/bubonic plague cake should be admitted to a hospital IMMEDIATELY! The "cat" is obviously a zombie kat.... anyone can see that I'm sure... as for the rest... I have no words, but plenty of snorting laughter! Another winner! Hilarious. MaryO

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

If you have to label it in icing as to what the design is, that means you did a terrible job with the representation and should put down the crack pipe piping bag.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I'm with miss paper. The mask (or possibly head) would be easier to recognize if it had been displayed portrait instead of landscape. Would have saved the wreckerator a bit of trouble. And the Transformers symbol would be facing the right way too.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbob

That's not a strawberry - that's a drunk alien with green dicks growing out of its head :D

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobibnikoff

This thing right here
Is lettin' all the ladies know
What guys talk about
You know, the finer things in life
A heh heh heh
Check it out

The butt (#3) is a homage to the classic love song "The Thong Song" by Sisqo
Did no one else love Glee? It was, after all, the gym teacher's wedding song. I recommend looking up the Glee version, I just discovered the Sisco version has an unfortunate word in it that was removed for TV. The song is hilarious :)

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

Regarding the last one - I think that "It's A Mask!" text is to let people know that the decoration actually *is* a mask. It's a plastic Halloween mask of Bumbleebee from the Transformers. You can see the eye-holes and everything. I think it's meant to be a bonus. "Eat our crummy cake, get a crummy mask for free!"

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Sorry CBushLite; although the Thong Song is entertaining, I'm siding with Jenn and Nerfbomb in recognizing the cake as a tribute to the YouTube senstation by Samwell. What What (in the Butt) is a classic viral video that never gets old, even almost a decade later.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

I'm old. I looked at the mask tag, the mask, and thought "No, it's a Transformer. The helmets from Mask* are a lot more complex and . . . oh."

* The cartoon series, not the Cher movie.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

the first one looks like a scary clown.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjane lewis

The "what what" cake is lyrics to a song. She"s got dumps like a truck, truck, guys like what, what, baby move your butt, butt. Stupid song, even worse as a cake.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Why are Satan's horns green? Why does he have an extra one coming out the center of his head? OH!!! That's a STRAWBERRY????? Are you CERTAIN it's supposed to be a strawberry? Because I AM certain that the other one is definitely NOT a rainbow!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVaBeach alemaP

PopCOAL? The others are hideous, but the Popcoal labelling has short circuited my brain and I can't actually get past THAT one to truly appreciate the badness of the other cakes.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDalek

They misspelled "pop-koan."

You know, like "What is the sound of one kernel buttering?"

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQatie

Sorry for the second post, but you guys are freakin' hilarious! So glad I came back to revisit.

U be crazy.....OK, me too.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

"What what" could be a reference to the youtube hit "What what in your butt." Yes, that's a real thing and the video is hilarious.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChibiE

While looking through the post, I stopped on the "What! What!" and my 3yo daughter said "Mom look! A penguin!"

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShelley K

Write "strawberry" on it all you like, it's still a watermelon pizza with cucumber crust.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I like the popcorn one. Nicely toasted and a whole lot of yummy icing to go with it!

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQue Sara Lee

Could the "strawberry" one be a Bride of Frankenstein cake? That's what I saw first.....before coffee.

Thanks for all the giggles this AM!!!

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTar Heel Gal

I thought I'd try identifying the critter/item before reading the text., Here's how it went.

:Oo, a cat. That was easy. Maybe these aren't that bad."

"Um, a seal?" *reads* "Oh, a dog, okay. Seals are like the dogs of the sea."

"A steak?" *reads* "Ah a.. who'd want a cake of... well anyway."

"A yellow starfish thing and a strangely colored burger?" *reads* "Yeah, okay I guess I see that."

"A piece of pizza in a pickle hat!" *reads* "Has that baker even seen a strawberry?"

"A diploma, but admittedly the cap gave it away."

"A fire pit!" *reads* "Pop.. coal?"

"A mask! Is that just set on there?" *reads* "Well, yes..."

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

That is NOT a "strawberry?" Clearly that is a pack of crazed, starving saguaro cacti attacking a moldy slice of pizza with gusto.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Oh man that poor "cat". Honestly couldn't tell even with the tiny fish in it's paws. Blergh lol.

August 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I think the concept for the strawberry is good, the execution is - well, just that.

August 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

But why does the strawberry have cactuses on it??

December 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterccrow

#3 - I always wondered what an egg would look like in a thong.
#6 - And a bone with a ribbon tied around it - this must be for a dog that graduated obedience school.
#7 - What's popcoaal?

January 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I just need to know why the diploma is bloody.

"Diploma"? More like "diplopia." That would help to explain how these wreckerators mistook these for cakes that would sell. Would also account for the "What. what."

Nothing adequately explains the cactusberry.

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

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