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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

10 Reasons Edible Images Are The Absolute WORST (Plus One That's Pure Gold)

You'd think printing out your decorations would make them LESS wrecky, but... NOPE.

10 Reasons Edible Images Are The Absolute WORST:


1) Because even though bakers COULD use spell-check...

...they don't.

And also that pesky spacing thing.


2) Because now it looks like the cake is wrapped in fabric:


3) Or shiny plastic:

(I've seen Slip n' Slides that looked thinner than that stuff. Think you need scissors to cut it?)


4) Because the printer always runs out of ink and turns everyone green:

But thank goodness bakeries don't let that stop them.


5) Because of the badly Photoshopped photo collages:


6) And free clip art:


7) Because it gets all shiny and slimy:



8) Because square paper, round cookies cakes:



9) Because creepy ultrasounds:



And finally, the best/worst reason edible images are the worst?

10) Because bakers keep doing this:

Not cool, bakers. Not cool.


Thanks to Alexis M., Alexia K., Jennalee Z., Graham C., Melissa H., Darren G., Amber, Nicky W., Mercedes M., & Desiree H. for getting the picture.


And now, because every rule needs an exception, allow me to present the best Edible Image Cake...

Thank you, Julia H.


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Reader Comments (27)

How can bakery employees not even think to cut the print to fit the cookie????? You post some pretty brain-dead practices on here, but that one takes...the cake :-P

Thanks so much for the last one, though - LOVE it!

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Our prays are with you?

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrandee Holmes

There seem to be a remarkable number of babies being welcomed to the world with alcohol. Is this a thing now? Maybe it's to dull the memories of ultrasound picture cakes. Creeeeeepy.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

That second one looks like a nice piece of flannel I would love to snuggle under. Or a diaper cake, made of cloth diapers. And the biggest question of the day is WHY are there KIDNEYS on cake #6?

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

Gotta love the two fingerprints in the last cake. When you steal art you shouldn't leave fingerprints behind!

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenW

The idea is a good one, but wreckers gotta wreck....

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Bwah that last one cracked me up! Now, who wants a nice piece of baby? Okay, how about a piece of cute puppy?

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

"But I'm not the Assman!"

"As far as the state of New York is concerned, you are."

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where Kramer got the license plate intended for a NY proctologist? The license was "ASSMAN".

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJaneE

I felt bad about cake #6. I know a couple people who need/ed organ transplants and it is never an easy process. They do need lots of prayers and a good medical team - not to mention, a donor. Looks like we need to add good clip art for cake decorators to the list! I hope your prayers got answered, Team Gruff!

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

I don't want the face piece, no matter when the picture was taken.

I agree with GingerSnap - I hope Team Gruff's prayers were answered.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

How the h-e-double hockey sticks did my 7th grade home ec sewing project ( I received a D-) make it in as cake #2?

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Oooh! A kidney cake - yummy!! (I'm so glad they didn't use yellow frosting on that one.)

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne from GA

I'm really curious what was intended with the 'Our prays are with you' cake. We hope you live, but if not, please donate your kidneys to McGruff the Crime Dog?

@Moira: Perhaps the cake was served with fava beans and a nice chianti.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

@TheCreepyTribble and @JaneE- Yay! A fellow Seinfeld fan!

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFlufferz

I like the concept of cake 2, just not the execution. Cake 1 is not only misspelled, it's poorly centered, resulting in some of the words being cut off. While the idea of having a picture on a cake is cute, I'd find it difficult to eat anything depicting a baby. And as for the square on a circle ones: Chocloate Chip Occasion Cookie just cracks me up for some strange reason.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterProfessor Who

#9 looks like she's gestating the Phantom of the Opera - with mask.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

There is no Darth Vader on that cake. How, then, can it be the best ever?

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterComicBookGoddess

I think the first one is homemade by the look of the top border. It looks like someone bought an edible image from a bakery and did it themselves. A lot of places will sell you just the image if you ask.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterelle

The last one...All I can think is "Atreyu!" And I hear the them song in my head.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLori

What concerns me the most about edible images is the decorators. If they are that inept, do we really trust them to use edible ink in the printer and edible paper? I can just see myself biting into a big hunk of 20# Bright White.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

Sad about your hand amputation, Tink. Tough times.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterabudoggie

Back when I graduated from high school, "photos on cakes" was a relatively new thing that all the cool kids were doing, so naturally I wanted a baby photo of my printed onto my graduation cake for my open house.

Instead of doing that, the supermarket bakery simply took the photo print that I gave them, wrapped it in a plastic baggy, and embedded it into the icing.

Given the circumstances, that was probably the best possible outcome.

September 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTegan

Well these just made me laugh so hard. Honestly I fear what wreckerators are going to do for the holidays. I really fear going to a bakery near Halloween lol.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

@Lori, that last cake also made me think of Atreyu and Falkor!

Also: "But I'm not the Assman!"

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

The green "stuff" on #3 looks like a frog massacre.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Ahem. #4 is obviously a photo of some Orions!

But any post with a Seinfeld reference is still a great post!

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyn

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