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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


[adjusting headset mic]
[gelling hair]

Hi, it's john with Pan-Wow. This pan is shaped like a heart but it's also a pan so you can make cakes that are shaped like a heart.

A regular pan can only make cakes that look like a circle or a square, but the Pan-Wow can make a cake that looks like anything. Look at this apple.

You can't get an apple cake out of a round pan. Pan-Wow. It's a heart and it's an apple.


Use it at home, in the bakery, in the car or the boat. Going to a Halloween party?



Oh, no. Is that a ghost?

No. It's a Pan-Wow.


Going tailgating at the football game?



When you're done, just throw it in the dishwasher. It's metal. It's shaped like a heart. Look at these balloons:

There's three different colors.  You could use four colors.  Or five.  It doesn't matter.  Pan-Wow.


Made in Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff. Use it for Christmas:

Why not? It's a Pan-Wow. It's a heart and it's Santa Claus.


What's that? You're graduating?

Now it's a hat. Amazing.


Got a steak? Put it in the Pan-Wow.

It's a heart and it's a steak. It's like a heart steak. But it could also be an apple/scary Halloween/ football/balloon steak. So many uses.


Is that the Easter Bunny?


And if you comment within the next five minutes, we'll give you a Pan-Wow absolutely free.* You can't beat that. Order now.


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*Plus shipping and handling. Other charges may apply. Pan-Wow may not be made in Germany. Pan-Wow may not be metal. Pan-Wow may not be shaped like a heart. Pan-Wow may not enjoy being taunted.


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Reader Comments (65)

The strip steaks in heart containers kill me. I could see some dude coming home on V-day, handing his gal that "heart" and say, "Happy Valentine's Day. Now go cook, woman."

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentererin

Not to mention: Leprechaun, turkey, Baby butt ,American flag, and many, many more! If you order now, we will include a special adapter to make beautiful Valentine treats!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Pan-Wow can even show the graduation of a pair of anatomical balls. Isn't that amazing?

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

Wow Just Wow! That last one... are you sure it's the Easter Bunny? I couldn't get my head all the way around to see.
Love Cake Wrecks! It's how I start my mornings!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKandee

To be fair it only got really bad once you saw the Panwow balloon cake. I didn't think the Halloween one was so bad. The apple was a bit odd with the brown bit. But otherwise they weren't too bad.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJdeaver

Spot on John! I actually have a Pan-Wow. Alas I have only used it to make heart-shaped cakes and giant cookies. I could have been using it to make other lovely baked delights such as Santa with enormous beard-covered knockers, or thong wearing butt cheeks. Getting out my pan now, have my decorating bag and icing all set. Imagine the possibilities! Thank you for the Pan-Wow hints John!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

Ahhh, my dearest Cake Wrecks...have I told you lately that I love you?

You forgot to mention sushi in the Pan Wow. No lie! I've seen it done!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFrankyBeans

Not butt cakes???

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFrankN.Stein

Epic, John (thoj). Just. Epic.
I love you guys.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

I remember this from before, and it still makes me laugh like a loon.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

But wait! There's more!

Order now and get this genuine pleather icing bag for just $19.99 more! Yes, I can't believe it either. Okay, let's take a caller:

Hi, this is Marge, and I just love my PanWow. I use it for baby shower cakes and ice ruffled diapers on it. I want to know if it comes in other sizes or colors.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDB

After so many football helmet wrecks, all I can say is "Gee! Wow! My powder-puff lavender helmet cake looks GREAT! And clean-up was a breeze! Thanks Pan-Wow!!"
***not a spokesperson

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Paging Tom Carvel...

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

I think #2 and #3 are great examples of creativity and ingenuity and should not be called "wrecks".

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonyMe

THANK YOU for the Happy Fun Ball reference...Made my day a smidgeon less crappy!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMedith

AND right next to the RAW heart-shaped steak, you can have a used-to-be-appealing heart-shaped strawberry shortcake. Next to the beef franks. Ewwwwwwwwwww.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

I was waiting for a butt cake made with Pan-Wow.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

"Oh, no. Is that a ghost?" I lost it on that one.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDer Musensohn

That poor bunny in the last cake looks like he got stuck in a very awkward spot during a magic trick, and he ended up in a Pan-Wow package. Poor bunny. . . . .

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Pan-Wow is Pan-fantastic! John you slay me.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Are you planning on making a post just like this, only with Butt Cakes? Because that heart pan just screams "Butt Cake" and I can't imagine they aren't out there.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAamnda

I intend to pick up 2-3 Pan Wows as gifts! MaryO

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Did I comment in time for my free (plus shipping and handling) pan wow?

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

I don't know...I think some of these are pretty creative.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather A

Some of those designs, in the hands of a skilled baker, could work....although these are great just for the giggles

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Don't get me wrong - I love the Pan-Wow, but this is the exact same post from 2012... I smell a glitch in the system?

[Editor's note- On Wednesdays, we always post a fan favorite from a few years ago for those new readers who might not have seen it. -john (thoJ)]

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNargles

What's for Valentine's Day dinner- hot dogs?! Can they be prepared in the Pan Wow?

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Did I win? Oooh, I hope I won. How do I find out?

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen (not that one)

Another caller:

Hi John (giggle) this is Matilda Arbuckle (giggle). Am I on the air? Welllll, I just wanted to suggest a great use for the PanWow. I use two of them to make the torso of my giant Barbie cakes. I could send you one (giggle) I just love your hair gel.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDB

I dunno. I think I'll stick with my Pan-Tastic...

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

That's one butt-headed graduate.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

What? No Haiku?


Balloon spermatozoa
Easy with Pan-Wow

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

No butt cake?! PAN WOW!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo

LOL! This post is just as hilarious as a Wrecky Replay as it was the first time around. Thanks for the memories and laughs. :D

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

Just.... wow....

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Brown

If you turn the heart around, the bottom looks like butt cheeks to me. So... the seventh cake is literally an ass-hat.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterflosch

May not enjoy being taunted made me spew. Always read the fine print! Rofl

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Nothing says "I Love You" on Valentine's Day like lobster tails, a couple of extra fatty rib eye steaks, a strawberry-topped cake, and a pack of Hebrew National Beef Franks.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

Forget the butt cakes. I'm majorly disappointed that there isn't a boob cake. Come on, Pan Wow was MADE for boob cakes!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterElizzy

Once you see the Graduation cap perched on a pair of butt cheeks, you just can't unsee it. . .

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B

(Pan) WOW - now I wish I had taken a picture of the Christmas tree made from this very same heart-shaped Pan-Wow. Bonus - it was a cookie cake! Completely covered in green frosting with a brown "trunk" at the bottom (just a square of brown frosting actually). Oh well, I'm sure it will be there next year.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCorgilvr58

Graduation hat on a butt
I totally read that in his voice.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Drat, I don't have a Pan Wow but I've got a heart-shaped springform pan for cheesecakes. And, I've been wanting to make a Santa cake in it for years now. Only mine would have a cute pom-pom on the end of his hat.
@Fluffy Cow love your Haiku. Any poem that includes the term "spermatozoa" is tops in my book!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Note to Self: "Don't drink while reading this Blog..."

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Luv the bunny

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Well - Wilton DID show how one cake pan had many uses... But these folks need to learn to have a heart and use it for things that really can use the shape (rabbit, heart)...

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

Thank you John (thoJ) for this timely post. I have a heart shaped cake tin that I have only used for heart shaped cakes. What a waste that was! My eyes have been opened! It is my daughter's 9th birthday tomorrow, and now I have options: shall I make her a butt cake? Balloon spermatozoa? Maybe the Santa with bearded boobs? Decisions, decisions...

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

I love this!!! The comments are equally hilarious!!!

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Those shaped cakes are purchased pre-baked from larger commercial bakeries for smaller retail bakeries to aid in holiday spikes. They come in frozen, ready to thaw and decorate. Sometimes bakery managers over order for a holiday and have to come up with creative ways to use up the excess or let them sit and get freezer burnt. Most retail/grocery store bakeries do NOT bake their cakes fresh anymore -- they all come in frozen. While most managers hated getting the shaped/holiday cakes in, we were often sent cases we didn't want by the corporate bigwigs that were idiots and got a great deal on them by buying up a truck full. You sometimes do what you have to do to get rid of the crap -- so don't necessarily wag your finger at the decorators or the bakeries themselves. They're just trying to make the best of a bad situation.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEx-Bakery Mgr

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