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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

Friday Favs 1/8/16

A few of my favorite new submissions this week.


How To Get Proper Credit At The Potluck:

Next time I'm totally spelling my name in deviled eggs.



Is it too late for Christmas cakes? Yes.

Is it too late for the world's most legitimately horrifying Christmas wreck?

Well, you decide:


No, you guys are right: it's definitely too late for him.




Here's one way to decrease your chance of getting a wreck:

With instructions and drawings this clear, what could go wrong?

Ahh, allow me to answer that question with another question:

Did you know the letters "NHS" look exactly the same upside down?




Considering what a smash hit the new Star Wars movie is, you can bet your sugar-lickin' mixer thingies there are new Force Awakens cake kits!

Drum roll, please.

[insert drum roll here]

That's it? That's IT? THAT'S it?

What is that even supposed to be? I feel like the orange airbrushy stuff is trying to communicate, but sadly I don't speak Bocce Pictionary. And the brown dot? What is with the brown dot?

Well, I'll give them this: at least Rey has her own piece.




And now,

The Weirdest Display Cake Of All Time:

Ok, sure, there's a floating fetus. Let's drink that in. But also, how about those hairy bamboo shoot things? And the spider fingers up top? This whole thing is basically Coraline: The Prenatal Years.

(BONUS CREEPINESS: look for the face in the glass. Or don't, if you ever want to sleep again.)


Thanks to Susan S., Stacie, Lisa R., Christy L., & Cathy G., who's just happy that last one doesn't have jam-covered lady bits. We're with you there, Cathy.


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Reader Comments (45)

Is there any way the message above the last cake can be clarified and translated? (I believe it's Spanish) Could this cake be a commemoration of a miscarriage? YIPE!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Deshawn's mom only wants credit where credit is due. You just some prissy little kiss-ass would take credit for that cake had she not had his name plastered on it. Yeah Emily, I'm talking to you.

Last month I saw an off Broadway show about a man who is reunited with his birth mother and proceeds to leave his wife so he can live in carnal bliss with said mother. There were so many references to trees that I was offended on behalf of the trees. I think the last cake may have had something to do with this play. Perhaps those who made it all the way to the end received a delicious reward. I wouldn't know...

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The NHS cake is amazing. I was just waiting for a cake with all those little notes reproduced - but no. They did them nearly all right (no yellow in the border), they spelled those difficult words correctly, they fitted them into the space - but no one noticed the cake had been turned round between the initials and the cursive writing. Heigh ho.

For the last cake, I'm guessing it's a funeral cake for a stillborn baby buried at sea. The parents can picture how the casket is going to end up. Any chance of finding out what the label says?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

That last one looks like something (a tree stump covered in lichen?) is trying to eat that poor floating fetus. Why did they make a tree stump eat a baby?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKA

Gah!!! I did It --I looked for the face in the glass! I regret that now, deeply. (I'm sure that person is lovely in real, normal life. In glass world, she's just creepy!)

Serious question: what or who is wreck #2 supposed to be? It looks like a smooshed muppet with Botox.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Well, looks like I'm never sleeping again.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterA person

The NHS cake was soooo close...too bad they didn't add the big red smudge like the example. Then, they would have totally nailed it.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

WTAF is the Christmas cake supposed to be??? The only way one could even guess it was supposed to be for Christmas was the "Merry Christmas" plastic flotsam... I'm going to waste my day contemplating WTF that is...

Also, on that last one... Ombre: you're doing it wrong!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadybugFaerie

That last cake is totally nightmare fuel.
And if you squint your eyes just right, the second cake could potentially pass for Maz Kanata.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

Am I the only person that sees the eyeball on that last cake? Start at the fetus feet and move up in a vertical line. See it? SEE IT?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterntqueen

I'm thinking that the last cake is a reference to a practice in Indonesia when babies who have died before they start teething are buried in a tree. The hollow is carved out and the belief is that they will be absorbed by nature. I don't think I could ever slice up a cake like that.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

Maybe the mystery card can explain why a fetus needs to be displayed in a tree trunk, then CUT and EATEN. My even can't even evn anymore.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

*HEADDESK* indeed!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

OK, the 2nd cake is weird (and we won't talk about them charging $13 bucks for that monstrosity). But what I want to know is:

What is the pink smear with the white tip right next to it?!!?!??

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

Jen-you are hysterical! Thanks for the laughs!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

Is that mold or something's spare eyeball in the ombre fungi of that last cake? Right where it goes from yellow to tan. I think it's watching me....

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEclipse

Wow, @ntqueen and @Eclipse, you two are right about the eyeball! Now I can't unsee it! Now that I know it's there, it gives the hollow area with the fetus in it the appearance of a gaping maw, eating the baby!! Yeek!!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

The tree of death is the stuff of nightmares, but I think I am more disturbed by #5.

What is that orangey glow? Did I fall asleep in the movie and miss the part where they all died horrible deaths in a firey explosion? Is that mold growing in the middle? Are the skinny squiggles along the edges supposed to be piping? And if they label it "Traditional", shouldn't the cake have pictures of Luke, Leia and Han? So many questions...

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Wait. You don't know pre-natal Moses In The Rushes when you see it?
What's wrong with you guys!

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterabudoggie

The Star Wars cake is Chewbacca. The brown dot is his nose. Sadly, the wreckerator didn't know anything about using an airbrush gun or mixing colors. Or what Chewy actually looks like.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

I'm not sure what the thing in the Christmas Cake is, but whatever it is it appears to have rabies.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

But can I play Monopoly with the Star Wars cake?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

That's not a Christmas Cake... That's the Money Shot... Just ask any adult guy who enjoys... videos... (*cough* *cough*)

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Um - long time reader, first time poster.
Please - tell me - is that a lone googlie eye in the dreary gray Tree Stump Of Life?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbooksdarling

It's a fetus tree. WTF

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Is that Star Wars cake supposed to be...the explosion that blew up the big *spoiler* at the end? Or an EXTREMELY abstract representation of BB-8 somehow?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTipsykit

Is that The Goblin King reflected in the glass? *Too many re-watchings of Labyrinth of late* I see David Bowie everywhere. ;D

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdeb in atlanta

Looks like something is trying to eat its way out of the Christmas cake. (Shudder) I'm willing to bet the wreckerator of the S.H.N. cake isn't an honor student! (See what I did there?)

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChazz Arcturus

OK, as if the glass face wasn't nightmare fuel enough, I enlageed the picture to try and read the sign, and now all I can see is an eye to the upper left of the womb.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B

1st cake: could just make dessert deviled eggs and be the hit of the potluck.

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMMR

I really tried to read the card on the last cake, but even zooming in didn't help. The only words that are intelligible are the last ones: "del viento". As in, "from the wind". I think I read also the words "orgullo" (pride) and "recayera" (fall down again, but in the sense of having the same attitude or feeling). But sorry, it's all I got... Tried to google those words because it sound like a poem, but having the name of the author would have made it easier...

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMyra Luna

What fresh hell are these cakes?!?

January 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

I don't think the SHN cake got flipped between putting on the letters and the rest of the decorations. Look at the periods.

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

The second cake looks like Mr. Bill got run over ten million times and now lives on in our nightmares lol. Oh man and that last cake has made my brain explode trying to figure out what the heck a fetus is doing inside a tree... oooh the headache lol.

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

In keeping with Myra Luna's partial translation from the last cake, a bit of googling turned up this quote from the Indonesian island Tana Toraja:

"We bury the babies in this tree so the wind can waft away their souls.”

(Note though that the ceremonial burials do not seem to involve cake.)

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLMR

This youtube video explains little more about the last cake, including the bamboo at the bottom. The spider fingers and eyeball are still a mystery though.

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLMR

My reaction to the second cake: "Dear God, what is that THING?!?" o_O
I don't even want to think about what prompted that last one... *shudder*

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Rachel CrazyMum is correct. There is an Indonesian tradition to bury young babies in trees. Yes, in trees. Search for it, and there are photos of trees with what look like doors. One site quoted a "tour guide" on these "baby grave trees" as saying, "We bury the babies in this tree so the wind can waft away their souls." That accounts for the few words translated by Myra Luna.

Babies are also "buried" in trees in Tibet, sort of. There the coffins hang from trees.

I can't say "weird," because it's just another culture's way, but it is so much different from our Western traditions. To the Indonesians the cake isn't a wreck, but probably very special.

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

that is totally a butt print on the christmas cake. Why is Safeway trying to sell a cake that someone sat on? Ewwww

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

Can't sleep...tree will eat me...

January 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Looking at that Star Wars cake, all I can see is Jake the Dog from Adventure Time. Maybe the wreckorator got Finn the Stormtrooper mixed up with Finn the Human ;)

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWolverine Girl

Now I feel more educated (baby trees), but far more melancholy too...

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

Thank you, Kathy - I thought I was the only one who saw the "butt print" in that supposed Christmas cake. (BTW, I tried to copy your name with a lower-case "k", but it keeps getting changed...)

January 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNew England Flybaby

...and Jen's commentary for the last cake is a perfect example of why I love the Cake Wrecks gang.

As for those of you working to be educational and culturally broad-minded, I still don't understand why a cake celebrating an Indonesian cultural practice would have signage in Spanish. There's got to be more to the story. (And even the Indonesians wouldn't explain The Bluest Eye.)

January 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

There's nothing *ever* wrong about jam-covered lady bits.
Except seeds.
And yay, 'Deshawn', for taking cred for a paid cake! Woot!

February 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

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