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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

The Times of Wreckerators' Lives

There are moments we cherish, and then there are moments like these:


When the customer asks for music notes and you're all, "I'VE GOT THIS."

Yes, music notes. Honest.


When your own packaging shows just how badly your "unicorn cake" misses the mark:

I mean, really. It looks more like the cloud.


And my favorite:

When someone helpfully suggests you Google "baby girl cake" for decorating ideas:


Thanks to Anabell M., Alexandra S., & Charles F., who isn't too worried his baker will see this, I think for obvious reasons.


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Reader Comments (33)

When I saw the first cake, I thought "Cool! Someone did a University of Alabama cake with the script A", then realized that was not crimson, it was dark chocolate brown.
Where's a facepalm emoji when ya need it?

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

In all fairness, except for the lettering that last cake is really quite adorable and well made.

The pink "unicorn," however, reminds me more of the Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street for some reason. Can't you just see that mouth as the top segment of a trunk?

I'd never have guessed the first cake as "music notes" though and I actually have a degree in music ed!

Sadly, while all three cakes show that the wreckorators themselves do have some talent, their execution of the cakes was more of a...well, to be execution!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

If you take the inscription off of the baby girl cake, it is actually cute :)

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The next time you're looking for a shower cake, and don't have the time (or really don't even care), just Gogle it. You'll exactly what you're looking for.....

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The saddest bit about that last one is it's otherwise beautiful...

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Baby girl cake is nice. Just take off the heart.. The big one. Or cover it up.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

The "music notes" cake is actually for a hipster mathematicians' convention. It's a bunch of pi symbols with mustaches.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAB

That third one: When bad inscriptions happen to gorgeous cakes.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

Did anybody else notice that last cake's baker seemed to have been inspired by the infamous "Bear Vaginas" cake? So either they were right & that is a standard seam, or bear lady parts are popping up as a "thing."

Which I'd really rather they weren't--don't be THAT bare, bears!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

They're music notes with one of them turned around.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

I'm going to have to Google gogle, just for the h*ll of it!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Does anyone else think the unicorn is kind of adorable in a lumpy, round kind of way?

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

The tragedy of bakers getting so wrapped up in their beautiful work they miss the inscription by miles....the last cake was beautiful, except for the unfortunate inscription.....smh

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

I just love it when baby cakes get ruined... they're even funnier than Bridal Wrecks!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

Unicorn? I was thinking pink, horned toad. Go Frogs! (It's a Texas thing)

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

If you look closely at the unicorn cake, it was made using a shaped pan, which makes it even more frightening.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL.C. Lassman

Oh it's not that the first baker hadn't the slight idea about how to draw a musical note; he just meant his cake is in the key of "A"!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGisella

When I first glanced at the top cake, I thought that was a "Pi" symbol, and assumed (you know where THAT leads) those where the numbers 3.126--- around the outside. A second glance showed I was almost as mistaken as the decorator! Music notes? In what universe? Ah, Alpha Centauri, of course!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

What's wrong with Una is they put the mouth and nostrils in the wrong place. It's kinda an odd cake even when it's done right:

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNana

The unicorn cake is from a UK supermarket (grocery store) and is bought in ready made. No baker in-store made it - it's directly from a factory.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterme

I agree that the first looks like a shaped pan, but I think it was a frog!

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I say the last one is on purpose. If you "gogle" Baby shower you probably will get the bear vaging cake sooner rather than later. Most decorators I know would have read those directions as a hit to their very healthy egos and this is most likely the result.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeo

To be fair, "A" is a musical note.

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteramxboy

Maybe they should google how to spell 'google'....

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterccrow

@Bluebonnet -- I had a teacher who went to TCU -- Killer Frogs! :)

These cakes are soooo close, and yet so far...

October 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Last one is soooo close. Again, just take away the wrecker's piping bag!

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Oh man that last cake is so cute despite what they wrote. Considering what other people got for baby shower cakes I would be glad with this one lol.

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

The last one is really well made but...

"maybe they not notice I'm better baking then spelling and English"

I know that sounds mean but it feels like that.

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Ooh! I have a better pic of that ASDA (part of Wallmart, I believe) unicorn cake! How do I get it to you please?

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I'm highly suspicious of the last one. A baker with that kind of skills, messing up the inscription that badly? I suspect an "on purpose" wreck.

October 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

About the bear cake -- I, for one, am not particular impressed with the baker's skills given the lumpy state of the fondant and the strange large ball intended to be the knot part of the bow. Dollars to donuts, they bought the bear or have one person in the shop who does sculptures.

And (ahem), pi is 3.14159... [very sorry, Lady Anne, my MIT education got the better of me]. That said, what a WONDERFUL idea for Pi Day (March 14th), especially for folks who would rather eat cake than pie. Thanks, Lady Anne!

October 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Musical notes- *facepalm* . The unicorn does resemble Snuffy! And I agree with everyone about the inscription on Google baby girl cake.

October 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

I'll assume the last cake was in response to the classic cake order customer, who thinks it's part of the designer's job to research cake designs and see which one the customer likes.

October 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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