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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.

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- Jen

These Horrifying Peep Shows Just Retroactively Ruined Easter

Remember when Peeps were just sweet Easter treats? That was nice.


Which of these nightmarish displays will give YOU the most therapy fodder?



Innnnn this corner! Weighing in at a stiff seventy pounds of NOGAWDNO! He's freshly packed in ice and sporting his bunny ears! He's chomping through souls, sanity, and your last row of Peeps! HE IS...


[waits for blood-curdling screams and "thuds" of people fainting to fade]


A challenger appears!

In the other corner - no, uh, not that one, the one next to it - weighing in at 16 tons of fluff! He's ready to give a lickin', and good luck getting that image out of your brain ever!

He's bright pink and yellow, and his hair has never looked better! He IS lookin' at you! He'll follow you home, and refuse to take out the trash! HE IS...


Slurpin' Gherkin, the Horror Muppet!!*


Thanks to Amy K. & Laura F. for the showdown of the century.


* It was either that or Splat Flaps Slither Tongue. Better? Worse?


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Reader Comments (53)

I think the challenger is supposed to be Trump. It's a good likeness.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterA non-E mouse

Is that second one meant to be trump?

It's quite a good likeness, cos he really couldn't look any scarier

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanya


March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMedith

The last one IS suppose to look like Trump, right? You know: the one who wants to be our next Commander in Peeps?

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns



::cries softly to self in fetal position::

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

When Donald Trump went blond and others went blind.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

The issue on the table: Does Smashed-up Marshmallow Peep Donald Trump (with the sickeningly realistic tongue) know more about foreign policy than Sorta Human Donald Trump (with no realistic anything)? Wreckies, you have the floor...

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

You have to admit; the Peeps mosaic is brilliant! And, the consistency of the marshmallow construction material accurately portrays the substance of the subject's policies.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

That's one of the best Trump renditions ever.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Dresner

I'm thinking that the sign on the seafood case is a bit of false advertising....

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

If they make orange Peeps, then that depiction of Donald Trump really missed its play for authenticity.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Disturbing. Horrifying. And yet, I can't look away.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Cake #1: What on God's Green Earth possessed them to do that?
Cake #2: Trump's real face?

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherJen

They made a Donald Trump out of...Peeps? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!?

And what is that other thing supposed to be...?

Urp, excuse me... ;)

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWendy B

So, to whom shall I send my therapy bill? Because now that fish up top looks like potential VP material, and my fragile mind simply can't handle this.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Beth

Is it weird that the Peeps Trump is so easily recognizable? Or a compliment to the artiste? I can't decide.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuzG

Omg that mouth on the second one. THAT MOUTH.
Almost tossed my cookies. Pretty sure that slimy-looking mouth will be in my nghtmares for a while.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBarbB

All I can say is it's a good thing the Sunday Sweets are still on the front page. I just had to keep scrolling to calm both my eyeballs and my brain.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLDM

Does Trump have French fries for eyebrows? Also, WHY DOES IT HAVE A TONGUE? I pity the unfortunate person who has to eat it. Also, having to write that sentence is making me question what the world has come to. Peeps McFrybrows will haunt my dreams tonight. *cringes for the rest of my natural life*

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Ok that first thing? That's the reason I don't go in the ocean. Because things like that live down in there. I'll stay on the beach, thanks.

Trump looks like he got a seriously heavy does of radiation. I'll be facing that in my nightmares tonight, I'm sure.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Gaaahhh! That first fish is horrifying! But the subject of the second one is scarier...

(That depiction, however, comes in just on the absurd side of brilliance, and made me laugh out loud. That awful tongue says it all...)

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I thought that first picture said "I done the right thing" for a moment. :P

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFuzy2K

Fishy McMurderfaaaaaaace is either a smoked whole Ling-cod or a smoked whole Wolf Eel. And utterly horrifying either way.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

The first "thing" has a sign underneath that says "We do seafood right!"

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! This is going to make me giggle all afternoon!

Can we just take the second one out to the grill and watch it melt? And burn, and go up in flames? And die slowly? PLEEEEZE?

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Is that Trump or Elsa from Frozen?!

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Aucott

At what point in your life do you wake up and say, "I know what we're going to do today! We're going to make a likeness of Donald Trump out of Peeps!"

Even Phineas and Ferb would have balked at that! Hey, where's Perry? Did the moray eel monster get him?

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I close my eyes and still see Slurpin' Gherkin. Shake my head with eyes closed; still there. 3 shots of tequila, took a nap and I CAN'T UNSEE THAT! ( My husband thinks I do horrible things to Peeps because I like to open the pkg and let them sit for a few days to develop a semi-chewy quality. Thank you for providing this illustration of truly evil treatment of Peeps) ( oh, and I didn't really have 3 shots of tequila before noon.)

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

The temptation to make a "dead unjugged rabbit fish" joke is overwhelming. I'm just not sure how many of you are familiar with that episode...

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEmma P.

Cake 2: From the Police Blotter:

8:52 PM. We brought in Slurpin' Gherkin. He had been wanted for deliberately crashing into Farmer Cadberry’s Egg Stand and creaming all the eggs. He also injured a small chicken, bringing the additional charge of Hit and Runt. At first he wouldn’t talk. We couldn’t get a peep out of him. Then he laughed. This isn’t bunny, we told him. You’re going away fur a long time. Twenty years cooped up. And that time ain’t chicken feed. We continued to egg him on until he cracked. He was shell-shocked. The yolk was on him: he wasn’t so tough…inside he was just a marshmallow.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Phoenix

I want to un-see that!!!!! I think my trauma has trauma.

Your scariest post EVER.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I'm guessing that the first one escaped from a Coney Island sideshow display .

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

*gets up off the floor once the faintng spell has passed*

So that's why that ship is going to get such a name - Boaty McBoatface is going to be sent on a mission to bring in Fishy McMurderface! Godspeed, Boaty!

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdr handle

Huh. Donald Trump with better hair.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Annnd now I need therapy after viewing these umm, works of art. What in the world was the fish department thinking - if the mercury count in the fish isn't high enough, how else can I terrify customers? I l know, I will put a strip of peeps in the toothy grin of a eel and call it art! Yikes!!!

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

I agree with the other posters about the horror of the mouth on the second cake (there must be a way to make a Trumpet joke there), but what really weirds me out are the eyes. Those squinty evil little eyes are waaayyy too real looking.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterstaying anon.

Oh the inhumanity of it all.....making Peeps become a portrait of Donald J's just as bad as that commercial of Skittles made into a portrait of Steven Tyler.......sick, sick, sick.......My husband pointed out that the Peeps were the only way to plump out Trump's hair....hummmmmm.......just his observation............

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSara R

I would vote for the subject of "cake" #2 as "Commander in Cheep"--as long as it's understood that that is an "honorary" title to placate his overinflated ego and convince him to stop his nonsense. "YeeeEEees, you *did* win a nice title, didn't you? Now let's go out in the yard and play with our toys..."

Then maybe 'Murica can get on with an actual Presidential election that isn't a complete farce. An absurd exercise in extremist viewpoints, perhaps, but not a *complete* farce.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

What in the name of all that is good and holy is that tongue made of?

I admit, I didn't believe your Facebook post that it gets worse than ole Fishy McMurderface. I'l never doubt you again.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Shudder! That challenger is HORRIFYING!!!!!

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Noooo now wreckerators have ruined Peeps lol. Well thank goodness no lambs looked scary this year. Phew on that one.

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I'm with TLC. And it has more substance than the real thing.

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

@ThePhoenix: This is hilariously punny, and has me thinking of "our" mel, who always regaled us with the punniest funs every day! Sweet!!! =^~.~^=

[Editor's note- Your comments are coming through fine so you only need to post it once. Moderation is less frequent so sometimes it takes a few hours to see your comment, especially at 3am. -john (thoJ)]

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


I miss mel. He was like your funny wise grandpa & the Internet is a little less sparkly without him. Sigh....

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I now have to recommend that you go check out the Peeps Contest on The Washington Post website. (I hope that coding worked, if not...Google is your friend)

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca T.

@sendingtheclowns and @ SarahCVT : thank you for remembering and your kind words. mel is alive and well, a little older and a little slower…but rumor has it he may appear again now and then, like that mythical bird that rises from the ashes of the past…..

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Phoenix

Hey Mel!
I was giving you a shout-out and high five before I even saw comments from @sendingtheclowns and @SarahCVT, or your response. Me an' dat bird go way back so I caught it in one (not to mention that you are inimitable) I believe I was seeing your crest and wing-tips through the remaining smoke wisps a few times before...

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdbc

Love the way you got the commenters to address the obvious likeness of Peeps-man and make their social commentary without jeopardizing yourselves and risking becoming another tweet attack victim! :-)

The fish department's attempt to get into the spirit of the holiday certainly is creative! Reminds me a little of the fishmongers at one of the stands at Seattle's Pike Place Market. They routinely rig a stick and string to a scary-looking monkfish's mouth and make it move to freak out the tourists!

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMom

The Donald Trump Peeps creation was one of this year's entries in the Seventh Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition held at the Racine (Wisconsin) Art Museum. It's really a wonderful event, with whimsical and fantastic artistic creations made from Peeps—but sadly this year, it's this one entry that has gotten all the attention. Check our some of the others here:

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFiestaGrl

...that is literally all I could type...

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmy_Mia

@dbc: Hello, and thanks for your gracious and encouraging post! And I appreciate your catching the pseudonym reference. It’s been a while, hasn’t it. Those were good times, lots of fun…perhaps an incomparable confluence of cakes, clever comedy commentary by the site’s creators, creative commenters and comments, maybe a once-in-a-lifetime experience…the Woodstock of Wreckies…?


March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Phoenix

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