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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

A Home Run For Parents

It's an immutable law of nature: parents have to embarrass their kids. HAVE TO.

So to show how hep and "with it" she was, Michelle asked the baker to write, "Happy 10th Birthday, Dude!" on her son's birthday cake.

And did that turn out well?

Well, DUH.

Oh hey, bonus poo palms! NOICE.

(I still use 'Dude' all the time, too, Michelle. SOLIDARITY.)


Or how about having your folks bring THIS in for the team picnic?

If you want to give yourself a headache, try to figure out what (if anything) is written on the wood.

Then try to resist making an in inappropriate "wood" joke in front of a bunch of Little Leaguers.
Because OMG SO HARD. (Sorry. Made one anyway.)


All I know about this last one is "they asked for skulls," so for maximum funsies, lets assume a goth teen asked for this awesome skull cake:


...but then her well-meaning but slightly clueless parents brought this to the party instead:

"Look, honey, skulls! Just like you asked!"


"Do you want to invite your little friends over for cake now?"



Thanks to Michelle R., Kourtney G., & Marick S. for reminding us all of that time our parents did that thing that scarred us forever, but that we can laugh about now, because *OUR* parents couldn't post about it on Facebook. MWAHAHAAAAA.


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Reader Comments (35)

I don't think anything legible is written on the "bat", but does it say, "Rabitbacks Baseball on the ball? What kind of a team has badly spelled rabbits on their backs?

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

I "think" that is supposed to be the wood grain and the tape on the handle of the "baseball bat". o.O

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryD

My daughter is having her wisdom teeth removed today. I have promised that I will not post one of those mortifying (yet hilarious) "Hey Look, My Kid is Really Stoned" videos anywhere on the interwebs...but maybe I'll get her a cake.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

That last would be ok if they asked for aliens and not skulls :P but omg those other cakes...have they no shame?!?!?!?!?

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Absolutely love the inspiration cake with skulls, it would be a great anniversary cake for us (seeing as how we haven't killed each other yet). That actual wreck received? Not so much. Aliens. She got aliens.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterM

Poo Palms, excellent! On the wood, I see musical notes on the shaft and what appears to be a scale near the base and on the base does that say 'Hump'? It would be a perfect fit for that piece of wood now wouldn't it.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

I see the cake wrecker of the last design is attempting to educate the purchaser on the painting "The Scream."

Too bad said artist is currently failing their class apparently...

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

Jen, based on the number of tiers in the wreck, I think you're correct about the skull cake.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

WHOA! That FIRST skull cake is A-MAZ-ING... the second skull cake is.... ROTFLMAO! Those "skulls" remind me of the little creatures in "Close Encounters"....... Or maybe Edvard Munch's "The Scream"... And the FIRST wreck... those "poo" palms are, well, JUST too much. I would NOT want a piece of cake that had icing "poo" on it no matter what kind of cake was under it..Nosireeebob!

@ SuBee... OUCH.. (to your daughter)... but they do provide good drugs for that... Yeah... a cake... a nicely wreckorated cake would be ... JUST RIGHT... :-)

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Maybe the request for the last one was to munch on Ice Cream Cake, and somewhere it was interpreted as a cake with The Scream, by Edvard Munch. It looks like the head from The Scream. At least it's the right color. Sort of.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

I thought the baseball bat was the leaning tower of Pisa for a second, and wondered why it was leaning on a giant dead shrubbery. Or possibly a rosebush with giant maroon roses.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterlauren F

Poo palms! First thing I saw, first thought to flit across my scattered brain. The "Duh" is just (literally, for real) the icing on the cake. ( I believe this is the correct use of "literally" but wreckerators have abused it so much that now I'm not sure.)
That last one: oh, the horror! Not only are the blue blobs not skulls, they're moldy looking aliens. Ewww. ( I just realized a BIG difference between goth and punk. A goth sees this cake and thinks "Oh. That is SO NOT right. Now my birthday sucks even more." A punk says "Yeah! That failure of a cake is a reflection of our uptight, manners-bound society. Let's smash it and then lick it off each other!") ( I can see both p.o.v.)

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

#4: Little Honey helped to stop the spread of flu in her classroom when she brought in her mother's penicillin cake. This was so unexpected and thoughtful that someone made a video...and it went viral.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The last cake with the pastel blue skulls literally made me laugh till I cried! And then I think of the reaction of the poor recipient and start laughing again. And as I'd scrolled down, I'd thought the pooh palms would be the best one!

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterL.C. Lassman

I opened this fully terrified that the skull cake I made a little while back for a wedding cake with the cool one as an inspiration would be the uh-oh. Whew!

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDeeDee

@SuBee, I recently had my wisdom teeth removed. I too bought cake.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJ'NaeNae

If the parents teen asked for a skull cake, I'm with Jen assuming the teen may be into goth. If not, maybe both cakes are wrong and the teen really wants a Sugar Skull cake, as sugar skulls are very popular these days.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPenny W

Deformed blown-out lightbulbs =/= skulls. Ewwie. Didn't even try.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

Skkull cake:

"'Ghost'? I thought you said 'goat'!"

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw Edvard Munch's "The Scream" in that last cake!

Which is what I would have done had that cake been presented to me.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

It's as if the last cake has captured the souls of previous CakeWrecks within it's frosting.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

"because our parents couldn't post it on Facebook"! Watch out kids - I have lots of embarrassing digital pictures. Better be good to me!

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Beth

But let's all admit that the spackling on the last cake is well done, assuming the wreckerator is trying to recreate one of those "textured" walls. Which I also hate.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

It's sendingtheclowns for the win!

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterColin

I want the "inspiration" skull cake.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lowell

That last one is definitely aliens from Roswell NM. You know, Area 51. Right?
But using spackling compound icing would make it rather crunchy.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

All this time, Fox Mulder was looking up for aliens and all he needed to look in a bakery...

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNicky

Poo palms, bad hard wood jokes and alien skulls all in the same post - good job!

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

No pictures the decorator was told grey icing with teal skulls outlined in blue. She wanted the entire cake "ruffled" I told the manager there was no way

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterT

Re: the ball glove and bat cakes. Actually, what is depicted here is the ceremonial headdress and totem of an ancient culture from an unknown land. Little is known about these nomadic people but we know that the headdress is characteristic of the D’Ung tribe that originated in the Poo Valley. The totem was made in the image of a male member…of the tribe, that is, and is their Goddess Deel Doh.

Originally the people were known as Potamians and there were so many when they settled that the neighboring villages referred to their town as “mess o’Potamaians.” Their land was an elliptical island, with rivers on each side. One river bordered the home of large carnivorous felines and the Potamians called that the Tig’rs River. They tried to use the other river to send their produce to the next town but had trouble understanding the ferry captain when he wanted to know what they were shipping. “You freight eese? You freight eese?” he asked repeatedly.

Later, the tribe split into two when one faction wouldn’t stop talking, driving the others crazy. Feeling unwanted, the talkers left and found a new place where they could babble on.

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midnight Writer

No pictures the decorator was told grey icing with teal skulls outlined in blue. She wanted the entire cake "ruffled"

July 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterG

Looks like the skull cake grew mold and turned into some strange alien looking faces. Lol too bad the picture of the skull cake was so pretty too.

July 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Skull wreck: spackle and spray paint. The Midnight Writer wins today's pun award.

July 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Poo wang palms! Poo wang palms! I want to go on a tropical holiday to Poo Wang Palm Island!

July 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdrhandle

I love how "..." looks like a mortified face.

July 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

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