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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

Do The Floppy Flips

Ahh, flip-flops. The quintessential, mandatory summer footwear of summer-dwelling people who also have feet.

Look closely. You're about to forget what these look like.


Here in Florida, you'd be hard pressed to find a person NOT wearing flip-flops right now. That's because we're actually required to have a minimum of 6 pairs each, along with an annual pass to Disney World, a full keg of OJ, and a sickly pale non-tan that helps us differentiate each other from the tourists.

But, I digress.

Naturally, bakers are RIGHT ON TRACK with the floppy flip sole train:

By offering us spotted pickles.



And lei-wearing bam-hammers.


And... uh... [reaching desperately] Pikachu smears?





[evil, deadpan glare]


Wrecky minions, it is with only the greatest horrified amusement that I announce the flip-flop CCC (patooie!) has officially warped beyond all recognition. I give you...

The Tadpole Ghosts of Flops Past.

Rest in pieces, wrecky flops. Rest in pieces.


Thanks to Alexis H., Kris K., Rebecca K., Danielle H., Tina, & Zakiya P. for toeing the line.


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Reader Comments (38)

That's easy enough to fix. Just add enough icing to make it look shaped like a foot, and then when they're going to eat it, scrape off the extra icing and give it all to ME! 8-d

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Flip flops are dangerous. If you wear them in the wrong places. Wasn't there a woman in California who fell off a cliff while wearing flip flops? Anyone hear about that?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

It seems to be such a simple design, too.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

The first one: Why are the sunbathing pickles wearing thong bikini bottoms? Are they French or something?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

There once (or twice) was a cake like a flip flop,
Which made your eyes twitch, itch, and pop.
The results were so poor,
The consumers were sore.
Come on, bakers and icers, just stop!

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

@Sue: Well, I hadn't heard that one about the flipflops being dangerous in the wrong places. Usually, they're on feet....

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@SuBee, falling off a cliff? Yeah, would not surprise me. Was covering the EMS at a local Relay for Life event. Teams of people walk a track for a 24 hr. period. Should not be busy in the medical tent right? Wrong. Gravel track + teen girls walking it wearing Flip Flops = lots of cut up toes, toenails torn off, and angry teens that their pedicure is ruined. Thankfully none of these cakes are a wreck of that picture, uh gross.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

Five out of six are cup cake cakes? Are you going over to the Cup Cake Cake side?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

Noooooooo :O I think if you are going to be a baker, you should be required to take some anatomy and/or drawing classes.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

WHY are all they all diseased? Or do they all have horrible cases of acne?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuliee

Oh! BADkarma, you saw it, too! These all present design options for a new line of condoms. POP!Goes The Condom probably isn't the best name but it's what came first. (Evil grin) Maybe "Sock It to Me" condoms, combining the bright, swirly colors of "Laugh-In" with that ancient come-on phrase. If you're old enough to get that last sentence you're probably NOT part of the prime condom -buying demographic.
I do believe Jen (and John?) have presented the first post to entertain the sugar-craving, cross-eyed foot fetish population. (Don't judge!)

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmarie

Honestly, the thing that bothers me the most about the last one is the random blobs of icing on the cardboard. Why? What is the purpose? Are they encouraging people to eat cardboard? Or lick globs of icing off paper? Or just waste food?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

I refuse to believe those last ones are actual flip flops. In fact, I suspect they had something to do with the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler who came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that last cake.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Not one of these "cakes" look like flip flops to me......... :-)

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Sung to the pina colada song

If you want a flip-flop cake
Don't buy any of these
Because these crazy cake wreckers
Have no clue what that means
They'll make a CCC (patooie!)
That looks like a smashed brain
And spotted pickle frosting
Next to pikachu smear stains

(oh wow I think that came out really well!!)

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

BADKarma ftw!! I didn't originally see the pickles wearing thong swimsuits, but now it's *all* I can see! And it's making me giggle. Random bursts of giggling that will probably get me some very strange looks when I go out to donate blood today.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

@ Aidan: They put extra icing on there for ME! 8-D 8-d

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBea

I like the yellow ones the best. The second yellow ones, the first are too lumpy. I mean the second last pair. They're actually not too bad.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Is i just me, or does those long, thin thingies sticking out from the flowers on the last one look very much like spider legs???
Spiders! Can we panic now?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

@Juliee Obviously they are all therapeutic, massaging flip-flops.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIronguts

My grandson discovered (the hard way) that running up the escalator in flip flops is not a good idea.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou

I sort of suspect they were going for paisley with that last design. Horrible, slightly foot-shaped, paisley.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe peanut

@Aidan. Do you mean that there are people who DON'T lick extra frosting off of paper?

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Why do they all have polka dots? As a sandal wearing Northerner, I have no idea why these flip flops look so weird. Civilized teens up here wear leather thongs with subtle decorations. Are Southern flip flops required to be diseased? (Please don't throw anything at me, unless it's cake).

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

The real evil in all of this is cupcakes! Who ever had the idea that any pleasing form could be achieved by lining up cupcakes and smearing a quart of frosting over the whole thing. Are the people who order these monstrosities not allowed to own a cake knife! My favorite is number 4, for reasons I will not state.

August 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShelrap

I am guessing the wreckerators don't know what flip flops look like and took many guesses hoping one would be correct lol. I love the pickles and the odd horse head shaped ones.. my goodness what do they wear in the summer???

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

After scrolling all the way through, the spotted pickles don't look that bad.

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

....and spotted pickles immediately made me think of spotted dick...the British treat, you sickos!

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMedith

I'm convinced the last one is paisleys - as paisleys, they are pretty good, actually.

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

Nah, dude, those bottom ones have got to be parameciums. They gotta be. They're got flagella and a little nucleus.... so, maybe the baker was a really inspired biologist, and not a horrible sticker-togetherer of cupcake atrocities?

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Just for fun, I showed these to the two-year old niece I'm babysitting. Her takes on them are:

1. "Cucumbers, but squishy"
2. "Dot dolls"
3. "Kitty cats! Kitty cats!"
4. "Sockies" (Hey, at least that one's foot-related!)
5. "Yellow penguins" (Now that she's said it, that's all I can see!)
6. "Nothing. Can I eat a cupcake now?"

(Silly auntie, showing pictures of cake when there isn't any... Now, of course, I either have to explain that I have no cupcakes in the house, or remedy that situation... I may be baking tonight! =-) )

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

For the Pikachu smear ones, they struck me as the yellow silhouettes of cute little ducklings, wearing flowered headbands. Now I cannot see anything else for those. They would actually be pretty good if that was the effect you're going for...

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChemSteve

Oh, I just realized--! In some countries, on other continents, a previously-manufactured generation of flip-flops believed that the most beautiful flops were the smallest ones. The fourth picture is clearly of a pair of flip-flops that had subjected themselves to the painful process of flop-binding, in an effort to be beautiful. Cultural sensitivity requires me to comment on their lovely, graceful (if misshapen) flops.

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Anyone else see chickens in the fifth one? The Red out line resembles chickens to me.

August 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGayle

Cupcake cakes :(
why? for the love of all things sweet, why??

August 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterriver

I'm honestly surprised that no one took an actual pair of flip flops and stuck them on a cake!

August 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

Helene - I saw the spiders too. Weird, scary, two-legged, floral spiders. Which means those green blobs around the outside are egg-sacs. Oh dear god, we're all doooomed!

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKismet

If you put the pink "candycane" flip flops side by side the other way, they look like feet with severe bunions! How do I know this? Do I have to say?

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

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