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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

Friday Favs 2/10/17

A few of my favorite submissions this week:


When you aim for a platitude, but end up at every cat-owner's reality:



Then there's this gem:

I have nothing to add; that just cracked me up.



Let's see if you can guess this party's theme:

(Oh how I wish those Ts were Ps...)

Did you get it?

Of course you didn't. Because it's supposed to be macaroni. You know, the pasta kids use to make jewelry? Also the thing you should never ask a baker to draw free-hand on your birthday cake?


Now let's learn a little Cake Decorating Terminology.

This technique is called "Brush Embroidery":

That's when a baker pipes a design, then uses a damp brush to feather in the edges.

It's also what Kirstina wanted on her cake - same design, different colors.

Now this technique is called "Whole-Assing It":

That's when a baker decides that instead of half-assing two things, s/he can just whole-ass one. Which you've gotta respect. Or very much not.


Thanks to Melissa N., Rebecca C., Ryan K., Kristina H., & Ron Swanson for inspiring whole-assers everywhere.


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Reader Comments (26)

Honestly, I guessed mac & cheese for the theme on the TT/PP cake. Do I win something??

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

You know you've been reading Cake Wrecks a while when you actually get the "guess the theme" on the first try. "Well, it looks like an inappropriate urology cake, so it must be pasta!"

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlagraham

That last cake looks as though it was done by a drop out impressionist artist.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

T.T.'s "macaroni" cake made me think it would be a perfect design for a Pure Romance party.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

Trying to keep my mind out of the gutter (which is pointless here), I guessed that the mac" was safety pins. Like for baby diapers. Like they are celebrating baby T.T.'s birth day. I was confused though by the rainbow streamers. Is baby T.T. gay?

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

I would really like the whole-adding cake if it were a piece of pottery instead. But it's not. It's a cake. Supposedly edible. And so very shiny.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Donaghey

Can someone please explain what cake number two is supposed to be? I'm stumped!

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterzeph

Did a 3 year old whole-ass (decorated) the last cake?

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTere

Here, I thought they were diaper pins, not that people use those any more. But I'm bothered that the last cake is so... shiny.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStephanieJ

@SuBee...You win a box of Penis Pasta! And yes, there is such a thing. I bought one box as part of a gift bag of , well, what shall I call it a bag of Peni gifts? All for my good friend. There were Breathmints, lollipops, and I even had giant gummi ones decorating the cake! enough cake to share with some other diners at the Outback Steakhouse, who loved our table and it's party theme. No kids around, no worries.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

Second cake?? Reminds me of my job - starting one project, getting interrupted, starting second project, getting interrupted, starting third project, getting interrupted. That's how cakes end up like that! (even CCC's p-tooie!)

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Beth

Zeph- it's supposed to be a diamond, I believe.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEssie

Trying to decide which is worse. Getting a birthday cake with random color squiggles and penii shaped decorations? Or having someone throw me a macaroni birthday party? Props for the WORST party theme ever.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Did anyone else try to click the little arrow on the Brush Embroidery cake image? Just me?

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

That was macaroni in my mind. No problem there, though it was poorly drawn.

Also "diaper pins" are called "safety pins," and they're still used, if only to guide scared "children" to "safe" people who "care" about the "scary" things that have happened over the past few months.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

The first cake is so...... so...... excellent. "Every day a little stranger". There are many people to whom I would
give this cake.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLouizalass

"Children" to "safe" people? I wear a safety pin to tell LGBT, immigrants, PoC that if they are being harassed or in danger I am a safe person to come to.

February 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSpamamander

Well I was wondering about the T. T. cake if it was the macarena done horribly wrong so I was close lol. Oh so close.

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Cake #1 : The smell that doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

Louizalass: Except it said "Everyday a LITTER stronger" (I think it was stronger, not stranger, but that's funny)

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNana

Yu safety pins is what I saw, still used every weekend to attach the number bibs of runners to their shirts or shorts during a race.

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Kirstina's wreck reminds me of an old-time chenille bedspread... after it's been washed one too many times!

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

The last one looks like a dry erase board. The baker made it look like it's covered in dry erase marker drawings created by bored students.

February 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought the same as TriciaT. While I was scrolling and first glanced at macaroni cake: My first thought was diaper pins = baby shower cake. I see now that I was so wrong.

February 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm with Tricia + Andrea: I thought of diaper pins + babies too!! Just shows to go ya- no matter how long you've been reading Cake Wrecks you can still be thrown a curve! ROTFLMAO!

February 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryo1230

I got side-tracked by the idea of phallic pasta. So ... it goes limp with heat? I'm staying off the carbonara until I get that image out of my head. :)

February 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKismet

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