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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

Was One Of The 10 Things "Cake Wrecks"?

Madeline writes:

Well sure, but in the bakery's defense, we don't know what was on Madeline's list.

I mean, maybe it looked like this:

Things Sunshine Likes:

1) Sadness
2) Plastic
3) Clashing Colors
4) Writing With Her Feet
5) Staring Into The Abyss
6) Disproportionate Sizes
7) Rough Plaster Walls
8) Ransom Notes
9) Being Forgotten Until The Last Possible Second
10) Balloons

See, if THAT was the list then you've gotta admit: BANG ON.


Thanks to Madeline & Sunshine, who I hope finally gets a giggle out of her sweet sixteen tragedy.


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Reader Comments (29)

America's Tragedy...
....In cake.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLuna

Whatever they paid for that cake, it was too much. I could have produced that for the price of a boxed mix and a can of frosting.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Ransom Notes...LOL!

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter-A.

So sad. The one lame balloon, the tiny 16.... a cake reflection of "yeah, whatever."
I do hope the daughter picked up a cake full of bright frosting roses and lots of sprinkles!! Sprinkles will make the day better.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstef

So....four whole years ago.... Hmmmmm.
*Thinking*: "Factor in how it felt at the raw instant of.....(!Ugh?Ow?).....THEN, the ONE, lone balloon --...IF you can call it that...(snerk).
Looong, dragged-out siiighhh.....=^u.u^=

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Feeling bad for poor Sunshine, and yet I can't...stop...laughing!!

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P

am I the only one who's impressed that the balloon looks like a balloon?

[NOTE FROM JEN: That's because it's plastic. :D]

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMel

* 10. balloon

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

You forgot dental floss. I'm pretty sure the balloon 'string' is dental floss. Cinnamon.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

If they were going for a "we mean this so much we wrote it in blood" look, they nailed it!

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Is it just me or does anyone else think the letters look a little bit like dripping blood, making the message very ominous indeed.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFelix1140

If they wrecked it
And you know it
Kick the baker
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Kick the baker
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Then your cake will surely show it,
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Kick the baker!

If they wrecked it
And you know it
Take a pic
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Send it in
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Then your cake will surely show it
If they wrecked it
And you know it
Send it to Jen!

And don't call me Shirley.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

Finally get a cake where the baloon looks like a baloon, and no one is happy.....

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMoonfl9wr912

But she doesn't like balloons... just one. She only likes balloon.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCat_Rancher

I can't get over (aka "can't stop laughing at") the fact that not only is the girl's name Sunshine, but her disposition isn't sunshiny enough to look back on this and laugh after FOUR YEARS.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmSpeaks

Those numbers aren't plastic, they are the hard sugar candy letter kits sold in grocery stores baking aisles, I use them because I can't pipe

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

The numbers are the best part! Those were my favorite thing about homemade cakes when I was a child. I didn't know they still made those.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Here's another cool thing about today's post: the 1-10 list of things that Sunshine demanded--er, LONGED FOR- really worked out, after all....
IN OUR (sick, twisted) FAVOR. 😼

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

A ransom note cake would have been kind of cool!

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Really, bakery? Someone PAID for this?! It looks horrifically amateurish,and even unfinished. If there had't been a back story, I would've thought Sunny's Grandma made it at home.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Budget cakes, not even once.

February 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterinvader

Wow. I have no words for this cake other than.. why..??? Did it take so long in the oven that they ran out of decorating time? Evil wreckerators ruining a sweet 16 cake.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

It looks homemade, not bakery at all. Really a local bakery? Not even any piping around edges?

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnne R

Oh poor girl! I do think that the 16 was a little small. Also the handwriting
looked like it was written by a 2 year old

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMafalda44

Talk about your 15 minutes of fame! Imagine - having your 16th BD wreck immortalized on Cake Wrecks! Sunshine should be proud!

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

I know turning 16 is kind of a big deal to most teen girls. But I wasn't *like* most teen girls. I don't even really remember what my birthday cake looked like. I think maybe it was a DQ ice cream cake with a shapeless orangey-green-black blob that was supposed to resemble Garfield the cat on it.

February 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLora

You are my Sunshine
My only Sunshine
Your cake is crappy
The baker's bad

If you only knew, dear
How much we're laughing
Then my Sunshine
Would be happy, not sad

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkismet

Considering some of the wrecks on this site, this isn't that bad a cake.

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAldin

I've been a follower of CW for years, and this is one of my favorites ever!

February 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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