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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

What Can I Say, Except, "You're Welcome"?

Be honest, minions: am I taking this Moana obsession too far? The constant singing, the aggressive YOU'RE WELCOME-ing, the unrequited mooning over a cross-eyed rooster?



Then check this out:

Brandy ordered this Moana cake for her 9-year old, and I think we can all agree it was a wise move. Not only because MOANA, but because it's a printed edible image. That means no guesswork! No drawing! No instructions to fowl up! (HEY HEY ROOSTER SHOUT-OUT)

And yet, as it turns out,

Every turn we take
Every trail we track
Every ordered cake
Every road leads back
to a place we know:

Specifically, the place where a baker insists this is exactly what you ordered and you should totally pay for it.


My thoughts exactly.


Thanks to Brandy L. for providing all the wreckage that's fit to print.


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Reader Comments (38)

It looks like King Kong meets the Creature From The Black Lagoon.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

For some reason, this meme immediately came to mind when I saw the finished product.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

SO....bear with me; I'm not a child, preteen, teen, or--never mind what I am.
Is the name pronounced "MO-anna" ,"mo-ANN-a", "MOAN-a", or some other way?
And does anyone remember that old commercial with the old woman who keeps asking, "Where's the BEEF?"...What IS that thing? ("Barbeque time!")

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


It's pronounced like Moe-ah-na.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCoffee

I haven't seen the movie, but going by typical Polynesian pronunciation it would be MoAHna.
That is one fugly cake.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterColleenoz

I'm w/SuBee on this one! Auck!!!!!!!!!! Total Wreckiness - and I really mean that!


March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

I agree with SuBee...that is what it looks like. Maybe the baker heard Moan-anna? Because that mess surely makes one moan, and not in a good way. @sendingintheclowns - yes I remember her. Her name was Clara Pellar, and she was 81 years young when she did that Wendy's commercial, a classic in 1984. The whole world fell in love with her back then.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

Best gif use ever :D

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

It IS what she paid for. Same design, a bit darker perhaps, but it is the same design. Yes she should pay.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Just being pedantic but Heihei the rooster isn't cross eyed. To be crossed his eyes would have to converge at some point. You could call him wall eyed.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

I never ceased to be amazed. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for a wreck? The baker, I mean? Geez, the kid is only 9. Remake the darn thing.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

Oy. So close.....

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErica

WOW talk about pixelated. Someone really messed this up.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

While that IS the image that they ordered, it's not made right. I used to work at a bakery that used edible images all the time, and if anything came out looking that dark and that pixellated, we checked the settings on the printer, then re-printed it. If I had tried to sell a cake looking like that, I would have gotten in trouble with my boss. It looks like the brightness is off and they tried to blow up the image to fill the whole cake. All they would've had to do was reset the brightness and NOT blow it up.

Also, Hei-Hei was awesome. We just saw the movie last night.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDC

Looks like a blowed-up gif file from the internet...

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFeslmogh

I see what happened here. Before you print one of these licensed images, you have to pay a fee. With my system, I call an automated system and get a pin which allows me to print the image. This place probably either didn't want to order a pin or are using a system of their own, and trying to use low resolution pics downloaded from the internet. Either way, they are trying to sell licensed images that they are unwilling to pay for!

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

OHhhh, thanks , to all of you- Coffee, Colleenoz, and Cookiemama ("The Three C's"!)
It may have kept me up all night, trying to recall.
Then again... What? (Just kidding!)
You guys rock!

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

What they do print the Thumbnail?

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

@ Cookiemama

I so loved that commercial and I remember Clara. I think Wendy's thought the "take-away" line would be, "That's a BIG BUN" or something along those lines, but Clara stole the show!


March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

But that's what happens when you put edible images on whip cream, hence not recommended.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLexy

Wow, how could anyone expect that cake to be paid for? It's beyond obvious that whatever process is used to do this type of cake was messed up by the baker. Expecting payment for this is like expecting a photographer should be paid for delivering a series of images all out of focus. Sheesh!

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieP

I wonder how long the cake was sitting before she took this picture. Those edible images tend to darken and bleed the longer they sit, especially on whipped frosting which that appears to be.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal


I think someone needs to tell that baker that you put the printed edible image on after you take the cake out of the oven, not before you put it in the oven...

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBergman

The baker couldn't find a HIGH QUALITY image online to print? Come on! I'll find you one in 5 seconds. Sheesh

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

No, it is not the same design. They didn't use the printed edible image, that you purchase from a company with a license. They scanned the image with their edible image printer, then printed it out. One, that's illegal, because you don't buy the rights to the characters, you buy only the edible images that the company has purchased a license for. Two, standard edible image printers/ scanners are very low-rez, so that thing is pixelated beyond all comprehension. /bakery employee pedant

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSpamamander

Well then Wendy, can we send you the bill...

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

Um, maybe Godzilla met up with the crew from Moana and they got a little crispy? I wouldn't pay for that hot mess.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Wow. Disney's gone to a much darker place than when I was a kid. I'm sort of fuzzy on how I feel about that, but I think I'm a little blue.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I am also a bit obsessed with Moana but I can use the excuse that my five year old daughter is also obsessed with Moana when we are doing things like belting out song lyrics in the Chick Fil A drive thru line. The cake is a travesty. I think the baker needs to return the heart of Te Fiti and remind that cake what it truly is.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I thought it was King Kong, too. I looked at it three times before I could see that it looks like his printer ran out of yellow. He should have noticed something was wrong as it came off the printer. Not to mention the fact that it was blown up too large so it pixelated. I wouldn't have paid for that either.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDonnaS

(takes a peek inside the cake container then shuts it)
That's Moana?!?
*pauses then screams*
*puts the lid back on then takes it off and screams again*

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

The piping on the wreck was nice. And the words were all spelled correctly. But the image? So awful.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Looks like someone was high on "pixel sticks" before they made that cake.

March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Now I have seen everything lol. They even mess up edible images now. Yep time to fear the wreckerators more than we do cause even edible paper isn't safe around them.

March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I'm surprised to realize that I haven't seen a cake here with "EDIBLE PRINTED IMAGE" piped on top of it.

March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKOJohnson

Bad image given to baker. Low resolution. If you're going to do an edible image, you MUST use a hi-res jpeg or use a png file. This is happens when you take a screen shot on a computer and try to print it big. Poor kid.

March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

*sign reads "Moana-free for 30 days"*
*reads post*
*flips number back to 0*
Dang it, I was doing so well! My head's already totally filled up with music. This movie has proven to be so addictive to me that I've actively put off buying it till after tax day so I don't get distracted.

March 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTess

I’m guessing this is the bakery that still has an Okidata dot-matrix printer hooked up to a Commodore 64. Good to know!

March 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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