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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

Friday Favs - 5/12/17

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


Amy guessed "spleen." I'm thinking... croissant?

...that's shaped like a spleen?

Either way, it's a red-letter day for organ-loving birthday celebrants everywhere.



When Mom's trying to tell you something:



And when your gender reveal cake reveals more about your baker's reading comprehension:

PLOT TWIST: They're not pregnant, they're just really sneezey.



Grad season is upon us! Get ready to increase your vocabulary!



And finally, my Clearance Rack Find of the Week:

So say we all.


Thanks to Amy P., Violaine P., Judy H., Lori H., & Candy S. for the chicken scratch.


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Reader Comments (31)

Last one:…more like "Scratch the chicken, Ma. It done died" (See the little 'Ma" down in the corner. Must have been done by the Dog Patch Bakery. Cleatus, the decorator gradiated grade 3, don't ya'll know?)

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

That last one proves there really is a cake for every life event. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

I see a liver
You see a spleen there
Some see a croissant
Cupcake cake with flair

A liver, a spleen there
It's tru-ly bad, I swear
Let's call the whole thing off...

Actually, when I look at the first photo, I see a gleeful headless cheerleader ghost jumping for joy. It may well be Melodie's ghost.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

My guess for the spleen/croissant is a fortune cookie. Maybe?

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Did they make that edging on the dead chicken cake look like stuffed eggs on purpose? That would make the sorrow worse.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Sad thing about the mortarboard one is they spelled it correctly but made the errors of in putting the words "with mortarboard " on it, and inexplicably capitalizing the "b."

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Pretty sure the first one is a fortune cookie - it looks like the "Happy Birthday" is supposed to be on a slip of paper, maybe?
Also, that last

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJID

Too funny! Love that first one. It's spleen-did.
The Chicken Died cake looks as thought there are tiny "nips" around the edge to add to the awfulness.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdeb in atlanta

That first one... sweetbreads. Seriously.
(Be sure to employ da Google if you're not sure what I'm talking about!) bahahaaa!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjules7

Congratulations! It's a baby!

(Happy Birthday, Most-High Cakey Goddess of Snark and Geekiness! Doing that from memory...did I get it right?)

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Is that dead chicken cake using some sort of chicken math?
Originally $29.99
Now $7.7?
Save $11.20
Must be some strange math symbol we can't see and that I've never been taught after that second 7.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

I thought the border on the chicken cake all look like nipples!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlibby

What I find mind-boggling is that the original price for the chicken cake was $29.95!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLC Lassman

The chicken cake - are those nipples around the edges??

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBirdy611

Yea I got nothing. Just how?!?!??!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Please be kind @AngelaS. One cannot be expected to do math when grieving one's beloved chicken.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

#1> almost looks like a little lamb.....round ears, round little head....(aww).I don't think it likes playing the organ. It gets hot inside that crust.
#two: A birthday's as good a day as any, right? When you gotta go, you -Okay! I'll hush up!
FORE! least it wasn't a design of an outboard mortorboard....
fifth:> Is that a cake or a chicken pot pie?
@ Shirley: I thought it were Jethro Clampett what done gradiated the 3rd grade!
Huh.... =^~.-^=

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

'Scuse me, but when I look at the first cupcake cake, the words "Happy Birthday" do not immediately come to mind.

Personally, I have not yet been able to accept the whole "cupcake cake" phenomenon.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

Thank you for the "snort out loud" laugh you gave me at the "die" slice of cake. That family must be an offshoot of mine!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Happy Birthday, Jen!

I've finally figured out the identity of the CCC (ptui!) in #1: It's the dead chicken! E's expired and gone to meet 'is baker!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

That first one was what happened after Ziggy from the greeting cards got stuck in an acid rain storm.... and I LOVE how the last one refers to a dead chicken while being written in chicken scratch! Twas a nice touch.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

Happy Birthday Jen! I hope your cake is identifiable!

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKAthleen

When I worked out in a rural area, one of my co-workers had a laying hen called "Floppy." (Long story, involving a very close call with a fox.) One of Floppy's more...unusual...characteristics was the tendency to settle down to roost with both feet sticking straight out in front of her.

When the hen finally died, I asked my co-worker whether there was a brief memorial service, followed by interment in a thick, fragrant broth bath with vegetables under a flaky crust. She gave me a dirty look; hey, I thought country people were all matter-of-fact about the grim realities of life! Apparently we must draw the line at Floppy Pot Pie.

May 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

The third one looks like the alien is about to pop out of it.

May 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Could the first cake be a silk worm/spleen hybrid? I wouldn't put it past wreckerators lol.

May 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

"Save $11.20" says it all!

May 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"And then the chicken exploded!"
"Corn'll give 'em gas alright!"

First thing I thought of on that last cake.

May 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Does that last one mean the chicken came back to life?

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn

What I love is that the last one isn't a special order, but is out there for general sale! 3 possibilities:
- this is a very chicken-loving community, and the baker likes to be prepared
- the cake was a special order which was rejected (and no wonder)
- the cake didn't sell as a blank sheet cake decorated round the rim, so the baker reduced the price and suggested his 6-year-old write something on it to make it more attractive.

My money is on the second option.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Cake number one looks like a pancreas. Or possibly a horribly diseased liver.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarilyn

You COULD have said "Clearance Wreaks" for the chicken cake. :-D

May 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam S.

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