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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

CAKETASTROPHE!! (By Special Request)

I was perusing the Cake Wrecks Facebook page the other day (where every follower gets a free invisible puppy!!) when I came across a rather unusual request:

Ahh, so you want to pop open the hood and take a gander inside the wrecks, is that it, Jennifer?

Well, I'm glad you asked.







Hey, Jennifer, you ever wonder how cupcake cakes (ptooie!) keep their icing from falling through all those big gaps?



We just saw last week how a gender reveal cake failed to actually reveal anything - other than plain yellow cake - but here's the opposite problem:

The cake was blue inside with pink icing.



Now I'm going to show you my absolute favorite cake cake wreck of all time, Jennifer, and which I've been hanging onto for just this moment.

First, though, let me explain what (we think) happened:

A bakery was unable to sell a Halloween cake in time, but they didn't want to throw it away or reduce the price. So instead, they simply flipped the entire cake over, icing side down, and re-decorated the other side to make it into a generic birthday design.

CW reader Shannon had no idea of the skullduggery at work until she cut the cake, and found this:

That's a whoooole lotta icing, right there.

(And think how fresh!!)


And finally, I know I posted the video of this over on FB a week or two back, but here's a quick .gif reminder of the importance of proper wedding cake support:


(Watch the original video here to see them both continue to laugh hysterically, which is just adorable. Cutest couple ever!)


Welp, I hope that satisfies some of your blood lust for caketastrophe, Jennifer!

And hey, for the rest of you, the request line... IS OPEN.


Thanks to Cherie O., Leann S., Jaunna, Fribby, Sarah, & Shannon G. for reminding me of those times bakeries accidentally left scissors, a paring knife, and other various cutlery in their cakes - because that was a HOOT. (And also because "TRAUMATIC BIEBER" *still* makes me snort-laugh.)


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Reader Comments (21)

You know, I'm okay with the first two. More frosting is rarely a bad thing in me world.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanna

The third one (cake, is it?).....I'm thinking (smell the rubber burning?) ,that it's not a wreck, but a 4th grade science project depicting global warming, and the likelihood of the seas in terrible peril for all mankind. We MUST take a stand! We can't have only real cakes melting into the sea..... Where's the ice cream?
(Forget the candles; it's already getting hot in here.) =^-.-^=

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

So when I graduated college, my sisters made me an almond cake. But one corner fell so they filled it in with light blue & white frosting to match my college colors. Too bad 2 cats (Sylvia & Mela) found the cake. They both loved almond cake. But they picked the corner with abut an inch of frosting, which they ate. And then spent the rest of the week producing blue poops. Thanks for the memory lane trip!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I don't want an invisible puppy. I don't want to have to clean up invisible pee and little piles of invisible poop.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVern

I agree with Janna. I say cake is merely a vehicle for frosting, especially when it comes to carrot cake! Besides, what if that first one was filled with what they use at Costco? That stuff is ohhhh so good.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWildcatMo

My favorite post so far....more please!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Someone left the cake out in the raaaaain....and filled it full of sweet blue icing dripping down.
:D My teeth hurt just looking at them.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDeb in atlanta

Hello, what's wrong with that first cake?! Those cake-to-filling proportions are awesome!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristiane

Nothing, and I mean nothing, gives me such joy as a botched gender reveal cake. Stick it to the man, bakers. The gender binary is false!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLM

I really want to know the rest of the story with the flipped-over Halloween cake. Did they ask for a refund for obviously-old cake? Did it at least taste good? What did the bakery have to say for themselves?

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKogarashi

Unfortunately, the grocery store cake recycling is a common thing. The Halloween cake doesn't sell so you scrape it off and draw a turkey. Still not sold? Scrape it off and add a Santa? Still not sold? Valentines it is!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermandi

I want the piece with the thick frosting!

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDittodog

I was wondering what all that noise was.

Anyway to the cakes:

1. Only thing that comes to mind is WTH?!
2. Did someone set something on it while it was cooling??
3. Surfs up!
5. Congratulations, your having a transgender!
6. Never shop there again.
7. I hope they got a partial refund.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterThor

Obviously the gender reveal cake is letting everyone know that they're having triplets: two boys and a girl.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

The reason to eat cake is to get frosting into your bloodstream. The first cake would be my favorite cake ever. Of course, this is the girl that just made a snack of pretzels and the remainder of a tub of frosting.

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLee H

Well if anyone ever wants a huge sugar rush get the mostly frosting cake lol. At least the bride and groom had a sense of humor as the cake toppled over.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I think the cat on the cup cake cake is cute.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIggy

That's a proper gender reveal cake, that---a reminder that external equipment does not necessarily match internal programming.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Mumpsimum

That flipped over Halloween cake. I can't get over it! I am equal parts horrified it happened and hope it will happen to me. Bonus frosting vs. old cake. The struggle (if it should happen to me) would be very, very real! Maybe that would be my own Halloween horror? LOL

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

For the second cake, I can hear Paul Hollywood's voice in my head saying "Undar Beyked." Then the Baker quickly hangs their head in shame since they thought they had been so clever hiding their mistake.

July 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmistem

What is up (so to speak) with #4? Are they icebergs of frosting or styrofoam?

July 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShmooMou

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