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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

These Vintage Birthday Cakes Are Awesomely Bad

Were the good ol' days of cake decorating REALLY better?

And more importantly, can Jen find an excuse to post some of the rad vintage birthday cakes you guys have been sending in?

Let's find out, with...



I pity the fool who doesn't recognize Hulk Hogan & Mr. T.











"I stopped listening after 'cabbage'."
(Yup, it's cake. Cabbagey, cabbagey cake.)









Who WON? Who LOST?
YOU decide!!

And keep sending in those vintage birthday cakes, because seriously, these things are amazing.


Thanks to Robert T., Elizabeth B., Jason R., Tiki C., Jason R., Kristi C., Lindsay S., Karen H., Susan M., & Brittany J. - and a hat tip to Epic Rap Battles of History for all the lolz.


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Reader Comments (18)

That cabbage cake! How can anyone make a cake that looks so uninviting? Don't do this to cake, bakers!

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

1) So does "RAW" describe what's underneath the icing - uncooked cake batter?
2) So many questions about this one? Why does Superman have a UFO stuck to his feet? And what is he battling here ? Industrial pollution? A raging blaze like the Great Chicago Fire? A couple of giant turd monsters?
3) I guess the "THEN" was a Cabbage Patch Kid. But it looks like someone really getting a move on by fart power. And the cabbage cake - WHY? (Or maybe it's not cabbage. Maybe it's from the Little Shop of Horrors. Come to think of it, isn't that where most wrecks come from?)
4) I think both the "THEN" and "NOW" bakeries must have been Mickey Mouse operations. Only Donald looks half right on the first one. Goofy looks more like Wile E. Coyote, Minnie looks like she had an operation so she could resemble Miss Piggy and Mickey looks like he was crossed with a canine.
5) I don't know which one is worse here. Is it Cookie Monster/Ladybug hybrid? Or is it "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Cookie Monster?

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I think the only losers were the people who bought those cakes O_o

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Vintge wins!! At least they tried and were recognizable.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Jason had the best birthday cakes. Lucky kid.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

The vintage cakes are definitely better executed. Some of them look downright competent by comparison.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBorg

That's quite clever actually, to put candles over the fire in the Superman birthday cake. I bet the kid loved it.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarian

I think I'll go with the old-fashioned cakes! I don't think the wreckorator who did the last one has ever even SEEN the Cookie Monster. Gack!

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I think that the cabbage thing is actually pretty awesome. Assuming that it doesn't taste like cabbage, of course.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

I have the cookbook The Joy of Chocolate by Judith Onley. She has a Chocolate Cabbage Cake that is a cake covered with chocolate cabbage leaves and looks amazing.
That cabbage wreck looks nothing like hers, and I'm wondering if there is even a cake in all that. They didn't know when to stop making leaves, or that you are only supposed to use the best leaves for making chocolate ones. I wonder if they actually coated both sides, too, and left the leaves in!

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBin

Oh gosh - in the cookie monster vintage phone - the BIRTHDAY CANDLE! I had one of those!!! Haven't seen one of those in years,

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

The vintage wrecks are awful, but they at least look like somebody TRIED to do what the customer asked.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuburbancat

Woah, that cabbage cake was really amazing. Hideous, yes, but a wonder of construction!

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

...happy birthday "Crud"?

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIsabeau

Whoa, whoa, whoa--I'm with Tricia. Can we talk about that massive birthday candle? What era is that from? I ask because the little girl looks scarily like a friend of mine, but many years before I met her.

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYet another Jen

I'm on "team vintage". I agree that the newer cakes are really wrecky. As for "Crud ", the only other name I could guess would be Creed. Maybe someone really liked the video game or the character on "The Office"?

October 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJuin

Team Vintage here! The Cabbage Cake. Hum. If the entire thing is actually made of cake and icing and isn't a cake with actual cabbages (or just cabbage leaves) stuck on it, then color me impressed. If there isn't a single bit of actual cabbage on that cake, then wow.

October 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIma

Those vintage cakes make me love my vintage Wonder Woman cake so much. I am afraid to send it in seeing as what the evil wreckerators of today could do to poor Diana lol.

October 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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