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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

Come On Barbie, Let's Go Party

It all started with those kitschy toilet-paper cover dolls:

I think every grandmother was required by law to make enough of these things for her family to cover a mountain of TP. (My personal favorite was our red-dressed flamenco dancer. You?) After this was done, those dear crafty souls had to come up with new ways to use their stockpile of doll torsos.


Enter: the doll cake!

It was understandable when at first children assumed they were being served yarn and TP. Here Jenn L. is saying, "How about you put that over there and go fetch me my real cake, before someone throws a hissy, Ok?"


Fast forward 30 years or so, and doll cakes have come a long way. Why, just look at all the diverse styles they come in now!

The "Hawaiian Shaving Brush":


The "Easy-Chair-Under-Her-Dress":

("My lap! My lap! My lap is on FI-YUR!")


The "I'm-a-Little-Teapot":


The "Girls-Shouldn't-Have-ALL-the-Fun":


And the ever popular "Climb Every Mountain":


Cherie, Andrea M., Sanne, & Cattie P., all together now: "Life in plastic - it's fantastic!"


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Reader Comments (17)

I can hear Ken singing now - "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay..."

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

These made me laugh out loud today. Even when done well, doll cakes will always border on creepy.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

My grandmother never made a tp cover, but she crocheted poodles around wine bottles. The head came off, I'm not sure if it was a finger puppet or what!
Not a terribly wise gift to a child, a glass bottle
I tried to make a Barbie cake for my daughter when she was little, but used a real, whole doll! The cake was very oddly shaped. I don't think she cared.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Just hope nobody trns doll #3's head around - fire dangerous.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJane Lewis

I enjoyed the flaming candle vagina one the best.Reminds me of my R and R time when I was in Nam ,man.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterhotclaws

The first one isn’t so bad actually.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I've done doll cakes for school age goth girls' birthdays. The fun part is taking a fine point sharpie and doing the dolls' makeup. XD I make the dresses purple or deep red most of the time. Black icing tastes horrible and is really only good for accent color. I cheat with dark chocolate which I boost with a little of the black color. These girls usually want red velvet for the inside. XD

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

That's gotta hurt but which hurts worse...the boobs or the awkwardly bent arm on Dolly ?

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGayle

I think I may have laughed a little too hard at the Easy Chair Under the Dress...because I'm still laughing!!

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P

I think that one after Dolly might be a trans woman who's not quite completely transed yet. Lovely smile, earring, gym teacher hairdo, better bustline than some gals I know . . .

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

I think my grandma made us a green TP doll. It seemed like she'd crochet anything. We had a number of crocheted Easter decorations.

For the cakes...
Easy Chair Barbie reminds me of those old Maxell tape ads from the '80s, with the dude in the chair sitting in front of the speakers. (I thought it was Memorex but Google tells me otherwise.)

I'm curious as to what type of kids party would involve a Ken doll in a see-through top. I was not invited to those parties.

And, well, I laughed way too hard at Climb Ev'ry Mountain Barbie. You kind of wonder if there's a Barbie pyramid underneath all that to help hold her up. It's the Mount Everest of Barbie cakes.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYet another Jen

Dolly needs a trip to the OR to fix her arms and chest... stat! And is that the Ken with the magic earring and... uhhmm... never mind. Why is he wearing a hoop skirt?

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

I actually had a doll cake for my sweet 16. And my boyfriend at the time took one look at it laughed and thought she was pooping M & Ms lol. I nearly died laughing.

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Cliiiiimb eeeevery mountain!

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

That Ken doll is actually highly collectible because he was discontinued. The story goes, they wanted to make a hip, rave style Ken, so they sent designers out to clubs and raves. The person who did the Ken doll somehow made it to a gay club (but didn’t know) and really liked the colorful clothes and all the jewelry, and that’s what they based the design on. However, in the 90s the whole means of dress and accessories were clues as to what position you liked (Ken is a bottom) and the cool ring necklace is a cock ring. O.O Once this came to light, after it was on the shelves, of course, it was quickly and quietly discontinued. This makes the Ken wreck even funnier to me.

May 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B

Where is the Princess Hulk one you posted before?

May 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Reach for the stars, climb every mountain higher...

May 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAoife

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