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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

Chevron One, Wrecked!

For her birthday Jamie's friend ordered her a cake with a pretty chevron pattern on it, knowing how much Jamie liked the design.

Now, for those of you NOT on Pinterest, a chevron pattern looks like this:


I'm not sure which colors her friend requested, but I doubt it mattered anyway, since...

...the baker just put the Chevron gas station logo on it, instead.




Thanks, Becky! That was a real gas!

And 10 geek points to anyone who caught my Stargate reference. ;)



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Reader Comments (52)

Ooh, so right. And yet so very wrong.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I LOVE it! I'm so tired of Chevron but this cake is hysterical!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I'm thinking the baker misunderstood and thought the cake was for Ethyl....

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

Brand-awareness cake
teaches us how to fill up.
Two birds, yet wrong stone.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Sung to "Jumpin' Jack Flash

She'd been born, so her friends ordered zig zag cake
And they howled when the shop brought the cake to them
'Cause it's a Wreck now, in fact, it's a gas
'Cause it's a Wreck. Chevron cakes, lass,
They're a gas, gas, gas.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Technically, they did what was asked....

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

Chevron two, mangled (for the Stargate reference).

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternancy merrill

I claim 20 geek points because I caught your Stargate reference on FRIDAY when you led into this post. (Go on, folks, look.)

But I understand if you don't--the very young do not always do what they are told. Indeed.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

@Haiku Joy: that may be your best one ever!!!!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

This deserves a Captain Picard face palm picture!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

YAY!!! I got extra geek points, I was going to say something about Stargate but you already gave it away! LOL!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVaBeach alemaP

BWAHAHA! That is classic! I'm wearing a dress with chevrons on it now, so double the hilarity!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

A friend needed sweets with a little swag
So to the bakery a cake to snag
Orded up somthin with a zippy zig zag
Baker said, "I don't mean to brag,
But I got this in the bag!"
The meaning of chevron tended to lag
Misinterpretation is really a drag
Making Cake Wrecks readers tongues to wag
Now the cake is just a running gag

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Oh, dear. My friend Jami is getting married this month and is having a chevron pattern on her wedding cake. Should I warn her or just take my camera with me to the reception.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Surfing while eating breakfast. Thankfully, I read my other blog first. Because as hard as I laughed, there'd be yogurt and pineapple all over my iPad. Another screen saved!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Good lord, did the baker stop to think-gee why would ANYONE want a gas comapny logo on their cake?!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

@mindy1: I have this great mental image of a Chevron corporate picnic displaying a cake that reads: "Congratulations on another great year! With Chevrons" and a midnight blue chevron pattern drawn over the writing. After enough time reading this blog, I'm starting to realize that almost nothing defies the imagination of Wreckers. ;)

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

@Tricia L:
Leave the gun--er, warning.
Take the camera.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Today was already a good day, and the Stargate reference just made it that much better. :D

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Not only did I get the reference, but heard it in Walter's voice! ;-)

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSG-1

At least give some brownie points to the wreckerator for getting the order of the color stripes correct. You guys are a tough crowd to please!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

When did it stop being called "zigzag"?

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVerity

Yay geek points!!!

@:-| (Teal'c smiley is not amused.)

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMisty V

Look on the bright side, at least they spelled "Happy Birthday" correctly.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

That is Hilarious!! And the bakery didn't even question WHY someone would want a gas station logo!!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJollyolly

Chevron 1 encoded...

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDale

Why is it that any time I want to read the comments on here I have to scroll through a bunch of songs and poems? Please knock it off.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWTF

So apparently there is one person not on Pinterest. Who would have guessed!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

According to Wikipedia (the great and powerful), the chevron has only been in business flinging its coolness around since around the "vicinity" of 1800 BC, give or take a week or two...
To some, that may seem enough time to get it right. But guess what?Those folks would be wrong.
But, hey~ a (cakey) chevron by any other shape would taste as sweet... =^-.-^=

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Being in th military AND a crafter, I can tell you a chevron is just 1 V shape. What was requested I would call zigzag

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterG. Wold

Technically it's still a chevron pattern too...

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

@mindy1, you would be surprised! People are into a lot of weird stuff. Consider how people actually pay money to advertise for corporations for free by buying logowear or getting logos tattooed on their bodies! (Yes, I used to be the type to ask people how much a company was paying them to wear their shirt!) I have seen poorly rendered Nike swooshes and all kinds of other corporate branding on cakes so why not Chevron?

Also, once again, Pinterest is wrong. Those are indeed zig-zags, not really a chevron pattern. Of course, if the customer had asked for a "zig zag" cake, they probably would have gotten the logo for Zig Zag rolling papers, which would actually kind of make sense as the desire to eat cake often goes along with, well, you know.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Why do I get the feeling the poor baker was *sure* they got this one right.

I'm with Verity on this one, though.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

But at least the baker spelled "CHEVRON" correctly.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMommy24Melody

So, I ordered a cake last week and asked that it say, "Congratulations Imogene." I had to correct the spelling of "Congratulations" when they wrote it down. I'm very disappointed to say that today I picked up my cake and both "congratulations" and "Imogene" were spelled correctly. No Cake Wrecks fame for me!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Hey WTF (the commenter), people come here to let their creativity flow in the comment section (that's pretty much the entire purpose of the comments section on this blog). If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. I hope, however, that you will stay, read the comments, sing along to the songs, and start to enjoy yourself. Have a nice day!

And @Haiku Joy - you have truly outdone yourself today. Well written!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

To "WTF":

The "poems" are ALSO comments.

(Geek points if you get the Hitch-hiker's reference :-P)

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I'd say this cake is... (wait for it) SO SO ! (ha ha ha!)

[What, nobody actually got that joke..?]

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWhirled One

I suspect that if someone had actually ORDERED the Chevron logo (like, for an office party), it wouldn't have turned out as well as that one did.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

WTF has a point, you know. ....................Alright, so I didn't say that I know what it IS, but I know what my Mom used to say whenever someone seemed to have gotten up on the wrong side of the crib: "Well, don't be too hard on him/her/them (whomever); maybe his/her/their (whomever's) feet hurt."
(That *could* conceiveably make a person feel grumpy, grouchy, crabby, or-- Well, pick your own dwarf-I don't have all day. And my feet hurt.) =^-.-^=

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Lol I so love reading the comments after the wreckage. It helps me clear my mind of yesterdays horrors hehe. Keep on wrecking and making me giggle with glee :D

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

So close and yet, completely wrong.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTifa

@AA, Perhaps WTF needs to be strapped into a Poetry Appreciation Chair? ;)

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

It worries me that some people are being forced at gunpoint to read the comments on this blog. That's not right. John (thoj), could you look into this?

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

@WTF: Your opinion has been noted. Thank you for your contribution. That having been said, most of us love the poems, songs, geek references, etc., in the comments section, so if you don't agree, this may not be the place for you. I'm not saying we'll kick you out, just . . . you may not like the general atmosphere here. Thanks for sharing!

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

I seriously think I'm gonna start buying stuff for my friends with the chevron logo on it!!! I'm so tired of the trend & refuse to wear anything with the pattern on there as a not so silent protest. Yes chevron print not everyone loves you!!! Although I still fuel up at the chevron station lol ;-)

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAustengirl

How many geek points do I get for being disappointed to scroll down and NOT see anything Stargate? :)

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

This reminds me of a logo near-disaster from when I was a cake decorator. My boss told me someone had ordered a DOW (as in DOW Chemical) logo on a cake. But when I found out who ordered it- a woman who led some kind of Eastern philosophy study group- I realized she must have meant Tao! Fortunately I figured it out in time and double-checked the order with the client, thus averting what might have been a disaster (or what could have been one of the client's funniest experiences! :) )

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterladyratsb

That is funny.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdarah513

Hi everyone! It's me... Birthday Girl Jamie. My poor friend was devistated when she saw the cake but didn't have time to wait for a new one. When I saw it, I had the best laugh. I think I loved the cake even more because it was such a wreck. Still makes me happy just to think about the sweet thoughts of me on my birthday and that it gave everyone a good laugh. 😆

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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