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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 9/5/14

Some of my favorite submissions this week:


I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess the bakery had room:


If you love communication breakdowns on cakes as much as I do, then prepare for an eye-full:

Give it a second.

Theeeere it is.


Before I show you Sara's cake, here's her explanation over on Twitter:

So just to be clear, this was supposed to say, "Happy Birthday Julie & Wes."



And finally, Alesha asked her baker to draw a high heel on her cake - so, something kind of like this:


Instead, she got this:

Of course, we have to take Alesha's word on the high heel thing; I still say that's a feminine travel urinal.

(Seriously, google "feminine travel urinal" and tell me I'm wrong. And stop looking at me like that. LOTS of people know what feminine travel urinals look like, Ok? LOTS OF THEM.)


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Reader Comments (75)

Oh, Jen, yet again you made me cackle in my cubicle this morning. And yes, lots of people. <3

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda H.

Cake for what's-his-name.
You know, the yarmulke guy.
Just make it sincere.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Binoculared head.
That's the best number of eyes.
Double yes to that.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

My favorite part of this whole post is Jen's Urinary Fact Inflection.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

You know the Feminie Travel Urinal is called the "Lady J", right?

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteri heart salt

Under the arch on Seth's cake. The arch that says, "Mickey Park." What is that? It looks like a face. A horrible, demonic face. Why is it there? Why? Seth took it's space. It wants it back. Poor Seth.
(If it's not a horrific demon face, please let me know. I can't stop looking at it and I have work to do.)

I absolutely saw a "feminine travel urinal," although my brain is half asleep and I couldn't name it. I just thought, " That looks like something for peeing." In my defence "feminine travel thing for peeing" is a much better name.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I'm sorry, but that "travel convenience" looks more like a warped champagne glass, and there is no way I'd travel carrying that in plain sight!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

WIthout googling I totally knew what a female travel urinal was. (I've got old parents ok!) Completely hilarious! It's like the wreckerator drew a ballet flat shoe and then hit his/her head and said "Oh yeah, it's got to be a high heel!", then quickly just drew on the heel!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

Bwahahaha haiku joy perfect. Aww it's not my birthday until march, but thanks ;) as for that last one O_o

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Random Rhyme Time: Four for the Fifth:

Maybe, Seth

We’re going to Mickey Park for a vacation,
And we’d like to bring young Seth,
But space is very limited, so I wouldn’t hold my breath.
We’re not sure how to tell him,
Or how the news he’ll take.
Perhaps we’ll just put the message
On top of a nice cake….

* * * *


They said that I could never rise,
I’d be stuck in a lower rank,
But is it really all my fault
Every ship that I steered…sank?

They said I had potential,
Whatever that did mean,
I only knew that never
Would I command the Mary (Queen).

But I found a place that’d take me,
After searching real hard,
And now I, I, am a Captain
In Nebraska’s famed Coast Guard.

* * * * *


I love to use the ampersand,
There are so many things that it can do,
Like combine two names together
And change your religion, culture and ethnicity, too.

* * * * * *


I don’t know what that I would do
Without my trusty FTU
To take along on every trip
To be prepared for a need to drip.
I think this thing is really grand,
It allows me anywhere to stand.
No squatting over the toilet seat
Where so many others have not been neat.
No more frantic seat-wiping frenzy
And no more thoughts of penis envy.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I DID Google it, and wow--they really have it covered (heh heh)! That one up there looks like the "Spil-Pruf" of the most popular. There's also one called the "GoGirl"....I could go on and on...but not without a pee break. So many choices-so little time. Oh-as long as I'm headed that way, want me to take some of those beauties up there in with me?
Pee Ess: I'm very happy to see that they *did find room* for "Seth"...but I wonder who the cake was *really* "for".

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I for one swear by female travel urinals and you are absolutely correct; that last one definitely looks like one!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHashleySweet

The FTU would have been helpful on our trip last weekend. o.O Lucky for me I've made that same trip about a thousand times in the last 30+ years so I know where all the potty stops are. :-)
@Haiku Joy ~ Well done, my friend! I'm so glad your teaching isn't getting in the way of your CW time!
@mel ~ I think your FTU ditty should be the commercial for the "Lady J" But I'm slightly offended that they are calling it that since that used to be my CB handle back in the dark days before cell phones and the internet. *sigh* I just reminded myself how old I am. Maybe I need cake to cheer me up!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

So, when I saw the last one I thought it looked either like the head of a golf club or a misshapen bicycle seat. Then I read Jen's comment and just about died laughing. I didn't have to google it either, as I get a lot of old people's catalogs. And I'm not old. (Well, okay...this week I had to order bifocals. But! I am NOT! Old!)

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I heart CakeWrecks
that is all

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I was thinking the last one looked like a messed up saddle. I totally want a travel urinal.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

All I have to say is ewwwww!! "Feminine travel urinal" has been image googled. It can't be ungoogled. Some of those pictures looked like women with penises. I pray I never need one. I pray desperately!! I was always very very glad to be female, because I'd absolutely HATE having a penis which, ummm, shows itself by standing at attention like a good soldier whenever it wants, whether I'm at the beach or praying in church. Those things have a mind of their own. Scary. Okay, TMI!!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancie

@SuBee--I don't see a demonic face. I see a bewildered face. It's eyes are wide open and its handlebar moustache is raised with lips parted in a questioning expression. He means you no harm!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Not sure which would be a bigger fail:
"I I Captain"
or a pair of eyes and the word "Captain".

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

You've totally opened my eyes to a whole new world I didn't know existed. And I've been avoiding anything like camping because I refuse to squat and pee. I don't think I could do this either though . . .

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

At first I thought the second cake said "I I caption." Extreme confusion til I fugred it out.

I thought the thing on thelast cake looked like a) an upside-down golf club, or b) a foot coming down to stomp someone. Hopefully it's stomping the wreckerator for creating that mess.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

@Sharyn- Absolutely hilarious! One of the best puns I have heard in a long time! Thank you!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly K

My lesbian friends always referred to that gizmo as a 'she-pee'. Much easier to refer to than Feminine Travel Urinal.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

@SuBee: I'm pretty sure that the underneat-Seth's-arch thing is the MM logo silhouette. It looks funky because of the shadow thing going on beyond, and under, and...and...Oh, WHY does that green crap look SO SHINY? That's what's "doing it" for me! It looks like some kind of exotic parrot poop! =^>.<^=

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I now can't stop singing "Happy Birthday to Jew.." and I really have to before I get myself into trouble.

And isn't it called a She-Wee? Or have I been watching the wrong kind of tv?

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

I think Alesha is going to have to learn to walk on stilts.

Ha ha! @ mel, "and change your religion, culture, and ethnicity too! Love it!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

@sendingtheclowns, Thanks for the marketing lesson. I think "Go Girl" is an inspired name for a female travel, um, mug.

Many teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) work itinerantly, traveling from school to school--sometimes long distances. A group of us get together at our professional organization's conference and hold the "Itinney Awards" with various categories, including "weirdest potty stop." My friend Judy, stuck in a traffic jam and desperate, once used an empty coffee tin she had in her car (TVIs travel with a LOT of props.) She won the award that year. She would have LOVED the "Go Girl" or the "SheWee." (Yes, I looked online too.)
I doubt it really looks that much like whatever is on that cake, though.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFM

@Nancie: a little hard on the penis there...for some of us they just come as standard equipment...and I don't know what kind you've encountered...sounds like they might be the new-fangled automatic ones...I have the older, hand-operated model....

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

@SuBee: I don't believe that is supposed to be a face at all. It seems to me, without being able to enbiggen the photo, to be a faux entry to Mickey Park. What appears to be eyes, nose and 'rosy' cheeks are the tops of trees. Personally, I think once you enter Mickey Park, it swallows you up like a cave of wonders.

@mel: Brilliant!

@Haiku Joy: Wonderful! Also, off topic, I am somewhat disappointed that you have such a wonderful class this year. I was looking forward to more stories of you munching on babies.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

There is actually a word for an FTU: bourdaloue. It is named after a 17th century French preacher whose long sermons would strain the toughest bladder, thus requiring the use of this device. There is a picture of one at
along with -- astonishingly -- a painting by Boucher showing one in use.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

I have a female travel urinal. Your assessment is spot on. They do look like that.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

I actually WANT a female traveling urinal device. Yes, they exist!!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurinda

It does look like a female travel urinal! I have one and it looks very much like that! LOL.... really!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered

Please tell me those are not giant piles of baby poop on Seth's cake. Maybe they removed some to have room for Seth.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterladypatg

Now that @SuBee mentioned the scary face guy on the "Seth" cake I can't unsee it. Thanks for that! O.O

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

My husband wanted to buy me a "Stand By Your Man" for my birthday once. Luckily I found out about it ahead of time and got something Princess Brideish instead. No Goggling here.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZaz

Oy. The fail is strong with these....

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErica

There's a J & W Barbecue here in Cincinnati that suffers from the same mistaken use of an alternative ampersand.

That's another of those things that gets worse the more you think about it. Way worse.

See what I mean?

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTG Butz

I totally want a female travel urinal now just so I can pee standing up! Where were these when I was a kid and we went on those cross-country family trips where Dad made us pee in the bushes along side of the road?!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

When I see the name "Lady J", I think of the houseboat my husband and I spent a couple days on in Zimbabwe on Lake Kariba. The boat's full name was Lady Jacqueline, and the captain's name was... wait for it... Tacksure. Yep. Pretty sure it's not on the top 100 names this year. Thanks for all the laughs, CW!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I think I am ok with ordering a feminine travel urinal on a cake. I am not ok with that color. Please, please tell me that she asked for pink... but not that particular shade.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSBC

I always wondered if "Seth" was a JEW! Either way, happy birthday!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

We haven't even snarked yet on the horrid color of the last cake. Love how the edging is the same bad color as the rest of the cake.

@sendintheclowns, "exotic parrot poop" just made my day! (Along with Sharyn's pun!) Also, I agree with SuBee, it's a demonic face! I think Mickey's been possessed!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Happy birthday to Jew,
Happy birthday to Jew,
Happy birthday, dear Hebrew
Happy birthday to Jew!

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLanin

You make me google strange things. When the Feds come a-knockin' with their questions and confusion, I'm referring them to this website.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I went to Amazon to find bulk quantities of Pez dispensers for elementary school summer reading prizes. After a few of them, it started showing me the P-EZ female travel urinal.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

The new Hot Dog on a Stick

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMall Rat

The new Hot Dog on a Stick.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMall Rat

If you've ever stood over a hole in the floor in a ladies room in Thailand them you would also carry a ladies travel urinal.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkimt56

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