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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.

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When In Rome...

This week Mackensie's aunt received a birthday cake for the ages.

Her kids asked the baker to write her age in Roman numerals, since we all know nobody can read those anyway and - bonus - it also looks classier.

Instead of oh-so-classy and discreet Roman numerals, though, Mackensie's aunt got this on her cake:



You've gotta appreciate the little noodle pile on top, too. That's a baker who fully commits.


Thanks to Mackensie G. for the soup-er submission. May your next cake be XVIICXE times better than this.


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Reader Comments (53)

Ok, the ramen noodles were bad enough, but that COLOR! What IS that? Not poo brown. Not pee yellow. Not mocha. What is that? What do you call that color?
Hideous? Unedible? Vomitous? Scraped-from-the-floor?

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Udon know why this happened. Perhaps the baker was an impasta with no decorating skills.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I've always loved studying the history of the Raman Empire and their rivalry with the Pad Thai Empire. Then they split apart becoming the Raman and the Cup Noodle Empires before collapsing into the dark ages of the Supermarket.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

OMG!!! Head meet desk. Repeat often

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrigham from Germany


October 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That reminds me of a debate coach I had in high school who once told us that even if we had no idea what we were talking about, fully commit to the concept and B.S. our way through it. LOL Kudos to the baker for doing just that.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

Et tu, Soupus? ;-)

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJuls

Hahahahahaha! Oops gotta pee!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Whelp. *That's* my new favorite cake. Clearly this wreckorator has had the Noodle Dream.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

XVIICXE Isn't a number.... Unless the Romans created a "Google" variant.

(Amazing what you remember from fifth grade math... Well and having a teacher who taught me unlike I fear many bakers.)

Still - wins as one of the more uniquely bizzare ones.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

Showed this one to my husband. Will be cleaning toothpaste off the mirror.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

@Maureen – I believe that color is known as "Antique Envelope Paste" or it might be "Faded Cargp Pants."

LOL @ SuBee!

Has anybody cut this cake? Were there ramen noodles in between the layers? Mmmm, onion soup cake!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDB

The baker wondered if he or she should ask the client to confirm the concept, and thought: "Nah, not enough time, I'll make it like this. Alea caka est."

@Maureen: It's not that bad, you could call it "café au lait".

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

Ah, this cake was discovered in the tomb of the great Pharaoh, Ramen-Hotep.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I SO badly want someone to get me this exact cake. With my name instead of "Mom," because I'm not a mom.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

What the pho? I just don't gnocchi how the baker could be so farfalle off the mark. It's just fusilli. But I'll bet that the family still had to pay a pretty penne for that wreck.

@DB-ramen noodles between the layers made me gigli.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

Just prroves the point that no one understands Roman numerals.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Color looks to be Spiced Spackle. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances, & being from the South we all have unique nicknames, a few food-based ones, but no one would ever call their Mamma "Ramen" anything. ("Noodles"? Maybe.)

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPenni

Bwahahaha!! Cake is hilarious, but as usual, it's the comments here that gets me laughing even more!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephenie

In our family, the Aunt would be called "Noodles" or "Aunt Noodles" - so good you just can't make it up!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

@Maureen, it looks like sand to me. I expected it to be beach themed.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Now I really want to know what MY age in ramen noodles looks like.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Obviously the baker was a religious man, (or woman) trying to throw in a little bit of praise for his god, the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Anyone who has ever studied the religion knows that Ramen-on-Top is one of his most impressive avatars!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChenaya

@Maureen & DB- I'm sure the color is inspired by the envelope of "flavoring" powder! This is one amazing wreck.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne W

Perhaps the baker thought it was a religious cake. Mom could belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! 'May he bless this cake with his noodley goodness. Tomato sauce for all. Ramen.'

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGirlNamedCorrie

That baker is clearly a pre-Madonna

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHolly C

Oh god...I can' gets funnier the more I look at it. You can make out the individual noodles!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Okay no one has posted on the weird pile of whatever above the Happy, what is that piss yellow thing supposed to be? A strange flower? a poodle, wish I knew.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMagpie

Quick, somebody call IX-I-I !!!
(with apologies to Hercules...)

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarmiehead

This one must go into the annals of 'Superior Wrecks'. thank you Mackensie for making sure we got to experience this.

Oh, wait a minute. That should be Soup-perior.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

Noodle poo


October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I believe that icing color is called "Leftovers". And it looks like they brought it home - which means they paid for it???? SERIOUSLY???

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisaS

If that's not what puce looks like, it ought to.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDilEmma

I can just hear the baker thinking, "Roman numerals? What are those? She just has to mean 'Raman Noodles'. Maybe that's her favourite food. We'll just go with that."

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Thank you.
My morning was off to a really slow start and I needed the ROTFLMAO moment.

I will never see Roman Numerals again without thinking Ramen Noodles.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I am laughing so hard, reading all these comments! Jackwire, SuBee, Isolder -- I came this close to laugh-coughing iced tea all over my computer! "Udon know" how much I needed to laugh today and I can't thank you enough.

Would the decorator not have said to him- or herself, "Hmmm, I wonder why this family wants the words 'Ramen Noodles' on their cake?" Cursive writing isn't taught in schools anymore and I guess roman numerals aren't either.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Is anybody else wanting to count the individual noodles in the pile of "ramen noodles" to see if they numerically equal Mom's birthday?

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichele Hays

And, as so often happens with this type of Wreck, the writing and flourishes and border are actually pretty good. It just makes the text so much wreckier.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

ramen noodles - a new kind of alphabet soup?

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterblondeenotsomuch

Sadly, the color of this cake is quite similar to that of the lobby and exterior of my office building. Now when I see the swirly light bulbs in the wall sconces, I will be forever reminded of the ramen noodle pile on the top of that cake.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I needed a good laugh today, so I came to CakeWrecks. As usual, you delivered.

OMG! Ramen Noodles? What a hoot!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

17 110 Error.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

I felt my IQ drop after seeing this wreck.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDances with Lasagna

What a coincidence! Today is National Noodle Day!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeeAnn

Maybe the baker had been watching Kung Fu Panda and like "Po" they were dreaming about noodles when they took down this order!

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCurlyRedd

Hopefully the cake wasn't made of Ramen noodles or was the wreckerator warning the guests about to eat it? Lol this is hilarious.

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

OMG, jackwire, SuBee, Lady Anne, and DilEmma--you just made my day...cracked me up, big time!

The rest of you aren't so shabby either.

Thanks, I needed that!

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Wow bring out the nasty colour comments lol

No one stops to think it might have been coffee flavoured?

Tbh if there was no explanation for this cake i would of been staring at it for hours trying to work it out...

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaaychl

And her age remains a secret...

October 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterA

Now if the cake costs the same as a ramen noodles pkg, that would be awesome. :D

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe

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