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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

Not So "Common" Now!

Common sense. Such a dictator, am I right?

Well, some bakers aren't going to take it anymore! Some bakers are like, "DOWN WITH COMMON SENSE! WE REFUSE TO BE COMMON *OR* SENSICAL!"

Except they yell it in their bathrooms, because they don't know any better.


Then they go to work and make cakes like this:

Which go over like a lead balloon.


Common sense says the odds of a couple celebrating the exact same date of birth - and providing a wedding photo for the cake - is FAR less likely than their celebrating a wedding anniversary.

So naturally:



Common sense also demands that you cut an edible image so all the words are visible.



And finally, and ironically the most common:

Rebecca in Red Frosting is feeling so left out right now.

So I guess she knows how Common Sense feels.


Happy Common Sense Day to Madeline S., Lori, Robin K., & Mary Lou, who suspect it's rapidly becoming more of an exclusive club.


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Reader Comments (29)

…so, the person ordered that last cake from someone who never progressed beyond "baby talk"? "Happy bose's day, widdle kootie-pie".

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Taste is the common sense of genius (Victor Hugo.)
No taste + no common sense = these cakes (me.)

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

@SuBee......Brava! You can't see it, but right now I'm giving you a standing ovation. My coworkers are giving me weird looks, but who cares, they all know I'm crazy. Being normal is boring, and I'm never boring. Jen and SuBee, thank you for always starting my day with a laugh, or at times a head-meets-desk.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

I happen to live down the street from the Bose company headquarters. That last one might be entirely appropriate there, except "in black frosting".

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersue

Cutting words around the Flyers logo… That's almost as savage as the Flyers themselves on ice. Go Penguins!

(For people not acknowledged with hockey, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are rival teams, and the Flyers are known for their very physical style that earned them the nickname of "Broad Street Bullies", from the street their arena is located on.)

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

I worked in a grocery store bakery my senior year in high school. After the bakers went home we were allowed to write on cakes. So really any sales person can write on a cake. Even those who can't spell...not me of course. ;)

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJT

What's wrong with the first one? Balloons lose helium and when gravity suddenly fails.....?

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

It is particularly impressive that on the second one, the picture is in portrait orientation, but they turned the cake to landscape orientation to place it. Way to understand basic geometry, wreckerators!

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDB

The next-to-last cake reminded me of the late, lamented website Regretsy, only wrecked.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

Am I the only one who noticed that the anniversary/birthday cake said 50 years... and 1950-2010 ?

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

1950 - 2010 is 60 years . . .

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterowlmagnet

Jen, the lead balloon caption just made my day.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

On the Anniversary/Birthday cake if you look at the photo closely the 60 looks like they originally did 50 then iced over the 5 to make it kinda look like a 6.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPenny M.

On the anniversary/birthday cake, what is written in pink frosting and hidden by the Cake Wrecks logo, and is it related to the "24th" written near it, and for that matter, to what does the "24th" refer? I'm so confused.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMariaTeresa

PB quote FTW!

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDBC

I think, @MariaTheresa, that there might be something written juuust before the "24th" - maybe a month? Like "June"? - hidden by the CakeWrecks watermark. Perhaps.

Am I the only one who reads that hockey cake as a memo "Re Great Sex"

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

@Maria Teresa, you got me curious so I went back and looked at the b-day/anniversary cake too. I think maybe the thing obscured is a month, which would make the "24th" a date, such as, Oct. 24th." With wreckerators though, you never know! It could be a piped picture of a llama!

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Athena, I don't even bother with that "Flyers" stuff. To me, they're the Philadelphia Dirty B&*$#@&!s. (Only without the punctuation marks.) Go NY Islanders!! Who...don't play on Long-guy-land any more...yup, common sense is really hard to find...(re: calling a Brooklyn team the "Islanders," not re: me continuing to root for C.D.s...sigh...)

@jbrecken, Nope. Me too.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

FWIW-- and it ain't much.
The word for 'birthday' in French is 'anniversaire'. so there is a small possibility that the error was an ESL mistake.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfemmefan1946

Every time I view one of these cakes, I can feel brain cells dying.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDances with Lasagna

@femmefan1946 ... I love it. We can all hope.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

The Flyers cake: Regretsy lives!!! I so miss April's posts.

November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Anyone else but me know the camp song "Red Balloon"? Here's the wreckerator version..

Give me a lead balloon on a long black string,
Happy 60 and then nothing,
With my lead balloon on a long black string,
It could be sixty anything.

Wrecks and many and sweets are few,
Mistakes are common, it's oh so true.
Makes you think the baker's dense,
In a word, no com-mon sense.)

Give me a big white cake with a wedding pic,
And a caption that doesn't fit,
On that big white cake with a wedding pic,
Someone wrote "birthday" on it!


Give me an orange square with some cut off words,
"Re great se" was all we heard,
On that orange square with the cut off words,
What's that thing, is it a bird...


Give me a boss's cake with some frosting blue,
Write it in like they told you to,
On that boss's cake with the frosting blue,
Literally, it is true.


November 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I prefer to read the first cake as "Happy Go". With the upside-down balloons, that opens the door to some fun bathroom-related sentiments. For example, "I hope your poo doesn't weigh you down like a lead balloon". Or, "Congrats on your momentous go!"

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMSTeacher3K

I actually have some friends who got married on their mutual birthday! So, they celebrate their birthdays and wedding anniversary all on the same day :)

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The only picture of the Flyers logo they could get their hands on was from an ad for purchasing tickets? Because that says, 'Reserve Great Seats' and the phone number starts at the bottom. /headsmack

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Lol that poor anniversary cake. Even the dates are off. Looks like it adds up to sixty not fifty years. Yikes lol.

November 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

So I know a couple who share a birthday, and then had their first child - get this - on their collective birthday. So the whole family all has the same birthday. They got on the news for it. So I could see them getting a cake like the anniversary cake... for their birthday.

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenna P

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