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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, 2/20/15

Some of my favorite new submission this week:

Tara wanted rock n' roll:


...but what she got was wreck n' woe:

Aww. Play us the song of your people, little wreck!

["Wa wa WA waaaaaaaah!"]

Ok, you can stop now.


This next one inspired me to write a little verse:


Hoping            and such

                               Jo you s



And speaking of proper spacing:

That's pretty memorable.

(Give it a second.)
(Theeere it is.)


You know how some bakers like to keep an eye on their cakes?

Well, that reminded me of this older wreck:

THIS CHANGES... well, nothing.

But I thought it was funny.


Q: What's worse than using giant plastic ribbon all over the cake?

A: Not using enough.

What we have here is a basic misunderstanding of how ribbon works.


And finally, since I just realized I haven't shared a fan-made wreck in ages, here's a fun homage from Kimberly:

The best part? I give it a month before this starts popping up in "cake fail" slideshows all across the web, since the FailBuzzLOL sites never bother to read the posts they're ripping off, and keep putting up intentional fan wrecks from our archives. :D


I bet Steven's is safe, though - and yep, he actually asked the baker to write this:

That's definitely a "darned if you do, darned if you don't" situation, bakers.


[evil grin]


Thanks to Tara M., Jenna R., Mark O., Terri C., Tabatha G., Julia E., Kimberly S., & Steven B. for finally finding a wreck no one else will steal. AWWW YEAAAAAH.


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Reader Comments (42)

Perhaps by the time the 9th Katie has her birthday, they will have worked out how to do the ribbon.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

I think the only thing missing from the fan-made wreck is..... sprinkles. Your forgot the sprinkles??!!! What were you THINKing???!!! Hahahahahahaha Love the mohawk babies and writing on that one.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Cockasaurus Rex?!!! roflmbo

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

That homage cake is great :D I needed a good laugh this morning XD

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Of course there wasn't enough ribbon for 8th Katie...they used it all up on cakes for Katies one through seven.
Sorry 8th Katie,it's a hard lesson to learn, but the last kid just gets whatever is left. In fact, the cake may actually be a hand-me-down.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

All Hail Kimberly!! Those are some prime sperm balloons! Very well done.

Love the last cake!! And ten points to the baker for being a good sport!

I wonder if Birthday Shane does parties.

I was more appalled at the "8th" being below the "Birthday" line than I was about the stingy beribboning.

I saw the first cake pic and hadn't scolled down yet and was trying to figure out what was wrong with it. Then I scrolled down and my eyes bugged out. YIKES!!!! Well, at least the dials look good...

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi


February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I'm not totally sure, but I *think* they did mess up the sub-inscription on the last cake - because it looks like the frosting was "raked" over. If so, that's pretty funny.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie E.

To think until today I didn't know the phrase "everybody poops" was even relevant to guitars...

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

Ahh, Muhlenberg is a college. (I waited for it, it didn't come - hello, Google.)

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

Micah and Paige look pretty forgettable. You can have 'em, Yale and Muhlenberg.

Is Sheri Leela's long lost sister? Monocularism tends to run in the Turanga family.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Are Yale and Muhlenberg universities? Otherwise I'm notgetting the Congrats cake.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Can you explain the "Yale & Muhlenberg" cake...I'm not getting it.
(I'm a little slow sometimes- Haha!)

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Ok..I tried... what was the Yale one supposed to say?

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertiffany p.

I don't normally comment here, probably because I'm not clever enough to join the party, as is evidenced by the reason I'm de-lurking today...I don't get the Yale and Muhlenberg cake. help?
Love the blog since the beginning!!

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

For Getting Micah and Paige.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNCatt

Congratulations, Yale and Muhlenberg (universities) for getting Paige and Micah (as new students)

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHermione

I think the college cake is supposed to say
Congrats For Getting
Yale & Mulenberg
Micah & Paige

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

Should it be "Congrats Micah and Paige for getting (into?) Yale and Muhlenberg"??? Or is it just bad spacing, and they're congratulating the colleges "for getting" Micah and Paige?

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSB

Put a space between "for" and "getting" and it will make more sense.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCorrie

Staring at the Congrats cake thinking I don't get it....oh wait now I get it! Read the caption underneath and freak out that cakewrecks anticipates my thought process! Jedi Mind Tricks at work.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

AAAAAHHHH! Lightbulb moment! I didn't get the Congrats cake either until just now! (And after reading the comments and learning that it was talking about universities)

It shouldn't be "forgetting." It should be "for getting" as in Micah and Paige got accepted into the two schools. (I think? Maybe?)

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

To all of you who don't get the Yale cake: well, misery loves company.... I don't get it, either!! Furthermore, I'm pretty sure I don't want it! Look at the "attitude" displayed on it! Those two look kids as though we're putting them out just by looking at them! Sheesh--cake kids these days, you know? I suggest we give this cake a chance to age and mellow out a bit...get a little experience under its crust. See what it's like in the real world, where it's not all friendship bracelets and waterproof watches. This cake has it's whole life ahead of it...until dessert, anyway. A toast! To youth, and cake, and not forgetting to lick the frosting off the back of the photo.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I confess: I don't get the Yale cake either. A little help? Is it that the names should be reversed so that they correspond to the order of the kids on the picture, from left to right?

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrammar Gracie

I "think" the Yale cake is meant to say 'Congrats to Micah & Paige for getting into Yale & Muhlenberg' but I could be wrong.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Bowing to the humor of the last two cakes. Well done, fans!

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

OK, I didn't get the Yale cake until seeing some earlier comments, so no worries there.
But once you realize the first 2 are universities, Paige and Micah are graduating high school (don't they look excited?), you soon realize that a space between for and getting would make it a much more celebratory cake.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

In defense of the one with the pink leopard ribbon those ribbons come in as one big plastic piece. It's not actually a ribbon. The biggest cake you can put it on is a half sheet. They put that on a full sheet. So that wasn't really the decorators fault...

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I am the Kimberly of the homage cake fame!

My friend Kelly (who was the decorator) did a fantastic job helping me create that cake! The sprinkles were left off intentionally (my husband - whom the cake was for - really does hate sprinkles) - that's why the green writing says "no sprinkles on the side"!

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

The cake with the ribbon is actually a "kit". It only comes in one size. Of course I recommend cutting off the ribbon and just using the bow if the cake is larger than 1/4 sheet. LOL

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterExperienced Cake Decorator

Curses--I'm too late! Now everyone is going to think I am just copying what they already said. It actually did finally dawn on me that it should probably be "Congrats, Yale and Muhlenberg, for getting Paige and Micah!" Notice how the proper punctuation would clear that right up, wreckorators of the world. ;-)

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrammar Gracie

Oh! Thank you, Hermione!

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGumFuzzlr

Oh man lmao. Now I get the Micah and Paige cake sheesh. Brain just doesn't function quite yet. Still sick dang it all. That guitar cake made me laugh myself hoarse thanks lol.

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I must say, I like the writing on the "Congrats Yale and Muhlenberg" cake. It's not too loose and it's not too formal.

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

"Cockasaurus Rex, the horniest dinosaur of them all" made me laugh. Long and hard.
Ooooooh yeahh!

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I like the e.e. cummings type poem. thanks for that.

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

What does the second to last cake actually say? I know it's a joke cake, but it looks like Happy Falkor Satherhood "Dave" (with Dan crossed out). Of course, I get the "forgetting Micah and Paige" one immediately, but can't figure out this one, lol. Thanks!

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMommyOfMutants

@MommyofMutants, "Happy Falker Satherhood" is a classic Cakewreck. The link might even be in the infamous cake list on this page. If I were computer savvy I could find you the link, but sadly, I'm not!

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Poor Katie. Now I'm singing Herman's Hermits
"I'm Katie the 8th I am, Katie the 8th I am I am."

Also, Sheri's cake reminds me of Gravity Fall's resident baker--Lazy Susan. "I've got one good eye and one good pie!"

February 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeogal

Muhlenberg alum here to your money, Paige. It's the price of an ivy league, without the name recognition.

February 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Happy Birthday 8th Katie??? So the first 7 Katies don't get cakes?

March 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMonique Damphousse

I'm sorry Kimberly, but the icing around the edge on your homage is the wrong color. Poo is the only appropriate color for any wreck.

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

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