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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


If you're online a lot you've probably run across the word "Spoopy." I kept seeing it on Twitter and Instagram, and finally - because I'm old - decided to google it.

Ladies and ghouls, it is with no small amount of pride that I present Google's official result/definition when you look up the word "spoopy."

Check us out, yo, influencing the virtual zeitgeist.


Anyboo, in that spirit (HEYO), I thought we'd take a look at another frightening Halloween phenomenon: the freaky "EEK!"





And my favorite:

That is one Spoopy Err.

Your move, Tumblr. I await your hashtags.


Thanks to Mary T., Carmen N., & john (the hubby of me), who was ridiculously excited to spot his very own wreck last week. Yep, 8 years of running the wreckage, and we still have to look. Ha!


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Reader Comments (37)


October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I'be been with you for years, both here for as long as I can remember and Epbot for as long as it's existed, so I feel a bit of...I don't know, humble pride?? at being a small part of the phenomenon that is cake wrecks and how you are a google answer.
We love you Jen!! And John, THOJ too, of course. Can't have one without the other!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

It's creppy and it's spoopy
It's silly and it's loopy
It's wangy and it's poopy
The Cakewrecks life for me!

Duh-nuh-nuh-NUH (click click)

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkismet

Ikes? Indeed.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Oddly enough, those are the words that come to mind regarding the election.... D:

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

All I can say about that last one is "IKES"

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Wow. I bow to you as a newfound cyberpower! Way to go Jen and John (HoJ)!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

@kismet - Your Cake Wrecks theme song is perfect!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisaM

"To err is human, to forgive...
Forget it!! These are just too creppy.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I dunno, if I saw a spermy ghost next to a giant spider, I'd probably go "ekk" too.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

Yea! Kismet, perfect song!
Jen (and John), nice of the interweb to acknowledge your influence. You can't be far from world domination!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me


I'm SOOOOOO there with your comment!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Congrats on being recognized by Google!
"Small Pets Cupcake" should give me a hint as to what that last one was meant to be, but the closest I can guess is a ruffly bat. Someone's pet bat dressed Elizabethan for Halloween? Or maybe it's a lamb head. "Err" definitely!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The ironic thing is that "err" accurately reflects the ghosts expression...

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Well these are awful. Are those supposed to be frogs? And are they supposed to be bleeding? (Hurk!) The fleur-di-lis ghost had a chance but didn't quite get to true ghostiness. Can't even stretch the imagination to figure out what the last one is; the thought of that blurple icing coating lips and teeth is frightening, though.
Congrats on making a mark on Google definitions. I bow to the masters!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmarie

TBH, I'm kinda seriously fangirling over that definition. Like, AUGH, ONE OF MY TWO FAVORITE BLOGS* HAS AFFECTED CULTURAL CHANGE, THAT'S SO COOL!

*Other favorite blog, of course, being Epbot. There are a few others I follow regularly, but Jen had the monopoly on my favoritism.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKay S

Actually, I have heard the word "spoopy"--but not because I'm online a lot; because my not-quite-14-year-old-twins ARE. And they've frequently referenced it. But the way they use it is to indicate something really cool--as in "Those new headphones are so SPOOPY!!!" This may grow beyond Cake Wrecks; you started it, but I don't think you're going to finish it.

(BTW, Youngest was telling me about her day yesterday, & used the word "kerfluffle" to describe an aggressive incident in class. You know, as she actually stated, "So old people can understand it." Sigh.)

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I am soooooo proud of you! Making your mark on the whirled and it's peepole. yay you!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Nadel

The Err Bear is the mascot of ProBoards, a free internet forum provider. He's blue with sharp teeth and says "Err" when there's an error. I wonder if this cake was intentionally made for them, or just a freakishly comical coincidence! :)

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

According to my teenager, spoopy means so scary you poop yourself.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMegansMom

Must make you so proud. You are now the definition of a wrecky cake. Yaaaay.cant write without misssssspelling somethng now....

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoonflwr912

Ooooh! Y'all are famous!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

"Congrulatons," Jen and John! Way to go! Only eight years? I feel like I have been following your blog forever (in a good way :) I'm pleased to have a small connection to history in the making. @Kismet: Great song. Thanks for adding to the fun.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBirdergirl

The EKK baker is not a wreckerator, but almost certainly a Yorkshire exile pining for home, EKK is what you get on your birthday cake when you're very old in Yorkshire, as in " EKK, lad, didst tha last another yeer?!?"

Obviously they got confused, since " eel, bah, ghoul!" Is the accepted Yorkshire epithet for Halloween ( which we invented, btw, trick or treat is more properly known as guising in Northern England)

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

That last one looks like a purple Sigmund the Sea Monster. Err, indeed.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

When I see that word, I keep thinking of the song from "The Music Man," "Shipoopi." It's the same musical/movie that gave us the immortal "76 Trombones." (And I don't mind if I'm dating myself; it's not like there's anyone to get dum bum).

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Eef! Ikes!

I have two new exclamations now.

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lowell

To Err is Wrecky. To forgive is... Impossible, really...

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Lol I would yell eef too if I got any of those wrecks.. hehe.

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Congratulations. The capital letters leave no doubt that they are referring to your creation. It's probable that at least as many people have read your blog since you started it as had read, say, Jane Eyre in the first eight years after its publication. Not that I've done any research or anything, but it sounds plausible.

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

At first I thought 'spoopy' was 'sloopy' like that song 'hang on sloopy'?

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Kismet, can we have that son g on the FoE stickers???

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMC from NZ

Tanya, it is true that Halloween comes from Scotland/Ireland/the North of England, but guising is NOT another name for trick-or-treating. Guising involves dressing up and going to other people's houses at Halloween in the hope of getting treats, but there's no question of threatening to 'trick' people. You had to perform - sing, recite, play or dance - if you wanted to get anything. Did you know that the dressing up was supposed to fool the ghosts, witches etc so they didn't know it was you? Perhaps the wreckorators are following this tradition when they make the creatures on their cakes impossible to recognise.

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Frogs...? and why do they have six legs and a Justin Bieber haircut?? Eef indeed!

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLivingInAGlassHouse

Going to try to use "spoopy" at least 3 times in conversations today!
Hoppy Hollowine!

October 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebooted

The "ekk" ghost looks like it just happily pooted on the rightfully startled spider...same look 11yo son has doing the same to teen brothers.
Congratulations on the cite!

October 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterP jane

It may not be a cake, but a few weeks before Halloween I walked into our local retailer to see, directly to my right, the best banner ever.

As you can imagine, it was sitting among the 'eeks' and 'boos'. Instead, it read....


I don't even know how that happened. It was a felt banner. IT WAS SEWED ON THERE.

I guess really, though, nobody says EEK when they're scared....

So maybe they scared the person making those banners while she was sewing or something.

Or something.

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cat

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