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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

A Matter Of Degrees

Graduates, this one's for you:

And hey, I MEAN THAT. [wink wink][finger guns][honking red clown nose]

What, you can't read it? Have you tried brushing it with lemon juice and holding it over a candle?
'Cuz I think that's how it works.


Of course, every baker knows plastic is the easiest way to send a message. Just ask for the "Grad Plaque."

Then stand back, and watch the magic happen.


Now, Jacquie ordered a cake for the graduates of 2014, which means this next photo is either 2 years old, or they're really into delayed "gradification." (Sha-WING!)

Don't be distracted by my master punmanship, though; the important thing to remember here is this cake is SUPPOSED to have 2014 on it:

It, uh, may help if you say 2014 out loud.

Theeeere it is.


And finally, for one last Sha-WING! and a miss, scroll down:

Beth ordered the one up top, and got the one that hangs low.

I think I speak for us all when I say: that's one way to get to the head of the class.


Thanks to Casey R., April M., Jacquie W., and Beth L., who I'm guessing graduated summa cum laude.


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Reader Comments (25)

That top one has the nicest penmanship of all of today's cakes, though I do wonder why they sprinkled broken dried spaghetti and/or grated Parmesan cheese all over it and the board around it.

As for the last CCC (ptooie!)(and I really mean that this time ;) all together now: Doooooooo your "ears" hang low...

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Does that first cake have shredded cheese on it? Spaghetti noodles?

I'm going to be wondering about this all day!

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

I've been reading Cake Wrecks for years, and yet I still don't have enough sense to not be drinking something when I read a post. Maybe I could get a job as a cake decorator, since they don't seem to have any sense either.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Please tell me the "sprinkles" on the first cake is know, like the kind that comes in a bag of a 4 cheese shredded mix...oh man, now I want tacos for breakfast!

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimmy Sue

I wouldn't have realized that first one had writing on it if you hadn't told me. I still can't read it. But, I'm with the prior posters who think that it looks like shredded cheese is a feature of this cake. Ew! Looks like a colby/jack blend to me.

On that last cake.. what?! How? Why?! Huh? Was the baker a twelve-year-old boy?! To add to my amusement, I thought that the flotsam decoration on the cake Beth actually wanted said, "Hats off Dead!" Made me think of one of my favorite movies in high school and college -- Better Off Dead.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Is it just me, or does that first one look to anyone else like "No-Face" with laughing eyes? I mean, literal, laughing eyes.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

That first one... looks like Snuffleupagus met a jellyfish and maybe bumped into Big Bird. Am I the only one seeing it? Okay then.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Everyone - don't be concerned about the sprinkles in the first cake. Clearly it's a cheesecake.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I don't get the last one! Explain please! Help! Thanks!

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShay

We just went to our grandson's graduation party, and I'm sorry to say his cake was perfect. Spelled right, readable handwriting...and it tasted really good, too.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Tif I had gotten that last one (under the impression of getting what was in the top photo), I would've told the alert "I'm not paying for that!" And then asked to see a manager. There is no excuse for the bottom one--that's not even funny--it's pathetic.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

It IS possible that Cake #2 says "Grad Plague". It's a seasonal thing, the grad plague.Hits nearly every community this time of year, every year.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

But, hey, they didn't misspell plaque. So points, right?

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobin in Kansas

@BettyMartin, too bad, your family just doesn't know how to party. ;)
@Nanalettie, hee! I think you're right about "grad plague."

@Cathy, I must be more tired than I thought. I honestly read the last part of your comment as, "it's phallic." I thought, "Yes. Yes it is."

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Heyoooo, indeed.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterColin M

Some are wondering if the first cake has shredded cheese or spaghetti on it. I'm pretty sure it's shredded coconut, which is actually the most offensive of all.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

As for the first cake, not sure if y'all are joking but it's dried strings of frosting that broke off the "silly string" effect. Still can't read the words.

And being a big box store decorator myself I totally relate to the "Grad Plague". I'm suffering through it right now!!

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

That first cake. I love the lemon juice, lightbulb idea. It should clear everything up, including the pile of broken string-work around the bottom of this cake!
It is in a display case, so I'm guessing it is a pathetic attempt to show the world how beautifully they can decorate, ie: make buttercream strings that will break and make the cake look like a construction zone. The writing then is done in same color to avoid the dreaded "color swath" when they proudly swipe the secret message off and substitute your message in its place.
Well played, Wreckerator. Well played.

June 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJake & Me

I'm going with colby/jack blend, too. It 'cracks" me up.

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

@Shay the reddish part looks like a penis.

That first cake, really!?!...White on white, cheese sprinkles, and it's cracked.

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterThor

Well at least with the first cake nothing was misspelled and no wrong year placed upon it. Oh man one could hope it had a hidden message in it. The one that has me is the scroll cake they wanted and the uh nice long ribbon they ended up with lmao.

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I think I am going to start dating my correspondence "26 Team".

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

I'm on team "shredded cheese" for the first cake, but I will acknowledge spaghetti noodles as a possibility.

June 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

@ Andrea -- thank you for being the first one to confirm what I had suspected about the "strings" on the first cake (although broken vermicelli noodles, did come to mind).

June 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

How long do you have to let a cake sit out before it collapses like that? And the garnish looks exactly like the shredded cheese blend I buy at Costco, hahaha!

BADKarma, I thought it looked like a smiley eyed no-face too! Creepy!

August 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterButcherbaby

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