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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

Do You Hear What I Hear?

We all mishear things from time to time. Heck, I still think Elton John just wanted a hug from Tony Danza. However, there are certain levels to auditory misunderstanding, which thanks to today's bakers I can now illustrate and then make snarky comments about. WOOHOO!

Level 1: The Simple Mistake

This is the one anyone can make, since at first blush the bungled interpretation almost makes sense:

Poor Chad. He went from rad to sunburned.


Level Two: The "HUH?"

This is a more convoluted level, and one that requires an explanation to understand. For example, this cake was supposed to read, "Happy 24th Birthday, Ashleigh. YOU ARE OLD!"

"Yes, I'm afraid you DO need to spell it out for me."

(This reminds me of the time in grade school when I had to interview my grandmother about her travels. She kept referring to Mexico as "Old Mexico" [presumably because she lived in New Mexico], but it sounded like she was saying "Oh Mexico." So that's what I wrote - about a billion times in that report. My family all found it quite funny. I did not.)


Level Three: The One You're Never Going To Believe

This is the level of misunderstanding that takes you so far down the wrong road that there's simply no turning back. So, little Seth, you just enjoy your "blue camo" baby shower cake, mkay?

"Watch out, they spit!"


Thanks to Lelia R., Joann R., & Yvonne D. for the "just deserts."


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Reader Comments (27)

Are you certain Seth's parents weren't expecting 2 of the 3 wise guys to show up at the party?

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Fantastic Jen! I will never learn NOT to sip my coffee at my computer while checking my favorite web site in the morning. Makes for a messy keyboard, but who cares, it's totally worth it. Hug from Tony Danza, I knew immediately what you meant and now have that song in my head, LMAO. I can also tell you from experience that camels do indeed spit, and I could have used a hug from Tony Danza after that one.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCookiemama

I think that first cake is actually saying "Chaa" is red. Still wrong (and funny), though!

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Hold me closer Tony Danza
Count the head lice on the highway
Send dear Seth a cake with camels
It's much less tackier that way

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Imho, the URO one could just be another example of kids these days and their abbreviations for everything, iykwim. Ijs. Smh...

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrsLittle

OMG. The "blue camo" cake with the BLUE CAMELS, wonky palm trees and half-azzed ... I don't know, grape vine decorations...??? .... around the top and bottom.. well, they TAKE the cake AND the prize... I think....



January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

I thought that #1 was supposed to have "Chad" in red icing.

Frankly, to me, blue camels make a lot more sense than blue camo. Where would blue camo be useful? Combat situations on an alien planet with blue vegetation?

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

@Joel: Maybe in water.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

The U.S. Army explored the use of camels and the story goes that there are wild camels roaming Texas to this day. So camels in camo kind of makes sense. Maybe. A little?

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFelix1140

Nice Aladdin reference =)

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Aladdin XD I do wonder about the intelligence level of these bakers.....

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Joel, the US Navy does use blue camo, although why you would want sailors to be hard to see if they fall overboard never made sense to me.
The camels are very well done, though.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Third grade spelling test...Miss Peters says: "Pacific. It's not 'PASS-ific.' It's 'PISS-ific.' So, despite having studied for several days, and knowing how to spell "Pacific," eight-year-old me writes "P I S S I F I C." That's my earliest recollection of being gaslighted.

I'm lucky I didn't grow up to become a wreckerator.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

Can I just say that those are the most non-wrecky canels I've ever seen? Like we really all need to step back and appreciate that craftsmanship

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKat

SuBee, you are the icing on the cake wreck! !

Hey, at least the camels looked like camels, that's a plus.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdo_Annie

At least Ashleigh can take comfort in the fact that 24 is *really* not that old!

Also, @SuBee- I don't know which I look forward to the most, Jen's commentary or your comments! Y'all are both hilariously witty! :D

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKellieRee

I wrote my grandma a letter once, telling her about the tenna shoes I got for Christmas.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

The blue camo is wonderfully funny. I live in South London and the words can be very similar. Luckily Seth got a very presentable cake.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Off-topic(waaay), but think how everything would be a lot easier if all camouflage clothes were made out of invisible material.....

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I thought the first person wanted the name "CHAD" in red.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Meanwhile the employee taking the blue camel order is thinking "Wow, some clients really want weird stuff!!"

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Frankly, if you want blue camo decoration on ANYTHING, you better include a photo. Real Tree Camo, no problem. Desert Camo, can do. But probably only Navy Seals know about blue camo.

Oh, there is a cakewreck in the making - navy seals.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

"URO" keeps cracking me up... Just think of all the fun things it could stand for:

United Refrigerator Operators
Unusually Random Observations
Unidentified Running Omnivore
Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra (Actually, that one's real!)
Ugly Round Object (like that cake)

On the subject of mishearing things... for years, I thought Bohemian Rhapsody said "Beelzebub has a devil for a son-in-law." It made a warped kind of sense, at least in my head.

January 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Camo... Camel... I'd walk a mile to smoke a blue camo camel.

January 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Guess wreckerators can't be bothered to spell things out on cakes anymore. Heck they may as well just put down text lingo on cakes now lol.

January 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

How many people (like me) think Benny And The Jets lyrics go: she's got electric boobs. C'mon, 'fess up y'all!

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKismet

On the other hand, the camels probably do "fit in" with Baby Seth -- if the shower cake was for Eve's third son. Blue camels though? Not so much.

February 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

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