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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

Scout It Out

I was an honorary cub scout around age 6, because A) my brother was an actual cub scout, B) our mom was troop leader, and C) we didn't have a babysitter. My only clear memory of that time was making salt dough pretzels with the boys, though, which tasted terrible. The pretzels, I mean. I didn't taste the WHOA THIS GOT DIRTY FAST.

Er, my point is, I don't remember cake at any of our troop meetings, but maybe that was for the best:

 These are the extra tiny Cub Scouts. From the future.


Dangit, Michael, not again!


This month was the 107th birthday of the Boy Scouts, so naturally:

The only thing missing is U.

Or a bad Scottish accent. ("Ach! Me wee bairns!"*)

[*Sorry, that's from all the Star Trek books I read as a child. Scotty said it all the time, but I have no idea what it means. If it's something dirty, please accept my apologies/knowing looks & elbow jabs.]


And finally, bakers, why don't you give us the 411?

Or, sure, that works.



Thanks to Colleen R., Miranda E., Robert W., & Amy H. for always being prepared... with their phone cameras.


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Reader Comments (36)

As far as I know, that Scotty quotation just means, Ah! My little babies!

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to cakes and cupcakes
And to obey the Bakers' Law;
To check and double check my order form;
To avoid chocolate frosting decorations,
Spelling errors,
And CCCs (Ptooie).
So help me, Jen.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Yes, that last one is how I usually feel when I weigh my luggage before a trip.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Looking toward the future...20011? Yikes!

[Glad that you are feeling better John.]

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTere

Irony: you spelled "troop" wrong.


[Editor's note- Ha! Thanks. Now I'm wondering if the Boy Scouts had an acting class, would it be a Troop Troupe? -john (the Troop of the Troupe)]

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

From the Scottish I learned by reading Outlander, Me Wee Bairns should mean "my little children"? No idea why Scotty would say that...

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrankN.Stein

Love this website and everything the Cakewrecks staff does. It provides my morning laughs, and this post was no exception.

Slight correction, though: Boy Scouts of America was started in 1910. I knew 102 years couldn't be right because while I don't know a lot about Boy Scouting, I'm a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and this organization celebrated its centennial in 2012. The founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was good friends with Englishman Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. The idea for a United States Girl Scouts organization was inspired by Baden-Powell's Girl Guides. Girl Scouts will celebrate its 105th birthday next month :)

[Editor's note- It's too early for math. I'm just gonna write 107? Maybe? -john (the miscounter of numbers)]

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

ROTFLMAO as usual. * bairns* I believe means "children" or "babies"

I guess the bakers did the best they could do; hopefully the cakes tasted better than they looked. If not they could call for 11😂

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryo1230

Bairns, I believe, is Scottish for children so Scotty was probably saying "my little children". That said, wow those bakers don't know how to spell

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Mouse

scotty called his engines "wee bairns".....his "little children". You know, what the rest of us call our cats.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLAT

For the last one, I had a hinky thought that -JUST MAYBE! - the "Blue and Gold" is/could be some kind of team of people (or horses, or oxen, or door -to- door killers) who just happen to have eleven members.,AND are going on a trip! It's not unheard of..... ... .....
=^-.-^= *snerk*

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Oh, if only education was a requirement for baking...but then again we would not have the humor we do.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Bairn just means small child. Thank you, Diana Gabaldon...

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHeather A

The first one was double wrecky, just begging to be a Cake Wreck-the wrong year...way, way, waaaay off! And "Cupscouts". I guess it could be a "Back to the Future" cake for time traveling cupcake decorators. :^}

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSM3

The Scotty quote translates as Oh yes, my sweet little children.
The Scouts starts with Beavers aged 5-7, Cubs 7-11 then Scouts.Here in the UK the prefix boy was dropped years ago especially as Scouts are co-ed here. Girl Guides however, Rainbows 5-7 Brownies 7-11 then guides are female only. Those are wreaks no-one could Be Prepared for DibDib!!

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiddleymaz

Hello! Glad to hear of other honorary boyscouts out there! I loved being a big sister to my brother's troup and learning alongside them too, great times! Also, from one fellow trekkie to another, but one who has had the benefit of experience being around some lovely scottish brogue, "Ach! Me wee bairns!" simply means " Ah! My little babies!!". Bairns can also be used to refer to children in general. Nothing dirty about the phrase itself.. but depending on the context... and I am unfortunately at a loss to recall a specific context. Thank you for your blog; it brings me joy, laughter, and wonder throughout the week! Have a lovely day! - Cheers, Lorena

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLorena

Haha! Glad I wasn't the only one to see the double wreck in the first cake. Cupscouts, eh....

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

The last one - nice way to announce that the troop is going on a trip, right?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

I know about the honorary Cub Scout thing. I'm the only girl, with 5 brothers. My dad was the Cubmaster and my mother was the lead Den Mother. My youngest brother went to his first pack meeting at 2 weeks old. My mother made the cakes for the Blue and Gold banquets. I promise they never looked like these.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterALLEGRA

I had Boy Scoup troops and Gurl Scout troops. And yes, they each got dragged to the others meetings sometimes. Blue and Gold Dinners were fun and hard work, so too all the camping! We prepared them for the future, although 20011 was never even a gleam in anyones eye! LOL.
And since I was watching the OST as it was telivised for the first time, I know that Scotty called the engines his "wee bairns". And that started my live for Scottish Lairds bodice rippers. LOL the funniedt Scotty scene was when Scotty was being questioned by Captain Kirk, after a fight with the Klingons at a bar. He was explaiming what started it, and said that they called the Captain names, and Captain Kirk, said "So, thats when it dtarted?" And Scotty said "No". Then he went on to explain them calling the crewmen nMes, and again the Captain asked the same question and got the same answer. Then Scotty said "Then they called the Enterprise a garbage scow, and I cant be having my bairns be called that" or something to that effect. BTW, I was a geek before they were called nerds. I believe the term around then was "four eyes". LOL

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMoonflwr912

All "Ach! Me wee bairns!" means is "Oh, my little babies!". Wee is small and bairns are babies. As a kid, I was part of a club called the "Wee Pioneers" because we were Presbyterian (and therefore Scottish) and we were little. Where pioneers came into play, I have no idea.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOMGitsaClaire

And of course, the following is brought to mind:

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Let me give you the 411, the for 11 cake could only have been funnier if it had been the "for won won" cake. I mean really, wouldn't that have just been better?
Side note. I may have cracked because I laughed so hard thinking about that. Luckily the cats can't have me committed and the hubby is at work.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

SuBee your oath looks a lot like the Girl Scout Promise. Very funny take on it though. :D

and Jen... My brothers were all "Tag-a-longs" or honorary Girl Scouts for the same reasons you listed and I (a female) was an actual Boy Scout in the Explorer Scouts... where we explored future careers.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I thought "My wee bairns" meant "It hurts when I pee"

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

Are we not going to mention the diagonal blue line on the birthday one? Is the "happy birthday" plastic thing supposed to be a square balloon?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I told myself today that no matter how tempting the wrecks were, I would just view them, laugh at the commentaries, and move on with the rest of my day. So much for resolve and strength of character.

#1: I understand why "Cupscouts" (the cute little buggers), "Blue and Gold" and "20011" (a space “oddity?”) make that cake a wreck. What I don't understand is the significance of the tree in the middle. Especially the leaves. To me, the leaves look like a plague of frogs.

Let's skip to #3. I understand the sentiment behind "Happy Birthday" for the young men of Scottish ancestry in America. What I'm troubled by is the, uh, the...balloon? Kite? Balloon-kite? Here’s why. How many times have you seen a square floating object perfectly lined up with the ground while an invisible person is holding the string at a (close to) 45 degree angle? Without a lot of Jack Daniels, I mean?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

I suspect Scottish Bairn is a remnant of Old Norse, since in Sweden the word for children is to this day: Barn.

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Oh my, Daisy...that was hilarious!

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNeeta

I always thought there must certainly be something wrong with me for thinking such misspellings were funny enough to make me joyfully cry while laughing! This cupscouts post is an example of what does that for me. AND DAISY'S COMMENT IS KILLER. I might be too old for this but I'll die happy. May your wee never bairn, Daisy!

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Hahahahaha! :D @Daisy

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDonnaB

A cup scout is someone who scouts for cups to use as stage props for when the troop troupe puts on shows. Right?

February 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercherocat

Well can't stop laughing now so thanks for that lol. Made my night. Possibly scared the neighbors but oh well it was too funny not to laugh so loud hehe.

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

@Daisy - you win the internet today! And I'll never see Scotty the same again!

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpat gann

As long as we're on the topic, who else remembers He's Scotty?

February 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBob

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