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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

International Failure Day Gets CAKE

Barb E. asked for Navy icing:

She got it.


Cindy M. just wanted the initial "G" for her 14-year-old daughter - but I guess that was TOO simple?


Jen and Pete asked the bakery to include paper plates and plastic silverware.


Pauline ordered a cake that said, "I hate you for leaving!"

...but sure, that's close enough.


Holli T. wanted the number 10 written as a number: "you know, with double digits."

Part of me hopes Alexis gets a great nickname outta this.



Charli C. made the mistake of telling her bakery who the cake was for:



And finally, Jared C. asked for rainbow sprinkles.

How do you mess up rainbow sprinkles?

Oh, like this:

Happy International Day For Failure, everybody!


Thanks to Barb E., Cindy M., Jen & Pete, Pauline R., Holli T., Charli C., & Jared C. for the head bangers.


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Reader Comments (25)

I have to give the "Paper Ware" cake a teeny bit of credit for selecting flowers that are edible, however, they should have selected ones that didn't shed. Also, the HUGE rose looks silly next to the teeny asters and just weird plopped on the top of the cake. Finally, what is with that border??? It has very large "shells" at the close edge and much smaller ones elsewhere. It's as if the decorator realized that he/she was working with the last little bit of frosting that there was and decided to make the rest of the shells smaller to stretch the frosting...who knows? What's weird (in addition to the "Paper Ware") is that they were capable of putting a very smooth finish on that buttercream.

And what's up with the background colors on Double-Digit Alexis's cake? Ewwww. And it might just be one of those dreaded CCCs--ptooie!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

I want sprinkles!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Wow-take away the board, and that Lego/Star Wars cake is pretty awesome! So close...

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Well, it is the US Navy's 240th birthday today, so, let's all have cake with Navy icing!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

G 14! Bingo. Wait a minute. If there's anything worse than a bad cake decorator, it's a Bingo cheat. There is no G 14. Get out of Dodge.

The rainbow cakes aren't bad, even if they're not what the customer ordered. Maybe they should have made sure the decorator had the receiver up to his remaining ear.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

This should be a lesson on dealing with bakeries: Don't include any extraneous information. If you only want a "G" on your cake, don't bother telling them it's for a 14-year old. If you aren't having the birthday person's name inscribed, don't bother telling it to the baker. Doing so only increases the risk of confusing the order-taker and/or decorator and, as the "rainbow sprinkle" cake demonstrates, they are already confused enough!

At least Taylor's cake can be fixed by wiping the extra words off the cake board; the cake itself is really quite good looking!

The "paper wear" cake is hilarious, talk about missing the point by a mile!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

Seriously?!?!?! On that last one SERIOUSLY?!?!?!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

A bakery that messed up the sprinkles part????? How is this even possible????

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I'm imagining Pete and Jen in their toilet paper finery.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

I feel the same way about extraneous information. In fact, I'd sometimes like to see what the actual order form looks like. If you order a cake over the phone, then you're taking your chances. But why would your either write or say "double digits" if you didn't want that on the cake? That having been said, the flowers on that cake aren't bad but, otherwise, LOSER, you know, with capital letters.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

@Mary Kay -- I had to go back and look at the picture again. I totally missed the shells of unusual size.

[On a side note, I was looking at Knott's Berry Farm's website this weekend for the season pass prices as I can't afford DL now. In their "Guests with Disabilities" section, they categorize some of us as "Guests of Exceptional Size." While I'm always game for a Princess Bride reference, I'm a little disturbed by that label.]

That last one shows why some people should just step away from the airbrush. The colors aren't even in the correct order. Even elementary school students know about ROY G. BIV.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

The g7 countries are pleased to welcome seven more countries to next years summit. Oooh look! The US brought cake!!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Not only are the airbrushed rainbow stripes in the wrong order, they're in a different wrong order on each cake. Consistency is the key to selling you lie, so I've heard.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I loved seeing the GIF from "The Road to El Dorado," one my daughter's and my favorites!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterblissteacho,"

@Zippy, I shall now be referring to myself as a guest of exceptional size everywhere I go. I'm not THAT exceptionally sized in the US, but by golly, I like it.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

On the Paper Wear Cake, I think the shells are bigger on the bottom because gravity is thicker there. It has to be, to hold things down.

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

I re-read the directions for "double digit Alexis" and didn't understand them. I'd have screwed that cake up, too!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenteroOJuJuBeeOo

I've missed this place!

October 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Wow now I have seen everything. A bakery that can't do rainbow sprinkles? Or even decent rainbows for that matter lol. Wow. My brain exploded at the thought.

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

We've missed you, too, Jodee.

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Well come back, Jodee.

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

@Just Andrea: Jen ultimately decided to go upscale; paper towel gown and lovely disposable tablecloth train for her, classy "college-ruled" pinstripe suit for Pete.

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

Happy 914th Birthday, Gina!

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Zippy--You are the FIRST person to ever comment on one of my posts--I feel so proud. Thank you.

But then,

@Nanalettie, let me down (LOL) -- Gravity. Uh huh. It makes me think of George Carlin saying that the cherrios at the top of the bowl (in your sink) get stuck there because they are closest to the sun.

@Eoin, "remaining ear" -- hahahahahahaha.

@Jodee--great to have you back!

And at this point, I shall just sign myself off as a "Guest of Exceptional Size".

October 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

'Double Digit Alexis' ha ha ha. thank you for creating this blog!!!!

November 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertm_647

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