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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

Friday Favs 10/30/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


Ann ordered a beach theme cake, and asked the baker to write "Happy Birthday Lorenzo" on the ocean part.

She got this:

...which has to be the first time a literal LOL actually pales in comparison to the butchered name of the birthday boy.

Seriously, how do you turn "Lorenzo" into "Boricua"?? That's only two correct letters! Out of seven! Why... what... HOW....? [head explodes]



When a house warming party turns ominous:

[whisper] "Geeeeet OOOOUUUUUTTT!"


Deb wants to know if she's the only one who sees a Pumpkin man wearing a fig leaf on this cake:

Dear Deb,




This next one is a Sports Ball thing, so allow me to translate for my fellow sports neophytes: Apparently the Royals (a Sports Ball "team") are sometimes known as the "Boys in Blue."

But after today, that's not ALL they'll be known as:




Bakers, I do not think it means what you think it means.


And finally,

Ordering a company logo on a cake can be daunting, but luckily for Will R., the Michael Kors logo is literally just the letters MK.

And yet...

Where there's a Will, there's a way to wreck Will's manager's cake.


Thanks to Ann F., Brady T., Deb B., Sarah F., Terri C., & Will R. for giving his manager the perfect excuse to throw up his/her hands in disgust and cry, "I'M SURROUNDED BY LITTLE MK'S!"


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Reader Comments (38)

First baker definitely want on a letter journey.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

As a Mets fan, I could have told you there was something not quite right about the Royals.

My husband went to school with MK, way back when his initials were KA so it's possible that Boricua changed Lorenzo sometime after graduation.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I was moving right along with this post when, BAM, albino worms thinly disguised as Victorian lace. What?

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Wait, was the name on the last one blurred out to protect that person's identity or what?

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMisti

Talk about your word journeys O_o how do these people breathe on their own???

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That "Victorian Lace" looked like some kid's macaroni sculpture.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Is it time for "guess the blur"? I like a challenge..I'm thinking...Gavin

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Actual laughing out loud with some of these! So much effort to create these wrecks.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I can't decide which is my favorite part of the first wreck. There's so much to choose from! The misspelled name! The misspelling of "writing!" The "in the ocean" portion!

It reminds me of the cake which first caused me to discover this site. I wish I had taken a picture and submitted it! My friend's name is Jeanne. We decided to surprise her with a cake from her favorite bakery. When we opened up the box, there it was: "Happy Birthday Juana!"

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

As a Royals fan, I say that wreck was probably the nefarious work of some deranged Mets fan baker.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

Maggots. Maggots on cake. NO THANK YOU! *hides*

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterL

Victorian lace - made from chicken , beef or shrimp flavored Ramen noodles ??

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

Surrounded by little Missionary Kids? I mean--it sorta works?

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennwith2ns

Hmmm... the figleaf seems rather...rigid. Just sayin'.

I must have been extra tired first thing this morning, because just now I came to fully appreciate the Happy House Warning cake!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

OK, so we all se Pumpkin Man with his fig leaf. Does anyone know what this was actually SUPPOSED to be?

Otherwisw, GO ROYALS! (In blue, please)

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

@Miss Paper: I totally agree! Let's go, Royals!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTabbymom

If Lorenzo is Puerto Rican he might be ok with his named being changed. Being a Boricua myself I'd be cool if that was on my cake lol.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I am so, SO glad I am alone in the office today, because the Royals cake made me laugh out loud.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

Boricua means Puerto Rican but it's not even close to Lorenzo! hahahaa

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeekLeen

That last cake! An apostrophe wreck inside a literal wreck. Bonus!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Flappy flouse ubining? Whatever does that mean?

That Victorian lace cake reminds me a bit of the ramen noodle - uh, Roman numeral cake from a couple of weeks ago.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

I'm guessing that somebody wrote "Lorenzo" in bad cursive on the form.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

This would have been a perfect opportunity for the Royals cake to simply have the word "BOYS" written in blue frosting ("boys" in blue). That's exactly what I expected when I saw the text above the picture.
And I third the GO ROYALS sentiment! :D

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

@Miss Paper - Mwah ha ha. Though seriously, I would never put that much plastic on a cookie, even for the "enemy!"

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I came here to make fun of the cakes and I'm honestly feeling so attacked right now.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Victorian Lace Cake: Has anyone ever purchased the Mac 'n' Cheese that was supposed to be improved from the powdered box mix? It had a packet of spreadable 'cheese' that came out of the packet looking much like the Victorian Lace. I wonder if that is cake or a giant cheese ball...

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

I suppose it was a technical issue, but I miss the ad blurb thingy showing Epbot tutorial projects. It's probably been noticed and explained already and I missed it while I was away. Just thought you should know. : )

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea


I'm guessing that it was intended to be a harvest/fall-themed cake, & those are leaves (not of the fig variety). But I must say, it's a pretty pathetic harvest if all you got is one small pumpkin & some leaves. No jack-o-lanterns for Halloween--we need that pumpkin!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Look! It's a mac and cheese cake that's been raised in total darkness!

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

That "Victorian Lace" cake looks more like a design I like to call "spaghetti squiggles".

It honestly looks like thick, curly, slightly overcooked noodles freshly taken out of the pot and disguised (rather poorly) as cake.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatana Cat

'Victorian lace'= ramen noodles.

October 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterccrow

Well the lace cake could make it to a halloween party lol. If anyone likes worms on their cake that is.. bleh. Still laughing at the ocean cake and poor Lorenzo wow.

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Is it wrong that all I could see on the Victorian Lace Cake is a butt? Diagonally up from the sign, on the right of the picture. I can't unsee it!

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDalek

I would like someone to tell me what the yellow and blue blobs on the "House Warning" cake are supposed to represent. Please.

And SuBee, we're not attacking you, just the Mets <g>. Hey, they massacred my Nats and my Cubbies (I'm from Chicago and living in metro DC).

October 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

The person the decorated that Royals cookie is an awesome awesome decorator plus she's a bakery manager very very busy under lot of stress. I remember when I wrote happy birthday brain on the cake it was supposed to be Brian thank God there was no Internet back in those days for someone to post for everybody in the country to make fun of my to quit decorating right then

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVickie Du

And for that "too much plastic on a cookie", when you're doing 200 of them a day and you got to slam them out there on displays because they're selling faster than you can decorate them,quick and easy decorations are the way to go.

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVickie Du

I've got to admit, as an avid amateur genealogist who has tried to decipher many questionable names in cursive, I can see how the Lorenzo/Boricua thing can happen. Though the rest of the cake makes me sigh.

Also, I'm pretty sure that when they put "Victorian Lace" on the description, they meant to put "Roman Numerals" a la a recent birthday submission. ;)

November 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterK. Michelle

I can explain 'Victorian lace'. This wreckorator never learnt to tie his shoelaces, so his mother bought him those curly ones you don't need to tie. That's all the word 'lace' meant to him, and he's done a great job of reproducing them on a cake. How to make them 'Victorian'? Easy, put a pretty rose on top.

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

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