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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

I Never Inhaled

This was ordered for a school competition called the Academic Decathlon:

Or, as Wreckerators know it, "AcPec."

Now, I'd like to say that at least they spelled "capitalize" right, buuuut...

they didn't.



The following is a dramatization. The Wreck, however, is very real.

Bakery: "Yello!"

Jenny C.: "Hi, I'd like a cake with 'Happy Birthday' on it."

Bakery: "Sure! Anything else?"

Jenny C: [shaking head] "Just 'Happy Birthday'."

Bakery: "Okey dokey!"



Two friends nicknamed Frizz and Kermit ask a baker to hold a blank cake for them while they finish their shopping. The baker agrees, and sticks a hold tag on the box.

What happened next? Only the Wrecker knows.

"On hold regularly."

Well that clears things up.



And finally, Anda ordered a couple of cakes for a birthday party. To keep it simple, she asked for the same inscription on both. Which is exactly what she got.

Yep, despite the fact that the Wreckerator wrote "bath," s/he actually did write the same thing on both.

I don't have a photo of the second cake, but Anda assures me it looked a lot like this:


And the kicker?

The store refused to fix them.


Because - waaaait for it - that's what she asked for.


All together now: *sigh*


Kristy M., Jenny C., Ellen K., & Anda S., this post would make a great breathing exercise. :)


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Reader Comments (34)

Let me guess, the next Dumb & Dumber movie is going to be filmed in a bakery. Am I right?

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

They should have inhaled.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happy Birthday on Both
Happy Birthday on Both
It's just what she asked for
Happy Birthday on Both

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

*head desk*

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The human race has reached the pinnacle of evolution some time ago and is now moving BACKWARDS.

Refused to fix them because that's what she asked for.

Do they go to work on the short bus or WHAT???

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Ay yi yi yi yi!!!

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Inspired by Cake #3:

Statler: "I can't believe I'm saying this, but that cake has something I want--to be regularly & on hold."
Waldorf: "But it's for Frizz & Kermit."
Statler: "Well, this show is enough to give anyone the wrecks."
Both: "A-hah-huh-hah!"

Anyone else miss that show?

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

The store refused to fix them and she still paid? Then she got exactly what she deserved.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

"Just Happy Birthday". Some time back, I was stopped by one of those survey folks in the local mall. She asked me several questions, and wrote my answers verbatim. After I stopped talking, she would ask "Anything else?", and I would reply, "No, that's all".

And she would write on her paper, "No, that's all".

Apparently, she left that job and went to work in a bakery.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I find it hard to believe that the last wreckers have not yet heard of the "scrape off the extra words and throw a squiggle of icing on the smudge to disguise it" fix so beloved by bakers everywhere.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatTrampoline

I want to know the bakery that refused to fix the cake!

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I actually would have liked to get Number 2, because that's just my sense of humour.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCreamsicle Badger

I agree with Jennifer. That refusatorium needs to be outed.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

I've always wondered if most bakeries fix their mistakes. Any idea how many, as a general percentage, do fix them?

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Adding insult to injury, they didn't even spell "Frizz" correctly!

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

My guess for Friz and Kermit is that the bakery worker that agreed to hold the cake for them picked up the nearest piece of paper, which happened to be a cake order form, and wrote "On Hold Regularly..." (as opposed to some sort of special hold status I guess) then taped it to the top of the cake. Enter unsuspecting wreckerator #2, just tying to be helpful and fill orders by copying things verbatim without any sort of reading comprehension whatsoever, and voila! this cake is born.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachael


Careful, there, ma'am! BOTH my princesses ride to school on the short bus (the big bus is just too much sensory input for a sane autistic to handle--& despite all appearances and my OWN mental state somedays, they're sane)

The ironic thing is I have not the least doubt either of them could have done a better job on any of these cakes :)

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Cake #2 seems to ooze world weariness. "Happy birthday. Just... happy birthday." <walks away sighing>

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I don't think a lot of the cakes with misspellings are professional cakes. They look to me like cakes someone picked up at the store and wrote in with decorating gel. They look like the ones I write with decorating gel! It's hard to tell a true wreck anymore. My daughter wanted a cake for passing a state board exam. She said to have them write "Congratulations or something like that." So, I had them write just that. It wasn't wreck, it's what I ordered.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Did you notice they dotted the U in underline?

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentervandalfan

The last set of cakes are literally identical, check out the curls. Is that actually even possible, or did someone send you double of the same picture by mistake?

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTCS

Hi, I'm visiting by way of Nagzilla. The cakes are hilarious! Thanks for my laugh of the night.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLori L. MacLaughlin

I'd like to know the name of the store in Anda's case. The mistake is bad enough, but to refuse to fix it? I'd like to know the name of the place I'm going to avoid.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPagan

After looking very closely at the last example, they have the same swirls and even the exact same little 'jiggle' on the green one at the top. This has to be the same cake, just two pictures of it.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterctmichelle

That's not two different cakes, that's just the same picture twice.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

reminds me of the time I gave my e-mail address over the phone. It had an _ between my first and last name.
I never got the information requested because the company person I got wrote out "underscore"..
Really? I bet they also used "dot com".

April 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrrly Girl

If you'll read the narrative, it says clearly "I don't have a photo of the second cake, but Anda assures me it looked a lot like this:" I love this site!

April 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I want to Like so many of these comments. Jen, John and your fans have brought me so much joy and laughter since you started this blog. Thank you.

April 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Oh my god. I coach Aca Deca. I desperately want to order a cake like this for my kids. Hahahaha.

April 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

a lot of these have got to be folks who don't speak english well, trying to faithfully reproduce the original message as written - kind of a culture-shock mad lib

May 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Frazier

Doesn't anyone understand cursive writing? Is it a dying art? HOW can you POSSIBLY get bath, out of both, webmaster? Look at the last cake, it is definitely a cursive 'o' because cursive o's have a tail going through the top of the o. That o is a classic cursive o. Webmaster, please go back to school and learn how to write a cursive o. Here is an example of a cursive o: I notice on a more recent entry that you couldn't make out a cursive 'r' either. Is cursive really that much a dying penmanship?

June 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I meant 4th photo, not last, sorry.

June 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Lets order a cake for heather...hmmmm...what should it say?

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

I actually can't see right now im crying. HELP

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenteridekGirl

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