My Other Blog

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 7/17/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week.


Look out, "Mom."

They're on to you.


They asked for "Happy Birthday Levi" in red icing, written in the top center of the cake:



"John without the H?"



Ever wonder what would happen if a cake and a beehive had a transporter accident?



I dunno about you guys, but the bee butts sticking out of the right side are freaking me right the heck out.


And finally, Jennifer's Summer School director wanted to celebrate their mid-way point with an "over the hump day!" cake. However, "she knew she was in trouble," Jennifer writes, "When the worker taking her order didn't know how to spell 'the.'"

I'm sure some of you have been there, making a phone order and wondering what, exactly, the baker was writing down on the other end. Well, in Jennifer's case, we know!

With an order form like this, WHAT COULD GO WRONG.

("Writhing" is oddly appropriate.)


Oh, right. This:

I think we can all agree this is definitely "gren" and "diferent."

Oh, and:



Thanks to Jenny B., Shirece B., Jeff J., Jennifer U., & Anony M., for the buzz.


Thank you for using our Amazon links to shop! USA, UK, Canada.

« Sunday Sweets Goes Under The Sea | Main | Getting To Know You... »

Reader Comments (35)

Poor "MOM" - what are those "things" around the edge of the cake? banana "chips"?

and at least Levi's message didn't fall off the edge of the cake, right? There's plenty of room for even more room for more info there.

that beehive thing? well i just don't know...

And how can someone screw up "over the hump day"? well, we know it's all doable.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

Are those old dead banana slices on the "Mom" cake?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commentererin

Oh gosh - every one of those "Nailed it!" for sure
Jen, "a cake and a beehive had a transporter accident" is your second best caption of 2015.
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha There is just no other way to describe that cake. Unless of course you are not a geek. Then I don't know what you'd say. WT__ fill in your favorite letter, probably.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

The last cake is actually a relief. After seeing "hump" and "writhing" I was all set to see a cake suitable for Cake WreXXX! The bee cake is gross, and the first cake - is that for Caitlyn Jenner, perchance?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMuml

ANOTHER "first-thing-in-the-morning" laugh!! I'm almost writhing, over the hump thing... It's all so gren...and diferent. Look: You HAVE to agree that "BLUE DAY WRITHING" is an AWESOME name for a rock/new-wave/ new age (whatever they call them these days) band!
I even have to agree with me. Somebody will see that and run with it....(On one...two...)

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

At first, I was writhing in discomfort over the order form, but then I snorted out hot tea from my nose (ow) over the new meaning of the cake.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

Most of your posts make me cringe-smile. Some make me chuckle. That last cake made me burst out laughing! Thank you for today's smile!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTomara

What are those polyps on the beehive cake made of, unpopped popcorn kernels? The flowers and leaves are pretty, but I'm not much for polyps on my cake. And why the sideways mountains? I've never seen a beehive with sideways mountains. Maybe whatever killed those bees first caused them to forget their beehive construction skills. Or maybe it was that faulty transporter.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

On that first cake, are those melting ghost peeps around the edge?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDB

Here, have a cake filled with burrowing bees.


No thanks.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

OMG the last one, how do these people breathe?!?!?!?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I think the first cake has dried banana chips around the edges. Not sure what that's about.

I actually like the beehive/cake mashup. Very artistic and original.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDNA

The flowers on the "hump day" cake are so well done. I wonder if tat person gets to see what happens to his/her pretty cakes after they leave his/her hands? The sensation must be soul-crushing.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Seriously, whoever made the "over the hump day" cake probably never graduated kindergarten.

The beehive cake looks like it's made of moldy cheese and the bees decided to call it home.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChocogirl

Elton Jon (without the h) loves cake. I don't know about Elton John or Levon.

Levired sees his cakewreck and he frowns
It’s ruined many lives
Jon is happy without “H”
They wrote it any way, but who knows why

And that “mom” she’s almost really our mom
Those quotations? She hardly even minds
Next year we might remove them
Unless, unless al-most “mom” dies

Make a cake designed for a hump day
Or a diferent one designed in gren
Writhing’s purely optional today

And he shall be Levired
And he just wants a cake, man
And he shall be Levired
You can bake it in a wow-pan
And he shall be Levired
Please just bake him a cake, man
He shall be Levired

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Hump over day = Thursday?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

If only Andre Delambre had learned from his earlier experiment with Helene's cake...

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

The hump over day.
You'll spend a blue day writhing
If you call this shop.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Bravo @SuBee! All I can think is, "Levired, Levired loves his 'Mommy'..."

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

Came home from 40th trip to car mechanic this month, to the "hump over" cake. Completely lost it, laughing. So thanks, I needed that!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

It's a double bill at open mic night ... two new bands, Blue Day Writhing and Whistling Spleen! The show will be followed by coffee and the wreckiest, butter-creamiest cakes ever!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Somewhere the hump over day,
Bakers writhe.
There's a cake for Jon without the h,
For "mom" and for Levired.

Somewhere the hump over day,
Someone was high
When they baked that cake
With bee butts in a hive.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

I look forward to hump over day every week!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVixx

@SuBee....BRAVO! Another great one. I always look forward to your jingles, they never disappoint. Take a Bow!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

I was really hoping for "Appy Birthday, John!" on the third cake.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim L.

I don't know about you guys but "beeButt1" is my new password. To EVERYthing.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterabudoggie

Did something happen to get the beehive/cake pic removed? I didn't get a chance to stop by until late afternoon and I'm not seeing that one - just the text.

[Editor's note- I don't think so. I'm seeing it fine but if you still can't see it, send us an email. Thanks for the heads up. -john (thoJ)]

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

@Addie: your first sentence was EXACTLY what I thought too!

My internet at home went out at about 3 am Thursday, and I did not get it back until about 7 tonight. Since I am a web designer and work out of my home, this has made for a coupke of interesting days! But seeing that last cake, and screaming with laughter over it, has definitely helped. Thanks, Jen!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

The first one is what you get if you tick off your sullen teenager right before your birthday.

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Wow to the bee cake. I would probably run far away from this cake lol. Sheesh and poor "mom". Those banana chips on the cake look stale lol she will love them.

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I'd love to know what the thought process was behind the beehive / cake transporter malfunction!

@LuLu - Liked that!

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I never actually *did* wonder what would happen if a beehive and a cake had a horrible transporter accident. And now I don't have to. It just goes to show that a person can have talent, but not judgment. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park, "Just because you CAN do it doesn't mean you SHOULD do it." (Veering away from the more insulting quote, "That is one big pile of sh__!")

I am hoping that today does not mark my entry into Cake Wrecks. We will be having a small birthday get-together for my sister, and I was put in charge of the cake. When I was at the store, the "Bakery Employee" (she's probably someone's "Mom" too) refused to give me eye contact, let alone wait on me, so I chose an attractively-decorated cake, bought a tube of colored frosting, and left. I have watched some YT videos with "cake decorating tips" (also probably by "Mom"), and practiced writing "Happy Birthday Betsy" on several paper towels with the frosting, but the moment of truth nears. ("What could go wrong?" she asked naively...)

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

As an update, John (thoj), I am now able to see the beehive transporter accident so your edits did solve the problem. Thanks!

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

@JMixx, please don't keep us in suspense. How did it go? Great, I'll bet.[BTW, I spent tens of hours in a display-cakes class, and piping words on a cake still gives me a case of the flop sweats!]

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Gah! I submitted pics of my last "practice run" with the frosting, and the finished cake to CW, just for the heck of it. Sadly, although the practice version looked reasonably nice, with some cute loopies on the letters, the cake itself did not. As I said when I submitted the pics, it's not *bad* enough to be a CakeWreck, but it's not good either. It's kind of ", uh...decorated this yourself? How........nice." I told my family that the bakery employee had just finished a large espresso before doing the lettering, so that's why it was so, um, wobbly. (J/K--I owned up.)

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>