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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

If Only The Bakers Could Go Back...

Is everyone back to school now? Yes? Oh, good.

Ahem hem hem.





If this isn't grounds for keeping art in school, then I don't know what is.


And my personal favorite:



Thanks to Sarah S., Ashley W., Kerry F., Ashley N., Montse L., & Stephanie C. for inspiring one last ode to education:

Going back
Sinking in despair
Here's mud in your keyboard


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Reader Comments (37)

Sentez-vous la joie
Comme les enfants retournent
Pour faire collage

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Oh, that 4th one is just .... so.... sad. The only thing that would make it a more perfect wreck would be for it to be a CCC
The collage one reminded me of a college class where the instructor spent a good 15 minutes explaining to the class just what a collage was. (Yes, he had to explain it to Juniors. In College) And then he wrapped the whole thing up by saying, "But if you want to, you know, just print out what you want to say on a piece of paper and tape that to a poster board, that will work too!" I facepalmed big time right there in class. After I picked my jaw up off the floor. And yes, one student did just exactly that for his collage.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

"Collage Bound" is a good cake for someone preparing to attend art school.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLauraB

I guess I don't have to submit my picture of #4 after all :) Nice to know there's a fellow wreckie in my area!

(That or more than one store has this monstrosity... which is sadly likely)

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBay

Who Ray!!!


August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

Our town just repainted all the school crossings on the streets. In front of the high school, they painted the "c" in "school" backwards.


August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Bwah, @Elissa! How sad.

Who Ray! to everyone. Happy Monday!

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

To give credit where credit is due, that school bus cake is indeed yellow. Who Ray!

LOVE the Jumping Jen!

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

1) Someone is a fan of "Shoo!"? As in "shoo fly, don't bother me"? Hmmkay. Takes all kinds.
2) And really, don't we all hope to be good by summer?
3) Not sure Who Ray is, but I'm glad he's going back to school.
4) Well, at least it's properly spelled.
5) Perfect interpretation of that cake. Thank you, Jen!
6) As my sister says, "Ain't that some shtuff?"

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

Who dat? Dat Ray. Who Ray?

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternancie

That last one makes me want to yell, "Artax!"

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

When I looked at the second one, I thought it said "Good By Swimmer" ... guess I can't read.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

I think Who Ray! is the answer to the perennial question Who Dat?

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKA

By the end of this post I found myself doubting how to spell school... :-/

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBecka

Who Ray for cake wrecks! Being something of a spelling and grammar freak, these made me both cringe and laugh at the same time!! Let's hope our teachers do a better job of educating the next generation of cake decorators.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

In the fourth grade, I lost a class spelling bee because I spelled college as c o l l a g e. I've never forgotten and I've never spelled it wrong a cake.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

I thought the second one sounded like a hit single: "Good", by Summer.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIan H.

They're not all back in school yet. Mine go back Sept. 9th (NYC - we're also the last ones out). I'm sure you can find some more back to school wrecks to post then too.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

"Goodby" or "good-by" are actually correct (though archaic) spellings of "goodbye". Maybe the wreckorator had just finished reading a Jane Austen novel?

@SuBee - j'aime votre petit poème. :-)

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

Chicago, if you can't read, then I can't read,because I read "Good By Swmmer." Which was awkward, with all those consonants in a row.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

In defense of shool. Megamind made it work.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Who Ray! I think he was Cindy Lou Who's Uncle....

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The commentary for that last one is almost a haiku of misery:

Going back, sinking
In despair - here's mud in your
Keyboard. 'Mud' cake, huh?

Going back, sinking
In despair - here's mud in your
Keyboard. School - then death.

Going back, sinking
In despair - here's mud in your
Keyboard. Nooooooo! Aaaaartaaaaaax!

Going back, sinking
In despair - here's mud in your
Keyboard. Dead kittens.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDr Handle

One-wheel, collage-bound
Bus will be good by suimmer
Who Ray! I (heart) shool.

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Is the decoration on that red cupcake a pencil or a school bus? Or a shool bus? Maybe a shul bus, taking everyone to temple?

August 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Well these wreckerators really need to go back to school that's for sure lol.

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Oh, I don't know-perhaps #4 is supposed to be an artistic close-up of a school bus. The fact that the window is rather blob-like, the wheel (on the bus) is smeared, and the writing is perfunctory and unimaginative doesn't mean that it's not artistic, right?!?

*sigh* I tried, nameless wreckorator, I really did.

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

@Becka -- you're not the only one!

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Even my 6 year old looked at #4 and said, "That does NOT look like a school bus!"

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZonya

I think the "Good by Siummer" one is a hopeful promise that the baker will learn to handle homophones, including that tricky "By/Bye/Buy" one, by the end of the school year. Hopefully the spelling of the seasons will be taught as well.

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Blinding yellow light.
Is it a DeStijl? Too late!

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

Funny thing is that the first one almost is correct. It should have been spelled "shul" though,which can be usd for another word for synagogue

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWhirled One

Okay, hands up if, like me, you had to go and look up 'exotropia'?

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDr Handle

@Dr Handle: No, but I did have to look up De Stijl.

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

Honestly, the 'School bus' one and the last one look like minimalist art. That's also a cake. Which wasn't intended to be minimalist art.

August 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsa

I'm Stephanie C! How exciting! I never thought one of my pics would be used. Who Ray!

September 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTaffy Cake

I appreciate that the designer of #1 is such a pious Jew, but they spelled "shul" wrong.
Why is the school bus a yellow square with a giant black hole in it? Maybe the bus is being sucked into a bottomless vortex?
It apparently ended up in the quagmire everything is sinking into in the last cake.

September 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHowlindawgs

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