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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

Stop. Helping.

It's only natural, I know. You see all the wreckage on this blog and you think, "Ok, but surely I can keep my order from being wrecked, right? I mean, all I have to do is help the baker out a little!

"Why, if I just spell it out clearly, military style..."

Nice job, Ace.


"Or maybe if I write it all down...


"And if I indicate which part is the actual text..."


"Um... Or what if I ask for just a single letter? That's easy, right?"

Color me impressed. Or magenta. 


"Ok, fine, I get it. You've made your point. No text. I guess I'll just ask for a flower or something."



Thanks to Katy E., Cristina B., Terry M., Brandt H., & Anony M. for making this post literally painful. 


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Reader Comments (29)

That Hawaiian shirt cake is pretty neat otherwise

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stott


September 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

C.C. is celebrating her hysterectomy, of course.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

Shame on me for being disappointed in proper spelling and syntax/usage. This site has ruined me. And I'm not even mad.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

Bwaaaahahaha!!! Laughing too much!...tears!.... Just awesome! This site should be a direct link from Webster's definition of Murphy's Law. Love it. ;)

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMovieMom

My eyes must be deceiving me. The Hawaiian Shirt is a CCC. Ignoring the's one of the best CCC's ever, if there is such a thing as a good CCC. Please someone, tell me I'm not hallucinating. Jen, brilliant as always!

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercookiemama

E- as in Endometrial
A- as in Ablation
W- as in Who
R- as in Ray
With an excalmation mark at the end.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

I was hoping for the Magenta T to be in blue or green icing.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I just can't help but think there's a cruel, perverse injustice in that "Just A Flower" may have been received by the same poor soul who years ago had her dreams crushed the fateful day she requested sprinkles.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The first one might have been intentional, if the recipient were, say, a copy editor working on a first grade speller. At least it didn't read "X - as in excellent".

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

Magenta just got herself an IUD. Way to go, Gurl!

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeffrey Foxworthy III

What a Debbie Downer, you are! At least all the words are spelled correctly!

Why is it proper spelling usually only happens when the words were not really wanted in the first place? Seriously, 'excellent' and 'magenta' are so much more difficult than, say, 'happy', and yet we just had a whole post of misspelled 'Happy Birthday' cakes. *le sigh*

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Dang it. If cake gets wrecks with help AND without what hope is there??

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I agree, the CC cake Hawaiian shirt is fantastic.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

I began my life of crime working for Ma Bell. When we took an order for new service we had to spell the name back - A, as in Adam, N, as in Nancy, D, as in David, R, as in...well you get the idea. One poor befuddled soul replied, "Yeah, that's me...but who are all those other people?"

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

How sad is it that I was super-impressed that they remembered the direct address comma on the Hawaiian shirt cake? Seriously, NOBODY ever remembers it exists, and it's been driving me crazy for the past couple of decades. So, there's that.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Lou

That first cake would be great for a kindergarten year-end celebration.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyn

I started my life of crime working as a service rep for Ma Bell. When we took an order for new service, we had to make absolutely sure the name was spelled correctly. "That's A as in Adam, N as in Nancy, D as in David, R as in..." Well, you get the idea. One poor befuddled customer listened, and then said, "Yeah, that's me. But who are all those other people?"

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I can feel my IQ dropping with each new Wreck.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDances with Lasagna

The magenta "T" kinda looks like an IUD. Cannot unsee. I'm very sorry.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Actually, all the cakes are nicely done, even the CCC (ptooie). And ... then came the letters.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

What the hell is that supposed to say on the second cake, because all I can get is 'NO Pericles'.

And then I started to wonder what the context of such a request would be. "Yeah, you can decorate it with any prominent male figure from Ancient Greece, say between the Persian and The Peloponnesian wars, but not Pericles, okay? He really annoyed me. Sophocles, yes, Hippocrates, even Socrates, maybe Herodotus, but not Pericles. Anybody except him, I can't stand him - seriously, NO Pericles."

... nope, I didn't think so.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDr Handle

When I worked at the bakery at Whole Foods in California, we were required to write, verbatim, whatever the customer wrote on the description line of the order form. Clearly bakeries need to change their order forms to allow for specifications such as writing color, symbols only, or general directions. It was & is a stupid policy that leads to this nonsense.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBella

I'm disappointed that people keep calling it a "Hawaiian Shirt" The correct name is "Aloha Shirt." *see Wiki definition

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHulagirl

@ Dr. Handle: That was one Hellas-ciously funny post.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

@Michelle...the gaffaw your post engendered scared the heck out of my cat. Well done.

@Dr Handle ... you rock.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Wow. We use the phonetic alphabet at work (thanks, Rickover). So I'd be reading that as A as in alpha, C for Charlie and E for echo. That makes much less sense than that first cake!

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNerd

jackwire, it's good that we can laugh about these cakes, in Sparta the terrible job the bakers have done.

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDr Handle

I love the first's "handwriting". Beautiful

September 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEm

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