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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- 9/11/15

Some of my favorite new submissions this week.


Ever feel like bakers are speaking a whole 'nother language?


(Yes, yes, I realize you can't expect bakeries to know other languages. I also realize this is still funny.)


I've learned over my years here at CW that if I don't understand a cake design, it's probably a sports ball thing. So tell me, sports ball peeps:

Da heck?


I'm going to mix things up and do today's Missed Mark in reverse.
Let's see if you can guess what this is supposed to be:

I'll even give you a hint: it's school related.

Give up?

That's ok. So did the baker.

(Why would someone want an apple core cake anyway? What's next, cakes of crumbled milk cartons and used pudding cups?)


Usually I blur out bakery labels, but this next one was a paid ad. So clearly, Walmart WANTS everyone to see it:


(That was my impression of a wookiee roar. I can tell you're impressed.)


And finally:


...and here WE were all hoping for a baby.


Thanks to Jon S., Brittany W., Katelyn C., Lynaa W., & Matthew K. for taking us to the gun and glitter show.


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Reader Comments (56)

I think that the N. O. stands for New Orleans as you can see the outline of the fleur de lys which represents the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. I'm guessing they meant to write turn it up?

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShadeomatic

Well, yeh, the teacher's pet was probably called "Four-Eyes" out on the play yard.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Being a New Orleans Saints fan, I recognized the sports wreck pretty quickly. If you look past the writing, you can see the air brushed black is the outline of the Saints fleur-de-lis logo. I'm assuming the light brown is supposed to be gold (team's colors are black, white, and gold).
N.O. = New Orleans
Turnt UP = ? - maybe for our Super Bowl win in the 2009/2010 season

Hope this helps.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Thanks for needed giggles today

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Cake #1 would be even funnier if it came from a Chinese bakery.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKymster

Well, to be fair, babbie or babby could be a British take on baby - I have often heard my friends over there only half-jokingly talk about the "wee babby." Just sayin...

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

New Orleans Saints (Football) Turnt Up?


September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienneB

That's the boy scout emblem in silhouette on #2, and even (sort of) scout colors; I'm not sure why the National Organization needs to "tur nt up" (turn it up? what are they turning up? lost scouts?). Or N.O. could be the initials of a local council.

Guns or glitter?! That's both very funny and very sad, especially for the babby.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrigid

I suggest a new tactic, Jen: let the Walmart win! lol

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

Right, so I'm no sports fan, but with the fleur de lis in the background of the second cake, I *think* it's supposed to read "New Orleans, Turn It Up".

And yikes, I don't even think the original apple core cupcake cake (ptooee!) looks all that appetizing.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

That last one is from Texas, isn't it?

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBin

Holy crap, the Chewie one is from the Walmart by my office. That is awesome!
*sniff* so proud.

Always a good time, thanks, Jen!!!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That last one-WHAAAAAAAT? I saw "Ballsy Kelly Doe" and thought maybe a risque square dance move? Cakes really shouldn't be open to interpretation. But thankfully so many are! Happy weekend!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Who says Babby Kelly has to be one or the other? I'm voting for glitter gun. Because gun-shaped glitter seems less fun.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The one you're unsure about is, as a few others have said, definitely for the New Orleans Saints. Fleur de lis emblem, their colors (kind of), and presumably Turn It Up is what they meant. Though (as someone living in the area), it's entirely possible that the person ordering it said, "Turn't up!" You never know, really.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlesli

The 2nd one is absolutely a New Orleans Saints cake and 'Turnt Up' is probably exactly what is was supposed to say. It's slang "We're going to get this place turnt up".

I didn't say that it makes sense....but it was probably intentional. WHO DAT!!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

i like the missing apostrophe in "Teachers Pet". What do teachers pet? Dogs? Cats?

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Montag

I was more impressed that you spelled Wookiee correctly. That's always a pet peeve of mine. Of course, I should have expected that you would get it right, but I'm always surprised by the number of fellow Star Wars geeks who get it wrong.

and @GingerSnap, that comment was pure perfection!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

I apologize in advance that I have to break so many hearts and fill so many souls with deep despair... but "Turnt Up" is actually a slang thing "kids these days" say. To be "Turnt Up" is to be drunk/high/wild and crazy, basically.

Sorry. So sorry. Really sorry...

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim H.

I'll be honest, at first glance I thought the missed mark's inspiration design was a ghost peeking from a pumpkin. Meanwhile the less than inspired result is like one of those two way pictures, "This way it's a scary clown, turn it upside down and it's another scary clown!"

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlen

How is babby formed? By a wreckerator, of course.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I can't get over how Chewie looks like he's crying.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

Possibly the first baker didn't know whether it should be Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghaiese, or Hakka.

Yeah, we'll go with that.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

How is babby formed? how girl get pragnent

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

That one you don't know is not about football at all. They are simply remarking on the fact that a 'Nother Oops has resulted in that cookie being 'burnt up'. You can see the char. I'm assuming that was found on the premium rack, as it can now be sold as 'blackened'.

As for the tricksey red and white one, that is clearly Hellboy holding giant eyeballs in his hands.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Classic Steve's comment makes me think of the pregnant baby cakes that have appeared on Cake Wrecks - a babby is definitely formed by a wreckerator!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchicago

Teachers Pet Cake? Shouldn't they just eat it instead?
Apparently, punctuation and art are no longer part of the core curriculum.

On this day, let us be grateful for what we have, but continually strive for peace.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

I think Chewy must be wearing a set of wax teeth:

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLMR

I thought the teachers pet one was a ghost in a pumpkin

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpammy

Never knew Wookies were blueu-eyed.
And poor Kelly, not even born and already falling under gender stereotypes of the worst kind. Almost makes me hope "he" turns into a drag queen or "she" turns into a rabid NRA fan.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

@len - I saw a ghost in the example photo (#4) as well. But could not figure out the red puffy things above and below. Then I thought - maybe a tooth looking scared of rampant gum disease?

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Babby Kelly. Sounds like a gangster.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKait

I laughed so hard at Chewbacca that I woke my sleeping infant. Totally worth it. Also, Chewbacca already existed in my phone's dictionary. Way to go, Samsung.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSnuf

@jackwire...I appreciate and echo your sentiment today. (I was assigned to the Pentagon in Sept 2001 ... the day is always a tough one for me.)

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Turnt up means to get drunk or high

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

SaraCVT: the Chinese characters for 'Happy Birthday!' -- which Google Translate tells me are 生日快乐!and I've reverse checked it to make sure -- are the same for Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghaiese, and Hakka. What you say when you read them depends on the language, but the characters are always the same. That's how Chinese writing works.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Um. Am I the only one who saw the Ghostbusters ghost in the red NO symbol when I looked at the original apple core cake?

(The "replication" - yeah, for that, I have no words.)

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmy H.

It's hard to tell with just the head, but is that Wookie in drag? No judgments here... just wondering...

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

"Turnt Up" is actually A Thing:

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGerald

@Amanda, love the idea of a glitter gun. That would be quite the weapon! ;)

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

@Tachybaptus: actually you are correct about MOST of them. But you have the Shanghaiese last character there, & everybody else uses a more complex last character (which I don't have the ability to reproduce here). Try & you'll see what I mean.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Look at it this way - at least the missed mark one is all separate cupcakes. Therefore, you have a rational ratio of icing to cupcake.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNCatt

@Amanda, @Julie B:

Actually, a 'glittergun' was a weapon developed by enemies of the Cybermen during the Cyber-Wars to defeat them. It fired either gold dust or molten gold; the objective was to get the gold particles into the respirators, where the gold would react with the filtration system and clog it up, thus killing the Cyberman.


September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStarknight

am I the only one who uses the phrase "turnt up" unironically? or nah?

just kidding, I only use the phrase ironically!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie

I looked at the image for the Walmart cake before reading the ad and thought "that looks like Chewie". However, given that this is Cake Wrecks, I knew that must be wrong and tried to decide what it was. Best I could come up with was a vicious Yorkie with bad teeth.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

1. Thanks for sharing these cakes IN English!

2. If someone asks you to get "turnt up", just say N. O.

This one also reminds of the time I saw a sign in Boston with the unfortunate abbreviation
"Tunnel - No. End"

3. My first thought on the wreckplica was "Are those eyeballs, or nipples? And why are there four?"
My first thought on the original - "Teachers pet apple cores?"


5. @Amanda - Glitter gun for the win! Love that concept...
@Starknight - That makes it even better! Haven't gotten to those episodes yet - we've worked our way from the first to the beginning of the fourth Doctor - but we will!

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Ok, so I think we can all agree that, generally, vanity cakes are a little...tacky. But, trust me on this, when a Lady-Wookie gets her hair did and buys new lipstick so she can match her cake on her special day, you go out of your way to tell her her cake looks great and so does she.

One wisecrack can be the difference between "groomsman" and "one-armed idiot bleeding to death in a rental tux". Don't be that guy.

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonnaB

Babby Kelly Glittergun is my new Drag Name.



September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

I'm from Lubbock (TX) and have shopped at that Walmart many times. Gotta love my hometown being represented by bad Star Wars cakes! Also, as a teacher, I'd have to assume that if I received a CCC (patooie!) apple core cake, I must have failed at my job.

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMSTeacher3K

SaraCVT: would the version with the different last character be 生日快樂 ? That's what Google Translate gives in 'Chinese (Traditional)', which I assume is correct for Hong Kong and Taiwan. The first version I gave was what Google produced in 'Chinese (Simplified)', that is the PRC. Always worth getting these things right -- who knows whether I might have to make a birthday cake for a Chinese friend, and I wouldn't want to perpetrate a Wreck.

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

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