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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


It happens to the best of us: Sometimes, you just run out of room.


The test of a true wreckerator, however, is how creatively you manage to soldier on in the face of seemingly insurmountable icing borders.

Ok, so maybe they're not all that insurmountable.


In fact, here are a few more tried and true tactics employed by wreckerators everywhere:

The Nose Dive:

(Cartoon bomb noises optional.)


The Double Stack:

Now with extra ellipses!


The "Round Abound:"

The color choice is what really sells it.


The Second Time's the Charm:

Also known as the "Maybe No One Will Notice."


The Cliff-Hanger:

"Y! Hold on, Y! I can'''re slipping! Y!! NOOOoooOOOOooOOO!!"



And finally, my personal favorite:

The "Stop, Walk (Away), and LOL."


Thanks to Leigh M., Brenda S., Holly H., Ariel F., Victoria M., Mike S., Jenny B., and Lauren L. for really exploring the studio space.  Before we're done here, you'll all be wearing gold-plated diapers.


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Reader Comments (33)

When a cake wrecker runs out of room
You just know that it's safe to assume
They'll make some huge mistake
Piping runs off the cake
Or else they'll just

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

What is even funnier on #2 is that the wreckenator didn't even aim for the white part of the icing so that the pink writing would possibly have been legible. Nope; pink on pink, that'll work.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

"Now with extra ellipses!" LOVE IT
Wow -- not only was the writing bad (which you described so very well), but those wrecks were just badly decorated. What's with the -- um --- sperm? Pink poo? And the lid must have fallen off the red sprinkles bottle. Sure! Just pile it all in the middle! Someone will surely want to bite into THAT! And that neon pink icing -- yikes!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

All but the last one look as though they were not written on by the same hands that did the other decorating. I'm thinking either someone purchased a blank cake and grabbed a tube of piping gel/frosting and did it at home (please oh please oh please), or the cakes were already decorated sans writing, and just grabbed whatever random employee to put it on there wherever. Yeah, let's go with that.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I like Mike's cake. It's enthusiastic.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNotMe

@SuBee, I love the end of your poe

I have to say that a professional had to have done the last one (Kindergar). I have a hunch that Mike and Michelle's cakes were written on by professionals, too (sigh!). I must confess that I find writing on cakes challenging even though I've had training (but then I practice on parchment paper before I try it on the cake...heaven's sake!).

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

OMG! I just have to say this: the "Round Abound" (thanks for the link - hilarious and I've forwarded it to many friends) looks as if someone may have let go with a herker of a sneeze (ewwww) or quite possibly explosive diarrhea (worse EWWWW). In any event - cake or not - I would pass on that one! I was giggling throughout this entire wreckage - LAUGHED OUT LOUD at the "round abound" link. Too funny. Made my day fur shere! Thanks Jen! meo

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

These are cracking me up! My Mom always taught us to use a toothpick to line out any wording on a cake. And it was as simple as connecting the dots.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren TD

What new kindergartner can read kindergarten anyway?

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElizabethAnne

Ironically, the balloons aren't really all that bad--possibly best I've seen (on here at least).

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBSewSnoopy

#5 appears to say:

Hoppy Biff
Maui Poop

To which I can only respond, "Yes, yes indeed. I hope you get that looked at."

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJay

But let's at least celebrate the fact, that with the exception of the nose-dive cake, they appear to have been spelled correctly.

It's today's "the glass is half FULL" message.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTess

The Y one reminds me of the silly cartoon Cliff Hanger!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Schaaf

With that "Round Abound" cake, now we know where Monday's poop cakes came from.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

The Y one is even more funny when you realize it's a 2-for-1. Birthday is spelled wrong. Love your site!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoriah

The only way the 2nd one could possibly be more of a train wreck is with misspelled words. Holy Hannah! That is one UGLY cake. I'm a little weirded out by the chocolate strawberry tornadoes on #4. Makes me want to grab the Twinkies and head to the basement. And, as always, you are so right: that bright pink ABSOLUTELY brings the beauty to the fluffy white one!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

Happy Brithday, Cliff-Hanger. . . now if someone could just explain what a BRITH-day is...even a second-grader with basic phonics skills could fix that one....(just a few extra ellipses for you)

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRogo

Did anyone notice that on the "Cliff-Hanger" Birthday was spelled wrong? BRITHDAY...

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLesa Brown

Happy Brithday tho? Like, just start over at that point.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen C.

Spaced: to boldly go where no man should go.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

@ SuBee - Good one!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

The reason I could never be a writing sucks.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Has no one noticed that #7 actually says Brithday?? Lmao these cracked me up!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSophiimaria

Maybe the 'y' on the Cliff-Hanger cake left because it didn't want to be associated with a 'brithda'?

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZeldabird

First, let me say that I love this blog. Jen, youaresogreat. That round white cake is all too familiar. The customer never fails to pick the cake with the most decorations on top (chopped up snickers with chocolate and caramel drizzle anyone?) for you to write "Happy 40th Birthday Jane, Mom, and Grandma!" on. "Just fit it along the outer edge" where there is no room, or "just write over the toppings" that are oh-so-easy to write smoothly on. ;)

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlaceofbase

I'm always amazed how difficult it seems for some people to switch tips on their bags. That last cookie cake would have been lovely if the cake decorator had just switched out her #8 for a #4 or something. Everyone else looks like they were destined for disaster at some point regardless.

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth L.

Customer: "I need a cake. Oh darn, the bakery is closed. Wait, I see someone in the Deli."
Deli associate, "Sure, I can write on it for you. It will look like a 2 year old wrote it, but I can do it."
Customer: "That's ok. Go ahead. I'd like it to say 'Congratulations on 7 Years'. Will it fit?"
Deli: "I'll try."

And that's how it happens!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterExperienced Cake Decorator

People don't realize how hard it is to write on cakes until they try it themselves!!

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarolyn's Kakes

I can't help but think that some punctuation would have saved # 6 - along with a slow clap. "Congratulations, Mike. Congratulations."

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Brithday: the day one becomes British??

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTamgineer

Yes, I realized that it was "brithday" after I posted my comment commending the spelling. So let me amend that least everyone managed to spell "congratulations" correctly. That alone is a feat we rarely see at Cake Wrecks.

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTess

Well now what a welcome return from vacation lol. These are hysterical.

September 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Probably shouldn't even mention it but The Nose Dive and The Cliff Hanger also have a little problem with spelling also. These are really, really sad.

September 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

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