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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

Punctuation Rule's

Today is National Punctuation Day, so I thought it'd be good to go over the five basic;... "punctuation" rules.

Bakers, pay attention.


Rule #1: Sometimes periods, question marks, and exclamation points are important.


And they usually go at the end of the sentence.

(But what if it's not mine?)


Rule #2: Commas. Use them.

Unless you actually own an ass quitter.


Also note that the word "comma" can sometimes sound like "karma."

Just FYI.


Rule #3: Apostrophe's. Sure. Why not.


(And that's the FIXED version...)


Rule #4: When in doubt, throw in some extra exclamation marks.

What you lack in competency you can always make up for with enthusiasm.


Or, if you're REALLY confused, try some ellipses!



And finally:
Rule #5: Quotation Marks Are For Sarcasm, NOT EMPHASIS.

If it helps, just imagine Dr. Evil saying the bit you put in quotes.




Yep, just follow these five simple rules, and you'll be fine.



Thanks to Terry H., Mel P., Shawn G., Kate A., Chrissie G., Ebony M., Megan H., Christina M., Norma Jean, Andrea P., & Sarah V. for the extra dose of eeee-vil.


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Reader Comments (48)

"Unless you actually own an ass quitter" -- that was exactly what I said in my head, and then I read the caption. Hahahaha
I will you, Jen
I think this site was "meant to be"

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

"We will you Josh!!!"


That's gotta be a classic.

Hey Baker, Do you ever think that something might be MISSing? ya' know; like a MISSing word???

Or has "you" been made into a verb, some new crazy language trend: "we will YOU josh!!!" we will...

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersam

Um :::raises hand::: What's a "hlord"?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPenny M.

Here, let me correct some of these.
Will, you marry me!
You're super? Cool!
Kiss our asses quieter!
Goodnight, Karma! Good luck with Edward R. Murrow
Secretary's Love=our cakes
Happy Boy's Birthday!
We wue you, Josh.
My sweet herd! Mooooo!
And from the Let's Keep Our Hands to Ourselves award...
Congratulations Stormchasers! Underfeeled!

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

The Dr Evil rule is brilliant! Brilliant, I say! Random apostrophes and quotation marks run rampant through retail signage and drive me insane - you can be sure I'll be sharing this instructional gem.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersharon zeigler

I just want to know what we're willing Josh to do...

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

'My Sweet Heard'? This is raising some incredibly weird images regarding the recipient's new hearing aid.

And it is surely not possible that all these wreckerators attended the Carrot School of Punctuation.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNCatt

Anyone out there old enough to remember that really old George Harrison song? The one he got sued for because it supposedly sounded like "He's So Fine?"

My sweet heard
My sweet heard
I really want to hear you heard
But it's way too hard to hear

BTW, that's exactly what Edward R. Murrow said.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

"Great" "post" "today" "Jen" "lots" "of" "LOLs."

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

1. Proposal cakes now available as commands. How romantic.
2. Building caretakers can be cool, just ask em.
3. Where can I find an "ass quitter"?
4. Karma should rest well.
5. If this is the "fixed" cake, what was the "original"? I can't be the only curious one.
6. This pairs nicely with the first cake.
7. Heard what?
8. "Undefealed"? Undefiled?
9. I read it as Rohy & h12. Calm down the curly L, will ya?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I think schools should totally teach the Dr. Evil Method of Using Quotation Marks.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

First cake to be pronounced in the same zombie voice that Agnes uses to repeat her "we love you, mothers, everywhere" poem in "Despicable Me 2"

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL it bad that I first read the soccer cake as "unclefealed".....

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMedith

My husband and I just celebrated 10 years. That first cake has convinced me for our next anniversary, I need to order a cake that says: Will, you married me. I'm sure that wouldn't confuse the bakery at all.

Second cake: When my 4yr old misplaces his cape, he runs around the house yelling "Where is my super? I need my super."

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim L.

My doctor has just been made on of the "Co-director's" of her department. The sign is covered with plastic, but every time I go to her office I still try to scratch off the offending apostrophe.

I'm surprised you didn't mention the very first one - using a lower case "i" in an otherwise all uppercase sentence. Or demand, as the case may be.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

The Dr. Evil method is genius.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

I just have to ask: What did my sweet hear? "My sweet heard..." is a bit of a cliffhanger.

Note to DQ: One is a secretary. More than one are secretaries. Are you with me? SecretarIES. It's not just the punctuation, it's the spelling.

what's next, a wreckerator who eats shoots and leaves?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Oh, whew! I'm not the only one who heard "My Sweet Lord." But what's a hlord? Or heord?

And if anyone is or has an Ass Quitter, i'd like to kniw what that is, too!

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Ha! Adding Dr. Evil took this to a whole new level! Thanks!

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Everyone should have a Josh. I hope someone wills me a Josh when they die.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterValarie

We will! We will! You Josh!
We will! We will! You Josh!

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Penny M: Not sure about 'hlord', but the word 'lord' comes from the Anglo-Saxon _hlaford_, 'loaf-guardian', and 'lady' comes from _hlafdige_, 'loaf-preparer'. So maybe it's a transitional form.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Love today's offerings! My pet peeves are misused apostrophes and quotation marks. One of my other favorite sites to visit is Apostrophe Catastrophe. There's another one for misplaced quotes too, but I can't remember the names. Those sites aren't quite as funny as Cake Wrecks, but pretty good all the same.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Appropriate timing. Did you see today's "Bloom County" cartoon?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennwith2ns

I think I "get" (<see what I "did there"?) the "soccer" cake!? Maybe it was "ordered" by "someone" from "Ireland"?!? "Undefealed" "might be" an "ancient 'Celtic' word" "used" by (I don't know) the "Druids" (for "example")? I think I'm "right" about "this" because, if you "say", "Starmchasers" out loud..."it" "sounds" "Irish"!. It could be just a "misunderstanding" on "the part of" the "decorator"???!!! "Ignore" "me" if I'm "wrong" about "this"!...?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Rogue apostrophes drive me INSANE. Not to mention that 'your' that's the wrong one..... Ugh

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Maybe #7 was supposed to be a Queen take-off

We will
We will
Josh you!!

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZinphad

That first one could be punctuated, "Will, you marry me!" Apparently, someone is annoyed that their fiance, Will, is putting off the wedding, and is commanding that they should get on with it already.

Or perhaps Will is the pastor's name, and he's dithering about whether to perform the wedding.


September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCallista

How much did those last three wrecks cost?

"One miiiilllllliiiion dollars"

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Posted this on Facebook. One of my web dev colleagues said there should be some kind of CML (CKe Markup Language) to solve this problem.

{icing color=red}Happy Birthday{br \}Dan{\icing}

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChriss C.

Hmm... Anyone else think maybe the instructions for the last cake were, "...and write 'Congratulations, Stormchasers!' on the field (undefealed)"?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErin

It all makes sense now! Dr. Evil is behind all the wrecks! I am totally picturing Dr. Evil and Scott running a bakery. Dr. Evil makes all the mistakes and Scott rolls his eyes and asks him why he keeps doing that. Dr. Evil says, "Because it's eee-vil", but Scott says it's just stupid. Then Dr. Evil says, "Shh! I have a whole bag of 'Shh!' over here!". : P

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Starnchasers? What in the heck are Starnchasers?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Rule #3: Apostrophe's. Sure. Why not.

Um.. You DO know that an apostrophe in your rule is not required, correct? Or are you just being funny? :)

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Lynne Truss would be spinning in her grave, if she were not still alive lamenting these abuses of the English language.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDances with Lasagna

We have seen so many swipe marks that I hardly notice them any more. However, I think the is the first swipe-and-rewrite on a wedding cake. Roly and Liz must have been very pleased.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTriciaL

Your "Hilarious" oops, I mean "You're" hilarious! Anyway, love your blog.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

As long as we're referencing Lynne Truss, we might also mentionThe Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!

Josh seems to be the object of some sort of telepathic manipulation. The people who bought the cake probably had to eat it with their fingers because all the forks were bent.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEoin

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought it was a rewrite of a Queen song; now I feel marginally less weird.

And Kyle, isn't it obvious? Starnchasers are people who chase starns. Simple.

For the record, I am NOT kissing ANYBODY'S ass quitter until I get a full and frank description of what the occupation of ass quitting actually entails. Something to do with donkeys?

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDr Handle

Did anyone else think the "Your Super? Cool" cake was a little optical-illusion-esque? (That's totally a real word, by the way.) Seriously: If you look at the cake one way, the guy's legs are on the ground and his arms are in the air. If you look at it another way, it's like he's flying toward you and his legs are out behind him. Mind-boggling, I know. (Much like the cake itself!)

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShalmeno

. . .
There are people out there that think quotation marks can be used for emphasis?

(*points to self*<--- English major)

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess W.

Oh the suspense is killing me. What is Josh getting willed to do? Lol. And what did sweet hear? Honestly these cakes leave so many questions probably best left unanswered lol.

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

What is this Starm that this team chasing? Is Starm a nickname for the soccer ball, the goal?

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Re: Cake #2
Pac-Man is my super? Cool indeed!

September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

The stormchasers one was supposed to say "undefeated."

September 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

It took me a minute to figure out, but I'm fairly certain cake #8 is supposed to say "My Sweetheart," but they wrote "heard" instead of "heart" and separated it from "sweet," because reasons.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”

― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

October 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen/Andrew

Buddy, you don't laugh
You're a young man frowning in the street;
Gonna bum out the world someday!
Got a scowl on your face,
It's a big disgrace
Somebody better get some comedy some place!

We will,
We will,
Josh you!

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

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