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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.

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- Jen

The Surprise Gender Bender

The Gender Reveal cake is such a simple concept: your baker uses either pink or blue icing inside, depending on if you're having a girl or a boy. Then you cut into the cake to learn the happy news.

But this is Cake Wrecks, minions. I HAVE NO HAPPY NEWS.

Only funny, funny failures.


Remember the gender reveal cake that had no icing inside at all, but lots of confusing garble written on top?

Or the baker who put all the colored icing on top in a blob?

Or how about the baker that flat got it wrong?

Well here's one more for your scrapbooks, kids:

Kristin A., writes:

"We went to **** Bakery, which has a gender reveal cake in their cake book. Took them a sealed envelope (containing the baby's sex) and in the filling section wrote 'Gender Reveal (pink/blue).'

"I didn’t realize I needed to be super specific and state if the envelope says 'girl' make it ALL PINK and if the envelope says 'boy' make it ALL BLUE!"

So when did Kristin realize she needed to be super specific?

Ohh, I'd say right around this moment here:

No, she's not having twins.

The worst part was they cut into the wrong color side first. That's right, fellow geeks: THE CAKE WAS A LIE.


But in case any of you are wondering:

They'll be celebrating with a barbecue next week.


Thanks to Lesley W., Kristin A., & Jess T. for reminding me of the original "It A Gril." If you remember that one, too, then award yourself 5 geek points. And, you know, maybe get out more. (It's too late for me; save yourselves.)


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Reader Comments (34)

In my parent's day, you waited nine months and were grateful when a baby popped out. AND there was no cake. That's why these brave men and women are known as Not The Greatest, But Not That Bad and Certainly More Patient Than Young People Today Generation.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

YAY! WHIPPY! It's a vanilla rainbow to celebrate your death! (Are we talking about a certain politician here?)

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Further proof that wreckerators are either extremely stupid, very confused, or simply don't care to do a proper job.

To help school them, and in honor of Haiku Joy (where did she go?! I miss her.):

Gender reveal cake
You should choose the right gender
And show it inside.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Oh my gawd O_O how do they not get it?

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Somehow this makes me cringe for the future of our country. ROTFLMAO!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

While I don't understand the purpose of a gender reveal cake/party, I certainly understand the general concept. That is more than can be said of these wreckerators.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

And I was hoping for a WEBER gril.......

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWHStoneman

Why not wait until the results are in to plan the cake?

I used to like the idea of being old-fashioned and not knowing the baby's sex until birth. But that causes needless difficulty. Why bother with the suspense when there are only two options (in theory)?

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Am I the only one that was hoping for lavender icing in the middle? O_o

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndie


I was with you when I was pregnant. Over my husband's objections, I stated firmly that I DIDN'T want to know, I wanted to be surprised. That lasted until my first ultrasound when the technician said, "Did you know there are two in here?" At that point I decided I had been surprised enough already & requested to know the gender(s).

PS. They were both grils, as fraternal a set of twins as you'd ever see.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

So, here is the deal, with its certain appeal: the baby’s sex we’ll conceal and inside a cake we’ll reveal after our meal of string beans and veal while listening to Neil (who is very genteel) on his all-steel glockenspiel. The guest will all squeal as we share with our glee and our zeal that which the frosting does reveal, all done without a spiel. Wait…is that blue or is that teal? My head starts to reel as I start to kneel…my dinner starts to congeal and my best I don’t feel. That’s supposed to be blue, now what will we do? This should have been a big deal – that baker’s a heel, our joy he did steal, that slippery eel. His bakery license they should repeal. This is so unreal, far from ideal; in fact, it’s surreal. What an ordeal!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermel

Bwah! @SaraCVT I always love you and your posts. But today I must be extra tired, because honestly (through no fault of yours!) I read the beginning of your post as:

@ClassicSteve: I was with you when I was pregnant, over my husband's objections.

I was thinking, "Wow! I bet her husband did indeed have some strong objections!"

Man, I didn't think cold medicine affected me very much, but apparently, I'm very very wrong!! LOL

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

If it was an hermaphrodite, that cake would have been spot-on. So to speak.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Ah, SuBee and Sarah! Do you remember when you could purchase an entire layette, from bibs to diapers from Wards or Sears catalogue, and if you had twins, send in a letter from your doctor or clergyman verifying the fact, and the company would send you - free of charge - a second layette.

Not only did you not know the sex, you often didn't know you were having twins!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Wow. I'm one of those relics who can collect the--what was it, now? Greek points? (Wouldn't know what to do with them; I took French in school.) Anyway, yay..! Aside from the folderol over colors, I have to hand it to these wreckorators. These are some of the best "technically-wrecked-and-don't-even-talk-about-being-pretty" that I've seen in a while....Good job. @Jodi: I read that one the same way as you did, and laughed like crazy to myself!! Oh! Welcome back, mel ! I "heard" your comment in a rap rhythm. ...and without a "YO!" In sight! =^~.~^=

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

mel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed you. Where've ya been?????

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Yay, @mel's back!! Do the happy dance, despite embarrassing those twins, who are now 13. And yes, @Jodi, that would be a complicated situation, even more so than having twins!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I think @Mel wins the comments.

Which is more than I can say for those wreckers...they don't even win a gold star that said "You Tried."

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnalee

Ah, mel, how I've missed you!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNanalettie

I just have to wonder if the person who ordered the "It's a gril" cake specified blood-red.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

So close......but not quite close enough!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

I almost want to buy a gender reveal cake just to see what gender the bakery thinks I am.....I just want them to surprise me!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJ'NaeNae

@sendingtheclowns, @SuBee, @SaraCVT, @Nanalettie: thank you for your warm greetings, and I have missed you, too. I took a little time off – my schedule changed a bit – and got a little more involved with my other passion, roller derby, and also worked on a couple of other writing projects. But, the lure of failed frosting and the comedic commentary that accompanied it, along with the love of the community of commenters was never far from my mind, so…like the Phoenix…. As I indicated to @sendingtheclowns and @SaraCVT in my response to their March 28th posts (which you probably missed as I did them rather late) I’m a little older and a little slower, so I’m sure my output will be a tad less…and hopefully not so lengthy…. (I am forever in amazement as how Jen and john (thoJ) do it day after day after day…..)

And @Analee: I appreciate your kindness. One of the great things about the Wreckies is that there is so much talent in these comments – we all shine on different days.

And finally, @SaraCVT, I too, did a double take when you said you were with Classic Steve…loved it!

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermel

I find the gender reveal cake to be pretty hilarious.Gender reveal parties are pretty self-indulgent and obnoxious, so I kind of love the fact that the lameness was spoiled.

March 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Welcome back, mel!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Amusing that the Rainbow wreckreator can't spell "You're" but pretty much got the Roy G. Biv colors correct.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

@Nobodee Home: thank you! I appreciate that.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermel

Oh my gosh I would have been so mad at that cake with blue and pink inside. Then again I probably would have eaten it anyways knowing me..hey it is still cake. Done wrong so very, very wrong lol.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

So, you guys, I gotta ask; did you know when you posted this that 3/31 is Transgender Visibility Day? Because I cracked up just reading the TITLE, much less looking at the wrecks! HA!



April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

Okay, first: I don't understand what occasion would be appropriate for a cheerfully-decorated "Your (sic) Dead To Us" cake. Meant as a joke at a retirement party? When? If the person whom the party was thrown to celebrate is actually deceased, it would be in SUCH bad taste, IMO.

Second: I was exiting a large home improvement store--a "depot," if you will--that had a display of gas grills out front, with giant price tags meant to lure in customers. It was about ten minutes to closing time, so an employee was moving them inside the fenced area for the night, lifting by a handle on one end, slipping his arm through the handle, and using the wheels on the other end to roll them. As he walked past me, arm-in-"arm" with a fine appliance that rolled beside him, I gestured toward it and said, "Is that your grilfriend?" Of course, I apologized profusely for my awful joke, but only after the impulse had gotten the better of me...

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

The "It's a Gril" cake reminds me of a call I took at work. I'm a 911 dispatcher and I received a call from a frantic woman who kept screaming "My girl's on fire! My girl's on fire!" I proceeded on the assumption that we had a person on fire until she happened to mention that her "girl" was up against the wall of her house on her deck. Upon clarification I discovered it was actually her grill on fire and it was just the regional South Dakota accent (I am not from here originally) that made it seem otherwise.

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterniuginiboy

SaraCVT, I loved your use of "grils".

This was a triumph.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraig T

As a genderqueer person, nothing fills me with more glee than (probably cis) bakers messing up cisnormative gender reveal cakes. (PS @BADKarma, the word you're looking for is "intersex." Here are some resources:

April 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLM

I had a gender reveal cake made for my eldest son to cut and find out if he was getting the little brother he desperately hoped for - it was a boy but the baker made blue sponge not blue icing. But not baby blue more like navy I have no idea what the long term damage of consuming that much food dye per mouthful will do to my family in the future.

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShoecake

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