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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


There is no greater human mystery than our ability to communicate.
To take a picture or concept and implant it perfectly into the mind of another - what wonder!


What marvel!


Nay, what miracle, even!


So the next time you're ordering a cake, minions, just think:

Hey, at least they spelled it right.

Except they didn't.

(But, c'mon, so close.)

That's not what you should think, though.

What you should think is how amazing it is that we can come together as a species through our words and language. That we have this means of showing others how we're feeling, what we're thinking!

And just think: without language...

...this wouldn't be nearly as funny.


Thanks to Kim C., Pia F., Taryn, Edie S., & Tony B. for striking out.


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Reader Comments (21)

It occurs to me that I just don't celebrate the major milestones of my sporting goods as much as they deserve. Birthdays of bowling pins, anniversaries of catchers mitts, bat mitzvahs for well, bats.... I am missing so many opportunities for cake.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterColin M.

... smh... just smh. Is it legal to hire people who are THIS mentally differently abled?

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBea

I'm slightly surprised there wasn't a pinball machine on that last one.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAldin

Of all of our inventions for mass communication,
pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
Walt Disney

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Now, I understand that the American education system is "the best in the world" (you betcha!) but do we ever get any of these gems from other countries? And if they can't teach these geniuses to spell, do you think we could teach them logic?

Forget I asked,

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Is that second one truly professionally made? It is SO AWFUL in every way-ugh! If it's true, publishing the name, address and phone number of the so-called professional would be a public service. (Microscopic props for spelling "congratulations" correctly but, seriously, it's the least they could do after having no concept of spacing.) Really? This is a bakery cake? My sister-in-law took a 2 hour decorating class at a local craft store and demonstrated this level of skill at EVERY cake event thereafter.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

It's sad that you can't trust your local cakewrecker!! And hats off to Lady Anne! Yeah, wow. Sooooo right.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

@SuBee: Don't keep us/me in suspense! Did Walt tell you which pictures, and which languages? Oh, and don't anyone bite down on one of those pink or blue balls on that first cake! I imagined breaking a tooth on one because it looks as if they could be plastic, like those "pop-it" beads we used to have. Other than that, uhh...."yum?" =^-.-^=

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Lady Anne - Nope.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Who else thinks Bowling Pinball would be an awesome game?

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWildaBeast

@Lady Anne
Most of the foreign wrecks are either strange cultural items (chocolate-covered-beetle cakes from Japan, for example), displays of poor artistic skill/taste, or the unfortunate results of an English-speaking customer at a non-English-speaking bakery.

There are a few misspelled/misheard wrecks that occasionally pop up from other English-speaking countries, but the majority of the "made by a kindergarten drop-out" cakes come from the good ol' USA...

..."Whar yoo ken stil bee a suksesfull kayk dekerater, eevin iffen yoos t'ain't gots no edakashuns!"

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNerfbomb

How on earth.....

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

How do you arrive at a place in your life where you can spell "Fleur" correctly but not "de"? Sane minds want to know.

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I guess a big #10 is better than a big #2 on your cake.......

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

*whispering* Bowl the rainbow....!

April 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKnittedbooties

I am dying that they spelled Fleur but not de correctly. Oh man who does this?? Wreckerators that's who. Always makes my night chuckling at these lol.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

What a novel idea for a border (on cake #2) -- marshmallows and egg yolks! YUMMY!!

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCali Kath

Lady Anne: I don't know about other countries, but here in the UK most people order specially designed cakes for weddings only. Supermarkets sell ready-decorated cakes, but don't write on them for you. This means there is much less scope for wreckorating.

April 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

I don't see the first one. What is Big #lo ?

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

On another website, (one that unfortunately had no cake) I saw the pretty little flourish referenced in that fourth cake called a "Florida Lee." No, I am not kidding. I had to say it out loud ("What the %&*$# is 'Florida Lee'?") before I could even figure out what it meant.

April 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

@Alan, I believe it says "Big #10", which I assume refers to a code for a certain cake design.

April 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter0_0

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