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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

Passive Aggression is a Dish Best Served Iced

Passive aggression comes in many forms, but I prefer the subtle approach for added deniability. The message is still there, of course, but it's not so obvious as to get you immediately disowned.

"Here's a big dead tree to represent your general state of witheredness. 

"Oh, and..." [jazz hands] "Happy birthday."


If she asks, it's a crown. But we both know better.

"No, Mom, of COURSE that's not a hand giving you the finger. It's a crown. Because you are a ROYAL...delight."


There is absolutely nothing wrong with this engagement cake:

...except that the groom's name is Nathan.

Nathan: 0

Mother-in-Law: + 20


When the subtle approach isn't getting the job done, though, sometimes you have to step up your game. And then put it in quotes:

"Also, I got this off the week-old clearance rack. For free."


Vicky: "It's not even my birthday!"

 "We know; we just wanted to make extra sure you knew you were being excluded."


"No, seriously, we're reeeeally sorry about that. Now, can we get you some cake? Or a drink? Maybe some adult diapers?"


Sarah C. claims she only asked for Happy Birthday, and the baker overheard her saying the rest on the phone to someone else. Riiiiight. How'd that excuse fly with the birthday girl, Sarah?


Of course, when it comes to passive aggressive cakes, nothing can ever compare to the ones mom used to make.

Right, Jason?

Oops, looks like we just missed Jason - he's gone on a guilt trip. See ya when you get back, buddy! "Enjoy!"

Thanks to Anne M., Courtney B., Emily K., Greer D., Laura P., Jessica S., Jennifer B., Sarah C., & Sue F., who will always still love me. Right, guys?

Guys? ...Hello?


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Reader Comments (24)

EXcellent commentary today, Jen. You do [jazz hands[ better than anyone else.
I soooo want a piece of that "no Vicky" one. It looks delicious!

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Bahahahahaha needed the laugh this morning

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I'm not angry about these cakes, but I am disappointed...

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I'm disappointed too. I can find nothing at all wrong with the engagement cake. Are you sure it didn't get in there by accident?

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Seriously, what did Vicky do??

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica

"...having a crisis N____"?

N____ what? I guess I'm not up/down with the current pop culture or something because I have no idea what that could say. Maybe I don't want to know. I'll let you decide.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStevieD

I love Jason's cake.
For four years in a row I called my mom on her birthday (five days after mine).
"Happy Birthday Mom."
"Oh no! I forgot your birthday."
"I know. I still love you."

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJed

No, no. They're fine. Just fine...

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Seriously! I need to know what kind of crisis we're talking about!

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTara

@StevieD: Darned if I get it, either, but it was probably wonderfully rude. On the down side, we learned a new ,,punctuation mark,,! =^-.-^= ,,^-.-^ ,,

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I just figured it was *the* n-word.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDangerGirl

The third one is so pretty that Emily should have dumped Nathan and married Nick. So close!

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

It doesn't matter what I think of these "cakes" as long as you like them. That's what's important.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Nancy, there is nothing wrong with the engagement cake if Emily was engaged to Nick but somehow I don't think her fiancé Nathan would feel the same way.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonyMe

Bravo, SuBee!

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZeldabird

Nancy - Read the caption. The Fiance's name is Nathan.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

it's hard to believe that a cake decorator actually knows that the word is you're and not your - hooray!!!!

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjane lewis

If only customers (and bakers) would just learn to leave the writing OFF the cakes! Several of these are otherwise very nicely decorated.

May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Channeling Whitney Houston. Ahem.
And IIIiiiIIIIIiiiiiiiiIeeeiiiiiii
Will always love

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHaha

I wondered if the N word was a name so exceptionally unusual that its owner would be recognised.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Jane, not all of them know the difference between You're and Your. (See Chrissy's 34 rainbow cake.) And 34 is NOT OLD! Says the 46 year old.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

@nancy, did you not see that the grooms name is not nick? Today's post isn't about cake wreaks in way of design but in incorrect writing or just plain hilarious writing. Sometimes it helps to read rather then just skim pictures.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie

The last one is my absolute favorite. My brother's name is Jason, so I sent him that picture a few years ago. It started a war. An awesome birthday meme war.

May 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal A

Lol so the groom's name is Nathan and they put Nick on the cake.. hmmmm nope can't think of a thing that could cause a wreckerator to make that big a boo boo lol. Wonder what Nathan thought..

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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