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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

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Spacing: The FINAL frontier.

These are the travesties of the bakers-who-don't-plan-ahead-well.

Plus the ones who like to center-justify their text so each line only has four letters each, because, yeah, THAT makes sense.

(Great. Now I really want there to be a band named the Cong Rats.)

Or how about just three letters each?



I know how those long words can sneak up on you, bakers, but the important thing is to make sure everything is legible and spelled correctly:

Oooh, so close.


Less close.


You're kidding, right?




Then there are the bakers who get their spacing right, but throw in a dash anyway:

Dash it all!

And, uh, this person:

Oooh, if only there'd been more space for the baker to work with!


 And finally, there are the bakers who are just batpoop insane:

Forget the writing - I want to know what that drippy brown spot is. I?


Thanks to Krissy K., 

Christine D., 

Justine J., 


Chris & Jessica, 

Deborah B., Carl J., Marina C., Angela W., Bronwyn G., & Angie W. for really exploring the
bakery space.


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Reader Comments (24)

Ok - that .... pie? with Ame nda on it. Are they saying good luck eating this? 'Cause, what IS that thing? Are they saying good luck trying to slice through the thick .... jelatin? covering the .... bulges underneath? *Hrk*
"Dash it all", "If only there'd been more space for the baker to work with" -- Hahahahahaha well done Jen.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

What is the brown sewer ooze on the 'Good Luck' cake?? Wait, I think I just answered that question . . . but, WHY???

Also, BROWN flowers on the cake below that? AIR-BRUSHED BROWN FLOWERS????

Reason #1257 why frivolous usage of the air-brush machine should be banned.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

Shouldn't that be "Space, The Final Frontier"? It would be so much funnier that way.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

You're on fire today Jen! Loved the captions and your post-post comments!

So, here's what happened to me once, and which I wonder might be the case in some of these wrecks: I live in a very small rural town without a real bakery, so when we want a "professional" cake we go to the grocery store. Well, our grocery stores have trouble keeping staff. So, you select one of the not-bad-looking-for a grocery store cakes that are in their chiller. Then you want writing on it, but there is no bakery staff around. So, you wander around the store until you find an unwilling employee and drag him or her to the chiller, where they agree to pipe on the lettering. I have learned -- just buy the blank cake and buy a tube of icing and pipe it on yourself, even if your handwriting resembles that of a serial killer, like mine does.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

All the stars for the Star Trek homage. Live long and prosper.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

At least they got Anna's entire message on her cake.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRita

"You're kidding, right?" says it all.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterColin

The sixth cake is so beautiful. I certainly wouldn't care about the spacing on that one.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

There's a simple explanation, Jen. All these folks went to the... Bill... Shatner... School... Of........ ELOCUTION!!!!!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I have been suffering through a bout of vertigo since last Wednesday. Every day, I have been feeling a little less loopy - until today and these cakes and all of those letters. I think I'll go close my eyes for a few hours...

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

That beautiful heart cake truly upsets me. You know, a more diagonal approach to the writing could have worked (a little odd, but not as odd as what they got). And truly, what the heck are the two cherries for? And why TWO? Anybody who works in design knows that you use odd numbers of items as it is more pleasing to the eye.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay


Spacing..... sorry. Yesterday a poster stated, "These were the worst cakes"... I was inclined to agree until I saw TODAY'S cakes. These wrecks take the


Laughing and snorting............... meo

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

… Did Teresa really mean The Final Front-

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Is that a dash or a raisin?

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

@Jodi: I think that style is just to throw people off. Or, maybe it's to TIP them off. Darn, I forgot which was which....Hurry, someone, call the bakery! Someone's cake could be in harm's way....
Too late...=^-.-^= darn.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Poor @SuBee -- I feel your pain, as I too sometimes suffer from vertigo. Hope yours goes away soon. Definitely don't look at anymore of these wrecks until it does. The brown sewer ooze droplet alone is enough to send your mind spinning, let alone your sense of equilibrium.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Shades of Lieutenant Ripley! Ame-nda is going to need luck because something is about to burst from that pie!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

The heart-shaped birthday cake is sad. It was such a good cake otherwise.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

I TOTALLY Googled, hoping to find a band or at least a song called Cong Rats. Alas, such luck. :(

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJus

Looks like the Cong Rats left a few "raisins" behind. The wreckor of the heart-shaped one should have his/her piping bag permanently taken away. A beautiful cake. Such a travesty.

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

That 7th cake must be mine- I can't read who it is for, but today is my 46th birthday, so it must be mine, right. As long as it has chocolate cake under the frosting!

August 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

I think I can explain the dash in Ame-nda. The wreckorator got as far as 'Ame', then realised the name was really Amanda. The dash was him thinking "Can I scrape it off? Nah, not a hope on this weird glaze. Oh well, too bad" and carrying on.

August 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Oh man I loved the heart shaped cake too. It was at least pretty. Til the ruined it by writing on it lol. That brown spot has to a tear from the cake above it... the writing is scary.

August 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Ok, so, I'm a bit behind on my CW viewing, so..I'm a lil slow...
The Que one...dear lord I cannot even tell you how hard I am laughing right now...and still laughing..I started typing this at 10pm, it's 2:26am...
I had to stop to breathe
Que is a running joke in my family, and with my bf...we like to yell it, randomly, for no real reason...anywhere and everywhere(ok, except like, a library, or somewhere really, really inappropriate, like a funeral for a non-family would totally get it)
I have never been able to explain this to anyone, and have them "get" it. But there is something about that word. Aaaaaand, now I need an inhaler.

October 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCap

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