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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

See? Not Just An American Thing

And now, for a little international flair, here's a Cake Wreck all the way from Norway. We begin with a guy ordering a cake for his coworker, Arnold:

(The original article is written in Norwegian, so I've put this conversation through Google Translate.)
"Can I please order a marzipan cake?"
"That's fine. What is the name on it?"
"Yes it will be Arnold 60 years. Happy Birthday."
"Arne 60..."
"No. Arnold!"
"No! Arnold like in 'Arnold Schwarzenegger.'"
"Oh... huh. Arnold like in 'Arnold Schwarzenegger?'"
"Are you sure."
"Yes in heaven's name. You shall write it as said!!! Yeah, print it! In a hurry!"


I want to believe Google Translate is completely accurate and this is exactly how Norwegians talk.
Because that would be hilarious. (Shhh, let me have this, Europe.)

Okay. Here's the cake in all its Norwegian glory:


Thanks, Karl E. - and hey, come with me... if you want to eat.


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Reader Comments (21)

They got "Schwarzenegger" right, but screwed up "Arnold"? (I think it says "Arnobl"--let me know your takes.)

Truly, foreign bakers are a breed apart--& yet the same.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I'm kinda hoping the customer response was ' Unlike the Schwarzenator, I will not be back.'

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterzeenia

(Googles) Kake Vrak? Sounds catchy.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I was in Denmark in October and this is just the way the Danes speak. I can't tell you how many times someone said to me,"Yes in heaven's name. You shall [complete action] as said!!! Yeah, [complete action!] In a hurry!" Are you sure this cake came from Norway?
Note: The Danes are lovely people and every single person I met spoke enough English to communicate with me, as opposed to most Americans who seem to have problems speaking English much less Danish.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

"Stick around."

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I put the inscription on that cake through Google Translate (with some difficulty--it took several hints along the lines of "Did you mean...?" before I succeeded. Here, I swear, is what Google claims it says:

"Arnold as
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Congratulations with
60 anniversary."

I'm not sure if it's lost in translation or awkward cake decorating. You be the judge.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Bahahaha :D

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

And THAT customer will probably not be BAWK....

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

As a norwegian; yes this is 100% norwegian. We do speak like that. the reason Danish sounds so similar, is cause they ruled us for 400-something years.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCru

It happens quite a bit - here's another one ;)

It was supposed to say "Knut & Marlin" on the cake - and they live in a small island community (Norway is odd like that) - so the cake had to be delivered by boat, and it had to be on the 10:30am boat! But the baker wrote the boat depature time ON THE CAKE instead :P heh

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave

As a Norwegian, I can say that Google translate isn't far off when it comes to how we speak :) Gratulerer med 60 års dagen is basically Happy 60th birthday :)

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterUnni

Greetings from the cold north!

Oh, this is Norwegian all right!

Classic Steve: Kake vrak sounds about right. :)
SaraCVT: Google wasn't that far off. The second part says more in the lines of: Happy 60th birthday. :)

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAryn

Norwegian chiming in - the cake says "Arnold as in Arnold Schwarzenegger - Happy 60th birthday"

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaja

I'd love to see more international cake wrecks, but I doubt other countries are as good (bad?) at them as us 'muricans!

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I love in Sweden. The Swedes talk this way too.
Read any Swedish hit literature (dragon tattoo, hundred year old, etc) and there is not much variation from true talking patterns.
Where I live, in Lappland, most cakes are left without text. Perhaps there would be just an abundance of cake wrecks?

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I once saw a wreck
or you could say
it once wrecked me.

She showed me she'd baked
such a mistake
Norwegian Cake.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

I can't believe no one has yet commented the most salient Schwarzenegger/cake decorating quote yet, so I will rectify this grave injustice:

"Don't drink and bake!"

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarahLovesFabric

To quote Kindergarten Cop: "It's not a tumor! It's a misunderstanding on cake."

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMSTeacher3K

A Schwarzenwreck -- at least he only wrecked the cake, not the state.

January 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

Well at least they spelled Arnold correctly lol.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

"Hasta La Vista, Behbeh..."

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

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