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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

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

I'm always fascinated by the breakdown in communication that can occur when you order a cake. I love figuring out what went wrong just by looking at the cake; it beats any crossword puzzle or word jumble.


Sometimes the explanation is pretty straight forward:


As you can see, there is in fact a "Coca Cola can/bottle" on this cake.


Other times there's a severe misunderstanding from the get-go:

I like to think that if they'd spelled "capital" correctly they might have figured it out.

Sometimes you specifically ask for little plastic "Happy Birthday sticks" stuck in your order of cupcakes:

Other times you're just not specific enough:

And sometimes, on wonderful, rare occasions, you get an amazingly talented baker. A baker with mad piping skills, a steady hand, and perfect spelling. A baker who, incidentally, is also a little hard of hearing. So, when you get this baker, and you want to order a giant Gerber daisy on your cake, just be sure you enunciate really, really well.

Because otherwise...


You might get the Gerber Baby.


(Yes, really. Scout's honor.)


A big "thanks" in all caps to Heather F., Brianne H., Jessie B., Kristina R., & Kelly Y., who had some 'splaining to do on her last birthday.


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Reader Comments (9)

At least the last one is cute.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

There actually is a flower called a gerbera daisy.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDS

1) While trying to figure the wording out, this baker was probably hitting the bottle, sitting on the can and to make matters worse, was probably snorting on top of all that.
2) It seemed like a captial idea at the time, but the execution left a little something to be desired. Kudos, though, for using Roman numerals to keep the guests guessing the birthday person's age. (To cap-it-all off, the "VW" on the cake, was there supposed to be a flotsam Beetle there?)
3) One thing's for sure. With this fiasco, this birthday certainly sticks in everyone's mind, (and craw).
4) Because if they had said, "Put 'sugar and spice' on it", they would have had a cake covered in cinnamon and sprinkles.
5) You ask for a daisy and everything comes up roses. The poor kid probably cried the whole time, "Mommy, that doesn't look anything like me."

By the way, Jen, what were you saying about all these cakes? I didn't quite catch that. Maybe you could repeat it, or say it another way. I think we're having a failure to, uh... um... uh... oh, never mind.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The daisy a DOOZY!!!!
But, they did do a pretty nice job on the Gerber icon.
Hopefully they didn't "Wah!" about it, too much. (I didn't expect the Cola one, but if anyone could do it, a wreckorator CAN! *wink*)

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

See, there's the problem... there is no such thing as a "Gerber" daisy. There are "Gerbera" daisies. But, people ALWAYS asked for "Gerber" daisies when I worked at a plant nursery! So, in defense of the decorator, he or she could have gone with either a Gerber item or a daisy, and just went with the wrong choice!

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

My sources say that the daisy is properly "Gerbera."

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

What? What? Why are you guys talking about gerbil diseases? And how are they getting on my cake?

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

But that Gerber Baby cake would be really awesome for a baby shower.

November 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

That first one is actually not too far off old Coke advertising signs, with "bottle" and "can" above and below just like that. It's hard to google search it because adding "bottle" and "can" brings up those images instead of the words, but I've seen them.

Closest I could find was this vending machine which is the same color and style but only has the "bottles" text.

December 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJamoche

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