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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

A Yelp For Help

Most chain bakeries have numbered order books, so you can just write down the code for the design you want.

For example, at this place, if you want a picture of a trophy you write down "SB1."



Beth S. didn't want any mix-ups, though, so to be EXTRA careful she wrote down the name of the design she wanted, not the number:


...which is how Beth ended up with this:

Doggone it.


Ok, you're thinking, but surely - SURELY - if you draw an actual diagram of the cake yourself, clearly labeled, this won't happen. Right?

Linsay K. agreed, so she carefully mapped out directions for drawing the Quebec flag on her friend's birthday cake:

She picked the color blue, then used a piece of paper to show the bakers just where to draw the four fleur-de-lis.


I think you'll agree, minions, that all of Linsay's hard work really paid off:



Thanks to Veronica L. Beth S., & Linsay K. for giving me a new fleur-de-lis on life.


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Reader Comments (14)

If I'd ordered any of those cakes I'd do any or all of the following, however many are necessary:

a) Stare blankly
b) Ask where is the cake I ordered
c) Stare again
d) Refuse to pay and ask that the decorator be fired
e) Demand my deposit back if any
f) Walk out without paying the rest
g) Small claims court.

People abuse you as much as you allow them to.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Last week we determined that maybe alcohol was the problem with all the wrecks. I have to amend that idea. I think there must be something in the air in those bakeries that sucks all the common sense brain cells out of some of these bakers. Maybe their brains got fried by the heat of the ovens, or there were gas leaks, or maybe stupidity just pools in these places, and like a virus, they get infected by it. Or maybe they're alien replacements and this is just the first stage in their conquest of Earth.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

It's downright depressing to think that these people have JOBS when there are so many without work.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Simply amazing how this happens! Makes sense... but oy vey! So much hilarity. The fleur de lis cake mistake is my new fave. Thanks so much!

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpeppercorn

Are they TRYING to get on cakewrecks?! :/

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Color me confused but...does it say Fleur delise??

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The Québec flag is referred to as le drapeau fleurdelisé, the flag (decorated) with fleurs de lis.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteroneblankspace

The lady with the flag failed at giving instruction anyway -- she can't spell the name correctly. Or the wreckerator added/subtracted spacing & letters.

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

"I asked for a sheet cake. I did not say I wanted a... "

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

I had to call my partner over to see this, because the only way I could describe le gâteau Québécois was, "it's absolutely nothing like what she expected. Absolutely nothing."

April 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Oh man lol. I would love to have seen the reactions when they saw the cakes. I can only imagine the shock lol.

April 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Let me say first, I am a huge fan of this page. Second, I have been a decorator for 12 years. I would also like to add, when you place an order at a big box store, ask the person who is taking your order what it is they do there. They will let anyone take an order. The person that mops the floor included. I could start my own page with the ridiculous order forms I've seen ( and had to decipher) Unfortunatly a complete idiot will take (or place) an order, and the decorator takes the fall. One of the many reasons I am currently seeking a different type of employment. Lol

April 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Mike, I love the idea of aliens planning their conquest of Earth while lurking in bakeries, giving themselves away by their inability to spell 'birthday'. I can see a film in this.

April 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

A while ago, I read an advertisement for an antique piece of furniture which, according to the person who posted the ad, was decorated with "Florida Lee." I am not even kidding. It took me a minute to decipher what the description was attempting to describe; then I wondered why this wasn't written on a cake on "Cake Wrecks."

April 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

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