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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

Painfully Honest Cakes

Remember, kids, if you can't say anything nice...

...say it with cake.


Today is National Honesty Day, but before you go dropping those truth bombs, let's take a look at some ways you can be completely honest but still somewhat polite:

And my personal favorite:

Only works with Angelas, though.

I just realized if you read those three together, you get a short poem:

"You are tolerable.
You are slightly above average.
You are Angela."

I like it.


If you can be a little more effusive, there's also this option for a completely honest compliment:

"And hey, I mean that."


But let's be honest: 99% of the people you know are total jerkfaces, and the only reason we say nice things on their cakes is because it's their birthday and we want cake.

So here's a compromise: start with "happy birthday," and then throw in a little truth:



See, the exclamation mark makes it chipper!


The misspelling will confuse everyone long enough for us to make a run for it.


If you'd rather avoid all that conflict, though, then how about a general statement that everyone can agree on?



Thanks to Nichelle O., Gina G., Kristin S., Kitzy C., Joan A., Sarah C., Liz M., Doug K., & Michele D. for spouting off.


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Reader Comments (13)

Not just Angela, we all are. Angela.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

I work with an Angela. She barely average and slightly tolerable. LOVE the poem.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Look: you HAVE to admit that the whale cake is clever. Maybe a friend who's SYSTER was named "Phyllis", and the whole thing was a misunderstanding....? I'd let it go, and give it some time! Sooner or later, the whole thing will BLOW over.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Last one's a trap.

How do you extinguish the candles?

You're syphilis!

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

Total 👍and 👏 on the douchbag and syphilis cakes. Awesome.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

I hope the 3rd cake is just a humorous reference to Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." I hope....

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Wow, I can't believe how mean-spirited these cakes are. it's difficult to say which one is the worst, but I think my vote would be: "Happy Birthday - We're disappointed in you". Who wants to receive THAT on your birthday, even if you are celebrating (???) your 34th birthday. Talk about a kick in the head.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNew England Flybaby

If the “You are Tolerable” cake is a reference to Pride & Prejudice, then I am HERE FOR IT!

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

I think the "tolerable" line is a reference to "Pride and Prejudice", when Mr. Darcy insults Elizabeth behind her back.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterELIZABETH

With some tweaking, that poem makes a great Haiku:

You're tolerable.
You're slightly above av'rage.
You are Angela.

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDancing with Lasagna

OMG my name is Angela and my bday is coming up. I swear if my family doesn't get me THIS cake!!😂

April 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAngela G.

Lol I love these cakes. My birthday is getting closer so I will be avoiding ordering a birthday cake since I have a feeling a wreck is just waiting for me lol.

April 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterArleneMarie

"You are tolerable.
You are slightly above average.
You are Angela." --- Aibileen Clark's less-positive cousin

April 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

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