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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
Saturday
Oct112008

Sorry, You Can't Have Any

I guess you'll have to make do with just the roses, Jessica P.

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Reader Comments (130)

Good timing for teaching the new grad about the unfairness of life, I think...

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterad

Don't we all, honey. Don't we all.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

Can we also make a comment on how incredible misshaped that graduation hat is?!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRach

Well, at least the decorator passed her penmanship class, right?

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

--and at least it doesn't say "Congratwat, JeSicah."

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Ironically, the script is gogeous!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicarian

I love the uneven border around it too... a nice classy touch.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

This is a nice-looking cake: completely presentable. It's fun, and I can forgive the minor aesthetic shortcomings because of that. I suppose it bears inclusion here because it displays that "knowing irony": the people who conceived the cake are well-aware of what's going on.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

It would be wonderful if she had the sprinkles....poor kid....now I want some sprinkles!!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

nothing says "tough titty, it's time to grow up" like the absence of sprinkles...

I wamt sprinkles? What is "wamt" exactly? The hat looks like a pink foil wrapped Hersey kiss upside down. This is a classic cake wreck!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh & the handwriting is so pretty!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I can just hear the conversation between the customer and the baker. "That's right,a graduation hat and the year '2008' on top. Oh! and I want spinkles on it as well." "Okay, ma'am I can do that...."

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, this is it. My favorite wreck of all time (so far.) I think it's the fact that the decorator obviously has been doing it for a while, based on the lovely writing. Yet the decorator couldn't figure out that "I want sprinkles" meant...I want sprinkles.

Winner.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLibbie

Really beautiful!!!
Have a nice weekend.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdavid santos

OMG!! my new favourite!!!!!

and the penmanship is fantastic!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermagpie0327

LMAO! It is a beautiful cake, how could they not know! I just do not get it, they did such a wonderful job and then they ad that, don't they know that doesnt fit, don't they see this????? Where's the coffee?

~Hyla
http://earthyfinds.blogspot.com

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

Having met Other Humans I probably already know the answer to this: Could someone be THAT dense??

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn S

I'd have had to have bought the cake, just for the humour of it.
I like the handwriting, though.
Amy B.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Couldn't she have just one sprinkle? Well I guess not.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if she was bummed that she didn't get a Contralulation's, Congradulations, Congratwat, Cangratalation, ConGrat ulation? (Or however you spell it in whatever language she speaks.)

By the way, I want a BMW. I would never ask for it to be put on a cake...I might just get "I want a BM" on my cake!! And probably in brown icing.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonster

woooooow

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Crossing

I'm pretty sure I know what happened here...
"And I want sprinkles on it, too"
"OK, and what do you want the writing to say?"
"I said I want sprinkles!"
"...yes, but the writing...?"
"I told you I want sprinkles!"
"*sigh*"

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelsolylaluna

I want them, too.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthenewsarahsundae

I just found your site and I looooove it so much! Maybe that is because I love everything that has to do with cupcakes and cake.

Have you seen this blog?

http://howtogainweightonavegandiet.blogspot.com/2008/09/cupcake-teaser-ok-enough-with-teasing.html

She makes the most ADORABLE cupcakes!

I wish I were as talented as some of the cake-decoraters you highlight. But my creations would probably end up in your "wreck" category!!!!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

It's actually a nice-looking cake, but then again I am neither a purist nor a perfectionist.

I think I just found a new motto. I want sprinkles. If any politicos come knocking at the door, I shall tell them that I will only vote for the party that will give me sprinkles!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkitchenrefugee

i asked for the same thing when i graduated.
... nothin.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkirstie

Do you suppose all of her gifts were sprinkles? I mean, really, at least it would be a minor consolation.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWomen on the Verge

this makes me laugh and just a little sad all at the same time.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Awesome. I love this stuff!!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

I wish we could get the reaction of the buyer on some of these cakes. I mean, other than the jaw dropping to the floor as they stare at something totally wrong... Then wonder how to point out that it's wrong...at the same time realizing that the party is in two hours...

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCat Skyfire

oh, how i LOL'd...
that was brilliant!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

If ya can't get sprinkles on your graduation day, then when can ya? Geez... harsh.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I must agree the penmanship is quite lovely. So lovely that it looks like this person must have had plenty of practice writing on cakes and yet he/she makes this lovely blunder! But seriously I love sprinkles I would want them too. But what better time to learn about the harsh realities of the cold, unfeeling real world?

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I love this one. It's even better if you read it in Veruca Salt's voice.

http://yousuckatcraigslist.com

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryousuckatcraigslist

This is so wonderful in its simplicity.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthat girl down south

I love how nicely done it is.
It's beautiful really, and then there's..... THAT!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrrr

It's almost as if the cake is talking to us...pleading with us...for a handful of sprinkles.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I cannot stop laughing. That is just amazing. Whoever made this order -- what were you THINKING???

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

Oh my holy hell...I laughed out loud. OUT LOUD. That is so rare.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Life without sprinkles is just so not fair.

What a cruel yet sugary way to learn a life lesson.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

i guess the old rolling stones song is true.

"you can't always get what you want".

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lol

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Hedvig

I'm going to put sprinkles on everything I eat today in honor of Jessica P. Yes, even the broccoli.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

Maybe it's my pain meds...but it took me a second or two to comprehend the actual mistake...now I'm giggling my butt off. Wow...this is SO my fave of all time!!!!!! reminds me of the time when my husband had to spell out his name for a form of some type that was being mailed to us . His name is spelled JON no H. So when he spelled out is name to the operator, he said J-O-N without the H. The week after he receives the catalog in the mail... adressed to JONNOH Reeves. Get it? they thought No H was part of the name I guess

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

Aw, that's sad... the cake is beautiful in general, I wonder if those are her school colors or just her favorite colors?
Too bad about the sprinkles, but how can you actually put that on a cake? Wouldn't you think "hmm, maybe I should call & see if 'i want sprinkles' should be written on the cake, or if they actually wanted sprinkles..."

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The fact that the rest of the cake is pretty darn good for grocery-store decorating makes the mistake HILARIOUS. And sad.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjaclyn

i love this site & its hard to believe that some of the cakes are real! i work in a bakery & could never imagine actually giving a customer a cake like that!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Didn't they ask for anything else in the center of the cake? Shouldn't there have been a message for the graduate, as well as the sprinkles?

Love the blog, by the way!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarian

Is there an area under '2008' that looks like it has been re-iced - sort of a smoothed over bit as if something that was on there went wrong??

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoUK

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