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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
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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)

Ironically, sprinkles may have ruined this pretty cake.

~Lea

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The sense of longing is leaving me positively verklempt.

If only I had some sprinkles to share with this poor grardutwat...er...craguate...um...maybe it's gerdutate?

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

This is my favorite site!! I come here everyday (right after my email) and I have hooked my friends on it too! Thank you so much!!

Also, this cake LITERALLY made me laugh out loud. The cake and the headline you put with it is all I needed, I will be chuckling all day!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

They used the last of their sprinkles on Wendys' cake..LOL. I can not dis the artwork on the hat nor the penmanship.. the reverse shell border could use a little bit of help. But, all in all, the decorating is passable. And, if this cake was created in a grocery store they could have done an in store credit to the bakery department to get the graduate some damn sprinkles..

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it's a possibility that the order form had a blank for the customer to fill in. For example it might have asked "What do you want on the cake?" meaning, written on it. Not even this saves the hapless lout who didn't get it, though. Barbara

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

No no no. This is a metaphysical yearning put into sugar sweetness. We all want sprinkles in life. So this quite profound really. It is the Jedi Baker of the Universe delivering a much needed lesson to the graduate. Have what you want, you can't always. Work for it, you must.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTarot By Arwen

Oh, the irony! The irony!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Cakes just want sprinkles! I for one appreciate this cake's honesty

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrock

OK. I had to Google this. Aside from references to Cake Wrecks, a lot of sites out there reference a quote from The Office: "I don't want Garbage! I want Sprinkles!" - after Dwight has killed Angela's cat Sprinkles, and has offered to replace it with a feral cat he calls Garbage, because that's what he likes to eat. (I have no idea, this is just what I've read. Even though I live and work in the Scranton area, I don't watch The Office.)

So could this be an Office reference?

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

This is my new favorite. It makes me happy that all people do not have common sense when most of the time it drives me mad!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

My best friend is a sprinkle addict. I would so get her that cake...and cover it in sprinkles.

Excellent wreck. I scared the cat off with my burst of laughter.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

LOL. This just made my birthday.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

This is so totally my favorite category of wreck! I HEART the literal translations. Keep 'em coming!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSari

Living in LA the first thing I thought of was Sprinkle's cupcakes! So for a second I thought the grad had asked for Sprinkles (as in cup cakes) and her well meaning Mom told the baker "She said "I want Sprinkles for my graduation cake' ". And the more I think about it maybe that was the case? But a classic wreck nonetheless!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

....interesting. In my job as a decorator, if I have a questionable inscription, I ask the person who took the order or hmmm, wow maybe even call the customer????!!!...............DUH. I want sprinkles...........add SPRINKLES!!!!!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarie

Kids today, expecting sprinkles... In my day, we were lucky to get just ONE sprinkle, no way we'd be audacious enough to ask for more than one!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There is no way anyone at the party could have kept a straight after reading that.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Well, if the cake wants them, the it should have them.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Ziegler

Does NO ONE ever think to themselves, "Gee, "I want sprinkles" is an odd message for a cake" as they pass their giant container of sprinkles???

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

Wow! You have officially scared me out of ever ordering another "professionally" made cake again. Thanks alot! ;^)

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I think her sprinkles ended up on my daughter's birthday cake.

As soon as I can I am submitting the pictures. I didn't ask for sprinkles and I swear it looked like they dropped 3 jars worth on there!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

The brevity of this post makes it one of the funniest ones yet.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLobbie

lol omgosh I can`t stop laughing. That one really tickled my funny bone.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Perfect.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm with Barbara on this one---the form was misleading, perhaps. But, Vickie's comment was a hoot---3 jars of sprinkles on your daughter's cake?? No wonder this cake did not get any. Too funny

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

So lets look again at this beautiful cake... oh wait what is this, the border on the bottom is missing a few swirls, that’s okay you'll get it... wait! What’s wrong with this pile of roses and rose buds? oh I see you forgot all the vines needed to connect the roses and buds... silly it looks so weird with one rose bud chilling off by its self up there at the top... ps you really messed up with the sprinkles but that’s okay, next time right? lol love it!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterimjayjay23

This cake made me laugh more than any other cake on Cake Wrecks. The simple demand, not only so out of place on the cake but also completely unmet by the decorator, make this cake a winner.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I ordered a cake today...the first since stumbling across this fine blog. I'm terrified about what may be waiting for me come Monday afternoon. Who knows, maybe I'll have a wreck to report.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSix Green Zebras

One of the funniest ones yet!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Bowen

That's just happiness.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAzúcar

OMG how dumb are people? That is hilarious though.....Poor girl!

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Bakery help wanted: Simpleton needed to decorate cakes. Must have neat handwriting, be able to follow directions exactly as stated, and color co-ordinate your clothes.

Ability to make descent icing roses and reverse scrolls is a plus.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Now I want sprinkles too. Damn.

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

"Sprinkles" becomes a really, really weird word after you read it enough times. Sprinkles. Sprinkles. Sprinkles. How is that a real word?

October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

"I want sprinkles on it" ... hahaha

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRo

I love sprinkles!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJade

This cake would go great with my BIL's college graduation. The band played "You can't always get what you want". No, I am not making this up!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

OK! Enough about the sprinkles; you graduated, eat the cake and get on with your life!! lol I soo laughed at this one!!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is a very sad cake. It wants those sprinkles so badly... D:

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Elizabeth

Sadly, it has taken me many weeks of watching your site to realize that many cakes are pre-made with all the pretty decorations, sent to the store with clean faces, and left to the destruction of poor penmanship and spelling. I finally figured that out when bad writing, odd spelling, and strange phrases were shown with otherwise perfect cakes.

Now that I have understood this mystery, "I WANT SPRINKLES!"

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKLZ

Funny stuff! The cake in general is not bad, the writing is decent, but WTF were they thinking with the I want sprinkles? LOL I think I would have called the customer back and verified the writing before putting it on the cake. I have to do it all the time at our bakery, because when something doesn't make sense on the order, that's what you DO!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScraplin

"And what do you want on it?"

"I want sprinkles."

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinking (or hoping) in cases like this, it's a case of the cake decorator not speaking English very well.

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskellington7d

It could have been a phone order. Even the Creator doesn't know what will happen to those poor cakes that come from a phone order.
It might also be from a nonsensical web page form with ambiguous boxes such as "What do you want on your cake?" when they really mean "Insert cake text here:"

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaster Smasher (tm)

Ok, not just LOLing, but also crying. Where's my emoticon?

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisa

Maybe if she asked nicely...

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

Oh my - that is so sad. That one gave me a huge laugh this morning! lol

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Funny! What's better is how nice the writing is. How can you get that decent at cake decorating but still not have a clue?

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

Hi, so I actually know Jess P. and I went to her college graduation party so I saw the cake in person. One, this blog is hilarious. Two, the comments on this cake made me see the cake in a whole new light!!!
So the "I want sprinkles" is actually a phrase from our fave TV SHOW "THE OFFICE" in which Angela's cat Sprinkles died, and Dwight give her another cat named Garbage. She goes "I don't want Garbage I WANT SPRINKLES". So Jess thought it would be funny to have it on a cake, and on went the order to Costco. When I went to pick up the cake that day before the party I couldn't stop laughing at how awesome the cake looked. COSTCO CAKE IS SOOOO DELICIOUS!!

But other people at the party actually did think she wanted sprinkles on the cake. LOL

classic cake wreck!

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBero *hearts* the Office!

This is my new favorite wreck. And I don't know what makes it funnier, the actual assertion of wanting sprinkles or the post title.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

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