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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

If That's Your "Real" Name

Hey Lee C., "Jean" is going to be ticked you blew her cover. Still, as reader appsnchaps pointed out, at least she got sprinkles.

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Reader Comments (43)

At least "Jean" got sprinkles. . .

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAppsNChaps

What an "attractive" cake.


October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie and Angela

I think some cake decorators need to take a few english classes! LMBO! Keep up the good work "Jen". (if that is, indeed, your real name!)

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeadyball

I'm thinking they maybe should have put the quotes around "young". Is that licorice on that cake?

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

At least she got sprinkles

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

The "J" looks funny---and just like the "Y" until the extra line was added. And are the red arches jelly or hot lava? Poor "Jean".

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

did anyone notice how there are random patches of sprinkles???

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor, poor "Jean".

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Shaivya

Nice sprinkle application...I'm laughing because that's exactly how my 5 year old would put them on. One pinch, right here, another pinch, right over there. OK, done! Poor "Jean".

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

my grandma puts quotes around everyone's name like that for "decoration"

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwalrus


Angie (from over at

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

why the hesitation on the "n?"

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertony a.k.a. isweatbutter

I don't know... looks like "Jearv" to me...

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura


I just "love" your blog. It is so "funny".

Your "friend",

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

This poor cake has sprinkle pattern baldness. Sad. Maybe Betty Crocker has a Rogaine equivalent for that.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermandi

Additional penalty for clumpy use of sprinkles and awkward lettering.

The quotes still boggle my mind.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNeb

I "love" misused "quotation" marks. They make "me" chuckle.


October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

It looks like the sprinkle fairy had the flu...vomiting small puddles all over the poor cake. At 83 years, don't you think "Jean" should have a nice looking cake? But no, alas, "Jean" is resigned to this wreck...

Oh, and did anyone ever think that maybe, just MAYBE "Jean"'s parents put the quotes around her name on purpose?? :D

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracibub

My mother-in-law always signs her birthday cards: Have a "Happy Day!". I've always what she means by it! So I got out and have a good day regardless. That way, I'm either taking her best wishes to heart, or I'm spiting her. I doubt I'll ever know which!

Poor "Jean". I wonder if she had a "Happy Day!"

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What is the deal with people and their "quotations"? I bet the same people use inappropriate air quotes too.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Mommy

Maybe her real name is Denim.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

So "Jean," if that is her real name, stuck it out for 83 years (and the last few have been no picnic, I'm sure) for this cake that not only is decorated terribly but has also outed her from the witness protection program. Poor "Jean."

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMagsP

Every time my mother gives any of us children a card, she writes our names within "quotes". Makes me wonder if I've been running around for 49 years without knowing my real name and perhaps I'm on the witness protection plan.

It's a good thing my mom was a "nurse" and not a "cake decorator". Or is it?

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkitchenlogic2point0

I don't think it's licorice...maybe the jellied blood of the young?

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCat Skyfire

Happy 83rd birthday Jea-squiggle!

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

Argh! My aunt does that on every card she's ever given us! Merry Christmas, "Shannon" Happy Birthday "Amy". It's traumatic when you're already a kid who thinks she's adopted.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This just shows you....

"Jean"'s name is probably "Jean". Quotation marks and all. Who knows? It may have been her parents' favorite punctuation marks so they decided, "Hey, let's put those cute little marks around her name!" There you have it. Not a mistake at all.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWomen on the Verge

Omigod! I just love how so many people said 'Poor "Jean"' :D

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Shaivya

Ok. First for the "good." "Jean" got sprinkles. Can't be all bad if you get sprinkles. Now for the "bad." How much time do we have? The cake decorator looks like they forgot if they were doing all caps or upper/lower case when they wrote her name. Looks like they started writing the "n" in lower case, then remembered they were writing in all caps today and tried to compensate. I have no idea what happened with the "a" in "years." Those red blobs (blood? I hope not!) around the edge of the cake may be leftover from that shark CC from yesterday, from all those ripped off hands and feet. Poor, poor "Jean."
OMG! I can't stop using "quotation marks!" Help meeee!

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

That looks like it should be posted here:

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Her Husbands name is "Denim"

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter..::Angel::..

ewwww! what's "with" the random sprinkle placement??

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If her husband's name is "Denim" then is their last name "Jacket"?


October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If she's using a fake name, you know she's lying about being 83, too.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFundamentallyFlawed

Baaaaad. It's not such an obvious wreck, but it's not that good looking either. Send it back, is what I'd have done!

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

Erin already posted the link to" REL="nofollow">The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks--that's all I could think about when viewing "Jean's" cake. I'm a huge "fan" of crazy "punctuation."

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

What's with the blood-colored leeches parading around the edge of the cake? Ewww.

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBee

I had a cake with quotation marks around my husband's name a few years ago TOO! We joked the whole night about it and even took pictures with us holding up "quote fingers" in honor! I knew what this post was about when I saw the title!!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacia

I love how the sprinkles are in little clusters

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternc

Looks as though "John McCain" decorated this cake!

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAltissima

Did they decorate it in fake Hollywood blood? Eww!

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

oh dear lord I'm on the school library computers and I am helplessly crackin up!!! stifling laughter just makes it worse.

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdubya

My boyfriend's mother always writes birthday cards and the like in this way! She puts his name in quotes inside the makes no sense! I guess she is not the only one.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramyk

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