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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.

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- Jen

It's Almost Like He's Part of the Family

"Of course I don't treat him any differently. Look, I even ordered him a graduation cake today!"

Natalie B., knowing they just spelled Stetson's name wrong takes all the fun out of it for me. Can we stick with my version? No one has to know. ;)

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Reader Comments (62)

Whether it's "Stetson" or "Stepson," the decorator still left out the comma that should separate the direct address from the rest of the phrase.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

The purple writing & flowers surprise me (I think Stetson is a male name . . . )

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTLA

I'm kind of wondering if the cake decorator looked at "Stetson" on the order and said, "That can't be right" and changed it on his/her own...

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I can't decide which would be worse--having your stepmother give you a cake with "Stepson" on it, or having your real parents name you Stetson.

On second thought, yeah, I can decide, and if I were Stetson, I'd definitely be wishing it was the other thing.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterProfessorDog

This cake really resonates with me, especially if we're keeping the "fake" story.

When I was growing up, I had an evil stepmother. For one of my birthdays, she got me three bags of M&Ms (the regular, individual size ones) and a USED CROSS STITCH KIT that she had purchased at a garage sale.

I was like, "Um...thanks?"

Wow. Really needed to get that off my chest.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lasse

I was surprised there were only a couple comments on the fact that the writing and FLOWERS are in a purple-blue perfect for Stetson/Stepson's gratuation/son of the year cake!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie h

"Stetson" is a family name around here...."Stetson University" is named for the man who invented the Stetson hat and then he endowed the university. So the name came before the hat, folks. Still, this is a really scarey cake, stepson or stetson.
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November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for the clarification at the bottom. As a mother and a stepmother, I was having a small coronary before I saw that!

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYarnhog

Um, how do we know it's a graduation cake? What if he is now potty trained? Or in choir? Or got hired at the floral shop? (C'mon! PURPLE flowers?!)

And if that's the case, maybe the conversation went something like this:

Mom: "My son just got hired at the floral shop! I want a cake with purple flowers that says "Way to go Stetson!"

Cake decorator: "Ok, will do!" (She MUST have said stepson! She HAS to be confirming his gender with this one...)

And maybe he is like Jack McFarland on Will & Grace who starts new careers every few months, so the "2006" is to remind him later how often he did it himself?

Hee verification is vismshee.

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, that's it. I am convinced that all bakery workers are mindless or non-english speakers. Based on this whole wreckin' site...cake decorators cannot read, comprehend nor confirm corrections!!! LOL...

November 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh. Mah. Goodness...I was just catching up here on CakeWrecks (yeah, it HAS been almost 2 months since I've read....BAD cakewrecks fan!) Anyways, I can't believe my brother's cake made it into the hallowed galleries of cake-wreckiness!! Just in case y'all were wondering, no, Stetson's NOT a stepson. And, no, this wasn't a dial-a-wreck, either. My mom oredred the cake in person at the bakery, and she did actually spell out my brother's name, very carefully and slowly, since it's an unusual name. Still, the decorator obviously had no clue. "Stetson? What's that? I ain't never heard of it, I think they must've meant STEPSON. Yeah, that's it...what a lovely message for any child!" The only thing that could've made it better would have been quotes around the word "Stepson". Haha! :P Thank you, Jen!

December 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie B.

LOL - I was going through old posts and this one reminded me of a woman who would have dearly loved to become my stepmother. She had 3 grandchildren who she referred to as Bob, Sally, and "My Adopted Grandson, The Lawyer". I never did know his name, unless it really was "My Adopted Grandson, The Lawyer". Fortunately that relationship did not last long and I do not have to make conversation with that woman across the Thanksgiving table.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergalahun

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