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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
Thursday
Dec112008

The Cutest Misspellings of "Happy Birthday" I Have Ever Seen

Betcha didn't know a misspelling could be cute, did you? Well, it can. Observe:

This was given to Erik's buddy over in Iraq, where the locals guards had nicknamed him Omar. Yes, it says "Hippy barth day". Tell me that doesn't make you want to squeeze its lil' icing cheeks - go on.

JB tells me this adorable little morsel came from a restaurant in Taipan:

"Epi Burfday"

Awwwww.

UPDATE: Some of you are taking issue with my "Taipan" spelling. (The gall!) So just to clear this up: no, I did not misspell it, and no, I don't know where it is. All I can say is that's what was written in the e-mail. Is it possible JB meant Taiwan? Sure. Do I care? Not so much.

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Reader Comments (87)

I can sort of understand the misspellings when English is not your first language...it's the ones that come from the US that just boggle my mind!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterginlyn

Oh, that is fantastic, Epi Burfday! When I first looked at it, I thought it said Epi Barfday.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

I thought the second one said Epi Barfday, which I would love even more.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

In the "Epi" cake makers' defense, it could be a play on the Loius Vuitton epi bags' finish... lol. seemingly though it's probably just prain Engrish...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnt

this is like a lovely combination of http://engrishfunny.com/ and Cake Wrecks. Yay! :)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Epi Barfday is how I read the second one !

YUM!!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfour little blessings

Ack! I am so epi!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

And everytime I look at it, I also see '2 My CatLoved'. Does anyone else see that?

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Those are cute. I love the Engrish website.

word verification: mangsho: a show featuring mangs.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Well...I think they at least get an A for effort. Phonetics are hell.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

"Epi Burfday"...but they get "beloved" right? Still scratching my head over that one.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura K

Maybe Adrian is an epidemiologist :).

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To be fair... These were done by non-English-speakers in non-English-speaking countries. I would like to see an American decorator try to write out "happy birthday" in Arabic. (Then again, they have enough problems with their own language...)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLola

That is so adurible.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

I want a piece of Omar's cake with a rose and some of those crushed pistachios. I've not yet seen a cake on this blog that looked that delicious.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

Lovely! One question what is that stuff sprinkled above the flowers on the 1st cake...dirt???

Have a "hippy" day wreckers!!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Barnes Crew

Where's the wreck? Can you really hold it against them for trying? I mean Engrish is not their first language obviously and they are cute cakes otherwise (unlike the monstrosities of yesterday)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEngrish as a sicon languagee

word of the day: Binge....hmmmm...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSally

engrish cakes! two of my favorite things, together at last.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia

I looked at the cakes.

I kept looking for some time.

And I started laughing helplessly.


You can't even get mad at the misspellings, they're so cute. >_>

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Shaivya

Now those wrecks are cute.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Epi Barfday? That would be the cake for my son with multiple food allergies: first he vomits, then we get the epi-pen. (I've got to keep a sense of humor, since he only gets homemade, but allergen free, wrecks on his barfdays.)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllergy Mom

Taipan? Where is that? LOL

Do you mean Taiwan?

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSher

wouldn't you love to see one that said "hippy barfday"?

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

But there's so much more to comment on! How about the weird dirt sprinkles on that first cake! And the horrible piping on the second! Too much! Too much wreckiness!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Perhaps they could add an epi pen as a decoration. You never know when someone may have a 'reaction' to the cake...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBookstore Piet

I too, thought it said barfday, which I naturally thought was hilariousity, as that is my favourite dorkism to write in people's cards.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

Got a card once that said "hippo birdy". I thought the "beloved" on the second cake was worth an awwww..

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

A taipan is an Antipodean venemous snake. I think you mean the capital of Taiwan! :)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, as other people say, these are two non-English speakers and two non-Roman-Alphabet users to boot.

I like the marks in the frosting on the second one. The criss-cross is very attractive.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

remember "you can't do that on television"?
Barth?
brilliant.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavecat

You never know when something like this is a deliberate act, a recording in icing of a family's particular silliness. We always say, "Hippo, birdy, two ewes" or else spell it the way Owl did in Winnie the Pooh: HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA
BTHUTHDY.

Monique in TX

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonique in TX

Those are pathetically cute. LOL
~Amy B

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I just knew that first cake was baked and decorated with a pronounced Arabic accent! It's really rather cute. Many Arabs are very good at presenting food with decorative flourishes. The spelling mistakes merely reflect their pronunciation of English. The crushed pistachios are another particularly Arabic touch, and very yummy!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing like celebrating your barfday with a beatuiful cake wreck. Lovely!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

The crushed pistachios on that first cake are weirding me out. You can always eat a misspelling, but the random stuff sprinkled on the top is really bothering me.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Hippy barth day" is so amusing! But if English is their first language, where did that come from? But I still like it. I want to use it.

And I thought the second one said "Epi barfday" at first... lol

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

Epi burfday...first thought was that the recipient had bad allergies and was being given a last ditch warning before digging in :)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I want a cake that says "Hippy Barth Day"!!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBree

How cute! Even cakes have accents!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

Wow, I am really impressed they can produce something that elaboreate in Iraq! They do not exactly have the facilities...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first I thought "Epi" must be the recepiant's name, and I was looking for the standard "happy" elsewhere on the cake. On the plus side, that cake decorator has mad thatching skills. But blood red on chocolate? Gag.

WV: litabami
No no...I said they need a lobotomy, not a litabami...

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I've heard of Taiwan and I've heard of Taipei (its capital), but, pray, where in the world is "Taipan"?

Jen, have you been guilty of a mis-spelling yourself?? Ouch!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

ahhh Taipan...I love living inside a snake ;D perhaps it was from Taipei?

that second one looks deliciously chocolaty. mmmmmm.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermeg

At least it's not epi barfday

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMella

Makes you want to see how they'd do with "Congratulations" or "Anniversary" Put this one in the "A for Effort Category."

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What I love most about the "Epi Burfday" cake is the cool design in the icing. It looks like it was done with a fork turned this way then that....kinda like when you're making peanut-butter cookies. Seriously, it looks good!

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Anonymous @1:17 said "Wow, I am really impressed they can produce something that elaboreate in Iraq! They do not exactly have the facilities..."

But they did have Tim Horton's for the Canadian troops.:)


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I love engrish. Those cakes are cute.

wvotd minkity: "loosly translates into Tim Bit in Arabic"

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Am I the only one who thought of You Can't Do That On Television when I saw the "Hippy Barth Day" one? No? Just me? Ok, then. :-)

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTisha_

There is a Tai Pan bakery on the Internet.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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