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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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Tuesday
Dec162008

But Where are the Blue Birds?

So Dawn W. was throwing a Wizard of Oz cast party, and she knew better than to order anything as complicated as a Yellow Brick Road cake. So instead, she simply asked for a cake with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on it.

Now, if you've read this blog for any time at all, then you're probably expecting the same thing I was - an inscription that looks like this:

"Some Wear"
The Rainbow

I'm pleased to report that's NOT what happened. No, Dawn received something far more...colorful.

At first I thought the decorator was just being clever, but then I noticed the "Somewheres". Yeah. Well, there went that theory.

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Reader Comments (86)

Is this the best that the education system can produce?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElise

This is one of my favorites of all....too funny!!!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLayne Peacock

Man, even that rainbow isn't that good. Do they get preschoolers to do this stuff?

Hilarious.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I'm really diggin the neon colored 4 toned rainbow. Because everyone knows that in cake decorating world you're allowed to make that kinda stuff up.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I refuse to accept that this is a professionally made cake and that the concept of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" could have been so horribly misconstrued and completely missed. That's it, right? The whole of the cake? "Somewheres" and a poorly airbrushed rainbow that looks more like an unrolled Fruit By The Foot? Besides being just plain fugly, this is unforgivable. What would Dorothy think?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

OMG! Who hasn't seen Wizard of Oz to know that anytime someone even says "Somewhere over the rainbow" that most normal people (well me), will break into the song! This takes the cake!

I think my 9 yr old could have come up with a better design...

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristie

That cake decorator needs to stop swigging the vanilla straight from the bottle.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

The colors of the rainbow aren't even in the correct order...

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

At least the writing is pretty good(s). tee hee

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

And apparently the decorator has never seen a rainbow, as the colors aren't in order... Love it!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If crazy, clueless bakers try,
yet fail and still get paid...
Why, then oh why can't I?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Are you sure it's not "somewhereo?" It's just like a sombrero but it's worn exclusively by rainbows.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Darn the ol' prepositional phrase strikes again!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

OH lol. It's perfect. Somewhere is LITERALLY over the rainbow!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternell b

If the "rainbow" was in the right color order and "Somewheres" was singular, this would be the most smart-assy cake EVER.

word verification: woomarn. I woonder if a marn oor a woomarn designed this cake.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobynNewt

Wow ok so my son looked at the screen and said mommy whats wrong with that rainbow. lol I have no idea honey. He then said rainbows are not that color. Priceless just priceless.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersweettc

When rainbows are involved, please remember ROY G. BIV, people! Isn't this taught in elementary school science?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This could have been so cute. It could have been a competent rainbow, with little singing bluebirds.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Someone didn't pay attention to the Roy G Biv rule!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really need to start reading your blog whenever I really mess up at something - it'll pick up my mood immediately. Cuz I'm freakin' Einstein compared to these decorators :)-

The more I see on your blog, the more it makes me want to become a cake decorator - just to stop the madness and help society. The Air Force has plenty of medics, but apparently there's a real decorator shortage in this country!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjennykitten76

Roy G. Biv =

Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Indigo
Violet

Sheesh!!

Word verifcation: ulaxe
Hey Decorator! Ulaxe on your spelling and rainbow colors.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

Someone missed out on Grammer class, I think.
~Amy B.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Sheesh! It's not really that hard to draw a proper rainbow; even my 6 yr old knows about "ROYGBIV"!!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMartie

I love your blog! I haven't laughed so much in ages! I blogged sbout your blog today - so you may get some hits from me!
Keep it up! Too funny!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKirsty

LOL's to The Courteous Chihuahua.
Why then, oh why can't I, indeed!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

This one is really funny! It's like one of those crappy word puzzlers in the newspaper, only there was no proofreader.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Don't you mean "grammar" - or was that ironic?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've really got to stop loaning my 3 year old out to decorate cakes... except that he'd get the colors in the right order...wow...

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Dear Cake Decorator,

Repeat after me:

ROY G BIV
ROY G BIV
ROY G BIV.

(Didn't most of us learn that in 3rd grade?)

Word verification: debili.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpsipsina

I suspect this wreckorator actually wanted to be a fake tan technician.

Am I the only person who thought that the mnemonic 'Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain' worked the other way around, and used the colours of the rainbow (simple to remember) to recall the many strategic failures of the 3rd Duke of York? No? Ok.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Oh no, I mean, at first I thought there was a part of the cake missing, you know? The part that said "over the rainbow", but then I got they just wrote "somewheres" over the rainbow...ROFL

(I hope the use of "" is correct!!)

VK

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

People never cease to amaze me. The rainbow is pretty dissapointing too.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

These comments have taught me something I never knew. Roy G. Biv! I'm pretty sure none of my teachers ever taught me that...but I'm not a cake decorator so that doesn't matter. This person should have known the correct colors!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Ah! The pesky prepositional phrase strikes again!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

That's freaking hilarious. And one of the fugliest rainbows I've ever seen.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesleMora

This is the best one yet! Gets my vote for Wreckiest Wreck.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReam O Rama

I think it wasn't done.

They started with the intention of putting "Somewhere over the rainbow" and accidentally put the s on somewhere. Then while they were out back smoking, thinking about how they were going to fix it, the customer came in to pick it up.

If not, they are either a total smarty pants or they have never seen or heard of the Wizard of Oz.

*Word verification:
hubblym-the green gooey frosting used to make dragon cakes.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrrr

i thought it said "somewhereo" too. and it must be difficult being a cake decorator when you're colour blind.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

I can't believe this decorator got it SO wrong. Is it possible to become an adult and have never seen or heard of The Wizard of Oz? Must be.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tildy Spot

Oh dear... so sad.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTranquility

I think "somewheres" comes from the increasingly popular txting spelling and grammar rules. I have seen high school papers using such language, and it makes me very, very sad for the fate of the English language.

Word Verification: Throple- What most cake wreck receivers feel like doing to the sugar-high decorators responsible.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy.mangos

When I look, I see "Someiuhereo", except the "i" isn't dotted. I don't see a cursive w, but instead iu. And yeah, that doesn't look like any rainbow I've ever seen. Wreck-tacular!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterarcOH

Oh that is just *the best*. My day is made. I'm going back to bed, because everything else that happens after this today will just be a disappointment.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMissy Ann

LOL this is my favorite wreck yet!!! And the more I look at these things, the more I think, "HEY! I can do this, too!" I've never been to pastry school, but I don't think any of our wreck creators have! tee hee

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

That's not even a rainbow! ROY G. BIV, friends.. ROY G. BIV!

:)
~Jess

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Now, I question that this was professionally done.

You know those kiosks in the mall where you can get your picture taken and screen printed in mediocre quality on an airbrushed T-shirt or wall scroll or whatever? That's who I think made this cake, one of those.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Egads! I choked on my chip! What a riot!

My word verification says it all: Dawn was "CONDED"

Thanks for the chuckle!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter5thsister

Somewheres...maybe it's actually supposed to be 'Somewhere's'...like a contraction--Somewhere is....over the rainbow...

No? ah well...I didn't really think so either...

~Bonnie B~

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Maybe she had a lisp?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter..::Angel::..

Thanks for the humor! It's the highlight of my day today!!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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