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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

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 (87)

I agree with arcOH. I am most concerned with the failed connection of w to h.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Wow. That rainbow.


How hard is it people.




December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLexi

I thought it said "somewhores". A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara and Randy

It looked like "Somewhered" to me. Maybe it's a new verb meaning "I went somewhere." Just, "I somewhered."

And to the decorator's credit, the colors are sort of in reverse order... violet, pink, yellow and green go in that order... it just doesn't start with violet. And there are like four other colors missing.

... ok so it's not in order :D
I tried.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeSaint

It's even more funny when you realize that the 'e' in somewheres looks kind of like an 'o'. yeah...

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is completely ridiculous. As usual I'm torn between staring in horror and laughing my pants off.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrauduskoivu

wow...that's cute.
I mean, if a 3 year old did it, it'd be cute.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

I agree with Sara and Randy!

I see "SOMEWHORES" too!


December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

I feel like there are times when an incorrect rainbow can be excused. Really, if someone sort of combines blue and indigo, I'm not going to get all worked up about it. Or if a child's birthday cake is deliberately done in a cartoony style and the rainbow only has red, yellow, green, blue, and purple, it's fine.

But they could at least get it kind of in order.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just like to think of alternatives. If you've ever seen a double rainbow, you will have noticed that the colors reverse on the outside one, so this could be the outside (reverse order) of a double rainbow. The area between the two rainbows is sort of purply-black (I like to think of it as ultraviolet).
But I doubt that this decorator ever bothered to look at a rainbow.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

I'm guessing the words "Somewhere's over the rainbow" featured somewhere in that conversation...
Fred from somewhere over Australia

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

sooommmmeWHEEERESSS over the raiinbowww!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercadylee

I'm assuming that the decorator hadn't been introduced to Roy G. Biv as a child, hm?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Winged Kitten

If they only had a brain!!!!!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarie

That's the worst looking rainbow I've ever seen. Hasn't he ever heard of ROY G BIV?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRichS

Amy.mangos said...
"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."
Or not.
I've heard ADULTS talk this way-plenty of times. "Somewheres," "anyways," and many others. It's not new at all.
That fate is sealed, I'm afraid.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow. At least it was over, not under the rainbow!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElise

haha... that is AWESOME!

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I would have been expecting "Some Where Over the Rainbow," but I guess people "Wear" things over the rainbow too?

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So simple, but so wrecky.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Maybe the "decorator" was Gollum: "Somewheres over the rainbowsess, precioussssssssssssss!"

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

Such potential for utter hilarity...wasted by lack of adequate culture AND grammar

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

WOO-HOO! I was THRILLED to see this on Cake Wrecks today! I'm the submitter and yes - it's totally real. This happened to me a couple of years ago...and I'm SO happy I snapped a photo before it was gone. The "decorator" was a 45ish year-old woman at Sobeys. I almost refused to take the cake when I saw it, but on second thought, it was just too funny. I'm glad you all thought so too!

And yes, we sang "Somewheressss, over the rainbow" all night.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn


As to the Blue Birds - they must be over the White Cliffs of Dover. (And I dread to think what a wreckorater would make of that!

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These just keep getting better!

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

possibly a miss-translation of an idea.
call-taker: "hey I have a sweet idea, they want a somewhere over the rainbow cake so we do a cake with a rainbow on it, and get this the somewhere's over the rainbow right?

cake decorating chimp slave: ook?

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermotherkat

I love it... Sadly, as much as the "S" annoys me the reverse order of the rainbow colors is WORSE to me, somehow. ROYGBIV people! ROY G BIV! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRG

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

I've lost my faith in cake decorators now. I've gotten past the missed marks and the fugly before but that....that's just sad.

Oh my word verification is "whine" Ha ha ha ha

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs.Wentz

I think you mean "udjumakashun sistum"

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazie Weezle

sendingtheclowns: Talk like that? Yes, we've all done it. Write it out? No, because we understand that spelling is important when you're getting paid for it!

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy.mangos

I think it would have been a bit cute of it said, "Somewhere...", wasn't so close to the rainbow, and maybe...okay, I give up. But it could have been cute.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

oh my goodness, that is......clever? this makes me laugh even more, because I am actually making a Wizard of Oz cake in Jaunary for a little girl. It's going to have an emerald city, fondant yellow brick road, poppy field and a rock candy rainbow! The cake in this post is just....disappointing.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpooky Momma

New England cake?

December 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

Everyone knows that the order of rainbow colors go turquoise, yellow, pink... purple. er..

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKella

It doesn't say "somewheres" because the cursive "w" wouldn't look that's more like a jacked up cursive "u". I think.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I don't know... I think it might say "Somewhereo," like "Somewhereo over the rainbow!"

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like the decorator/wreckorator aborted the phrase, like (s)he intended to write SomewhereovertheRainbow without spacing the words, and then for some unforeseen reason (i.e.was distracted ) stopped. Then forgot to finish it?

December 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieAnn

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