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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

"Cleuless" is Right

Although you gotta admit, Laura C, that it was written in blue...

(It's supposed to be a Blue's Clues cake.)

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Reader Comments (77)

And I love that "Blue's" was spelled wrong. Yikes!!!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

"We just figured out Bules Cleuless because we're really... awful at spelling and decorating cakes!"

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannan

come on, even the little 4 year-olds that watch the show can spell!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArianne

Darn it, I read through just about all of the comments for once, and Shannan totally beat me to it.

and, not trying to be overly PC, but the use of "gypped" bothers me too. and it's REALLY hard to find a substitute. but just like I have had to re-educate my midwestern friends that they can't talk about "jewing someone down", I do think it's right to call each other out on word usage . . . not trying to spoil anybody's fun, but I think it's okay for us to try to be more sensitive when it's people's ethnicity/identity that's involved.

I am constantly sending my friend's teens to this site:

okay. word verification: flopyrip. um, cake wrecks wording on a cake for the funeral of your pet bunny?!

yeah, that's all I've got . . .

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

I just can't even . . I mean . . what??!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJJ and EJ

All your words offend me

Just kidding.:)

Bule he Inspector Clouseau's (spelling forgiveness please) dog?

I'd pay for it just to get it on CW.

wvotd...physinme: (fizz-in-me). To scrape incorrect calligraphy work from the top of a cake. "Jane will physinme the mistake off the cake at home and re-ice it."

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Just wanted to say "Thank you!!" to Lorraine for putting the link to that website up here. Wouldn't it be great if everyone who loves Cake Wrecks would take a look? That would be, like, a million people who might join us in saying "Knock it off!"

word verification: heaccush:
Heaccush, theyaccush, everywhere a cush cush.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Two media themed wrecks for the day—what a treat!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

LOVE IT!!! Creative is what you are and what you are seeing

and people don't know it when they see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good job and LOVE the website!!


December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSQ

On gypped: I think Allie's point was, all things being equal, why is "gypped" accaptable in our nomenclature, but one is criticized for the similar expressions; "jewed," for example.
I used to be uptight about that, too. Then I decided that I can't really get offended on the behalf of a different group of people. I just don't use it, personally, and I go on with my life.
Still a bad cake.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

In my opinion,the guilty party here is the word verification computer spitting out that horribly appalling "racial slur". Anon, shooting the messenger, is classless, go to the source! Um, but seriously, the words gyp, gypped, and gypping are in the dictionary defined this way: Main Entry: 2gyp
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): gypped ; gyp·ping

So I guess this means we should all boycott dictionaries and go picket the Merriam Webster factory in defense of Roma people?

- Beverly K.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just thought of what the decorator might think. Like, geez, these people what will they want next! They don't even know how to spell "clueless." Boy! If it weren't for me catching this mistake!!--That also made me giggle.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like there's some actual curling ribbon around the edges of the cake. As in non-edible, must pull the stringy stuff which is now covered in icing off the cake before you can eat it.

For extra win in the cake wreckery department, I suppose.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Since my original post is lost in the ether and people are still talking about this. I'll try again. (Be warned that, just as a fish that gets away gets larger with time, my original comment was wittier and more eloquent than this can ever hope to be.)

I'm all for being careful with words and respecting the sensibilities of others, but there is no evidence of the term gyp actually coming from the word gypsy (it's possible, but so are multiple other origins). People have brought up the use of "jew" as a verb as a comparison, but in that case there is clear intent to negatively stereotype a group. The connection here is not an attempt to insult a group of people, but an assumption of intent based on a similar sound (compare events involving David Howard and a similar assumption). The Romani are without a doubt a people who have been persecuted throughout history, but use of this word is not necessarily one of those times. At some point, a word becomes so removed from its origin that, when used with no ill intent, it loses any connection it once had, which is why I take no offense at use of the word sinister to mean evil or gauche to mean uncultured.

I find it hard to believe there has been such an uproar on the comments about a Blues Clues cake. I'm not sure how the next controversy can top this, unless there's going to be a new category of Racks and Wrecks. Hmm...maybe I shouldn't give people any ideas.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I'd say that they need to add another question to bakery interviews... Don't just ask "Can you write legibly?" but add "Can you spell correctly???" Oh, and in orientation, suggest strongly that they have the customer spell out the words on phoned in orders!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYarn Princess

This cake makes me sad. My daughter LOVES Blue's Clues. She dances to it, and calls out letters sometimes when they have spelling episodes (she's only two), and puts her hands up to her cheeks like Steve/Joe does when they're thinking on the thinking chair. It's all so sweet, and this cake gave me the idea to get her a Blue's Clues cake for her next birthday. I'm kind of afraid to now, though. I can't imagine how upset I'd be if someone tried to hand me that. She probably wouldn't notice or care, but I definitely would.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

Happy Kirthday? And the airbrushed paws (though they look more like crowns to me)? And the curling ribbon ON the cake?'s a wreck.
...oh, and can you just imagine the wrecks that could be if some of these decorators actually *asked* for the correct spelling. It would be ...Ok, so...that's Happy Birthday J as in John....and that's what you'd get on the know I'm right.

word verification:avessor..hmm...I ave a sor tummy from laughing at all these awesome wrecks!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Wow. I have to admit, I am a Cake Wreck Stalker - I read religously but can never think of anything whitty enough comment to publish.

However, I just can't beleive that a word verification, of all things, created such interesting cultural lessons.
Without trying to repeat most people's already valid comments, I'll just say that I agree with Craig, and that some words have become so commonplace and diluted over the years that they have become a part of everyday nomenclature. Unfortunately and inevitably, no matter where you go or what you say, someone is bound to be offended no matter how innocent things may have been.

That being said, what better word can describe getting "gypped"? Let me know and I will gladly replace it. In the mean time, "gypped" it is.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

I'm a little torn on being politically correct. I'm a faggot, homo, queer or whatever you want to call me. I don't get offended unless it's said hatefully. Have you heard many teens say, "That's gay!" I have, and I don't correct them. It's not a big deal. I've even seen it used in comments but don't take offense.

I see no problem in pointing out the origin of a word. I sure didn't know about gypsies. I just think adding the annoyed tone of "personal pet peeve" was over the top.


December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim and Garret

I wasn't annoyed. Saying that it is my personal pet peeve was to explain why I felt the need to bring it up on a blog about cakes. I had no intention of its becoming A Thing and I'm very sorry.

I also heartily, heartily disagree with people who say a word's origin doesn't matter. But opinions are opinions. I certainly know a lot of gay people who *are* offended by "That's gay!" so obviously there are a spectrum of opinions about all kinds of things.

But again, I wasn't annoyed -- or lecturing, or pissed off, or anything else. It's a text medium and you bring to it a lot of meaning yourself. JMHO.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (who started it all)

That's what they passed off as a Blue's Clues cake? What a gyp.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeach

Oh my goodness, what a terrible cake. I feel sorry for the poor kid that had to have that at their party. :(

As for a word to replace "gypped", how about it's own definition? "Cheated". Or even "ripped off" "screwed out of", etc.

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin @ Clutter Cubed

They REALLY need to start asking people on the applications, "Can you spell the following words correctly: Congratulations, blue, clues, clueless, graduation...?"

I was aware of the connotations of "gypped" and I don't use the word myself. Because I find that saying "F***** over" or "ripped off" to be just as emotive and indicative of what I'm feeling right then (the first in particular). I find the overuse of "gay" to mean silly or stupid to be silly and stupid itself, for some reason. I think it's because the use doesn't make sense - is the speaker saying this object or that activity is happy, or homosexual? How is a thought someone had "gay"? A fantasy, I suppose would fit, but outside of that? Yeah, OK, I'm being pedantic. I'll hush up now.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

You've got to be kidding me. The use of the word gypped caused all this jockeying for position? When did Gypsies become a protected class and harmless comments have to be "called out" on their behalf? Looks like some people have nothing better to do than be bossy and arrogant (and defensive). Allie, make yourself useful... Go save the whales or something. Geez.

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Manhattan

Actually, "gypped" is not a racial slur at all. The word came into common usage because of the fact that gypsies have a different moral code as far as stealing, or rather "borrowing" as they like to call it.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Whelp I just discovered this blog today and it is absolutely hilarious - obviously Jen's posts are great but a lot of the comments are classic too. And I just had to say, for this particular conversation, Peach's post takes the, uh, cake.

First attempt at word verification: malnestr. Maybe like Mayzie from Horton Hatches An Egg wasn't a good mother. Kinda abstract, really.

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuhChief

ROFL! I used to be the lead cake decorator at a W*l-M**t. Our store was a location where new Asst. Mgrs. were trained (in groups of about 10-15 at a time.) One of my jobs was to "teach" these unsuspecting folks *how to decorate a cake* (they USED to be required to do a short stint in EVERY department)....yea....sure..... THIS totally looks like what one of my trainees turned out....and he was QUITE proud of himself, as was I! That said, there is NO WAY that would leave MY bakery in anything but the trash can!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

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