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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
May202008

The Cake That Started It All...

"...And underneath that, write 'We will miss you'. Got it?"

Oh yeah, they got it.

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Reader Comments (87)

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-"make it seem like we really mean it!"

"Happy Birthday Suzanne,
make seem like we really mean it"

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTora

LMAO! I laughed out loud when I saw this one! I wonder if the baker boy got fired?

July 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yes! I busted out laughing when this one made the internet rounds. It just begs the question "Do people ever think at work?"

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlenna

it's dumb to add 'and underneath that'... but worse to write 'and under neat that' !!

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB33PhD1P

I can't believe no one else caught this and commented on it. It says under Neat. not, under-neath. It is neat, I'll give it that.

July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I was working at a Walmart bakery as a decorator when my mom emailed that to me. I posted it on our wall.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

ok, this seriously Takes The Cake. Makes me wonder how people get out of bed safely in the morning!

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I like the mispelling of "Underneath"
Under Neat

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I used to work at a bakery that wrote the greetings on marzipan- on one cake the happy birthday was written, and then the person's ENTIRE address was written below it (from the order slip)
priceless

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterswansong

I just found your site and had to go through every post. I'm now crying because I've been laughing so hard.

This site is amazing!
Keep it up.
-that girl down south

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do people have to pay for these "cake wrecks"??? While they are funny...if I had carefully planned some get together with a cake and got something like this...I would be mad!

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJondi

Oh THANK you so much for this making this blog. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

Claudia

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

Great blog! I had to read all the posts, I couldn't stop...

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAle

That was too much - like the other poster I just went through every single post and now I'm crying with laughter. I just woke the kids up twice laughing so loud. Comguadulations on a great "blog"!

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I first read about this cake on Snopes. They have several more "cake inscriptions gone wrong" and some are hysterically funny. One dates back to 1942!

Go to Snopes and search for "cake talk."

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Found your site on the guardian webpage today and loving your work but I have had to stop, I am literally weeping with laughter at this cake.... it hurts :)

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to disagree with Jondi who wrote "...if I had carefully planned some get together with a cake and got something like this...I would be mad!"

Think about the entertainment value of this blog. Now, imagine it in real life...you and your friends/colleagues/whatevers laughing hysterically at the mistakes, and laughing even harder at the people who don't see anything wrong. These cakes are worth every penny.

(sorry if this a duplicate post, but I think my earlier attempt failed)

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would guess that the phone call went like this:
"Write 'Best Wishes Suzanne', and then write underneath that 'We Will Miss You'..."

I guess. o_o That's the only thing I can think of that would translate out into this particular breed of fail.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjengagne

Talk about literal.

A friend had that happen: He left a message saying, "Hi, this is Mike Barker over at ____ Labs, could you please send me the results I need, etc."

The girl sent it to "Mike Barkerover".

I think the misspelling, "Under Neat" says it all.

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdie Frau

I love it...of all the pictures, this is the only one that got me all-out laughing.

August 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbombaygirl

Read through the whole blog (got here from the Aug 1st Woot WWWoundup) and enjoyed it... but for some reason (maybe it was a built-up effect) this post literally made me fall over laughing... twice. Wow.

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Ok, clearly the cake was decorated by someone who doesn't speak english and doesn't understand the meaning behind "underneath that"

Clearly the person was given the words to write on the cake. The cake decorator (immigrant) spelled it all out having no idea of its meaning.

The person writing the instructions should have know this and adjusted accordingly. The incorrectly spelled word is the "icing on the cake" but, it's not the real mistake here. The fact that underneath that was written on the cake is the big joke.

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just read every post on your site and I'm in tears.

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy Screamer

Oh my god! I firmly believe that people should be required to take an i.q. test before they are allowed to breed. Wow.

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm more worried that these cake decorators just don't speak English! You'd think that would be a requirement!! lol

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey! I just went through all your posts and I have to say, this blog is amazing :) Thanks for sharing these wrecks with us ;)

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterghostlylurker

I live in the country where this cake was decorated and it is so true!

I have been to the bakery dept of this grocery store!

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Found this blog via CollegeHumor.com about an hour before I had to go to work today. I had to talk myself down from the laughing/crying jag I was on. I think my wife wonders if I need to be medicated. Gads, I haven't laughed this hard in FOREVER. The photos are, of course, priceless, but your wit in your descriptions is the (dare I put it this way) the icing on the cake. Great blog! Bookmarked!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know plenty of native English speakers who would make a mistake like this... don't blame immigrants for cakes gone wrong!

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was "under neat that" you were supposed to write "we will miss you". Hello??? That h isn't silent!

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

This is the downfall of oral instruction. When I was a kid, I was about to compete in the state spelling bee in our state capital (Phoenix). So my sister sent me a telegram that was supposed to say CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEST SPELLER NOW ON TO PHOENIX. It actually read CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEST SPELLER HOW UNDEFEATED. Oddly, it still worked . . . Now I just want some cake.

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthisbagisnotatoy

This has truly made my day! Hilarious stuff!

August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLa Mafiosa

When I graduated from college, I put in an order for a cake with a simple border and a couple of groupings of lavender roses. The cake I received was decorated with a big... brown... "Indian head".

The worst part? I ordered the cake from the bakery WHERE I WORKED.

My family still brings it up every once in a while. They think it's hilarious.

August 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

This is amzingly funny. I'm so glad you have this blog.

On a vagely related note. The place where I used to work is on East Haven Dr. I once got a call from a person asking to speak to "East" I asked him to repeat that and he said "East" again. So I asked if he wanted to talk to a Mr. East Haven. He said yes. I then explained to him that was out address, and hung up, stifling giggles.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's amazing is.... several posts on here misspell "misspell" making fun of the kid that probably had to transcribe this from whoever took the order. I bet the baker was handed some chicken scratch of a note as to what should be on the cake.

September 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, look on the bright side: That cake decorator's got GREAT penmanship.

October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternh92

LMAO -- That's too good! I see underneath is misspelled, too. :-) At least the decorator has good handwriting, though -- quite likely better than the person who took the customer's message!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron of Minneapolis

You have TOTALLY made my evening. Morning.
It's 2:33 am, I stumbled across this blog by accident, and I am .. in love.

Wow.

This site is just hilarious and I'm readin' every single post.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterParrot

Okay, clearly Anonymous from August 4th doesn't speak English (capital E) either. Oh, and by the way, sentences end with a period and "known" is the past participle of "to know", incase you didn't know.

I love this site, and I was in stitches until I read your ignorant comment. I'm surprised it was published to be honest, since this is not an immigrant-bashing forum. Boo.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

He was just writing what it say, right?...

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL!!! this is hilarious! I've been laughing since I found your site!

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMosaicwings

This is hilarious!

I do feel bad for the bakers where I live as most of them don't even speak English as a second language. After living abroad, I can totally see myself having made that mistake.

Totally made my day!

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

and they spelled underneath wrongOX

October 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzylah

Sometimes... when I am sad or bored... I look at this cake and feel better about myself.

Thankyu "ckae" wrekcs four exclamation points

October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTalia Davis - PR Director

bahaha.

oh dear.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Yes. They're doing a FINE job of educating us.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUnicorn Girl

I read through just about every post last night, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Imagine my joy/shock/surprise when I opened an email forward first thing this morning... only to find this exact cake!
Yippee!..let's go see about submitting this one to Cake Wrecks.

You can probably guess the rest.

Hey, at least you know I read the guidelines...

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

Thank you, thank you, thank you - you've made my year! This is the funniest blog I've seen in ages. I will now be on the look out for cake wrecks in Krakow!

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrootvegetable

This blog is SOO funny!

At the end of the semester, our teacher brought a cake that he swore was supposed to say "Thanks for the semester" instead it said "Thanks for September!"
Must have been one heckuva month!

Oh how I wish I would have taken a photo!!

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

My hubbie just called from downstairs and told me to keep it down. I had been laughing so hard at the other cakes and then came to this one and lost it! I think I peed my pants a little.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzuzu53

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