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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
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)

Just found your blog, love it! It took me a second to realize what was going on with this cake and I too was laughing out loud!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I just realized that you started your blog on my birthday!!!

=D
so this may, we'll both be celebrating!

Love your blog Jen! I'm a dedicated reader!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

I choked on part of my coffee and sprayed the rest all over my computer. Thanks...really!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

As a former Wal-mart decorator Ive have been a first hand witness to some tragedies myself, luckily i was there to help fix them.... whoever took this order clearly has no common sense...

I love to go to other bakeries and see how bad the decorators are...I now have a camera and ill definitely have to send you guys some pictures

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

Oh Wow, I can't believe I didn't "Get it" before reading the post. at first thought that maybe suzanne had died... LOL

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I wonder why everyone assumes the decorator misspelled underneath. That's probably exactly what it said on the order form.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Don't you just love non-English speaking bakers?

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Best wishes Suzanne
We will miss you
("absolutly no quotestion marks parenthse's aposterphe's and double check spelling of Sue Zan underline 3 time's!!!")

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan M

Hahaha! and they didn't even spell it right! Double fail :)

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Wow, that's neat. I'd even go so far as to say it's UNDER NEAT!

April 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReinette

OMG, somebody just pointed me to your site for the first time, and this cake has me with tears rolling down my face I'm laughing so hard!!!!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhouseofestrogen

Please oh please use this as the book cover! it's perfect! :)

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersmiles :)

and they misspelled underneath.
how sad.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisitme?

I heard about it, but I didn't believe it.
Hi! My mother showed me your blog last week. I loooove it!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRND

Hi, I know this is an old post, sorry... I just found you blog though, and it's HILARIOUS! So, I just wanted to tell you you have yet another fan :)

-Meggin

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeggin

I have a feeling that the decorator has been told--several times--"Just write what I tell you!"

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My boyfriend and I thought this cake was hilarious. For our 1 year anniversary a while back, he thought it would be funny to purposely have the card tucked into some flowers he bought me say "Happy Anniversary! / Under Neat that / Best Year Ever!"
but apparently the flower shop he went to was too competent (actually... not competent enough?) and left out the "Under Neat."

Love the blog!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

at least the name was spelled right... right?

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Evil

Years ago I ordered a cake for a family party celebrating my husband's, my father's and my niece's birthdays. It was to have said "Happy Birthday Tom, Buzz and Erica".

What I got was:
"Happy Birthday Tom Buzanerika"

When I went to pick it up I was so angry I told them to keep it, stormed out and bought an uninscribed cake at a different bakery. I wish I'd had the sense of humor to have taken it to the party - I would have had a picture to submit to this site!

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercanlitgal

omgsh! my choir teacher has this picture posted in the room. just a week ago we were trying to figure it out, just heard bout your site today and when i saw this pic i flipped out! either he was the one who ordered the cake or..just a fan of the site! definetley will ask him.

November 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertaylor

at first i thought it was 'Neat' also, because i didnt catch the real problem, since it was so obvious. but look closer, it appears that it may have originally bean 'Neat' but someone found 'the' mistake and fixed it by adding a little loop to make an h.

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You can just imagine:

Customer: "O.K. so can you put best wishes Suzanne, and underneath that, we will miss you. Oh, and could you add sprinkles?"

Baker: "So that's best wishes Suzanne and underneath that, we will miss you. And sprinkles."

Customer: "Oh, and could you do it in pink?Thank you!"

Baker: "Yep, O.K., that will be ready for you to pick up tomorrow morning."

And this is what they get:
(On a cake)

Best Wishes Suzanne
and underneath that
We Will Miss You
Sprinkles
It in Pink thank you

Lol!

Doesn't it worry you that these bakers might actually DRIVE?!?!?!
Thanx, Scarlett Robyn

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

It made me hungry, what should I do now???

I think it's so delicious!!

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspeak_english

'and under neat that' ....lol That quality humor.

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I am a bakery manager. I can see this happenning if the decorator doesnt speak good english. I laughed hysterically when I saw it.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love it! I had a similar cake wreck with a bridal shower cake. It should have said, "may your love be as timeless as the tides and as deep as the sea". Instead it read - "may your love be as timeless as the tide SAND ASS deep as the sea.". And this was from the "Cake Boss" in Hoboken, NJ! Thankfully we got it fixed before it was delivered to the bridal shower! Just wish I had a picture!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ah yes...verbal cake directions, i have found from experience, do not work well.

when my brother ed got married to his wife ruth...the bakery congratulated 'ruth & Ned' on the cake.

we freaked and corrected it...but couldn't resist telling every guest there about it.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

That cake looks like something from the early seventies - but the literal misinterpretation is hilarious -

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspring texas

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

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNursingpedia

Haha, I think I give people too much credit. This is just plain stupid.

And 3+ years later, this looks so quaint.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBerk

everyone keeps saying it says under neat...but it actually looks like the decorator has combined both the 'h' and the 't' into one letter....

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTahneea H

Awww dat sew cute

March 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

OK - this made me laugh out loud! But, is it worse that it does not surprise me that this happened. Great reason to start a blog.

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelany

Hilarious, hysterical, funny, silly, laughable, ridiculous, amusing, cake.

February 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSynonymGurl

just an FYI to anyone whose never decorated cakes before or worked retail... its possible.... when i write on cakes i have to tell whoever im talk to, to hold on otherwise i could possibly start writing whats being said... its not the fact that we arent thinking... its the fact that RETAIL gives bakery no hours and decoraters have to work alone and when you have a ton of cake orders, plus back stock, and your answering phones and baking bread and everything else.... its bound to happen at somepoint... ive done it before... but i also look over my work before i even box it up.... the DUMBASS in this situation is the person who TOOK the order... when you start going on orders and where it says writing... your not expecting something like that initionally ... but thats why i tell my girls who take my orders to highlight how its suppose to be done not write it to where this kinda thing can happen....

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdecorater in WA

Something odd about this cake. i found it on your website, then tried to find it again, but couldn't remember the website. So, I surfed "under neat that we will miss you" and found ANOTHER cake that is almost identical (Best Wishes Suzanne, etc.) Hmmm...something sounds fishy.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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