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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
Thursday
May222008

Doubly Sad


The fact that this cake was inscribed by a color-blind and apparently epileptic geriatric is sad enough, but check out the background: the birthday girl was also IN THE HOSPITAL. Wow. Way to cheer up the birthday girl, there, folks.

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Reader Comments (29)

My husband and I love this blog. We have no cakes to add though. I added it to my facebook page so maybe someone will have some.

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCowboyDawn

A little harsh don't you think? The writing was probably added by a favoured child...

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCodeMonkey

Don't worry, codemonkey; I'd never be THAT mean. I verified that the cake was inscribed by an actual store employee. Otherwise, I too would have assumed it was a home-made inscription.

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

It definitely looks like a homemade inscription, like they were too cheap to get the lettering done and decided to try their hand themselves. That's horrible. Almost as bad as the plaid-gone-wrong...

July 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaustina

does it really say "GENDA" or do i imagine that? Is that on purpose?

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOlive

Our grocery store has a deal where you can buy the cake, and it comes with a tube of icing to write your inscription on it. I figured that's what I was seeing until you said that you checked first.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

I wonder if it was for a newborn, and the girl in the hospital bed is the new mum.

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJo

In response to the "new mum" idea - only if they normally outfit them with Foley catheters (notice the tubing hanging down along the side of the bed? yep). I don't know if that's especially relevant, but I had to mention it. Don't you feel enlightened?

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRache

Actually, if you have a c-section, you will have a urine catheter for a night or so ...

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

It could say "Genda." I know a woman with that name.

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGoldielox

I thought it said "Genoa". Which is an original name, don't you think?

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cake and the chocolate icing looks lush, but the writing has certainly naffed it up. still im sure it was better than hospital food

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScarlettbunny

Eww and the cake is next to the catheter. I know it is a tube, but still.....

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lettering is tricky. Looks like the cake was made by somebody who knew what they were doing, and the lettering done by the amateur.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL. This was the cake my husband bought for our daughter on her actual birthday (ie: the day she was born). I was in labor overnight so when he went to pick it up around 5AM, the grocery store bakery wasn't open and some random person did the lettering. Badly.! At least we'll always remember it!

With both our kids, we never told anyone their names until AFTER the kids were born, so reading the cake was the first time anyone saw their names. Too bad it didn't work so well the second time!

It reads HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENOA!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Well, can you imagine how shocked I am to find an image of a birthday cake written out to me! And I was neverin the hospital over my birthday! I know of only one other person in the world with the name Genoa, and I don't think this is her cake either!
Great name for your daughter, Amanda! But, I must say I am biased!

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGenoa

I must say, being able to see the tube from her foley catheter to the top of the catheter bag made this cake even less appealing for me.

I'm a nurse so I don't know if anyone else would have noticed that, but come on! Cover up the poor girl's bag 'o pee! Give her some dignity!

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Basso

BAAAA HAAAA HAAAA!!! That was hilarious (your comment about the geriatric decorator was priceless)!!

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

Hey after a c-section, all modesty goes out the window. Once you've been showered and wiped after going #2...people seeing your pee bag IS discreet LOL

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Wait, so what's her name??

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's mud flavor! Why would the roses be muddy brown ? ugh im gonna puke.
Katie M

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

. . . I didn't get a cake when I had my son! I was cheated!! I think I'm going to have to go home and bake a cake for myself right now, just to make up for that! (I'd stop by a bakery for a Cake Wreak, but I'm gluten-intollerant and the commerical ones I can eat are EXPENSIVE! So coming to this site every post is my fun way of torturing myself with all the wonderful attrocities I can never eat...

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLacey S

Me too, Lacey S, meee tooo... and dairy and corn and cane sugar and eggs (the latter are my kids' allergies & it would be cruel to make a cake they couldn't eat too...:-)

December 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

i thought it said ''grenda''

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanna

Genoa, darling,
it's a good thing you don't read
or know what cake is.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I work at a store that makes cakes, and when there isnt someone on staff that knows what they are doing, this is what you get. Some people no matter how much practice can't write on cakes to save their life. So i guess its either no writing or writing like this...

June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

Having a Birth Day cake for a child's birth is a tradition I had with my kids. I'd bake and decorate it about a week before I was due, then stick it, well-wrapped, in the freezer. I loved that tradition, and expect to continue it for my grandbabies, someday.

July 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa L.

Granda? Their, y'know, grandfather?

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn L.B.

Oh, boyee...... WHY, BAKERS, WHY, WHY?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!? WHY?!?!?!?!?!?! I was yelling this aloud while typing it, the WHY?! part, and my dad is now looking at me as if I had just farted in a fancy resturaunt. A very QUIET fancy resturaunt. Me: "Don't worry, Dad, I'm just looking at cake wrecks again!" Dad: "Oooooohhhhh........" hehe. My brother is also lookin' at me funny. :-P

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTokaiyaBMalfoy

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