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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

Lost in Translation?

I know what you're thinking, you crass people, you. You're just bursting to say something devastatingly witty that involves the word "crap" right now, aren't you? Uh-huh; I knew it.

Alright, then, rather than stifle it, let's just get this all out of systems, shall we? It'll be cathartic. Turn to the person next to you...what, there's no one nearby? Ok, go get someone. I'll wait.

Ok, are there at least 2 of you here now? Good. Now, look at the cake, turn to the person(s) next to you, and make all the obvious, disgusting, and profane jokes you can think of. You get extra points for saying the exact same thing at the same time. Running low on material? Try guessing what that inscription says, or what occasion the cake was for. (For example: Just-Found-Out-My-Boyfriend-Is-Cheating-On-Me Day, with an inscription that includes the word "eat".)

All done? Got it all out of your system? Can we discuss this like rational adults now?

Nah, I didn't think so, either.

Before you comment: yes, we all know what it looks like, people, so there's no need to spell it out for us, mmkay? Let's try to keep our comments as clean as possible, or failing that, to at least use the "*" key when necessary. Thanks, all!

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Reader Comments (89)

this has become my favorite blog in the whole world.

September 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMindfulMama

Well.... That's a sh***y cake if I ever saw one!!!

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

For the last time:

Those are not Japanese words. They are Mandarin Chinese words printed in the Traditional (as opposed to Simplified) variant. They read (in my approximation of American phonetics):

Shung-rr kwy-luh

The Japanese would say/write:

Tahn-joe-bee oh-may-day-toe.


September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Man, that's sickening!

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergamemakerblog

Well, I'm glad everyone got that out of their systems.

September 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHoooogan

Happy birthday! I'm dumping you.


October 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelectricllama

Lol, poop.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Y'know, I've watched a fair amount of Asian tv a good bit of manga...viewed a hefty amount of anime...

And do you know what I've learned? Something about poop REALLY amuses people in that part of the world. It's insanity.

That cake made me Giant Sweatdrop.

That'll be funny to SOMEone around here, I'm sure.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason

So, did you hear about the cannibal who dumped his girlfriend.......?

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think I can clear things up for you all. In my family we have an expression reserved for people who look utterly depressed. Whenever we are gathered as a groom and someone makes a miserable face, someone else always says "who sh** on your birthday cake?" No lie.
My mother actualy put a Baby Ruth candybar on my birthday cake as a joke one year.

I dont know for sure, but I', guessing that this cake comes from someone else familiar with that particular expression.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterP0keylittlepuppy

See I was thinking that it would be some kind of "you can get through this" cake. Like "Oh crap!" because the person hit a deer and got their car totaled or.... found out they were irregular? Okay, so I didn't think that far ahead, but it was a nice idea, right?

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLost Eclipse

someone questioned the brown spots... I think those would be fly specks more commonly known as fly poop. You know it is true that flies vomit/poop everytime they land and eat it...well part of it. Those brown dots are what they leave behind

November 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Um. Who gets the piece of poop? I think I'd almost rather have a piece with a fly.

Caller, over bad cell phone connection: "I'd like to order a cake."
Baker: "Sure. What would you like?"
Caller, over static: "I want a sheet cake."
Baker: [blinks] "Uh, what was that?"
Caller, over more static: "A sheet cake."
Baker: "Um, okaaaay. What do you want it to say?
Caller, spilling hot coffee on self: "Oh sh*t!"
Baker: [more blinking] "All right. It'll be ready for pick-up tomorrow afternoon."

November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShawna

before jamie clarified i thought it might have said something like 'Eat $#!^' and delivered to an ex boyfriend

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Moose Turd Pie! (google it for the Utah Phillips story)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Baya

I went on one chinese mandarin class and there we learnt how pronounciation is very important. I don't remember which was it was anymore but Baba could mean Poop or dad, depending on how your pronounced it. So maybe the cakemaker heard it wrong?7

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNanna

Nanna, no baba does not sound anything like what is depicted on that cake. As Jamie said earlier, it says Happy Birthday in traditional Chinese. But it does not mean Happy Birthday in Japanese, rendering Tom Terranova's tidbit, just that: A tidbit.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It Says Happy Birthday in Chinese

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

Please tell me that the poo pile is not solid frosting, please I'm begging you.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

This was...educational. 0_o Gross, but educational.

I'm not feeling very well; I'm going to lie down now...*turns a strange shade of green*

WV: Destiond. Whoever gets this cake is destiond to spend some time in the lavatory...

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

hah! i love it.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhaleyknitz

As I was reading this I happened to be listening to the parody "You'll Look Like Poo" on YouTube.


November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCherish

Well, in Japan the whole "cute little pile of poop" thing is pretty big.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaila T.

The "cute little pile of poop" thing is pretty big in japan, but I just don't see how this cake is particularly cute.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaila. T.

And since the cake is inscribed in Chinese, the popularity of cute poop in Japan is probably not related.

I imagine it must be some kind of in-joke on the birthday boy/girl.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersudaki

The insciption says: happy birthday..Although the cake has a rather more subtle meaning than birthday..

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

C'mon y'all, so serious! Thanks for the info but I think yer messin' the poont. Just dump all the educational stuff and eliminate all seriousness. It is time to clean out the air and get down to business. Go to the library and constipate, er, relieve yourself of yesterdays business. Yea! Log on!!!!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ahahaha I just pointed and laughed at this....brilliant. Thats insane, but not in the least appetizing! lol x

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Good luck enjoying
your birthday surprise this year.
You're going to need it.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

ummmm... WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter????

this cake is the s#!t
sorry, couldn't resist...just like this whole site.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterang

" In return for all the s**t you've given me"

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTzen

Dad worked with an Asian immigrant named Dung Heap, when I was a kid.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynical

Seeing this in today's links below the "excited happy penis sandcastle cake," despite the assurances the commenters have given of its Chinese origin, the only thing I can think of is the flabbergasted customer screaming, "NO, I ORDERED SHIITAKE!" Which, I suppose, is another sort of happy mushroom.

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Sorry to burst your bubble of amazing ideas of what it could say, but it actually says : sheng ri kuai le ( thats without tone marks) in pinyin. It means 'happy birthday'. But I still dont see why they would put poop on the cake, dont get me wrong, I love poop! But.... why? Its a great little cake though, thanks for posting it!

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterepicwhovian


August 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterenchantressbatrider


Surely it's better that it is solid frosting than the real deal, don't you think?

Ella Mc

December 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElla McDonald

Poopcake is a poopcake


February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I asked a relative what the cake means. It simply says, "Happy Birthday". But even they didn't understand why the cake was covered in poo and flies.

May 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShona

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