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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

In Honor of the 2008 Olympic Games

Such skill.

Such dignity.


And quotation marks - can't forget the quotation marks:

(Three guesses what the customer asked for on the cake!)

Julie S., this one most definitely deserves a gold medal.

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Reader Comments (140)

That has got to be the funniest thing I've seen in weeks. Thank you!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSmoochiefrog

Sad tho think that this is the literal level of literacy now.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter{t}

Your site is a gem, it has brightened my excruciatingly boring afternoon. Thanks!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlyce

Wow. As a professional cake decorator myself, this blog is three parts painful, hilarious and cautionary. :lol:

I can't believe these are professional decorators! I can't believe people actually PAY for these!


August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

Wow! I'm ... in awe?

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey Duncan

I feel the need to point out that "parenthesis" is singular, while "parentheses" is plural; you might want to correct that in your post.

Other than that, your blog is amazing! Cake Wrecks has been my constant source of entertainment for the past week since I discovered it.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterINTan

Nooooooooo! That is too much. How can people do this? I am dying of laughter here!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is a wonderful example I will show to my son some day if he ever whines about never getting a "store bought" cake for his birthday, party, etc. "Careful Timmy. If you make mommy mad she will buy you an ("olynpics") cake!" LMAO!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElvira

What a great blog!

I wish I had a picture, but I don't. But, a few years ago, we had a surprise birthday dad's cake was supposed to say "Happy Birthday Byron."

So, I was pretty surprised to see "Happy Birthday by Ron" when I got it home. Surprise party jitters mixed with week eight of pregnancy hormones added to "happy birthday by Ron" didn't go over too well then, but it's hilarious now.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Benevolent Dictator

As well as the aforementioned spelling and punctuation mistakes why do these people always have white cakes and ghastly blood red writing in handwriting I haven't seen since I was at primary school? Also, the handwriting is often very similar, are all these types of cakes done by the same person.

Love your blog by the day, came over from FHOTD and have checked back ever since!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAtelle

(Three guesses what the customer asked for on the cake!)

1. A puppy dog

2. A baby's butt

Nope, nope... I know... They wanted something of the same "high quality" as the products that are imported from China.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I can't stop laughing while reading your blog...I just can't! I have to say, your commentary punctuates the humor, too (for those of us not receiving the cakes, of course). I just never realized there were so many alternative uses for fondant (and I'd hardly refer to the grammar errors as being made by "decorators"). Hahahaha! Thank you! Keep posting, please!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

This is my first time posting. I am a professional cake decorator and one of my friends sent me a link to you saying this blog was "made for me". You have brought tears to my eyes with the funny, and I am now compelled to check everyday for a new gem. I would not have thought people who weren't in my field would enjoy this and really appreciate these masterpieces, but I was so wrong. Please keep up the awesome commentary, and I try to contribute sometime, just hopefully not with my own work.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Do you think they're all literally-minded decorators, or are some just bored and don't care and do this on purpose?

And which is worse?

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdie Frau

My oldest son just looked over my shoulder and asked "Did someone actually get that on a cake?!" 0.o I was already laughing, but that put me on the floor! LOL!!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

Actually, the diagram would have been a good idea. I doubt most people could get the olympic rings right without one. I know I sure couldn't.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSoggycarrot

what a brilliant blog! I'm very pleased to have found you.
Its probably a 'Free Tibet' thing.
I will be adding you to my blogroll. And if any of my cake go wrong I will send them your way.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Smith

When I saw this cake in person, I thought Julie had ordered it on purpose to be funny. It's even funnier knowing that it was actually a Cake Wreck, though! :)

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKYredhead

Technically, it says "Alynpic Rings" (if you go by cursive rules). That almost sounds like a medical disorder, doesn't it?

"I'm sorry, honey. You know you can't have any cake since you're alynpic..."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Fiskeaux Family

I feel so sorry for these people that ordered the cake!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Who's making these cakes, Amelia Bedelia? Sheesh.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Love this. Obviously the decorator was going for the Gold in Underachievement.

This blog is so funny it makes me spit coffee, I have to issue a warning to myself before I open it.


August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

...this entry had me crying, too, from laughing so hard. did anyone notice that it may in fact not say OLYNPICS but rather ALYNPICS?? that first letter really could be an "a" - which makes me giggle even more...

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Oh my. I am becoming increasingly afraid of subjecting myself to the local cake decorators when I need a cake for a special occasion. I do have to say that I have laughed until my sides hurt and tears were running down my cheeks while reading your blog. Thanks!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterironic1

> (Three guesses what the customer asked for on the cake!)

Actually, it should be five guesses.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I love this site! Just discovered it a few days ago and passed it on to everyone I know. Hope you don't mind that I linked it on my own blog. : )

This cake...takes the cake. LOL

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

This cake got ("8.5") from the Russian judge.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlifeofleisa

Actually there's a copyright on the five rings symbol... Nice one.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Simple designs are always the best!

Just come across your site - love it

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Caked Crusader

lol that's probably the coolest!


August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV

hahahah! just gold! just gold!

love the blog! please keep on posting!

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Is that even a cake? It looks like someone frosted a piece of tin foil. What are we looking at?

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChiclet

That is the hardest I've "laughed" in quite (some) time. I literally ran laughing out of the room. Honestly, even if you're an idiot you have to sit there and think, after you've created a wreck like any number of these, that quite possibly the person who ordered this cake didn't want the words "'Olynpic Rings'" written on their cake. It'd just be stupid. This website is pure gold.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Heheheh. Jen, you need an "overly literal" or perhaps "only following orders" tag for posts like this one! :D

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter7Seas

I love how everytime I check back, someone's found another problem with this cake

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

I have actually worked at a supermarket bakery and I have never wrecked anyone's cake like that. Then on the other hand I can understand how it could happen, taking into account the 2 am mornings, the unrealistic expectations of management, (there is no way anyone person can crank out 125 cakes in a 8 hour shift and NOT have them look like fresh hell), and the refusal to hire the correct amount of people to run the department. Add all of those up and stuff like this happens. I’m not saying the decorators aren’t partly to blame, but in my personal experience I know if my cakes are going to turn out great today or not since my emotions and moods effect my end product. I mean come on the “Olympics Rings” cake is just embarrassing and what is sadder is if this customer didn’t take this cake home the decorator would just scrape the wording off and redecorate and resale it to some other unsuspecting customer. Yes a lot of supermarket bakeries recycle their cakes.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

these kind of cakes makes me want my decorator to mess up just so i can show it to people.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Mitts

At least they did not write it 5 times :)

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Your blog is só funny!
Keep it up. You have a new fan in the Netherlands now (who sofar have won 5 medals in the "Olynpics", rings or no rings!)

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh that is way too funny. I can't believe how many people are just clueless. With something like this you would have thought they would have stopped and said you know this just does not look right. Maybe I should ask someone, but then again that would imply that people actually care and are concerned about customer service.

Thanks for the laughs you have made me feel so much better about the cakes I have made for people. Yeah maybe not all perfect, but compared to alot of these they are pretty darn good, LOL.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

hillarious! i hope that's not me some day... ;)

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

After finding your blog, I wish I had a pic of my baby shower cake (1991). I ordered the Beatrix Potter illustration of a mama bunny in the rocking chair holding a blanketed bundle (i.e. baby).

Instead I got a horrifying cake--the mama bunny dwarfed by a HUGE ugly human baby--the head was larger than the entire mama bunny. I declined taking photos of this wreck. Too bad.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually snorted while laughing about this one. Thanks for the laugh!!! (good hell!!!!)

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison


August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin Wild

My sister works in the bakery of a grocery store and does cakes.
I had to share this site with her.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTicia

beijing does it's best effort for this 2008 Olympic games.

I think most people come to beijing will have good impression about beijing.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOMG OMG:

My favorite part is the lack of ANY other embellishment. It's amazing that the "decorator" didn't stand back and say to him/herself "Wow, all they wanted was this writing. No roses. No balloons. Just two words and unnecessary punctuation. How odd."

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Ames

How hard would it have been for the cake decorator to trace a saucer or luncheon plate, 5 times?

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Why am I thinking This Is Spinal Tap and the Stonehenge directions on the napkin?

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCliff O'Neill

That cake decorator was a genius.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

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