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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
Aug122008

In Honor of the 2008 Olympic Games

Such skill.

Such dignity.

Such...parentheses?

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)

FYI. The IOC is VERY strict about protecting the copyright of the Olympic rings and/or combination of colors. This is why the cake company did not put the actual rings on this cake.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seeing these things makes me laugh, but it also makes me very sad to think that they stuck me in the DELI, when clearly they could have used my help elsewhere. I can read, spell, AND draw, isn't the awesome?

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterObsidian Dragon

They were trying to avoid copyrite violations and being hammered by the IOC's lawyers

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermylesfromnowhere.net

So I'm sure as poster number 99+ nobody will read this, but my guess for many of the wrecked, cheap, grocery store cakes are the product of the decorator's day off and some other random employee who excitedly claims he knows how to write with icing finishing that day's orders. I worked at a grocery store as the decorator for about five months and I keep waiting to see one of the cakes my poor coworkers ruined on my day off show up on this site...

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Okay, I can understand that they might not be allowed to put an actual picture of the Olympic rings on a cake for legal reasons.

Shouldn't they tell the customer that, instead of making (and presumably charging for) something that's clearly not what the customer wanted?

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbionelly

Perhaps English was not the decorator's native language.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I can understand that they might not be allowed to put an actual picture of the Olympic rings on a cake for legal reasons.

bionelly - In that case, all the decorator had to do was put five colored copyright symbols on the cake... ;-)

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

...aaaand the cake decorator is banned for being a dope. Oops, I mean doping. No, wait...

XD

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArlene C. Harris

You could use this cake for a cross-over post with the http://quotation-marks.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is so hilarious! I worked as a clerk for a grocery store for two years, and it is absolutely amazing how much we had to dumb the orders down for the decorators so that the cake would turn out the way the customer wanted. And there were still cakes that turned out like this...

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

oh man...this reminds me of a story on planet feedback...the woman asked for a cake to say "fare well bob"
and underneath that
"you will be missed"

well someone making the cake put the whole thing on it reading

FAREWELL BOOB AND UNDERNEAT THAT YOU WILL BE MISSEDVUFYVH

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

I love this cake..made me choke :)

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBree

SPELLING????

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGracie and Fred's Grandma

And there...
There on the cake...
In the middle of the cake...
In parentheses...
Capital letters...
Quotated...
Read the following words:
("Olynpics Rings")

Some people have commented that a diagram would have helped. I'll betcha either the customer or the clerk taking the order tried to draw a diagram, but was so inept that he/she had no clue how to actually draw the Olympic rings. So she/he drew a box, representing the cake, and wrote ("Olympic Rings") inside it, hoping the decorator would understand.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKT

I'm consistently baffled by how these cakes happen. What I want to know is how the cake recipient reacts to a cake of this caliber? I can't even imagine what would go through my head if I opened the box and saw that on my cake.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHello Pineapples!

Somehow I doubt the decorator was particularly worried about copyright. The store is probably happy to sell cakes with cartoon characters on them. And the odds of an IOC executive dropping in that day would probably be minuscule.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too funny. My dad loves joking about wrong things on cakes! One of his favorites is when the cake will say "under that" as if the customer said "and then....____ under that"

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

I am laughing so hard that I am crying!

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love things that make me laugh out loud when I'm all by myself. I got close to a minute out of this one. Wow.

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAgathaX

Perhaps http://www.businessballs.com/treeswing.htm" REL="nofollow">this will help explain what happened. Or maybe, the owner didn't heed the warning about hiring people for minimum wage that are dumber than a bag of hammers. You get what you pay for.

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbreakerslion

passive-aggressive cake.

August 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Devol

This is too funny! Oh, I have to show this to my cake decorating teacher. She will pee her pants laughing!

August 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTattingChic

you guys are obviously missing the point. the pictures there, its just that your cake browser can't display it, so you're seeing the photo tag "olynpic rings".

geez.

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternewton

I don't know if anyone's mentioned this...but my husband totally noticed that there is an 's' on Olympic. Why would they want Olympics? LOL there's only one! :D

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

this one is so easily my favorite. although my dept editor did give the decorator the benefit of the doubt by suggesting perhaps there was a trademark issue.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOpaqueSkies

OK that is just NUTS...

August 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen,
I'm scaring (or scarring?) the dog guffawing so hysterically at your blog. I notice you have several horse folks following your blog. Not sure the cosmic connection between horse people and laughing at cakes. Funny.

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I really don't see what the problem is. The cake decorator just did exactly what the customer asked for.

September 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"And I mean that literally

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjpk

Those of you who think this is a sign of stupidity have got it wrong. There are some people (and I am one of them) who are just "gifted" this way; if there are two or more ways to interpret something, I will get it the wrong way. Every time. One time, I saw a guy in NYC with a tshort that said, "Free Shakespeare in the Park." My first thought? "What, he's in jail?"
Of course, the fact that I'm hearing-impaired just makes the possible combinations more random and nonsensical.
It can get very entertaining if you have the right attitude (and you really don't have any choice).

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkwren

This cake's fame lives on, and made today's FailBlog.

http://failblog.org/2009/03/05/fail-owned-cake-ring-fail/#comments

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Must have been done at a Supermarket. It reminds me of the time I walked into a Safeway and saw a sign that read "Bokays - $9.99" I thought maybe Buckwheat worked there.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlienster

Must have been done at a Supermarket. It reminds me of the time I walked into a Safeway and saw a sign that read "Bokays - $9.99" I thought maybe Buckwheat worked there.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlienster

My persal favorite is our adoption cake it read" I'll love you forever I'll like you for always as long as I'm living in my my black heart with ruffles you'll be"

ROFL thats a funny
_littlefox ;D

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that's not a signature, THIS is a signature: CHICKEN AND PIE

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like failblog is getting in on your game (a few years later).

http://failblog.org/2010/08/12/epic-fail-photos-cake-decorating-fail

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol...I cant take this serious! xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

... Wow... I was actually going to send this to you literally an hour ago. Great, that was my last hope at being on CW.... Wait, I know!! (Basic Instructions) make a cake with the words "Your hide will make a fine poncho" on it, and throw it at Speedy Gonsalez. Perfect.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG

You gotta love someone that follows directions.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

I'm not sure whether this is more funny or sad.

I have never been a professional cake decorator, but I used to work in the kitchen of a resort and conference center. Once, I was given a banquet order that ended with a request for four sheet cakes, decorated in blue & white, with the last 'to read:(special olympics logo)'. I was still a teenager; I had no training outside of brief restaurant experience (as a banquet/prep cook only) and home cooking; I had never even seen the special olymics logo before. I looked it up online and it took me three tries to get it right. I was so stressed about whether it was acceptable or not.
Had I known that elswhere in the world, someone was serving this, I wouldn't have thought twice about the quality of that cake.

July 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTifa

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